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Congresbury bowlers shine at Clevedon Tournament

Four of the seven finals at Clevedon’s annual bowls tournament were contested by Congresbury bowlers.
Clive Shipway and Roger Becker won the men’s pairs and Chris Wilcock, Jenny Byett and Angela Jones won the ladies’ triples. Dave Byett was runner-up in the men’s singles and Pat and Barry Baker were runners-up in the mixed pairs.

Families bowled over at fun day in Congresbury

The annual Sportsmen’s Day, organised by the village bowling club, attracted more than 100 novice bowlers in a day-long tournament.
Winners were the Cleeve Cricketers – Terry Barter, David Lock, Mike Wilkinson and Jeff Rawles.
Second was the Bash Street Gang – Ian and Joe Crane, Chris Luke and Johnny Matthews.
Third was Yatton Gasheads – Ivor Watts, Stephen Lovell, Phil Arnold and Porsche (correct) Eade.
Fourth was the Cottage Loaf – Keith Westlake, Richard Aldridge and Pete and Glynis Woodhouse.
Bowls club president Don Manning presented the prizes.
The event was sponsored by Robin King Estate agents and Butcombe Brewery.
Competitor Ian Dickinson, of Well Park, said: “Congresbury is a special place and this event is an important part of making me feel connected with the village.”

Congresbury Bowling Club president Don Manning presents Cleeve Cricketers with their trophy and prize money after winning this year’s annual Sportsmen’s Day tournament.

 

Help prevent rural crime

This month livestock thieves have been foiled and vehicles recovered in Somerset– thanks to members of the public. Make a note of the number to text 07492888109, or call 999 if it requires immediate action.

Help Ben raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation

Ben Payne is only 8 years old but is raising awareness and fundraising for the amazing Make-a-Wish Foundation. This summer, he and his Les Paul guitar are going to be playing some tunes on Facebook. He has already recorded and broadcast two songs and so far raised over £100.  He plans to “facebook busk” a number of times before heading back to school at St Andrews.

He has been asked to perform at The Strawberry Line Cafe’s “Platform One Fest” on Friday 11th August and to perform at “Busk in the Sun” in WsM over August Bank Holiday weekend.

We wish him the best of luck. For more information visit his Facebook page by clicking here.

“Bluey” Free trips

 Congresbury Community Transport Directors are happy to offer the following “free trips” to all Congresbury residents:
Wednesday 13th September 2017 to Clark’s Village, Street – 9.30am – 2.30pm
Wednesday 11th October 2017 to Gloucester Docks – 9.00am – 3.00pm
For info and to book a place please ring Pam Biffin on 01934 876082 or email:
pambiffin@gmail.com

We also offer free shopping trips on “Bluey” every Tuesday
Free pick-up service from the Congresbury area (your own front door)! From 12 noon to The Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare (could also be dropped off at Tesco’s)
Depart 3pm to return to Congresbury. Open to all residents
Interested in this trip? Please ring Paul Spears on 01934 257247

MILLENIUM GREEN MANAGEMENT – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Parish Council has been the Sole Trustee of the Millennium Green since May 2012 and is assisted in the day to day running by a Management Group. The 3 officers of that group namely Chair, Secretary and Treasurer have stood down at the AGM held last Monday and no nominations were received from the floor of the meeting. In order to help the Trustee make an informed decision on the future management of the Green if there are any volunteers to take on one of these roles could you please inform the Parish Clerk by Fri 4th August.

For further information please contact Di Hassan on 01934 876454 or Liz Greaves on 01934 838802.

Neighbourhood Watch News

Members of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme are invited to contact the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association and start the discussion around the fantastic opportunities they could bring to further develop the partnership between local policing teams and NHW.

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Flower Show Winner!

Jonquil Brooks receiving the Darke cup from President, Ann Gunner, for the most points in the flower arranging classes at the 2017 Summer Flower Show last Saturday. Her charming miniature arrangement in a seashell and her exhibit in a kitchen utensil.     Her superb quilt, in a blue star design, was judged the best handicraft entry.

Illustrated Wildlife Talk

On Wednesday 19th July, in Congresbury Refectory, well known naturalist and wildlife photographer, Higgy, will talk about wildlife on Congresbury Moors and how to attract wildlife into your own garden.

For full details click here

 

The Village Fete – a good time had by all!!

A PERFECT DAY!

It had everything for a perfect village fete – sublime weather (sunny, but not too hot), lots of people (old and young), plenty of dogs (but no dog fights), interesting variety of stalls and a good range of food and drink.    Villagers swarmed into St. Andrew’s church paddock to trawl the stalls, watch the dog show, partake of cider or Pimms, eat at the barbecue, and enjoy scrumptious home-made cream teas and cakes.    The marquee housing the Horticultural Society’s summer show was a riot of colour and perfume, with many outstanding exhibits and excellent children’s entries.

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CRAG’s response to Planning Inspector’s call for more housing sites

CRAG has responded angrily to a planning inspector’s call for North Somerset to provide sites for 2,500 houses over the next few years.
The inspector had been looking at the council’s Site Allocation’s Plan, which sets our housing needs to reach North Somerset’s housing target.  But because the inspector did not accept that North Somerset could deliver the required number, she has asked the council to identify the housing sites for “up to 2,500 dwellings”.
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New village hall / community centre revised plans

Due to the significant increase in construction costs the Development committee took the decision that we needed to reduce the overall build costs. We are working with our Architects Stride Treglown on a revised plan as part of the next stage of the project. The initial draft we showed at the coffee morning would result in a reduction of 27% in the footprint but allow for future expansion. The main reduction comes from reducing the size of the main hall, which would still accommodate 260 (Memorial hall – 150, Old School Rooms – 120).

The reduced footprint will still mean we would meet our vision of providing a multi-use quality building to meet the needs of the village.

We are now reaching the stage of looking at the fine detail of the design, the finishes etc. and are looking for people to be involved in helping us get this right first time. We be at the village fete on Saturday, come and have a chat.

Police Notice

Over the past couple of weeks a burglary occurred at High Street, Congresbury. Access gained into the property but there are no details as to any items stolen.

Congresbury Garden Trail Sunday 25th June 10.30-4.30

Fifteen gardens are opening for your delight to raise money for the new village hall. Delicious home-made teas will be served, and who can resist that? There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be amazed at a collection of Bonsai, amused at scarecrows, go potty about potting sheds and wowed by a secret cottage garden, smell the flowers, hear the birds, and eat the cake. £5 entry includes all gardens, children free. Generously sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. Free programmes available at the Post Office and Day Lewis Pharmacy.

Our event has been shared on opengardens.co.uk and Facebook page Making Memories. Visit us on our Facebook Page Congresbury Garden Trail where you can download a map of the gardens.

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Gladman Appeal Rejected by Inspector!

Planning inspector Anne Jordan has rejected the appeal by developers to build up to 50 houses on land off Wrington Lane, Congresbury.
The appeal, by land agent Gladman Developments was against North Somerset Council’s non-determination of the issue within a given time period. Ironically, the council, which had at first opposed the scheme, then decided to give it the green light.  Read more

Love Congresbury – This Weekend!!!

This coming weekend Love Congresbury festivities coincide with the Great Get Together, a series of nationwide street parties, bake-offs and picnics being held in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Lots of fun events on the Millenium Green & around the village culminating on Sunday afternoon  with  the big ‘Party in the Paddock’ starting at 2pm..    Bring the family for a great afternoon of fun & music!!

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Gardens Open for the NGS

Three gardens are opening their gates on Sunday 11th June for the National Garden Scheme. A warm welcome awaits you at Fernbank, Church House and Laburnum Cottage from 10.30am-4pm. Church House Designs will have a special exhibition of crafts on display and Fernbank will be serving delicious home-made teas. There’s something for everyone, from bonsai and sculptures to potting sheds and birdsong. Adults £5 accompanied children free. See our Facebook page for photos, map and info.

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CRAG quizzes Parliamentary candidates

Congresbury Residents Action Group – CRAG – along with eight other North Somerset groups, is seeking assurances from potential MPs in two parliamentary constituencies before people vote on 8 June.

The groups, known collectively as North Somerset Village Alliance, are sending a series of questions to all candidates in Weston and North Somerset. The questions are designed to elicit the views of each candidate on unrestricted development.

On behalf of residents, the action groups want to know their opinions on housing and jobs, on traffic growth and subsequent pollution. The groups also want to know how the candidate would demonstrate a commitment to the rural aspect of the county.

CRAG’s Mary Short said: “Our county is a splendid mix of seaside, industrial, agricultural and rural landscapes threatened by unrestricted development.

“The countryside should be there for everyone to enjoy, but once it is gone it is gone forever.”

John Mills

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George Gosling dies aged 81

A member of one of Congresbury’s oldest families, George Gosling, has died at the age of 81.

George was born in Brinsea Road, in a family of nine children, whose father Frank ran the timber business of T. Gosling & Son.

George Gosling, son of one of Congresbury’s best-known families, who has died aged 81

Three of his brothers, John, Donald and Brian, joined the family business, but George favoured his mother’s family, the Edwards, who were all farmers.

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Hermine Ellis – A Full and Interesting Life

The large congregation, which filled St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury, on May 5th, for a celebration of the life of Hermine Ellis, was indicative of her wide circle of friends and her involvement in the village. Hermine, who died at the age of 90, was born in Saarland, Germany, into a Catholic family of 11 children, and her childhood was spent in wartime Germany.   Read more
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Skittlers bag trophies

Congresbury skittlers Leila Storey and Chris Andrews were presented with a trophy for winning the South Avon Ladies pairs competition at a dinner and dance held at Double Tree Cadbury Hotel & Spa.

Leila was also presented with the Candy Ballam Memorial Crystal Cup for the highest score in the pairs and individual competitions. It was an emotional time for Leila. Candy, who died in 2015 and formerly lived in Congresbury, for many years was captain of the Clangers Skittles Team, which includes Leila and Chris.

Pairs winners Chris Andrews and Leila Storey

Andrew Sheppy: a rare breed

Andrew Sheppy whose sudden death at the age of just 68 has stunned many, was a well recognised figure around the village. The archetypal rustic, in his well-worn boiler suit, dirty green wellies, shapeless hat and bushy beard, his educated tones when he spoke came as a shock.

Andrew Sheppy

But Andrew was a man of many talents, devoted not only to his rare breed Dexter cattle and poultry, but also a musician of some renown, organist, choir conductor, and possessor of a fine bass voice.

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