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Wyn Daniel 1951-2017

Wyn Daniel: a hugely popular figure in the village

Wales and rugby were two main strands running through the DNA of Wyn Daniel, a well-known local rugby player and popular teacher, who died suddenly aged 65.

Born in Cardigan. Wyn spent most of his early life on his parents’ small farm in Pembrokeshire. He was always involved in sport, but his passion was rugby, and he gained a County schoolboys cap in Pembroke and competed at national level in the shot put.

Studying as a teacher in Cardiff, he met his future wife, Carolyn, also a student there, and they married in 1974.

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Village Stores robbers caught

Two thieves who robbed a shop in Congresbury on Tuesday, were caught and arrested within minutes of the crime.

Two men, both wearing hoods and with their faces covered, entered Congresbury Village Stores at approximately 5pm.

One man attempted to steal items from behind the counter but when challenged by staff left the store with a cash tin and handbag, before making their escape in a red Ford KA.

Driving off down the A370 towards Weston-Super-Mare, they didn’t get far before they were stopped by police near Puxton Park and arrested.The stolen property was recovered from the car and the two men, 42 and 46, were taken to Bridgwater Custody Centre.

PC Simon Broad, from the Somerset Investigations Team, said: “We understand that an incident of this nature can be extremely distressing for shop staff, who in this case acted very courageously in challenging the thieves.

“I want to reassure the local community, that crimes of this type are relatively uncommon in villages such as Congresbury.

“The police unit who responded, two Firearms Officers from our Tri-Force Operations Department, were quick to locate and deal with the suspects, which I hope provides further reassurance to local residents.

“If anyone has any information about this or any similar crimes, then I would like to hear from them. Please call me via the 101 number, quoting reference number: 5217028307.”

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Say Hello to your elderly neighbour and help them to be safe

Sometimes all it takes is a simple ‘hello’ from a neighbour to make an elderly or vulnerable person feel less isolated and more safe, say police.

Everyone has a part to play in reducing opportunities for thieves to strike. If you’re a family member, neighbour or carer of an elderly or vulnerable person, please help to keep them safe and independent by giving them some good advice and reminding them to think about their personal safety.

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Police Report – Congresbury thief caught red-handed

An eagle-eyed Special Constable caught a thief red-handed on Friday night 13/01, when he noticed a suspicious vehicle just before midnight.  The officer was on patrol around the Congresbury area when he noticed a van parked across the gateway of a field. Given the late hour, the officer went to investigate and his suspicions were confirmed the driver ran away as he approached. Fortunately he didn’t get far and was detained by the officer.
Items including a ride-on lawn mower, tree shredder/chipper, a generator, a hedge trimmer and tree pruners were found in and near the van and officers later confirmed that two separate garages had been broken into and the items recovered matched those that were taken.
The 34 year-old man from Hewish was arrested on suspicion of two non-dwelling burglaries and was taken to Patchway Custody Centre. He has been released on bail pending further investigation. The officers were able to reunite the property with the rightful owners.
 If you have information about suspected crime in your area you can either email the Police via the website, call us on 101 or text a new number 81819 we have launched which will allow the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who will be able to assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently. This text number is specifically for rural and agricultural crime information and is being trialled for three months.
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Afternoon Woman’s Institute

The Congresbury afternoon WI meet in the Methodist Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 and are a small, very friendly group, always happy to welcome visitors and new members.
Further information from our President, Val Harding, on 01934 833396 or the Secretary, Susan Hibberd, on 01934 833544

Click here for the 2017 programme

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Quad bikes stolen

A garage at Hill Park, Congresbury, was broken into overnight 31 December-1 January. Items stolen include quad bikes, motor bikes and a mountain bike.

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Boxing Day walks enjoyed

Boxing Day walkers on Cadbury Hill

Boxing Day walkers on Cadbury Hill

The Annual Boxing Day walk enjoyed good weather and the 50 walkers took two routes, one walked over Cadbury Hill and the photograph shows the panoramic view looking over the Village and beyond to Crooks Peak and Exmoor. The second group walked alondg the River Yeo and then followed a circular route back via the Strawberry Line to enjoy mince pies and sherry in the Old School Rooms.

Most of the walkers then retired to The Plough where the Mendip Morris Men did their annual Boxing Day display to a large crowd of onlookers. The highlight was perhaps the children who were invited to join in and take part in this ancient custom.

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The Strawberry Line on Boxing Day 2016

Silver Springs Fishing Lake on Boxing Day. Sketch by Michael Greaves

Silver Springs Fishing Lake on Boxing Day. Sketch by Michael Greaves

Michael Greaves reflects on the changes seen along the Strawberry Line following the annual Boxing Day walk

 In 2013 I wrote a monthly series of articles about ‘Life on the Strawberry Line’.

On Boxing Day morning the annual Village Walk gave me the opportunity of looking at the changes that have happened in the last four years. Fortunately, the Strawberry Line is still there and being used by increasing numbers of walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The  downside is that more traffic is using the old railway line with a solar farm and a new farm house having been built towards Churchill.

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Police Alert!

Between 19-22 December two boxes of wine were delivered to a property in Kent Road, Congresbury. Boxes were left in the front porch of the property by a delivery company and were later stolen.

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Safety warning from Avon & Somerset Police

As Christmas approaches there are plenty of new gadgets that parents and carers may be thinking about buying for their children. But before you wrap up your presents, have you checked out the safety features?

The following links will help

Tech gifts general http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/tech-gifts-christmas

Various Internet providers http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider

Various Devices http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/all-i-want-christmas-wii-u

Smart TV’s

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology/smart-tvs

Forwarded on behalf of Kate Blackburn, Youth Project Co-ordinator

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Christmas Around the Village

Have you spotted any festive decorations of note this year? Why not send us your pictures and we’ll publish them on our Facebook page. Here is one from the past, Barry’s wonderful scarecrow at the wier 2014. Do send us an up-to-date one.

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Definitely up this year!

Music, lights and laughter filled Broad Street for the annual Christmas Fair.

A new feature this year was the mini Ferris wheel, emblazoned with festive lights, which continually took pairs of children up and over the street to look down on the hectic activity.

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The new Christmas street lights, organiseded by the Parish Council, and the superbly illuminated Christmas tree added to the jolly atmosphere.

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Quilters raise £320 for charity

The first exhibition by Congresbury’s quilting group proved to be a huge success with a constant flow of visitors to The Old School Rooms where the group meets every Tuesday afternoon.

Sales of their work, raffle tickets and tea and cakes raised more than £320 for Children’s Hospice Southwest.

Organiser Pat Baker, front left, and fellow quilters at their first exhibition in The Old School Rooms

Organiser Pat Baker, front left, and fellow quilters at their first exhibition in The Old School Rooms

Success for The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast held on Saturday raised a whopping £1,480 for Weston Hospicecare. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success, and to all those who gave their support and bought a big breakfast. Special thanks go to Julie Gosling and family, without whom it would not have been possible.

Remember to take all your unwanted clothes and items to the Hospice shop in Broad Street, and while you’re there, have a look round, there may be just the thing you were looking for.

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Still remembering …..

Loyal as ever, although the Congresbury branch of the Royal British Legion is now closed, so the standard was not present, the usual crowd of villagers gathered at the War Memorial Hall on November 11 to remember Armistice Day. A contingent of pupils from St. Andrew’s Junior School was there and one of the pupils, 10-year-old Maddie Smith, who is a Girl Guide, carried the standard of the Congresbury Scouts. Traffic stopped at 11a.m. for a short service, conducted by the vicar of Congresbury, Rev. Matthew Thomson. Ben White sounded the Last Post and Reveille and 97-year-old Fred Bailey, in a wheelchair, gave the Act of Remembrance.