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.
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.
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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.
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”.
John Mills, CRAG
Congresbury Community Library is holding weekly craft activities for children every Monday 2.30pm – 4.30pm from July 24 – August 21st during the school holidays.
Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment! Read more
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!
Spend your summer in the convivial and relaxing surroundings of Congresbury Bowling Club, off Mill Leg.
Give bowling a go! Everyone is welcome – no experience necessary. You are invited to turn up on a Monday evening from 6pm. Read More
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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.
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.”
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.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
There are still a few places on the Horticultural Society outing to Winterbourne, Edgbaston, Birmingham on Tuesday 20th June. So we have decided to offer it to non-members. If you would like to visit this delightful Botanical garden and Edwardian house please read on. Read More
Congresbury Youth Partnership will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday July 18th.
Venue: The Youth Club hut by the ball park
Everyone is welcome
On Saturday 24th June Congresbury Singers will be celebrating 40 years of singing in Congresbury with a concert in St Andrews Church reprising favourites from those 40 years.
Every seat was filled in St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury on the first Friday in April, for an upbeat evening of songs from musicals and films, which set the appreciative audience tapping their feet and humming along.
Villagers representing facets of Sylvia Jago’s 84 years of activity were among the congregation in St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury, for a celebration of her life on April 4th.
IN THE PINK!
Pink was the theme of the anniversary coffee morning in Congresbury Methodist Hall, celebrating 10 years since Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice at Wraxall was opened, and 25 years since the first children’s hospice in the south west was established in Barnstable.
Every seat was taken at the attractive tables, as over 50 supporters, of all ages, participated in tasting the delicious cakes, made by Pam Stewart and delightfully decorated with pink pigs.
Police report an intruder was spotted on April 15 in property at Wrington Road, Congresbury. When challenged the female intruder left. Nothing was believed to have been stolen.
On April 16, a vehicle parked at Winscombe was broken into and items stolen.
During the evening of 10 April a burglary occurred at a farm at Iwood Lane, Congresbury. Entry was gained by breaking window and items stolen include cash, laptops and a radio.
Please ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are kept secure with good quality locks, hinges and door furniture. Consider securing valuable equipment with extra chains and padlocks. Property mark tools and equipment and consider alarming the buildings.