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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.

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Charlton Farm Children’s Hospice Anniversary

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.

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Intruder alert

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.

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Burglary Alert!

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.

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Police Reminder

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.

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Police Warning

Overnight 2-3 April a garage at High Street, Congresbury was broken into. It is thought that the offender prized open the door of the garage to gain entry. Entry was then gained to an insecure vehicle inside the garage and cash left in the vehicle was stolen.

Over the same period there was an attempt made to break into a garage at Gooseham Mead, Congresbury. There was damage caused to the door but no entry gained.

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CRAG team ‘quietly optimistic’

After three and a half days of close argument, CRAG’s team at the Wrington Lane public inquiry, ably led by Peter Walton, are quietly hopeful of a positive outcome.

Praise for CRAG’s efforts came from District Councillor Tom Leimdorfer who said he was immensely proud of the village. “We knew that we were up against land agents with very deep pockets using top experts and an aggressive business model,” he said.

Friday’s session ended with evidence from two important witnesses for Gladman.
The first, a landscape architect tried to argue that 50 new houses in a field would not alter the character of the surrounding area. The second, Gladman’s town planner, tried to convince the inspector that because North Somerset could not prove a five year supply of land for development, their appeal should be allowed.

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Winning ways of persistent gardeners

Janet Edwards with her prizewinning orchids

A difficult Spring for local gardeners did affect the entries at the Congresbury Horticultural Society Spring Show on Saturday, but villagers pulled out all the stops and produced a colourful and enjoyable event.

Show Secretary Lyn Bacon summed it up when she said that the warm weather encouraged all the daffodils to open early, and they were then drastically damaged by wind and rain.

However the Old School Rooms still blossomed with a feast of colour and perfume, and, once again, children’s entries were numerous and fascinating.

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Betty Sutton Memorial

Betty Sutton who has died aged 90

Abundant flowers decorated Congresbury Methodist Church for the Thanksgiving service of Betty Sutton, on March 6th, reflecting that many of her 90 years of life, centred on flowers.

Born in Oldmixon, Betty attended Hutton village school, and then moved to Weston-super-Mare, where she was a Girl Guide and joined the Red Cross.   She met her husband Derrick at a village dance when he was stationed at R.A.F. Locking.    Aged 16, she moved to London and worked as a Red Cross nurse in the Soho Women’s Hospital, before returning to the West Country to train as a State Registered nurse at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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Congresbury Scouts appeal for warm/waterproof clothing

Congresbury Scouts love to be outdoors and do a lot of hiking and camping. Scouts grow very fast, and for some families, it’s a real struggle to keep them in suitable warm clothing and footwear for activities. Leaders have had a number of occasions when young people have not been able to enjoy their outdoor activities just because they have been too cold and wet. We have decided to address this by setting up a kit exchange within the group, so that outdoor gear can be passed down to those who don’t have enough of their own.

To get this ball rolling, we need to assemble a reasonable stock of various sizes that are available for exchange. We are looking for waterproof jackets, trousers, gloves and gaiters especially, and for walking boots in various sizes.

If anyone has that sort of stuff hanging around outgrown or unloved, we would love to hear from you.

Alex Ballard 01934 853201   cidercot.alex@gmail.com

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CRAG takes on developers at public inquiry

Congresbury Residents Action Committee (CRAG) has decided take on a development company at a public inquiry due to take place later this month. CRAG made the decision to fight Gladman Homes after North Somerset council’s U-turn to approve a decision to allow building.

In August 2016, North Somerset planners cited four good reasons for opposing an appeal lodged by Gladman Homes for their application to build 50 dwellings on land off Wrington Lane.

Now six months later, following advice from planning officers, the council has done a 180 degree turn and approved the plan – even though they had already approved a scheme by Sunley Homes for 38 houses in a nearby field.

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Barbara Elverd 1936-2017

 

Barbara Elverd who was a popular and well-known figure in the village

Barbara Ruth Summerell was born in the Bird in Hand Pub, Nailsea on February 12, 1936. She was one of nine children. Later in 1958 she married Terry Elverd. They moved to Mulberry Road, Congresbury in 1965 where Stephen and Phillip were born.

Barbara will be remembered in Congresbury as one of Edith Wilson’s right hand people at the Playgroup in the Methodist Hall. She was also a lollipop lady for many years and  worked in the wool shop, Needles & Pins alongside Maureen Budd in the Precinct which was owned by Maureen Bewes.

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Volunteer opportunity

If you have ever wanted to help your local community now is your opportunity to volunteer with the Avon Community Resilience Team (CRT).

The purpose of the Avon CRT is to support communities within Avon to be able to be better prepared to cope with adverse situations like the effects of a storm, high winds and flooding. Volunteers will help reduce the demand put on the emergency services and be a link between the community and blue light services.

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Marquee after the show

As yet no one is using the Horticultural Society marquee after the summer show on Saturday 1st July. Organising a “do” after the show as a great way to make money for your Society. We are happy for you to use it free of charge and the only cost is lighting and chairs if required. If you are interested then please contact Liz English on 834333.

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Action group on high alert

Congresbury Residents Action Committee (CRAG) was placed on high alert this week in readiness for a coming battle with land agents Gladman. After last week’s surprise u-turn by North Somerset Council’s planning committee, CRAG has decided to take on the developer’s plan for 50 houses in Wrington Lane.

The council had already approved a plan for 38 homes on Wrington Lane and has now accepted a further 50 on a road that, protesters claims, is barely adequate for current traffic volumes, said CRAG’s Mary Short.

CRAG will provide the main opposition to the developers if there is a public inquiry next month. “CRAG has a pretty good track record of organising for a public hearing and we’ll be ready to give Gladman the same treatment that saw Barratt Homes lose two years ago,” added Mary.

This will involve leaflets, a survey of local residents, the organising of witness statements and how to respond to cross-examination if it should get that far. CRAG is aware that Gladman could decide to withdraw from the public inquiry at the last minute.

John Mills

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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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Residents Action Group vow to fight Wrington Lane development

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) was angry but determined to fight on this week after North Somerset Council betrayed the village and decided to approve a new building scheme.

Most of the council’s planning committee followed the u-turn by officers and agreed to the proposal for 50 houses on land off Wrington Lane, Congresbury.

Despite passionate, well-informed arguments from local councillor Tom Leimdorfer and CRAG members Susan Hibberd and Peter Walton, a majority of the committee followed the party line and approved the scheme.

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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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Villagers angry at lack of consultation

Congresbury residents living on and near Wrington Lane are furious that North Somerset Council has not written to them about a proposal to make the road even narrower than it is at present.

They want to be given the chance to comment formally on a last-minute road amendment from Gladman Developments to their application to build 50 houses on this country lane. North Somerset Council wrote to only a few homes very close to the proposed development asking for their comments.

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