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Parish council job vacancy


An opportunity has arisen for an Admin Officer to join the small team at the Parish Council. This is a part-time role for 9 hours a week, ideally spread over 3 mornings every week. The job involves managing the operation of the Old School Rooms and other Council assets. Assisting in the preparation for meetings, writing of reports, managing the Council website, dealing with queries from members of the public and contractors and assisting Councillors in their duties.

Further information and a job description is available on the Parish Council website at

The closing date is Friday 4th January 2019 and the potential interview date is Thursday 17th January 2019.

For further information please contact the Clerk on Tel: 838802 or email


New warning on computer hacking

Police report an increase in the number of telephone scams where the caller tells you that there is a ‘Microsoft virus on your computer’ .

The caller claims that if the virus is not removed damage will be caused to the computer. The caller will ask the computer owner to access a website provided by the caller and download software to deal with the virus. Doing this will expose the computer to potential risks like unwanted Malware, computer viruses or allowing remote access to the computer by the caller even after the call has ended.

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Warning on festive crime

Police warn that thefts from motor vehicles often increase at this time of year leading up to the festive period. Many criminals are tempted by items (both large and small) being left on display in vehicles that are unattended. If possible you are advised not to leave anything on display, whether it is coins for the car park, shopping, a spare coat for inclement weather, work tools or paperwork – unfortunately it is all tempting to the criminal.

Even if they do not steal anything of value, there is the inconvenience and expense of reparations to your vehicle.

Always make sure that vehicle windows and doors are kept secure whenever unattended, even when leaving a vehicle open/unlocked when unattended for a short time.

Keep car keys in a safe placed at home – away from windows and doors, preferably in a locked cupboard or cabinet.

Congresbury footpaths news

More styles removed.

On 6 November the Woodspring Ramblers maintenance group set to work improving the path between Venus St and Stock Lane. The original plan was to replace all 10 styles with gates however following discussions with the landowners it was agreed only 5 gates need be installed thereby dramatically improving access along the route.  Many villagers will be familiar with the path but for those who are not it starts from Venus St, just past Yew Tree Farm, at a new Bristol Gate and heads south east across fields and through the solar farm to Stock Lane.         To read more & view the map click here

CRAG notice

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is hoping for a good response to its flyers advertising the drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms this week-end.
Several Congresbury residents attended the event at Churchill last Saturday where they heard about North Somerset Council’s plan for a 2,800 house new town at Mendip Spring.

Christmas carols in The Precinct

Wednesday 19th December 5:30-6:30pm in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Come and join in with Christmas songs sung by Sing Out Loud UK, and enjoy some mulled wine and a mince pie. Free event, a collection will be taken in aid of CHSW.

£10,000 boost for new village hall plans

Plans for the new village hall/community centre at the King George V Playing Fields have been boosted by a £10,000 grant.    The funding comes from Power to Change, an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes.   The money will allow the project team to develop the community share offer and the business plan for the proposed new building.

The fund-raising team is also negotiating to secure an equity investment from the Community Shares Booster Programme. Under this programme, up to £100,000 is available to match applications for shares from the public.  If successful, it would mean that for every pound invested by individuals up to £100,000, another pound will be invested in matched shares.

To read full update including pledges and new community cafe opening  click here

Congresbury Singers Christmas concert

Congresbury Singers Carol Concert

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 7:30pm

Congresbury Singers will be performing their popular annual Christmas concert at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th December. As usual this will be a fusion of seasonal, traditional, serious and light-hearted readings, music and carols.

The evening will include both secular and religious themes and will celebrate the centenary of the nine lessons and carols.  Audience participation will be required.  Judging by previous concerts, it is guaranteed to be an entertaining and inspiring start to the festive season.   So early booking is advised. They look forward to seeing you in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury on Tuesday 18th December at 7.30pm and afterwards for seasonal nibbles, a glass of wine and plenty of chat.

Tickets cost £8.00 (children free) and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, or on the door.

Quilting Exhibition

Quilting enthusiasts raised £300 for the Children’s Hospice South West at an exhibition of their work in Congresbury on Saturday (Oct 27).
The event was staged by the 12 members of Congresbury Quilters in the Old School Rooms, where the group meets every Tuesday.
Pat Baker, who launched the group some three ago, said: “It was amazing. Our members put in lots of energy, enthusiasm, hard work and served some lovely cakes too.”
An exhibition is held every two years for the Children’s hospice.
“New members are welcome – they can pop in any Tuesday afternoon 1.30 – 4.00 pm,” said Pat.Quilting Exhibition

Children’s Hospice South West, Santas on the Run, 2k fun run

The annual fun run is taking place around the Harbourside in Bristol on Sunday, December 9th. Organised by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), participants are given a Santa suit to wear on the day and asked to raise sponsorship, which goes directly towards supporting families at CHSW’s local hospice, Charlton Farm.

This year, Bristol Airport and flybmi are joining forces to sponsor the event. Flybmi has donated a pair of return tickets to one of its European destinations for the individual Santa who raises the highest sponsorship.

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Nominate your police hero for an award

Nominations for your policing heroes within Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset are being called for by the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

The annual Be Proud Awards recognise and reward those hard working police men and women who go above and beyond every day to make the communities of Avon and Somerset a safer place. Every person who works or volunteers within the Constabulary play a role in helping to ensure to be safe and feel safe, and this event aims to highlight the exemplary work of those individuals. The nomination form is available on the exclusive Be Proud Awards website.

Garden Club Autumn Show


After a long hot summer, which ripened fruit and vegetables early, there were fears that the Congresbury Gardening Club Autumn Show would be a wipe out, but the village produced excellent entries on September 29 in the Old School Rooms.

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Apple pressing Day

Congresbury Youth Partnership are having an apple pressing day at Barleywood Orchard on Nov 1st, when we are hoping to show young people how the popular apple juice we sell every Christmas is actually made.  We’ll be using apples from the Community Orchard at the Millennium Green, but despite our wassailing efforts in January, the crop there is not enough for our needs.  If anyone has surplus eating apples, we would be very glad to receive them to add to our stocks.  They can be delivered to us as soon as they are ripe (no need to wait until Nov 1st) at any time the Youth Club is open, or by arrangement with Alex Ballard,  01934 853201   Barleywood Orchard are also interested in receiving your surplus cider apples, as long as they are gathered separately, and clearly marked as for cider.

Launch of computer ‘Code Club’

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1st October. 

Aimed for children aged between 8years – 12 years old.

Young people and parents can come and find out what it’s all about, and register to join us.   Subsequent sessions will  be scheduled every Monday of term time,  at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand.  They will  cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow.  Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a  Raspberry  Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately.  Our tutors will advise you. What is a Raspberry Pi?   It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more. We can also help you with the programming language Python, which you may need for your IT homework.

If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, or contact

Check out:  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know.  Skills are not essential.    We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a  knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.

The Strawberry Line – 5 years on

Michael Greaves shares his reflections on the last 5 years of the Strawberry line…..

In 2013 I wrote a monthly account of my walks along the ‘Strawberry Line’ from The Old Station to Thatcher’s Cider Factory. Thanks to my Daughter lending me one of bikes, I have taken to the saddle and enjoyed a few leisurely rides along the ‘Old Railway Line’ and thought some might be interested in what’s happened in the last 5 years.


Looking back at my account of September 2013, we were remembering the last train that travelled from Wells to Yatton on 7th September 1963 – 50 years ago. I haven’t seen any accounts of the 55 years that have now elapsed, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.   Firstly, the Strawberry Line is as beautiful as ever. We are so fortunate to have this open space on our door step. I haven’t been as far as Thatcher’s Orchards for a few years and not since we lost our beloved Black Labrador ‘Minton’. He was the main reason I walked along the Strawberry Line every morning and evening. But, its pure magic and the views are spectacular with wildlife in abundance.  Read more