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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.

Meet our local police

On Friday 23rd November the Police will be holding an open meeting in The Old School Rooms for the community of Congresbury, Hewish and Puxton.  The meeting will start at 7.30pm and last one hour.  The purpose of this meeting is:

  1. For the community to meet the local beat team
  2. Explain the new changes to neighbourhood policing
  3. To listen and discuss the community’s concerns and expectations of the police

In attendance will be Sgt Mark Raby, PC Paul Morris and PCSO Marie Broomfield.

 

 

Your chance to quiz police commissioner

Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will be at the Sovereign Centre in Weston-super-Mare on Monday November 5 between 3-4pm. She will be there to answer your questions about local policing matters.

Workshop theft

Police report that overnight on October 12-13 a workshop at a property in Urchinwood Lane, Congresbury, was broken into. Items stolen include a chain saw, welder and grinder.

Avon & Somerset police also point out that shed break-ins and theft of pedal cycles has increased in the area recently and there has been a spate of crime in Blagdon.

Charity Golf Day at Mendip Springs G.C.

A charity golf day will be held at Mendip Spring Golf Club in Honeyhall Lane on Friday 19 October.    Several companies are sponsoring a charity golf tournament in aid of National Eye Research Centre based in Bristol Eye Hospital who research into the causes of and treatments for eye disease, sight loss and blindness.

The winning team will get to play at Celtic Manor golf course, where the Ryder Cup was held in 2010. Other prizes will be up for grabs.

For more information or to join in, visit https://www.nerc-charity.org.uk/Event/golfday or call Ian on 07969 456307.

North Somerset Community Partnership Fund grants available

The North Somerset Community Partnership Grant Programme is now open for applications from local voluntary and community groups and organisations in North Somerset. The maximum grant awarded is £5000 and applications have to be received by 11am on 2nd November 2018.

To be eligible for a grant from the North Somerset Community Partnership Grant Programme your work/activity must benefit the health or wellbeing of people in North Somerset who are disadvantaged. The beneficiaries may be disadvantaged due to poverty, disability, age, location or culture.

For full details click this link:    www.quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/north-somerset-community-partnership-fund-grant

 

Your opinion on a coffee lounge

Rob Jones would like to find out what the interest might be in an independent coffee lounge being set up in Congresbury, that would be welcoming to parents and children, after the school run, as a place to meet & socialise over quality coffee/tea & home made cakes etc. He’d like to gauge opinion, to see if the community feel a need for such a venue.

Please post your comments on the article on our facebook page or email the editor@congresbury.net

 

Garden Club Autumn Show

A GOOD END TO THE SUMMER

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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Faster Broadband

A message from one of our readers. (Congresbury.net does not endorse companies and there are other providers of broadband available.)

Truespeed has come to our area and it is 8 household sign-ups away from getting it signed off and installed this year, so if anyone would like faster internet connection, please contact Andy at Truespeed directly on 07548 239261 to find out details. Jess (not employed by Truespeed, just a resident of Congresbury that eagerly needs faster internet!)  The booking/sign-up is at Mendip Spring Golf Club on Tuesday anytime between 5pm-8pm.

 

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  cidercot.alex@gmail.com   Barleywood Orchard are also interested in receiving your surplus cider apples, as long as they are gathered separately, and clearly marked as for cider.

Message from beat officer PC Morris

I am the beat officer for Congresbury, Churchill, Langford and Blagdon which is part of the Nailsea Neighbourhood Team. I work closely with PCSO Marie Broomfield and have worked this area for the last 14 months. I have been a beat manager for seven years and the previous five years as a Crime Reduction Specialist; all in the North Somerset Area. My first eight years as a Police Officer were spent in South Bristol stationed at Broadbury Road.

Marie has been a PCSO for four years, previously working in Police HQ for 11 years call handling and delivering training to colleagues.

We work predominately on community engagement and attend as many local events as we can; this area is key to finding out what people would like us to concentrate on and how we can solve local problems. Our work in local schools is also vital to our future engagement with young people, you will often see Marie outside schools at drop-off / pick up times.

We are always looking for new ways of engagement so if anyone has any ideas please get in contact.

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 cidercot.alex@gmail.com

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  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.

 

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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

Code Club

CODE CLUB is a new opportunity for young people in Congresbury, aimed at young people aged 8 -15 who are interested in learning the basics of computer programming.

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

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. 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.  Volunteer tutors will also help you with the programming language Python, which is taught in our local secondary schools. If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, preferably with a parent who can sign you up, or contact cidercot.alex@gmail.com to find out more. 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.

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

Police Notice

Overnight 8-9 September a burglary occurred at a property in Venus Street, Congresbury. Window to the rear of the property forced open to gain entry and a search took place inside. No details of stolen items.

New Village Hall Project boost – latest update

The Congresbury new village hall project – which has received pledges of £115,000 so far – is extending the deadline of its pledge request to the end of September.
The community were asked to make a pledge, which is a non-binding promise to buy community shares, or donate via a ‘buy a brick’ scheme.
Ian Sheppard for the project said, ‘Whilst we are somewhat short of the minimum target we set, there are well over 2,000 other people, organisations and businesses in the village who could pledge. If just half pledged £100 it would raise a further £100,000.
‘The number of pledges is just as important as the amount raised because it shows potential funders the village supports the new building,’ he said.
The community share offer will be open to those aged over 16 and also to people from outside the village.
The project team has also fine-tuned the pledge request.  The minimum amount for shares has been reduced to £100 and pledges can be made online.
Mr Sheppard noted that there had been some confusion over the pledges. ‘Money invested in Community shares are not a donation,’ he explained.
‘Effectively they are a long-term loan with 30 per cent income tax relief if retained for at least three years, with the full amount to be repaid, a significant return of over 40 per cent.’
Full details are on the project website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/
In a further development Mr Sheppard said that the project will receive a significant boost if it reaches the pledge target.
‘A substantial investment has been promised to help the project achieve its £400,000 optimum target. This investment is subject to some conditions, one of which is for the community to raise £250,000 in pledges.
‘Other conditions relate to ensuring the existing clubs use of the playing fields is not adversely impacted by the use of the new building, and having this included in an agreement between ourselves and the trustees managing the playing fields. The Development committee have confirmed their agreement to that.’
‘It is in the community‘s hands to make this happen.’
Members of the project team will be out and about in the village over the next month or so to answer any questions. Regular updates will be available on the website and on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/.

TOUR OF BRITAIN

The Tour of Britain (Stage 3) will be coming through the village on Tuesday 4th September from about midday. (expect them between 12.11 and 12.16 depending on speed) Come and support the cyclists who will include Pete Williams, former jersey winner, Geriant Thomas and Chris Froome. Information on the road closures is available here.

The full broadcast of the live race will be on ITV4 (ch 24) 11.15-15.30 and the highlights at 20.00

MILLENNIUM GREEN TOUR OF BRITAIN EVENT – SEPT 2nd

There is an afternoon of fun, competitions and cycling events to welcome the Tour of Britain to Congresbury. The event will be held on September 2nd from 2.30 – 4.30 pm and will include ride a smoothie bike, sprint challenge and decorated bike. Further information is available here.