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Emergency Services Open Day 2018

This is a reminder to those of you who still wish to book tickets for the Emergency Services Open Day on Sunday 16 September at Police and Fire HQ Portishead.
The previous round of tickets made available were snapped up via the on-line booking system in only 3 minutes.   There will be 2 more issues of tickets and we expect them to be just as popular. These will be released on the following dates:    At 1pm on 8 August, and  at 7pm on 28 August
The link to book these tickets is:
PLEASE NOTE – This is a ticketed event only and you will need a valid ticket to attend.
AVON & SOMERSET CONSTABULARY are delighted to announce that they will be opening the doors of Police and Fire HQ at Portishead on Sunday 16 September for our annual Emergency Services Open Day.   For free tickets & full details  of this amazing day click here.

Pedestrian crossing feedback, by Ian Shepherd

Part of the feedback we received from the pledge request for the new village hall, regarded sorting out the pedestrian crossing at the Precinct as some see that as a higher priority.
As I use this crossing daily and have experienced how dangerous it can be. I did write to North Somerset Council (NSC) back in 2012, but as only 1 recorded incident happened in the previous 3 years their only suggestion was using the local speedwatch group to monitor, but that did not happen.

There is currently an opportunity to lobby the Parish Council by commenting on its transport section of the Neighbourhood Plan –…/Congresbury%20Neighbourh…

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My name is Immy Treasure-Smith and I have lived in Congresbury all my life. I have just finished 6th form at Churchill Academy and I am planning to volunteer for VSO for three months from Autumn 2018.
I have to raise £1,500 for VSO to be accepted and I will be doing this by working as many shifts as possible as a waitress and organising local fundraising events.

Pub Quiz at The Plough , Congresbury, Sunday 26th August 8.00pm

‘CREAM TEA’ ’ at Congresbury Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 8th September 3.00-5.00pm

I’ll be giving out free packets of SMARTIES wherever I can to firstly enjoy and then hopefully they can be filled with spare 20p’s and popped through the letter box of Willowmead, 27 Street, Congresbury, BS495EY.

If you want to donate to my ‘Just Giving Page’ go to and go to the search bar. Type in Immy Treasure-Smith and my page should appear.

I will be working for three months in Kenya. I have been posted to the community of LoitoKitok in Masaai country near the Tanzanian border. The project will involve me in teaching girls and teenage young women who are illiterate. This is the main cause of poverty in the region. I will aim to teach, support and inspire these girls to help them access education, vocational skills, employment and health services so they can break out of a long standing cycle of poverty. ( I can provide much more detailed information if anyone would like it).
Please don’t feel obliged in any way as I know how many demands there are to support charitable causes. However If you are interested or able to help me work on this really worthwhile project I am listing below the fundraising events I am organising in the near future.

I thank you so very much for your interest and support and I hope to do my very best in my work ahead in Africa.

Thieves operating in Congresbury

My son had his works van broken into overnight on Tuesday night and all his tools stolen. He has worked really hard to get tools together as he has worked through his electrical apprenticeship. Now almost qualified and this happens. Did anyone hear or see anything odd that night, or if similar happened elsewhere in the village? We are in Homefield and think the thieves prob parked in Park Road (between Tincknells & Homefield) and walked round to Homefield – we found a couple of small items they had dropped.
Also as a warning that thieves are operating in the area so take extra care.
Thank you
Sarah Matthews

Update to this item from Sarah. Amazingly Adam’s tools were found and handed into Police and returned to him today!
Police think all the media coverage may have given thieves cold feet.

Crime Commissioner drop in session

Your Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will be holding a public drop-in surgery at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall on Wednesday 15th August at 12pm until 1:30pm.

Come along and speak with Sue and officers from the local neighbourhood team to discuss policing in your area.

Find the The Town Hall at: 12 Oxford St, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UP

Make sure you follow us on social media @aandspcc to keep up to date with all the latest information from your PCC.

YACWAG. Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

In the latest newsletter, you will find a report on the Love Congresbury weekend at St Andrews, the Claverham bat survey reveals it is best out of 868 other sites across the country and much more.

If you are making a will, please consider making YACWAG a beneficiary as a way of supporting future land purchase.

For the full newsletter click here.

For the website click here.



Community Roadshow in the Precinct

Come and informally meet your local agencies including Police, Trading Standards, Age UK & Village Agent outside the Cottage Loaf. There is advice on reducing the risk of being scammed and what services are available from your local village agent for the over 50’s.
On Wednesday 29th August 2018, 9:30 – 11:00  at                                 The Precinct, Brinsea Rd, Congresbury

Big Breakfast

Please note that this year the Big Breakfast for Weston Hospicecare will be on Saturday 15th September from 9.30 to 12noon at a new venue, the Methodist Hall. Do come along and support this event as it is a big fundraiser for the hospice. See ‘what’s on’ for details.

Free Bluey Shopping Trips

BLUEY –  free shopping trips every second Tuesday monthly.    Act now to secure a seat on the minibus!!   Only 15 seats available!

Due to the great success of previous shopping trips, there are more trips on Bluey for Congresbury residents.

Tuesday 12th June to Bath

Tuesday 10th July to Swindon Outlet

Tuesday 14th August to Gloucester Docks

Tuesday 11th September to Cribbs Causeway.

Pick up points:  The Precinct 9.30am & Riverside Car Park, Millennium Green 9.40am.

Return journey 2.30 p.m.

For information and to book a place please ring 01934 257247.  If no reply leave a message and we will get back to you.  Otherwise email

Act NOW to ensure a seat on your Community Minibus.

Charity Bike Ride in memory of Neil Tuttiett, dec’d

London to Paris Charity Bike Ride in aid of Cancer Research UK 
Two staff members of St Andrews Primary School, Julie Mayo and Claire Hurst are raising money for Cancer Research UK by cycling from London to Paris to raise money in memory of Neil Tuttiett , ex headmaster of their school who died suddenly last summer.      Julie & Claire said “we both decided we needed a challenge and wanted to raise money for a charity close to our hearts!! So we decided to aim big and set ourselves a goal of a long distance bike ride whilst also raising money for Cancer Research UK!    We are doing this challenge in memory of Neil and also of others near and dear to us who have lost their fight, those who are still fighting and to try and help fewer and fewer people have to take on the fight in the future. It’s not going to be easy but compared to what friends and family have faced and are facing it’s a challenge we’re determined to take on.   We start on Wednesday 25th July and complete the ride on Saturday 28th July…….  Read more
Our next fund raising event will be Live Mouse Racing on
Saturday 19th May   7:00pm at St Andrew’s School Hall, Congresbury.  First Race:  7:30pm,
Tickets: £5.00 Adults & £2.50 Children.
Betting – Bar – Hotdogs – Chips
Raffle – 1st Prize – A Kindle donated by Robin King
Tickets available from  Claire/Julie 07887 527723/07817386868 or St Andrew’s School Office.
With support from Robin King, Holders, Blossom and Thyme,  Intellicorp and The PTA!     All proceeds are towards our London to Paris Bike ride in the summer to raise money for Cancer research UK.To Donate please go to www.Go Fund and search for ‘Julie and Claire’s Big Bike Ride’!        click here

Travel News


From Monday 2 April, Carmel Bristol will operate a revised service 88 which will no longer serve Backwell, Congresbury and Yatton. Passengers can use First services X2, X7 and X8 instead.

Remember to follow North Somerset Public Transport on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest information and news.


Bristol area signalling renewal and enhancements. From 30 March (Good Friday) until the early hours of Wednesday 4 April, no trains will operate between Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare. There will also be no trains to Bath Spa, Bristol Parkway or Severn Beach. In total, 20 railway stations will be without rail services, including local stations Nailsea and Backwell, Yatton, Worle and Weston Milton.


For information on roadworks in our area, click here

Download the PDF with more information and links here.

Spring Fair

A feast of craftsmanship and artistic talent will fill the Refectory on Saturday, April 21, 10a.m -4p.m, when 17 craftspeople from around the area, as far as Taunton, will exhibit at the Spring Fair.
Among the many arts and crafts on display will be basketry, wood carving, metalwork, painting, photography, jewellery, felting, quilting, mirrors, pictures, textiles and cards.
Refreshments are available all day, with light lunches.
Entry £1, children free.
The event is organised by the Friends of St. Andrew’s church, who help maintain the church and Refectory.

David Edwards remembered

The farming community was well represented among the large congregation attending the funeral of David Edwards (81) in St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury, on March 26.
David was born at Brinsea Green Farm, eldest son of Bill and Evelyn, who had united the Edwards and Atwell families when they married.

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Richard Hodder remembered

“A gentleman who always took the time to stop and talk to you; he was not just being polite, that was Dick. He was genuinely interested in life and people.”
Such was the description of Richard Hodder by the vicar of Congresbury, Rev. Matthew Thomson, when he conducted his funeral service in St. Andrew’s church, Congresbury, on March 19.

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BLUEY Shopping Trips

                 BLUEY provides regular free shopping trips for Congresbury residents every Tuesday  – except for the second Tuesday in the month –  to Weston-super-Mare. 

There’s a free pick-up service from the Congresbury area (your own front door) leaving at 12 noon to The Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare  (or you could be dropped off at Tesco’s).    Bluey will depart Weston super Mare at 3pm to return to Congresbury.

Every second Tuesday in the month there will be a special trip.

Due to the great success of previous shopping trips outside of North Somerset once a month Bluey will go further afield.  For these trips Bluey will leave the Precinct at 9.30am and the Riverside Car Park at 9.40am and generally aims to return to Congresbury at 3.30pm.

Tuesday April 12th Bluey will go to the Orchard Shopping Centre, Taunton

Tuesday May 8th  Bluey will go to Gloucester Docks

For info and to book a place please ring 01934 257247.  If no reply please leave a message and we will get back to you. Otherwise email

 Act now to secure a seat on the minibus!!   Only 15 seats available!