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A Congresbury resident returned home on Monday night to find a Fit & Forget shower wall had been delivered and left in her driveway. Obviously it wasn’t hers! Nor were any of her neighbours expecting it.

Fit & Forget can’t trace it either. So if you’re missing a shower wall, contact us via Facebook and we will put you in touch.

BBC Series – Filming in the South West

Plimsoll Productions are working on a new BBC TV series that they hope might be of interest to the residents in Congresbury. The title is My Unique B&B and the idea is that they help people who are converting unusual spaces in their gardens into holiday rentals for some extra income. Ideally you would have started on the project but are interested in some expert help from their B&B and carpenter Simon Parfett and their interior designer to make the space stand out from the crowd. The spaces they are looking for are treehouses, airstreams, wagon’s, campers etc. They say it is going to be a great opportunity to get expert advice and help promote the space as it will be on TV early next year. They would love to film in Congresbury.

if you are interested please call Becky On 07728311150

Gardener looking for work

A tub made and planted by Doug

My name’s Doug Crawford and my number is 07481 903064 or 01934 838972 and I’m looking for work. I make handmade planters and paint them or I can do any jobs around the garden such as: mowing lawns, cutting down trees, trimming hedges, dead heading flowers, re-potting and re-purposing plants.

Music and singing for infants

Top of the Tots

Here’s an idea for activities for younger children who are not of school age to do in the daytime.

I run Top of the Tots (music and signing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers) on a Friday morning. Throughout lockdown I’ve been running the classes online and as it is likely that Children’s Centres will remain closed for the time being I’m continuing to do so. I’m looking for new members as some children are leaving to go to school in September. Do message me if you’re interested.

A message from Children’s Hospice South West

Dear all,

Our local Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall has been operating during lockdown over the past few months to provide vital support for families. However, fund raising opportunities have dropped dramatically.  

Mendip Friends fundraising group which is based in Congresbury currently has a butterfly competition for children. The closing date for the competition is the end of July and to enter send pictures of your coloured butterflies to www.facebook.com/CongVirtualFete  or www.newcreationchurches.org.uk/community/love-congresbury/congresbury-village-fete/congresbury-virtual-village-fete or post this form into the church office post-box at St. Andrew’s Church. 

Please do take part in this and we would be very grateful for any help you can provide. Our Justgiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chswcongresbury

Many thanks for your help Jackie Hampson (Congresbury Volunteer)

Village walks challenge

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As part of our Virtual Fete on June 27, villagers are being invited to take part in the walks challenge. It is recommended that you take an Ordnance Survey map with you as well as the sketches attached to the PDFs below. Please note that the closing date for entries is Monday July 6. Enjoy!

Starting now and running until  Friday July 3, your challenge is to complete three short walks, and for a bonus, maybe one longer one.  Groups walking together must adhere to current COVID restrictions (ie a single household, or a group of no more than six people maintaining adequate social distancing while walking).

Proof of completion will be a photo or selfie of one or more members of your group, taken at the mid-point of the walk, and posted on the Fete Facebook page.  (Be mindful of social distancing while you take the photo, and that you have permission to post on Facebook from any identifiable participants. )  Make sure your photo is identified by a great team name, and the walk number.

All groups completing the three walks will receive a certificate, and will be entered into a draw for a prize, and for a second bonus prize if all four walks have been completed.

The  short walks are : 

1)  Over the Golf Course to Honeyhall

2)  Up the Line to Cadbury Hill

3)  Out over the Dolemoor  (published by Woodspring Ramblers)

4)   (The long one)  By the Yeo to Wrington 

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Village walks revisited

A series of village walks, avoiding the Strawberry Line and first published in 2000 have been updated and revised by Alex Ballard. Here’s one – a circular walk to Wrington – to get you going. Click HERE to view the PDF

Congresbury Scarecrow Trail

As part of this year’s ‘virtual fete’, being held from 27th June, residents are being encouraged to make a Scarecrow for their front gardens. A poster advertising the event can be found here.

Congresbury Wishing Tree

The GREAT GET TOGETHER will be held on the Millenium Green during the 19th – 21st June. Starting at 3:00pm on 19th labels are being hung on the tree. Templates for the labels can be downloaded from here and here.

More information can be found on the event’s poster, a copy of which can be found here. It’s important for attendees to act responsibly and helpers will be there to remind people of the need to practice social distancing.

Revamp for Neighbourhood Watch

Plans to integrate and expand the promotion and awareness of Neighbourhood Watch communities across Avon and Somerset have been announced.

“We have been working with the police Rural Affairs Unit to provide support for Farm Watch and Horse Watch – alongside our existing Neighbourhood Watch commitments and our representation of NW on the national NWN body,” says Dr. Egils Praulitis of
Avon and Somerset Watch

“Bringing Watches closer together makes a lot of sense, as it not only strengthens crime prevention, it also raises public awareness – and reflects the approach already adopted in other police regions.”

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Bus times are changing

Bus times are changing from this Sunday, May 31, as part of First Group’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Please read their statement regarding social distancing especially if you can go upstairs. Also please listen to the driver. If you are refused entry if the bus is full it’s for your safety as well as theirs. The bus company are following strict government guidelines.

For information click on this link https://www.firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west/news-and-service-updates/coronavirus-covid19-service-information

Warning on loft insulation scams

Neighbourhood Watch coordinators based in Churchill and Langford are warning that once again loft insulation scams are doing the rounds.

These people will call you to advise that you may be entitled to a free quote or a government grant or that you may have recently had your loft insulated and they may offer additional services. There is a reason they are contacting you, please do not be drawn in. 

If they were a genuine good company they would have enough work without the need to cold call you; furthermore if you needed their services you could contact them in your own time when it is convenient to you. A call back on one of the numbers used proved it was unobtainable.

Do please remain vigilant to this and advise your friends and neighbours where possible, observing government guidelines on social distancing.

Potential Scam by Pro Day UK

We have received notification from Avon & Somerset Police on behalf of Trading Standards about potential scam calls coming to our area.

Pro Day UK have been calling on behalf of Bath & North east Somerset to offer ”virus ventilation and sanitation due to lock down”. The company do not represent our local authority so any calls should be considered a scam.

If you have any information regarding this or other incidents contact the Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

VE Day – May 8th

Official commemorations will begin at 11am with a national moment of remembrance and two minutes’ silence.

11am | The Nation Remembers BBC One will lead a poignant two-minute silence to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

2.45pm | The Announcement of Victory Winston Churchill’s historic speech will also be broadcast – providing a fascinating insight into what the public will have heard on that significant day all those years ago.

8pm | The People’s Celebration Viewers can also tune in to a special programme on VE Day on BBC One, which will see some of the UK’s biggest stars (Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Knight), sing a rendition of the iconic ‘We’ll Meet Again’, by Vera Lynn. Throughout the show, we will hear from the real stars of the night, the people who still remember that historic evening and can tell us what it was like, first hand.

9pm | The Queen’s speech: The Queen herself will be giving a special address to the nation (her second during the coronavirus pandemic), at 9am on 8th May – which is the exact same time that her father, King George VI, spoke to the UK 75 years ago, on the actual VE Day.

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A brief history of Broad Street

Chris Short of Congresbury History Group thought this would be of interest to all of us during lockdown. As he notes, this is not a definitive history, but “a light-hearted attempt to rekindle memories and provide a bit of diversion during this difficult period.” Click here to read it.

Fair Day in the early 1900s. Picture courtesy Congresbury History Group

Burglary at St Andrews Church

The Police have asked for information about this burglary which took place between 11:50pm on 24th and 00:20am on 25th April.

The offenders gained access by forcing the south porch medieval door and stealing two boxes of Foodbank produce before entering the church and departing with nativity figurines. The perpetrators were seen both entering and leaving the building carrying boxes.

The Police would like anyone with information about this incident to contact them by calling 101 quoting reference number: 5220091185, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Internet Security

The Parish Council has advised us this letter has been circulated widely in Congresbury. It is linked to an app. Concerns have been raised regarding the security of products and services sourced via this app. Users submit their real names and addresses which can be accessed by other users including commercial enterprises. Please read, research and make your own judgement. Stay safe on line.

Two comments were made about this on Facebook. Dave Robins There is nothing wrong with this social Media App… it has 285 people in congresbury and 444 people in Yatton and 80 in Kingston Seymour alone using it daily as we speak… 

it has been live in this area since 2018 and world wide since 2008….
Facebook and Apple have tried to buy it but were refused…. 
the person who has posted this has just followed the misinformed local rumour mill like Chinese 
whispers…the letter may or may not be a scam as described but the App is international…. 
maybe Google the App and have a look on wikipedia….or the recent BBC article which described the App as the Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg wished he had made.

Love Congresbury As was reported yesterday, the app is genuine and can be used well, but it uses people’s names/addresses without express permissions and can be a site for fraudsters-there are safer ways to help your neighbours during this time.

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Police message

Trading Standards have told us that a number of residents have been called on their landline from a fake 01225 number, claiming to be from the Government. The automated voice said that the Government is instructing them to wear a facemask and to press a number on the keypad to make a purchase. Fortunately the residents have recognised this as a scam.

Although these calls were made to residents in the Bath area at present, it is likely that this will become far more widespread and will no doubt include our area. Please remain alert to any potential scam calls.

Police issue scam and fraud safety video

Avon & Somerset Police have published the latest of their popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

To watch the video, click here