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Christmas Concert Tuesday 17th December 2019

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Congresbury Singers will be performing their popular annual Christmas concert in St Andrew’s Church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th 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. Audience participation can be expected. 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 17th December at 7.30pm and afterwards for mince pies, a glass of wine and plenty of chat.

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

CONGRESBURY CHRISTMAS FAIR

Raffle tickets will be for sale in the precinct on the 23rd and 30th of November, and in the Weston Hospicecare shop during opening hours.  
We do still have stalls available for any local not-for-profit organisations that would like to participate and, indeed, for any for-profit organisations provided they’re not selling anything on the night!
Anyone interested can contact Adam at editor@congresbury.net

Christmas coffee morning

Individual Christmas cakes, a variety of gifts, including jewellery and colourful plants all available at a relaxing stress-free Coffee Morning and Sale on Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m. – 12 noon, in the Methodist Hall, High Street, Congresbury. Proceeds to the Friends of St. Andrew’s church.

Trading Standards, Advice Session


In light of the increase of reported scams, there will be a session with a North Somerset Trading Standards, Advice Officer held at Congresbury Recreational Club on November the 26th at 7pm.
This session is open to anyone, not just Neighbourhood Watch, so please do tell your friends and neighbours.
Anyone interested in attending this event can email caroline.pinnell@me.com to register their attendance.

Walking Tennis

Walking tennis is taking off all over the Bristol area (where it was founded) – and it’s about to hit Congresbury and North Somerset this spring!

This new format of the game is great as a ‘medium-level exercise’ for those not able to due sport due to injury or age for both non-tennis players and ex-tennis players alike. It is also great for beginners who can develop their tennis stroke and confidence before moving to the running form of the game.

Walking Tennis is played with lower compression (orange spot) balls, you have the option of a second bounce (which has to land in court too), and you cannot run. It can be played as singles or doubles, although we’ve seen it played nicely with 3 at each end too!

The social element is important too with coffee after; at some clubs the players rotate bringing a cafe to have with the coffee – we hope that will happen here too!

If you might be interested in joining the course in April 2020 please email WalkingTennis@congresburytlc.net to be added to the mailing list to receive more details nearer the time. You can also check out the rules of Walking Tennis at https://www.walkingtennis.org/rules.html

Congresbury Tennis Club

Quiz in aid of the Community Coffee Shop

Quiz with light supper on Saturday 30th November

At Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury.
Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Teams of 4 or 6
Tickets £8 per head to include a light supper
Bar & Raffle 
Tickets from the Community Coffee Shop, Church House Designs or phone 01934 830085.

Soup & Puds for Children’s Hospice

A Soup & Puds Lunch in aid the the Children’s Hospice will be held on Thursday 21st November from 12 noon until 2pm in the Methodist Church Hall.   Home made soup, roll and home made pudding, tea or coffee will be served – all for £5.    Raffle & produce stall also.   Last orders at 1pm – so get there early for a seat!

Fundraising Pumpkin Trail

Wander through our autumnal pumpkin trail, set undercover in our greenhouse at Middlecombe Nursery. We’ll be displaying pumpkins carved by local groups and businesses as well as a few of our own. Our opening night will see the pumpkins illuminated in the darkness of an October evening. CUPPA Coffee Shop will be open as usual – why not try a Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate or S’mores Latte…

Entry fee
Cash donation to Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group’s Batmap Project

Opening Hours
Opening Night Illuminations: Thursday 24th October, 5pm to 8pm.
Day Time: Thursday 24th to Thursday 31st October inclusive, 10am to 5pm.

If your group/business would like to take part by carving and displaying a pumpkin please contact Leigh at middlecombenursery@hotmail.com.

Youth group relaunches 100 Club

Congresbury Youth Partnership have relaunched their 100 Club and welcome new and returning members. £12 buys entry to 12 draws during the year. 50% of all monies is given out in prizes. The remaining 50% supports the work we do with young people.  To join please e-mail 100club@congsyp.org.uk for details, or pop into the youth club after school any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3.15 to 5pm.  Hurry and join!  First draw at the end of October.

Macmillan success at community cafe

The community cafe and Debbie Fortune’s Macmillan coffee morning raised £650 for Macmillan cancer support, including a £100 donated by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. Thank you to the volunteers who manned the cafe, covered the cafe’s costs, and donated the homemade cakes as well as those who donated throughout the morning.

If you missed it there is always still the option to donate online through the website if you wanted to, https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate

Ian Sheppard, Congresbury Community Cafe

The Nottingham Knockers are back!

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Congresbury & Churchill areas. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• if you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away • keep your cash in the bank, not at home • keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room • set up a No Cold Calling Zone – contact your local Council Trading Standards Office

Remember, genuine callers: • expect you to check their identification before opening the door • would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency • will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you

YACWAG competition for writers and image makers

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In conjunction with Yatton Library Writers Group YACWAG are holding a competition for writers and image makers with the theme “Nature as your Neighbour”.
The Short Story, Prose (non-fiction) and Poetry elements are open to both adults and 12-18 year olds.
The Book Cover section is open to adults, 12-18 year olds and also to 7-12 year olds.
Closing date – 31st March 2020.
For full details please visit http://yacwag.org.uk/

Funding advice surgery

paul.lucock@vansmail.org.uk Funding Advice Surgery with local funder Quartet Community Foundation

Need help to apply for grant funding through Quartet Community Foundation? If so why not book a 1:1 Funding Advice Surgery appointment on Friday 4 October at VANS in Weston-super-Mare?  Thirty minute appointments will be available from 0900 hours, with the last appointment at 1500 hours.

  • Meet local funder Julie Newman, Quartet Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Officer for North Somerset who can offer tips on what grant-makers want to see in applications
  • Get help to find the right Quartet Community Foundation grant programme to fund your group 
  • Find support from VANS to complete the application forms for funding for your group. 

All community groups in North Somerset are invited to come along and get information.  Places are limited and early booking is advisable. To reserve your 1:1 Funding Advice Surgery appointment with Quartet Community Foundation email: info@vansmail.org.uk 

Venue: VANS Offices, Weston Court, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston-super-Mare. BS24 9AU.