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Congresbury Singers


Our new term is soon to get underway starting on Tuesday 3rd September and all subsequent Tuesdays. 
There will also be two concerts Autumn – Saturday 9th November – and Christmas – Sunday 22nd December More details will follow soon.

Call for New Singers

If you are down in the dumps and needing a new challenge the answer might be to join a local choir such as Congresbury Singers!  We are a small, friendly group, with members from Congresbury and surrounding areas. We do about five concerts per year covering a wide spectrum of musical styles.  Concerts have included great music from great films and musicals, beautiful choral pieces, extracts from operas, light operas and, always an audience favourite, an eclectic mix of carols and readings at Christmas.  

The benefits of singing in a choir are well proven.  We have our own Gareth Malone in our musical director Gordon Pullin.  New members are more than welcome and no audition is required. You are guaranteed challenging, engaging and ultimately uplifting and rewarding instruction. So if you might enjoy singing a wide and eclectic musical mix, come along at 7.50pm on Tuesday September 3rd (or subsequent Tuesdays) to the Old School Rooms in Congresbury.  For further information or chat please contact Liz Sampson (01934 876104), Paul Adams (01275878740) or find us on https://www.facebook.com/Congresbury-Singers-1652486068331479/ 

Community Cafe

The Community Café Glut Market is proving popular with a range of produce and plants being donated by villagers. Over the last few weeks we have seen plums, red currants, rhubarb, French and runner beans, lettuce, courgettes, marrows, beetroot as well as some plants such as Peace Lilies and Irises. All items can be purchased for a reasonable donation.

The café behind Debbie Fortune estate agents is open Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 till 1pm. It is also open this Saturday morning  the 17th  from 9 – 1pm and every 3rd Saturday each month.

Garage break-ins on the rise

Police report that there has been a substantial increase in the number of break-ins to garages, sheds and outbuildings especially in our area. The attached document, published by Avon and Somerset police, gives some crime prevention advice on steps you can take to help secure your property.

Recycling

Did you know that you could recycle your old toothpaste tubes? The Pharmacy in Broad Street has a collection box on the floor by the counter. They accept-

Toothpaste tubes and caps

Toothbrush outer packaging

Toothpaste cartons

Electric and battery toothbrush heads

Any brand of toothbrush

Also unwanted inhalers and glasses 

Glasses cases in good condition can be donated and are offered to customers who need them. 

Celebratory Tea for Tom and Di

A celebratory party was held on Sunday at the Old School Rooms, to thank Tom Leimdorfer and Di Hassan for the immense amount of work they have done for the village. Tom was Ward Councillor for 16 years and Di was a parish councillor for 10 years, 6 of which she served as chair. They steered the community through some very difficult times and were thanked during a tea party of over 100 people. Liz Greaves arranged the planting of trees for the occasion and the party processed to the Community orchard and paddock at the Milllennium Green, where they were photographed at the field maple for Tom, and the Quince for Di. It was a very memorable and happy occasion for all who attended and just shows what a special village this is. 

We wish Stuart Treadway (the new ward councillor) and Arthur Hacking (the new chair of the parish council) the very best in their endeavours.

Somerset Methodist Circuit Spring Harvest 2020 in Minehead

Congresbury Methodist Church is hoping to take a group from the Circuit to Spring harvest at Minehead for 4 nights from 13th – 17th April 2020. The theme next Easter will be ‘Unleashed – the Acts Church for Today’. Over the 5 days there will be a programme of worship, speakers, workshops, bible study and leisure activities, including full use of all the Butlins entertainment on sight, including the swimming pool and rides! Read more

AN ANCIENT CEREMONY IN THE RAIN

Sheltered from the rain under an umbrella, one of the Assistant Bishops of Bath & Wells carried out an ancient ceremony to consecrate the remaining section of the Burial Ground at St. Andrew’s church.  A small section has been left for villagers who do not wish to be buried in consecrated ground.

The ceremony began with Diana Hassan, chairman of Congresbury Parish Council, reading a petition, on behalf of the Parish Council, to the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. George Cassidy, asking him to consecrate the land. The Bishop responded and conducted the service, leading the small gathering in prayer, assisted by Rev. Matthew Thomson. The Deputy Registrar of Bath & Wells, Janet Saxon, in wig and gown, read the official authorisation and the ceremony ended with the land being blessed.

Michael Greaves, who attended the ceremony at the end of April, was present when the upper section of the Parish Council Burial Ground was consecrated in 1982, and remembered it was also raining then, and he and Derrick Holmes took shelter in the shed.

Yeo Vally Lions shopping trips to Weston.

Yeo Valley Lions Minibus runs on alternate Thursday afternoons leaving the village at 2pm, returning about 4.30. Pick up and drop offs arranged so no-one has to walk too far. Upcoming dates May 9th and 23rd, June 6th and 20th, then fortnightly thereafter. We currently have some spaces for a few more to travel info: 07551610514


Calling all knitters & crocheters!

Alterknit Universe Wool Shop on the corner of Main Road & Bishops Road, Cleeve, are involved with knitting teeny hats for the Innocent Smoothies, which gives 25p for each bottle wearing a hat, to Age UK. The shop is a collection point for them. They are also looking for knitters & crocheters to knit toy animals to raise money for PDSA & Holly Hedge. Pop along to their shop for more information. So …. get out those needles!

A NEW VILLAGE CAFE AT LAST!

After some years without a cafe, when Paddingtons closed in Broad Street, a new cafe has opened, in the village, accessed from Broad Street.
Situated at the rear of Debbie Fortune estate agent in Bridge House, and generously donated by Debbie to raise funds for the village Community Hall, the cafe is attractively furnished with six tables, seating a maximum of 17, and is totally manned by volunteers.
Offering a variety of speciality tea and coffee, and other drinks, together with a choice of delicious home made cakes, baked by villagers, the cafe is now open on Wednesdays and Fridays, 8.45 a.m. – 1 pm.
Customers have access to a modern toilet.
Approached through the high double wooden gates on Broad Street, there is a charming enclosed courtyard, with seating and tables for the summer.
Dogs are not allowed in the cafe, but may be left in the courtyard where water and tying up facilities will be available.


Coffee Shop Opens Wednesday

Community Coffee@Bridge House opens its doors on Wednesday 13th February at 8.45am (until 1.00pm) serving up fresh tea & coffee, tea cakes, toast, and homemade cakes. The Coffee Shop is in Bridge House, part of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agency building who have allowed the use of two rooms in line with their continued commitment to local charitable causes across all their offices.

It will initially only be open on Wednesday & Friday mornings with the hope that opening could be extended depending upon use. If you would like to volunteer to work there for all, or part of, a session then please contact Rose Osborne at roseosborne294@gmail.com.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/

Twitter – @congresburynvh 

Website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/

Registered no. 7759

Police warning of a scam

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. 

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

Lunch Club Christmas lunch

40 members of Congresbury Senior Citizens Lunch Club enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch last Thursday in the Old School Rooms.  There was a true festive spirit particularly as Christmas Carols were played by pianist & volunteer Nat Nunn. Members meet every 2 weeks to enjoy lunch & meeting old friends &/or making new friends.   We are always looking for reserve volunteers to come & help set up tables & chairs, wash up or cook on occasions – or maybe you like doing admin work at home.  It’s all great fun & very rewarding!   So if you have a few hours a fortnight to spare then please email kateherbison@hotmail.com