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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

Congresbury Singers’ April concerts

Congresbury Singers are presenting two concerts in April this year.  

The first will be on Saturday 6 April 2019 at 7:30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury.   Directed by Gordon Pullin this will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of St Luke’s Passion.  There is some academic debate about the authorship of this work but, whoever its composer, this is a charming work, essentially a sequence of recitatives, choruses and chorales, in a somewhat gentle but powerful telling of the Passion story.
For this performance we will be joined by Katie Chappell on violin and Bruce Saunders and Simon Perkins, baritones.  Tickets will cost £8.00 including refreshments and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, or pay on the door. 

The second concert will be our annual touring performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 8:00pm in St Peter’s Church, Draycott.  Barry Rose will play the organ and Bruce Saunders, baritone, will again be joining us for this performance.  The performance will be free, with a retiring collection in support of the St Peter’s church organ fund. 

Summer fete confirmed

This  year’s fete will be on Saturday June 29. There will be a planning meeting for interested groups on Wednesday March 13 at 7pm in The Old School Rooms.

Organisation of the fete has been taken on by Love Congresbury. Richard Jones and Unsal Hassan, who have organised the fete for several years, will act as advisers during the handover period.

The theme for this year’s fete will be cricket in recognition of the fact that Congresbury Cricket Club will be celebrating 175 years of village cricket this year.

The cricket club is planning a week of activities starting on the eve of the fete.

More details on the fete and 175-year celebrations will follow in due course.

Calling all photographers

If you would like to enter a photograph in the village wildlife photography competition (see poster below) hand it into the library, with your contact details on the reverse before Saturday February 23.

All photographs will be on display in the library for 2 weeks and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite photo in each class.

Congresbury Allotments and Gardener’s Association AGM

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7TH 7.30PM OLD SCHOOL ROOMS All tenants are welcome Please note that three members of the existing committee are stepping down from the association this year. Volunteers are needed to take their place or the association will fold. If you are willing to help please come to the AGM.

Photo issued of 88-year-old robbery victim as part of appeal for information


The victim was walking with her husband when someone snatched her handbag from her arm causing her to fall to the ground. The incident happened on Colonel Stephens Way, Weston-Super-Mare at approximately 1.50pm on Thursday, 10 January. After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue where it was later recovered having had cash and a bank card stolen from inside.
“Did you see what happened?

“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219006773
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

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

Soup and puds for Pre-school funds

Warm up in chilly February with SOUP AND PUDS  in the Methodist Hall, Saturday 2nd February, 12.00 till 2.00.This event will be raising money for the Pre-School. Last orders 1.30pm. Cost £5 to include hot drink.

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

CRAG notice

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is hoping for a good response to its flyers advertising the drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms this week-end.
Several Congresbury residents attended the event at Churchill last Saturday where they heard about North Somerset Council’s plan for a 2,800 house new town at Mendip Spring.