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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.

£10,000 boost for new village hall plans

Plans for the new village hall/community centre at the King George V Playing Fields have been boosted by a £10,000 grant.    The funding comes from Power to Change, an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes.   The money will allow the project team to develop the community share offer and the business plan for the proposed new building.

The fund-raising team is also negotiating to secure an equity investment from the Community Shares Booster Programme. Under this programme, up to £100,000 is available to match applications for shares from the public.  If successful, it would mean that for every pound invested by individuals up to £100,000, another pound will be invested in matched shares.

To read full update including pledges and new community cafe opening  click here

Quilting Exhibition

Quilting enthusiasts raised £300 for the Children’s Hospice South West at an exhibition of their work in Congresbury on Saturday (Oct 27).
The event was staged by the 12 members of Congresbury Quilters in the Old School Rooms, where the group meets every Tuesday.
Pat Baker, who launched the group some three ago, said: “It was amazing. Our members put in lots of energy, enthusiasm, hard work and served some lovely cakes too.”
An exhibition is held every two years for the Children’s hospice.
“New members are welcome – they can pop in any Tuesday afternoon 1.30 – 4.00 pm,” said Pat.Quilting Exhibition

Garden Club Autumn Show

A GOOD END TO THE SUMMER

After a long hot summer, which ripened fruit and vegetables early, there were fears that the Congresbury Gardening Club Autumn Show would be a wipe out, but the village produced excellent entries on September 29 in the Old School Rooms.

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Launch of computer ‘Code Club’

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1st October. 

Aimed for children aged between 8years – 12 years old.

Young people and parents can come and find out what it’s all about, and register to join us.   Subsequent sessions will  be scheduled every Monday of term time,  at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand.  They will  cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow.  Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a  Raspberry  Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately.  Our tutors will advise you. What is a Raspberry Pi?   It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more. We can also help you with the programming language Python, which you may need for your IT homework.

If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, or contact cidercot.alex@gmail.com

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know.  Skills are not essential.    We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a  knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.

 

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The Strawberry Line – 5 years on

Michael Greaves shares his reflections on the last 5 years of the Strawberry line…..

In 2013 I wrote a monthly account of my walks along the ‘Strawberry Line’ from The Old Station to Thatcher’s Cider Factory. Thanks to my Daughter lending me one of bikes, I have taken to the saddle and enjoyed a few leisurely rides along the ‘Old Railway Line’ and thought some might be interested in what’s happened in the last 5 years.

                    

Looking back at my account of September 2013, we were remembering the last train that travelled from Wells to Yatton on 7th September 1963 – 50 years ago. I haven’t seen any accounts of the 55 years that have now elapsed, but a lot has happened in the last 5 years.   Firstly, the Strawberry Line is as beautiful as ever. We are so fortunate to have this open space on our door step. I haven’t been as far as Thatcher’s Orchards for a few years and not since we lost our beloved Black Labrador ‘Minton’. He was the main reason I walked along the Strawberry Line every morning and evening. But, its pure magic and the views are spectacular with wildlife in abundance.  Read more

Code Club

CODE CLUB is a new opportunity for young people in Congresbury, aimed at young people aged 8 -15 who are interested in learning the basics of computer programming.

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1stOctober. 

Subsequent sessions will be scheduled every Monday of term time, at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand. They will cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow. Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a Raspberry Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately. What is a Raspberry Pi?  It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more.  Volunteer tutors will also help you with the programming language Python, which is taught in our local secondary schools. If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, preferably with a parent who can sign you up, or contact cidercot.alex@gmail.com to find out more. If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know. Skills are not essential. We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

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 – http://www.congresbury-pc.gov.uk/…/Congresbury%20Neighbourh…

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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 Me.com and search for ‘Julie and Claire’s Big Bike Ride’!        click 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 bookingmanagerbluey@gmail.com

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