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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.

Local band rolls back the years

The Rum Kicks

The Rum Kicks are a Congresbury-based covers band. Fronted by a female singer, the experienced musicians play a wide-ranging repertoire that can be tailored to the occasion. The band play classy, well-known music from 1970s to the more recent past. The Rum Kicks are guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing at a function or an event!

If you are interested in hearing the band or in using them to play at an event, call Tracey on 07804 322 614, or find The Rum Kicks on Facebook. 

Charity coffee morning

Congresbury Community Café and Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are hosting a coffee morning as part of the World’s biggest coffee morning on Friday 27th September at the café in Broad Street. All proceeds from the café and the Glut Market, where villagers donate their surplus produce and plants, will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. The café will be open between 9am – 1pm to help make this year’s coffee morning the biggest ever. Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are supporting this event as part of their commitment to local charitable causes.

Burglaries update

Security advice from our PCSO’s
Please note that the 3 burglaries in Congresbury were all committed at the rear of the properties. All 3 had side gates but unfortunately they were unlocked and allowed easy access. This is the same method used in other villages in North Somerset. I recommend that all side gates are locked / bolted top and bottom and preferably solid in structure. Please make it as hard as possible for opportunist thieves to succeed. If you would like any specific Crime Prevention advice please contact: PCSO Marie Broomfield – 8879@avonandsomerset.police.uk or
PC Paul Morris – 2955@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Village burglaries

A number of homes were broken into at Brinsea Road, Congresbury, on Monday 9 September. One property was entered between 2.45 and
4.30pm after the offender(s) kicked in the back door. An untidy search
was then made before cash and jewellery were stolen. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219208198

A window was prised open to enter another home, thought to have been between 10.30am and 3.15pm. Jewellery was targeted and keys to a car were taken in order to steal the car from the driveway. The blue Jaguar was found a short distance away although the keys are still missing. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219208091

While investigating these burglaries, police have come across a third offence in Brinsea Road. In this case a search of the main bedroom has been made, but it is unsure what has been stolen at this time. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219208226

If you have any information regarding these incidents, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Big Breakfast

Save the date. The Big Breakfast in aid of Weston Hospice will be on SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER at the Methodist Hall 9.30-12 noon. Come along with friends and family to enjoy a delicious full English breakfast, or just a cup of tea and toast. Cards, cakes and jams also for sale.

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