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Local community help available

Some of you may recognise my name – I have lived in Congresbury most of my life and my children attend St Andrews Primary School.

I am making contact with you to see if any of your organisations have any projects that would benefit from some volunteered help. My employers, Pelican Business Services, offer their employees time off to help with local community projects and I would love to be able to use this to give something back to the village and community. The number of volunteers, and who that would be, would be decided depending on what work is required.

Previous projects have included painting schools, weeding gardens, walking dogs or spending time with the elderly.

If you have anything in mind that you would like to use us for, then please let me know. Or if there’s nothing planned at the moment, please keep us in mind for any future projects and feel free to contact me. (jennie.king@bwbsl.co.uk or jennie.king580@gmail.com) 

If you have not heard of Pelican Business Services, please visit the website:

http://www.pelicanbusinessservices.co.uk/

(we used to be known as Bristol Wessex Billing Services and provide billing services on behalf of Bristol Water and Wessex Water)

Many thanks

Jennie

Jennie King

Business Support – Customer Services

Tel (Office) : 01225 524297

Bristol Wessex Billing Services Ltd, 1 Clevedon Walk, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1WA

 

 

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Congresbury Chronicle

Please look out for the latest issue of the Congresbury Chronicle that will have been delivered to your house recently. If you need a spare copy you can find them in the Library, in the Parish Office or in the Fish and Chip shop in the precinct.

 

Help prevent rural crime

This month livestock thieves have been foiled and vehicles recovered in Somerset– thanks to members of the public. Make a note of the number to text 07492888109, or call 999 if it requires immediate action.

Help Ben raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation

Ben Payne is only 8 years old but is raising awareness and fundraising for the amazing Make-a-Wish Foundation. This summer, he and his Les Paul guitar are going to be playing some tunes on Facebook. He has already recorded and broadcast two songs and so far raised over £100.  He plans to “facebook busk” a number of times before heading back to school at St Andrews.

He has been asked to perform at The Strawberry Line Cafe’s “Platform One Fest” on Friday 11th August and to perform at “Busk in the Sun” in WsM over August Bank Holiday weekend.

We wish him the best of luck. For more information visit his Facebook page by clicking here.

“Bluey” Free trips

 Congresbury Community Transport Directors are happy to offer the following “free trips” to all Congresbury residents:
Wednesday 13th September 2017 to Clark’s Village, Street – 9.30am – 2.30pm
Wednesday 11th October 2017 to Gloucester Docks – 9.00am – 3.00pm
For info and to book a place please ring Pam Biffin on 01934 876082 or email:
pambiffin@gmail.com

We also offer free shopping trips on “Bluey” every Tuesday
Free pick-up service from the Congresbury area (your own front door)! From 12 noon to The Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare (could also be dropped off at Tesco’s)
Depart 3pm to return to Congresbury. Open to all residents
Interested in this trip? Please ring Paul Spears on 01934 257247

New support centre for those living with Alzheimer’s

A new local drop-in centre aimed to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as their carers or anyone who wants to know more about dementia is now operating in Wrington.
The information hub and café is being run with the support of Yeo Valley Lions Club who are working with the Dorset and Somerset Locality of the Alzheimer’s Society to help develop services to support families in the Yeo Valley area.
The hub is open from 10am to midday on the first Tuesday of each month in the Reading Room, Wrington. It is being run by Helen Harvey-Foster, a dementia support worker with the Alzheimer’s Society, who can be contacted on 077404 56706.
The hub offers not just a wealth of information but also tea, coffee and cake.
Dementia is a progressive disease of the brain and currently over 850,000 people are living with the condition; this is predicted to increase to more than a million by 2025.
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MILLENIUM GREEN MANAGEMENT – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Parish Council has been the Sole Trustee of the Millennium Green since May 2012 and is assisted in the day to day running by a Management Group. The 3 officers of that group namely Chair, Secretary and Treasurer have stood down at the AGM held last Monday and no nominations were received from the floor of the meeting. In order to help the Trustee make an informed decision on the future management of the Green if there are any volunteers to take on one of these roles could you please inform the Parish Clerk by Fri 4th August.

For further information please contact Di Hassan on 01934 876454 or Liz Greaves on 01934 838802.

Neighbourhood Watch News

Members of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme are invited to contact the Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association and start the discussion around the fantastic opportunities they could bring to further develop the partnership between local policing teams and NHW.

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Illustrated Wildlife Talk

On Wednesday 19th July, in Congresbury Refectory, well known naturalist and wildlife photographer, Higgy, will talk about wildlife on Congresbury Moors and how to attract wildlife into your own garden.

For full details click here

 

New village hall / community centre revised plans

Due to the significant increase in construction costs the Development committee took the decision that we needed to reduce the overall build costs. We are working with our Architects Stride Treglown on a revised plan as part of the next stage of the project. The initial draft we showed at the coffee morning would result in a reduction of 27% in the footprint but allow for future expansion. The main reduction comes from reducing the size of the main hall, which would still accommodate 260 (Memorial hall – 150, Old School Rooms – 120).

The reduced footprint will still mean we would meet our vision of providing a multi-use quality building to meet the needs of the village.

We are now reaching the stage of looking at the fine detail of the design, the finishes etc. and are looking for people to be involved in helping us get this right first time. We be at the village fete on Saturday, come and have a chat.

Police Notice

Over the past couple of weeks a burglary occurred at High Street, Congresbury. Access gained into the property but there are no details as to any items stolen.

Congresbury Garden Trail Sunday 25th June 10.30-4.30

Fifteen gardens are opening for your delight to raise money for the new village hall. Delicious home-made teas will be served, and who can resist that? There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be amazed at a collection of Bonsai, amused at scarecrows, go potty about potting sheds and wowed by a secret cottage garden, smell the flowers, hear the birds, and eat the cake. £5 entry includes all gardens, children free. Generously sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. Free programmes available at the Post Office and Day Lewis Pharmacy.

Our event has been shared on opengardens.co.uk and Facebook page Making Memories. Visit us on our Facebook Page Congresbury Garden Trail where you can download a map of the gardens.

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Appeal celebration

To celebrate the decision of the planning inspector in turning down the Wrington Lane appeal, Congresbury Residents Action Committee – CRAG – is having an open session at The Plough, 7pm Tuesday.    Although this is not the end of the matter, by turning down Gladman’s appeal the inspector has dealt the land agent a blow where it hurts – in their substantial pockets.   For more information, and to raise a glass or two, come along to The Plough on Tuesday evening (20th).
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Love Congresbury – This Weekend!!!

This coming weekend Love Congresbury festivities coincide with the Great Get Together, a series of nationwide street parties, bake-offs and picnics being held in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Lots of fun events on the Millenium Green & around the village culminating on Sunday afternoon  with  the big ‘Party in the Paddock’ starting at 2pm..    Bring the family for a great afternoon of fun & music!!

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Senior Citizens Lunch Club

Over 70 & live in Congresbury? …. Why not join us at Congresbury Senior Citizens’ Lunch Club & enjoy a delicious fortnightly lunch and make new friends! We meet once a fortnight on a Thursday in the Old School Rooms for a delicious two-course lunch, plus tea or coffee…. & lots of chat! Transport may be available if required. For more details please contact:  Kate Herbison on 01934 833521

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Fancy being on a TV show?

Production on the third series of Love It or List It with Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer is starting and they are looking for families and couples in our area to take part.  The series focuses on people struggling to decide whether to renovate OR sell their home and Kirstie and Phil will be using their expertise to help find creative and practical solutions to their property problems.  For more information about the show and how to apply click here

 

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Gardens Open for the NGS

Three gardens are opening their gates on Sunday 11th June for the National Garden Scheme. A warm welcome awaits you at Fernbank, Church House and Laburnum Cottage from 10.30am-4pm. Church House Designs will have a special exhibition of crafts on display and Fernbank will be serving delicious home-made teas. There’s something for everyone, from bonsai and sculptures to potting sheds and birdsong. Adults £5 accompanied children free. See our Facebook page for photos, map and info.

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