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 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
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!
If you’d like to sign the petition for the Strawberry line to be extended from Yatton to Clevedon click here for the website. It’s quick and easy. There are 1500 signatures so far and the target is 5,000.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
Bluey shopping trips run every Tuesday from Congresbury departing 10.30am to Tesco and The Sovereign Centre, Weston-super-Mare. Return 1pm. To book a seat or for information ring 01934 257247 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.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.
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.