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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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Volunteers needed!!

Congresbury Parish Council invite you to a
VOLUNTEERS DAY
      
Saturday 3rd June     10:00 – 3:00
The Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury
Come along and see what volunteering opportunities there are in Congresbury!
 Organisations wanting to book a table contact the Parish Clerk at clerk@Congresbury-pc.gov.uk  or phone 01934 838802
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New Dance & Exercise Class!

A new and exciting way to get fit Move & Groove Class for all ages, what girls don’t love to dance??
The dances include, Disco with 70’s and up to date music, RocknRoll, Latin Dancing, Ballroom & Hip Hop. Great Fun & Great Music.  Come along no leotards required, just comfortable clothing £5 per class.   Please note classes will be held in the Memorial Hall, Congresbury  ( & NOT the Methodist Hall as on advertisement)
www.pjsdanceacademy.co.uk    /  07855827464  /  juliewyb@googlemail.com
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Let’s Dance!

Would you like to come along to Beginners Ballroom Dancing Class?

Hi my name is Julie and own PJ’s Dance Academy, I have been teaching for over twenty five years, so have many years experience. If you have always thought about doing Ballroom Dancing then now is your chance, are you going on a cruise? are you getting married? or you just want to learn to dance then come along to our  Brand New Beginners Dance Class. We have many social events to put your new hobby into practice.

         

If you would like more details please contact me in the following ways.
Please note classes will be held at the Memorial Hall, Congresbury (& NOT Methodist Hall as on advertisement)
www.pjsdanceacademy.co.uk             07855827464            juliewyb@googlemail.com
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