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Marquee after the show

As yet no one is using the Horticultural Society marquee after the summer show on Saturday 1st July. Organising a “do” after the show as a great way to make money for your Society. We are happy for you to use it free of charge and the only cost is lighting and chairs if required. If you are interested then please contact Liz English on 834333.

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Beware doorstep sellers

Police are warning of an increase in door to door callers, often trying to sell cleaning and kitchen equipment. “We are taking this opportunity to remind you all that you should not have dealings with callers at the door. Likewise don’t respond to letters or Emails from unknown sources or have dealings with cold callers on the phone,” say Avon and Somerset Police.

“If you are looking for someone to provide goods or services then please make local enquiries with companies that you know and trust. Your local Trading Standards office can often help with details of reputable tradesmen.

“Please remember it’s your door step, it’s your decision. All suspicious callers should be reported to the police using either the 101 or 999 numbers.”

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Say Hello to your elderly neighbour and help them to be safe

Sometimes all it takes is a simple ‘hello’ from a neighbour to make an elderly or vulnerable person feel less isolated and more safe, say police.

Everyone has a part to play in reducing opportunities for thieves to strike. If you’re a family member, neighbour or carer of an elderly or vulnerable person, please help to keep them safe and independent by giving them some good advice and reminding them to think about their personal safety.

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Do you have a story to share?

Do you have a military service background?

Did you complete National Service?

Did your husband or wife serve in the Armed Forces?

The Village Agents would like to hear from you as part of a mapping project that will inform the provision of support to those who are members of the Armed Forces family.

The Rural Hidden Heroes project has been celebrating the service of servicemen and women and their spouses, widows, widowers and dependents. Many local people have stepped forward to share their stories and we would like to bring those together for an exhibition and community event.

For more information or to add your details please contact alison@wern.org.uk or call 01275 333 700

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REMARKABLE RESULT AT PLANNING MEETING

On Wednesday afternoon, 11th January, North Somerset Planning and Regulatory committee met to consider the Gladman application for 50 houses on a field off Wrington Lane. The application has been roundly condemned by hundreds of residents, Congresbury Parish Council and Congresbury Residents Action Group. North Somerset planners had not decided in time and the matter is now the subject of an appeal for non-determination to be heard in March. Planning officers have already recommended refusal of the development in a strongly worded Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate. By Wednesday 4th January this sturdy document had been watered down, so that pedestrian safety was now being cited as the only planning reason for refusal.  To read the whole report please click here gladman-planning
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Afternoon Woman’s Institute

The Congresbury afternoon WI meet in the Methodist Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2.15 and are a small, very friendly group, always happy to welcome visitors and new members.
Further information from our President, Val Harding, on 01934 833396 or the Secretary, Susan Hibberd, on 01934 833544

Click here for the 2017 programme

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2017 Programme for Congresbury Evening W.I.

The 2017 Congresbury Evening W.I. monthly programme is now available and the details can be found in our ‘What’s On’ page. These meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Methodist Church Hall.

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Safety warning from Avon & Somerset Police

As Christmas approaches there are plenty of new gadgets that parents and carers may be thinking about buying for their children. But before you wrap up your presents, have you checked out the safety features?

The following links will help

Tech gifts general http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/tech-gifts-christmas

Various Internet providers http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider

Various Devices http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/all-i-want-christmas-wii-u

Smart TV’s

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology/smart-tvs

Forwarded on behalf of Kate Blackburn, Youth Project Co-ordinator

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Christmas Around the Village

Have you spotted any festive decorations of note this year? Why not send us your pictures and we’ll publish them on our Facebook page. Here is one from the past, Barry’s wonderful scarecrow at the wier 2014. Do send us an up-to-date one.

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Over 6o’s Shopping Trips

We have some spare seats on the fortnightly shopping trips to Weston Super Mare on the Yeo Valley Lions Minibus. We pick up and drop off at your home, and help carry your shopping if required. We leave Congresbury on Thursday afternoons at about 2pm (depending on pickup point) and return at about 4.30.

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Counterfeit £10 notes and mobile phones while driving

Police have received information that there are counterfeit £10 notes in circulation. Bank of England produce information leaflets called `Take a Closer Look’ – link to their website is: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/educational.aspx

Additionally the police across the South West are having a crack down on people using mobile phones while driving and will be pro-active across the Southwest during this operation. See the press release at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/features/thinking-of-using-your-phone-while-driving-dontriskit/

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Hooked on Bonsai

Some gardeners may have gone to the Congresbury Horticultural Society’s November talk totally disinterested in Bonsai, but many changed their minds after a fascinating talk by John Trott, Gold winner at Chelsea.
He assured them that a bonsai plant may be created from any tree or shrub, and is not a horticultural item, but an artistic one.
The method is to continually prune the plant, shaping it into the design you want, and the easiest one to start as a beginner is a cotoneaster.Bonsai prefer to be kept outdoors, because that is the nature of the tree or shrub, but may be brought indoors for a short period.
There may be a lot more entries in the bonsai class in local flower shows in future.
Orchids in the Home is the subject for the next meeting on Thursday, January 5 at 7.30 p.m.Visitors are welcome at £2 per meeting.

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Success for The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast held on Saturday raised a whopping £1,480 for Weston Hospicecare. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success, and to all those who gave their support and bought a big breakfast. Special thanks go to Julie Gosling and family, without whom it would not have been possible.

Remember to take all your unwanted clothes and items to the Hospice shop in Broad Street, and while you’re there, have a look round, there may be just the thing you were looking for.

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