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
A new doctors’ surgery will be built in Smallway, Congresbury, replacing the Yatton and Congresbury facilities.
North Somerset planners approved amended plans this week having previously turned down the application despite council officers recommending approval.
The new surgery will be on land opposite Cadbury Garden Centre.
The original plans had been refused because of concerns over access, particularly pedestrian access.
Councillors approved the plans, noting that if it went to appeal, they would lose.
Mendip Vale Medical Group looks after 44,000 patients as a result of merging with the Riverbank Medical Centre in Worle and Sunnyside Surgery in Clevedon. Its modern Langford facility was built in 2013, and the purpose-built St Georges site opened in 2012.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Congresbury Residents Action Group members attended a useful, informal meeting of the North Somerset Village Alliance, which ranged over several topics.
Top of the list was the response to the Local Plan Issues and Options documents. Attendance at the Langford and Congresbury drop-in events had been very good, but there was conflicting information about how many official comments had been made by residents. To read full report by John Mills of CRAG please click here
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.
Outline application for the removal of an existing workshop building and erection of a detached two storey dwelling with associated works. Access for approval but all other matters reserved for subsequent approval.
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
Last week, a friend of mine was in raptures extolling the wonderful autumn colours he had seen in America. He could have saved himself a fortune by visiting the ‘Millennium Green’. Perhaps it’s the result of the long hot summer or the wonderful weather over the last week, but the colours of the trees on the Milli Green are stunning.
Every 4 weeks, I open and close the Public Toilets on a Saturday and Sunday. This gives me a good excuse to walk around the Millennium Green. Last weekend both days were fantastic. The sun was shining and the trees are turning colour before dropping their leaves. The mix of reds and gold against the green are pure magic.
Apart from the trees there are always interesting things to see. I was amazed to see a Heron perched on a tree over looking the River. They seem to spend their lives standing on the edge of the water waiting for a fish to eat. Sat on the top of a tree is a long way from the water, but perhaps he was just enjoying the sun and the wonderful views.
As the River Yeo was crystal clear it was possible to see shoals of small fish amongst the reeds. After the Cormorants appear to have eaten all the large fish, the appearance of abundant numbers of new fish bods well for the future.
If you are planning a trip to ‘Westonbirt’ to see the ‘Autumn Colours’ save the journey and visit the Millennium Green. Its free and so are the Public Toilets. Well worth a visit at half term or any day.
Demolition of existing single rear extension and addition of two storey and single storey with balcony above, rear extensions, the addition of a rear dormer window at loft level, and internal re-configurations.
Congresbury resident & retired Backwell School teacher, Cathy Alexander, has just returned from competing in the badminton European Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Madrid. Cathy who plays for St Katherine’s Club in Pill, and her partner Penny Shears (Beaufort Badminton Club, Bristol) were representing England for the first time. The pair had to play at least four qualifying tournaments around the country – one of which had to be The Nationals or All England. The top 6 pairs were then selected to play in the Championships. Cathy & Penny got through to the quarter finals beating pairs from France, Germany, Finland and Sweden. They fought hard in the quarter final, 21-18 & 21-19, – only just losing to the No. 3 seeds from Denmark.