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Community Café – temporary closure

We have taken the decision to close the Community Café for the foreseeable future due to the latest Government advice issued to stop non-essential contact with others. We will re-open as soon as practically possible.

Local residential burglaries

Avon & Somerset Police have issued statements regarding 3 local burglaries. The properties in Stock Lane, Langford, Silver Street and Silverstone Way, Congresbury, were burgled during the early hours of 16th March. Click here to read full Police statement.

Senior Citizens Lunch Club

With regret, due to the current coronavirus situation, the Senior Citizens Lunch Club which is usually held in the Old School Rooms, has been suspended forthwith. Members will be advised when we are able to continue.

Methodist Hall O-90s

NB. DUE TO THE CURRENT CLIMATE REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS BUG WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED AND REGRET WE NEED TO POSTPONE THE WEEKLY O-90s COFFEE MORNINGS FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE BUT WILL INFORM YOU ALL WHEN WE RETURN TO NORMAL. PLEASE LET ANYONE YOU KNOW THAT YOU THINK MAY NOT KNOW THIS All our love and best wishes John and Kathleen

Call Blocker

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is releasing more call blockers for the vulnerable and elderly today, Friday 13th March 2019.

These were a huge success last year and they ran out very quickly.

Applications can be made through their website:

 www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk/callblocker

A trueCall Secure call blocker is a unit that filters unwanted scam and nuisance phone calls from your landline. It allows you to set a trusted caller list for friends, family members, GPs and any other trusted contacts. The unit plugs into an existing phone and phone line and can work alongside broadband or lifeline/pendant devices that are already installed. These are intended more for the vulnerable and elder, and those receiving a high level of nuisance calls.

Race night in aid of Community Cafe

A Race Night in aid of the Community Cafe will be held on Saturday 25th April in the Scout Hut, Mill Leg, Congresbury, BS49 5JE. Doors open at 7.00pm & the first race is at 7.30pm. Bar. Tickets £5 are available from the Community Cafe on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.00 to 1.00pm. Call Anita on 07866261551 or Jan on 01934832855.

Campaign to save sorting office

Families in Yatton are campaigning to stop the sorting office at their local post office from being closed and moved to Sixways in Clevedon.

Since it is Congresbury’s local sorting office, residents here are also being asked to add their voice to the campaign.

Yatton residents are worried that if the sorting office moves, it could threaten the viability of the post office. “Our growing community of 9,000 people (already without a bank) cannot afford to lose such a vital lifeline and community hub,” campaigners note, adding that there are no public transport services to Sixways.

“We feel that it is critical that Royal Mail should consult with the local community about its plans and be clear about the immediate and potential impacts that customers will suffer as a result. If you are concerned about the plans, and agree that the community should be consulted, please sign this petition and share far and wide.”

You can sign the petition here http://chng.it/HZ46xBwKg2 or write to Mark Taylor – Regional Finance Director, Royal Mail Group, Bristol Mail Centre, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BRISTOL BS34 7ST; Rebecca Mantyk – Area Operations Manager, Royal Mail Group, Bristol Mail Centre, Gloucester Road North, Filton, BRISTOL BS34 7ST and send a copy to The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. You can also write to the Royal Mail CEO, Mr Rico Back at: CEO.office@royalmail.com

Coffee morning

Anniversary Coffee Morning, in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Saturday 25th April in the Methodist Hall, Congresbury. 10am to 1pm. £1.00 entry, to include tea or coffee and biscuits. Bedding plants and produce for sale. Tombola.

Gladman update

Land agent Gladman, whose latest proposal for Congresbury was comprehensively rejected by the planning authority, is now seeking a legal loophole to try and get their scheme accepted. The firm first submitted to North Somerset Council a plan for 50 houses in Wrington Lane, around four years ago. Despite a vigorous campaign by local residents, the council agreed the proposal on the condition that a footway was provided before building commenced. Residents of the lane were confident that the carriageway was so narrow in parts, that there was no way such a scheme could succeed. And so it was. Having failed with their plans, the firm has now written to North Somerset claiming that the footpath condition was imposed after planning consent. They argue that the company – Bovis – can go ahead building the houses, without having to construct a footpath. CRAG says there should be a limit to the number of appeals such firms can make.

John Mills (edited)

Police give consumer advice regarding intruder alarms

If you are considering installing a burglar alarm, then it is suggested that you contact the Alarms Team at Avon and Somerset Constabulary (01278 646 644). There are companies who promote their security installations by advising that police do not respond to alarm activations. This statement is incorrect. If you are considering a security installation with the requirement of a police response, the Alarms Team can offer guidance and advice on how this can be achieved. Read more & read leaflet

Avon & Somerset Police alert – men acting suspiciously in Backwell

On Saturday 22 February we received reports, in good faith, of an attempted abduction attempt on an 11-year-old girl in Backwell.

Two men were reportedly acting in a suspicious manner in Garstons Close shortly after 1pm. One of the two men in the van got out and approached the girl while the other opened the rear doors of the vehicle. Read full details at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/news/2020/02/men-acting-suspiciously-in-backwell/