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Community café raising funds for air ambulance

Congresbury community café is following its successful Macmillan coffee morning when it raised £650 for Macmillan Cancer Support by raising funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance.

The café is supporting two paramedics who live in the village, Helen Hart and Greg Leach, to  host a fundraising event on Saturday 23 November from 9 – 1pm, all proceeds will go to the air ambulance charity.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 30 November the Big Quiz is back at the Old School Rooms at 7.30pm raising funds for the community café. Teams of 4 – 6, tickets cost £8 per person including a light supper and are available from Ron Hall: 01934 830085 and the café on Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Fraud warnings over phone calls and couriers

Warnings have been issued over two different types of scam calls.

In the first, an 85-year-old Weston-super-Mare woman was defrauded out of money after being contacted by telephone this week by a person claiming to be from her bank. They told her that her card had been compromised and they needed the PIN number, which she gave.

The offenders arranged for a courier to attend the victim’s house and collect the card before using it in a local bank to withdraw money.

In the second scam, callers claim to be from the local council or companies called “Safe and Secure” or “Protect Your Home UK”.

Bath and North East Somerset Trading Standards have been made aware of three residents who have been contacted with callers telling them they are offering home security systems to people aged between 50 and 70.

One resident was offered an ID wrist band for £1, along with a quote for floor sensors which would alert the wristband if there was a flood or fire. The other resident was offered free security equipment, £1 for installation and ongoing maintenance costs to be agreed. Both residents say the caller was extremely convincing. The caller guaranteed that police, ambulance or fire would attend an incident. The telephone number provided to residents does not work.

This may be an attempt to get people’s bank details or to sign residents up to an expensive monthly subscription

If you have been affected by a similar telephone call, the advice from Trading Standards is to call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or report it online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/

Fundraising Pumpkin Trail

Wander through our autumnal pumpkin trail, set undercover in our greenhouse at Middlecombe Nursery. We’ll be displaying pumpkins carved by local groups and businesses as well as a few of our own. Our opening night will see the pumpkins illuminated in the darkness of an October evening. CUPPA Coffee Shop will be open as usual – why not try a Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate or S’mores Latte…

Entry fee
Cash donation to Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group’s Batmap Project

Opening Hours
Opening Night Illuminations: Thursday 24th October, 5pm to 8pm.
Day Time: Thursday 24th to Thursday 31st October inclusive, 10am to 5pm.

If your group/business would like to take part by carving and displaying a pumpkin please contact Leigh at middlecombenursery@hotmail.com.

Youth group relaunches 100 Club

Congresbury Youth Partnership have relaunched their 100 Club and welcome new and returning members. £12 buys entry to 12 draws during the year. 50% of all monies is given out in prizes. The remaining 50% supports the work we do with young people.  To join please e-mail 100club@congsyp.org.uk for details, or pop into the youth club after school any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3.15 to 5pm.  Hurry and join!  First draw at the end of October.

The Nottingham Knockers are back!

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Congresbury & Churchill areas. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• if you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away • keep your cash in the bank, not at home • keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room • set up a No Cold Calling Zone – contact your local Council Trading Standards Office

Remember, genuine callers: • expect you to check their identification before opening the door • would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency • will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you

YACWAG competition for writers and image makers

Competition pic

In conjunction with Yatton Library Writers Group YACWAG are holding a competition for writers and image makers with the theme “Nature as your Neighbour”.
The Short Story, Prose (non-fiction) and Poetry elements are open to both adults and 12-18 year olds.
The Book Cover section is open to adults, 12-18 year olds and also to 7-12 year olds.
Closing date – 31st March 2020.
For full details please visit http://yacwag.org.uk/

Funding advice surgery

paul.lucock@vansmail.org.uk Funding Advice Surgery with local funder Quartet Community Foundation

Need help to apply for grant funding through Quartet Community Foundation? If so why not book a 1:1 Funding Advice Surgery appointment on Friday 4 October at VANS in Weston-super-Mare?  Thirty minute appointments will be available from 0900 hours, with the last appointment at 1500 hours.

  • Meet local funder Julie Newman, Quartet Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Officer for North Somerset who can offer tips on what grant-makers want to see in applications
  • Get help to find the right Quartet Community Foundation grant programme to fund your group 
  • Find support from VANS to complete the application forms for funding for your group. 

All community groups in North Somerset are invited to come along and get information.  Places are limited and early booking is advisable. To reserve your 1:1 Funding Advice Surgery appointment with Quartet Community Foundation email: info@vansmail.org.uk 

Venue: VANS Offices, Weston Court, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston-super-Mare. BS24 9AU.

Villagers back Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Planning Steering group would like to thanks residents for voting in the referendum on Thursday. The Old School Rooms was the venue for the vote on the question ‘Do you want North Somerset Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Congresbury to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The result was that 86 per cent of those that voted were in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan. Turnout was just under 28 per cent. The next stage is that North Somerset council formally adopt the plan at a council meeting scheduled in November.

Several members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and councillors attended the count as observers including Di Hassan, Tom Leimdorfer, Dawn Harrison, Ray Clarke and Mike Greaves.

Liz Greaves, clerk to the parish council, noted that the Neighbourhood Plan is very ambitious in its content and it was very important that the community responded and voted in favour of the plan which covers the period up to 2036.

Both North Somerset and the parish council will now take the plan into consideration when making planning decisions and the parish council can start working towards the community actions outlined. Any additional Community Infrastructure Levy from any future developments can be put into funding some of the projects.

“Many thanks again to all those who supported the plan which has taken almost four years of hard work to get to this stage. North Somerset council planning officers must also be thanked for advising and supporting the steering group throughout all of the development stages,” said Ms Greaves. If you have any queries with regard to the plan please contact the Parish Office.

Local band rolls back the years

The Rum Kicks

The Rum Kicks are a Congresbury-based covers band. Fronted by a female singer, the experienced musicians play a wide-ranging repertoire that can be tailored to the occasion. The band play classy, well-known music from 1970s to the more recent past. The Rum Kicks are guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing at a function or an event!

If you are interested in hearing the band or in using them to play at an event, call Tracey on 07804 322 614, or find The Rum Kicks on Facebook. 

Fire in workshop

Fire crews tackled a blaze in a workshop off the A370 in the early hours of Thursday.
Avon Fire & Rescue issued the following statement: At 2.41am, crews from Clevedon, Winscombe, Yatton, Weston and Southmead fire stations were called to a fire in a private workshop on Bristol Road in Congresbury.
On arrival, firefighters used one high pressure hose reel and two ground monitors to extinguish the fire.
They also removed four cylinders for cooling and evacuated three people. The cause is thought to be accidental.
Photo: Courtesy Clive Burlton

Charity coffee morning

Congresbury Community Café and Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are hosting a coffee morning as part of the World’s biggest coffee morning on Friday 27th September at the café in Broad Street. All proceeds from the café and the Glut Market, where villagers donate their surplus produce and plants, will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. The café will be open between 9am – 1pm to help make this year’s coffee morning the biggest ever. Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are supporting this event as part of their commitment to local charitable causes.