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Middlecombe Nursery Celebrates 30 years in Congresbury

Established since 1988, Middlecombe is very much a family business run by husband and wife, Nigel and Isy North. It’s home to a wonderful selection of shrubs, perennials, climbers, grasses, conifers and trees, many grown on site, alongside quality Dutch and Italian stock including large specimen plants for instant gardens and a wide selection of exotics, palms and bamboos.

Situated a short distance from the A370 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, on the edge of the village of Congresbury, the site covers approximately three acres in a slightly hidden countryside setting.

The nursery has car parking and is within easy walking distance of a Bus Stop on the Bristol road. 

Wrington Road, Congresbury, BS49 5AN
Open to the general public. Check the website for seasonal opening times.

Planning Application

Land To The South Of Cadbury Garden Centre Bristol Road Congresbury

Date Wed 27 Jun 2018
Application Type Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping
Development Reserved matters application for layout, scale, appearance and landscaping following outline planning consent 16/P/2982/O (erection of up to 21no. dwellings. Access to be determined with all other matters reserved for subsequent approval) for the erection of 21no. dwellings

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Village fete sizzling and successful

Tropical temperatures did not deter villagers from flocking to St. Andrew’s church paddock, for Congresbury village fete and Flower show, which was better than ever this year, with attractions for all ages.

The upbeat sound of the Cadbury Saxophones encouraged slackers to the event, and the paddock was filled with stalls, manned  by different village groups, coupled with a bouncy slide and ball pool, and a display by Avon Owls.

The Morgan car display of handmade luxury vehicles, and the vintage cars displayed by Debbie Fortune, the Audi shortly destined for Le Mans, drew appreciative crowds, mainly men.

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Big Breakfast

Please note that this year the Big Breakfast for Weston Hospicecare will be on Saturday 15th September from 9.30 to 12noon at a new venue, the Methodist Hall. Do come along and support this event as it is a big fundraiser for the hospice. See ‘what’s on’ for details.

Free Bluey Shopping Trips

BLUEY –  free shopping trips every second Tuesday monthly.    Act now to secure a seat on the minibus!!   Only 15 seats available!

Due to the great success of previous shopping trips, there are more trips on Bluey for Congresbury residents.

Tuesday 12th June to Bath

Tuesday 10th July to Swindon Outlet

Tuesday 14th August to Gloucester Docks

Tuesday 11th September to Cribbs Causeway.

Pick up points:  The Precinct 9.30am & Riverside Car Park, Millennium Green 9.40am.

Return journey 2.30 p.m.

For information and to book a place please ring 01934 257247.  If no reply leave a message and we will get back to you.  Otherwise email

Act NOW to ensure a seat on your Community Minibus.

Neighbourhood Watch Invitation

The Avon and Somerset Neighbourhood Watch Association (ASNWA) would like to invite you to attend a Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN) event on Wednesday 20th June 2018 at Police Headquarters, Portishead. The event will run from 9.30am (Registration) then 10am to 4:30pm.
The NWN are holding regional events to showcase new, practical Crime & Vulnerability Toolkits and NW Development Seminars.
In consultation with their principle funder the Home Office they have secured funding to develop a set of 5 practical Toolkits on various crime and vulnerability issues.  For full information click here.

Planning Application

Land At Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Thu 10 May 2018
Application Type Variation of condition – GLADMAN DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
Development Variation of condition No. 6 from application 16/P/1521/O (Outline planning application for the erection of up to 50 residential dwellings (including up to 30% affordable housing), structural planting and landscaping, informal public open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Wrington Lane and associated ancillary works. All matters reserved with the exception of the main site access point) to amend approved highway improvement scheme

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CRAG comments on recent planning applications

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is helping to raise awareness of two recent planning applications – one of which has long-term implications for the village.
The plan for a two-storey medical centre on land opposite the Bird of Prey Centre in Smallway, is from local doctors, and if successful would replace the current surgeries in Congresbury and Yatton.
Said CRAG secretary Viv Tomkinson : “We recognise that there will be a  variety of views about the proposal for the new medical centre and consequently it would be inappropriate for CRAG to seek to represent the views of the village on this application.”
So CRAG has written to its supporters giving details of the application so they can comment if they wish. The application can be found on the NSC Planning website reference 17/P/5592/FUL.
The second, belated application, is for a large advertising sign to market the housing development behind Venus Street. Comments about the sign, erected by Strongvox on land off Brinsea Road, can be made on the NSC website under reference 18/P/2621/ADV
John Mills (CRAG)

Charity Bike Ride in memory of Neil Tuttiett, dec’d

London to Paris Charity Bike Ride in aid of Cancer Research UK 
Two staff members of St Andrews Primary School, Julie Mayo and Claire Hurst are raising money for Cancer Research UK by cycling from London to Paris to raise money in memory of Neil Tuttiett , ex headmaster of their school who died suddenly last summer.      Julie & Claire said “we both decided we needed a challenge and wanted to raise money for a charity close to our hearts!! So we decided to aim big and set ourselves a goal of a long distance bike ride whilst also raising money for Cancer Research UK!    We are doing this challenge in memory of Neil and also of others near and dear to us who have lost their fight, those who are still fighting and to try and help fewer and fewer people have to take on the fight in the future. It’s not going to be easy but compared to what friends and family have faced and are facing it’s a challenge we’re determined to take on.   We start on Wednesday 25th July and complete the ride on Saturday 28th July…….  Read more
Our next fund raising event will be Live Mouse Racing on
Saturday 19th May   7:00pm at St Andrew’s School Hall, Congresbury.  First Race:  7:30pm,
Tickets: £5.00 Adults & £2.50 Children.
Betting – Bar – Hotdogs – Chips
Raffle – 1st Prize – A Kindle donated by Robin King
Tickets available from  Claire/Julie 07887 527723/07817386868 or St Andrew’s School Office.
With support from Robin King, Holders, Blossom and Thyme,  Intellicorp and The PTA!     All proceeds are towards our London to Paris Bike ride in the summer to raise money for Cancer research UK.To Donate please go to www.Go Fund and search for ‘Julie and Claire’s Big Bike Ride’!        click here