We’ve received a message from Ann Prowse. Two events for Wednesdays for the Over-60’s in the current Viewpoint magazine should not be there. Meetings are always held on alternate Tuesdays and the fact that these meetings are in the magazine could be very confusing for some of the older members.
The programme is still being finalised to July and the full programme will be published as soon as Ann has heard back from a couple of prospective speakers who are away.
We will keep you posted. Please spread the word to members.
The New Village Hall / Community Centre project have changed their Facebook presence from a group to a page so that there is no longer a need to become a member. The page can been found using this link https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/ or by searching for ‘Congresbury village hall page’ on Facebook.
Micheal Greaves sets out to answer a question many have been asking.
Those who walk over the Millennium Bridge to either stroll around the Green or make their way to school or the shops will notice something missing. All the fish in the River Yeo have disappeared.
A chance discussion with a fisherman on Christmas Eve, provided the answer. The River Yeo has been over fished on a massive scale. Nothing to do with Brexit or the EU quotas but cormorants. These large black birds with a formidable beak and the ability to swim under water have cleaned out the river.
Professor Steve Sparks CBE has been knighted in the New Year’s Honours for his services to volcano research and geology. Steve, 68, lives in Brinsea Road with his wife Ann and is Chaning Wills Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.
The knighthood is the latest recognition of the influence of Sir Steve’s work. In 2015 he was awarded the Vetlesen Prize in the USA. The prize is awarded for scientific achievement resulting in a clearer understanding of the Earth, its history, or its relations to the universe and is regarded as the Nobel Prize of earth sciences. At the time, Sir Steve was praised for his “highly original and insightful contributions” to the understanding of volcanic eruptions. “His research has had a huge impact globally,” said Prof. Alex Halliday, vice president of the Royal Society.
Sir Steve was elected to the Royal Society in 1988 when he was just 38.
It was an apt ending to Margaret Gosling’s life, which was filled with flowers, that her funeral on December 18 took place in St. Andrew’s church, bedecked with Christmas flowers and floral decorations.
Born in East Dundry, Margaret inherited her love of flowers from her mother, who was an accomplished flower arranger, and a co-founder of the Chew Valley Floral Decoration Society. After attending Dundry village school, Margaret started a family tradition by going to Redland High School for Girls. Leaving at 17, she took a job at Long Ashton Research Institute, involved in research on the growth of fruit, and, with day release to college, gained her Licentiate of Royal Institute in Chemistry.
Margaret met her future husband, Donald, at a dance in Yatton Assembly Rooms (now the Railway Hotel) and they were married in October 1961 in Dundry, setting up home in the house in the yard of the family timber business in Congresbury, where she continued to live until her death at the age of 76. Read more
On 14th and 15th December, Julia Thyer held wreath making parties at her house which raised £425 for The New Village Hall Project. Liz English arranged the catering, and several people brought soups and puddings as well as greenery from their gardens. After mulled wine and lunch, Julia gave a talk and demonstration, then the guests made their own beautiful wreaths. Julia Koblizek decorated hers with real citrus tree leaves and dried oranges while Emma used honesty seed heads, Mary Faunt created a swirl effect with her stunning design. You may see some of them as you walk around the village.
Liz and Julia thanked everyone for their generous contributions which made each day so enjoyable.
Liz also organised the fun recital The Greatest Story Ever Told given by Tim Lewis which raised a whopping £602, enabling Liz to give a total of £1,027 to the new hall.
Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is celebrating the fact that another speculative building scheme for the village has been thrown out by a planning inspector. Last month, more than 25 supporters of CRAG turned up for the official hearing into the Strongvox scheme to build 24 houses on land off Brinsea Road – almost opposite the site where Barratts were turned down two years earlier.
Planning Inspector Gareth Thomas heard from North Somerset Council the reasons why the scheme had been refused planning permission. And he upheld the council’s decision and agreed with residents that the scheme would change the character of the approach to the village. For full report click here
John Mills (CRAG)
Preparations are well underway for this year’s Be Proud Awards, organised jointly by the Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Be Proud Awards aim to highlight the very best of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, acknowledging and rewarding our dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for all their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset are safe and feel safe.
Last year’s awards saw 22 individuals and five teams recognised for their efforts and hard work in fighting crime, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice. For full details click here
Avon & Somerset Police have set up a new support group and are looking for volunteers.
As a Volunteer in a Circle of Support and Accountability (‘Circle’), you’ll make an important contribution to preventing sexual abuse by helping reduce the risk of further sexual harm by a known perpetrator.
A Circle is a small group of carefully trained and selected Volunteers who meet regularly with an individual who has been convicted of sexual offences (or with harmful sexual behaviour). Volunteers hold the individual to account for their behaviour and support their safe reintegration into the community. They work closely with the responsible statutory organisations. Read more
This evening, the members and committee of the Congresbury and District Horticultural Society voted to change the name of the society to Congresbury Gardening Club. The well attended AGM was followed by an American supper and raffle. If you are interested in joining our active and friendly club, click here for the form.