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Fish return to the River Yeo

Three years ago the River Yeo lost most of its fish to cormorants using the river in Congresbury as a fast food outlet on their way to Blagdon Reservoir.

Cormorants are blamed for loss of fish in the Yeo

Once again, the miracle of nature has happened and fish are back in our river. Over the Easter weekend we were blessed with sunshine and clear water in the River Yeo. Looking over the Millennium Bridge the sunshine illuminated the river bed and to my delight and surprise, there were shoals of roach! Some of the fish appeared to be 12 inches long, but there were dozens of smaller fish enjoying the fine weather and no doubt the water insects emerging from their winter hibernation.

Roach return

The River Yeo was once one of the best rivers in the area for coarse fishing and several fishing clubs leased fishing rights for their members. We even had a trout fishing club who stocked the river from the Tumbling Weir to Iwood Bridge. Regretfully, poaching and predators such as minx and cormorants as well as pollution brought about their demise. 

As the old saying goes ‘One swallow does not make a summer’ but a few fish might mean our river is returning to its former glory. Please don’t tell the cormorants.

Michael Greaves

Bristol Airport’s new biometric trial

New SelfPassTM biometrics solution from Collins Aerospace among the first to connect multiple airlines, airports and countries. A biometric, single-enrollment identification streamlines the passenger’s outbound and return journey at multiple airports

Passengers traveling through England’s Bristol Airport and Ireland’s Dublin Airport can look forward to a new streamlined journey with Collins Aerospace’s SelfPass biometric solution. The solution, now being trialed at Bristol Airport and Dublin Airport, is believed to be the first biometric solution that enables passengers to use a single enrollment in multiple countries Click here to read full report

Calling all knitters & crocheters!

Alterknit Universe Wool Shop on the corner of Main Road & Bishops Road, Cleeve, are involved with knitting teeny hats for the Innocent Smoothies, which gives 25p for each bottle wearing a hat, to Age UK. The shop is a collection point for them. They are also looking for knitters & crocheters to knit toy animals to raise money for PDSA & Holly Hedge. Pop along to their shop for more information. So …. get out those needles!

Spring on the Strawberry Line

25thFebruary 2019 was claimed to be the hottest February Day ever recorded. The sun shone all day and despite the early morning frost, it felt like Spring. The best place to enjoy Spring has got to be the ‘Strawberry Line’.

I was not the only person to take advantage of the glorious weather. Two young Mums were pushing their babies in pushchairs at the same time as answering their phones ! The normal rash of cyclists all trying to beat the speed record for the track and lots of Joggers. One ambitious walker asked how far it was to Wells. Perhaps he had a dose of ‘Spring Fever’.

Michael Greaves

One of the first trees to flower on the Strawberry Line before it gets any leaves is the ‘Sloe’ or ‘Blackthorn’. The delicate white flowers even attracted a wandering Bee.
The warm sunny weather has brought on the Hazel and they are all draped in trailing ‘Catkins’. This should mean we will get an abundant crop of Cobnuts in the Autumn.
I always enjoy seeing ‘Old Mans Beard’. Its one of the winter treats like clumps of cotton wool with the seeds about to fall out and start the process of sowing, growing, flowering and forming seeds all over again. The Strawberry Line is looking good for another 150 years. It will be celebrating its birthday of the first train on 3rdAugust 1869.

A NEW VILLAGE CAFE AT LAST!

After some years without a cafe, when Paddingtons closed in Broad Street, a new cafe has opened, in the village, accessed from Broad Street.
Situated at the rear of Debbie Fortune estate agent in Bridge House, and generously donated by Debbie to raise funds for the village Community Hall, the cafe is attractively furnished with six tables, seating a maximum of 17, and is totally manned by volunteers.
Offering a variety of speciality tea and coffee, and other drinks, together with a choice of delicious home made cakes, baked by villagers, the cafe is now open on Wednesdays and Fridays, 8.45 a.m. – 1 pm.
Customers have access to a modern toilet.
Approached through the high double wooden gates on Broad Street, there is a charming enclosed courtyard, with seating and tables for the summer.
Dogs are not allowed in the cafe, but may be left in the courtyard where water and tying up facilities will be available.


Peewits on the Strawberry Line

The recent snow and heavy rain has flooded many of the fields. The saturated ground must force worms and other grubs to the surface providing a good meal for the ‘Peewits’. We were lucky, as they chose the water logged fields along the Strawberry Line between Congresbury and Churchill. In times past they were a regular winter visitor and it was not unusual to see large flocks circling the low lying fields. But not for some time have I seen this number. An unexpected and most welcome treat.

Click to read full article by Michael Greaves

Coffee Shop Opens Wednesday

Community Coffee@Bridge House opens its doors on Wednesday 13th February at 8.45am (until 1.00pm) serving up fresh tea & coffee, tea cakes, toast, and homemade cakes. The Coffee Shop is in Bridge House, part of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agency building who have allowed the use of two rooms in line with their continued commitment to local charitable causes across all their offices.

It will initially only be open on Wednesday & Friday mornings with the hope that opening could be extended depending upon use. If you would like to volunteer to work there for all, or part of, a session then please contact Rose Osborne at roseosborne294@gmail.com.

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Planning Application

Withydale Farm Weston Road Congresbury BS49 5ED

Date Thu 17 Jan 2019
Application Type Application to amend condition
Development Application to amend condition No. 1 on application 18/P/2290/FUL (Application for removal of condition number 2 imposed on reserved matters approval 17/P/1265/RM (Application for approval of reserved matters of landscaping, scale and external appearance for the erection of 5 no. dwellings following outline approval ) to allow minor alterations to window position td>

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Wassail at the Millenium Orchard

On Saturday 12th January, 2019 at 3pm more than 50 adults, children and pets met at the Youth Club building by the Riverside Car Park to take part in the third village Wassail. The crocodile of folk who were singing and making lots of noise to ward off evil spirits, paraded across the Millenium Green, over the bridge to the orchard. They were led by the Green Man (Brian Kemplay) and the music of Dave Byett with his squeeze box. After a speech by the Green Man the three Congresbury Beauty apples were danced around 3 times in a clockwise direction by villagers making as much noise as possible. The trees were then blessed and two young helpers put toast on the trees & sprinkled cider at their base to encourage new growth and fruit.

Afterwards the revellers returned to the Youth Club to enjoy hot apple juice from the Orchard and a variety of apple cakes made by volunteers from Congresbury Youth Partnership.

Editorial & photographs by Peter Hughes & Bryony Goodesmith

FREE DROP-OFF TO BE INTRODUCED AT BRISTOL AIRPORT

A commitment to open an authorised waiting area for taxis, combined with a free-of-charge drop off facility for all vehicles (as an alternative to the existing Express Drop Off), is included in the airport’s proposals for the Section 106 Agreement which would accompany permission for growth beyond the current cap of 10 million passengers a year.   North Somerset Council is currently consulting a planning application for facilities required to handle 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s

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