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£10,000 boost for new village hall plans

Plans for the new village hall/community centre at the King George V Playing Fields have been boosted by a £10,000 grant.    The funding comes from Power to Change, an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes.   The money will allow the project team to develop the community share offer and the business plan for the proposed new building.

The fund-raising team is also negotiating to secure an equity investment from the Community Shares Booster Programme. Under this programme, up to £100,000 is available to match applications for shares from the public.  If successful, it would mean that for every pound invested by individuals up to £100,000, another pound will be invested in matched shares.

To read full update including pledges and new community cafe opening  click here

Quilting Exhibition

Quilting enthusiasts raised £300 for the Children’s Hospice South West at an exhibition of their work in Congresbury on Saturday (Oct 27).
The event was staged by the 12 members of Congresbury Quilters in the Old School Rooms, where the group meets every Tuesday.
Pat Baker, who launched the group some three ago, said: “It was amazing. Our members put in lots of energy, enthusiasm, hard work and served some lovely cakes too.”
An exhibition is held every two years for the Children’s hospice.
“New members are welcome – they can pop in any Tuesday afternoon 1.30 – 4.00 pm,” said Pat.Quilting Exhibition


Last week, a friend of mine was in raptures extolling the wonderful autumn colours he had seen in America. He could have saved himself a fortune by visiting the ‘Millennium Green’. Perhaps it’s the result of the long hot summer or the wonderful weather over the last week, but the colours of the trees on the Milli Green are stunning.

Every 4 weeks, I open and close the Public Toilets on a Saturday and Sunday. This gives me a good excuse to walk around the Millennium Green. Last weekend both days were fantastic. The sun was shining and the trees are turning colour before dropping their leaves. The mix of  reds and gold against the green are pure magic.

Apart from the trees there are always interesting things to see. I was amazed to see a Heron perched on a tree over looking the River. They seem to spend their lives standing on the edge of the water waiting for a fish to eat. Sat on the top of a tree is a long way from the water, but perhaps he was just enjoying the sun and the wonderful views.

As the River Yeo was crystal clear it was possible to see shoals of small fish amongst the reeds. After the Cormorants appear to have eaten all the large fish, the appearance of abundant numbers of new fish bods well for the future.

If you are planning a trip to ‘Westonbirt’ to see the ‘Autumn Colours’ save the journey and visit the Millennium Green.  Its free and so are the Public Toilets. Well worth a visit at half term or any day.

Michael Greaves

Congresbury badminton player in European Seniors Championships

Congresbury resident & retired Backwell School teacher, Cathy Alexander, has just returned from competing in the badminton European Senior Championships in Guadalajara, Madrid.  Cathy who plays for St Katherine’s Club in Pill, and her partner Penny Shears (Beaufort Badminton Club, Bristol) were representing England for the first time.   The pair had to play at least four qualifying tournaments around the country – one of which had to be The Nationals or All England. The top 6 pairs were then selected to play in the Championships.  Cathy & Penny got through to the quarter finals beating pairs from France, Germany, Finland and Sweden.  They fought hard in the quarter final, 21-18 & 21-19,  – only just losing to the No. 3 seeds from Denmark.

Garden Club Autumn Show


After a long hot summer, which ripened fruit and vegetables early, there were fears that the Congresbury Gardening Club Autumn Show would be a wipe out, but the village produced excellent entries on September 29 in the Old School Rooms.

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Launch of computer ‘Code Club’

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1st October. 

Aimed for children aged between 8years – 12 years old.

Young people and parents can come and find out what it’s all about, and register to join us.   Subsequent sessions will  be scheduled every Monday of term time,  at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand.  They will  cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow.  Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a  Raspberry  Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately.  Our tutors will advise you. What is a Raspberry Pi?   It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more. We can also help you with the programming language Python, which you may need for your IT homework.

If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, or contact

Check out:  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know.  Skills are not essential.    We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a  knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.