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Strawberry Line to London via Lands End

We’ve received this lovely story from Michael Greeves. Unfortunately, the email was hidden in Junk mail, but we think it’s worth publishing, even this late. Apologies to Michael.

If you were planning a 1000 mile cycle ride to raise money to help protect the Swans in London’s Richmond Park, few would include ‘The Strawberry Line’ in Congresbury.

But, that’s exactly what Jamie Gould did. He works in Richmond Park as a gardener where a Cygnet died earlier this year. The swan was killed by a vandal who horrified and disgusted the ‘Friends’ of Richmond Park. To raise funds to help prevent this happening again, Jamie 21 and his friend Alex decided to undertake a mammoth 1000 mile sponsored cycle ride. They originally hoped for £1,000 but it looks like exceeding £1,500.

Starting from London they cycled to Margate and followed the south coast to Lands End in Cornwall. They then rode along the North Devon coast and spent Friday 3rd July 2020 camping at Porlock in Somerset.

Where does the Strawberry Line fit in ? 

I was riding my bike from Congresbury to Sandford, a modest 2 miles along the Strawberry Line on Saturday evening 4thJuly. Having stopped to watch a Buzzard soaring over Thatchers apple orchards, Jamie rode along and asked if there was anything interesting. 

In a very brief conversation he said that his companion ‘Alex’s’ bike had a puncture in Bridgwater and needed a new tyre. The nearest open bike shop being in Bristol so he went by train to get it repaired leaving Jamie on his own following the agreed route.  They were due to stay overnight near Bristol and complete their ride back to London on Sunday 5th July. Completing the 1000 miles in time for work on Monday morning.

For anyone wishing to learn more about the fund raising cause and their journey click on the  link;

At a time when there is so much bad and depressing news it cheered me up to hear Jamie’s story. I always enjoy seeing the wildlife and the fresh air on The Strawberry Line and will now add meeting Jamie the cyclist raising money for the Swans in Richmond Park to my memory bank.

Michael Greaves

4th July 2020

Burglary at St Andrews Church

The Police have asked for information about this burglary which took place between 11:50pm on 24th and 00:20am on 25th April.

The offenders gained access by forcing the south porch medieval door and stealing two boxes of Foodbank produce before entering the church and departing with nativity figurines. The perpetrators were seen both entering and leaving the building carrying boxes.

The Police would like anyone with information about this incident to contact them by calling 101 quoting reference number: 5220091185, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Internet Security

The Parish Council has advised us this letter has been circulated widely in Congresbury. It is linked to an app. Concerns have been raised regarding the security of products and services sourced via this app. Users submit their real names and addresses which can be accessed by other users including commercial enterprises. Please read, research and make your own judgement. Stay safe on line.

Two comments were made about this on Facebook. Dave Robins There is nothing wrong with this social Media App… it has 285 people in congresbury and 444 people in Yatton and 80 in Kingston Seymour alone using it daily as we speak… 

it has been live in this area since 2018 and world wide since 2008….
Facebook and Apple have tried to buy it but were refused…. 
the person who has posted this has just followed the misinformed local rumour mill like Chinese 
whispers…the letter may or may not be a scam as described but the App is international…. 
maybe Google the App and have a look on wikipedia….or the recent BBC article which described the App as the Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg wished he had made.

Love Congresbury As was reported yesterday, the app is genuine and can be used well, but it uses people’s names/addresses without express permissions and can be a site for fraudsters-there are safer ways to help your neighbours during this time.…/nextdoor-is-the-go-to…/amp

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Police issue scam and fraud safety video

Avon & Somerset Police have published the latest of their popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

To watch the video, click here

Witness appeal after anti-social driving

Police have just released details of an incident last Thursday (April 9) when officers were called to Cheddar Gorge following reports of several vehicles being driven dangerously.

One motorist was stopped after trying to make off from officers.

The male driver was reported for allegedly driving without tax, driving without due care and attention and not maintaining the car to a safe standard due to insufficient tyre tread.

The driver had previously been warned regarding antisocial driving and following this latest incident the vehicle was seized.

The vehicle was searched and the 29-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a class B drug and possession of class B drug. He has been released under investigation.

Enquiries are being carried out to try to identify other vehicles involved, one of which is believed to be a red BMW 3 Series.

PC James Fowler said: “We take reports of antisocial behaviour and driving in Cheddar Gorge extremely seriously, no more so now than when we are all being asked to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

“We will continue to patrol the Gorge to try to prevent a repeat of this antisocial behaviour.

“If anyone can help us identify the other drivers involved, please contact us.”

Anyone with information can report it online and give reference number 5220079552. Alternatively, if you cannot report it online, call 101. 

Planning Application

Land At Wrington Lane Congresbury

Date Mon 23 Mar 2020
Application TypeVariation of condition
Development Application to vary condition 6 attached to planning permission 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

Link to full details

Good News from Police

This week, two officers attended a trailer that had been dumped in Hallen. After some investigation by the brilliant officers, it transpired that the trailer had been sold to Michael Eavis of Worthy Farm Glastonbury some years ago. The trailer now belongs to his farm manager and had been stolen the day before.

When the farm manager and his wife collected the trailer, they explained they had owned it for 20 years and it had even been used five years ago by Banksy for an event at Glastonbury! I’m glad officers were able to reunite the couple with the stolen trailer, especially as the week before the Eavis’ and their team kindly donated thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks to police and NHS workers.

Click here for more stories.

Parish council website updated

Congresbury parish council’s website has been updated and now includes useful links and information about the coronavirus pandemic including where you can get help and advice. Click here

If you need help

The Parish Council is working with Love Congresbury to provide support to those who require help. Details of cards that can be posted through your neighbour’s/friends’ doors are available here and a list of contacts are here.

Police urge public to report issues online

The majority of Avon & Somerset police enquiry offices have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Four of them – Bristol, Patchway, Bridgwater and Yeovil – will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. To report an incident click here or for more information click here

Middlecombe Nursery closed

In light of the new restrictions that Government brought in to place on Monday night Middlecombe Nursery in Wrington Road has now closed for business and will no longer be operating a delivery service, until further notice.
Nigel, Isy and daughters would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all their customers for supporting them through this very tricky and uncertain situation.