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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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Congresbury Singers’ April concerts

Congresbury Singers are presenting two concerts in April this year.  

The first will be on Saturday 6 April 2019 at 7:30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Congresbury.   Directed by Gordon Pullin this will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of St Luke’s Passion.  There is some academic debate about the authorship of this work but, whoever its composer, this is a charming work, essentially a sequence of recitatives, choruses and chorales, in a somewhat gentle but powerful telling of the Passion story.
For this performance we will be joined by Katie Chappell on violin and Bruce Saunders and Simon Perkins, baritones.  Tickets will cost £8.00 including refreshments and can be obtained in advance from Congresbury Post Office, or pay on the door. 

The second concert will be our annual touring performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 8:00pm in St Peter’s Church, Draycott.  Barry Rose will play the organ and Bruce Saunders, baritone, will again be joining us for this performance.  The performance will be free, with a retiring collection in support of the St Peter’s church organ fund. 

Charity boxes stolen

Overnight 27-28 January a commercial property at Silver Street, Congresbury was broken into. Doors were forced open, a search took place and charity boxes stolen.

Flog It for Congresbury!

The fundraising group for Congresbury’s new village hall (CVH) are getting together with Clevedon Salerooms to hold a special valuation event on 27th February to identify auction lots and they hope to raise thousand of pounds for the new village hall by auctioning the donated items. 

Members of the public can bring along any unwanted but interesting and saleable, antique or vintage objects to the new Community Coffee Shop on Broad Street to be valued on the spot by a Clevedon Salesrooms valuer. There will be a £3 valuation charge for one item with subsequent item valuations at just £1.00 each and no fees will be charged if the item/s are put up auction. All valuation and sale proceeds will go directly to CVH funds as Clevedon Salerooms have generously agreed to waive their fees for the CVH lots which will be auctioned in their sale on 21st March.

The valuation event will take place from 2-5pm on Wednesday 27th February but CVH Ltd are happy to receive any suitable items for the auction at any time and can arrange collection and storage before the valuation and auction events. Contact Ron Hall ron.hall43@btinternet.com 07770 738091 or see www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk for further information.