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Rec Club redevelopment meeting

A reminder that there is a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm at the Recreation Club when the Trustees will explain plans to rebuild the clubhouse and answer questions. All welcome.

Car tyres slashed

A car has been damaged overnight on Sunday while parked on Chestnut Close, Congresbury. The owner was notified of the damage by a neighbour and upon checking all four tyres had been cut through.
Any information please contact the olice on 101 quoting reference number: 5222183264 stating NHW release. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Your local Brownie and Guide Groups are looking for Volunteers – could you help?

Could you Help?Are you passionate about volunteering with young people and helping girls to reach their potential? Do you want to learn new skills, make friends and give something back to your local community? Would you like to be part of with the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women?Congresbury Guides and Brownies needs you! We are looking for volunteer youth leaders to help run meetings, events and activities for girls aged 7-10 in Brownies and girls aged 10-14 in Guides.By sharing your skills, you’ll support girls and young women to try new things, make a difference to the world, speak out about the issues that matter to them and have fun!Brownies and Guides are both part of Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women. Guiding happens thanks to our amazing volunteers – men and women like you who give their time to ensure that we are active all over the UK.You’ll volunteer alongside a friendly and committed team to:

  • support volunteers and girls to plan activities
  • help run meetings with girls on a flexible basis
  • support a range of activities, games and events.

Who are we looking for?Our volunteers are energetic, enthusiastic and willing to try new activities. The position would suit someone who has, or would like to gain, experience of volunteering with young people and helping to plan and deliver a range of activities and events. Whether you can give a few hours a week, or would like to help occasionally on an ad-hoc basis, the role is flexible and can be arranged to fit around you.Useful skills and experience for the role would be:

  • an ability to work well with people of all ages
  • good verbal communication skills.

Our Leaders and Assistant Leaders must be female and aged over 18. No formal qualifications or prior guiding experience are required to volunteer with us. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and abilitiesHow will the volunteer benefit from this role?You will:

  • gain experience of volunteering with girls and young women
  • be supported to help plan and deliver a range of activities and events
  • have the chance to take part in free training on topics such as first aid, climbing, peer education and leadership
  • be able to take part in fun and exciting activities – you could find yourself learning to abseil or even travelling with other volunteers overseas
  • make a real difference to the lives of girls and young women in Blagdon

We offer every volunteer support in their role and the opportunity to learn new skills through access to free specialised training and resources. We cover any expenses incurred in your role, and you’ll also be able to access our great members’ scheme, which offers discounts on high street brands.

Please contact Hatty Alvis on 07796958413

Public meeting on Rec Club rebuild plans

The Trustees of the King George V Playing Fields in Congresbury have announced that there will be a public meeting to discuss their plans to rebuild the Recreation Club and answer questions. The meeting will be held on Thursday August 4th at 6pm in the club.

The Trustees have also published a leaflet giving more details of the project. The leaflet, below, will be distributed to villagers over the coming days.


Appeal for crash witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Congresbury.

It happened just after 9.10am on Sunday 10 July on the A370 at Rhodyate Hill near the Star pub.

A man riding a black Honda motorcycle was involved in a collision with a black Volvo XC60 which was turning onto the road.

The motorcyclist went to hospital by ambulance for treatment to serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any dashcam or other footage of that stretch of road at the time. Please get in touch if you can help.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222169655, or complete our online appeals form.

Planning Application 5 Wrington Lane Congresbury BS49 5BQ

DateMon 11 Jul 2022
Application TypeMinor material amendment
DevelopmentMinor material amendment to planning permission 17/P/1052/F (Proposed sub-division of existing dwelling into 2no. dwellings to include the erection of a first floor side extension) to allow for reduction in size of first-floor extension (front and rear), replacement of a pitched gable roof with a smaller flat roof at the rear, and the removal of side windows and replaced with rooflight to rear elevation.

Link to full details

Plans for new Rec Club finalised 

Exciting new plans to rebuild Congresbury’s ageing Recreation Club pavilion have been submitted to North Somerset planners.

The plans involve a two-storey building on the same footprint as the existing club which is now 60 years old and in a poor state of repair.

These revised plans follow feedback from both North Somerset planners and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to initial pre-planning submissions made in November 2021.

The  major change to the external appearance is the addition of a pitched roof, recommended by North Somerset.

An artist’s impression of how the rebuilt Rec Club will look, built on the same footprint as the existing clubhouse

The ECB supports a two-storey building with a viewing balcony because of the constraints of the site. This allows for four separate unisex changing rooms and showers for both the cricket and tennis clubs for men, women and children to use on the upper level.  This layout creates far more space for the social activities of the club on the ground floor. 

The decision to press ahead with the redevelopment of the Rec Club was taken by the Trustees of The King George V Playing Fields when plans to build a new village hall on land adjacent to the Rec Club and tennis courts were halted through lack of funding despite the huge efforts of those involved.

Echoes of the original new village hall plan can be found in this redevelopment with the ground floor social area capable of being divided into two so both private and members’ use is possible at the same time.

The Trustees are submitting the plans for the new building which will serve the needs of the cricket, tennis and football clubs as well as the social members of the Recreation Club.

Chairman of the trustees Les Owen explained that the pandemic had caused some inevitable delays to the project. “We consulted villagers on our plans more than a year ago and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“Since then we have spoken to North Somerset planners and been in regular contact with the ECB to make sure our plans are acceptable to them since they are potentially a key grant funder. I’m confident that the plan we now have will not only meet the needs of the sports and recreation clubs but also the whole village.”

The cricket club wants to provide first class facilities for its members with a particular focus on the development of women’s and girls’ cricket and improving facilities for juniors. 

The club regularly hosts junior county matches but has had to turn down requests to host junior county girls’ matches because of the current inadequate changing facilities. 

“New changing rooms are essential for us to meet the demands of the modern game, increase participation and attract the calibre of players we need,” said chairman Geoff Wilcock. ‘’Four flexible use changing rooms will enable us to grow our girls’ and women’s section and to increase the amount of girls’ and women’s cricket played through the ability to host away teams.’’ 

For the tennis club, which has ambitions to build a fourth ‘pay and play’ court, a new pavilion with more flexible changing rooms and enlarged social facilities would allow it to recruit more players while raising additional funds through more social events. 

“We want to increase junior coaching, offer cardio tennis and walking tennis for injured, less mobile and older players, and provide disabled access to the courts with the potential for wheelchair tennis,” said chairman JL Hagger.

Stu Smith, chairman of the football club, believes that wider community participation in the Recreation Club “can only bring the football club to more people’s attention and would hopefully lead to more support in terms of volunteers, spectators or players and may even help in the formation of new teams.” A lack of volunteers means the club does not at present run junior teams but it is keen to reintroduce them as well as adding women’s and veterans’ teams. 

Newspaper deliveries: help needed

Kevin and Janice Cumming, who have been organising newspaper deliveries in the village for more than nine years, are in desperate need of paper boys and girls to do the early morning rounds. They have weekdays and weekend rounds available with immediate start. Contact details are: tel 01934 833041.  Mob 07784463676. Email

Ladies – Want to play skittles?

Join a ladies team playing home matches at Congresbury Memorial Hall.

Matches mainly Thursday and Wednesday evenings 7.30 start.

New season starts September.

Cheap friendly night out, no previous experience needed. Ladies only.

WhatsApp Mary on 07934 380999 for more details.

Could bats stop Park Road development?

Winged cavalry in the shape of horseshoe bats have joined forces with CRAG in an effort to thwart the building of a new housing estate behind Park Road, Congresbury.

In a review of the developer’s Ecological Impact Survey, the Natural Environment Service office finds that more information is needed to comply with UK wildlife law and both national and local policy. The office states that before determining the outline application for 90 houses on land north of Mulberry Road, developer M7 must show clear proposals for “replacement horseshoe bat foraging habitat to be provided.”

If that was not enough to stop the development in its tracks, the review continues: “Lighting strategy to be provided demonstrating habitats retained as dispersal corridors and foraging habitat for horseshoe bats will remain unlit.”The office also wants to know how the developer will create a wildflower grassland on site; the location of a reptile receptor site, and the location of compensatory hedgerow planting.

The office concludes that: “An application should be refused (or withdrawn) if there is insufficient information to form an evidence-based assessment or if it cannot be demonstrated beyond reasonable scientific doubt that there will be no significant negative impacts on the SAC (Special Area of Conservation).It sounds to CRAG as if the best way to meet all these requirements, is to leave the field exactly as it is.

John Mills

Congresbury Singers

Congresbury Singers new term starts on Tuesday September 6th at 7.45pm at the Memorial Hall, Congresbury.

Al arel welcome, particularly Tenor/Bass – no audition required.

please call 07833456524 for more info.

Ladies – Want to play skittles?

Join a ladies team playing home matches at Congresbury Memorial Hall.

Matches mainly Thursday and Wednesday evenings 7.30 start.

New season starts September.

Cheap friendly night out, no previous experience needed. Ladies only.

WhatsApp Mary on 07934 380999 for more details.