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High Street burglary

A home has been burgled in High Street, Congresbury on the evening of December 2nd between 5pm and 8pm. No visible signs of damage were present to suggest a point of entry and once inside a thorough search of the property was conducted, with all rooms entered and cupboards emptied. Nothing was stolen from within.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221283758 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Supporting the community

The community café and Debbie Fortune estate agents are supporting the Congresbury Community Pre-school and the Senior citizens lunch club.

The cafe is helping to fund the Preschool’s Forest school project by donating the proceeds from: 

*the cafe sessions on Wednesday 8 December including the evening Christmas fair when the cafe will be open from 5.30pm.

*running a raffle, for two hampers of goodies and a kindle donated by Debbie Fortune estate agents. £1 a ticket, winners to be drawn on Wednesday 22nd

The community cafe will also be covering the cost of the senior citizens lunch club Christmas meal.

Attempted theft from stables

A stables / store room has been subject of an attempted theft between 6pm on the 25th & 6:45am on the 26th in Langford Road, Langford. The offenders cut through the door lock but were prevented further progress because of the deadlocks and reinforcements on the other side. The offender even tried using a shovel which had been left in the yard space, again without success.

The culprits then gained access to the garage by removing tiles from the roof. At present it is unclear if any items have been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221278142 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

Drill stolen from shed

A garden shed has been unlawfully entered sometime between the 27th & 29th in Wrington Mead, Congresbury. The owner had placed a bin and flower pot outside of the shed door as it had opened due to the bad weather. Upon checking on the morning of the 29th, the bin and flower pot had both been moved and a DeWalt drill had been stolen from within.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221280630 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Warning over PCR test scam email

A new scam email is in circulation. It advises you to “Apply now for a free Omicron PCR test to avoid restrictions”. The attached PDF shows what the scam looks like and police are warning people not to click on any link in the email because your personal details might be at risk.

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School PTA’s chocolate quest

St Andrew’s School PTA is making a big splash at the Broad Street Christmas Fair on December 8th and one of its stands will be the 🍫 CHOCOLATE TOMBOLA 🍫 so the PTA needs help with donations of yummy chocolate! **Please can you bring in chocolate donations from Monday November 22nd. There will be a box in the school reception to drop them into or contact sandyhinks@aol.com Any chocolate will do but please ensure it is within a best before/use by date, in a sealed packet and doesn’t contain nuts. Thank you so much for your help.

Christmas wrapping paper donations wanted

The PTA in St Andrews School Congresbury, hold a Christmas Shopping Day for the children to choose and buy presents for their families. The children write their own labels and wrap the presents up themselves. The PTA is asking for donations of wrapping paper for the children. The PTA is a charity and all monies raised are put back into the school to allow the little extras to make the children’s time at school a happy and fun experience. If you can help please email sandyhinks@aol.com

Motorbike damaged

Police are appeal for information following damage to a motorcycle parked on Cobthorn Way, Congresbury at around 7:40am on Saturday. The motorcycle had been set alight causing around 20 per cent damage before the fire was extinguished. Any information please contact 101 quoting Ref number: 5221273403 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

MEMORIAL HALL

This is a spritely Connie Wookey (92 years young) bowling the first celebratory ball along our new recently completed skittle alley.
Connie has been involved with the hall over very many years and is pleased to see the modernising progress which has been made over recent months.
Another step along the long road of bringing the Congresbury War Memorial Hall back to full time use has been completed. We are now even able to take card payments! 
If you see the door open then come on in and have a look around, after all it’s your hall.

Virus Watch – help stop the spread. (A study by University College London)

We are excited to let you know that the Virus Watch study is open to recruitment once again.  Can you help us to spread the news by sharing this message with your family & friends in England and Wales?

Incredibly, over 50,000 people have contributed to Virus Watch over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our study is important because it has been used to understand how to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The focus of our research includes assessing the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. We are keen to find out whether our immune response to COVID-19 vaccines diminishes over time and if this differs in people that have long term health conditions.  This is particularly important as new variants of COVID-19 emerge.

We would like to invite new households that have never taken part in Virus Watch previously to join the study.  To take part, all that is needed is an email address and internet (at home or on your phone) to complete short, regular surveys about your household.  Adults will be asked to take finger prick blood samples every other month (up to 5 in total) to test their immune response.  As we gather the results from our study, you’ll be able to see them on our website.

For more information about Virus Watch, and how to join the study please visit:www.ucl-virus-watch.net

Please do not re-enrol if you are already taking part in the study as this will create duplicate records. 

If you have recently withdrawn from the study, please ignore this message.  It can take us a little time to update our databases.

Best Wishes

Professor Andrew Hayward and The Virus Watch Team
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
17th November 2021

CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY IN DICKENSONS GROVE, CONGRESBURY

16/11/2021 9788 AN007 Criminal Damage to Property.

A property has been damaged in Dickensons Grove, Congresbury during the early hours of the 15th. The homeowner has reported that an unknown offender has thrown an open can of Baked Beans at their front door and ornaments causing quite a mess and staining.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221268790 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

COMMUNITY CAFE SUPPORTS CHILDREN IN NEED

The community cafe and Debbie Fortune estate agents are supporting BBC Children in Need on Friday 19th. 

The cafe will be open from 9 till 3pm and as well as the fresh brewed coffee, teas and homemade cakes it will also be offering light lunches.

The Congresbury Christmas Market is back this year and will be held on Wednesday 8th December from 6-8.30 pm.  Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG)  is taking the opportunity to put up a display about their new nature reserve off Cobthorn Way.  The reserve has been given to YACWAG through the planning process to manage especially for the Greater Horseshoe Bat. There are estimated to be only about 12,000 of these larger bats left in the UK and Congresbury has up to 1000 of them visiting local pastures to feed on insects.  Greater Horseshoe Bats particularly like a landscape with lots of trees and hedges with small fields that are grazed by sheep and cattle. YACWAG will be managing the reserve to provide the dung beetles and moths that are needed by juvenile bats in the summer.

You can find out more about Greater Horseshoe Bats at the YACWAG stand, talk to YACWAG members and sign up to be a volunteer for YACWAG. YACWAG is a partner with UWE in a Greater Horseshoe Bat project that is collecting information about these mysterious creatures of the night. Next spring there will be a chance to be involved in a citizen science project in this area as well as doing some practical work on the reserve.

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CONGRESBURY FOLK NIGHT

The next Congresbury Folk Night will be at the Memorial Hall on the evening of Saturday 20th November. Doors open 7pm. Performance starts 8pm. Two sets from world-class Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette. £7.50 on the door.

Christmas Fair returns

Congresbury’s popular Christmas Fair in Broad Street is back this year on December 8th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  Organisers report that all the usual stalls will be there including various food outlets supported by Congresbury Brass band and Mendip Morris dancers.  New for this year . . . crazy golf!

Burglars steal safe

Police are seeking witnesses to a burglary in Congresbury at the end of October.

A safe was stolen from a residential address in the Station Road area between 6.30pm on Saturday 30 October and approximately 1.30am on Sunday 31 October.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area, or noticed an unknown vehicle parked up in the vicinity, during those times.

If you can help, call 101 and give the call-handler reference number 5221255266. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Play areas set for refurbishment

Dangerous children’s play equipment on both the Millennium Green and King George V playing field has been removed by the parish council as part of plans to revamp the areas.

“We are very pleased with the removal work as the equipment was rotten and dangerous and we did not want it to deteriorate any further especially over the winter months,” said the council.

“We are gathering information on the costs of different equipment. Many of you asked for the zip wire to be replaced and climbing equipment to be included and therefore we are concentrating on looking at different options incorporating these ideas.

“There is currently a considerable lead time for the ordering and completion of any play equipment at the mpment. Hopefully we will be looking at a spring installation for new equipment.”

Burglary in Station Road

A home has been burgled in Station Road, Congresbury, between 6:30pm on October 30th and 1:30am on the 31st. The offender/s forced entry via the rear and once inside an untidy search was conducted with items being stolen from within.

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221255266 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.