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Garage break-in

A garage has been broken into around 3:30am on the 26th in Furnace Way, Congresbury. A local resident called police when they observed four males, three in black the other in white, gaining entry. The suspects had been through the garage and stolen electrical tools before making off.

Developers M7 lodge new plan

There’s been little to report on CRAG (Congresbury Residents’ Action Group) v developers in recent weeks. But now M7, the company seeking to build 90 houses on land behind Park Road, has placed ten new documents on North Somerset council’s planning website. 

One of those documents is a revised plan that somehow ignores the fact that in recent weeks much of the land resembled a lake rather than a field. More on this when the documents have been examined.

At the other end of the village, developer Vistry has agreed to halt putting in foundations to the 50 new houses off Wrington Lane after CRAG pointed out that no such work could start until the continuous footway had been constructed.

Although the objections to the creation of a footway down part of Wrington Lane had to be abandoned because of the potentially enormous costs involved CRAG is still keen to ensure that Vistry keeps to the conditions of the application, by not starting work until the pavement is installed all the way along the lane. The company has also agreed to stop making early morning working which was causing annoyance to local residents.

John Mills

A370 closures next week

The A370 is being closed to traffic near Brockley Stores from 9.30am to mid afternoon from 23rd to 25thJanuary to allow felling of diseased ash trees.

The diversion goes up the Brockley Coombe road, onto the A38 to Langford/Churchill then on the B3133 to Congresbury Cross junction. This is expected to add 25 minutes to journeys. 

The X1 is due to take the same diversion route, with all bus stops on the A370 out of use between Congresbury Bridge and Winterstoke Road in Bristol. People in Backwell have the option of the X7.  

More detailed information on the Firstbus website and on OneNetwork for a map of the diversion.

YACWAG – Window Wanderland 3rd-5th February – Congresbury and Yatton

Window Wanderland is a way to explore your neighbourhood and meet your neighbours. Everyone can take part and we will support you with free materials, inspiration and a chance to meet others, either beforehand or on the magical illuminated Brilliant British Birds walking trail.

Drop in to Congar’s Cafe, Broad Street, Congresbury 3-5pm on Saturday 14th January to pick up free materials and ideas

or to Yatton Youth Club, Rock Road, Yatton from 10-12 on Saturday 21st January to pick up free materials and ideas

You can watch a movie of last year’s windows to get you in the mood :
Facebook: @yattoncongresburyww

Soups & Puds

The next Soups & Puds lunch is on Thursday 26th January at the Methodist Hall, 2 High St, Congresbury. The £5 lunch is in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. Homemade soup, bread roll, homemade pudding and tea or coffee. Raffle, cakes and preserves for sale.

Rich history of Congresbury railway station

YACWAG’s call for volunteers to help start work to reveal the platforms at Congresbury’s long disused railway station (see details here) prompted Michael Greaves to contact us with this sketch and a note on the station.

“It was always my hope that when the platforms are restored the original Waiting Room could be rebuilt,” he writes. “I am attaching a copy of my thumbnail sketch of the original waiting room that was sadly demolished when the line was closed.

“The platforms are unique as the up line platform was built with carboniferous limestone from Henley Quarry on Cadbury Hill, but the down platform is the lovely stone quarried at Draycott in Somerset. It’s a Dolomitic Conglomerate stone which when polished is known as Draycott Marble. Perhaps the most famous use is the table top in the entrance of  Longleat House in Wiltshire. Both platforms are excellent examples of Victorian engineering and form an important part of Congresbury’s history.

Michael Greaves’ drawing of the waiting room at Congresbury Station


The Editors wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We look forward to receiving your news and articles in 2023.

Planning Application 23 Southside Congresbury BS49 5BS

DateWed 14 Dec 2022
Application TypePrior Approval Request
DevelopmentPrior approval request for the erection of a single storey rear extension with a pitched roof that would 1) extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6.0 metres; 2) have a maximum height of 3.60 metres and 3) have eaves that are 3.20 metres high

Link to full details

Singing workshop

Congresbury Singers- Come & Sing Workshop, Choruses from Handel’s Messiah for Community Choirs on Sat Jan 14th 2023, Memorial Hall, Congresbury from 10.30 – 4.30 – £20 inc music & refreshments.

Entry / info 07729159139 or

Broad Street festivities

Re:Store Congresbury, Congar’s Cafe, Ziggy’s Deli & Weston Hospicecare Charity Shop present … LATE NIGHT SHOPPING!!!

On Thursday 15th December until 7pm we’ll all be opening late so you can shop gifts, treat yourself and join in singing a few carols with the incredible Congresbury Singers

From hamper making and mulled wine with Ziggy’s Deli, to scrummy special edition hot chocolates and yummy sausage rolls from Congars Cafe and finding the perfect stocking fillers with pop-up shops. Plus… Fill your resuable crackers with our mini-gift station and bring the kids along for free children’s crafts 🎄 

Wow there’s a lot going on but it should be a lovely festive evening for eating, drinking, gifting and more 🌟