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Meeting on anti-social behaviour

There will be a meeting between the PCSOs and the community at Congresbury Youth Club  building this Friday at 6pm.  Short notice, because they are very keen to show that they are taking the recent spate of complaints about anti-social behaviour by young people seriously, and to work WITH us to address them.  

The PCSOs are making the point that they can’t tackle this alone, and we as a community need to be part of the solution, so it would be great to see some people showing up with positive ideas.     Please publicise this widely to anyone who is interested in a positive co-operative approach.  We will ensure the meeting doesn’t move into the mood of blaming either the police or young people.

Alex Ballard

Singers return

Congresbury Singers are BACK with a new musical director Graham Coatman. The Show Must Go On with popular music is on Saturday 20 November at 7.30pm in St Andrews Church. Tickets are £10 including refreshments and are available from the Post Office in The Precinct or on the door. Booking is advisable.


PRESS RELEASE 5TH October 2021
VAST- Villages Alliance for Sustainable Transport

Residents in Churchill and Langford, Sandford and Winscombe have formed a new group, the Villages Alliance for Sustainable Transport, VAST, to campaign for a better deal for villagers in North Somerset on transport and traffic management.

VAST invites residents and transport groups in the other North Somerset villages to join them in working with North Somerset Council to get action on 2 key issues, the urgent need to reduce traffic and transport emissions in line with North Somerset’s climate emergency targets, and urgently improving transport and traffic management in the villages.

VAST is calling on North Somerset Council to

  • develop a Transport Strategy and Transport Action Plan aligned with its Climate Emergency Net Zero Carbon target of 2030 effective for the whole of the county including the villages, to include a shift to public transport.
  • prioritise the decarbonisation of transport throughout North Somerset, assessing all transport decisions including procurement decisions for their carbon cost, with an annual reduction target towards 2030, and six-month review and reports on progress,
  • urgently review all major infrastructure projects including the Banwell Bypass, taking into account their carbon cost of construction and operation and their individual impact on North Somerset’s carbon budget and Net Zero target of 2030.Contact VAST by email at
    For more online information, go to Sandford Neighbourhood Group Transport Action spokesperson says:
    We are calling for a better deal for the villages from North Somerset Council. We need much better transport options and traffic management. Speeding traffic through the villages, and congestion at pinch points are on the increase again, which means more worries about road safety, noise and pollution.In Sandford we have Sandford Primary School and Sandford Station retirement complex right on the main road through Sandford, the A368. Cyclists, including young children, take to the pavements to avoid the heavy traffic. In many other areas, there are no pavements, and cyclists and pedestrians face serious dangers on the narrow roads.
    Sandford residents have been living with increasing through traffic and HGVs for many years now, and the traffic will get much worse if the Banwell Bypass project goes ahead. We can expect half as much traffic again from the new bypass road, plus the additional traffic from the new developments near Banwell, which could mean over 3000 new homes and as many additional new cars.
    We urgently need North Somerset Council to update its transport and traffic management policy to bring in active travel schemes, with walking and cycling lanes, reduced speeds limits and improved public transport links for Sandford and the other villages, as they are already


doing for the towns. This is essential to reduce transport emissions overall, which are already out of control at 42% of North Somerset’s total carbon emissions

A Churchill and Langford Residents Action Group spokesperson for CALRAG says:
‘Large areas of the country live in low emission zones, with traffic calmed to 20 mph, while

in our villages the traffic has become much worse, with deteriorated public transport. Young and old in many villages have very poor connectivity and are unfairly isolated. Rural roads have the highest death and injury tolls. Churchill is facing greatly increased traffic and emissions from the A38, and also the A368 via the Banwell Bypass which will increase traffic by 50% even before any new housing is built. We’re already experiencing flooding in and around the new housing developments in Churchill, and we’ve been left out of the Health Impact Assessment for the Banwell Bypass, which has a massive negative impact on community resilience. We need a much better deal for Churchill, much better transport planning and management, and a much stronger approach on reducing carbon emissions and our flood risk.

Cleaning Vacancy at St Andrews Primary School

LOCATION: Station Rd, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5DX

HOURS: 14:45-17:45, Monday to Friday 

SALARY: £ (paid fortnightly) £8.91 per hour

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: cleaning experience would be desirable however full training will be provided. Previous Enhanced DBS certificate recommended however new certificate will be sought.


Cleaner Key responsibilities:

The main areas of accountability and personal specification for the position are detailed below:

To undertake general cleaning duties to the prescribed standards as detailed in the site specification including:

· Cleaning interior surfaces, furnishings, fixtures and fittings

· Clean floors and floor coverings

· Maintain the internal environment

· Service toilet areas; clean all toilet appliances i.e., toilets, sinks etc. and replenish toilet rolls, soap and paper towels

· To clear and remove rubbish and other items from areas as detailed by the site specification and ensure completion of duties.

· To maintain stocks of cleaning materials, order from suppliers where required and to control the usage of materials ensuring the cleaning cupboard is always kept tidy.

· To report any problems on site to the supervisor / account manager so they may be rectified immediately.

· To undertake any other reasonable duties/request commensurate with this position as designated by the account manager / supervisor/client/company


Mark Sansom Account Manager

04/10/2021 9788 AN007 Residential Burglary

A home has been burgled overnight on the 30th September in Wrington Mead, Congresbury. The offender gained access by climbing over a side gate by using a bin. Once inside the grounds they then forced entry via a downstairs window by snapping the hinge. Inside the property a messy search was conducted where it was clear the offender was looking for jewellery. Once the search was completed the offender then made off via the same method of entry.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221228825 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Thank you for your support.

Coffee mornings raise £1,100 for Macmillan

The Community café ran two café sessions in aid of Macmillan cancer support. The sessions raised £1106. 

it was good to see so many people supporting this worthwhile cause and the café committee would to thank the café volunteers for their hard work and Debbie Fortune estate agents and local company Hearmore UK for their support.

Dog walkers urged to respect King George V playing field byelaws

Villagers who regularly exercise their dogs on the King George V playing fields are being asked to stick to the byelaws which require dogs to be kept on leads at all times on any part of the playing fields.

This applies to the cricket field, the children’s play area, and the grass area between the two.

Signs make it clear that dogs must be on a lead at all times

The KGV Trustees point out that there are several signs (pictured right) on the entrances to the grounds telling owners that dogs must be kept on leads and to clean up after their dogs.

“The problem of people walking dogs on the fields but off leads has been around for some time but has been getting worse, possibly exacerbated by the pandemic,” said a representative of the Trustees. 

The Trustees point out that the KGV fields were left in trust for the playing of sport and recreation and the byelaws specifically prohibit the taking of any dog onto any part of the fields unless kept on a chain.

The cricket club, which maintains the cricket ground, has asked the Trustees to take further action if matters do not improve.

Park Road property damaged

A property has been damaged in Park Road, Congresbury, on Thursday between 11am and 11:30am. A rock was thrown at a window of the property causing it to smash. 

Any information please contact the police on 101 quoting Ref number: 5221221943 stating NHW Release or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Garden waste collections restart

North Somerset council plans to restart garden waste collections from the end of September but only every four weeks instead of fortnightly.

“This is a pragmatic approach that enables us to offer a garden waste service to all our existing customers while still dealing with the driver shortages. We are amending the garden waste collection calendars and these will be available on our website before collections begin again,” the council said.

New calendars will be available from Friday and can be downloaded from

The council notes that driver shortages are still a very serious issue. “We remain in a precarious situation with our staff resources so the situation could change again.”

There will be a discount on next year’s collections to compensate residents for the disruption. “You don’t need to contact us to qualify for this offer – it will be automatically available at renewal,” the council said.

North Somerset is also setting up trial satellite sites across the area so existing customers have the option to take their garden waste to staffed drop-off points if they don’t live within easy reach of one of the three recycling centres. These will be announced to customers living in those areas as soon as they’re up and running.

Charity coffee mornings

The Community café and Debbie Fortune Estate Agents are supporting Macmillan’s biggest coffee morning. All the proceeds from the Friday 24th and Saturday 25th cafe sessions will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Local company Hearmore UK are sponsoring the cafe costs for the sessions.

WI celebrates 100th anniversary

Members of Congresbury WI are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their Institute’s founding with an Afternoon Tea on 15th September. Guests include many friends from the Congresbury Evening branch, from linked Institutes and from Trustees of the Avon Federation. Items from the archives will be on show and there will be a spirited rendering of “Jerusalem”, of course. In case members need a reminder – the meeting starts at 3pm in the Methodist Hall!

Garden waste collection suspended

North Somerset council is halting all garden waste collections between September 6th and 17th because of a national shortage of HGV drivers.

“Despite our best efforts to keep your garden waste collection service running as normally as possible over recent weeks, we have made the difficult decision today to suspend collections for at least the next two weeks,” said the council.

Recycling and black bin waste collections will continue as normal.

North Somerset notes that neighbouring councils suspended their services earlier in the summer, adding that it has been able to continue collections – with limited disruption – until now.

“We have now reached the point where the national shortage of HGV drivers means that we cannot continue to provide all services. We are working hard on doing what we can to fix the situation locally and will have a clearer picture on compensation for our customers and what we’ll do to mitigate further impacts within the next two weeks. We’re also lobbying government to resolve the national crisis.

“We are really sorry for the inconvenience this causes you and will be in touch again before your next garden waste collection is due with an update.

“Our recycling centres will be open as normal if you’re unable to store your garden waste at home. Home composting is also a good way to deal with any extra garden waste generated.”

Community café update

Congresbury Community café Ltd is a charitable community benefit society which runs Congresbury Community café. The café has been open for two-and-a-half years and operates in rooms and a courtyard which are kindly donated free of charge by Debbie Fortune estate agents’ Congresbury office.

Run entirely by volunteers it was initially set up to raise funds for a new village hall. When that project closed down, the project team in liaison with Debbie Fortune Estate Agents agreed to retain the popular café. The surplus profits are now used to support the community, by helping fund village organisations and activities. Details are available on the café website .

The café will also run sessions to support organisations such as Macmillan Cancer support, The Air Ambulance and local hospices. The café is open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 till 1pm and alternate Saturdays from 10 till 3pm (next opening Saturday 11th). It also runs a Glut Market where donated surplus vegetables and plants are available for a donation to the café.

The St Andrew’s school PTA are the first group to receive funding from café sessions. Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Zoe Gartland, on behalf of the school and PTA said: “Thank you so much to Congresbury community café who have kindly donated £423 towards our new playground equipment.

“During lockdown, the children of St Andrew’s were tasked with a challenge to design a new Key Stage Two play area. The school council worked closely with Pentagon Play to ensure the children’s ideas were incorporated into the final build. In the last weeks of term, the children were able to see their designs become reality with our wonderful new equipment. 

“The school were able to fund the vast majority of the scheme but needed to raise a final £1500. With the PTA’s help and generous donations from local businesses, we are almost there.”

Ian Sheppard for the café said: “It was disappointing when the village hall project closed down in October last year but the café allows us to fulfil our vision of putting money back into the community. But it is not all about the money, the café is a community facility where people can meet up in a safe environment as well as enjoying freshly brewed hot drinks and delicious homemade cakes.

“We would not able to do this without the generosity and continued support of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents in allowing us use of the rooms and courtyard. “