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Police – Be alert for courier scams

Police are advising that in 2021 alone, 3,625 people across the country were victims of courier fraud with loses totalling more than £15.2 million.

An analysis of data from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has highlighted four modus operandi (MOs) that are now more commonly being used by fraudsters:

– Bank card expiry: Fraudsters claim to be from the victim’s bank and say their card is no longer valid. The scammers ask for the pin number and then send a “courier” to collect the card before using it for fraudulent purposes

– Purchasing high end items: The suspects pretend to be police officers and ask the victim to help with an undercover operation by purchasing expensive items like watches, jewellery and gold. Once the item is bought, the victim will hand over the item to the criminals

– Counterfeit cash/ bank investigation: A person claiming to be the police or bank official informs the victim that they need to help with a banking corruption investigation. The victim is told to withdraw a large amount of money and the cash is picked up later by a “courier” to “check for fingerprints or to identify counterfeit bank notes.”

– Computer takeover: The fraudsters telephones the victim, purporting to be from their internet service provider, saying that they have had an issue with their internet connectivity and the victim is due compensation. The victim is persuaded to download a remote access application, giving the suspects access to their home computers. The fraudster persuades the victims into thinking they have been paid too much compensation and the victim then withdraws cash to pay the money back, which is later collected by a “courier”.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Clevedon Literary Festival – 9th to 12th June

The More Than Words Clevedon Literary Festival returns for 2022!

Hosted over four days, this year’s Festival will bring music, art, spoken word, film and photography to the forefront of Clevedon’s cultural community.

Tickets Now On Sale! 

MORE THAN WORDS is Clevedon’s Literary Festival of poetry, prose, performance, art, music and fun. We will engage the local and wider literary communities in opportunities to share and celebrate the written and spoken word and related art forms for mutual benefit. This will be achieved through high quality readings, open mics, public art, multidisciplinary events showcasing local talent, published authors, nationally recognised poets and performing artists, and fostering creative development for adults, young people and children. For more details https://www.clevedonliteraryfestival.uk/programme-2022/

Tax Refund Scam by phone or email

If you get some unexpected news that you’re owed a ‘refund’ from the Tax Office, it may seem like good news. But, remember that with the self-assessment deadline looming on January 31, fraudsters will be bombarding people’s email inboxes and phones with fake offers of tax refunds. They may also cold call victims, or text or email links which will then take them to a false page, where their bank details or money will be stolen.

Over the past year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received nearly 900,000 reports from people about suspect contact – including over 620,000 reports from people about bogus tax rebates.

Never give out your personal information or click on links or download information from unexpected emails. If someone calls you out of the blue and makes you feel under pressure, just put the phone down to give yourself time to think. Details of suspect calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC can be forwarded to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

Justin Andrews

Spring isn’t far away!

Need your lawn cutting, then give me a call for a free, no obligation quote.

Professional and friendly service at a good price.

Based in Congresbury covering surrounding villages.

Call Justin Andrews on 01934 832889 or 07870274446

Skittles

Activity  At the War Memorial Hall
Details Alley available Mon & Fri from 7.30Team Skittles Wednesday (Mixed) & Thursday (Ladies)
Contact  Insert Phone  Insert Email  Insert

Mendip Morris Dancers

Activity  Morris Dancing at the War Memorial Hall
Details Monday 8pm and alternate Wednesdays 7.30pm
Contact mendipmorris@gmail.com Phone  Insert Email  Insert

Karate

Activity At the War Memorial Hall
Details Thursday 7pm
Contact Stephen Latham Phone 07866730117 Email  Insert

Folk Night

Activity  Folk Evenings
Details 1st Thursday of the Month at 8pm. Includes performances from local folk groups.
Contact thatchway@yahoo.com Phone  Insert Email  Insert

Bingo Club

Activity  Bingo
Details  Meets at the War Memorial Hall on Monday at 8pm
Contact Elain Bowman Phone 07801964748 Email  Insert

Appleshed Inclusive Theatre

Activity

AppleShed Inclusive Theatre Company is a brand new venture, rooted in Congresbury.

Details They are a friendly little company, designed to make everyone feel welcome. Their ethos, modelled on Chickenshed Theatre in London, is to help young people who may or may not have additional needs, work together to create truly inclusive theatre events.

War Memorial Hall on Wed & Thurs after school.

Contact St. Andrews Church office Phone 01934 833126

Zumba

Activity  At the War Memorial Hall
Details Mondays 6.30 pm  
Contact Maria Phone 07941352855 Email  Insert

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.

Flow – Depression and Anxiety Peer Support Group

Activity Depression and Anxiety Peer Support Group
Details We meet every Wednesday 10-11am in the room behind the
Methodist Church Hall. Come and join us for tea and a chat.
There’s no need to book, just turn up.
Contact Sarah Heiermann
Web facebook.com/flow.north.somerset
Email flow.nsomerset@gmail.com

Short Mat Bowling Club

Activity Playing short mat bowls.
Details 7:30pm Mondays, October-March, at Congresbury Bowling Club. All welcome. Visit the club website
Contact Phone Email  conbcsec@gmail.com

Congresbury Bowling Club

Activity Lawn green bowling from April to September for men and ladies of all ages from junior up to the most senior. Short Mat bowls is played indoors in the clubhouse from October to March.
Details Please visit our Web Site
Contact The Secretary Email conbcsec@gmail.com

Congresbury Gardens and Allotments Association

 

Activity To promote an interest in Allotments and Gardens. Encourage good practice, enjoyment and the benefits of having an allotment. Help and advise members on cultivation and sustainability. Liaise with the Parish council on matters concerning the allotments site and its environs.
Details Congresbury Allotments and Gardeners Association was formed to represent the tenants of Congresbury Parish Council who rent a plot on the Bristol Road Allotments. Membership gives the opportunity to obtain 50% discount on seeds from Kings and of 10% on garden supplies  purchased from the Garden Park centre, 2 miles down the A370 at the left turn for Puxton. The allotments shop will open on 4 consecutive Saturday mornings in Spring for the sale of bamboo canes, Growmore  and slug pellets. Non-allotment holders are welcome to join and will enjoy the same discount benefits as allotment holders. Please visit our Web Site
Contact Rod Stephens (833512). Janet Dickson (835055). Dave Miles (832893) (all 01934)

Congresbury History Group

Activity Research into the history and archaeology of Congresbury.
Details Hold monthly meetings with a speaker. Organise guided walks.
Collect photographs of the village. Undertake research.
Publish booklets.
Visit our web site
Contact Chris Short Phone 01934 833764 Email chriscongar@hotmail.co.uk

Congresbury Gardening Club

Activity Learn about and visit gardens, enter your best in the Shows. Monthly meetings from September to May.
Details Please visit our Web Site
Contact Janet Edwards Phone 01934 832557 Email 100jedwards@gmail.com

Congresbury Recreation Club

Activity  To provide sports and recreation facilities for the village of Congresbury and surrounding areas.
Cricket, Football, Tennis, Skittles, Darts, Pool.
Function room available for private hire.
Well stocked bar with real ales.
SKY TV and large screen.
Details  Open 7:30-11:00pm Mon-Fri, 4:00-11:00pm Sat, 12:00-3:00pm Sun.
Meat raffle every Sunday at 2:00pm.
Click here for Web Site.
Contact Bookings & general enquiries Jo Williams (Club Steward) Phone  01934 832150                 Email  jo@congresburyclub.co.uk
Club Affairs  Marcus Searle(Secretary)  Email marcus@congresburyclub.co.uk