Annual Coffee Morning and plant sale in aid of Children’s Hospice South West is this Saturday (April 30th) at Congresbury Methodist Church Hall from 10am to 12 noon. Plants for sale – suitable for gardens or tubs. Cakes, jams and tombola. Entry £1 to include coffee or tea and biscuits.
During the Easter holiday Congresbury Library has 12 cheeky chicks in hiding. Find the chicks and win a prize! You can hunt for the chicks every time you go to the library as they are always on the move!
There are also a number of colouring sheets available for children to take home.
A celebration of the transfer of land from Strongvox to Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) was held on Friday 18thMarch on site at Cobthorn Way, Congresbury, with the Chair of North Somerset Council, Cllr Richard Westwood, unveiling the site interpretation board with Bill Richardson, Planning Manager for Strongvox , and Tony Moulin, Chair of YACWAG.
YACWAG’s new Cobthorn Reserve in Congresbury is being created especially for bats. This ground-breaking new project has been facilitated by North Somerset Council working with Natural England through the planning process, and has resulted in the developer Strongvox giving a field of about two and a half hectares to YACWAG to manage for bats forever.
When 38 new houses were built in Furnace Way, a larger area of farmland was lost as a feeding ground for bats. In order for Strongvox to gain planning permission on this sensitive site, North Somerset Council ruled that the developer had to compensate for lost habitat by creating a nature reserve on part of the site to give the bats continuity. There are only about 12,000 Greater Horseshoe Bats in the UK – which is their stronghold – and amazingly 500-1000 of them are living close to Congresbury. Their preferred landscape is one with grazing animals and tall, wide hedges with scattered flowering trees that attract insects. The Cobthorn Reserve will provide this kind of habitat. Grazing by livestock is especially important in this project because young bats need a particular kind of dung beetle to feed on. YACWAG members have been busy thickening up the hedges with additional hedge plants and their graziers, Jo and Andy Milward, will be providing the animals to produce the essential dung.
Councillor Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “I’m pleased to see the Cobthorn Reserve in Congresbury come to fruition. It’s a fantastic example of how planning can be used to have a positive impact on wildlife. This type of protection is important to North Somerset Council and is carefully considered throughout our Local Plan.”
YACWAG Chair, Tony Moulin, said, “We are very excited and immensely proud of the achievement for wildlife at Cobthorn. Local people can be assured that the nature reserve will never be built on, that they will always have ‘nature as their neighbour’. We hope that more such schemes will follow this excellent example of planning gain for biodiversity. It is exciting that we will be able to give these rare bats a handy ‘eat-in restaurant’ on our new reserve with plenty of dung beetles on the menu.”
Local people will be able to find out more about the reserve at an Open Day to be held on Saturday 14th May.
For more information please contact Tony Moulin 01934 834282 or 0744 384 35
Jagtar and Sukhvinder Seehra provided us with our Post Office for the last 35 years, and have now successfully negotiated with the Post Office for the village to have a continuing service. To mark their retirement, villagers are planning to make a gesture of gratitude in the form of a gift and some kind of presentation event towards the end of April (date to be decided).
If you would like to contribute a small amount to this, there is a collecting box for cash in the Community Cafe in Broad Street (open Wednesdy and Friday mornings). If you are not able to get to the Cafe, the treasurer has kindly offered to handle donations made by BACS.Please pay Congresbury Community Cafe Ltd 08 92 99 65923326 and put POSTIE in the reference box to identify the payment.
The Police have notified us that Criminals are once again using Covid to try and steal your money. Since January the 1st, 412 victims have reported losses totalling over £531,000. Fake text messages pretending to be from the NHS are circulating, so remember that the NHS will NEVER ask for payment or for your financial details. To report suspicious text messages, forward them to 7726 (free of charge), or visit #CovidFrauds.
We are a small friendly group who don’t take our badminton too seriously. We would like to find a few more like minded women to play with us in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall. We play on Mondays from 10.30 to 12.00, it’s £2.50 a session which includes coffee, a biscuit, a chat and a laugh. For more information please contact Rose on 838800.
Congars Cafe in Broad Street is looking to offer more to the community as trading starts to return to normal after the past two years.
The cafe can be used as a meeting place in the evenings for groups, especially art or books groups. It could also be used as a lunch venue for weekly or monthly group meetings, if that is of interest.
A third possible use would be to provide catering of cold finger buffets for events such as wakes or christening parties. This can either take place at the cafe outside opening times or at other local venues.
“We are very open to any ideas people have about services we can offer to help not only residents of Congresbury but surrounding areas,” says Sonya Stocker who is happy to discuss plans with anyone interested. Sonya can be contacted at the cafe or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A new year and for you it could be a new start in an exciting new job. Congresbury Parish Council is seeking a clerk who will be at the centre of a great community, implementing the council’s goals and projects to help our village prosper. Find out more from the parish council website at: