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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.

VILLAGES ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT – North Somerset

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 VAST@winscombeandsandford.org.uk
    For more online information, go to https://winscombeandsandford.org.uk/vast/A 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

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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.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: 

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

Contact;

Mark Sansom Account Manager
07874857698
E mark.sansom@churchillservices.com

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!

Soups and puds lunch

The next Soups and Puds lunch will be on Thursday 9th September, serving 12.00 – 1.00 at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Home made soup, bread roll and home made dessert, coffee or tea. Produce and preserves for sale and a raffle. 

YACWAG announce a new nature reserve in Congresbury

Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group are creating a new reserve in Congresbury. ‘Cobthorn Reserve’ is at the end of Cobthorn Way, bordering the new Furnace Way housing development.

Planning permission for Furnace Way was granted by North Somerset Council (NSC) with a proviso that an area of the procured land was set aside for the benefit of Greater Horseshoe Bats – a protected species that use this land for foraging. The area is only small part of the original habitat available to the bats in this location – much has been lost to the housing and its associated amenity area.

The original developers, Sunley, did not want to undertake the maintenance of this mitigation area which would involve planned grazing and careful management. NSC suggested they contact YACWAG to see if they would be interested in taking over the land in perpetuity for the benefit of bats. Following discussions between Sunley, NSC and YACWAG an outline agreement was reached. Sunley subsequently passed the development over to Strongvox, who continued with the agreement and YACWAG are hoping that the legal transfer of the land will happen later this summer.

With the support and help of Strongvox, the reserve is being adapted ahead of the legal transfer. Separate sections have been fenced off to allow for flexible grazing by cattle and sheep and new hedgerows have been planted. Further hedgerow and larger tree planting is planned, which will help transform the reserve. Information lecterns will be installed within the next couple of weeks and it is hoped Dexter cows will soon be grazing there.

For more information about the bats, a plan of the site location and how to contact YACWAG if you would like to help with the project, click here.

Job vacancies at St Andrew’s school

Would you like to join the fantastic St Andrew’s crew? We are currently recruiting for two Learning Support Assistants to join our friendly team in the new academic year. Please see full details on our website via the link below:https://www.standrewscongresbury.co.uk/job-vacancies/

Job Vacancies | St Andrew’s Primary School Welcome to our Job Vacancies page. Applications must be made via the relevant application form listed below. CVs are not accepted. Once complete, applications should be emailed to office@standrewsprimary.org.uk marked for the attention of Mrs J Beavan. www.standrewscongresbury.co.uk

Country market needs honey supplier

Wrington Country Market is looking for a honey supplier. The market operates Fridays 9.30-11.00 at the Memorial Hall, Wrington. Baked goods, preserves, Cheddar strawberries, veg, flowers, plants and craft are for sale and there is good parking. The organisers say they cannot offer refreshments at the moment as they are not allowed to use the kitchen. 

Warning on gov.uk scam email

A new scam email claiming to come from gov.uk has been reported. It advises that a number of National Insurance numbers have been disabled following reports of fraudulent activity. The email states that if you are the recipient of such an email then your NIN, as they state, has been disabled and you must reactivate on the Red (Start Now) button shown on the attached document. 

If you receive one of these emails, please do not follow the instructions and do not click on the red (Start Now) button, simply delete it immediately. 

Please click on this link to familiarise yourself with the scam.

Refill shop offers plastic-free alternative

Welcome to Re:Store Congresbury! Based in Congars Cafe, we’re open Thursday, Friday (08:40-16:00) and Saturday (09:00-16:00) and are stocked to the rafters with everything for your sustainable shopping needs. We have a wide range of refill foods across cereals, pasta, rices, pulses, flours, sugars, herbs, spices, sweet treats, oils, teas and much more. Plus eco-friendly and refillable household cleaning products and lots of plastic-free toiletries, handmade gifts, locally made skincare and lots more!

You can bring your own containers or we supply in paper bags. And the best bit is you can buy as little or as much as you need 👍 You can shop in-store or online at www.restorecongresbury.co.uk

Vistry visionaries?

CRAG’s John Mills sends us the action group’s latest thoughts:

“More signs of peripheral activity at the Wrington Lane site, recently transferred from Bovis Homes to Vistry Group.

“A CRAG informant spotted two Bovis men on the field with a clip board and when asked what they were doing replied: “Just having a look.”

“As Bovis has had several years in which the whole company could have visited the site, it is reasonable to think that they were doing more than just having a look. In the absence of concrete information, we are free to speculate.

“Maybe it was a couple of managers saying a fond farewell to the site that had now passed to Vistry? Much more likely, the new owners had discovered The Mound.

“Some objectors had already indicated that to squeeze 50 houses onto the site, developers would have to build on Mansbury Mound, a limestone outcrop that dominates the centre of the site.

“The historical significance of the Mound was referenced on this page several weeks ago, along with a question of how they might remove the outcrop whilst maintaining Vistry Group values of ‘integrity, caring and quality.’

“And in their latest Design Compliance Statement, Vistry states that one of the opportunities of the development is “to retain and enhance existing landscape features……within the site, where possible.“

“With those reassuring words, the good citizens of Congresbury should be able to look forward to Mansbury Mound surviving for another few hundred years . . .”

Congresbury Village Hall Ltd

The following statement was issued today (April 30th) by Ian Sheppard on behalf of the Congresbury new village hall project team.

“Since we announced the project for a new village hall would not be proceeding we have been taking a break after the years of effort spent on trying to progress the project. Additionally I have moved house, into an old cottage which is taking up a lot of my time. 

“Over the next few months we will be liaising with the relevant authorities to look at:

·        The legal structure for the community café and 

·        Possible options for the remaining funds that have been raised. Approximately £25,000 was allocated to the new building and the rest approximately £4,000 is ring fenced for the community café.

“If Congresbury Village Hall Ltd (a community benefit society) has to be dissolved the society’s rules state funds can only be transferred to another charitable body or charitable bodies having objectives similar to or compatible with those of Congresbury Village Hall Limited. 

“Whilst any decision on the use of the funds would be the responsibility of the society’s members we will ask our volunteers for their views as without them we would not have been able to raise the funds.”

Warning on new text message scam

Avon & Somerset police have issued a warning over a new text message scam called Flubot. This is a malicious piece of spyware that is installed on Android devices once you receive a text message asking you to install a Tracking App due to a ‘missed package delivery’. The ‘Tracking App’ will actually steal passwords and other sensitive data, while sending messages to your contacts to do the same.

The text message asks the user to click on a link (PLEASE DON’T), doing so will take you to a website where you will be prompted to download the App (DEFINITELY DON’T).

Please forward any scam messages to 7726 (SPAM on your keypad), which is a free reporting service.

Although this scam only appears on Android phones at the moment, Apple IOS users should remain alert as this could apply to these handsets at some point.

Please see the link below for information on the National Cyber Security Website.

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/flubot-guidance-for-text-message-scam