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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

Brilliant Birds of Yatton and Congresbury

Trevor Riddle is a YACWAG member and keen bird enthusiast. He has written this illustrated book of over 80 birds that you can expect to see or hear in Yatton and Congresbury, and where to go to see them.

Click here for an example of it’s contents.

The cost is just £5 (cheques payable to T. Riddle or cash please), with all profits going to YACWAG, and obtainable from the following, or delivered locally:

Congresbury – Sue & Graham Lovesey (Tel 838916)

Yatton – Yatton Post Office, Yatton News or from Trevor (Tel 835208)

Youth Partnership plans for post-lockdown future

Congresbury Youth Partnership are gearing up for a post-lockdown summer and looking forward to welcoming old and new members aged 8 – 14 back to our base at Congresbury Youth Club next to the ball court and the river, writes Alex Ballard

We have a pool table, table tennis table, games consoles, Raspberry Pi’s and computers, and access to the adjacent ball court for games and the mobile skateboard ramps and jumps.

We have a couple of part-time youth workers, but the majority of our activities are supported by adult volunteers.  Covid has rather knocked the stuffing out of many of our 70+ year-old longstanding volunteers, who don’t feel confident to come back, at least for the moment. 

Some of us have been doing it for close on 18 years, and maybe don’t feel it’s our job any more anyway . I would hate to see things close down, but we’ve reached a point where some younger ones do have to step up. Are you reassessing your work opportunities and patterns post Covid, and thinking you could find time for us? 

There are loads of fun things for you to do and share with young people including after school sessions, a Code Club, plus weekend and school holiday activities.   Contact Alex on 07894338995 for more information and to let me know how you could help us.

Your views wanted on Churchill Sports Centre

As many of you may know our nearest sports centre at Churchill Academy has closed and is not set to reopen. A group called Mendip Villages Fitness has been formed to try to look at options for the Centre and is in discussions with North Somerset council to try to find a way forward. 
As part of our plans for opening a revitalised and much-needed sports facility on the site, we are sending out a survey to gauge opinions on the closure and asking local communities what they would like to see provided if and when the sports centre reopens. 

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If you want to take the survey click on this link

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MendipVillagesFitness

Or use the attached PDF

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Village family launches online gift shop

A Congresbury family has opened an online Christmas gift shop, offering local deliveries and no-quibble returns.

Ellie Munro, of Silver Street, says the shop previously traded as the Green Room boutique shop in Hay-On-Wye. She says: “We have a huge range of items that will make perfect gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. We can deliver our products safely and conveniently to people in our community and beyond, and we want especially to help those who cannot shop as we would all much prefer to during these difficult times. 

“We can offer local delivery, collection from Congresbury or Clevedon giving complete peace of mind to those who may be unaccustomed to online shopping.”

For more details click here

Road closures announced

North Somerset council has issued advanced warning that Stock Lane, Langford (B3133 ) will be closed from Monday November 23 for four weeks to complete drainage improvement and carriageway resurfacing works. 

This will be to complete phase one of drainage works and will be for 24 hours a day.

Phase two of the drainage works are anticipated to start on Monday 4 January for two weeks and will also be for 24 hours a day. 

Phase Three, surfacing works, are anticipated to begin on Monday 18 January and last for five days working 8pm to 6am. 

Stock Lane will be closed from its junction with the A38 to its junction with Langford Road. Diversions will be in place.

Developer wants feedback on 90-home Park Road plan

M7 Planning Limited and Stonewater Housing Association have teamed up to progress a planning application for land at Pineapple Farm for up to 90 dwellings (including 30% housing), public open space and the retention of an ecological buffer along the boundary of the site.

The land is situated behind Park Road and would be accessed from Mulberry Road. The developer has asked Congresbury Parish Council to direct residents to their website which is www.your-feedback.uk/pineapple-farm where residents can view the plans and provide feedback.

The Parish Council has not responded to the developer and was made aware of the plans during the public participation section of the Full Council meeting on 12th October 2020.

The Parish Council will consider the application and respond in the usual manner to North Somerset council when the application has been submitted. However, this does provide an opportunity to provide initial feedback to the developer in this consultation stage.

Be alert to catalytic converter thefts, police tell drivers

Police are asking motorists to be vigilant following a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles.

Catalytic converters are attractive to thieves due to the current high prices of the metals inside them, and because they are relatively quick and easy to steal. Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius, which have more valuable catalytic converters, are particularly likely to be targeted.

During the past six months, Avon and Somerset police have seen a spike in these types of thefts at Park and Rides in North Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Taunton. Neighbourhood police are carrying out targeted patrols of the affected areas.

Police have also been visiting local scrap merchants to remind them of their responsibilities. Under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, dealers must request photographic identification and proof of address from people selling scrap to them. The law also bars cash payments for scrap.

If you see someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, report it to police on 101. Ideally, provide a vehicle registration/make/model and colour, and a description of the suspects.

If you witness a crime in progress, call 999.

You can help to deter thieves by:

• Parking your vehicle in a secure garage overnight or somewhere that makes it difficult for thieves to access its underside
• Parking where neighbours and passers-by could see anyone tampering with the vehicle
• Installing motion activated security lighting or CCTV
• Marking your catalytic converter with a commercially-available etching kit or fitting a ‘cat’ clamp or alarm. This can also help police trace the item and prove a theft, helping us bring offenders to justice.

You can find more crime prevention advice on the Avon and Somerset website.