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Local Policing Team & North Somerset Community Responders

“Your Local Policing Team and North Somerset Community Responders will be at the Old School Rooms on Wednesday 25th May at 1800.

This is a great opportunity for residents in Congresbury to meet with us and talk about any concerns in the area. 

Please spread the word!

St Andrews Room, Old School Rooms, Station Road, Congresbury!”

Congresbury Singers Show

“Another Op’nin, Another Show” by Congresbury Singers Sat July 2nd, 7.30 at War Memorial Hall, Congresbury inc refreshments £10 – tickets from PO & Re-:Store, Congresbury

Coffee morning and plant sale

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. 

Hunt the cheeky chicks!

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.

Easter-chicks

Bowling club set to welcome new players

The outdoor lawn bowls season starts at Easter and Congresbury Bowling Club is extending a welcome to potential new players.

The club in Mill Leg was founded in 1945 and is one of the leading clubs in North Somerset with a strong focus on inclusivity and especially junior bowls.

Open evenings start on Monday April 18th from 6pm. See below for full details.

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Developer Gives Land for Bats

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.

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Left to right Tony Moulin (YACWAG), Bill Richardson (Strongvox), Cllr Richard Westwood (Chair, North Somerset Council)

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

Portrait of a Greater Horseshoe Bat by Daniel Hargreaves

Village plans thank-you gift for Post Office stalwarts

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.

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Thank you, say Sukhvinder and Jagtar Seehra

We have received this message from the Seehras who retired earlier this month after running the Post Office in Congresbury for 35 years.

“We are overwhelmed by lots of lovely responses and kind words. We would also like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers and generous gifts they personally brought to the Post Office.” 

PLEA FROM CONGRESBURY RAINBOWS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES

This is a plea for female adults that would like to consider becoming Rainbow, Brownie or Guide leaders/assistant leaders.

Congresbury Guiding has just started a Rainbow Unit, which is for girls aged 4-7 years.

The Brownie Unit, which is for girls aged 7-10 years, is growing.

The Guide Unit sadly only has a low number of girls and is highly likely to close at Easter due to low numbers and lack of leaders.

Do you have some spare time?  Have you previously been a Guider in any of these sections?

All sections are looking for extra adult support, either as unit helpers or leaders or complete some training to become an assistant leader.

If interested, then please contact Sonya by email at  sonya.stocker@sky.com or give her a call on 07715876827 to find out more about how you could help.

WARNING – COVID SCAMS

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.

Cafe re-opens

The community cafe in Broad Street will be open as normal tomorrow (Wednesday) following its closure on Saturday because of storm damage.

PLOUGH QUIZ IN AID OF CHILDRENS HOSPICE SOUTH WEST

There will be a Quiz in aid of Children’s Hospice South West at The Plough Inn on Sunday 6th March, 8.00 start. Entry £1 per person, everyone welcome.

The quizzes on Sunday July 17th and Sunday 9th October will also be in aid of Children’s Hospice South West

PLEASE NOTE THAT QUIZZES NOW START AT THE NEW TIME OF 8PM.

Monday Badminton Club

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 wants to offer more

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 sonya.stocker@sky.com