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Congar’s Cafe are hiring

We are looking for a fun, hard working person to work as a cafe assistant..
We are a busy, small family run cafe, and looking for someone to work 8 hours per week at present.  Particularly looking for someone who is available to work Fridays and Saturdays, either working one full day or split over the two days.
More hours are likely as COVID restrictions are lifted and so must be flexible with days and hours available to work.
We are looking for someone to start immediately and previous experience in cafe or food premises is preferred.  The right person to also have level 2/3 Food Safety and Hygiene.
The job will include using a coffee machine, preparing and serving light meals, customer service and cleaning in general.
If you are interested or would like further information, then please contact Sonya at Congars Cafe. congarscafe20@gmail.com.

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.

Warning on new phone scam

A scam has been circulating where the offender is claiming either your National Insurance number has been compromised or has been used in serious crime, say Avon and Somerset Police.

This scam is conducted via a telephone call which is automated, promptly followed by the usual request for action on the part of the recipient to press 1 on the keypad. Do not do this, say the police, noting that you may feel pressured into doing so as the message may state they are from the National Crime Agency. They are not; this is a scam.

If you receive a call claiming your National Insurance number has been compromised asking you to press a button on your keypad, please terminate the call.

Any general National Insurance enquiries can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/national-insurance-enquiries-for-employees-and-individuals

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.

Safety reminder

If you are home alone and feel vulnerable, whenever you answer the door remember to LOCK, STOP, CHAIN, CHECK.

LOCK: secure all your other outer doors as the person at the door may intend to distract you while an accomplice gets in through a back door
STOP: think about whether you’re expecting anyone
CHAIN: put the door chain on or look through the window or spyhole to see who’s there
CHECK: ask for an identity card and examine it carefully – you can always tell the caller to come back another time when someone will be with you.

COMMUNITY CONNECT

Community Connect is a free Council funded service in North Somerset for people over 50 offering information, advice and support to help people live independently at home, improving wellbeing and addressing social isolation and loneliness. The service is run in partnership by CURO and The West Of England Rural Network (WERN), the latter being a Village Agent service for the villages of North Somerset including Congresbury.

Village Agents can help with a wide range of issues including accessing care support, claiming benefits, providing safety equipment in the home, support for carers, transport issues, befriending and issues of social isolation. This free and confidential service can be accessed by contacting your local Village Agent, Bill Wallace, on 01275 888803 during normal office hours.

Police commissioner wants to hear your views

Do you have thoughts on your local police service?

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens wants to hear your views about police and crime services in your community.

Please see the attached document and follow the link to take the survey, which will help the police understand which issues matter most to you.

Take the survey by clicking on this link