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Supporting the community

The community café and Debbie Fortune estate agents are supporting the Congresbury Community Pre-school and the Senior citizens lunch club.

The cafe is helping to fund the Preschool’s Forest school project by donating the proceeds from: 

*the cafe sessions on Wednesday 8 December including the evening Christmas fair when the cafe will be open from 5.30pm.

*running a raffle, for two hampers of goodies and a kindle donated by Debbie Fortune estate agents. £1 a ticket, winners to be drawn on Wednesday 22nd

The community cafe will also be covering the cost of the senior citizens lunch club Christmas meal.

School PTA’s chocolate quest

St Andrew’s School PTA is making a big splash at the Broad Street Christmas Fair on December 8th and one of its stands will be the 🍫 CHOCOLATE TOMBOLA 🍫 so the PTA needs help with donations of yummy chocolate! **Please can you bring in chocolate donations from Monday November 22nd. There will be a box in the school reception to drop them into or contact Any chocolate will do but please ensure it is within a best before/use by date, in a sealed packet and doesn’t contain nuts. Thank you so much for your help.

Christmas wrapping paper donations wanted

The PTA in St Andrews School Congresbury, hold a Christmas Shopping Day for the children to choose and buy presents for their families. The children write their own labels and wrap the presents up themselves. The PTA is asking for donations of wrapping paper for the children. The PTA is a charity and all monies raised are put back into the school to allow the little extras to make the children’s time at school a happy and fun experience. If you can help please email

Virus Watch – help stop the spread. (A study by University College London)

We are excited to let you know that the Virus Watch study is open to recruitment once again.  Can you help us to spread the news by sharing this message with your family & friends in England and Wales?

Incredibly, over 50,000 people have contributed to Virus Watch over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our study is important because it has been used to understand how to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The focus of our research includes assessing the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. We are keen to find out whether our immune response to COVID-19 vaccines diminishes over time and if this differs in people that have long term health conditions.  This is particularly important as new variants of COVID-19 emerge.

We would like to invite new households that have never taken part in Virus Watch previously to join the study.  To take part, all that is needed is an email address and internet (at home or on your phone) to complete short, regular surveys about your household.  Adults will be asked to take finger prick blood samples every other month (up to 5 in total) to test their immune response.  As we gather the results from our study, you’ll be able to see them on our website.

For more information about Virus Watch, and how to join the study please

Please do not re-enrol if you are already taking part in the study as this will create duplicate records. 

If you have recently withdrawn from the study, please ignore this message.  It can take us a little time to update our databases.

Best Wishes

Professor Andrew Hayward and The Virus Watch Team
17th November 2021


The community cafe and Debbie Fortune estate agents are supporting BBC Children in Need on Friday 19th. 

The cafe will be open from 9 till 3pm and as well as the fresh brewed coffee, teas and homemade cakes it will also be offering light lunches.

The Congresbury Christmas Market is back this year and will be held on Wednesday 8th December from 6-8.30 pm.  Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG)  is taking the opportunity to put up a display about their new nature reserve off Cobthorn Way.  The reserve has been given to YACWAG through the planning process to manage especially for the Greater Horseshoe Bat. There are estimated to be only about 12,000 of these larger bats left in the UK and Congresbury has up to 1000 of them visiting local pastures to feed on insects.  Greater Horseshoe Bats particularly like a landscape with lots of trees and hedges with small fields that are grazed by sheep and cattle. YACWAG will be managing the reserve to provide the dung beetles and moths that are needed by juvenile bats in the summer.

You can find out more about Greater Horseshoe Bats at the YACWAG stand, talk to YACWAG members and sign up to be a volunteer for YACWAG. YACWAG is a partner with UWE in a Greater Horseshoe Bat project that is collecting information about these mysterious creatures of the night. Next spring there will be a chance to be involved in a citizen science project in this area as well as doing some practical work on the reserve.



The next Congresbury Folk Night will be at the Memorial Hall on the evening of Saturday 20th November. Doors open 7pm. Performance starts 8pm. Two sets from world-class Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette. £7.50 on the door.

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.

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.


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


Mark Sansom Account Manager

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:

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 marked for the attention of Mrs J Beavan.

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.