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Newspaper deliveries: help needed

Kevin and Janice Cumming, who have been organising newspaper deliveries in the village for more than nine years, are in desperate need of paper boys and girls to do the early morning rounds. They have weekdays and weekend rounds available with immediate start. Contact details are: tel 01934 833041.  Mob 07784463676. Email kevinjanice@live.com

Ladies – Want to play skittles?

Join a ladies team playing home matches at Congresbury Memorial Hall.

Matches mainly Thursday and Wednesday evenings 7.30 start.

New season starts September.

Cheap friendly night out, no previous experience needed. Ladies only.

WhatsApp Mary on 07934 380999 for more details.

Ladies – Want to play skittles?

Join a ladies team playing home matches at Congresbury Memorial Hall.

Matches mainly Thursday and Wednesday evenings 7.30 start.

New season starts September.

Cheap friendly night out, no previous experience needed. Ladies only.

WhatsApp Mary on 07934 380999 for more details.

Library extends opening hours

The Summer Reading Challenge start on July 9 and runs for nine weeks. It is free to all children above the age of four and are members of the library. Don’t worry if you have lost your card or are not a member it is very easy to join the library.

During this period the library is extending their opening hours by OPENING EVERY SATURDAY morning between 10:00 and 12:00.

We look forward to seeing you, and remember your library is FREE to use.

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New pre-school opens

Is your child ready for preschool? Are you looking for something different to inspire your child?
Pod Micro School, based in Congresbury, is now offering Preschool for 2 ½ – 5 year olds, including funded hours for 3 and 4 year olds.
What makes Pod Micro School different? We offer a childminder led preschool provision, this means we have small groups of up to six children so that we can build really strong relationships with the children in our care.
We are run by a qualified teacher and former headteacher, so our provision is educationally strong and ready to challenge growing minds, we are experienced in supporting SEND needs too.
We learn from our home base in Weetwood Road, our provision is all about learning outdoors – come rain or shine!
We go on adventures! Each session will involve a walk or a visit to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to explore and experience something new.
If you are interested in finding out more about our unique provision based then visit: www.podmicroschool.org
Open Morning! Friday July 8th, 9.30am – 11.30am – Come and meet us and see what we can do for your child! Limited Spaces – Please email info@podmicroschool.org to book your place.

Congars Cafe catering deals

Congars Cafe offers a catering package for people wanting food for their personal event such as christenings, funerals, birthday parties.  We would also like to offer catering to local firms for their training/corporate days or just want an office lunch.

Prices start from £8.  Please contact Congars Cafe to discuss your personal requirements.

We are also offering cream teas by bookings in the cafe, so again please make contact to book your cream tea.  We can cater for small groups of people for the cream teas either whilst the cafe is open or your own private function.

Please email congarscafe20@gmail.com or 07715876827 for further information.

Charity pub quiz for Ukraine

The regular Sunday quiz at The Plough will be in aid of Ukraine on June 5th with money donated through DEC – the Disasters Emergency Committee. The quiz starts at 8pm and costs £1 per person, teams of any size and everyone welcome.

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.

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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.” 

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.