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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.” 

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.

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

Job vacancy at Re:Store Congresbury

Re:Store Congresbury needs a new team member… we’re hiring a Retail Associate. You’ll be warm and friendly, enthusiastic and inquisitive, and reliable and loyal. Working three Saturdays every month, your new role sees you taking care of Re:Store customers by ensuring that their journey to sustainability is as easy, stress-free and fun as possible.

Taking a practical approach to plastic-free, your interest in living in an eco-friendlier way will shine through. You don’t shy away from responsibility as you open and close the shop, serve customers, restock shelves and keep the store spick and span.

If you’d like to find out more about the role and see if its for you, please check out the job description and apply online: https://www.restorecongresbury.co.uk/about.

Please feel free to email us (restorecongresbury@gmail.con) too if you have any questions.

Closing date for applications Monday 24 January 2022, provisional interview dates 27/28/29 January 2022

Singers wanted

Congresbury Singers are looking for new members, in particular tenor and bass. The new term starts January 11th meeting in the Memorial Hall at 7.45pm.

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.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS: 

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

Contact;

Mark Sansom Account Manager
07874857698
E mark.sansom@churchillservices.com