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Charity quiz

The Plough Inn’s weekly quiz on Sunday 19th January will be in aid of Children’s Hospice South West. The fun starts at 8.30pm. £1 to enter. Raffle. All welcome. Other quizzes for the same charity will be held on May 24th and October 11th.

Action needed on drain clearing

The Community Resilience team is asking residents of Congresbury to help keep clear gutters and kerbs outside and around their properties. 

This will help the flow of rain water to drains in heavy storms and manage the risk of flooding.  Unfortunately North Somerset Council cuts have meant that this is a job that is no longer a priority, but it is essential for Congresbury as we live on a flood plain. 

Volunteers from Community Resilience North Somerset flood team (who are all residents of Congresbury) carry out quarterly checks on the gullies in all the roads in Congresbury. Our volunteers clear what they can and we report to North Somerset Council any blocked or damaged drains/gullies. If you would like to volunteer for the team or find out more please take a look https://communityresilience-ns.org.uk/join-us-now/ or send an email to congresburyflood@gmail.com

Advice from Neighbourhood Watch

With just 23 days to go until Christmas, we want to share with you some top tips to protect yourselves during this festive period so you can all enjoy the festivities & have a happy new year. We all know there are so many scams around at the moment and these appear to change on an almost daily basis, but please do not be alarmed. Common sense always prevails and as they always say “if it seems too good”.

The Golden Rules:

Never give out your bank details (Pin / Password) EVER.

Not sure don’t answer the door, it’s your home!

Be very wary of following links you are sent via email, go through your own trusted sites.

Don’t be bullied on the phone, HANG UP

Please do not advertise what’s in your home, only put waste out on collection day.

Leaving your home unattended? Put the lights on a timer or ask a friend to visit or park on your drive.

(And please check on your neighbours, if you see papers / post building up on the doorstep, just check)

Click here for full Christmas Security advice

Police warn against telephone fraud

Click HERE for full information

Two victims were contacted by callers purporting to be from Lloyds Bank and advised there was a problem with their bank debit card and they would be sending someone to collect the cards and that a replacement card would be delivered to their home. In both incidents the bogus caller was wearing a high visibility jacket. We are urging people to be vigilant and on their guard to such calls. Banks will never personally attend a home address to collect or deliver cards or important documents, and bank details and personal information – including PiN numbers – should never be disclosed.

Taxi services and courier companies in the county who have been made aware of the courier fraud offending and continue to pick up ‘packages’ from victims could face prosecution

Trading Standards, Advice Session


In light of the increase of reported scams, there will be a session with a North Somerset Trading Standards, Advice Officer held at Congresbury Recreational Club on November the 26th at 7pm.
This session is open to anyone, not just Neighbourhood Watch, so please do tell your friends and neighbours.
Anyone interested in attending this event can email caroline.pinnell@me.com to register their attendance.

Walking Tennis

Walking tennis is taking off all over the Bristol area (where it was founded) – and it’s about to hit Congresbury and North Somerset this spring!

This new format of the game is great as a ‘medium-level exercise’ for those not able to due sport due to injury or age for both non-tennis players and ex-tennis players alike. It is also great for beginners who can develop their tennis stroke and confidence before moving to the running form of the game.

Walking Tennis is played with lower compression (orange spot) balls, you have the option of a second bounce (which has to land in court too), and you cannot run. It can be played as singles or doubles, although we’ve seen it played nicely with 3 at each end too!

The social element is important too with coffee after; at some clubs the players rotate bringing a cake to have with the coffee – we hope that will happen here too!

If you might be interested in joining the course in April 2020 please email WalkingTennis@congresburyltc.net to be added to the mailing list to receive more details nearer the time. You can also check out the rules of Walking Tennis at https://www.walkingtennis.org/rules.html

Congresbury Tennis Club

Youth group relaunches 100 Club

Congresbury Youth Partnership have relaunched their 100 Club and welcome new and returning members. £12 buys entry to 12 draws during the year. 50% of all monies is given out in prizes. The remaining 50% supports the work we do with young people.  To join please e-mail 100club@congsyp.org.uk for details, or pop into the youth club after school any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 3.15 to 5pm.  Hurry and join!  First draw at the end of October.

The Nottingham Knockers are back!

There have been reports of “Nottingham Knockers” operating in the Congresbury & Churchill areas. These are cold callers who usually tell residents that they are ex-offenders trying to go straight, then try and sell poor quality and over-priced cleaning products. The police want to remind residents they are under no obligation to answer the door to anyone they don’t know or aren’t expecting. If you do talk to them, they are supposed to be able to provide a valid Pedlar’s Certificate and should leave your property when asked.

Police always recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers.

• if you are suspicious of a caller ring 999 straight away • keep your cash in the bank, not at home • keep windows and doors secured if you’re not in the room • set up a No Cold Calling Zone – contact your local Council Trading Standards Office

Remember, genuine callers: • expect you to check their identification before opening the door • would never try to rush you by claiming there’s an emergency • will happily make an appointment to come back when you can have a relative or friend with you

YACWAG competition for writers and image makers

Competition pic

In conjunction with Yatton Library Writers Group YACWAG are holding a competition for writers and image makers with the theme “Nature as your Neighbour”.
The Short Story, Prose (non-fiction) and Poetry elements are open to both adults and 12-18 year olds.
The Book Cover section is open to adults, 12-18 year olds and also to 7-12 year olds.
Closing date – 31st March 2020.
For full details please visit http://yacwag.org.uk/

Local band rolls back the years

The Rum Kicks

The Rum Kicks are a Congresbury-based covers band. Fronted by a female singer, the experienced musicians play a wide-ranging repertoire that can be tailored to the occasion. The band play classy, well-known music from 1970s to the more recent past. The Rum Kicks are guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing at a function or an event!

If you are interested in hearing the band or in using them to play at an event, call Tracey on 07804 322 614, or find The Rum Kicks on Facebook. 

Burglaries update

Security advice from our PCSO’s
Please note that the 3 burglaries in Congresbury were all committed at the rear of the properties. All 3 had side gates but unfortunately they were unlocked and allowed easy access. This is the same method used in other villages in North Somerset. I recommend that all side gates are locked / bolted top and bottom and preferably solid in structure. Please make it as hard as possible for opportunist thieves to succeed. If you would like any specific Crime Prevention advice please contact: PCSO Marie Broomfield – 8879@avonandsomerset.police.uk or
PC Paul Morris – 2955@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Village burglaries

A number of homes were broken into at Brinsea Road, Congresbury, on Monday 9 September. One property was entered between 2.45 and
4.30pm after the offender(s) kicked in the back door. An untidy search
was then made before cash and jewellery were stolen. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219208198

A window was prised open to enter another home, thought to have been between 10.30am and 3.15pm. Jewellery was targeted and keys to a car were taken in order to steal the car from the driveway. The blue Jaguar was found a short distance away although the keys are still missing. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219208091

While investigating these burglaries, police have come across a third offence in Brinsea Road. In this case a search of the main bedroom has been made, but it is unsure what has been stolen at this time. If you contact the Police about this incident, please quote Reference number: 5219208226

If you have any information regarding these incidents, contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Big Breakfast

Save the date. The Big Breakfast in aid of Weston Hospice will be on SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER at the Methodist Hall 9.30-12 noon. Come along with friends and family to enjoy a delicious full English breakfast, or just a cup of tea and toast. Cards, cakes and jams also for sale.