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Garage break-ins on the rise

Police report that there has been a substantial increase in the number of break-ins to garages, sheds and outbuildings especially in our area. The attached document, published by Avon and Somerset police, gives some crime prevention advice on steps you can take to help secure your property.

Recycling

Did you know that you could recycle your old toothpaste tubes? The Pharmacy in Broad Street has a collection box on the floor by the counter. They accept-

Toothpaste tubes and caps

Toothbrush outer packaging

Toothpaste cartons

Electric and battery toothbrush heads

Any brand of toothbrush

Also unwanted inhalers and glasses 

Glasses cases in good condition can be donated and are offered to customers who need them. 

Celebratory Tea for Tom and Di

A celebratory party was held on Sunday at the Old School Rooms, to thank Tom Leimdorfer and Di Hassan for the immense amount of work they have done for the village. Tom was Ward Councillor for 16 years and Di was a parish councillor for 10 years, 6 of which she served as chair. They steered the community through some very difficult times and were thanked during a tea party of over 100 people. Liz Greaves arranged the planting of trees for the occasion and the party processed to the Community orchard and paddock at the Milllennium Green, where they were photographed at the field maple for Tom, and the Quince for Di. It was a very memorable and happy occasion for all who attended and just shows what a special village this is. 

We wish Stuart Treadway (the new ward councillor) and Arthur Hacking (the new chair of the parish council) the very best in their endeavours.

Somerset Methodist Circuit Spring Harvest 2020 in Minehead

Congresbury Methodist Church is hoping to take a group from the Circuit to Spring harvest at Minehead for 4 nights from 13th – 17th April 2020. The theme next Easter will be ‘Unleashed – the Acts Church for Today’. Over the 5 days there will be a programme of worship, speakers, workshops, bible study and leisure activities, including full use of all the Butlins entertainment on sight, including the swimming pool and rides! Read more

AN ANCIENT CEREMONY IN THE RAIN

Sheltered from the rain under an umbrella, one of the Assistant Bishops of Bath & Wells carried out an ancient ceremony to consecrate the remaining section of the Burial Ground at St. Andrew’s church.  A small section has been left for villagers who do not wish to be buried in consecrated ground.

The ceremony began with Diana Hassan, chairman of Congresbury Parish Council, reading a petition, on behalf of the Parish Council, to the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. George Cassidy, asking him to consecrate the land. The Bishop responded and conducted the service, leading the small gathering in prayer, assisted by Rev. Matthew Thomson. The Deputy Registrar of Bath & Wells, Janet Saxon, in wig and gown, read the official authorisation and the ceremony ended with the land being blessed.

Michael Greaves, who attended the ceremony at the end of April, was present when the upper section of the Parish Council Burial Ground was consecrated in 1982, and remembered it was also raining then, and he and Derrick Holmes took shelter in the shed.

Yeo Vally Lions shopping trips to Weston.

Yeo Valley Lions Minibus runs on alternate Thursday afternoons leaving the village at 2pm, returning about 4.30. Pick up and drop offs arranged so no-one has to walk too far. Upcoming dates May 9th and 23rd, June 6th and 20th, then fortnightly thereafter. We currently have some spaces for a few more to travel info: 07551610514


Calling all knitters & crocheters!

Alterknit Universe Wool Shop on the corner of Main Road & Bishops Road, Cleeve, are involved with knitting teeny hats for the Innocent Smoothies, which gives 25p for each bottle wearing a hat, to Age UK. The shop is a collection point for them. They are also looking for knitters & crocheters to knit toy animals to raise money for PDSA & Holly Hedge. Pop along to their shop for more information. So …. get out those needles!

Coffee Shop Opens Wednesday

Community Coffee@Bridge House opens its doors on Wednesday 13th February at 8.45am (until 1.00pm) serving up fresh tea & coffee, tea cakes, toast, and homemade cakes. The Coffee Shop is in Bridge House, part of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agency building who have allowed the use of two rooms in line with their continued commitment to local charitable causes across all their offices.

It will initially only be open on Wednesday & Friday mornings with the hope that opening could be extended depending upon use. If you would like to volunteer to work there for all, or part of, a session then please contact Rose Osborne at roseosborne294@gmail.com.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/

Twitter – @congresburynvh 

Website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/

Registered no. 7759

Police warning of a scam

A telephone scam is circulating across the county where residents have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from Westminster Police. 

The caller states that they are investigating a crime or have a suspect in custody who has their bank details. The caller then asks them to reveal their card details for checking. A second call is often made a short while later claiming to be from their bank. Again this appears to be part of the scam.

Please remember never to give bank details to anyone you do not know or trust and do not continue conversations with persons you do not know or trust.

If you experience a similar call, please report it direct to the national fraud and cybercrime centre, Action Fraud on 0300-1232040 or via their website at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

CRAG notice

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) is hoping for a good response to its flyers advertising the drop-in sessions at the Old School Rooms this week-end.
Several Congresbury residents attended the event at Churchill last Saturday where they heard about North Somerset Council’s plan for a 2,800 house new town at Mendip Spring.

Code Club

CODE CLUB is a new opportunity for young people in Congresbury, aimed at young people aged 8 -15 who are interested in learning the basics of computer programming.

FREE taster session at Congresbury Youth Club  between 4.30pm and 6pm on Monday 1stOctober. 

Subsequent sessions will be scheduled every Monday of term time, at times from 3.30 until about 6.30, depending on demand. They will cost  £1.50 per session, and initially equipment will be available to borrow. Keen new programmers may eventually need to buy themselves some equipment, perhaps a Raspberry Pi of their own to work on at home, but no need to do so immediately. What is a Raspberry Pi?  It’s a tiny computer, cheap enough that young people can experiment with programming it themselves, and through our project can develop coding skills to produce simple games, control models and much more.  Volunteer tutors will also help you with the programming language Python, which is taught in our local secondary schools. If you are a young person interested in joining this group, come along on Oct 1st, preferably with a parent who can sign you up, or contact cidercot.alex@gmail.com to find out more. If you are an adult with any time to help, please let us know. Skills are not essential. We need tea-makers as well as computer programmers, though a knowledge of both would be perfect, of course.

Check out:  https://www.codeclub.org.uk.  Our club may not be exactly like this, but it gives you an idea.

Congresbury Electrical

Congresbury Electrical is a small family-run business operating in Congresbury and the surrounding villages.

We offer a broad range of domestic electrical services ranging from simple lighting upgrades to full rewires and consumer unit changes. All our work is fully guaranteed and complies with all electrical and building control regulation. We pride ourselves on a swift, competitive, and quality service.

We also offer all Congresbury residents with a connection to the Scout, Beaver, Cub, and Girl-Guides a 10% discount on all labour charges.

Please contact Charles on 07976359210 or email at charles@congresburyelectrical.co.uk. Further details can be found on our website at congresburyelectrical.co.uk

Local community help available

Some of you may recognise my name – I have lived in Congresbury most of my life and my children attend St Andrews Primary School.

I am making contact with you to see if any of your organisations have any projects that would benefit from some volunteered help. My employers, Pelican Business Services, offer their employees time off to help with local community projects and I would love to be able to use this to give something back to the village and community. The number of volunteers, and who that would be, would be decided depending on what work is required.

Previous projects have included painting schools, weeding gardens, walking dogs or spending time with the elderly.

If you have anything in mind that you would like to use us for, then please let me know. Or if there’s nothing planned at the moment, please keep us in mind for any future projects and feel free to contact me. (jennie.king@bwbsl.co.uk or jennie.king580@gmail.com) 

If you have not heard of Pelican Business Services, please visit the website:

http://www.pelicanbusinessservices.co.uk/

(we used to be known as Bristol Wessex Billing Services and provide billing services on behalf of Bristol Water and Wessex Water)

Many thanks

Jennie

Jennie King

Business Support – Customer Services

Tel (Office) : 01225 524297

Bristol Wessex Billing Services Ltd, 1 Clevedon Walk, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1WA

 

 

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New support centre for those living with Alzheimer’s

A new local drop-in centre aimed to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as their carers or anyone who wants to know more about dementia is now operating in Wrington.
The information hub and café is being run with the support of Yeo Valley Lions Club who are working with the Dorset and Somerset Locality of the Alzheimer’s Society to help develop services to support families in the Yeo Valley area.
The hub is open from 10am to midday on the first Tuesday of each month in the Reading Room, Wrington. It is being run by Helen Harvey-Foster, a dementia support worker with the Alzheimer’s Society, who can be contacted on 077404 56706.
The hub offers not just a wealth of information but also tea, coffee and cake.
Dementia is a progressive disease of the brain and currently over 850,000 people are living with the condition; this is predicted to increase to more than a million by 2025.
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