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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. 

New design unveiled for Rec Club rebuild

The team behind the redevelopment of Congresbury’s Rec Club has unveiled a new plan featuring an upper floor and viewing balconies.

This design – on the same footprint as the existing Rec Club – replaces the original two-building approach unveiled in the spring and follows consultation with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

“It is important to comply with the ECB requirements if we are to have a chance of a successful application for a grant from them towards the cost,” explained cricket club president Les Owen who is leading Project Construct, the name given to the team exploring the best way to develop a new cricket, tennis and social club building on the King George V Playing Field (KGV).

Since the original plans were unveiled in the spring the Project Construct team has held an online questionnaire which had some 115 responses with 87 per cent of respondents in favour of the redevelopment and further work has been done on the design.

Now the KGV Trustees have started a pre-planning application consultation with North Somerset District Council. This process involves submitting an overview and some detail to the planning department and getting their feedback before a formal application for planning permission is submitted.

How the rebuilt Rec Club could look

Mr Owen said that during consultation with the ECB it became clear that they would be unable to support the original ‘two building’ design with a new changing rooms’ building alongside the footprint of the existing Recreation Club.

This is because the new building would be behind the bowlers’ arms on the east side of the ground and that, and the need for sight screens directly in front of the changing rooms, would interfere with the normal playing of cricket and would adversely impact the look and feel of a traditional village cricket ground

Accordingly the Project Committee has now come up with a new design involving a building exactly on the footprint of the existing Rec Club but with an upper floor consisting of changing rooms/tennis viewing room/committee room, and a ground floor with the bar and social facilities as the existing building has. It is this design that is the subject of the pre-application consultation. 

Some extracts of the pre-application supporting material are available to view by clicking here which show the proposed floor plans, elevations and materials to be used.

Any comments on this proposal can be made to the KGV Trustees and the Project Committee by emailing newrecclub@gmail.com

Alert on vaccine passport scams

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, has received more than 700 reports from the public about fake emails pretending to be from the NHS. The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”.

These emails are fake, and the links within them lead to genuine-looking websites that steal your personal and financial information.

To find out more click here

Village sports day makes welcome return

Congresbury Bowling Club’s annual Sportsman’s Day made a welcome return to the village calendar on Sunday after being cancelled in 2020 because of Covid restrictions.

Despite a damp start, competitors were in high spirits – many simply glad to be taking part. “It’s just great to be back,” was a typical reaction.

The tournament was reduced to 24 teams from its customary 28 to help manage numbers better. It was won by Congresbury Cricket Club’s Mike Fisher, Sam Evans, Joe Thompson and Jos Tomlinson.

They beat Hannah Vowles’s team 3 Gingers & It in an exciting and close 10-end final. Hannah, who is the cricket club’s welfare officer, led a team which included cricketers Mick Edmunds and Cam Harding with Amber Rizvi. 

Club president Dave Byett presented the teams with their prize money.

Third place went to Danny Bullock’s football club team who beat Dave Towler’s Cofers team.

Cricketers’s success: Jos Tomlinson (left), Sam Evans, Joe Thompson and Mike Fisher who beat Hannah Vowles, Amber Rizvi, Mick Edmunds and Cam Harding in an exciting final pictured with bowling club president Dave Byett

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.

Café pledges to support village organisations

In liaison with Debbie Fortune estate agents, who  generously donate the use of their premises and facilities for Congresbury’s Community Café, surplus profits from the café, will go back into the community to be used to support village organisations and village activities. More details and how to apply can be found on the café website Supporting the community (congresburycoffee.org)

For the next two weeks the surplus profits from the café sessions will go to help the school PTA to fund new playground equipment at St. Andrews school.

Green Party wins local election

The Green Party’s Phil Neve is the new North Somerset district councillor for Congresbury and Puxton. He polled more than 64 per cent of the vote at the by-election held on Thursday and continues a long tradition of Congresbury and Puxton having a Green councillor going back more than 30 years.

Samantha Pepperall of the Conservative Party received 270 votes, 29 per cent of votes cast, while the Labour Party’s Dawn Parry received six per cent of the votes.

The total number of votes cast was 922. Turnout was 29.5 per cent of voters, lower than normal, which was blamed on the heatwave.

The by-election followed the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Stuart Treadaway elected two years ago.

Rec Club issues new Covid guidelines

Message from Congresbury Rec Club about the relaxation of Covid guidelines.

“On Monday 19th we enter the latest phase of Corona with much longed for changes coming while infections rates are still high, and the need to self-isolate lasting for at least another month. 

“We have decided as both a team and a committee we will do the following to protect the staff, our customers and our desire to stay open and enjoy the summer….

“We will:

*Continue with table service for the time being

*Continue with card payment when at all possible

*Keep tables spaced out inside but the rule of 6 is gone

*Ask that you consider wearing a mask when moving around inside – staff will continue to wear masks when out from behind the bar

*Leave up the NHS Covid check in posters should you want to continue to check-in.

The government messaging on this one remains confusing.  We look forward to another tentative step forwards while doing what we can to prevent a step backwards and hope we can count on your ongoing support. “

Changes planned at Rec Club to strengthen management

Congresbury Recreation Club wants to strengthen its management committee and put in place a new code of conduct for all members.

The King George V Trustees, who have overall responsibility for the management of the fields and all activity on them and who delegate the day to day management to the Rec Club, have appointed cricket club president Les Owen as interim chairman. He will serve until the end of 2021.

Mr Owen paid tribute to his predecessor Andy Elvin for the work he has done over the last three years to improve the club and change its image.

“The Rec Club is for all members and sports participants and should present a welcoming, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere,” said Mr Owen.

Mr Owen, a lifelong Liverpool fan and Anfield season ticket holder who played local league football around Bristol for many years, said:

“My personal motivation in taking this on for six months is to help create an environment that is conducive to participation in sport and recreation by all in the village, and to try to ensure that the Rec is operating and managed in a way that maximises the chances of funding support for a new building.”

The Trustees have asked Mr Owen to strengthen the Rec Club committee and make it more representative of the village. The club rules and code of conduct for members will also be reviewed.

A key objective will be to produce a three-year plan for the club as part of the application process for grant funding for a new clubhouse.

“Once lockdown eases I would hope that all villagers will feel able to become members and help us secure the Rec Club’s future as a centre of sport and recreation in Congresbury,” said Mr Owen.

The Rec Club committee would welcome contact from anyone who would like to learn more about the plans for the future and who may be interested in helping. Please email newrecclub@gmail.com

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:https://www.standrewscongresbury.co.uk/job-vacancies/

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 office@standrewsprimary.org.uk marked for the attention of Mrs J Beavan. www.standrewscongresbury.co.uk

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.