I appreciate we have not provided an update for a while and as the project has been running for a few years villagers will understandably start to question will the new building ever happen. Currently the key stakeholders are exploring options on the way forward. This will take some time and it could be some months before this is complete, so please bear with us. As we have stated previously the project team are committed to the project’s vision: ‘To provide a new multi-use energy efficient community facility that will offer a broader range of recreational, leisure and sports activities, services [...]
Firstly we apologise to all those villagers that donated items to sell as part of our Flog It event as we had omitted to publicise how much was raised. The event raised a fantastic £1279, made up from £1188 from the sale of items at Clevedon Auction rooms plus £91 in fees for valuing items. Our thanks go to the various donors and Clevedon Auction rooms who did not charge fees on the sales. A list of the items sold is available here. - Flog It Sales Letter
The community cafe is now home to a changing gallery of work by local artists and is currently displaying paintings by Dawn Cox. Dawn is a practising artist and teacher of adult art enthusiasts in North Somerset, producing portraits and landscapes in a variety of media including watercolour, inks, acrylics and pastels.
There’ll be a fun night of wine tasting and trivia at Congresbury Scout Hut on Saturday 14th September. This light hearted evening of wine, games and quiz questions kicks off at 7.30pm and will be raising funds for the new village hall. There’ll also be cheese plates available and a bar. Tickets are £7 and are available from the Community Cafe and Church House Designs on Broad Street or call Ally on 07814 155703.
Congresbury’s successful new community cafe will now also be home to an innovative ‘Glut Market’ every Wednesday morning. As a way of helping reduce food waste and supply fresh fruit and vegetables to the local community, residents are being asked to bring any surplus home-grown produce, flowers or plants to the community cafe on Wednesdays from 9am. All items can be purchased for a reasonable donation and the money received will go to help the new village hall fund. The team behind the scheme are hoping that it will bring in even more customers to the cafe hub and also [...]
The Council and project team have reviewed the 418 responses to the recent survey, which showed 266 respondents did not support the council taking out a loan. The survey generated a lot of comment but only 28% of households in the village responded. Obviously this is disappointing and the Development Committee have discussed and confirmed their commitment to move the project forward. The project has come so far and many villagers, village organisations and businesses have put a lot of time and effort in support of the project. We can now focus on other funding options. The project is in [...]
The Community café has made such a promising start that we are going to open on the 3rd Saturday of each month – 18 May, 15 June, 20 July & 17 August – until the end of the summer, from 9 – 1pm. The Saturday sessions are in addition to the usual Wednesday and Friday mornings.
The new Congresbury Community Café – Community Coffee@Bridge House – was officially opened by Debbie Fortune and Ron Hall. The café is open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am to 1pm, with a view to opening more often in the future. The cafe is in Bridge House, part of the Debbie Fortune Estate Agency building who have allowed the use of two rooms and courtyard in line with their continued commitment to local charitable causes across all their offices. Ron Hall for Congresbury Village Hall Limited who have set up the café said, “We could not have done this [...]
As part of the funding towards the cost of building the new village hall / community centre, the Parish Council are working with Congresbury Village Hall limited to look at the option of the council applying for a Public Works Loan (PWL). The Public Works Loan Board lends Government funds to Parish Councils at low interest rates, with the council making the repayments. This would require an increase in each household’s council tax so Congresbury residents are being asked whether they would support the loan and small increase in council tax repayments in order to part fund the village hall. [...]
Wednesday 27th February saw Clevedon Salerooms valuers, Director Toby Pinn MRICS and Mark Huddleston attending the new community coffee shop on Broad Street for a successful valuation afternoon raising money for the village hall. Organisers had created two ways to donate to the fund: the valuation event (with donations made to have items valued) and a gifting event, where local residents donated their items to be sold for charity, free of charge, on behalf of the village hall fund. Of course, there was the obligatory coffee and cake for sale as well... Some of the incredibly generous donations included a [...]