From Wednesday 19th August the Community café will be opening on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am to 1pm. It is table service only with tables set out in the courtyard some in the new gazebo, purchased with grant monies from National Grid. The community cafe is also home to the village Glut Market where local, home-grown produce, flowers and plants will be available to buy for a reasonable donation throughout the summer and autumn. The Glut Market will: • Help reduce food waste • Supply fresh fruit and vegetables to the local community • Raise funds for the new [...]
The project team have provided the Parish Council with a project status update. It covers: The current tasks being progressed, but which are now impacted by most grant funding programmes being temporarily closed. Further clarification on a couple of questions councillors have asked in the past relating to viability and projected income. How the project is set up and what has been achieved so far. See the full report Project update June 2020.
Many of you may have seen Robbie Bacon's excellent photographs at the Community Cafe. We would love to see these purchased not only to encourage Robbie to continue taking these amazing local views but for the cafe as Robbie will be donating 10% from each sale to the cafe. If you haven't yet seen them then please pop into the cafe as they are really impressive. The cafe will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings this week for your last chance to purchase one of these prints. The next exhibition at the cafe will be paintings by another [...]
The project is progressing and we are currently making initial contact with potential grant funders prior to issuing the Community Share offer to establish how much we can raise towards the build costs. In meantime we are looking at options for reducing the build costs further. We have agreed a phased plan, see the new plans here. The community café made a surplus of £5,350 as at the end of September from opening in mid-February, ignoring the set up costs. Of that £4,300 came from the café, £450 from the Glut Market (donated produce and plants) and £300 in donations. [...]
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 [...]