We are progressing the work to get the community café open at Bridge House (at the back of Debbie Fortune Estate agents office). We are hoping it will be open by the end of November on Wednesday and Friday mornings offering a range of coffees and teas and cake but this will depend on the necessary permissions being granted. If you have time to spare and would like to help run the sessions please contact Ron Hall by email or call 01934 830085.
The project’s new charitable Community Benefit Society, Congresbury Village Hall Limited, has been awarded a grant through Power to Change, the independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support and develop community business for charitable purposes. The £10,000 grant will enable us to develop the Community share offer and business plan to raise the funds required to complete the building. Ian Sheppard for the project said, “We’re delighted we have been supported in the business development of this share offer through the Booster Programme which is funded by Power to Change and run by the Community Shares Unit. We have applied for [...]
The Big Quiz is back at the Old School Rooms on 3rd November. For a thoroughly entertaining evening of fiendish quiz questions, food and bar, get a table of friends together for a great night out. Doors open at 7pm and to book a table for teams of 4-6, call 01934 838800 or 07854 863721. Tickets are £8 and include a Ploughman's Supper. We’ll also be launching the 2018 Christmas Draw on the night with fantastic prizes to be won.
Following the success of last year's Barn Dance, this year's barn storming dance will take place at the Old School Rooms on Friday 12th October at 7pm. A hot dog supper is included in the ticket price and tickets are available from Church House Designs on Broad Street or call 838800.
We are pleased to confirm that a substantial investment has been promised to help the project achieve its £400,000 optimum target. This investment is subject to some conditions, one of which is for the community to raise £250,000 in pledges. Other conditions relate to ensuring the existing clubs use of the playing fields is not adversely impacted by the use of the new building, and having this included in an agreement between ourselves and the trustees managing the playing fields. The Development committee have confirmed their agreement to that. Pledges received total £ 115,175 so we have some way to [...]
Part of the feedback we received from the pledge request meeting regarded sorting out the pedestrian crossing at the Precinct as some see that as a higher priority. There is currently an opportunity to lobby the Parish Council by commenting on its transport section of the Neighbourhood Plan. The plan includes the following measure - 'Apply a 20 mph speed limit on the B3133 from the Ship and Castle to the Precinct and all residential roads off both the A370, and the B3133 to improve the environment of Congresbury'. That is a start but upgrading the crossing to traffic light controlled [...]
We have passed £100,000 with the pledge total now £103,175. Still a way to go but an impressive amount! We are holding a meeting in the Jubilee Hall, Old School Rooms on Friday 3 August, to review how the pledge request has gone. We need your ideas on how we can get more people to pledge. To date 113 pledges have been made. Please come along, if you cannot make the meeting please email your ideas and / or reasons why people are not pledging to firstname.lastname@example.org Together we REALLY can make this happen.
Following feedback received, the project team has reduced the minimum amount required to invest in community shares to £100. Please use the 'other amount' box on the Pledge form. We are also accepting scans and photos of the signed forms. Please email them to email@example.com The rules for shares allow for people and organisations or clubs to club together and jointly own community shares. The income tax relief is shared equally and one person is nominated to be the spokesperson for the group. The total pledge is currently £ 86,950 (24/7/18).
Congresbury resident Marion Johnson is backing the village hall pledge request and wonders why other residents are not doing the same. If the village hall is to become a reality then villagers have until 31st July to pledge to support the build. Read her letter to the North Somerset Times here:
The project team is looking to raise up to £400,000 as the scheme enters its critical fund-raising stage. At this stage, we need the community and sports club members to make a ‘pledge’ - a non-binding promise that at a later date they will invest in Community Shares or donate through a ‘buy a brick’ scheme. "The target is to raise an optimum of £400,000 with an absolute minimum of £250,000", explained Ian Sheppard on behalf of the project team. “At this time we are asking for pledges so that we can show potential funders that we as a community [...]