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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 [...]
There will be a volunteers meeting on Wednesday 23 May from 7.30pm at the St Andrews Room in the Old School Rooms. The project is entering a critical phase in raising the money to build the new hall. We have set a target of raising an optimum of £400,000 from a community share issue, likely to be end of 2018. In the interim we will be asking the community to pledge money, basically a promise to either invest in the shares or donate to a ‘buy a brick’ scheme. It will be crucial to receive pledges of at least £250,000 [...]
The community café project may soon become a reality as members of the village hall development committee are now working with Debbie Fortune estate agents to set up the cafe in a room and the courtyard at the back of their new offices in Congresbury. Watch this space! The cafe project will be one of the three projects to receive a grant under the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Don't forget to ask for the blue tokens and vote during May and June at Tesco Express or the Clevedon store.
The wine tasting and quiz night on 14th April was a new event for the fundraising team and proved a great night out for everyone who attended. With a selection of sparkling, white and red wine to taste, delicious cheese plates and a flow of boozy quiz questions and games throughout the night, the event was a massive success raising over £600 for the new village hall.
On 23rd March Weston MP John Penrose and members of the Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust were presented with a cheque from Debbie Fortune for £4,240.50. This represents the results of their pledge to donate 10% of their income from sales and lettings in the village during 2017 to the project. They have pledged to do the same again in 2018. This has been a fantastic boost to the fundraising efforts to date which now stands at £76,888.
About 70 people attended the Horse Racing Evening at the Old School Rooms on Saturday 24th February and raised the magnificent sum of £1131. A team of volunteers ran the bar, provided hot dogs, sold the raffle tickets and provided a really vibrant event. Ron Hall, Fundraising Manager, thanked everyone for their "effort and support in planning and delivering another great night both for the attendees and our fund raising efforts".