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Villagers go back in time as they delve into Congresbury’s past

PUBLISHED: 07:19 27 October 2017 | UPDATED: 07:19 27 October 2017

Experts shared their extensive knowledge of Congresbury.

Experts shared their extensive knowledge of Congresbury.

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Residents effectively went back in time and learned more about a North Somerset village’s past at a history exhibition this weekend.

History display at the library. History display at the library.

Congresbury’s Yesteryears took place on Saturday and Sunday, with a varied programme of events around the village offering an insight into its history,

They were treated to guided walks, expert talks and an exhibition of artefacts at Congresbury Community Library.

Many families turned out to take part in a treasure hunt which took people around the village in search of items of historic significance.

Experts from Congresbury History Group and Yatton, Congresbury, Claverham, and Cleeve Archaeological Research Team (YCCCART) shared their wisdom on the history of Congresbury, teaching people about the Strawberry Line, St Andrew’s Church and Cadbury Hill.

Guided history tours of the church and village were enjoyed. Guided history tours of the church and village were enjoyed.

Residents also had the chance to submit artefacts found in their gardens prior to the event and have them examined by an archaeologist.

The history weekend was organised by Congresbury Parish Council, which believes the event was a great success despite the inclement weather.

Parish council chairman Di Hassan said: “The parish council would like to thank Congresbury History Group and YCCCART, particularly Chris Short and Peter English, for all their hard work and Vince Russett who led one of the walks on Sunday.

“We would also like 
to thank St Andrew’s Church for their assistance and very welcome refreshments on such a wet and windy day.

“Everyone who attended the event will have learned something new about Congresbury and its past.

“Despite the windy conditions and threat of rain showers a number of families took part in the treasure hunt around the village and about 30 people joined Chris Short at St Andrew’s to learn about the history of the building and the immediate environment.”

And Cllr Hassan told the Times she hopes the event can make a positive and long-lasting impact on the village.

She added: “Events such as these should also make us think carefully about the past but also about the present and how we want our community to continue to prosper.”

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