Love Congresbury – village enjoys three days of ‘brilliant’ events

PUBLISHED: 07:52 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:52 03 July 2017

Children enjoyed the fun and games.

Children enjoyed the fun and games.

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A North Somerset village ‘came together’ for a weekend of events promoting kindness and community spirit earlier this month.

Love Congresbury Party in the Paddock.Love Congresbury Party in the Paddock.

Love Congresbury was held from June 16-18, with villagers enjoying a jam-packed schedule of games and activities and the beautiful weather.

The event began on the Friday with Congresbury Cricket Club hosting a fast-paced and entertaining under-19s game – where villagers tucked into tasty barbecue food while batsmen whacked the ball to all parts of the recreation ground.

St Andrew’s Primary School also got involved with the event, holding a summer fair on the Friday evening with classic stalls and games.

The event resumed on the Saturday morning with acts of random kindness. Residents posted ideas in suggestion boxes around the village, with volunteers taking up the tasks.

Love Congresbury Party in the Paddock.Love Congresbury Party in the Paddock.

Organiser Charlotte Polledri, aged 43, praised the efforts of the volunteers.

She said: “It never ceases to amaze me. The acts of kindness always touch us. We set up on the Saturday and we always get volunteers, with families always helping.

“We wanted to pull everyone together, it was a real community effort.

“Lots of gardening jobs were done like fence-painting and grass-cutting, and we did lots of jobs at the church, tidying and maintaining the graveyard.”

Love Congresbury Party in the Paddock.Love Congresbury Party in the Paddock.

A village picnic, called The Great Get Together, was held at the Millennium Green on the Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of former MP Jo Cox who was murdered last year – and the theme of togetherness and community spirit was present throughout the weekend.

Love Congresbury was brought to a close in style on Sunday afternoon with the Party In The Paddock at St Andrew’s Church.

Mrs Polledri, of High Street, added: “All sorts of people got involved and it was a brilliant weekend.

“It came to a great crescendo on the Sunday with the party. The whole village came together. It was particularly poignant with takeaway restaurant Kismet providing delicious street food. It brought two religions together which, with everything going on at the moment, was a highlight.”

Kismet from Congresbury and Panache from Weston provided Indian food for the party goers.Kismet from Congresbury and Panache from Weston provided Indian food for the party goers.

Mrs Polledri thanked people who volunteered, particularly fellow organisers Amy Short and Caz Carter


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