Real commitment and effort

PUBLISHED: 10:49 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

IT IS to be hoped that the villagers of Congresbury have read and inwardly digested the warnings regarding the village fete and the War Memorial Hall.

IT IS to be hoped that the villagers of Congresbury have read and inwardly digested the warnings regarding the village fete and the War Memorial Hall.

In many clubs it appears that participants believe that organisations such as the fete, War Memorial Hall and indeed clubs run themselves and they must be made to realise that this is patently not so.

The hall is the headquarters of the Royal British Legion and during the recent Poppy Appeal it was impressed on certain groups of people that real commitment and effort was needed, not every week or every month of the year, just a concentrated effort for a relatively short period of time like a couple of hours can and did produce startling results.

The collection in Congresbury was over £4,000 higher than the two previous best years thanks to the dedication of a group of dedicated collectors.

This is the kind of dedication that is needed in several other places. If similar effort was put in by just a few public spirited villagers the village fete and War Memorial Hall (which is the village hall built by public subscription), could be assured.

Too few people are doing more than their fair share to ensure that Congresbury remains a thriving village but it must be impressed that there is a need to make at least a limited commitment to the various bodies that need help. Only a few committee meetings are held for both the village fete and the War Memorial Hall which means that there is not a big commitment of time for these groups.

Activities such as the social club, four badminton groups, skittles, short mat bowls, cribbage, snooker and billiards, book sales, craft fairs and table top sales attract quite a few participants most of whom think the hall runs itself.

The Over-60's Club, which had to close membership last year at 120 members, proves the need for such a facility as no other local venue could cope with the 80 or so members who attend each meeting. It needs just a little dedicated commitment from just a few like-minded individuals.

The village needs you, please be at the meeting on January 11 at the War Memorial Hall if you have a contribution to make. It is expressly hoped that the current remaining committee members will be in attendance.

With reference to the availability of reading material in the village, it can be pointed out yet again that there is an excellent selection at the War Memorial Hall. There are books, tapes, videos, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and talking books on offer at the sales which have been held at the hall on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9am-1pm for the past 12 years and we draw buyers from many parts of North Somerset. Unfortunately it appears that too many villagers have little interest in perpetuating village life.

IRVING PROWSE

Wrington Road, Congresbury

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