Love Congresbury – village enjoys ‘brilliant’ weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 June 2017

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.


Congresbury’s community ‘came together’ earlier this month for a jam-packed weekend of activities, entertainment and volunteering.

Children enjoyed the fun and games.Children enjoyed the fun and games.

Love Congresbury was held from June 16-18, with villagers enjoying the scorching temperatures and three days of fun, games and community spirit.

The event began on the Friday with Congresbury Cricket Club hosting a fast-paced and entertaining under-19s game – where villagers enjoyed the big-hitting batsmen and a barbecue.

St Andrew’s Primary School also took part, hosting a well-attended summer fair on the Friday evening, which featured a mix of stalls and classic games.

The event gathered pace on Saturday morning with acts of random kindness. Suggestion boxes were installed around the village as residents asked volunteers to do jobs like gardening and tidying.

Villagers turned out in numbers for the party.Villagers turned out in numbers for the party.

Organiser Charlotte Polledri, aged 43, said the acts of random kindness were a great success.

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 really 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.

Lots of delicious treats were served up.Lots of delicious treats were served up.

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.

The event concluded in style on the Sunday afternoon with the Party In The Paddock at St Andrew’s Church, which featured live music and some delicious treats.

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.

Guests enjoyed live music.Guests enjoyed live music.

“It was particularly poignant with local takeaway restaurant Kismet providing delicious street food for the party. It brought two religions together which, with everything going on at the moment, was a highlight.”

Mrs Polledri thanked everyone who helped with the event, particularly fellow organisers Amy Short and Caz Carter.

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