Villagers go back in time at Congresbury history weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2017

Experts shared their extensive knowledge of Congresbury.

Experts shared their extensive knowledge of Congresbury.


Residents revelled in the history of a North Somerset village this week, with lots of people taking part in a history and archaeology weekend.

Congresbury’s Yesteryears took place on Saturday and Sunday, with villagers learning more about how it has evolved over time.

The bulk of the events were hosted at Congresbury Community Library, where guests enjoyed an exhibition of artefacts and photographs.

And a team of experts offered their extensive knowledge of Congresbury for educational talks and guided walks around the village.

Families took part in a treasure hunt which took people around the village in search of items of historic significance.

Congresbury History Group and Yatton, Congresbury, Claverham, and Cleeve Archaeological Research Team (YCCCART) worked together to offer presentations on the history of the Strawberry Line, St Andrew’s Church and Cadbury Hill.

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.

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 Mercury she hopes the event can make a positive 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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