The next Timsbury WI craft workshop will be held on Saturday, June 10th from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Th activity will be making ‘heart’ cushions for mastectomy patients (women and men) which will be donated to the Royal United Hospital. The target to make 102 cushions so beating last year’s production of 101.
Advice on possible sources of cash for rurally-based community groups and businesses will be available at a funding surgery to be held in the Conygre Hall on Tuesday, June 13th between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.
The event is organised by the West of England Rural Network and will include representatives from:
Rural Payments Agency (Rural Growth Programme)
West of England Rural Network (LEADER Programme)
West of England LEP (European Structural & Investment Fund)
Business West (Enterprising West of England and Scale Up Grants)
Bath and North East Somerset Council (Economic Development and Tourism)
University of Bath (Social Enterprise & Innovation Programme)
Details and reservation forms can be found here
Timsbury cruised into the third round of the Watsons Village Cup with a comprehensive 10-wicket win at home to local rivals Chew Magna. The home side won a vital toss after the rain of the previous day and the Chew Magna innings never got off the ground after being put into bat. Home openers Mark Sage and Adam Brinkworth then made light of the target and saw their side home with 18 overs to spare.
Chew Magna made the worst possible start losing opener David Lawrence to an early run out. In no time they had subsided to 29-5 and it needed a partnership between Gary Filer and Charlie Thompson who both made 30 to take the total to 116. 6 Timsbury bowlers shared the wickets with Gary Pearcy returning the best figures of 3-4.
Sage and Brinkworth who had put on 84 for the first wicket the previous day continued where they had left off. Sage was given one life but in general the pair batted with supreme confidence. Brinkworth reached his half century first eventually finishing 57 not out while Sage was undefeated on 52.
In the next round on Sunday 28th Timsbury face a tough task away to Shapwick and Polden who are in the Premier 2 section of the West of England Premier League.
The Embrace Group, the company that runs The Laurels has announced that it is closing the home in June. This will be a great loss to the village as a facility, and to the many residents, staff and volunteers. Many thanks and best wishes are offered to all those who have helped The Laurels be a valuable part of the community for so many years. There will be keen interest to hear what will become of the buildings and site.
Timsbury Cricket Club is still looking for its first win of the season in the Bristol and District League Senior Division after a 26 run home defeat against Congresbury. The home side paid a heavy penalty for missed chances early on but the main difference was an excellent innings of 103 from the experienced Mike Fisher.
After being put into bat Congresbury lost two early wickets but then Fisher joined opener Stuart Castle who had benefited from the dropping lapses and together they added 92 before Castle was dismissed for 45. West Indian overseas signing Thomas threatened briefly before he was caught on the boundary by Mark Sage off the bowling of Timsbury skipper Steve Clothier who was the home side’s best bowler with 4-40. Fisher ended his crucial innings by being unluckily run out at the non-bowler’s end.
Chasing 214 for victory Timsbury lost Jon Strand in the first over and Nathan Hawkins and Greg Passingham also went early. Mark Sage battled hard to keep the innings going and received good support from Kevin Sibley on his home debut. Sage was eventually dismissed for 45 and Sibley for 24 but despite handy knocks from Gary Pearcy (30) and Jesse Bishop (28 not out) the home side never really threatened. Sam Evans was the visitors’ top bowler with 3-33.
Next week Timsbury hope to get off the mark with an away fixture at Nailsea and on Sunday they entertain Chew Magna in the first round of the National Village Cup (1pm start).
Unaudited accounts for the Conygre Trust for 2016/17 presented at the Annual Parish Meeting reported an annual spend of £51,204. This total included £10,000’s worth of stage refurbishment paid for with a National Lottery grant.
Booking fees for the Conygre Hall provided an income of £38,000, fees from sports and social clubs for the use of the Hall and Recreation Field added a further £6,500 and the Parish Council contributed £6,400 for maintenance of the Field. At the end of the year a surplus of £10,600 was added to the Trust’s reserve for future repairs and refurbishment.
The Community Payback team have painted nine benches in St Marys Close, Conygre Green, the Cemetery and surrounding streets. During the past year the team has made a significant contribution to tidying areas all around the village including the recreation field, the Cemetery and Church Lane.
Community Payback is when courts sentence minor offenders to undertake 40 to 300 hours of unpaid and demanding work for local communities.
The Annual Accounts for the Parish Council for the year 2016/17 were approved at its May meeting and presented to the Annual Parish Meeting on May 11th. Total expenditure of £65,563 (previous year £51,016) exceeded income by £3,480 taking account of VAT adjustments. At the end of the financial year the Council held reserves of £50,000. The budget for 2017/18 can be seen here.
Tim Bowles (The Conservative Party) is the Mayor elect of the West of England Combined Authority following a region wide election.
Mr Bowles received 70,300 votes, finishing ahead of Lesley Mansell (Labour and Co-operative Party) who received 65,923 votes after the counting of first and second preference votes when no single candidate received more than 50% of first preference votes.
The overnight count saw 199,519 ballots verified by elections staff across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.