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November 2019
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Support Our Local High Street.

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Luigi's Barber Shop.

Luigi Armato has been running his business, 'Luigi's Barber Shop' in Shirehampton's High Street for just over six years.

Luigi originally trained as a women's hairdresser and a barber. It took four years to train with three years doing women's hair dressing and then a year barbering. I prefer to be a barber and originally set up my business in Clifton village. I stayed there for three years before I decided to sell up and move to Shirehampton. It's been an excellent few years here. Business went a bit quiet when The Original Factory Shop closed but it has picked up again since B&M Express opened.

I like the social aspect of being a barber. Chatting with our customers on whatever subject is popular at the time. We talk about work, hobbies, interests for example. If the customer wants a change of hairstyle then there are hundreds to choose from. The trends keep changing and we keep up with the fashion so everyone looks modern. If someone is unsure what they want then we can advise on haircuts but in the end its down to the customer what he wants. It's very much a customer orientated barber shop.

We do student discounts and OAP rates for our customers. We can do babies haircuts but our age range is varied from young children to our older senior citizens. There are a lot of father's and son's haircuts too. I just hope our customers enjoy their time with us, like our attitude and approach to barbering. We like to welcome our customers anytime.

When asking his thoughts about the High Street Luigi said. We have the Co‐op, that is always going to bring in customers but with B&M Express and the High Street Market, that should bring in more customers and increase footfall for the area. Of course the High Street is a bit up and down at times but hopefully things will turn around for the better in the future for Shire.

You can find Luigi's Barber Shop at 60 High Street, Shirehampton. Opening times Monday to Friday 8am ‐ 5pm and Saturday 7.30am ‐ 3pm. You can call: 0117 2440094 for Further information.

Kathryn Courtney

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Beau's Bouquets.

Many High Streets are struggling and trying to attract people to shop locally has been a challenge. However if we want our High Street to remain we need variety and try to shop local.

'Beau's Bouquets' in our High Street has filled a gap that was left by our former Florist Shop due to retirement.

Amy has been a florist for over a year. She opened Beau's Bouquets at the Butcher's Yard in the High Street just after Valentine's Day this year. Although her pop up shop is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am ‐ 2pm, Amy works six days a week, making bouquets, doing flower arrangements for every occasion and delivering them to loved ones.

It was a hobby to begin with. I think it chose me rather than the other way round. Last year I struggled with my mental health and to help me recover my mum booked me into a flower arranging course. From there I started posting my arrangements online and had people asking if they could buy them. With encouragement from a friend I set up a facebook page and then later, a web site. After that I got busier.

I originally wanted to find a job as a florist in a shop but after six months I didn't get anywhere. Paul Wood suggested to open up a pop up shop in the Butcher's Yard and since then things have been going really well for me.

I said to Amy that she would be an inspiration for others, but she was rather humble about that comment saying It's really nice to hear that.

I am a florist, a floral designer. I really love working with flowers, colours, smells and the things you can create with flowers. I have my own kind of style and like to make sure people get something that is personal to them for any occasion. I offer a free consultation to potential customers to discuss what they want whether for weddings, birthdays, funerals or just to send as a thank you. I also provide fresh flowers in my pop up shop during the week and have a limited selection of plants, such as herbs, edible items and indoor plants on offer. I hope my flowers make people happy and want to thank everyone who has supported me the past year and also my customers.

You can find Beau's Bouquets at The Butcher's Yard in Shirehampton High Street, or Facebook, also www.beausbouquets.co.uk or call 07854 281706 for further information.

Kathryn Courtney

Health and Wellbeing Market Fun!

Shirehampton Markets held their first themed market at the local Public Hall in Station Road on Saturday 5th October.

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The Health and Wellbeing Market was opened by BBC Radio Bristol Presenter Steve Yabsley and he ran through a programme of activities that would be happening throughout the day. He commented the relaxation and meditation session was in fact downing two pints of cider after the event closed, due to all the hard work that had gone into the day by the organisers. Steve happily introduced the Gospel Generation Community Choir as the opening activity and everyone enjoyed the singing whilst drinking a cup of tea or coffee and eating cake.

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If you were expecting lectures and talks about how to stay healthy, you would have been sorely disappointed. The market provided an information table filled with helpful health and wellbeing booklets to read at your leisure and activity leaflets that are happening within the four villages.

There was an arts activity being run by Tandem Arts and jewellery making activity run by Bumble Beads throughout the day.

There were twenty minute activity demonstrations, some of which you could join in, taking place in the hall. T'ai Chi, hoola hooping with Spinning Kia, over 70's exercise class and a hypnotherapy session proved very popular. We also saw line dancing, Shire Strong with personal trainer Linda Thorne showcasing the use of kettle bells as part of an exercise regime and finally meditation and relaxation led by Heartfulness.

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Some tried out a session of Reiki with Mina whilst at the market and there was the opportunity to shop for jewellery, hats, fascinators and scarves, eco friendly products, along with cards and pictures of various subjects being sold by talented local photographer Aly Bowen. There was a choice of Indian and Jamaican food for those staying for lunch or to take away for later.

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I did enjoy the day very much and I learnt how to hoola hoop said Rita whilst Tracey took part in the T'ai Chi and found it very relaxing.

The organisers would like to thank Avonmouth Sea Cadets for their help, Sherralee Parton for the cakes, Katherine Birth and Kathryn Courtney for officially taking photos of the event and facebook page, Steve Yabsley, Caroline Yabsley, Martin Evans, the market traders, everyone who ran the activity demonstrations, our volunteers, and everyone who came along and supported our market.

Kathryn Courtney

Why Local Libraries Are Important

As a former member of Bristol Library Service staff and a professionally qualified librarian, I’m a big supporter of public libraries. Here’s my case for keeping all our branch libraries open, and bringing back services to places that no longer have them.

What Do Libraries Offer?

Public libraries have always offered free access to books and information. If you want to read for pleasure, research a topic for school or college, or simply find local/contact information, you would visit the library, where you could find a book or ask a member of staff. Of course we now live in the ‘digital age’. We can find out whatever we want to know online and, instead of reading, relax in front of a box set so some might ask why do we still need libraries or books?

Reliable Information

The problem is that we often don’t know what’s true and what’s ‘fake news’ from an internet search. That’s one reason why I think we need libraries more than ever. Bristol libraries have subscriptions to a variety of online information sources, from trusted providers, via the 24 Hour Library. Many of these resources are available from home for library card holders but for those who don’t have access, or just aren’t sure, library staff can help you use them in branch. They are also a good place to go for anyone who doesn’t use the internet, or needs help using it. If you don’t have a computer/smart phone/tablet, there are bookable computers in every library in the city and there’s usually someone who can help you use them


Literacy is still one of the most important life skills and you can never be too well-read! Reading for pleasure is proven to be beneficial to mental and emotional wellbeing for young and old. It is also increases empathy, another important life skill. Older people can benefit from continuing to read and there is evidence that it could slow down the onset of dementia. Young children love to touch and hold books and they also love being read to. Not all parents are confident readers but a visit to the library, to a rhyme-time or story-time session takes the pressure off the adult. It is fun for the child, encourages creativity, helps them understand new ideas and gets them ready to start reading themselves.

Public Space

Libraries are open to everyone and they can often be the only place that people can go to where they won’t be asked why they are there or be expected to buy something. Libraries are wheelchair-accessible and welcoming to people who might not otherwise see anyone all day. They provide informal meeting spaces, as well as welcoming groups, such as book clubs, knitters & natterers or local history groups. They give lonely people a reason to leave the house.

Why Local?

Central Library is great and I would recommend everyone visits and uses it as often as they can. However, if you are elderly or disabled, have young children, or are on a low income, a trip to town is not always an option. Having a local library service, a short journey from home, can make a real difference to your quality of life.

Community Hubs

A more recent idea is to combine a variety of local services, including libraries, in one building. A community hub is about to be constructed in Lawrence Weston, which has been without a library for many years now. I, for one, really hope that we can bring this important service back to a community of nearly 11,000 people.

The Future

The current Labour-run Council is committed to retaining all of Bristol’s libraries. A new strategy is being written as we speak, with a focus on keeping libraries in the heart of communities, with users having a say in how they are run and what services they offer. So, if you’re not already a library user, visit your local library and join. If you love your library service, or even if you think there’s room for improvement, why not join your local library’s ‘friends’ group and help make it the library you want it to be.


Two of our volunteers have had to retire from delivering Shire.

  • Round 1 - 41 papers need to go to the houses on the Portway which are between Burnham Rd and Barrowhill Rd.
  • Round 2 - 12 papers need to be delivered to 576 to 594 Portway.

Nova Primary School.

SMSA (School Meals Supervisory Assistant) Vacancy

At Nova Primary School, situated in Barracks Lane, we have a vacancy for an SMSA (School Meals Supervisory Assistant). The post will be to work with our children across our lunchtime from either 12.00pm to 1.00pm or 12.30pm to 1.30pm. You will carry out a range of duties both in the dining hall and outside on either the KS1 or KS2 playgrounds. You will be able to build good relationships with both children and class teachers. You will work as part of a team to deliver high quality play activities and care during the lunch hour. The rate of pay is BG2 £17,364 FTE. This equates to £9.00 an hour. The post is for 5 hours a week.

Cotswold Community Centre AGM

The AGM of Cotswold Community Centre is to be held at the Centre,

Dursley Road, on THURSDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2019, at 5‐30p.m.

Community Plan News.

The Community Plan Steering Group met with Councillor Asher Craig recently to discuss progress in delivering on the Community Plan.

Councillor Craig was impressed with all that has been accomplished so far and promised her support for the High Street Markets and for efforts to improve the street scene on the High Street, which have been delayed. Councillor Craig wanted us to know that the Council is working to make itself an enabler of local communities whose first response to local projects should be How can we help?

Friends of Shire Library will receive a thousand pounds from a new fund to help Friends of Library Groups develop innovative ideas for their local library. A further £3,000 will be available for each library, with bids accepted from community groups, local businesses and individuals. The Friends of Shire Library plan to use the money to support the Shire Living Room@Shire Library.

The Climate Emergency Group continues to meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. In October they hosted two talks at the regular meetings. Robin Maynard of Population Matters talked about the environmental impact of over‐population and associated over‐consumption on climate. David Tudgey of the Bristol Energy Network talked about conserving energy in our homes. There will be another day of talks about what we can do to mitigate climate change on Saturday, 23rd November at St Mary's Church from 10:00 ‐ 13:00. Meetings are open to all and talks are free.

PBA Club Autumn/Winter News

We have had a successful Summer with lots of events happening at the club.

The Fun Day on 1 June attracted families from the local community and we were blessed with good weather and once again was a great day.

We held several events including a Cider and Cheese night with the popular Fred Bloggs Band, live music on the patio, Lee's Karaoke, and solo singers in the lounge on Saturday nights.

Some of the regular activities held at the club include Skittles, Bowls, Youth Football, Sky and BT Sports, Darts, Line Dancing, Zumba, Martial Arts, Bristol Jazz, Ceroc Dancing, Stroke Club, PBA Pensioners, Ladies singing club.

The club has an exceptional space for hire for private parties, seminars, training sessions and if a smaller space is required the skittle alley is available weekends only. We also have outside space for when the weather is kind to us.

Annual General Meeting

14 November 2019 at 8.15 pm

All members are welcome to come along, we have guest speakers and exciting news to share with our members regarding the vision of the future for the PBA Club.

PBA playing fields

The PBA playing fields are private property and belong to the club and are regularly used for youth football and in the summer months outside family events. Our youth football section has grown to accommodate over 200 children and utilise all of the playing fields at the weekends. Unfortunately, a small number of dog walkers spoil it for the many and do not abide by the signs or the law and unfortunately leave their dog mess on the field which children have had accidents with. Going forwards we respectively ask that all dog walkers do not walk their pets onto the pitches at any time and keep their dogs on the lead at all times when on the club's property. We sincerely hope that all can abide by this request and keep the playing fields clean and safe for children to enjoy the use of.

Many thanks PBA Committee

Shirehampton Nursery Celebrates Good OFSTED Rating.

A day nursery in Shirehampton is celebrating its ‘Good’ Ofsted rating following its latest inspection by the governing body.

Mama Bear's Day Nursery & Pre‐School in Grove Leaze, Shirehampton was rated Good in all areas including management, teaching, personal development, behaviour, welfare and outcomes for children.

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Staff at the nursery have been praised for their patience and responsive support of children, with the report saying they are kind, friendly and attentive to children's needs. Detailed observations are used to identify next steps in the children's learning and partnerships with parents are good.

Mama Bear's Shirehampton Nursery Manager, Nicola Lane, said: We are thrilled to have been awarded a Good Ofsted rating and very proud to receive such a glowing report. It's great to be recognised for our hard work and the whole team is pleased to have retained our Good rating.

Mama Bear's Day Nursery and Pre‐school in Shirehampton is based in a wonderful 19th century farmhouse just off the A4 Portway, close to the M5 and Avonmouth 902 Park & Ride.

The family‐run Mama Bear's Day Nurseries provide care for children from three months to five years. There are now 23 settings across Somerset, Bristol and Devon.

Nova Primary School.

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Is your child due to start school in September 2020?

Nova Primary School is holding open events for you to have the opportunity to look around our amazing school. You will meet some of our wonderful children and our Senior Leadership Team.

The events will be taking place on:

Friday 15th November 2019 @ 9.30am

Friday 6th December 2019 @ 9.30am

There is no need to make an appointment just come along and meet us.There will be toys and supervision for young children if they come along with you.

If you are unable to make either of these dates then please contact the School Office to make an appointment for an alternative visit

We really look forward to meeting you then!

St. Mary's News ‐  November

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Hi Folks!

Greenwich Mean Time is back with us and we are back into dark evenings once again, but looking on the bright side in 7 or 8 weeks time the nights will start drawing out again! Roll on British Summertime for 2020.

The History Talk on Tudor times and more recent times in Shirehampton & Avonmouth areas was well supported as 72 tickets were sold for this evening's entertainment together with its Ploughmans Supper. Very favourable comments have been heard on how enjoyable it was and we are already being asked what our next event will be! We do have survey forms for completion if you have any ideas for future events that we could consider.

  • Golden Oldies Morning ‐ 6th November

    Golden Oldies Morning this month is on Wednesday, 6th November in St Mary's from 10.30 until 11.30 am. Come and sing your hearts out and recall memories from your younger days.

    Sadly we have recently heard that Della Symons has died. She will be known to many of you as she was the wife of a former Vicar, the Revd Fernley Symons. Her funeral took place on Monday, 14th October 2019 at St Nicholas Church, Uphill, near Weston Super Mare. We send our deepest sympathy to her children ‐ Ben, Eleanor & Jo.

  • Annual Memorial Service ‐ 9th November at 3 pm

    On Saturday afternoon 9th November at 3 pm in St Mary's we shall once again be holding our Annual Memorial Service, when we recall loved ones who have now passed on, either recently or many years ago. Please come into church and fill in a form with the names of your loved ones you wish to be mentioned in the Prayer List. There will also be the little white prayer cards on which you write the name of a loved one, which will be hung on our Tree of Light on Advent Sunday.

  • Remembrance Sunday ‐ 10th November

    The next day is Remembrance Sunday, 10th November, and our Remembrance Day Commemoration service will commence at 10 am in St Mary's, before the walk to the War Memorial for the 2 minutes silence at 11 am and Act of Remembrance, commemorated throughout the rest of the country at the same time. After the service, once more we are indebted to Shirehampton Cricket Club for opening their Clubhouse for light refreshments, which is most welcome if the weather is on the cold side!

  • Annual Christmas Fayre ‐  aturday 16th November

    On Saturday 16th November we are holding our Annual Christmas Fayre in St Mary's from 10 am until 12 noon. Bring your children to see Father Christmas ‐ there will also be a Craft Stall, Cakes Table and games to play. Shelley Anne is also having a table selling her works of Art. Please come and see if you can solve your Christmas presents problem, as well as enjoying some pleasant company. Coffee and Tea will be available as usual.

  • Messy Church ‐ Tuesday, 19th November

    Tuesday, 19th November is the date this month for our Messy Church session and is from 3.30 until 5 pm. We will be learning more about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

  • Advent Sunday‐ 1st December

    Advent Sunday is on 1st December and we will hold our Tree of Light Service at 6pm. The Tree of Light will hold the little Memorial Cards you completed at the Memorial Service back on the 9th November ‐ this tree will be lit up, and the Memorial Cards will remain there until the end of the Christmas celebrations.

Reserved Parking

Finally, can I politely appeal to car owners not to park in the 2 church car parking spaces in the Health Centre Car Park. These spaces are owned by the church and are clearly marked. They are required for people having business in St Mary's, particularly when mid week Funeral Services take place. We have had several occasions recently where the vicar has not been able to park anywhere near the church when arriving to take a funeral service, or where other clergy or volunteers have not been able to park, despite being told a space would be available for them. Your co‐operation would be very much appreciated.

Bagged dog poo

Also, our Churchyard waste bins are still being used for the disposal of laden Doggy Poo Bags! As these bins are emptied by volunteers, we have no means of disposing of such waste, ONLY normal everyday waste items. There are notices on the bins to this effect. Dog owners will you please comply? Thank you!

Before I go have you heard this one ‐ Question. How much did the Pirate have to pay for his Hook and his Peg? Answer. An arm and a leg!

'Bye for now. C.M.E.

Shirehampton Baptist News.

Another eventful month which began with a baptismal service. It was a joyful morning as Nadine and our family from Iraq Hemin,zhegan and their daughters Dija and Lija entered the baptismal pool confirming their faith in Christ

On October 13th we held our Harvest Lunch and the following day our Harvest Thanksgiving Service when we thanked God for the abundance of food we enjoy but remembering those less fortunate

Our next service in the Cotswold Community Hall, in Dursley Road will be November 10th and an important advanced notice. On December 8th we will be holding a Christingle Carol Service in the same place at 5 pm,

We hope many children and all ages will come

Shirehampton Methodist Church News.



October began with a busy Saturday morning for us. We welcomed many of our regular guests to our coffee, bacon butty and cake morning (with vegan options!). We were also delighted to be visited by our local MP Darren Jones who held Café Politics, an opportunity to discuss local and national issues, at our coffee morning. Many people who had never visited our church came along, some from Shirehampton and others from far and wide in our local constituency. There was a lovely atmosphere and conversations ranged from difficulties with public transport, Brexit, the climate crisis, benefit concerns and issues within the Labour party.

Our Harvest Festival service gave us time to think about all the things we have been blessed with over the past year and what we can do to support others. Our congregation donated many items, which were taken to the Bristol Northwest Food Bank. We regularly collect items for the local Food Bank. We welcome anyone to bring donations to the church when we are open. Another charity that our church supports is All We Can, which helps people who live in some of the poorest communities in our world. Our Minister, Reverend Patrick Stonehewer, took part in a half marathon at the end of September and raised a four figure sum. This money will go towards projects such as providing solar panels to power an irrigation system in Malawi to allow people to grow food, and providing wheelchairs for children in Ethiopia so they can be more active, play with friends and go to school.

Many people responding to the Shirehampton Community Plan commented on the need for more colour on the High Street, including outside our church. In respect of this, we hope people have been enjoying our plants and flowers this year. We have recently allowed our plants a little more freedom rather than ruthlessly pruning them, which has attracted quite a few pollinators (bees and butterflies) to our High Street, and a good number of spiders too!

We support the Cotswold Christian Community who meet at the Cotswold Centre, Dursley Road, on the second Sunday of each month from 4.45pm until 5.30pm. This is an informal gathering with refreshments, prayer and a thought for the day. Perhaps this might be just the thing you have been looking for if a morning church service doesn't suit you or if you prefer something short and sweet. We continue to meet every Sunday at 11am for our Morning Worship and there's Afternoon Tea or Monday Movies every Monday from 2pm until 4pm, we would love you to join us.

Hall Hire

We hire out our building to many local groups including the Dragon Club, Weight Watchers, Shirehampton Planning Group, a new Nutrition group and the Shire Newspaper.

May God's peace be with you all during November.

Everyone at Shire Methodist

Ladies Day at Kingsweston.   In support of the Christmas Illuminations

Oh La La Ladies Day at Kingsweston House

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Saturday 28th September Shire Christmas Illuminations hosted a Ladies Day at Kingsweston House.

It was a fantastic day and lovely to see all the ladies looking glam!

All money raised will go towards improving the xmas lights display in the village.

Thanks you to all who supported the event.

Macmillan Cancer Coffee Mornings

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Cotswold Community Assoc.

£533.70p was raised for Macmillan Cancer Care @The Cotswold Community Association Centre.

Thanks to Jane, Daphne, Irene, and all who made cakes, Paul Woods who donated the bacon and all who supported this event.

Bridget Williams.

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Coffee Mornings ‐ St. Mary's

Coffee Morning ‐ St. Mary's, Friday, 27th September

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A very big thank you to all who contributed in any way to our MacMillan coffee morning on Friday, 27th September. To those who provided cakes, to those who attended and purchased coffee and cakes and to those who donated so generously.
We raised the magnificent sum of £325 for this worthwhile cause, so many thanks.

God bless you all. Maureen, Sue and Jill (Coffee morning ladies at St. Mary's)

Cotswold Community Centre Xmas Craft Fair

Saturday November 9th 10 til 12.30

Jewellery, cakes, cards, gifts etc.

Refreshments available

Nature Notes…

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This oak tree sapling is one of many thriving on the riverbank, on the Cotswold estate.

They were planted about two or three years ago I think, and have benefitted from the mild winters and wet springs. We have other species with them, but there is something just a bit special about the oak tree I think.

I was called over to a dear friend and neighbour a few mornings ago, as I passed her in her front garden. She was very keen to tell me about an unusual visitor to her back garden the previous day. Her attention was caught by a smallish, brown bird strutting up and down outside her patio doors. Thinking at first it was probably ‘just another pigeon', she took a closer look and realised then that ‘just another pigeon' it wasn't! In fact a female pheasant had come a‐calling! She was delighted, and just to make sure, she did an identity check in her bird book! The funny thing is, later that day I was exercising my daughter's dogs near Avonmouth Football Club, and yes, you've guessed it, there was a female pheasant running speedily up and down the field looking for cover it seemed. Coincidence do you think?

There is a lot of squirrel activity everywhere at the moment, especially here on the Cotswold and at Kingsweston, as they start stocking up their winter larders. My terrier goes into hunting mode very quickly when we walk up at the woods, but luckily for the squirrels, he's not a silent hunter!!

It's good to see a glut of berries on the hedges and trees for the birds this coming cold season, and the fruit trees everywhere have produced tons of fruit, and happily, even our own young apple trees on our allotment have given us lovely fruit for the first time!

Let us hope the winter will bring a few surprises of its own nature wise.

Happy nature watching,

Bobbie Perkins

Letters to the Editor

Have your say eMail ‐‐>    editor@shire.org.uk

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 100 years old  Val

Dear Editor,

I would like to wish Mrs Dolling formerly of this area and now living in Hereford ‐ a Very Happy 100th birthday on 24th December ‐ with love from Val (thank you for your kind donation)

 Bristol Half Marathon in the memory of my father  Asad

Dear Readers,

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A big thank you to all those who supported me and encouraged me to run the Bristol Half Marathon in the memory of my father.

With a lot of effort and training I was able to finish in 2hrs:02mins and with the help of your gifts we were able to raise £450 for a Guide Dog.

Many thanks from Asad, Simply Fish

 Bristol Half Marathon in the memory of my father  Asad

Dear Readers,

With reference to the letter from Gill Osman in your last edition concerning Market Garden Memories did it belong to the Coles family who owned the Nursery opposite the public toilets at the top of Station Road?

Frederick Redwood (ex 191 Cub/Scouts)

News from the office of Darren Jones MP.

Darren spoke at a climate change meeting in early September at the Methodist Church, which was well‐attended with lots of interesting discussion. Darren is proud to see so many of his constituents engaged in this vital debate. Darren has recently led work on a clean growth report from the Science and Technology Committee setting out how the country can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. You can read the report on Darren's website: www.darren-jones.co.uk/darren-welcomes-call-for-climate-action

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Darren has also visited Shirehampton Primary School, Avonmouth Church of England Primary and his old primary school Nova Primary School during September. The students put Darren through his paces and had lots of great questions planned. As the first MP for Bristol North West to have been born and raised here, Darren likes to spend as much time as possible with young people to improve their understanding of how the country works and to encourage them to get involved when they've finished their education.

Darren also held a constituency surgery in Lawrence Weston to support local residents with personal problems, a Café Politics discussion in Shire and popped in to support the Fun Palace Youth Club in Avonmouth Community Centre. You might have also seen Darren and the team outside of the Co‐op in Shire with his Saturday street stall.

Darren has been keeping up to date on the Iron Bridge and shares the frustration of residents that the bridge is still out of action. Darren was pleased that local councillor Don Alexander recently asked for reassurance that the iron bridge would receive the funding it needed at a council meeting. The council's transport lead confirmed that once on‐going planning discussions had been resolved, funding would be prioritised. Darren will continue to follow progress closely.

If you think there's something Darren can help with ‐ for example, if you're appealing an ESA or PIP decision or your Universal Credit claim is facing on‐going delays ‐ please get in touch.

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club.

The Island Bohemian Bowling Club has been rolling woods on Fry Island at Caversham since 1909, a long time and a lot of bowling.

The City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club has been fortunate in visiting this unique location where else do you go bowling by boat and bowl in the middle of a river ‐ twice. But the bowlers of the island only play mixed friendly games away from their home a few times each season and they are selective about where that is. So it was a great honour that they decided to come and bowl in Shirehampton on September 15th.

Bowling on all six rinks is always special and this was no exception. To see the green full of bowlers is great and it was a very enjoyable afternoon. At the end of it was an excellent buffet and when it was over the visitors sang their traditional We are the bowlers of the Island song. It was a highly enjoyable occasion and great to see bowlers remembered from the two visits once again.

The following week‐end on September 22nd saw the re‐arranged Two Wood Pairs competition played.

With sixteen entries it was possible to have eight pairs drawn from two pots playing five games of thirty minutes duration to decide the winners.

At the end of the afternoon just one pair were undefeated ‐ two Kens, Davies and Grimes scored maximum points to take the trophy. Worthy runners up were John Conroy and Shirley Callaghan who won four and drew one.

The following day saw Ken Davies in action once again, this time against Julie Looker for the Presidents Cup. This is a competition played annually between the previous year's winners of the Gents and Ladies four wood singles to decide who is overall Club Champion.

Julie started well, taking three shots on the first end but it was Ken who forged ahead and eventually won by twenty one shots to seven in what was a well contested game.

On the last day before the green closed on October 1st the twice postponed Club Cup Final was played between Nomads and A.N.Other.

Having already won the league, Nomads, captained by Charlie Maby were seeking to do the double but Dawn Evans A.N.Other stood in their way and after a well contested game it was A.N.Other who came out in front to take the trophy.

The club is sorry to see Elaine and David Williams leaving the area. Elaine has been a bowler at the City and Port for twenty years and in that time represented the club on many occasions as well as winning club competitions, playing many mixed friendly games and playing in the club league. As well as bowling, Elaine has been very supportive of the club and her husband David spent time looking after the garden at the green for a considerable time.

A new arrival at the green ‐ a splendid metal bench in memory of Cora and Harry Thompson given by the Thompson family to remember the many happy hours spent at the green by their parents.

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