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Liz Tilberis - Nee Kelly

Thank You From Mary

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Bristol Children Need Foster Carers

Help!

Public Hall

What's On In June

Events At Blaise Castle Estate

Shirehampton Golf Course - Protection Of Right-Of-Way And The Safeguard Of Open Spaces

Letters to the Editor

Residents Rally To Threat Against Kingsweston Down

The Threat To Kingsweston Down

May Day Traditions Still Thrive at Avon Primary

120th Bristol (St Mary's) Guide Company

Avonmouth Workmens Club

St Mary's News

Band In Demand

Army Cadet Force

The Army cadets who normally hold their meetings at The Old Scout Hut, Ermine Way 7.30-9.30 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays are not now able to do so due to the hut being severely vandalised. However, they are still operating, the cadets being bussed to another unit. Negotiations are taking place to arrange for another place to accommodate the cadets in Shirehampton as soon as possible.

'On the beat'

Bristol Community Transport (North West)

That's Entertainment

Bingo Club - Tythe Barn

The Friday night bingo held at the Tythe Barn, High Street is open to non-members. Doors open at 6.30pm. - Eyes down at 7.30pm. Refreshments are available. Come along and join in for an enjoyable evening.

Stop Smoking Group

Liz Tilberis - Nee Kelly

Liz Tilberis who was editor of Vogue for four years before going to New York to be editor of Harper's Bazaar, died in April from cancer at the age of 51. What, you may ask has that to do with 'Shire'? The answer is in the fact that on reading her obituary I discovered that she was born Liz Kelly in Shirehampton in 1947 the daughter of an eye specialist. I just wondered if anyone could remember either her or her family. Do let us know if you can.

Thank You From Mary

Thank you to everyone concerned for making my recent 70th Birthday such a special and memorable one.

I was completely overwhelmed with surprises, good wishes, cards, flowers and presents. I cannot thank you all too much. It was wonderful.

Thank you to doris for putting on such a splendid spread for my party and for making the beautiful cakes (especially the surprise one).

Love to you all

Mary Howell

Thank you for your donation to 'Shire'. Ed.

Shirehampton Methodist Church

CIRCUIT SERVICE - Sunday 13th June at 6.30 pm

Items by the Circuit Choir. Service led by Rev David Alderman.

Preacher - Rev Dr A. Ward-Jones, Chairman of the District

SHIREHAMPTON PUBLIC HALL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEDNESDAY 23RD JUNE 7.30PM

IN THE PUBLIC HALL

All members of user groups and all those interested in the future of this community hall are welcome to attend this meeting.

Bristol Children Need Foster Carers

Did you know that there are over 300 households across Bristol that are currently fostering one or more children on behalf of Bristol City Council? Bristol Social Services want to add to those numbers and are looking for people to foster children of all ages from tiny babies to teenagers.

Bristol foster carers are a very mixed group of people. A lot of people don't realise that you can foster if you are single or living with someone. We are looking for all kinds of people who have something to offer children in Bristol.

Fostering has changed a lot since the days of the Second World War when children were evacuated from cities and went to live in the countryside with any family willing to have them. Nowadays Foster Carers work alongside professionals in health, education and social work and with parents and families to try and offer the best possible care and opportunities for children who are in need of a lot of attention.

Some people foster full time and others offer respite care over weekends or school holiday breaks. Both are important and valuable and the respite fostering often suits people who work full-time or already have busy lives or existing commitments.

Yes, fostering is tough and exhausting at times but if you listen to foster carers it's also rewarding and fun and a very good experience for life.

Many people think about fostering for ages before they take that final step and do something about it. So don't put it off any longer. Give us a call and find out more about fostering in Bristol. We would love to hear from individuals and also from local groups and organisations who want to know more about fostering. We are happy to visit any groups and talk more about what fostering is all about.

Bristol foster carers receive a fostering allowance, good training and ongoing support from Bristol Social Services.

If you want to find out more please

Telephone the Family Placement (Recruitment) Team on 9548545

Bristol City Council is committed to promoting equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Help!

Can you help! The 178th Bristol (Shirehampton) Rainbows are losing both their leaders at the end of July. We are desperately trying to find someone to take over so that we do not have to close them. There are 18 Rainbows whose ages range from 5-7 yrs. They are a very happy, enthusiastic group, so do not be put off offering to help as all the Guiders in our District will be there to hive their support to whoever takes over the Rainbows. There are also trainings available where you can meet other Rainbow Guiders.

So don't just sit there thinking 'They wont want me, I was never a Brownie or a Guide', that doesn't matter, WE DO NEED YOU.

If you can help in any way please phone me, Pat Davidson, on 9823192, I will be waiting for your call.

Pat Davidson,

Avonside District Commissioner

Public Hall

As you can now see the work on the outside of the Hall is nearly finished, but lots of work still needs to be done inside; the toilets and the kitchen to be updated, plus re-wiring. The clock will be up and running as soon as possible, thanks to the hard work of Dave Tudor.

Forthcoming events to look out for in June -

12th June. Cameo Orchestra

26th June. Table Top Sale (£7 per table)

The Hall is having a spate of vandalism, inside and outside, so if you see anyone playing around the grounds and garden, please ring Avonmouth Police Station.

Thank you,

B. Wylde

What's On In June

MAY 31st Monday to Friday JUNE 4th Both dates inclusive HALF TERM HOLIDAY for all local schools.
MAY 30th Sunday to JUNE 5th Saturday. LOCAL ART EXHIBITION at the PUBLIC HALL. Open to the Public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day except Sunday when open 3 p.m.-6 p.m.. Admission free. Programmes available.
JUNE 1st Tuesday. LOCAL COUNCILLORS available for Consultation 7.30 p.m. at Jim O’Neil House.
JUNE 1st Tuesday and every Tuesday. SHIREHAMPTON CHOIR rehearse in St Mary’s at 7.30 p.m.
JUNE 1st Tuesday each week STOP SMOKING GROUP at Lawrence Weston Clinic for details ring Mike Davis at the Clinic 982-3205.
JUNE 1st Tuesday. St ANDREW’S LADIES SUMMER OUTING
JUNE 2nd. AVON UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT’S A.G.M. Upstairs in the Public Hall room at 7.15 p.m.
JUNE 2nd Wednesday. WEST BRISTOL ARTHRITIS CARE meets at 7.30 p.m. at the Public Hall
JUNE 3rd Thursday. TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD meets at 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Hall ‘Aloe Vera products’ by Sally Wellman
JUNE 7th Monday. SCHOOLS start again after the half term holiday
JUNE 7th. ‘SHIRE’ NEWSPAPER’S A.G.M. 5.30p.m. at the Public Hall. Everyone welcome
JUNE 7th Monday & alternate Mondays. CHILD MINDERS GROUP at the Beachley Walk Centre at 11 a.m.
JUNE 9th Wednesday. MILLENNIUM MEETING at the Public Hall at 7.30 p.m.
JUNE 15th Tuesday. RAILWAY MODELLERS meet at 7.30 p.m. in the Public Hall
JUNE 15th Tuesday. SHIREHAMPTON STITCHERS meet at 7.15 p.m. in the Public Hall
JUNE 16th Wednesday. WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meets at 7.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church Hall for a ‘Strawberry Evening’ and quiz
JUNE 22nd Tuesday SHIREHAMPTON CO-OPERATIVE WOMEN’S GUILD 2-4 p.m. at 6 Portbury Grove
JUNE 26th Saturday. TABLE TOP SALE at the PUBLIC HALL starting 12 noon. Tables £7. Tel: 9836158 or 9820406 for further details.
JUNE 25th Friday. SEQUENCE DANCE at the COTSWOLD COMMUNITY CENTRE, Dursley Road. 7.30 p.m.-10.15 p.m. Admission £1.50

Events At Blaise Castle Estate

JUNE 8th Tuesday from 8 a.m. FREE POOP SCOOP EVENT. Free information, bags and poop scoops. Walk your dogs in Bristol’s parks with pride.
JUNE 13th Sunday. ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL BUTTERFLY WATCHING. A walk with Ray Barnet from Bristol Museum Service 2.30 p.m. free meet outside Blaise Castle House Museum. Wear stout shoes, some up-hill parts.
EVERY MONDAY. COTSWOLD MONDAY LADIES CLUB 2.30 p.m.-4.00 p.m.
EVERY THURSDAY. LINE DANCING TUITION 2.00 p.m.-3.00 p.m. Newcomers Welcome
FRIDAY JUNE 25th. Monthly Sequence Dance 7.30 p.m.-10.30 p.m.

Annual General Meeting

Due to insufficient support in March has been re-arranged and will now be held on MONDAY JUNE 28th at 4.15 p.m. Please attend to enable us to continue.

Table Top Sale

SATURDAY JULY 3rd 1.30 p.m.-3.00 p.m. To reserve table phone: Vi Bennett 0117 9824401

Press Release - Young People In Cash Hand-Out

A newly-formed youth forum is inviting groups of young people to apply for grants of up to £1,000.

The City of Bristol Young People's Forum has set aside £10,000 in a Young People's Fund for activities that will benefit young people aged 11 to 21 or improve facilities they use.

Applications for grants will be considered by 'grant-makers' - young people from the forum specially trained in assessing grants and supported by organisations such as Bristol City Council and the Greater Bristol Foundation.

The closing date for applications is Friday, June 11. Anyone looking for more information about the Young People's Fund should contact the grant-makers on 921 1311.

This initiative is a result of the city council's commitment to encouraging young people to become more involved in making decisions about issues that affect them.

Note to News Editor. Young people from the forum will be launching the Young People's Fund in the St Werburgh's tunnel on Mina Road at 7pm on Thursday, April 29, with a huge figure of £10,000. (The biggest £10,000 ever!). They will also be available for interview. Please contact Jocelyne Tagg on 903 1330 to arrange photos/interviews. 23 April 1999

Shirehampton Golf Course - Protection Of Right-Of-Way And The Safeguard Of Open Spaces

The Shirehampton Golf Club wish to apply to the bristol County Court for permission to make slight changes in the route of the public right-of-way across Shirehampton Golf Course in the interest of safety for walkers and golfers.

A meeting was therefore arranged, which took place on Tuesday, 4th May, attended by Bristol City Council representatives, two Shirehampton Community Group representatives, Mr John Callaghan and Mr Philip Squire, together with Mrs Barbara Harries of Kingsweston Preservation Society, two members of the Rambling Association and the Shirehampton Golf Club Greenkeepers.

The proposed changes were discussed and after walking the route, all were in agreement with the proposed modifications. Footpaths around the perimeter of the Course are not being changed.

Hopefully, when legally approved, there will be five information signposts erected, subject to agreement with the National Trust.

Any further information received will be reported.

Letters to the Editor

Normandy Veterans' Association

Dear Editor,

The members of the Normandy Veterans' Association wish to say a very big THANK YOU to the people of Shirehampton for the wonderful way they contributed to our collection towards the Welfare Fund. Not only did they give, but they talked to the collectors and made them welcome, and they came away feeling that what they had fought for so long ago, was worthwhile.

Our collection for the NVA Welfare Fund is necessary as so many of our comrades have reached the age when needing help and the support you have given us is much appreciated.

We thank you for your goodwill and kindness.

Jack Younie (Chairman),

Normandy Veterans Association.

Photographic Assistance Wanted

Dear Editor,

We are two 14-year-old girls who are trying to expand our horizons.

We are wondering if there is anyone who could give us some information and/or the benefit of their experience in photography for the local newspaper. If not, is there anyone who could give us some information on how we could start putting our skill to use.

We have a progressing talent in this field, and we are both keen to learn more about a hobby that we love.

If there is anyone who would be able to give us any help or assistance we would be very grateful. We would also be happy to show our work to anyone interested.

Hope to hear from you.

Leylah Maroug and Ruth Bishop

Residents Rally To Threat Against Kingsweston Down

A stormy meeting took place at Highgrove Church on 27th April, called by Kingsweston Preservation Society and attended by invited representatives of the Society and the following groups who met with members of the Council Planning Department: Residents Opposed to the TV Development, Friends of the Down, Friends of Blaise, Shirehampton Community Group, Blaise Residents, Dog Walkers

The meeting arose from complaints that the Council was not being entirely open with local residents in its negotiations on a planning application for a new TV Digital station to be built around the present TV aerial and buildings. It became clear that the concerns were justified in that an entirely new set of plans for the structures was presented to the meeting. Many of the questions asked by the attendees could not be answered by the Planners, and it was agreed that a document should be raised by representatives of the groups present to which the Planners promised to reply.

The main concern was that the Planning Department was allowing preparatory work on the site when the planning application was not being considered by the Planning Committee until June. It also transpired that the Planning Department had accepted the applicant's statement that this was the sole site available for this construction when members of the meeting were able to list a number of more einvironmentally harmless locations.

The Kingsweston and Trym Valley Conservation Area was formulated in the 80s after the present transmitter had been erected on Kingsweston Down. The point was made strongly by the attendees that the Down and the whole of the Conservation Area was a unique area of beauty, visited by people from all over the world, and there was a move to have it designated and area of outstanding natural beauty.

For further information contact: Jimmy James

Telephone: 0117 968 2691

Fax: 0117 962 6500

e-mail: ibcc.aurora@btinternet.com

The Threat To Kingsweston Down

The Down, formerly Abbotts' Way, is a unique piece of land within the boundaries of the City of Bristol. This beautiful open space belongs to the people of Bristol - Bristol City Council is the custodian.

In 1990 plans were submitted for a large building to extend the TV mast site. This was turned down by the City Planning Department. We were told that no further buildings would be added - not surprising since the Down had been designated a conservation area after the mast had been erected.

In 1994 an appeal was lodged: this brought outrage within the community. I attended the 3 day appeal hearing with George Cooper, John Hutton and several memebrs. The Planning Inspectorate's report was clear. It was recognised that preservation of the Down and surrounding woodlands was important, and went on to say that all efforts must be directed to preserving this feature in its natural state. It also said 'even with the number of new masts and antennae structures in different locations which might be necessary as an alternative, the erosion of open space and the effect on the conservation area which would be caused by the proposal would be unacceptable'.

Planning permission was refused, and the Council said the lease had 3 months to run and would not be renewed.

This surely should have been the end of the matter. But once again another large concern is attempting to destroy a significant part of this conservation area - by using alarmist tactics, that 20,000 people would be deprived of digital TV if they did not succeed. This is rubbish - there are alternatives to Kingsweston Down.

In addition to the objections to this potential erosion of a conservation area there are health concerns. Radio Bristol recently ran a story about a Somerset farmer who has a TV mast on his land and claims that his livestock is affected adversely by the mast. His MP and a Mendip Councillor who has technical knowledge of adverse effects of TV equipment are involved, and a national conference on the subject is being held shortly.

If this planning application is allowed it will not be the end of the development, and the intrusion of maintenance traffic and its fumes will be a further erosion. Just look at the awful mess at the Mendip TV mast site!

We cannot fight this development, and the dangers which may come with it, without all members playing a part. As a Society we, the Committee, have set up a barrage of correspondence with the city planners. We have also set up a meeting with the city planners and representatives of the society and other local groups.

If you have not already done so (and a host of people have ) we strongly recommend that you submit your objections to:

Ms R. Corner, Planing, Transport and Development Services, Brunel House, St George's Road, Bristol BS1 5UY

To your local councillors: John Bees and Rosemary Clarke

To your local MP: Dr Doug Naysmith

Petitions are also a useful method of expressing concern

Don't be put off with the thought that you can't win against the 'Big Boys'. During the 22 years that the Society has been in existence it has been involved in many situations where the weight of public opinion has won the day!

Barbara Harries

Planning & Historic Buildings Convenor.

May Day Traditions Still Thrive at Avon Primary

The annual May Day Service was once again held at Avon Primary School. All the children of the Infant department took part by singing, dancing, narrating and reciting of poetry; and some of the members of the Junior Country Dancing Club also contributed to the festival.

All the children, dressed in bright clothes, carried coloured streamers, sang, danced and greeted the May Queen and her attendants. The school's Folk Band accompanied the singing and dancing. The Maypole stood at the centre of the hall which was festooned with flowers and with its brightly coloured ribbons came to life when the children danced around it.

Headmaster, Duncan Jennings, said that a lot of hard work had been put into this festival by staff and pupils to bring it up to such a high standard which was much appreciated by the audience of parents and friends who packed the hall.

Avon Primary would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the memorial funds for Ivor Havens and Barbara Haley. A tree will be planted in the grounds and a seating area is being created in the entrance Library for Mr Havens and a seat is being placed in the Infant playground in memory of Mrs Haley.

120th Bristol (St Mary's) Guide Company

Hello again, we have had a few action packed weeks and just thought you may like to know what we've been doing again. Our last letter received quite a big response from ex members, and we would like them to know they are very welcome to visit us at our meetings if they wish.

Well Thinking Day was a great success with several hundred girls meeting at Red Maids School for an afternoon of international activities, whilst in the Unit we celebrated by making Danish paper hearts which we filled with sweets. Mother's Day saw us busily making Origami star boxes which we filled with chocolate truffles and peppermint creams, we hope the Mums enjoyed them. We had an evening of themed games to celebrate Easter, and made pom-pom chicks. Most recently St George's Day saw more themed games and the girls enthusiastically trying to break the sweets out of a Dragon shaped pinata.

As I write this we have just returned from abseiling at Woodhouse Park in Almondsbury (we were there earlier today), and a brilliant time was had by all, only one person had ever done it before, but after a couple of tries on the small tower most were ready for greater things, and even Kerry (Captain's eight year old daughter) came down the large tower several times. Well done everyone especially Kelly who overcame severe nervousness. The instructors have kindly offered to take us rock climbing and abseiling on a rock face soon.

We are having a 'Cook-out' next week and amongst other activities on the agenda are orienteering and boating, roll on the Summer holidays and a bit of a rest - unless that is you are one of the group off to Switzerland!

Well that's all, except to welcome the new memebrs, and to thank Claire and Rebecca for their decision to become Young Leaders, your help will be much appreciated. Bye for now.

Yours in Guiding

120th Guide Company

Avonmouth Workmens Club

2-10 Napier Sq, Avonmouth. Tel: 9873161

Weekend Entertainment For June

Sat 5th Kerry’s Gold (Fun/rock/pop)
Sun 6th Steve Marsdon (Vocal/instrumental)
Sat 12th Alligators (Group)
Sun 13th Pacific Heights (Female / male / duo) (Both female / male are vocal / instrumentalists)
Sat 19th Timespan (Group)
Sun 20th Paul Anthony (Male vocal)
Sat 26th Joe Cool (Krazy comedian/vocal)
Sun 27th KAZ (Female vocal)
Sat July 31st Mart Conners & the Carrotcrunchers

Tickets will be on sale from July 1st at £2.50 per ticket. C.I.U. Affiliated. Private Functions Catered For (contact Secretary). Guests accompanied by Members are welcomed

St Mary's News

Hi Folks,

Our May Day Fair was blessed with warm weather and bright sunshine and was enjoyed by all who gave us their support and raised the sum of £283.06 - a good result for an event which lasted just under 4 hours. The money raised is important, but the social side of a 'fun event' like this is important too! So thank you to those who worked to produce it and thank you also to those who supported it.

By the time you read these notes we shall have had our May Skittles Evening - but I'm afraid I won't be able to give you an account of this until next month.

Our preacher on Sunday, 6 June 1999 is Bishop Henry Crombo from Uganda. He will be attending our 10.00 am Communion Service on that day. Bishop henry is thought to be possible the tallest bishop in the Anglican Communion and stands out in more ways than just being tall! He has an enthralling way of bringing the gospel to life as he shares African insights, often illustrating them with anecdotes drawn from everyday life in Uganda. This is another date you should mark up in your diary - 10.00 am Sunday 6th June.

The Government has now widened the categories covered by its special Millennium Gift Aid scheme to include aid to Kosovo. Originally the scheme covered any aid to anti-poverty & education programmes in the world's poorest countries, but recently the Chancellor announced it is being extended to UK charities working to relieve the poverty of refugees from Kosovo wherever in the world they are being given shelter. This means that for every £100 donated by basic or higher rate taxpayers by the end of December 2000, for these causes the Exchequer will add almost £30 to the charity. Remember, that such Gift Aid schemes are only for taxpayers and for this particular scheme a minimum of £100 must be given by 31st December, 2000 for your chosen charity to get the tax top-up. The amount you give can be paid in instalments or all at once. Leaflets explaining the scheme & answering questions can be found in the Church.

Well, that's all for this month, bye for now!

C.M.E.

Band In Demand

Following the very well received concert at the Public Hall last November, by public demand the Cameo Orchestra are returning on Saturday, 12th June. Whilst the evening provides an enjoyable mixture of popular music, the main purpose of the event is to raise funds towards refurbishment of the Public Hall. The last concert raised just over £250 and it is hoped that with even more community spirited music lovers swelling the audience, this valuable public asset will benefit even more.

With music from Oliver, Hello Dolly, Annie and other well-known musicals, together with The Dambusters March, music from The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek, as well as many more musical gems, the evening promises to provide something for everyone. In addition, the singing talents of some of the orchestra will bring to the audience a touch of comic relief and the chance to stretch their own vocal chords.

At the cost of £3 you can enjoy the music of this very talented orchestra and tickets are available from Griddles Cafe, High Street, Shirehampton, or book by telephone on 0117 907 6837.

(Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy an evening of pleasant music within our local area, and a cushion or pad for your chair would guarantee your comfort! Ed.)

Army Cadet Force

The Army cadets who normally hold their meetings at The Old Scout Hut, Ermine Way 7.30-9.30 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays are not now able to do so due to the hut being severely vandalised. However, they are still operating, the cadets being bussed to another unit. Negotiations are taking place to arrange for another place to accommodate the cadets in Shirehampton as soon as possible.

'On the beat'

Keeping your children safe - advice from the police

Tell your children that they have the right to be safe, no one must take this away. They can break rules, scream or run to getaway from danger.

Children must know that their body belongs to them. Tell them it is wrong to let strangers or people they don't like, kiss or touch them. They must tell you if this happens to them, even though they have been promised not to tell.

Tell your children to say 'NO' if somebody is trying to hurt them and not always to obey grown-ups if what they ask them to do seems to be wrong.

Bullies pick on younger children, so tell your children to get help from a friend, or better still tell a grown up if this happens to them. Bikes are sometimes taken by older children, so usually it is better to let it go rather than to get hurt by holding on to it. Tell your child to notice what the bullies look like and what clothes they are wearing so that the police can be informed.

Tell your child when out alone or with friends, never to talk to strangers and never never to get into the car of a stranger or a person they do not know very well.

Tell your child when out alone with friends, not to talk to strangers and get them to tell if anyone does try to talk or pester them.

Always know where they are going and who is going to give them a lift.

Check out anyone who is going to babysit. Use only a family member or a responsible friend who is capable of looking after children. Leave the telephone number of where you are going to be.

Next month, your local constable, pc 2812 Steven Phillipou, will address issues that are happening on the local 'beat'.

(A booklet 'protecting our children - A guide for parents' has been produced with the assistance of SWEB. you can obtain your free copy from your child's school. Copies are also available from playgroups, nurseries and local libraries or by telephoning 0117 986 6363).

Bristol Community Transport (North West)

Bristol Community Transport (BCT) is a community based organisation providing efficient and accessible services with minimum fuss and expense for its members. We are dedicated to high safety standards in transport provision, and are essential in enabling hundreds of organisations to be more effective and to flourish.

To help meet the needs of the communities throughout North Bristol, BCT set up a base at the White Hall in Southmead. There are two mini buses available for hire at this base, an 11 and 14 seater, both of which are accessible to wheelchair users. Member groups can also access the larger fleet from the main office at Barton Hill.

In order to use the mini buses, groups need to become members of BCT. Membership costs £11 for the first year and £10 for each subsequent year. The additional £1in the first year buys your organisation a share in BCT, therefore providing each member group with the opportunity to voice their needs within BCT.

To continue its commitment to community groups within North Bristol, BCT are offering a £5 voucher to prospective new members who join before 30th June, 1999. This voucher will entitle new groups to £5 off their trip using BCT.

To find out more, please contact Lorraine smith at:

White Hall,

Glencoyne Square,

Southmead,

Bristol.

 

Tel: 0117 959 3290 Monday - Friday, 9.30am to 1.00pm.

 

That's Entertainment

That was the title of the latest show put on by the Grainger Players at the Public Hall on 20 22 May. The title is exactly what it turned out to be, an evening of first class family entertainment with a good mixture of comedy, light-hearted and serious musical numbers. Plenty of wholehearted audience participation in the sing-a-longs, with 'Goodnight Irene' and 'Red, Red Robin' being sung. A gusto not heard since the glory days of football at Eastville and Ashton Gate.

The show opened with the full cast getting us in the mood with some lively numbers, and being followed by the ever popular reminder of Bud and Ches with 'Underneath the Arches'. We were then stung into fits of laughter by some Bust Bees, and we must remember when looking for flowers in a certain shop in the village, to keep a special look out for a very unusual kind of bee! These same creatures later reappeared as skeletons and babes, but their behaviour was just as hilarious.

The dance and tap dancing routines went very well, fitting the chosen music exactly. All the individual performers did admirably with their items, but one of them really excelled and deserves a special mention. I thought Phil Flook really brought out the best from the full cast in the 'Money' number, and then his solo performance to 'Bring him Home' was quite moving.

The musical accompaniment was provided by piano, organ and guitar, and the arrangements for the final numbers were a pleasing change from the more usual style we are accustomed to hearing.

All in all, a very enjoyable local evening out, and I am sure the Millennium Spectacular being planned for next year will be all that we expect it to be. e.v.

Bingo Club - Tythe Barn

The Friday night bingo held at the Tythe Barn, High Street is open to non-members. Doors open at 6.30pm. - Eyes down at 7.30pm. Refreshments are available. Come along and join in for an enjoyable evening.

Stop Smoking Group

Why not come along for a cup of tea and chat, any Tuesday between 6 and 7 PM at the Lawrence Weston Clinic? For further details, please contact Mike Davis at the Clinic on 982 3205