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St Andrews Ladies Club

Tea Dances

Sea Mills Craft Group

Community Group Meeting

Shirehampton Choir

What's On

Thoughts On Shirehampton

Where are the children?


Imperial Smelting Company

Watch Found

St Andrews Ladies Club

7th August Quiz Night

21st Sept Walking Experiences. Jan and Dave

5th Oct Herbal Medicine. Miss A Freeman

19th Oct How to Take Better Photos

2nd Nov Work on J.P.s. Mr Russ

16th Nov Edwardian Xmas. Yvonne Bell

7th Dec In-House Christmas Party

10th Dec Christmas Night Out

4th Jan 2000 Beetle Drive


Meeting Times

First and third Tuesday of every month. 7.30pm at St Andrews Church Hall. So just come along and join in.

Diamond Wedding Celebration

Congratulations to Betty and Ed Cooper of Nibley Road on their Diamond Wedding on Saturday 7 August 1999. We wish them good health and happiness for many more years to come.

From all their friends in Shirehampton.

Tea Dances

Tea Dances are starting again in Methodist Church Hall, The Square, Sea Mills. 2.30pm to 4.30pm. 1. All on Thursdays.

First Dance:

October 7th David Morey

October 21st Margaret Fairburn

November 4th David Morey

November 18th John Hutton

December 2nd David Morey

December 16th John Hutton

American Xmas Tea Special

All six dances live music by organs.

Cotswold Community Association

Mondays - Cotswold Monday Ladies' Club. There will be no meetings during August. Resume Monday Sept 6th.

Thursdays - Line Dancing tuition. there will be no meeting of August 5/12/19. Classes resume August 26th, 2 - 3.15pm. Open invitation to have fun and a 'cuppa'.

Friday - Monthly Sequence Dance, Friday Sept 30th, 7.30 - 10.30pm. Open invitation to dance or socialise.

Sea Mills Craft Group

The Craft Exhibition and Sale will be held on Saturday, 20th November 1999 at St Edyth's Parish Centre from 11.00am - 4.00pm. Application forms and further information from Gordon Macfarlane, Tel: 968 4105, or Sea Mills Library.

Shirehampton Craft Exhibition

Sponsored by 'Shire' Newspaper at Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton. Tuesday 26th October - Saturday 30 October 1999.

Notes for entrants. Please read carefully and keep top half of this form for future reference. The exhibition is open to all residents of Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Shirehampton and to students attending craft classes and groups in these areas. Entry forms - must be handed in to the library, Station Road, Shirehampton, by Friday 15 October 1999, at the latest. There is an entry charge of 40p per item (5 items or more 2.00 the lot). To be paid at the Public Hall when handing in exhibits. If you are selling items and have a successful show, we would welcome a small donation (possibly 5% of the profits) towards exhibition costs.

Entrants must advise organisers in advance of any unusual display needs other than the normal tables, boards etc., which they are not able to supply themselves. Within reason, all exhibits will be shown, subject to available space.Each item must be fixed with an exhibition label, supplied when handing in exhibits.

Exhibits to be handed in at the Public Hall on Monday 25 October 9.30am - 6.00pm. Large items early please. Sales - Names and addresses of purchasers will be taken and passed on to exhibitors, they will then contact purchasers themselves. Alternatively can remain late on Saturday when purchasers will be invited back to collect items. We should be grateful to hear from anyone willing to demonstrate his or her skills during the exhibition (see below).

Public Viewing - Tuesday 26 October - Friday 29 October, 1.00pm - 6.00pm. Saturday 30th October 10.00am - 4.00pm. Volunteers are needed and welcomed to help steward the exhibition and/or help set up the hall on Sunday 25 October from 2.30pm onwards.

Collection - Exhibits can only be collected by exhibitors on Saturday 30 October - 4.15pm - 5.00pm. Hall will remain open from 5.15pm - 6.00pm for customers to collect purchases from exhibitors.

Where to visit in September

Although the main summer holiday season is over in August, there are still places of interest to go and see in September and here are a few of them.

September 4th Saturday is Blaise Fair in the grounds of Blaise Castle House.

September 11th Saturday - Kingsweston House will be open to the public, 10am to 4pm. Admission is free.

Gardens open to the public:

September 5 Sunday - University of Bristol Botanic Garden

September 8 Wednesday - Highview, Portishead

September 11 Saturday - Old Down House, Tockington

September 12 Sunday - Old Down House, Tockington

September 18 Saturday - Highview, Portishead.


University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Brocken Hill, North Rd, Leigh Woods (1 mile west of Bristol via Clifton). Cross Suspension Bridge, North Rd is first right. As featured on Gardeners World and HTV Garden Calendar. Superintendent Nicholas Way (Presenter). 5 acre garden supporting approx 4,500 species. Range of glasshouses and large Pulhams rock garden. Cream teas. Admission 1. Child 50p (ACNO to Friends of Bristol University Botanic Garden. For NGS Suns. Sept 5 (10-5). NB Nursery for plant sales, closed 1-2 for watering, tidying and restocking. Group visits welcome by appt all year. Please telephone 0117 973 3682.

Highview, Portishead.

(Mike & Mary Clavey). From Bristol take A369 (10m) M5 junction 19. At Portishead take Nore Road (Coast Road) for 1 miles, pass garden centre, take 2nd left into Hillcrest Rd and left to bottom of private drive. Please park in Hillcrest Rd.. acre garden with over 400 mixed heathers, herbaceous and rockery plants, rose bed, water features, alpine bed, pergolas. Outstanding Channel views. Approach to house and garden on slope. Homemade teas. Admission 1.50, Child free. Weds Sept 18, Sun Sept 12 (2-5.30). Also private visits welcome. Please telephone 01275 849873

Old Down House, Tockington.

(Mr & Mrs Robert Bernays). 10 miles north of Bristol. Follow brown Tourist Board signs to Oldown from A38 at Alveston. 5 acres divided into small formal and informal gardens by hedges and walls; topiary, shrubs; extensive lawns; rock garden; fine trees (weeping beeches, etc). Herbaceous borders, semi-wild areas with spring and autumn cyclamen; fine views to Severn and Welsh Hills. Teas. Combined admission with The Brake 1.50. Child free. (ACNO to Fairbridge West). Admission 1, Sat, Sun Sept 11, 12 (2-6). Private parties welcome. Please telephone 01454 413605.


Ashton Court Fungus Foray - Wednesday 1st September, 6.30pm.

A variety of habitats make this a splendid place to discover the wonders of the mushroom and toadstool, guided by one of the city's top experts. Walk led by Jeff Wilner. Meet at the car park to the left of the track, half a mile from the Suspension Bridge entrance.


Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September - Bristol International Kite Festival, Ashton Court. For further information telephone 0117 977 2002.

Sunday 12th September – 2.00pm, free. Deer Feeding Ramble. Ashton Court Estate. Meet the Deerkeeper outside the Visitor Centre and join him on a ramble to the deer parks to see the red and fallow deer being fed.

Sunday 12 September - 12 noon - 5pm. Scruffs. Ashton Court Estate. Fun Dog Show organised by the RSPCA. For further information phone Diane Britton. Tel: 01275 393986.

Sunday 19 September - Tours of Ashton Court Mansion.

18/19 September - Steam Festival (Harbour). Tel: 0117 925 1470.

26 September - Bristol Half Marathon (City Centre). Tel: 0117 985 6081.

News from Shirehampton Baptist Church

(serving the Community in Jesus' name)

Our Minister, Tim Baynes Clarke, has now been at the Church for nine months and at the end of July I decided to catch up with him to discover how he had been settling into his ministerial position.

Q. What has been good about your past nine months at the Church?

A. Getting to know the people of Shire through meeting them in the High Street, chatting in the shops, swimming in the pool, attending the SHIRE 2000 meeting and making contacts with local organisations, including Groveleaze Youth Centre. I was pleased to attend the 'Keeping in touch' meeting, which links up all the caring groups in the local community – this is co-ordinated by Wendy Snelson and June House (local Health Visitor/Social Worker). It has also been good to meet up with other Ministers and Church Workers within Shire. For our younger readers, I enjoyed being the 'Holy bloke who did the aerobics' at the Light Factory held in the Church itself during the Easter holidays.

Q. What are you looking forward to over the next few months?

A. 'Caring Hands' meets some limited, but key, needs in the community and I would like to see their involvement in Shire develop.

Q. How can the 'Church' help the people of Shire?

A. My desire is to see the Church serving the community in Jesus' name. We are looking to identify the needs of our village and seek ways to meet some of these.

My thanks to Tim for the interview. Tim was a member of the Chuyrch for a year before being called to be Minister. He lives with his wife and family in Henbury.

So, what else can we offer you at Shire Baptist Church? We have many groups that meet for all ages. You are welcome to attend these and for more information, please ring the Church Office on 982 8238.

TOTSTOP – Toddlers' Group. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30 a.m.-11.15 a.m., in Church Hall. Daily entrance fee 70p.

SHED – Years 3-6. Thursday 6.30 p.m.-7.30 p.m. in Church Hall. 30p weekly entrance fee.

ROUTEZ - ages 11-18. Meet in the Church Hall on Friday evenings from 8 p.m.-9.30 p.m.

CARING HANDS – for anyone. Join us for tea or coffee and/or lunch. Open Fridays from 10.30 am.m-2.30 p.m. in the Church Hall, Station Road (opposite the Bingo Hall). A warm welcome and friendship awaits you there.

BRIGHT HOUR – open to all female adults. Wednesdays 2.45 p.m.-3.30 p.m., followed by a cup of tea and biscuits. Held in the Church Hall.

And finally, you are welcome to our Church services. These are held every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Community Group Meeting

Notes on the Shirehampton Community Group meeting held in the Public Hall on Wednesday, July 28, 1999

There were 24 people present including PC Nick Somers and Philip Squire chaired the meeting.

Matters Arising

a) The date for the Shire 2000 riverbank barbecue will be July 1, 2000, and not 8th as previously reported

b) Avon University Settlement _ there is now a very experienced advisor working from 9.30-11.30 am two days a week for advice on any welfare benefits.

Section Reports

a) Youth & Schools

A Stewart was absent but P Squire said Shire 2000 had invited local schools to take part in an exhibition of pictures of Shire probably in July 2000.

b) Community Care

No report

c) Law & Order

Philip Squire said the meeting of PCCG on July 14 was well attended especially by Shire people, some of who are concerned about the anti-social behaviour of some people on the Green, especially related to drinking. The police are happy with the way the landlord of the George is conducting the business and his refusal to serve the unruly element, so drinks are being purchased elsewhere for consumption on the Green. The police are keeping a close watch on the situation.

PC Somers explained that people traditionally assemble on the Green but certain behaviour is not acceptable and the police rely on the public to report it. Inspector Palfreman has asked the council for a by-law to ban drinking on the Green but this will be expensive and has to go through Parliament.

Complaints have been received about a man conducting what appears to be a car repair business on the corner of Passage Leaze and Springfield Road, and parking a trailer in a dangerous position.

Anyone wishing to become a member of the PCCG must be representing a group, application forms available at the meeting. Individuals may attend meetings but not stand for membership.

PC Somers said crime figures in Shire indicate a comparatively good quality of life for the community. He explained how the statistics for violent crime might raise alarm by distorting their seriousness. The category includes anything from a slight domestic dispute to grievous bodily harm so where the June crime figures reported 14 incidents of violent crime in Shire, this should not be taken as a cause for great anxiety since the majority is of a minor nature.

Concerns were voiced to PC Somers about parking on double yellow lines in Pembroke Road and in particular inconsiderate parking of cars from the car sales business on the corner. There is also concern about large numbers of cars parking partially on pavements in Old Park Road. This is illegal but there is a question of balance especially in narrow roads where space is needed for emergency vehicles. However, if the problem becomes particularly troublesome the police will take up the matter.

The number for Avonmouth police station is 9454369 between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm and sometimes until 8.00pm, but the force telephone number is 01275 818181.

P Squire asked PC Somers about coded car kits now available and consists of a number of microdots to be secreted in a car. In case of theft, they will prove ownership if the car is recovered. They are useful in one respect but not if the car is not recovered. PC Somers urged prevention by fitting car alarms, immobilisers etc, and trying to make the car as safe as possible. However, details of coded car kits were available at the meeting.

PC Somers was asked if any scheme was in place concerning untaxed vehicles parked on the public highway, but this remains the province of the Council at present.

d) Planning & Environment

Lower Portway School – there is serious consideration to build 25 homes on the site but notice of the planning application is awaited. The Committee is happy for this to go ahead.

The George – retrospective planning permission has been approved for the new windows.

Golf Club Public Way – an application to erect a safety fence has been submitted, on the Sylvan Way corner of the golf course. No objection from the committee.

Kingsweston – the house will be open to the public on September 11, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, free admission.

Large rocks have been erected along the front of Shirehampton Park to deter travellers. If anyone sees travellers attemtping to move them they should report it to the police who will than notify the Council.

CTI Relay station, Kingsweston – this is of major concern to SCG and KJPS whose representative barbara Harries was present to explain the situation. In 1994 a Government Inspector investigated an opposed planning application on Kingsweston Downs and declared the site to be of historical outstanding natural beauty, which should never be developed. George Cooper and the KPS have fought long and hard to prevent development but numerous planning applications have been made to extend operations on the site which erode further woodlands and downland. It is believed the public is being deceived into believing many thousands will be without TV reception if the work does not go ahead, but this is untrue. No one locally will benefit from the work, and attempts to persuade the company to re-locate to the disused quarry are ignored. After much discussion and documents showing the extent of the proposed development, the meeting unanimously agreed to oppose the latest planning application.

e) Highways & General

A 'No Entry' sign at the top end of Woodwell Road is obscured by overgrown vegetation and is a hazard to pedestrians. J Parsons to take the matter up. Having written seven letters to the Council, one written reply and some telephone calls have resulted, on the following issues: –

  • Pavements in the High Street – still on course to be relaid.

  • Lamp-post by 'Shirls' will stay where it is

  • Pavement outside the flower shop will be tarmacked not paved

  • The old finger posts at the Park Gates now almost illegible will be painted when a new lamp post is erected.

  • Milestone in Shirehampton Park still not repaired

  • Safety barrier at the bottom of the steps from Passage Leaze – no reply yet

  • The last visible sign for Bristol Airport is at the Avonmouth roundabout, the next being at Hotwells, due to trees obliterating the one in between – to be investigated by Council

  • Parking lines by the Somerfield rank of shops – being investigated

  • The public toilets are now open having been refurbished

General – The next meeting of the Shire 2000 committee, open to all, will be in the public hall on September 8 at 7.30 pm. Any ideas about charitable fund raising during next year would be welcomed. There has been a proposal to run a guided coach tour round the Avonmouth docks. The logo competition has produced a winner.

Date of next meeting September 29, 1999 – AGM.

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Harvest Festival Celebrations - Saturday, September 11, 1999

7.00 pm – Harvest Supper and Entertainment. Tickets 2.50 (available from the church stewards and members of the Bright Hour).

Sunday, September 12 –Harvest Services. 11.00 am – Rev David Aldreman + Mrs Val Flint-Johnson.

6.30 pm – Rev David Alderman + Val Flint-Johnson. Friends from Sea Mills Methodist will be joining us for the evening worship. A warm welcome is extended to all.

Shirehampton Choir

Reheasals begin in St Mary's Church on Tuesday, September 21, at 7.30 pm for the Christmas Concert. New members always welcome. Details from Derek on 9836-759.

P.S. Thank you to all who came to the Summer Concert and donated towards a retiring collection of 188 for Church funds.

What's On

September 1st



at Beachley Walk Centre 1 pm-3 pm.

September 1st



meets at 7.30 pm at the Public Hall

Sepbember 2nd



meets at 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church Hall for a talk on SNEED PARK NATURE RESERVE by Mrs Stonebirdge.

September 4th



in the Blaise Castle House grounds - admission 50p.

September 6th


All local schools begin their Autumn Term.


September 6th

Monday and every Monday


2.30-4 pm at the Cotswold Centre - Nibley Road.

September 6th

Monday and every Monday


at the Methodist Church Hall at 2.30 pm.

September 6th & 9th

Every Monday and Thursday


at the AUS Cottage - High Street (next door to Twyford House) -  9.30-11.30 am.

September 7th


St Andrew's Ladies Club

meets at St Andrew's Church Hall - Avonmouth - at 7.30 pm for a QUIZ NIGHT.

September 7th



meets at 2.30 pm at 6 Portbury Grove.

September 7th



available for consultation at Jim O'Neil House at 7.30 pm.

September 8th



at 7.30 pm at the Public Hall. Everyone welcome.

September 11


Kingsweston House

open to the public 10 am-4 pm. Admission free.

September 11th


Harvest Supper


September 12th



at the METHODIST CHURCH at 11 am and 6.30 pm.

September 13th




September 14th



at St Mary's at 7.30 pm.

September 15th



meets in the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30 pm to hear 'My life as a Reverend in the Police Force' by Rev Walker.

September 15th



meet in St Mary's Church Centre 7.30-9.30 pm.

September 20th

Monday and every Monday after


9.15-11 am at St Mary's Church Centre - Pembroke Road. Ring 9380649 for details.

September 21st

Tuesday and every Tuesday after

SHIREHAMPTON CHOIR rehearse for their Christmas Concert

7.30 pm in St Mary's Church. For details ring 9836-759.

September 21st



meets at St Andrew's Church Hall at 7.30 pm to 'Walking Experience' by Jan & Dave.

September 21st



at the Public Hall at 7.30 pm.

September 21st



7.30 pm at the Public Hall.

September 24th



7.30-10.30pm at the Cotswold Centre.

September 26th


HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Mary's Church.

September 28th



meet at 2.30 pm at 6 Portbury Grove.

September 29th



7.30 pm at the Public Hall. Everyone welcome.

Thoughts On Shirehampton

Mrs Valerie Flint-Johnson who is the new church worker at Shirehampton Methodist Church composed this poem.

She asked members of the Ladies' Bright Hour what they liked or loved about their village then put their thoughts into this poem.

The poem was submitted by one of the members for us all to share:

We will sing praises and thanks to you, O Lord

God and father of all creation.

We rejoice in our history,

Long buried in the past,

Yet remembered in word and stone,

In hill and winding river, ships long since sailed with tide;

In memories of what has been, in celebration of tradition;

In singing carols on the green, young and old,

man, woman, child joining to sing of incarnation

as those before us sang.

For our history, gone but not forgotten,

O village of Shirehampton

Bless the Lord.

We rejoice in buildings tokens of our creativity,

Those which stand the tests of time,

those new, erect, unmarked by years.

In home, and hall and church

of stone and wood, of slate and brick,

forming fountain, library and school.

Room to live, and move, to shop and work and swim.

Places to eat and drink, to worship and to learn.

For our God given creativity, for structures large and small,

O village of Shirehampton

Bless the Lord.

We rejoice in the green spaces that surround us,

Room to walk and play and sit.

In park and green, and tree clad slopes;

In river walk, herons gliding over tidal waters;

In woodland paths, shady, green and cool,

Birds greeting the sun with cheerful song;

In trees and bushes, lawn and flower

painting space with living colour;

|For our green spaces,

O village of Shirehampton

Bless the Lord.

We rejoice in our community,

Of friend and stranger friend we don't yet know.

In chance meetings, smiles and greeting,

the touch that says - we care;

In idle chat and earnest conversation;

In times of rejoicing, shared moments of sadness;

In help, and hope and love, the spirit of community

living, growing, reconciling and forgiving;

For our community

O village of Shirehampton

Bless the Lord.


Where are the children?

This is a follow on letter to July's 'Shire' regarding the article from the Police asking local parents 'Do you know where your children are?'

For the parents who still don't know, I can tell you that a small group of them are behind the Public Hall using the grounds as a playground, breaking into our Playgroup sheds and destroying and wrecking anything they can get their hands on.

The local parents who use the playgroup fundraise all year round to buy equipment and toys for their children, and it is soul destroying to receive a telephone call from a committee member saying we have been broken into again.

So please help us and all user groups of the hall by being alert, find out where your children are. If you see anything please telephone the local police on 0117 945 4368.

Thank you.

Barbara Wylde, Playgroup Leader


George Carpenter 26/12/1924 – 24/7/1999

George passed away July 24 after a long illness with Emphysema. He served in the Royal Navy during the war, mainly in the Far East with the British Pacific Fleet. During peacetime, he became an Instructor in the RNXS at the Naval Port Headquarters on HMS Flying Fox. George worked for Silcox and BOCM for over 30 years.

His wife Evelyn, son Chris and daughter-in-law Angie, daughter Elaine and son-in-law Andy and his three grandchildren, Ben, Tobie and Bethany will sadly miss him.

We would all like to express our thanks to relations, friends and neighbours for the many cards and messages of sympathy which have been a great comfort to us all. Also to say a very big thank you for all the donations made to the RNLI, a very worthy cause. Thank you. (Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds).

Bristol City Council Education Service

School Term and Holiday Dates

1999/2000 Academic Year September 1st-August 31st

Autumn Term 1999 Begins: Monday, September 6th Half-Term: Monday-Friday, October 25th-29th Ends: Friday, December 17th

Spring Term 2000 Begins: Wednesday, January 5th Half-Term: Monday-Friday, February 21st-25th Ends: Friday, April 14th

Summer Term 2000 Begins: Tuesday, May 2nd Half-Term: Monday, May 29th-Friday, June 2nd Ends: Wednesday, July 26th

Public Holidays – 1999/2000 School Year

Christmas Holiday: Monday, December 27th

Boxing Day Holiday: Tuesday, December 28th

New Year: Monday, January 3rd

Good Friday: April 21st

Easter Monday: April 24th

May Day: May 1st

Spring Bank: May 29th

Summer Bank: August 28th

IMPORTANT: The school year is based on a calendar of 195 days. Five days are to be used for staff professional development, which means that schools will be open to receive pupils for the legal minimum of 190 days (380 sessions). It will be necessary for parents and other interested parties to contact individual schools direct for confirmation of the five dates when they will be closed to pupils.

Direct Those Directories to the Recycling Box

As 150,000 new telephone directories land on Bristol doormats residents are being asked not to simply shove the old one in their 'wheelie' bin. The old directories can now be recycled through the black box weekly recycling collections. If everyone with a black box followed that advice, 150 tonnes of paper would be recycled and not sent to landfill. A city council spokesperson said: 'popping your directory into the black box or supermarket paper bank will be a big plus for the environment. It will cut Bristol's waste disposal bill and the recycled paper could come back as a local newspaper.'

The city council is backing Bristol's Rubbish Revolution campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness, improve recycling and support new ways of dealing with the city's waste. Partners in the campaign include the Recycling Consortium, SITA and Resourcesaver. SITA Environment Trust funds the Rubbish Revolution. The results are beginning to show. The city's recycling rate is now around 13 per cent. For further information on recycling contact the city's Recycling Help line on Bristol 903 1221.

Imperial Smelting Company

Many thanks to Doreen Payne of Ashton vale, for forwarding books and pictures of the Imperial Smelting Works at Avonmouth to Mr Ralph Hack, who has kindly let us, have them for circulation.

Doreen is the daughter of Thomas Payne, who was foreman at the Works during the period 1928-1970, and the information contained would be of much interest to those who worked there during that period or who are interested in the history of the smelting industry.

If you would like to borrow the books and pictures to browse through, please ring 'SHIRE' on 9832663.

Watch Found

I would like to give my sincere thanks to the lady who took my lost watch into James & Hodder's shop on Tuesday, July 20. I was very grateful to have it back, as it is of great sentimental value.

V. Lock.

(Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds).

Shirehampton Allotments & Gardens Association

The allotment hut at Barrow Hill will be closed until January.

Dates of meetings of the Co-operative Women's Guild:

September 7, September 28

October 12 and 26

November 9 and 23

December 14

All meetings are on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30pm at 6, Portbury Grove.

Mrs K. Jackson.

Missing – Female Tabby Cat

Have you seen, or perhaps been feeding, a tabby cat which went missing from Nibley Road on Sunday, August 1, 1999? She is a much-loved family pet and missed by her sister.

Reward for return. Please contact Mrs Murray, 75 Nibley Road, Tel 982 5567 with any information.

Thank you Mrs Murray for your kind donation to 'Shire' funds.