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WATCH OUT, THERE'S A THIEF ABOUT!!!  Pick-pockets are once again on the rampage in Shirehampton High Street and shops. Keep hold of your purse at the check-outs and when you put it away, keep it well out of sight at the bottom of your shopping bag or hand-bag, or better still in an inside pocket of your coat.

Last year the culprits were mostly young women, who were sometimes accompanied by a middle-aged woman, and there has been a similar case already this month.

Take particular care when leaving the Post Office or Bank after collecting your pension or benefits, you may be followed until off your guard and then you may feel a slight bump or push and you find your money has disappeared with an accomplice.

If possible, take only the money you need when shopping keep your holiday money etc. at home, or better still in the Bank!



Face painting at St Bernard's Summer Fair, July 2001                     Photo: E Verey

Catch a duck at St Bernard's Fair                                     Photo: E Verey


On Thursday 19th July 130 musicians (past and present) from Portway School celebrated 25 years of music making at a spectacular Concert in Clifton Cathedral.

The Silver Jubilee Concert is the culminating feature of the 25th Residential Summer Music School, a facet unique to Portway; when the School's musicians and ex-musicians spend a week together making music.  The Concert will include the presentation of a full set of orchestral pedal timpani by the POMS (Portway Oldies Society) - the official title of the many ex-Portway musicians, who have spent a year fund-raising to raise the sum of 4,500 towards supporting the School's music department; purchasing the Timpani and supporting the commission of a new musical work to commemorate the occasion, aptly entitled 'CELEBRATION'.

'CELEBRATION', composed specially for the 25th Portway Summer Music School, by Bristol composer Eric Wetherell, epitomises not only the essence of Portway's local Communities of Shirehampton and Avonmouth, but pays tribute to the history of the City of Bristol. The piece makes reference to its Maritime past (The Sea Shanty SANTIANO), Bristol's role in the Slave Trade (The negro spiritual 'SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD') and The Hymn Tune BRISTOL.

Head teacher Nigel Astley said 'This Jubilee Concert and the 25th Summer Music School is a hugely proud moment for Portway Community School...a quarter of a century of dedication, loyalty and commitment to excellence...It is a celebration of the musical life work of so many of our pupils and staff'.

The 25th Portway Jubilee Concert was attended by the Rt. Hon Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Brenda Hugill.


Meetings of the Evergreens Club and the Bingo Club on Fridays will not take place during August, but will restart Friday, 7th September after the Public Hall has been refurbished. We thank all those who have come along and we look forward to your continued support.

N. Sims, Chairperson.


As so many organisations do not meet in August we are not printing our usual 'What's On'. If in doubt please check with your organisation personally.  Normal service will be resumed in September!


With long summer days tempting us into the garden   nothing is further from our minds than late autumn but to those of us who, each year, are also busy with craftwork, it is time to think about submission forms (available in forthcoming issues of 'SHIRE' and also at the Library) These must be returned, completed, to the Library no later than Friday 5th October.  We are always delighted to welcome new crafts -people and new crafts, it doesn't matter if you have only one item this year - one bitten...!  See page 15 for an entry form.


The Bristol Harbour Festival sponsored by SWEB looks to be an exciting place to be on August 4th-5th, with all sorts of free entertainment, Saturday 4th, 12 noon-11 p.m.; Sunday 5th, 12 noon- 5 p.m.

A Wrinkly's Concern Standing on the pavement the other day I was very nearly mown down, not once but twice, in quick succession by youngsters on cycles who came swooping down the pavement with gay abandon. No warning of any kind, no bell, no shout, no sound. I thank my lucky stars that I didn't end up a nasty mess only fit for disposal. Unsure of the law of the land with regard to cyclists I consulted the latest edition of the Highway Code.

It states in rule 54: You MUST NOT cycle on the pavement. The red capitals are in the Highway code, and show that the rule must be obeyed, it is a legal requirement. Certainly there are some pavements specifically marked for use by cyclists, but any unmarked should not be used.

Part of rule 51 states: Be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example by ringing your bell. (I couldn't find any reference to a bell being a legal fixture, but I guess a shout would be fine).

Unhappily we shall soon be finding that the days are getting appreciably shorter so I quote: Rule 46: At night your cycle MUST have front and rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). Flashing lights and other reflectors may help you to be seen but MUST NOT be used alone.

It should be remembered that a person sitting inside a car does not see as well as a pedestrian or cyclist - however clear the windscreen. I nearly had a heart attack the other day driving behind two young lads, one must have been about 7 or 8 the other about 10. Suddenly after the briefest glances over his shoulder and no signal the older boy darted across the road, the younger one stayed in front of me for about a hundred yards when he too suddenly went across in front of me without looking to see if there was anything coming. Just to think of the heartache an accident would have caused makes my blood run cold. I do know that cycle proficiency classes are given in schools and badges awarded but it needs constant reinforcement by a responsible adult.

Cycling is an enjoyable passtime, ----but - please do think about other people. We really don't want anything to happen to you - or us!

Happy Cycling!

Rev Geoffrey Lovejoy

Reading through the columns of the Church Times recently I came across a notice of an anniversary of ordination of Revd. Geoffrey Lovejoy.   Recognising a familiar name to many in Shirehampton I realised that this was the brother of our well loved Vicar of the 1950's, Revd. Jim Lovejoy. I found out that Geoffrey was now 92 years old and living in Dartford, Kent.  He was ordained priest in 1933 serving in the Bath and Wells Diocese.  He had a very interesting career in the Church. Being a Bush Brother in Australia where I hear he had a reputation for writing off cars! Then during the Second World War serving in India as a chaplain on the North West Frontier. After the war serving for six years in what was Southern Rhodesia.

I visited his parish in Shiphay, Torquay during the mid fifties only to find that the service at the Parish Church was being taken by none other than our own Vicar who had done an exchange for the month of August!  I now have a copy of Geoffrey's book 'The Call in the Cellar' which covers his call to the Church and his work over many years. One of the pictures is of both Geoffrey's and Jim's families taken in Shirehampton in 1952. Anyone interested in finding our more please do contact me.  Bob Chubb 982 4638.

Stamp fairs

I popped into the stamp fair in the Public Hall and was most impressed by the wide variety of stamps there. These days stamps are so beautiful and in one small space contain a wealth of information. To those of you who are interested why not go along to a fair, they are held regularly once a month, the next one will be August 11th.


Dear Editor, I read, with interest, Billie Burke's letter, as we had discussed it.  I am sending you a name-listed photo, taken just before leaving the beautiful Isle of Scilly.

If anyone wants to contact me, please do and I will liaise with Billie.

Pat Skuse (nee Taylor).

Photographed in Scilly on 3/7/52 at 8.05am

Mr. Brows (S), Joslyn Trenear (S), Elain Binding (S), Kathleen Cawley (B), Shirley Jenkins (S), Me (Pat Taylor - B), Mr. Martyn (S), Miss Bowen (S), Brenda Champ (B), Billie Milson (B), Carolyn Jones (B), Wendy Thomas (S), Barbara Harvey (B), Pam Drew (B), Joan Miller (B), Jeanett Wood (B), Janet Stanley (B), Joyce Sparrow (B), Miss Surtees (B), Irene King (B), Peggy Oliver (B), Elain Thomas (S), Gilliam Trenear (S), Pat Webb (B), Pam Chainey (B), Julianna Tilly (B), Barbara Jarvis (B), Cynthia Ball (S?), Betty Thompson (S), Jean Christopher (S), Heather Fenn (S), Janet Richards (S), Annett Down (B), Sheila Terweek (S), Ann Muirhead (B), Flora Sedgeman (S), Mollie Fenn (S?).

(B) - Bristolian; (S) = Scillonian


So cried the sailors as they faced shipwreck at the beginning of Shakespeare's Tempest. Their prayers were answered. At the end of the play we learn that no lives were lost and miraculously the ship was 'tight and yare and bravely rigged as when we first put out to sea'.  Shakespeare knew that many if not most of us only really pray when faced with disaster, particularly death, whether our own or that of a loved one.

For this situation, common to us all, Jesus has provided a pattern of prayer when he himself faced the prospect of a cruel death in the garden of Gethsemane. His prayer has four parts. 'Abba, Father.' 'All things are possible to thee.' 'Remove this cup from me.' 'Yet not what I will, but what thou wilt.'

'Abba, Father.' Abba is best translated 'Dad' or 'Daddy' First therefore, when face to face with death, we are to affirm our close relationship with God, our loving father. This gives us confidence. 'All things are possible to thee.' Apparently terminal illness is sometimes unaccountably reversed.  'Remove this cup from me.' In many sayings or stories Jesus encourages us to ask for what we want with all our might. 'Yet not as I will but what thou wilt.' Everyone must die. And the Go God who made them is faithful to what we call the laws of nature. Moreover death is often a release, and for believers a release into paradise.

It is my hope and prayer that when you who read this come face to face with the prospect of your own death or that of a loved one, you may remember Jesus' own prayer in Gethsemane and derive comfort and strength from it.

A. H. Damers


Photo:  E Verey

Dear Editor

I was one of the forty people printed in the Evening Post waiting for long periods for operations. I thought I was very lucky to go for a pre operation examination, I passed that all right. I was admitted to Severn Ward at Southmead Hosital on Sunday 27th May . I was given four pints of blood all through the night, told on Monday nothing by mouth after 6pm on Monday.  Tuesday at 8.24am I was told by the Doctor I would be operated on just before or just after dinner. I was told at 10.30am to put on my operation gown. I was still in that gown until 3.30pm when a nurse told me to get dressed and go home. No-one told me why.

The next day I phoned the consultant's secretary to ask why. She told me they never had the tools for the operation, I told  her that was the biggest load of rubbish I have ever heard. This is Southmead Hospital at its lowest and I have not heard a word from the doctor or any of the administrators. I am 79 years old and live on my own. I had seven years in the special service awarded the D.S.M. and M.I.D. from the late king.

Yours faithfully

AG Turner

Kingsweston House

The owner of most of the land in the neighbourhood was Lord de Clifford, who resided in a spacious mansion called Kingweston House. It was built by Vanbrugh who was so famous for erecting massive structures that I have heardthere was inscribed upon  his tomb the couplet 'Lie heavy on him earth for he Laid many a heavy weight on thee'

It was a Show House not only for its architectural beauties, but its fine collection of Paintings, which might be inspected under the guidance of the Housekeeper, when his Lordship was in London during Parliament.  On one such occasion, I then a boy between six and seven accompanied my Mother on a visit to the worthy functionary who was a friend of hers and being allowed to roam about the silent passages on the ground floor. I caught sight of the rope by which the large Bell on the top of the house was rung in its belfry. This was only rung for Luncheon & Dinner when the Family were at home and as its sound was very loud, it was heard far round. If it sounded when the Family were in London it indicated something wrong at the house, and Gardeners and Stablemen were to come immediately to render any assistance required. I was of course unaware of this. So thinking how grand an achievement it would be to ring it, I seized the rope and tugged with all my feeble might at length by hanging on the rope I succeeded in producing a sound, and greatly encouraged I redoubled my exertions and produced 3 or 4 more blows with the clapper. At this moment my Mother had ended her visit and we left, but had only cleared the courtyard, when we met men running, one armed with pitchfork, who anxiously inquired of my Mother what the matter was, as the alarm bell had been rung. Of course she could not explain it and as I was not suspected, I kept my own counsel, and so the mystery was never solved.

The great enjoyments of Lord de Clifford when at home was planting shrubs and trees, many thousands were placed under his directions. I can picture him now as I often saw him, a little insignificant looking man riding on a very quiet horse followed by John Web, his favourite groom, to superintend operations. He had thus extensive and beautiful plantations with delightfully shaded walks in various directions near his mansion and on steep sides of Kingsweston Hill were thus covered with flowering shrubs and trees. Most lovely walks, being planned through them and delightful views were enjoyed from the summit.

Kingsweston House was pleasantly situated in a pleasant Home Park, on an elevated position, charming views spread before the windows over a well farmed country the Severn was seen entering the Bristol Channel, and beyond, the mountains of Wales, a sweet soft blue in distance.  A delightful walk was formed through one of the plantations to Penpole Hill a lofty eminence whence a wide spread view was obtainable. Posset Point was seen at the junction of the Avon with the Severn and round the Point was Portishead, from whence a steam boat line runs to Ilfracombe, and places on the shores of the Bristol Channel. This Hill was a favourite spot for parties from Bristol and adjacent places, on account of the extensive view, and the glorious sunsets over the Welsh mountains. A very handsome Lodge stood at the entrance to the plantation, with a spacious Tearoom, to which visitors to Kingsweston House, were usually brought.  The sides of this beautiful hill had extensive Stone quarries. Kingweston Hill was also a place of much resort for picnic parties. When I last visited this lovely spot in 18.. the trees had grown so tall, that the views which had embraced wide areas were greatly obscured, but I obtained a glimpse of the Severn, between some of the tree stems and sketched the view.  I was much impressed when Lord de Clifford's funeral procession came from Brighton, through Shirehampton Park, to the Mansion, prior to its interment.

The Hearse with its nodding plumes, the board of feathers. The Earl's Coronet borne on a velvet cushion, the long line of carriages with friends and domestics, was the grandest sight I had then seen.  The following day I went to the interment at Henbury Church, where amidst demonstrations of respect for his memory and grief at his departure his remains were deposited in a costly tomb.  from Recollections of my EARLY DAYS AND SKETCHES OF VILLAGE LIFE Francis Baron 1823 - 1899 (Great Grandfather of Alison Mary Stanes).

Kingsweston House A Unique Wedding

It was one of the hottest days in June. Over a hundred people dressed in the brightest colours, trendiest hats, with the happiest faces.  We were all at a wedding, but not in a church, not on the SS Great Britain, but the newly renovated Kingsweston House. The rooms are huge with beautiful paintings and elaborate chandeliers. We sat waiting for the bride in a room painted in a cool shade of blue with tapestry wall hangings on each wall.  The groom, Shire boy Cyril Cooper and the bride who looked beautiful was Shire girl Sylvia Somerville (nee Jones). Cyril's sister Doreen (nee Cooper) also a Shire girl and her two daughters had flown all the way from Toronto, Canada to be there.

After the service, photographs in the beautiful grounds and group shots on the house steps, then to the P.B.A. for a lovely reception and party.   A beautiful unique wedding.

All our love and best wishes to Cyril and Sylvia and thank you for a truly lovely day.

From your family.

Dear Editor

N. Parker, in issue 350, March 2001, asks about the spelling of Kings Weston. I always consult Ethel Thomas's quite excellent book 'Shirehampton Story' about Shirehampton matters. She uses the spelling 'King's Weston' - but ....

I have two charts produced by Captain Greenville Collins in the early 1700's, which record the visit by King William in 1690. On both these charts the name is in two words Kings Weston (once as Kings Wefton) but not with the apostrophe that Ethel Thomas prints on her page 36 referring to the same charts.

I have a print of the house dated 1712 entitled 'Kingsweston, the seat of Sir Robert Southwell' - here printed as one word.  These must be among the earliest spellings of Kings Weston and it will be interesting to know if there are any other early or authoritative mentions.

David Ellington.


We used Penpole Quarry for handgrenade practice etc. I remember one Sunday morning there we were practising to use the Northover projector. I think it was an anti-tank weapon, a barrel about 4ft long mounted on a tripod, the barrel was about 3' bore. If fired a 'Molotov Cocktail'. This was a bottle of petrol, which caught fire on impact. We loaded ours but when we fired it, a great flame shot out from the breach, the foresight had been screwed in too far, so that it smashed the bottle in the barrel. When we did guard duty at the power station, on taking your post, you were give 5 rounds, and I remember we had to hand these over to the next man coming on. 'Ammo' was very short. When I put my hand in my great coat pocket only the empty cartridge case came out. The clip had been handled so many times that the bullets and powder were so loose they had fallen out. Some 'Army'!  Another thing remembered, we were 'defending' Shirehampton and I was third man on a heavy Browning machine gun, first man carried the barrel, second man the 'ammo' and muggins got lumbered with the tripod, worst job of all three. We set up our position in the corner of Mr. Daw's, the dentist's front garden. This allowed us to cover the whole of the High Street, within our field of fire. After a while, we heard a rustling in the bushes, and Mr.

Daw appeared with his own revolver and shotgun. We guarded the power station for I think about 18 months, then we switched to doing a patrol. We entered the docks going up to the North end, then out onto the shore road behind the oil tanks, past the canning factory and out across by the anti-aircraft battery in Smoke Lane by Rockingham Bridge, across the field behind the smelter works, coming back into Avonmouth at the little dead-end road between the Post Office and the Tramway garage. One night about 2am our gallant band was crossing the last field behind the Post Office when someone said we were being followed. We couldn't see but definitely heard whatever it was. We didn't wait for it to catch up with us; we all jumped over the hedge, throwing our rifles over first! The 'enemy' appeared as we looked back over the hedge, it was a cow! What a brave outfit we were to defend Mother England, gave us a laugh for a long time.  My most treasured memory of 'Dad's Army' is of coming back from weekend manoeuvres down Brean Down Way, on Sunday morning. Usually our transport was a lorry of some sort, have you ever tried standing up in a steel lined meat lorry with hobnail boots on? Difficult. This particular morning we had a coach, a real coach! We were coming up through the Easton-in-Gordano valley, heading home just as dawn was showing us the sun; someone at the back of the coach began to sing an old Negro spiritual as if to himself. I think it's called 'Poor Old Joe'. Some of the words are 'I'm a-coming, I'm coming, I'm coming and my head is bending low.' As he sang another took it up and soon the coach load, about 50 of us, were singing, not loud, it was as if every man had his own thoughts and was singing to himself, it was really beautiful. A few moments long remembered.

A few names remembered: Mr Salmon, grocer of Salmon and Hutchings, Mr John Newman (senior) of Bradley Crescent, a butcher, sergeant in 'Dad's Army'.  Joe Howes, butcher, his shop on the corner of Park Road by the green. Ted, or was it Eddy? Bailey clerk in Baldwins coal weighbridge in the railway station yard. Mr Paris, grocer, Pembroke Road, Robin Newman, John Newman's son, Sgt. Ernie Dart, Tony Collier of Scotts Lane, Park Road. Bill Wall, Charlie Rice, said to have shot one of his toes off accidentally. Although Dad, brother Bill, brother Colin and I were all in 'C' company, we were not allowed on duty together, they didn't want mum left alone if anything happened, I can't remember going on duty with even one of them.  We had our own 'Armoury' at the lawn cottage, High Street, where we lived, in the living room by the dresser, behind the door through to the front room. Dad put in a rack, containing 4 rifles, 4 bayonets, 4 gas masks and 4 tin hats. Home guards kept their equipment at home. Just memories of a very young 'Dad'.

Les Gray

Dear Sir,

I am sending this photo of myself in a lifesaving team, which represented Portway School in 1955. I am now living in Gloucestershire; my parents still live in Shirehampton, so I visit Shirehampton quite regularly.  I send the Shire to Mary Ham (nee Matthews) every month. Mary has been in Missouri, America for the past 36 years. We had a marvellous holiday with Mary and her husband Ralph in Arizona and went to the Grand Canyon to celebrate our 60th birthdays.

Mary and I enjoy reading the Shire it keeps us in touch with Shirehampton.

Kindest regards,

Joyce Western (Mrs) (nee Boon)

Discs at Risk

According to an article I read recently car thieves are turning their attention to car tax discs. I suppose it's far easier, and cheaper, to break into someone else's car to take their tax disc than it is to pay for one, also drivers without a valid MOT certificate  or insurance certificate cannot get a tax disc, no tax disc makes it obvious that the car has not been tested and possibly neither is there an insurance certificate.  However, help is at hand. For the cost of 1 a tamper proof tax disc holder can be obtained from the Police.

Send a cheque for 1 to:

Security Products Offer,
Community Safety Administrator,
Police Headquarters,
PO Box 37,
Valley Road, Portishead,

T S Enterprise

The unit staff and cadets of T S Enterprise would like to thank all the local residents who gave to the door to door collection in the area. It was much appreciated.

A Royal Naval Inspection took place at the unit on June 7 with Commander White interviewing the cadets. A week later a farewell party was held in the unit for the retirement of Commanding Officer John Scanlon. John has served the unit as CO for a number of years and has decided to retire from this position, due to work commitments. He will continue on main deck as a training officer, so ensuring unit continuity.

Recent activities include boating and drill and forthcoming events include a family day at Filton Sea Cadet Unit and a spectacular to be held at the Avon and Somerset HQ at Portishead.

The unit has been adopted by the Ganges Association and this will help with fund raising and sponsorship. At present the unit is working towards replacing toilets and showers, and any financial help or fundraising ideas will be very welcome.

A busy season is planned with various activities and at present we have vacancies for boys and girls aged between 12 and 18, and for adult assistance. If interested please call at the unit on any Monday or Thursday between 7 and 9.30pm for an informal chat.


'SHIRE' newspaper's own website 'SHIRE ON THE WEB' received a boost on 9th July, when it was featured on Chris Searle's show on Radio Bristol. Alex Wright and David Thomas, two of the editors of the website, were interviewed by Chris for about a quarter of an hour, when they described the history of the site, what it contains, and how it is maintained by a team of volunteers.  'SHIRE ON THE WEB' includes a description of Shirehampton, a directory of local community organisations, adverts for local businesses, some local history, and an on-line version of this newspaper. It is visited by people from all over the world. It is visited by people from all over the World, including former residents who wish to receive news of our events, and also by those living locally who do not received the paper.

It is very easy to access 'SHIRE ON THE WEB'. The Public Libraries at Shirehampton, and also Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston and Sea Mills, all have a computer for anyone to use, which will have a Shirehampton logo on the front screen. Use the mouse to click on this logo, and the home page will appear.  Please ask the Librarian for help if you need it.

You can also view 'SHIRE ON THE WEB' if you have a computer with an internet connection at home. The address is Typing this in your web browser will bring up the homepage.



Due to the August Bank Holiday refuse collection will be made as follows:

Collections made on:    Will be made on:

Monday     27 August     Tuesday    28 August
Tuesday     28 August     Wednesday    29 August
Wednesday    29 August     Thursday     30 August
Thursday    30 August      Friday     31 August
Friday    31 August     Saturday     1 September

The black boxes will be collected on the usual days.   Do put your house number clearly on your bin (and black box) or you may suffer the same fate as I did. Although my number was on my bin it was not strikingly noticeable and about ten weeks ago when I went  to bring it in - I just couldn't believe my eyes - it wasn't there! I walked up and down the road to no avail, it's silly but I felt affronted and quite bereft. No wheely bin with the spring and summer prunings to get rid of! Oh well, the Household Waste Recycling Centre is fortunately handy. Times of opening:

8am - 4.15pm Monday to Friday
8am - 3.45pm Saturdays and Bank Holidays
9am - 12.45pm Sundays

(Remember the height restriction of approx 172cms, or   5ft 9ins in the old currency)


In January of this year my wife, Mandy and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, and as a surprise I arranged for us to fly from Toronto to London on Boxing day so that we could renew our wedding vows in the church where we married in Spalding Lincolnshire at the same time on the same day, 2.30pm January 3rd.

I gave this to Mandy as a Christmas gift.

During the trip I had arranged to spend some time in Bristol where I grew up, I had lived in Sea Mills and went to Portway school, I was in the first year of co-eds at the new Portway Upper school. On the second day in Bristol, I went for a drive on my own around all the old haunts I used to visit as a young boy growing up, digital camera and video camera at hand I went from place to place, the Harbour at Sea Mills, the river Trym, Horseshoe bend, and the Golf course at Shire.

That's when I realised that nothing has changed much.  I pulled in at the seating area on the Portway adjacent to Horseshoe bend, I had remembered that you could see the Clifton Suspension Bridge, St Edyths Church at Sea Mills and Shire all from this one spot, and I wanted to capture it on video.

As I was taking my pictures, I heard some shouting from a distance, I turned to see a group of youths high up on the edge of the golf course, as the noise of the traffic faded I was able to understand some of their shouts, it was not printable!

At first I was really angry, and then I just smiled and remembered the times when walking home to Sea Mills from the Lower School (where the hell did that go!) that I had done the same knowing that from this commanding position high above the road that we could never be caught.  No, nothing had changed much.

I had a great visit to Shire, visited my old school up on Penpole Point, sat and ate fish and chips from the paper on Shire Green, walked part of the new trail to Blaise. Lots of memories.

I doubt very much that I shall return to England again, so this visit meant a great deal to me, I shall however keep a keen eye on the 'The Shire' for all the news.

Colin Hooper (by email).


Hi Folks!

Regrettably the July edition of 'Shire' was late appearing through your letterbox and our Patronal Festival celebrations were over and finished before you had a chance to know about them. Anyway, it was a successful weekend. The church looked an absolute picture with the various flower arrangements - which was a bonus for a young couple who were married at midday on Saturday. Over 40 people were present during the afternoon for the organ & flute recital by Tim Forder and Albert Price - a very creditable number considering the limited publicity.

On the Monday evening the Bristol Citadel Salvation Army Band Concert, which included their Songsters, gave us an hour and half of varied music. A retiring collection raised the sum of 91.61p which was given to the Salvation Army to be used as they deserved.

It is with much sorrow I record the death of Mrs Margaret KNIGHT. Margaret was a lovely lady in her eighties who lived in Groveleaze and was a member of St. Bernard's R.C. Church. However she was also a frequent visitor to St. Mary's when the church is open during the week. She would pop in for a cuppa and a chat and enjoyed the fellowship so much she became a volunteer helper, helping to serve the tea and coffee to others who came into the church.

She was always cheerful and bright despite not feeling 100% fit on occasions and never uttered a word of complaint. Margaret's funeral took place at St.  Bernard's Church and approximately 2 dozen of her friends from St. Mary's attended the Service. As a small token of our appreciation for her friendship and service a stand of flowers was placed at the west end of St.  Mary's in her memory and a spray of flowers sent to St. Bernard's on the day of her funeral. To her family we extend our heartfelt sympathy - she will be sorely missed but not forgotten.

On Sunday 15th July 2001, a Confirmation Service was conducted by the Bishop of Bristol - the Right Reverend Barry Rogerson in St. Mary's. Confirmation candidates from St. Peter's Lawrence Weston, St Andrew's Avonmouth and St.  Mary's were Audrey Bogita, Jean Edmonds, Steven Gresty, Julia Jarman, David Neale and Hannah Wudarski. We welcome them all as full members of the Christian faith. The singing was led by the combined choirs from all three churches. It was a wonderful service on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning and light refreshments were provided afterwards in the Church Centre.   Regrettably the celebrations were marred when it was discovered that four lady members of the combined choir had their purses stolen from their handbags which were left in the vestry whilst the service was in progress.   No doubt the work of an opportunist thief. Anyone with any information is requested to contact Crimestoppers or Avonmouth Police.   Well that's all for this moment.

'Bye for now


Male Voice Choir Concert

St Mary's Church has been extremely fortunate   in having the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir agree to perform one of their popular concerts here in Shirehampton. They travel throughout the counties of the Police Force performing for various organisations but this is the first time they have visited Shirehampton.

The concert with special guests will be on Saturday 22nd September 2001 in St Mary's Church at 7.30pm. Tickets including refreshments are 5, available from Derek Harvey - 07977-599-813 or Swift Travel, High Street, Shirehampton. (there will be a full article about the choir next month)

St. Mary's Toddler Group News
Church Centre, Pembroke Road

Our Group caters for Pre-School children and their carers. From September 3rd we will be meeting on Monday afternoons from 1-3pm and for a trial period on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3pm. The group will not meet on Monday mornings from 3rd September.

Thank you to all our members for your continued support and good luck and best wishes to all our 'Grown Up' toddlers who are starting school full time in September. Sandra Neate (0117) 377 7999.

Next Grainger Players Show

Well, we are planning the Show for Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of October at the Public Hall as usual. With so much refurbishment and repairs at the hall, this year we could only fit in one show. This one is special - it's your show. You filled out the request sheets on your Millennium show programmes of what you would like to see. So this is it  a show by you, for you - and it gave us some surprises. So come along, have fun, enjoy laughter, sing-a-long etc. and have a community evening.  You can pre-book your seats as usual at Liz's Flowers (next to the hairdressers). Thursday evening is Preview Night as usual.  So come along and join us - and relax. If you would like to join the players you would be welcome, we are not a drama group but an entertainment group.  If you can utter a note - low, medium or high - and just enjoy singing and fun, come along. We're not a choir, so don't worry. Also next year we would like to put on a 'Queen's Golden Jubilee Show'  but we need at least 4-6 new members. We meet on Thursday evenings, our ages range from 12-70 years, male and female. So if you could use an evening out, it could just be 'up your street'. In the Junior group though, we have only four places to fill for aged 12-16 years. Come along and have a go, you'd be surprised how much enjoyment you will find.

See you, Shirl.


We want to print your news, views, stories, puzzles, photographs, pictures, local history and anything else you think would interest the rest of us. So get out your paper and pens/pencils/word processor, whatever, put on your thinking cap and tell us all about it! It's really not all that difficult!  There must be hidden talent out there. And the closing date for copy is always the 10th  of the month, hand in to Shirehampton Library. Be hearing from you!!


Now that the vast majority of Foot and Mouth restrictions have been lifted we can go out and about enjoying the countryside. There are a number of guided walks in and around Bristol set out in a leaflet called 'In and Around the Forest of Avon'. Even if you don't want to do the walks in the leaflet it might give you some ideas, walking is a wonderful way to relax - and tire out active youngsters! The leaflets are available in the library.