The Choir will perform in concert with guests at St. Mary's Church, Shirehampton Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 including refreshments available from SWIFT TRAVEL, The Parade (Next to Post Office) or Tel: 07977 599813 (evenings)
There will be a FREE prize programme to win a coach trip for two, donated by SWIFT TRAVEL. The Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir was formed in 1974 following the amalgamation of the Bath and Somerset, Bristol and the South Gloucester part of the constabulary.
The choir is truly representative of the force with a membership consisting entirely of serving and retired police officers, serving and retired members of the support staff and the Special Constabulary. Its primary functions are, to maintain the tradition of choral singing in a pleasant social environment, under the professional leadership and tuition of its musical director Sheila Rice and pianist Allison Howell and then to share that musical tradition with the community, and at the same time raise funds for local organisations, and to act as ambassadors for the force. Away from the formal concerts however, there is nothing the members like better than to sing and impromptu performances have taken place on cross channel ferries, in motorway services and the odd pub.
The choir's repertoire covers a wide range, from medieval and classic choral music, much loved ballads and operatic choruses to arrangements of popular songs from stage and film musicals the choir enjoys a high reputation for its quality of performance for which it has been awarded numerous cups and certificates at choral competitions.
In fact they have been successful in winning the Gold Cup for best overall choir at the Cheltenham festival in 1999 and again this year. The choir is hoping to repeat this success when they take part in the International Choir Festival in Jersey in October.
Joining the choir for the Shirehampton concert are two popular soloists:
Gillian Davies - Soprano and Stephen Foulkes - Baritone
What's On In September
September 1st, Saturday
September 3rd, Monday
September 4th, Tuesday
September 5th, Wednesday
September 6th, Thursday
September 8th, Saturday
September 18th, Tuesday
September 19th, Wednesday
September 28th, Friday
Sequence Dance at the Cotswold Centre 7.30pm-10.30pm
Programme At The Tythe Barn, High Street
|Thursday||2-4pm||Bingo or Entertainment|
New Members very welcome
Barbara Pullin (Chairperson)
Art Exhibition And Sale
There will be an art exhibition and sale at the Public Hall, Station Road, From 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29th September. Admission 50p - Accompanied children free
Refreshments - Picture Sale - Tombola
Proceeds to aid MacMillan Cancer Relief
St Andrews Ladies Club Programme
4th Sept Quiz Night
18th 700 years of personal hygiene - O. Cooper
2nd Oct Neighbour Wildwatch - Rupert Higgins
16th Living with a crook - O.Rogerson
6th Nov Norfolk Lavender - David Smale
20th Cake Decorating - Doris
4th Dec Party Night
8th Christmas Outing
Ladies come along and join a happy group for social outings, talks and emonstrations. We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7.30pm in St. Andrews Hall, Avonmouth. So come on your own or bring a friend and be our guest on the first night free.
The programmes are published periodically in Shire.
Shirehampton Traders Association wish June and Mike Drayton of Rob Taylor Motorcycles a very happy retirement. June and Mike have been in their current shop for about 36 years and were in Station Road before that. Their retirement is well earned. We would like to welcome Andrew Pickett who is taking over from them.
Co-Op dividend Trolley Dash
I was very fortunate to win the prize of a trolley dash when the dividend card was introduced at the Co-op and I would like to thank the manager and the ladies on his staff who volunteered to do the dash for me (no doubt they realised that I was no longer as nimble as I was in days of yore!) I very much enjoyed the exciting experience and fun and I came home quite a lot better off (food wise).
So once again, my grateful thanks to all concerned. Sincerely, Barbara Pullin.
(Thank you for your kind donation to SHIRE funds)
The following matters were discussed at a meeting of the Shirehampton Community Group held in the Public Hall on Wednesday 25th July, 2001, chaired by Mr. John Parsons.
a) Planning and Environment
Presented by John Callaghan
Portway Centre - the application to convert into a hostel was turned down under delegated powers. John was not aware of any other applications having been submitted for change of use. He congratulated the residents of St. Bernard's Road and Shirehampton people generally who made their feelings known and it shows that this can have the desired effect in some cases.
Conservation Area - It is understood that Cllr Pat Roberts is progressing the extension of the area from the Bingo Hall to The Public Hall.
Revision of Local Plan - a booklet is available and comments on the contents to be sent in by August. John Knight is busy looking through it. Any issues that might prove problematic in the future need to be picked up at this stage. The park and ride was accepted into the plan 10 years ago which is why it is not possible to stop it going through now. Several comments were made about an extension of the cycle path on the Portway and whether it would be on the pavement or on the road. EU regulations say cycle paths should be physically segregated from motor traffic. This is a matter that will be subject to further discussion and investigation.
Kingsweston House - has applied for an extension to the restaurant license to every day instead of four days a week. The friends of Kingsweston have no objections. On Saturday 8th September there will be an open day at the house with free admission to view the refurbishment progress.
Park & Ride - a 30 mph limit has been introduced at the bottom end of the Portway from the motorway bridge to Hung Road and work has started on Clearing Trees at the West Town Road end. Some people are making objections to the Ombudsman on the way in which in which the public consultations were carried out. Catherine O'Neill joined the meeting later on to update us on the situation. She explained that the Ombudsman could make recommendations to the Council on how to proceed in future but had no powers of enforcement, however she had forms for individuals who wished to make their views known to him. Regarding the clearance of the land she said the Council was acting illegally because they had given no notice of this action, only their intentions on the actual highway. They told her they had put up notices on the Portway regarding the clearance but neither she or anyone present had seen them. She had also asked the department of Transport, Environment and Leisure to keep her updated on what was happening but they state they have no obligation to keep residents informed other than via official notices.
Nuclear Waste Disposal at Avonmouth - John had only just received information on this proposal to dispose of radio active waste from Harwell, Oxfordshire at the Medipower site in Avonmouth which disposes of clinical waste. It seems the Environment Agency, with the approval of DETR and after just one month consultation period in Oxfordshire, not Bristol, have approved the disposal of low emission radio active waste. Naturally there is local concern especially as as this area is prone to higher than national cases of Myloid Leukemia and other conditions because of the proximity to Oldbury Power Station. The concern is that there has been no local consultation and not enough is known about materials to be disposed of. Jim Duffy of Green Peace can be contacted for more inforation and it was suggested that individuals should contact their local councillors to find out more.
Bingo Hall Site - it is believed that for various reasons the planning application will not be proceeding and the site will be disposed of by present owners. There have been several more fires in the building.
Presented by John Parsons
Andrew Stewart has resigned as a Trustee and head of the youth and schools committee. At the AGM in September we will be looking for two new Trustees to replace Andrew and Philip Squire and people to head up the three committees which have no leader at present, namely Youths and Schools, community care and Law and Order. As far as neighbourhood watch is concerned Mrs. Rosemary Clark of 42 Station Road, is willing to take over the co-ordinator's role.
Presented by John Parsons
One light has been reported twice but still not working; no other non working lamps reported. No progress on renewing the remaining pavements in the village and concern over loose pavers, grass growing between them and where work carried out pavers not being reinstated. The speed and weight limit signs in Park Road have been missing for some time. John is to contact the council about it because vehicles are travelling too fast along that road.
Traffic flow at the bottom of Old Barrow Hill has been restricted since the repairs to the wall have been taking place. It was asked if this could be a more permanent measure as it is a confusing and potentially dangerous junction. John is to take up the matter again but did not have much success last time it was suggested.
The Annual General Meeting of the Shirehampton Community Group will take place at the Public Hall, Station Road, on Wednesday, 20th September 2001, to which all are welcome to attend.
In Memory Of Mrs Eileen Dawson Who Died On 3rd August, 2001
You were one of the great Aunts who I loved very much. You were always happy to see me and greeted me with loving arms and a wonderful smile. You always had time to talk to my children and pointed out to my oldest son that he had his Great Grandads smile.
You loved to tell all six of my children the wonderful stories about Burma that they loved to hear. You were like the Grandma I never knew, infact you used to tell me and my brother to call you Nannie Dawson and we did. We are all going to miss you so much Auntie. I wanted everyone to know that you were such a special lady whose memory I will hold close to my heart.
Love you always Anna
In Memory Of Mrs Eileen Dawson
This lady was such a loving, caring and special person who was loved by us all. She will be greatly missed, but one thing is for sure, every time we think of her we will always have a smile on our faces. God Bless you Auntie Eileen from Anna, Kevin, Charlotte, Ryan, Jessica, Elizabeth, Daniel, Bethany also Nicholas, Janey, Joseph and Jill.
(Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds)
Thank You To A Kind Samaritan
Thanks to Cliff, who regularly cuts the grass in Bradley Cresent Lane, Making life much easier for the residents using it.
On behalf of my sons and myself, I would like to thank friends and neighbours for their kind thoughts and messages on the sad loss of my wife Esme.
(Thank you for your kind donation to SHIRE funds)
Eileen West 22nd November 1913 - 1st August 2001
Sue, Penny and Rob and families wish to thank Mum's many friends who sent numerous cards and telephoned her in Southmead Hospital where she had spent the last 8 weeks of her life.
Your many floral tributes, kind thoughts and seeing you all at St. Mary's Church on Friday 10th August left no doubt in our minds how much she ment to us all.
She valued her friendship with you all, especially the bowls club of PBA and Bristol City, St. Mary's Church and Sea Mills Old Tyme Dancing. Special thanks too to Margaret and Neil, Mum's neighbours who have given us a lot of support and helped in lots of ways over the last few years enabling Mum to live independently in her own home which she so dearly wanted. She is no longer with us but will live in our memories.
Many Thanks To Women's Bright Hour
Many thanks to the Women's Bright Hour of Shirehampton Methodist Church for your generous donation of £20.00 to SHIRE funds, which is very much appreciated.
Ken and Beryl Giles Diamond Wedding Anniversary
Ken and Beryl Giles of Nibley Road will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding on 7th September. They were married in 1941 in St Ives Cornwall where they lived until 1953 which was when they first came to Bristol. They originally leased a newsagent shop in Fishponds and came to Shirehampton in 1955 taking over the newsagents in Nibley Road. Here they stayed for 33 years until retiring in 1988. They still live in Nibley Road.
Their family and friends wish them a very happy Diamond wedding Anniversary
Coffee Mornings At Shirehampton Methodist Church
After our summer break we will be resuming our Wednesday coffee Mornings on September 5th. Unfortunately we are unable to continue weekly and will be opening on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. The dates to remember for September are the 5th and the 19th. Do come and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a cake, and good company.
The Grainger Players' Show
Another evening of fun, laughter and sing-a-long is on the menu for our show and you our audience chose it so this show 'At Your Request' is your evening. Come and join us for another community get-together, especially with you in mind. Join in the sing-alongs laugh with us, and DON'T FORGET YOUR CUSHIONS!
So come along an relax and forget your troubles on either Thursday, October 11th/ Friday October 12th or Saturday 13th October at the Public Hall at 7.15pm. Thursday night is preview night and all tickets are £1.50. Friday and Saturday tickets are £3 adults, £2.50 senior citizens and children £1.50.
You can pre-book your seats now at Liz's Flowers (next to the Hairdressers), High Street, Shirehampton. This is also a special show as Gil our Musical Director and pianist is retiring and we would like to give him a show to remember also HELP we need a pianist for the Royal Jubilee Show for our rehearsals on Thursdays so if you would like to play for a happy group who will be DESPERATE when Gil retires, please call the shop on 9381 332 and ask for Shirl or Liz.
In the meantime, don't forget to pre-book your tickets hope to see you there.
Sea Mills Tea Dances
Methodist Church Hall, The Square, Sea Mills 2.30 - 4.30: £1
October 11th David Morey
October 22nd John Hutton
November 6th David Morey
November 22nd John Hutton
December 6th David Morey
December 22nd SPECIAL NIGHT John Hutton at Shirehampton Cricket Club
All played on organ
THIS IS THE CLUBS TWELFTH YEAR
Sea Mills & District Flower Show
Saturday 8th september 2001
This show offers a great opportunity for you to be involved in a local community event. Entry classes range from vegetables and flowers to cookery (including a special item only for men), handicrafts, arts, photography, homemade jams and wines. There are thirty junior classes and we hope that everyone will enter something this year.
Bill & Ben along with Weed will be on hand to welcome you to the show. There is a full afternoon of live entertainment. Exhibits from Bristol Fuchsia Society, Cannington Agricultural College, local schools etc. A unique feature this year is the chance for visitors themselves to judge the flower displays. Also an opportunity to try your hand at lace making. Put the date on your Action Board Saturday 8th September 1pm - 5pm. Venue Sea Mills Community Centre (Just behind the Sea Mills Library on Sylvan Way). We look forward to seeing you there. Programmes available from Shirehampton Library. The last date for entries is Wednesday 5th September.
Action for Shirehampton Update
In our June issue we reported that the Public Hall Community Association had appointed Ian Bone, to follow through the recommendations in his Community Profile of Shirehampton. Ian's report recommended that there is a need to establish some form of partnership working among the different organisations to develop a strategic vision for Shirehampton. This could take the form of a Community Development Trust or an Urban Parish Council or Area Forum but partnership working will be essential if resources are to be gained to meed identified and shared problems. Unfortunately, Ian had to resign for personal reasons, very shortly after taking up the new post. This inevitably led to a delay in starting follow-up discussions with other local organisations.
The Association is now pleased to announce that Ash Bearman has been appointed to carry on the work. Ash has a wide range of experience in many different kings of community projects. She started work, based part-time a the Public Hall on 20 August.
Ash will be contacting all those who contributed to the Profile, or came to the Public Hall meeting held earlier in the year, in the near future, to explore the way forward. She would be delighted to hear from any other organisation or individual who would like to be involved. Give her a ring on 982 9963, or drop in on her at the Public Hall.
The full Community Profile is available at the Library. It has also beenplaced on the Public Hall Association's website, at www.shirepubhall.org.uk.
The Estuary Wildlife Group.
The meeting of our group scheduled for 5th September will now be the Annual General Meeting. This is a great opportunity for past members to return and interested
People to find out more.
See you there!
(contact name: Mrs. Bobbie Perkins, 8 Burford Grove, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9RT. Tel: 0117 983 1029)
Merchant Navy Day - 3rd September 2001
The first service to be held at the new Merchant Navy memorial in Welsh Back in Bristol will take place on Sunday, 2nd September, commencing at 11am with the laying of a wreath by the Merchant Navy Association Bristol Branch Chairman, followed by a short prayer by the Padre, the Rev Philip Auden, who is a resident of Shirehampton. A Service will follow at 12 noon at St Stephen's Church.
The Merchant Navy Association Book of Remembrance, signed by HRH Princess Anne is at St Stephen's Church, in St Stephen's Avenue, off Corn Street, and may be viewed when the Church is open (Mon-Fri) 9.30am to 5pm and on Sundays for services). Tributes to those listed may also be included. Captain Joe Earl who has composed the following poem to mark Merchant Navy Day, hopes to include it in a book of poems to be published shortly.
September The Third --- Merchant Navy Day
Our County celebrates centenaries and cenotaph's just cause,
We remember Airman and Soldiers from the wars,
The Navy and civilians and miners from the pit,
Royalty and Land Girls - all those that did their bit.
Now the Merchant Navy, has its special say,
Flying the Red Ensign on the Third September day,
From our public buildings in Britain and abroad,
So that the population may look up and applaud.
Reminding everybody of the sacrifice they made,
Shipping vital cargoes in a mortal wartime trade,
Mostly sailing unarmed or with very poor defence,
Casualties and losses were appaling and immense.
Round the world they voyaged 'cross oceans near and far,
Magnetic mines abundant on both sides of the bar,
Torpedoes launched from U boats, bombs aimed from the sky,
Salvoes fired from raiders, intent that ships would die.
Often in awful conditions, at work in numbing cold,
Thorough voracious seas of the Arctic with explosives in the hold,
Or the white heat of the tropics, steaming into hell,
Living on tons of petrol dreading the enemy's shell.
Our lads ran the gauntlet braving maurader's might,
Showing a stubborn Red duster every day of the fight.
If they survived - they returned, not once but again and again,
Hence lifeblood brought to nations by indefatigable men.
On all the seas and rivers where British seamen go,
From the tropics to the edges, of where the icebergs grow,
You will see the ruddy bunting of bright or smoky red,
It's our Merchant Navy Ensign flying overhead.
J. S. Earl Aug 2001
Severnside Siren Trust Next Test
The sirens will sound on Sunday 9th September at 2pm.
Letters to the Editor
I felt that I had to respond to the article 'A Wrinkly's Concern' in last months SHIRE. I agreed with everything your writer had to say as, I had a similar experience a few days ago in the village but, this time the culprits were not children but a lady well into her twenties. I was walking towards the Co-op on the footpath beside the graveyard following behind an elderly couple when coming towards us and snugly tucked in close to the wall was a lady riding a bicycle. She actually slowed as she neared us and, I really though she was about to dismount when the couple stopped but oh! no she was not going to give way and therefore forced the poor frightened couple to step into the road to allow her to pass. I was so enraged that I began shouting at her saying 'Excuse me but you should not be riding that bike on the pavement, you are breaking the law and, you forced those people onto the road, its the place you should be!' Sadly, with her nose in the air and not a care in the world she just cycled on. Can anyone out there explain why people in our society today behave in such an atrocious way? I am so glad that I was brought up to have, if nothing else, respect for my fellow man.
Handicapped man attacked This letter is concerning a mentally handicapped man who has lived in Shirehampton all of his life and he has recently been attacked by three youths on three occasions. Unfortunately, he has now lost confidence to go out alone.
I feel it is disgusting that any young men should be prepared to attack such a vulnerable member of our community and feel that someone no doubt has information which could lead to thewir being questioned. So, if you know the names or have any other information about these three lads, please ring PC Gareth Davies or PC Martin Wills on 0117 945 4350 between 9am - 12 noon.
Action For Shire
Thankyou to the grandfather who answered the letter I last wrote Well Iam so shocked that only one person in the whole of Shire answered my letter, when 95% of the area does nothing but moan about the kids on the streets.
Well as a lot of you know The Groveleaze Youth Club has been boarded up for a few months, but now perhaps we should still have hope as they are calling out for leaders and helpers. A young lady asked if she could be a leader but was not really given the time of day. Why I really don't understand. It's the summer holidays and yet again there is nowhere for the kids to go, so yet again the local police have been on their cases. The police should be helping us to get something done; an offer to help would not go a miss.
A coffee shop would be a great plan; it worked in the 60's so why shouldn't it work today. I hate to repeat myself but this has to be said, 'Not all the kids round Shire are bad. They need a place to hang out, have a chat, and listen to some music. Groveleaze Youth Clubs is a fine part of local history, if the club is not reopened what will happen to it?
Yet another heap of rubble for the Council to build more houses on? What has happened to the local spirit of sticking together when things get Otuff', well I think the answer to that is, it's all gone down the drain. Children need help to keep them off the streets, and give them something to look forward to.
Come and show some support, Please...
Also its been brought to my attention. What has happened to the bike that the Shire people & Gala donated to our local bobby? He's not been seen on it around here so where is it?
We have had a lot of nice sunshine so he could have been using it to get around on.
So come on you Mums, Dads and Grandparents try to offer some help Shire Mother.
Bristol Manor Farm Football Club
The Creek, Portway, Sea Mills
The club would like to welcome all new supporters for the new season. The hall is also available for weddings etc., please contact Jeff on 0117 9683571 for details.
Shirehampton Primary School - Summer Barbecue
The Barbecue this year was held on Friday, 13th July - we took a risk choosing this date, but thankfully the sun shone and the visitors turned up!
There were games, a band, a bar and everyone had a great time. The friends of the school would like to thank the teachers and parents who helped make it a great success, also Tubbs, our local butcher, for the tasty burgers and sausages, and Simple Simon for finding big enough rolls to fit the burgers!!
Thank you also to OThe Mouse' Public House in Westbury on Trym for supplying the bar and also a generous donation.
We made just under £1000 profit which will help towards improving the school playgrounds when the building changes take place. Anyone - parents, grandparents or members of the community who would like to get involved with future events - please contact the school, Sian Curtis 982 3093 or Sally Knowlson 908 0617. The next meeting is to be held at the Lamplighters on 11th September at 7.30pm - you would all be most welcome.
I would like to thank the person who returned my handbag to me on 18th August, the bag was stolen from my house on 13th August. The gentleman who returned the bag to me said his children found it in Woodwell Road.
I would be grateful if he could call back to my house for a small reward For his children.
Mrs E., Nibley Road
Shirehampton Methodist Church Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 22nd 7.00pm - Harvest Supper
Sunday, September 23rd 11.00am - David Alerman 6.30pm - Rev. David Alerman
(friends from Sea Mills will join us for this united act of worship)
What's in a name? In reply to the queries raised recently by several of your readers Regarding the correct spelling of the name King's Weston. Originally the manor hereabouts belonged to the King, so the name King's Weston says what it means, that is, the King's estate in the West Country.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, an apostrophe is used to show possession, i.e., Harry's Book. Therefore King's Weston is the correct way to spell the name, which is historically correct besides being grammatically correct also.
Ethel Thomas (Mrs.)
55 Cook Street, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9JY
Public Hall Community Association
(registered as a charity - registered number 1013520)
Bookings Secretary: Mrs Jeanette Cossey, 53 Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 9TU Tel: 0117 982 3174
Playgroup - weekly
Sequence Dancing - Weekly
Modern dance (6-16 yr olds) - Weekly
Tang Soo Do - Weekly
Arthritis Care - monthly
1st Wed 7.00pm
Shire Stitchers - monthly
3rd Wed 7.15pm
Grainger Players - Weekly
Bingo - Weekly
Pillow Lace Club - Weekly
Friday 7.30 pm
Twyford Art Club - Weekly
Mon & Wed 9.30am and Thurs 7.00pm
Stamp fairs are held on the following Saturdays (9.00am - 4.00pm) 01 Sept, 20 Oct, 17 Nov, Dec 15
I have heard from my father in Lawrence Weston, that his brother Don Bounsall passed away last Thursday (19th July) aged 86, whilst visiting his daughter and son in law in Cornwall.
Don lived in St. Mary's Road in the prefabs prior to a move to Thornbury around 40 years ago, although up until recently he was a regular visitor with my father Reg to Shire Working Men's Club on a weekend.
Don is survived by daughters Maureen and Anita
Ray Bounsall, Melborne, Australia
St Mary's News
How time flies! By the time you read these notes we shall be into late summer and preparing ourselves for autumn. September will be an exciting month for us at St Mary's because it is the time when we welcome our new incumbent - The Rev Canan Christine Froude.
The service for her installation as Priest will be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th September, 2001 and will be conducted by the Bishop of Bristol - the Very Rev Barry Rogerson. It is anticipated that with invited clergy and others St Mary's will be filled to capacity with over 400 people present. since the Rev Fernley Symons retired we have been most grateful to the Rev Anthony Wheeler and the very Rev Horace Dammers for keeping things ticking over during the interregnum. Neither of these gentlemen are in the best of health and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their valuable assistance during this time. Where would we have been without you? One of the first duties our new priest will encounter is when St Mary's host the appearance of the Avon and somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir. This choir is made up from serving and retired officers and members of the support staff and Special Constabulary. The choir enjoys a high reputation for it's quality of performance for which it has been awarded numerous cups and certificates at choral competitions. This Concert is an all ticket event. tickets are £5 each and available from Derek Harvey most Sunday mornings, after the 10am Communion Service or from Swift Travel, The Parade, Station Road. Money from this Concert is to be devoted to the cost of the proposed changes to the west end of the church building. Please give us your support and enjoy an entertaining evening into the bargain! Oh! I almost forgot to mention that the price of a ticket also includes light refreshments - what more could you ask for? I am sad to report that a regular member of our congregation died during August. Mrs Eileen West passed away after a short illness - she will be sadly missed by all of us. We extend our sympathy to her family.
Well, that's all the news for this month.
'Bye for now!'
Avon (University Settlement) Community Association
The Avon (University Settlement) Community Association is a small charity which has been working for the benefit of the local community since 1918. We have our own premises at 115 High Street and provide a Welfare Advice Service, a lunch club for the housebound/disabled and the evergreen Club which meets on Fridays afternoons at the Public Hall. The Welfare Advice Service operates on two days a week and our experienced Advisor can help with problems ranging from benefits such as Attendance allowance and disablility living allowance etc., Housing Benefit, Council Tax, Money Matters and employment problems. Help is also available in the completion of the complicated forms which have to be submitted for certain benefits. During the past year 702 people have come through our door seeking advice and help.