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October 6th Saturday starting 10.45am - lateish. 10.45am The Squeaky Knees Puppet Workshop 12 noon Gimble in the Jungle New show for 3-7 year olds.  Tickets at the door Adults £1. Children 50p. 4pm The Evergreens and Friends Tea Dance 7.30pm. Instant Wit Show Tickets £3 (conc. £2). Available at the door.


Grainger Players production, 7.15 p.m. at Public Hall, October 11th,1 2th, 13th. Tickets from Liz Flowers, High Street.


October 5th Last day for handing in to the Library the entry forms and fees.

October 27th Monday Day for delivering exhibits for Craft Exhibition to Public Hall, 9.30am-6pm. Craft Exhibition at the Public - Open for public viewing October 30th Tuesday-Friday November 2nd 11am-6pm and November 3rd Saturday 10am-5pm.


In St. Mary's Church in aid of Mercy Ships, October 27th.


In an attempt to promote Myrtle Hall Allotments, a number of plot holders joined together to form a self-help action group. Their aim: to generally maintain 'Myrtle', and encourage residents from Shirehampton to visit and hopefully tend some of the few remaining vacant plots. In a further effort to achieved this aim, a promotional stand was allocated for our use at this year's Bristol Flower Show on Durdham Downs. It was, with some surprise, and a certain amount of pride that we found our efforts had been awarded 2nd prize for Best Display, we were also commended on the variety and quality of our produce. Whilst there was a certain amount of friendly rivalry at this event, there was also a fantastic atmosphere, therefore, our personal congratulations must go, not to the winners, but to all those entrants who gave us a great run for the final placings.

Finally there was, not only the professional advice from the Show organisers and exhibitors, but also the unexpected support and encouragement of the many visitors to this extremely enjoyable three day event.  As previously mentioned we are looking for local people who not only enjoy real food (jam and wine), but also fresh air, exercise and a friendly environment, to join as at Myrtle Hall allotments by contacting:- Chris Weir, Allotments Officer, Colston House, Colston Street, Bristol Bs1 5AQ.  Tel: 0117 9223737. Alternatively contact Wally Hudd (Site Rep.) on 0117 9093872.

PS: You may need to be competitive, as next year we shall be digging for 'Gold'.

Dave Fisher

what's on in october

October 1st Every Monday & Wednesday St  Mary's Toddler Group at the Church Centre

October 2nd Tuesday St Andrew's Ladies meet at 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth to hear Rupert Higgins on ONeighbourhood Watch'

October 2nd Tuesday local councillors  are available for consultation 7.30pm at Jim O'Neill House

October 3rd Wednesday each week at Shirehampton Baths 7am - 9am early morning swim

October 3rd  ARTHRITIS CARE 7.30pm at the Public Hall.  OCTOBER 3rd & 5th Every Wednesday DROP IN SESSIONS at A.U.S. Cottage (next door to Twyford House) High Street 9.30am - 11am.

OCTOBER 4th Thursday TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall for Social Evening.

OCTOBER 5th  Friday LAST DAY for returning Booking Forms and fees to Library for exhibits for the CRAFT EXHIBITION.

OCTOBER 5th Friday MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING in Library 10.30 - 12.30.  OCTOBER 6th Saturday RE-UNION 1985 PORTWAY PUPILS at Portway School at 7.45pm

OCTOBER 6th Saturday YELLOW FEST DAY at the Public Hall 10.45am till latish. 10.45am THE SQUEAKY KNEES PUPPET WORKSHOP 12 noon GIMBLE IN THE JUNGLE new show for children 3-7 years. Tickets at door £1 Adults, children 50p. 4pm The Evergreens and Friends TEA DANCE 7.30 THE INSTANT WIT SHOW, tickets £3 (£2 conc) available at the door.

OCTOBER 10th Wednesday BLOOD DONOR SESSIONS at the Baptist Church Hall, Station Road 1.30pm - 3.15pm and 5pm - 7.15pm

OCTOBER 11th, 12th, 13th Thursday, Friday, Saturday GRAINGER PLAYERS PRODUCTION 'At Your Request' at the Public Hall at 7.15pm. Tickets Adults £3, children £1.50. Available from Liz Flowers, High Street

OCTOBER 11th Thursday SEA MILLS TEA DANCE at the Methodist Church Hall, The Square 2.30pm - 4.30pm with Dave Morey. Admission £1.

OCTOBER 16th Tuesday St Andrew's Ladies meet 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth to hear 'Living with a Crook,' by O. Rogerson.

OCTOBER 16th Tuesday RAILWAY MODELLERS 7.30pm at the Public Hall.

OCTOBER 17th Wednesday SHIREHAMPTON STITCHERS at 7.30pm at the Public Hall.

OCTOBER 17th Wednesday WOMEN'S INSTITUTE meets 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall AGM.

OCTOBER 17th Wednesday HAPPY HEARTS WEST meets at Beachley Walk Centre 7.30pm

OCTOBER 20th STAMP FAIR, Public Hall 9am - 4pm.

OCTOBER 26th Thursday SEAS MILLS TEA DANCE at the Methodist Church Hall, The Square, Sea Mills 2.30 - 4.30pm with John Hutton.

OCTOBER 27th Friday COTSWOLD SEQUENCE DANCE at the Cotswold Centre 8pm - 10.30pm.

OCTOBER 29th Monday  - Friday November 2nd both dates inclusive HALF TERM HOLIDAY for all local schools.

OCTOBER 29th Monday DAY FOR HANDING IN EXHIBITS for the CRAFT EXHIBITION 9.30am - 6pm at the Public Hall.

OCTOBER 30th CRAFT EXHIBITION Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 6pm and Saturday November 3rd 10am - 5pm at the Public Hall.


Every Monday from 2.30pm until 4pm Ladies Club. New members welcome Tuesday Evening Weekly 6.45pm-8.15pm. Come and join a pleasant game of Bingo last Friday of the month, a very enjoyable evening, everyone welcome to Sequence & Other Dances * 8pm-10.30pm. Have your birthday or children's parties or any function at our very convenient hall. All facilities available at reasonable prices.


Lord grant me a steady hand
and watchful eye,
That no person may be hurt
When I pass by,
Thou gavest life I pray no act of mine,
May take away or mar that act of thine.

Shelter those dear Lord who bear me company
from evil of fire and all calamity.
Teach me to use my car for others need,
nor miss through love of speed
The beauty of this world, that thus I may
with joy and courtesy go on my way.

G. Burke

A Face Lift for Shire Public Hall

There has been mad activity at the Public Hall over August whilst the main hall has been refurbished. During the month several windows were replaced, leaks were mended, plastering was carried out, cupboards were built, the floor was stripped and coated and the whole main hall repainted, Bristol City Council was very accommodating about getting the repairs done in time for the commencement of other work stated on the schedule, which is being paid for by us (and more about that in a minute!) The result looks stupendous and has immensely cheered up us and all the users.  The OYellow-Fest' day on October 6th has been planned as a celebration and an opportunity for members of the community to come and see the main hall in action again.

Our various skilled workmen were tremendous and very co-operative about fitting into the tight time-scale. Rob Armstrong, carpenter, made the handsome cupboards and radiator shields, much admired by all and which will hopefully make the hall more orderly. The skillfully-renovated floor is courtesy of South West Flooring's Mike Flanders and the painting ­ a daunting task ­ was the work of Steve Chamberlain, whose team even got it finished three days early. We need some new curtains to do it justice, but we have to worry about that job later!

The re-painting job was far beyond what the Community Association could afford, however, and we would like to tender very sincere thanks to Hemmings Waste Management Company and OShire' for their funding to make the Oface-lift' possible. We hope that users and bookers of the hall will like it all. We feel we can now face the 21st century!

Kate Pollard, Public Hall Development Officer

Welcome back to D & O Drapers

We welcome the return of Mrs Bridget Kerbes of D & O Drapers to her shop in the High street, where she stocks a large variety of haberdashery, sewing materials etc.

For our own advantage, let's give her and other traders our support ­ we need our handy local shops to keep the village alive!


The Group Practice invites you to attend for a vaccination against  influenza. You do not need to Ophone for an appointment. Just turn up at one of the sessions details below.

Shirehampton Health Centre

Saturday 6th October between 9.00am - 11.30am
Saturday 27th October between 9.00am - 11.30am
tuesday 9th October between 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Thursday 25th October between 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Capel Road Dates and Times are as follows:

Friday 5th October between 9.15am - 10.30am
Friday 26th October between 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Home visits will be made only when absolutely necessary and when there is no relative available to bring the patient to one of the above sessions.  Why you!

There is now good evidence that immunisation of those at highest risk reduces hospital admissions and cuts down the time off work.  The Department of Health's policy continues to be that those people with underlying diseases which put them at special risk from flu should be offered annual immunisation as a routine.

To continue the policy started in 2000, we have been advised to immunise everyone aged 65 years and over.

Those patients with the following indications will be contacted:

·        Chronic respiratory diseases - including asthma
.        Chronic heart disease
·        Chronic renal disease
·        Diabetes Mellitis
·        All people over the age of 65 years

With nearly 3,000 patients falling into the above categories we would ask you NOT to telephone the Health Centre unless it is for a Home Visit. We would thank you for your co-operation.

Tel: 0117 916 2226


Blood donors are wanted. The National Blood Service needs to collect 10,000 units of blood from doners to make sure hospital patients get the lifesaving treatment they need. In August due to people going away on holiday blood stocks traditionally dip. New and lapsed doners welcome and you can just turn up on the day, there is a blood donating session once a month at the Baptist Church Hall. For times and date, look at the 'What's on in October'.

If you would like to become a blood donor then contact the donor helpline on 0845 7711711.


Musical Playtime, a group for mums/carers and toddlers meets at Avonmouth Community Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10-11, during term time.  We sing songs, learn nursery rhymes, play games and have fun. Come and join us an Tuesday ­ 50p per session and the first session is free.  Tel: Ann 01934 834306.


The Clocks Go Back on Sunday, October 28th, so it will get darker earlier in the evenings.

St Mary's News

Hi Folks!

Here we are in early Autumns - the end of Summer for all of us, but a new beginning for the parish and St Mary's as we welcome our new incumbent Canon Christine Froude. Her presence is more than welcome after a 14 month interregnum. I had the good fortune to meet this lady before her Licensing and Installation Service on Tuesday, 18th September, 2001. She is a charming person with a bright and bubbly personality and I am confident she and her husband David will very quickly settle into their new home and become familiar figures around Shirehampton together with their son and daughter.  Canon Christine did say she was amused to find she had a kitchen at the front of the Vicarage whereby she could look out of the window and see people going by! So if you see her slaving over the kitchen sink, give her a wave ­ I can guarantee you will get a cheery wave back!  Beryl White has asked me to remind you all that she is holding a Coffee Morning in the Church in aid of Mercy Ships. Available at the same time for sale will be homemade cakes, pickles, chutney and marmalade. Please support this worthy cause ­ the Mercy Ships visit Third World Countries offering complete medical treatment to people who would normally be denied such facilities. Oh! I've just seen Beryl's note that tombola and Christmas gifts are also available on that day ­ so keep the 27th October to the forefront in your diary!

I am sorry to report the death last month of Herbert (Sam) Simmons of Pembroke Road. Sam who was the husband of Lilian and father of Stephen who is a long-time Server and choir member at St Mary's. Sam was a familiar figure around Shirehampton up until his retirement from the Post Office. I used to see him regularly cycling down to Avonmouth Sorting Office as I was about to end my night shift. To Lilian and Steve we offer our heartfelt sympathy and remember them both in our prayers at this sad time.  Now I must conclude on a brighter note by informing you that Bernard Waller has once again arranged a Skittles Even ing at Hallen Community on Friday 9th November 2001. This is always a very popular social event and the refreshments are always brilliant ­ further details next month ­ so watch this space! I hope Canon Christine and her family play skittles ­ if they didn't before they will now!

On the other hand they may show us all up and show us how skittles should be really played!!!

Bye for now C.M.E.

Mr herbert simmons

Mr Herbert Simmons sadly passed away on August 28th. he was a retired postman working from the Avonmouth office, collecting and delivering the mail around Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth. He did this for about 35 years, retiring in 1986. Soon after retiring he started doing his bit for OShire' helping to count the bundles and delivering the paper for all the people living and working in the High Street. This he enjoyed doing very much, and only gave up when his illness prevented him from doing it.

IN MEMORY 02/09/01

I am saddened at the passing of Herbert (Sam) Simmons, on of Shirehampton's gentlemen. As his mother and mine (Mrs. Yeoman) were close friends, he has been a link with our younger days with happy childhood memories.  It is with great admiration that I send condolences to Lilian for her courage and care and to Stephen for his support.

Dorothy Wooller

Bristol Outreach Library Service

Volunteers Required for library service for housebound people. Ring 0117 9661508 please.


Due to a fire at Robin Cousins Centre we were closed for approximately 24 days causing a great deal of inconvenience to our customers and also our own staff. We re-opened on Monday, 2nd July. Although we had no bar facilities and unfortunately cold showers, it was felt we needed to offer some sort of service to our customers. We also gave our direct debit members a free month to make up for the time they had missed.

I would like to thank all our customers for putting up with the conditions while the repair work is still going on, hopefully this will be done as soon as possible. The fire has caused a great deal of damage but the good news is that we will get a brand new boiler for the showers and a bar from Kingsdown. The reception area and corridors, bar, lounge, outcellar, inner cellar and last but not least our kitchen area, will be fully redecorated ­so something good has come out of the black cloud that was hanging around our Centre.

I would like to tell you about our programme which includes some new changes which we hope will increase the number of people taking part. Don't forget mums, we also run a creche 4 days a week (5 and under). You will find a warm welcome from the friendly staff and relaxed environment to carry out the activity of your choice. Below is a list of classes and times. Hope to see you soon.

Reduced cost for those holding a leisure card.

Monday: 6.30-7.30pm, Circuit Training, £3.10; 7.30-8.30pm, Total Body Workout, £3.10.

Tuesday: 10.45-11.45am 50+ Conditioning, £2.10; 7.30-8.30pm, Weighted Workout, £3.10.

Wednesday: 10.00-11.00am, Total Body Workout, £2.90; 7.30-8.30pm, Aerobics, £3.10.

Thursday: 10.00-11.00am, Aerobics, £2.90; 7.00-8.00pm, Circuit Training, £3.10.

Friday: 10.00-11.00am, Hips, Bums & Tums, £2.90.

Sunday: 11.00-12.00 noon, Hips, Bums & Tums, £2.90; 12.30-1.30pm, Karate Aerobics, price to be advised; 1.30-2.30pm, Yoga, price to be advised; 9.30-11.00am, Roller Skating, under 14s, price to be advised.


The history of Shirehampton Park Golf Club is being collated. At the start of this project, it was noted that founding year given was 1907. However the course was shown as a full 18 holes at this time and not 9 holes as always talked about.

Looking into these dates more closely, it now transpires the inaugural meeting was in fact 1904 - so in 3 years time we will be celebrating 100 years of existence. (Our predecessors, by the way, celebrated 50 years in 1957!).

Having lost all our records pre 1937 due to the disastrous fire that year (your paper recorded the events) information has been extremely difficult to obtain.

To anyone who has had friends or relatives who were members of Shirehampton Park Golf Club in the 1910s, 1920s or 1930s and has information or photos, your help would be much appreciated. Also any photos of the American Army Camp on the course in the 1940s.

We would like to know more about the following members - and photos if possible.

Major General R. M. Clifford Sunnyhill Shirehampton
F. R Babb Redland
Dr Lycett Burd Shirehampton
Col Baines and family Shirehampton
H. J. G. Rudman Shirehampton
B. H. Matthews and family Shirehampton
Percy Steadman

Information on the ladies who were members, in particular Ladies Captains from about 1907 to 1926 - and information and photos if possible on the following:

Miss R. McClinton Ladies Captain 1915
Mrs A. E. Smith Ladies Captain 1927
Mrs F. Brown Ladies Captain 1932
Mrs R. B. Arden Ladies Captain 1939
Mrs Denny Hon Sec 1920s Maybarn Cottage, Shirehampton
Miss Dorothy Capern Hon Sec 1915
Mrs Stuart Smith Hon Sec 1930
Mrs G. T. Ryan Hon Sec 1932 Inch Cottage, Shirehampton

Information to E. White 9687502.


Ladies - with the winter months ahead of us, why not join our Ladies Group where a warm welcome awaits you? We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm in St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth. So come along and give us a try - the first evening is free.


Following a fun and reasonably successful Summer League Campaign with friends from Lodway Hockey Club, Avonmouth Hockey Club has spent what was left of the summer preparing for the winter's season.  The first XI have returned to Brunel 2 having won Brunel 3 last season and the second XI will be consolidating their position in Brunel 3. Thankfully there will be none of those nerve racking interclub derby's this year.   It will be good to see the further development of the juniors into the second XI for both friendly games and league games and there is a strong section of juniors filling their places from the mini hockey ranks.  As ever due to injuries retirement and that some of us are better placed in the veterans team we are always looking for players, managers and umpires of all ages and abilities and welcome new members.

Training is on Monday nights at Gordano School Portishead, 7-8.30pm and games are on Saturday 1pm if its a home fixture. Junior training is also at Gordano School on Monday's 7-8.30pm and mini hockey will be on Tuesday's at St. Bernard's School, 6.30-7.30pm.

Anyone interested in any section of the hockey club please contact Sophie Lennox on 0117 9828039

Golden Wedding

On the 11th September 2001 Peter and Rosemarie Yeeles celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. A party was held at the PBA Sports and Social Club on the 8th. They have asked me to thank all their family and friends for all the gifts and cards, they were overwhelmed with all the kind thoughts and well wishes.

Mr & Mrs Yeeles, apart from a brief period, have lived in Shirehampton most of their lives and indeed went to Portway School. You may remember Mrs Yeeles, she worked in Lloyds the Chemist for more than 20 years, she started when it was Moss's.

P. Stenner, 21, St Bernard's Road.


Have you access to the internet. Are you interested in finding old school friends. I have found that both Shirehampton Junior School and Portway Community School can be found on You can register your details on line and who knows who might contact you!



a) to attract new swimmers
b) ensure access and inclusiveness
c) provide viable facilities
d) investing in young people
d) sustaining the level of swimming provision, as far as possible, during the research and implementation of the strategy.

Why Change

i) The age of the current pools, of which there are 9 in Bristol, some of them are beyond repair.
ii) Some do not meet the expectations of users and are not attractive to young people or families. Buildings, not easily accessible and few offer easy access to water for elderly, infirm or disabled.
iii) Numbers of people swimming declined 20% in Bristol between 1998 and 2001.
iv) Existing pools wrong width and depth compared with current needs and expectations and very little shallow water for young children to enjoy and learn to swim.
v) Swimming pools on their own are not as financially viable as sports centres which offer a variety of activities and services.

N.W Bristol Robin Cousins Sports Centre, possible replacement for Shirehampton pool. Benefits from existing sports facilities, subject to some up-grading and refurbishment.

Shirehampton Pool. Possible redevelopment to existing site to provide swimming pool and health and fitness facilities, may lead to temporary closure while work is in progress. This is only a brief summary of the booklet 'Into the 21st Century' which has a questionnaire attached. Bristol City Council wants to know the views of local people, please let them know what you think by October 12th, if you are unable to pick up a questionnaire form, here is the address to write to: Swimming in Bristol (CMB/CNH), Bristol City Council, Freepost (BS6529), Bristol BS1 5ZZ.


Why not solve your gift problem by giving a local history book? Which are enjoyable today, and an investment for the future.

Despite the rumours that abound, copies of Ethel Thomas' local history books are still available, and furthermore, due to several reprints are offered at bargain prices. All are hard-backed editions, viz:-

DOWN THE OMOUTH is the story of Avonmouth's fascinating history with 128 pages and 123 photographs now priced £7.00.

SHIREHAMPTON STORY is the first ever published work devoted entirely to the history of Shirehampton, 218 pages and 148 photographs now priced £7.50.

WAR STORY is the account of BOTH Parishes during two World Wars, 272 pages, 176 photographs now priced £8.00. (N.B. a copy of this book is at the Imperial War Museum).

All these books are now available at the Shirehampton Studio (Colin Momber's Photographic Shop), 39 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton.

New Football Season

Shirehampton FC have started their 2001/2002 season at the Recreation Ground, Penpole Lane. The First team play in the Somerset County Premier league and the reserves play in the Bristol Premier Combination Division 1.  Training has commenced on a Tuesday night, 7pm at the clubhouse in Penpole Lane and all new players and supporters are welcome. For more information contact Mike Wiltshire on 968 5938.

Forthcoming fixtures

1st Team

29th Sept - Fry Club
6th Oct - Keynsham Res (CUP) (H)
13th Oct - Castle Cary (A)
20th Oct - (GFA CUP TBA)
27th Oct - Bridgwater Town (A)


29th Sept -  6th Oct - Nicholas Wanderers
13th Oct - Winterbourne Res (H)
20th Oct - (GFA CUP TBA)
27th Oct - Olveston United (H)


Dear Sirs,

Re: Telephone enquiry I have sent a copy of photograph taken on an outing to London from St. Bernard's School, 1950. Would appreciate if you could publish in the paper as I cannot put names to faces, also if anybody on photo wishes a copy I can get them done, if they wish to contact me.

Thank you,

Mr. N. Butler

Library news extra

Coffee Morning on the 1st Friday of each month starting on 5th October, 10.30 until 12.30.

Report on the meeting of the Shirehampton Community Group held on 25th July In our September edition of OShire' we published the above report on page 5 and since then we have received a letter requesting the following amendments to be made:

Under Section (b) General, the following sentence is included ­'As far as neighbourhood watch is concerned Mrs Rosemary Clark of 42. Station Road is willing to take over the Co-ordinator's role.'

This should be amended to read: Ms Rosemary A. Clarke has agreed to become Co-ordinator for a proposed Neighbourhood Watch group covering Station Road and part of Springfield Avenue.' Ms Clarke points out she is not Co-ordinator for the whole of Shirehampton!


Dear Sir,

What a great pity the anonymous article under the heading 'A Wrinkly's Concern' published in August SHIRE paper, whilst it was interesting, IT MISSED THE POINT ENTIRELY.

Having had a frightening experience some weeks ago outside the Royal Main Sorting Office, Avonmouth, when I was nearly knocked down by kids riding their mountain bikes on the pavement, and again in Cook Street on Sunday, was nearly knocked down by a bike and frightened, I decided to ask the Police what the position is by law.

Avonmouth Police Station told me that it was an OFFENCE for anybody to ride their bikes on the pavement, which carries a £40 fine. Should it happen again I was advised to phone 01275 818181 as soon as it happens, and I strongly advise readers to do the same thing.


Mrs. Ethel Thomas

From the USA

Dear Editor,

I just had to send an e-mail to say how much it meant to me to hear the Royal Guards play God Bless America today letting us here in America know that you stand with us. It made me so proud to be British. I have lived in New York since 1968, I grew up in Lawrence Weston, so I consider myself very lucky yo have two good homes in the two greatest countries in the world. We will pull together from this and a someone said today they have awakened a Osleeping giant?!!!!' God Bless the British and God Bless the Americans.   Angels Davidson (Evans)


Mon        10am-1pm         2-5pm
Tue        Closed         Closed
Wed        10am-1pm         2-5pm
Thurs    Closed        Closed
Fri        10am-1pm         2-5pm
Sat        10am-1pm         2-4pm

Avonmouth Clinical Waste Incinerator

Recently there were some rather emotional and exaggerated statements being passed around the village concerning the incineration of radioactive material at Avonmouth.

I was accompanied by Roy Dacombe and Pauline Llewllyn from the Governors of Shirehampton Primary School on a visit to the Clinical Waste Incinerator at Holesmouth and thought the facts should be made clear to our community.  The plant is now owned by BFH Group who already operate four installations in the country to dispose of clinical waste from our hospitals, some of which contains and amount of low-level radioactive material. This comes from X-ray departments and from cancer treatments.

The Group does have a licence to dispose of Low-Level Radioactive Waste and the limits imposed are closely monitored by the Environment Agency.  Although at present the site only takes waste from the Clinical waste sector should any other source show an interest in the incinerator this could only be taken if it fell within the Environment Agency Authorisation.  We were impressed by the controls being operated at the plant and assume that the general public would wish that clinical and low-level radioactive waste from our hospitals was disposed of in a safe and controlled manner.  We are confident that the plant poses no risk to the residents of Avonmouth, Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston, and are happy to have established a contact with the management.

Bob Chubb


When we first came to live in the avenue, we asked the Council what had happened to the trees. An avenue is a tree lined thoroughfare, isn't it?  Well yes, but the original trees had been removed to take way for service mains, and garage entrances, and there would be little hope of replacing them. So, we and one or two neighbours, tried a window box instead. A t about the same time, Councillor Lukins arranged for some most welcome flower baskets around the green, and the idea has spread. Now as we look up the road we can see about fifteen hanging baskets or window boxes, and the effect is delightful; and with the mild winters we now seem to have, we can keep them going for most of the year. Do consider installing one, if you haven't already done so. And no, they have not been vandalised.  B.M.D.


Editor, Attached are two photographs for your use in the Shire paper. One picture is of the infants school taken around 1937. I know many will enjoy seeing themselves after all those years. Another picture is of the Portway Girls Swim Team 1945 vintage. These were some of the beautiful girls of the village.

Best wishes and good health to all the staff at the Shire. John Rogers, St.

Louis, USA.


Many readers of 'Shire' who purchased a copy of our oral history of Avonmouth 'A Mouthful of Memories' will be pleased to know the sequel will be available in early October. It has even more memories than the first book and will give hours of pleasure for those wishing to indulge themselves in the nostalgia of days gone by.

The memories recorded span almost the whole of the 20th century, and are not only a valuable source of social history, but also humourous and entertaining. A lot of Shirehampton residents who have a past association with Avonmouth have contributed to the book, and our thanks to to all who have allowed us to travel with them down Memory Lane.   Thanks to donations from local firms towards the cost of printing, we have been able to subsidise the book which sells at just £6, and anyone who bought the first one will know what excellent value this is. To purchase, or reserve a copy(ies), please contact Judy Helme on 0117 9382849 (office hours) or drop me a note to 35 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton. We have a small number of the original book still available for anyone interested, and if you are looking for an idea for Christmas, either book would make an acceptable and original gift.

Judy Helme


Volunteers are needed to distribute 'SHIRE' in St. Bernard's Road from Hung Road to Woodwell and Nos. 596 to 636 on the Portway. Please ring 983 2663 if you are able to help.


Unfortunately, due to a printing error it was stated that there were 10 types of paper included in the Wordsearch Puzzle No. 42 instead of the correct number of 16. Therefore, we have to declare Puzzle No. 42 as null and void. However, to make amends this month's Puzzle for 10 Breeds of Sheep will be awarded prizes of £5.00 each for the first two correct entries opened. We apologise for the slip-up on this occasion.


Mondays October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

COTSWOLD LADIES CLUB meets weekly at the Cotswold Centre 2pm - 4pm. New members welcome.
WOMEN'S BRIGHT HOUR at the Methodist Church Hall 2.30pm for an interesting series of talks and demonstrations.
PLAYGROUP at the Beachley Walk Centre 9.15am - 11.15am during term time.
OVER  50'S SWIMMING in Shirehampton Baths 3pm.
JUDO at the Church Centre 7pm-9pm
SEA CADETS 7pm - 9.30pm.
GROVELEAZE YOUTH CLUB 7.15pm - 9.45pm.
AVONMOUTH RUGBY FOR GIRLS (13-16) 6pm at Barracks Lane KYOTO SHOTOKAN Karate Dojo Club train at St. Bernards School, 7.30pm.
AVONMOUTH LADIES HOCKEY club training 7.30pm-8.30pm Gordano School, Portishead
SEQUENCE DANCE at Public Hall 7.30pm

Tuesdays October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

TANG-SOO-DO at the Public Hall, (10 upwards) 7.30pm 9pm.
FIRST AID FOR CADETS organised by St. John Ambulance at Beachley Walk Centre Badgers 6pm - 7.45pm.
SEQUENCE DANCING at the Baptist Church Hall, Dancing 8.15-10.15pm.
PLAYGROUP at the Beachley Walk Centre 9.15am - 11.15am during term time.
TOT STOP for mothers with toddlers and babies 9.30am - 11.15am at the Baptist Church Hall.
SOFT  PLAY at  Robin Cousins for under 5s 1.30pm -3pm
AVONMOUTH Mini Hockey 6-7pm at Bristol and West Sports Club, Portway, for further details 982 8039.
SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB 7pm - 10pm at Portway School.
PORTWAY SWIMMING CLUB Meeting at 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Shirehampton Baths.
KARATE  at Church Centre 7pm - 8pm.
AVONMOUTH RUGBY Seniors at Rugby Club 7pm.
TAE KWON DO 6.00pm at Robin Cousins Sports Centre
SHIREHAMPTON CHOIR rehearsals for Concert 7.30pm at St. Mary's Church at Christmas
STOP SMOKING GROUP meets at Lawrence Weston Clinic. For details ring Mike Davies 982 3205.
SHIRE BADGERS SET ages 6-11 years 7pm at Beachley Walk Centre. New members welcome.
ARMY CADET FORCE 7.30pm-9pm at Guide Hut, Orchard Close, Shirehampton ­ for boys and girls.
MODERN DANCE (6 - 16 years old) 4.30pm at the Public Hall
SEQUENCE DANCE at Church Centre, 8pm-10pm

Wednesdays October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

PORTWAY SWIMMING CLUB at Bristol North Pool (County Standard).
(Alternate) WOMENS FELLOWSHIP  7.30 - 9,00pm St. Bernard's Hall.
BAPTIST WOMEN'S BRIGHT HOUR 2.45pm - 3.45 at the Baptist Church Hall.
CHOIR PRACTICE, Singing Voices, 7.00-8.30pm at St. Mary's Church Hall.
COFFEE MORNING 10am-12noon Methodist Church. All welcome.
PLAYGROUP at the Beachley Walk Centre 9.15am - 11.15am during term time.
TOT STOP  for mothers with toddlers and babies 9.30 am - 11.15am at the Baptist Church Hall.
NETBALL CLUB 7-9pm. Manor Farm, Portway. Ring 907 0269.

Thursdays October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB Seniors practice, 7pm.  AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB practice for Juniors & Colts 6pm ring 985 2426 for details.
SLIMMING WORLD 7pm-9pm Rear Hall Church Centre.
(Alternate) PORTWAY LADIES CLUB 7.30pm - 9.30pm Tythe Barn, High Street.
STROKE SUPPORT meets each week in the afternoons at the PBA Club, Nibley Road, for further details  Tel: 968 4207.
SEA CADETS 7pm - 9.30pm at the unit in Station Road.
PLAYGROUP at the Beachley Walk Centre 9.15am - 11.15am during term time.
SOFT PLAY for under 5 years at Robin Cousins 1.45-3.30pm.
SHIREHAMPTON GATEWAY CLUB at Groveleaze Youth Centre 7.30pm-9pm.
THE SHED 6.30pm at Baptist Church 3-6 school years.
LINE DANCING TUITION 2pm-3.30pm approx. Open Invitation to come along to Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road.
GRAINGER PLAYERS 7.30pm at Public Hall.

Fridays October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

AVONMOUTH RUGBY Colts and Juniors training at Rugby Club 6.00pm.
PORTWAY SWIMMING CLUB meets 7.30pm - 10pm at Henbury Baths.
JUDO at the Church Centre at 7pm-9pm
SHIREHAMPTON RED CROSS First Aid Cadets, Methodist Church Hall Penpole Ave 6-9pm.
EVERGREENS 2pm-4pm at the Public Hall, during term time.
GROVELEAZE YOUTH CLUB 7.15pm - 9.45pm.
PILLOW LACE CLUB 7-9pm at Public Hall.
ARMY CADET FORCE 7.30pm-9pm.
COFFEE & TEA available in the Baptist Church Hall Coffee Lounge 10-12 noon.
TAE KWON DO 6pm in the Portway Community School gym.
BINGO at Tythe Barn, High Street at 6.30pm.
BINGO at the Public Hall at 7pm.
AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road 7.30-9.30pm

Saturdays  October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

SHIREHAMPTON ALLOTMENT AND GARDEN ASSOCIATION at the hut on the Portway 10am - 12 noon.
PORTWAY SCHOOL SATURDAY CLUB for 8-13 yrs, 9am - 12 noon.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL 9am-11am, 7-14 years at Robin Cousins Sports Centre.
AVONMOUTH HOCKEY CLUB matches most Saturdays ring 982-8039.

Sundays October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

AVONMOUTH RUGBY Training sessions at Barracks Lane at 10am.
PORTWAY SWIMMING CLUB Henbury School Pool 3pm - 4pm.


During the school holidays we had two craft activity sessions where children came in and made masks, these were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and the imagination the children put into the decoration of the masks was a joy to behold (photo attached).

We had a puppet show attended by 24 children and their parents/carers, an enjoyable time was had by all.   We also ran our Summer Reading Scheme where children had to read 6 books to complete the scheme and then received a medal, certificate and a video hire voucher, of the 15 children to join 10 completed and their names have been put forward to the city wide draw for prizes. We would like to say 'Congratulations an well done' to them all:- Jack West, Tasmin Sheppard, Kimberley Sheppard, Reece Brooks, Todd Brooks, Kyle Brooks, Siobhan White, Sarah Armstrong, Adelaide Fisher and Lily Hastings.

Public Library Plan 1998 - 2001 is now available at Shirehampton Library.

Library Exemption Charges

Library charges exempt for Disabled People on: Spoken Word cassettes hire charge, Spoken Word cassettes ­ reservation fee, Large Print Books ­reservation fee. Please ask the Library staff for details.

Retirement of Christopher Beake, Vicar of Hanslope with Castlethorpe Older readers may remember Christopher who lived in his Oearly years' with his family on the Portway back on the 1950's. It has just been reported that he is to retire on  6th October as Vicar of Hanslope with Castlethorpe ­which is near Milton Keynes. He has been Vicar there since 1978. If Christopher or any of his family receive Shire I am sure we will wish him well in his retirement.

Guide HQ Diary

Monday 4pm-5.15pm 178th Rainbows for girls aged 4, 5-7 years; 5.30pm-7pm 120th Brownies for girls 7-11 years.

Wednesday 4.15-6pm 120th Rainbows for girls 4, 5-7 years; 6-7.45pm 178th Brownies for girls aged 7-11 years.

Thursday 7-9pm 189th Guides for girls aged 10-15 years.


If you would like to have a CHRISTMAS message printed in the DECEMBER issue of 'SHIRE' (£1 for 20 words) please let us have your greeting via the Library by NOVEMBER 10th.

Thank you.


An English red telephone kiosk in the middle of a small French town on the banks of the Siene, on the road somewhere between Rouen and Honfleur was something of a surprise. According to a survivor it is a memorial to a group of Canadian and British parachutists, who after taking part in a raid, prior to the second front invasion, who were marooned there. They had hoped to cross the wide river aided by the locals, in small boats a few at a time, as the Germans patrolled the river frequently. However, the Germans discovered their whereabouts and bombed them in their hideout. The telephone box was bought after the war as a reminder.

Have you got a wartime memory we might print?


The rising sun was just showing itself above the horizon, when George heard the alarm. The lamplighters were busy putting out the old gas lamps, as he made his way past the mill house to the lifeboat station. The boat and its crew made steady progress, against a heavy swell, towards the stricken vessel in the Bristol Channel. A message went out by ship's radio: ODon't give up hope, and anchor where you are, if you can.' The small boat was reached in the nick of time and the skipper's daughter flung herself into Fred the Mason's arms in a flood of gratitude.

(Can you find the names of eight local pubs hidden in this story? ­ G.O.)


I am writing a book on Bristol's middleweight of the 50s, Gordon Hazel, any recollections or information please to me, Lee Woodward, 39 Ludlow Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0DX.

THANK YOU To Mr. R. Goodway and Miss M. Goodway

Very many thanks for your help in distributing 'SHIRE' in St. Bernard's Road for very many years which is much appreciated I'm sure by your local residents. Miss Goodway will fortunately continue to deliver to part of Woodwell Road as in the past.

The 'SHIRE' team send you their thanks and best wishes for the future.