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WHAT'S ON IN DECEMBER

Christmas Greetings

Les Gray

As we go to press, we are very sorry to hear of the death of Les Gray on 22nd November, age 75. Our grateful thanks are due to him for his hand drawn illustrations which he completed especially for our 'SHIRE' calendars over many years and we also have pleasure in using these pictures from time to time in the 'SHIRE', as in this edition.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES FOR THE YEAR 2002

SHIRE Administrative Committee send Christmas Greetings and best wishes for the year 2002 to all our readers, with special thanks to our  advertisers, distributors and contributors, for their help and support in the year 2001.  We have once again used the hand-drawn pictures by Les Gray for the 'SHIRE' calendar and this gifted man will be very much missed in the future by many in the community and very much so by the 'SHIRE' team.  We also extend the compliments of the season and our grateful thanks to those who help us stage 'Carols on the Green'- especially the two bands, and those who organise and support us with both the art and craft exhibitions.   With their help we hope to continue with these special events far into the future.

The Carol Singing

It is hoped that after two Christmases when we have been 'rained off' the Green, for that this year the weather will be fine so that the fellow from The Ridge who has made a lantern on a stick specially to use on these occasions, this time will be lucky!!

We also wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the library staff and thank them for the excellent help which they continue to give us.  Margaret Ellison has continued with her very valuable work in reading 'SHIRE' onto tapes for the blind and partially sighted throughout the year, a service which is much appreciated in our neighbourhood.  Hoping you all will enjoy our 2002 editions and wishing you a HAPPY & JOYFUL CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

Launch of Shirehampton Action Forum

A Community Action Forum for Shirehampton has been launched, with the inaugural meeting being organised and chaired by Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association. The meeting was hosted by Penpole Tenants Association at their Community Centre on the Ridge on 22nd October. The meeting was organised by Ash Bearman, Community Development Officer with the Community Association, to take forward the issues raised in the Community Profile written by Ian Bone.

A wonderful buffet lunch preceded the meeting, which was exceptionally well attended by more than 30 people representing over 20 different statutory agencies, private enterprise and voluntary and community groups in shirehampton. The meeting was also attended by Dr Doug Naysmith MP and Counsellor Pat Roberts.The meeting followed a fairly formal agenda, but allowed plenty of time for open discussion and debate in order to arrive at a consensus of opinion as to which of the issues raised in the Community Profile were priorities. Ground rules and the following initial aims for the Forum were also agreed.

Initial Aims of the Forum:

  • To discuss the issues in the Community Profile, and come to a consensus of opinion as to the priorities.
  • To develop a strategic and multi agency approach to address the priority issues.
  • To establish links and support the work of other local initiatives e.g. Lawrence Weston Community Safety Forum.
  • To establish a working structure with regular meetings.
  • Establish good communication between Forum members .  ? To establish sun groups or working groups to address specific issues e.g housing, lack of youth activities etc.
  • To be inclusive and fully representative of all sections of the Shirehampton Community.
  • To be open to, and consult the residents of Shirehampton.

The meeting has established three sub groups being established to address issues around Community Safety, Housing and Youth. All three sub groups had about 40 minutes to get together, introduce themselves to each other and begin discussing which issues to focus on. All three sub hope to meet, and report back to the next meeting of the Forum to be held on 27th November.  In the near future the sub groups hope to open their meetings to consult with the wider public and achieve agreement on which issues to tackle first.

People representing an organisation-whether Statutory or voluntary, or concerned local residents who would like to know more or join the Forum please contact Ash Bearman at The Public Hall (982 9963).

Volunteering in  Bristol - and Shire!

In the November issue of Shire, I reported that the Public Hall had set up an arrangement with the excellent Volunteering Bristol organisation to display their leaflets in our entrance hall so that Shire People could get information about volunteering opportunities in Bristol as a whole. I'm sad to report that that hasn't yet materialised,maybe because Volunteering Bristol is going through a change of staff at present. I'll let you know when the info arrives. What I didn't report on was that the Public Hall had worked up a similar volunteering bureau for Shire - called Volunteering Shire - and that we had applied to various bodies including the Council, for financial support to run it. This is because it would need a part-time worker to develop and administrate it, and because of the kind of projects we were planning, it would need tools and equipment and lots of time to work with local groups and beyond all of that, some TLC to get it off the ground!

Sadly, we were largely unsuccessful, but the Council generously said we could at least have another stab at fundraising and setting it up because they liked the idea and were keen to support it. So I shall be working on this in the near future and hopefully, can turn it around so it'll be a case of 'Watch this Space'!

Meanwhile, we have a great asset here in Shirehampton, the 'SHIRE' community newspaper which penetrates all households in the area, and with their help we can make a start on seeing what Shire groups need and who is out there who'd like to help. We're kicking off with our first 'ad' and if you'd like to put some info about your group's needs, or if you're a person who needs something different to get their teeth into, or you have a need to get back into the mainstream, or whatever, please address anything you would like printed in this column to me, Kate Pollard, at the Public Hall, Station Rd, Shire, BS11 9TX, or ring me on 9829963.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT: Beachley Walk Lunch Club.

The Wednesday Lunch Club at Beachley Walk, established for 12 yrs, provides a weekly get-together for older and mainly House-bound residents of Shirehampton district. with a good social atmosphere, and freshly cooked meals, it is much appreciated and enjoyed by the members, who will shortly be relishing the annual free Xmas lunch, when the volunteers will join them in the meal.

The club is volunteer dependant. If you like a social atmosphere, good company, and get fulfilment from helping, why not come along. Age is not important, previous catering experience would be helpful, but not essential.

Spare a few hours a week, and take pleasure from it. Ring John Miller on 01454 202023 or 0117 9822142 on Wednesday mornings, or just drop in and take a look on Wednesdays. You will be welcome!

LIBRARY INFORMATION

Monthly Coffee Morning - Friday, 7th December 10.30 - 12.30
Christmas Coffee Morning - Friday 21st December 10.30 - 12.30

Christmas Hours

Monday, 24th December 10.00 - close at 1 p.m.
Tuesday 25th Wednesday, 26th  Thursday, 27th CLOSED
Friday,28th 10.00 - 1.00 2.00 - 5.00
Saturday, 29th 10.00 - 1.00 2.00 - 4.00

NORMAL HOURS AFTER THIS.

ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY 'FORT ROSALIE' ON DUTY

Captain H.H. Grant, treasurer of the Bristol Branch of the Merchant Navy Association , has forwarded this spectacular photograph to us which was sent to him by Chris Inker, a long-time resident of Shirehampton and a member of the association.

Chris and his shipmates went out to Oman on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary 'Fort Rosalie' on an exercise with Royal Navy ships - they were hoping to come home for Christmas, but the Afghan War has intervened and most of the ships in the photograph will be fully occupied backing up and supporting the British Forces as they become involved in the conflict.  Although Chris has been in the Merchant Navy for thirty eight years and no doubt has had many Christmas dinners at sea, many of us will be thinking of our absent friends as the Festive Season approaches. If anyone wishes to cheer up the lads and raise their morale, then a card to the following address would please them:- Chris Inker, Quartermaster, 'Fort Rosalie', British Forces Post Office 441, ships. An ordinary first class stamp is sufficient and the last date for posting is 7th December.

SHIREHAMPTON GROUP PRACTICE

Health Centre must  'ring the changes' again!

Patients of the Group Practice will know that when they need to contact a doctor outside of normal surgery hours, they are to ring the North Bristol Doctors' Co-op. At the moment if you ring the surgery, you will get an answer machine number giving you the Co-op's number. From the middle of December, however, when you ring the surgery number out of hours, your call will automatically be diverted to NHS direct. After an initial assessment to check how urgent your call is, they will take your details and arrange for a nurse to call you back to deal with your query. If they then feel that you need a doctor's visit, they will tell you what to do next. This is a new Government initiative to encourage the various health organisations to work together to deliver a more effective, streamlined service to you. We leave it to you to decide if it works! Unfortunately, it comes very soon after recent changes to the procedure for contacting a doctor out of normal hours, which I am sure will, leave patients feeling frustrated with trying to keep up! We can only apologise and hope that the information we provide is clear and concise pick up a leaflet from the Health Centre to put near your telephone. So in summary:

Need a doctor outside of normal surgery hours? Telephone 0117 916 2226

Saturday morning surgery times have changed we now open from 8.30am until 11.00am and are there for emergency consultations only. After 11.00am the telephone will automatically divert to NHS Direct as above.

At lunchtime, the Health Centre has always been closed from 12.30pm until 1.30pm and this continues. In addition, however, the telephone switchboard will be closed, except for any emergencies. This gives the staff time to have a well-deserved break from incoming calls but more importantly time to deal with the many queries that come in throughout the morning.

If you have a medical emergency during this time, then please telephone 0117 9162228.

As always, we continue to strive to provide you with an efficient, comprehensive GP service and look to find the most effective way to use our very limited resources. Should you have any matters of concern you wish to discuss, please contact Carole Brooke, Practice Manager on 0117 9162225.

ACCIDENT UNDER THE IRON BRIDGE

On Thursday, 15th November, an accident occurred under the Iron Bridge, when a man was knocked off his bicycle. A local lady was kind enough to provide a blanket to cover him awaiting the ambulance, but she didn't leave her address. If this belongs to you, please ring Sophie Lennox on 982 9515 to make arrangements for its return.

HOUSEHOLD HELP

Lady requires work locally doing housework, shopping, cleaning, ironing, etc. She is willing and able but has some reading and writing difficulties.   Reasonable rates.

Enquiries - please telephone evenings on 9829284.

NEWS FROM 191st ST. MARY'S SCOUT TROOP

On Friday, 26th October, Bryan Williams, Ajah Rathbone and Jason Harvey were invested into the 101st st. Mary's (Shirehampton) Scout Troop. 'the ceremony took place in the Scout Headquarters, St. Mary's Road, and the boys were welcomed in by the troop and parents.

Scouts meet at 7.30pm in the Scout Headquarters, St. Mary's Road, every Friday evening. If you are interested, call in or Ophone the Scout Leader - Grant Watkins, on 938 0740.

Members of the 191st Scout Group at their first camp in 1935, at Stalbridge Dorset. L. to E. ref Clarke, Rec, Burnley, Sid Camp, Don Carter, Chas Ford, Ivor Clark, Den Handford and X (anyone  know his name?). 

L. to R. Chas Ford - who started a lifetime of Scouting in 1928 in the 150th Cubs, and two Boy's Brigade Members, John and Eddie Beatty, photo taken in 1935.

TO OUR READERS - ANY SCOUTING MEMORIES TO INCLUDE IN OUR PAGES ?

MONSTER BASH SUCCESS!!

Shire After School Club would like to thank the community of Shirehampton and its surrounding area for the overwhelming support it gave to  our first ever fundraising event on 31 October at the event- a disco- 326 was raised towards Club equipment and also towards the Club's first outing to the cinema to see Harry Potter.

The support of our local shops and businesses who advertised the Monster Bash was central to its success, and we would like to give them all our grateful thanks. Very special thanks also go to Megabowl, Victoria Wine, Warner Brothers, John Nike Leisure, and Avon Valley Country Farm for their raffle prize donations. All the lucky winners received vouchers for extremely nice family treats.

Playleaders and organisers Ali and Jacqui would also like to give special thanks to their friends and family, and also Club parents, who all did a great job helping on the night. We hope that our Ofriends 'will increase in number, because the Club is thriving and with rising numbers of members we do need more OWalkers Ofrom schools to the hall, especially St. Bernards - (there is some remuneration for Walking).

Our next event is our first AGM on November 27th, (we will report on this in the next Shire), and then WATCH THIS SPACE for our next fundraising event!!

Ali and Jacqui

Shire After School Club

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Shirehampton Choir present their Christmas Concert this year on Sunday, 9th December, in St. Mary's  Church, Shirehampton, commencing at 2.30pm.   Our special guest joining the Choir this year is Miss Charlotte Newstead, soprano, who sang with  us a few years ago at Easter. We also have flautist Gemma Harvey performing a duet with Gil Osman on the piano. There will also be a special surprise!

There will be some favourite carols for the audience to join in with, so come along and start the festive season with us.

ADMISSION IS FREE as always, but all th proceeds from the collection which is made will go to St. Peter's Hospice.

PLEASE JOIN US ON THE 9th

Derek Harvey.

Shirehampton FC 50 years Celebration

The coming year, 2002 will mark 50 years of Shirehampton FC Originally under the name Shirehampton Sports they were formed in 1952 by a group of local lads led by the then chairman Fred Coleman, playing in the former Bristol Church of England league at the lamplighters playing field in Shirehampton, changing in the public house adjacent to the fields.  The late 1950's saw them move to their current HQ at the Recreation Ground in Penpole Lane and changing their name to Shirehampton FC in the late 1960's.

Currently the football club runs  teams playing in the Somerset County League, the Bristol Premier Combination and the Bristol and District league.

Shirehampton FC are to hold a celebration dinner to mark their 50th anniversary that will be held at the Bristol County Ground home of Gloucester County Cricket Club.

For more information and the availability of tickets for this event, please contact the club president Kelvin Gordon on 973 9990 or the club secretary Graham Brunsdon on 9078042.

All ex players, supporters and members are very welcome.

Forthcoming fixtures at Penpole Lane KO 2.30pm

1st DEC Cup 8th DEC Rangeworthy (2nd X1) 15th DEC Nailsea Town (1st X1) 22nd DEC Portishead (1st X1) 26th DEC Clevedon Utd (1st X1) 29th DEC Backwell Utd (1st X1) 1st JAN TBA 5th JAN DRG Stapleton (2nd X1)

KINGSWESTON PRESERVATION SOCIETY

There will be a GENERAL MEETING to discuss local issues at Kingsweston School on Tuesday4th December, 2001 at 7.30p.m.  This will be followed by a slide presentation and talk by John Tully on Garden Birds and their feeding and nesting requirements and how to attract them to your garden. COFFEE AND MINCE PIES WILL BE SERVED.   Non-members are welcome at all their meetings. They encourage anyone who shares an interest in Kingsweston area to join the Society.

Dear Sir,

I had two of my young grandchildren staying with me at the weekend, and on Saturday I took them for an hour to the playground in Springfield Avenue and I thought what a mess it is in. There were no small swings, it looked as though they had been broken, and the grass was fairly long.  Their home play area is Cotham Gardens in Redland and it is lovely there.  Why can't it be the same in Shirehampton as in Redland, I don't call it fair, I hope the local M.P. reads this or someone from the Council House.

Yours Faithfully

S.S.Burgess

SENSELESS DEATH ON THE GREENWAY

Many of you will be aware of the scourge of the young lads on motor-bikes who constantly blight our lives when out for a quiet stroll in our own little bit of countryside.

They've continued to provoke and defy unchallenged. But on Sunday November 4th, an incident occurred which should spur people into stopping them.  A women was walking her 13 year old dog along the cycle path when it became startled by a boy on a motor-bike. Before anyone could react, the dog had been mown down by the bike.

She was rushed to the Clinic at St. Philips but was found to be too badly injured to be saved.

The family are absolutely devastated at the senseless death of their beloved pet. The boy. oh, he got back on his bike and rode away. 

Appalled.

The Grainger Players

Dear Editor,

The recent performance put on by the Grainger Players was most entertaining and Marina and I had a wonderful evening. We very much look forward to the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2002 - ! wonder what he Players will get up to then!

As usual, the Grainger Players continue to give the Bristol Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society their support, and they raised 66.00 during collections at their performances.

Thankyou to all who so willingly gave.

Barrie Griffiths, Fundraiser & Publicity Officer.

THANK YOU TO SKITTLE TEAM MEMBERS

The members of Tythe Barn would like to say a big 'THANKYOU' TO Mr.  Champion and members of all Skittle Teams for their very generous cheque, which is very much appreciated.

We wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, and once again our thanks.  

BARBARA PULLIN, CHAIRPERSON, TYTHE BARN.

ESTUARY WILDLIFE GROUP

At long, long last, the group has achieved a tremendous goal. After the desperate set-back caused by the terrible foot and mouth epidemic, we now have our pond at the wild-life site.

Saturday, 27th October, dawned bright and clear. Armed with spades, rakes and wheelbarrows, the Group, along with several 'shand-hai'd' volunteers descended on the site bright and early - it needed to be early to help shovel two lorry loads of sand into the bottom of the pond, then rake it - swiftly followed by the first of two liners. That liner was easy, nice and light. but then came the geo-textile liner, extremely thick and heavy - hence the 'shang-Hai'd volunteers from Avonmouth Football Club.  At the time of writing, plants are now being added to the pond. By next year, wildlife will hopefully have colonised it as well.  Huge thanks, and a big 'well done' to the following for all the hard work:-Jan Walters (Bristol City Council Wildlife Officer), Ian (Park Ranger), Adele and friend (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers), Judy and Dick Helme, Edna Canby, Jeff and Bobbie Perkins, Kathy and Tony Wilkes, Jayne Warren, Sue Davies, the lorry driver and digger driver,and from Avonmouth Football Club:-Phil Perkins, Matt Shaugnessy, Sami Hypia (a.k.a. Pete Shaugnessy, Scott Abbott, and Adam Ridgeway.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the group and the wildlife site can contact Bobbie on 983 1029.

Shirehampton Community Safety Forum

The first meeting of the Community Safety Forum (part of the Shirehampton Community Action Forum) was held on the 19th November at Penpole TA. The meeting was well attended by representatives from six different agencies and community groups.

The meeting resulted in a clear list of objectives to tackle the Community Safety concerns raised in the Community Profile. One of the primary aims is to keep the residents of Shire well informed and consult widely. To this end the cut out coupon below is for you to advise and inform the Forum of issues you are concerned about. This is the first step ion a range of consultation methods. YOUR VIEWS AND OPINIONS MATTER.

You may phone your issues through to Ash Bearman, Community Development

Officer at Shire Public Hall on 982 9963, or complete the form online at

www.shire.org.uk

A full meeting of the findings will be published in the Jan/Feb issue of The Shire.

NEW FACE ON THE SHIRE BEAT

During November P.C. Steve BELL joined the Shirehampton Beat replacing P.C.

Gareth  Davies who has moved to pastures new.

Steve will be working along side P.C. Martin WILLS tackling problems within the Shirehampton Beat which covers the area between Kingsweston lane and the Portway.

Steve Stationed at Avonmouth Police Station for the last four years has knowledge of the issues relating to the beat and is keen to tackle them in partnership with you the local community.

Steve has experience of problem solving policing having been the Beat Manager for Avonmouth Village for the last 12 months and is keen to implement a drop in surgery over the coming months.  If you see Steve around the area please stop and say hello.  Steve and Martin can be contacted at Avonmouth Police Station Telephone number 01275 818181.

A GOODLY FRAGRANCE

Shrubs with berries cheer up our autumn gardens and Pyracantha with its brilliant crop of red, orange or yellow fruits is one of the most rewarding.

The starlings think so too, and by November they have decided that the berries are ripe enough for a feast. Do birds have a sense of smell?  Whatever the reason, they come in cheerful flocks-perhaps last year's fledglings - strip the shrubs day by day, starting at the top where there is less danger from cats, and work gradually down to ground level. They are untidy feeders, and throw around the choice morsels      kindly arrange for them on the bird-table. They remind me of their human counterparts, who at lunchtime descend to the shops in our village from whence come those fragrant odours of pasties, sausage rolls and the like, and devour them with relish; but they throw the wrappings all over the place, to be tidied up by oldies like me. Come on, boys and girls, there are plenty of rubbish bins, and if you can't see one, ask the shopkeeper. Let's have a tidy village for Christmas.

BMD.

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

Within a few short weeks Christmas will be with us - children will be very excited in anticipation of receiving presents & Mums & Dads exceedingly busy preparing for the festivities when most families get together, It is also a busy time for the Christian church as well, as Advent is the season when the new Church year begins. Advent Sunday this year is on the 2nd December and we shall be doing something we've never done before - we are going to have an Advent Carol Service at 6pm on that day. What a wonderful way to commence our preparation for Christmas. It will be a Service of Advent Lessons & Carols by candlelight - so please come and join us - everyone is welcome. I was going to say the atmosphere may well be 'electric' - but I can't because there will be only candles!!!  The following Sunday afternoon - 9th December - is the day of our Annual Christmas Concert - the collection this year is to be donated to St. Peter's Hospice. The Concert commences at 2.30pm so make sure you arrive early so you have your choice of seat!

At 6pm on Sunday 16th December we shall be having our usual Service of Nine Lessons & Carols - please support this event as well (this year you will have two Carol Services for the price of one - Supermarkets make tempting offers at Christmas - well St. Mary's is doing the same!) Now read on, because we have further wonderful offers available & all are FREE!! All children are welcome to come into the Church between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday 22nd December to assist in making Christingles. What are Christingles? some of you may say. Well. to find out the answer you will have to come to the Christingle Service at 10am the next day. Adults as well as children will find this Service most interesting.

On Christmas Eve (Mon 24th Dec) all children & parents are invited to the 'Crib Service' at 4pm. We should love to see the children dressed up as Shepherds, Angels, Wisemen or even Wise Women!! (We already have one - Canon Christine!!!) At this Service the Crib will be blessed.  At 7.30pm the same evening Carols will be sung on The Green - and will be led this year by Canon Christine. If it should unfortunately be wet then the Service will be held in the Church.

At 11.30pm Midnight Mass will be held in St. Mary's (the first mass of Christmas). It will be wonderful to have this Service back again - last year we were unable to have it due to the non-availability of a priest to take it).

Christmas Day (the day we have all been waiting for at last arrives) and we celebrate the birth of Jesus - the climax to all our preparation through Advent & time now to wish everyone a happy & blessed Christmas! Holy Communion with Carols will be held at 10am on this day.  As I mentioned earlier in these notes Christmas is a time when most families gather together, but let us not forget those who have no families & those separated from their loved ones for one reason or another. As we sit down to enjoy our Christmas Lunch, spare a moment in quiet prayer for those poor souls who have absolutely nothing & may have even lost their faith too!  There are more of them around than we care to admit - ask 'The Salvation Army' & The Cyrenians' who care for the homeless & feed them - they see these things first hand!

This month I have to record that in October two of our faithful members of St. Mary's died. The first was Mike Hicks who was our Honorary Sacristan for many years- he died quite suddenly after a short illness.  The other was Christina Saunders a long standing worshipper at St. Mary's and former member of the Mothers union. To their families we offer our sincere condolences & remember them in our prayers as they face Christmas without their loved ones.

Now on to my final note - the Skittles Evening at Hallen Community Centre.  The results are as follows: Highest Score (Ladies) - Doreen Hyde. Runner - up Shelley Eyon.

Highest Score (Men) - Derek Ford. Runner - up David Froude Lowest Score - wooden spoons presented to Sheila Bubb & James Alias John Bull.

Winner of the knock out competition (Ladies) - Annie Quirk (Men) - Chris Hearn. Canon Froude 'fired' the balls down the alley with reasonable success for a person of her calibre!! She is much more accurate targeting sinners than skittle pins - I can't understand in that case why she didn't flatten me! I expect she will when she reads these notes!

This was a wonderful social event - even Roy Miller enjoyed it - he   scored more than a certain Third Division Football Team he supports!  Finally, a huge vote of thanks must go to Bernard & Nan Waller, without whose immense work & organisation, the event would never have taken place.  The Draw which Bernard & Nan organised also raised the sum of 64 for our 'Disaster Fund' Thank you both once again!

Well that's it for this month - I'll chat to you again in the New Year 'Bye for now!

C.M.E.

O COME, LET US ADORE HIM

The Christmas story is the most beautiful and best loved story ever written.

It is the story of a little family, temporarily homeless and soon to be refugees in Egypt, who were treated kindly by an innkeeper and visited by shepherds, socially and economically among the lowest of the low.  The grace before meals which we usually say when we have guests, holding hands with our neighbours at table, runs as follows: OGod bless this food to our use and ourselves in  your service and make us mindful of the needs of others.' So let us be mindful of the needs of others as we sit down to Christmas dinner, having given to the refugees and the homeless in and around Afghanistan at least as much as we have given to a child or grandchild. If you haven't done this already, do it now through Cafod, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children or whomever. Otherwise, if you are anything like me, you might, forget.

When you read the heading of this article you may have expected me to be exhorting you to come to church this Christmas. Of course I think that is a good thing to do. But  we are also showing our love for the baby Jesus when we are trying to identify yourselves, at least a little, with the homeless and the refugees this Christmastide.Finally a word to any reader who cannot with any honesty believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. I do not myself believe that your honesty excludes you from the great company in heaven and on earth who adore the Christ Child. The story of the virgin birth enshrines the Christian belief that Jesus is both really and truly a human being and the Beloved Son of God, That is the basis for our adoration.

A.H. DAMMERS

SHIREHAMPTON ALLOTMENTS & GARDEN ASSOCIATION

The Allotment Association was formed in January 1978 and for many years was very successful in supplying the needs of local gardeners with seeds, fertilisers and garden sundries at reasonable cost.

The last couple of years however have been very difficult due to less customers buying our stock and two break-ins at our hut on the Portway when seeds and other stock was stolen.

The committee has reluctantly decided to disband the Association and donate outstanding money to local charities to include the following Portway Stroke Club, Jim O'neil House Fund, MS First (MS Research), Merchant Navy association Bristol Branch together with several other local charities.

WHAT'S ON IN DECEMBER

DECEMBER 3rd Monday and every Monday WHIST at TYTHE BARN, High Street 2pm -4pm.

DECEMBER 3rd Every Monday and Wednesday St Mary's TODDLER GROUP at the CHURCH CENTRE 1pm - 3pm

DECEMBER 4th Tuesday St ANDREW'S LADIES meet 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth for PARTY NIGHT.

DECEMBER 4th Tuesday LOCAL COUNCILLORS are available for consultation 7.30pm at Jim O'Neil House.

DECEMBER 5th & 7th Every Wednesday and Friday DROP IN SESSIONS at A.U.S. Cottage, High Street, (next door to Twyford House) 9.30am - 11.30am.

DECEMBER 5th Wednesday ARTHRITIS CARE 7.30pm at the Public Hall.

DECEMBER 5th Every Wednesday EARLY MORNING SWIM at Shirehampton Baths 7am - 9am

DECEMBER 5th Wednesday every week COFFEE MORNING at the Methodist Church.

DECEMBER 5th Thursday TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD at the Methodist Church Hall 7.30pm '100 years of B.A.O.C.' by Mr P. Lamp.

DECEMBER 6th Thursday SEA MILLS TEA DANCE at the Methodist Church Hall, The Square, Sea Mills, 2.30pm - 4.30pm with David Morey. Admission 1.

DECEMBER 7th Friday, monthly COFFEE MORNING at the Library 10.30am - 12.30 DECEMBER 7th Every Friday BINGO at the Public Hall start 7pm.

DECEMBER 8th Saturday St Andrew's Ladies Club CHRISTMAS OUTING.

DECEMBER 8TH Saturday CHRISTMAS FAYRE at the Public Hall 3pm - 6pm. Tables bookable 5. Tel: 982 9963.

DECEMBER 9th Sunday CHRISTMAS CONCERT by SHIREHAMPTON CHOIR at St Mary's Church 2.30pm.

DECEMBER 15th Saturday STAMP FAIR at the Public Hall 9am - 4pm.

DECEMBER 18th tuesday RAILWAY MODELLERS 7.30pm at the Public Hall.

DECEMBER 19th Wednesday WOMEN'S INSTITUTE 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall CHRISTMAS PARTY.

DECEMBER 19th Wednesday HAPPY HEARTS WEST meet 7.30pm at the Beachley Walk Centre

DECEMBER 19th Wednesday SHIRE STITCHERS meet at 7.30pm at the Public Hall.

DECEMBER 21st Friday ALL LOCAL SCHOOLS BREAK UP for the CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY.

DECEMBER 22nd Saturday SEA MILLS TEA DANCE GROUP SPECIAL NIGHT with John Hutton at the Shirehampton Cricket Club.

DECEMBER 28th Friday COTSWOLD SEQUENCE DANCE at the Cotswold Centre 8pm - 10.30pm.

DECEMBER 24th Monday CHRISTMAS EVE, 7.30pm 'CAROLS ON THE GREEN' if wet in St Mary's Church. Come and join in, bring carol sheet and a light and wrap up warmly.

TYTHE BARN SENIOR SOCIAL CLUB

High Street, Shirehampton (For people aged 50+)

Weekly Activities:

Monday WHIST 7.00 - 9.00p.m. Wednesday bingo 1.00 - 4.00 ' ' whist 7.00 - 9.00 O Thursday CLUB MEETING  1.00 - 4.00 ' Friday BINGO 6.00 - 8.45 ' SPECIAL EVENTS DURING THE YEAR, INCLUDING DAY TRIPS. CHRISTMAS MEALS, ETC NEW MEMBERS WELCOME, ENQUIRE AT THE CLUB ON THE ABOVE DAYS AND TIMES.

A Registered Charity no. 2041371.

CALLING ALL LOCAL CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Will all secretaries of local clubs and societies please let us have their programmes for year 2002, via the Library, by 10th December, so that we may print them in the January edition of 'SHIRE'. Thank you.

SHIREHAMPTON CRAFT EXHIBITION 2001

Walking into the newly decorated Public Hall and being immediately hit by the most amazing display of colour and variety of crafts, all I can say is that the people of Shirehampton and area are becoming craftier each year, in the nicest possible way of course.

It didn't take long to put you in a festive mood as your eye was caught by the 'Christmas corner' consisting of a tree decorated with exquisitely crafted eggs, quilting, cards, cushion covers, knitted carol singers, a dressed doll, a nativity candle holder and sequinned Christmas puddings, and if it put you in the mood to do some Christmas shopping there were plenty of unusual and exciting gifts for sale throughout the exhibition.  It was good to see Joanna Pickett back at her spinning  wheel after a break last year, and Pat Davidson busy with her Pergamano (or parchment craft) - they both add an extra dimension to the proceedings.  As usual the variety of crafts was diverse and impressive, in fact if anything the variety was greater than ever. It's impossible to mention everything but members of the public were treated to offerings such as decorated eggs, pottery, knitted toys and garments, silk painting, marquetry, embroidery of different types, tapestry, scroll work shelves, samplers, fabric boxes, lace work, a velvet wedding dress and cape, wall display shelves, gipsy caravans and boats modelled in wood, wood turning and an inlaid coffee table which was very striking.

Dick Helme displayed some furniture including cabinets, coffee tables, a dining table and two chairs, and also something a little different - beach sculptures which were a result of beach combing in Cornwall. It was good to see Howard Westlake back again this year with his wood turned items.  The quilts were amazing as always and included Baltimore and hexagonal designs and Omisty and mysterious' among others. I was very interested in the OMemory Challenge' wallhangers which included scanned photographs amongst the patchwork.

Finally I must mention the children who took part. It is so good to see them learning traditional and new crafts, because it's too easy to believe that in this computer age their manual dexterity is confined to tapping a keyboard or clicking a mouse. This clearly is not the case as demonstrated by the offerings by Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Rainbows from Avonmouth, Shirehampton and Sea Mills. There were Mosaics, Dutch clogs, hammer bead work, dough craft. Venetian masks, Korean fans, decorated picture frames and candle holders, and the 120th Guides, Brownies and Rainbows' quilt.   Avonmouth CE primary school treated us to a range of crafts from the Nursery class Oleaves and fruit' print, complete with photographs showing how much the children enjoyed the project, the Reception class pottery, some drawn thread work and year 5's Tudor collage. If our younger generation doesn't learn these skills there will come a time when there will be no crafts to exhibit, so well done all of you.

All in all a wonderful show, well supported and enjoyed. Thanks as always to ED and Gail for their tremendous organisation and their willing and dedicated band of helpers, without  whom the crafts could not be exhibited.  Here's to next year.

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JH

'THANK YOU' FROM THE PENPOLE TENANTS ASSOCIATION

We would like to thank the Portway Centre for the kind gift of a Bain Marie Hot Cupboard for our Luncheon Club, we will find it extremely useful. We are always very grateful for anything that people kindly donate to us.

With many thanks, once again

Sandra White, Chairperson

BERYL PACKHAM

Beryl Packham passed away on 1st October, 2001 and Olive, Richard, Stephen and families wish to thank you all for cards, support and donations to Bristol Oncology Unit totalling 500.

Beryl is sadly missed.

Bless you all.

(Thank you for your donation to SHIRE FUNDS).

Christmas Greetings

A Merry Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year to all our friends.
Hope to see you in the Spring.
Grace and Ed Butchers, Canada

To Mrs B. Backwell
A Happy and Healthy Christmas and New Year to you and all the family.
Love from Margo, Bert and Joyce.

Seasons Greetings to my Sister-in-law, Mrs Val Coker, and my grateful thanks for having the OShire' sent to me to being back memories of my home at Shirehampton.

Seasons Greetings also to Joan and Bert Avery, my Sister and Brother-in-law and their families.
Fred and Doreen Coker

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Dad ORalph'. All the best for Year 2002 from your son, Keith.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to Lila and David in Kilburn, Nr Belper, Derbyshire From Keith and Ralph

TO MRS. GLADYS CARPENTER Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Glad and family, and hope to be with you sometime in the New Year. All our love Trish, John, Julie-Anne, Phil, Sarah and Alex from Adelaide, South Australia FROM : TRISH.

Merry Christmas Ralph, Sue and Brent this is an invitation to join us here in Spain for Christmas NEXT year. Love from Rita and Graham