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The Jubilee Memories Show

Golden Jubilee celebrations started early in Shirehampton, with the Grainger Players putting on their show of Jubilee Memories during the last week of April, and they did a grand job of reminding us in music of the story of the past 50 years. There was a good spread of popular tunes, including Sentimental Journey, Love and Marriage, Raindrops, World of Our Own and many more.

The costume changes were all very slick and colourful, excellently representing the fashion of the time when the number was at its most popular, and the ladies showed off their Ascot outfits with style. We were reminded what it was like to go on "A days outing" by charabanc (a coach to those who never went on one), and also how to organise a "Street party" - Shirehampton streets certainly knew how to do that on the big occasion, and more's the pitty we do not seem to be having any for this occasion.

We had our usual helping of comedy, of course, - we would be disappointed if we didn't - and one has to admire the ingenuity and topicality of the humour. We really enjoyed the "Couple of dames" of Shirehampton, relating their experiences when they went to receive their awards, and they got the biggest cheer of the evening when they told us that a certain "Very influential lady" promised to get something done about the traffic in the High Street - we can only hope. By the way, if you happen to see "The Big Lady" on Shire Green, you would be well advised to walk on and find another seat, as her three acquaintances soon realised.

The programme told us, and we did notice, that several regular members of the cast were unavailable for this production, so all the more credit to the producer and cast for putting on such a varied, happy, colourful and well presented show, which, judging by the audience reaction, amply achieved its objective of giving us a "Good old time" in which we could participate and have fun.

All proceeds from the show go to the MS Society, and a total of 124.00 was raised for that good cause, which has already been acknowledged.

Many thanks to Shirl, the case and all the numerous helpers for yet another very enjoyable evening's entertainment.



Leslie Taylor who passed away on 26th March, 2002. I would like to thank family, friends and neighbours for the many cards, flower and donations received after the sad loss of my husband. Donations have been sent to the Brian Research Unit at Frenchay Hospital. Thank you for all your kindness.

Mary Taylor.


The president and members of the Bristol branch of the Normandy Veterans wish to thank the residents of Shirehampton for their generous donations at the collection points in Shirehampton on April 26/27, which enables us to support members and their family who are sick and infirmed. A big thank you also goes to the Co-Op, Somerfield and Woolworths for allowing us to use their forecourts and to Tubb and Ann for their gifts.

John Brodie
(Public Relations Officer)

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

Open invitation to all voluntary and community groups to a presentation and discussion on the new Community Network.

VOSCUR is a network of community and voluntary organisations and community enterprises, who want to work together and with the public and private sectors to regenerate Bristol. (For more information about VOSCUR visit their website at

We would like to invite community groups and voluntary organisations from Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Sea Mills to meet with a representative from VOSCUR to find out more about the C-Net.

Find out about: the funding available to encourage participation in the C-Net, and ways in which to ensure local issues are heard. It is important that the real community issues are voiced.

The meeting is on Thursday 13th June, 7-8pm at Penpole Tenants Association, 60 The Ridge, Shirehampton. The venue has full disabled access and facilities.

If you would like more information, please contact Julie "JP" Evans at VOSCUR on: 909 9949 or Ash Bearman, Shirehampton Community Action Forum on: 982 9963. We look forward to seeing you there.

Station Road Playgroup

Station Road Playgroup would like to say a big Thank you to Leon and his staff at the Lamplighters, and also all the regulars who helped make the Race Night for Station Road Playgroup such a success on 19th April last. Thank you!

"Carers Count"

I am a project officer working on a project in Avonmouth and Shirehampton to identify hidden carers in this area.

This project has a specific focus upon the health of carers, as often carers often neglect their own health due to the pressure upon them when caring for someone or several others.

Are you a Carer? It is estimated that there are nearly 50,000 carers in Bristol and South Glos. Many carers do not realise that they are carers. A carer is someone who supports another person who could not cope or continue to live in their own home without that help, be it a child with special needs or an adult, a parent or partner, a friend or neighbour.

Some carers give support for just a few hours, others it is twenty-four hours a day, week after week, year after year.

The cost of this for many carers financially and emotionally is immense, their caring role may be socially isolating, as it can be difficult for carers to leave the person they support. There is a care group in Avonmouth which meets once a month.

National Carers week this year commences 10th June, and there are several events being held. If you are a carer, please contact me.

Helen Mathias
Avonmouth Medical Centre,
Collins Street,
Bristol. BS11 1JJ

Telephone: (0117) 98252574 or 07812676335

Belated Congratulations

The other day I met Ernie Hawkins and his wife in Portishead, who used to run the newsagents in the High Street. Mrs Hawkins told me that they had recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, and that her husband Ernie had had his 80th Birthday. Many Congratulations!

Shirehampton Park Golf Club

County Medal, Saturday, 27th April 2002. Division 1: (1) Trevor Spurgeon 69-4-65, (2) Barry Mounter 71-6-65, (3) Vince Gorny 92-22-63, (4) Kevin Phillips 85-22-63.

Ahoy! Avonmouth Sea Cadets

TS Enterprise meet at the Unit, Station Road (opposite the Lamplighter's public house) on Monday and Thursday evenings commencing at 7pm to 9pm. The activities undertaken over the last couple of months have included two boating weekends at Portsmouth Naval Base, and seven cadets plus staff were invited to steward at the Lord Mayor's Hanover reception at the Council House. They were congratulated on their performance and received a vote of thanks from all present. The programme for the next couple of months is extremely varied with activities ranging from boatwork, drill, shooting and adventure training. The unit now has vacancies for junior and senior cadets, and also adult helpers, subject to interview. Please contact the unit on (0117) 9823938, on parade nights.

Acknowledgement - Bert Avery

Joan and family would like to thank everyone for their messages of sympathy and for the donations in aid of St Peter's Hospice at Brentry. Also special thanks to Shirehampton Health Centre and Southmead Hospital for the care and support he received. The large number of friends and colleagues who attended his funeral, conducted by Canon Christine Froude in St Mary's Church, was a great comfort to me and my family. God bless you all.

Memorial Garden

St Mary's Church, Shirehampton. We plan to reposition the stones currently in the new Memorial Garden on an adjacent wall in the churchyard. If you would like to discuss this please contact Rev Canon Christine Froude on: (0117) 9855450. The stones are inscribed: (1) 1817-1894 W.H.Davies, (2) 1807-1875 Anna? and 1873 Maria? (sisters), (3) 1893 I Carter and 1909 A Carter (husband and wife), (4) 1889 William Williams and 1941 Emma Williams (husband and wife).

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Avon (University Settlement) Community Association will be held on Wednesday, June 5th, at 115 High Street, Shirehampton, at 7.15 pm. Anyone interested in the work of our organisation will be very welcome.

Avonmouth Bowls Club

Avonmouth Bowls Club would like to extend a welcome to anyone of any age wishing to learn the art of Lawn Bowls. Complete novices are welcome. If you would like to know more about us please ring- 9824730 or 9839427-Green Secretary, or stroll down to the green at Barracks Lane.

Avonmouth Bowling Club.

Beginners and experienced bowlers required. Phone Rob Stockham, Chairman, on (01454) 633790. Just come on down and join a friendly club.

"Spring Into Summer"

There will be a concert by Filton Male Voice Choir at 7.30pm on Saturday, 15th june, at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Broadlands Drive (off Kingweston Lane), Lawrence Weston. Tickets are 5.00 each and include a soft drink in the interval, and full refreshments after the concert. A pay bar will be also available after the concert. Supervised car parking is available in the school playground. For ticket information please contact - Paul Shanahan, Tel: 9590811, or on: 07855862996

The Pigeon's Egg

From Mitchell Underwood, age 7.

22.3.02: Last Wednesday my Nan had a surprise for me, she showed me a pigeon's nest with two eggs that were on the balcony where she lives. Each time we looked at the nest there were different pigeons sitting on the eggs.

25.3.02: My Nan and I looked at the nest after school today and we were surprised to see a baby pigeon pecking his way out of an egg - then I noticed my hickcups had gone! (Ed: is this perhaps a new cure for hiccups?!)

Support Your Public Hall.

Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association. Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, 26th June, at 7.30pm in the Public Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Cannington College - Teaching Centre

Cannington College has opened a new teaching centre for horticulture and environmental conservation, at Blaise Castle Estate. Local people are invited to a grand Open Day and plant sale on Sunday, June 9th from 12.30 - 5.00. Entry is free. Plants, books, crafts, teas, animal corner talks, demonstrations and details of courses.

Cannington College is based in Somerset, however, many Bristolians will know the college's most well known student - Charlie Dimmock, who studied horticulture there in the 90's. Now Bristolians have the chance to follow in her footsteps and study here in the city, at the Old Kitchen Garden, at Blaise Castle.

Local people may remember when the Council occupied this site, behind the Blaise museum. Thousands of bedding plants were grown there for planting out on roundabouts and parks across the city. When the council relocated to their present larger site, the Old Kitchen Garden was locked up and left.

When Cannington College opened up the site 18 months ago it was overgrown with weeds, foxes had taken up residence in the green houses, and the buildings needed extensive renovation.

Now nearly two years on, the college is open to students with an exciting range of full-time, part-time and evening courses. Full details are available from the College Bristol Centre, Tel: (0117) 946 6373, from the website and in the new Community Education prospectus, available in June.

Maggie Moss
Cannington College Bristol Centre


We would like to thank Canon Christine Froude on conducting her first wedding ceremony at St Mary's Church. This was for our daughter Kelly to Steve. It was a lovely service, and her warmth and friendliness shown to everyone helped to make the beginning of a beautiful day to remember.

Valerie and Norman Clark


How proud Ken Giles would be if he could have seen the support Brinley, Val, Jason and Daniel gave to Beryl (Mrs Giles). They gave him a good send off, and he will be sadly missed by all of us in Nibley Road. God bless Ken Giles.

St. Mary's News

Here we are into June - the first month of summer and soon the longest day will be with us. It seems strange that before the weather really becomes hot the nights have already begun to draw in again.

Well our promised Skittles Evening at Hallen Community and Sports Centre was a tremendous success. I believe there were 62 people who enjoyed the evening and the refreshments which followed. Grateful thanks must again be given to Nan and Bernard Waller who organised not only the skittles evening, but the raffle which went with it. This was instrumental in raising the sum of 120.00 which was donated to St Peter's Hospice.

Now for the results - Derek Ford was the mens outright winner - yet again. He must have had a mis-spent youth training on skittle alleys in numerous pubs - although I always thought his only vice was playing cricket.

There were five ladies who had to play off to decide the winner - they were Jane Powell, Brenda Robbins, Nan Waller, Lyn Greening and Pearl Pimm. The eventual winner was Lyn Greening.

Two ladies won the wooden spoon for the lowest score - Annie Quirk and Canon Christine. I can personally vouch for Christine's cooking - so I'm sure the wooden spoon will be put to good use. Shaun Collins had the lowest score in the men's competition and also had a wooden spoon. (I can't comment on his cooking because I've never tried it).

The "Two lives - knock-out competition" was won by Trish Compton and Tony Sawyer.

You may re-call that last month I told you our new Garden of Remembrance was almost ready for use. Well on Sunday 21st April, it was dedicated by Canon Christine, as the accompanying photograph shows.

On that same Sunday, the first of the afternoon Holy Communion Services, was held at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road. It was pleasing to record 23 people were present. It is to be hoped that this number will be maintained or even increased. Light refreshments were provided after the service, which enabled people to socialise with one another.

Just as a reminder, on the last Sunday of each month we have our Family Service or Morning Prayer. A Holy Communion Service is held at 6.00pm on this day, accompanied by a period of Healing Prayers. You do not have to be sick or in poor health to attend this Service - it is an opportunity to pray for the sick and those that do not enjoy good health. If you want to know more then please speak to Canon Christine who will be delighted to answer any queries you may have.

Finally, don't miss the July edition of "Shire" as there will be details of the celebrations arranged for our Patronal Festival.


Them and Us?

Shirehampton - what a great place to live. Easy access to a great city, close to fantastic countryside - beaches, rivers and hills - and close to the motorway. That's why I live here - but what do I think about? Not "what can I do today" but "what will They be doing today".

"They" - the youth of Shirehampton - always talked about on the street and always written about in "Shire".

We have to think about this one - the May issue for example has a letter about off road bikes - what was the message the letter gave out? Was cycling the issue here? Surely not - not with Bristol's ever-congested streets, cycling should be an answer, not a problem. No, it came back to Who was cycling - the youth of Shire.

We all can see the problem - a group of bored kids making up their own things to do - stuff that isn't wrong to them, but scares or at least frustrates the rest of us. What can we offer to these people as an alternative though? Is it as simple as offering trips and clubs? Places to go, things to do?

I know I want to do something, but don't know what. Can we use the "Shire" as a forum for us all to come up with ideas and lead the way? All of us - kids, leaders, community representatives. We have so much to gain. What can we offer here? I don't want to live like this anymore. I want to wake up and think how great this place is.


Address your suggestions to "Shire", The Library, Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9TU. This problem does need urgent and serious consideration.

The Performance by the Grainger Players

We went to the Saturday evening performance by the Grainger Players on 28th April, and what a great evening we had. The evening was packed with entertainment and the audience were in stitches with the comedy sketches. The singing took us back over the years and brought back many memories Long may the Grainger Players keep going. We look forward to their performances more and more, and we wish to sincerely thank Shirl, Liz, Mon and all the cast for their continued support to the Bristol branch of the MS Society, and to the public who so generously donated to the collection which raised the grand sum of 124.00. Thank you all, so very much.

Barrie and Marina Griffiths
Bristol MS Society

The Continuing Story of Shirehampton

by Ethel Thomas. This book, bringing the history of Shirehampton right up to date, has recently been published. Priced - 15.00 or by post at 17.00. From - Mrs E Thomas, 55 Cook Street, Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 9JY. Tel: (0117) 9822738. Copies are also available in some of our local shops.

Shirehampton AFC

Shirehampton AFC - Season 1954/55

Standing: Graham Bell, Fred Coleman (Manager), Des Coles, Ted Partridge, Pete Campbell, Bill Shayler, Ted Campbell (Secretary/Treasurer)
Seated: Keith Ellison, Joe Emery, Graham Miles, Roger Mills (Captain), Peter Rich, John Helston, Fred Trueman

The Early Years Seasons 1952 to 1958 recalled by Keith Ellison (who played for the Club between 1953 and 1965).The 50th anniversary of Shirehampton A.F.C. takes place in 2002 and a dinner to mark the occasion was held at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground in May.

Penpole United, as the club was originally known, was founded in 1952 by a group of lads - Bob Bolwell and brothers Jimmy and John Hudd (all from Pill), Ted and Pete Campbell from Old Quarry Road, Ted Trueman and Jim Pepper.

A pitch was acquired on Durdham Downs and secretary/treasurer Ted Campbell entered the club into Division 3 of the Church of England League. Pete Campbell, who kept goal, recalls losing the first match to Tickenham United 3-1 on the Downs when only nine Penpole players turned out! I vaguely recollect being told that the club finished bottom of the division that season, but can anyone confirm this?

I was 15 and still at school when I joined the club in the summer of 1953, along with several other newly recruited players that included John Coleman, brothers Cedric and Peter Rich, Roger Mills, Brian Russell, Max Brunsdon, Henry Johnson and Ray Morris, John Coleman's father, Fred, took on the role of manager and chairman.

Club colours were originally red shirts with white sleeves (Arsenal colours), changing to green shirts with white shorts from 1954 until at least 1958, maybe longer. The change to red and white vertical strips did not occur until the early 1960's.

Home games were played by the riverbank that we leased from the Council at a nominal rent. This land, which adjoined the Lamplighter's Hotel, had recently been raised, roughly levelled and grassed to prevent the River Avon Spring tides from flooding the houses in nearby Nibley Road Agreement was reached with the landlord of the hotel to use the adjoining skittle ally for changing accommodation, where we also stored the goalposts.

There was no groundsman in those days. We all mucked in together to prepare the pitch, occasionally on Friday nights (if there was a full moon) but mostly on Saturday mornings. If the ground was flooded, which it often was due to poor drainage, we removed the surface water by various means (which I shall explain later). We did not possess a white-lining machine, so we had to mark out the pitch with sawdust. This was usually collected by Fred and John Coleman from the Hill, Leigh and Hawkins sawmill a couple of miles down the riverbank at Avonmouth. They cycled down the towpath and brought it back in two large sacks slung across the handlebars.

Before home matches could be played, the goalposts had to be carried from the skittle alley to the pitch and erected. They were constructed of 4" x 4" solid timbers and must have weighed a ton - or so it appeared if you were at one end! The crossbar was the most difficult to erect and this was achieved by climbing on one another's shoulders to hook it onto the pins protruding from the tops of the two posts. The whole operation was repeated in reverse at the end of the game - but with less enthusiasm, particularly on wet and cold winter days!

For away matches we travelled by coach, as no one owned a car in those days. Does anyone recall Pete Campbell's rendition of "Hello young Lovers wherever you are..." on those coach journeys? Sometimes, on the return trip, we stopped at a local pub where we spent many an enjoyable Saturday night. One in particular comes to mind - the Lord Nelson on the Weston Road.

Large crowds often gathered at the Lamplighter's ground for evening games when on occasions ten pounds or more was collected towards club funds.

In the 50's and 60's most successful clubs owed their early progress and survival to the dedication and hard work of usually just a few people. Shire was no exception. Fred Coleman was the Club's stalwart. He managed the club, helped with all ground preparations administered the 'magic sponge' on match days and was always on hand when needed. I do not think it would have survived without his encouragement and commitment in those early days. Fred recognised the importance of a healthy social environment to keep a club together and leased a first floor room in the Toc H building at the rear of the shops in Station Road.

Wednesday evening was club night, where players and girl friends congregated around a welcome coal fire on a cold winter's evening to listen to records and chat - the more energetic would enjoy a game of darts or table tennis and knock-out competitions were often arranged. Fred always arrived first to light the fire and make the tea. Later a small group would retire into a corner to select the team for the following game - not a difficult task then, as it was really a question of who was available!

The social activities of the club were very well supported and many of the players met their future wives at the club or through associated activities. When the clubroom at the Toc H eventually became too small to accommodate the increased membership, we were fortunate to acquire the large hall in the Old School, Station Road where we continued our club nights for a few more years.

In the 1950's there were far fewer soccer clubs than there are today - The best clubs played in the Premier Combination, while the rest were distributed throughout the Bristol & District league which supported 6 divisions, the Surburban league with about the same number, the Downs League comprising, four Divisions and the Church of England league with three Divisions. Sunday league soccer was unheard of! The established clubs fielded strong reserve sides in the lower divisions of the respective leagues so a remarkably high standard of football was maintained, even in the C of E league.

The club relied on a small nucleus of players during the first couple of seasons and sometimes struggled to find eleven players on match days. No substitutes were allowed in those days even if they had been available! The first match of the 1953/54 season was played at home on 5 September 1853, against HALLEN. Although we lost 2-0 it was a good result for a team of untried players playing together for the first time. The team was not despondent and in the very next game registered its first win - by the emphatic score of 10-0, which was just the result it needed to boost confidence. In another game worth mentioning that season, a remarkable draw was achieved against Camborne United after we trailed 5-2 midway through the second half.

Some games had their lighter moments and one in particular comes to mind. We played at Bentry Hospital watched by a large crowd of cheering inmates, two to three deep, along the full length of one touchline-there was no-one standing along the other three sides! Penpole United completed thirty games in that season, winning 10 and losing 14.

Several new players joined for the start of the 1954/55 season, including Bill Shayler, Ted Partridge, Des Coles, Joe Emery, Graham Miles, John Helson, Fred Trueman, Terry Hack and Graham Bell. Under the captaincy of Roger Mills, the club changed its name to Shirehampton Sports and kicked off with a 7-1 home win against Eastville . With only five defeats all season , it finished runners-up in Division 3 of the Church of England league.

One particular event during that season deserves a mention due to the extraordinary effort made by the players to get the pitch in an acceptable condition for a cup match. The club had been drawn at home in the first round of the GFA Minor Cup. Torrential rain had flooded the pitch. When the players visited the ground on the Friday evening to mark it out, assisted by a full moon, it was still flooded and it looked doubtful whether the match would be played the following day. Everyone agreed that the only option was to remove as much surface water as possible and hope that the following morning would remain fine to complete drying. A large galvanised bath, buckets, spades and forks were Acquired (probably from the Lamplighter's Hotel) and while some dug shallow channels across the pitch to drain the water away to the touchline, others filled the bath and carried it to the edge of the riverbank to empty it. This was repeated no less than 105 times - I should know, I did the counting! While all this activity was going on, Fred marked out the pitch with sawdust. The match was played the following day in a quagmire - but it was played. Unfortunately, the efforts of the previous evening took their toll because we lost the game 4-2!

The 1955/56 season proved to be the most successful to date. Shire entered Division 6 of the Bristol & District League, finishing equal runners up with Southmead Athletic Reserves. Bill Shayler had taken over the captaincy from Roger Mills, and new players included cousins David and Terry Coombe, Gordon Crump(who played for Shrewsbury Town Reserves before moving to Bristol), Pat Wilson, Roy Leach, Charlie Worlock and Joe? Daniels. The 30 league games produced 122 goals with 19 wins and only 5 defeats. Much of this success could be attributed to switching John Helson from the left wing to centre forward where he scored 35 goals during that season. On three occasions he netted 4 or more goals, John was a player with a 'Bobby Charlton right foot' and he scored numerous goals from free kicks just outside the penalty box - when he hit the ball, the goalkeeper had two options - either to get out of the way or finish up with the ball at the back of the net!

Shire probably could have won the title that season but for the presence of one club, De Veys, that really should have not been competing at this level. De Veys had been one of the most successful amateur sides in Bristol, and was established high in the Division 1 table during the previous season when, due to a shortage of players, it was unable to complete its fixtures and forced to resign from the league. De Veys was re-admitted for the 1955/56 season, but to Division 6 where, the same nucleus of players from the previous season, it proceeded to overwhelm all opposition. The club finished unbeaten, winning 28 and drawing 2 of its thirty league fixtures, scoring 197 goals (averaging nearly seven per game) while conceding only 19. Shire met De Veys in March 1956 and had two cracking games against them on successive Saturdays - the first (away) losing by the only goal of the match. In the home fixture, Shire led 2-0 at half time, only to concede two late second-half goals; the second, a disputed penalty, enabled De Veys to draw and maintain their unbeaten record.

The club had grown to such an extent by now that it was to launch a reserve side in Division 2 of the Church of England League for the start of the 1956/57 season; new players included Mike Scragg, Alec Gordon, Dave Carey, Les Jones and Bill Thompson. The first X1, promoted to Division 5 of the Bristol & District League, were required to play Southmead Athletic Reserves for the Division 6 runners-up position (a game held over from the previous season) in a play-off staged at Sea Mills Recreation Ground. Shire crushed the opposition 8-2 with John Helson scoring seven!

Success in the league however, proved more difficult and the club finished in 5th position in the table, winning16 and losing 10. However John improved on his previous season's tally by scoring no less than 38 goals.

The Reserves, in their first season, finished bottom of Division 2 in the C of E league, registering only one win in 30 games and conceding 164 goals.

A re-structuring of the Bristol & District League in the summer of 1957 placed the club in Division 4 for the 1957/58 season, At the same time the club changed its name to Shirehampton, finally dropping 'Sports" from its title and moved from the Lamplighters ground to its present HQ at the Recreation Ground, Penpole Lane in time for the start of the new season. The pitch was a vast improvement over the Lamplighters ground, but the changing accommodation was extremely basic. It comprised nothing more than a small green painted timber hut at the north end of the ground, originally built for the local cricket club. A central score box took up much of the internal space so that the changing accommodation was U-shaped and narrow. Daylight entered through lift-up shutters, which of course were never opened in winter, so the only available light was provided by a single low wattage light bulb. A few bench seats and hooks around the walls were provided to keep dry clothing off the concrete floor. There were no showers or toilet facilities - so a galvanised portable bath was acquired and filled from a large kettle, which had to be boiled two or three times to provide adequate hot water. By the time the players arrived after the game, the whole interior was usually engulfed with steam. As if this was not bad enough, water from the bath was soon splashing everywhere. However, the hut served the purpose for several years before it was finally destroyed by vandals and eventually replaced by the present pavilion.

Finally, I must not forget to mention the small loyal band of vocal supporters who attended home and away games regularly - Mrs Campbell and Audrey Trueman (who, together, made the hot 'Cuppa' at the end of the game) Fred coleman's wife Florrie and John Helson;s father, Ivor. The club won 18 of its 34 matches in 1957/58, scoring 116 goals and conceding 84 yet could only manage 8th position. John Helson again led the scoring with no less than 57 goals twice hitting 6 goals in a match and 5 on three other occasions. If there are ex-players still around who have their own recollections of these early years and can add further information, particularly in respect of the 1952/53 season, I shall be pleased to hear from them. The subsequent years 1959-1965 were covered in a second book of my records that is unfortunately no longer in existence.

Keith Ellison
March 2002.


Lawrence Weston Drugs and Alcohol Project based at the Barrowmead Project, Barrowmead Drive, Lawrence Weston offers a wide range of services around drugs and alcohol, with fully qualified counsellors. This service is open to anyone who has issues around drugs and alcohol, and is Free. A drop in centre is open every Monday and Wednesday between 2pm-4pm, based in the community room at the area housing office at Ridingleaze. For further information please telephone Paul Bowers or Geoff Williams on: (0117) 987 4289.

Recycling Boxes

When filling these boxes, please ensure Papers/Magazines are securely tied or weighted down (preferably in plastic bags), as the slightest breeze can send the papers blowing all over the place. We already have more than enough rubbish being dropped (deliberately), making the street of Shirehampton look very untidy

Jubilee tree

Dear Editor,

As it is the Queens Jubilee, I would like to suggest that a tree be planted in Shirehampton, somewhere near the tree planted for Queen Victoria's Jubilee.

Mrs A Nash.

Family Found

Dear Editor, I placed an advert in the February edition of the community newspaper and web-site for information on my aunt and uncle Charles and Pat Palin. I have since received information from local people in Shirehampton and also overseas contacts in Australia. With the information received I have been able to find the resting place of my aunt and uncle in the Shirehampton cemetery. I have also found other relations belonging to the "Maguire" family, alas none of the first generation are alive today. I would like to say a very big thank you to Mrs Margaret May, and also Mrs Margaret Naish, whose information has helped me find my relatives. Thank you one and all in helping me with my quest.

Alec Robert

Village Memories

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article in the April edition of Shire from Leslie Gould entitled "Village Memories". I remember Leslie and his brother Len, who often used to visit my father in the 1940's and 50's. I would like to contact him, but unfortunately he did not give an address, either postal or e-mail. I have not got a computer, but if you read this Leslie, it would be nice to hear from you and recall old memories.

Margaret Wray

Acknowledgement of Public Service.

As Celia Lukins stands down as our Councillor, I would like to express my thanks for the 12 years of dedicated and dogged service she has given to our community. Her hard work and determination to achieve the best for her/our community is legendary, not least amount the countless individual's she has helped. She won't mind me saying she has been told in the past that she should not expect to win every single issue for the people of her ward. However, anyone who knows her will know that Celia would never rest easy with second best for Shire and Avonmouth District, Thank you.

D. Champ

Dear Editor,

I would like to express a very heart felt thank you to Mrs Celia Lukins. Who until the dreadful Thursday of last week, has represented the people of Avonmouth, Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston with such dedication for the last 12 years, that quite frankly I do not know where we will go from here. Celia is a most modest person. There is plenty that has been done for this area for which she has never seeked any praise or thanks. I could make a list as long as my arm, but suffice it be said it is not until we see it gone that we will know the whole truth. As I started I thank Celia from the bottom of my heart, am very sorry for last Thursdays decision, but wish her all the best for what her tomorrows may bring. I know, as I have witnessed, that what ever is in store for her, she will excel at it.

Yours faithfully

S. Paxton