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WHAT'S ON IN OCTOBER

GOING'S ON AT THE LIBRARY

ST MARY'S NEWS

"WE PROMISED YOU GOLD"

Myrtle Hall Allotments Action Group

Despite an atrocious start to the year, with continual rain, long cold periods and regular visits by Mr Brock the badger and his numerous furry and feathered friends, also the usual "creepy crawleys" and the crop failures due to a combination of the above, we were determined to fulfil our promise to "SHIRE" to obtain the Winner's Cup at this year's (2002) Bristol Flower Show.

Remembering last year's kind advice by Ivor Collins of Monsdale Drive allotments, we decided that we needed an unusual theme to challenge the stiff opposition we knew we could expect at the Show.

My wife Pam had earlier suggested setting the display as a large Country Kitchen table, a decision she would come to regret as I promptly raided her kitchen of all her brass and copperware, dishes and baskets (well at least she got the opportunity to eat out)! This together with a selection of "Wally's Wines" and "Dee's Preserve," and not forgetting of course Richard the scarecrow and out contribution of quality vegetables, we set off!

Once we arrived at the Show site, we set about laying the display and during this period of total mayhem, we were advised of tropical, yes tropical, plants, cultivated on his plot by Paul Wilkes, who also aided in the set-up, would be better shown as a separate entry, which then involved further mayhem, but as Paul took third prize for his display the extra effort proved more worthwhile. Paul, by the way, has now been nick-named "The Banana!"

Eventually, on the day of the Show, everything finally came together, and what a fantastic three days it became, we were inundated with visitors' queries about both displays, especially from women who seemed genuinely keen to know more concerning allotments rentals , and as a result we now have four women who have taken up half-plots on our site at Myrtle Hall. Come on you lads, is this our last bastion of male supremacy?

There are also many light-hearted periods at the Show, including our attempt to hang bananas from Paul's banana tree so that during our absence visitors could see the connection. However, I was then informed by a lady visitor from the West Indies "Bananas don't grow like that man" and she then proceeded to give us all as lecture not only on the tree and the fruit but also the cultivation of the sweet potato, which we also had on display but none of us were familiar with, so we all live and learn!

So much happened at the Show it would take forever to discuss all the events. There were many local people who unfortunately could not attend next year, not just as visitors, but hopefully as competitors.

The trophy, once it has been engraved, will be displayed with the kind permission of Flower World of Shirehampton at their premises in the High Street.

Back on the Allotment
Improvements, including the erection of a large double unit composting bay have now been completed by the Action Group with the aid of Peter Hall of Recycling Services and we may now consider the installation of a compost-toilet.

Plotholders are now responding to the Group's efforts to improve the Myrtle Hall site, and I would like to convey my appreciation to Clive of plot 33 for his efforts in landscaping the overgrown area to the rear of plots 32, 33, 34. Well done!

Finally, I should remind residents from Shire that although we have a few vacant plots on our site, they are going fast, so to avoid ending up on a waiting list, this may be your last chance to apply.

FOR OUR PLANS NEXT YEAR - WATCH THIS SPACE
For those not acquainted with Ivor Collins, it was he who transported his entire allotment across Bristol from Mondale Drive to the Show-site. It was a mammoth operation and received well deserved media coverage and of course, the coveted main display GOLD MEDAL. Well done, Ivor!

Dave Fisher, 5 St Mary's Road, Shirehampton Tel: 0117 982 8778

Christmas Lights

Last April over 500 Shirehampton residents replied to a questionnaire and agreed that they would support the efforts of the newly formed Shire Christmas Association to make this year's Christmas lights bigger and better than last year. We approached the Council first because legally only they can put up lights in public areas, which in our case means on the eight lamposts all on one side of the High Street. The Council will provide us with the same lights as last year but it will cost the us between 1,600 & 2,500 for the Council to install them. We cannot hope to find that sort of sum so we have had to find another way.

The only possibility we can see is to concentrate on getting lights on as many premises as we can along the High Street and nearby shopping areas. That means working with all the businesses, some of them belonging to independent traders and many to regional and national chains. It has been hard to get any interest so far from the large stores. Nearly all of the businesses will have some sort of Christmas display inside the premesis, but when they are closed and shuttered these will no longer be seen, so we are hoping to encourage all businesses to put up lights above their ground floors, lights and trees that will stay lit up throughout the evening to make a cheerful display, as they do in many other areas in Bristol.

We can expect most premises to be willing to pay for their lights and trees but there will be a problems like making sure that all will have proper electrical connections and safety features. There will also be stretches where there are no shops, where it might be possible to have a display if we bought one. Such displays can be expensive but if we can raise some funds to buy them we could use them year after year to fill in gaps between shop displays. So we shall first try to get the support of the businesses and then we can raise the money in various ways, such as quiz, a sponsored cycle ride and mainly by a grand Christmas raffle with worthwhile cash prizes.

So if we all want better Christmas lights it will be up to all of us to help by supporting these events and by offering practical help as we can. We plan a meeting for any one who will support us to coincide with our Annual General Meeting in the Methodist Hall on Wednesday November 6th at 6.30pm.

Shirehampton Christmas Light Association.

WHAT'S ON IN OCTOBER

OCTOBER 1st Tuesday St Andrew's LADIES CLUB at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth at 7.30pm Talk on 'New England in Fall' by Gordon Tarrant.
OCTOBER 2nd Wednesday weekly SEQUENCE DANCE at the PBA Club, Nibley Road. Ring 0117 9824337 for details.
OCTOBER 2nd Wednesday ARTHRITIS CARE 7.30pm at Jim O'Neil House.
OCTOBER 2nd EARLY MORNING SWIM at Shirehampton Baths 7am - 8am and 8.30am - 9am.
OCTOBER 2nd and 4th Every Wednesday and Friday 'DROP IN SESSIONS' at the Avon University Settlement, High Street, 9.30am - 11,30am
OCTOBER 3rd Thursday TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD at the Methodist Church Hall, speaker Mr P. Scott 'Travellers Tales.'
OCTOBER 4th Friday monthly COFFEE MORNING at the LIBRARY 10.30am - 12.30pm.
OCTOBER 4th Friday weekly FRIDAY FUN at the Beachley Walk Centre for Parents, Carers and pre-school children 9.30am - 11.30am
OCTOBER 4th Friday BINGO at the Public Hall 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Contact 9823180.
OCTOBER 5th Saturday MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING & BRING AND BUY SALE at the Methodist Church Hall.
OCTOBER 6th Sunday HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Mary's, Shirehampton, 10am Parade Service.
OCTOBER 7th Monday every week 3 of Us Bingo at St Andrew's Hall, Avonmouth 1.15pm - 2.45pm.
OCTOBER 10th and 24th Thursday TEA DANCE 2.30pm - 4pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Sea Mills, Admission 1.
OCTOBER 11th Friday ENTRY FORMS for the CRAFT EXHIBTION. Last day for handing in the forms to the Library.
OCTOBER 15th Tuesday EVERGREENS OUTING to Abergavenny Market. Coach leaves outside St Mary's at 9.15am
OCTOBER 15h Tuesday RAILWAY MODELLERS at the Public Hall 7.30pm.
OCTOBER 15th Tuesday St Andrew's Ladies Club at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth Charity Night.
OCTOBER 16th Wednesday WOMEN'S INSTITUTE meets at 7.30pm for the AGM.
OCTOBER 16th Wednesday HAPPY HEARTS WEST meet at 7.30pm at the Beachley Walk Centre.
OCTOBER 16th Wednesday SHIREHAMPTON STITCHERS meet at 7.30pm at the Public Hall.
OCTOBER 25th Friday SEQUENCE DANCE at the Cotswold Community Centre 7.30pm - 10pm.
OCTOBER 28th Monday - Friday November 1st both dates inclusive HALF TERM HOLIDAY for all local schools.
OCTOBER 28th Monday ALL EXHIBITS for the CRAFT EXHIBITION to be brought to the Public Hall 9.30am - 6pm. Large items early please.
OCTOBER 29th Tuesday - Saturday November 2nd ANNUAL CRAFT EXHIBITION at the Public Hall. Open to the public Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm.

WHAT'S ON IN SHIREHAMPTON PUBLIC HALL

Groups and Clubs 2002/3

Station Road Playgroup Meet: Mondays to Fridays during term time 9.15 - 11.45am Contact: Barbara Wylde, Leader, Public Hall. Tel: 0117 9829963 mornings, 9824340 evenings.
Shirehampton Afterschool Club Meet: Mondays to Fridays during term time 3-6pm schooldays. Contact: Myra Jenkins Tel: 0117 968526.
Tang Soo Do Meet: Tuesday 7.00 - 9.00pm. Contact: Ken Thorne Tel: 0117 9682611.
Shire Stitchers Patchwork and Quilting Group Meet: monthly 3rd Wednesday 7.15 - 9.15pm Contact: Gail Amphlett. Tel: 0117 982 1879.
Grainger Players: Drama Group Meet: Thursdays 7.30 - 9.30pm Contact: Shirley James Tel: 9879467.
Evergreens: Senior Citizens Group, Entertainment and Speakers Meet: Fridays 1.00 - 3.00pm Contact: Norman Sims Tel: 0117 9823180.
Bingo: Meet: Fridays 6.30 - 8.30pm Contact: Norman Sims. Tel: 0117 9681554.
Twyford Art Club Meet: Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30 - 11.30am, Thursdays 7.00 - 9.00pm Contact: Ron Thorpe Tel: 0117 9681554.
Stamp Fairs are held monthly, usually on the last Saturday of the month (9.00am - 4pm) Contact: Kevin Noble. Tel: 0117 9553110.
Pillow Lace Group Meet: Fridays 7.000 -9.00pm Contact: Gwen Cook. Tel: 982 3415

UK Online Waiting List Contact: Kate Pollard at the Public Hall. Tel: 0117 982 9963.

THANK YOU GUESTS

Roy and Irene Whitfield would like to thank all their friends and relatives for their kind donations to St Peter's Hospice on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Party at the PBA Club. The total amount raised was the grand total of 625.23p

Shirehampton Group Practice

Drs Taylor, Archer, Hine, Addison, Green, Ward and Sharp

The Department of Health's policy continues to be that only those people at special risk from influenza should be offered the annual immunisation. This includes:


* those with chronic respiratory diseases - including asthma * those with chronic heart disease
* those with chronic renal disease
* those with diabetes mellitus
* all people over the age of 65 years
* all those living in residential homes for the elderly

No appointment is necessary - if you have had a letter of invitation, just turn up to one of the clinics detailed in the letter. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO OFFER FLU VACCINATIONS AT OTHER TIMES SO PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND.

If you think you fall into one of the categories above but have not received an invitation letter, please telephone the surgery on 0117 916 2226 to make enquiries.

EVERGREENS

The Shirehampton Evergreens meet every Friday at the Public Hall in Station Road, from 1pm to 3pm. Further information may be obtained by ringing Norman on 982 3180 or come along and see for yourself, you will be made most welcome.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - ST BERNARD'S CHURCH

The Christmas Bazaar will take place on Saturday, 16th November, from 10am to 2pm in the School Hall. Admission: Adults 30p, Children 10p

St Bernard's Catholic Church

On Sunday 30th June the parish of St Bernard, Shirehampton, Bristol came together to celebrate Mass on the occasion of the Centenary of the building of their parish church. Bishop Declan Lang presided at the Centenary Mass. Former priests of the parish and priests of the deanery assisted him. Fr. Vincent Ryan, parish priest, welcomed the representatives of each of the Christian Churches in Shirehampton. He thanked them for their participation in the recent united Songs of Praise, which was a truly ecumenical celebration of St Bernard's Centenary.

Presentations were made to Mr George Easter, Mrs Mary Hayball, Miss Beryl Howard, Mr and Mrs A. Hewitt and Mrs Ursula Morgan for services rendered to the parish community over many years. Following the Mass the community crossed to Shirehampton Public Hall for a Parish Lunch.

Originally the church had seating for 65 people. It met the needs of a community, which was growing as a result of the development of Avonmouth Docks. Further housing developments took place in the 1920s as new industries arrived in the Avonmouth Docks area. The church was extended in 1928 and the original church became the sanctuary area of the newly enlarged building. The parish was partly responsible for raising the funds to build two further churches. St Brendan in Avonmouth and Our Lady of the Rosary in Lawrence Weston in the 1950s.

The centenary celebrations continue with weekly Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings and with social events planned for the autumn.

The Laying of the Foundation Stone by Bishop Ambrose Burton, Bishop of Clifton took place on 25th September 1902.

To mark this momentous occasion in the life of the Parish, was an Hour of Prayer, including the Rosary and Benediction, in St Bernard's Church at 6.30pm on Wednesday 25th September 2002.

GRAINGER PLAYERS

It's that time again Well, with most of the summer holidays almost over, I support it's time to think about the Christmas list of cards and presents AND the flu jabs. We, the Grainger Players, felt a bit strange rehearsing the Christmas songs (e.g. Winter Wonderland) in August and a potted panto of "Show White & the Misfit Dwarfs" - anyone passing the Public Hall on a Thursday evening must have thought we were a bit "nuts"!

We will have all the festive Christmas songs (not carols as our community have their own carol services and "Carols on the Green") also we are going for all the popular Christmas songs that you can join in so as to start off your "warm up Christmas season". We plan fun and humour with our Potted Panto and your part of the show with the sing-a-long of festive songs. You will get a chance also to relax and laugh as well - we hope!

Seats are now being pre-booked well in advance by those of you who regularly support us and also by some new members of our community.

The "Christmas Show" is at the end of November on Thursday 28th/Friday 29th/and Saturday 30th at the Public Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Thursday night is preview night - all tickets 2.00 Friday and Saturday - Adults: 3.00, Snr. Citizens: 2.50, Children 2.00

If you would like to reserve your sea, since seats are going well, you can pre-book at Liz's Flowers, High Street, Shirehampton, Bristol (Tel: 0117 938 1332) (next to the Hairdressers) so come and join us for a happy evening - we always look forward to seeing you all for a great community evening.

Shirl & The Grainger Players

THANK YOU FROM SHIRE COLTS UNDER 15s

The Shire Colts under 15's would like to thank Fran and team of Haarts, Shirehampton, for their support in raising sufficient money to provide the football kit for the team, which is very much appreciated.

Nicola Flay (982 1819)

WATCH OUT, WATCH OUT!

So that you can be on guard, I would like to tell you what happened to me in your local Woolworth's store on 23rd August at about 4.45 pm. A boy of about 16 years asked me to read him 3 birthday cards because he either couldn't see or maybe read, then as I was doing so he unzipped my bag and stole my purse. It contained a considerable amount of money because the Bank for which my money was intended was closed. I also lost my driving licence, theatre tickets, some rings and telephone numbers. If it hadn't been for my very good friend who lives in Lower High Street, who helped me out with money and moral support, I would have been more upset than I was. Ladies - let me warn you there are lots of cunning young (and old!) thieves about - keep your purses safe. I live the other side of Bristol, but this incident has put me off shopping in Shire.

Eunice James

WATCH OUT - AGAIN!

Bogus callers have become a nuisance in Kingsweston Avenue - and maybe throughout Shire. If you wish to buy at the door (some of them no doubt are genuine) apologise and close the door while you fetch your purse to make your purchase. If they are genuine they will understand why you close the door and wait for your return. NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOOR OPEN WHATEVER THEIR EXCUSE IS TO GET YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE DOOR.

W.R.V.S.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

I expect everyone knows about thew Womans' Royal Voluntary Service and the good work they do throughout the country, and have been doing for many years. I joined the W.R.V.S. five years ago to enable me to do voluntary work in one of the shops at Southmead Hospital. When I started there were only two shops, but now there are four - The Avon Orthopaedic Centre, Disablement Services Centre, Maternity Department and a shop situated near the main hospital wards.

We are therefore always in need of volunteers. Volunteers can choose to work a morning or afternoon shift on a day which is convenient to them - once a week or once a fortnight. Travel expenses are paid together with free parking and an opportunity to use the Galley Restaurant in the hospital and purchase a meal at reduced staff rates. These are very good and very cheap. I always take advantage of this offer when I am working there.

All the money made in these shops is given back to the hospital to spend on equipment etc. I enjoy working there very much, so please if anyone is interested (male or female) in offering their services for 30-4 hours a week, please contact either: Mr D. Crook (Manager) or Mrs J. Barnes (Deputy Manager) on 0117 950 5050 ext 5975

GOING'S ON AT THE LIBRARY

Books and computers were not alone, Alien Spaceships, Rockets, Puppets and Live Animals were in the Library during the summer holidays! Children's activities were held this year - on 26th July were the Alien Space Ships, and on 23rd August the Rockets. The children from 31/2 to 12 years enjoyed making their models and as you can see from the photographs some excellent work was produced.

On 7th August was Pete Ashby's Puppet Show, which provided a fun day for the children and also for the adults who were in the Library at the time! On 20th August came the Zoo Mobile - Cockroaches, large Snails, a bearded Dragon, a Snake and Spider were there for the children to see and touch, a wonderful experience for the children, their parents and staff.

Thank you to everyone who made the events such a success. Five children have completed the Reading Scheme - congratulations to you all, your names have been sent to the Central Library and entered into the prize winners draw. We hope you all have enjoyed your summer holidays as much as we have.

Eileen, Marilyn, Sandra and Jeanette.

THE VICKIE HALL SCHOOL OF DANCE

The Vickie Hall school of dance has won over One Hundred trophies in just three week. During July the dance school travelled to Plymouth, Stratford on Avon and into Bristol for dance competitions. They danced in their Solos, Pairs, Rock 'n' Roll, Slow, Street and Team dance and came home with over a amazing hundred trophies.

New classes are now starting so if you are interested in joining the school you can all Vickie on 01275 818197 for more information on classes in Shirehampton and Portishead.

EVERGREENS CHRISTMAS FAYRE

The annual Christmas Fayre will be held at the Public Hall on Saturday, 30th November, from 3pm to 5pm. Tables can be booked by ringing Norman on 9823180, the cost of each table being 5.00. Admission will be 10p and refreshments will be available, also Father Christmas will be in attendance. There will be a Main Raffle with very good prizes and Kate Robson will be playing Christmas songs on the piano. So come along, relax and get into the Christmas mood.

A TIME FOR KINDNESS

Dear Editor,

I was waiting among others to be served at a premises in the village when an elderly lady, very dishevelled and upset came along saying that her handbag had been snatched and asking if she could use the phone to ring the police. However, this was refused and she was told to go to the public call box. I was disgusted and ashamed by the attitude taken and a she left I offered her the use of my mobile phone to ring the police and they made an arrangement to visit her at her home.

I still cannot believe that anyone here in Shirehampton would treat someone in distress like this and hope this is an isolated incident and that the person concerned upon reflection will realise how other people there viewed his behaviour.

Village Shopper

RETIREMENT OF MARGARET NASH

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the staff, parents and children of St. Bernard's School for the lovely presents, cards and good wishes that I received on my retirement. My last day at St. Bernard's was a very memorable one. Once again, thank you all. Yours sincerely,

Margaret Nash (Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds)

FOUND - MR BOB BOLWELL

Thank you to Mr D. Povey of Passage Leaze who has supplied the address of Bob Bolwell, the long lost cousin of Mrs Kathleen Bennett, and this has now been forwarded to her. Through our LETTERS page perhaps you too could find old friends!

HODGE, TERRENCE ARTHUR (TERRY)

Doreen, David and Ann wish to thank everyone who sent cards, messages of sympathy and donations to Cancer Research U.K., those special friends who attended Terry's funeral here in Worle and brought flowers for Doreen too. We've really appreciated all your prayers, love and support over the past 3 years and especially during the final months.

Thank you all and God Bless You. (Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds).

SIREN ALARM

Dear Editor, On Sunday, 8th September, the siren was sounded, when the advice given to the community is to go in and turn on local radio. Obviously, it was a test, so could not the radio have told us that. If no message at all is given are people going to take any notice at all of the siren, thinking it always to be a test?

Concerned resident (name and address supplied)

WHERE HAVE ALL THE WINDOW CLEANERS GONE?

There is great concern among the local community as they seem to have completely vanished! If you are in this line of business and can take on additional customers, please ring "SHIRE" on 983 2663 or drop a note into the library in Station Road (addressed to "SHIRE"), with your name and telephone number.

ST MARY'S NEWS

Hi Folks! Here we are into Autumn and Harvest Festival time. Our Harvest Festival Service this year is back in its traditional place - the first Sunday in October (6/10/2002).

As I briefly mentioned last month, gifts of tinned and dried food will be donated to Euro Aid - to assist countries in Eastern Europe. Fresh produce will be distributed to the elderly or needy persons in the parish - so come on do your bit as you unusually do! I did hear on Radio Bristol that folks from that part of the world do not like our baked beans - they prefer our peas. I wonder why? Answers please on a postcard to Jill Eynon - she will give you the answer (and I deny all knowledge!!)

By the time you read these notes the re-ordering of the west end of the church building will have commenced. There will no doubt be some very grateful builders and carpenters who will receive unlimited supplies of tea and coffee each morning. Please remember during the time of this reconstruction to use the church door in PEMBROKE ROAD - tea and coffee will be served in the choir vestry and the church will be open for private prayer - although it may be a little noisy. Holy Communion will be 11.00am on Thursday as usual, but work will cease during the time of the Service. A

t 6.30pm on Sunday 13th October 2002, the churches in Shirehampton all meet together in the Baptist Church for the commissioning of the new youth coffee shop in the village - please give this your support - it certainly promises to be a worthwhile project.

On Tuesday 22nd October 2002, there will be a Service in the church at 7pm when Canon Christine, Jill Eynon and John Bull will be admitted to the Guild of Vergers as Associate Members. The service will be led by Colin Maggs who is the Guild's Chaplain. Colin is also an authority on railway history and has written numerous books on railways during the steam era. I though I had seen that name before on my book shelves!!!

Recently a lady came into the church and asked my wife if we would have any use for a wrought iron flower stand. She told this lady we would be delighted to accept it. Anyway, a short while later this beautiful flower stand, which had just been repainted, was delivered to the church. It stands 5ft high and is much more superior than our existing flower stands! Regrettably we do not know the identity of the lady who made this gift. If anyone knows here identity then Canon Christine will be delighted to thank her properly for her kindness and generosity.

Last month you may remember we had a Fun Day in the Churchyard, when children had the opportunity to enter various competitions and activities, including the release of helium filled balloons - well this raised over the sum of 350 towards the re-ordering of the west end of the church building. So a big thank you to all of you who supported this event on the same afternoon we had a "New-comers" party to welcome the new members to our regular Sunday worship and this was very much enjoyed by all!

Finally, I have to tell you we now have an African Violet in our church! "So what?" - I hear you say, but this African Violet is something very different and very special and goes under the name of Esther Chiumbu. Esther is with us on a 1 year placement to test her vocation for the ordained ministry. She was born in Blantyre, Malawi in 1973, and is a very attractive and charming young lady with a bright and bubbly personality. She came from her parish - St Lukes, Harare, Zimbabwe to Trinity College, Stoke Bishop where she gained a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Theological Studies. Esther also has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Political and Administrative Studies. It would be unwise for her to return to Zimbabwe at the moment, because members of the Anglican Church are opposed to Mr Robert Mugabe's political doctrine. Nevertheless, Zimbabwe's loss is St Mary's gain - so give her a warm welcome when you see her around the village. I'm sure she will appreciate a warm welcome as she is an African lady from a warm climate! Sorry if I've embarrassed you Esther, by revealing too much - you may punish me later!

Now for the final, final bit! Canon Christine says I have to remind you that clocks go back to Greenwich Mean Time at 2.00am on Sunday 27th October 2002. This will give you all an extra hour in bed - so no excuses will be accepted for being late for 10am service on that day! Bye for now

C.M.E.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT - JOAN BRICE

I would like to thank everyone, family and friends for the cards and prayers on the loss of my daughter, Joan. Joan had been cared for by her husband, Chris, for 9 years, for which we as a family, Linda, Christine and David, wish to thank him. Thanks also to the care workers who kept her smiling and to the Rev. Christine for a service which was sad, but uplifting, giving thanks for Joan's life. Thanks also to Myra, Iris and Barbara V. for doing the catering. Thank you all so much and God Bless.

Barbara Pullin (Thank you for your donations to SHIRE funds).

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

With the arrival of autumn, SCAF has many causes for celebration on its first anniversary! The Forum has come a very long way in its first year and is looking forward to achieving independent status at the end of this year/early next. This will be greatly aided by grant funding from the Greater Bristol Foundation through the Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chest - this will take the project on a half time basis until March 2003. Many thanks to GBF!

The Development action group has made great strides in this area - thanks to them all for all their hard work - and we have agreed Memorandum & Articles of Association. We have also agreed additional rules than will be incorporated surrounding the issues of membership and governance. As previously reported the new organisation will have dual status - a Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee, the stated aims and objectives and structure appear below.

Ideally, the new organisation will have between 6-8 Trustees - 4 of these will take up Officer posts - Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. A full report will be given at the new Full Forum meeting. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee - or would like more information about what becoming a Trustee entails - then please contact Ash Bearman (Community Development Officer) on 982 9963 for an informal discussion.

Objective: To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the parish of Shirehampton and adjoining areas without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race, age, or of political or religious or other opinions, by associating local authorities and other statutory bodies, voluntary organisations and inhabitants in partnership to advance social welfare, community safety, housing, health, education, the environment, expand positive awareness of the area and leisure-time occupations, with the object to improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.

Aims:
* To strengthen ties and build partnership working between statutory agencies, private enterprise and voluntary and community groups in Shirehampton.
* To discuss the issues raised 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 in Lawrence Weston and surrounding area.
* To establish a working structure with regular meetings
* Establish good communication between Forum members.
* To establish sub groups or working groups to address specific issues e.h., 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.

 

Trustee/Directors
For governing body, legally responsible for money/staff etc

Steering Committee
Would be similar to this Forum, run the day to day operations

Action Groups
Would come and go - address specific issues e.g. Youth Support, Housing, Community Safety

TEA DANCES AT SEA MILLS

Sea Mills fortnightly Tea Dances restart their winter session at the Methodist Church on Thursday, 10th October from 2.30-4.30pm. Admittance 1.00 with dancing to live music. Future dates are: October 10th, 24th/November 14th/28th/December 12th December 19th: Special Christmas Tea Dance at Shirehampton Cricket Club from 7.30 to 11pm The 180th dance with live music by David Storey and John Hutton.

ROBIN COUSINS SPORTS CENTRE

West Town Road, Avonmouth (Under M5 Bridge) AEROBICS PROGRAMME Monday 6.30-7.30pm Circuit Training 7.30-8.30pm Keep Fit Tuesday 10.45-11.45am 50+ Keep Fit 7.30-8.30pm Hips, Bums & Tums Wednesday 10.00-11.00am Keep Fit 7.30-8.30pm Aerobics Thursday 10.00-11.00 am Aerobics 7.00-8.00pm Circuit Training Friday10.00-11.00am Hips, Bums & Tums Sunday 11.00-12.00 noon Hips, Bums & Tums Information: Tel: 0117 982 3514 www.bcsport.co.uk