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Healthy Bodies

Ex England footballer visits Shirehampton Primary School Last week Andy Sinton joined the children of Shirehampton Primary School on their healthy body week. He talked to them about his life and career, playing for teams such as Tottenham Hotspurs and QPR as well as representing England 12 times.

He gave Years 5 and 6 a training session and gave everyone a signed autograph before he left. The children also enjoyed many healthy foods and activities. Every day they took part in aerobics with headteacher Mrs Travis who managed to keep the momentum going all morning for the different year groups.

Other activities included checking pulse rates before and after exercise, tasting different fruit and vegetables, measuring the sugar content of a variety of foods and using a machine that showed the effects of smoking on the body. Each class had a session with a football coach where they learnt many skills including doing sit-ups with a ball balanced between the shoulders!

The last day was made up of continuous football games where each class played 3 games in 30 minutes, running from 9.00 to 3.00 without a break. Even the teachers had to play! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the week and learnt a lot about the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Are you between 14-25? Would you like to come and "Take the Challenge"? There is now a small group of young people who are just embarking on their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Open Award Centre in Westbury-on-Trym Library (Falcondale Road) 7.30-9pm on Thursday evenings.

If you would like further information try or call Nicola Bushnell on 0117 926 5850. The Award is fully inclusive so whatever your situation if you're interested in doing something a bit different, we'd love to hear from you.

Mrs V Edgeworth
67 Watling Way, Shirehampton

Children's Summer Events and Activities 2004

Try the national summer reading FREE at your local Shirehampton library. LIBRARY Reading Rollercoaster Summer Activities. Crafts Friday 20th August 2.30-4pm. 50p per child. Zoomobile Tuesday 24th August 2.30-4pm. £1 per child. Wonderful Waltzers Thursday 26th August 10.30am-12 noon, Sea Mills Library. Join the Reading Rollercoaster and be part of the fun at all Bristol libraries this summer!

Events and activities are going on all over the city, far more than can be listed here, so check out your local library for details. There will be a small charge for most events and advance booking is essential. Also, please note, no unaccompanied under 5s please.

Starting on July 12th young readers can pick up a Reading Rollercoaster folder from their library and start collecting stickers for books borrowed and read over the summer holidays. Those who complete the challenge will receive a certificate, medal and entry to a prize draw.

Joining the library is easy and free - ask the staff at your local library to help you. Children under 14 will need the permission of a parent or guardian. Shirehampton Library telephone 0117 903 8570 Sea Mills Library telephone 0117 903 8555

Local Girl Shaves her Head for Charity

Ann-Marie Mills, gracing her early twenties braved the scissors, cutters and eventually the razor to have her flowing locks of shoulder length hair cut, leaving her completely bald. Truly a bold feat for a young girl, who since being a baby, has always graced her shoulders with wavy blonde hair.

The event took place at Filton College on 2nd April, all in the name of Charity. She raised £840 for Childrens' Hospices in the Southwest, in a way that would shudder the heart of any vain girl. Since the great event bandanas, caps and the occasional woolly hat have been the order of the day, that is, until recently, as she can now walk down the street furnishing a brand new hairstyle.

On behalf of the charity and herself Ann-Marie would like to thank Bernard from Shire Bakery, Tony and Gaynor from Maynews, the ladies from the Co-op, fellow students and staff from the college, her friends from Shire Baptist Church and all her family who not only   helped raise the money, but kept her morale high, when on occasion spirits were low.

A big thank you again to you all.

Lollipop Lady has NOT Retired

It was incorrectly reported in the July edition of 'Shire' that Liz (Betty) Young - the Disciple of Road Safety - who sees the children safely across the flow of traffic on the mighty Lower High Street had retired. She has definitely not retired. I did mention in my previous report that she could still be seen morning and afternoon in her white apparel.

Well, she who must be obeyed, has rapped my knuckles because she now wears a beautiful shade of yellow! So, if you see a Lollipop and what appears to be a lemon sorbet standing alongside - beware! 'Tiz her! Be prepared to stop or you will very quickly learn that she has not retired!


The Pill Ferry

Sadly, the famous Pill Ferry closed thirty years ago. On August Bank Holiday - to raise funds for Pill Regatta - it will be running again for one evening only. Why not come across and have a drink in one of the historic Pill pubs! Watch out for posters for further details.

Race for Life

The Girls at Mathias & Sons Workwear Distributors in Avonmouth took part in the Race for Life on 16th May 2004 in memory of Jackie Price. Between them they raised over £1,200 for Cancer Research UK. Well done girls!

Kirstie's Challenge

Local woman Kirstie Weeks is set to take part in the Bristol Half Marathon to raise vitally needed funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Kirstie will be joining the ranks of thousands of other runners preparing to risk blisters, cramps and many lonesome hours of early morning training for the event on September 12th 2004. Kirstie said "Taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon will be a unique challenge for me.

The knowledge that I will be raising funds to help prevent the suffering and abuse of children will spur me to the finishing line". British record holder and 2002 Commonwealth Gold Medallist Kelly Holmes is the patron of the NSPCC's running team. Kelly said "There are currently 35,000 children considered at risk in this country, with 600 being added to the child protection register every week, so the need has never been greater."

Kirstie will be doing far more than running a Half Marathon. With every step and every penny raised she will be helping fund the NPSCC's vital work. If you would like to sponsor Kirstie please contact her on 0117 938 0749. for further information on running for the NSPCC please call 020 7825 2997 or email

OBITUARY Cissie Stokes 1909-2004

On June 14th Cissie Stokes, formerly of Pembroke Road, passed away at a nursing home in Southampton at the grand age of 95. Cissie came to live in Shirehampton with husband Jack in 1956 and was well known to many Shire people, especially at the Savoy Bingo Hall where she was a regular player.

She moved to Southampton to be near her son Alan and daughter-in-law Joan, 3 and a half years ago when she became too frail to live alone. Cissie was full of run and enjoyed life to the full whilst her health allowed. She was still playing bingo in her late 80s, enjoying the company and social life as much as the chance of winning a few bob!

One of her hobbies had been crochet and she produced some beautifully crafted items, some of which were exhibited in the Craft Exhibition some years ago. She was also a passionate Scrabble player and would always have a jigsaw puzzle in progress. Cissie leaves behind friends and neighbours who will always remember her sense of fun and our condolences go to Alan, Joan and the family.

Dick, Judy, David and June

Any more memories?

This is the last chance to have your memories of the Public Hall recorded in the forthcoming book. We have a tight deadline to meet the launch date at the history exhibition in November, details of which will be available later. So come on, dredge the deep recesses of your minds and see what you can come up with.

What seems trivial or uninteresting to you might be just what we are looking for to fill in gaps in our knowledge. We are particularly keen to hear from current hall users if you've not already spoken to us. We would like a brief history of your group, it's aims and achievements, so if you want some positive publicity please contact Jeanette (at the hall) or myself at 35 Pembroke Road, if you can help.

Thanks - and remember to put the book on your Christmas list! Judy Helme

Sea Mills AFC

On behalf of all at Sea Mills FC I would like to thank Shirehampton Cricket Club for the hospitality in allowing us to use their first class facilities for the 2003-2004 season. Without their help we would have been unable to fulfil our fixtures and go on to win the Bristol Premier League and promotion to the County League.

We would like to mention especially Don Geddes and the late John Carrol for their hard work. We wish Shirehampton Cricket Club all the very best for their season and look forward to the start of our season with our newly built club house. Thank you once again.

Darren Harvey
1st Team Manager

Alpha Courses at St Mary's, Shirehampton

Lots of people are talking about St Mary's. Whenever the church is mentioned in the village, the feeling seems to be that good things are happening. Our beautifully renovated building has drawn many people to come in and discover for themselves that Christianity is not boring, untrue or irrelevant.

Rather it is about living life to the full, it is about knowing what is the truth, it is about the whole of our lives being transformed. On September 2nd at 7pm a Supper is being held in church to launch the Autumn Alpha Course - a series of 10 evening meetings beginning 16 September that unpacks the central beliefs of the Christian faith. Each evening begins at 7pm with a meal followed by a video presentation and ends at 9pm after a short time for discussion.

Whether you used to be a church go-er, whether you've never darkened the door of a church, or whether there are some aspects of Christianity you'd just like to find out more about, this free course is for you. Why not come along to the introductory supper on September 2nd. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain. I look forward to seeing you - Canon Christine.

To book a place at the supper or to find out more please contact the church office on 0117 907 7026.

Are you looking for a free, part-time nursery education place for your child?

Bluebell Valley is a Local Authority maintained nursery school. We are staffed by well qualified teachers and nursery nurses and offer exceptional early education to 3 and 4 year old children. We also offer specialist teaching for children from 3-7 who have complex and severe learning difficulties.

You will find a warm welcome when you come to our school. We have recently been warded the Bristol Standard for Inclusion. This means that we have been recognised for the way that we think about the special needs of all the children in the school and include them in all those aspects of school life that they can manage.

Each child at Bluebell Valley is a unique individual. The staff are experts at recognising the potential in every child that comes to us. All of the children make significant progress by the time they leave the school. The school has an outstanding outdoor environment that is available for the children to play in every day.

There is space to run, climb, ride bikes, explore nature and have fun. Indoor we have a soft play room, a hall for PE, a music room for dance and drama and a sensory room. We also provide additional services including a drop-in toddler group on Wednesday afternoons, Positive Play on Friday mornings and a range of parenting workshops and adult education classes.

We currently have part-time places available for this September. If you would like a place for your child or know someone who may be interested please contact us to arrange a visit. We look forward to meeting you. Bluebell Valley Nursery School, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol BS11 0LP.

Headteacher: Mrs Christine Menzies. Telehone 0117 903 1472. Fax 0117 903 1477.

Portway Community School

The Governing Body of Portway Community School has been successful in recruiting two new deputy headteachers. Maggie Haynes currently works in Lliswerry High School in Newport and Anthony Davis currently works in Monks Park School in Bristol.

They will both be joining the school from the start of the autumn term. Rosemary Clarke Chair of Governors

Bradley Crescent Coronation 1937

Outside Newsman's the Butchers From Left to Right: At the back (standing on the step) - Jack Newman, Reg Clarke (Senior). Front Row - Mrs Hart 'Bess' Paul, Ma Shepard, Mrs Newman with son John, Mrs Win Llewelyn, Mrs Jeffries, Mrs Llewelyn, Mrs Ear, Iris Limbrick, Nina Clarke, me. Photo sent to us by Mr R. Clarke, Ockford Ridge, Godalming, Surrey.

Ruby Wedding Congratulations Mum and Dad

Sheila and Dan Warn of Dursley Road have lived in Shirehampton for 70 years. Married August 1st 1964 at the Methodist Church, Burraton, Saltash, Cornwall. 4 years on August 1st 2004. Love you lots - here's to the next 10 years. Andrew, Carolyn and Family, Tanya, Darren and Family, Peter, Gina and family.

Good News for Girls

Did you know that there are some very lively, active Rainbow, Brownie and Guide groups meeting in Shirehampton? If you are interested in fun activities, come and join us! 120th Guides (10-15 year olds - meet on Fridays). Guides work together as groups of friends, planning lots of their own ideas into a variety of activities according to their own interests.

Recent projects have included cooking foreign foods, camping, abseiling, boating, archery, many different art and craft items, painting furniture plus fashion and talent shows. They raise money for charities, the local community and their own trips or equipment. Sometimes they even go on holidays abroad.

There are also development schemes, certificates, badges and awards to try if you want to, for almost any subject! If you would like more details contact Sharon on 0117 982 6743. The Guides and Brownies have been going in Shirehampton for 65 years. The unit is under threat of closure.

Please don't let this happen - new members and leaders welcome.

Old Mrs Waters and Young Mr Pace (continued)

(Dedicated to all local Litter Louts)

Old Mrs Waters was feeling quite bitter And all on account of the terrible litter.
The High Street itself was a horrible sight, But the Shirehampton Green was a much bigger fright.
She happened to bump into young Mr Pace. 'I do think it's shocking,' she said to his face.
'Look at them chip papers cov'ring The Green! What is the need for it all?

Well, I mean There's a little bin there by one of the seats.
It's easy to put stuff in there when they eats.' Mr Pace let her get it all out of her system,
Grateful that old Mrs Waters had missed them (The Littler Louts, that is, who'd made all the mess).
He thought to himself: 'It's my reasoned guess She'd have not stopped at giving a piece of her mind.

She'd have used her old walking-stick on the behind Of those chip-eating youngsters frequenting the place.'
His thoughts were cut short. 'I tell you, Mr Pace, It's all of them schoolchildrens' lunch hours to blame.
In my younger days it were never the same. Kids then respected the village, I say.
Many a thing's not the same way today. Look at the difference a school holiday makes.

The Green was so clean. It just shows you, it takes Just a few awkward children to spoil it again.
It's enough to drive all us old codgers insane!'
Old Mrs Waters then stopped for a breather And young Mr Pace made to comment, with:
'Neither Were things in my youth as bad as they are now And I really have absolutely no idea how We can change things.

Especially when some parents set Such an awful example to children.
They let Them drop litter all over the village, without Urging their offspring to bin it.
No doubt Afraid that their children will give them some cheek, Which just shows their parenting skills are so weak.
I've seen children and parents drop litter right here At Shire Green bus stop.

Of course, there's no fear of the litter laws being enforced here in Shire.
I do wonder, sometimes, just what the old squire Would have thought,
were he here to see how things have changed. He'd probably think the whole world was deranged.'
He laughed to himself, as he mused on the thought.

'If we can't do anything, somebody ought,' Said old Mrs Waters.
'Takes just one youngster seen Dropping litter in the village, or here on The Green,
And something or other than done about it. I mean something like letting the punishment fit The crime ...'
At this point the bus pulled alongside And old Mrs Waters was taking a ride
To Avonmouth, to visit her sister, Miss Friend, Which brought conversation to a premature end.


Shirehampton Public Hall Centenary Events

Tickets for the Service of Rededication on Thursday September 29th at 2.30pm and the concert by the Maesteg Childrens Choir on Saturday September 25th are available from Norman Sims - tel. 0117 982 3180 and from the Public Hall - tel. 0117 982 9963.

Shirehampton Directory

Don't forget that this most useful booklet is available in the library. It contains information and contact numbers of a wide variety of organisations in Shirehampton. No home should be without one! It could be yours for a very modest donation.

The minesweeper HMS Ramsey pictured making her way upstream with the tide to Bristol for a courtesy visit from 30th June to 4th July.
Photo: M. Morgan

Go 'Football Crazy' at the City Museum

With all the excitement building up for Euro 2004, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery is celebrating our national game with a new exhibition. An exhibition capturing the passion, comedy and beauty that is at the heart of modern British football culture goes on display at the City Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 17th July.

'Football in our Time' is a witty and sometimes poignant celebration of football from Britain's leading football photographer, Stuart Clarke. With a special focus on Bristol's own two senior clubs, Rovers and City, the exhibition brings together 14 years of Clarke's best photography.

His work spans the whole of the game from landmark internationals and the glamour of the Premiership to the sparse dressing rooms of the lower divisions and the non-league games played to handful of supporters week after week. The exhibition displays an intimate and thought-provoking collection hat will be enjoyed by anyone caught up in the culture of the modern game, as well as people with an interest in art, photography and social documentary.

There are photographs that not only illustrate an affection for the spectacle of the match itself but also hold an avid fascination for the world that surrounds the game. Stephen Price, Head of Bristol's Museums & Art Gallery, said "This exhibition will touch a chord in many people whatever their level of interest in the game - whether they are a supporter or player of football, or whether they just appreciate good photography".

The exhibition, which is generously supported by the Bristol Evening Post, is accompanied by a wide-ranging programme of FREE events, lectures and workshops, including school holiday activities on Tuesday 20 and Thursday 22nd July 2004 and a special family funday on Sunday 5 September. 'Football in our Time' is on display from Saturday 17 July to Sunday 12 September at the City Museum & Art Gallery. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Admission is FREE.

Shire Reminiscences by Shire People

All the reminiscences which were collected at the Public Hall in May, together with some additions and corrections received since (thanks for those) are in an album in Shire Library, which is looking after them. There was a wealth of material about wartime in Shire, childrens' lives in the 40s, 50s and 60s, and other valuable memories.

You are welcome to go and read them! I hope you will feel like adding to them. We are also collecting any memories and photos of the Public Hall for the Hall's centenary exhibition in November. If you have anything to contribute please contact Jeanette at the Public Hall on 0117 982 9963 or Judy Helme who is writing a book on the Hall, on 0117 982 9893.

Kate Pollard Concert by Maesteg Childrens' Choir Tickets for the concert by the Maesteg Childrens' Choir will be on sale at the Public Hall from July 9th and every Friday from noon until 3pm. Tickets are £5 each. Further details may be obtained from Norman on 0117 982 3180. The Concert is on September 25th starting at 7pm.

Celebrate D-Day at Bristol's Industrial Museum

On Saturday 14 August 2004, Bristol Industrial Museum will transport visitors back to the 1940s with a weekend of activities commemorating life in Bristol towards the end of World War 2. The Industrial Museum's popular working trains will be joined by vintage military road vehicles, including landing craft and models, to create a working dockside prior to D-Day.

During the weekend visitors will be able to see the world premiere of the third in the Ministry of Entertainment's trilogy of wartime plays, "Yes, We Have No Bananas", which looks at life in a south coast town in 1944 with ordinary people beset by food shortages and American GIs. Visitors will also be able to attend a Wartime cookery talk by the world-famous food author, Marguerite Patten OBE to hear her talking about feeding a family in times of food shortage and rationing.

They can learn some classic and exciting jive dance moves of the 1940s with the Elmgrove LeRoc Dance School. In the evening the Industrial Museum will invite visitors to 'button on their braces', 'paint on stocking seams' and dance the night away.

Visitors can buy tickets to a 1940s 'hangar dance' and enjoy the big band sounds of the greats with the renowned Tony Strudwick Orchestra. For more information about the event telephone 0117 922 3605 or email

This event is generously supported by the Bristol Magpies, supporters of Bristol's Museum Service.

Lamplighter's Marsh

The hard work that went into making the winding footpath from the Lamplighter's alongside the river to West Town Lane has at last begun to bear fruit. The wide strips of land on either side of the path were cleared last year of a dense mass of bushes, shrubs and rank weeds, not to mention heaps of old rubbish, and since then for some months the area has looked somewhat forlorn.

However, as a result of an imaginative seeding programme the whole areas has burst into life over the past few weeks with a profusion of colourful wild flowers. Particularly noticeable in July were great drifts of teasels with their spiny heads breaking out with delicate mauve flowers, and graceful clumps of any varieties of grasses.

As the Summer goes on we may expect many more colourful plants to appear. The new path is becoming better known and has proved to be a great asset, appreciated by a growing number of users. It happily complements the equally attractive paths through the Daisy Field and alongside the railway line. M. Morgan

A Rare Sight

One Sunday a few weeks ago - a day when normally there are no trains on the Shirehampton line - people living nearby were surprised by a steam stream of Virgin trains in their distinctive red and silver livery going to and fro every half an hour or so.

It appears that they were testing the track because in the last three weeks of June the main line between Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway was closed to alow the rebuilding of Abbey Wood station which serves the Ministry of Defence Procurement Agency.

So all trains had instead to use the Shirehampton line and the loop linking Avonmouth, Filton and Bristol Parkway. For these three weeks it was a little easier to imagine what it must have been like half a century ago when our local line was double-tracked and carrying several trains an hour every day.

Thanks to the BRI

Dear Editor May I say my biggest "Thank You" to my very special consultant at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and also to all the doctors and nurses - after my two weeks stay. So many thanks also go to my friends and neighbours, especially My and Dil Stenner who have been so very helpful over the years.

To my niece June and Roy Miller who with love and caring have made all the visits to the BRI possible I can't say thank you enough. Out of all this, Joy of Joy, Thanks to God, perfect health has come to me!

Many thanks Iris Parsons (aged 91) Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds

Rosetta Bailey (Rose) 90th BIRTHDAY

Rose spent most of her childhood and early adult years in Peckham, London. This was where she met and married her late husband Ted and later had three children, Gerald, Sandra and Barry. Rose moved into Shirehampton on 1937 and has become a well known and well loved resident for some 67 years.

Rose has made many, many friends over the years and is very well known to all of her neighbours. She is always willing to stop for a chat and provide her friends with help and advice whenever needed. Rose remains extremely cheerful and brightens the dullest days with her smiles and laughter.

We would all like to wish you a very Happy 90th Birthday Rose and hope you enjoy your special day. Your friends and neighbours of Coley Road who love you very much

Thank you for your donation to SHIRE funds

Marmalade Cakes

This is a foolproof recipe given to me by a friend - it is sufficient to make 2 cakes, but if you only want to make one then halve the ingredients and you only need one loaf tin, not two.

8oz of margarine 8oz of castor sugar 4 eggs 1lb of self raising flour 20oz pot of marmalade Mix all the ingredients together and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Bake in oven 1 hour. It makes a nice moist cake which can be put in the freezer if you want to store it.

Obituary Sue Ross

Many of us are sad at the passing of a friendly, caring lady. She kept her pain to herself and was very brave until the end. She is sadly missed. Dorothy Wooller Penpole Avenue Thank you for your kind donation to SHIRE funds

St Mary's News

Hi Folks! I am pleased to inform you that our Summer Fayre over our Patronal Festival Weekend raised the magnificent sum of £1120. Thanks must go to Gill Sawyer who produced many, many jars of home made jam, chutney & marmalade & also to those who decorated the church making it look more beautiful than ever.

Canon Christine occupied her usual spot by the west door almost dragging people in. In her free hand was that customary cup of tea!. It was also the first occasion we were able to informally meet our new Curate Andy Schuman and his family. We are confident they will be very quickly accepted by Shirehampton people.

Andy's first service with us was the next day-Patronal Festival Day-at our 10.00am Holy Communion Service. At that service our Guest Preacher was Canon Keith Thomas from "Sunflower House" Bloemfontain, South Africa. "Sunflower House" is a Children's Hospice for children infected with Aids or suffering from other terminal illnesses.

Canon Keith had a coloured leaflet showing the work of the hospice & the children there. It was a very sobering thought for all  us when he said that every child pictured in the leaflet was now dead!. We are planning that St. Mary's will form a link with the hospice.

Recently Sunflower seeds were sold to members of our congregation for a competition to see who could grow the tallest one. Money from the sale of the seeds was donated for all the work of the hospice. Bristol Citadel Salvation Army band paid their annual visit the next day (Monday) with a concert of music at the Village Green.

This was much enjoyed by us & a retiring collection was taken & the sum of £150 donated to the band to be used as they best thought fit. On Sunday 25th July 2004 after a light lunch in church many members of our congregation will hop on to a coach for Tewkesbury Gloucestershire.

We are to have a conducted tour of the Abbey & the\n attend Choral Evensong. I am told we are then to have a  cream tea before returning home. This does mean that on this Sunday we shall not be having our usual 6.00pm Holy Communion Service with healing.

This service will be postponed until the following Sunday-1st August. Again, the Holy Communion Service with healing due to take place at 6.opm on Sunday 19th August will also be postponed until Sunday 5th September as Canon Christine is away on holiday. We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause!

On August Bank Holiday Monday (30th August) we shall be having a St. Mary's Open Day when the church will be open from 12 noon until 5.00pm when lunches & teas will be served. If you missed the chance to sample our cream teas at our summer fayre-here is the opportunity to sample more of Gill Sawyer's gastronomic delights!!

At 3.00pm on Saturday 18th September Canon Christine is conducting a "Kneeler Service", when all the newly made kneelers will be on display, during the prayers at that service will be recorded the names of those persons in whose memory the kneelers were given.

Now for some more advance information of a function in September on Saturday 25th September the Maesteg Male Voice Choir will be giving a concert in church. Tickets are £5 and available from Tim Forder or the Church Office. All proceeds from this concert will go to our organ restoration fund.

A guaranteed treat for any exile from Wales! Guess who has her seat booked in the front row?   Answers on a postcard attached to a £20 note to St. Mary's Church Office!!' I hope during these summer months you have all appreciated how well tended the churchyard appears.

This is due to the hard work regularly performed by Richard Powell, Derek Ford, Mike Gillard & Chris Hearn - not forgetting Mike Budd who each week removes bottles, beer cans, waste paper & other undesirable material. Thanks to all of you & any other person whose name I may have missed.

On the first Sunday of each month we collect together all the tinned food which we give to the Sisters of the Church in St. Pauls, City. This food is then distributed to the homeless & hungry in the city area. We welcome gifts of tinned food at anytime and you can be assured your gift will be put to good use locally.

There is a list at the west end of the church of the food which is most needed. Come on-do your bit- I know how generous you can be. That extra tin in your supermarket trolley can mean so much to a hungry person!. Finally I have to inform you I have had a letter from Roy Miller's solicitors informing me their client was not in disguise or wanted by the police at the time of his wedding photograph-merely that he was extremely handsome & debonair in his younger days & that he still is!.

That's a matter of taste when you see him walking up the aisle with the collection plate!. (I think I'll hide away this month as he can run faster than me-I know i've seen his hairy legs in action !)

Bye for now


Goodbye to Valerie

On Sunday July 6th there was a combined presentation to Valerie Flint Johnson in Sea Mills Methodist Church at the Evening Service. The following day, Monday July 5th, the Shirehampton Bright Hour gave a tea party for all her Shirehampton friends to say goodbye and presented her with a bouquet of flowers as the photograph shows.

Valerie, who lived in a cottage near the High Street in Shirehampton was the Lay Worker for the Methodist Church and was the caretaker of the hall in Penpole Avenue. During her time here, she took an active part in local groups, being a member of Forum, as well as being for over a year an editor of Shire.

We shall miss her cheery personality and wish her and her husband every happiness on their return to Cornwall.

Shire by Post

Sue Husher, who runs 'Shire' by post sends 113 copies of the paper off to 113 readers in this country each month and a further 13 people overseas.

The Public Hall Clock


The dials of the Public hall Clock being removed for refurbishment, as part of the restoration of the clock, assisted by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The work will be completed before the end of September.
Photos: E Very

Volunteer Wanted

A volunteer is needed to deliver 'Shire' papers to Penpole Lane and Penpole Close. The papers are brought to your door for you to deliver one to each house. This will take approximately one hour per month. If you can help please telephone Pauline on 0117 982 6935. Thank you.

The Deadline

Professional Publications have a deadline and 'Shire', although run by amateur volunteers, also has one, namely the 10th of the month. We would ask people to get the copy and the adverts to the Library by that date. Why so early you may ask?

Because this gives us time to collect and list the copy and the number of adverts ready to take them all down to the typesetters. About a week later all this material is brought back from Clevedon. It is then corrected and stuck down on the pages, the whole lot is returned to the typesetters who copy it and prepare it for the printers.

A few days later it arrives back in Shirehampton in bulk. Then a team count the papers into bundles ready for the car drivers who deliver them to the door to door delivery people. Quite an operation. So you can understand why we have to stick to a schedule, otherwise we have to accept that 'Shire' may not arrive in time at the beginning of the month.

Please help us by being punctual by getting the copy and adverts to the Library by the 10th of the month.


We apologise for the mistakes in last month's 'What's On'. We think the gremlins must have crept in.

Did you know?

Shirehampton Library has had a grant from the New Opportunities Fund for staff training and on-line learning centre.

Wedding Belles

Dear Shire My name is Tessa Good. I ran the Silver Thorn Girls Club in Shirehampton. 14 years ago we entered our float for the Carnival - it was called 'The future brides of Shire' and we won second prize.

The four young girls on the float - Hailey, Sue Good, Becky Holland and Caudi Summers. 14 years on at Hayley's wedding all three others who had been on the float were her bridesmaids.

Hailey Good married Craig Harrison on July 10th 2004 at St Mary's. Bride Hailey Good, Bridegroom Craig Harrison, with their bridesmaids.

A.G.M. - Chairman's Report

Beginning in July 2003 - we have now published a year - 12 months of 20 page issues as a result of being moved to a printer in Cheltenham with a different machine. The extra 4 pages each month has solved the problem we had previously when space for adverts outstripped the space allocated for copy.

We have always tried to keep the adverts and copy more or less even, there were comments that we were becoming an advertising magazine, as we were a 16 page monthly except when we stretched to 24 pages at Christmas. In addition to expansion in size, we also increased in number to 5,000 per month due to the increased demand.

With the support of our Advertisers we have been able to meet the additional cost of production that this has entailed. However, we may have a reduced surplus at the end of the financial year to distribute to local good causes. Our 6 Editors have edited each 2 months of the year.

We have welcomed Dr Michael Morgan to our team and at the end of our year in June said farewell to Mrs Valerie Flint Johnson who has gone to live in Cornwall. We are hoping to find another editor to complete our rota. Joyce Daniels has continued to deal with our ever increasing number of adverts, nearly 100 per month - a mammoth task.

We are also grateful to Eric Verey for continuing to take photographs, even though he has been under personal pressure. Sue Husher has been very helpful as the co-ordinator of the 'Shire' by post service. Our thanks go to Pauline Godwin, who runs the distribution side of the newspaper, this organisation goes from strength to strength.

We might even have a reserve list of volunteers in time. To all the volunteers who get 'Shire' round the village, all out of goodwill, we are most grateful. Thank you to all our readers who have supplied us each month with copy, and we should like to mention the unexpected great response we had to our 'Construct a Crossword' competition - what a clever lot you are!

We now have almost 2 years worth of crossword puzzles. We wonder whether anyone could devise mathematical problems for readers to solve. Of course we are always on the outlook for an artist who can draw cartoons with a local flavour. People often wonder how 'Shire' has survived, run entirely by amateurs on a voluntary basis.

I tell them that it is all due to the wonderful community spirit that exists in Shirehampton.



Tyntesfield's garden is open to the public on Thursdays. Each tour includes the formal garden, the kitchen garden, already in production, the walled garden and the small lady garden. The Victorian greenhouses, still in use, may be glimpsed and also the estate's chapel.

Tours of the ground floor rooms of the house, the chapel and formal gardens takes place on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Tours, whether garden or house take two hours and MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE on 0870 241 4500 or via the web site at

Shirehampton Swimming Pool

Has produced an excellent leaflet, full of opening times and the facilities it offers. Only a walk away, so let's use it, while we can. Important ALL children under 8 must be accompanied in the pool by a parent/carer. One parent/carer is required per child under 4 years, with a maximum of 8 children under 8 per parent/carer present.

A Day Trip with a Difference

Don't forget that trains still run from Shirehampton Station to Temple Meads in one direction and Severn Beach in the other. Could be very exciting if a child has never been on a train before.

Robin Cousins Sports Centre

Affordable Fitness on your Doorstep! Whether you want to get fitter, lose weight or simply become more active, Robin Cousins Sports Centre offers affordable fitness for all ages and levels in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Fitness classes for all ages; yoga; spacious fitness centre; children's parties; football; gymnastics; holiday activity programmes; crèche and soft play; basketball; martial arts; badminton; squash.

A range of payment and Fitness Centre membership options are available including a Concessionary rate if you have a disability, are in receipt of certain types of benefit, are aged 60 or over, a full time student living or studying in Bristol or a Bristol City foster carer.

Find out more! Pop in or call 0117 982 3514 or email Robin Cousins Sports Centre, West Town Road, Avonmouth, Bristol BS11 9GB (under M5 bridge).

An Unwelcome Stranger in our Midst

Recently several walkers have noticed with alarm that a new plant has appeared in places along the railway line in Lamplighters Marsh and along the bank of the river opposite Chapel Pill. This is the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. It was brought to Britain in the mid 1800s by the plant-hunters who travelled to the East and returned with rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas and many other popular garden plants, and was admired for its rapid growth, stout hollow stems and plate sized leaves.

However, it eventually escaped from the gardens and was first recorded in the wild near Maesteg in South Wales in 1886. It is infertile, i.e. it spreads not by shedding seeds, but by bits of roots hitchhiking in soil, moved from place to place. How it reached Shirehampton is a mystery and also a real problem because it spreads rapidly and is strong enough to push up through tarmac and even concrete.

In South Wales some cemeteries in the Swansea are are completely overgrown, with headstones at crazy angles and stonework shattered. Within a year residents near the river in Shirehampton have had their view of Chapel Pill completely blocked by several great banks of knotweed.

Cutting it down can be dangerous if not done at the correct time. This is because even the tiniest piece of root weighing no more than a 40th of an ounce will be enough to grow into a full sized plant. Fortunately at the beginning of the month the authorities have begun to take the appropriate measures and the spreads of knotweed opposite Chapel Pill have all been cleared and the cuttings taken away for incineration.

As soon as it starts to grow again in the spring it must be sprayed with a systemic weedkiller (one that gets taken down by the plant to its roots) and must be sprayed twice more in the growing season. With luck this should kill it but it is often necessary to spray again the following spring to kill off the last most resistant remains.

The patches of knotweed alongside the railway in Lamplighters Marsh have not yet been dealt with but we expect the authorities to be tackling them in the near future. Should any readers discover signs of knotweed anywhere else in Shirehampton it would be very helpful if they could tell the Editor.

M. Morgan

Kneeler Donations

Have you donated a kneeler to St Mary's in memory of a loved one? On Saturday 18th September at 3pm in Church there will be a short service to dedicate the kneelers and remember those in whose memory they have been given.

This will be followed by tea and the opportunity to see all of the kneelers which will be on display. Put the date in your diary now. More details next month.

Canon Christine.

Events in Bristol in August

July 31st-1st August Bristol Harbour Festival. The city's most spectacular waterside event.

AUGUST 12-15th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and Nightglow, Ashton Court Estate. 150 hot air balloons in the sky with launches at 6am and 6pm.

AUGUST 25-27th Bristol Flower Show at Bristol Downs. Flowers, designer gardens and entertainment.

FRIDAY AUGUST 6th Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's comedy gem at Bristol's Zoo Gardens 7.30pm. Advance bookings tel. 0117 974 7387. Haunted and Hidden Walking Tour outside Bristol Cathedral 8pm. Takes 90 minutes. £5 (concessions £4). Tel. 07786 353719

SATURDAY AUGUST 7th Diesel Open Day Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station near Keynsham 11am-4pm. Adults £4.50 (concessions £3.50, child £3, family £12). Guided Walk "Bristol Tourist information Centre", Anchor Square. Explore the colourful and historic Old Town City Centre and harbourside 11am. "Maritime Bristol" discover the historic harbour, Redcliffe and old town areas. 2pm. Each tour takes 2 hours. £3.50 per person (under 12s free). For details ring 0117 968 4638 Mozart Serenades at Bristol Zoo Gardens 7.30pm. Tickets £20 (concessions £14 - on night £22). Tel. 0117 974 7387

SUNDAY AUGUST 8th Guided Walk Tourist Information Centre "Brunel Man of Vision", Anchor Square 11am. £5 per person. Tour takes 3 hours, includes a bus journey - fare extra. For details tel. 0117 968 4638.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8th Guided Walk "Bristol's Historic Wine Merchants", Bristol Tourist Information Centre, Anchor Square. Since Mediaeval times importers of wines and later sherry and port. Follow a colourful 'wine trail' through the old city and harbour areas, pausing for a glass of wine en route. 7pm. Tour takes 2 hours. £3.50 per person (wine not included). Tel. 0117 968 4638.

SATURDAY AUGUST 14th Diesel Open Day Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station. For details see Saturday August 7th. Guided Walk "Bristol Highlights". See details of August 7th. Charity Concert St Mary's Church, Walton in Gordano. Retiring collection in aid of street orphans and children of Honduras.

SATURDAY AUGUST 15th Vintage Bus Rally & Steam Day Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, 11am-4pm. £4.50 (concessions £3.50 child £3 family £12.50).

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18th Guided Walk Rodney Hotel, Clifton, High Society, 7pm. £3.50. Details tel. 0117 968 4638.

FRIDAY AUGUST 20th Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour. See August 6th for details.

SATURDAY AUGUST 21 Diesel Open Day Avon Valley Railway, 11am-4pm. See August 7th for details. Guided Walk "Bristol Highlights". See August 14th for details. Andy Sheppard Quartet Bristol Zoo Gardens. Tel. 0117 974 7387.

SUNDAY AUGUST 22nd Team Open Day with Sunday Lunch option. Avon Valley Railway - prior bookings 0117 932 5538.

SATURDAY AUGUST 28th Guided Walk "Bristol Highlights". See August 14th for details.

What's on in Shire

Sunday August 1st Baptist Church Service at the Cotswold Centre at 4.45pm

Monday AUGUST 2nd and every Monday SEQUENCE DANCE 7.30pm at the Public Hall 3 OF US BINGO at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth 1.45-2.45pm. BASIC LITERACY SKILLS COURSE at Lawrence Weston. Tel. 0117 913 8824 SEE & KNOW for Under 5s at St Mary's, 1.15-2.45pm.

Tuesday AUGUST 3rd weekly TEA JUNCTION every Tuesday at St Mary's. Tea, chat and board games at 3.30pm. CARER'S CLUB 10am-12 noon at Avonmouth Medical Centre BINGO or a SPEAKER at Tythe Barn, 2pm.

Wednesday AUGUST 4th Every Wednesday & Thursday ADVISE SESSIONS at A.U.S. 115 High Street, 9.30am-11.30am. MINOR ILLNESS CLINIC weekly for Group Practice Patients 10am-11.30pm at the Health Centre. Every Wednesday G.L.U.E. Youth Club for Secondary School pupils. Contact Nicky or Lucy on 0117 938 2660 for details. ARTHRITIS CARE at 7pm at Jim O'Neil House. THE BRIGHT HOUR in the afternoon at the Baptist Church Hall.

Thursday AUGUST 5th Every Thursday BINGO or a SPEAKER at Tythe Barn at 2pm. STORY TIME at St Mary's for School children weekly at 1.15pm.

Friday AUGUST 6th MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING at the Library 10.30am-noon. FRIDAY FUN WEEKLY for Parents, Carers and pre-School children 9.30am-11.30am at the Beachley Walk Centre. EVERGREENS at the Public Hall 1pm-3pm weekly. BINGO at the Public Hall 6.30-8.30pm weekly.

Sunday AUGUST 15th CHURCH OF ENGLAND SERVICE at the Cotswold Centre at 4.45pm.

Tuesday AUGUST 17th EVERGREENS DAY TRIP at Seaton & Sidmouth RAILWAY MODELLERS 7.30pm at the Public Hall

Wednesday AUGUST 18th SHIRE STITCHERS 7.30pm at the Public Hall.

Friday AUGUST 20th ROLLERCOASTER at Shirehampton LIBRARY CRAFTS 2.30-4pm. 50p per child.

Tuesday AUGUST 24th ROLLERCOASTER at Shirehampton Library ZOOMOBILE 2.30-4pm. £1 per child.

Thursday AUGUST 26th ROLLERCOASTER at Sea Mills Library 10.30-12 noon. Wonderful Waltzers.

Friday AUGUST 27th SEQUENCE DANCE at the Cotswold Community Centre 7.30-10pm.

New Books in the Library

Non Fiction

Author  Title
Katy Appleton Yoga in Practice
Wayne Viljoen  The Weight Training Handbook
David A. Thomas    Crete 1941 The Battle at Sea
Charlotte K. Lowrie        Digital Photography
Elizabeth Ralph     The Streets of Bristol


Author Title
Anna Blundy      The Bad New Bible
John Gardner  Angels Dining at The Ritz
Joanne & Gerry Dryansky       Fatima's Good Fortune
Judith McNaught   Someone to Watch Over Me
Stevie Davies  Kith & Kin
Pamela Evans Second Chance of Sunshine
Anna Jacobs   Our Mary Ann
Charlotte Bingham  Daughters of Even
Lesley Pearse Remember Me
Katherine D. Jones  Love Worth Fighting For
Anthony O'Neill The Lamplighter
Alexander McCall Smith  The Kalahari Typing School for Men
Kate Sedley  The Midsummer Rose
Louise Bagshawe       Monday's Child
June Gadsby       When Tomorrow Comes
Ian Rankin  A Question of Blood
Elizabeth George    A Place of Hiding
Jonathan Kellerman     The Conspiracy Club
Dennis Lehane        Shutter Island
Kathy Reichs      Bare Bones
Andrew M. Greeley    The Bishops goes to University
Henning Mankell  Firewall
Meg Cabot      Boy Meets Girl
Lisa Jewell      A Friend of the Family
L.E. Modesitt Jnr        Ecolitan Prime
Maile Molloy      Liars and Saints
Jennifer Donnelly       A Gathering Light
P.J. Tracy             Want to Play
Celia Ahern        PS I Love You
Ben Richards       The Mermaid and the Drunks

Sun and Health

Too much sunlight is harmful and can damage the skin. There are two main types of damaging ultraviolet sunlight, UVA and UVB. UVA has an effect of ageing the skin and causing wrinkles and other damage to deeper layers of skin. UVB causes sun tanning but also burning.

It can also cause other damage to the skin. In some people, too much UVB may cause skin cancer. All people are at risk if exposed to too much sun. People with fair hair, freckles, red or ginger hair are most at risk. In general, the darker the skin, the less risk of developing skin cancer.

Preventing sun damage

  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible. In particular, do not sunbathe between 10am and 2pm when the sun rays are the strongest.
  • When out, wear wide brimmed hats to protect the face and neck. These are the areas most commonly affected by skin cancers due to too much sunlight.
  • Cover up the body as much as possible. Wear long sleeve tops and baggy shorts.
  • Childrens skin is more sensitive than adults. They should keep their clothes on whilst playing in the sun. All exposed areas of the body should have sunscreen applied. Wide brimmed hats with a neck protector are recommended.
  • Sunscreens should be applied to all exposed areas of the skin. Renew it regularly. Sunscreens are labelled with a sun protection factor (SPF). A factor of 15 or more is recommended for maximum protection. Most work by absorbing ultraviolet rays but some reflect the rays. Ones that protect against both UVA and UVB are the best. Sunscreens should be used to help protect against sunlight, not as a substitute for avoiding exposure. If swimming use a waterproof sunscreen and renew it after coming out of the water.
  • Some suntanning lotions do not contain suncreen and will provide no protection.
  • Beware of reflected light. On sunny days, even in the shade, a hot sun can burn if reflected from sand etc. Sunlight can also come through thin cloud and thin clothes.
  • The suns rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Beware of this. It may be cooler but you will need more protection.
  • Wear sunglasses as exposure to prolonged sunlight can also damage the eyes.
  • Remember - SLIP, SLAP, SLOP. Slip on some clothes. Slap on a hat. Slop on sunscreen.

Sunburn and Sunstroke

Short term overexposure to sun can cause burning. The skin becomes red, hot and painful. After a few days the burnt skin may peel. A cool shower or bath will help. Soothing creams such as calamine lotion will help. Paracetamol will hep with pain.

A mild steroid cream may be advised by a pharmacist or doctor to 'dampen down' the inflamed skin if severe. If vomiting, fever and headaches occur this may be due to sunstroke. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and take some paracetamol. Consult your doctor if it does not quickly settle.

Sun damage Repeated exposure to too much sun over a number of years can cause damage to skin. Apart from early ageing and wrinkling, sun damaged skin can include the following. Brown spots, roughened 'crusty' spots and skin cancers. It is not just people who sunbathe who are at risk.

Outdoor workers who do not cover their skin are more prone to these problems. If you notice any area of skin that looks unusual, or any lumps or moles that change shape, become irregular in shape, bleed, change colour or become ulcerated (sore), then report this to your doctor.

An Exhibition of Space

Prior to a visit to the Washington Museum of Space I asked the tour manager if he could tell me if space was exhibited in all the halls. He replied that he didn't understand the question, which promoted me to compose the following. Smithsonian Institute Museum of Space, Washington DC The Museum of Space, located in Pennsylvania Avenue, holds the World's greatest and most prestigious collection of Space.

Its scope and variety is something for which all Americans can be justly proud. The original idea was the brainchild of Professor V. Acuum, a Romanian immigrant who arrived in Washington in 1870. Such was his persistence that such a collection would be beneficial, not only to this great country of ours but to the known world, that financial backing was agreed and building commenced.

At that period, there was a lot of space in America, even more than there is today. A very small section of space was the original contribution and that was gradually increased. It was quite a while before the American people realised that space was not only flat, a view held by many eminent scholars.

By the time they finally realised that space has height as well, the speculators had moved in and the building costs soared. Foundations were laid in 1883 and the first of the Halls was completed in February 1887 and opened to the general public in September of that year.

The response of the public, who came in their thousands to view this wonder, was beyond the wildest dreams of Professor Acuum and his backers. The original records show that at the far end of the room [which faced south and had a view of the White House] was exhibited space that had been transported from Atlanta, Kentucky, Florida and New Mexico.

One whole wall was devoted to space from Texas, where there was abundance. The remaining area was filled with space from all the, then, 48 States. Such was the exhibition's success that it proved it's own, though temporary, downfall. So many visitors came that, due to overcrowding, some of the space was forced out if doors and windows were left open for long periods.

The curators soon discovered that it was far too costly to keep bringing in replacement space from all across the country every few months, so they had to build upwards and outwards. That in itself caused problems, as the Washington space they had to use up for the building had to go somewhere. After lengthy and prolonged negotiations, it was loaded on boats and sold to Australia.

Those vessels were, of course, the forerunners of the modern spaceships. Having enlarged the original building to 5 times the original size, the collection increased enormously. By 1910 the discerning enthusiast could easily spend an entire day studying space from ancient Egypt, from the sewers of the City of London [complete with bottled odour], the Kalahari Desert and all the space above the seven oceans, to mention but a few.

The exhibit from the rainforests of the Amazon was the smallest because there wasn't too much space between the trees. Space from Antarctica was stored in a special room with seals on the door to stop the coldness escaping. There was so much to view that labelling became virtually impossible as sometimes one piece of space encroached on another and the staff experienced great difficulty in telling them apart.

At that point the Board of Trustees decided to put a stop to the labelling process, as most Americans couldn't tell one piece of space from another anyway. From then on the Museum prospered, but disaster struck in the late 1950s. Room was needed to house some newly discovered objects, and despite numerous protest demonstrations the buildings started to be filled up with aircraft, rockets, space capsules, Soyuz craft, satellites and lunar landing modules, etc.

It just hasn't been the same since. However, watch this space.

Malcolm Jones
Passage Leaze

Farewell to Mr Gabe

Mr Gabe, the Dentist, who has been in the Station Road practice for about 3 and a half years will be leaving at the end of July to move to a practice in Devon. We are sure that his patients will wish him well and hope he will be happy in his new home.