On Wednesday, 18th January, Shirehampton had its first blue plaque erected on the wall of 34, Priory Road. A large number of family members of the late actor, from various parts of the country, were present to witness the unveiling.
Sir Robert's actor son, Toby, was there, with his wife, Anna-Louise. His other actor son, Christopher Larkin, was also there (he appeared recently in the television drama Friends and Crocodiles). Sir Robert's daughter, Lucy Dillon, attended, with her two children, Matt and Ella. Tarn Basset, Sir Robert's second wife, was also in attendance.
Unfortunately, Sir Robert's brother, Professor John Stephens, and his family missed the ceremony - his car broke down in Swindon, on the way from London!
Sir Robert was represented locally by Mrs. Audrey Exon of Shirehampton (a cousin) and David Randall and Janet Wheeler (second cousins from the Bristol area).
The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Abraham, and his wife attended the ceremony, as did Councillor Christopher Orlick and writer David Foot. It was Mr. Foot's article on Sir Robert Stephens in the Bristol Evening Post, which prompted Gil Osman to ask the council for the erection of the plaque. Councillor Orlick is the person responsible for researching the people the plaques commemorate - Mr Blue Plaque, himself!
This group was enlarged by a small crowd of local people and well-wishers.
After the ceremony, the relatives were shown around the house by the present owner, Mr. Andy Wilson and his wife, Collette, together with their small daughter, Ella.
Christopher Orlick spoke of how the occasion came about (the process involved) and gave some details of Sir Robert's life. His comments were amplified by David Foot, who spoke of Sir Robert at length.
Lucy Dillon spoke of her father's boyhood in Shire. She remembered him putting on a puppet show to raise money for Russian relief, charging one old penny entrance fee. For this he received a medal from the then Lord Mayor of Bristol!
The Lord Mayor emphasised the importance of the blue plaques in marking Bristol's history and recognising its famous sons and daughters. He also spoke of his admiration for Sir Robert as an actor.
Then followed the unveiling of the plaque by members of the family, the Lord Mayor and little Ella.
The Lord Mayor then invited everyone back to the Mansion House for tea and cakes, after which the family members went to a restaurant in Whiteladies Road for a meal, before returning to their respective homes.
Councillor Orlick and Gil Osman were interviewed on Radio Bristol early that morning, preceding the unveiling ceremony and reports of the ceremony itself appeared on the midday BBC TV Points West News and on Ceefax.
Whats on in March
March 1st Wednesday
A.U.S. ADVICE SESSIONS every Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am-11am at 115 High Street
PLAYGROUP STATION ROAD at the Public Hall each week 9.15am-11.45am and 1pm-3pm
March 2nd Thursday
TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD 2pm-4pm at the Methodist Church Hall A.G.M.
SLIMMING WORLD every Thursday 5.30pm and 7pm at Jim O'Neill House
BINGO or a speaker at Tythe Barn 2pm weekly
AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB - Seniors practice 7pm every week
AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB - Juniors and Colts practice every week 6pm. Tel: 9852426 for details
STROKE SUPPORT meets each week in the afternoons at the P.B.A. Club - for further details ring 9684207
SEA CADETS every week at the unit in Station Road
March 3rd Friday
WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE at the Methodist Church at 2.30pm
COFFEE MORNING at the Library 10am-12 noon
FRIDAY FUN weekly for Parents, Carers and Pre-School Children 9.30am-11am at Beachley Walk Centre
EVERGREENS every week at the Public Hall 2-4pm
BINGO at the Public Hall weekly starting at 6.30pm
March 4th Saturday
COFFE MORNING & BRING & BUY at the Methodist Church Hall 10am-1 noon
March 5th Sunday
COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE at the Cotswold Community Centre led by Baptist Church 4.15pm-5.30pm
March 6th Monday
SEE & KNOW for under 5's at St. Mary's every week 1.15-2.45pm
3 of Us BINGO at St. Andrew's Hall, Avonmouth weekly 1.45-2.45pm
BASIC LITERACY SKILLS COURSE every week at Lawrence Weston. Tel: 0117 913 8824 for details
KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE DOJO CLUB train every week at St. Bernard's School at 6.30-8.30pm
KEEP FIT at Avonmouth Community Centre 7.30-8.30pm weekly
SEA CADETS 7pm-9.30pm at the Unit in Station Rd
March 7th Tuesday
St. Andrew's LADIES CLUB at St. Andrew's Church Hall at 7.30pm. Bring & Buy
Every Tuesday CRAFTY GROUP at St. Mary's 2pm-3.30pm
SHIREHAMPTON MODEL RAILWAY weekly 7.30pm at the Public Hall
TEA JUNCTION at St. Mary's every week - tea, chat, board games
BINGO or a speaker at the Tythe Barn, High St. weekly starting at 2pm
BEETLE DRIVE at St. Mary's 1pm - Tell Gill Sawyer or sign the list if you want to come. Weekly
SHIREHAMPTON CHOIR rehearses for Concert. 7.30pm in St. Mary's Church
STOP SMOKING GROUP meets at Lawrence Weston Clinic. For details ring Mike Davies - 9823205
March 9th Thursday
TEA DANCE at the Public Hall 2.30-4.30pm includes tea and biscuits. Admission £2. John Hutton playing
March 14th Tuesday
THE POLICE BOBBY VAN MONTHLY VISIT to Shirehampton Green
March 15th Wednesday
The BOOK CLUB meets at 7.30pm at the Cotswold Centre - book for discussion 'Sylvia Pankhurst' by Yvonne Harrison
March 16th Thursday
CARERS meet at Avonmouh Medical Centre 10am-12 noon
CARERS meet at Lawrence Weston at Ridingleaze House 2pm-4pm
March 19th Sunday
SERVICE at the Cotswold Centre led by St. Mary's Church 4.15pm-5.30pm
March 20th Monday
LOCAL HISTORY GROUP meets in the Library, 2pm
March 21st Tuesday
St. Andrew's LADIES CLUB meets at 7.30pm at St. Andrew's Church Hall at 7.30pm to hear Mike Huggins on 'Public Health'
P.B.A. PENSIONERS meet in the Club House, Nibley Road 1.30-3.30pm
March 22nd Wednesday
SHIRE STITCHERS meet at the Public Hall, 7.30pm
March 23rd Thursday
TEA DANCE at the Public Hall 2.30pm-4.30pm £2 Admission, includes tea & biscuits. John Hutton playing
March 24th Friday
GRAINGER PLAYERS DANCE at the P.B.A. Club, Nibley Road, 7.30pm-11.45pm
March 25th Saturday
EVERGREENS OUTING to Burnham and Minehead
SWIMATHON at Portihead Baths
March 31st Friday
SEQUENCE DANCE at the Cotswold Centre 7.30pm-10.30pm
END OF TERM 4 for all Local Schools
Shirehampton's Townswomen's Guild
Meetings at Methodist Church Hall, 2-4pm first Thursday of each month.
Programme for 2006
|6th April||Fire Safety in the Home - David Hayward|
|4th May||The RNLI - Mr Tony Price|
|1st June||Backstage Secrets, Part 2 - Kay Rawlings|
|6th July||Strawberry Tea|
|3rd Aug||No meeting|
|7th Sept||Thrills and Spills of being a Church Organist - Mrs J. Rowley|
|5th Ocr||Water Aid (provisionally)|
|2nd Nov||Family Photo Album - Mr D. Elsbury|
|7th Dec||Music by 'Christine and Friends'|
|4th Jan||Birthday Party|
|1st Feb||To be announced|
The Grainger Players are holding a dance on Friday 24th March at the PBA Club, 7.30-11.45pm. We are also presenting 'Anything Goes' at the Public Hall on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May. Tickets from 'Elizabeth Ann', High Street, Shirehampton. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Thank you for your support.
St Andrew's Ladies Club
We apologise for some mis-printed dates in the January issue.
Forthcoming meetings are as follows:
|Mar 21||Mike Huggins - 'Public Health'|
|April 4||Cedric Platt - 'Another Fine Mess'|
|April 18||Tips, Winkles and Gadgets|
|May 2||Gil Thompson - 'Epitaphs'|
|May 16||Gina Merrett Smith - 'World TV Make-up'|
|June 6||Summer Trip|
|June 20||Carla Contract or 'Raj Ram Mahon Rov'|
|July 4||Mrs Adams - 'Living with the Boss'|
|July 18||AGM and American Supper|
Shirehampton Methodist Church
Home Missions Anniversary
Sunday March 26th, 2006
|4.00pm||Rev Tim Harrison (chaplain to Rolls Royce)|
|6.00pm||Rev Tim Harrison will lead worship|
A new venture at St Mary's Church which is really beginning to take off is our new service for children and families. Called 'Kids Klub' it comprises breakfast and a short service which is based around an exciting video shown on our 'big screen'. Beginning at 8.30pm with breakfast and finishing by 9.30am it doesn't impact on your other commitments of clubs, matches and family events. It usually runs every Sunday except for the last Sunday of the month when everyone is invited to attend our Family Service at 10.00am. This often includes baptisms and sometimes parade of the uniformed organisations.
Why not try it out - you'd be sure of a warm welcome and a good breakfast! For more information please contact the Parish Office on 0117 907 7026.
As most of you know I celebrated my 65th birthday on 21st January. I would like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and library users for their cards, flowers, presents and the donations that were given to charities.
I had a wonderful day with a celebration party in the evening. A special thank you to my colleagues Lynn and Janette for all their help on that evening. Marilyn Gorry - Shirehampton Library
Thank you for donation to Shire-Ed
David (Daz) Morgan
Claire, Lucy and myself would like to thank family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues for all the cards, flowers and words of kindness at this sad time, and thank you to everyone who took time out to come to David's funeral. He would have got a buzz at seeing so many new and old friends. I'm sorry that I didn't get to say thank you to everyone. Also, thanks to Shirley for the food and Jerry and his staff at the PBA. So thank you to you all. From Teresa Morgan.
Thank you for donation to Shire funds - Ed
In Memory of - Dave Morgan
Thank you to the residents of St Bernard's and Woodwell Road for their kind generosity. Total money raised was £180. This has been given to the family in aid of Cancer Research.
Thank you for donation to Shire - Ed
The Life of Eric Watkins Lewis
Born 10th February 1925, died 23rd January 2006; married: Sheila; Children: Ann; Grandchildren: Ian, John and Caroline; Great grandchildren: Greg and Amy.
Eric joined his first Merchant ship at the age of fourteen as a cabin boy at the beginning of WW2 after pre-sea training on the TS 'Vindicatrix' at Sharpness. He served throughout the war in the Merchant Navy and was torpedoed twice.
At the age of 17 he arrived home on leave to hear that a memorial service had been held in his absence in his village of Clyro, Hay on Wye, as he was considered lost when his ship went down. Eric left the sea in 1951 and commenced employment at the BOCM Mills in Avonmouth Dock. He later owned a pet shop and bicycle shop in Shirehampton.
Eric was a very loyal and popular member of the Bristol branch of the TS 'Vindicatrix' Association and the Merchant Navy Association. He rarely spoke about his wartime experiences, as even after 60 years the memories were still painful. He once spoke of his ship steaming past survivors of a ship, which was torpedoed earlier but they were forbidden to stop and pick them up. He was one of the unsung heroes and will be sadly missed by his shipmates of the above associations. He was a quiet and unassuming well-loved family man, much respected by the villagers of
Shirehampton. the large number of people who attended his funeral reflected the respect with which was was regarded by his family and shipmates.
Belated Birthday Wishes
We all would like to wish our special Dad (Ray Harvey) a happy 65th Birthday for 4th February.
Lots of love Michelle, Colin, Wayne, Linzi, Darren, Claire and grandchildren. XXX
Also a happy 65th birthday to his twin sister Joyce Harvey.
Thank you for donation to Shire funds - Ed
Public Hall Goes Forward
The Public Hall is managed by Shirehampton Public Hall Association, which is a Registered Charity. It runs the Hall in partnership with the City Council. In recent years it has been very successful in attracting new users to the Hall. This has meant that the Association has taken on much more work and responsibility. At present it has the legal status of an Unincorporated Association. This is no longer appropriate for the range of activities which it now undertakes and is planning.
The Association's Committee has decided that it should become a Company Limited by Guarantee, whilst remaining a Registered Charity. Legally, the only way to do this is by dissolving the existing body and transferring everything to a new body with the correct new structure. This is what the Committee wishes to do.
A number of steps have already been taken. A new Charitable Company has been formed, and registered both as a Company and a Charity. The new body has the same name, and the same charitable objects, as the existing Association. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee. This means that it has no shareholders, and pays no dividends. All of its assets must be used for charitable purposes.
The final stage of the conversion is to dissolve the existing Charity. A formal notice of a meeting to do this appears below. The meeting is open to any adult living in Shirehampton.
David Thomas, the Association's Chairman, said "I want to reassure everyone that we are not winding up the Association, and there is no threat to the Public Hall, or to any of the activities which take place in it. We are actively exploring the possibility of taking on a Lease of the Hall, which will give much greater security of tenure than we now have. The conversion to a company will give us a structure which is much more suitable for holding a lease than the current one. We believe that the company structure will help us to ensure that the Hall enters its second century of service to local residents on a firm basis."
Ed Amphlett, the Association's Treasurer, said "We will continue with business as usual after the conversion. All the Hall users will pay the same membership fees and hire charges as they do now, and any debts will be paid by the new company. Our funds will be held more securely, because we will now be overseen by Companies House, as well as the Charity Commission."
Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association - Notice of Meeting to Dissolve the Association
At Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road BS11 9TX at 7.15pm on Tuesday 21 March 2006
To consider, and if thought fit, pass the following Resolution:
This meeting RESOLVES that Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association (Registered Charity no. 1013520) should be dissolved, with effect from 31 March 2006
Activities at the Public Hall
Station Road Playgroup: term time only. Mon-Fri 9.15-11.45am; Mons and Weds only 12.30-2.45pm.
Karate Club: Tuesdays 7-9pm; Acta Youth Centre: Wednesdays 5-6.30pm; Shire Stitchers Group: Monthly 3rd Wednesday, 7-9pm; Kick Boxing : Thursdays 5.15-7.15pm; Evergreens Club: Fridays 2.00-4.00pm; Pillowlace Group: Fridays 7-9pm; Twyford Art Club: Mon and Wed 9.30-11.30am, Thursdays 7-9pm. Womens Fellowship: 2nd and 4th Wed 7.30-9.30pm; Model Railway Club: Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm; Grainger Players: Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm; Bingo Club: Fridays 6.30-8.30pm; Tea Dances - fortnightly: Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm.
For details of all the above activities please contact: The Administrator at the Hall on 9829963.
Vickie Hall School of Dance: Mondays 4-8pm Tel: 01275 818197. Line Dance Classes: Mondays 8- 11pm.
City of Bristol - Basic Skills Classes - FREE: Improve your English; Computers and Communication; Art and Communication; Help with Maths. Contact Gill Lloyd on 3125530.
The Charity Search shop in Station Road is undergoing a few changes, therefore it is necessary that we close for a while.
We hope the improvements will be completed by the beginning of April and we would be grateful if you could hold on to any goods you wish to donate until then.
Thank you for your custom, and your patience, and we shall look forward to seeing you again shortly.
May we please ask you not to leave any goods outside of the shop as there will be no one available to take them in.
Thank you from all at Charity Search.
Following a series of amenities lost to Shirehampton, there is a possibility of regaining one of them.
But it presents an enormous challenge - and it is up to the people of the village to make it happen. The Robin Cousins Sports Centre closed last December and since then has languished unused and boarded up. It is not proposed to re-open in its previous role but rather to turn it into a building resource for various groups in the village.
There are a number of local organisations who have been looking for premises for some time, particularly amongst the youth of the village. There was talk of a 'youth cafe' in the High Street, for example, which in the end failed through the inability to purchase suitable premises but the need for somewhere for young people to congregate has not gone away. In fact it grows even more acute as more and more amenities are removed, leaving less and less for young (and older) people to do.
The Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF), the umbrella organisation that seeks to serve and promote all local community groups, is considering the viability of using Robin Cousins as just such a resource, making it available for all local group that need it. In addition, surplus space could be rented out commercially to make the project viable.
It is an imaginative idea but it can only work if the people of Shire themselves get the vision and are willing to back it and actively support it.
The time to make this happen is now: if the idea is just left to simmer on the back-burner, it will soon be too late; the building and the opportunity will have gone forever, just as Shirehampton swimming pool has gone forever.
Readers are asked to contact SCAF if they know of any organisations which might use Robin Cousins if it becomes available. We will not save the Centre unless there are sufficient users to cover costs. You can contact SCAF via Ash Bearman at the Public Hall, tel. 9829963 or email email@example.com
Letters to the Editor
Following such sad reviews recently on Portway School it was with such pleasure to read the article in the November issue on Mr Goodman.
I still look upon the Viking ship holding 6 table-mats with complete admiration that Mr G taught me how to make, and indeed the oak table topped with chess-board, and almost disbelieve that I made it - but with that man's patience I did - and can still feel him shaking his head at my loosely fitting dove-tail joint - and that was in 1938.
My class at the time included Robin Newman and Trevor, Edgar Osman, Ralph Hack, Walter Harvey, Alec Dunlop, Walter Bird, Graham Higgs, Alfred Whitlock, the headmaster Mr Heals and other wonderful teachers J and R, Sissons the art master who wrote 'he is better with his brush than the pen - this will not help him in later years'. In this, thankfully he wasn't quite right. But we were so fortunate and between them they produced from very moderate material some outstanding achievers.
I am now a happily married great grandfather of 81 and to have memories revived in the Shire is truly refreshing. Thank you, especially Mr Goodman.
I have obtained an extract entitled 'The Building of Shirehampton Hall "Public" by Ralph Hack', reprinted from 'Shire' 1998 and a photograph of members of Shirehampton Parish Council 1904 with some members unidentified.
I am doing family history and wondered if the name of one of them could be my grandfather George Whitehead, born 5th December 1855 in Marton, Warwickshire. Occupation: Trade Union Delegate. Married to Agnes Pritty. Lived in Shirehampton. I have no photographs or any more information at all so would be pleased to hear from you.
Mrs Jean Stephens (address given)
I am writing in response to David Thomas's letter in last month's edition of Shire. In doing so I must make it entirely clear that I am not the Cllr Cook to whom David's letter was addressed. David's letter (on behalf of SCAF) was addressed to Cllr Simon Cook the Executive member for Culture and Leisure, not Terry Cook one of your two local councillors * there is a saying about too may Cooks, but I will let you fill in the blanks.
I find myself in total agreement with David's basic argument that there has been, over the years, a definite dis-investment in the Shirehampton area. As a new local representative I can hardly have failed to get this message as it is a topic that is raised with me continually. Although for the sake of balance I must mention that the traffic has not been all one way *with the investment in the new Portway School and the building of the new Health Centre just around the corner.
I, like you, am faced with the more difficult problem of, having identified the problem, asking what can we do about it? I look forward to Cllr Simon Cook's response but I don't believe that he will have the answers for our community. They rest with us. We need, as a community, to identify schemes and projects that will benefit Shirehampton and then fight to find the funding to make these happen.
We need to move this debate on and clearly communicate what we would like for our community. Organisations like SCAF have a vital role to play in this as does this magazine. By working, positively, together I believe that we can find that investment to make Shire even better than it is currently.
Cllr Terry Cook (Avonmouth Ward)
I am sad to report the death of Bob Clarke on Friday 11 November (Remembrance Day) after a long illness in Godalming, Surrey, where he had lived with his family for many years.
In recent time Bob, a Shirehampton man through and through, had maintained his linke with his roots even writing to 'Shire' under the name of 'Bradley Bob'. He was born the fifth and very much youngest son of a Bradley Crescent family in 1934 although he went to school at Bristol Technical School in Bedminster.
As a youngster he earned pocket money by collecting laundry from and later delivering it to the Golf Club. A sociable man, he made friends easily with his cheerful, easy manner.
He loved dancing, which he began to learn with his sister Nina and soon practised with some skill at the Public Hall when Bernwell Social Club met there.
As a boy, Bob followed his eldest brother Reg into the 191st St Mary's Scout Group and became the first scout there to be sent to a World Jamboreer, which was held in Austria in 1951. Between 1949-1953 Bob ran the Wolf Cub pack at the 191st and will be remembered by many for his lively and friendly attitude.
He took that lively frame of mind into his Youth Club experiences too. He belonged to two of them. One was Barrow Hill Youth Club run by Mr Grainger and the other was St. Mary's Youth Club in Station Road where, he says, he had the misfortune to break his arm stacking chairs.
After school he worked at the National Smelting Works in Avonmouth and made many friends there, but in 1962 Bob left his home in St Mary's Road and took his family away from the area. He had married a nurse called Maude and their union produced three much-loved children, Lynn, Martin and Colin, of whom Bob was very proud.
He took up a job at Cummings Engineering in Darlington whilst living on a farm in nearby Croft, quite a new experience for him. Eventually he took everyone off to Godalming where they have all lived ever since.
Bob's family is keen that those who knew Bob in the Shirehampton area should learn of his passing and have asked me (his nephew) to send you this letter in the hope that you will print it in 'Shire'. - Andy Clarke
(Our sincerest apologies for the delay in publishing this letter, and thank you for your donation to Shire funds - Ed)
To all dog owners
It has come to the attention of many residents who live around the river bank area, the problem of dog's mess. We ask all dog owners to pick up their dog's mess instead of leaving it for someone to walk in.
I live in Northleach Walk and notice that hardly any dog owners pick up their dog's mess and just simply ignore it. This causes me great concern as I have a child and there are lots of children who live and play in this area. So please consider this the next time you walk your dog. There is a lack of bins available, however, this is not an excuse.
Your dog - your responsibility.
Thanks kindly. L Jakeways
As I was emptying my kitchen bin I noticed a sheet of screwed up paper. It caught my eye because I saw the word "bullying" heading the title. I unscrewed the sheet of paper and began to read the words that made such a heart-rending very sad poem. It was written by my 13-year old daughter. When she arrived home from school I told her I read the poem and asked her if what I read was about her, because I was os shocked at such sad words.
She said she'd made it up. She was looking through the eyes of a child who was not as fortunate as her. The poem really made me open my eyes to the likes of bullies and I just wanted to show 'Shire' readers. My daughter said she doesn't want her name mentioned because she'd be embarrassed so I'll just mention her first name, Georgia, because she deserves it for such a sad but brilliant poem.
The Portishead Swimathon 2006
Rotarian Mollie Young
Yes it's that time again! The chance for you to take part in the 10th Portishead Swimathon on Saturday 25th March 2006.
Teams of six swim for 40 minutes and raise money for our nominated charities, or keep 50% of their sponsor money for their own organisation. This year we are supporting St Peter's Hospice, Children's Hospice South West, Crossroads - Caring for Carers and local youth and school projects.
Up to 60 teams have taken part each year in the well-organised and enjoyable fun event at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre, Portishead. The area has really taken to the event - enjoying the clockwork timing, thoroughly professional organisation, the fun and laughter of the event and the opportunity to benefit from the funds raised.
Local youth groups such as Schools, Guides, Brownies, Scouts, Clubs teams enter and School staff, PSAs and others also take part. Why not enter a team, or better still, more than one team to support your organisation.
We want to hear from schools and youth groups who would like to bid for financial support for a project they are undertaking. Tell us your project, enter a team in the Swimathon and Rotary will help your school or organisation.
Send in your entry on the form enclosed as soon as possible. If you want to bid for support for a project tell us what it is you are aiming to achieve and how much it is likely to cost.
We look forward to cheering on your team (or teams) in this our 10th Swimathon!
A community event organised by the Rotary Club of Portishead
I will start with the littering problem in the village. There has been mention that the littering in the village has got better. I would like to think that the message has got across to the small element of people in the village responsible for littering, that I will not tolerate anyone throwing litter - bottles, crisp bags, chip papers, sweet papers, etc - indiscriminately onto the street, when there is a bin only feet away.
I have reported two teenagers so far for littering in the village. The offence of littering is now arrestable and if that is what is needed I will take that course of action. They have been warned!
There has been an increase in shed/garage breaks to the rear of the lane behind Pembroke Road.
Several houses in that area have been subject to thefts from their gardens and having plants destroyed.
The timings are late evenings/early mornings, Thursday/Friday. I would request the residents in that area to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious movement/noise at these timings.
Please also check out the security of garages and sheds, improve the security of the locks and hinges, consider CCTV and/or alarms, rather than lose out on your no-claims bonus on your household insurance.
There has been in increase in burglaries in the Cotswold estate area of the village. Again it appears to be early hours of Thursday/Friday when the offenders are carrying out their activities.
Again, please report any suspicious activity/ movement in the early hours, and please provide as much description as possible of all suspicious incidents/persons/vehicles, with registration numbers if possible. Don't be put off from phoning 999 then and there. Don't leave it till the next morning - it might be your property attacked next. if there is a police unit free, they will patrol and check out the nature of the call.
Alleygating is a way of blocking off the routes of criminals into lanes and passages at the rear of houses.
Alleygating is effective in that it would give the residents peace of mind that the rear lanes to their properties are blocked by steel gates. Residents need to look at the rear access to their property and think "Is it achievable for the ALLEYGATING scheme?" If so, then they should contact me and I will carry out a survey of their property.
There has been an increase in vehicles being stolen/broken into in the Ridge area of the village.
Recently, within the last two weeks, several vehicles had their tyres slashed in the Ridge area of the village.
There have been several Shirehampton vehicles stolen. No specific areas are being targeted in the village and the incidents involve a mixed variety of makes of vehicles, not just one type.
The only advice for the public is to make that extra/final check to lock the car, take any property out of the car or out of sight and get an alarm fitted (if you are a member of the neighbourhood watch scheme and can prove it you automatically get a 10% discount at Halfords). Leave your vehicle under a street light, criminals don't like working in light. Owners of expensive vehicles should consider wheel clamps. See Related links.
The teenagers have started to gather at the PBA club in Nibley Road. The reports have been that they are drinking and causing problems when drunk and leaving. Police patrols have increased in that area.
What I would ask is that if residents witness this thuggish activity in Nibley Road, please report the incident straight away and create a log. Please let me know if the teenagers are carrying Bargain Booze bags.
If you make an enquiry and I am not available, please leave a message on the beat phone.
0117 945 4380 - Cheers, Gareth
Ashmead Building Supplies Limited- John's Silver Service
John Morgan, yard foreman at Avonmouth-based Ashmead Building Supplies Ltd was recently presented with a certificate of appreciation and a cheque to celebrate his 25 years of service.
John, 59, who hails from Longwell Green, joined the company's Taylor Redfield branch at St George in February 1981, after the closure of Avon Fireplaces in Winterstoke Road which he had joined as a school leaver.
One of the earliest Ashmead employees, John transferred to the Avonmouth branch of the company in 1992, becoming yard foreman in 1993. In 2004 the Avonmouth premises were rebuilt, causing considerable upheavals, but it was "business as usual" due to the efforts of John and his beam. Business continues to grow.
Managing Director Tony Swain commented "John has made a really important contribution to the success of the Company through his total dedication to excellent customer service over his long service with us."
John, who is a Rovers fan and is keen on gardening and DIY, intends to use his cheque to book a holiday in the sun with his wife Pat.
I understand there are countries abroad which stipulate that tourists must have at least 6 months on their passports before it expires. Might be worth finding out which places they are if you are planning a holiday overseas.
Did you know that children aged 15 or under should apply for a child passport, which is valid for 5 years. Applicants aged 16 years or over should apply for an adult passport.
Applicants who were 16 years old or older at the end of World War 2 (that is applicants born on or before 2 September 1929) are eligiblle for free standard, 32 page, ten year passports. Fast Track and Premium Services will attract the difference between the standard passport fee of £42 and the fee charged for the enhanced service provided at the counter (for example usual Fast Track fee is £70)
Christmas Lights AGM Monday 6 February 2006
The Treasurer, Cedric Rich recorded thanks to everyone in Shirehampton who put their money in the collecting tins in the shops. We also had generous donations from Shire newspaper, the Co-op, the George Inn and W & B Butchers. Without this money it would not be possible for us to have Christmas lights. Our income for the year was £2,723 and our expenditure was £2,442. The committee would also like to thank the traders for their cooperation and for providing the electricity. Special thanks go to Bobbetts for their very great help at all times. We are also grateful to Derek Jones who helped with taking down the lights.
Christmas 2005 at Shirehampton Primary School
We had a busy time at Christmas before the holidays. We visited Saint Mary's church in the village to sing carols and tell the story of the nativity. Some of us also sang to the residents of the nursing home which they seemed to enjoy greatly.
Under the guidance of Miss Hutchins, the drama club put on a superb production to parents and children called 'The Colours of Christmas', which they really worked hard on. The foundation and the middle phases also put on productions to parents and children which we all enjoyed.
The Friends of Shirehampton (our PTA) also put on a Christmas party which many parents, pupils and staff attended. There was food, drinks and even a visit from Father Christmas! A big thank you to all that supported this event!
Finally, we had a visit from 'World Music'. They were a band who played different genres of music from all around the world. They encouraged us to participate in doing actions to the music and we even made some music ourselves using our voices!
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Answers to February Crossword
Across 1. Sen 3. Antique 7. Alert 8. Mains 9. Teepee 10. Deny 12. Amps 14. Thawed 18. Roses 19. Final 20. Anatomy 21. SAS
Down Clues 1. Start 2. Niece 3. Antler 4. Time 5. Quire 6. Essay 11. Shifty 12. Aorta 13. Pasta 15. Winds 16. Dales 17. As to
Changes to local bus services
Bristol City Council's Cabinet is expected to approve proposals to change some of our local bus services, by the time this paper is published. They will enhance the orbital bus routes around the city thereby increasing local transport options, and take a further step towards developing a network that offers a credible alternative to car travel. Subject to cabinet approval the new contracts will be in place from 23 April 2006.
Some poorly used services offering poor value for money will be withdrawn or reduced and the funding released will be used to help fund the improvements.
Significant changes to local bus services as a result of the new contracts include:
You will be able to find out more information about the changes to bus services by logging onto the Bristol City Council website: www.bristol-city.gov/ ccm/content/Council-Democracy/Elected-Representatives/committee-meeting-finder.en where the Cabinet report can be assessed. Full details of the new timetables will be made available on the website a month before the changes are implemented. In April, details will also be available from the Traveline public transport information service on 0870 608 2608. Further information will be made available in map and leaflets format.
New arrivals at Lawrence Weston Community Farm
A pair of Dexter cows has joined the other animals at Lawrence Weston Community Farm. The cows arrived on Wednesday 1st February and they are proving to be a popular attraction. They are 11 months old. The bigger one is a female and the other is her brother.
Gaile Morgan, Chairperson of the Farm said, "We are delighted to have our new additions. A generous donation from the Merriott family has enabled Lawrence Weston Community Farm to add these cows to our livestock. We are extremely grateful to the Merriott family for their donation."
Anyone wanting to see the cows or other animals can visit the Farm, which is situated on Saltmarsh Drive in Lawrence Weston. Entry to the Farm is free (but donations to the Farm will be welcomed). An adult must accompany children under 10 years of age. The Farm is open every day including Bank Holidays from 9.30am to 4.00pm, except Mondays and Christmas Day.
The Farm is supported through funding from Bristol City Council. Fundraising efforts such as the Summer fete, donations and membership fees help to pay for animal feed, hay, straw, etc.
Henleaze Concert Society 2006 Programme
Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church
Sat March 11 at 7.30pm Mozart 250 Anniversary - The Emerald Ensemble Sheldon Consort
Sat April 22 at 7.30pm The Emerald Ensemble playing pieces by Lebrun, Elgar, Massenet, Grieg and Javier Alvarez
Tickets available from Henleaze Post Office, Henleaze Road. Tel: 0117 9620373 or at the door on concert nights.
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Clear up after your dog or receive a £50 fine
"Clean up after your dog, or face a £50 fine and alienating other dog walkers, children and members of the public," warn Bristol City Council dog wardens.
The message comes as a national campaign against dog fouling is launched by Keep Britain Tidy on Friday 3 February.
There are around 35,000 dogs in Bristol who produce 32 tonnes of dog mess a week between them. Not clearing up immediately after your dog, or one in your charge, is a criminal offence that carries a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice. Persistent offenders, or people who do not pay the fine, are taken to court where fines of up to £1000 can be imposed upon conviction.
The Council's dog wardens have the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices on the spot and do so when carrying out their daily patrols of parks and streets in Bristol. Fixed Penalty Notices can also be issued when a dog warden is alerted to an owner not picking up after their dog, or following a statement received by a member of the public telephoning the dog warden hotline on 0117 977 6004.
Councillor Gary Hopkins, executive member for the environment and neighbourhoods said, "Bristol City Council is committed to making Bristol a cleaner, healthier City for all to enjoy, and Clean & Green will be launching a social campaign against dog fouling later in the year. Dog faeces are a disgusting sight and pose a health risk to everyone, including children playing in the park and people walking along the pavement. He continued, "Be a responsible dog owner, and pick up and dispose of your dog's mess appropriately."
Alan Woods, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said "Dog fouling causes quite a stink for everyone so it's great to see Bristol putting its foot down and hitting offenders where it hurts - in the pocket. I would urge the public to make the most of Bristol City Council's dog warden hotline and shop irresponsible dog owners who don't scoop the poop."
Bristol dog owners can pick up free poop-scoop bags from pet shops, veterinary surgeries, dog wardens or from:
Dog Warden Service
7 & 8 Feeder Road, St Philips Marsh, Bristol BS2 0SB Telephone 0117 977 6004 email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary's News
With winter almost out, my thoughts are turning towards Spring, milder weather and Easter. Hooray for the lighter nights as well!
Our quiz evening on Friday 27th January was a resounding success in more ways that one. We sold 58 tickets in advance but 74 people turned up - 16 more than we expected. We were really faced with a dilemma as our catering manager/cook/head bottle washer (Gill Sawyer) had catered for only 58. As we were going to have a 3-course meal before the quiz commenced, extra tables were brought out and a further 16 places laid. First course - adequate food, main course, again adequate food. The same again when the dessert was served. A much, more relaxed Gill appeared when the tables were cleared and the quiz began. I do recall in a certain book a similar story but on that occasion 5000 people were fed!
Thanks must also go to Jon Saunders our Quiz master for what turned out to be a wonderful social event. When we run our next one we shall have to make it abundantly clear that we can accept advance bookings only and there is no admission at the door. We dare not risk Gill suffering an increase in blood pressure again!
The next day, 74 member of of our congregation had a block-booking to see the film 'Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' at Vue, Cribbs Causeway. The next day at our monthly Family and Baptism Service, the theme of the film was used by Canon Christine. Members of the congregation could only gain admission to the seating area by passing through the wardrobe and there, at the chancel step was an abundance of artificial snow, much to the delight of the children. The White Witch was easily recognised as Canon Christine who looked very stunning in a magnificent dress made by Gill Sawyer. The Lion was much more deceptive - as was the voice. I heard one of our young choir members enquire who was the man playing the part? I don't know whether Maureen Geddes will take that as a compliment or not - but her acting was very good.
I'm sure the children's favourite part of the service was when the White Witch distributed Turkish Delight amongst the congregation. By the way, the first part of the film when the children were evacuated during the War to Highley, is in fact a real place on the Severn Valley Railway. Also the locomotive used was Great Western 'Manor' Class No. 7802 'Bradley Manor' which is in regular use on the railway, including the original GWR carriages seen in the film. Well that's my free plug to encourage you all to visit the SVR this year!
On Tuesday 7th February we were happy to be hosts to the Bristol Wives' Group - a group of ladies from the churches within the Diocese. At 11am they held a service of Morning Prayer in our Lady Chapel and very much enjoyed our warm hospitality as well as our nice warm church.
Our lunch and B eetle Drive was held on the church on the same afternoon and surprisingly produced some very dedicated players. The winner was Irene Hadley of Priory Road and the event raised £100 from a retiring collection which will go to church funds.
On Saturday 11th February a certain lady in our congregation reached the age of 80 years. I know ladies are reluctant to reveal their age so all I can say about her is - she has a son called Stephen who is Crucifer at St Mary's, she resides in Pembroke Road opposite Stenner and Hill (Funeral Directors), she sings in the Shirehampton Area Choir and answers to the name - Lilian Simmons!) I think I've become confused somehow in giving you this information!)
Last month I mentioned the Women's World Day of Prayer being held in the Methodist Church on Friday 3rd March - and I can confirm the time of this service is 2.30pm.
The following day - Saturday 4th March, we are holding a "Lent Quiet Day" at Trinity College, Stoke Bishop from 10am until approximately 3.30pm. This will be led by Canon Stuart Taylor who is the Diocesan Pastoral Care Officer - even members of the clergy sometimes require the help and prayers of another priest. If you are interested in attending please put your name on the list at he back of the church. Lunch will be provided and this will assist with the catering.
Our Lent Course will be held on Wednesday evenings commencing on the 8th March, from 7pm until 9pm. The theme will be - Learning more about yourself and the gifts and skills God have given you. These sessions will be led by Malcolm Herbert who led our Parish Weekend away so successfully. The last session will be on Wednesday 5th April.
On Saturday 25th March we are holding our Spring Fayre from 10am - 12 noon when crafts, gifts, cakes and preserves and much more, will be on sale. Cream Teas will be served from 2pm until 3.45pm and this year it will be followed at 4pm by a Holy Communion Service for the Annunciation. Also on this day it is another lady's birthday - all I'm allowed to say about her is, she has red hair, wears black on Sunday's and is no longer on the verge of her 65th birthday - she actually will be! Sorry, no prizes for the correct answer.
Next day is Mothering Sunday, which will also see at our Family Service, the baptism of Alex Price. Unfortunately, when Alex was due to be Christened at the 'Narnia' themed service, he was unwell - so fingers crossed he will be okay on this occasion.
It is with sadness we learnt recently of the death of Ed Cooper who lived in Nibley Road. Ed was the husband of Bet Cooper, who for many years has used to be our morning tea and coffee facilities. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her and will remember her in our prayers.
Well, here endeth the Epistle, will chat to you again next month. Bye for now!
My Visit to Shirehampton Library
10.30am Monday 23rd January 2006
I approach the desk and ask to see last Saturday's "Evening Post" - request honoured, quick courteous service - no problem.
But, downhill from then on - (no fault of the two hard-working librarians on duty). I ask for a copy of January "Shire" to take away. "Sorry, all gone." "Might I be able to get one next door at the Public Hall?" "Unlikely."
Meanwhile, a queue of would-be computer users is forming. "Sorry, the computer is 'down' and has been for several days. We've rung Sea Mills library and theirs is 'down' also, so it must be a fault affecting the whole area. We will book you a 'provisional' slot for this afternoon and, if the system is up and running by then, we will phone you half an hour before your appointment to confirm it." (This message is repeated again and again to a number of people who come in whilst I am reading the "Post").
Next to approach the desk, a young man who wants a book about cricket. Reply - "we'll try to find 'cricket books' but the classification system has just been completely changed and we haven't had time to familiarise ourselves with it yet." An intensive search for cricket books follows. "Sport and Leisure" is tried in vain as is "Hobbies". I don't know if the hunt was without success but certainly at one point it was said "I wonder if all the cricket books have been removed?"
Next, a man who is using the photocopier; he has put plenty of money in to cover the cost of his copies but a loud "pinging" noise starts from the copier part of the way through the process and the machine ceases to function. One librarian - "I wonder what can be the matter?" Second librarian - "Dunno, but it has happened before." I didn't actually see how the problem was rectified - perhaps with a few well-aimed blows from a lump hammer kept under the counter for precisely that purpose?
Finally, as I return the "Post" to the desk, comes an anguished cry from the photocopier user "now it's run out of paper!"
Every "modern inconvenience"!! Hope the hard-working librarians didn't join the Library Service for a "quiet life"! -Bill Paten
Sir Robert Stephens
I was very interested in Sir Robert Stephens the first time I learned that he came from Shirehampton.
Like me, he came from a working-class background. Like me he lived in a small, Victorian terraced house. We both went to Groveleaze Youth Club. We both went to Portway Secondary Modern (Boys) School and left with no paper qualifications. He went on to reach the top of the acting profession and I became a teacher.
Robert Stephens was a working-class boy; 'a local boy made good'. He attended Groveleaze Youth Club, in the days when Harry Grainger was club-leader. In fact, it was 'Ham' Harvey at Portway and Harry Grainger at the club who first recognised his acting talents. According to the late Bob Clarke, of Bradley Crescent (who was in Robert's class at school and went to the youth club with him), the young Robert was sent to Hedley Goodall, a Bristol drama coach, for extra tuition, by Mr Harvey. Robert's first ever play was probably 1066 and All That (directed by Mr Grainger), where he played the judge. Oddly enough, I acted in my first play under Harry Grainger. Mrs. Audrey Exon (a local cousin) also states that Robert was helped and encouraged by Mrs. Ann Hewer.
His father was a docker at Avonmouth, as was Harry Grainger (although Mr. Stephens eventually became a quantity surveyor). His mother once worked at Fry's chocolate factory and afterwards as a cleaner.
He did not acheive much academically at school, but he did have this one great talent for verse speaking and acting. He initially had a strong Shire accent, which he completely lost during the course of his training at Bradford Civic Theatre School. In fact, his plummy, upper-class tones suggested Stoke Bishop, or Clifton, rather than Shirehampton.
Among the various films and plays he appeared in were: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (with Maggie Smith); The Photographer (with Susannah York); Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (where he played Oberon); and the TV drama Lizzie's Pictures. He also received rare reviews for his performance in the title role of King Lear.
Robert Stephens died on 12th November, 1995, at the age of 64, the same year in which he was knighted.
Sir Robert still has relatives living in the area (see above), and there must still be other local residents, in their seventies, who will remember 'Bob', or 'Tubby' Stephens. Please write to Shire with your reminiscences, or contact me on 0117 9826322.
Do you have regular meditation from your doctor?
Is your medical condition stable?
If your answer is YES to both of the above, then you may be eligible to start a new system called BATCH REPEAT PRESCRIBING. Your prescription will be issued for a pre-determined length of time and you just need to go to your designated pharmacy to collect it. Not only does this reduce the workload at the surgery but also saves time for you. Boots and Lloyds in Shirehampton and the Avonmouth Pharmacy have all agreed to be involved in this new system.
If you think you may be interested in this, please contact your surgery (avoiding first thing in the morning) and ask to speak to the prescription clerk who will be happy to provide you with further details.
Shirehampton Group Practice (Dr Taylor & Partners) 0117 916 2226 Option 3
Dr Sharples at Shirehampton Health Centre 0117 916 2219 Avonmouth Medical Centre 0117 982 4322
Stamp and Postcard Fairs
At Shirehampton Public Hall
Free entry. Enquiries - Kevin, 0117 9021134
Knockout Smelters & Empire Show!
The National Smelting ABC co hosted an open show with the Empire ABC at the BAWA club in Bristol on Saturday the 4th of February. Said NSC coach Garry Cave "It's the first time that NSC have held a show at the BAWA. It used to be an Empire venue so we had the idea of joining forces on this promotion when we went away with Empire to Aberystwyth last summer on a training camp. Empire Secretary Martin Bisp organised the trip so it was great that we could return the favour and invite them to match some of their boxers for this bill. The show was a complete sell out with 350 spectators, we could have sold it out twice over, demand for tickets was that great.
Devonport's Shane Easton shaking hands with National Smelting's Jake Whiteside with Leigh Allis and Glenn Catley
We had 15 bouts with 8 junior and 7 senior. We were very honoured to have an ex WBC super middleweight world champ and ex Empire boxer Glenn Catley as Guest of Honour, along with Chris Sanigar and Pro prospect Leigh Allis, football hard man Ron 'Chopper' Harris, the ex Chelsea Captain attended to preside over an auction, a very big thank you to Chris Sanigar for his donation of raffle and auction items and Chopper & Co who raised hundreds of pounds for both clubs. We're planning to take the boxers away on more training camps, hopefully Cuba in February 2007, so the money will be very gratefully received. A total of 16 Smelters and Empire boxers boxed and we won more than we lost. There were so many great bouts it's hard to pick one as a highlight, but National Smelting Jake Whiteside's one punch KO of Devonport's Shane Easton in the 2nd certainly got the audience talking. Coach Cave said it's never good to see amateurs hit the canvas and we were very surprised as Jake's never stopped anybody before, we gave away experience and age and Easton looked the bigger of the two despite them both scaling 78kg, thankfully Shane got up on his feet with no real harm done. Also Empire Darren Hamilton's pts win over the more experienced Matty Tew of Southampton was a real crowd pleaser, as was Sayed Ali's pts win over Darryl Thomas of Lydney with Ali flooring Darryl in the 2nd with a superb uppercut.
Empire's Sayed Ali shaking hands with Darryl Thomas of Lydney ABC with Leigh Allis and Glenn Catley.
The bantamweight contest between NSC's Andy Mogg and Paignton's Lamare was a real humdinger with Mogg working Lamare despite taking a few good shots himself. We will definitely host another weekend show at the BAWA in the future with Empire enthused Cave. The support from other clubs for this show was tremendous; we could have matched two or three shows worth of boxing with all the boxers that were offered. NSC host their next show at Manor Farm on Thursday the 9th of March where they hope to have plenty Empire boxers on the bill also.
Youth Will Jones NSC lost pts v Ronnie Tucker Glos
Youth Mark Kerry Cleeve lost RSC 1 v L. Barwood Paignton
Youth Reece Godrey NSC won pts v Patrick McDonanagh Golden Ring
Youth Dalton Saunders NSC lost pts v Matty Donohue Golden Ring
Youth Chris Stenner NSC won RSC 2 v Bradley Burk Cleeve
Youth Flavious McCarthy Empire lost Ret 2nd v Joe Hughes Malmesbury
Youth Marcus Royal NSC won pts v Sam Palmer WSM
Youth Daniel Belcher Empire won pts v Callum Gould Glos
Senior Andy Mogg NSC won pts v Lamare Paignton
Senior Andy Buftan NSC lost RSC 2 v Daniel Roberts Empire
Senior Jake Whiteside NSC lost RSC 2 v Daniel Roberts Empire
Senior Jake Whiteside NSC won KO 2 v Shane Easton Davenport (Shane OK)
Senior Darren Hamilton Empire won pts v Matty Tew Southampton
Senior Sayed Ali Empire won pts v Darryl Thomas LYDNEY
Senior Lee Davis NSC won pts v Mitchell Amey Empire
Senior Sam Mogg lost pts v George Reeves Cleeve
I dawn on myself
What did I do that was so bad
Why did they hurt me.
They all make me sad.
Mummy and daddy,
They don't care about me.
"Do this, do that"
a smack here and there.
I daren't say a thing,
Not tell a soul,
If not I obey
I will have to pay.
At school they chase me
Steal my things
Use stuff against me
They laugh and join in.
Everybody hates me
Not a friend in sight
Nothing to live for
Everyone wants to fight.
I look into the reflection
Of what I am holding
It's a sharp edge pointing.
It glides across, across my skin
I see drips of blood
That lies within.
Pain is flowing, flowing through me.
I look into the light
The light among the stars,
Glancing at me
Telling me not to be scared.
I dawned on myself,
What did I do that was so bad.
Why did they hurt me
They all made me sad.