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Desecration of Shirehampton War Memorial.  Many Shire readers will have noticed the recent change in the size of the central plinth of the War Memorial at the junction of Penpole Lane and Shirehampton Road. Unfortunately its present condition is not due to maintenance or cleaning but by recent malicious damage. One night somebody attacked the memorial, causing the upper sections of the plinth to collapse and then stole the ornate cross from the top. In addition the falling masonry caused some damage to the base and surrounding pathway.

The Memorial was built on land donated by Mr. P. Napier-Miles to commemorate the 58 local men who gave their lives during the First World War, was dedicated by the Archdeacon of Bristol on 4th September 1921 and was unveiled by General C.E. Bruce CMG., DSO. It has provided the ideal focal point for Remembrance Day services for many years and is a widely known landmark for local people.

The limited knowledge of its full history is not an impediment to local Councillor Murphy who has pledged to restore the monument at his own expense and whose present target is to have it repaired and in place for this year's Remembrance Day ceremony. He is presently scouring local records, referring to local Historians and accumulating photographic evidence so that the unique cross can be replicated.

Whilst the motive for this callous desecration appears to be the value of the cross itself, any information that can be provided to the authorities as to its whereabouts will be welcome and if anyone can provide specific details of the cross, please contact Councillor Murphy. He certainly needs and deserves local support to ensure that this important and sensitive task can be accomplished and that he will meet his self-imposed deadline. A.S. For details of meeting about memorial see page 7.

Report from P.C. Gareth Davies

Domestic Violence - don't suffer in silence.  Domestic violence has been on the increase in our local police sector based at Avonmouth Police Station.

The number of calls the police receive on a daily basis has risen. The weather has played a large part in most calls - you need to drink a lot of liquid in this weather, and the survey suggests that the liquid is of the wrong type, alcohol! Moderate your drinking habits and the violence will decrease!  It's not only the parents who suffer in the argument. Look around you; the little ones are also being affected. They might not say anything at the time, but watching their mothers and fathers at each other's throats, those little ones are taking it all in, they have long memories.

There are various ways to challenge the behaviour of your partners/loved ones. Violence is not the way. The police station at Avonmouth is operational 24/7. The police are all good listeners. If they can't help, as the saying goes, 'They know a man who can' - being politically correct now - 'They know a person who can'. Don't suffer in silence, please come to us and talk. We will listen.

Dispersal Order is in place and active on our local beat and is authorised to run from 1 July 2006 until 6 November 2006.  The powers are straightforward.  If children under the age of 16 years are seen wandering the street aimlessly between 9pm and 6am they can be challenged by any police officer in uniform about their business and requested to hand over to that police officer their names and addresses. They can also be taken home and given an ASB form.  If the child refuses to hand over their details or refuses to be taken home, they can be arrested.

Please can residents of these dispersal zones inform their teenagers that the police will be taking a zero tolerance approach to this order. They have been warned!

Shirehampton Area Choir Christmas Concert

Rehearsals for the Shirehampton Area Choir Annual Christmas Concert 2006 will begin on Tuesday 26th September and will be held in Shirehampton Methodist Church starting at 7.45pm until 9.15pm.

New members or old friends who wish to return to the choir are all very welcome and I would be particularly pleased to see a few men to bolster the lower parts.

Tim Forder
Musical Director

Bristol Shiplovers' Society

Founded 1931.  HEADQUARTERS.  Holy Trinity Church Hall, Hotwells Road, Bristol

ENQUIRIES Secretary - Lt Cdr FD Tolfree RD RNR (0117 9863669)MEETINGS Talks and/or Slide Shows

Meetings 20065th October The Cunard Line, Video commentary19th October "The loss of H.

M. T. 'Lancastria' Off St Nazaire". The greatest loss of life recorded at sea - Jonathan Fenby.2nd November "The Falklands War" and the loss of HMS 'Coventry" - Commodore Jamie Miller CBE, Royal Navy - Survivor of HMS 'Coventry'7th December "Backstage Secrets" - Kay Rawlings

Visitors Very Welcome - £2.50 per head.  All meetings commence at 7pm for 7.30 pm

Membership: Open to all with an interest in ships and the seae-mail:- website:- www.

Girl Guiding - Painting Help Required

Avonside Girlguiding are looking for help to paint the Shirehampton Headquarters in St Mary's Road. We will be holding painting sessions during the day, evening and weekends throughout the summer and would be grateful for any help you can give. Food will be provided for all volunteers. What better way to enjoy the sunshine?Contact Helena Green on 0796 6187433 or

Leaders Needed

Can you spare a few hours one evening each week? Avonside Girlguiding need more volunteers to help run Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units in the area. Full training is provided and the rewards are the smiles on the girls' faces.

Contact Helena Green on 0796 6187433 or

Changes at Shirehampton Health Centre

As you may know, Shirehampton Health Centre is going to be demolished and rebuilt to be more modern and spacious. During the building work, the health centre services will move into temporary accommodation in portacabins on the site of the old church hall next to the existing health centre on Pembroke Road. This move will happen between Thursday 7th and Sunday 10th September. The health centre will be in the temporary accommodation until December 2007 when it will move into the new building which will provide better accommodation for a greater range of local health services.

The move will mean some disruption to services, especially on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Monday 11th September. The practices will provide an 'emergency' or basic service throughout this period. However, we are asking you to be patient with us if you can't get a routine appointment on those days. We aim to have a full service up and running as soon as possible.

Alternative services are available at:Boots the Chemists Ltd39 High Street, Shirehampton Tel: 0117 982 3543Normal Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 08:45-13:00 and 14:00-17:30Lloyds Chemists54 High Street, Shirehampton Tel: 0117 982 3134Normal Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-19-00; Saturday 09:00-13:00NHS Direct Tel: 0845 4647 or

Southmead Hospital Minor Injuries Unit - 9am to 9pm, seven days a week

Bristol City Walk-In Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary. Monday to Saturday 8:00-8:00; Sundays and Bank Holidays 10:00-6:00In a medical emergency dial 999Over the weekend, the practice telephone number will be diverted to the 'out of hours' service as usual.

As a consequence of the disruption to technical connections at Shirehampton, the Group Practice's branch surgery at Capel Road will only be able to offer same-day appointments on Friday 7th September.

Contacting the Health Centre

Telephone numbers and opening hours for the health centre will remain the same up to and after the move. The main telephone number for Shirehampton Health Centre is 0117 916 2200. The phones will be working all day on Thursday and Monday. There may be a short disruption on Friday when the phones switch over, so if you have any problems we recommend you try to contact one of the alternative services listed above.

The telephone number for the Group Practice is 0117 916 2226. The telephone number for Dr. Sharples' branch surgery is 0117 916 2219. Both of these numbers and the main telephone number will remain the same after the move into temporary accommodation.


There will be dedicated disabled parking bays in front of the temporary accommodation. Other parking during the construction period will be in the council car park in Waverley Road, or on local streets. There will be less parking space available overall during the construction period and we ask patients (and staff and visitors) to leave your car at home if you possibly can, or get a lift so that you can be dropped off rather than having to park your car. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the move or the temporary accommodation, please tell the staff or contact the PCT - we want to know what the challenges might be so that we an deal with them.

Please bear with us. All of this disruption is a result of work to provide a new health centre for Shirehampton. The new building, when it opens, will have better facilities and more space, as well as more parking than we have at present.

Bristol North PCT, King Square House, King Square

Bristol BS2 8EE, Telephone: 0117 976 6600Website:

School Term and Holiday Dates 2006/2007

The following dates have been agreed for the 2006/07 school year:* Term 1 Monday 4 September to Friday 20 October 2006 * Term 2 Wednesday 1 November to Tuesday 19 December 2006* Term 3 Wednesday 3 January to Friday 16 February 2007* Term 4 Monday 26 February to Wednesday 4 April 2007* Term 5 Thursday 19 April to Friday 25 May 2007* Term 6 Monday 4 June to Wednesday 25 July 2007The school year is based on a calendar of 195 days. Five days are to be used for staff professional development which means that schools will be open to receive pupils for the legal minimum of 190 days (380 sessions). It will be necessary for parents and other interested parties to contact individual schools direct for confirmation of the 5 dates when they will be closed to pupils.

Charity Line Dance

Sat 4th Nov PBA Nibley Road, Shirehampton

The Lucy Jane Trust

It is hard to believe that it was only in April 2004 that Lucy received her devastating news. She was told she had cancer of the oesophagus; the second youngest person in the country to receive this awful diagnosis, she was only in her early twenties.

All Lucy's family could do was take her home, care for her, and give her the love she so deserved, in the short time they had left together. Not only did they feel devastated, they were also frustrated that such a vibrant, sparkling young woman should be taken from them when she still had so much more to give. Lucy was a junior school teacher, and also a dancer, appearing in many local musical productions.

A trust was set up by the family to further research into cancer of the oesophagus in young people. The trust research team is being headed by Professor Janusz A. Jankowski of Oxford University.

Thank you for your support.

Please contact John: 0117 965 0904 or Lesley: 0117 937 3834.  Tickets £4

Avonmouth Evangelical Chapel (Avonmouth Road)

Celebration of 20 years of New Building (Sept 1986 - Sept 2006)We give thanks to God for 20 years of service in the area. Reaching out to adults, boys, girls & youths, and the work is still going strong.

We welcome you to join with us on Sunday Sept 3rd for our 20th Anniversary morning at 11am

Fun and games time at 3.30pm for boys and girls with refreshments, 4.30pm celebration with guests and a bag of surprises.

Thank you for your kind donation to Shire. Ed.

Avonmouth Old Boys Rugby

Avonmouth Old Boys have already begun pre-season training with a view to gaining early fitness for the new season starting on September 2nd.

Fitness sessions on Tuesday & Thursday (7.00pm) are being directed by Head Coach Wayne Hone & current Bristol Hooker Saul Nelson with the emphasis very much on fun, but combined with hard work.

Avonmouth are looking to bounce back to the Western Counties League, with the support of a number of new sponsors including Coors Brewery.

Captain Danny Hillman will continue to lead the Club for a second term, with former Skipper Ryan Templar as Vice Captain.

Second Team XV will be led by Centre Lian Long and Hooker Craig Britton. Avonmouth have identified a need to re-structure the Club in search of a return to winning ways, and with a new Committee set-up, are looking to develop home grown talented youngsters whilst also promoting the Club to recruit new players. Former players now at National League level - Dave Bufton (Stourbridge) and Sylvain Edwards (Dings), are also keen to re-invest their time and support to the Club. The Clubhouse is full utilised 7 days a week with sports such as Karate, Boxing, Dancing, Gaelic Football and the England (South West) group Ladies Rugby team benefiting from superb facilities. Professional physiotherapy is provided to by Mike Young who also looks after the England U-18 representatives side. Club Chairman is Steve Leyshon - RFU National Referee Panel Development Manager. New players will always be given a warm welcome. Contact Steve (Ted) Britton (Chairman of Rugby) 07921 694273 or Andy Woodruff (Selection Chairman) 07793 904926 for further details.

Andy Woodruff,

Events for St. Andrews Ladies Club

  • Sept 5th Bingo
  • Sept 19th The Old Sniff Mills - John Bartlett
  • Oct 3rd Marathon Running - Janet Burke
  • Oct 17th Craft Works - Jenny
  • Nov 7th History of Dance Bands - Tony Merrell-Smith
  • Nov 21st Raj Ran Mohon - Roy Carla Contractor
  • Dec 5th In House Party
  • Dec 15th Friday Christmas Party, Clarence House
  • Jan 7th Beetle Drive

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at St. Andrews Church Hall, Avonmouth Time 7.30 to 9. All welcome so come along and give it a try

Letters to the Editor

The Stile

Dear Editor,

I have just got back from a walk around the perimeter of the Golf Course. This I do almost every week. To my dismay I find there is now a STILE at the end of my walk. As I am over 70 and was alone, found this quite an obstacle. Would it not be possible for a gate instead?

Eileen M Molloy

The Poem About the Accident to Two Little Boys

Dear Editor

I was very interested in the poem about the two little boys, who were accidently killed on the Village Green in 1911. The one called Frederick Bleaken would have been my Great Uncle had he lived.

I remember my Grandmother and Mother getting upset on the anniversary each year as the date came around. I have a copy of the poem in my scrapbook. My Grandparent was called R. Bleaken.

S Tiley (nee Small)

Village Memories

Dear Editor

I look forward to receiving my copy of "Shire" every month, although I no longer live there. I have very happy memories of living there, where I attended both junior and senior schools. I was married there and two of my children were born in Shire.

I was pleased to see in a publication a few months ago a picture of some boys playing cricket on Penpole Estate sent in by Brian Swain from Queensland, Australia, taken about 1947. One of the boys is my brother Pat Wilson. I was friends with Brian when we were children and all lived together on the Penpole Estate, or up the camp, as we used to call it. We had many happy times, roaming around Penpole Point and in the woods. Some of the boys used to camp out in the Scouts woods, as it was known.

I would love to hear from Brian and to know how he is getting on. Maybe he would like to write to me, via the Editor, with whom I will leave my full address and maybe any letters could be forwarded to me.

Jean Oram (nee Wilson)

Obituary - Vera Verey (nee Hillman) 31st October 1926 - 17th July 2006.

Dear Editor

On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all relatives and friends who have given us such wonderful support during our recent sad loss of my dear wife Vera. The floral tributes, the numerous cards, the donations to Diabetes (UK), together with the many people who attended St Mary's for the beautiful service conducted by Revered Canon Christine Froude, were all a source of great comfort to us.

Special thanks are due to Cannon Christine and the members of St Mary's, with Pam Crawford and Julie Smith deserving special mention for their unwavering help and concern spread over many months. Also to the members of Avonmouth Carers Group, who continue to give me their invaluable support, even though I am unable to attend their meetings for the time being.

Lastly I must mention our lifelong friends, Gladys Dando and her son Laurie, who have demonstrated once again what true friendship really means.

I'm sure Vera would have been really thankful for all the love and affection that you have all expressed for her, and as a family we are extremely grateful to you all.

Yours sincerely, Eric Verey

Thank you for your generous donation to Shire, Eric. Ed.

Obituary - Sandra Thomas

On behalf of my family and myself, I wish to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all our friends and family who kindly attended the funeral service of my dear wife and mother, and for all the thoughtful messages, cards, and floral tributes received, which were very much appreciated.

We would like to thank Lay Minister Gill Sawyer from St. Mary's Church for the beautiful service she conducted at Canford Crematorium. Sandra was very much loved and will be greatly missed.

Thanking you all once again

Steve Thomas and Family

I would like to thank family, friends and neighbours for cards, flowers and support on the loss of a much-loved daughter. A sincere thank you to doctors and staff at the Sea Mills Surgery for all the care given to my daughter.

Dreen Jones

Thank you for your thoughtful donation to Shire funds. Ed

Obituary - Margaret Edith Ware

Margaret Edith Ware, late of Old Barrow Hill, Shirehampton, died peacefully on Friday 21st July at The Red House Care Home in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Leaves daughter Christine, son in law Derek and Grandchildren Andrew and Martyn.

Any persons who would like to correspond please email or post to 5 Brooke Avenue, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 2RU.

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays. We've been very lucky with some super sunny days and hot temperatures. I have just returned from Russia and en route via Warsaw, Poland, the temperature reached 36.6 degrees Celsius - too hot for sightseeing really. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful experience and we saw numerous cathedrals and churches. The architecture and treasures within them had to be seen to be believed, but the best one is back here at St. Mary's!

I expect many of you will have read the articles in the 'Bristol Evening Post' that St. Mary's is a national competition finalist in Ecclesiastical Insurance's competition to find the nation's most inviting churches. Entries were received from thirty dioceses around the country and our church has been selected as one of the twelve finalists. The overall winner and two runners up will be announced on 21st November at a presentation ceremony held at York Minster. The competition is offering cash prizes for the best entries - first prize is £1500 with second and third prizes of £750 and £500 respectively. I have seen our entry which was submitted in book form, and guess who produced it? Yes, our busy little Lay Minister, busy little cook and producer of home produce, our busy little Church Secretary - Gill Sawyer. She is to be congratulated as I know the production of this book took a lot of her spare time - what little spare time she has - which included photographs of St. Mary's before the great revival and how it appears today! Well done Gill! We wait in great anticipation for the final result.

On Sunday 23rd July we had our annual parish outing which commenced with lunch in church and then by coach to Exeter for Evensong in Exeter Cathedral. This was then followed by the usual cream tea before returning to Shirehampton, a super day enjoyed by all. Regrettably, I missed it because it occurred during my holiday.

On Sunday 30th July at our 10am Family Service, all the children who attend our Sunday morning Kids' Klub, were given books of their choice. There were very many excited and happy children on that day, I can tell you! If you want to know more about Kids' Klub, then please speak to Canon Christine, Rev. Andy Schuman or Gill Sawyer.

I also unfortunately missed the Car Treasure Hunt which was organised by Tim Forder. I am told it was a right 'brain teaser' before the ultimate destination at The White Horse Public House at Mark, which is near Wedmore in Somerset. Grateful thanks must go to Tim for his expertise in organising what is one of our most popular social events. Very many years ago I organised one and I have personal experience of the long work involved, and mine wasn't half as complicated or so long as the one Tim organises. Come to think of it, as an ORGANIST he is bound to be a good ORGANISER!!!

On Tuesday 12th September we shall be holding our Alpha Guest Supper at 7pm. If you want to know more about our Autumn Alpha Course, then please come and find out more details when all will be revealed to you. The Alpha Course proper starts on Tuesday 19th September from 7pm until 9pm. Each session starts with a meal. The Course finishes on Tuesday 21st November.

Keep a date in your diary for Saturday 16th September as we shall be holding a Coffee Morning for the 'Mercy Ships'. These are ships which are like floating hospitals and visit Third World Countries providing medical facilities that would otherwise be unavailable to the people of those lands. Please pop into the church and support this very worthwhile venture which will be held from 10am until 12 noon.

I am pleased to report that Derek Ford - who is the Leader of our House Groups - is to be officially commissioned as such by the Area Dean, the Rev. Mark Pilgrim, at our 10am Holy Communion Service on Sunday 17th September. We are delighted that his position has been recognized, so please come and give him your support on this important day for him. I don't know if he has a title - perhaps he will be known as Commissioner Ford and we shall all have to salute him!!

We are delighted once again to host Shirehampton Primary School Harvest Festival Services at St. Mary's. There will be two Services - one at 9.45am and the next one at 10.30am on Friday 22nd September for both the very young children and older pupils respectively. I love to hear children singing, I think it is such a joyful sound. My young grandson, Danny, who is now 21 months old, can sing 'Bob the Builder' reasonably well in tune, so watch out Tim Forder, you don't know what you may be letting yourself in for!

On Saturday 30th September, we will be holding our Harvest Supper in Church. On previous years we have also held a Barn Dance on that evening. As we no longer have the Church Centre to hold this event in, we shall replace the entertainment with a Silent Auction. These have proved very popular in the past on other social occasions, so please put this date in your diary. Tickets will be available from the Church Office at £6 each from Gill Sawyer.

The next day, Sunday 1st October, our Harvest Festival Communion Service will be at 10am. The Preacher at this Service will be Sister Analeise from The Community of the Sisters of the Church at St. Paul's. Their work is helping the homeless and the needy in our City.

The following Saturday, 7th October, we shall be hosting the amour Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir. This will be at 7pm and tickets are available at £10, £12 and £15 for reserved seats. Ticket sales are going very well, so make your enquiries at the Church Office now to avoid being disappointed. Many of you will recall the vandalism and theft from our War Memorial a few months ago. It is hoped to have interim repairs carried out in time for Remembrance Sunday. In connection with this, Canon Christine will be hosting a meeting with Christina Radden from Bristol City Council from 12 noon until 1pm on Saturday 16th September in St. Mary's. This is the forum where you can have your say on the proposed interim and subsequent final restoration plans. It is an important memorial in our parish and its future very dear to many of us who lost loved one in time of war, both past and present.

Many of you will recall two months ago I informed you that an attempt had been made to burgle the church. Regrettably I now have to report that it has been subject to a second attack. This time, the lead flashing was stripped from the Choir Vestry roof. Just over half of it was stolen, with the remaining section pulled up from the stonework. It appears that the offender could well have been disturbed before he could complete his crime. Please may I appeal to you to report to the police any suspicious activity around the church and churchyard when the building is closed. Don't try and contact the local police station but dial 999. This should hopefully bring a more rapid response.

It was pleasing to read PC Gareth Davies's report in last month's edition of 'Shire' and his Crime Prevention advice. However, it would be nice to see you, Gareth, when you are on patrol in Shire Village. The church would be an ideal place to meet people as it is open every day, and I've never known a Copper refuse a cup of tea!! Here, you could hear of parishioners' worries and concerns first hand, which I am sure would boost their confidence better than a voice on the other end of a telephone. Regrettably, I do not know you as I have never seen you - you must be about when I am not!

Many of you who use the churchyard path between the Health Centre and the High Street will have seen the refurbishment taking place in the old Memorial Garden. Andy Crawford has spent a considerable amount of time working there and it now looks much more presentable, thanks to his efforts.

Now that the summer season is drawing to a close, I must give a grateful vote of thanks to all of you who opened your gardens and in the process raised much needed funds for St Mary's. We were lucky on the majority of occasions to be blessed with fine weather and fortunate to have seen many new gardens this year. Thank you, all of you!

Finally, I have two more early reminders for your diary in October and these are: on Thursday 12th October at 1pm we shall be holding another of our 'Lunch and Beetle Drive' sessions in the church. This is always good fun, with some avid Beetle Drive fanatics. A retiring collection will be held to cover the cost of lunch. It would be a good idea if you would let Gill Sawyer know if you intend coming, as this will assist with her catering arrangements. The following Sunday, 15th October, we shall be holding another of our ėPets Services' at 10am, when you are invited to bring your pet along. It doesn't matter if your pet should have an accident as 'Shirley Shovel', alias Jill Eynon alias Olga of the Kremlin, will be there to clear it up!!! For those of you who would like to take Communion on that day, a Holy Communion Service will be held in the Cotswold Building in Dursley Road at 4.45pm followed by Tea and Cakes.

Well, that's all for this month.'

Bye for now,C.M.E.

August 2006 - Portway School Revisited

Following your short article in the June issue where the History Master of Portway School wanted any veterans with interesting memories of the war years who would be willing to tell these to his pupils to help them realise how close it came to Shirehampton.

As one who left the school in 1938 at 14, saw his father rush immediately off following Prime Minister Chamberlain's 'we are now at war with Germany' radio message, who huddled in fear each night in my Uncle Anderson's shelter, watched hundreds of troops and tanks stop outside of my home at 33 Avonmouth Road, have a Barrage Balloon erected in the back garden, later to be shot down, crawled through all the rubble in Broadmead after the bombings to find the building where I enjoyed my first employment burning and no longer there, was I thought sufficient to interest them, Mr Williams thought so as well, so that is how I found myself sitting in the car park of Portway's lovely new school. Being a little early I found it interesting to watch the various youngsters changing classrooms and somewhat surprised to see many of them stop in a walled area and hand around the fags and enjoy a quick puff before proceeding. I warmly recalled how I had to sneak up to the golf course for my first drag and how I gave up years ago, it is not difficult to understand how my mother guessed what I had been doing.

Mr Williams greeted me after I had signed in - security - and we walked towards his classroom along a bustling and noisy corridor. However on reaching it, silence descended after his commanding voice said 'will you be quiet WE HAVE VISITORS'.

We were sectioned off into three groups of 12, each with a veteran. This is now your opportunity said Mr Williams to ask these men who were actually here when all the bombings took place. For the next hour I became engrossed with some lovely youngsters and one went back 70 years. Were you shot, did you shoot anyone? no, but I was torpedoed, what's a torpedo? This floored me with the realisation of how long ago this war was and that I never really listened to my Father's tough times in the trenches when I was young. Sadly, I wish I had, but today the world is changing so fast, that although it would be nice for these youngsters to know what we and those before us have gone through, so that our children would be safe and live in a better world, there is still a nasty and tough time ahead for all of them. Having had the opportunity to join them for a little while, for which I was deeply honoured, I wish them success in the future and to the teacher who have such a difficult task ahead.

Vic Wiltshire

Ship to Shire - T.S. Enterprise

Avonmouth Sea Cadets

On Saturday July 29th, TS Enterprise were invited to pull (row) a Norfolk barge from Netham Lock to the Hotwells for a 5 o'clock slot as part of the celebrations for the Harbour Festival.  The barge carries one sail, and every member of the unit in the boat was able to take part in the pulling. The journey from Netham was in three stages, and with the wind and tide against them it was certainly difficult.

Each cadet was sponsored with all monies going towards a new safety boat, the boat will cost £5,000, we have raised at present £1,800. The pulling for the cadets was a wonderful experience working as a team, and the unit benefited from the sponsorship. WELL DONE TS ENTERPRISE

Cotswold Book Club

With the autumn approaching fast, it's time to think of new things to do.

Here's a suggestion: join a book club! Not only will you have fascinating books to help keep those darker nights bright, but you'll be able to share your discoveries and opinions with others, and have a lot of fun into the bargain.

Shirehampton's Cotswold Book Club welcomes you to join its lively group. We read a book a month, chosen by the members, and then meet in one another's homes to talk about it, usually on the first Wednesday in the month.

This autumn's programme:6th Sept. Daniel Deronda (George Eliot)4th Oct. The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)1st Nov. Never Let Me Go (K. Isiguru)6th Dec. Christmas Special

For venues and any other details, phone 0117 904 7319

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

Fund-Raising Dinner - 30th Sept at Kingsweston House

The tickets will be available from 1st August from the Public Hall - the cost of £13. This will include some entertainment, a short explanation of the background to the House and a raffle. Among those Shirehampton businesses that have already donated raffle prizes are Auto-Parts, Collectables Cards & Gifts, Creature Comforts, D & P Fashions, Elite Hair and Beauty, Flower world, the Post Office, The Pound Shop, Shoe Fair, Woolworths and three public houses, The George, the Lifeboat and The Rising Sun and more have promised.  We need all readers to support this effort, so please buy tickets and get your family and friends to do the same.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

25th September 2006

To Joyce and John Wicking. Many congratulations on your 50th Wedding Anniversary. Love from all your family and friends.

Thank you for your kind donation to Shire. Ed

More 50-word Stories

The Apple

When the world was made, God made a man and a woman. They wandered around the garden all day, naked. God told them not to eat the forbidden apples. Satan disguised himself as a snake and tempted Eve to try the apple ... They were! Crunch! They were sent out.

by Becky Parton

The Making

Adam and Eve are the first man and woman to walk the Earth and they were made by God. Adam was made first so he could make Eve from his ribs. They had no clothes and walked around naked in the Garden of Eden. The way humans were made.

by Christopher Osbourne

Urggh Gross!

There was a garden with one person in it, called Adam. He was lonely so God made another person out of Adam's rib. Urggh! Gross! So a woman was made called Eve. They were both naked and thrown out the garden. Urggh! Naked, gross! They could see each other's bits. Nasty!

by Paige Jone

Rubbish Collections

There has been a lot of talk about recycling in recent weeks, brought on by the new collection system introduced by the Council. This talk prompted me to investigate how well, or otherwise, we are doing in the effort to preserve our environment. Not very well at all according to all the figures I can find.

We are told that over 70% of our household refuse is recyclable - but Bristol only achieves about one quarter of that figure. So now, with the new system, we have a chance to improve.

But how far we get will very much depend on the co-operation of local people in Shirehampton. For instance, one Friday in July I noticed that less than one household in three were using their black boxes and most of those that were not had wheelie bins which were overflowing. So a plea for all of us to work harder to increase the amount we recycle in future.

It is also interesting to think of other ways we can re-use or save materials that are not currently on the recycling lists. We know there are facilities to save plastic bottles, and more simply a number of charity shops will take used stamps and foreign coins.

Some of the supermarkets are also beginning to get the message with re-usable carrier bags. But wouldn't it be so much better if they provided bins at their premises so we could leave behind all that unnecessary polythene and other wrapping. One day the manufacturers might then learn to cut most of this out.

Until then lets hope we can make a small contribution to the future of our planet by using the new waste collection services to the maximum. I wonder if readers of SHIRE have any good ideas how we could do more?

Phil Gregory

Important News About Your Waste Collection Service

Bristol City Council has introduced new kitchen, cardboard and garden waste collection services in your area.

You should have received a brown 5-litre kitchen caddy that can be used to put food waste in. Food that can be put in this caddy includes:- eggs, fish, meat, bones and dairy products- vegetables, tea bags, salad and fruit- bread, cereal, pasta and rice.

Householders should also have received a lockable, brown food waste bin to be kept outside their home into which they can put the food waste from their kitchen caddy. Food can be wrapped in newspaper and put in this bin. No plastic should be put in this bin.

Remember there is the option of buying a green bin for garden waste such as grass and cuttings. For just £21, you can buy a garden waste wheelie bin and for 55p a week (£29 a year) it will be emptied on collection day.

There are also compost bins available at £14 plus £3 delivery.

Subsidies are available on both the green bins and compost bins.

Collection will be: Every week - Black box (Recycling) Brown kitchen waste bin.  Cardboard folded and placed by kitchen bin.  Green garden waste bin (optional)

Every other week:  Black wheelie bin for rubbish

If you have any questions, please contact Bristol City Council on 922 3838 or visit our website at

Don't forget you can ask for a Waste Doctor to visit and give you advice on the new services. Please call us on the above number.

'Shire' is Taped'

Jill Dawson kindly records the news from each month's 'Shire' for those people who have sight or reading difficulties. The tape is kept by the Library, so if you know of anyone who would like to borrow it, tell them they have only to ask the Librarian for the loan of the tape. There may be a short queue of borrowers. Ed.

Calling All Heroes

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2007To celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002, the Queen announced a new annual UK National Honour to recognise outstanding voluntary activities by groups in the community.

If you know a group of volunteers who devote their time to helping others in the community and improve the quality of life and opportunity for others, nominate them for an award.

It's easy to nominate!* Visit* Email* Call 0845 000 2002

Get your nomination in by 30 September 2006.

A group (two or more people) can be nominated if it has been working in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, normally for a minimum of three years, and the majority of its members are volunteers.

Bristol Doors Open Day 2006

Saturday 9 September 10am-4pm

Free Admission

Bristol's Blaise Museum. Henbury Road, Henbury

Palladian style house, built in the 1790s, home of Bristol's social history collection including Victorian toys, home equipment & period costumes. Also Blaise Castle & butter-making in Blaise dairy. Architect (house): William Paty Architect (dairy): John Nash. Bus routes 1,43

Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Kings Weston

Impressive late C18 Palladian style villa, restored to its former glory and opened for conferences, wedding etc. Sunday only 10am-4pm. Architect: Sir John Vanbrugh. Bus routes 43, 518

Kings Weston Roman Villa, Longs Cross, Lawrence Weston

Ruins of a C3/C4 villa discovered in 1947 during Lawrence Weston estate site excavations. Archaeologists to point out the mosaics, underfloor heating, baths etc. Roman objects to handle. Bus routes 43, 518

Compact Power energy from waste plant. Avonmouth Refuse Transfer Station, Kings Weston Lane.  This small plant, opened in 2000, converts Bristol's waste into energy in a sustainable way, using the world's most advanced thermal recovery system. Architect: Alec French Architects.  Special bus

Wessex Water Avonmouth Sewage Treatment Works, Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth.

Wessex Water's current treatment works, converting sewage into fertiliser, housed in an exemplar of modern industrial architecture. Architect: Whicheloe Macfarlane. Special bus.

And many more places throughout the City, for instance St. Nicholas' Almshouses, Charles Wesley House, Red Lodge, Clifton Rocks Railway, Merchants' Hall to name but a few.

Reading Mission for Children

There is still time to take part in The Reading Mission for Children.  Finish by 16th September 2006 to get your certificate and medal.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to become a Reading Agent this summer, exploring different places through a world of books.

Psst! Don't forget to check out the exclusive Reading Mission website. Here you'll find classified info on your favourite authors and top secret news on this year's challenge,

To take part in The Reading Mission, just visit your local library. It's free to join and there's plenty to do for the whole family.

Local Woman Takes Up Professor Winston's Challenge

Local resident and National Autistic Society worker, Angie Hawkins, has responded to an appeal by leading infertility expert, Professor Robert Winston, to join a tough, women-only cycling challenge in India to raise funds to improve the health of women and babies. Hundreds of women across the UK have already helped Professor Winston raise nearly £1 million for the ėWomen for Women' appeal by taking part in cycling challenges around the world.

Angie, 42, is joining Women for Women Cycle India and will cycle 425kms in a bid to raise funds for the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust's Women for Women appeal. Angie needs to raise a minimum of £2,700 to fund groundbreaking medical research work at a major new research centre in London, which Angie has had the opportunity to visit, and is asking local people and companies to help her reach her target.

Funds will train women scientists and clinicians to work at the centre, empowering more women to lead in this field. They will work to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a range of devastating conditions, which cause genetic diseases, miscarriage, infertility and cancer. The fundamental aim is to improve women's health and to ensure that more women have a normal pregnancy and a healthy baby. The Women for Women Appeal is administered by the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust, of which Professor Winston is chairman.

The sixth Women for Women cycling challenge will take place from 25th November-5th December 2006. The group will cycle for five days through the exotic and colourful Rajasthan region, often called the Land of the Kings. They will cycle through rural India staying in accommodation that ranges from campsites to an Indian Palace. The ride starts near Agra and finishes in Jaipur.

To pledge your support for Angie, either post your sponsorship donation, made payable to: THE INSTITUTE TRUST FUND, to 114 Nibley Road, Shirehampton, or you can donate online by visiting her charity web page

Angie will keep you all updated on her progress in future issues.

Additional Local Activities

  • PLAYGROUP at the Public Hall every week MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS 9.15am - 11.45am. Monday and Wednesdays only 12.30-2.45pm
  • SHIREHAMPTON CHOIR REHEARSE Tuesday weekly 7.30-9pm at St Mary's
  • KIDS KLUB at St Mary's 9.30am most Sundays. Breakfast and a short service. For information ring 0117 9077026
  • SEA CADETS Mondays and Thursdays each week (12-18 years) and Juniors (10-12 years) Thursday 6.45-8.45pm at T.S. Enterprise, Station Road
  • DIABETES U.K. Voluntary Group 4th Thursday of each month 7.30pm at Penpole Tenants Association Hall, Twyford
  • ART CLUB Monday and Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am Thursday 7-9pm all at the Public Hall
  • CITY OF BRISTOL BASIC SKILLS CLASSES - FREE, Improve you English, Computers and Communication, Art and Communication, Help with Maths. CONTACT Gill Lloyd on 3112 5530

Publish America Presents 'Shire' by Angela Thompson Smith

Angela Thompson Smith was born in Bristol, England, and grew up in the nearby village of Shirehampton. Her working class family instilled strong values that have lasted a lifetime. Freedom to roam the surrounding countryside laid the basis for a great love of nature and history. Her book, 'Shire', is an intriguing look at daily life and events during the 1950s, such as Harvest Festival, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas customs in the West of England. Other vignettes recall the annual Pantomime, playing in the Roman ruins, the ferry over to Pill and the bus to Weston Sands.

Angela Thompson Smith has lived and worked in the United States since 1981. She has a PhD in psychology and now lives and writes in Boulder City, Nevada.

Contact: Shawn Street, Public Relations Department Publish or on the web at

Coming soon at the Library - Computer Taster Sessions

These will be basic introductory sessions of approximately 30-45 minutes' duration.

If:.* you always wanted to send emails but don't know where to start OR* want to be able to search the internet but don't know where to start OR* want to find out about Family History on the internet but don't know where to start.

Maybe you have some other computer-related problem to which you would like a basic introduction e.g. scanning, digital photos, etc. Come and have a word with the staff and they will try to arrange a suitable session.

A Little Commonsense for Motorists

Problems on the road can often be dealt with by thinking ahead and vehicle maintenance and preparation. A good habit is for regular checks of oil, water, screen washer fluid, tyres and, if necessary, the battery every week and especially before long journeys. This will avoid breakdowns. Before long journeys, plan your route. Before starting out, be sure you have enough fuel; let friends or relatives know your destination and the time you hope to arrive. If you have a mobile phone, be sure to take it with you. It is also worthwhile carrying an emergency car kit which should contain: jump leads, torches, first aid kit, spare fuses/bulbs, warning triangle, fire extinguisher, towing rod or rope, container filled with water, screen wash and a spare fuel can.

P.S. A road atlas is essential. Thereby hangs a tale. The other day, the traffic slowed to a crawl, so we got off at an unfamiliar exit. The detour involved miles of strange country roads, few sign posts and nobody around to ask (it was lunch time) and then we realised we had forgotten to put in a road atlas. So to avoid disaster, furious arguments and the like, go prepared.

Stay Safe this Autumn

As people prepare for the colder, darker nights of Autumn to draw in, it is important that people also prepare their homes to make sure they are as safe as possible at this time of year.

The colder weather means people are starting to think about how to heat their homes. While open fires and heaters are essential for keeping people warm, they should also be used with care to prevent fires breaking out.

The following advice will help people use an open fire more safely:

  • Make sure your chimney is swept regularly and inspected
  • Don't use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fire.
  • Don't burn paper or rubbish
  • Do not overload the fire with fuel
  • Go into the loft occasionally when the fire is alight to check for smoke from cracks, defective brickwork or mortar joints
  • Use a fireguard when using a fire
  • Keep children away from open fires.

Another popular source of heat in the Autumn is portable heaters. Whether these are electric, gas, solid fuel or LPG heaters, they all carry a risk of fire.

Follow these simple rules for safe use:

  • Make sure all heaters are well clear of furnishings
  • Never use aerosol sprays near a space heater
  • Take care with timing devices
  • Try to sit at least 1m or 3ft away from the heat source
  • Buy heaters from reputable dealers

Many people will also be thinking about getting their electric blankets out for a bit of extra warmth at night. A recent survey showed that over half of electric blankets checked had potential life threatening faults, such as defective overheat protection and exposed wires. National figures show that blankets which are over 10 years old cause 95 per cent of electric blanket fires. Modern designs are also potentially dangerous as, although they are made to failsafe standards, problems can still arise through misuse. This can include poorly wired plugs and broken switches.

Electric blankets should be examined and tested each and every year, after the first three years of use, to ensure they remain safe.

More information about fire safety is available from or by calling 0117 926 2061.

Forthcoming Events

Craft Exhibition at the Public Hall, opening on Tuesday, October 24th until Saturday, October 28th

Line Dance on November 4th at the P.B.A in aid of Lucy Jane Trust

Free Electric Blanket Check

It may not be the weather to think about it, but the opportunity is here to get your electric blanket tested to make sure it is safe to use. A recent Council survey showed that over half of electric blankets checked had potential life threatening faults such as defective overheat protection and exposed wires.

National figures show that blankets that are over 10 years old cause 95 per cent of electric blankets fires. Modern designs are also potentially dangerous as, although they are made to fail safe standards, problems can still arise through misuse. This can include poorly wired plugs and broken switches.

Bristol City Council has teamed up with Avon Fire and Rescue Service to run free safety check days to help ensure that electric blankets are not faulty. The first free check takes place on 7th July at Southmead Fire Station, with more dates throughout the summer and into Autumn.'The statistics show a simple safety check can help to save lives', said Phil Parkyn, Principal Trading Standards Officer for Bristol City Council. 'It's great to be working in partnership with the Fire Service again this year and I hope that people will take advantage of this free service.

If your electric blanket is not brand new this year then get it checked. It's that simple'. Dates and venues for the checks are as follows:7th September Hartcliffe Fire Station13th September Southmead Fire Station23rd October Shirehampton Health Centre10th November Bedminster Fire Station

Each safety check will be free, but appointments must be booked with Bristol Trading Standards on 0117 922 3522.