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What's on in August

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St. Mary's News

From our Beat Manager

Car explosion shakes Shirehampton

Shire Craft Exhibition

Shirehampton Library

Summer Holidays Reading Scheme - read six books, during the summer holidays, get stickers for each visit. Certificate and medal if you complete and put into a prize draw. For every 25 children that finish a tree will be planted.

Booking essential for all activities

The Farm at the Library
Tuesday, August 7th -  10.30 to 12.30
Lawrence Weston Community Farm - £1 per child.
Friday, August 10th - 2.30 to 3.30
Crafts - Bird feeders and papercraft - 50p per child
Wednesday , 22nd August - 2.30 to 3.30
Make a Nesting Box/hanging bird table £1 per child

Distributor Needed

We need a deliver of “SHIRE” for sedgwick, Chelwood Road, and Garmiston Walk. If you could help with this distribution please ring 982 6935. Thank you N.B. Copies of “SHIRE” are available from various shops in the High Street.


Summer Bank Holiday, Monday, August 27th, the library will be closed. However it will open as usual on Saturday August 25th and will re-open on Wednesday August 29th.

Donations of books are welcome at the Library. They have many ways in which to use them.

Can't find a book you want at the Library? Is there a book, CD, or Video you would like the Library to consider buying for the Library service? Please let the Library know with as many details as possible eg, title, author etc. If you would like a reply to your request, tell them your name and address. Ask at the Library desk if you require more information.

The Craft Exhibition Cometh!

As usual at this time of year, here is a reminder about the forthcoming Craft Exhibition in the Shirehampton Public Hall during the October half term holiday.

The application form will appear in the next edition of 'Shire' so, in the meantime, all you clever craftsmen and women need to get busy. It's time to get your craftwork hats on (by the way do we have any milliners among us?) and decide what you would like to display. Let's make it a show to remember this year both in quality and quantity-we know the talent is out there, we just want to to share it with us. Thank you.

Family History

Family history advice session at the central library on the 1st Thursday of the month, September, October and November 10am-12 noon.

Community Fund

Due to circumstances beyond our control, there is a limited sum for distribution to local good causes. Please get the applications in via the Library by September 15th. Thank you.

What's on in August

Wednesday August 1st

BRIGHT HOUR (Women's Fellowship) Baptist Church 2.30pm
A.U.S. Advice Sessions every Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 – 11am at 115 High Street
ACTA COMMUNITY YOUTH THEATRE for 11 – 16's weekly at the Public Hall 5 pm – 6.30 pm
KEEP FIT weekly at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10.30 am – 11.30 am for those with some movement experience.
SHIREHAMPTON CRAFT GROUP Every Wednesday 1.30 – 3pm at Avonside District Guide HQ, St Mary's Road. For information ring 983192.

Thursday August 2nd

TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD 2pm-4pm at the Methodist Church Hall.
KICK BOXING weekly at the Public Hall 5.15 pm – 7.15 pm
STROKE SUPPORT every Thursday at the PBA Club, Nibley Road 1.30 – 4 pm
SLIMMMING WORLD weekly 5.30pm and 7 pm at Jim O'Neill House
BINGO or a speaker at the Tythe Barn 2pm every week
GRAINGER PLAYERS DRAMA CLUB weekly at the Public Hall 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB train at Avonmouth RFC weekly 6.30 - 8.30 pm

Friday August 3rd

FRIDAY FUN weekly for parents, carers and pre-school children 9.30am - 11am at the Beachley Walk Centre.
EVERGREENS weekly at the Public Hall 2 – 4 pm
BINGO weekly at the Public Hall starting 6.30 pm
PILLOW LACE GROUP every Friday 7 – 9 pm at the Public Hall
SHIREHAMPTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB weekly at T.S. Enterprise 7.30 – 10 pm

Saturday August 4th

BRADLEY HOUSE RESIDENTIAL HOME Summer Fete in the afternoon.

Sunday August 5th

COTSWOLD SERVICE led by the Baptist Church at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4.45-5.30pm

Monday August 6th

SEE AND KNOW for under 5s at St Mary's weekly 1.15-2.45pm
3 of US BINGO weekly at St Andrew's Church Hall. Avonmouth 1.15 - 2.45 pm
KEEP FIT weekly at the Avonmouth Community Centre 7.30-8.30pm
BASIC LITERARY SKILLS weekly at Lawrence Weston - tel 0117 913 8824 for details
KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB trains at St Bernard's School weekly 6.30 – 8.30 pm
DROP-IN ADVICE CENTRE AUS Community Association at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth weekly. 9.30-11.30 am Sponsored by St Andrew's Church. Every week.

Tuesday, August 7th

TEA JUNCTION weekly at St Mary's 2pm – tea, chat, board games
CRAFTY GROUP weekly at St Mary's 2pm – 2.30pm
BINGO or a speaker weekly at 2 pm, the Tythe Barn, High Street
SHIREHAMPTON AREA CHOIR REHEARSAL every Tuesday 7.30-9pm at St Mary's
SHIREHAMPTON MODEL RAILWAY CLUB weekly at the Public Hall 7.30pm

Wednesday August 8th


Saturday August 11th

STAMP & POSTCARD FAIR at the Public Hall 10am-4pm.

Tuesday August 14th

EVERGREEN'S DAY TRIP to Dartmoputh and River Trip.
PBA PENSIONERS meet at the Clubhouse, Nibley Road 1.30pm-3.30pm

Wednesday August 15th

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP at the Public Hall at 7.30pm

Thursday August 16th

CARERS GROUP meets at Avonmouth Medical Centre 10am-noon.
CARERS GROUP meets at Ridingleaze House, Lawrence Weston at 2pm.

Sunday August 19th

COTSWOLD SERVICE at Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4.45-5.30pm led by St Mary's Church.

Monday August 20th

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP meets in the Library at 2pm.
COTSWOLD BOOKGROUP 7.30pm Ring 9047319 for details

Tuesday August 21st

PBA PENSIONERS meet at the Clubhouse, Nibley Road 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

Wednesday August 22nd

KEEP FIT at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10.30am-11.30am for those with some movement experience.

Monday August 27th

SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY, library will be closed.

Wednesday August 29th

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP at the Public Hall 7.30-9.30pm

Thursday August 30th

DIABETES U.K. 7.30pm at the Penpole Tenants Association Hall.

Friday August 31st

SEQUENCE DANCE at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 7.30-10pm.

PS: Apologies to the LOCAL HISTORY GROUP for getting the date of their meeting wrong in the June 'What's on', they meet on the third Monday of the month.


PLAYGROUP at the Public Hall every week 9.15-11 .45am Monday to Friday; 12.30 - 2.45pm Monday to Wednesday only
KIDS KLUB at St Mary's 8.3Oam most Sunday mornings. Breakfast and a short service. For information Tel: 907 7026
SEA CADETS Mondays and Thursdays each week 12-18 years old; Juniors (10 - 12 years old) Thursday 6.45 - 8.45pm at T S Enterprise, Station Road


FREE. Improve your English; Computers and Communication; Art and Communication; Help with your Maths. Contact Gill Lloyd on 31125530.

Evergreens Holiday

The Evergreens going on their recent holiday to Blackpool

Have Your Say on Bristol's Future

The people of Bristol are being asked to play a key role in influencing the development of the city over the next 20 years. The change in Bristol is happening quickly; an extra 60,400 jobs 28,000 new homes and 10% increase in population. (39,7000) by 2026, on Friday, 6th July a major new public consultation exercise was launched by Bristol City Council to give people the chance to influence the Bristol development framework-an overarching set of documents which will help guide and manage growth and change in the city over the next 20 years.

There are two important documents that people are being asked to comment on:

The statement of Community Involvement. This document sets out who the council wants to get involved in plan making and development issues and how they want to involve them.

The Core Strategy Issues and Options paper. This document highlights 18 key issues which need to be addressed in shaping Bristol's futures, including economic, social and environmental changes. It also poses three options for the direction of growth within the city.

The issues and options paper will be asking people how they think Bristol can best accommodate the growth in homes, jobs and services that will take place between now and 2026. These options for the growth might take place within the city are:

  • In the city centre and spread fairly evenly across the whole of Bristol.
  • Focussed on an expanded city centre.
  • Based around substantial development in South Bristol.

People are being asked about how residential development might take place in the city. What land should be used for development? What types of accommodation should be provided in the city? What can be done to encourage more affordable housing?

The views received will then help shape the Core Strategy Preferred Options to be published in December. Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Executive Member for access and environment, said: “I can't stress enough what an important document the Bristol Development Framework is. It will provide the council with a vision on how Bristol should develop and grown over the years to come.”

“It is essential that local people join in the consultation. This is an ideal opportunity for then to influence our city-how it looks, works and grows. It's really easy to get involved and I hope that people throughout Bristol take the opportunity to have their say,” To get involved in the consultation download the documents and questionnaires on the council's website: Documents can also be picked up from the Planning reception, Brunel House, St. George's Road, The Council House, College Green. All libraries in the city will also have the information needed to take part in the consultation process. Both papers are out for consultation up on Friday 17th August. For information about the Bristol Development Framework and the consultation process contact the strategic and Citywide policy team on 0117 903 6720.

St. Andrew's Ladies Programme

  • Sept 4th Quiz
  • Sept 18th Another fine mess pt 2, Cedric Platt.
  • Oct 2nd Flower arranging,  Jean Drew.
  • Oct 16th Clifton Rock Railway,  Peter Davey.
  • Nov 6th Bead craft,  Betty Bird.
  • Nov 20th About Bristol, Brian Amesbury.
  • Dec 4th In house party, bring share supper.
  • Dec 14th Christmas Dinner Commandor Hotel

St. Andrews Ladies Club meet on the 1st & 3rd Tues of every month at St. Andrews church hall at 7.30-9pm Avonmouth.

All  Welcome.

Carol England

Ship To Shore T.S ENTERPRISE - Avonmouth  Sea Cadets.

The unit has faced a busy, challenging Spring/Summer, with a full programme of events and training. During March five cadets gained their Cook-Steward and two other cadets attended a funeral for ex-naval personnel as guards at the ceremony.

During May the whole unit-seniors, juniors and staff were invited to board HMS Ledbury. HMS Cattistock and HMS Quorn when they were moored alongside the Arnofini gallery. The cadets had a sample of life aboard with a tour of all three ships and were given a momento of their visits.

Also in May two cadets gained First Aid, with another two gaining their writer stores. On May 21 the unit were invited to attend RNR-HMS Flying Fox where they took part in a sea rescue training exercise. South Glos Royal Naval Association invited the unit to attend the dedication of their new standard on May 14.

The Falkland rememberance parade took place at Bristol Cathedral and following this two cadets sailed on T.S Royalist-Tall ships training and three cadets had places on Jutin Jerwood a sea cadet coaster training ship.

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme two outdoor training weekends have taken place, and the unit attended the District Pulling Competition in Bristol Docks with Avonmouth girls gaining 2nd in their section and 3rd overall.

Four cadets and one member of staff were guests of the High Sheriff of Bristol on a visit to Plymouth and whilst there they visited Mount Wise-an historic house.

Forthcoming events include the Portishead Jazz festival as fund-raising exercise, and at the end of July HMS Suttan-The Royal Naval Engineering School is hosting a three day visit. The programme includes visits to HMS Victory, the dock yards and action stations.

On July 3 AXA painted two classrooms and the corridor as part of their Community Challenge. A big thank you from staff and cadets for a magnificent job.

Our programme and parade nights are busy and varied. Parade nights are Monday- Seniors- 6.30-8.45pm and Thursday- Juniors and Seniors 6.30-8.45pm.

Interested? See you there!


Planning permission has now been granted for flats on the old swimming pool site, but there will be an enquiry re the proposed development at the National School/Snooker Hall in Station Road, starting at 10.00am at Bristol City Council House.

Everybody is welcome at the SCAF AGM that will take place in Shire Parish Hall on Thurs Sept 6th 2-4pm.

Day Out

It seems to us that more and more of our friends are going on cruises for their holidays. We can't fit round our heads this idea ourselves, however, when someone asked us if we would like to join their club outing, we readily agreed. We began by going to Clevedon Pier to go aboard the 'Waverley' and sailed across the Sever to Penarth. It was an interesting voyage, we went down below to see the paddles working and then back on deck to view Flatholm and Steepholm at relatively closer quarters than usual.

Everyone was very friendly. We listened to the safety precautions given to us by a sailor with a good Scots accent, which seemed appropriate as the vessel is now owned by a Scottish company. I rather think that the Waverley was originally part of the Red Funnel Fleet, which sails between Southampton and Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight. However the ship under its present owners has been refurbished and is very smart indeed.

After we trundled down the pier at Penarth, a place I had not visited since my school days during the war- which was longer ago than I care to remember. A whole crowd of people were on the pier waiting to get aboard to sail to Ilfracombe. However a coach was waiting for us, and we all clambered in, filling every seat, and we set off in the direction of Merthyr Tidfil, just off the heads of the valley trunk road. 3 miles from Merthyr we arrived at a large free car park. On the way we passed through a beautiful green countryside and saw several huge reservoirs, all on an extensive scale, we understood that the water supplies the Midlands, and went went through a coal mining area into one which was famous for its slate quarries, Pant railway station was our destination, there in its well stocked Tea-rooms we had our lunch. On its walls were pictures of engines in bye gone days and other interesting railway memorabilia. We went to see the huge workshop, where old steam engines are restored and new ones built. The on again up the stairs to the platform, where a gleaming German built engine was near at hand for our inspection (it absolutely shone with loving care, the rail enthusiasts had given it)

Attached to the engine were 4 carriages, one of them was a bit taller than the rest, perhaps that had been the guards van. Everyone piled in, inside were slatted seats which reminded me of the trams I used to go to school on, one of the other passengers said that his cousin had been a tram driver in Cardiff, perhaps on those I had used all those years ago.

The vintage engine pulled the coaches through the beautiful countryside, into the Brecon Beacons National Park, along the side of the Taf Fechen reservoir, where swimming is not allowed, but there did seem to be a few boats moored along the shore. The steam whistle blew and the clanging of the wheels on the narrow gauge rail brought back memories of days gone by.

Along the sides of the rails were stacks of sleepers and other railway equipment which would come in handy in maintaining the running of the railway. The Station Master's house is also at Dol-Y-Gaer very neat and trim. I almost thought we might have met the Fat Controller as the train chuffed along on the return to Pant.Then by coach into Brecon as very interesting place where we spent 1 ½ hours free to wander round before continuing back to Penarth.

A fish and chip supper was available from a beachside café, while we waited for the Waverey to come in on the tide. The boat arrived and its passengers, who had been to Ilfracombe disembarked and we sailed across the Severn to Clevedon and then home. We were blessed with a sunny day. I can thoroughly recommend this trip, it would appeal to all age groups, there were young children and grandparents alike and all had a good time, Perhaps next time we will sail away to Ilfracombe.

Station Road Playgroup

Station Road Playgroup would like to tell you that it has got a new name -–Station Road Pre-School---

We are offering the same quality of education, care, expertise and we are at the same address, all that has changed is our name.

Station Road Pre-School, The Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton need a new Chair Person from 3rd October 2007. This is a voluntary position reviewed at each Annual General Meeting. An interest in Foundation Stage/Early Years education would be an advantage. Other duties are, chairing committee meetings, regular contact with the Pre-School Manager, staffing and finance matters and of course Ofsted, If you are interested please contact Lucie Broad for more information. 0117 9382660

Bradley House Resident Reaches 100yrs

Edith Johnson celebrated her 100th Birthday at Bradley House Residential Home on Saturday 23rd June 2007. Edith was born in Cardiff but spent all her married life in London before moving to Shirehampton in 1978.

Elizabeth Laycock proprietor of Bradley House shows Edith Johnson her 100th Birthday Cake

After several falls she moved into residential care at Bradley House where she has been expertly cared for by Elizabeth & Monique over the past 5 ½ years. Grateful thanks is due to both of them for the splendid party they gave Edith and her relatives to celebrate this momentous occasion.


Blaise Heritage Lottery Fund Update

After six years, and the expenditure of over £5 million, the programme of Heritage Lottery funded restoration works at Blaise Castle Estate is nearing completion.  Remaining works are expected to be finished by early summer, including the restored dairy garden which now has a performance space, and is to be planted with new shrubs and trees during the spring.  Final landscaping works are also being carried out to the Tarn Lake and Lily Pond, including new shrub planting to reflect the original Victorian planting and new aquatic lilies in the Lily Pond.  If you visit Blaise Museum keep an eye out for two large but friendly dogs standing guard either side of the building entrance.  These cast stone statues and reproductions of original historic urns were recently installed as the final touch to the balustrade restoration works and have returned the Mansion House to its former historic setting.

Blaise is not only worth visiting for its beautiful landscaped, its history and its wildlife but also for its excellent RIBA award winning café.  The café with its sculptural wall of water sits adjacent to the ever popular play areas, near to the main entrance of the estate.  New entrances and resurfaced drives on the estate will also encourage you to explore the estate's amenities more fully, as well as allow you to enjoy the historic vistas of its buildings and follies re-created following careful woodland management works.  To celebrate the completion of Blaise's programme of Heritage Lottery funded works, Bristol City Council intends to hold a public event on the estate this summer.  Look out for details to be posted on our website at

Old Mrs Waters and Young Mr Pace

Old Mrs Waters was passing The Green,

When who, of all the people, was there to be seen?

'Twas young Mr Pace, on a bench with his Shire,

Reading an item about the old squire.

The lady approached him as he turned the pages.

“I 'aven't seen you, me young fellow, for ages!”

“No, Mrs Waters, I've been ill,” he replied.

Her mouth and her eyes (at this) opened wide.

“I'm ever so sorry to 'ear that,” she said.

“Perhaps you should be at 'ome now, in your bed.”

He shook his head, laughing, “I'm fine, now,” said he.

“The illness was bad, but I'm well, believe me!”

“That's good,” said the other, beaming a smile,

“But if you're not fully recovered; it's take quite a while.

“By the way, 'ave you noticed what's different this year?

“I mean to say, missing in the High Street, my dear.”

“Can't say I have,” he said looking around.

“Look upwards!” She told him. “Not down on the ground.”

“Good heavens!” He said. “There's no baskets of flowers!

“Others have got them. What's happened to ours?”

“Well might you ask,” the old lady retorted.

“It's something that needs to be strongly reported.
“Westbury and 'Enleaze and others 'ave got 'em

“And somebody told me they'd seen 'em in Cotham.

“So what's wrong with us? Why we've been left out?”

“We have been neglected; of that there's no doubt.”

Said young Mr Pace. “I shall telephone “Parks.”

“I wish you the best, but nobody harks

To us ordinary mortals,” said Mrs W.

“But you go ahead, I'm just sorry to trouble you.”

She turned, then to go; but suddenly, turned back.

“I'm sorry to go on a different tack,”

She said and she saw he was getting annoyed.

“Why can't the council men be employed

“In finishing our pavements throughout the High Street?

“It just looks so stupid, being left incomplete!”

“Again I agree that it looks very odd.

“I'm very suspicious it's down to some bod.

“In the office who's forgotten it all.

“Now then, don't worry, I'll give them a call.”

Cried young Mr Pace, getting up from his seat.

“I'm so glad my friend that we happened to meet,”

Said old Mrs Waters “and thank you my son.

“Let's hope that something will soon be got done!”

The two friends then parted; she to the shops,

And he, Edward Pace, homeward bound, feeling tops!


St. Mary's News

Hi Folks,

I hope all of you have not suffered as a result of the very wet weather throughout June and early July and hope the residents at the lower end of Station road have now dried out following the flooding of their homes - it must be an awfully traumatic experience to undergo.

Well, we didn't fare very well at St Mary's during that thunder storm on Tuesday 19th June, as water absolutely poured into the building was due in fact that the lead had been stolen from the roof sometime after Sunday 17th July. It was removed from the High Street side of the building and also the new lead on the Pembroke Road side - the work of which had just been completed that weekend. Unfortunately the scaffolding was still in place on the Pembroke Road side which gave the thieves easy access to the roof.

We are hopeful that our Insurance will cover the cost of the lost lead on the High Street side - but we may not be covered on the side where the scaffolding is located. There may be a chance the builder's insurance will cover the loss, otherwise we shall have to dig into our own resources to carry out the repairs. It is extremely disheartening to have all these fundraising events throughout the year to keep us solvent then having to spend the money to rectify the work of thieves!

The repair work and damage to our internal decorations far exceeds the value of the lead the thieves removed from the roof. Anyway, I am given to understand that the offenders have bee apprehended and that we are not the only victims.

The Public Hall, St Edyth's Church, Sea Mills and Sea Mills Methodist Church have also suffered similar problems in recent weeks. But enough of this doom and gloom, let's look to something more cheerful.

Did you see that article in the Bristol Evening Post when St Mary's came to the rescue of Dan Turner and Michelle Collins Wedding Day? They were due to be married at Chipping Sodbury but were prevented from doing so because of a legal hiccup and it looked extremely likely their wedding would not take place and it was too late to cancel the arrangements for the Wedding Breakfast. The best they could have hoped for was a 'Blessing'. However, Canon Christine came galloping over the horizon (she doesn't look a bit like the Lone Ranger either!!)  and she hurriedly arranged a Special Licence to be granted, which involved a considerable amount of work pulling strings with the church hierarchy, which saved the day and Dan and Michelle were married at St Mary's and were able to enjoy their honeymoon as a 'married couple!' Is there nothing our beloved canon can't do?

Our Patronal Festival Weekend went off very well - I can't tell you the figure  we made at the Summer Fayre at the time of writing, but will tell you next month if my stupid brain doesn't let me down! Regrettably we did not have the Salvation Army Band this year to entertain us as there were insufficient numbers to muster the Band. This is a rare occurrence and hopefully their Band members will increase in numbers by this time next year.

Never mind, we didn't lose all the musical entertainment as the Shirehampton Area choir performed their Summer Concert on the Sunday afternoon.

Do you remember that last month I referred in my notes to “her indoors” as the Vivacious Verger in order to gain some Brownie Points - well, they didn't last long as the word was misspelt. It was printed “Vivicious”. Now there ain't no such word as that as I am aware - but the good lady didn't take kindly to the “vicious” bit!!

I wish the proof readers of my articles would be a bit more careful a another slip like that and I could be a “goner!!!”

How do you like our new Bay Trees which are on display outside the West Door of the church? This was a gift to St Mary's by Gill and Tony Sawyer and the wooden stubs in which they are planted were expertly made by Ray Brocklesby to whom we are most grateful. I'm afraid it has been necessary to chain them, to the porch was as they may well disappear and they are brought inside when the church is closed.

Our congregation was further increased by one in June when Alice, the wife of our Curate, Andy Schuman, gave birth to another son, called Jonty. For all the interested Mums out there he weighed in at either just over or just under 8lbs. I'm sorry, I can't remember his exact weight but that is typical of us chaps to forget such details!

Canon Christine has again been invited to celebrate a short Service at the Bristol Flower Show on The Downs at 12 noon on Sunday 19th August, 2007. So sing up and let her know you are there if you are visiting the flower show on that day.

Our Senior Citizens Week commences the very next day on Monday, 20th August and Gill Sawyer has arranged a very interesting programme including a visit to see the show at the Bristol Hippodrome. I'll tell you all about it in my September notes.

Sunday, 26th August, 2007 is the 10th Anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales - very often referred to as the “People's Princess.” We shall be thinking of her and the Princes William and Harry on this day and of all the Charities she was so passionately involved with. A young life, so tragically cut short and which caused so much grief to many thousands as well as her immediate family.

Sadly we have to say farewell to Meg and Caty Seion who were members of our Church Choir. They leave us to return to Japan as Meg's husband - Hessa - has completed his course at Trinity Theologial College. Meg has a particularly fine soprano voice and will be a great loss to our singing. We have also has to lose the services of our only boy in the choir - George Dainton. He is moving away to Dymchurch in Kent. However, when one door closes another one will very often open and during July we welcome Sophie Broad, who is eight years old. She has three other sisters and I am optimistic they will wish to follow her when they are old enough. If you can sing in tune and enjoy four part harmony then this may be just the place for you. We need men who can sing the bass line, tenor line and alto line also ladies who can sing the alto or treble lines. It you are interested then make contact with Tim Forder our organist and choirmaster. Choir practice is held every Tuesday in the Church from 6.45 until 7.30pm and you will be required to attend each Sunday or a Service at 10am. Take it from me it is a worthwhile pass-time and I've only been a member for 58 years!

One afternoon in July just as the Church was about to be locked up, who should walk in but Bob and Helen Brandt. You may remember they lived for many years in Station Road just a few houses down from the Public Hall. Both of them, I believe has considerable involvement with the production of “Shire” in the past before they moved to Norfolk. Bob and Helen were very much impressed with the alterations and improvements to St Mary's which have taken place over recent years. Helen said the congregation in their medieval church in Norfolk very often will total only seven and was surprised to learn that our average numbers on a Sunday morning now total 160. I did point out to her that Canon Christine is a “workaholic!”

Congratulations must go to my Aunt - Edith Johnston who reached the age of 100 years on 23rd June. Edie lives now in Bradley House Residential Home and enjoys the monthly church service held there each month. All member's of St Mary's send her their best wishes. I would like to think that I might reach that age - but on the down side all of you would have to put up with my drivel for another 33 years! (for all of you mathematicians yes, that makes me 67 years of age - and when I look in the mirror it looks a darn sight more!!!)

Well, that's all for this month - keep you brollies, wellie boots and macs handy, you never know what our British weather might throw at you. I bet having said that, by September you will all have had blistering sun tans.

Bye for now!


Happy 100th Birthday

Ethel Beedel, who has lived in Shirehampton for 70 years, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on 18th August 2007. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren wish her a very happy birthday.

Attempted Abduction of Woman in Avonmouth

Police in Avonmouth are appealing for witnesses after the attempted abduction of a woman in the area. At 12 noon on Thursday, June 21, 2007, the 25 year old victim was walking on Portview Road towards the Portway when a vehicle pulled up alongside her.

The driver got into the passenger seat of the white van and then jumped out, before grabbing hold of the victim's arm and attempting to pull her into the vehicle. The victim managed to hit the male with bags of shopping she was carrying and fled towards Portway Road and the nearby Church of England Primary School. The victim is of a slight build and only 4ft 11” in height, as well as suffering from poor eyesight as she was not wearing her spectacles at the time.

Police believe the offender was a white man, 5ft 9” tall, in his mid to late 30s with a suntanned complexion and shoulder-length dark brown hair. He had dark stubble and was wearing a dark or black coloured polo shirt. The man was driving a small white van that was seen heading off in the direction of the Portway at speed.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, may recognise the vehicle or know the offender involved. Anyone who can help should contact us through our secure Crimestoppers contact form at

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and you could receive a reward.

From our Beat Manager

Shirehampton/Avonmouth residents and visitors, please pay attention to the roof tops of all public buildings on your travels. Lead/copper thefts are on the increase daily; there are offenders who are bailed for several jobs in the village. Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity you see going on in the two villages. There has been some good feed back from certain neighbourhood watches reporting males pushing wheelie bins around the High Street and surrounding streets at 2,3,4 o clock most mornings, full of lead/copper.

The next house could be yours. Let's fight crime together.

PC Gareth Davies.

Shirehampton Community Safety Action Group

The Action Group is part Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF). It is chaired by PC Gareth Davies, the Beat Manager. The three hotspots raised at the last meeting are:

  1. Anti-social behaviour-alcohol related crime/disorder.
  2. Litter-this goes hand-in-hand with anti-social behaviour!
  3. Road safety/parking/speed-raising awareness to speed/disabled parking/obstructions/double yellow lines infringement.

Car explosion shakes Shirehampton

Shortly after 1am on July 13th, residents in Nibley Road were woken by a loud bang. A Renault car had been set alight by vandals outside the local shop. The petrol vapour had exploded and the fire had jumped across to the second car, a Mitsubishi Shogun. The explosion had also blown out the shop's name-board. The heat of the fire melted the tarmac underneath the burning car.

Residents phoned the fire brigade who dealt with the blaze, and the police were also called.

The morning after the event, as residents inspected the damage, some were voicing their concern that these things were happening on the estate; SHIRE reported recently another car vandalism incident in the area when cars had paint poured over them. Some feel frustrated that the perpetrators seem to be able to get away with such activities, as stretched as the local police are; people want to see more obvious police presence and a quicker police response.

Particularly worrying aboutthis latest incident is the potential it had for causing personal injury. It was fortunate that no one was walking past at the time.

Shirehampton Junior School 47/48

Those imps from last months edition under the watchful eye of a well respected and caring teacher, Miss Morgan have now shot up and were ready to leave for Portway mast. Of us boys that took part in the move to Penpole, most still in short trousers; gave the girls knees to giggle at, you thought you had become a man when you had your first pair of long ones.

Mike Antill.

Portway School Reunion Year of '68' & friends Calling all 50 year olds

(Did you go to school with delightful people?)

Duggie Moore, John Eyles, Tim Williams, Ollie Kington, Jerry & Willie Donovan, Marie Nowalski, Wendy Kays, Christine Tyler, Gary Wilkinson, Rita O'Neill, Ann Lewis, Jacky Hopwood, Luke Wilshire, Derek Warren and who could forget Andrew Tuvvie!!!

Friday 7th September 2007 8pm-Late Avonmouth Rugby Club Barracks Lane, Shirehampton

For further information contact Duggie Moore- Tel: 0117 9828309 or Rita Rich-Tel: 07951558458 email:

Shire Craft Exhibition

It's our 21st this year This is your invitation to help us celebrate.

That's right the Craft Exhibition comes of age this year and we would like you to help us celebrate this by making it the biggest and best exhibition ever.

The exhibition opens it's doors on Tuesday 23rd October and runs for the rest of the week. This is your invite to get creative and share your talent. Whether you have exhibited before, or not, why not give it a go, we know there is lots of talent out there, why not celebrate that talent with us.

This is not a competition, nobody is judged and we and all our visitors just enjoy looking and marvelling at what is produced locally.

There is no age limit, young and old are invited to exhibit. You need to live in Shirehampton, Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston or Sea Mills or have a connection by attending classes or groups within the area.

If you would like to sell some of your crafts then we are happy to help you do this. Visitors always like to have something they can keep to remind them of the show.

Look out for the application form in next month's “Shire” or, for more details ring Ed or Gail on 0117 9821879. Don't forget to tell all your friends and relatives about he show they may want to be part of it, if they certainly will want to come along and celebrate this milestone in the Exhibition's long and successful run.

Talking of milestone's, Gail and I have been helping to run the Craft Exhibition for the last 12 years and we feel this would be the right time to have a change and hand on the Exhibition. There is always a need to look at things afresh and hopefully make them better.

So if you would like to be part of this annual show and help support the other volunteers by taking on the co-ordination and administration of the exhibition we would like to hear from you. The group only meets about four times in the year and with the main activity taking place between September and October.

We will be meeting again in September and would welcome you to come along to that meeting to see how it all works and explain the roles in more detail.

If you would like to help and be involved, give Ed or Gail a ring on 0117 9821879 - evenings are best. Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you.

After the Severn Flood, Summer 2001

Behold the detritus of Winter's spate,

Hung on the branch, conspicuous in the trees:

Warmed by the sun, enamelled by its rays,

Concealed, caressed, by blossoms and the breeze.

Here is a goose, fresh-plucked, as if for sale,

Alas that swan, suspended by its neck:

A heron, undisturbed by traffic's trail,

Intent on fish, surveys the ferry's wreck.

A turquoise strip-a kingfisher?-a streak

Of silver on the evening strand?

A crab with claws, a coot with whitened beak

Swaying inert, unable to stand.

Washing aloft, a tattered shawl, a bra;

A feathered fan, a glove with fingers splayed,

A stocking lures a waving mannequin

To no avail; that game will not be played.

Now as Sabrina's flood recedes, these rags

Are seen for what they are- just plastic bags.


Thank You

We would like to thank Andrew Stewart, who kindly took the photographs of the Local Art Exhibition, which we printed in last month's 'Shire'

Joan does it again!

Thanks to her hard work and determination, Joan Cormack, Warden of Stow House in Shirehampton put on a grand event in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Bristol Branch ion 30th June.

Joan has been putting on annual events in aid of charity for an number of years and decided that this year she would like to do it for MS. She worked tirelessly organising and gathering in donations of goods to sell. Many of the residents at Stow House also took part, making cakes, knitting, running a Tombola, serving teas and cakes, and to the very nice gentlemen running the BBQ. Many thanks to Alan for his help in erecting gazebos, moving loaded tables and generally doing all we could to make the day run smoothly. Thanks too to all those who bought tables, we hope you did well.

The grand total raised was £708.00-a magnificent sum. Thank you Joan, so very much and to all the residents of Stow House who so kindly gave up their time to help on the day and for their donations.

You can be assured that the money will go to help local sufferers of MS. The branch has an information Centre at Bristol General Hospital open Mondays only from 11am to 3pm, telephone 0117 9286380.

With Thanks,

Barrie & Marina Griffiths
MS Society Bristol Branch Charity No. 207495

A Big Thank You to Shire Traders

We wish to thank most sincerely the Shire Traders who so kindly donated to the Raffle on Saturday 30th June at the Table Top Sale, Raffle & BBQ at Stow House, Shirehampton-the total raised from the event was £708.00- a magnificent sum.

The money will go to help local MS sufferers with things such as respite care, mobility items, home adaptations and research of this debilitating illness.

Thank You

Barrie & Marina Griffiths
MS Society Bristol Branch  Charity No. 207495


It is very sad to hear that along with other Charity Collecting tins, the Multiple Sclerosis Society tin was stolen from bargain Booze in a recent robbery. The Bristol Branch has been very well supported by Bargain Booze and it's customers and it s hoped they will not be put off donating in the future. Thank you Bargain Booze for their continued support.

Barrie Griffiths
MS Society Bristol

No Meeting in August

St Andrew's Ladies Club and the Methodist Bright Hour Group do not have a meeting in August.

Lawrence Weston Information and resource Centre

A new Information and Resource Centre will be opening on Ridingleaze in July 2007. The centre has been funded through the Integrated Enterprise and Employment Initiative which is part of neighbourhood Renewal.

The aim of the project is to provide a range of FREE advice and information sessions for the residents of Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Avonmouth. The centre will be open between 10.00 and 4.00 Monday - Friday.

What can I do at the Information and Resource Centre?

You will be able to report graffiti, and anti-social behaviour hot spots, fly tipping and catch up on the latest Neighbourhood Renewal Information. The Centre staff will be able to signpost you to the best agency to help and support you and provide leaflets and information on almost any issue. The centre also has a full range of Age Concern Fact sheets available FREE of charge.

You can also:

  • Come in and look at the jobs and training boards.  There's no pressure, we are just there to help you find out what opportunities there are. We will be running job clubs to help you with CV's and application forms.
  • Come in and use the computers. The centre will have a number of PC's which are linked up to the internet. They are FREE to use for homework, college work, internet banking, or just surfing the net.
  • Brush up on English and Maths skills.  The centre will have a tutor one afternoon a week, who can help you brush up on your English and maths, in a friendly relaxed environment.
  • Access advice sessions.  The project will have a number of advice sessions. Credit union, Financial Support, Police Beat Surgeries and many more. A full timetable will be available shortly.

Anyone wanting more information on the project should contact Donna at the Southmead Contact and Resource Centre on 0117 950 5200 or look at the website:


Did you attend Lawrence Weston Secondary Modern between September 1972 and July 1977? If so there will be a reunion on Saturday 29th September at Avonmouth Rugby Club in Barracks Lane, Shirehampton from 7.30pm. Then ring Ann Walker for more details on 07925580880.


Lawrence Weston Community Farm in Saltmarch Drive is always worth a visit. One of Shire Committee went there plus small grand-daughter and a good time was had by both of them.

Obituary - Christina May Mogg 3.9.1937-9.6.2007

Andrew, Pauline, Roger and Diane would like to thank Canon Christine Froude, Stuart, Jill and Duncan from St. Mary's church for the beautiful service they conducted following the sudden death of our dear Mum, it was wonderful. Thanks also to Stenner & Hill for the professional service shown throughout the funeral preparations and service. Our appreciation goes to Dr's Ward, Addison and Archer for the care they gave to Mum. Thanks for the many cards, flowers and money we have received. The money will go to The British Heart Foundation. Thanks also to Paul and staff at Avonmouth R.F.C for their hospitality. Very special thanks go to Mum's friends and neighbours in Watling Way, you were all truly special to her, we have treasured memories of our childhoods in the street, sadly it's the end of an era. God bless you all.

Thank you for your generous donation

to Shire funds.

Double Winner in Garden Competition

For the second year running in the 'Cotswold in Bloom' Garden Competition, the winner of the front garden section also took the rear garden first place. For double-winner Heather Escourt it was a deserved success folllowing her second prize last year.

The remaining section, Best Container Display, waswon by Mrs P. Garland.

At the Award Evening in the CCA hall at the beginning of July, competitiors and supporters watched pictures of all the gardens entered, ending with the announcement of the winners and the presentation of the prizes.

In his comments afterwards, Arthur Brice, who with Pete Clarke of the City Council's Blaise Nurseries judged the competition, said it had been a difficult year for all gardeners because of the weather but comended everyone for not being deterred and urged the CCA to continue the competition.

The Chairman of the Cotswold Community Association, which has organised the event, said the committee would consider running the competition a fortnight earlier next year, as climate change has led to gardens coming to their peak earlier than they used to.

Full results:

  • Front Garden:
    • Winner-Heather Escourt
    • Second- Pam Woodland
  • Rear Garden:
    • Winner- Heather Escourt
    • Second- Pam Handford
  • Container Display:
    • Winner- P. Garland
    • Second- S. Peacock

Anger at New Homes Plan in Shire

More than 200 people have now signed a petition against plans to develop land near a popular allotment site. An area of derelict and overgrown land near the plot off Myrtle Drive in Shirehampton is being earmarked for more than 50 new houses. But those who have signed the petition said the growing demand for allotments proves there is need for more plots.

The city council said there was a shortage of social housing in Bristol. In a statement, a spokesperson said: “We need to do everything we can to deliver housing targets set by government and we are currently proceeding with the sale of this site for much needed new homes. This is a site that has not been used as allotments for many years and has become surplus to requirements.

However, no development will proceed without approval from the planning committee and all issues and concerns raised by residents will be taken into account by councillors before any decision is reached.”

A planning application is expected in Autumn

Small world

“You can take the boy out of Shire but you can't take Shire out of the boy!”

Strolling along the harbour's edge in Victoria Vancover Island (yes, I mean Canada!) who should David and I bump into but Ray Anstey and his wife of Kingsweston Avenue and a whole coach of other holidaymaker's enjoying themselves. After a fond greeting and a catch up of the latest Shirehampton news it was off in our separate directions. The world is really a very small place!

Canon Christine Froude

Visitors from Norfolk

On Monday July 2nd, we had a very cheery visit from Helen and Bob Brandt, who had attended the University of Bristol Reunion to celebrate their graduation in Law 50th Anniversary. As you may know their marriage was the result of a University romance. Both of them looked well, Bob has put on a little weight, so I think retirement in Norfolk suits him. His second career as a full time artist is flourishing, and he has had an exhibition in London of some of his paintings. Helen is busy being the co-ordinating Editor of the local multi parish bi-monthly, a magazine called 'The Link' They managed a quick tour of Shirehampton in the afternoon and noted several changes in the village which have taken place since they lived in Station Road.

Anne Parsons kindly sends Helen & Bob a copy of 'Shire' every month- so that keeps them in touch with the village.

Exam Invigilators

Do you think you have what it takes to be an Exam Invigilator?

If so, we would like to hear from you!

Portway Community School is seeking to employ on a casual basis, a group of enthusiastic, reliable people to join our 'bank' of invigilators. Exam invigilation takes place at periodic times throughout the year, with the main exam session being May-June, on days and times to suit the requirements of the school. Full training will be given to ensure exams are carried out according to the exams code of conduct.

If you feel you would enjoy being part of the school community, are reliable and want to be part of Portway's team-please ring Julie Philliskirk on 0117 3532600 for further details and an application form.

These positions require full CRB clearance.

A Local Walk

I gather there is a short walk, which should be interesting along the path on the riverbank between the Lamplighters and the Park and Ride.

If anyone has local walks they could recommend, we would be pleased to hear from them, so we could pass on the information to our readers.  Ed.