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Carols on the Green

What's on in Shire

Avonmouth St. Andrew's AFC Season 1945-46

Shirehampton Craft Fair

Public Hall Newsletter

City & Port of Bristol Bowls Club

Celebrate the Bristol Metro on Saturday 13th December

Smelters Little Belters

Letters to the Editor

Report from ABA Senior Novice Championships

St Mary’s News

Name Puzzles from the past Avenhouse and Fulligrove

Season's Greetings to All Our Readers

This seasonal, icy blast from the past was taken some years ago by Colin Momber.  Probably the nearest we'll get to a white christmas!

Carols on the Green

The carols will be held as usual on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm (if wet in St Mary’s church). This year they will be led by Rev Philip Auden DL, Chaplain to Seafarers.

Philip lives in Shirehampton and has been Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers in Bristol since 1999. He is Padre to Bristol and District Merchant Navy Association and also Pill and North Somerset MNA.

He worked for sometime in Sri Lanka, based at the Seafarers Centre in Colombo, arriving just after the tsunami struck in 2004.

Philip was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol in 2006

Bring your torches and the carol sheet from inside ‘Shire’ to give our usual rousing rendering of well known carols accompanied by Philip Sims and the West Bristol Concert Band. See you there!

Christmas Coffee Morning

Please come along on Saturday 13th December

10-30 to 12.30 to the Guide Hut on St Mary’s Road

Refreshments, cakes and Santa’s Grotto!

All funds raised will go towards the Guides, Brownies and Rainbow Hut

Thanks for your support

(contact Amanda -01275 390781)

Anyone for cricket?

Lauren Rowles (16) has recently made history by becoming the first ever female to be accepted into the Cricket Academy at Filton College. We are looking to raise her profile as it is her desire to one day play for England.

She started her playing career this season just gone, playing for Shirehampton Cricket club. After five club matches she got her call up for the Gloucestershire under 17’s county squad and has been a regular ever since. At The Shirehampton Cricket club annual presentation she won the best Batsmen award for the ladies team.

Since then she has passed her first stage coaching course and is continually being coached by professional coaches at Filton College.  Steve Rowles

What's on in Shire

Monday December 1st

TotStop for under 5s at St Mary’s weekly 1.15 – 2.45pm

Keep Fit weekly at Avonmouth Community Centre 7.30 – 8.30pm

Basic Literary Skills Course at Lawrence Weston weekly Tel: 0117 913 8824 for details

Kyoto Shotokhan Karate Club trains at St Bernard’s School weekly 6.30 – 8.30pm

Drop-in Advice Centre AUS Community Association at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Avonmouth – weekly 9.30 – 11.30am sponsored by St Andrew’s Church

Tuesday December 2nd

St Andrew’s Ladies Club 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Christmas Party - Bring and Share Supper

Penpole Lunch Club 11am – 1.45pm – 2 course meal £2.75 Transport door to door (weekly)

St Mary’s Craft Group weekly 2-3.30pm in church

Totstop for Under 5’s at Shirehampton Baptist Church – weekly 9 – 11am.

St Mary’s Art Group every Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday December 3rd

Every Wednesday - Shirehampton Model Railway Club 7.30pm Public Hall weekly

Shire Advice Sessions every Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 – 11am at 115 High Street

Shirehampton Craft Group weekly at Guide HQ, St Mary’s Road, 1.30 pm – 3.00pm Tel 9823192 for information.

ACTA Community Youth Theatre for 11 – 16’s weekly at the Public Hall 5pm – 6.30pm

Keep Fit weekly at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10.30 am – 11.30 am for those with some movement experience.

Severnside Alarm testing 3pm

Thursday December 4th

Shirehampton Townswomen’s Guild 2 – 4pm Methodist Church Hall

Kick boxing weekly at the Public Hall 5.15- 7.15pm

Stroke Support every Thursday at the PBA Club, Nibley Road 1.30 – 4pm

Slimming World weekly 5.30pm and 7pm at Jim O’Neill house

Grainger Players Drama Club weekly at the Public Hall 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Kyoto Shotokhan Karate Club trains at Avonmouth RFC weekly 6.30 – 8.30pm

Shire Advice Service Wedneday and Thursday 9.30 - 11am at 115 High Street.

Friday December 5th

Friday Fun for parents, carers, and pre-school children 9.30-11am at Beachley Walk Centre weekly

Evergreens weekly at the Public Hall 2 – 3pm

Bingo at the Public Hall 6.30 – 8.30 pm weekly

Pillow Lace Group every Friday 7 – 9pm at the Public Hall

Shirehampton Amateur Radio Club weekly at T.S.Enterprise 7.30 – 10pm

Keep Fit weekly at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Saturday December 6th

Bring & Buy Sale at Shirehampton Methodist Church 10am - Noon

Sunday December 7th

Shirehampton Area Choir Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church 2.30pm - tickets £6 for admission and ‘festive nibbles’ (available from the church office) - proceeds to McMillan Nurses

Tuesday December 9th

Port of Bristol Retired Employees Association at the Club House - Christmas Celebrations.

Wednesday December 10th

Bright Hour (Woman’s Fellowship) Baptist Church 2.30pm – fortnightly

Thursday December 11th

Advice Session at St Mary’s – second and fourth Thursdays 2 – 4pm

Friday December 12th

St Andrew’s Ladies Club Christmas Outing

Sunday December 14th

United Carol Service at Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4.45pm.

Monday December 15th

Local History Group Christmas Lunch (no meeting in Library)

Wednesday December 17th

Shirehampton Stitchers at the Public Hall 7.30pm

Thursday December 18th

Carers Group meets at Avonmouth Medical Centre 10am – 12 noon

Carers Group meets at Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston 2pm

Diabetes UK Penpole Tenants’ Association Hall 7.30pm

Friday December 19th

Sequence Dance Cotswold Community Centre 7.30pm – 10pm

End of Term for all local schools

Saturday December 20th

Stamp and Postcard Fair at the Public Hall 10am - 4pm. Enquiries ring Kevin 0117 9021134.

Monday December 22nd

CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA in the Public Hall 3.30 - 6.30pm.

Wednesday December 24th

CHRISTMAS EVE - CAROLS ON THE GREEN at 7.30pm If fine on Shirehampton Green, otherwise in St Mary’s by kind permission of Caron Christine Froude. Singing accompanied by the West Bristol Concert Band under its conductor Mr Philip Sims.


Playgroup at the Public Hall every week 9.15-11.45am Mon-Fri; 12.30-2.45pm Mon-Wed only.

Kids Klub at St Mary’s 8.30am most Sunday mornings. Breakfast and a short service. For information Tel: 9077026

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

City of Bristol Basic Skills Classes – FREE. Improve your English; Computers and Communication; Art and Communication; help with your maths. Contact Gill Lloyd on 31125530

Bumps and Rhyme for babies and toddlers every Monday 11.20 – 11.40am followed by Story Time 12 Noon – 12.15pm – at the Library

Twyford Art Club meets three times a week at the Public Hall. For details contact John Case at the Hall.

Avonmouth St. Andrew's AFC Season 1945-46

Reserve List

As you will all know SHIRE is a community newspapers, non political and inter-denominational run by volunteers. It would be a great help if we had a reserve list of helpers we could call on when we need it.

Details from either Jean on 01275 846350 or Marion 0117 682291.

We would be pleased to hear from you.

Shirehampton Craft Fair

The Craft Fair gives many people in our area the chance to show off their many talents in card-making, egg decorating, sewing, wood-working, knitting and quilting, potting, jewellery, and a wide variety of other crafts. There were exhibits from some of our youngsters in the 120th and 178th Rainbows, 178th Guides and 191st Cubs, who had made a variety of items.

This year there were demonstrations from Pat Davidson – card making, Jackie Selman – egg decorating, Doreen Hunt – lace making and Alice Robson who made embroidered motifs on her fabulous sewing machine (a great piece of technology), which visitors found fascinating.

Our thanks are due to our great band of helpers who assist with labelling exhibits, setting up the units and shelving, the stewards and refreshment ladies and to Dick Helme who walked around Shire advertising the show. Many thanks also to Jenny Winfield who helped display the exhibits despite having a new baby! And finally thanks to all our visitors who braved the cold weather to attend.

All pictures by Phillipa Crabbe

PD and MH

Public Hall Newsletter

Great talent was on show at the recent Craft Exhibition. As well as finished pieces, work in progress was demonstrated by Jackie Selman who showed how to design and decorate delicate and beautifully crafted eggs. Doreen Hunt was working at her lacemaker’s pillow with a part-finished lace runner, and Alice Robson produced impressive designs on a state-of-the-art sewing machine. Pat Davidson showed how to make a range of delightful cards (almost too nice to give away), and Gail Amphlett had beginner’s packs of patchwork piecing for those wanting to have a go at making a quilt.

More talent of a different sort came on stage for the Grainger Players’ show on 8th/9th November, providing fun and entertainment for all ages. Thank you to everyone who put the hard work into making these events a success.

Nothing stands still at the Public Hall, so when the activities slow down at the end of term look out for:

“Christmas with Santa” on Monday 22 December from 3.30 to 6.30pm. Admission is free

Santa will be in his grotto (£1.50 for a present from Santa). Children’s activities and refreshments will also be available.

The Public Hall staff and trustees wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.  JT

Shirehampton Library

Eileen, Janette, Amanda and Fran would like to thank you all for your continued support over the last year and we look forward to seeing and helping you all throughout the coming year.

Opening hours over the holiday period are:

Mon 22nd Dec 10am – 1pm, 2 – 5pm

Wed 24th Dec 10am – 1pm, Closed pm

Fri 26th Dec Closed

Sat 27th Dec 10 am– 1pm, 2 – 4pm

Mon 29th Dec 10am – 1pm, 2 – 5 pm

Wed 31st Dec 10am – 1pm, 2 – 5pm

Fri 2nd Jan 10am - 1pm, 2 – 5pm

Sat 3rd Jan 10am – 1 pm, 2 – 4pm

Christmas with Santa

The Public Hall,


Craft Stalls, Children’s Activities,

Refreshments and

Santa’s Grotto

Monday 22nd December

3.30 – 6.30pm

Free Entry

Presents from Santa £1.50

This Winter

Five top tips for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions:-

Heat your home well - by setting your heating to between 18-21 deg C or 64-70 F you can keep your home warm and lower your bills. If you feel cold at night use a hot water bottle or electric blanket but not both together

Get financial support – there are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. Eat well – food is a vital source of energy, which helps keep your body warm. Try to have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day

Get a flu jab – you can get a free flu jab from your GP if you have a long-term health condition

Look after yourself and others – on cold days try to avoid going outside; however, if you need to, wrap up warm. If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during winter to make sure they are safe and well. A full guide with helpful phone numbers can be obtained from the Shire Advice Service (115 High Street).

Carol Singing

The City & Port of Bristol Social and Sports Club will be having an evening of Carols led by Canon Christine at the club in Nibley Road on 16th December 2008 at 8pm. Everyone welcome, please come along and fill the ballroom with Christmas music. Tea and coffee will be served after the carols

Charity Search

would like to thank all our customers for their continued support. Thanks also to June, Betty, Gill, Meg, Bet, Gwyneth and Mary, our dedicated volunteers for all their work during the year, and to Reene for her help and Brian our puzzle man. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From Lorraine (Manager) and Trustees Tim and Kate.

Thank your for your donation - Ed

City & Port of Bristol Bowls Club

Competition Results 2008

  • Club League Cup; Runners Up, Nomads; Winners, Marvels
  • Club League; Runners Up Exiles; Winners, Marvels
  • Jack Ashton Triples; Runners up, B Cook, K Shean, G Hinksman; Winners, K Davies, R Smith, J Geater
  • Open Two Wood Pairs; Runners up, P Smith, J Conroy; Winners, P Gould, K Davies
  • Bill Deakin Novices Cup; Runner Up, S Grimes; Winner, G Hinksman
  • Sid Holmes Handicap Cup; Runner Up, M Bailey; Winner, K Shean
  • Mixed Pair; Runners Up, E Davies, K Davies; Winners El Williams, G Blake
  • Gents Pairs; Runners Up, K Davies, D Povey; Winners, A McCann, K Shean
  • Ladies Pairs; Runners Up, G Hinksman, S Grimes; Winners, E Davies, El. Williams
  • Gents Two Woods; Runner Up, M Bailey; Winner, A McCann
  • Ladies Two Woods; Runner Up, S Parker; Winner, Eve Williams
  • Gents Singles; Runner Up, K Shean; Winner, D Jones
  • Ladies Singles; Runner Up, D Evans; Winner, G Hinksman
  • Club Person of the Year - D Povey

COME ALONG IN APRIL 2009 – Friendly mid-week and weekend matches. Coaching available before you join.  Bowls is a very social sport with gentle exercise and fresh air, a good friendly atmosphere.

For more information please ring 9820446 or 9685447 or 9825977

(Thank you for your donation – Ed)

Celebrate the Bristol Metro on Saturday 13th December


Come and join us for a fun-filled day on and around the Severn Beach Line to celebrate the success that Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways has had this year, including the introduction of more frequent and reliable services on the Severn Beach Line and find out what you can do to help re-shape rail services in Bristol and its surrounding areas.

Take the service which leaves Bristol Temple Meads at 11:16 to Severn Beach


Join us at Shirley’s Cafe in Severn Beach for warming refreshments or enjoy sauntering beside the River Severn. (Our agents will be distributing the new timetable at stations and on trains).

Take the 12:55 service from Severn Beach to Stapleton Road Station


Come and meet us at Eastside Roots, an organic community garden at Stapleton Road station, where we will be taking part in a winter decoration making workshop and a gardener’s question time session. A simple cafe and volunteer work day will be in full swing ensuring a fun-filled time for all.

Take the15:40 service from Stapleton Road to Bristol Temple Meads


Celebrate FOSBR’s continuing work to improve rail services in our local area at The Great Western Staff Association, on the Station Approach at Bristol Temple Meads. Local Councillors have been invited to come along and pledge their support for the reintroduction of passenger services on the Portishead and Henbury lines.  There will screenings of FOSBR’s first campaign film plus a display of pictures, photographs and drawings from our archive plus refreshments.

Address: FOSBR, c/o 17 Belmont Road,

Bristol BS6 5AW

Phone: 0117 942 8637 / 973 3059



Don't Forget the Small Print!

Solicitor Grant McCall, Commercial Law Specialist with AMD Solicitors, offers advice to new and existing businesses.

For most new businesses it is essential to commence trading at the earliest opportunity. However in the euphoria generated, by seeing a business idea turn itself into a stream of customers or clients wanting to purchase products or services, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of putting commercial safeguards in place before you start trading. Some business relationships inevitably fray over time and the prospect of litigation could prove an expensive reality check, especially in the current economic climate.

The simplest way for any business (whether a limited company, partnership or sole trader) to protect its trading position is to rely upon its own bespoke Terms and Conditions of business.

As a non-exhaustive guide, these usually include spelling out the mechanics of payment including interest for non-payment, timing and place of delivery and the liability of both parties throughout the transaction.

It is also important for a business supplying goods or services to retain the right to alter their terms and conditions, pricing policy or “cooling-off” policy at their own will. By relying on a professionally drafted set of terms and conditions they can do so.

The Unfair Contract Terms Act places a requirement of ‘reasonableness’ for certain contract terms and conditions. The intention was to protect the customer from unfair terms and conditions in business to consumer contracts. The legal drafting in this situation must be seen to be reasonable in order for certain terms and conditions to remain enforceable.

However the courts promote freedom of bargaining in transactions between businesses in which the parties are on a more equal footing.  What is reasonable in this situation may depend upon the type of business and the relative bargaining strengths of the parties.

Terms and Conditions of business are not only essential for new businesses but also for existing companies or traders who may currently rely on order forms and invoices, perhaps “lifted” from their competitors, to determine their terms of commerce.

As I find with most of my business clients, the process of drafting terms and conditions is a two-way process so that each set of terms and conditions are unique to each particular business.

Once in place, the terms can be used repeatedly as the contract for every commercial transaction.

So, to return to the opening sentence of this article, don’t neglect the small print!

It should be essential for every business to be trading on the basis of terms and conditions that suit the ambition and practicalities of that business.

Grant and the other members of the Commercial Team offer further advice and information upon legal issues for businesses (including a free first half hour consultation).  E-mail or telephone 0117 3731319.  AMD have offices at Henleaze, Shirehampton and Clifton.

Copyright AMD Solicitors

Smelters Little Belters

All Pictures Courtesy of Pete Tiley / Titan Images & Gary Bray / UNiCOM Systems

The National Smelting Co Amateur Boxing Club (NSC ABC) known as the ‘Smelters’ held their first show of the new boxing season on Thursday the 16th of Oct at a packed out Pill Memorial Club. Informed Smelters head coach Garry Cave. “It’s the first time we’ve held a show at the Pill Club and I was keeping my fingers crossed everything would go OK. Pill’s Richard Allen was a massive help in putting this on, he found sponsors for the show and every bout and sold over one hundred tickets for us. It was a pleasure to put this show on with him and the club and I hope we can put on a couple more for them this season. We had 10 bouts on the night from a programmed 13, losing three due to differing weights, it happens with juniors they’re only allowed to give 2kg difference and if you have one a bit heavy and the other a bit light it soon becomes 3kg. We still got a good bill of 10 bouts that filled the evening with some classy boxing and a couple of right tear ups also!”

Opening the show was a couple of local lads boxing in their debut bouts which saw James Shackell NSC matched against Sam Brake of Kingswood ABC in a non decision skills bout. Informed Cave “Skills bouts are a great way of introducing young boxers to competing in front of a crowd but without the pressure of having to win, it really brings them on. Both lads boxed well and showed good sportsmanship” James Shackell NSC V Sam Brake KINGSWOOD

Also making his debut was 12 year old Korey “The Cobra” Robertson pitied against three bout Jac Ball from CHURCH PLACE in Wales. Said cave “In the first round the young Welsh lad come flying out his corner, but The Cobra just kept his cool before striking back hard in the 2nd and 3rd rounds with composed boxing and by the end of the 3rd Robertson was out boxing a very tired Jac Ball.” Robertson won unanimous and the first win of the night for the host club.

Korey “The Cobra” Robertson with a venomous attack!

Third on the bill was the unidentical twin brother of James, Dan Shackell boxing against Ryan Gozzolino of Kingswood ABC again in a skills bout. Said Cave “It was good to get both brothers out in their debuts on the same night, they’re both a couple of good young prospects with potential”. Bout number five was the next bout to feature an NSC boxer with 12 year old Jake ‘Monster’ Musgrove in an all action ding dong with local Nailsea boxer Jake Smith boxing for MYCON ABC. Said Cave “They boxed at the end of last season with the Monster just edging a win, so we knew Jake had a real job on his hands”. Smith had the first round pilling in the combination punches, whilst the well supported Musgrove was forced to cover up and hope Smith would blow himself out. The 2nd and 3rd saw the Monster coming on stronger and stronger landing some really eye catching over the top right handers. It was nervous in the hall waiting on the judge’s verdict, but Musgrove had again just done enough to clinch the victory by a majority verdict. Making it two wins out of two for the Smelters.

Bout six and Patchway Schoolboy Tyler ‘Tiger’ Davies (Western Counties Champ) was next up boxing the experienced and classy counter puncher Chris Adaway all the way from Plymouth boxing out of the Mayflower club. Said Cave “ A massive thanks to Mayflower, we lost Tyler’s original opponent only a couple of days before the show and we were really struggling to find him somebody else. I thought the Tiger was in a bit of a boxing lesson as Chris is a very quick footed counterpuncher with a few more bouts under his belt than Ty. But the Tiger just roared to victory with some clever boxing of his own, winning a maj pts” and a hat trick for the Smelters stable. Southmead’s 14 year old Josh ‘Cannonball’ Connolly (Western Counties Champ 2007 was next to box versus the very strong pressure fighter in Lewis Bremner of Wells ABC.  Said Cave “Josh had a bit of bad luck last season he lost in the Western Counties final, we quietly hoped he’d at least make the ABA finals after making it to the semis the year before, injury sidelined him for a lot of the season also, we were all hoping he’d get in a good performance after all the hard work he’s put in pre season training and he didn’t disappoint” From the opening bell Connolly and Bremner wasted no time setting about each other like a couple of little Mexican pros. But after each heated exchange of body and head punching combinations it was Connolly that was coming of best. Wining a hard fought unanimous pts decision. Said Cave “Josh worked really hard in the gym for that bout and his efforts have paid off” Bremner and Connolly go at it hammer and tongs.

Lewis Bremner, Wells ABC v NSC’s Josh Connolly

Stable mate and sparring partner Tom ‘Tucker’ Connors was tasked with keeping the Smelters winning streak, boxing old foe Tyler Fox also from the Wells club. Cave said” Tucker really is a class boxer winning the Western Counties title last year and wining seven from 8 bouts last season, he doesn’t lose many. The bout was all action affair with both lads giving everything they had. Fox was a bit banged up after with a very bad nose bleed also. After three very hard and closely fought rounds the judges went for Tyler Fox on a majority. Said Cave “I thought we might get the nod but it’s one a piece now and sets it up nicely for a trilogy and a decider. You can’t win em all, Tom will be back fitter and stronger next time and try even harder to convince the judges”. But full respect to Tyler he came to win and pulled it off”

Tucker hunting down the Fox!

Hoping to get the Smelters back to winning ways was 16 year old first timer Adam Scott again boxing a Wells boxer in Alfie Warren. He was more than up to the task and put on a master class halting Warren in the 2nd with a barrage of unanswered punches.

Topping the bill was senior light heavy Southmeads Joe Ross boxing late in the day replacement Richard Cane of Kingsteignton & N A ABC. Said Cave “ A massive thanks to Kingsteignton for travelling all that way at short notice and a midweek night without that kind of support we’d struggle to put shows on” After three gruelling rounds Cane was rightly awarded a unanimous decision.

The Smelters host a bigger show at The Patchway Sports Centre, Hempton Lane on Thursday the 20th of November, where they plan to have a 15 bout bill featuring more of the clubs senior boxers.


  • James Shackell NSC V Sam Brake KINGSWOOD Skills
  • K. Robertson NSC WON PTS V Jac Ball CHURCH PLACE
  • Daniel Shackell NSC V Ryan Gozzolino KINGSWOOD Skills
  • Charlie Cooper SYDENHAM Lost V Rhys Jones CHURCH PLACE
  • Jake Musgrove NSC WON PTS V Jake Smith MYCON
  • Tyler Davies NSC WON PTS V Chris Adaway MAYFLOWER
  • Josh Connolly NSC WON PTS V Lewis Bremner WELLS
  • Tom Connors NSC LOST PTS V Tyler Fox WELLS
  • Adam Scott NSC WON RSC 2 V Alfie _ WELLS
  • Joe Ross NSC LOST PTS V Richard Cane Kingsteignton & N A

Amateur Boxing Tournament Promoted by The National Smelting Company Amateur Boxing Club (Under ABAe Rules)

Sponsored by Bristol Port Company

Thursday 16th Oct 2008 Pill Memorial Club

Official In Charge: Ian Lindsey; Referees: Ken Brain, Ian Lindsey

Judges: Steve Forrester, Allan Holder, Joanne Turner; Timekeeper: W. Pike; Recorder: Jen Brain ; MOA: M. Parsons; Medical Officer: Dr Dan Brett; Club President: Charlotte Lesley; Club Chairman: John McCahon; Club Vice Chairman: John Mathews; MC: Steve Kenyon; Club Treasurer & Secretary: Becky Cave ; Chief Whip: Peter Guest; Club Coaches: Garry Cave, Lee Cummings, Sam Mogg & Jake Whiteside.

Volunteer Urgently Needed...

A person is needed to deliver Shire newspapers within Sedgewick House, can anyone help please?

This can either be done by one person alone, or, someone to co-ordinate with other residents to arrange that one person from each floor be responsible for delivering papers to their floor. Also for that one main person to be willing to accept a phone call when the papers are ready for delivery and to be at the front door to accept the papers from the driver (who will be the person making the telephone call).

If you can help please telephone Pauline on 9826935. Many thanks.

If volunteers cannot be found to deliver papers each month the present system will continue, i.e the papers will be left downstairs.

Letters to the Editor

Re: Rachel Mortell letter in Shire News, November 2008 issue

Dear Sir / Madam

On behalf of Oasis Academy Brightstowe I would like to respond to the letter entitled ‘Children of a lesser God’ as published in the November issue of Shire News.Oasis Academy Brightstowe opened its doors to students at the beginning of the autumn term this year. Part of its inclusion plans have always been to integrate the students at Kingsweston School wherever possible and in greater measure than the predecessor school. Currently, of the 43 students at the Centre, 17 engage in PE with the academy, as well as many having access to both Key Stage 3 and GCSE courses. There has been and continues to be good dialogue between the schools, although no official policies have been set regarding the uniform.

The initial decision to provide the students at the Kingsweston Centre with a blank version of the Academy uniform stemmed from the fact that, as Portway School, we were answerable to Bristol Local Authority; however, as an Oasis Academy we are not – we work for Oasis Community Learning and are therefore directly accountable to the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

This has certain legal ramifications which led to the decision on the uniform. No child has been nor will ever be ‘of a lesser God’ and the phrases used in the letter were deeply hurtful to both schools who have commenced a working relationship that is set to achieve high standards in all areas of their partnership for the benefit of every student who attend either school.The Kingsweston Director of Learning, Jo Hill, has commented on the current working relationship between the Kingsweston Centre and the Academy, stating that due to such a change in atmosphere, behaviour and attitude of students within Oasis Academy Brightstowe, the Centre “have been able to include an increased number of pupils into lessons with their Academy peers.  Both schools have made a commitment to continue to work together for the benefit of all pupils where appropriate”.As part of this ongoing dialogue and in line with our desire to be as inclusive as we can be, we announced in a meeting with parents in mid-November that Kingsweston students would in fact be allowed to wear the Academy logo.I do trust that this letter clears any misconceptions or thoughts aired in your previous publication, and trust that between Oasis Academy Brightstowe and the Kingsweston Centre, we can, and will move forward for the benefit of all students involved.

Julie Winterman Principal - Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Steve Chalke said:

‘That title is deeply hurtful and offensive to us, we have fought and fought to keep the school open. Oasis is utterly committed to inclusion. Oasis asked the Council if they could include Kingsweston in the school, but this was not possible at the time. If the Kingsweston parents wish for this to happen in the fullest sense we will be happy to work with them’

Lack of Halloween Spirits

Dear Editor,

I was disappointed by the lack of community spirit on the Cotswold estate on Halloween. I took my 3 year old son ‘trick or treating’ door to door along Dursley and Nibley Road. My enthusiasm soon became depleted with the lack of response by residents to my son’s hopeful knocks at their door.

I was further dismayed to see residents silhouettes moving through doors and behind windows, whilst disregarding my sons’ gentle knocking. In some cases one of the residents had the audacity to collect his bin whilst my son had only just closed the gate to his property.

I appreciate elderly residents are apprehensive about opening their doors to groups of teenagers late at night. However, those residents were not elderly, had full visibility of my son and other children around, being escorted by responsible adults and it was only 5.30pm! It’s a shame we don’t adopt the same practice as neighbouring villages who hang a pumpkin in their windows as a sign of a welcome to ‘trick or treaters’. This would alleviate many unwelcomed callers and avoid frustration and disappointment to children knocking on ignorant doors.

Lucy Daniels

Lost Touch?

Dear Editor,

I was watching ‘Lost Touch’ on Channel Four Teletext recently when the following appeared: “seeking anyone related to Maud Marjorie Rees JONES, Edith BUNNY, Marjorie ANNING, Elsie COOK, and Don MITCHELL who lived in Shirehampton in 1930.  Please phone Mr Hartley on 01440708317” I thought it might be of interest to your readers.

John Alford

Jack Newman

Dear Editor

As a recent reader of Shire News I believe in the Sept issue in the news of the Jack Newman family there may be a few errors. I was born about same time as John Newman and also lived in Pembroke Avenue so knew the family well. There were 3 sons and a daughter {Edwina?} The eldest son, John, I believe failed his medical for armed services and soon after the war opened a shop in High street to complement his father’s shop in Bradley Crescent. Trevor, the next born, joined the air sea rescue and the youngest, Robin joined the Royal Navy. Coincidentally, while I was serving in the R.N. I bumped into Robin on the steps of the “Fleet Club” in Sydney Australia in June 1945.

If you are interested in my early days as a boy and man in Shirehampton please advise.

Harold J Rich

Truck and Child Safety

Dear Editor

We run a Truck and Child Safety initiative where we come and show groups of children up to 11 years old how to behave around large vehicles on the road. i.e. what the driver can / cannot see, how much space they need to turn a corner etc.

It is a free service and we would like to offer this to any groups, schools etc. in the area

Tina Stewart

DHL Western Approach Distribution Park

Telephone Number: 01454 634751 07770700788


Posting Elsewhere?

Dear Editor,

As a resident of Shirehampton and a regular reader of Shire, I must say that I was most disappointed to find that the Shire issue No. 442 Nov 2008 only listed the last day for Christmas post to Australia, New Zealand and North America. I post Christmas cards and presents to families and friends living elsewhere in the world, as do many other of Shirehampton residents, I am sure. We would have found the last day for Christmas posting to the rest of the world very helpful. May I suggest that our need for this information is also considered in the future? Thank you.

Regards, Mrs. Mooi Sivajoti

New Christmas Lights Chairman

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Chairman of the Christmas Lights Association in Shirehampton, taking over from Michael Morgan who passed away suddenly in July. He will be greatly missed by all.

Michael worked extremely hard to continue the tradition of the Christmas Lights in Shirehampton each year and it is a great honour to be asked to carry on his good work.

The Christmas Lights in Shirehampton are funded solely by the kind donations of local people and businesses. Over the festive period collection buckets will be appearing in several shops in the village and all contributions will be gratefully received.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers on the committee for their efforts throughout the year.

William Duguid

‘Thank you’ from Shirehampton Methodist Church

Many thanks to all who helped with and supported our Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st November, it was lovely to see you all.  We raised over £371.

We look forward to seeing you at our next ‘Coffee and Sale’ on Saturday 6th December 10 – Noon.

Hazel Thorne

Father Christmas arrives in Shirehampton

On a recent visit to the Public Hall I picked up a copy of the ‘Shire’ and was thrilled by what can only be described as a revival of community spirit.  Father Christmas switching on the lights, an Indian night at the Cotswold Community Centre, awards for the hanging baskets in the High Street, and, close to my heart, a revival of Napier Miles’ music to be held at Kingsweston House and St Mary’s Church are just some of the delights on offer.  Well done to everyone.

I was also pleased to hear that the trustees of the Hall had agreed to submit applications for blue plaques for the Hall and Library. I wish them every success.  There is however, another treat in store.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Ralph Vaughn Williams, Eileen at Shirehampton Library would like to invite everyone to a display of work showing the roots of the musical traditions of Shirehampton and Avonmouth.  The display will open on Saturday the 13th December at 11am. Refreshments and mince pies will be provided.  We hope that many of you will be able to join in this celebration.

Jeanette Cossey

Shirehampton Station – More Improvements

Shire Greens (SCAF’s environmental Group) have continued with their partnership work with Sarah Collins from Severnside Community Rail Partnership & First Great Western. We are delighted to report that there are now three large wooden planters with a lovely variety of shrubs & heathers on the station platform.

Many thanks to Sarah and the team from the Probation Service.

FFI: Contact Ash Bearman @ SCAF, tel: 0117 982 9963 or

Multi-Charity Christmas Card Shop

At Victoria Methodist Church

Whiteladies Road, Clifton (in hall at rear of church)

Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm until 16th December

(79p in every £1 goes to the appropriate charity)

Star Trail Activity

On Sunday 14th December 2.30 4.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Avonmouth.  There will be a ‘Star Trail Activity’ session for children aged 4 – 11 years.  This will include six different craft workshops including making a crown to be worn as we follow in the footsteps of the Wise Men on their journey to Bethlehem by taking the Star Trail.  We warmly invite children to join us but if under 5 years they need to be accompanied by an adult.  See you there!

Report from ABA Senior Novice Championships

Saturday at Cinderford:

The National Smelting Co Amateur Boxing Club, known as the Smelters, had two of it’s senior boxers competing in The ABA Senior Novice Championships Saturday at Cinderford. After a few years out of the sport, four bout Senior Welterweight Gary Low was hoping for a fresh start to his boxing career now boxing under the Smelters banner coached by NSC’s Jake Whiteside & Lee Cummings.

Matched against the taller Dan Constable of local club Lydney ABC in the second bout of the night. Reported Smelters head Coach Garry Cave “ Gary’s a very fit and strong senior, with the physique and boxing style of a young Mike Tyson but to our surprise Dan Constable was his physical equal but taller”. This would be a hard bout with Gary just getting back into his boxing and what a war it turned out to be both lads matching each other with power packed punches. Low mixing it up with hooks to head and body with some eye catching over hand right handers that rocked Constables head back on several occasions. Constable steadily scoring with his longer power jabs, Low ducking and slipped into range to unload his bigger bombs.  Said Cave “Both lads gave everything, leaving nothing in the tank. It was a great bout of boxing from two cracking boxers, it was very close”. Gary Low winning a unanimous and hard fought decision. That was the good news but with four entrants at the weight, Low was informed he’d have to box yet again later in the night to win the division. Said Cave “After such a hard fight Gary wasn’t really sure he had another three rounds like that in him, but after a wash and brush up he was all ready go”.  Stable mate and sparring partner Terry ‘The Turbo’ Richards 12 bouts with an impressive 9 wins also at welterweight but boxing under the more experienced category for boxers under 20 bouts was next up for the Smelters at bout 8 on this 15 bout bill, against the host clubs Mike Freeman of Forest Oaks. Informed Cave “ We fancied Terry to win at least a regional title in these champs but it wasn’t to be, Mike Freeman was the busier of the two on the night, so got a deserved win, but it was a very close contest with one judge having it 12 pts each after three keenly contested rounds. Terry was a bit gutted but we have him matched on our next home show on Thursday the 20th of November at Patchway Sports Centre, doors 7pm, where he’s hoping to get his seasons first win. You win some you lose some that’s amateur boxing, the bouts are matched 50/50 so if you win half you’re doing well. Back on at bout 12 after a short rest was Gary Low, hoping to make it two wins from two and clinch the divisional welterweight title”. Said NSC Club Coach Jake Whiteside “We’d seen Gary’s next opponent Ben Copsy of Salisbury City win earlier in the night and thought Gary had the tools to beat him”. Low didn’t disappoint turning in a controlled performance scoring with many straight body shots as the fleet footed Copsy tried to dance around and box at range.

Low winning a majority decision and the Divisional Title.

Summed up by NSC Coach Lee Cummings “Both lads boxed very well and where a credit to themselves and the club, not only in the ring but outside also, they are two of the nicest lads you could wish to meet but put the gloves on them and it’s all business”.

Next NSC show Thursday the 20th of November at Patchway Sports Centre, doors 7pm, for tickets ring Garry on 07876 233621.

Atwood Drive Allotments, Lawrence Weston

Atwood Drive Allotments have a newly created Website, please feel free to take a look and join.

Thank you to everyone who has helped promote our allotment site.

Alison Keeler - Site Rep - Atwood Drive Allotments, Tel: 07852539378

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks!

Christmas is coming – and we’re all a happy bunch
So come to St Mary’s – forget the Credit Crunch.
God’s gifts to us are all for free,
Yes, you and you and for me.
To the birth of Jesus we will sing
The gift of love you need to bring.
So Happy Christmas to all and sundry
Don’t forget – I’ll see you Sunday!

William Wordsworth would have been proud to read those words – but if the truth be known he is probably turning over in his grave! Never mind I’m trying – funny my teacher at school said I was very trying!

Enough of this foolishness – get on with the news. Well, first of all I have to tell you that our Pets’ Service was wonderful – so thanks to all pet owners and pets, including our largest animal “Red” the pony from the Riding School for the Disabled at Kingsweston. The pets were all on their best behaviour as not one “accident” occurred during the service – no mops, buckets etc were required. All the pets were brought up to the chancel step for a blessing (including some toy pets as well) – we hope to see them all again next year.

Our gift fayre and the Alan Schiller concert raised over £2000 towards church funds. Alan played some beautiful music on our Boudoir grand piano and we were able to see him playing on a screen via our back projector. It was fascinating to watch the speed of his fingers over the keyboard. This was probably our best concert to date.  Our next one will be the Christmas Carol Concert by the Shirehampton Area Choir on Sunday afternoon 7th December at 2.30pm. Tickets are £6 available from the church office and will include festive food and punch during the interval. All proceeds this year will be donated to The MacMillan Nurses, who perform such sterling work whenever needed by families endeavouring to cope with the last days of love ones dying at home.

Our Gift day will be on Saturday 6th December from 9.30 am to 12.30pm when Canon Christine will be in the Lady Chapel to receive your gift, which this year is intended to restore our bell tower and bells. These have not been rung for many years because they are not safe to move. I believe it is the intention to keep the louvre central section so we can play a peal of bells before services and at weddings but the other two bells will be fixed so they cannot move, and will be rung by the use of an electrically operated clapper. The bell can then be tolled on the occasion of a funeral or as otherwise required.

On the subject of the bell tower, I am delighted to say that it is to be floodlit and the first occasion will be on Advent Sunday, 30th November – this having been provided by the family of the late Andy Crawford, in his memory. Thank you to his wife Pam and her family for this generous gift – it will be a permanent reminder of Andy. The floodlighting will illuminate our new clock and bell tower, so if you see a lot of people gazing upwards into the sky during the evening, they are not looking up to heaven but to our illuminated bell tower.

If you would like to see a flower stand placed in church to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, this can be arranged by completing a form available from the church office and a fee of £25. The flowers of your choice will be arranged in a stand and placed in position on the appropriate date. Please speak to our Lay Minister, Gill Sawyer if you require any further information.

There will be an Ecumenical Carol Service at the Cotswold Community Building, Dursley Road at 4.45pm on Sunday 14th December, to which all are welcome. You don’t have to live on the Cotswold Estate to attend - the more who come the merrier!

There will be another short carol service which Canon Christine will be conducting for the members of the PBA Club and their friends, in the club building at the rear of Nibley Road at 8pm on Tuesday 16th December – so put this date in your diaries.

Members of St Mary’s will be singing carols again this year in the churchyard for Christian Aid, from 10.30am – 11.30am on Saturday 20th December. You are welcome to join them or make a donation to this worthy cause.

On Sunday 21st December there will be a said service of Holy Communion at 8am followed at 8.30am by “Kids’ Klub” because at 10am we shall be holding our annual Christingle Service to which all are welcome – particularly families and children. This will be followed at 6pm by our Carol Service – and as a further tempter I can reliably inform you that mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.

On Christmas Eve – Wednesday 24th December, we shall have our usual crib service at 4pm. All children, and adults if they wish, are invited to attend dressed as angels, wise men, shepherds, sheep etc but be reminded to get there early as we have had up to 500 people attending.  At 7.30pm the same evening will be Carols on the Green which will be held in St Mary’s should it be raining.  The climax of our Christmas Celebrations will be the First Communion of Christmas (otherwise known as Midnight Mass) at 11.30pm.

Christmas morning at 10am there will be a Holy Communion service with carols. Come and enjoy the whole meaning of Christmas – and you will also be out of mum’s way whilst she is cooking the Christmas dinner (or dad’s way if I’m not to be classed as sexist!).

The following Sunday morning, 28th December, our 10am Holy Communion service will include a Baptism – again all are welcome. Please note there will be NO SERVICE at 6pm on that Sunday evening.

Now we take a quick look into the New Year and I am asked to remind you of our annual Book, Video,DVD and CD Sale at St Mary’s on Saturday 10th January from 10am – 12 noon. We welcome any unwanted items in the above category, which we could sell in aid of church funds.

A new Alpha Course will be starting in the New Year. There will be an Alpha Guest Lunch in St Mary’s to introduce any person interested in attending or wanting to know more about the course, from 1 – 3pm on Thursday 15th January. The Alpha Course proper will commence on Thursday 22nd January from 1 – 3pm – each course will begin with lunch.

Finally, on a sad note I have to tell you that Jean and Albert Price lost their eldest son Robert in November, following a battle with cancer. This was most distressing for them. As parents you do not expect to see the passing of your own children. To both Jean and Albert we offer our deepest sympathy and remember you in our prayers, we can well understand the grief you have to bear just before this season of Christmas when there will be a void in both your lives.

Well, that’s it for now folks – just remember to say a prayer for the hungry and homeless as you sit down to your Christmas lunch – despite the economic crisis in this country, there are others in this world who have absolutely nothing – let us count our blessings. CME

A Moment Through Time

By the Grainger Players

Despite the bad weather on Saturday 8th November, we were glad we had braved the rain and gone to see the performance by the Grainger Players of ‘A Moment Through Time’. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening – singing was better than ever, splendid colourful costumes, laughter with the comedy; we are already looking forward to the next performance in May 2009. So much work goes into producing the shows on stage as well as behind the scenes. Thank you Liz and Mon (Producers) all the acts, lighting, scenery, costumes, music refreshments, every one associated for all your hard work and dedication. We sincerely hope that the Grainger Players continue to put on shows. However, there were many empty seats on the Saturday – Come on People of Shirehampton, please give your support to the Players. Everyone on the night went away with a smile on their faces; you could too1 Without support, the Players may have to end up folding and that would be such a loss to the community and to us.

We rarely pick out individuals as all the Players put everything into the show, however we just want to mention Sophie who will be leaving to go to University and wish her luck and success for the future. We understand that Sophie may just be able to sing a song or two at the show next year.

Thank you Liz, Mon and all for your continued support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Bristol Branch; to the Audience who so kindly donated at the retiring collection, you will be pleased to know that you raised £91.50 to help local people with multiple sclerosis with research and welfare. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Barrie & Marina Griffiths

MS Society Bristol Branch

Name Puzzles from the past Avenhouse and Fulligrove

Shirehampton used to be part of Westbury-on-Trym parish. In the 17th century, payments to poor people of Shirehampton by the parish of Westbury were recorded in the parish “poor book”. The names of those from whom the money was collected were also recorded. Among the columns of donors in the Shirehampton section, year after year, are not only named persons, but “Wirkhouse” and “Avenhouse”.  Why would money be due from a workhouse (set up under a law of 1601), since these were lodgings for the poorest of the poor, those unable to support themselves?  It must have been because the work of the inhabitants generated some revenue for the parish, usually amounting to about £15 a year.

“Avenhouse” is even more of a puzzle. Was it “Avon House”, from the river? If so, where and what was it exactly, and how did it make money for the parish?  Was it the same place involved in “Avonhouse Grounds” at the later site of Avonmouth’s Marine Hotel?

Or was the name a reference to the place called “Aven” mentioned three times in the Old Testament in a not very positive light (Ezekiel 30: 17, Hosea 10: 8 – “Aven, the sin of Israel” – and Amos 1: 5)?  Typically, whatever it was, it contributed £16 a year to the parish. In the same “poor book”, we find the earliest reference to “Fulligrove” in 1695. This property still exists, by the Woodwell Road railway bridge. How old the present building is, I don’t know.

What did its name mean?  Apart from here, I have found it only as a very rare surname, of unknown origin, so the house-name may be from the surname. But there the mystery rests.

Richard Coates

Scam Wise

This is a campaign by Trading Standards in South West England to help stop people being conned by rogue traders.  Protect yourself!

  • Don’t open the door to strangers – use a spy-hole or window to check who is calling
  • Use password schemes offered by utility companies and councils
  • If you’re expecting a caller by appointment, use your door chain and check their identification
  • Don’t have work done by someone coming uninvited to your door
  • Stay Out Stranger
  • Always check who’s at the door
  • IF you’re not sure, DON’T OPEN THE DOOR
  • Expecting a caller? Door chain on and check I.D.

Telephone scams:

Say ‘no thank you’ and hang up if:

  • The company phones you out of the blue
  • You’re asked to part with money in advance
  • They use high pressure sales tactics to confuse you

Postal Scams

Tear it up and recycle if the letter contains:

  • Addresses that are PO Boxes, suite numbers or based abroad
  • A request to send money
  • A request for your bank account details. Report it to your bank
  • An instruction to call a telephone number beginning 09

Reduce junk mail and phone calls through the following free services:-

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If you think you have been a victim of a scam contact Trading Standards and Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or log on to

Brightstowe – a bird’s eye view!

The first edition of the academy’s newsletter ‘Bright Times’ has been published and we have extracted a few items to keep the community at large in touch with what is going on.

Cousins House, with the encouragement of learning mentor Mr Douglas, is making The Lamb Charity – Rio de Janeiro, the focus of fund raising to help with feeding programmes, school equipment, clothes, toys and general costs designed to raise the quality of life for the very poor in this city. They are hoping for support from other Houses too.

Opening Minds – School trips have included: A visit to Bristol Zoo by Years 7 and 8 – this taught them about which species were endangered and the causes.

A tour of Bristol Docks with Pirate Pete by Years 7 and 8 who learned about pirates who came from Bristol. They also saw the Redcliff Caves, took a trip on the open top bus and the ferry round the docks – all of which taught them more about the city of Bristol.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival - this took place on 9th October at the Playhouse Theatre in Weston super Mare when the Brightstowe students performed The Taming of the Shrew to an audience of 600 people. Other schools taking part included Redland Green, Katherine Lady Berkeley School and Millfield.  The ‘Shrew’ was well received and caused the audience to laugh in all the right places – in part due to Miss Prior’s ‘crazy sound effects’.

Sporting achievements – Netball – year 7 beat Monks Park but were beaten by Cotham, and Years 8 and 10 were also beaten by Cotham. However, Year 11 managed victories over Monks Park and Cotham, well done to all for their efforts.

Rugby – Years 7,8,10 and 11 all played well and with determination but lost to (you’ve guessed it – Cotham!)

Festive Stamps to deliver your season’s greetings

The British tradition of pantomime and panto’s favourite characters are depicted on this year’s festive stamps or you can choose the Madonna and Child collection. Both stamp collections are now available.

To ensure your post arrives safely write the address clearly and correctly.  You can double check the postcode on if you are unsure.

Remember if your card is larger than 240mm x165mm x 5mm you will need a large letter stamp.

Brownies turn Detectives on

Pack Holiday

On Friday 24th October, girls from the 120th and 178th Brownie Packs set off on their Pack Holiday.  They travelled all the way to Frenchay to stay in Frenchay Mansion (aka Frenchay Village Hall!).

The Brownies had a very exciting weekend, acting as detectives to solve the ‘mystery’.  The suspects were the Guiders and adults who had taken on different characters for the stay! Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Colonel Mustard and Mrs White all had motives but Mrs White was the guilty party.  Fortunately for her, the girls did not suspect her and poor Mrs Peacock was accused at the trial! A visit by Miss Marple and Inspector Clouseau was also warmly received on the holiday.

As well as using their detective skills, the Brownies also demonstrated talents in the kitchen by helping to prepare meals and wash up.  The girls received several badges at the end of their holiday including their cook and home skills badges.  A morning inspection was held each day and hopefully the Brownies are continuing their high standards of tidiness at home!

A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all and everyone returned home safely – if a little more tired than when they set out.  Thanks must go to all the adults who helped make the holiday a success and for all their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm. Amy Evans

Guider 178th Bristol (Shirehampton) Brownie Pack

Autism Centre >wins award

Bristol Civic Society has presented its environmental awards at a ceremony on November 12, to celebrate buildings or sites which improve the communities in which we live. One of the winners was Kingsweston Centre for children with autism, at the Shirehampton Primary School site, in St Mary’s Walk, Shirehampton. Learning director Jo Hill said: “Together with our architect, Richard Biddulph, Kingsweston Centre and the primary school have created a first-class building which specifically meets the learning needs of children with autism. It is a calm, uncluttered and airy environment, with a wealth of natural light.”