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Primary School receives 'Bristol Standard' award

What's On in April

New Boxing Club on the Brink of Completion!

PC Davies Report April 2009

Police Beat Surgeries

Academy Goes Bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight

Cutting Edge

Letters to the Editor

Mainly Gone For Ever

Almost There! Yippee!

St Mary's News

Primary School receives 'Bristol Standard' award

Early Years Practitioners from Shirehampton Primary School celebrated at the Council House on 26th February where they received certificates fpr achieving the ‘Bristol Standard’. At Shirehampton we have been using the ‘Bristol Standard’ for five years. Using this Quality Assurance scheme means that staff are always working to improve standards for children and striving to improve upon their previous best. At the celebration evening Kairen Smith, from the Primary National Strategy, inspired Practitioners to continue to challenge themselves to provide the very best start in life for Bristol children. Annie Hudson of Bristol City Council commented how services across the city had improved as a result of using the scheme, which is now used by six other local authorities as well as Bristol.

Well done to the staff, parents and children from the Nursery and Reception classes at Shirehampton Primary. Please contact the school on 0117 9031447 if you wish to enquire about places for your child at our school.

Oh to be in England, now that April's there

Shirehampton Park in April 1999.   "Oh to be in England, now that April's there."    William Wordsworth (1770-1850)   Photo: Mrs Ethel Thomas

Shirehampton Park in April 1999. "Oh to be in England, now that April's there." William Wordsworth (1770-1850) Photo: Mrs Ethel Thomas

Improving our Area

Do you think there are any improvements that can be made in our part of Bristol, be they economic, social or environmental? We all do our bit of complaining and grumbling, now here’s a chance to do something about it!

There is a new Act called the Sustainable Communities Act which means that you are encouraged to take your suggestions to Bristol City Council. A panel will then be set up to help develop some of the suggestions before passing them on to the government.

To find out more or to submit your suggestions, log on to The deadline is Friday, May 1st 09.

If you have any questions call the Sustainable Cities

New Local Activities

If you are interested in learning about the Alexander Technique, there is a new 7-week (free) course starting on Thursday 30th April 10-12 noon at Shirehampton Health Centre. Also starting on 30th April at Bluebell Valley Nursery, 1-3pm there is a 9-week course, again free, on Introduction to Playwork. If you want to know more, contact Suzanne Gaffney on 9030072.

Looking a bit further ahead, in May/June there wil lbe courses on basic ICT and Digital Photography at Oasis Academy Brightstowe on a Thursday evening. Forh further information contact Suzanne on 9030072.

37th Local Art Exhibition

The exhibition will be held from Saturday 23rd May – Monday 25th May in the Public Hall. For those exhibiting there is an entry form elsewhere in this edition of ‘Shire.’ See page 4.

Amended Deadline for May Edition

Due to the Easter closing dates for Shirehampton Library please note that any copy for the May issue of ‘Shire’ that is to be left at the library, needs to be in by 4pm on Wednesday 8th April latest. The deadline for copy being emailed to the editor remains at the 10th as usual. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Swinging Sixties

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May

at The Public Hall, Shirehampton

Tickets can be purchased at D&P Fasions,

High Street, Shirehampton or contact

0117 9824893 - Please support your local Players.

What's On in April

Wednesday April 1st

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 10.30am.

Thursday April 2nd

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

Kick boxing weekly at the Public Hall 5.15- 7.15pm

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

Grainger Players Drama Club 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.

Keep Fit Classes Mondays and Thursdays 12pm-1pm at the Avonmouth Medical Centre. Ring 9824322

Friday April 3rd

All local schools break up for the Ester Holidays

Library will be open 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm.

Coffee Morning at the Library, 1st Friday of the month 10.30am - 12.30.

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

Saturday April 4th

Bring & Buy Sale at Shirehampton Methodist Church 10am - noon.

Thursday April 9th

Grand Easter Raffle organised by Shirehampton Traders

PLEASE NOTE: Shirehampton Library will be closed April 10th - Good Friday; April 11th Easter Saturday and April 13th Bank Holday Monday. Re-opens again on Wednesday April 15th.

For CHURCH SERVICES at St Mary’s and the Methodist Church - see separate entry.

Bank Holiday Monday April 13th

Football Shirehampton FC v. Watchet Town, k.o. 3pm at Shirehampton ground. Somerset County League Premier Division - Come and watch your local team and then join us in the club house after for a drink, everyone is welcome, get behind the lads for that final push up the table. See you there.

Tuesday April 14th

The Bristol Shiplovers Society meet at the Wardroom, HMS Flying Fox Royal Naval Headquarters, Winterstoke Road, Bristol BS3 2NS (parking available) 7.30pm for DVD evening.

St Andrew’s Ladies Club 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Beetle Drive.

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.

St Andrew’s Ladies 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Avonmouth, Bring & Buy

Port of Bristol Retired Employees Association meet at the Club House weekly.

The Evergreens Day Trip to St Fagans

Wednesday April 15th

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

Thursday April 16th and 17th

ACTA Magic Days. Creative play for young children and their patrents in Kings Weston at the City of Bristol College, Lawrence Weston 10am - 1pm

Thursday April 9th and 23rd

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

Sapturday April 18th

Spring Sparkler in aid of St Mary’s at Kings Weston House. Ticket £37.50 from church Office, The Library

Sunday April 19th

Cotswold Service at Cotswold Centrey, Dursley Road 4.45pm - 5.30pm led by St Mary’s Church.

Monday April 20th

All local schools begin Term 4

Shirehampton Local history Group will meet, 2.30pm at the Co-op

Friday April 24th

Sequence Dance, Cotswold Community Centre 7.30pm- 10pm

Monday April 29th

Wednesday Beat Surgery 10.30am - 11.30am at the Ridge Community Centre

Thursday April 30th

Diabetes UK Penpole Tenants Association Hall 7.30pm

Carer’s Group meets at Avonmouth Medical Centre 10am - 12 noon

Carer’s Group meets at Ridingleazew, Lawrence Weston 2pm

Alexander Technique first of 7 meetings, Shirehampton Health Centre 10-12 noon

Bluebell Valley Nursery 1-3pm introduction to Playwork - first of 9 meetings.


Class Act performed at the Family Service 10am on May 10th at the Baptist Church.


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.

Rev Mike Slade

Rev Mike Slade. This photo should have been published alongside the article "It's a Small World" in last month's issue. Did any of you remember him?

Rev Mike Slade. This photo should have been published alongside the article "It's a Small World" in last month's issue. Did any of you remember him?

Easter Services

St Mary’s - April 5th Palm Sunday 10am Holy Communion. Service at 6pm Tim Forder and Alan Gibson giving a musical presentation of The Passion, afterwards a buffet supper.

April 6th & 7th Monday and Tuesday at 8pm, Service of Compline by Candlelight

April 9th Maundy Thursday - Holy Communion at 6.30pm followed by supper.

April 10th Good Friday 10.45am Family Service after Walk of witnesses, Hot Cross Buns. Service 1pm Stations of the Cross. 2pm Shirehampton Area Choir will be singing ‘The Last Supper’ by E. H. Thiman.

April 12th Eater Sunday 7am Sunrise Service at Shirehampton Park followed by breakfast at Shirehampton Cricket Club

April 8th Wednesday at At Mary’s the drama ‘Five Sides of a Circle’ produced by Rev Neville Boundy. tickets £6 each, to include a glass of wine and nibbles. See Church Office. 8.30am in Church ‘Kids Klub’ Service. 10am Easter Day Holy Communion.

Shirehampton Methodist Church - Palm Sunday 5pm home Mission Anniversary Tea followed at 6pm with Evening worship taken by Gary Hoare (Deacon from Lawrence Hill).

Maundy Thursday 3pm Holy Communion with Rev Sandy Williams MA.

Easter Day 11am United Service (with Sea Mills joining) Rev Sandy William (including Easter Communion)

Taster Computer Session at the Library

Thirty minute introduction to various topics – last Monday of the month 2.30 – 3.00pm

27the April – Absolute Beginners, as it says

29th June – email, Setting up an Email account

27th July – 24 hours Library. Using Library Resources at home.

To book or if you have other requests for session, please ask at the desk.

Bank Holiday Monday

April 13th

Somerset County League Premier Division

Shirehampton FC v.

Watchet Town

k.o. 3pm

Come and watch your local team and then join us in the clubhpuse after for a drink, everyone is welcome, getr behind the lads for that final push up the table. See you there.

Shire FC

New Boxing Club on the Brink of Completion!

When will we have enough sports facilities in Avonmouth and Shirehampton? Despite vigorous campaigns, we are still waiting for the Robin Cousins Centre to be re-opened. But it’s not all bad news. While the Council and Quangos haggle over legal finery of the Robin Cousins Centre, The Avonmouth National Smelting Boxing Club, of which I am President, has grabbed the bull by the horns and raised over £60,000 for a brand new, bigger boxing gym for young people in the area. The club has taken the initiative all the way. Thanks to the hard work of head coach Garry Cave and his team, they have won grants worth tens of thousands of pounds, and fundraised for the rest themselves. The new gym is badly needed. The club has produced many champions, but has been working from little more than a large garden shed for years. Now, with boxing becoming more and more popular, Garry Cave has told me how he has had to turn young men away at the door because the gym is full to capacity.

From this...

To this...

When the new, bigger, gym is completed, more local young men (and women!) will be able to go boxing. The benefits of boxing cannot be over-estimated. It teaches discipline, self respect and respect for others. It is also a sport that reaches out to those young people who are particularly hard to engage. As someone who started boxing in Bristol aged 14 and still enjoys boxing training, I have seen first hand how young men’s lives have been transformed by the sport. I am delighted to announce that after just a few months, the gym is almost finished. It was built thanks to the hard work and volunteering of many members of the club. These photos show the remarkable progress that has been made, in such a short space of time. But the Club still needs a final £6,000 to complete the gym. If you have any ideas for fundraising, or can help Avonmouth National Smelting Boxing Club complete their brand new gym, please contact me, (, or head coach Garry Cave ( ) or go to the club’s website for more details.

Charlotte Leslie President, Avonmouth National Smelting Boxing Club

Prospective Conservative MP, Bristol North West

Notice for Audiology Patients

I you are a patient registered with South mead Audiology Dept., you may be able to go to a clinic at Shirehampton Health Centre, on Mondays, instead. For details ring Southmead Hospital on 9595151.

Three Photos from Portway Girls' School

These three photos were sent in by Judy Helme

Portway Girls' School 1947-48

Portway Girls' School 1947-48

Portway Girls' School Staff 1947-48

Portway Girls' School Staff 1947-48

Portway Girls' School Top Class 1947-48

Portway Girls' School Top Class 1947-48

Those named are Jean Stinchcombe, Patience Williams, Jean Williams, Betty Giles, Eileen Powell, Grace Wood, Doreen Miles, Margaret Lee, Nenette Hayward and Berry Jarvis.  Grace Wood swam for England in the Commonwealth Games

Portway Boys’ School Photo

We have been told that in the photo published in our January issue the fourth boy from the left on the back row is none other that ‘Spud’ Murphy.

PC Davies Report April 2009

There have been several warrants implemented for drug related crimes in and around the Shirehampton Area. All have had successful results and we continue to treat all drugs related crimes and offences seriously. We will actively continue to pursue all dealers, producers and those committing crimes to buy their fix.

In my last report I talked about the problems being experienced at Home Ground. I am pleased to say that we were able to target this area the problems have significantly decreased. We will continue to monitor for any further problems.

Over the last three months we have made several vehicle seizures related to crimes. Drug offences and vehicles with no tax and insurance. Vehicles without the relevant tax, insurance and mot will continue to be targeted as will vehicles associated with crime.

Parking continues to be a problem in and around the village. Double yellow lines are there for a purpose, whilst disabled badge holders may park on these lines they should make sure that they are not causing an obstruction or are parked in a dangerous position. The area between the Job Centre and Boots the chemist are of particular concern and parking services will continue to issue tickets to anyone parking here illegally. Parking Services will be active in Shirehampton for the foreseeable future. Our PCSO’s will continue to be active at both Shirehampton Junior School and St Bernards School dealing with vehicles double parking, parking on double yellow lines and pavements whilst dropping off and picking up pupils. These drivers are guilty of putting you and your children at risk because they will not park legally and walk a short distance to the school entrance.

Having had some really terrible weather Spring is now upon us. With the onset of the warmer weather you get busy in the garden. Please do not leave windows and doors open when you are working outside whilst you are weeding and planting the opportunist thief is helping himself to anything he can find. Handbags and purses should always be left out of sight and never near a door or window. Do not leave garden equipment unattended in the garden a nuisance but necessary if you do not want to loose it. Check the security of your gardens sheds and outbuildings, they become a target at this time of year.

We have two new faces on our community team, having been joined by Sgt. Terry Scoble and PCSO Jasper Hughes.

Finally operation brave continues to run and we will particularly be looking for any alcohol misuse on the Green and the surrounding area.

PC Gareth Davies.

Police Beat Surgeries

The Shirehampton Neighbourhood POLICE beat surgery , to be held at The Ridge Community Centre, Shirehampton (near the two tower blocks) on the last Wednesday of every month, between 1030 and 1130 am.The Avonmouth Neighbourhood POLICE beat surgery , to be held at St Andrews Church (next to the park) on the first Monday of every month between 0930 and 11am. PCSO Zaheer Bulbul and PCSO Jasper Hughes will be there to answer your questions and any queries you may have.

Avonmoth Ladies Club

  • 7th April 18th Century Ballooning in the Bristol Region – John Perry
  • 21st April Bristol - Cradle of America – Julian Jones
  • 5th May Bring ‘n’ Buy
  • 19th May Bristol Trading Standards – Scam awareness/Consumer advice
  • 2nd June Summer Outing
  • 16th June The thrills and spills of being a church organist – Jean Routley
  • 7th July To be advised
  • 21st July AGM/Supper
  • August Close

May Howell, 80 years young

Sunday 26th April

Mary you have been our leader for many long years
You are always there to support us through illness and tears
We have so many memories of good times now passed
The fun and laughter we enjoy together, long may it last
Your kindness and friendship we shall always treasure
And to send you this greeting is our joy and pleasure.

Congratulations and very best wishes on the occasion of your 80th Birthday.

Lots of love

From all your many friends at Women’s Fellowship, Shirehampton

(Thank you for your kind donation – Ed)

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations and best wishes to our Mum and Dad, Pearl and Ken Baker of Shirehampton on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on April 2nd.

From their children Robin, Penny and Anthony.

(Thank you for your very kind donation – Ed)

National Ballistics Intelligence Service goes live in Avon and Somerset

The battle against gun crime has received a major boost today as the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) is officially launched.

NABIS will provide crucial information to officers in Avon and Somerset Constabulary as they investigate the criminal use of firearms. It will:-

  • Provide a complete register of all firearms and ammunition coming in to police possession across England and Wales;
  • Be able to compare firearms and ballistic material to previous crimes and incidents within 48 hours establishing crucial links within the initial ‘golden hours’ of an investigation;
  • Provide investigating officers with intelligence around any associated links or previous incidents – people, cars, phones, places – crucial clues when investigators can make the most difference.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is one of 43 police forces and partners who are contributing to making NABIS a success. Every gun, firearm, bullet/projectile or piece of ballistic material associated with, or believed to be criminally linked, will be forwarded for submission to one of the three NABIS regional facilities.

It will be forensically tested, analysed and linked with all associated intelligence on the NABIS Database. The linking of intelligence-based forensic services and integrated intelligence products provides UK policing with a unique system which is unrivalled anywhere in the world.

Chief Superintendent Paul James, Programme Manager for NABIS and an Avon and Somerset Constabulary officer said: “Every gun tells a story – NABIS seeks to unlock these stories. By bringing together science, intelligence and technology we can unravel where a firearm has been used, by whom and why.

“By giving investigative officers these tools, NABIS will help bring more people to justice, get more guns off the streets, and ultimately prevent them from being obtained in the first instance.”

Superintendent Nigel Rock from Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “The majority of our community live law-abiding and peaceful lives. It is just a small minority who choose to use or be associated with the possession and supply of firearms.

“Although gun crime is extremely rare, whenever a gun is fired or used by a criminal it has an impact.

“We are determined to tackle the use of guns on our streets. NABIS will give us vital intelligence and forensic information right at the beginning of our investigation, helping us to bring more people to justice and make our streets safer.”

Wake-up Day at the Co-op

The Co-op Charity of the Year for 2009 is Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

We would like to thank all out customers who gave so generously during our ‘Wake-Up Day,’ which raised £446.40!

Good luck to one and all in the Shirehampton Traders’ grand Easter raffle.

Tony Garland

(Thank you very much for your kind donation – Ed)

Child's Play

Year 7 students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe were put through their paces on Tuesday 3rd February when they took part in a series of drama workshops to prepare them for a trip to the egg theatre, part of the Theatre Royal in Bath later that week.

The series of workshops were led by Schools and Community Project Supporter Lucy Girvan, who works with the egg to assist local schools in their drama provisions.

In the lively workshops, Oasis Academy Brighstowe students were encouraged to represent objects that would normally have been supplied by the props department using just their bodies and voices.

Drama teacher at Oasis Academy Brighstowe, Helen Ashcroft said: “It was fantastic to have someone from the theatre come and explain the dramatic techniques. It really helped students to identify with the actors and appreciate the performance.”

Collapsed Curriculum Day

On Thursday 19th February the Academy held a ‘collapsed curriculum day’ which focused on Personal Health and Social Education activities designed to build their confidence and foster an understanding of society.

Year 7 took part in an Oasis Ethos Extravaganza where they learnt about the Stop The Traffic campaign and listened to an inspirational talk about inclusion from Ethos Development Manager, Jill Rowe.

Year 8 got involved in a series of workshops called ‘Play Your Part.’ Designed to encourage good citizenship, students learnt about the dangers of knife crime, gang awareness and personal safety and worked with representatives from Ashfield Prison and Avon and Somerset Police.

Year 9 spent the day in their house communities building trebuchets (medieval catapults) out of resistant materials. They then took part in an inter-house tournament which was enjoyed enormously by all.

Year 10 learnt about how to lead a healthy life with a carousel involving learning about sexual health and emotional wellbeing, practical lessons in cookery skills and active participation in yoga, aerobics and exercise bike sessions.

Year 11 attended either revision classes in Maths and ICT or traveled to the GCSE Poetry Live! Event.

Poetry Live! Event

On Friday 13th February, Year 11 students travelled to Colston Hall to attend the GCSE Poetry Live! Event. The Academy English Department organized the trip in order to give one hundred GCSE students a first-hand experience of live poetry readings from the poets that feature in their GCSE AQA A syllabus.

Currently in its tenth year, Poetry Live! Is a nationwide programme of events aimed at encouraging 15 to 16 year old GCSE students to engage with poetry through live performance.

To end the day, students were given advice by two seasoned AQA examiners, who gave them an idea of what skills they should display in their GCSE English examinations.

Sian Davies, Head of the English Department at Oasis Academy Brighstowe, said: ‘The students had a grat day and were really lucky to have taken part in a session with the AQA examiners, who gave them some valuable hints and tips. I think they feel much better prepared for their exams in the summer and will look at poetry in a different light from now on.’

Academy Goes Bananas for Fairtrade Fortnight

Students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe supported Fairtrade fortnight this Friday by taking part in a world banana eating record.

The Academy supported the record effort by encouraging their students to eat over 500 Fairtrade banana’s in total during the afternoon.

‘Go Bananas for Fairtrade’ is the finale of Fairtrade Fortnight 2009. 200,000 people worldwide took part in the campaign which hopes to see a record amount of people eating as many Fairtrade bananas as possible in a 24hr period. The Fairtrade Foundation will record the tally on their website

Oasis Academy Brightstowe relied on charitable donations from local shops and church groups to supply enough bananas to go around the students and 626 were given in total. Shirehampton Co-op donated a box of 100 Fairtrade bananas, as did Tesco at Golden Hill, whilst Sainsbury’s at Clifton Down gave 200. Teachers helped out by bringing a bunch to work on Friday morning.

Year 11 Head Boy Luke Saunders said: ‘Here at Oasis Academy Brightstowe we are passionate about supporting the Fairtrade Foundation because they tackle the exploitation of producers in developing countries.’

The event was organised by a small team of local volunteers who wanted to raise awareness of the Fairtrade Foundation. Gap-year volunteer Jonny Swales even wore a banana suit for the occasion!

The Academy is also hoping to produce a ‘Brightstowe Fairtrade Banana and Chocolate Recipe Book’ including Fairtrade recipes designed by students as part of their Food Tech classes.

Avonmouth Community Centre

Fantastic Fun Food Day on 9th May 2009, 10am to 3pm

Come and join us for this free event offering people of all ages a range of information and activities around food and growing. You will have the opportunity to take part in cooking demonstrations and herb and vegetable growing, various competitions and lots more. We would like to encourage members of the community to enter a food craft competition, producing a food related entry, such as: a decorated cake, or preserves, knitted, sewn, carved item, or painting using for example food dyes, miniature garden or vegetable model. This could be undertaken as a group or an individual. Entry forms available from Community Centre and library. You could also win either the ingredients used in a recipe or the item used to prepare or cook it.

There will be light refreshments available for those coming.

If you would like further information please contact Margaret on 9827445.

Cutting Edge

Last December the Elite hair and Beauty Salon took part in the Careers Day at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, as a result ten students were offered a 10-week workshop one evening a week at the salon to learn the basics of hairdressing. As the manager of the salon, Lorraine Douglas said, she had been given the support of the local and surrounding communities since opening in Shirehampton and wanted to put something back into the community in appreciation of this.

The ten students are performing certain treatments on each other and the student who shows the most promise will be offered a Saturday job at the salon and also be given a ‘Goody’ bag of products, all of those who complete the course will get a complimentary gift.

Protecting your Assets

Grant McCall, Commercial Law Solicitor with AMD Solicitors, offers advice to businesses.

A commonly held misconception is that Intellectual Property Rights are only a concern for big business. The heart and soul of small, medium or large business is partly, or even largely vested in the visual images which they use to portray themselves to their clients. In law a firm’s logo or trading name is often referred to as a ‘badge of origin.’ Small businesses often overlook the need to protect their badges of origin from their competitors.

If a business relies on its trading name or logo as a projection of goodwill to their client base then this is an asset of their business which should be protected by formal registration at the UK Intellectual Property Office. Without a registered trademark for the logo, the owner of a business faced with a competitor using their logo or a similar version is forced to fall back on the Tort of ‘Passing Off.’ To successfully prove Passing Off, the aggrieved business has to convince a court that the following tests are satisfied.

  • That there is valuable goodwill in their logo (this requires proof of a wide reputation in the UK making the product distinctive in its market);
  • That there has been a misrepresentation (so that the public have been misled to believe that goods and services are coming from a reputable source which has valuable goodwill i.e. a misrepresentation of origin); and
  • That the business and/or it’s reputation has sustained damage.

With a registered trademark, the argument is far more cut and dried. The first party to register has the benefit of the trademark and a competitor trying to use a similar logo or trading name will face infringement proceedings if they attempt to derive benefit from a conflicting logo.

The benefit of an early trademark application for a business logo is that once registered the trademark subsists indefinitely (subject to renewal every 10 years). The longevity of a trademark protects the trademark holder and enhances the value of their business in the event of a buyout by a competitor. Secondly, in the event that a business should decide to exploit their business through a franchise then licences can be granted to franchisees to promote the business presence (subject to quality controls that prevent damaging use of the logo by franchisees). Last, and by no means least, the trademark symbol TM can be represented graphically alongside a logo which assures the end user of the origin of the goods or services. The Trademark Registry offers a search facility for all registered trademarks in the UK.

In conclusion, formal trademark registration is the safest form of protection and should be considered as an investment in your business in order to safeguard the hard work endured in building up your badge of origin.

G. McCall

The Freedom Programme

Freedom is a 12-week support programme for women. It is run as a rolling programme, which means you can join at any point. The benefits are the same as long as you complete the 12 weeks. The Freedom programme is open to any woman who wishes to learn more about the reality of domestic abuse and aims to:

  • Help women understand the beliefs held by abusive men and in doing so, recognize which of these benefits they have shared
  • To show the effects of domestic abuse on children
  • To help women recognise potential future abusers
  • To help women gain self esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives
  • To introduce women to community resources

The Freedom Programme is run from several venues across Bristol. All courses are open to women from any area.

For more information on the Freedom Propgramme contact Bristol Domestic Abuse Forum Co-ordinator on 0117 9142232 or

Shore to Ship!

Local youth group visit Royal Navy frigate

The cadets of TS Enterprise (Bristol-Avonmouth Sea Cadets) were lucky enough to be invited to tour HMS Cornwall whilst she spent two days in Avonmouth Docks as part of her pre-deployment work-up.

HMS Cornwall alongside Avonmouth Dock

TS Enterprise cadets were the only Avon District Sea Cadets to be fortunate enough to visit HMS Cornwall. During the visit a Commander from the Flag Officer (admiral) Sea Training’s assessment team accompanied the cadets. He watched how the sailors explained their jobs and equipment as part of their pre-deployment inspection. TS Enterprise will have their version of this inspection in May. The cadets and staff are determined to hold onto their burgee flag, which signifies that they are a top-performing unit.

The cadets saw a demonstration of the latest computerised chart equipment on the bridge as well as an introduction to the wide range of weapons systems aboard. As always a firm favourite was the ship’s multi-role Lynx helicopter.

Petty Officer (SCC) Christopher Batt said “The cadets really enjoyed seeing how the Royal Navy use the same skills that we give them as sea cadets. The demonstration of the logistics branch, which includes the ship’s chefs, had our mouths watering! ”

Stand by to repel boarders - Photographs by Ruth Clarke

He went on to say, “Any one aged from 10 to 18 who wants to know more about being a cadet call 0117 938 1845 or send an e-mail titled ‘let me join the fun’ to”.

Anonymous Contributions

May I remind our readers that we do not accept any copy without the writer’s name. If the author does not want their name published we will respect that but we must have it.

Letters to the Editor

False Advice

After being amazed by the advice given on page 11 on the March copy of Shire entitled “Things you probably never knew your mobile phone could do” I did a little research online.

Sadly, points 2 and 3 are little more than hoaxes, and I wonder whether the editor’s trial of the 2nd point was in fact caused by the person operating the key being still within range of the car?

Further, the advice given about ATM pin reversal is also false, and it is this point especially that readers need to know is incorrect, as it could make all the difference in an emergency situation.

Entering your ATM pin in reverse will not provide cash and will not notify the police - Crimestoppers themselves refuted this on their website last summer:

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news as these tips were very handy, and if correct, would have been truly amazing. However, I feel it is important that readers are made aware of the errors, so as not to rely on these techniques in a critical or emergency situation.

Further information can be found on the following reputable websites:

With many thanks and best wishes,

Jenny Bridgman


Dear Editor,

I have had a couple of etchings for many years signed by Susie Stevens in 1932 which I am trying to find a home for.

The only information I can find on the internet is that she lived around the time at The Gables, Shirehampton, Bristol and one of her works was shown at an exhibition in Chicago about the same time.

Would you by any chance have any knowledge of her or her family or this address

Yours sincerely Mr P. Stone

Can anybody help? – Ed

Gilbert Jessop

Dear Editor,

I have read the March issue of ‘Shire’ which I considered to be one of the best in recent months. I was fascinated by the articles on the Wordsworths and the placing of the plaque in the Co-op. Congratulations to all concerned.

I wonder if ‘Shire’ could promote a campaign to have a plaque placed outside the Britannia Building Society which used to be the Midland Bank. When I came to open the ‘Midland’ in 1974, Bert Wheeler who was my guard and cleaner, always said it was on the site of Walton House and that Gilbert Jessop, the outstanding England cricketer lived there.

I have found an article in ‘Shire’ in January 2002 which enumerates his feats as an all-rounder on the cricket field, whilst laying 18 tests for England as captain of Gloucestershire for a decade. He was born in Cheltenham in 1874 and died in Fordington, Dorset in 1955. He once turned down an invitation to play in a Gentlemen vs. Players match as he had promised a village team he would play for them! Could that have been Shirehampton Cricket Club? He was also a scratch golfer and I wonder if he played at Shirehampton Golf Club?

He lived at Walton House from 1909 to 1913 and a ‘blue’ plaque where it stood would, I feel, enhance the historical interest in the village.

Does anyone have a photo of the old house and others along that frontage?

Yours sincerely Roy Dacombe

P.S. Bert Wheeler also told me that during the Second World War a group of university students, working with bomb disposal teams examining German bombs, took one back to an upper room at the Bank building. It exploded and I am not sure of casualties. When I arrived in ’74, there was still a patch of newer tiles in the roof at the back where the explosion had taken place. Another story for another day, perhaps?

Letter Openers

Dear Editor,

I wondered whether there was a publication covering the collection of letter openers.

I have quite number which I have accumulated over a few years and would be interested to secure any such book.

Many thanks P. G. Garnett

Can anyone help? – Ed

Public Hall Newsletter

The Evergreens meet on a Friday afternoon and evening at the Public Hall. It has been running for approximately 74 years and was founded by Rotha Clay so it is a well-established group for the community. Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome. It usually starts with a discussion of what members would like in the future then they enjoy a game of Bingo. A variety of trips and holidays are organised throughout the year.

Interested? For further information please ring 9381725.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Planning permission and listed building consent has been granted for the erection of a commemorative plaque on the main door of the Public Hall. The solid brass plaque will commemorate the world premiere performance of The Lark Ascending, by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. It will read: ’The Lark Ascending’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams was first performed here on 15th December 1920.’

The Chair of The Ralph Vaughan-Williams Society and Director of The English Music Festival, Em Marshall, will be unveiling the plaque at a ceremony in the morning of Wednesday, 26th August, 2009 the 51st anniversary of the composer’s death).

In the evening of the same day a concert of English music, featuring Lark Ascending, will be performed at the Public Hall by members of The Emerald Ensemble.

Hermitage Cottages, High Street

(February Shire)

I have a copy of the pen and ink drawing created by my youngest brother Leslie Gray shortly before he died in 2001. This was one of scores he drew of Shirehampton places of interest – including the Kingsweston Estate Office opposite to Hermitage Cottages.

The end shop is Ralph Coles Newsagents and general shop, I attended Mr Daw’s the dentist in the next house on several occasions. The trees are at St Mary’s Church where my wife Joyce’s ashes are interred. I lived at Lawn Cottage, High Street in the 1930s and 40s. These cottages were occupied earlier by gardeners employed by Colonel Baines of ‘The Lawns’ – now demolished.

William T. Gray

Local People in Street Names

In response to this article, Grumwell Close has now been renamed Oaktree Court. I was told years ago that the two blocks of maisonettes in Grumwell Close, Rutland and Avendall, were named after councellors of Bristol City Council, as was also Wasborough on The Ridge. The two high rise blocks of flats Sedgewick and Barwick were also named after councellors. I hope this has been of some help to you.

Mary Macey

Mainly Gone For Ever

Several street-names in Shire commemorate houses that are no longer there, or at least share a name with them: Walton Road, Sunnyhill Drive, Myrtle Drive and Hermitage Close. Penpole Close is on the site of a big old house called Pen Pole. The Lawns is another example, but the name of the demolished house comes from some local field-names which were there before it. In the case of Priory Gardens and Penlea Court, the old houses with those names are still there.

The local historian Ethel Thomas mentions a local name not heard any more: Steepy Fields, a house in what is now called Penpole Place (which is certainly steep as streets go around here). Then there was The Batch, which was a name for all or part of The Green. “Batch” is an interesting local word whose origin is not known for sure, but it may be a form of the word “back” used to mean a small hill, as in the Somerset dialect “emmet-batch” for an ant-hill.

According to Mrs Thomas, Bucklewell Close contains the name of the spring from which a stream flowed whose course is followed by Woodwell Road. She mentions a steel plate set into the pavement in Woodwell Road between St Bernard’s Road and the Portway which marked its position. But old maps show “Buckwell” as a field-name near Horseshoe Bend, beyond the end of Woodwell Road, and Angela Thompson Smith calls the well-hidden spring near here the Buckle Well. The researchers of the Bristol Springs and Wells Group also think that one’s the Buckle Well. Was it originally a “puck-well”, a well frequented by a hobgoblin, like Puckwell in West Knoyle, Wiltshire?

Valerian Close must be a name taken from the red- or pink-flowered plant which escapes from gardens and grows freely on walls and rough ground in this area. It seems unlikely that it is for the first Roman emperor of that name, even though there are other local names with Roman connections. He had no known connection with Britain but spent his time fighting the Persians, and nobody has a good word for him.

Now for some final Scott-ish questions. Can anybody tell me anything about Waverley Road? Waverley in local names usually refers to the title of a novel by Sir Walter Scott (published in 1814) which used to be very famous and popular. But is there a particular reason for it turning up in Shire? What about Minto House, which used to stand at the junction of Park Hill and Park Road? Minto is a village in the Scottish Borders, in Scott’s neck of the woods, in fact, and it gives rise to a surname. How did it find its way to Shire? It seems likely to commemorate the 4th Earl of Minto (1845-1914), a Conservative politician famous in his day, who became governor-general of Canada and viceroy of India.

Richard Coates

Alcohol – are You at risk?

The Government is concerned with illness associated with increasing alcohol consumption.

Most people are sensible drinkers but are you at risk?

A unit of alcohol is half a pint of beer, cider or lager or one small glass of wine or one small glass of sherry (a bottle of wine = 9 units)

So for women – How often do you drink six or more units on one occasion? For men eight or more units on one occasion?

If the answer is weekly, daily or almost daily, your health is at risk.

Sensible intake – Women 14 units or fewer per week, max three units per day.

Men – 21 units or fewer per week, max four units per day.

Common effects – increased relaxation/reduction in heart disease.

Hazardous – Women 15-35 units per week. Men 22-49 units per week.

Common effects - less energy / depression / insomnia / impotence / risk of injury / high blood pressure/relationship problems.

Harmful – Women 36 units or more per week, men 50 units+ per week

Common effects – all the above and memory loss/increased risk of liver disease/increased risk of cancer/alcohol dependence.

What can one do to reduce – have a plan!

  • As well as keeping to your weekly limit, it is recommended to have two days per week alcohol free.
  • Eat before having an alcoholic drink (avoid the pub on your way home)
  • Quench your thirst with non alcoholic drinks
  • Avoid salty snacks when drinking
  • Switch to lower alcohol %
  • Plan activities, tasks at times your usually drink
  • Increase exercise
  • Limit contact with heavy drinking friends
  • A reduction in alcohol can substantially reduce your health risks or alcohol related illness and can also save you money.

Almost There! Yippee!

Gone is the fake ceiling revealing the apex of the Church.

Gone is the vestry and crèche room. In its place is the Link reception and coffee area.

An extended space houses the new boiler room, a new cloakroom, and a super new kitchen complete with modern gadgets. Church and hall buildings are linked together for the 1st time ever. It is really impressive!

Trying to describe it barely scratches the surface. Why not pop in and look around or join us for the Easter Celebration Sunday 12th April at 10.30am. Reverend John Gazzard will be preaching. The Baptist Church is in Station Road, access is through the hall, the friendly used a lot hall, which is next on the agenda for renovation.

Our thanks go to the various groups who use the hall for graciously putting up with the inconvenience caused during refurbishment. Also a special thank you to the generous people who give financially.

The project could not happen or continue without the community spirit of those who give their time working voluntarily 9am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings each week. There is still plenty left to do, so if you would like to be involved we have a spare paint brush or two, some good company and free coffee!

From the old things to the new, Happy Easter to each one of you

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St Mary's News

April here at last together with the Festival of Easter – so Spring must really be here after what has been a long and very cold winter. I think my age must be telling on me as years ago I didn’t bother about the weather. The only winter which really caused me any problem was in 1962/63 when I was walking around the streets of the city on night duty – no such thing as Panda Cars in those days! I could go on reminiscing about the past but I’m not here to do that, I’m here to tell you about St Mary’s.

Well, the first thing I have to tell you was that our Childrens’ Pancake Party during the Half Term break was great fun with lots of happy winners of the Pancake Races etc., also on Shrove Tuesday we were extremely busy with Gill Sawyer cooking Pancakes as fast as she could make them. If you didn’t savour one of them then you missed a treat!

The next day was of course Ash Wednesday and at our Evening Holy Communion Service we had 74 people present followed by a simple supper. Well, not really simple in my eyes as we had a super main course of chicken pie followed by dessert. A retiring collection was taken and the proceeds donated to the Zimbabwe Appeal – a country suffering very much from oppression, by a very repressive regime led by the tyrant Robert Mugabe. How long will it be before this country returns to being the ‘bread basket’ of Africa again?

The following Sunday all our Uniform Organisations celebrated their ‘Thinking Day’ at St Mary’s by attending our 10am Family Service which included a Baptism. This was enjoyed by all – and I even won a Mars Bar for getting one of Canon Christine’s questions right!

On Sunday, 1st March (St David’s Day) we were graced with the presence of The Very Rev. Robert Grimley – Dean of Bristol – who preached the sermon. This was his last visit to St Mary’s before he retires to Oxford. We were also extremely honoured to have present The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bristol – Councillor Chris Davies and his wife. Councillor Davies was a familiar face to many of us as we can remember him when he was a Police officer with the former Port of Bristol Authority Police. It was wonderful to be able to recall old memories with him. Here I go reminiscing again!

Left to right: The Very Rev Robert Grimley, the Lord Mayor (Cllr Chris Davies), Mrs Robert Grimley, Canon Christine, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Davies

Left to right: The Very Rev Robert Grimley, the Lord Mayor (Cllr Chris Davies), Mrs Robert Grimley, Canon Christine, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Davies

On Wednesday evening in Lent we had David Mowat to speak to us about his pilgrimage to the Middle East. He is a most interesting speaker and musician and his talks went by extremely quickly. We shall all be very sorry when the talks on his experiences come to an end.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer saw an almost full church for their service during the afternoon of Friday 6th March. The theme this year was on the church and life in Papua New Guinea which featured a number of Readings and the Sermon was preached by Canon Christine. Light refreshments were served afterwards and from the comments heard everyone enjoyed the format and content of the service, which is extremely pleasing to know.

Now on a sad note I have to report that Jack Cook who resided at ‘The Orchards’ died last month. He was 99 years of age and would have been 100 years in July. Jack was a member of St Andrew’s Church Choir in Avonmouth for over 70 years and was also a keen supporter of the Shirehampton Area Choir until recently when ill health prevented him from attending. He was a lovely Christian man with a wonderful dry sense of humour who will be very sadly missed by all those who had the privilege to know him. God bless you Jack – rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Grace and the rest of his family – we share your loss!

During February and April two anniversaries were celebrated by members of St Mary’s. The first one was Gill and Tony Sawyer who celebrated their silver Wedding anniversary followed by Eileen and Don Barnes who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary. To both couples we offer you our congratulations and hope that you will have many more years together. On Sunday 19th april (Low Sunday) is the date of out Annual Parochial Church Meeting. We shall have our usual 10am Holy Communion Service in the morning but in the evening we shall have a short service of Evening Prayer at 6pm followed by the APCM at 6.30pm. During these proceedings a new Parochial Church Council will be elected to run our church afairs for the next 12 months. This is your opportunity to vote for the church members you wish to serve. To be able to vote you must be over the age of 16 years and been on our Electoral Roll. If you attend another church, in addition to St Mary’s and you are on the Electoral Roll of the other church as well, you are only entitled to vote at one of the Church Meetings - NOT BOTH OF THEM. The new Parochial Church Council will not have an easy task with the Credit Crunch still biting hard and the refurbishing of our new acquisition - ‘The Tithe Barn.’

Our new House Group Sessions in church will commence at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd April and will be led by the Trinity College Faculty. Please speak to our Lay Minister - Gill Sawyer or Canon Christine if you require any further information about these sessions.

On Monday 4th May (May Day Bank Holiday) we shall once again have an Open Church Day from 12 noon until 5pm when the church will be open for Lunches and Teas at extremely good value prices. No need to stay at home on your own - come and enjoy some good company and delicious food. You will also be helping towards our badly needed funds for our exciting new projects.

How many of you have taken a look at our new Memorial Garden rcently? If you have, you will no doubt have seen Ray Smith slaving over a ‘hot paint brush’ repairing the railings and gates. He has done a magnificent job - rubbing them down and then painting them with red oxide before giving them a top coat of Hammerite paint. Not only that, he has attached to the railings some wrought iron ‘Planters’ which when filled, will provide some much needed colour - as Diocesan Rules prevent cut flowers being placed there. Thank you very much Ray for all your labours - it will be appreciated very much by all of those folks who visit the Garden and by the people passing along Pembroke Road.

Also, Ray’s wife Julie (our worthy Churchwarden) - I’ve got to say that to put her on equal status with Ray - has requested that I mention to you all that Tony Mohammed is extremely pleased with the way the ‘Advice Service’ is going and he is now quite busy giving advice to those seeking it particularly during

these difficult financial times. We would like to draw to your attention that Tony will now be available at St Mary’s EVERY THURSDAY between 2 and 3pm. If you require advice on any subject I am sure Tony will be able to assist you. If he doesn’t have the answer for you there and then, he will definitely find the answer to your enquiry in the interim period.

Finally, did you hear about the little boy who came home from Sunday School in tears. When asked by his Mum what was wrong he said that he understood Jesus wanted him for a sunbeam when what he really wanted to be was an engine driver!

Yes, go on say it, because you are probably right, I get dafter as I grow older!!

‘bye for now!


Jack Cooke

Sadly Jack died at his home on Sunday 1st March 2009, just five months short of his 100th birthday.

He lived all his life in Avonmouth and Shirehampton and so was a very well known and popular person in the area.

He was a perfect gentleman and will be missed by many.

Jack married Grace on 12th March 2005 at St Mary’s Church and they were inseparable. Grace devotedly cared for his every need until his death.

Our love and condolences go out to Grace, John and families. From all his friends and neighbours at his home ‘The Orchards.’

In Loving Memory of Jean Taylor

We wish to thank the medical staff at Bristol Oncology, Frenchay Breast Unit, Dr Hine, Nurse Jackie and the nurses at Shirehampton Health Centre, friends and family for all their support, cards, flowers and kind thoughts following our recent sad loss. We are most grateful to the Reverend Canon Christine Froude for providing comfort and support during our bereavement.

Ken Taylor and famil

Leslie Brian Jones B.E.M.

1940 – 2009

Les as he was known passed away 21st February, his funeral service was held at St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham on 4th March, his sisters Sheila Bubb and Kathleen Mail travelled to Lytham for the service, their sister Brenda Rumble unfortunately could not attend.

Les was from Shirehampton, Portbury Grove, in 1976 he moved to Lytham.

Many of you will remember him attending Shirehampton Infants and Junior school and later going on to Bristol Technical, he was also as a young boy a member of the St Mary’s Church Choir.

Les as a young many played football for Portway Old Boys and he was a keen cricketer playing for Twyford House at St Mary’s Church.

Les first married Jean Hart, they had two children, Vivienne and Robert, Les and his second wife Catherine were together for 20 years and Catherine lives in Lytham.

Nature Notes

Taken from April Shire 1996. Mrs Pinnock, who died in 1999, regularly contributed Nature Notes - is there anyone out there who would like to do the occasional article.

I was recently told a true story of how a family wanted some cage birds and they acquired two small finches and took them home. They were delighted, the birds were just what they hoped for, full of life and entertaining. The fire was lit and they left the room, closing the door and they prepared a meal. On returning to the room they found the birds had died and looking at the gas fire they realised it was not burning correctly. The death of the birds was sad, but it served as a timely warning for the family.

Reading the ‘Countryman’ this month, an article caught my eye. A lady looking out of her window saw a flock of about 20 rooks which landed and surrounded one of their number. At first they were noisy, then they attacked the bird in the middle and afterwards they flew off leaving a dead, mutilated bird. Why does this happen? No one knows but the usual belief is that it is a court and the bird found guilty of the crime. What sort of crime could a bird commit? Crows mate lifelong and it is not in their nature to gang up on an individual in this way for some misdemeanour. Professor Tim Birkhead believes the most likely explanation is that the bird in the middle was injured. Magpies will similarly mob an injured magpie, this seems to be a general reaction of flocking birds.

Walking by a river, a buzzard was feeding on a dead carrion crow on the bank. The buzzard lifted off with the crow in it’s talons but had difficulty and after a few yards the crow fell in the river. The dead crow floated down the river and after a minute, a second crow appeared and circled low calling loudly in distress. Other crows came in great haste from all direction until 20-30 birds were kicking up a din and swooping low. Then they suddenly fell silent and dispersed. Could it have been the partner of the first bird to arrive? Was this the crow’s funeral?

I am reminded of the time some years ago when my cat cornered a fledgling bird, in no time at all literally hundreds of different kings of birds started ‘dive-bombing’ the cat. As soon as I removed her the birds disappeared as quickly as they had come, except for what I assume must have been a family group. As I did not see the fledgling afterwards the rescues act must have been successful – Ed.