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New Baptist Minister for Shirehampton

What’s on in July

The Shirehampton 37th Annual Art Exhibition

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF)

Sea Cadets Show Off Their Skills

Principal’s Column

Scout Investiture

Letters to the Editor

Have Your Say on the Lamplighters Open Space

St. Mary's News

How the Oasis Academy Brightstowe helped

New Baptist Minister for Shirehampton

Chris Grant takes up his post as Minister of Shirehampton Baptist Church on 1st September. This will be his first pastorate after a career of 25 years teaching in secondary schools.

Since then he has trained for three years at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. Whilst at college he has been the Minister in Training at Salem Baptist Church in Hillingdon, West London. He is married to Margaret and they have two grown up children.

Chris says that he is really looking forward to moving to Shirehampton to being with the church fellowship and in the community. His ordination and induction will take place at 2.30 pm on Saturday 19th September 2009, at the Church.

Brand New Generation of Shipwrights at Avon Primary

AVON PRIMARY had a wonderful start to Term 6 when they were treated to a workshop by former shipwright to the Matthew, Warwick Moreton.

Children throughout the school are learning about Bristol past and present so they were captivated by Warwick’s stories of how John Cabot’s ‘Matthew’ was built in the Tudor style. Every child had a go at ‘caulking’ and used string and chalk to draw in the same way Tudor boat builders would have done in the past.

Children loved every minute! Year 4 children, Sean & William, asked, "Can we come back and do some more at lunch time please?"

Warwick was very impressed with the children’s enthusiasm. "It was great connecting the children with the history of our Bristolian Tudor sailors by using the same traditional tools that would have built the original ‘Matthew’ over 500 years ago. The children added to the workshop with their enthusiasm and interesting questions."

Lucy Stein

Business Manager - Avon Primary

0117 90 30 446

What’s on in July

Wednesday July 1st

Shirehampton Public Hall AGM 7.30pm. all welcome

Shirehampton Model Railway Club – weekly at 7.30pm in the Public Hall

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 – 3pm Tel 9823192 for information

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

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

Thursday July 2nd

AUS Advice Session every Wednesday and Thursday 9.30-11am at 115 High Street

Townswomens Guild 2-4pm Methodist Church Hall

Kick Boxing – weekly at the Public Hall 5.15-7.15 pm

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

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

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

Kyoto Shotokhan Karate Club trains at Avonmouth RFC

Friday July 3rd

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 – weekly at the Public Hall 6.30 -8.30pm

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 Cenbtre, Dursley Road 1030am-11.30am#

Relish at Shirehampton Baptist Church for 11 to 16 year olds. Weekly during term times 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Saturday July 4th

Bring and Buy Sale at Shirehampton Methodist Church 10am – Noon

Summer Sale at the Public Hall 11am - 3pm. Each pitch £5.

Sunday July 5th

Cotswold Service at Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4.45pm – 5.30pm led by Shire Baptist Church.

Monday July 6th

Keep Fit weekly at Avonmouth Community Centre 7.30 – 8.30pm

Basic Literary Skills Course weekly at Lawrence Weston. Tel: 9138824 for details

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

Drop in Advice Service – St Andrew’s Church, Avonmouth – weekly 9.30-11am sponsored by St Andrew’s Church.

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

Tuesday July 7th

Evergreens day trip to Woollacombe, for further details tring 9381725

Totstop for unders 5s at Shirehampton Baptist Church. Weekly during term time 9am - 11am

Wednesday July 8th

Bright Hour (Woman’s Fellowship) Baptist Church, Station Road 2.30 – fortnightly.

Totstop for unders 5s at Shirehampton Baptist Church. Weekly during term time 9am - 11am

Thursday July 9th

Advice Service at St Mary’s, second and fourth Thursdays 2-4pm

Saturday July 11th

Festival of Archaeology. 11am - 4pm at the Roman Villa, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston ‘Dress Like a Roman’. Discover the villa’s mosaics, under floor heating and bathing suite. Kurt Adams, Portable Antiquities officer will identify any objects you have found in your garden.

Lawrence Weston Carnival on the Green at Ridingleaze and at the Rock Centre 10am - 4pm. For further details telephone 9820476.

Portway School Reunion 8pm - till late at Avonmouth Rugby Club. Entry fee £3 each.

Tuesday July 7th

Penpole Luncheon Club – 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake £3.25. Details from Sandra, ring 0117 9381236.

St Andrew’s Ladies Club – 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall.

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

Totstop for under 5’s at Shirehampton Baptist Church – weekly in term time 9-11am

Sunday July 18th

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

Monday July 19th

Local History Group 2.20pm in the Library

Tuesday July 20th

Avonmouth Ladies Club 7.30pm at St andrew’s Church Hall, Avonmouth. Talk

Port of Bristol retired employees association, Nibley Road Club, talk

Wednesday July 21st

Shirehampton Stitchers at the Public Hall 7.30pm (every thirs Wednesday)

Friday July 24th

All local schools break up for the summer holidays

Saturday July 25th

Summer concert in St Mary’s Church. Details on page 15.

Thursday July 30th

Diabetes UK 7.30 pm at the Penpole Tenants Association Hall, he Ridge at 7.30pm

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

Carers’ Group meets at Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston at 2pm

Friday July 31st

Library Reading Group 2.15pm at the Library

Sequence Dance at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 7.30 – 10pm

Bristol Harbour Festival Fri-Sun 31st - Aug 2nd

Additional Local Activities

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 on 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

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

Monday and Wednesday mornigns and Thursday eveings Twyford House Art Group at the Public Hall.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm open in July. Farm Tots Wednesday mornings 11am - 12,30pm for parents and children under 5. General opening times tuesday-Sunday each week 9.30am - 4.30pm


If there is any local club or society, which would like their meetings included in the ‘What’s On’. PLEASE put the details in the Library by 10th of the month.

The Shirehampton 37th Annual Art Exhibition

The exhibition was held in the attractive Public Hall from 23rd to 25th May 2009. Due to the fine weather, the bright light was particularly helpful in the viewing of the many and varied works of art.

The Hall was protected by a six foot model of an Eco-Warrior made ion scrap wood and recyclable materials by Michael Squire. The Warrior’s presence was felt!!

We were delighted to receive fascinating entries from Avonmouth Primary School and hope that this could be followed by other schools at a future date. We have extended out entry area to include our friends in the art groups in Westbury and Henbury who we consider to be our neighbours.

The exhibition was opened by the Rev Canon Christine Froude who was welcomed by John Case, the Chairman of Twyford House Art Club and who chose the opportunity to thank members of the club for their work in mounting the exhibition. In particular he mentioned: Audrey Curtis, Esme Howlett, Derek Little, Gerry Bessell, James Thomas and Jean Cooper.

Canon Christine Froude expressed delight in the artistic talent shown by the community that she serves and spoke of the work of Pat Comer who helps and encourages members of her congregation to take up the pencil and brush and enjoy themselves making pictures. She also mentioned the Tythe Barn in the village which, it is hoped, will become a venue for cultural activities including art exhibitions.

Canon Froude was thanked by Miranda Brice, a member of Twyford House Art Club, for opening the exhibition and she presented her with a small gift.

We would like to thank the staff of the Public Hall for their continued help throughout the year and to Shire Newspaper for their sponsorship.

Jean Cooper
May 2009

Avonmouth Hockey Celebrates Promotion

At this year’s annual dinner and awards ceremony; Avonmouth Hockey Club 1st XI celebrated gaining promotion having come top of Brunel division 4. The dinner also provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of many of our players throughout this season with awards going to Debbie Chappell, Captains Award, Erin Josefowicz, 1st team player of the year, Jo Harrision, 2nd team player of the year, Lucy Riggs, Young Player, Holly Radford, most improved player and Claire Booth, Club Woman.

To build on this success the teams have joined together to enter a team in a local summer league organised by Thornbury Hockey Club and following a short break the players will be returning to training later this summer in preparation for the winter hockey league. If you would be interested in playing hockey, whether you last played hockey some years ago or have just found out about hockey, please contact either Janet Wilson: 0117 9828039 or Sophie Lennox: 0117 9829515 for more information.

Bristol Harbour Festival

Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August

Just a quick reminder of this date for any ship-lovers in the area, of course there is far more than boats with food-stalls, sideshows and a host of other exhibits.

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF)

You will have read news of SCAF, the Community Action Forum, from time to time in SHIRE. Have you ever thought of becoming more involved in our activities?

We are involved in a whole range of local issues & have action groups that work in specific areas - Young People, Community Safety, Local Play Areas, Environment (Shire Greens) & Planning & Development - so there is always lots going on! We also represent Shirehampton in the Neighbourhood Partnership, which gives us the opportunity to influence local decisions made by Bristol City Council, the Police, and other public bodies.

If you would like to get more involved in finding local solutions to local problems, why not come to the next meeting of the Forum, on Thursday 9 July at the Public Hall. All of our Action Groups report on their work at this meeting, and everyone has the opportunity to ask questions and put their own views. Any local resident would be very welcome.

SCAF has a vacancy for a Trustee. The Trustees manage the whole organisation. If you feel that you can contribute to this, either because of your local knowledge or because you wish to develop management skills, we would be delighted to hear from you and discuss what is involved. Please ring Ash Bearman at the Public Hall, on 0117 982 9963, or David Thomas, the Chair, on 0117 982 2941.

The BIG Lunch! - 19th July 2009

Have you heard of the Big Lunch Project? Basically it’s an idea launched by The Eden Project to try an bring communities together. They are suggesting that people all over Britain plan a spontaneous community lunch. They have contacted local authorities and found partnerships in businesses, and have a big website dedicated to the idea.

Unfortunately the responses in my street were not positive enough to feel this would work, but I wondered if anyone in Shire was planning an event? If so it would be wonderful to have some pictures or articles for Shire. It’s getting late for organising street parties as you need to apply six weeks in advance. If you do attend a party lend a hand with the clear-up . Most importantly keep it safe, and keep it fun!

Verena Edgeworth

Sea Cadets Show Off Their Skills

SEA CADETS from Shirehampton demonstrated their achievements and skills this month (May 2009) as part of an inspection by the Royal Navy.

The bi-annual inspection of the training, equipment and premises at Training Ship (TS) Enterprise, which includes a practical demonstration element known as a Royal Navy Presentation (RNP), took place on Monday, May 11 at the Unit Headquarters on Station Road in Shirehampton.

Junior Cadet 2nd Class Cole, Ordinary Cadet McAnaspie and Able-Cadet Clarke as the bridge (command and control) team during the demonstration of a modern ship taking on stores whilst at sea.

Junior Cadet 2nd Class Cole, Ordinary Cadet McAnaspie and Able-Cadet Clarke as the bridge (command and control) team during the demonstration of a modern ship taking on stores whilst at sea.

Lieutenant (SCC) Barbara Hillier RNR, Commanding Officer of the Unit, said: "This event is important to the Cadets as it is the culmination of two years’ hard work and gives them a chance to demonstrate what they have learned. It also gives the Unit the opportunity to retain our Burgee Award, which we achieved in 2007 and 2008, indicating that we are a top performing unit.

This year’s RNP was particularly significant as it was the first inspection of the premises and personnel by the new Sea Cadets South West Area Officer, Commander Martyn Skeer MBE RN, who is in charge of all the Units in the region."

 Cdr M. Skeer MBE RN (SW Area Officer) with Lt (SCC) Barbara Hillier RNR (commanding officer) inspecting Able-Cadet Lever, the commander of his honour guard.

Cdr M. Skeer MBE RN (SW Area Officer) with Lt (SCC) Barbara Hillier RNR (commanding officer) inspecting Able-Cadet Lever, the commander of his honour guard.

Commander Skeer said in his report of the inspection "The RNP was conducted with determination, discipline and enthusiasm throughout. There was also evidence of good preparation for the event in all respects, and a good understanding by the cadets of what was going on and how the programme was constructed and coordinated. The event was also in front of a large audience of family and friends and will have shown the unit and corps in a very positive way. Well done."

The RNP included a demonstration from the Cadets on what they have learned about replenishment at sea procedures on ships from the 18th Century to the present day. There was also a first aid demonstration assisted by the Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire and Rescue Service.

TS Enterprise (Avonmouth Sea Cadets) is a 32-strong Unit, comprising of youngsters aged from 10 to 18. Founded in 1943, the Unit provides opportunities for young people in Bristol and North Somerset to undergo adventure training and life-skills activities, as well as gain qualifications.

The Marine Society and Sea Cadets, which celebrates its 150th birthday in June 2010, is the UK’s largest maritime youth charity and the world’s oldest youth organisation.

Barbara added: "The Cadets from our Unit have a very good reputation in the area for being polite and courteous young people who are up for anything. We meet from 6:45 to 9 o’clock every Monday and Thursday evening at our Headquarters, and I would encourage any young people who are interested to come along on one of these nights to see what we do."

To find out more, please call the Unit on 0117 982 39 38, email or visit

For further details, please call Lieutenant (SCC) Barbara Hillier (RNR) on 0117 982 39 38, email or visit Alternatively, please call PO (SCC) Christopher Batt on 01934 411 594.

Christopher Batt

127 Cadet Clarke receives her tot of 'grog' from Able-Cadet Murphy at the end of the demonstration of a ship of Nelson's time taking on stores whilst at sea.

127 Cadet Clarke receives her tot of 'grog' from Able-Cadet Murphy at the end of the demonstration of a ship of Nelson's time taking on stores whilst at sea.

Judges Petty Officer (SCC) Davey keep and Able Cadet Marr keep a watchful eye as Sgt Hillier (Avon & Somerset Constabulary) and Zac Garrett try to administer 1st aid to Nick Duncan (both from Green Watch of Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Avonmouth) in a race against 1st aid trained cadets.

Judges Petty Officer (SCC) Davey keep and Able Cadet Marr keep a watchful eye as Sgt Hillier (Avon & Somerset Constabulary) and Zac Garrett try to administer 1st aid to Nick Duncan (both from Green Watch of Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Avonmouth) in a race against 1st aid trained cadets.

All photographs by Ruth Clarke

Principal’s Column

Oasis Academy Brightstowe has had an eventful and rewarding year.

The GCSE examinations are drawing to a close and the Year 11 students have taken them very seriously, embracing the Academy’s revision support programme in order to prepare.

They are all looking forward to the Year 11 Prom which is being held at Leigh Court Mansion and will be a well-deserved reward.

Academy students have achieved so much already; raising money to support nominated charity ‘Stop The Traffik’, participating in the Coombe Dingle Festival of Sport and producing an Academy DVD.

Since becoming an independent Academy sponsored by national charity Oasis UK, significant changes have been made to the school’s ethos, policies and governance.

This year alone, the Academy has set up a Learning Café to provide students with after-school revision classes, recruited volunteers to help students with their reading, developed a Virtual Learning Environment to provide students with access to online learning resources, and found excellent work experience placements for almost all of Year 10.

We continue to be committed to providing an excellent learning experience for our students and transforming the quality of education in the local community.

For more Academy news, please visit

Family Fun Picnic

When the sun is shining the Downs is stunning and it provided an excellent venue for the Baptist Church family fun picnic. Blankets and picnics at the ready they met at 1pm. Lazing on a sunny Sunday afternoon on the 24th May 2009. The fun started without delay when the energetic began kicking a football around. Others started exchanging friendly waves with passengers on the open top tourist buses. Time for food, chatter, and a walk to buy ice cream, a run back before it melted. More football and friendly waving before the tug of war, play parachute and team games for all ages began. After this the younger ones had another go at balancing and pedalling on the peddle go. With trees for shade, relaxation, and for those seeking solitude. A variety of areas for walks and a beautiful view from the sea walls. Plenty of green open spaces, dotted with children playing, small groups sat talking, dog walking and kite flying. Parking not too bad, the ice cream van and free, clean, public toilets. What more could there be? Oh yes, there is more! A precious gift passed on from one generation to the next. Happy memories of a family fun picnic on the Downs.


(Carol Gazzard Shirehampton Baptist Church)

Wembley Trip for Brightstowe Boys

Students from Oasis Academy Brightstowe spent the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend at Wembley stadium as ball-boys in the Coca-Cola Final League Play-Offs.

Fifteen lucky lads, many of whom had never been to Wembley before, were invited to be ball-boys in three matches over the weekend; including the final of the Coca-Cola League 2 Play-Off on 23rd May, the final of the League 1 Play–Off on 24th May and the Championship Final on 25th May.

The Year 8 and 9 students attended an introductory session with Wembley Stadium match officials where they learnt about their ball-boy duties and were kitted out in Wembley tracksuits and caps, ready for the matches.

Stationed around the edges of the pitch, the students then collected and returned any balls that went out of play during the game, as well as having a fantastic view of all the action.

In-between the matches, Academy staff took the students for a game of tenpin bowling, a swim at a local pool and a tour around Arsenal’s Emirates stadium in Holloway, Islington, where they saw the club’s changing rooms, the players warm up zone, the VIP reception area and press conference room.

The boys finished the weekend by working at the Championship Final, which saw Burnley beat Sheffield United 1-0 to secure their return to the Premier League after a 33 year absence.

Year 8 student Shaquille Hunter said: "I had a great time at Wembley. The Championship Final was the best, the atmosphere was incredible. We got to see all the players coming on and off the pitch and holding the cup, and actually being part of the match made us feel brilliant."

The trip was organised by PE Staff Member, Jon Archer, who has links with the stadium through his work coaching with the England Schools FA Under-18’s squad.

He said: "We organised a similar trip for the Year 10 and 11 students last year and they enjoyed it so much that we wanted to take the Year 8 and 9’s this year

Affordable Acupuncture Comes to Shirehampton

On 6th July a brand new acupuncture clinic offering a free 15 minute consultation will open its doors to the residents of Shirehampton.

The Pulse - Bristol Community Acupuncture Clinic, based at Shirehampton Health Centre, is run by Jane Youden and Jamie Armstrong, both members of the British Acupuncture Council, the registering body for professional acupuncturists and will be modelled on the type of ‘multi-bed’ clinic commonly seen in China.

Rather than working in separate rooms a ‘one to one’ basis, Jane and Jamie work alongside each other, treating several patients in the room at the same time. Privacy screens are used to separate the couches.

Jane explains: "We are both passionate about acupuncture and the benefits it brings. Using our experience and expertise in this new multi-bed setting means we can offer significant financial savings for our patients and make acupuncture much more accessible to the whole community."

Jamie adds: "Acupuncture is particularly suited to this style of practice. Often the needles are left in place for twenty minutes or so, enabling the practitioner to move between patients whilst the needles do their work."

Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine. It is increadingly used in the treatment of many conditions, in place of, or alongside western medicine. As a result, acupuncture is now one of the most popular and well-established complementary therapies in the UK, with approximately three million UK residents choosing acupuncture treatment every year. (Source - NHS direct).

Jamie copmmented "There have been enough good studies done and an overwhelmingly large number of people who testify to the fact that - over and above all else - acupuncture can be highly effective for a wide variety of illnesses and symptons."

These range from clearly defined complaints such as headaches, vomiting, neck ache and back and dental pain, through to more general feelings of ill health such as low energy and depression. Following some well publicsed favourable research,women are increasingly choosing to have acupuncture to support them through conception, pregnacy, labour and after giving birth.

‘The Pulse’ acupuncture clinic operates on Mondays at Shirehampton Health Centre.

For further details, or to book a free 15 minute consultation, please contact Jane or Jamie on 07813 568569.

Nora Retires after 50 years

Nora Taylor of Dursley Road has just retired from her post on the Cotswold Community Association Committee after a record 50 years loyal service to the association.

Nora came to live in Shirehampton in 1953 from Dundee in Scotland and has lived in the same house for fifty six years.

Nora has always played a very active roll on the committee helping to organise and help to run many events over the years, Nora now 91 years of age announced her retirement at our May committee meeting but still turned up at our annual plant sale to help out, so it was a great opportunity to present this wonderful lady with a token of our gratitude in the form of a planted pot, with a plaque on it marking her 50 years commitment.

May we at the CCA take this opportunity to thank Nora once again for her unfaltering service to the CCA and the Cotswold Community of Shirehampton.

Mike Fisher

Scout Investiture

On Thursday April 30th Josh Sarkozi and Craig Elliott (right) were invested into the 191st St Mary s Scout Group at the group s headquarters

On Thursday April 30th Josh Sarkozi and Craig Elliott (right) were invested into the 191st St Mary s Scout Group at the group s headquarters

Memorial Bench for Pam Reynolds

A wooden bench was placed outside the Public Hall when Portway Day Centre closed. Many people have enjoyed using it but it has deteriorated and is no unsafe, so sadly it will have to be removed.

We have saved the inscribed plates in memory of Pam Reynolds. Is there anyone, perhaps Pam’s family, who would like to keep these? If you know anyone who has an interest please contact Katie at the Hall, phone 9829963.

Constance Megan Sims 1952-2009

On Friday 15th May, St Mary’s Church was filled to capacity for the funeral of Megan (Meg) Sims. Her family and friends travelled from Wrexham, London and Ramsgate, to join others in Shirehampton.

Meg was born in Wrexham in 1952. She and her husband, Alan came to Bristol in 1991, when Meg began suffering from problems with her hands and feet. She was diagnosed with Buerger’s Disease (a cardio-vascular disease). Eventually she lost both hands and feet to the disease.

Despite this, Meg was a very cheerful person, she liked nothing better than a good pub quiz and karaoke.

Meg will be sorely missed by Alan, her family and friends she had in Shirehampton.


Beautiful Butterflies and Magnificent Moths

This time of year we see many butterflies and moths, and even those we consider to be pests such as the Large Cabbage White provide a critical link somewhere in the food chain. Some species are only occasional visitors, of these one of the most fascinating is the "Humming-bird Hawk Moth". Pink and brown in colour this beautiful creature is slowly working its way into our environment as a result of atmospheric warming. If you are fortunate enough to see them (usually in very hot summers and in July and August), they look just like a small humming bird collecting nectar from flowers, except that they have antennae! Another wonderful moth is the Privet Hawk moth. The larvae of this creature is quite alarming. It has a bright green fleshy body which is sectioned by diagonal stripes of lilac and white, it is about two inches long and has a very large horn on its tail. I found one of these some years back and kept it until emerged from it’s chrysalis and what a beautiful moth it was! Grey-brown wings with a distinctly striped pink and grey body. There are actually over 800 indigenous species of moth in Britain, whilst almost three times this number have been recorded here at some time or another.

Most of us have spent time in our youth collecting butterflies, how many of the poor things ended up pinned to boards, or rotting in jam-jars? How fortunate we are that today’s children are taught the value of catch and release. Common garden visitors include the Large White, the bane of every keen gardener, Red Admirals, Tortoiseshells, and Painted Ladies. The are over 50 butterfly species in Southern Britain so it is little wonder that they cause so much pleasure when we see them fluttering around homes and countryside.

Do you know how to tell a butterfly from a moth? Usually butterflies rest with their wings folded together, while moths rest with them flat. There are lots of ways of helping butterflies and moths, restricting use of pesticides, planting plants they are attracted to, or including nest sites in your garden (you can buy specially designed "bug huts" which many beneficial and fascinating mini -beasts will dwell in). You can also help scientists understand how well, or sadly how endangered many species are becoming by taking part in special days that record butterfly and moth species. Perhaps a topic you could mention at school, or a local club?

Enjoy the summer! VE

Support Your Local Brownie Pack

The 178th Brownie Pack is looking for a new leader for September 2009. The current Guider is leaving at the end of the Summer Term after 11 years of leading the pack. The Brownies who are aged from 7 – 10 years would love to find a new replacement as soon as possible. Do you have what it takes? Do you enjoy working with children? Are you looking for something rewarding to do with your time? Becoming a volunteer is fulfilling and fun!

This is your chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the lives of many youngsters.

If you are interested or would simply like more details about what is involved, please contact Amy on 0117 9688048.

Letters to the Editor

Hairdressing Workshop

Dear Editor,

Elite Hair & Beauty would like to thank all students that attended the Hairdressing Workshop held this year. Students from Oasis Academy, Shirehampton, Bristol were selected to attend a 10-week workshop giving them the opportunity to gain salon experience.

The students were asked to perform hairdressing treatments on each other which included washing, drying and finishing hair designs.

The students were very reliable, focused and hardworking. However, the students were told that the best all round performer would receive a gift and the opportunity of a Saturday position in the salon. All students attending would also receive a gift.

After much deliberation we chose a winner! Ria Hansen, from Shirehampton. Ria was hardworking, confident and very creative.

All students received a gift of salon hair products and Ria was given a gift of Hair Straighteners and a Saturday position.

Thank you again to all students for their hard work.

Lorraine Douglas

Elite Hair & Beauty
High Street

Hello to you all in Shire

Dear Editor,

I love reading all the news about Shire, I lived on Chelwood Road for about 18 years. and I have nothing but fond memories, and I do come back as often as I can. I use to hang with Martin Belston, Clive Gill, Phillip O’ Keeffe, we spent a lot of time on The Green and in the George. They were fun days.

I look forwards to reading about Shire in up coming issues, and I am always looking for people I know, one name I recognised was Bommer Daily,

Dillwyn Evans

Sea Mills Library

May I take this opportunity to write and thank everyone in the community who attended the recent local history events at Sea Mils Library, May 2009.

A record number of attendees enjoyed talks, reminiscences and even a few cream teas.

Ralph Hack with Library staff,left to right: Lynn Hurley, Mary Walis, Marolyn Gorry and Shulah Palmer-Jones.

Ralph Hack with Library staff,left to right: Lynn Hurley, Mary Walis, Marilyn Gorry and Shulah Palmer-Jones.

Special thanks to Judy Helme and Ralph Hack for their help, kindness and expert advice, thanks also to Dick Helme, Sue Davies and all the staff at Sea Mills Library who worked so hard to make our events such a success.

Shulah Palmer-Jones
Sea Mills and Avonmouth Library Supervisor

Have Your Say on the Lamplighters Open Space

The City Council is inviting local people to tell us what they think about draft design and development ideas for the Lamplighters play area in Shirehampton Park.

Following a consultation in meeting in April earlier this year and visits to local primary schools the city council is now working with landscape designers to turn residents’ ideas for Lamplighters play area into reality.

Once the designs are drawn up local people will have another chance to have their say - to make sure we’ve got it right. The draft designs will be presented to local people at a special event at City & Port of Bristol Sports and Social Club in the summer. Full details will be available soon.

The new play park for Shirehampton is possible thanks to a successful £2.5 million bid by the city council to the government’s Play Pathfinder fund. Across the city local parks are being transformed with the Play Pathfinder cash. High quality, natural outdoor play spaces are being created to give thousands of children and young people in Bristol the chance to experience imaginative and creative play. To find out more, visit

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks,

I have just returned from a wonderful week spent with my family in Yorkshire, visiting the City of York, Scarborough, Whitby and the Dales. The weather was perfect showing the Dales at their very best, except for the last day.

Returning to the Yorkshire Dales to their Mother House at Ham near Richmond are Sister Annaliese and her fellow sisters whom we have supported over the years with gifts of food for the homeless throughout our city. They will be sadly missed and a farewell service was held for them at St Agnes, City, when there was a full church with representatives from the other churches who have given food in the past. We wish them well in the future and hope they soon settle into their new home.

During May we had two funerals at St Mary’s – one for Tina Murphy and the other for Megan Sims who were well known in Shirehampton. Our sympathy goes to both families.

Our ‘Mystery Evening’ was in fact an Evening at the Oscars. After a three-course meal were given a murder mystery story and had to decide who the murderer was! It was all great fun and thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. The winners were Don Barnes and other who sat at his table.

On Saturday 23rd May, Canon Christine opened the Art Exhibition at the Public Hall (see the Art Group article in this issue. Ed)

On Saturday 4th July, Duncan Jennings was priested at St Mary’s Church, St Mary Street, Southampton. Duncan was ordained Deacon at Winchester Cathedral last year and is currently Curate at St Christopher’s Church, Thornhill, Southampton. Many of you will remember him as our former organist and choirmaster who also was Head Teacher of Avon Primary school, Barracks Lane. Duncan was back in Shirehampton in April and said he is very happy serving the people in his parish of Thornhill.

During June we said farewell to Tom Handy and his family. Tom was ordained Deacon at Wells Cathedral on Sunday 28th June and is to serve as Curate at Shepton Mallet parish church. We shall miss Becky who was a chorister for the past few years. We wish all these friends well and hope you will update us on how you are getting on.

Our congratulations to Father Ryan of St Bernard’s Roman Catholic church, who celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination, when Bishop Declan – Bishop of Clifton Cathedral conducted a service commemorating this event at St Bernard’s Church.

The first weekend in July is our Patronal Festival;, when Bishop Mike – Bishop of Bristol – will be preaching at our Sunday 10am Holy communion Service. This is the time when I feel St Mary’s looks at its best with flowers in abundance as we hold our Flower Festival on the same weekend.

On Sunday 12th July – the newly elected members of the Parochial Church Council will be dedicated at our 10am service. On Saturday 25th July at 7.30pm Shirehampton Area Choir will be holding their Summer Concert in St Mary’s. Tickets are £6 and include wine and nibbles and can be obtained from Gill Sawyer at the Church Office.

Friday 7th August we shall enjoy another of Tim Forder’s Car Treasure Hunts. This will commence at 6pm from The Health Centre Car Park. This popular social event is advertised on the notice board at the back of the church where the choice of menus will be published. This is always first class, I just don’t know how Tim finds them.

Many of you took the opportunity to visit Tythe Barn on Saturday 30th May. Please pass your comments and ideas on to Canon Christine as to how you would like to see it used for the community.

You only had to look at the photographs of the Holiday Club at half term at the back of the church to see how much the children were enjoying themselves.

And now, just before I go, "Did you hear about the Vicar who brought a telephone into church to illustrate to some children the idea of prayer?" He went on to say – "When you talk to people on the telephone you don’t see them on the other end of the line." All the children nodded In agreement. "Well", said the Vicar, "When you are talking to God it’s a bit like talking on the telephone. He’s on the other end but you can’t see him. He’s listening though." Just then a little boy piped up and asked, "What’s his number?"

Bye for now


Shirehampton Christmas Market

Earlier this year I wrote to Shire inviting anyone who was interested in a Christmas Market for Shirehampton to attend a meeting at St. Mary’s.

A small group of people have spent the last few months getting ideas together and planning what might happen. Sadly no one has emerged willing to lead this initiative and so it is with regret that we have to abandon plans for a market this year.

If there is anyone out there willing to take a lead, do let me know.

It seems such a good idea and a great way of showing those from outside our community what a great place Shirehampton is. Maybe 2010?

Best wishes

Canon Christine Froude

Summer Concerts with Shirehampton Area Choir

Saturday July 25th in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm conductor Tim Forder

Tickets £6 including Refreshments

Food for Thought

Grace before meals and after
Was duly learnt and recited
But I made a prayer of reluctant thanks
When food appeared that I hated

Tripe and onions stay top of my list
A dish with a sickening smell
Followed by parsnips and spinach
Alleged to help you keep well

Carraway cake is anathema
And winkles I wouldn’t unscrew
Marrow and mash are just lumps of slush
And trotters run off my menu

Celery sticks are acrid and nasty
Tomatoes hype up arthritis
Mushrooms just slither like bits of wet leather
And vindaloo can cause a crisis

My needs are simple but my choice
I eat to live and enjoy the taste
So thank you Lord – for many starve
Who could survive on our affluent waste.

Pat Squire, May 2009

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