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When The Lark Ascended Again in Shirehampton!

Daisy Field & Lamplighters

Craft Exhibition Reminder

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Gareth Chilcott Launches St Peter's Hospice new Local Lotto

Biggest Improvement in Exam Results Ever!

Dinner at Kingsweston House

Bradley House Care Staff in NVQS Glory

Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club

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When The Lark Ascended Again in Shirehampton!

Em Marshall unveiling the plaque

Em Marshall unveiling the plaque

When passing the Public Hall do have a look at the plaque on the door to commemorate the World Premiere performance of The Lark Ascending. The plaque was unveiled in the morning at 11.00am on Wednesday 26th August by Em Marshall Chair of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, in the presence of the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Brenda Hugil, Councillors, Trustees of the Hall and residents of Shirehampton.

Pearl Conway and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Brenda Hugill

Pearl Conway and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Brenda Hugill

For those who attended the concert in the evening you will know what an outstanding performance was given by the Emerald Ensemble, who included the Lark Ascending in their programme.

In the audience was Pearl Conway whose mother was a cousin of Marie Hall, Pearl lives in Yate and had read about the events taking place in the Bristol Times section of the Evening Post back in July, we were delighted that she could join us for the unveiling of the plaque and attend the concert in the evening.

The Lark Ascending was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the words are the poem written by George Meredith and was first performed at the Hall on the 15th December 1920. Marie Hall played the violin part and Geoffrey Mendham accompanied her on the piano.

Em Marshall informed us that Ralph Vaughan Williams had played an important part in her life for many years, he is considered by many as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. She was delighted when asked to unveil the plaque at the Public Hall and to visit Kingsweston House where Ralph Vaughan Williams spent some time with Philip Napier Miles.

Presentations to Em Marshall and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Brenda Hugill

Presentations to Em Marshall and the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Brenda Hugill

The Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Brenda Hugil said that she was delighted when asked to attend the occasions, one of her many interests is classical music. The Lark Ascending has been voted the best piece of classical music by listeners of classic FM for the third year running. We are very lucky to have trustees of the Shirehampton Public Hall Association who realise this.

The Emerald Ensemble is Bristol's professional chamber orchestra which was formed in 1994 by Roger Huckle. The Emerald Ensemble has performed classical and contemporary music to audiences in large and small venues throughout the UK. giving approximately 80 concerts a year. Since April 2009 Bristol City Council has granted the Emerald Ensemble 'Key Arts Provider' status.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the day. I have had some wonderful comments, it seems everyone enjoyed the evening performance, one lady remarked how when she arrived home after the concert she was on such a 'high' she couldn't get to sleep.

I must say thank you to the trustees for their support, special thanks must go to Gil Osman, I could not have organised the events without his help and expertise, thank you to Pat Comer and Ina Hume the two other members of the sub-committee. Thanks also go to Mary Hayball, Lynn Sylvester, Janet Thomas, Barbara Wylde, Katie the Hall Manager , Alan the Caretaker and Ash Bearman . Also The staff of Shirehampton Library, The staff of the Severn Four Credit Union, the ladies who served the refreshments in the morning and evening Julie Smith, Viv Holcombe, Rose Watkins, Jean Barnes and Mary Derrick. Finally a thank you must go to the ushers for the concert, two students from the Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Hannah Lucas the New Head girl and Scott Jenkins the new Head boy, they showed the utmost politeness to everyone, in fact, their entire conduct was a credit both to themselves and to the school..

Marilyn Gorry.
Vice Chair. Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association.

P-p-p Penguin

A few years ago, I wrote a poem about my father in the Great War, (he married late in life) which was reproduced in the 'Shire'. Since then my good friend Ralph Hack, has tried his utmost to encourage me to emulate the great poets such as Shelley and Wordsworth, even though I have to admit that my most recent attempts were more on a par with Rupert Bear and the inimitable Pam Ayres! Unfortunately, I have a tendency to become poetic only on certain special occasions, so need input, or rather a shove to set me in the required direction, and never enough to publish my material. Recently however, I have been left overawed by the abundance of local literary talent that has appeared in the 'Shire', the latest being Pat Squires' verbal, frustrating, but also hilarious battle with the dreaded clothes moth. I think that is probably the shove I needed, so here is my latest endeavour, penned during our recent flurry of global warming.

As I am a frequent visitor to our local library, I think a meeting there with Pat Squire would be advantageous in my pursuit of fame!

PS - Pat, have you tried moth balls!

I had this little penguin, I made him out of snow.
But as the flakes got bigger, he soon began to grow.
I let him wear my woolly hat, to stop him catching colds.
And made his yellow flippers, from a pair of 'Marigolds'.
A black bag for his 'dinner suit', his beak an old clothes peg,
Unsure if it was boy or girl, but made a snowball egg.
This morning when I went outside, his clothes were in a muddle.
I couldn't see him anywhere, just this gi-normous puddle.
I don't know where he went to, hence this sad refrain,
But hey! If it starts snowing, I'll get him back again.

Derek Fisher - Jan 2009

Shirehampton Evergreens

We welcome new members aged 55 and over to join our club. We have been in existence for over 70 years and are a very friendly club. Come and see what it is all about on Friday afternoons between 2 - 4pm at Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road for bingo followed by tea and biscuits.

Make new friends, or perhaps you will know someone at the club. We have day trips each month decided by the club members, and a Christmas Dinner every December. So just come along on any Friday afternoon at 2pm. We look forward to welcoming you. Norman Sims

Bradley House Summer Fair

On Saturday August 15th 2009, the third annual Summer Fair took place in the gardens of Bradley House, as a fund raising event for St Mary's Church, Shirehampton charities, and raised a staggering amount of 401.91.

The numerous visitors who were queuing at Bradley House door, enjoyed the various attractions which included a well supplied bric-a-brac stall, delicious cakes and drinks, a very popular barbecue of sausages and burgers, Lucky-Dip, balloons, penalty shoot-out, little ducks, Pick and Mix sweets and a beautiful stall of arts and crafts prepared by the residents.

The 32 prize raffle saw a lot of satisfied winners and the few remaining items were quickly collected during the following days.

A big 'thank you' to our local generous donators: - Tubs of WB Butchers who donated all the BBQ meat, Andrew Pinn Optometrist, Pet Shop Station Road, Stadon Pet Shop, Flower World, May News, Pauline Hairdresser, Jupe Hairdresser, Elite Beauty Shop, D& Fashion Shop. Nightingale Electrical, Auto Parts BMX 24/7, Co-op, Choice Carpets and Boots Henleaze.

A big and warm 'thank you' to all the residents, families and friends, and all the members of staff for their help, support, efforts and hard work, which have contributed to making once again a tremendous success of the Summer Fair and Bradley House, Shirehampton.

News from 'Shipshape & Bristol Fashion' August 2009 issue

This magazine of the Merchant Navy Association Bristol & District Branch reported that on Friday 3rd July the ashes of Captain J Parsloe were interred in St Mary's Cemetery, Shirehampton. Members of the association were invited to attend the event by the widow of Captain John Parsloe, a member of the branch for many years. John's ashes were brought over from America to be interred in his first wife's grave in keeping with his last wishes. The Rev T R Mullin, a Falkland's veteran, and padre from the Apostleship of the Sea, based at the Mission to Seafarers in Royal Portbury, led the service.

Avon (University Settlement) Community Association (A(US)CA) is seeking volunteers to join our management committee which runs the SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE. It is not an onerous task as we meet once every two months at 115 High Street on the second Wednesday evening of the month to oversee and manage this very important and valued free advice service. We are also in urgent need of a Treasurer so please give some thought to giving up some time to help keep this long standing local charity going at a time when it is more necessary than ever. The next meeting will be Wednesday 11th November at 7.15pm.

From the Registers of St Mary's - August 2009


  • 30th Aug - Mylie Teresa-May Brice
  • 30th Aug - Poppie Corbett
  • 30th Aug - Lilly Rose Parton-Roberts


  • 1st Aug - Sara & Mark Kelleher
  • 1st Aug - Cherie & Matthew Smart
  • 8th Aug - Emma & Jack Matthews


  • 4th Aug - Ann Spring
  • 12th Aug - Ronald Wassell
  • 13th Aug - Bobby Kane
  • 13th Aug - Frederick Richardson
  • 14th Aug - Thomas Goodman
  • 20th Aug - Daisy Muirhead
  • 20th Aug - Bryan Latham
  • 28th Aug - Kenny Moorison

Memory Page and 1940s Dance

If you were a bride in 1940 we would like to hear from you. Do you have wedding photos for our Memory Page? Also, why not join us for the 1940 Dance on Saturday 28th November at the Public Hall. Bring your own food and drink and dress up if you like (Army, Navy or Airforce). Tickets on sale from Grainger Players Liz and Mon. ALSO, don't forget our Christmas Market during the day of 28th November starting at 3pm. Anyone wishing to run a stall please phone Tessa Good on 9823560

Shirehampton Co-op

I would like to thank the wonderful staff at Shirehampton Co-op for the kind and friendly care, also for their professionalism when I was taken ill whilst shopping in the store on September 2nd. A massive 'thank you'. Linda Hall

Daisy Field & Lamplighters

Shirehampton residents turned out in force for a public meeting to ask council officers questions about their possible plans to sell off the Daisy Field and Lamplighters land for housing development.

Charlotte Leslie, the prospective MP for the area, wrote to the Council in June asking for a public meeting after around 200 residents were turned away from a closed meeting to discuss the controversial plans. The Council officers agreed to the meeting which was held in Shirehampton Public Hall, on 1st September.

The meeting, attended by council officers and chaired by Cllr. Kennedy Hall, was an opportunity for residents to tell Council officers directly about the issues surrounding the plans. Residents' contributions were of a very high standard, and displayed the community's concern for the area, as well as the wealth of knowledge held by the community.

Key areas of concern included the contamination of the land, which was formerly a rubbish tip. Members of the community recalled planning applications made by Shirehampton Colts to build changing rooms being turned down by the Council, on the grounds that the land was unsuitable for building, due to what lay below.

Other residents raised the issue of the Lamplighters land being on flood plain. Several inhabitants of Nibley Road described how their houses had been flooded in the recent past. Concerns were also raised that plans to enhance the play area on the Lamplighters Land, which currently include moving the play area, may be paving the way for an improved access route for potential housing.

Residents overwhelmingly stated that the Daisy Field and Lamplighters land is valued green-space, used and enjoyed by the community, and that the proposed aims of the Council's "Parks and Green Spaces Strategy", to improve access to quality green space, would be best served by maintaining and enhancing these two sites, for the enjoyment of the public.

Council officers emphasised that no definite plans have been drawn up, and that the Daisy Field and Lamplighters Land sites have been part of a scoping exercise to find a list of sites to be classified as of 'low value' to the community, to be sold off, which will go to consultation in the New Year.

Charlotte Leslie and Cllr. Kennedy Hall pledged to take residents' concerns forward, and to continue to press the council to ensure that these two sites do not appear in the consultation document next year.

Cllr. Kennedy-Hall said,

"I am delighted that council officers agreed to meet with the public and listen directly to their concerns. Under the strategy, the council say they will be enhancing local facilities - but the council have already demolished Shirehampton's swimming pool and closed down the Robin Cousins centre, which still lies empty."

Charlotte added,

"Local people do not want to be stripped of yet more of their community amenities under the banner of 'enhancements'. Many residents say that experience has taught them that once a decision goes to a consultation process, it is already too late. That is why we are acting now, while plans are still in early stages."

If you want to get involved in the campaign,

1. Sign Siobhan's petition online, go to . If you are not online and want to sign a paper copy of the petition, contact Siobhan on 0117 9736811

2. Write to the Council, detailing your reasons for objecting to the possible designation of The Daisy Field / Lamplighters Land as a potential site for sale to housing developers.

The address to write to is:

Rob McGovern
Area Green Space Plan Project Officer
Bristol Parks
Colston 33
Colston Avenue
Bristol, BS1 4UA

This is a highly effective way of lobbying the Council, so please, write today!

Twyford House Cricket Club

This has been a remarkable season for Twyford House Cricket Club.

The season got off to a fabulous start with the Under 13s side winning the North Somerset Indoor Cricket League back in the spring.

After the disappointment of 2008 when the First X1 was relegated from the West Of England Premier League (WEPL), Bristol and North Somerset Division the First X1 this year won the Bristol & District Senior Division to make an immediate return to the WEPL. The league title was secured with one match of the season remaining. A fabulous effort from the side led by captain Chris Sherring who lives in Nibley Road.

The First X1 also won the Bristol & District Plate competition with a convincing victory over Blagdon CC in front of over 100 Twyford House CC supporters at the final on Sunday 9 August played at Cleeve Cricket Club in North Somerset. The fine run in the Plate competition was inspired by senior members of the club wearing fancy dress at the semi final when the supporters dressed as the characters from the pop group Village People.

The Second X1 and Third X1 finished in third positions in their respective divisions and the Fourth X1 won the Bristol & District A X1 Division 3 with victory in their final game against Frampton Cottrell CC. This was a superb effort in the first season Twyford House has run a Fourth X1 which was set-up to provide competitive adult cricket for the Under 15s, with many boys featuring regularly throughout the season and making excellent contributions in matches.

The youth section at Twyford House CC continues to thrive and this season has seen four local boys, Liam Bennett, Dominic Blake, Simon West and Aaron Blake playing for the Bristol Youth Cricket League representative sides after putting in excellent performances for their respective Twyford youth teams. The end of season youth presentation will take place at THCC, Penpole Lane from 4pm on Sunday 20 September.

The season ended with a fabulous club day held on August Bank Holiday Monday with the annual double wicket competition and a tour match hosted against Twyford Cricket Club from Berkshire which the home side won comfortably.

The club is taking many players to the Bristol & District Cricket League's Annual Presentation Evening on Friday 16 October to collect the silverware.

Twyford House CC's own Annual Club Dinner is being held on Friday 27 November at the BAWA Club and should be a fine evening to end a wonderful cricketing 2009.

Pre-season indoor cricket practice has already been booked and will commence on Saturday 28 February 2010 for the Youth X1s at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Indoor Nets facility. Gary Ball

Police Appeal

Police are appealing for information following an assault in Shirehampton, Bristol, on Monday 24th August 2009.

The incident occurred in the High Street, between 3pm and 4pm in the afternoon, when the victim, a 46 year old male, wearing a rugby shirt, was assaulted by another man, who grabbed him around the throat and punched and kicked him about his head and body. Fortunately he did not cause any serious injury.

The offender is described as a white male, late 20's to early 30's, wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.

A 29 year old man has been arrested in connection with this incident and is currently on police bail, however we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. Callers should contact Bristol CID on 0845 456 7000 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. Anyone who can help should contact us through our secure Crimestoppers contact form at

Throughout the month of August we have continued to patrol Shirehampton village on Operation Brave, which has seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour, drug misuse and under-age drinking. This has proved to be successful and will continue over the coming months.

Avonmouth Hockey

Wondering what you can do with your Saturday's now the summer the over? Wanting to get fit? Looking for a challenge? Why not come along and play hockey? Avonmouth Hockey Club runs 2 women's teams in local hockey leagues. We train on a Wednesday night at Henbury Community School 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm and play our home fixtures at 1.00 pm at Henbury Community School. We welcome players of all standards from beginners to experience players and if you're not sure if hockey is for you, you are welcome to come along and try it out for a couple of weeks on our training nights. Players in club range from the ages of 15 yrs to 40 plus and our main aim is to enjoy ourselves. For more information contact Janet Wilson 0117 9828039 or Sophie Lennox 0117 9829515.

Shire Community Awards

Although a little late this year, the committee of 'Shire' wishes to invite members of local community organisations to apply for a grant. The 'credit crunch' has affected the newspaper in terms of less revenue from advertisers and as a result we will have less to give away but all applications will be considered on their merits. Please apply by 10th November, either by email to or via Shirehampton Library.

Craft Exhibition Reminder

Don't forget, if you are exhibiting please get your application form (in September edition) in to the library or 28 Meadow Grove by the 19th October, likewise if you are able to demonstrate or steward.

Calendar Pictures and Photographer Wanted

As many of our readers know, our great strength is the band of volunteers who deliver 'Shire' round the village. To thank our valiant distributors and other volunteers we print and give them all a calendar. We need photographs of local buildings and events to make up this calendar. If you could lend us photos to scan or email digital ones we would be most grateful.

If you are a keen digital photographer and would like to volunteer your services, 'Shire' is looking for an 'official photographer' to take photos of local events and functions. Many contributors supply their own pictures for publication but there are some occasions where we need to be sure a visual record is available that can be sent electronically to the printer. If you feel able to volunteer your services please email or send us your details via the library.

Letters to the Editor

Thank You

I would like to give three cheers to all those who organised the concert commemorating Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'The Lark Ascending'. Very moving to be sat in the lovely building where it was first performed, made even more moving by the playing of the Emerald Ensemble, my first experience of hearing such a group. I thought the pieces they chose leading up to the 'Lark Ascending' were a perfect introduction and so beautifully played - a great assortment and rounding off the evening with the wonderful cheery dances. A night I shall remember. Maureen Belsten

Scanner and Printer Available

Dear Editor, I have a Canon colour ink jet printer & Hewlett Packard Scanner in good working order that I no longer require and rather than sell or dispose of them in the re-cycling bin, it occurs to me that one of the voluntary organisations in Shire might have a use for them. I also have a perfectly good, grey, three drawer steel filing cabinet and am happy to donate these items to any group who can collect and use them. I may be contacted by my e-mail address or by Tel 0117 9739481 Thank you, Yours sincerely Bernard Pepworth.

Doors Open Day

Dear Sir

What a treat! I have just returned home after a guided tour of Kingsweston House on Open Doors Sunday. Although having lived locally for most of my fifty one years, this was the first time that I have had the pleasure of seeing the inside of this local treasure.

The tour guide was no less than the present owner himself, Mr John Hardy. His obvious enthusiasm and dedication to conserve and renovate the property, both to preserve it for future generations, and to share it's history and use for the pleasure of the wider community, was very refreshing indeed.

The house itself is splendid inside, with it's magnificent wooden staircase, and ceilings. There is also an interesting portrait gallery.

Having spent a lovely morning there, as a local resident, I would like to thank Mr Hardy, for his ongoing efforts, to restore this local treasure!

Mrs Kim Cleave


Dear Editor,

Just a line to let to let you know that Dorothy Beacham - nee Coombs who lived at 3 Springfield Avenue and Thomas Beacham who lived at 52 Grove Leaze celebrated 60 years of marriage with their best man Bob Wintle on the 24th September, 2009.

Sadly for anyone who knew my brother Harry, who lived in Melbourne Australia He passed away in January this year.

Tom Beacham

Mystery photograph!

We have received a photo of a group of naval cadets posing by the Fleet Air Arm. We would happily publish this if we had more information about the photograph and perhaps an accompanying article. Ed

Community Governor Required

Shirehampton Primary School is looking for a new Community Governor. The school's Governing Body is made up of 14 volunteers representing the parents, staff, local authority and local community. All schools have a governing body whose role it is to work with the Head Teacher to ensure the pupils receive the best possible education at that establishment. Governors work with the Head in agreeing the aims and conduct of the school, ensuring that the pupils have a full entitlement to the agreed curriculum, that the highest teaching and learning standards are achieved and to manage the school within its allocated budget.

"At Shirehampton Primary we are looking for a member of the local community who is interested in working with us to ensure we give our children the best start by stimulating a love for learning. Our new Head, Louisa Munton, joined us a year ago and we are in an exciting but challenging period of transition. Our goal is to make Shirehampton Primary the outstanding school which we believe all local children deserve. We have a vacancy for a community governor who has local knowledge and interest and will work with us in achieving our vision. Being a school governor is both interesting and rewarding and anyone can apply!" said Chair of Governors, Juliet Huddart.

To find out more about what is involved in being a school governor, please email

Don't Get Burgled This Winter

Having your house burgled is a devastating experience. Although burglaries are down in number there are particular areas and times of year where the numbers rise. The Safer Bristol Partnership has issued the following advice to people to avoid particular risks in the Autumn and Winter.

With the darker evenings it can be more obvious when no one is home and with Christmas the piles of presents in house or car outside can attract rather more unwelcome visitors than Santa Claus.

"As it gets darker earlier it becomes more obvious that the house is empty unless you take measures such as leaving lights, music and the TV on." says Kate O'Connor, a Community Safety Officer for the Safer Bristol Partnership.

Tips from the Community Safety Officers this Winter include:

  • DON'T leave doors and windows open or unlocked at night or when you are out of the house. Many burglars are opportunists and thrive on people being careless.
  • MAKE sure your house looks like it is occupied when you go out. Install timers on lights, radios and TVs.
  • KEEP valuable possessions out of sight and draw curtains if you are out for a long time.
  • DON'T put out packaging from expensive items like computers for recycling until collection day.
  • ALWAYS keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Working together with neighbours can be a strong defence against crime.
  • LOCK garden sheds and keep power tools secure and out of sight.
  • REGISTER valuable items on It makes it easier for police to return it.

"We are pleased that burglary rates are reducing but we really want to remind people what they can do to help themselves in reducing the temptation and opportunities for burglars" said Kate O'Connor.

Gareth Chilcott Launches St Peter's Hospice new Local Lotto

Gareth Chilcott, local sporting celebrity and Hospice supporter has launched St Peter's Hospice very own Bristol Lottery. The 'Local Lotto' is a revamp of the 1000 Club which has been raising much needed funds for the charity since 2002.

Still costing 1 per week (but you can buy as many entries as you like) and with a guaranteed 1st prize of 1,000, 10 prizes of 10 plus a weekly rollover prize with a jackpot of up to 5,000 it is hoped the new Lotto will raise approx 150,000 in it's first year!

Gareth Chilcott, said "This is great, fun way to support your local Hospice. Your 1 weekly contribution may seem small, but it will have an immediate impact. Every number you pay for will help raise valuable funds and ensure St Peter's can provide their specialist care when and where local people need it most."

Anna Ross, Lottery Coordinator says "Nearly a million people across the UK are playing hospice lotteries each week, generating over 43.5 million in 2008. It's a fantastic way to support your local Hospice and give yourself a weekly chance to win 1,000 which I am sure we could all do with - especially in current times!"

Biggest Improvement in Exam Results Ever!

Oasis Academy Brightstowe is celebrating a huge increase in the amount of students achieving 5 or more A*-C grade GCSE's in the biggest improvement in exam results ever.

In its first year as an independent Academy, Oasis Academy Brightstowe saw 58% of its students passing 5 or more GCSE's with A*-C grades. This represents a 66% rate of improvement and should be seen against a target of 35%.

The provisional figure for the number of students achieving 5 A*-C grades including English and maths is currently 21%. In response to this, the Academy is investigating English outcomes, whilst numbers of students reaching A*-C passes in maths have notably increased.

Principal Julie Winterman said: "We are very pleased that the number of students achieving 5 or more good GCSE passes has risen so significantly. All their hard work has paid off and we hope that they will go on to have a successful future."

This year's results also included many individual success stories, with a number of students achieving 10 or more GCSE's with fantastic grades.

16 year-old Siobhan White of Sea Mills, received 9 A*'s, 2 A's and 1 B and was delighted. She said: "I hoped I had done well, but I really didn't expect this. I am so pleased and will be celebrating with my friends and family." Siobhan is going to study A-levels in English, maths, law and psychology, and hopes to be a lawyer.

Ellie Tomkins, 16, also of Sea Mills was overjoyed with her two A's, four B's, and four C's and will be studying A-levels in psychology, media and design technology in the autumn. She said: "I knew I was going to pass them, but I had no idea I would do this well. I'm definitely going to be celebrating and taking it easy before I start my A-levels."

Head Girl, Natasha Simpson-McArdle, 16 of Shirehampton, also did well and is going to take a diploma in media at Filton College. She said: "I was so nervous about these results - I didn't want to come to school this morning! But I'm really happy with them, they're much better than I expected and I'm quite proud of myself."

16 year-old Darren Bagley from Lawrence Weston was over the moon with his results. He said: "I was so nervous on results day that I almost didn't want to go in but I passed and I got what I needed to carry on my studies, which is fantastic. I'm going to Ashley Down College in the autumn to do a national computing course."

Dinner at Kingsweston House

Once again Shirehampton Community Action Forum is holding a fund raising dinner to benefit the Forum. This year it will be on 21st November at Kingsweston House. We are making it a Sixties Event, with a DJ playing Sixties music.

There will be a prize for the person judged to be wearing the best Sixties costume, and also one for the couple wearing the best Sixties outfits. So go through the back of your wardrobe to see what you can find. We will also be having our popular raffle so if you can help us, we would welcome raffle prizes. Please take them to Ash Bearman at the Public Hall.

Tickets will be available from October 5th at the library and the Public Hall. We consulted people about what we should charge for tickets, to raise a reasonable sum of money for SCAF, but also not to price it out of reach of people. Therefore, the tickets will be 22 each, or 200 for a table of ten.

A reminder for Shirehampton Group Practice Patients

This year's seasonal 'flu vaccination sessions for eligible patients will be held:

At Shirehampton Health Centre:

  • Saturday 17th October - 8.45am - 10.30am
  • Tuesday 20th October - 4.30pm - 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 3rd November - 4.30pm - 5.30pm

At our Branch Surgery, Capel Road, Lawrence Weston:

  • Friday 16th October - 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Friday 23rd October - 2.00pm - 3.00pm

As last year, those who will be 65 years old by 31st March 2010 will not receive a letter of invitation but are entitled to just turn up at any of the sessions to receive their NHS 'flu vaccination. Those who have a 'flu vaccination for clinical reasons (e.g. they have chronic heart disease, diabetes, etc) will have received an invitation and can also attend any of the sessions. Housebound patients should telephone reception and ask to be added to our list of home visits to ensure they do not miss out. Patients who live in residential homes will have an organised visit by one of our Practice Nurses to administer their vaccinations. Registered carers are also entitled to an NHS 'flu vaccination.

It is VERY important that you receive this annual protection - it has been proven to be most effective in reducing the instances of 'flu, particularly for the more vulnerable in our communities. Please note, however, that these sessions are only for vaccinations against seasonal flu; the swine flu vaccination programme will be subject to a separate campaign once agreed by the Department of Health.

Not eligible for an NHS 'flu vaccination? Private vaccinations are provided at local venues, including Shirehampton, through GPCare for only 20. Appointments can be made by telephone on 0845 4682100.

Avonmouth Ladies Club - Forthcoming Events 2009

  • 3 November - Revd Jenny Low on Hong Kong
  • 17th November - Ostriches
  • 1st December - Christmas Party - entertainment Christmas Sing-a-long
  • 11th December - Christmas meal - Holiday Inn, Frenchay (on a Friday)

Bradley House Care Staff in NVQS Glory

The Honourable Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress surronded by the proud graduates posing in the gardens of Bradley House

The Honourable Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress surronded by the proud graduates posing in the gardens of Bradley House

On Friday September 4th 2009, the new and future NVQ2 and NVQ3 Health and Social Care Awards, in Care and Home Care graduates celebrated their achievement during a very friendly party at Bradley House Residential Home for Older people, in Shirehampton, which involved the residents of the home, families and friends, as well as other members of the Shirehampton community.

L - R Mrs Deana Young, Tutor/Trainer JHP, The Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Mrs Elizabeth Laycock, Owner/Manager, Bradley House

L - R Mrs Deana Young, Tutor/Trainer JHP, The Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, Mrs Elizabeth Laycock, Owner/Manager, Bradley House

The Honourable Lord Mayor of Bristol, accompanied by The Honourable Lady Mayoress (Mr and Mrs C Davis) presented the proud learner achievers with their certificates, in the presence of Elisabeth Laycock, Owner/Manager of the Home, and of Deana Young the Tutor/Trainer from JHP Training.

Congratulations to all of them and a big 'thank you' to the Honourable Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bristol, whose presence contributed to make this event a very memorable one.

  • NVQ2: Apprenticeship Award - Jodie Conlin and Toni Watts
  • NVQ2: Diane McNab and Charlene Howie
  • NVQ3: Apprenticeship Award - Samantha Watts

Learners working towards qualification: Tina Reed, Lorraine Whitehouse, Victoria Barron and Tracy Godfrey.

Bradley House, in conjunction with JHP Training, recognise learners' achievement and learners working towards qualifications that include Maths and English skills.

Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club

On 6th September, nine students of the Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club passed their Kyu gradings in Shotokan Karate. The students travelled to the Honbu Dojo in Nottingham, to take part in a training session followed by their grading examination. The training and gradings were conducted by Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th degree black belt), who is the European Chief Instructor to Shotokan Karate International (SKI) and twice All-Japan Universities Kumite champion.

Three youngsters took their 9th Kyu (red belt) their first grading, one of nine gradings they have to progress through before achieving black belt, having started training they have learnt basic punches, kicking and blocking techniques.

Other students achieved their next grade demonstrating their competence in various combinations and fighting techniques, whilst 14-year old Jess achieved 1st Kyu (brown-white belt) - this is one grade below black and Jess now has a lot of hard work to do with the aim of taking her black-belt examination after next year's three-day Summer School in August.

Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club trains on Monday evenings at St Bernard's School and Thursday evenings at Avonmouth Rugby Club - beginners of all ages (5+) are welcome. For details contact Steve on 07890396276 or visit

'Sit a While'

On the evening of Friday September 4th, members of the Cotswold Community Association and several local residents gathered in the Centre's garden to once again remember our much loved Chairman Brian Blandford.

A lovely wooden garden seat, with a handsome brass plaque, has been placed in the garden, where anyone is welcome to come and sit, and perhaps reflect on their memories of Brian, or, if they were not lucky enough to have known him, just sit a while and relax. Bobbie Perkins

St Mary's News

Hi folks!

Here we are well into Autumn and it seems only a moment ago we were enjoying Summer. A visit to the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this month is a must - the vista of the most magic colours at this time of year is not to be missed.

Our Senior Summer Sensation back in August was the most fantastic yet and included two trips out. The first one was for a three-course lunch at The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath and

the second was to the above-mentioned scenic countryside in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley where we had a cream tea at The Royal George Hotel, Tintern before returning to Shirehampton. On the other days we were entertained by the Panama Jazz Band and a variety of speakers - including Graham Purchase who gave a very interesting speech on how he became a journalist and later TV presenter. He has now retired and lives in Henleaze. For such an entertaining wee our grateful thanks go to Gill Sawyer who must have spent an enormous amount of time organizing the events for the week and obtaining a grant from a charity to subsidise all the activities we enjoyed. Nowhere else could you have had such good food and entertainment as we had for the price we paid.

I am delighted to tell you that so far we have well exceeded our Harvest Appeal Target to sponsor starving children in the Sudan. Our target was 200 and to date we have reached 215 and growing with still just under a week before our Harvest Festival. On Sunday 11th October, at our 10am Holy Communion Service, we shall have a speaker from World vision - the organization through whom our Harvest Appeal money will be handled - to explain where our donation will be spent. If you missed the opportunity to donate earlier there is still time. Thank you to all who have been so generous.

On Wednesday 14th October from 7 - 9pm we shall be hosting a discussion at St Mary's, from the "Good Childhood Enquiry" which was commissioned by the Children's Society in 2006 - the report on which came out on 5th February. Its purpose was to help people understand modern childhood and inform, improve and inspire relationships with children. Watch out for more information on the church notice board.

At 1pm on Thursday 15th October we are holding another Lunch and Beetle Drive. There will be a retiring collection to defray costs. If you intend coming sign your name on the list at the back of the church to assist in catering. If you've not been before, this is an opportunity to enjoy and meal and good fellowship.

Believe it or not it is time to remind you we are holding our Christmas Gift Fayre from to 12 noon on Saturday 17th October in St Mary's, where you can purchase various crafts made by our Craft Group, gifts, Christmas paper etc. This is not the Fayre where you buy Christmas preserves and goodies - your mouths will just have to wait and water until Saturday 28th November, a reminder of which will be given in the November 'Shire'.

At 7.30pm on the evening of Saturday 17th October, the Panama Jazz Band Concert will be held in St Mary's. They are extremely good and you would be foolish to miss the chance to hear some very light-hearted music. Tickets are available from Gill Sawyer at 6 which includes a glass of wine and nibbles during the interval.

On Sunday 18th October at our 10am Holy Communion service you can enjoy Faith, Fun and foolishness with Roly Bain. He is a full-time professional clown and priest. This service is not just for children but for those from 0 to 90+ so I suppose that includes me! (I shall hide under the choir stalls if he asks me to join in any of his tricks).

Now a few advance notices. On Saturday 7th November at 3pm we will hold our annual Memorial Service for those suffering recent or even long ago bereavement. If you have been bereaved in the past 12 months of which we are aware, then you will receive an invitation from Canon Christine, but I stress this service is open to everyone. There has been an increase in numbers attending this service over the past few years. If you would like the name of a loved one mentioned during the prayers, you just have to complete a slip of paper available from the church office. There will also be an opportunity to complete a Memorial Card on which to write the name of a loved one and this will be hung on our Tree of Light on Advent Sunday, and remain there until Christmas.

On Sunday 8th November (Remembrance Sunday) we will hold our special Remembrance Day Service commencing at 10am at St Mary's before moving up to the War Memorial at Shirehampton Park, for the Act of Remembrance at 11am.

At 6.30pm on that day we shall again host the Bristol Cathedral Girls Choir who will lead Choral Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy Psalms, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which now only occur at St Mary's on special occasions such as this.

By the time these notes go into print my daughter in law Shelley will hopefully have given birth to my third grandchild, so I thought this little yarn might be appropriate. A certain Bishop had a fondness for using quotations whenever he visited a function. When he was asked to open a new Maternity Home the organizers thought "now we have him stumped". However, after a few well chosen words he said "I know you are waiting for a quotation - here it is. We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed." CME

Community Support ensures Fabulous Farewell

On 16th July some of the teachers and parents of Shirehampton Primary School organised a Year 6 Leavers' Prom based on an Hawaiian theme. At first it was the idea of the newly appointed head teacher Miss Louisa Munton, who took on the headship in September 2008, and wanted to ensure that the children's hard work and efforts over their primary school careers, were rewarded. After talking to parents who agreed it would be a great way to celebrate the end of Year 6, a few took on the challenging or organising the event.

Local businesses around Shirehampton village were approached by parents asking for donations of either food, drink or money. Most businesses were keen to help and donated very generously. Initially it was a hard task as it was the first time an event like this under the new Head and on such a scale, had been taken on by the parents and they were unsure of the response. They needn't have worried though, as the community was only too pleased to support the local school and pupils.

As a result the children had a very special night; some arrived in a Limousine and others were collected in one. This added to the experience which the children will never forget.

A good time was had by all and the children, staff and parents would like to say a huge 'thank you' to all involved at the school and especially to:

  • A J Nightingale Electricals
  • BMX 24/7
  • Bobbetts
  • Boots the Chemist
  • Card Corner
  • Co-Op
  • Cost-Co
  • David Morsemore (The Outlet in Porthishead)
  • Factory Outlet
  • Jump
  • Nails Etc
  • Ocean Rodaway
  • Panache Plumbing
  • PJ Barbers
  • Pound Hit
  • Richard James International
  • Spud Murphy
  • Sue at Cafe Perez
  • Supersavers
  • The Pet Shop

Just goes to show what fabulous local businesses we have and how much they care for their community and the children that grow up there. Can't wait to see what happens next year!

Ken Morrison

Sadley Ken passed away at Frenchay Hospital on 24th July. His funeral service was held at Westerleigh Crematorium. Thank you to all who attended, for the lovely flowers and to Darren from Shire Club. Also a big 'thank you' to Canon Christine for the lovely service. Ken would have been very proud. There will be a memorial service at St Mary's church at a later date. Ray Harvey

(Thank you for donation to 'Shire' - Ed)

Home Delivery Survey

Bristol Libraries is doing a survey to find out what housebound people think about our services.

Do you know anyone who has their library books brought to them by another user, or do you deliver books to anyone yourself?

If you do, please ask at the desk to help housebound people participate in our survey which runs from Monday 21st Sept to 13th November. Bristol Libraries

Shirehampton Local History Group

Here lies..., but where exactly? Read on...

Here lies..., but where exactly?  Read on...

You may have noticed in the 'What's On' section that a local history group meets on the third Monday of the month. You might even remember the report in 'Shire' on the unveiling of the 'Wordsworth' plaque in the Co-op back in the Spring, resulting from a project by the history group. Well we haven't been idle over the summer either. If you saw a motley crew skulking in St Mary's Churchyard during the summer months shining torches and intently examining grave stones with magnifying glasses let me hasten to assure you this wasn't some macabre Burke and Hare re-enactment or a pagan ritual, we were simply undertaking another project. We were mapping out the graves so that anyone interested in searching their ancestors' resting places would know exactly where to look. The Bristol and Avon Family History Society transcribed the memorials many years ago because they were worried that if left much longer many inscriptions would be illegible, however there was no accompanying map - that is until now, or at least there will be when our project leader Ken Edwards finalises the process. Details of where this can be accessed will be published when appropriate.

Alright, perhaps pottering among graves doesn't do it for you, but we do sometimes have speakers at our meetings and take little trips out to places of historic interest, for instance in September we took a tour on the Open Top Bus around Bristol, and even those of us who have lived in the city all our lives learnt something new and appreciated seeing familiar sites from a higher vantage point. Similarly, in the past we have taken the train to Severn Beach and walked along to the Severn Bridge reminiscing along the way on the heady days of the Blue Lagoon, the boating lake, the fair and many other happy memories.

So if you are retired or available on Monday afternoons and wish to join us then meet us in the library at 2.30pm. It might be advisable to enquire in the library a few days before in case we happen to be on a trip. JH

What's On in October

Thursday 1st Oct

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

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 weekly 6.30-8.30pm

Shire Advice Sessions every Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 - 11am at 115 High and every Thursday afternoon 2-3pm at St Mary's Church, Shirehampton (session sponsored by the church)

Keep Fit Monday and Thursday 12 - 1pm at Avonmouth Medical Centre. Ring 9824322 for details

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

Friday 2nd Oct

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 - weekly 7 - 9pm at the Public Hall

Shirehampton Amateur Radio club - weekly at T.S Enterprise 7.30 - 10pm

Relish - weekly in term time at Shirehampton Baptist Church for 11 to 16 yr olds 7.30 - 9.30pm

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

Saturday 3rd Oct

Forget Me Not Walk in aid of Leukaemia Research, 3 kms on the Downs. Starts at 11am

Saturday Oct 3rd, 17th and 20th - Seasonal Flu Vaccination sessions for the Group Practice Patients at the Health Centre

Shirehampton Methodist Church Coffee and Cakes, first Saturday of each month 10am-11.30am. All welcome.

Sunday 4th Oct

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

Monday 5th Oct

Keep Fit at Avonmouth Community Centre 7.30 - 8.30pm

Totstop for under 5s at St Mary's Church weekly 1.15 - 2.45pm

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.

Tuesday 6th Oct

Avonmouth Ladies Club - 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church Hall - Avon & Somerset Police OR Body Shop

Penpole Lunch Club - weekly 11.30am - 2pm - 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake 3.25. Details from Sandra on 01179381236

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

Mainly Music for under 5s -at Shirehampton Baptist Church, weekly during term time 9 - 11am

Age Concern Advice Sessions Drop-in every Tuesday 9.30-11.30am at 115 High Street, Shirehampton for people over 55 (or their carers)

Wednesday 7th Oct

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 - 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

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

Bright Hour Women's Fellowship, Baptist Church 2.30pm fortnightly

Saturday 10th Oct

Severn Beach Railway Meeting - at the Village Hall, Ashton Lane, Severn Beach at 7pm

Sunday 18th Oct

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

Monday 19th Oct

Local History Group in the Library at 2.30pm

Tuesday 20th Oct

Avonmouth Ladies Club - 7.30pm at St Andrew's Church Hall - Avon & Somerset Police OR Body Shop

Port of Bristol retired employees association, Nibley Road Club

Wednesday 21st Oct

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

Thursday 22nd Oct

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

Carers' Group meets at Avonmouth Medical Centre 10am - 12noon

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

Friday 23rd Oct

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

Library Reading Group 2.15pm at the Library

End of Term for all local Schools

Tuesday 27th - Saturday 30th Oct

Craft Exhibition at the Public Hall 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 10am - 4pm Saturday

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

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

Free Short Courses for adults who do not have Level 2 qualifications ( 5 GCSEs A-C grade or equivalent) including Basic Computers, Keep Fit for Men, Confidence Building Courses, Introduction to Health and Social Care, Preparation for Work courses. For more information contact Suzanne on 9030072 or Veronique on 9030065 in the Learning Communities Team. Email or


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 or email by 10th of the month