Koyoto Shotokan Karate Club
On the weekend of the 12th and 13th September, the Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club and Newport SKI hosted a two-day karate course with Sensei Paul Mead.
Sensei Mead is a senior instructor/examiner in Shotokan Karate International (SKI) with over 37 years experience and holds a 6th degree black belt. In 1978 he became the SKI European Kumite champion, a feat which he repeated again at the European Championships in Sardinia in November 2007 when he took bronze in the individual Men’s Kumite event and first place in the Team Kumite.
Sensei Mead travelled from Nottingham to conduct the two-day course, the first day was in Newport followed by a meal at a local curry house, and the second day at the Public Hall, Shirehampton. Students from as young as 6 to over 50, enjoyed a gruelling two-hour session on both days.
There was a lot of emphasis on doing the basics properly, and great detailed attention was paid to correct stance, hip movement and feet movement. Sensei took the time to correct individuals, which was very helpful. It was a great reminder that all grades constantly need to re-learn the basics. The attention to detail allowed us to gain more speed and power in the techniques.
What distinguishes Sensei Mead from many other teachers was his attention to training with spirit. He reminded us that a proper kiai (shout) is essential, and that the sound must come from the hara (stomach), not just from the throat. We must also move from the hara too, in order to get maximum power. Sensei stressed many times the importance of being totally ready when “Yoi” is called. We must train to be ready quickly at any movement, otherwise it could be too late. He also corrected many of us for the lack of “kime”, a lack of focus and sharpness in our moves. Without kime karate is nothing, he reminded us.
By the end of the second day, we were flagging a bit, but Sensei Mead reminded us that we should never look tired on the outside, however tired we feel on the inside. If we look tired, we have already lost the battle. If we still look alert, we can encourage others in the class. In the break he said this was a good dojo, as people were not chatting, they were thinking about what had been taught.
Sensei Mead showed impressive speed and power in his karate. He also showed kindness, great attention to detail and awareness of training the spirit as well as the body. Sensei Mead will hopefully be visiting the club again in 2010.
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 07890 396276 or visit www.kyoto-skc.co.uk
Footway repairs in High Street
Major footway repairs are planned to commence in the High Street within the next few months, by the City Council’s contractor Carillion Highway Maintenance.
Works will comprise re-paving the majority of Shirehampton High St shopping area in the same block paving style already in place throughout parts of the village. On the southern side of High St works will take place between Waverley Road and St Mary’s Church. On the northern side of High St works will take place between the Original Factory Shop and the old newsagents.
To enable these works to proceed, temporary parking restrictions will be in place during the works, but will be kept to a minimum to prevent excessive inconvenience.
Residents will be advised of a start date, by the contractors, prior to commencement.
If you have any enquiries regarding these proposals please do not hesitate to contact Mr P Harrison, Highway Technician at the City Council, on 0117 922 3201.
The Firework Code
Now that bonfire night is nearly here it is worth remembering the all important firework code:
For your safety and the wellbeing of everyone around you, follow the firework code
What's On in November 2009
Sunday 1st Nov
Cotswold Service at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road, 4.45pm – 5.30pm led by Shire Baptist Church
Monday 2nd Nov
Beginning of term 2 for all local schools
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.
The Pulse Acupuncture Clinic every Monday at the health Centre
Tuesday 3rd Nov
St Mary’s Craft Group – weekly 2 – 3.30pm in church
Penpole Lunch Club – weekly 11.30am – 2pm – 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake £3.25. Details from Sandra on 01179381236
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 4th Nov
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
Thursday 5th Nov
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
Advice Service at St Mary’s every Thursday 2-3pm
Friday 6th Nov
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 7th Nov
Shirehampton Methodist Church Christmas Fayre 10am-11.30am. All welcome.
Wednesday 11th Nov
Bright Hour Women’s Fellowship, Baptist Church 2.30pm fortnightly
Sunday 15th Nov
Cotswold Church Service Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4.45pm – 5.30pm led by St Mary’s Church
Monday 16th Nov
Local History Group in the Library at 2.30pm
Evergreens day trip to Cadbury Garden Centre and Weston super Mare (details 9381725)
Tuesday 17th Nov
Avonmouth Ladies Club – 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall
Port of Bristol retired employees association, Nibley Road Club
Wednesday 18th Nov
Shirehampton Stitchers at the Public Hall 7.30pm (every third Wednesday)
Thursday 19th Nov
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 27th Nov
Sequence Dance at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 7.30 – 10pm
Library Reading Group 2.15pm at the Library
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 Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org or Veronique.email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th of the month
Shirehampton Methodist Church
On SUNDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2009
We welcome you to our 134th Church Anniversary at 11.00am
The Minister is Revd. Dr Jackie Quarmby
Service followed by a Church Family Lunch
Shirehampton Methodist Church ‘ Christmas Fayre’
Saturday November 7th 10.00 – 11.30am
Various stalls, Raffles, Tombola, Refreshments
All Welcome. In aid of church funds.
New Students in Shire!
As the new academic year begins, there will be a few extra student faces in Shirehampton – but you won’t find these students in school uniform, or even at school for that matter. These students are part of the new intake at Trinity Theological College, in Stoke Bishop, training to be ministers in the Church of England. The seven students (pictured below) are taking part in Trinity’s ‘Context Based Training Scheme’ which involves working with the churches in Shire, Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston (St Mary’s, St Andrew’s and St Peter’s) alongside their academic work at College, and so gaining vital practical experience before starting as a vicar themselves.
The students will be taking part in the weekly Sunday services, as well as getting involved with the other church and community events that the churches run. ‘I’m very much looking forward to spending another year working with students from Trinity College, sharing with them in their growth and development as trainee ministers.’ Canon Christine Froude commented.
‘We’re a really friendly bunch, from all different parts of the country and with very different backgrounds, but we’re all excited to be living and working in these three communities’, said Jim Bridgman, 24, a third year student, who has already been living in Shirehampton for two years. ‘There is such a great community feel here, which is a far cry from other places we’ve lived, and its great to see familiar faces every time you go down the High Street!’
There are some places left for the coach trip on November 17th to Abergavenny Market. There are also four places left on our holiday to the Isle of Wight on May 3rd 2010, but it will have to be room sharing as there are only two rooms left. We are staying at the Carlton Hotel and the cost is £199.00. The coach will leave Shirehampton Public Hall. Ring 9381725 for further information or call in at the Public Hall on Friday afternoons between 1 and 4 pm where Norman or Margaret will be able to answer your questions.
I would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to Mrs Champion and the committee of the Avonmouth Skittle League for their generous cheque and their continued support of the Club.
N Sims – Chairperson and Mrs M Giles – Vice Chairperson
Old School Photos
I attended Portway school from 1962 to 1966( approx! ) and Avonmouth
Church of England school 1956 to 62 (I think!). I am very keen to locate
any photos of the school and pupils from that time, any suggestions
please? Name: Tony Chivers: Ourimbah, NSW, Australia
Letters to the Editor
The September copy of ‘Shire’ was full of very exciting news. Congratulations on winning the medal, you have all been so busy. A new minister at the Baptist Church and Father Vincent Ryan celebrating his 50th anniversary of being a priest, to name a few. I came across my contract from Bristol Education Authority in 1944. The Chief Education Officer was Mr Sylvester and I was Carys Davies. I found lodgings in Mead Way with Mr and Mrs Moncrieffe and I went to St Edyth’s church the first Sunday. The vicar was M P Wilson who had a very deep voice. He came to speak to me after the service and said “Well, you are a new teacher at Portway, what do you teach?” “Cookery”. His reply was “Well what a waste of time, any old fool can cook!” I asked if they needed help at Sunday School .
I had taught in Bath when I was at college and was introduced to Mr George Fowles. His greeting was “You’re Welsh, we have a lot of horrible Welsh people at work” !! Well he changed his mind as I became Mrs George Fowles in 1948, married at St Edyth’s.
I made lots of good friends at Sea Mills and there were two children who must have been 6 or 7 years old who had new bicycles and would meet me at the Pentagon and we’d chat on our way back to Mead Way. One was Peter March who became Deputy Head at Portway years later.
To go back to the contract, I was looking forward to my £7.50 on the 3rd October – salary was £15 per month, but I had to wait until 3rd November. Cheques came to the school and the Head would give them out at play time. If the post was late she would walk around the school, cheques in hand. I wore an overall and would pop it in my overall pocket. Lunch time I would catch the bus to Avonmouth, cash my cheque and after school take my money to the Post Office Savings Bank.
Midland Bank opened a branch at Shire probably in about 1950. The clerk came up from Avonmouth on the bus with his large black brief case. I expect he could have £200 in it and he had a bodyguard, a sixty year old retired pensioner. Times have changed!
Don’t be the ‘invisible man’ this Halloween…
With Halloween and bonfire night fast approaching many parents are preparing for evenings of sparklers, pumpkins and traipsing the streets in ghoulish costumes – but with the darker nights approaching parents must take measures to ensure their children aren’t invisible at the roadside to busy traffic.
Road side deaths in the UK among children under the age of 16 have increased by a startling 20 per cent since 2005, and child pedestrian deaths in particular have risen by 13 per cent. It’s interesting that most parents are primed up for firework safety and the dangers of fooling with gunpowder, yet one of the biggest killers (being invisible at the roadside) tends to get overlooked.
Firework displays in particular are usually held in remote locations such as fields or parks in the middle of the countryside – which means less light and busy traffic.
Tips for staying visible and out of danger:
Fingers crossed we can all play our part in making this year’s Halloween and firework festivities go off with a bang without the compromise of losing precious lives.
Nick Mills, Vispack www.vispack.co.uk
Changes in our Local Police Team...
Many of us know and recognise P.C. Gareth Davies who has been our local beat bobby for a number of years. He has now transferred to Southmead. Love him or hate him there is no denying his unselfish service has had a huge influence on the community as a whole. Shirehampton has benefitted greatly from his personal approach, willingness to listen, and honest down to earth policing. A keen angler he has been heavily involved in a number of activities with youth groups helping steer them away from crime, he has also been a very pro active member of the SCAF team. His presence will be sorely missed. P.C. Davies, thank you for your selfless unstinting service to our community, and best wishes for the future.
(A grateful Shirehampton resident)
Pearl Knee, who died on September 8th 2009, was a dedicated teacher of English, first at Portway Girls’ School and then at Portway Comprehensive School, formed by the amalgamation of the Girls’ and Boys’ schools.
Pearl was born in south Wales, but came to Bristol in 1954 from Liverpool together with her husband, John, and son, Michael, to teach English at Portway Girls’ School, in due course becoming Head of the English department.
She was an enthusiastic teacher and woe betide any student who fell below her expected standard! In the days before comprehensive education a number of girls at Portway stayed on an extra year to take ‘O’ levels, one of which was English. They were then transferred to a sixth form at another school to take their ‘A’levels, Merrywood School being one such. .
She became Deputy Head of the Girls’ School, a post she held after the amalgamation, whilst continuing to teach English.
Pearl had many hobbies and interests which she pursued with boundless energy, there were no half measures! I particularly remember a knitting machine on which she turned out many garments! Other interests included theatre –going, opera, art, gardening and cycling and in the holidays the caravan (complete with bicycles) would wend its way round France and Italy etc. And of course there were visits to America to see her son and granddaughters. John died twelve years ago which left a huge hole in her life.
There must be many ex students who remember her and are grateful for her enthusiasm, encouragement, good humour and interest.
News from ‘Shipshape & Bristol Fashion’ (Merchant Navy Association Bristol & District Branch)
The annual Merchant Navy Day service at the Memorial on Welsh Bank, Bristol was held on 3rd September. This particular date was the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Donaldson Passenger Liner s.s. Athenia, the first merchant ship to be sunk about nine hours after the outbreak of World War 2. Her master Captain James Cook survived the sinking and served for many years in the company as master on the passenger line s.s. Letitia, the sister ship of Athenia. The Letitia served as a hospital ship during WW2, she was a regular visitor to Avonmouth in her hospital ship livery.
For once, some of the Pill and North Somerset members attended along with their standard bearer Paul Husher who was joined by our branch standard bearer David Caple. The branch wreath was laid by our new member Ted Jenkins who served on merchant ships during the war as a DEMS gunner. Our Padre the Rev Philip Auden DL conducted the service and we are very grateful to him for supplying the orders of service.
On Poppy Day
As we celebrate Remembrance Day this month here is a poem published in the Merchant Navy Association Bristol & District Branch newsletter:
On Poppy day I march again,
In wind or shine, sometimes rain,
For those who went and fought in wars,
Then gave their lives for some just cause.
Perhaps they fell in foreign lands,
Or lost at sea with all hands,
Each one answered freedom’s call,
Remember them – God bless ‘em all.
In silence then I blink my tears,
Side by side with medalled peers,
A surge of tribute uppermost,
At the sounding of ‘Last Post’.
On Poppy day we march again,
Stepping out to band’s refrain,
Veterans bearing justly proud,
Passing by the loyal crowd.
Shirehampton Community Action Forum. Annual Fundraising Dinner
Tickets have gone on sale for this event and are available from the library or the Public Hall. Price £22.00. Satuday 21st November
The dinner takes place in the very congenial atmosphere of Kingsweston House. Those who have been before will know the food is delicious and the entertainment enjoyable. The evening starts with an aperitif and Christmas carols in the Grand Hall of Kingsweston House, followed by a meal in the dining room with sixties music. The whole evening has a sixties flavour ,and you are asked to wear sixties clothing if possible ( but you can still come if you have given your sixties gear to a jumble sale).
There will be a prize for the best couple in sixties costume ,and likewise for a single person in 60's wear. We are searching for appropriate 60's prizes. You can be the judge of whether we have found them.
All funds raised go towards the continued running of Shirehampton Community Action Forum, whose activities many of you will be very familiar with. Please support us and buy your tickets soon . If you can contribute a raffle prize, please take it to Ash Bearman at the Public Hall.
It’s a Shire Welcome
The Baptist Church was full and overflowing for the induction and ordination of their new Minister Chris Grant. Busy bees from Shire Baptist, caterers, car park attendants, cleaners, musicians, interior display artist, ensured a warm and colourful welcome for this special occasion. People arrived from local and far away Churches to be part of the Induction and Ordination Service. There was a jolly atmosphere alongside the formal serious time when Chris Grant made his commitment to the Church and community. Friends and colleagues of Chris gave testimony to his Christian faith, training and past Church history. Chris is already becoming a familiar face around the village. He contributes to the work at mainly music on Tuesday mornings; also the youth work, and is involved with the local schools.
The Baptist Church morning service is at 10.30am and includes Sunday Club for children and Sunday youth group.
Plans for a Biofuel Power Station in Avonmouth
A plan to build 'Bristol's biggest power station' in Avonmouth is being strongly opposed by local campaigners.
W4B Renewable Energy have submitted plans to build a 50 MW biofuel power station in Avonmouth, which would burn up to 90 000 tonnes of vegetable oil, most likely palm oil imported from Indonesia.
A plan for a smaller plant was recently rejected by Weymouth & Portland Council, amidst concerns about the impact of biofuels in general and palm oil in particular on the climate, on forests and other ecosystems and on communities in the global South, as well as concerns over air pollution and public health in nearby areas. This was one of three similar planning applications recently rejected by local authorities.
"This would be terrible for Bristol, for communities in developing countries and for our shared environment" said Paul Harrod, Prospective Lib Dem MP for Bristol North West, which includes Avonmouth.
"This is not renewable energy. More than 22,000 hectares of oil palm plantations would be required to feed this one power station and even more land if other feedstock was used. The environmental cost of importing this palm oil is colossal, let alone the carbon emissions when it is harvested in the first place."
Mike Andrews, a former executive producer for the BBC Natural History Unit, based in Bristol, has seen for himself the devastating effect of deforestation caused by 'biofuel' plantations.
“It is a fallacy that biofuels are ‘green’ or cause less global warming than carbon fossil fuels.
“Biofuels are damaging because plants store less than 1% of the energy of the sun that shines on them. So energy is a very low-yield agricultural crop and the areas needed to provide fuel are enormous. Power companies burn the cheapest fuel – at present mostly palm oil. This is grown in tropical countries where tropical forest has to be cut down to give way for the plantations. The soils in countries like Indonesia are deep peat. When the forest is cleared by burning, not only the carbon in the trees goes up, but the carbon from the peat. A UN report says 98% of the rain forest in Indonesia will be degraded or cut down by 2022, to grow palm oil. The social costs are also appalling, whole communities of people are driven off their ancestral land by the big plantation companies."
"Bristol is the UK's Green Capital" said Paul Harrod. "Both the previous and current Council administrations have made great strides in increasing the amount of genuine renewable energy in our city.
"We need to send a clear message that we are only interested in the sorts of environmental technologies that reduce carbon emissions and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.
"The proposed W4B plant would do neither."
For further information contact Paul Harrod on 07879 412981
Avonmouth Old Boys RFC
Avonmouth Old Boys Rugby Football Club have recently launched their new website avonmouthrfc.co.uk, This site will give updated match reports, fixtures and dates of events in our social calendar. You can join Avonmouths RFC's online social network for free which is a great way to keep in touch friends in the community and will help support your local club.
Chairman Steve Leyshon
1940 Dance at the Public Hall
28th November 8 – 11pm
Bring your own food and drink.
Tickets on sale at St Mary’s Church at £3 each
NOT from Liz or Monica of the Grainger Players.
Brightstowe Students Perform Shakespeare
A group of talented students from Oasis Academy Brightstowe took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival yesterday, performing the playwright’s great tragedy King Lear.
The festival, which is running from 18th September – 12th November, gives 11-18 year olds the chance to perform half hour adaptations of famous Shakespeare works in professional theatres all over the UK.
This week, it was the turn of the Tobacco Factory Theatre to open its doors to young actors from ten schools across Bristol, including: Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Barnwood Park Arts College, Colston’s Girls’ School, Cotham School, Monks Park School, Nailsea School, Redland Green School, Sir William Romney’s School, St. Mary’s School and The Red Maids School.
All the schools taking part received abridged scripts and a workshop from the National Theatre Discovery Programme to help them prepare for their performance.
It is the second year that Oasis Academy Brightstowe has participated in the festival and the Academy decided to pick King Lear because they performed a comedy the year before.
Helen Ashcroft, Drama Teacher at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the festival again, as it’s such a great opportunity for our students to experience performing in a professional venue.
“They have really enjoyed getting their teeth into King Lear, as the tragedy offers a lot of scope for learning theatrical techniques. I am hoping to work with the Year 11 students to adapt the play for their GCSE exam performance.”
Year 11 student Ben Deurance said: “Performing the play at the Tobacco Factory was a really good experience, and unlike anything I’ve ever done before. To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I could do it, because I’ve never acted on the stage before. But once I got up there, I didn’t feel nervous, so it’s really helped boost my confidence.”
Brightstowe Launch Accelerated Reading Programme
Oasis Academy Brightstowe have launched an ‘accelerated reading’ programme as part of an increased focus on developing literacy levels across the school.
The programme, which is being rolled out by the Learning Resource Centre, aims to accurately assess the reading level of each student using reading test software which students can access online.
Using the results, the Academy can determine their reading level against the national standards and identify where individuals require more support. To support the programme, the Academy also plans to implement a coded shelving system in the Learning Resource Centre to make it easier for students to choose books that are appropriate for their ability.
Students will take short tests on each book they return, which will give them points for their efforts and provide the Academy with a measure of their progress. As their reading improves, the system encourages students to pick more challenging texts and move up in their reading ability.
Learning Resource Centre Manager, Geoff Parsons, said: “This is a great system which will really help us to work effectively to support students in their reading.
“In the past, we knew how many books were being loaned out, but not how well they were being read. We suspected that students might be getting put off if they accidentally choose books that were unsuitable for their ability.
“Now, we can direct students to books that are within their capabilities but that also challenge them to improve. The fact that the system is automated means that we can ensure every student takes part and better identify the ones that are struggling.
“We can also reward students for the points they accumulate, which will hopefully encourage them to use the Learning Resource Centre on a more regular basis.”
The Academy has also been given an additional £2,000 to spend on books that correspond with the reading software to help expand the Academy’s ever-growing library.
Increased lower capital limit for pension credit and pension-age HB/CTB
The lower Capital Limit for pension credit and pension age Housing benefit and Council tax benefit is due to increase from 2nd November 2009, from £6,000 to £10,000
The upper limit for housing benefit and council tax benefit stays at £16,000.
There is no upper limit for pension credit.
How does this affect people?
More pensioners will be entitled to pension credit and housing benefit and council tax benefits and should now consider making a claim.
Also pensioners currently on these benefits will have their income increased.
If you would like advice to see if this affects you, please contact Tony at the Avon University Settlement, at 115 High Street, Shirehampton. Tel 982 9399
Tony, can see you at the drop-in sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 11.30am.
(If you can’t make these times, then ring him for an appointment)
Shire Golf Goes from Strength to Strength
The economic climate may have caused a lot of doom and gloom but spirits have remained high at Shirehampton Park Golf Club. It’s the classic story of “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”!!
We started the year by offering some great new membership deals. These were introduced not only to gain extra members, but also retain those who were feeling the pinch. Our Social membership was also reduced to only £15 per year!
Club Captain Steve Fowler has had a fantastic fundraising year for his chosen charity, ‘The Precious Drops Campaign.’ This is a new breast milk unit for premature babies based at Southmead Hospital. Steve’s daughter Kelly raised no less than £---- in a zip slip off the Suspension Bridge, this along with various race nights, quiz’s, fun competitions and raffles have all added to the pot!
On the course our golfers have also had some great success. Firstly, the Men’s 1st Team won back promotion into the Bristol and District 1st Division. They also won a Hi-Lo Foursomes competition held at Woodspring GC. A further success was clinched in the prestigious Lister Cup, where Paul Burt, Steve Fowler, Brad Lee and Martin Greenslade came in with the winning team score.
Not to be outdone, the Ladies League Team also won promotion back into Division 1 of the Bristol & District Ladies Golf Alliance. Captain Anne Oliver, Vice Captain Nicky Hawkes and fellow team mates Liz Hemmings and Liz Nicholls were also runners up in the Gloucestershire Nett Team Championships.
The Junior Section is taking on a new lease of life. Jason Bennett, our Junior Organiser, is very keen to get Golf Mark accreditation for the Club. This will help secure funding for more junior coaching. Sunday afternoons already sees regular junior groups getting a taste of what golf is all about. These sessions are open to any youngster for the small price of £2. One of our up-and-coming junior members, Ruby Cecil, deserves a special mention for not only winning her first ever stableford competition at Rodway Hill GC but also for coming first in a recent Texas scramble competition held at Thornbury GC. Other Junior and intermediate successes include Sam Payne who made his debut in the Senior Men’s County 2nd team and Luke Krupa who represented Millfield School in the International Schools Championships held in Australia.
All in all, there is plenty going on at Shirehampton Park Golf Club, with competitions and social events to suit all ages. So, if you’d like to be a part of this friendly set-up, or would like more information about membership, function room hire or the junior taster sessions, please call Club Secretary Karen Rix or Assistant Secretary Sue Thomas on 0117 982 2083 and you will be assured of a very warm welcome!!
Last Posting Dates for Christmas
International airmail posting dates:
Friday 4th December:
S and C America, Caribbean, Afriuca, Middle East, Far East, Asia, New Zealand and Australia
Thursday 10th December
Japan, USA, Canada and Eastern Europe
Friday 11th December
It is important that you put the postcode. Post can also be sent by surface mail more cheaply but by the time you read this the deadline will almost certainly be gone!
An Urgent Appeal
As many of you are aware, the Council is considering selling off some areas of green space in Shirehampton. We are in the process of putting together a portfolio of photos and any other information as evidence to show the Council how much the land is appreciated and valued by the local community.
If you have any information or photographs regarding both the Lamplighters Field and the Daisy Field, we would be grateful. We are also particularly interested in anything connected to flooding or the tipping that went on in both locations.
Please forward any information to Shirehampton Library, Station Road. HOOFS (Hands off our fields!)
Shire by Post
The time has come for us to reluctantly have to announce an increase in the annual subscription for copies of ‘Shire’ posted within the UK. From 1st December the subscription will increase to £7 to take account of increased postage and cost of packaging. S Husher
Avonmouth Workmen’s Club
The skittle alley in the Avonmouth Village social Club 2-10 Napier Square, Avonmouth is vacant n each alternate Monday and Thursday evenings, if teams are looking for a venue. Also there is a dartboard available for darts teams for their home oche on Monday and Wesdnesday evening. Further details from the Secretary, Pete Browne on 9873162/9873161
For inclusion in the December edition of ‘SHIRE’ please hand your copy into the Library by November 10th.
The Fruits of Labour at Avon Primary
This autumn the Harvest Festival Celebrations at Avon Primary School, Shirehampton have come to life, with real fruit and vegetables harvested from the school garden, hand picked by the children.
Back in June this year, parents, grandparents, children, teachers and governors started working on a community garden within the school grounds. During a few weekends of hard labour, sleepers were built into benches to create an out door classroom, top soil was transported in, decking laid and eight raised beds formed and planted with an assortment of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers,
The great selection of vegetables have been tended and watered by the children, and include pumpkins, potatoes, marrow, beetroot, carrots, fennel, chard and cucumber. Tomato plants have flourished and the smell of mint is fragrant in the air.
The bumper crop inspired Mrs Leonard and Class 4 to cook with the vegetables they had picked, they made a delicious flan of tomatoes, chard and feta cheese. Pickles and chutneys have been cooked up too, and will be available to buy at the school Christmas Bazar.
Mrs Atkins – Avon Primary School Head Teacher said “This garden has brought together a cross section of our community, all working towards creating an exciting environment to help bring learning to life, and to extend our classrooms outside the constraints of four walls”
The Harvest Celebration was held in the school hall on Thursday 15th October.
Older Persons' Day – 1st October
This was celebrated at Kingsmead Lodge by the residents. The day included a residents’ outing around Shirehampton, returning to music, dancing and a celebration Yesteryear Tea which included, Spam, jam and corned beef sandwiches, bread and dripping, bread pudding, jelly and evaporated milk and, of course, sherry. Our most senior resident, Muriel Oakhill, received flowers from Mimosa, the Director of Quality “Sean Devine”.
(Thank you for your kind donation – Ed)
Shirehampton Church Launches 'Barn-Raising' Bonanza
The organisers of the appeal to purchase and renovate the Shirehampton Tithe Barn as a community facility have launched an appeal for fundraising support.
The ‘barn-raising bonanza’ aims to raise an initial target of £32,000 amongst residents and businesses in the city – ten per cent of the overall sum of £320,000, which is the estimated amount required to cover the cost of purchasing the building and making it suitable again for community use.
A programme of fundraising events and grant applications to charitable foundations and trusts is also planned to raise the remaining funds.
The proposals for the Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to the late 15th century, include:
Appeal Manager James Harris said:
“In days gone by, when the Tithe Barn was still in agricultural use, the community would have been asked to donate ten per cent of their harvest every year for storage in the communal Tithe Barn - hence the name ‘tithe’ which means ‘tenth’. That’s why we thought £32,000 would be a good target for our community appeal as it represents a tenth of the overall total we need to make our project a reality.
“We’re really hoping that people will get together to have some fun whilst raising money for our appeal at the same time – whether it’s groups of colleagues, friends or families; baths of beans, sponsored walks, quiz nights or cake sales, we’d be delighted with anything people feel they could do as part of our barn-raising bonanza.”
Tony Garland, manager of the Shirehampton Co-operative supermarket, who is a Patron of the appeal, added:
“The Tithe Barn could be such a fantastic facility for the people of Shirehampton and yet, at the moment, it’s empty, cold and rather sad-looking. We want to refurbish it and re-open it as soon as possible as a place where local people can meet for all sorts of activities – from lunch clubs and keep-fit sessions for our elderly to parent-and-child groups, youth groups and support for those with special needs.
“But we need help to achieve that and I really hope the businesses and people of Bristol will get behind us as they always do so enthusiastically for all sorts of different causes.”
A planning application for the renovation of the Tithe Barn is scheduled to be submitted to Bristol City Council by the end of 2009 with the work taking place during 2010 if permission is granted and the necessary funds raised.
Anyone wanting to support the appeal or discuss an idea for a fundraising event can contact James Harris, the appeal manager, on 07886 217139 or email email@example.com
Portway Students Aim High at College
Former students from Portway School have achieved a string of qualifications between them at City of Bristol College, helping to build successful future careers in Childcare.
Laura Davies and Charli-Ann Cummings joined the College after leaving Portway School in 2008 and have both completed a CACHE Diploma at Level 2 in Childcare and Education. Charli-Ann’s new qualification has secured her a job as a nursery assistant at a day nursery in Shirehampton, while Laura is continuing her studies at City of Bristol College by working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare Studies.
In addition, Sara Bartholomew, Zoe Holmes, Racheal Williams, Emma Hillyer and Kim Richards have recently completed a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare at the College. All five girls, who joined the College two years ago, are now moving on to study Higher Education courses.
“Each of these students has done very well and I am confident that they have successful careers in childcare ahead of them,” said Sadie Woodward, Childcare Programme Co-ordinator at City of Bristol College.
“We are proud of their achievements and wish them all the best for the future.”
For further information about City of Bristol College’s Childcare courses, visit www.cityofbristol.ac.uk, call 0117 312 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Chance to Apply...
Don’t forget, the deadline for applications to the ‘Shire’ Community Award scheme is 10th November so if you belong to a local organisation that has a funding need it is worth applying. We have a much reduced amount to give away but all applications will be given full consideration. Decisions will be made in early December.
The George Inn not only made a magnificent contribution towards Shire winning a Silver Award in the Bristol in Bloom Competition, it won an award of its own. It was a Silver Award for the Best Public House Frontage. Congratulations and well done! The certificate is displayed above the bar. The Silver Award for Shirehampton Shopping Area is on display at the Post Office. GO
This is the month when up and down the land and across the globe, the familiar sight of Remembrance Services and ceremonies will be taking place and be shown on our TV screens. We may well be taking part in these gatherings ourselves either at church, a cenotaph or war memorial. One thing we will miss this year is the moving picture of Harry Patch and Henry Allingham placing their wreaths of poppies – our last link with the reality of what the Great War was like for the young men who fought for King and Country. I am fortunate enough not to have lost any loved ones in armed conflict but who can help but be moved as we remember those who have and still are today.
As a family historian I was determined to find out as much as possible about my own grandfather’s experiences in WW1. Typical of his generation, he did not talk of the horrors he witnessed although just a few years before he died at the age of 92, granddad did tell us something of the horrors of trench warfare, too gruesome to be described here and I never cease to marvel at the way these men returned to Civvy Street and were expected to function ‘normally’ despite the images they carried in their minds. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was an unknown concept so no counselling was available - it was just a case of ‘get on with your lives’.
Back to granddad’s history. His name was Arthur Maurice Rich, born in 1892 in Bedminster but from 1948 lived in Lawrence Weston with his wife Hilda and remained there until moving into Jim O’Neill House in the late 1970s. He was employed at the Smelting Works for much of his working life and there are possibly people living locally who still remember him. After retirement from the Smelter he became an ‘odd job’ man at Shirehampton Golf Club until well into his 80s.
I have a couple of photos of him with fellow soldiers, one (shown) at the initial training grounds in the Malvern Hills. Obviously a ‘posed’ picture it shows men who appear to be in high spirits, awaiting a ‘Boy’s Own’ type adventure perhaps, preparing to go off to France and if they were all like granddad they were willing volunteers happy to fight for their country. How many of them returned I wonder? The other photo I have was taken in France in 1915 and still they were smiling (ordered to no doubt!) but it was taken just before they were thrown into the mayhem of trench warfare.
His service papers were destroyed in a bombing raid in WW2 so I had to rely on the Medal Rolls to discover the medals he’d been awarded and his regimental number(s) but this led to the information that he became a Lance Corporal. I already knew he had served in the ‘Glorious Gloucesters’ having joined up before WW1 as a Territorial. A couple of visits to the Regimental Museum in Gloucester gave me an insight into what his life as a soldier was like but I wanted to know in which battles he served. Finally I was able to obtain the information I required from an archivist at the Regimental Museum for a very reasonable search fee that produced a ten page email! Knowing in which battles he fought I could then read background information to gain a fuller picture of his experience and this is what I hold in my mind when I participate in acts of remembrance.
But what about the Home Front? Well the people of Avonmouth and Shirehampton would have been all too aware of wartime activities even if there had been a total news blackout. Being in the vicinity of the docks and the Remount, processions of soldiers and horses heading for the docks and hospital ships coming in, would have been an almost daily occurrence. In addition, Kingsweston House was used as a hospital for wounded servicemen and in August 1916 the Red Cross produced a short guide book to Kings Weston which described the house and grounds and in particular the Bewys Cross before which ancient seamen paid their devotions after a safe voyage. The following quote comes from the booklet. “Here perhaps, if you have a Sailor or Soldier son, you will murmur softly: Holy Father, in thy mercy, hear our anxious prayer, Keep our loved ones, now far absent, ‘neath thy care.”
Then there were those families left at home dreading a visit from the telegraph boy. I am lucky enough to have inherited my grandmother’s postcard albums which include a large number of beautiful embroidered postcards sent to her from friends on active service in mainland Europe. The messages were obviously censored so very brief and cryptic, but the saddest one was an ‘I love you’ embroidered card from a young man named Stephen sent to her at Christmas 1915. Another card is a photo of Stephen and marks the fact that he was killed on the 19th March 1916. Nan had written - ‘He was brave and true. Loved by everyone who knew him. Like many others he was sacrificed through the lust of kings’ She had also written on the front of the card ‘Stevie, bravest and best’. This card brings home the futility of war, the waste of young lives and also how our own destinies are wrapped up in past wars, after all Stephen, had he lived, may have become my granddad! On that note, how many people reading this today, would not be here if their parents hadn’t met as a result of WW2?
As we witness the regular processions of soldiers’ coffins through Wootton Bassett in 2009, how ironic that Armistice Day was initiated after the ‘War to end all wars’ and yet 90 years on we are still remembering the fallen from the many wars that have occurred since then and are still occurring now. We will remember them. Judy Helme
NB if you wish to research servicemen’s records a good place to start is the WW1 the Medal Rolls and Service records that have survived (sometimes in the form of ‘burnt documents’ salvaged from the bombing raid) you can use the subscription site www.ancestry.co.uk (free access at Bristol libraries) or visit The National Archive at Kew and view them on microform (alternatively you can pay to view the Medal Rolls on the TNA website). The Commonwealth Graves Commission website will give details of servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars.
St Peter's Hospice Christmas Bazaar
Council House, College Green, Saturday 7th November
Variety of Stalls, Chocolate Fountain, Raffle, St Peter’s card and calendars, light lunches and refreshments. Plus a Town Crier.
If you are not expecting anyone to call upon you and someone does, it could be someone you do not know. It is likely that the person/persons could be trying to sell you something. Not all cold callers are of a pleasant disposition and are not always agreeable to ‘No thank you.’
Here are some simple tips that may help you avoid getting into a difficult or unpleasant situation.
Be aware of postal scams (competitions, lotteries) that require you to ring a number to claim your prize of £1000s, they are mostly SCAMS.
St Mary’s News
Hi folks, well, here we are into November, dark evenings and chill winds once more. Just where does the time go? I can’t believe that next month we shall be entering winter and Christmas celebrations will be with us.
Due to your generosity to our harvest appeal, we have collected sufficient funds to save over 400 Sudanese children from what would have been death from disease and starvation. This is a wonderful response and to crown your efforts I have just learned today that the Bristol Bridge Business Club have donated a further £400 to our total, which means that 80 more children will have a chance of life rather than death. We are indeed most grateful to them for supporting our appeal. Thank you to you all.
Also, on our Harvest Weekend, many folk were able to see the skills of Dick Helme’s woodworking, displayed throughout the church, and the flower decorations were also themed on “the Carpenter’s shop”. Thank you Dick for bringing along some of the machines, which are used by you to produce your masterpieces, and also to the ladies who used their skills to produce some really innovative floral displays.
Last month I mentioned that we shall be holding our Annual Remembrance Service for those who have been bereaved recently, or some time ago. This service will be held at 3pm on Saturday 7th November. This is just a reminder not to miss it. Canon Christine will welcome any person who has suffered a bereavement in the past.
Remembrance Sunday this year falls on Sunday 8th November. Our special Remembrance Service at St Mary’s commences at 10am with the hanging of a poppy wreathe or cross beneath our memorial window at the west end of the church, after which we make our way in procession through the High Street and Park Hill, to the War Memorial on Shirehampton Park for the 2 minutes silence and Act of Remembrance at 11am. Shirehampton Cricket Club has very kindly offered us their facilities afterwards so we can enjoy a cup of coffee or something stronger, to keep out the cold. Thank you Don Geddes for arranging this for us.
At 6pm on the Sunday evening, St Mary’s will be hosting the Bristol Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Boys’ Consort for Choral Evensong. This is a service which only occurs on special occasions at St Mary’s. If you haven’t been before and you are a lover of choral music, then this is definitely the service for you. Their previous visits have always been superb.
I am told that the Parish Weekend at Glastonbury went off very well indeed and was much enjoyed by everyone. It was led by Canon Wendy Wilby, who is Precentor at Bristol Cathedral, and her husband Phil. On the Saturday evening Wendy and Phil, together with Tim Forder and Alan Gibson, performed a musical concert which was deemed a resounding success and very much appreciated by all.
A large group of children recently underwent a period of training, with our Lay Minister Gill Sawyer, to enable them to take Communion before Confirmation. Their first service when they take communion will be at 10am on Sunday 15th November. Please come and show them your support for this first big step in their Christian life.
Canon Christine has arranged a Funeral Evening in church on Monday 16th November, from 7 – 9pm. This will definitely not be a morbid affair. Alison Harding, a member of our congregation, was once a Funeral Director and will tell us what an undertaker’s duty involves. Also a solicitor will explain the importance of making a will and what is involved in Probate. Canon Christine has produced a leaflet on which our last wishes can be set out. The idea is that it should be kept alongside your will or in a safe place where your relatives can find it. Please come along – I am sure there will be some facts that will surprise you!
At our 10am Holy Communion service on Sunday 22nd November, Robin Protheroe will talk about St Mary’s Pilgrimage to The Holy Land in May 2011. This should prove to be interesting and give some idea of what to expect. I think it is the most adventurous trip Canon Christine has planned to date and will far surpass our previous day trips to Windsor, Oxford etc !
We shall soon have our raffle tickets in aid of the Tithe Barn Appeal on sale. These cost £1 each and offer some extremely attractive prizes, including a weekend for two in London with a visit to the Royal Albert Hall for a Christmas Concert, a box for 4 persons at the Bristol Hippodrome to see the pantomime, a day in Bath with lunch at The Hole in the Wall restaurant with transport to and from by taxi (if you live in the Bristol area). Our last raffle which we had at our Spring Sparkler in April produced a considerable amount towards our appeal and it is anticipated this one will too, but only, of course, if you buy the tickets.
Now for that mouth-watering event – our Christmas Festive Food Fayre – to be held from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 28th November. This is where you have the chance to purchase, amongst other Christmas items, such things as hampers, jams, chutneys, cakes, puddings etc. All the produce is home-made by our effervescent resident “Mrs Kipling” – alias Gill Sawyer who spends many hours providing all these lovely goodies for sale. This is always a popular event so get there early, or you may find the very thing you wanted has sold out. Also at 11.45am we shall be announcing the winners of the Tithe Barn Appeal raffle.
On that same day there will be an “Advent Afternoon for Children” from 2 – 4pm. There is no charge, just put your name at the list in church. Wow, it looks like it’s going to be a busy day.
The very next day is Advent Sunday, which reminds us that Christmas is just around the corner. At 6pm we will hold the special Advent Sunday Service when the lights will be lit on our “Tree of Light”. This is the tree on which we hang the memorial cards in memory of loved ones. The tree will remain illuminated until the end of the Christmas period. The cards will be available at the Annual Memorial service earlier in the month or in a basket at the west end of the church.
On Saturday 5th December Canon Christine will be in church during the morning to receive donations of cash for our Annual Gift Day. The money this year is to go to the Tithe Barn Appeal and if you are a tax payer you can Gift Aid your donation to increase the value in a painless way. The quicker we can fill the coffers the sooner we can start on the refurbishment of the building and get it back into use to benefit us all. Please assist with a gift, no matter how small, every penny counts.
The next Sunday, 6th December, we shall be holding our usual 10am Holy Communion service but in the afternoon at 4pm we will hold our Christingle service followed by tea. This is open to everyone, not just children. If you do not know what a Christingle service is then come along and be pleasantly surprised.
Finally, did you hear about the sidesman who was on duty in church when there was a Christening about to take place and there were a crowd of relatives present. Just as the first hymn started two strangers entered the church. The sidesman approached them and said “Are you with the Christening Party?” One of the men then replied, “No I’m with the Woolwich!” Well I laughed if you didn’t. Bye for now. CME
From the Registers at St. Mary's
20th September: Cole Cox, Ben & Joe Cook, Lucy Raby
5th September: Stephen & Nicole Hoydan
5th September: Thomas & Gillian Llewellyn
10th September: Margaret & William Lear
11th September: Thomas & Catherine Western
1st September: Leslie Jenkins
4th September: Kathleen Shaw
8th September: Stanley Miles
9th September: Hilda Adams
10th September: William Packer
11th September: Frank Tebby, Jean Gissing
16th September: Gordon Coles
30th September: Kathleen King, Patricia Gazzard
All You Ever Wanted to Know About... Funerals!
Well, you may be thinking “a funeral is something I want to steer well clear of” and yet, inevitably, it is something that is going to happen to all of us.
When I meet with families who have been bereaved, they find it so much easier to make the necessary arrangements when their loved one has left specific instructions about what they want.
To help us all think through the issues involved there will a special evening at St Mary’s on Monday 16 November 2009 between 7 and 9pm.
With me there will be a funeral director and a solicitor as we discuss the things that need to be thought about, the options available, and answer your questions.
I do hope that you will come along, if not for your benefit, then for the benefit of those you leave behind who will always be grateful to you.
With best wishes
For further information please phone 0117 9855450
Local Business Supports Broadplain Amateur Boxer for a Second Season
Shire lad and 2009 Junior Western Counties ABAe Champion, Nathan Cummings-Snow would like to thank PJs Barbers of Shirehampton for continuing their annual sponsorship for this season. For updated information on Nathan visit Freewebs.com/secondsout