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Staff at Original Factory Shop Rally Round for the Title Barn

Library News

Letters to the Editor

Can You Help?

Shirehampton Evergreens

1950's Fancy Dress?

Shirehampton Primary School Press Release

Bully Counsellors Have New Approach for 2010

Portway School in the 1950's

St Mary’s News

Relish the Glue at Shirehampton Baptist Church

Nightingale Spreads Wings!

Down Memory Lane

Staff at Original Factory Shop Rally Round for the Title Barn

Staff at the Original Factory Shop in Shirehampton have chosen the Tithe Barn Appeal as their official charity partner for 2010 and kicked off a year-long programme of fundraising with a special launch weekend over 30th-31st January.

Canon Christine Froude, Vicar of St. Mary's, joins staff of the Original Factory Shop to kick off the fund-raising partnership.

The team hope to raise a minimum of £500 for the Appeal during the course of the year and made a great start by raising £98 through a customer raffle and staff paying to ‘dress down’ for the week.

Store Manager, Ashley West said: "We had a great deal of interest in the campaign from local causes looking for a helping hand and it was a very difficult decision to make. We have chosen Shirehampton Tithe Barn Appeal as we feel that we can really help over the next 12 months.

"Colleagues are very excited about the scheme and cannot wait to get stuck into the fundraising initiatives we have planned. This weekend, customers also had the chance to join in the fun in store to help us raise as much money as we can for this worthy cause."

Tithe Barn Appeal Manager, James Harris added:

"We are so grateful to the team at the Original Factory Shop for picking us as their charity partner for this year and for kicking off their fundraising so enthusiastically this week. It is a huge encouragement to us that local businesses and their staff and customers support us in this way. The money they have raised this week will contribute directly towards bringing the Tithe Barn back into use for the benefit of the local community and we look forward to working with them them on other initiatives during the year."

Frank Alan Forder (1922-2010)

Judy, Terri and Tim wish to record our grateful thanks for all the cards and good wishes received following the death of our dear father Frank. It has been a source of great comfort to share happy memories and learn how well liked and respected he was. Thank you too to all who attended his funeral at St Peter’s Filton and for all the contributions to be divided between Tear Fund (Haiti Earthquake Fund) and St Andrew’s church, Avonmouth which he attended for many years.

(Thanks for donation - Ed)

Do you want to work?

If you are on a health-related benefit or have claimed employment support allowance (ESA) for over six months you can get help in finding the job you want from Working Links ( sponsored by the European Social Fund and Job Centre Plus . Their programme can help identify job goals, help access services right for your needs, provide careers advice and guidance, give benefit advice around returning to work, highlight tax credits that you could be entitled to and advise on possible financial assistance.

There is a possibility that sessions may be held in the library on Monday afternoons so look out for further details. In the meantime you can find out more by calling 0117 9800320.

Library News

How can we help you! With all the adverse weather we have had recently, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone what they can do if they cannot make the journey to the library.

1) If you already have books and cannot return them on time you can renew them by:

(a) ringing any library and giving the staff your membership number and they will renew all of your books for another three weeks.

(b) ringing the 24-hour automated line 0845 0020777. You will need your membership number and your PIN. If you have not yet been given your PIN or have forgotten it please contact the library and we will be able to give it to you.

(c) you can go online at where, once you have logged in with your membership number and PIN you will be able to renew your books and/or order books.

2) If you have difficulty getting to the library and need to rely on someone to bring you or choose your books for you, we have a special ticket designed just for you.

This is the "Housebound Individual" ticket which allows you to have your books for longer than the standard three weeks. This relieves the worry of having to make sure someone is free to bring you. If this ticket would help you and your ‘helper’ please ask at the desk and we will be happy to transfer you onto one.

If you have any other difficulties borrowing or returning books please come and talk to us and we will do our best to help. Remember, library staff don’t bite (well not very often!) and we like to help whenever we can.

  • Shirehampton Library - 9038570
  • Sea Mills Library - 9038555
  • Henbury Library - 9038522
  • Westbury Library - 9038552

Annual Art Exhibition

This will be held at the Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton from 29th to 31st May 2010, Admission free.

  • Saturday 29th May - 1pm - 6pm
  • Sunday 30th May - 10am - 6pm
  • Monday 31st May - 10am - 6pm

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) - remaining meeting dates for 2010

Meetings are held in Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road and meetings are open to all.

  • Monday 10 May - 7 - 9pm
  • Tuesday 13 July - 2 - 4pm
  • Weds 1 September - 7 - 9 pm (AGM)
  • Tuesday 23 November - 2 - 4pm

For more information please call Ash Bearman, Community Development Officer for SCAF on 0117 9829963 or email

PBA Retired Employees Association

Meetings for the remainder of 2010 (reminders will be given in ‘What’s On’)

  • 16th March - A Holiday Diary of 1836 - Mrs Pat Hase
  • 20th April - AGM and Spring Lunch
  • 18th May - The history and mystery of Magic - Mr Stanley Cruse
  • 15th June - Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego - Mr Bernard Tapp
  • 20th July - Life in "The House" - Dr Douglas Naysmith
  • 17th August - "Television Tales" - Mr Tim Hooper (a TV and film extra)
  • 21st September - "Perchance to dream" - Mr Terry Merrett-Smith
  • 19th October - The Children’s Hospice at Wraxall - Mrs J Powell
  • 16th November - "A good read" - Mr David Weeks
  • 14th December - Christmas lunch

Libraries Join a Friend

Library users in the city are being asked to encourage a friend or family member to join their local library in a bid to recruit new members and share the benefits of being a library member. The recruitment drive is part of regional campaign by LibrariesWest to > attract new library members.

The campaign, set to be launched next week, February 1,2010 offers anyone referring a friend and getting them to join up, the chance to enter a free prize draw. Prizes include a flat screen digital TV, a digital camera and Amazon vouchers. The membership campaign will run until April 30,2010.

Bristol’s libraries boast around 65,000 members, representing 15% of the city’s population - and estimates annual visitor numbers in the region of 2 million. The recruitment campaign aims to attract at least 500 new members - and the first 500 who do join, will receive a free ‘Love your planet’ jute library bag. New library members will also have the opportunity to hire a DVD or CD for free or have a reservation of their choice for free.

"There are many benefits of having library membership," says Julie Bowie, Libraries Service Development Manager. "Bristol libraries offer a whole range of services well beyond the familiar book borrowing and DVD hire. We have free Internet access, on-line skills and learning opportunities, homework clubs, talks, book and author events, story times for younger children and access to nearly 2 million items for loan across the LibrariesWest region. "By attracting more library users, more people will benefit from the range of services we offer. And now is a good time to join as there is the chance to enter our free draw and win a fantastic prize."

Library user Andrea Blaney, who introduced her friend Tina Usher to Wick Rd library, said: " I love taking my twins to the children’s Rhymetime at the library - they get so much out of it. When I was told about the library campaign I thought I’d introduce my friend, who also has twins and we are now both members." Friend and neighbour, Tina Usher, added: "The library is a lovely place to meet up and the twins think it’s great. I’d urge anyone else to give it a try and join up."

For more information about the membership campaign and how to details on how to enter the free prize draw, visit or visit your local library.

NSC Boxing Show

This will be held on Thursday 4th March at Pill Memorial Club, 1 Lodway Pill, BS20 DH - Doors open 7pm, First Bell 8pm. Tickets £10 for over 18s and £5 for under 18s. The Pill Club phone number is 01275 372176 and further details can be found at

Letters to the Editor

Mr Lewis Arthur Aldworth

Dear Editor,

My grandfather, Mr Lewis Arthur Aldworth, was the church warden at St. Mary's for many years.  Not F.W. as in the September Shire.  We were the only Aldworth family in Bristol.

The photo shows my grandfather to the of Rev. Clement Dixon?.  My grandfather ran the Shirehampton charities.

Best wishes to you all,

Carol Clarke (nee Aldworth)


Dear Editor,

Now that the Co-op has taken over Somerfield it’s not good for Shire . We have to pay more now with Co-op, it’s not that cheap. It’s about time we had a new supermarket in Shire that would be cheaper than the Co-op. Let’s make them sell the old Alldays which is the Co-ops. We need a small Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda or Iceland to bring down the prices we have to pay in Shire. We also need a pub that does cheap food like Wetherspoon that would be good in the old Alldays shop. The old Woolworths would have made a good Iceland or Sainsbury’s .

M Baker

Green Spaces

Dear Editor,

I have had a discussion on the phone today with a lady and I am putting in a statement to the paper as follows:-

"We feel that the issues surrounding the daisy field are issues that affect the community at large regardless of their political views therefore, we feel it is wrong for one political party to monopolise events within a community. The event held by members of the community was simply to show the Council that green spaces are very important to people and should not be taken away from us, they provide a way of people from all walks of life enjoying the fresh air and holding events which bring people together and they are vitally important to local residents."

D Cole

Bristol Folk

Dear Shire,

Would you be interested in including a feature about my new book, "Bristol folk", which is a history of Bristolian folk music in the 1960s and 1970s? The book has a few mentions of Shirehampton and

surrounding environs, including a very rare photo of the Pill Ferry from 1966 taken from the Shirehampton side. Plenty of local musical heroes and celebrities, such as Keith Warmington (BBC Bristol) and Fred Wedlock, helped with anecdotes and photos. Further information on the book is available at

Just to add a bit of personal background, my parents, two brothers and sister had already lived in Priory Road for a few years when I was born in the blizzard of 1962 and we soon moved to Burnham Road, where I lived from 1963 through to 1997, when my mother moved into Hampton Corner on Pembroke Road. I moved all the way to Bishopston after enrolling as a mature student at UWE (where I was in the same faculty as Alex Wright, who I notice is still involved in the Shire website!)

and after four years teaching at UWE I decided to start putting my vast knowledge of all things musical into print. "Bristol Folk" is my first book to be published and it has gained some very favourable reviews in Roots and Shindig national magazines already. Two more books are in the final stages of preparation. The book is published by Bristol Folk Publications. Mark Jones

My Working Day

You may or may not know that we have a Lord Mayor in Bristol. I work from the Lord Mayor’s official residence, which is a large beautiful Victorian house in Clifton, near to the zoo. Apart from the Lord Mayor attending events such as opening new schools, presenting prizes for outstanding achievements throughout Bristol, charity events and also welcoming members of the Royal Family to Bristol, he/she also holds civic events, private dinners at the Mansion House, including weddings. The Lord Mayor has attended many events in the Shire area, in which I live and went to Portway School. Have you thought of inviting the Lord Mayor to your event, please feel free to contact me.

I am part of a team of 3 who chauffeur the Lord Mayor to each event in and around Bristol, which is very interesting to meet with other people from all walks of life. It’s also a good way of finding your way around Bristol. One of the most enjoyable jobs I have is to help arrange couples weddings.

What better place can you hold your special day. The Mansion House is also open to the public on certain days of the year at which you would be greeted by the Lady Mayoress and offered tea and cake as well as a look around the house to view the civic treasures. Every day is so different. Please feel free to contact me (Andy) on 0117 9031455 if you would like some more information.

Andrea Pitchford, Functions Officer,

Mansion House 0117 9031455

Dog Mess

Dear Editor,

I’m unsure how to begin this letter as I’ve never corresponded about "dog poo" before, anyway here goes. I live on the Portway just above the PBA Social Club and living in this locality fortunately allows me to exercise my dog in the fields adjacent to the Lamplighters Inn, through the path at the back of the PBA Social Club and along the fields that run parallel to Nibley Road. Now during and since the bad weather we’ve recently experienced, the amount of dog mess that is being left by inconsiderate dog owners has increased dramatically. We’ve already been stopped from entering the PBA playing fields because of the amount of dog faeces being left on the playing surface and who can blame them? I do understand that even the most diligent of dog owners can sometimes miss where their dog does its business, but what I’m seeing is downright laziness on the dog owners’ part. We dog owners must be more responsible and clean up after our dogs so everyone can enjoy our green areas without having to worry about dog mess. Maybe some more "poo bins" would help, maybe a visit from the dog warden and somebody being prosecuted would bring people to accept their responsibilities, hopefully the latter will not be required.

J Donnelly

Nott Brodie

Dear Editor,

Nott Brodie was a company in Station Road, opposite the railway station. The train sidings went across Station Road into Nott Brodie’s. There was a large black building. I remember them being there in 1930-50s. During the war troop trains would pull into the sidings while they waited for a ship at Avonmouth. We would have the soldiers up to our houses and give them tea and anything we had to eat. What we would like to know is when and how this became the Daisy Field. I have asked my old friends and they would like to know as well because we all know it as Nott Brodies.

C Clarke,

Kingswood, Bristol.

Land Grab Response

Dear Editor,

I was somewhat surprised to read in the most recent edition of Shire the misinformed item from EA Petersen, ‘The Land Grab Continues’. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure all your readers - and EA Petersen - that the city council has not sold Tynings field to developers, indeed; it has not been sold to anyone and very much remains council-owned land.

There is a small waiting list for allotments in the area and the council’s allotments team have been consulting with the Allotments Panel of users on how best to raise funds to put in the necessary improvements. These improvements could include new pathways; access to water and other facilities and will increase the number of available allotments.

I’m sure Shire readers and residents will give their views when we have a recommended plan to consult upon.

Kind regards, Gary Hopkins

Cabinet member for environment and community safety Bristol City Council

Swimming Pool

Dear Editor,

SHIREHAMPTON needs a new swimming pool - and Bristol City Council’s ruling Lib Dems have pledged to look at the idea as a manifesto commitment.

More than 500 residents signed a petition for a new pool at the weekend and Paul Harrod, Prospective Lib Dem MP for Bristol North West, who organised the campaign, has welcomed the commitment by the Council leadership to carry out a full feasibility study.

Paul said: "The next swimming pool in north Bristol must be in Shirehampton. This area has lost leisure facilities in the past and the time has come to invest in this part of Bristol. I hope the Council will commit to building a new pool as soon as the funding allows."

Deputy council leader Simon Cook, who is executive member for culture and leisure, said:

"It’s quite clear there is strong demand from people in Shirehampton for a new pool and some of us pointed that out to Labour when they took the decision to replace the old Shirehampton pool with a new one some distance away in Henbury.

"Following the impact of the Free Swimming Programme, there is certainly the market for another pool in this area and we will carry out a full feasibility study into that if re-elected in May.

"It could well be that a new pool could be situated in the grounds of the Oasis Academy Brightstowe.

"Swimming pool provision in our city is being transformed. The old buildings required large taxpayer subsidies for every person that used them. The new ones, by being linked to existing gym or sports hall facilities, can run at much lower cost." For further details please contact Paul Harrod on 07879 412981

The Bristol Shiplover’s Society

Programme for 2010

Talks take place at: - The Wardroom, HMS "Flying Fox", Royal Naval Headquarters, Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NS (Parking available).

Meetings on the following Tuesdays

  • 2nd March - Royal National Lifeboat Institute - Mr P. Young
  • 16th March - Briistol Port Company - Mr Patrick Kearon
  • 30th March - South West Shipping - Mr Geoff Williams
  • 13th April - Bristol Pilot Cutters - Mr J. Raymond-Baker - (TBC)
  • 27th April - Bristol Docks, An Update - Mr Richard Smith
  • 11th May - Npower Renewables - (TBC)

Meetings start at 19:30 at the Wardroom, HMS "Flying Fox", Winterstoke Road, Bristol. (Parking available).

Membership: Open to all with an interest in ships and the sea.

Visitors are very welcome - £3.00 per head. (Thank you for donation - Ed)

Can You Help?

My friend and colleague Jenny Walmsley is working on a series of stories on unsolved murders in Bristol. She is one of the Producers on ‘Inside Out West’ that is usually broadcast on BBC1 on Monday nights. I used to work with her and she is not one of these sensationalist producers. She prefers to stick with the facts.

At present she is working on a report for the Philip Green murder that took place on Shirehampton Golf Course. Jenny is trying to locate a number of people to speak to, at present for research purposes before deciding on anyone to interview for inclusion in the TV report.

Firstly she is trying to track down the parents of Philip Green. Their names are Barbara and Ivor. Not sure if they are still alive. They lived in Elberton Road, Sea Mills at the time but they may have moved away and I wondered if anyone had information or know of any other family member who may be living in the area.

Jenny is also looking for a lady called Barbara Harries. At some point she had something to do with the Kingsweston Preservation Society. So far we have drawn a blank with her.

Philip went to Lawrence Weston School and she is also trying to locate the friends he’d spent some time with that day. Their names are Philip Walsh, Christine Bennett and John Bennett. I have tried Friends Reunited but have drawn a blank on that.

What Jenny would like to do is at some point, to do a tie in with The Shire around the same time the report is broadcast on TV and see if anyone who lived in the area at the time may be able to help Police with their cold case investigation. People can see it on the TV and also read about it in the Shire at the same time.

Would appreciate if someone could contact Jenny at: with any information on the above persons or additional people who may be able to help her.

Many thanks.

Kathryn Courtney-O'Neill

Shirehampton Methodist Church Mothering Sunday

14th March at 11am - Guest Preacher - Mrs Margaret Hilton (from Frampton Cotterell)

All are welcome

Carys Fowles

Carys Fowles who was known by many people in Shirehampton died at the beginning of February. For the last couple of years she had been in failing health and last year moved into a residential care home.

She was married to George and they had a son, John. She came to teach cookery at Portway Girls’ School in the late 40s. When the schools merged to become the comprehensive school Carys continued at the school. After George died she went back to Wales to be near her sister and happily settled into life there. She continued to take an interest in the school and in Shirehampton until the end of her life, and as you may have noticed, on occasion wrote letters to this paper.

I’m sure she will be remembered fondly by many of her past students.

Shirehampton Evergreens

The above photograph shows some of the Evergreen’s members in fancy dress at our Turkey and Tinsel holiday in Teignmouth in November 2009. Will all those people who bought tickets for the pantomime on January 6th at the Playhouse Theatre, Weston super Mare, please come to the Public Hall on a Friday afternoon with your ticket and exchange it for a seat at the show ‘We’ll meet again’ on May 16th, performance starts at 2pm. Travel arrangements will be given when you collect your ticket or you can phone 9381725 for details. Our first day trip of 2010 is to Cardiff on 13th April.

1950's Fancy Dress?

Can anyone identify this occasion, believed to be taken in the early 1950's and possibly a fancy dress party at the Co-Op Hall.  Photo lent by Marilyn Green who features in the picture.

Shirehampton Christmas Lights

The Lights committee would like to thank the good people of Shirehampton for their generous donations for Christmas lights. The tins in the shops were well supported. We had many comments of appreciation about the trees for Christmas and your wonderful donations confirm how much you like to see the village ‘lit up’. We would also like to thank ‘Shire’ for their help and donation, Lee, Ashley and Luke for all their hard work and Spud Murphy for again taking the trees away afterwards. C Rich, Treasurer, Shirehampton Christmas Lights Association.

Shirehampton Primary School Press Release

"Friends of Shirehampton Primary School" -a group of parents dedicated to raising funds for Shirehampton Primary School and its pupils- are arranging a wide range of activities for the coming year. Ruth Stevens, the new chairman said "There has been a surge of interest from new parents interested in joining the PTA and there are now 15 of us working hard, planning different events for the parents and children." After a successful Christmas Disco, the "Friends" are now turning their attention to the "Spring Table Top Sale". All proceeds raised will go towards the refurbishment of the school library and will benefit all pupils. PTA Secretary, Emily Duguid said "We are inviting all members of our community to our Table Top Sale, whether you want to hire a table to sell your nearly new clothes and toys, or whether you simply want to come along, pick up a bargain, have a cup of coffee and get to know a bit more about our school". "Friends of Shirehampton Primary School" are always looking for new members and any parents wishing to get involved should contact the school office on 0117 9031447 to find out when the next meeting will be held. Watch this space for information on up and coming events at Shirehampton Primary School!!

Spring Table Top Sale

The Friends of Shirehampton Primary School are holding a sale to raise funds for the refurbishment of the school library. This will be held on Saturday 27th March from 10.30am to 1pm in Shirehampton Primary School, in the Sun Hall. There will be Nearly New Clothes and Toys, Cakes, Refreshments, Raffle and Face-painting. If you would like to hire a table to sell any Nearly New Clothes or Toys please contact Michele or Carol in the school office on 0117 9031447. Everyone is welcome to come along and pick up a bargain!

Bully Counsellors Have New Approach for 2010

The Oasis Academy Brightstowe Bully Counsellors are taking a new approach to their duties for 2010.

Set up in 2009, the Bully Counsellors are run by a group of 14 student volunteers, who offer a listening ear and friendly advice for those who are experiencing difficulties with others.

The group is supported by Academy Learning Mentors, the Hub team and the Avon & Somerset Police, who give the students training in ‘Restorative Justice’ techniques which help them to solve issues and disputes.

For 2010, the group have decided to take a more strategic approach to their work to encourage other students to use their services and access support.

Each individual Bully Counsellor has been attached to a House and will be spending time with a specific tutor group in order to get to know the students better and encourage familiarity.

Year 8 Bully Counsellor Scott Healey said: "I think it’s a good idea to get to know tutor groups because then the others know who you are and they’re not worried about coming up to you.

"When we run our drop-in sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, sometimes students don’t come because they don’t want to speak to people they don’t know.

"This way, people recognise me in the corridors and stuff, and aren’t afraid to ask me questions. Most of the things we deal with aren’t students being mean - they’re mostly misunderstandings or fall outs that we can make better.

"I really enjoy being a Bully Counsellor and would like to work with people when I leave school and be something like a Community Police Officer."

The Bully Counsellors have also been working with Year 7 students, who may be finding the transition between primary and secondary difficult.

Hub Development Worker Jen Conlan said: "The Bully Counsellors have been speaking in assemblies about the service they provide and making sure the new students know where to come if they have a problem or need some advice.

"I think that for Year 7’s to be able to recognise some friendly faces outside of their tutor groups, really helps the transition process, even if it’s just a wave or kind word in the corridor.

"We are also hoping to recruit some Year 7’s over the summer to become the next generation of Bully Counsellors, so it is important that they are aware of this service."

Enterprise Day Supports Charities

Students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe raised £647.92 for charity through their efforts at the Enterprise Christmas Market held last term.

The students managed to raise the impressive total despite having to pay back small ‘loans’ which covered the materials costs of the products they made. The event was kindly sponsored by UK Waste Oil and Industrial Fuel Services company ‘Eco-Oil’ who donated £250 towards prizes for the event including the Brightstowe Business Cup, the winner of which will be announced at a presentation assembly in the near future.

Stephenson House made the most money, raising an impressive £186.07 altogether.

11S were the tutor group who made the most money. They sold cakes, purses and xmas stockings to raise a fantastic £86.63.

The money will be split between the Academy charity Stop The Traffik and a nominated charity of the students’ choice.

Business Studies Teacher Keryn Perkins said: "The event itself was a great success and I’m very impressed with the amount of money raised. I know it will mean a lot to the students to make such a significant contribution to the Academy charity.

"The students acted very professionally on market day and impressed the judges with their products and carefully crafted business plans, so it was very difficult to decide the individual prizes. The main problem that the students found was that their products were so popular a lot of them ran out of stock before the end of the day!

"We will be running an additional programme of enterprise activities in March when the Academy will be having a collapsed curriculum day and each year group will work alongside a business professional."

Early Success in Maths Results

Year 11 students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe were celebrating last week after receiving promising results in their maths GCSE.

Out of the students who sat their early entry exam in November, nearly a third secured a C grade or better, and almost half of these received a B grade or above. In total, over 20% of all Year 11 achieved or exceeded their target grade nearly 8 months early.

This success builds on the achievements of 2009, when the Academy saw the number of students reaching A* - C passes in GCSE maths notably increase.

As part of a new initiative to help students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe achieve their target grade in the core subject, all Year 11’s will take an early entry maths exam in November and a subsequent re-sit in June.

The Academy will break-down the first set of results and identify each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses under exam conditions and take action to ensure they improve upon the grades in the summer.

In the next few weeks, staff will be meeting students on an individual basis to review their targets and create personalised revision plans for them. Between now and June, they will receive further support through online learning resources, specially focused curriculum days, and dedicated revision classes after school and during the school holidays.

One student said: "It was good to do the exam early because it gave me an idea of what to expect. I was a bit disappointed with what I got and so my teacher is going to help me with the bits that I was stuck on and hopefully I’ll do better next time."

Assistant Principal Sally Ganner said: "We are very pleased with the results at this stage and are proud that all the students’ hard work has paid off.

"They received extra support and revision help throughout the winter term, and because the exam was a linear one, students did not have the added pressure of coursework, so could concentrate fully on exam preparation.

"As our Academy specialism is in Mathematics and ICT, we have been working hard to promote these subject areas throughout the curriculum and are encouraged by these promising results."

Portway School in the 1950's

Does anyone recognise themselves or others?

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks! Here we are hopefully beginning to see the signs of Spring, and Easter just around the corner in early April!

Well, sadly this month I have to report the death of a well known lady in Shirehampton - Barbara Mazur. Barbara lived in Churchleaze and worked for many years in the Co-op in the High Street and was a familiar face to many of us who shopped there. She was obviously very well thought of, as there was a full church for her funeral. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to her husband and family at this very sad time. She had been ill for some time before her death, but is now free from all pain with our Lord in heaven. Rest in peace Barbara!

Many of you will have been shocked last month to learn of the death of the Rev Anthony Wheeler. Since I wrote his obituary his funeral service has been held in St. Mary’s. Once again there was a full church. We owe a lot to Tony who gave so much time and energy to St. Mary’s, and it was with the late Very Rev. Horace Dammers that they guided our church through the interegnum before Canon Christine was appointed. Tony was very much the peoples’ choice when St. Mary’s was going through a rather ‘dark age’ - we shall all miss him very dearly!

Now, after all this sombre news I am delighted to tell you that our recent Beetle Drive was once more a resounding success and raised the sum of £150 for church funds - also our recent DVD & Book Sale, which took place in January, raised over £500. Thank you to all of you who supported these events.

Anybody who missed our "Alternative New Years Eve Party" missed a treat. Gill Sawyer provided us with a superb four course meal and we were entertained by a Piper wearing his kilt and sporran. If anyone outside heard all the Scots medleys we were singing and closed their eyes they would have thought they were in Glasgow! We also had a competition with whistles - each table had to play a well known tune - this produced howls of laughter - and the evening also raised the sum of £350!

On a Wednesday in January - the Wednesday Lunch Club was host to Charlotte Leslie who is the prospective Conservative Candidate for North-west Bristol. She was able to speak and listen to some of the concerns of the elderly folk living in Shirehampton - a good opportunity to have a face to face talk with someone who may well have the chance to change things for us all in the future!

At 6.00 pm on Sunday, 7th. February - Bishop Mike - Bishop of Bristol - conducted a Confirmation Service at St. Mary’s when 14 candidates were confirmed. Two of the candidates were also baptized by Canon Christine at the same time. As always Bishop Mike preached an interesting and often amusing sermon to a packed church. A couple of the candidates were from other churches in the district - but we welcome them all as full members of our church family.

As from Wednesday, 3rd. March the "Police Surgery" will move from Penpole to St. Mary’s. The "surgery" will be from 11.00 am until 12 noon each Wednesday from then onwards. I did hint this suggestion to the last Beat Manager in one of my Newsletters - but it was never taken up! I would think this will prove to be a much more successful location - right here in the heart of the Village. I’m a bit old fashioned because in my days in the Police Service we were always seen around in the High Street and elsewhere (usually scrounging a cup of tea off some poor unsuspecting shop keeper - thank you Tubs!!!).

Our Spring Fayre will be from 10am until 12 noon on Saturday, 13th. March in St. Mary’s. You will be able to purchase crafts, cakes, preserves and gifts etc., (especially as Mothering Sunday is the very next day!!) During the afternoon from 2.30pm until 4.00pm Cream Teas will be served with musical entertainment - so don’t miss it!

On Mothering Sunday (14th. March) our 10.00 am Holy Communion Service will be very informal and suitable for all members of the family - no matter what their age. So please come - you will be more than welcome. At 8.00pm there will be Compline - which is a very short form of Evening Prayer - an ideal way to end what may have been a hectic day!

Our 11.00am Holy Communion on Thursday, 25th. March will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. (It is also the Head Verger’s Birthday - she is 21 again!!!!).

On Saturday, 27th. March from 10 am until 12 noon we will be having a Church Spring Clean - so if you are feeling energetic - please come along - you can be assured a job will be found for you!

Finally, a reminder - Sunday, 11th. April - at 6.00 pm, after a Short Service we shall be holding our Annual Parochial Church Meeting when a new Parochial Church Council is elected.

Do you believe this? The ladies of the Mothers Union have a chiropodist to speak at their meeting next week. No doubt his text will be: Blessed are the feet that wait upon the Lord!

Bye for now - C.M.E.

From the Registers at St. Mary's January 2010

Baptisms - "We welcome you"

31st January

  • Craig Edward Hugh Chilcott
  • Lexie Louise Cornell-Edwards
  • Cody John Thompson
  • Layla Marie Warren
  • Mylie Fay Warren

Funerals - "At rest and at peace"

  • 5th - Beryl Speakman
  • 6th - Harold Yorke
  • 11th - Alan Wildblood
  • 14th - Doreen Thompson
  • 15th - Edith Wootton
  • 15th - Ernest Sage
  • 18th - Ivy Booth
  • 26th - Barbara Mazur

Holy Week & Easter at St Mary’s

  • Palm Sunday - Sunday 28th March
  • 8.30am - Kids’ Klub & 10.00am - Holy Communion
  • 6.00pm - Holy Communion with Worship led by our Worship group
  • Compline - Monday 29th March - 8.00pm
  • Tenebrae - Tuesday 30th March 8.00pm

Join us for these two short services of evening prayer.

  • Wednesday 31st March - 7.00pm - A play, Father & Son. There will be a chance to meet the cast, director and author over drinks and nibbles afterwards Tickets £6 - church office
  • Maundy Thursday - 1st April - NO 11am SERVICE The congregation will attend the Cathedral at10.30am for: Holy Communion with the Blessing of Oils.
  • 6.30pm at St Mary’s, Maundy Thursday - Holy Communion with the Washing of Feet (for those who would like to take part) followed by a Fellowship Meal. Sign up in church.
  • GOOD FRIDAY - 2nd April - 10.00am - Family Service around the cross followed by hot cross buns. 10.00am - Walk of Witness by Shirehampton Churches - Good Friday procession leaves The Green arriving at St Mary’s at 10.45am, finishing at The Green by 11.30am.
  • 1.00pm - Stations of the Cross. Meditations and prayers on ‘the road to Calvary’
  • 2.00pm - 3.00pm - Shirehampton Area Choir present ‘The Crucifixion’
  • EASTER DAY - Sunday 4th April
  • 7.00am - Sunrise Service - on the parking space opposite the Golf Course followed by breakfast at Shirehampton Cricket Club. Sign up in church
  • 8.30am - Kids’ Klub - breakfast and a short service
  • 10.00am -Holy Communion - Do enter our competition, come in to find out more - prizes for adults & children. Accompanied children are invited to find an Easter surprise after the service.

Relish the Glue at Shirehampton Baptist Church

We held our Annual General Meeting at the Church recently and were particularly excited with what our Youth Worker, Dave Eggleston, shared about the work that he is currently doing amongst the young people in the village.

When the SBC/St Mary’s Church/Methodist Church youth project came to an end last summer, Dave felt called to stay on and work with Shirehampton’s young people in a part-time capacity with us. The first three terms of this academic year have shown why this was such a good decision for the youngsters with whom he makes contact week by week. Weekly clubs at the Church, ‘Glue’ (a Young People’s Fellowship Group) on a Monday night and ‘Relish’ (a drop-in Youth Club) on a Friday night, have been thriving. This is especially true of ‘Relish’ were the young people can enjoy playing indoor football, pool, table football and table tennis, and also make use of the ‘chill area’ were there is the opportunity to slow down a bit and chat to each other and to the Youth Leaders who are around. The idea of Relish is that it is a safe place for young teenagers to be on a Friday night, where they can come and go as they please and be themselves. Glue takes place on a Monday evenings between 7.00 and 8.30 pm, and Relish happens on Fridays between 7.30 and 9.30 pm. All of the young people in the village are also welcome to come and join us at our Sunday Club at the Church (11.15-12 noon), where the activities include stories, quizzes, games, and discussions, all designed to help youngsters learn about God and have fun at the same time. If you would like more information about any of these you can make contact with Dave via the Baptist Church on 982 8238.

As well as the work that Dave does at the Church, he is also to be found giving of his time, mainly on a voluntary basis, at Brightstowe Academy. He helps run their very successful Breakfast Club, mentors a small group of students on a one-to-one basis, and is a familiar face around the Academy.

With the Link Project, that is now well into its second year, transforming the church buildings, we are looking forward to seeing how we can use the new spaces to offer even better clubs and facilities for our local young people on a regular basis in term time. We are also hoping to run another Holiday Club later in the year for some of the younger children in the village - building on the success of the sessions that we had at the end of the last summer holidays. Do look out for the times and dates for this during the summer term as the holidays approach.

Shirehampton Woman Makes a World of Difference

Shirehampton Woman Beats Over 1,000 People to Make a World of Difference with a Two Month Work Placement with a Charity

  • Jenny Ashby wins a place on the Vodafone Foundation’s First World of Difference UK Programme
  • She plans to spend two months working for local charity Scout Enterprises
  • One of 500 places nationwide offered by the Vodafone Foundation

Jenny Ashby, 24, from Shirehampton, Bristol has been chosen from over 1,100 applicants to win a place on the Vodafone Foundation’s 2009 World of Difference UK Programme.

The programme gives 500 people from across the UK the opportunity to work for a charity of their choice. Jenny has chosen to spend two months working for her chosen local charity Scout Enterprises at Orange St Creative Studios. Scout enterprises are a charity that works with V, a volunteering organisation.

Scout enterprises at Orange St Creative Studio’s specialise in 16-25 year olds who are in hard to reach areas, out of education, unemployed or people who have little confidence or who are disadvantaged through disability or ill health to develop their skills through volunteering opportunities such as creating art, music and environmental projects Whether they’re one off workshops or 12 week projects, volunteers are given the opportunity to take part in fun creative activities that build up their skills whilst helping to contribute to their local community.

Jenny became interested in the charity after she volunteered for them their pottery studio.

The Vodafone Foundation will pay each charity a total £2,500 of which the winners gets the balance once tax and National Insurance has been paid. In addition, Vodafone UK will donate a new mobile phone with pre-paid credit so winners can capture their experiences and share it on to inspire others.

Jenny will spend her placement with Scout Enterprises as a Project Leader, developing new creative projects and activities that help disadvantaged to be able to take part in activities that will help them gain valuable experience, build their confidence, make new friends whilst making a difference to the community. Jenny is currently project leading a new exciting pottery workshop for volunteers to learn the art of ceramics and produce artworks that will benefit the community.

About her win, Jenny said: "I’m looking forward to going back to work for Scout Enterprises. Now I’ve been given the chance to finish what I started and I hope make a difference to the people who use the charity."

This is the first World of Difference UK programme launched by the Vodafone Foundation. The programme was open to anyone over 18 in the UK who had the passion, drive and commitment to donate themselves to a charity. Taking part involved finding the right charity to suit their interests, skills and experience and completing an online application form at

Over 132,000 fans have been following the programme’s progress on and the WOD_UK Twitter account now has nearly 400 followers. For further information on the World of Difference programmes please go to: or join the World of Difference Facebook fan page

For further information please contact: Vodafone World of Difference media relations team 020 7632 4800

Fatal Road Traffic accident

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a fatal road traffic collision in Bristol.

The incident occurred on Monday 8th February 2010 at 11.25am at the St Brendans roundabout junction with the M5 access road.

A Toyota MR2 was in collision with a male pedestrian, aged 57.

The vehicle collided with the pedestrian who was thrown onto a nearby metal post fence. The man died at Frenchay hospital shortly afterwards.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the collision investigation unit on 0845 456 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via We never ask for your name or trace your call.

Co-op Christmas Pet Food Collection

Many thanks to all our thoughtful customers who gave so kindly to our collection. All the food (and one cat basket) was taken to the RSPCA in Bristol just before Christmas. The Co-op received a letter of thanks from the Bristol branch who tell us that, although they are a branch of the national RSPCA they run as an independent charity with no funding from the national RSPCA, Government or Lottery, therefore they rely on support from the community. Huge thanks again to all who supported this appeal.

Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club

On Sunday 7th February, 15 students of the Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club passed their Kyu gradings in Shotokan Karate. The students travelled to 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 Dan - 9th degree black belt), who is the European Chief Instructor to Shotokan Karate International (S>K>I) and twice All-Japan Universities kumite champion.

Six students were taking their 9th Kyu (red belt), their first grading, one of nine gradings they have to progress through before achieving a black belt. Having started training they have learnt basic punches, kicking and blocking techniques. As they progress through the different coloured belts they learn more complex combinations and start to apply the techniques of controlled sparring.

The club is looking forward to a training course on Saturday 27th March 2010 with Sensei Dave Kershaw (6th Dan), a senior instructor with SKI and former six-times SKI-GB Kata champion. This is Sensei Kershaw’s first visit to the Bristol club and he will be conducting two one-hour long training sessions in Shirehampton Public Hall - club instructor Steve Ashby (2nd Dan) was 17 when he started karate training with Sensei Kershaw in 1984, setting up the club in Shirehampton in 1996.

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 07890396276 or visit


The family would like thank all relatives and friends that attended the funeral of the late Harold Norman Yorke on 25th January 2009. Many thanks for all the messages of sympathy,cards,floral tributes and Kind donations. We would also like to thank Canon Christine Froude for such a wonderful service,and also to Julie,Kim and all the staff at The Hope & Anchor for your hospitality.

All our love

The Yorke Family (thank you for donation -Ed)

Volunteers wanted!!

Shirehampton Cricket Club will be joining the Natwest CricketForce program this year. CricketForce is a national program to assist local cricket clubs improve their facilities.

On the weekend of March 26, 27th & 28th the club will undergo a renovation thanks to the help of club members and volunteers. All help is welcome - we are a friendly bunch and you just might make a few friends! We will be painting site screens, moving pictures, painting walls, putting up signs and laying a new net surface.

If you would like to help - either in time or donations (goods or money!), please contact Monica or Ben on 0117 9048905 or drop into the ground on Saturday at 1pm. We will be celebrating the day’s work on Saturday evening in the renovated club-house, culminating in the draw for our sponsors for the 2010 season.

New Players Wanted!!!

Shirehampton Cricket Club, at the top of Park Hill, has been established for 152 years. We run junior and senior teams for both guys and gals. It is a great club, with an excellent social scene. To help us get fit and ready for the new season, we will be starting winter net sessions. New players are wanted, of all ages and abilities. Indoor net sessions are starting at Henbury Leisure Centre on Sunday February 28th and will run through until Sunday 18th April.

  • 5pm - 6.30pm - Junior Nets - Under 11’s, under 13’s, Under 15’s & Under 17’s
  • 6.30pm - 8pm - Senior Nets

Nightingale Spreads Wings!

On New Year’s Eve, when Charlotte Ford put the shutters down for the final time on her salon Sugar and Spice, people could be forgiven for thinking there was yet another shop in Shirehampton High Street that might remain empty for months, but thanks to a local success story this will not be the case.

Many of you will have been grateful for the electrical supplies shop that was opened in September 2008 in the former flower shop next door to Sugar and Spice by electrical contractor Tony Nightingale. Having made the decision to open the shop some six months before the economic recession made its presence felt he was not sure how the future would unfold but they say every cloud has a silver lining and when Woolworths closed soon after the opening of Nightingales, he was there to provide the electrical sundries and small domestic appliances that were not so readily available locally. Trading has gone from strength to strength and outgrown the present shop so when Sugar and Spice was vacated, it proved to be a golden opportunity for Nightingale’s to expand into next door. The building work on combining the two shops started on 15th February and with the extra space available the range of goods will be more diverse and make it far easier to shop locally for a wider variety of goods.

As well as all the present stock available, Nightingale’s will be expanding the lighting range, adding a new ‘life-style’ section of matching accessories for the stylish home, jewellery, computers, laptops, printers and accessories including ink cartridges, and mobile phone accessories. The supply of watch straps and battery replacements will continue and another addition will be a DIY section with anything from power tools to nuts, bolts and screws. The value-added service is that professional advice will be available for anyone attempting their own electrical work, an important factor in our health and safety conscious world.

It is always exciting to see local businesses thrive because it can only enhance our High Street, so we wish Nightingale’s even more success in their new venture.

Avonmouth Children’s Centre

Anyone who regularly travels along Portview Road, Avonmouth will have noticed the new building recently erected in the grounds of Avonmouth CE Primary School. This is the new Children’s Centre which will be available for children’s groups and activities. The Centre was officially opened on 24th February with a fun day of activities for children of all ages and their parents. It is a project that has been eagerly awaited by the community. There will hopefully be some photographs of the official opening in the April edition of ‘Shire’.

Police in Bristol Appeal for Information Following Robbery

Police in Bristol are appealing for information following a robbery at the McColls store on Shirehampton Road, Sea Mills on Thursday, February 18.

At around 6am the store manager opened the shop doors when two men, one believed to be carrying a baseball bat and wearing a balaclava, the other thought to be wearing a scarf over his face, entered the store.

It’s alleged that the two men then threatened the manager and demanded money from the safe before leaving the scene with a quantity of cash and cigarettes.

One of the offenders was described as a white male, of around 6ft tall, in his early 20s, with dark eyes and wearing a dark hooded top and a balaclava.

The second offender, who was also male, is described as short - of around 5ft 2ins to 5ft 3ins tall - and wearing a two-toned khaki and blue waterproof coat.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information that could assist police with their enquiries should contact Bristol CID on 0845 456 7000. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via They will never ask your name or trace your call.

Year of the Seafarer

It is perhaps not widely known, and living in a village contiguous to a port it bears some relevance, that the International Maritime Organisation has designated 2010 as the "Year of the Seafarer" - so what does that mean to us exactly? Here is what the Revd Philip Auden DL has to say about it in his Padres letter featured in the Merchant Navy Association’s February issue of ‘Shipshape and Bristol Fashion’.

"The theme to be celebrated throughout the year is to pay tribute to all seafarers past and present for their unique contribution to society and in recognition of the risks they take in carrying out their various duties, often in a hostile environment.

There are 1.5 million registered seafarers in the world, faced with pirate attacks, unwarranted detention and abandonment, separation from homes and families. Hardships that, outside the Maritime family would not even enter into the minds and thought processes of those who buy goods, without ever thinking about those who bring them to our ports.

Over 95% of all we drink, drive, eat and wear comes by sea, of the 50,000 ships at sea at any one time 10%, that’s 5000 are substandard in some way. So it is entirely appropriate that we should remember them.

The Merchant Navy Association has fought and is still fighting, long and hard for the appropriate recognition of the work done by the MN. I have never been able to see what the problem is, without the convoys we would have had none of the vital supplies as our own resources slowly dried up."

So this year gives an opportunity to remember the debt owed not only in wartime but all through the ages, to the Merchant seafarers and to be reminded that most of the wealth of Bristol has sea connections.

Down Memory Lane

The work of the Avon Wildlife Trust in and around this part of Bristol, especially on Lawrence Weston Moor, has been mentioned in ‘Shire’ in the past and hopefully readers have taken advantage of the opportunities to walk and enjoy the wildlife that abounds, if we know where to look.

Well the Trust is looking for your help - don’t panic, you won’t need to don your wellies or start clearing bramble patches (unless you want to). All you need to do is dredge your memories for any interesting stories you might like to share about the following areas - Blackboy Hill, the Downs, Sneyd Park, Sea Mills, Henbury, Lawrence Weston and Lawrence Weston Moor or Blaise Castle.

The People and Wildlife team under the auspices of Julie Doherty is developing a wildlife podcast to accompany a bus route from the centre of Bristol to Cribbs Causeway. She is looking for unusual wildlife sightings, social history stories and interesting facts about the area.

AWT’s Wildlife magazine Spring issue records some snippets of information that have been collected so far:

Simon King the wildlife photographer and TV personality grew up in Sea Mills and developed his love of wildlife in the Blaise Castle estate as a child.

Roe deer have been known to swim across the Gorge and badgers use the suspension bridge to cross it.

Penpole Point was a famous beauty spot in the 18th century and is mentioned in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.

So can you help? If so contact