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Treat your Dad to Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride this Father's Day

St Mary's News

‘Smart’ Savers Support Tithe Barn

Letters to the Editor, May 2010

Advice Services for Shirre

School Boy Murder Still Unsolved

New Principal Appointed for Oasis Academy Brightstowe

City of Bristol College to Close Lawrence Weston Site

Springtime in Shire

Pictures by Bob Pitchford

120th St. Mary's Guide Company Shirehampton

Were you or anyone you know, a member of the 120th St Mary’s Guide Company, Shirehampton, or even connected with it, between 1935 and 1960. If so you are cordially invited to a short service of celebration to commemorate 100 years of Guiding, to be held in St Mary’s Church, Shirehampton at 4.30pm on Tuesday 15th June 2010. We hope you will be able to join us at the service which will be followed by tea and celebration cake made by one of our own guides, Mary Ford. We look forward to meeting up with you again.

Annual Art Exhibition

Shirehampton Public Hall May 29th - May 31st

Open to the Public

  • Saturday May 29th 12:30pm – 6:00pm, Sunday May 30th 12 noon – 6:00pm
  • Monday May 31st 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday June 1st Collection of unsold exhibits 5:30 – 6:30pm

Shirehampton Community Action Forum - Remaining Meeting Dates for 2010

  • Monday 10th May 7:00pm– 9:00pm
  • Tuesday 13th July 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Weds 1st September 7:00 –9:00pm (AGM)
  • Tuesday 23rd November 2:00 – 4:00pm

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

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

Twyford Art Club

Twyford Art Club meets three times a week in the Penpole Room at Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton

  • Monday 9.30 to 11.30 am
  • Wednesday 9.30 to 11.30 am
  • Thursdays 7.00 to 9.00 pm

New members always welcome.

Treat your Dad to Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride this Father's Day

It’s Father’s Day for Bristol’s 17th annual Biggest Bike Ride, taking place on Sunday 20th June 2010. Bristol, the first Cycling City, is proud to host this free family event to get National Bike week off to a flying local start.

The Bike Ride is one of the UK’s biggest free non-competitive cycling events. It provides people of all ages and abilities with a chance to cycle on a traffic free Portway, as well as venture into the beautiful countryside beyond.

FREE registration opens on 8 April. One lucky participant that registers before 1st June 2010 will find a ‘Golden Ticket’ in their Rider Information Booklet. They will receive a prize of a £200 voucher.

To register: Visit or visit Bristol City Council, Wilder House Office, Wilder Street, Bristol BS2 8PH, Evening Post Headquarters in Temple Way, BS99 7HD or ring Bristol City Council on 0117 903 6701.

There’s something for everyone with a choice of five routes ranging from 9 to 38 miles. Rides will start from Millennium Square throughout the morning. After the ride you can enjoy a relaxing and friendly atmosphere at the Harbourside. It’s a great event to take part as a family.

The five routes are:

  • Family Fiesta (about 9 Miles)
  • Avon Gorge Loop (14 miles)
  • Failand Heights (18 miles)
  • Sustrans’ Ride to Portishead (24 miles);
  • Clevedon Challenge (38 miles).

The Family Fiesta ride in particular provides a fun, friendly and traffic free experience for families. On all rides adults are advised to accompany children under 14.

As part of the bike ride there will be a Business Challenge for all employees, and all school children can cycle to help win prizes for their school. More details over the next few months.

This year Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride is supporting the Lord Mayor's Appeal for Children with the Evening Post. By donating £1.50, you can help raise money for the Appeal, which helps under-privileged youngsters across the city at Christmas. Those who do this will also receive a voucher that can be exchanged for the Evening Post Biggest Bike Ride souvenir edition published on Monday, June 21, 2010.

How to make a donation: In person: Simply take your donation to the Evening Post headquarters in Temple Way or on the day to the Evening Post stand in the organisers' marquee.

By Post: Print off this Rider Registration Form and send it with an SAE and a cheque/PO made payable to "Lord Mayors Appeal" to Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride, Wendy Best, Evening Post, Temple Way, Bristol, BS99 7HD by June 11 2010.

£1.10 from every donation will be given to the Lord Mayor's Appeal for Children.

Editors notes: Bike Week (19th to 27th June 2010) Media partners for the event are Evening Post and Heart 96.3FM

Students Get Active for Sport Relief

Students and staff at Oasis Academy Brightstowe took part in a range of sporting challenges on Friday 19th March to raise money for Sport Relief.

To kick-start a whole day of sporting activities, the Academy held a hoola-hooping competition in the sports hall at lunchtime. Inspired by the ’Hula Hoops Hoopathon’ that took place in Bristol city centre on Sunday 21st March, Academy students and staff were challenged to hoola-hoop for as long as they could without stopping, in an effort to set a collective best time. Practise sessions ran prior to the contest to give students a chance to perfect their technique.

There was also a sponsored student football match between teams of Bristol City and Bristol Rovers supporters on the field during lunchtime. The match was organised by Year 11 students Lewis Hirons and Robert Stott-Ingram who wanted to do something to support the Academy’s fundraising efforts.

Lewis said: “We saw adverts for Sport Relief on TV and knew that the Academy was planning to do some fundraising, so we spoke to the Head of PE about getting involved.

“It was our idea to do a match between City and Rovers fans, because the whole Academy supports either one or the other, and we thought students could sponsor their favourite team to help raise funds.

“It was a good laugh – Mr Robottom was manager of the Rovers fans and Mr Archer managed the City fans. Everyone came along and donated lots of money, which was great.”

Head of PE Karl Robottom said: “We really enjoyed all the Sport Relief activities and I was encouraged by the high levels of enthusiasm and motivation that students and staff showed.

“Sport Relief is a really good cause and a great incentive to go out and do something active. Well done to everyone who took part.”

St Mary's News

Hi Folks!

Well, Easter started off rather wet and chilly, but it certainly warmed up considerably the following week. As I write these notes the daytime temperature has reached 60 Degrees Farenheit and my wife Jill has decided to go out and cut the lawn in our back garden for the first time since last season. Time for me to make a hasty retreat to my computer and get this "SO IMPORTANT NEWSLETTER" available for the Editors!! (Not a word to her mind, from any of you, that such a thought crossed my mind - but then, she was a Farmers' daughter so I expect she will want to go "silaging" now with all the grass cuttings!!!). I've just peeped out through the back bedroom curtains and she really is doing a marvellous job - best not to disturb her with a cup of tea!!!

On Mothering Sunday we had a "family friendly Holy Communion Service", which included a Parade of Colours by the Brownies & the Rainbows. The music was provided by our own Worship Group and at the conclusion of the Service the children were given small posies of flowers to take home to their mothers. Thanks must go to the ladies who spent many hours making the posies up the previous day!

Our Spring Fayre went off very well, with a considerable number of people queueing outside the West Door waiting for the Fayre to open. All our catering staff and those manning the stalls were kept extremely busy. During the afternoon, whilst Cream Teas were being served, we had musical entertainment by two of our Trinity Students Cohort - Jim & Jennie Bridgeman. Both had been keeping their talents hidden from us, as Jennie is a fine Pianist and Jim has a splendid Tenor voice! What a great pity it is that they leave us in June to be ordained as Deacons to serve in a parish in the Wirral, Cheshire - we could use their talents over and over again at social events!! I am delighted to record that the money taken during the days' activities amounted to £2,853 - so thank you to all of you who supported us throughout the day.

Our "Forget-me-not Service" held on a Saturday afternoon in March for those folks who had lost loved ones due to an untimely death was attended by about 70 persons, and according to the comments received by Canon Christine, was very much appreciated. The Tree of Life, bearing the names of lost loved ones was still in church over the Easter period for anyone wishing to see them.

Following the terrible earthquake in Haiti, in the Carribean, the proceeds from a Sunday morning collection, together with voluntary donations received each Wednesday evening throughout the time of our Lent Course, realised the sum of £2,358.89p. This sum of money is to be sent to help the suffering people in Haiti who are still trying to get their lives together after such an appalling disaster. Thank you to those of you who supported this Appeal for your generosity!

Our Smartie Tube Appeal for funds for the refurbishment of The Tithe Barn reached a total of £1,200.80p by Easter Sunday. If you still have yours at home there is still time for you to return it to the church. They will be more than gratefully received as we are anxious to get this project off the ground.

We were delighted to welcome all of the pupils from Shirehampton Primary School for their Easter Service. This was done in three phases and it was a delight to see so many parents and grandparents in the congregation. I am sure all the staff and pupils were delighted with such a response for all their hard work preparing for their Easter Services.

On Good Friday afternoon the Shirehampton Area Choir, under the guidance of their Musical Director - Tim Forder - sang Stainers "Crucifixion". This is a very well known Cantata and was a very much appreciated service of devotion during the "final hour".

Easter Sunday morning dawned with fine weather, a bright sky, but with a rather chill wind blowing, but this did not deter the souls who turned out of their warm beds for our Sunrise Service at 7.00 am on Shirehampton Park. Our singing was accompanied by the wonderful sounds of bird song to herald the arrival of Easter Day and all that it means to us. At the conclusion of our Service we all adjourned to the nearby Shirehampton Cricket Club, where once again we tucked into a Full English Breakfast which was cooked and served by Maureen & Don Geddes and Pat Carter. As we enjoyed our Breakfast we recalled that this would not have been possible but for the generosity of "Tubs" the Butcher, who supplied all the ingredients free of charge. We are indeed very much indebted to him for his kindness. A voluntary collection was taken, and this year Maureen & Don thought it would be a good idea if the proceeds were donated to The Tithe Barn Appeal. We also thank them for allowing us to use the Cricket Club premises free of any charge this year.

St. Mary's flowers looked absolutely magnificent on Easter Sunday - thanks to the effort of my daughter-in-law Shelley (the only artistic one in our family) and to June & Roy Miller who once again provided a very attractive Easter Garden. The ammonite, used as the stone which was rolled away from the front of the Tomb, has been used as such, since I was a child and it is pleasing to see my grandchildren and others seeing it still being used for the same purpose!

I go on now to Monday May Day Bank Holiday - 3rd May. We will be holding another Church Open Day when Lunches and Teas will be served at very reasonable prices - courtesy of Gill Sawyer who will be slaving over a hot stove once more!!! No need to be lonely on that day - come in and enjoy some good food and fellowship.

On Saturday, 8th May we are having a special day in St. Mary's for all folks who in the past have been married in our church. This should be a day of many memories - bring in your memorabilia, photographs etc., or your wedding dress even!! There will also be an opportunity to renew your vows if you so wish.

On Sunday, 9th May the PBA Club at the rear of Nibley Road will be holding a Fair in the Clubhouse. St. Mary's have been invited to have a number of stalls there - and yes, it is a Sunday!! Please come and give your support to this Fair.

The following Thursday, 13th May - is Ascension Day - so please come to our 11.00 am Holy Communion Service to celebrate the time when our Lord ascended into heaven.

The very next day - Friday, 14th May - during the evening - we shall be holding a Family Barn Dance in the PBA Clubhouse in aid of the Tithe Barn Appeal. Tickets will be available from Gill Sawyer at the Church Office - Adults £7.00 Children over 5 years £3.50 and a Family Ticket - 2 adults & 2 children - £17.50. This should be an evening of great fun and you will also have the opportunity to take part in our Raffle should you so desire!

On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May our Open Gardens season begins once more. On this day there will be an Open Garden at The Vicarage, Priory Gardens with Lunch from 12.00 noon until 2.30 pm and Supper from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Sign up if you intend coming on the list displayed at the back of the church.

Also there is a Holiday Club for children between the age of 5 years and 8 years from Tuesday, 1st June until Friday, 4th June which will held at Shirehampton Primary School when there will be activities, music, drama and lots of fun for all. Gill Sawyer can give you further details if you so require them.

Many of you will no doubt have seen a second seat has been placed in the churchyard adjacent to the footpath. This has been very kindly donated to St. Mary's by the family of the late Ted & Vaughan Partridge. We hope you will take the opportunity to use it and take care of it. Ray Smith has very kindly stained it, affixed the two memorial placques and fixed the seat into position where you now see it - thanks Ray for all your skills!

A great big thank you must also go to the Ladies and Gentlemen who before Easter gave the church building a "Spring Clean". It really looks splendid and a lot of unnecessary junk was thrown out. It truly is Gods' Temple once more! Thank you all of you for your hard work - Canon Christine was more than delighted with your efforts!

Do you believe this? Seen on a church notice board - The cost of a burial in the churchyard will increase by the sum of £10. This is entirely due to an increase in the cost of living!!!

Bye for now - C.M.E.

PS. My wife has just put the mower away in the Garden Shed - so I can safely put in an appearance again!!

‘Smart’ Savers Support Tithe Barn

Members and supporters of St Mary’s have raised over £1,200 for the Tithe Barn Appeal by filling empty tubes of Smarties with loose change.

The tubes of Smarties were given out in the run-up to Easter with the message ‘Smart People Save for the Tithe Barn’. The challenge was to eat the contents and then fill the tube with coins as quickly as possible in time for Easter Sunday.

The money raised will go towards the appeal to restore and extend the historic building and give it a new lease of life as a community outreach centre, providing a range of activities and services for local people.

The Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to the 15th century, was purchased by St Mary’s, in April 2009. The building had previously been standing empty for 18 months and is need of major refurbishment and modernisation to make it suitable for community use again.

Announcing the total raised, Canon Christine Froude, said:

“We are delighted with the enthusiastic response to the Smarties challenge and amazed at how much people have managed to raise. Thanks to everyone who took part.

“I think part of the incentive was the chance to eat the Smarties before filling the empty tube! But I also know that the residents of Shirehampton care deeply about their village and are always ready to support projects which improve local facilities.

“We can’t wait to re-open the Barn as a facility which everyone in the local community can use and benefit from. We are working hard to achieve the planning consent and raise the £200,000 we need to make it happen.”

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

Letters to the Editor, May 2010

Information wanted on steel houses

Dear Editor,

I am wondering if any of your readers can help with a project I am currently working on. I am very interested in any information that can be provided regarding the steel houses that were built in Shirehampton/Avonmouth borders, in particular, Watling Way, Shirehampton. Does anyone know when they were built, what was there before the land was built on, or does anyone have any old pictures that they no longer want. I would be very grateful for any information that can be provided. If anyone can help please email: .

Kind Regards, Matt

Barbra Mazur

Dear Editor,

Having just found your site I was enjoying reading about the village when I noticed your obituary on Barbra Mazur. I worked with Barbara in the "new" Gateway Foodhall in the early 60's. As a young lad just out of school (Lawrence Weston) Barbra was like a mother to the younger employees and I'm sure she will be missed in the village.

Chris Kift


Fire Service

Dear ‘Shire’

The Fire Service would like to know of any future events in the Shirehampton area that would like a fire appliance to attend. Contact Heath Bennett at Avonmouth Fire Station on (0117) 926 2061 ext 8050 or


FF Bennett

Astell Family, Shirehampton

I am trying to find details of the Astell family who lived in 31 St Mary's Rd in 1929/30. In particular Mary Elizabeth Astell daughter of John Edgar Astell ( Mary was 18 in 1930.)If any of your readership can assist I would be very grateful

Best Wishes,

Colin Higgins, Snr Partner, Colin Higgins & Associates, Mobile: 07977 733280

Fly Tipping

Dear Editor,

I met Bristol City Council Streetscene Enforcement Officer, Shaun Pine, distributing very colourful red No Fly Tipping notices in lanes and places in Shirehampton where offenders regularly dump rubish. The notice warns offenders that they will be prosecuted. Maximum fine a hefty £50,000. Shaun is so dedicated to defeat the fly tippers that he came out on his day off to post some notices on fences and walls in the area. He will be taking some offenders to court shortly who have been charged with dumping on the Portway. There is a telephone number on the notice for anyone wishing to report unlawful dumping of rubbish, call 0117 922 2100. Help Shaun keep Shirehampton Shipshape and Bristol fashion!

Name and address supplied.

Flowers Stolen

Dear Editor,

I hope this letter will prick someone’s conscience.

Between the car park and Iron Bridge, along the path through the woods, is a tree. There were daffodils, snowdrops, primroses and violets coming along lovely. I went there on Mothering Sunday. The daffodils and primroses were dug and gone, the following week the snowdrops, gone. Today the rest of the daffodils gone.

I planted these in memory of my husband and to give pleasure to other people. I hope the person that stole these plants will read this letter. Perhaps they might replace them.

Name and address supplied.

Portway Huts

In answer to the letter about the huts where Portway school resided in the early 1950s.

In 1946 until 1950 my mother and I lived in the huts whilst waiting to be rehoused. Eventually we were given a house in the newly built housing estate in Lawrence Weston, then the huts were used to accommodate the pupils from Southmead until their new school was built. Owing to the overspill of the girl students at Portway old school the boys section was relocated to the empty huts where they stayed until the amalgamation with the girls in a newly built school on the same site. I have written this to explain my unique position of having lived in the hut that eventually became my future classroom to further my education.

B Swain Queenslandm, Australia

Clarification on Wassail Event

With regard to N Robson’s letter in the April ”Shire” the editors would like to make clear that the Wassail Event on the Daisy Field in January originated with a local Shirehampton resident who was solely responsible for organizing every aspect of the event. None of our local politicians or community workers assisted. Both Charlotte Leslie and Doug Naysmith attended the event, but N Robson is mistaken in giving Charlotte Leslie credit for it. The Editors.

Bob Pitchford

Apologies: We would like to acknowledge that Bob Pitchford took the photo of the River Avon at high tide that was on the front page of April’s edition. The Editors.

Five Escape after House Roof Fire in Shirehampton

Five people were led to safety after a fire in the roof space of their terraced house. Emergency services were called to West Town Road in Shirehampton in the early-hours of Saturday March 20th after a passer-by spotted flames and smoke. Avon Fire and Rescue Service said when the firefighters arrived the fire in the roof space was "well developed". A spokesman said the fire, which is not being treated as suspicions, did not spread to adjoining properties.

From the Registers at ST MARY'S March 2010

Baptisms – “We welcome you”

  • 28th March - Millie Kay Horn, Evie Kate Johnson, Scarlet Megan Molly Phillips

Funerals – “At rest and at peace”

  • 2nd March - Stanley Flynn
  • 4th March - Jean Rich
  • 11th March - David Goldiman
  • 12th March - Dennis Rose
  • 15th March - Alan Holbrook
  • 16th March - Margaret Rowlands
  • 18th March - Iris Bennett, Beryl Snell
  • 23rd March - Aaron Burns
  • 26th March - June Larkin, Kim White
  • 30th March - Gareth Godfrey
  • 31st March - Ena Kellaway
  • Kenneth Victor Kays

    18TH April 1929 - 6th March 2010

    Ken Kays originally from St Mary’s Road and known to many in Shirehampton passed away peacefully on 6th March 2010 at Weston General Hospital. Ken and Eileen, his wife, met at Shire Infants and went through school together until Dad going to University separated them for a while. Ken met Eileen again whilst he was home on leave from the Royal Marines and they were married at St Mary’s Church on 24th March 1951. Daughter Janet came along followed several years later by a son, Andrew. In later years the couple moved away from the Village with Ken’s work in the oil industry taking them abroad to places like Spain, Germany, and Scotland before finally residing in the West Country that they so loved. They would often return to Shire to see old friends and some remaining family. After many years of failing health Ken was admitted to hospital in January this year where he battled long and hard to remain with us. His courageous fight ended peacefully and without pain with the love of his life, Eileen, beside him.

    (Thank you for donation. Ed.)

    Council Will Clear Broken Glass

    If you see broken glass on the footway or highway or cycleway you can help prevent an accident by calling the highway defects report line on 0117 922 2100 from 8.30 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday. The council is committed to ensuring broken glass is cleared within 24 hours.

    Councillor Jon Rogers, Executive Member for Transport and Sustainability, said: "Cyclists and pedestrians in particular find broken glass a menace. A small investment from last year's budget has allowed us to introduce this simple service."

    Summer Summer Walk on Lamplighters Marsh

    Bristol Museum and Art Gallery have organized a programme of free summer walks and one of them will take place on Lamplighters Marsh. 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and to mark that, this walk will illustrate some of the variety of plants and animals on our own doorstep. A wide diversity of vegetation types have developed on Lamplighters Marsh, partly on former railway sidings. Many of the plants are locally rare and some unusual introductions are present. Scrub supports a large population of breeding birds and estuarine habitats can be seen. The effects of recent habitat management are evident.

    The walk, led by Rupert Higgins, will take place on Wednesday 14th July, 6:45 for 7:00pm. The walk must be booked in advance. Call (0117) 922 3571 to reserve a place.

    Happy 103rd Birthday!

    Madeline Young celebrated her 103rd Birthday at Kingsmead Lodge. A party was held for her and other residents with a cake and flowers. Madeline joins in most activities and enjoys a quiz. (Thank you for donation. Ed.)

    Avonmouth Hockey Club – 25th Anniversary

    This year is the 25th anniversary of Avonmouth Ladies Hockey Club. The club, which originated from the wives and partners of the Avonmouth rugby club players, is planning to celebrate this anniversary at the annual diner dance on Saturday 5th June. As part of the celebrations we would like to invite all players, past and present, to be involved. If you have at any time in the distant or recent past, played a part in Avonmouth Ladies Hockey club, please come along and catch up with old friends and perhaps make a few new ones. For more information please contact either Sophie Lennox 0117 9829515 or Janet Wilson 0117 9828039.

    Janet Wilson

    Advice Services for Shirre

    You probably know that Shirehampton has its own Advice Service, provided by Avon (University Settlement) Community Association. The service offers advice, information and advocacy covering welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment rights, consumer issues, family issues, etc. Shire Advice Service is located at its own premises at 115 High Street, Shirehampton and is available at these times:

    Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30

    Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30 all at 115 High Street, Shirehampton

    Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30

    Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 at St Andrew's Church, Avonmouth

    Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 pm at St Mary’s Church, Shirehampton

    The service is confidential. Any information you give will not be passed to any body else without your express permission. The service is completely FREE!

    You may not know that another Advice Service is also available to Shirehampton residents. The North Bristol Advice Centre, specialists in welfare, benefit and debt advice, also provides free, confidential, independent and basic advice. They can help with housing, employment and immigration. This is a community advice centre serving the people of North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They hold sessions in Lawrence Weston at the Housing Office and in Seamills at the Seamills Health Centre.

    LAWRENCE WESTON Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze Bristol, BS11 OQE, DROP IN - Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesdays 2.00pm – 5.00 pm (debt) and Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.30pm (benefits)

    SEAMILLS Health Centre, 2 Riverleaze, Seamills BS9 2HL, Thursdays 9.30am – 12noon (debt only)

    North Bristol Advice Centre can:

    • Help you to appeal benefit decisions, including representation at tribunal.
    • Check that you are receiving the correct amount of benefits and/or check entitlement to benefits that you may not be receiving.
    • Advise on benefit overpayments.
    • Help with benefit claims, e.g. completing claim forms for Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance.
    • Advise on all debt problems.
    • Help you to complete a financial statement and negotiate affordable repayments with creditors,
    • Advise on, and help with, Debt Relief Orders, Administration Orders, and Bankruptcy.

    We can also provide basic immigration advice. For example, we can help with Naturalization, Registration and Residence Permits

    To contact our main office at North Bristol Advice Centre, 2 Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, phone 0117 951575 or email

    Check our website for up to date information on .

    School Boy Murder Still Unsolved

    Avon and Somerset Police are renewing their appeal for information into a murder committed forty years ago in Shirehampton.

    At around 6.45pm on March 31st 1970, Philip Edward Green left his home in Seamills, but he never returned. His father reported him missing later that evening and following an extensive search Philip’s body was found on Shirehampton Golf Course on Wednesday April 1. It’s thought he was killed as he collected golf balls at the course. His body, along with a broken, blood-stained oak branch, was found under trees and has previously been examined for DNA evidence but this proved negative. Other exhibits have also drawn a blank.

    At the time of the murder house to house enquiries were conducted and covered a total of 54 roads and 1754 houses. 6524 statements were taken. Bristol Constabulary called for assistance from the Metropolitan Police and the late Det Ch Supt Arthur Hardy of Scotland Yard was assigned as chief investigating officer.

    Det Ch Supt Hardy was so baffled that no-one seemed to have seen Philip after he had left his home in Elberton Road that he made an appeal on the public address system at half time at a Bristol Rovers v Stockport County match a week later.

    He urged the 17,000 crowd at Eastville to think back to their journey to the game against Doncaster on the night of the murder and asked if they saw a schoolboy or anyone else crossing Shirehampton Road by the golf course. But despite all Hardy’s efforts the offender was never identified and to this day the case remains open.

    Detective Constable Clare Nelson of the Major Crime Review Team said:

    “For 40 years Philip Green’s family have lived with this brutal crime and have not had closure. Someone out there has the information that could solve this murder and provide Philip’s family with the answer they need to move on. I am sure that over the last 40 years people’s priorities have changed. I would urge anyone with information to contact us. It does not matter how small that piece of information is, let us decide if it is relevant.”

    Anyone with any information which could help the inquiry is asked to call the Major Crime Review Team on 0845 456 7000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via We never ask your name or trace your call.

    Vincent and Flavia Assist Enterprice Day

    On Monday 29th March, Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent and Flavia visited Oasis Academy Brightstowe as part of a ‘Business and Enterprise within Curriculum Day’.

    The professional dancers were lined up as part of a programme of guest speakers and events which were designed to give students an insight into different careers, and an understanding about how businesses operate.

    Each year group took part in a day of activities which were set up by different curriculum areas, such as PE, science, English, maths, ICT, technology and drama, to encourage students to think about the kinds of businesses that operate within these disciplines.

    Year 7 took part in a dance workshop run by Vincent and Flavia, and also heard from a representative from the David Lloyd Leisure company who spoke about how the business was founded by the British tennis player in 1980. They then brainstormed the key things that customers look for in a leisure centre, to help them understand why David Lloyd is so successful.

    Year 8 worked on a series of ‘Design and Make’ exercises with the technology department, designed to teach them about teamwork and good communication skills. They created balloon powered vehicles inspired by the jet propelled cars that broke the land-speed record and discussing why good design is so important.

    The science department will be talking to Year 9 students about the types of jobs and careers that scientists pursue, and helping them get to grips with a series of experiments, including designing their own ‘air blasters’.

    Year 10 learnt about the media with the help of the English and ICT departments. One group of students visited the Evening Post building to see how the Western Daily Press gets produced, and another group wrote and recorded podcasts using the Academy’s specialist ICT equipment.

    The maths department arranged for the Year 11 students to take part in workshops run by representatives from national insurance company Liverpool Victoria. Some students completed a nationally recognised qualification in Leadership and Management, whilst others learnt about good financial management.

    As part of the collapsed curriculum day, the drama department led a group of talented student actors on a trip to the Tobacco Factory. They received a ‘behind the scenes’ tour and learnt about how ticket sales, promotion, and events management are key components in the success of a theatre.

    The day’s events were recorded by a group of ‘roaming student reporters’, who also interviewed Vincent and Flavia about how they set up their professional dance company following their success on Strictly Come Dancing. The students put all their reports together in a ‘Business and Enterprise’ newspaper at the end of the day.

    Business Studies teacher Keryn Perkins said:

    “We really enjoyed what was a fun and informative day.The event was set up to support the Business and Enterprise part of our Academy specialism, which also focuses on Mathematics and ICT. It was about encouraging students to look outside the Academy environment and engage with different types of business models and companies. We hope that the practical activities they took part in were not only a lot of fun for the students, but also illustrated how the subjects they study could translate into possible careers.”

    New Principal Appointed for Oasis Academy Brightstowe

    Oasis Community Learning is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Butler as Principal of Oasis Academy Brightstowe, following a rigorous and lengthy interview process.

    The appointment of Mr Butler, who is currently Vice Principal at the Pimlico Academy in London, comes on the back of Julie Winterman’s announcement of her retirement which is due to commence at the end of the summer.

    Steve Chalke, Founder and CEO of Oasis Community Learning, is confident Mr Butler is the right person to lead the Academy: “Matthew has been an exceptional Vice Principal and comes to Oasis with a proven track record and an outstanding reputation in team building, raising attainment and achievement in a variety of schools. He has helped guide his current school from strength to strength. In short, I am convinced that Matthew has the leadership skills, clarity of vision, educational strength and commitment to Oasis’ ethos that will enable him to continue shaping the growth and success of Oasis Academy Brightstowe and the students in our care.”

    As well as his teaching career so far, Mr Butler has a background in high-profile positions in business and finance. Matthew entered the teaching profession coming through the prestigious Future Leaders programme. Since taking up his post at the Pimlico Academy, he has been an integral part of a leadership team which has turned a school in special measures into an Academy making rapid improvements, including a steady rise in exam results. The rate of progress has since led Ofsted to judge the leadership team at the Academy as outstanding.

    Mr Butler will take up his position at the Brightstowe Academy in September 2010, and is excited by the future opportunity available for all in the area. Mr Butler said, “I can’t wait to begin working alongside the students and staff at the Academy, as well as all those in the local community. I truly believe that Oasis Academy Brightstowe has massive positive potential, and as it already offers so much to all in the area, we can expect increasingly great things over the coming months and years. The vision and ethos that underpin Oasis Community Learning, and subsequently the Academy, is exciting and refreshing and also resonates with my personal vision and ethos for my current school as well as my own life. I have often argued that schools must become the hubs of their local community and I hope to play my part in this growth and am looking forward to meeting the Academy community in the near future.”

    Local Residents and the Police Working Together

    Thanks to information provided by members of the public, a cannabis factory was recently discovered at an address in Shirehampton and has now been closed down. This means that class B drugs that were destined for our streets have now been removed and this is down members of the public working together with the Police in the Shirehampton area.

    We want to continue this success and encourage residents to come forward with any information that may assist the Beat Team to achieve this.

    There are a number of ways in which information can be passed to Police.

    • You can talk face to face with an Officer at one of our local Beat Surgeries.
    • You can talk with an officer at your home address where you can talk openly and in confidence
    • You can e-mail your local Beat Team on
    • You can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or contact the website on This is free and confidential.

    Beat surgeries for the Shirehampton area are currently held at the Ridge Community Centre, Oaktree Court on the last Wednesday of every month between 10.30 – 11.30am and at St Mary’s Church, High Street on the first Wednesday of every month between 11am – 12pm.

    Anyone wishing to provide information to the beat team in relation to drug offences or any other crime can call 0845 456 7000 or follow the links on the Avon and Somerset website.

    Karate Club Hosts One-Day Course

    Kyoto Shotokan Karate Club hosted a one-day course in Shotokan Karate with Sensei Dave Kershaw on Saturday 27th March in Shirehampton Public Hall. Sixteen students ranging in age from 5 to over 50 took part.

    Sensei Kershaw is a 6th Dan black belt with nearly forty years experience and a senior instructor in Shotokan karate in the UK. He regularly teaches internationally. He is six-times British SKI-GB Kata champion and was a finalist in the 1991 Men’s Kumite (free-fighting) SKI World Championships in Mexico City.

    The course concentrated mainly on correct basic techniques. As Sensei explained, all karate techniques use natural movements of the limbs and body. If these are taught incorrectly training with unnatural movement can lead to long-term injury. Without correct technique many of the moves become meaningless without any real-world application. With correct technique your karate will be much stronger.

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

    Caption for photo: Sensei Kershaw teaching in Shirehampton

    Easter Eggs for ‘Help for Heroes’

    Many thanks to all of you who supported our appeal for Easter eggs to be sent via Co-op Funeralcare. We collected an amazing 84 eggs which were gratefully accepted by the Westbury-on-Trym Branch. Brilliant! Thanks, Shirehampton!

    Drug Dealer Stripped of Assets

    A Bristol drug dealer concerned in the supply of cocaine has been stripped of his financial assets. Jason Brown, 32, from Shirehampton, is currently serving a three year sentence for his involvement in a conspiracy to supply cocaine.

    Nearly £36,000 cash was found at his home in February 2008 after a car was stopped by police on the M5 with more than 9 kg of cocaine inside. Brown was issued with a confiscation order with his benefit from crime calculated as £35,915.00 and his assets at the same amount. This money has already been seized by officers and so will go directly to the court.

    Asset Recovery deprives offenders of their ill-gotten gains and, where applicable, achieves compensation for victims. A proportion of the remaining funds, after compensation has been paid, is returned to Avon & Somerset Constabulary under the Asset Incentivisation Scheme.Dr Kirstie Cogram, the manager of Avon & Somerset Financial Investigation Unit said:

    "Jason Brown and the others involved with him made money by destroying lives and inflicting untold harm on the communities around them. They have been sent to prison for their crimes and now we will recover the money they made. The Financial Investigation team will continue to work to ensure that they do not benefit from their crimes and to put something back into the communities they damage."

    If you have information about drug dealing you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via We never ask for your name or trace your call.

    SCC Cricket Season Opens!!

    The cricket season opens in May! Please join us at the Shirehampton cricket oval to enjoy an afternoon in the sun, with a refreshing tipple and BBQ to cheer on your local cricket heroes! We will have a social evening at the club to celebrate the season opener on Sat 1 May. Playing and social memberships are available for the year. We are a family club, children are welcome to all events.

    The May games are:

    Date Opponent Team

    Sat 1 May 10 Frenchay 1st XI

    Sat 8 May 10 Bishopston 2nd XI

    Sat 15 May 10 Hambrook 1st XI

    Sat 22 May 10 Chipping Sodbury 2nd XI

    Sat 29 May 10 Nailsea 1st XI

    Looking for a Family place to watch the World Cup?

    Shirehampton Cricket Club is pleased to announce that it now has the biggest screen in Shirehampton!! The Roobar has kindly donated its old projector to the club, and we are planning to open the club and show all the England games. We have a licensed bar, tea and coffee, and weather permitting, will fire up the BBQ. Please feel free to drop by the club to watch the game with your family, small children included – we have a few toddlers and babies about the place!

    Shirehampton Cricket Club raises £3,000

    This year, to help us refurbish our clubhouse, bar and nets facilities, we decided to raffle sponsorship at the club. The grand total raised via the sponsorship raffle was £1,400, which is a fantastic amount given the current difficult business environment. By topping the £1,000 mark we will also now have access to another £1,000 which will allow us to promote junior cricket in the area via our partnership with the Access Sport charity. The club also received a £500 grant from the Neighbourhood Partnership for the purchase of a new net pitch.

    Shirehampton Cricket Club has been an integral part of the local community for 152 years! We provide cricket coaching and playing facilities for all ages – boys and girls.

    The club is also available for hire and is a great place for conferences, training courses or social events, as well as cricket matches.

    Thank you to our local sponsors again for your generosity, and we hope to see you at a cricket game.

    Council Celebrates Construction of 100th New Council Home

    Council celebrates construction of 100th new council home Bristol City Council marked a milestone in March when it was presented with the 100th new home built as part of the prefab redevelopment project. The handover took place in St Tecla Close, Shirehampton.

    The project has seen the council join forces with the private developer Bovis Homes to provide 330 new council bungalows and houses across 15 sites in Bristol. These were built to replace 330 pre-fabricated homes put up during the war with a life expectancy of 10 years.

    The project began in 2003 following the decision to demolish and re-develop the homes which did not meet the Government’s Decent Homes Standard. Councillor Mark Wright, Cabinet Member for Housing and Service Improvement, said:

    “The handover of the 100th home created through the prefab redevelopment project is a real milestone and a great day for the city. Addressing the legacy of housing put up as a short-term measure many years ago has been a real challenge given the lack of capital funding. However, through a combination of hard work and an innovative partnership approach, we have succeeded in finding a solution by replacing these homes with a mixture of new houses, bungalows and flats fit for purpose. The partnership with Bovis Homes also means that a further 768 private and social homes (managed by a Registered Social Landlord), are also being built.

    Mr Ron Phipps, Senior Project Manager at Bovis Homes for the prefab scheme, said:

    “This is an important milestone in the prefab project and we’re very pleased to be celebrating this with Bristol City Council. It’s very much a partnership scheme; we work extremely closely with council staff to ensure we provide the service they require and deliver the homes the tenants want. We’ve had some very positive feedback and comments from tenants so far who are very happy with the quality, design and specification of their new homes. It's very satisfying to see parts of the project coming full circle with the community together again and settling back into life in the area."

    To date the project has completed four sites, (two in Ashton Vale, one in Hengrove and one in Shirehampton). The project is currently building homes in Aston Vale, Speedwell, St George, Brislington and Horfield. Most importantly despite the upheaval of moving there has been extremely positive feedback from the Prefab tenants who have moved into their new bungalows. Of the original 330 prefab tenants there are now only 11still to move. Most of them have either been moved into alternative accommodation or into new bungalows which have been built as part of the re-development project.

    City of Bristol College to Close Lawrence Weston Site

    City of Bristol College has announced plans to shut its site in Lawrence Weston as part of its response to a £5 million funding cut. Keith Elliott, City of Bristol College principal, said the college had been reviewing its options to improve the accommodation and facilities at Lawrence Weston in consultation with staff.

    "Significant capital investment would be required to bring it up to the standard of the rest of the college estate and this is not now possible with the reduction in funding," he said and Lawrence Weston has to shut in July. The closure plan has shocked students, staff and people living in the area and a campaign has already begun to try to reverse the decision.

    Paul Harrod, prospective Lib Dem MP for the area, said: "It would be a terrible thing for this centre to close, and it would leave a key community in our city completely cut off from further education provision."

    Lib Dem councillor for Kingsweston, Simon Rayner said people in the area would face a five-mile journey on expensive and unreliable public transport to access further education if the college shut. He said: "It is a disaster for people who live in Lawrence Weston."

    Mr Elliott said, "We have fought a vigorous campaign to have these cuts reversed and we are grateful for the support shown by our local MPs, community partners, councillors and staff unions. Despite all our efforts, we now know that no more funding will be available for 2010-11. I know that this is extremely unwelcome news for the College and for Bristol.”

    The college says that provision for 16-18 year-olds will be unaffected and plans to expand it will continue.

    The college at Lawrence Weston was originally a secondary school and merged with the college of care in the 1980s. City of Bristol College took over the site in 2000 and runs a range of courses. It has about 100 staff, 96 full-time students and 270 part-time students.

    Your Chance to Shed Some Light on The Shirehampton Christmas Lights Association

    Shirehampton prides itself on its Christmas lights display which has gone from strength to strength since Shirehampton Christmas Lights Association, or SCLA, took on the task 7 years ago. We hope to continue this trend. The lights provide a great deal of enjoyment to many people. The whole process, starting in January each year, is managed by a small team of dedicated volunteers, many of whom have full time jobs as well!

    Recent additions include the ‘Annual Switch-on’ event that began in 2008. Last Christmas this was bolstered by the Christmas Market and 1940s dinner and dance (both organised by Tess Good see Shire January 2010). Both of these events involved many of the Shirehampton community groups such as St Mary’s Church Tithe Barn fundraisers, the Sea Cadet Corps, the Christmas Lights and numerous others. William Duguid, Chairman of SCLA said:

    “We welcome Lizzy Stone’s comments in the Shire (February 2010). We would welcome her and any other Shire resident’s input at our AGM where the plans for Christmas 2010 will be discussed.

    “SCLA would like to correct the assertion that the tree was cancelled this year due to vandalism. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Shirehampton Christmas Lights Association provided this tree for many years. It had to be withdrawn due to the loss of our power supply to allow us to illuminate the tree and it was felt that an unlit tree was worse than no tree. We are currently in discussions with Bristol City Council with a view to using a power supply from a lamp standard.”

    More information about this and other plans was available will be available at the AGM which was held in March.

    The Association is solely supported by public donations in the collecting tins in the village shops and the occasional bequest or gift. Funds are required each year to cover the insurance, maintenance, installation, removal and upgrading of the village’s Christmas illuminations. Putting this in context, a new tree bracket costs £25 to be manufactured and all of these brackets need testing annually at a cost of over £1500. SCLA Secretary, David Lloyd said:

    “We would like to thank the residents of the area, many local traders, the Co-Op Community Fund and the Shire for their continued generosity. We would also like to thank Bob at The George Inn for allowing us to store our lights and providing us with a place to hold our committee meetings, and Thelma, Leigh, Emily and Sym for all their hard work. Their efforts that have been instrumental in our continued growth.”

    Chapel Film Club Opens Its Doors

    Did you know that Shirehampton Methodist Church has cinema seats rather than pews? Rumour has it that these have come from the old Savoy cinema in Station Road that closed in 1961. It seems fitting therefore that the church has now installed a 4 metre wide screen, HD projector and surround sound system to establish a community film club.

    Chapel Film Club has been set up with the help of a grant of £500 from the Kingsweston and Avonmouth Neighbourhood Partnership and a generous legacy given by Gordon England, one of our former members. Membership of the film club is free and open to all. The minister of Shirehampton Methodist Church, the Revd Jacky Quarmby said, “Our initial aim is to put on matinee films for older Shirehampton residents and morning events for parents with toddlers who find it difficult to travel to the commercial cinemas at Cribbs Causeway, Henleaze and the city centre. We are also keen for other local interest groups to use our facilities.”

    The first Chapel Film Club screening, of the film “Amazing Grace”, took place on Monday 29th March. The film was well received by a group of 40 local residents. Those who attended are looking forward to further regular screenings. See the Shire diary for future dates or contact Neil Quarmby on 0117 377 1015.

    Bristol Smartcard trial

    Bristol is running a small Smartcard trial on selected bus services to test customer experience of the technology ahead of the launch of a regional scheme funded by the government.

    The council aims to start the trial in June and people who use the services should be able to apply for a card from late May. Watch this space for more details.

    The trial will test the technology so that the council, the University of the West of England and their public transport delivery partners can understand more about the benefits and the logistics. It is funded by £20,000 of council funding.

    The smartcard safely stores up to £50 cash, and each time it is used it automatically gives the holder a 16% discount off of the cost of the standard cash fare.

    Bus operator Wessex Connect is to run the smartcard trial on the Long Ashton and Portway Park & Ride services and council supported bus services listed below:

    • 517 Avonmouth - Emersons Green
    • 518 Shirehampton - Emersons Green
    • 584 Kingswood - Sea Mills
    • 585 Bristol City Centre - Sea Mills

    Wessex Connect’s buses are kitted out with the correct ticket machines and back office system at no cost to the council. If the trial is successful Wessex Connect plan to include all of the services that they operate in the Bristol and Bath area. Passengers can use their card to store up to £50 in cash to pay for their day to day bus travel. They can also use it as a season ticket for either one, three or 12 months of regular travel on the service of their choice.

    Councillor Jon Rogers, Executive Member for Transport and Sustainability, said: "People are impatient for this technology and the regional scheme may be some time in the offing. In the meantime, there's a lot we can learn about the technology and a lot of benefits we can offer for a fairly low investment."

    All buses included in the trial are fitted with a card reader, when the smartcard is placed on the reader the amount of money on the card will be displayed and the passenger should ask the driver for a ticket in the normal way. The cost of the fare will be deducted from the balance on the card and the driver will issue a ticket, which will display the new card balance.

    The smartcard can be loaded with cash up to £20 on the bus, or larger amounts by visiting or posting the smartcard to Brunel House or the Wessex Connect depot. The smartcard can be recharged as often as necessary. There is no need for the passenger to request a new card unless it lost or damaged.

    Bristol's Ships Lost in World War One

    As this year is the 65th Anniversary of the end of World War Two, veteran members Ted Williams and Captain Dick Carey of the Bristol Branch of the Merchant Navy Association decided that it would be a worthwhile project to erect a memorial plaque at the Welsh Back, Bristol Docks, listing the names of the 32 Bristol Ships lost during the two World Wars. To this end the Branch donated £500.00 from Branch Funds to pump prime the project. It is our hope that the citizens of Bristol and the West Country will once again support this interesting and worthwhile project, as they did with our Merchant Navy Memorial nine years ago. It will be a fitting tribute to the memory of the hundreds of men and women and boys of the merchant service who were lost on these ships, and most have no known grave but the sea. We should particularly remember the seven little paddle steamers which were requisitioned by the Admiralty and were lost in both conflicts. Four were lost at Dunkirk having saved the lives of hundreds of troops earlier in the evacuation. One was lost at the Normandy Landings in a storm. There is no record of how many Bristolians were lost on these ships. But we will cherish their memory. They paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    • ARGO Bristol Steam Nav. Co. Employed on war service to and from France, mined off Boulogne in 1916, one man lost.
    • BOSTON CITY Bristol City Line, torpedoed off St Ann’s Head on 2nd January 1918, no loss of life.
    • P.S. BRIGHTON QUEEN 1 (OHMS) On 5th October 1915 following her requisition by the Admiralty in WW1, she struck a mine off the Belgium coast and sank.
    • BRISTOL CITY 1 Bristol City Line. Lost in the North Atlantic on 16th December 1917 along with all of her crew, 60 in number. Disappeared without trace.
    • CLIFTONDALE Samuel, Marcus & Co., London. Torpedoed off Cape Tenez, 3 crew lost on 25th December 1917.
    • EUTERPE Osbourne & Wallis owners. Last seen 7th January 1916, off Yarmouth. 19 crew lost.
    • HENRY R JAMES Henry R. James and Sons, Bristol. Torpedoed on 16/7/17 off French Coast. Twenty-four crew members lost.
    • JUNO (3rd) Bristol Steam Nav. Co, Torpedoed off Cape Barfleur in 1917, one man being lost.
    • KANSAS CITY Bristol City Line. Sailed from New York on 30th August 1917, in convoy. Told to scatter on 5th September. Ship and crew were never seen again.
    • P.S. LADY ISMAY (OHMS) P & A Campbell. Minesweeping on Her Majesties Service. Mined off Longsands, North Sea on 21/12/15
    • MILO 1 Bristol Steam Nav. Co. Sold to Cardiff owners in 1916. Lost after a collision in the English Channel in 1917.
    • NEW YORK CITY Bristol City Line. Caught by a U-boat south of Fastnet Rock on the 19th August 1915. The crew took to the boats and all were saved.
    • NORHILDA J. Cory & Son Cardiff, torpedoed 5 miles off Scarborough on 21st August 1917. One life lost.
    • PLUTO Bristol Steam Nav. Co. Torpedoed off Lowestoft 10th April 1917. All aboard being saved.
    • TASSO Bristol Steam Nav. Co. Sold in 1916 to Bolivian Company, she was torpedoed off Ushant March 1917, all crew lost.


    • ABBAS COMBE Ald Shipping, Bristol, bombed and sunk off Bardsey Island on 5/9/41. P.S.BRIGHTON BELLE (HMS) On 28th May 1940 when returning to Dunkirk beaches after saving 800 troops, she struck wreckage in the Downs and sank after an attempt to tow her to safety failed. Crew rescued by P.S ”Medway Queen”.
    • P.S. BRIGHTON QUEEN 2 (OHMS) When returning from the French port of Dunkirk with 700 troops on board on 31st May 1940 she was bombed and sank with heavy loss of life. Her Bristol crew were rescued.
    • BRISTOL CITY 2 Bristol City Line, was torpedoed and sunk on 5th May 1943 in North Atlantic. 15 crew members lost and 43 saved.
    • CATO 2 Bristol Steam Nav. Co. In March 1940 struck a mine off Nash Pt in Bristol Channel. Only two survivors, 11 crew members lost.
    • P.S. DEVONIA (OHMS) Was involved in the Dunkirk evacuation, she was strafed by the Luftwaffe and abandoned on the beach at Lapanne on 31st May 1940. It is believed that she was broken up subsequently for scrap.
    • DURDHAM Bristol Sand dredger, struck mine, Lost on 27/7/40
    • P.S. GLEN AVON (OHMS) While serving off the French Coast at the Normandy Landings on 2nd September 1944, she was caught in a storm and sank. Fifteen lives lost, no survivors.
    • GLEN TILT Torpedoed by E-boat 12/12/42
    • GRAVELINES Torpedoed off Bloody Foreland. Ten men lost and twenty-five survived.
    • LUNAN Osbourne & Wallis, struck mine at Cardiff on 4/7/41 6 men lost, one survived.
    • MERCIA Commonwealth Towing Company tug, struck a mine in Bristol Channel on 14/1/42. All hands lost.
    • MONTREAL CITY Bristol City Line, on 21st December 1942 she was torpedoed and lost, there were no survivors.
    • RIVER HUMBER Believed to have been involved in a collision with a naval sloop HMS “Folkestone”. “River Humber” sank but HMS “Folkestone” survived the war.
    • SEVERN LEIGH Mark Whitwill, Avonmouth. Torpedoed south of Iceland. Lost 23/8/40 Ten crew members survived and 33 lost.
    • TORONTO CITY Bristol City Line, on 2nd July 1941 whilst on Meteorological service in the Greenland Strait in the North Atlantic was torpedoed and sunk with all hands.
    • P.S. Waverley (HMS “Snaefell” in WW2) formerly P.S. BARRY, bombed and sunk off Sunderland on 5th July 1941.

    All the seven lost paddle steamers listed here were owned by P&A Campbell, later known as the White Funnel Fleet. They were all requisitioned by the Admiralty at the outbreak of WW1 and WW2 to act as minesweepers or auxiliary anti-aircraft ships. The first nineteen paddle steamers were built in Scotland. The first P&A Campbell paddler to be built outside Scotland was the Bristol Queen which was built in Charles Hills Yard in Bristol in 1946. The company was based in Bristol.

    Much of the information about the Bristol City Line ships was gleaned from the book “Shipshape and Bristol Fashion” by the late John CG Hill. Also, I am indebted to Eric Jordan for the useful information about the Bristol Steam Navigation Company contained in his book “The Story of Lovell’s Shipping”. I am also grateful to the late Sir Robert Wall for the information in his excellent book “Bristol Channel Pleasure Steamers”. Last but not least I would like to thank my shipmates at the Bristol Branch of the Merchant Navy Association especially Ted Williams, and Captain Dick Carey who collated much of the information for the project of Bristol’s Lost Ships in the first place. Our Branch President Derek Tedder DL was fully supportive and also our Patron Sir James Tidmarsh, KCVO MBE JP.

    If you wish to make a donation towards this Memorial, please forward a cheque to: - The Memorial Fund Treasurer, Ted Williams, 136 Hungerford Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 5HE.

    Tel: 0117 977 9748 Cheque payable to: - MNA Bristol Branch Memorial Fund.

    Captain Hamish Grant, Chairman, Merchant Navy Association Bristol Branch.