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Human Remains Found on Industrial Land

Shirehampton Community Fayre

Tithe Barn Construction Work Starts!

Readers of Shire will be excited to learn that construction work on the Tithe Barn is now well underway. The builders moved in at 7.30am on Monday 28thFebruary and immediately set about preparing the yard at the rear for the construction of the extension. By now they should also be working on the refurbishment of the interior of the existing building.

The team! Left to right are: Richard Farrow, Clifton Renovations; Canon Christine, St Mary's Church; James Harris, Tithe Barn Appeal Manager;Simon Cartlidge, architect.

The team! Left to right are: Richard Farrow, Clifton Renovations; Canon Christine, St Mary' s Church; James Harris, Tithe Barn Appeal Manager;Simon Cartlidge, architect.

The start of work is a huge milestone for the project and follows several years of planning and fund-raising by the team at St Mary's. Donning a hard hat for the start of construction, Canon Christine said: "The commencement of work on the Tithe Barn is a huge milestone for us here in Shirehampton and has only been made possible by the financial support, enthusiasm, and commitment of a wide range of individuals, charities and businesses.

"We are grateful to them all for making our project a reality and for keeping us motivated throughout the time it has taken to develop our ideas into firm plans and raise the money to achieve them. The appeal patrons are Rt Rev'd Michael Hill, Bishop of Bristol , Sir Jay Tidmarsh, KCVO MBE JP, Mr Tony Garland, Manager, Shirehampton Co-operative

"As it has been in the past, we hope the Tithe Barn will be a real focus for this community; a place where anyone who lives locally can come to meet friends and neighbours, to learn new skills or to find advice and support when they need it."

Almost £200,000 has been raised to fund the project, in addition to money released from the Church's own reserves. Close to £70,000 of that has come from local people in Shirehampton, through donations and support for fund-raising initiatives and events.

Money is still required to run and maintain the building, however, and anyone wishing to make a donation or discuss an idea for a fund-raising event can contact James Harris, the appeal manager, on 07886 217139 or email

Construction work is expected to be complete by the late summer, at which point the building will offer five separate meeting rooms and spaces, including the main hall. St Mary's plans to use the building as the base for its own fast-growing programme of community outreach activities as well as making the space available to other community groups in the village and surrounding area. More details of the availability of the Barn and hire rates etc will be publicised in due course.

Archaeologists study the 15th century paving at the rear of the Barn.

Archaeologists study the 15th century paving at the rear of the Barn.

The work is being carried out by Westbury-on-Trym firm, Clifton Renovations and one of the early tasks has been to work with the archaeologists from the City Council to uncover and carefully record a collection of 15th century paving setts which were uncovered in the rear courtyard during investigation works last year. It is unlikely they are in their original position – they have probably been moved and re-laid at least once, possibly to form an area of hard standing under the rear porch of the Barn. However, it is still fascinating to think of all the Shirehampton feet and hooves that may have pounded them – possibly even a previous Incumbent of St Mary's en route from the old Priory to church, passing behind the Barn and the old Kingsweston Estate Office through what would have been meadows at the time.

Once the setts have been studied and recorded, they can be lifted and it is hoped they may be able to be incorporated into the design of the newly refurbished building.

Did you know?

  • The oldest parts of the Tithe Barn date back to the 15th century but the building also underwent significant changes in the Victorian period and in the 1960s and 70s.
  • Records show that it was used in the 1840's as business premises for the Rev'd John Ashley, who ran a successful shipping business but also went on to found the Mission for Seafarers.
  • 62 people are recorded as having dined in the Barn to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897
  • The building was used as a rifle range, for local Cadets to practice their aim, in the early parts of the 20thcentury
  • The first residential use for Tithe Barn Cottage is recorded in 1915

With thanks to Judy Helme and the Local History Group for these fascinating facts about the building's history.

Do you have memories of the Barn from years gone by? If so, please send them to James Harris c/o St Mary's Church office or by email:

James Harris, Tithe Barn Appeal Manager;

Simon Cartlidge, architect.

A New Choir for Shire!

The beginning of May sees the launch of an exciting new choir. The Oasis Community Team has joined with Geraldine Latty – an experienced singer/songwriter to start the Gospel Generation Community Choir which is for absolutely anyone! Geraldine runs 2 other gospel choirs in Bristol which have become hugely popular with men and women and boys and girls of all ages. Come and join us and have lots of fun singing with a very friendly bunch of people.

No previous experience is required, there are no auditions and you don't need to be able to read music. We will meet early evenings - there will be some childcare available and refreshments.

The new term starts Wednesday 11th May and lasts 8 weeks. At the end of the term we will have an opportunity to perform all the new songs we've learned!

If you would like to know more please contact Julie on or Nicky on 07920837338.

What's on in APRIL -



• KEEP FIT - Avonmouth Community Centre 7:30-8:30pm

• DROP IN ADVICE SERVICE 9:30-11:00am St Andrew's Church, Avonmouth Sponsored by St Andrew's Church

• TOTSTOP - for under 5's at St Mary's Church 1:15-2:45pm

• KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 6:30-8:30pm St Bernard's School

• THE PULSE ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC Every Monday at the Health Centre

• BUMP AND RHYME for babies and toddlers 11:20-11:40am, 12:00-12:15 Story Time - Library

• SEA CADETS, 12 –18 years old Monday and Thursday, 6:45-8:45pm T.S. Enterprise, Station Rd

• NSC BOXING CLUB Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 – 8:30pm, Smelters Gym, Barracks Lane, Next to Avonmouth Rugby Club, BS11 9NG. For details ring Head Coach Garry Cave: 07876-233621

• TWYFORD ART CLUB 9:30 – 11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall

• NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 9:30am - 12:30pm Drop In - Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze


• SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE – 982-9399 9:30 – 11:30am Drop-in session Over 50's Shirehampton Health Centre

• PENPOLE LUNCH CLUB – 11:30am – 2pm - 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake £3.25 details from Sandra: 0117 938 1236

• ST MARY'S CRAFT GROUP 2 – 3:30pm St Mary's Church

• MAINLY MUSIC FOR UNDER 5s Shirehampton Baptist Church 9 –11am during term time


• SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE –982-9399 9:30-11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre

• NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 2:00 – 5:00pm Debt Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze


• SHIREHAMPTON CRAFT GROUP 1:30 – 3:00pm Guide HQ, St Mary's Road . Tel 982 3192 for information

• ACTA COMMUNITY YOUTH THEATRE 5-6:30pm at the Public Hall

• KEEP FIT - Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10:30 – 11:30am. For those with some movement experience.

• AVONMOUTH HOCKEY CLUB practice night 7:30-9:00pm Henbury Comprehensive School

• TWYFORD ART CLUB 9:30 –11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall

• NSC BOXING CLUB Smelters Gym, Avonmouth 7:00-8:30pm


• SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE – 982-9399 9:30-11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre

• ADVICE SERVICE 2:00-3:00pm St Mary's Church (session sponsored by St Mary's)

• NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 1:30 –4:30pm Benefits - Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze 9:30am –12 noon Debt Only. Seamills Health Centre, 2 Riverleaze, Seamills

• STROKE SUPPORT 1:30-4:00pm PBA Club, Nibley Road

• KICK BOXING 5:15-7:15pm Public Hall


• SLIMMING WORLD 5:15pm and 7:15pm Jim O'Neill House, tel. 01275-844825 for information

• KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 6:30-8:30pm Avonmouth RFC

• SEA CADETS Juniors 10-12 years old and 12-18 years old, 6:45-8:45pm T.S.Enterprise, Station Road

• AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB 6:00pm practice for Junior Colts Ring 9852426 for details

• TWYFORD ART CLUB 7:00 – 9:00pm Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall


• "LEAN AND GREEN" ALLOTMENT PROJECT 9:30 –12:30am Lawrence Weston Allotment, Lawrence Weston Road (behind St Bede's School) For information phone Barrowmead Project on 373 0267

• FRIDAY FUN for parents, carers, and pre-school children 9:30-11:00am Beachley Walk Centre

• EVERGREENS 2:00-3:00pm Public Hall

• BINGO 6:30-8:30pm Public Hall

• PILLOW LACE GROUP 7:00-9:00pm Public Hall

• SHIREHAMPTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 7:30-10:00pm T.S. Enterprise

• RELISH for 11-16yr olds in term time 7:30-9:30pm Shirehampton Baptist Church

• KEEP FIT 10:30-11:30am Cotsworld Community Centre, Dursley Road

• NSC BOXING CLUB Smelters Gym, Avnmouth 7:00-8:30pm


• KIDS KLUB at St Mary's 8:30am most Sunday mornings Breakfast and a short service. Tel. 9077026 for information

• COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month 1st Sunday led by Baptist Church 3rd Sunday led by St Mary's Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 – 5:30pm

• SHIREHAMPTON BAPTIST CHUCRH Services at 10:30am and 6:30 pm Youth Group at 5:00pm



• LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 3rd Monday of the month 2:30pm in the Library 18th April next meeting


• PBA RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION 3rd Tuesday of April – PBA Club, Nibley Road open from Noon 19th April – Annual General Meeting and Spring Lunch

• AVONMOUTH LADIES CLUB First and third Tuesdays of the month 5th April– Team Games. Puzzles. - Alvin - 19th April – Cook Book Evening 7:30pm St Andrew's Church Hall


• BRIGHT HOUR WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP Fortnightly 2:30pm Shirehampton Baptist Church

• WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP Public Hall 7:30 – 9:30 pm

• MOTHERS' UNION 2nd Wednesday of the month St Mary's Church, Shirehampton, 2:30pm

• SHIREHAMPTON STITCHERS 3rd Wednesday of the month 7:30pm Public Hall


• CARERS GROUP 3rd Thursday of the month 2:00pm at Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston


• FEEL GOOD ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES 1st Friday of every month 9:30-11:30am The Rock Community Centre, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston. Phone Barrowmead Project on 3730267 for an appointment.

• TIDY TOES FOOT CLINIC for the over 60's 2nd Friday of every month 9:20am – 1:40pm Cost: £5.00 The Rock Community Centre, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston Phone Barrowmead Project on 3730267 for an appointment.


• COFFEE AND CAKES 1st Saturday of the month 10:00 –11:30am Shirehampton Methodist Church All welcome.


• COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month 1st Sunday led by Baptist Church 3rd Sunday led by St Mary's Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 – 5:30pm

• SHIREHAMPTON BAPTIST CHURCH Services at 10:30am and 6:30pm


• PLAYGROUP at the Public Hall, Station Road 9:15-11:45am Monday to Friday - 12:30-2:45pm Mon –Wed only

• LOW IMPACT AEROBICS at PBA Social Club 7:30pm – for information ring 07717833739

• FOUR VILLAGES TOY LIBRARY Beachley Walk Centre, Old Barrow Hill Wednesday, Thursday, Friday morning 9:30 –12:30 And Tuesday afternoon Ring 9822142 for details. Annual subscription £3, 50p to hire a toy

• GIRLS FOOTBALL 8-16 Saturdays 11:00 –12:00am St Bede's


  • Tues May 10th – Moreton-in-Marsh and Bibury
  • Wed June 8th – Boat Trip from Tiverton
  • Tues July 12th – Weymouth
  • Tues August 9th – Poole
  • Wed September 14th – Dorchester Market and Weymouth for Food
  • Tues October 11th – Devizes and Laycock
  • Mon 5th December – Christmas Lunch at Cameley Lodge Hotel

For further information ring (0117) 938 1725 or call in Shirehampton Public Hall on Friday afternoons 2:00pm – 4:00pm


• BASIC SKILLS CLASSES Literacy Skills weekly at Lawrence Weston Tel: 9138824 for details

• CITY OF BRISTOL BASIC SKILLS CLASSES – FREE Adult and family learning courses.

Free short courses for adults over 19 years with few or no qualifications in the new year

  • Cooking from Scratch starting Wednesday 12th January 9:30-11:30am Avonmouth Children's Centre
  • Confidence Building starting Wednesday 12th January 12:45-2:45pm at Beachley Walk Community Centre
  • Paediatric First Aid starting 4th March 9:30-11:30am(£12 on benefits or £42); Avon Primary School
  • Basic Computer courses; IT Skills for Work; Literacy and IT for Work. Introduction to Working in Hospitality;
  • Introduction to Counselling; Reiki; or Creative Writing - at Avonmouth Community Centre.

For more information ring Suzanne on 9030072 or Veronique on 9030065 or email or

Shirehampton Methodist Church Services

  • Mothering Sunday April 3rd 11am. - Family service with Rev. Dr. Jackie Quarmby
  • Palm Sunday April 17th 11 am. - Mr Tony Light Bsc.
  • Maundy Thursday April 21st 3.30 pm - Service of Holy Communion
  • Good Friday April 22nd 10 am – 10.30 am - Service led by Rev. Dr. Jackie Quarmby
  • Easter Day April 24th 11 am – Rev. Dr. Jackie Quarmby

The April Shower

A few daffodils blew their trumpets away
as the sky clouded over and soon became grey
The rattling train shunted its stay into the sidings
The little boy ran home in a bright coloured shirt
the sun disappeared but the birds were alert
as the night briefly came out from hiding
How the spattering rain hunted today
it caught the drying clothes, it caught hair in its spray
it took the puddles home to its lair in the sky
then the washing just blew until it was dry
Showers, the tears that the earth has to cry.

Letters to the Editor

Fund-raising for ASBAH

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to say a huge thank-you to all those who supported our first cake sale in aid of ASBAH (Association of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus) which was held on Saturday 5th March at Shirehampton Methodist Church. In the 90 minutes we were there we were able to raise £21.65 for ASBAH from the small selection we had to offer. We look forward to providing some more delicious cakes in April. Many thanks to Rev Jacky & Neil Quarmby for allowing us to sell cakes at their coffee morning.

Kind regards Helen Edgeworth

John Young Donations

Dear Editor,

We promised to let you know what we bought with the money given for the Oncology Day Unit.As requested by them we purchased 5 DVD players, a radio and a lovely picture. We had £305 plus a Charity Gift of £100 from Tesco, when we told them where our gifts were going.

The Day Unit were so pleased and said it will give the patients something of interest when having treatment.

Thank you all again Yours faithfully

Janet Young and family

(Thank you for your kind donation. Ed)

Bristol & District Branch Merchant Navy Association

Saturday 2nd April - Southwest Ship Show at Portishead Leisure Centre. Sunday 10th April - Dedication of 18 Memorial Plaques at Merchant Navy Memorial, Welsh Back, Bristol Muster 12 noon Dedication 12.30 pm - Service led by the Rev. Philip Auden DL

Bristol Shiplover's Society

Talks take place at The Wardroom, HMS Flying Fox, Winterstoke Road, Bristol & start at approx. 19:30

12th April – Bristol Pilot Cutters by John Raymond Baxter - 26th April – Members Evening. The Clipper "City of Adelaide" by Dr. Tony Dickens - 10th May – Development of the Destroyer by John Wilson

Membership open to all with an interest in ships and the sea. Visitors are very welcome - £3 per head.

Supermarket Challenge

Dear Editor

As a person who was born in Shirehampton and has lived in and around the area all my life (this year I will be 50) I see the shopping situation in the village is but a shadow of it's former self. I must take very strong issue with the letter from Neil Quarmby in your last issue No. 470 - March 2011.

Firstly, it is a given that more of one thing provides competition and that competition can keep prices down, and the argument that smaller shops such as our green grocer, butcher and baker will suffer is ridiculous. If you cast your mind back to the 60's and 70's when the village was a much more vibrant place to shop, we had more than one supermarket then, and the proof that this did not harm the small trader is evident in the fact that there was more than one butcher, more than one green grocer, about three bakers and a wet fish shop.

The reason for this is quite simple, the more shops you have is testimony to the fact that there is a market for them, and the market is there because a number of other supermarkets want to come here. This, in turn, will then grow the village as more people from the wider surrounding areas will come here.

You only have to go to Portishead for the absolute proof of this. In a nutshell a current trader in the village is cutting THEIR nose off to spite OUR faces as they, and we too, will benefit from the wider audience allowing our village to grow, as our neighbours have.

And how does it cost £6 to drive to Cribbs Causeway?

Yours faithfully

Tony Warren

Litter-picking in Shire?

Dear Editor

Is this something we could do in Shire? Litter is a problem in every community. In Severn Beach the community has a voluntary two hour "litter-pick" once a month. This covers three or four different "neglected" areas on a rotational basis. The details for the next litter-pick are advertised in their parish magazine, and volunteers simply turn up on the day. It's very relaxed and social, binliners, gloves, and "grabbers" are supplied to all volunteers.

Just imagine clearing litter from somewhere like the footpath along the riverbank, listening to birdsong, and watching for rabbits as you work. It really isn't a chore, you will be helping to remove an eyesore and protecting the environment.

If you have any suggestions or would like to be updated on this please call me on 07955446623. Groups and individuals welcome.

Many thanks

Verena Edgeworth

Thank-you from Shirley Harvey

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank my children Michelle, Wayne and Darren, also Colin, Linzi and Claire for looking after Ray all over Christmas. I went into Southmead Hospital on 24th December for a knee replacement and I came home on 29th December. I am on the road to recovery, and walking around. It is nice to be without pain. I would also like to thank my surrounding family, friends and neighbours for all the cards, flowers and chocolates.

Yours faithfully

Shirley Harvey

(Thank you for your kind donation – Ed)

In The Coop

I have been keeping chickens for a while now, just a small flock of eight hens, and I have heard of others in the Shire area who keep some birds. I have hatched and reared chickens, ducks and quails, and I wondered if a "poultry keepers circle" might be of interest? The idea would be to meet a couple of times a year to discuss our experiences and exchange tips, and also to form a collective so we could bulk buy food, straw, medicines etc. We might also organise collective hatching, or hatching to order, and holiday care exchange plans.

Of course mutual advice and support would also be a major benefit of the group. All welcome whether you rescue the "ex-batts", prefer the "posh-bird" for eggs, or keep "fancies" for pleasure, or if you are interested in raising birds for the table (I can help if you need these skills). Even if you just think it might be for you, you're welcome to learn more.

Please e.mail me at or tel 07955445523. Verena.

Trying to Trace Michael Roger Jones

The following request was received by St. Mary's Church

I'm trying to trace Michael Roger Jones who lived in High Kingsdown, Bristol, in the early 1980s. I believe he may be able to assist me with a serious personal problem.

I would be very grateful if you would pass this message around your congregation.

Kind regards

David Goldsmith

Note from Ed: If you can help please pass any information to St. Mary's Church staff.

Public Hall Newsletter

Introducing the Trustees of Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association.

The trustees are volunteers who oversee the running of the Public Hall for the benefit of the community. We meet once a month. If you would like to get involved, contact

The trustees have agreed to describe their commitment to the Community of Shirehampton, in the December issue it was Janet's story, this month is Gil's.

My mother came from Swansea, when she was eighteen to work in service at Walton House, which is situated where the parade of shops by The Green now stands. She met my father, a local boy, and they were soon married, taking a flat in Priory Road. After the birth of their first son, they moved into a house in Walton Road, where they remained for the rest of their lives, and where my twin brother and I were born. After spending a teaching career in Surrey, I now live in that same house, sleeping in the room in which I was born.

When I left Portway School just after my 15th birthday, with no qualifications, I took a job with a shipping agency; firstly in Queen's Square and then Avonmouth Docks. After two years, I took a job in the buying office of Fizon's, the fertilizer manufacturer, in St. Andrew's Road. After two more years there, I became a Bristol bus conductor, based at Avonmouth Depot.

I then embarked upon National Military Service in the RAMC, being stationed in Paris(!) and Folkstone.

Since returning to Shirehampton in 1995, I have become involved in many local organisations. I joined the Public Hall Committee as a trustee and director (my great-grandfather, Isaac, who was a parish councillor, attended its opening). I am a governor of my old primary school (in Mr ‘Pop' Laundry's days) and was, for a short while, a governor at Portway. For many years I have been a member of the area choir. I belong to SCAF and the Neighbourhood Partnership. I was a boy scout with the 191st group and took part in many Gang Shows at the Public Hall. I have given talks on various subjects to local groups. With the help of the local traders, I initiated the installation by the council of the first hanging baskets in the village – now a regular feature. I am also a member of the Christmas Lights Committee. I regularly contribute articles to Shire and deliver it to the shopkeepers in the village who advertise in this newspaper.

As a boy I attended Grove Leaze Youth Club (led by Harry Grainger) and the 153rd Cub pack, before transferring to the 191. I was Head Boy at Portway (in Mr Carlyle's time) and very much influenced by one of the teachers there (John Victor Trivett).

I have a son (43) and a grandson (6) living in London and a daughter (40) in Hampshire.

My hobbies are writing and composing music, the theatre, ballet and the opera - I play piano every Monday for ballet classes at The Bristol School of Dancing, in Clifton. I regularly play badminton at Horfields Sports Centre.

Vera celebrates!

Vera Smith has recently celebrated her 100th Birthday. She lives in Kingsmead Care home on West Town Road and Doug Naysmith started the party which was attended by friends and family.

Dental Implants and Healthy Eating

Healthy eating may not be the first thing you think about when you hear the word "IMPLANTS" – most people think about celebrities and their cosmetic surgery. However, Implants are now used extensively in dentistry as well. Dental implants are metal posts inserted into the jaw bone in place of missing teeth. They were introduced to support crowns (or "caps") as an alternative to dentures and bridges, but can now also be used to secure dentures using a simple press stud fastening.

Many people have problems with loose dentures, particularly as they grow older. Conventional denture fixatives can help but are not always effective. Apart from the discomfort, embarrassment and inconvenience, loose dentures also make it difficult, if not impossible, to eat a lot of your favourite foods. People who have lost most of their teeth may not have eaten properly for years - and this can lead to malnutrition and general ill health.

Combe Road Dental Surgery has been fitting patients with implants since 2004. They have a specialist oral surgeon, who can treat the more difficult problems, and an in-house dental technician who makes the crowns and dentures on the premises – this helps to ensure that the right appearance and colour match is achieved.

If you are happy with the appearance of your denture but just need better retention, then there may be no need to replace it. It is often possible to adapt the denture with the special fasteners once the implants have been fitted.

Combe Road Dental Surgery is holding an Open Day on 16 April to give you the opportunity to meet the team and ask questions without any obligation.

Go along and see some of the latest treatments now on offer.

The commemoration of the 106th anniversary of Shirehampton Library

AT a time when the media is full of proposed or threatened cuts in public spending with libraries being in the front line, it is fitting to celebrate the fact that our own library in Shirehampton was officially opened on 6th March 1905 and is still a valued part of our community today.

Gil Osman has long campaigned to have a plaque placed on the building to commemorate the fact that it was opened thanks to a grant of £800 from Andrew Carnegie, a ‘rags to riches' Scotsman who made his fortune in America but never forgot his home island and endowed many libraries in the UK. Ours is probably the only one in Bristol, possibly chosen because of the architectural merit of the Public Hall in which it is located.

Although the Public Hall was opened in 1904 which included a library and reading room, the latter was not ready for public use until a few months later. It was on Monday 6th March 1905 at 6.30pm Alderman Walls, (Chairman of the Bristol Libraries Committee) officially opened the library and on this occasion vouchers were issued so members of the public could borrow books.

So it was on a sunny Sunday afternoon, 6th March at 3pm that a gathering of invited guests and people from Shirehampton witnessed the unveiling of the long awaited plaque. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Colin Smith, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Alderman Judith Price were guests of honour. They were joined by Cllr Doug Naysmith, Mary Hayball and Marilyn Gorry representing the Public Hall, Eileen Lloyd – Library Supervisor and local historians Ralph Hack and Judy Helme as well as local people who came to support the event. The Lord Mayor said a few words about Andrew Carnegie before unveiling the plaque which is on the library door. Ralph Hack then talked about how fortunate we were in Shirehampton to have this library and how the invention of the printing press had changed the lives of people over the centuries making it possible in the 19th century for the poorest children to be educated free of charge and able to make use of the books that had become cheaper and more readily available as modern printing methods progressed. Madison Cummings-Snow, an 8 year old pupil of Shirehampton Primary School then presented the Lady Mayoress with a basket of flowers.

The assembled company then went into the library and signed the Visitors' Book which was started in 1905. Following this we were treated to refreshments and a commemorative cake in the Public Hall. Thanks were extended to those who had helped to mark this part of Shirehampton's heritage and Gil Osman wishes to thank ‘Shire' newspaper and an anonymous donor for funding which together with his own contribution, made the event possible. JH

Library Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Although I thanked people on the day, I would like to reiterate my thanks to all those (from the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to young Maddie from Shirehampton Primary School) who helped make the occasion the success it was.

I would add my thanks to Mary Hayball, for her beautiful basket of flowers, and Eileen Lloyd, for opening the library to the public on a Sunday; both of whom I inadvertently forgot to thank publicly at the ceremony.

Gil Osman

Boxing Connors Brothers are Just Champion!

Shirehampton based boxing club the National Smelting Co ABC (NSC ABC) had two of its junior boxers compete in the Royal Navy Schools Championships. Luke ‘The Force' Connors 12 years old and brother Jerry ‘Mighty Mouse' Connors 14 years old.

Jerry who had won a Western Counties title last year went one better this year by winning a Southwest Title and reaching the National Semi Finals.

Informed NSC Coach Garry Cave "Jerry boxed with skill and composure, winning by wide point's margins in both the Western County Finals and the National Quarter Finals, but he met his match in the Semi's held on Sunday the 20th at Farnham in Surrey where he boxed Jordan Flynn of the Repton Boxing Club in London in the 48-50kg class. Despite giving age, weight and experience away Jerry battled his heart and soul out to lose on points.

As a coach that's all you can ask for, he gave it his all and should be very proud to reach the last four in the country. He's improving all the time and getting further in the champs, hopefully next year he'll make the finals or even win them."

Younger brother Luke went one better with a resounding win against Frank Edwards of Broad Street ABC in the 50-52kg class racking up an impressive 34pts -16pts win. Said Coach Cave "Luke just never stopped punching from bell to bell; he was like a little Mexican pro. He had Edwards wobbling twice during the three round bout for the Referee to step in with protection counts. With his all action no nonsense style he's going to take some defeating.

He's won all five of his bouts and its going to take a very good boxer to beat him.

We had a cracking show last November with a 15 bout bill all featuring a Smelters boxer, it was a complete sell out and one of the best shows we've ever put on.

The NSC train every Mon, Wed & Fri night from 7-8:30pm at their newly built boxing gym, next door to Avonmouth Rugby club at the end of Barracks Lane, BS11 9NG. All equipment is provided. Ring Head Coach Garry Cave for more details on 07876 233621 or visit the club website .

The Pressure Is On!

The Avonmouth Rotary Club of Shirehampton will be hosting a Know Your Blood Pressure event on 16th April 2011 at Methodist Church to help highlight the risk factors of stroke to the local population.

The event will be taking place from 09.00 to 12.00, offering the public a free blood pressure measuring service and information on related health issues. The annual Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign is run by The Stroke Association to help people better understand the relation between high blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke.

It is estimated that 40% of the 150,000 strokes suffered by people in the UK each year could be prevented by controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure is often called the ‘silent killer'as it does not always have any symptoms. It is the single biggest risk factor for stroke yet it is estimated a quarter of adults have high blood pressure but are completely unaware of it.

Last year, the Know Your Blood Pressure initiative saw over 13,000 people across the UK take up the chance to have their blood pressure taken. As a result, nearly 3,000 were advised to see their GP for more tests and a further 200 were urged to seek medical advice immediately.

The single biggest risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. However the blood pressure test is a short, painless and simple one so we urge people to come along to our event at Methodist Church and get tested"

Jon Barrick, CEO of The Stroke Association said: "One of the biggest challenges is to make people understand that strokes don't just happen to older people. They can happen to anyone, at any age. The Know Your Blood Pressure campaign plays an invaluable role in reaching out to people, encouraging them to have regular checks and take action when needed".

A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted. Most strokes occur when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. Some strokes are caused by bleeding in or around the brain from a burst blood vessel. When the blood supply is disrupted, parts of the brain become damaged or destroyed. Some strokes are fatal whilst others can cause permanent or temporary paralysis to one side of the body and loss of the ability to speak, read or write. Recovery may be slow and can vary from person to person.

Owen North


A person is urgently needed to deliver Shire newspapers in Grainger Court (20 dwellings).

The papers are brought to your door each month for you to deliver. This should take about an hour each month. If you can help please telephone Pauline on 9826935. Many thanks.

If a volunteer cannot be found to deliver papers each month your paper will have to be collected from either the Library, the Post Office or Hawkins Newsagents.

Tynings Field Community Farm

In an effort to prevent Tynings Field, in Woodwell Road, from being sold off in the Council's site disposal exercise some local residents have formed the Tynings Field Community Group. If the field is converted from a grazing field to a field growing crops it will not be subject to disposal in the same way. The Council has promised the group a farm tenancy on the field on the understanding and condition that the horse, Lady, still uses the field until she passes away. Caroline Penny, who convened the Group said: "Lady is a beautiful animal who has served as a wonderful community horse giving people rides in her cart and we are not about to see her homeless. The Community Group will manage the field and work around her."

The Group has started fund-raising and has an account to accept donations to fund work on the basis of the Council's promised lease. The Field will have great potential for community growing, for shared work and shared harvests, for encouraging community groups, for example school children, to participate in growing food. The Group would like to know what people in Shirehampton would like to see done with the Field and will keep you informed.

The date of the next meeting is Tuesday 19th April at the Cotswold Community Centre, 7.15pm

The Bristol NW Foodbank

The Bristol NW Foodbank is a new venture run by local churches under the umbrella of the Oasis Community Hub Brightstowe. It offers a service to meet the needs of people during a crisis period when they find they are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Crisis comes in many forms, for example: redundancy; ill-health; family break-up or just unexpected large bills. This Foodbank aims to serve Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Shirehampton and Seamills.

The Foodbank provides a nutritionally balanced package of non-perishable food, sufficient for 3 days. Clients are referred, using a voucher scheme, by a network of care professionals: social care teams, CAB, Schools, health visitors, GPs, clergy etc and can access the Foodbank up to 3 times in 6 months.

Foodbank distribution sessions:

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

Thursdays 10:00-12:00 Lawrence Weston Baptist Church, Long Cross

We need donations of food such as:

  • Tins of Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tins of Meat
  • Rice
  • Tins of Fish
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Other hot drinks
  • Tins of Vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Tins of Fruit
  • Cereals
  • Tins of Puddings
  • Biscuits
  • Pasta
  • UHT Milk
  • Long Life Juice
  • Jams
  • Instant Mashed Potato

Pplease ensure the "best before" date is at least 6 months in advance and food is clearly labelled.

Food can be donated at Lawrence Weston Baptist Church on Thursday mornings.

If you would like to make a financial donation to the work of the Foodbank, you can donate at:

The Bristol NW Foodbank is part of a national network of Foodbanks seeded by the Trussell Trust.

For more information please contact Emma Murray (07989070386) or our website:

Shirehampton Cricket Club News

Message from the Chairman

Spring is nearly here, the snowdrops are out, so time for a cricket update. Lots of exciting things planned for this year so please get involved. The more you put in to your club, the more you will get out of it! -Andy

Indoor Nets -This year will be at Henbury Leisure centre on Sunday nights started on Feb 27th and running until Easter.

Under 11 and under 13 age groups -will run from 5-6, Under 15's from 6-7 and Under 17's and seniors from 7-8.30pm. Price per Junior Session will be £2 and £3 for the Seniors. New players of all ages welcome. Boys, girls, men and women!

Overseas Player - Nathan Hill will be our guest this year, a young Australian from Queensland. He will be arriving in April and will be staying with John Bracewell (Glos CCC coach), so we might get one or two useful pointers if John turns up to watch him play! Please do all you can to make Nathan welcome so that he enjoys his time with us.

Social Events -The first social event this year will be in April with the Cheltenham races visit. (tickets sold out!). Social Memberships are available at the club (£20 per year). Last year we had a barn dance, race night, curry nights, bbqs as well as many pleasant afternoons watching the cricket. All welcome to join this friendly atmosphere, have a great time and enjoy some of the best bar prices in town!

Teas - Another change this year is that our wonderful tea ladies have retired. Your committee has managed to retain the services of a professional organization and so teas will be served this year by Rosina Catering. Rosina has lots of catering experience and has worked with Thornbury CC as well as for Glos CCC. The great news is that periodically Rosina is also prepared to organize some food for the evenings, so we will have a certain number of curry, chilli or other suitable evening fare to soak up the extra beer as the season progresses. Please make Rosina feel welcome as she settles in.

Sponsorship - Would your company like to support a local club? We may have space for sale on our covers which will be placed on the pitch throughout summer. We would like to thank the continued support of last years shirt sponsor – W H Mogford & Sons as well as Choice Carpets. More sponsors are always welcome.

Nat West Cricket Force - Will be on April 8th-10th. The usual tasks of pavilion enhancements, net improvements, roof insulation, and other wonderful jobs are planned for this weekend. Please reserve some time in your diaries and come along to what is a great way to kick off the season and get the club in tip top shape. We will start at 9am with bacon butties. Members of community welcome.

T20 Richard Forde - Following last years initial event, Richard Forde will again be running the T20 competition in over 5 Sundays in June and July, 2 games per Sunday. Volunteers are needed to support these days, they were a lot of fun, and sharing the bar/catering work will assist greatly.

That's it for now, here's hoping for a great season. COME ON SHIRE!!!

St Marys News . . .

Hi Folks!

It is with mixed emotions that I write these notes, as I met with Canon Christine for the last time to prepare this months' St. Mary's News. We have met together more than a hundred times to discuss what should be included each month during her time as Vicar of St. Mary's. I shall miss her very much when she moves on to her new appointment as Archdeacon of Malmesbury as will our congregation. But she goes with our blessing and good wishes. Many people have enquired as to whether we know who will be her replacement. Following her departure there will be an interregnum when no-one will be in position as Vicar. The church will continue to function as before. Before Canon Christine was appointed there was interregnum of 15 months when the previous incumbent retired. The PCC and Churchwardens will be visited during the interregnum by the Archdeacon and other members of the Bishops' staff to discuss any future appointment and this is not a fast process. We shall be keen to ensure we have the right person in place, who will hopefully continue to run St. Mary's in a similar manner to that which you see it today. It is a very happy and welcoming church and long may it continue to be so. We want to see our mission for growth continue like it has done in the past.

Now on to more of the parish news. Sadly last month we had the funeral of a well known lady in Shirehampton - Brenda Partridge. There was a large congregation paying their last respects to her at her funeral service. Afterwards her coffin was borne in a horse-drawn hearse to St. Mary's Cemetery where her remains were laid to rest. We offer all her relatives and family our deepest sympathy and prayers at this sad time for them.

You may recall several months ago that I mentioned the Coldstream Guards Association had their Regimental Flag blessed by Canon Christine at our Sunday morning service when it was accompanied by two immaculately turned out Guardsmen in full ceremonial dress. Well back at the end of February a contingent of their Association returned to St. Mary's and presented us with a plaque bearing the Coldstream Guards Coat of Arms. This was accompanied by a Certificate commemorating the occasion and also bears the names of the Coldstream Guardsmen who have been killed in Afghanistan during 2009 and 2010. The plaque is to be attached to the Vicars' Stall and the Certificate placed in one of our display cabinets in the Chancel. We are most grateful to the Coldstream Guards Association for these generous gifts and we thank them for their generosity.

Pancake Race at St. Mary's

The Half-Term Pancake Party was enjoyed by old and young alike. Canon Christine with her whistle supervised the start and finish of the pancake races on the churchyard path. These caused much amusement to the folks passing through the churchyard to the Health Centre. My two eldest grandchildren each won a prize and there was even a race for toddlers. I accompanied my third grandchild who is 17 months old and she was much better than granddad. I think it was really the other way round - she was accompanying me!! There was also a colouring competition for the children and a team quiz for the older children and adults. As you can see from the photos the event was a family affair with several generations enjoying the morning of events. When the real Shrove Tuesday came around we had a very busy church once more and Gill Sawyer and Beryl White were producing pancakes as fast as they were being eaten - no mean task I can tell you! Thank you to all of you who came and supported both events.

Do I really have to remind you of our Spring Fayre on Saturday, 2nd. April? No - I bet you've already got the date in your diaries! The Fayre will be open from 10.00 am until 12 noon and you will have the opportunity to purchase Crafts, gifts, cakes, preserves and much more. Not only that, but during the afternoon from 2.30 pm until 4.00 pm you can enjoy a Cream Tea with homemade scones at a very reasonable price!

I must take the opportunity now to remind you of the "Bristol Fashion" social evening on Friday, 5th. April, when a number of films will be shown on the history of Bristol. Tickets for this event are £7 and include supper. Please bring your own drink. Tickets will be available from Gill Sawyer at the Church Office. I'll see you there as I am very interested in local history (also I like the Supper!!!).

In your Prayer Diary for this month your prayers are asked for all the people who live in Groveleaze, Barrow Hill Road, Springfield Avenue, Springfield Lawns, Burnham Road, Station Road and Hung Road. Please also pray for Shirehampton Primary School, Artist First & Firebird Theatre, the Mothers' Union, Bright Hour and Townsmen's Guild.

Did you know that thanks to Bob Pitchford you can view his photographs of the work taking place on the Tithe Barn - by visiting the following website - Thanks Bob for all your time and trouble producing these photographs.

Finally, it is with great delight and pleasure that I have to tell you that Pam Crawford has given St. Mary's the gift of a Brass Altar Cross in memory of her late husband Andy - who did so much for St. Mary's. It will be stood on a wooden base bearing a plaque commemorating it to Andy's memory. Thank you Pam for this very generous gift - what a wonderful way to remember Andy! The Cross will be accompanied by two brass candlesticks, which have lain unused in a cupboard for many a long year. They will remain on the altar throughout the week and will be used for such services as Weddings, Funerals and the occasional offices throughout the year. Our silverware will be used only on Sundays or other special occasions. Please look into the church and have a look at the cross when you get an opportunity.

Did you read in the paper the other day the following item - "We are pleased to note that there has been a change of mind by the Housing Department regarding the name for the new housing complex for the elderly. ‘St. Peter's Close did seem rather inappropriate!'

‘Bye for now C.M.E.

St. Mary's Special Services for April

  • Mothering Sunday - 3rd. April. At 10.00 am we shall have an informal Holy Communion service which is suitable for all the family. So please put this date in your Diary and come along on the day - we shall be delighted to see you there. To end this very special day there will be a Service of Compline at 8.00 pm. This lasts about 20 minutes and is a quiet reflective time to conclude the day.
  • Annual Forget-me-not Service - Saturday, 16th. April at 4.00 pm, a time of remembrance especially for families who have suffered untimely death of a loved one whether recently or long ago. Anyone is welcome to attend this Service.
  • Palm Sunday - Sunday 17th. April - is when we celebrate and remember Jesus' triumphal ride into Jerusalem when Palm leaves were scattered on the road before him. There will be a 10.00 am Holy Communion this day and a further service of Holy Communion at 4.45 pm at the Cotwold Building in Dursley Road.
  • Holy Week – is the week that follows Palm Sunday. On Monday, 18th. April at 8.00 pm and Tuesday, 19th. April at 8.30 pm there will be a service of Compline and at 8.00 pm on Wednesday, 20th. - Tenebrae - a quiet reflective candle lit service.
  • Maundy Thursday - 21st. April. Please note there will NO SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION at St. Mary's on this day. However, at 10.30 am at Bristol Cathedral there will be a service of Holy Communion with the Blessing of Oils. Also at this service Canon Christine will be installed as Archdeacon of Malmesbury. Please sign your name on the list at the back of the church if you wish to attend this service at the Cathedral. At 6.30 pm that evening there will be a service of Holy Communion at St. Mary's with the washing of feet. This service will be followed by Supper - please sign your name on the list at the back of the church if you intend coming.
  • Good Friday - Friday 22nd. April . There will be a Family Service at 10.00 am around the Cross and a presentation by STOMP dance groups followed by Hot Cross Buns. Also at the same time there will be the Good Friday Procession of witness around the parish. At 1.00 pm will be - Stations of the Cross - meditations and prayers on ‘the road to Calvary'. This will be followed at 2.00 pm with a Service of Devotion led by the Shirehampton Area Choir - "The Final Sacrifice".
  • Easter Day- Sunday, 24th. April and will begin at 7.00 am with our traditional Sunrise Service at Shirehampton Park. This will be followed by breakfast afterwards at Shirehampton Cricket Club. Kids Klub will be as normal - in the church at 8.30 am and this will be followed at 10.00 am with our Holy Communion Service. Afterwards, accompanied children can look for an Easter surprise and our competition is to make and name an Easter chick. The day ends once more at 8.00 pm with a Service of Compline.

From the Registers at St Mary's in February

BAPTISMS "We welcome you"

  • 20th - Xander Thorr Barnard Malkenes
  • 27th - Grace Emilia Elliott, Jack Joseph Fredrick McGuire, Amber-Joyce Rose Scrivin-Dempsey, Zoe Amy Eynon, Tom Mark Eynon, Elliott William Edward Robinson, Maisie Star Robinson

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace"

  • 4th Marion Morrison - Canford
  • 10th Keith Wembridge - St Mary's
  • 15th Frederick Austen - Canford
  • 16th Tom Lewis - Canford
  • 18th Brenda Partridge - St Mary's
  • 23rd Robert Lark - Canford

WEDDING BLESSING "All that I am I give to you"

  • 26th - John and Doreen Bull

Human Remains Found on Industrial Land

A police investigation is under way following the discovery of human remains on overgrown industrial land in Avonmouth.

The skeleton of a woman was found on Monday morning (March 7) on the site of the former Sevalco Limited, off Hallen Road. The site is now owned by Viridor and is the subject of a planning application for a recycling centre. It has been disused since 2007 and has become quite overgrown.

Work has recently been underway to deactivate the site, which has included clearing the overgrown area. It was during this work that the remains were found, close to two large crude oil tanks.

Police were alerted and since then a full forensic search has taken place at the site. This has involved police crime scene investigators as well as a forensic archaeologist, forensic anthropologist and a botanist.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Crisp, who is leading the investigation, said: "We believe she was fully clothed and there were no indications that any attempts had been made to bury or conceal her other than the fact that the site itself has become overgrown during the past few years." A post mortem examination has taken place but at this time the identity of the woman remains a mystery, and there is no obvious indication of her cause of death. "Therefore I have to keep a completely open mind about whether or not this could develop into a murder investigation.

"At present it is being treated as an unexplained death. "We are awaiting the results of further forensic tests, including looking at the possibility of any DNA evidence which may help us discover who she is."What we do know is that she is most likely to have been a white woman, although we cannot rule out at this stage the possibility she may have been of mixed heritage. "She was around 5ft 3 or 5ft 4ins tall, of medium build and probably aged between 30 and 45.

"The forensic examinations so far indicate that the remains could have been on site for up to eight years."We have found some clothing, including a fleece jacket and some training shoes, which I would ask people to look at and see if this prompts any thoughts about who this woman might be.

"We have a number of lines of enquiry we are following up, and have been since the remains were found.

I would now appeal for anyone who thinks they have any information which can help the enquiry to come forward and speak to us.

"Anyone who can help should call 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.

Looking After Beneficiaries With a Disability

Recently I was consulted by parents who had a son on the Autistic Spectrum. They did not have a large estate but were aware that should they leave a proportion to him absolutely he would not be able to cope and he would be vulnerable to people taking financial advantage of him. There was also the risk that a sizeable inheritance would affect any benefits he would be entitled to in the future.

Two of the most important matters parents of a disabled child must have in mind are who would look after their son if they were not here and who would look after money for him if he was not capable of looking after it himself.

For a disabled/vulnerable beneficiary a guardianship appointment can be extended to express the wish that the guardian is also responsible when the vulnerable beneficiary becomes an adult.

To protect the money left to a vulnerable beneficiary the best option is to establish a trust.

Whilst there is a form of trust specifically for disabled beneficiaries it offers no flexibility. All income is payable to the disabled beneficiary and this can impact on benefits entitlement.

The most common type of trust used instead is a discretionary trust. Under this type of trust it is usual to include the whole estate within the trust and have what is known as a class of beneficiaries, these are commonly children, grandchildren and other family members who can benefit at the discretion of the trustees.

The trust can either be established on your death or in your life time and can be accompanied by a letter of wishes. There are some tax implications but the flexibility available usually outweighs any tax disadvantages.

Note from Ed. If you have a beneficiary for whom it is appropriate to consider a trust especially tailored to your needs you can contact Andrew, or any other solicitor, for an initial discussion and this will normally be free of charge.

Andrew Jack

Shirehampton Community Fayre

Calling all Shire clubs, schools, churches and shops to an Organising Committee Meeting!!

Shirehampton Cricket Club is looking to host a Shirehampton Community Fayre on the August bank holiday Sunday. We are hoping this will be a spectacular event in the Shirehampton calendar. This will be a family fun day with lots of stalls, food, bouncy castles, gladiator joists, face-painting, egg & spoon racing and much more. This will be followed by bands playing in the evening. We are seeking for this to be a community fund-raiser and hope everyone will join in with some sort of stall or game (coconut shy anyone?). This could be a good opportunity to get new members for your club with a display and also raise some funds.

We are having a meeting on Sunday 17th April at 7pm in the Shirehampton Cricket Club. Anyone interested in helping organise this event is welcome. Please contact Ben Steedman on 0117 9048905 if you have any questions.

Bunting Required

A street in Shirehampton is planning a street party for the royal wedding and wondered if anyone could lend some bunting for the occasion please. If so contact Angela Harper on 01179092114. Thank you.