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Shirehampton Annual Art Exhibition 2011

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St Mary's Notes

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Paul Triggle


The Editors and Administrative Council of Shire send their warmest congratulations to Prince William and Catherine on the occasion of their marriage and wish Their Royal Highnesses every happiness in their future life together.

Three Cheers for Canon Christine

Shirehampton folk were out in force on Maundy Thursday (21st April) as well over 100 parishioners filled the north transept of Bristol Cathedral to support Canon Christine Froude as she was installed as Archdeacon of Malmesbury by the Bishop of Bristol.

The great and good of Bristol could be in no doubt as to the affection in which she is held here as a steady flow of people entered the Cathedral and informed the stewards 'We're from Shirehampton'.

A special area of seating had been set aside for those from the parish, with a first class view of the proceedings which was bettered only, and quite rightly, by Christine's own family and friends who were sitting opposite on the south side.

The installation took place during one of the most important services of the year - the Chrism Eucharist at which the Bishop addresses clergy and lay ministers from across the whole Diocese of Bristol (200+ parishes stretching from Avonmouth to Swindon!) who gather to renew their commitment to ministry and bring holy oils to be blessed for use in their churches throughout the year.

Alongside the exquisite singing of the Cathedral's girls' choir, the service included hymns for the congregation, a sermon from the Bishop and readings from the Bible, including one read by David Froude, Christine's husband.

There was a sense of anticipation in the air as the historic moment arrived and the Bishop stood to introduce the Diocese of Bristol's first ever female Archdeacon.

Christine first swore her allegiance to the Church, the Queen and the Bishop and then everyone listened as the Bishop read the Document of Collation which made the appointment official - although it's probably fair to say that not many people followed every word of the fantastic ancient language it contained!

Some more legal proceedings followed and then the Dean of the Cathedral conducted the new Archdeacon into the Quire and assigned her the stall of the Archdeacon of Malmesbury - Christine had now quite literally been 'in-stalled'.

After all the tradition and formality - as historic and fascinating as it is - the high point of the service for many was undoubtedly the moment the Bishop presented the congregation with their new Archdeacon accompanied by a huge round of applause and cheers from all sides. The loudest clapping was from the seats in the north transept and, as Christine turned to acknowledge it with a trademark kiss and a wave, her proud former parishioners responded in kind: beaming smiles were the order of the day!

The service concluded appropriately with that rousing Welsh hymn, Guide me O thou great Redeemer, and the now Venerable Christine Froude joined the procession down the aisle - but to those of us sitting in the north transept and to many others in Shirehampton, she will remain the same, much-loved 'Canon Christine'. JH

Papier Mache Bowl

Thanks to all the shops in Shirehampton who wrote messages to Canon Christine. They were all worked into the bowl along with a picture of the fountain painted by John Parsons. Christine was very please and touched by your messages. Thank you all very much.

Sally Knowlson

What's on in May



  • 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 CADET, 12 -18 years old Monday and Thursda, 6:45-8:45pm T.S. Enterprise, Station Road
  • 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 CLU, 9:30 - 11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall
  • NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTR, 9:30am - 12:30pm Drop In Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze


  • SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE - 982-939, 9:30 - 11:30am Drop-in session Over 50's Shirehampton Health Centre
  • PENPOLE LUNCH CLUB - 11:30am - 2pm - 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake 3.2, details from Sandra: 0117 938 1236
  • ST MARY'S CRAFT GROU, 2 - 3:30pm St Mary's Church
  • MAINLY MUSIC FOR UNDER 5, Shirehampton Baptist Churc, 9 -11am during term time


  • SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE -982-939, 9:30 -11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre
  • NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTR, 2:00 - 5:00pm Debt Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze
  • SHIREHAMPTON MODEL RAILWAY CLU, 7:30pm in the Public Hall
  • SHIREHAMPTON CRAFT GROUP, 1:30 - 3:00pm Guide HQ, St Mary's Road Tel 982 3192 for information
  • ACTA COMMUNITY YOUTH THEATR, 5:00 - 6:30pm at the Public Hall
  • KEEP FIT - Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Roa, 10:30 - 11:30am. For those with some movement experience.
  • AVONMOUTH HOCKEY CLUB practice nigh, 7:30-9:00pm Henbury Comprehensive School
  • TWYFORD ART CLU, 9:30 -11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall
  • NSC BOXING CLU, Smelters Gym, Avonmouth 7:00-8:30pm


  • SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE - 982-939, 9:30-11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre
  • ADVICE SERVIC, 2:00-3:00pm St Mary's Churc, (session sponsored by St Mary's)
  • NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTR, 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
  • GRAINGER PLAYERS DRAMA CLUB, 7:30-9:30 Public Hall
  • SLIMMING WORL, 5:15pm and 7:15pm Jim O'Neill House tel. 01275-844825 for info
  • KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 6:30-8:30pm Avonmouth RFC
  • SEA CADET, 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 Colt, 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 childre, 9:30-11:00am Beachley Walk Centre
  • EVERGREEN, 2:00-3:00pm Public Hall
  • BINGO 6:30-8:30pm Public Hall
  • PILLOW LACE GROU, 7:00-9:00pm Public Hall
  • SHIREHAMPTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 7:30-10:00pm T.S. Enterprise
  • RELISH for 11-16yr olds in term tim, 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', 8:30am most Sunday morning, Breakfast and a short service, Tel. 9077026 for information
  • COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVIC, 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month, 1st Sunday led by Baptist Churc, 3rd Sunday led by St Mary's, Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 - 5:30pm
  • SHIREHAMPTON BAPTIST CHUCRH Services at 10:30am and 6:30pm.Youth Group at 5:00pm



  • LOCAL HISTORY GROUP, 3rd Monday of the month 2:30pm in the Library - 16th May next meeting


  • PBA RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION 3rd Tuesday of May - PBA Club, Nibley Road open from Noon. 17th May - Mrs. Gawthorpe asks: "Were you Alive in Nineteen Fifty Five?"
  • AVONMOUTH LADIES CLUB, First and third Tuesdays of the month, 3rd May - to be arranged, 17th May - Spinning Wheel - Sarah, 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 mont, 9:30am-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 mont, 9:20am - 1:40pm Cost: 5.0, The Rock Community Centre, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Westo, Phone Barrowmead Project on 3730267 for an appointment.


  • COFFEE AND CAKE, 1st Saturday of the mont, 10:00 -11:30am Shirehampton Methodist Church All welcome.


  • COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE, 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month, 1st Sunday led by Baptist Churc, 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 Friday12:30-2:45pm Mon -Wed only
  • 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


Tuesday May 10th - Moreton-in-Marsh and Bibury; Wednesday June 8th - Boat Trip from Tiverton; Tuesday July 12th - Weymouth; Tuesday August 9th - Poole; Wednesday September 14th - Dorchester Market and Weymouth for Food; Tuesday October 11th - Devizes and Laycock; Monday 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



Literacy Skills weekly at Lawrence Weston Tel: 9138824 for details


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

Narford House 1912

This photo was sent by Betty Osborne. It was taken in 1912 at Narford House. She would like to know if anyone knows if one of the little girls was her mother.

Happy 90th Birthday

We all would like to wish May Watkins, My Mum, Nan and Great Nan a very Happy 90th Birthday on 2nd May 2011

Love, Shirley, Ray, Wayne, Darren, Linzi, Claire, Jade, Courtney, Jack, Aaron and Ben. xxxxxx

Also Mitchi and Colin would like to wish their very special Nan (May Watkins) a Happy 90th Birthday and send lots of love always. Xxxxxx

Many thanks for your donation - Ed

A Message from Australia

My great-great-great grandfather was Job Pullin, a gardener and his wife was Sarah, nee Lucas. Job and Sarah remained in Shirehampton all their lives. Their children that remained in Shirehampton were all daughters (as all their sons left). They were Elizabeth, who married Thomas George Hall, Ann, who married Edwin Flower and Hester Christian, who married William Edmonds. Job Pullin died in 1879 aged 84, Sarah died 1878, aged 78, Elizabeth Hall died in 1918 aged 80, Ann Flower died in 1911 aged 75 and Hester Christian Edmonds died in 1922 aged 83. All except Hester Christian are buried at St. Mary's in Shirehampton and Hester Christian is buried at Westbury On Trym church. I would be interested if there are any local records or information that may include any of them. I would like to know if there may be any old photos or articles around Shirehampton that may include any of these names. Any information that may relate to Job or the family would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards, Daryl Slater

PO Box 2235 Parap NT 0804, Australia

A May Wedding

As the sun rose that morning she awoke
to her vision of white and the sun
through the curtains made her blink,
much too bright

The petals of blossom trees,
just a few made girls sneeze in the warm breeze
and dads sneezed too
and tissues of cream paper tossed high to the sky

A gilded sun laden coach
carrying her would go galloping by

A silent hesitation, held itself well
Feeling uneasy, but no one to tell

May, well she left much too soon
As she boarded her plane, he welcomed in June

Dorothy Cole

The Cuckoo Flower

The Cuckoo Flower more commonly known as 'Lady's Smock' or 'Milkmaids' is a pretty and delicate pastel pink native Spring wildflower that flowers frequently in grassy areas of Shirehampton, between April and the end of May. It gets its name as it flowers at the same time as the cuckoo starts to sing. Its leaves and petals are edible and are said to be able to cure a cold, as they are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Used in years gone by in bridal bouquets it was however, said to be unlucky to use as a cut flower in May, as those that did would be bitten by an adder!

Shirehampton Primary Boys in Coronation Cup

Since September, Shirehampton Primary School have been entered into the Coronation Cup. The team is made up of Year 5 and 6 boys and have been playing regular matches through the academic year.

There have been some great performances, notably against West Town Lane in Brislington and Holymead Junior School in Brislington. The team has been training extremely hard and playing some fantastic passing football which has led to very mature performances from the boys.

Parental support has been incredible and Mr Penrose and Mr Knight would like to say a big thank you to the many parents who have supported the boys. We would also like to say a big thank you to the Harvey family for their previous support and dedication and also another big thank you to Shirehampton business man Tracy Brooks and his company 'He's Handy plumbing and electrical services' For their generous sponsorship of the team. Without their diligence and all manner of help Shirehampton Primary would not have had a fully functioning football team. The quarter final of the Coronation Cup is away to Ashton Vale School in Bedminster and we hope that the boys do their best and that the result takes care of itself.

Simon Penrose

Mary Miles

Mary was born in Cook St. Avonmouth in May 1927 to Laura and Reg Kirby, she had an older sister called Gwen.

The family lived here until they were bombed during the war, they moved then to Southwood Drive, Sea Mills. She attended Portway Girls School.

She worked in the Co-op in Shirehampton as a book-keeper, where she met and became good friends with Winnie and Vic Pople, through them Mary met Victor.

Mary and Vic were married on 4th July 1953 at the Bristol Registry office and afterwards went to the Happy Pig for their reception.

They started married life in rooms in Bradley Avenue, in Shirehampton, moving onto Avonmouth and then back to Shirehampton. Mary and Vic had four children, Sue, Annette, Keith and Sarah. They also had 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Mary has always been there for everyone, caring for her own elderly parents until their deaths, then in later years she cared for her mother-in-law, sometimes going round to her two or three times a day, until she too sadly passed away. Mary was always looking after someone (especially her friend Joyce), shopping, or sometimes just to sit with her watching her favourite programme "Countdown"

Mary was very well known in Shirehampton, she was always sewing for other people, sometimes well into the night. Bridesmaid dresses, ball gowns etc. All this to help bring extra money into the home whilst the children were small.

Mary worked at Portway School for many years as a cleaner; she made many good friends whilst working there.

She also enjoyed her nights out at bingo, skittles and later in the afternoons at the Evergreen Club, until she felt she could no longer manage this. She was finding it very difficult to mobilise and eventually stopped going out altogether. The last outing was to her granddaughters wedding on the SS Great Britain in September of last year, where she had a splendid day out.

Mary was in hospital for about 5 weeks last year, she was very poorly and the decision was made that it wasn't possible for her to return home, even though she had excellent carers looking after her, not to mention her daughter Sarah who was there for her all hours, as well as working full time herself. Mary went into Saville Manor Nursing Home on the Downs in November of last year. The care she had was second to none and the family are very grateful for this. Vic and his four children were with Mary when she went peacefully in her sleep and they wouldn't have changed this for anything.

New Opportunity to Influence Child Protection in Bristol

Bristol residents are being asked to consider offering time and expertise to help influence child protection in the city. The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is the first in the South West actively seeking residents to become lay advisers. In particular, it is keen to hear from people who might have experience in using children's services, or in information technology, performance management, or public relations, to bring a wider range of skills to the board. The Board is responsible for overseeing the work of services and agencies that have an interest in child protection, such as children's social services, education, the police, health services and others. The board ensures they are working together effectively to safeguard and promote the well-being and safety of children and young people, as well as commissioning reviews to examine services when things go wrong. Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board, Dr Ray Jones, said: "Although the board has a wide range of professionals who work in child protection, it would benefit greatly from a lay point-of-view on the decisions and policies we make. We would also like them to help us forge new links with community groups."These advisors could have worked with children in the past, or received services themselves. Anyone who joins us will benefit from appropriate training and knowing that they have helped shaped services to protect children in Bristol." The role is voluntary, but expenses will be met. At least two advisors are being recruited and will be required to attend four board meetings a year and any appropriate sub-groups. Appointments will be for no longer than two years. Anyone interested in applying should contact Catherine Boyce on 0117 903 1930, or email

Fundraising for ASBAH

Despite the weather keeping many people indoors and plenty of other events going on in the village on Saturday 2nd April, we managed to make a staggering 40.87 for ASBAH. (Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus). A huge thank you to everyone for their kind donations. A big thank you also to Rev Jacky & Neil Quarmby for their very generous donation. At present, Bristol lacks a support worker to support the 150+ living with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus. We hope to raise the necessary 2000 to allow ASBAH to train somebody in the Bristol District to help change those lives in the same way ASBAH transformed mine. We regret we won't be selling our cakes at Shirehampton Methodist Church in May due to holiday plans. We will be returning on 4th June so please do come find us! Helen Edgeworth

Fundraising for Alzheimer's UK

Tesco's have selected Alzheimer's UK s their "Charity of the Year" and as such they

are holding THE BIG COLLECTION on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May. They hope

100,000 volunteers will help them raise 350,000 in just two days. Alzheimer's UK is a

Charity that works to support anyone affected by any form of Dementia, and not just Alzheimer's. If you can offer your time please register as a volunteer at I have volunteered to help at Golden Hill as a team leader, and I'm hoping to wear fancy dress too! Verena Edgeworth

Shirehampton Annual Art Exhibition 2011

Organised by the Twyford Art Club

The popular Annual Art Exhibition, held as usual at the Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road will be from Saturday 28th until Monday 30th May. The exhibition is an open one and will include work by members of the Twyford Art Club and other local artists.

Viewing hours are Saturday 28th 1 - 6pm, Sunday 29th 12 - 6pm and Monday 30th 10 am - 6 pm

The exhibition will be opened this year by Di Weston, the Chairman of the Clifton Arts Club.

Volunteer Urgently Needed

A person is urgently needed to deliver Shire newspapers in Granger 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.

May I also ask, please, that the drivers deliver the papers (after being advised that they are ready) as quickly as possible as we are advised that they cause a hazard whilst at the public hall. Also the people who put the papers through the doors do so as quickly after receipt from the drivers. With this new arrangement we are hoping that Shire will be with you at the beginning of each month.

If you are going on holiday when the newspapers are due, will you please arrange for someone to deliver the papers on your behalf or ask someone who will accept the papers on your behalf until your return? When you have done this please advise Pauline (9826935) so that we may advise the driver where to leave the papers.

Thank you.

Rabbit Rescue Branches Into Shire

THE Downend-based rabbit rescue, known as Boarding Bunnies at Home, now has a foster home based in Shire to help deal with the burgeoning problem of unwanted rabbits. Rescue centres are continually flooded with unwanted or abandoned buns, with most full to capacity, with long waiting lists.

So why do so many rabbits end up this way? The problem is largely due to the fact that many people don't realise that rabbits don't make ideal pets for young children. Most are difficult to handle with powerful legs and claws. This isn't because the rabbit is somehow 'bad' or aggressive. They are prey animals responding to the unnatural circumstance of being lifted in the air. This inherent behaviour can be overcome with frequent handling but it requires patience and frequent contact. This however leads into the second problem: children quickly lose interest, especially if the rabbit isn't as cuddly as they thought it would be.

This is not to say that rabbits do not make good pets, they can bring much joy, as long as potential owners go into rabbit keeping fully informed and committed to the happiness of the rabbit. The mantra is: happy rabbit, happy rabbit owner. The easiest way to make a bunny happy is to provide it with company, with a neutered male/female pairing being the best. Neutering is a worthwhile investment for any rabbit owner as the reason for re-homing a rabbit can often be traced back to problems arising from not being neutered, whether due to behavioural impacts or the boredom of being kept alone.

A large, preferably single level hutch is required, with a 5 or 6 foot being best. (The internal 'ladder' of a tiered hutch actually uses up valuable floor space, effectively making the hutch smaller and rabbits sometimes slip on the ladder causing injury or even death). The rabbits will also require access to a run for exercise and the stimulation of a new area to explore. Many people find it difficult to put their rabbits out each day or find that their rabbits try to dig out of the run. The easy answer to this is to buy a hutch with a run permanently attached and site on concrete. This way the rabbit can't get out, predators can't get in and the rabbit does not have to rely on you for its daily exercise. Some simple corrugated plastic or tarpaulin can be draped over just the top of the run to provide shelter.

In addition, it is relatively easy to enrich their environment within the hutch and run. Like their wild counterparts, rabbits love tunnels and there are plenty of options from the pet shop or at home (such as cardboard tubes or clean drain pipes). They also love a lookout and many things can be adapted for them to climb on. There are lots of ideas on environment enrichment on the Boarding Bunnies at Home web site, as well as alternative housing ideas and general bunny keeping info: and also on the Rabbit Welfare Trust web site:

With all this in mind, if you are committed to rabbit ownership, please consider a rescue bunny. There are lots waiting for their forever homes at Boarding Bunnies, both at the Shire and Downend branches, full details and pictures can be found on the web site. There are also occasionally guinea pigs looking for homes too. Enquiries: Main rescue telephone: (0117) 9561981 or email:

Sansway House Day Nursery

What happens at Sansway? Can my child attend?

Sansway House Day Nursery 3is holding an open day on Saturday 21st May 2011 from 11am-5pm to answer questions like these.

There will be an opportunity to explore the rooms, enjoy face painting, the bouncy castle, soft play ball pool and big adventure garden!

You will be able to collect an information pack about free courses, help with childcare costs, local events, back to work advice leafletsand tax credits.

All families are welcome - please pop in to our informal event - children can have a play whilst parents/carers can collect free information packs and goodie bags.

This is an opportunity to view the nursery and ask any questions you may have about day care for your little ones!

If you can't make our open day we can post information to you just call - visits to nursery can be arranged any time to suit

Telephone: 0117 9829609

89a Saltmarsh Drive,

Lawrence Weston,

Bristol. BS11 0NL.

Get Composting This Spring with the Council's Bin Offer

This spring, the council is offering subsidised compost bins to encourage residents to give home composting a go.

Home composting is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to deal with food and garden waste. It's easy to do and it produces nutrient rich compost that can then be used on flowers and plants.

"Up to a third of your household waste can be composted at home, and not only does it cut the waste going to landfill, which saves hundreds of thousands of pounds in landfill taxes, it also reduces the amount of harmful methane gases that are given off by the waste when it's in landfill," says cabinet member for waste strategy, Cllr Gary Hopkins.

"We're already the most successful local authority to continuously reduce the amount of waste going to landfill thanks to the various innovative recycling schemes we've introduced and this is another easy way that residents can reduce their waste still further. The added benefit with this is that they are left with a high quality fertilise at the end of it for their garden - and if they don't use it themselves, there are likely to be plenty of neighbours who will.

"We want to encourage more residents to give it a try, so we're once again offering subsidised bins from as little as 12. Residents can order via our website or by calling the customer service centre and the bins will be delivered to their door within two weeks. There's also helpful advice on the Council's website to help get people started."

Fruit and vegetable peelings, paper, cardboard, pet hair and even the contents of your vacuum cleaner can be put into a home compost bin. Within nine to twelve months it's turned into a fertiliser for the garden. Composting at home for just one year can save the equivalent of all the CO2 your kettle produces annually. To date, the council has supplied over 37,500 bins to Bristol residents.

To order a bin online or find out more, go to or call the customer service centre on 0117 922 2100. The offer is open to Bristol residents only and there is a limit of two bins per household.

Spring Clean Your Smoke Alarm

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is reminding people carrying out spring cleaning to check their smoke alarms are working. Last year there were 614 fires across the AF&RS area.

Of those 57% (349) either had no smoke alarm or a smoke alarm that didn't work. Smoke alarms can only save lives if they're working. If you already have smoke detectors in your home, check them once a week to ensure they are working, as part of your weekly housework routine. For more information visit or call 0117 926 2061. Smoke alarms save lives.

The allotment strategy

Under the allotment strategy it is intended to convert over 20 hectares of land to food growing. Firstly, we are already in the process of converting over 12 hectares of disused allotment land back of food growing via community projects, which include the following:- Sims Hill Shared Harvest Community Supported Agriculture project in Stapleton; The Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol Project in Stapleton; Aspire working with disadvantaged people on land at Vale Lane; Severnside Project working with disadvantaged people at Oatlands Avenue, Hengrove; and last but not least, Tynings Field Community Gardening project in Shirehampton. Gary Hopkins

The Daisy Field in the Past

An old map of the Daisyfield in the 1930s, show it was used possibly as an old sidings or haulage yard.

We are still trying to jog peoples memories about the Daisyfield and how it was used in the past.

I understand that the Daisyfield was a yard in the 1960's. Below is a list of residents of the upper half of Station Road, taken from an old Kelly's Directory for the year 1966. You will see the railway station listed and the Bristol Co operative Society Fuel Depot. This was either opposite or on the Daisyfield.

Station Road where it intersects with Portway walking up from Lamplighters

76 Alfred Wrigglesworth

74 Harold Evans

72 J Rischmiller

70 William G Bradshaw

(Dursley road intersects)

68 William Chillcot

- Shirehampton Railway Station -

Bristol Co operative Society Ltd (Fuel Depot)

- {Portway intersects}-

If you were one of those people or knew of one of those residents, please refer any information to Ash or Renee at Shire Greens, The Public Hall, Station Rd,Shirehampton.

Easy Fund-raising

Did you know that 20 people have raised over 300 in 11 months by doing nothing other than a couple of extra mouse clicks. If you buy anything online you could also generate money for your club. All you need to do is go to and click on the EasyFundraising logo, create an account (once only) then look up your shop, go to it and make your purchase, a percentage of your spend will go to the club. You don't pay anything extra and the prices on the stores are no different than if you access them directly. This really is money for nothing. All the major online and high street stores are available including Itunes, John Lewis, Argos, Amazon, Tesco etc etc. If we could get a couple of hundred people instead of 20 using this we could raise thousands. Get your friends and family to sign up too!

A Fond Farewell and Thank You to Tony Garland

Penpole Resident's Association would like to say a fond farewell and thank you to Tony Garland, former Manager of the Co-op in Shirehampton. Not only did Tony always have a smile and time for a quick chat with his customers but was very supportive within the community and in particular of the Penpole Luncheon Club. He will be sorely missed. Sandra White, Chair, Penpole Resident's Association.

Farewell to One of The Oldest Residents of Dursley Road

One of the oldest residents of Dursley Road has died aged 103 years. Mrs Ethel Beedell moved to the newly built estate in 1938 with her husband Jim. They moved to the country (as it was then) from Easton, Bristol to be closer to Jim's work. He was a wages clerk for the structural engineering firm Nott, Brodie & Co., who was involved in building the Portway and had an office opposite the station yard in Shirehampton (now known as The Daisy Field). Ethel lived in Dursley Road for 71 years until 2009 when she moved to live with her daughter. She will be sadly missed by her son Tony, daughter Margaret and their families. With many thanks, Mrs Margaret Head

Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre Approved

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has approved Viridor's planning application for a Materials Recycling Facility and Energy from Waste Plant at Avonmouth. The Materials Recycling Facility will sort and separate large volumes of recyclable material ready for processing into new products. The Energy from Waste plant will be able to process up to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste a year, which is left over once all the recyclable materials have been removed.

Viridor appealed Bristol City Council's decision not to grant planning permission for the plant on Severn Road. The application was then reviewed at an independent public inquiry in November last year. Phil Bines, Viridor's Business Development Manager overseeing the Avonmouth project, said: "We are obviously extremely pleased with the decision.

"Avonmouth is an important part of our strategy for providing support to local authorities and businesses in the South West to increase their recycling rates. The development also offers an alternative to landfill for the disposal of residual waste."

The Energy from Waste plant will produce heat, which could be used by local businesses. It will also be capable of generating 30 Megawatts of electricity; enough to supply over 45,000 homes.

In his overall conclusions, the Secretary of State said that "the power generated by the proposal and the potential to provide off-site heat are factors in its favour". The response also stated that Viridor would receive a full award of costs against Bristol City Council. The company is awaiting a decision from the Environment Agency regarding a permit to operate the plant. Initial ground clearance is already underway and Viridor is looking to begin construction in early 2012. For more information visit

Missing the Point...

IT is all too easy to get confused, or to miss the point entirely, as the following illustration shows.

There was an elderly English lady who wanted to retire to Switzerland. She had looked at a house in a fairly remote part of the country, and on her return home realised that she hadn't seen a toilet in the house. She thought it was odd that she had missed it, so she wrote to the Swiss estate agent asking about the location of the WC.

The estate agents English was not as strong as it might have been so he asked the local Parish Priest if he knew what a WC was. The only meaning for WC that the priest could think of was 'Wayside Chapel'. The following is the reply that the lady received to her letter.

Dear Madam,

I take great delight in informing you that the WC is situated some nine miles from the house in the centre of a beautiful grove of pine trees surrounded by lovely grounds. It is capable of holding 229 people and is open on Sundays, and Thursdays only.

A great number of people are expected during the summer months which may cause a problem, especially if you are in the habit of going regularly. It may interest you to know that my daughter was married in the WC and it was there that she met her husband. I can remember the rush there was for seats. There were ten people to every seat usually occupied by one.

You will glad to hear that a good number of people bring their lunch to the WC and make a day of it, while those who can afford it go by car arriving just in time. I would especially recommend you to go on Thursdays when there is an organ accompaniment.

The newest addition is a bell donated by a wealthy resident of the district. It rings every time a person enters. A bazaar is to be held shortly to provide plush seats for all, since the people feel that it is long needed. My wife is rather delicate and she cannot attend regularly.

It is almost a year since she went last and naturally it pains her very much not to be able to go more often. I shall be delighted to reserve the best seat for you, where you shall be seen by all.

For the children there is a special day and time so that they do not disturb the elders. Hoping to be of some service to you. Yours faithfully etc.

Sometimes folk can misunderstand when they hear the words 'God', 'Bible', 'Jesus' or 'Christianity', and might associate them with words like 'boring', 'stupid', or even 'irrelevant'. Actually the Church and Christianity stand for values such as 'love', 'hope', and 'freedom'. Which I am sure you will agree we cannot do without. Why not came and find out what your local church is really all about. You will be welcome any Sunday at 10.30am at the Baptist Church in Station Road, or indeed at any of the other churches in the village.

Rev Chris Grant.

(Parts of this article comes from 'Assembly Point' published by Scripture Union, copyright Graham Knox and Chris Chesterton, and are used with permission)

St Mary's Notes

Hi Folks!

As I sit at my computer compiling these notes it is yet again another beautiful sunny spring day with the promise of above average temperatures. How wonderful it is to see the Daffodils and the greenery on the trees and hedgerows - new life after the cold grey days of winter. Everyone around you seems to be happy and smiling - it is amazing what a little sunshine can do. Well, we have been without our beloved Canon Christine for a little while now and it has been difficult accepting that she is no longer with us now that she has moved onto pastures new. However, I have to remind you that St. Mary's is still functioning even if we have no permanent leader. We are fortunate to have the Rev. Trevor Hearn to call out of retirement to steer us in the months ahead. As a former Missions to Seamen Minister he is the ideal person to have at the helm and guide us safely past any rocky outcrops! I hope you notice all these nautical phrases I am using - I am sure it will make Trevor feel at home!!! If you want to arrange a Baptism, Wedding or Funeral just contact the Church Office and you will find that it is business as usual! Canon Christine's Farewell Party was a very busy affair, with a long queue of people waiting to have a final chat with both Christine and David. They were kept busy for the whole evening and I don't think there were many dry eyes amongst those present. The collection we had for their farewell gift was a cheque for 2,240.00.

Christine said she was overwhelmed by everybody's' generosity and is going to use the money to purchase a Processional Cope to wear during some of her official duties as Archdeacon and the remainder will be used to purchase a leather office chair and some dining room furniture. She said her thoughts and prayers will forever be with us and she and David would like to thank everyone for the kindness they have received from everybody in the parish over the last nine and a half years. On the last Sunday in March we had a play in St. Mary's called "The Road to Calvary" performed by a group of Players who only during Lent do about 12 performances per year.

We missed the opportunity to see the play last year but were fortunate to see one of the twelve performances this year.

With the simplest of "props" and some very clever lighting the scenes were very imaginative. The portrayal of the last days with Jesus and the Disciples leading up to his crucifixion was very moving and lifelike.

The actual crucifixion scene was very realistic with the sound of the nails being hit with a hammer and the screams of agony were very harrowing. You were made to feel you were actually there! The Players are to be congratulated on a truly wonderful performance. On Wednesday, 30th. March Bishop Mike - Bishop of Bristol - conducted a Confirmation Service at St. Mary's - when 38 persons offered themselves for Confirmation. Twelve of them were from St. Mary's whilst the others came from nearby parishes i.e. Stoke Bishop, Henleaze, Sea Mills, Severn Beach to name but a few.

It was wonderful to see the church filled to capacity and to listen to the volume of sound when people were singing the hymns.

Tim - our Organist - said the volume was so great he had at times a job to hear the Organ playing.

Following the service refreshments were provided for everyone at the back of the church. Gill Sawyer seemed to be ever going in and out of the kitchen replenishing rapidly emptying plates, nevertheless, all tums were well filled by the time we had to return to our homes. Thank you Gill for all your hard work - it must have been a bit like trying to feed 5,000.

Now where have I heard that expression before? Another full congregation was on Mothering Sunday - again just a sea of faces from where I was sitting.

Trevor led a wonderful service and preached an amusing sermon that was suitable for all ages.

There were baskets containing bunches of Daffodils for distribution to folks after the Service and two of my grandchildren - Danny and Lily were very proud to be included with some other children to carry out this task!

Also on that Sunday our Confirmation Candidates took their first Communion - a very important day for them in their journey through life. After the Family Service on Sunday, 27th. March, we held our Annual Parochial Church Meeting when a new Parochial Church Council was elected.

We welcome Philip Fowler onto the new PCC for the forthcoming year.

Gill Sawyer had produced a very comprehensive booklet giving details of everything that had gone on in the church during the past year together with the Accounts. Reports were read out on the condition of the building and the meeting also heard from James Harris about the latest on the Tithe Barn conversion. James showed a number of slides and said it was hoped, if everything goes to plan, to see the work completed by the end of August. There being no other business the meeting concluded in just over an hour. Now here are some dates for your Diaries - we shall again be having an "Open Church" on the two Bank Holiday Mondays in May - i.e. May Day Bank Holiday 2nd May and Spring Bank Holiday 30th May. The church will be open on both days from 12 noon until 5.00 pm when Lunches and Cream Teas will be available at very reasonable prices. So don't stay at home on your own - come on up to the church and enjoy some company and good homemade food. Talking of food - that reminds me to tell you that our recent Spring Fayre raised the magnificent sum of 1,500.

There are still some jams and chutneys etc. available for sale in the church if you care to look in one morning or afternoon when Tea and Coffee is being served. Thank you once again to all of you who support our fund raising events. Once again this year we are holding our Holiday Club at Shirehampton Primary School for children aged 5 to 8 years. This will be from 9.30 am until 11.30 am on Tuesday 31st May, Wednesday 1st. June, Thursday 2nd June and Friday 3rd June. Children can enjoy Crafts, Activities, Games etc and enjoy some light Refreshments and all this is absolutely FREE!!! If you have children in this age group here is something they can really enjoy for a few hours each day during the half term holiday. What a wonderful success we had with our "Bristol Fashion" evening - with every ticket sold well before the event - we ended up with a waiting list of 17 persons.

John Penney showed us several films which had had come from the City Archives, which is in one of the old Tobacco Bonds near Cumberland Basin. There we were singing the song -"We are the ABC minors . . ." Sung by hundreds of kids in the past on a Saturday morning at the Whiteladies Cinema. It really brought back memories.

Then there were the Pearl & Dean adverts - almost if some of the things showed came from the Stone Age!!! Then the Pathe News with the Cockerel crowing away at the beginning and end of the news. The main films showed just how much the City of Bristol has changed over the past 40 - 50 years - and finally the proceedings ended up with everyone standing up to sing the National Anthem!

There were some absolutely brilliant memories and the event has proved to be so popular that we are to ask John Penney to return with some more old archive films in the future, so hopefully the seventeen people who missed out on tickets this time will luckier when he comes again to St. Mary's. Children sometimes come out with the funniest of expressions - did you hear about the little girl saying her prayers one night, was heard to finish with the remark - "Please God take care of yourself, because if it happens to you, we're all sunk!"

Bye for now - C.M.E.

Burglaries in the Shirehampton Area

Latest local news from Avon and Somerset Constabulary over the Christmas and new period, Shirehampton suffered an increase in burglaries.We addressed this as a matter of urgency to tackle the problem.

What we did:

The beat team carried out letter drops to as many residents as possible, offering crime prevention advice.

  • Newspaper articles were published encouraging residents to be extra vigilant.
  • Victims were visited at home and offered reassurance and advice.
  • Safer Bristol delivered Christmas cards to residents offering helpful advice on crime prevention, such as not leaving boxes out for the rubbish that advertised expensive gifts they had received.
  • High visible patrols were increased during the daytime.
  • Plain clothes patrols were carried out in the hours of darkness.
  • Neighbourhood Watch and community meetings were held to help cascade this to as many residents as possible.
  • Local businesses, such as second hand shops and licensed premises, were also informed and encouraged to contact police if they had any information relating to the stolen items being sold on.

As As a result we are now seeing a noticeable decrease in the amount of burglaries but the beat team are still encouraging residents to keep their homes secure and valuables out of sight.

Public Hall Newsletter

Introducing the Trustees of Shirehampton Public Hall ommunity 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 or telephone 01179829963. There is also a website, do have a look,

The trustees have agreed to describe their commitment to the community of Shirehampton, last month it was Gil's story, this month is Barbara's.


I was born in Avonmouth. My mother Peggy Beaumont-Rixen started the first neighbourhood watch in Avonmouth and ran the original lunch club at the community centre, so I feel that we shared a community spirit.

I married Reg Wylde at St. Mary's church and we then moved into the village and brought up our sons in Bradley Ave. Both Simon and Paul went to Station Rd Playgroup at the Public Hall. This was my first contact with the hall. After being a mum helper and then assistant at the Playgroup in 1983, I became leader then Manager of the Pre-school for 20yrs. During this time I also helped to run a youth club and provide a summer play scheme so lots of memories for me, the hall is very special. When it was under threat and the possibility of closure was mentioned we had a public meeting which was packed full of concerned Shirehampton people. It was from this meeting that an action committee was formed and I became a member of it. It was a tough time but with the commitment and hard work of the whole team we survived. The committee evolved into running the Hall to the now Public Hall Community Association, a company limited by guarantee. I was vice chair of this committee for some years, until I had to step down because of personal commitments. I enjoyed seeing the Hall prosper and serve the community as it continues to do so today.

Previously I worked in Woolworths on The Green so have always felt in the middle of the community. For a time I was lucky enough to work at our own riverside pub the Lamplighters which has sadly now closed.

Two years ago I decided it was the right time for me to get involved once more so I became a Trustee for the Hall once again and I would advise anyone to have ago come to our A.G.M at the Public Hall 1st July 2011 if you are interested.

Police Identify Human Remains Found in Avonmouth

Detectives investigating the death of a woman whose remains were found in Avonmouth have identified her as Lorraine Sweetman of Bristol. The remains were found on March 7, 2011 and since an investigation has been progressing to establish how she came to be at the site. Sergeant Bob Baker said: "At this stage we do not believe this death is suspicious however an investigation is still ongoing and we are keeping an open mind. "We now believe that Lorraine went missing in the November or December of 2004. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have had contact with her around this time." Anyone who may have information is asked to call police on 0845 456 7000.

Paul Triggle

Raising money for The British Heart Foundation

Local Shirehampton man and delivery driver Paul Triggle is running the Bristol 10k road race on May 15th, in aid of The British Heart Foundation. You may know Paul suffered a minor heart attack last year, but has now recovered and is fitter than ever and wants to raise money for the British Heart foundation for several reasons. Paul says "The BHF were fantastic with support when I came out of hospital and they desperately needed money to be there for others and fund vital research. I am also running for many relatives and others who were not fortunate enough to service a heart attack, and in particular my late father who died of sudden heart failure in 1993."

So please, spare whatever you can, every pound is important to help fight the UK's biggest killer. You can sponsor by cash or on a sponsor form but the best way to donate is on line at

You will be asked to GIFT AID your donation, please do this as it is important. 28p per pound extra can be claimed for any UK tax player donating, so please fill this in, it is vital.

Every six minutes someone dies from a heart attack in the UK half of them die before they reach hospital. That is why your donation so important. Thank you in advance for your support.

Plant Sale

There will be a Plant sale at the Cotswold Community Centre on the 21st of May starting at 10am.

Wild City Project

Lamplighters Marsh is one of seven Key Sites for delivery of Bristol's "Wild City" project. The aim of the project, which runs from 2011 to 2013, is to make it easier for groups in the community such as school children, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities, people recovering from mental health problems, black and ethnic minority communities, to have access to and learn about the natural environment in their area.

The project will support four seasonal walks on Lamplighters Marsh each year. In the past Shirehampton Greens have organized botanical and seed-gathering walks, health and well-being walks, and a bat walk. With Wild City we hope to add local history and bird watching walks in the coming three years.

There is funding to develop a management plan for the Marsh based on input from local residents and Bristol Trust for Conservation Volunteers, BTCV, will support ten conservation workdays each year implementing the management plan. There will also be a disability audit and funding to improve disability access to all parts of the site.

The project will finish with a Lamplighters Marsh/Riverside Community Festival in 2013. The festival will celebrate the river, its marsh habitats and wildlife, and the river valley landscape.

Plans for the shape of the Festival - whether it will be a single event or take place over several days spread through an entire month, whether it will link up with other festivals at one of the other Key Sites, what art projects by community groups will be designed and displayed - will be developed over the coming three years.

Shirehampton Greens will be working with project leader Helen Adshead on delivering events and developing plans. Dates for walks and work days will be announced in Shire and at the Public Hall. The project actively wants to hear your ideas, suggestions, and questions. You can contact or to find out how to take part.