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Future is Bright for Oasis Academy

What's on in JULY

Letters to the Editor

Public Hall newsletter

Bradley House Summer Fair

Shirehampton Community Fair - Stalls Wanted

Pension Credit & Council Tax Benefit Advice

Twyford House Artclub - 39th Shirehampton Annual Art Exhibition

Shirehampton Primary is Top of the Heap

St. Mary's News

From the Registers at St. Mary's

Shirehampton Christmas Fayre 2011

Everybody's Surfin'

Future is Bright for Oasis Academy

• Ofsted rates Brightstowe 'good' or 'outstanding' in all categories

• 2011 GCSE results predicted to beat national average

The quality of teaching at Oasis Academy Brightstowe has been rated as 'securely good' following its first full Ofsted inspection

The inspection, which took place in May, is the first full review of performance since Oasis Community Learning took over Portway School less than three years ago.

Ofsted rated Brightstowe as 'good' in all categories, except for 'leadership and management' where the level is deemed to be 'outstanding'.

The inspectors also predict that GCSE results this August will be 'close to, and for some measures, above the national average', building on the strong progress made in 2010.

The report highlights the 'constructive' way in which behaviour is managed, which leads to a 'very calm and purposeful atmosphere', and notes that the students are 'increasingly self-confident, loyal and proud to be at the academy'. Inspectors found that the academy's leaders had 'focused on improving the quality of teaching and creating a positive culture for learning', with the result that teaching was now 'securely good' at the school.

Some current Brightstowe students endorsed Ofsted's findings. Macauley Moseley, a Year 9 student, said:

"The school and the teaching have definitely improved since I've been here. The teachers try to get everyone involved in the class. They include everyone."

Year 8 student, Lewis Cullinane, added:

"The teachers make the classes interesting for us. They talk to us about our future. I already know what I'm going to do. I'm going to be a marine engineer."

Elliott Morgan, also Year 8, commented:

"The things I like most about Brightstowe are the atmosphere, the friendships, and the teachers. It's better than other schools."

Principal Matthew Butler said:

"We believe education can transform lives and communities - and, at its core, that's what school is really about: having a positive impact on the community we serve.

"This report affirms the work we are doing here at Brightstowe and it's wonderful to have that affirmation come from a body as established and respected as Ofsted.

"It's a fantastic springboard for our future, from which we can set about achieving our goal to build the best school in Bristol."

Congratulations to all Brightstowe students and staff on this fantastic achievement from all at Shire newspaper - Ed

You're My Inspiration... (or you could be)

Are you a former pupil of Oasis Academy Brightstowe? Do you have an encouraging and inspirational story to tell? Would you be interested in speaking to students about your life, education and your university and/or business experience?

If you would be interested in talking to our students, we are interested in talking to you. So far this year the following individuals and organizations have invested their time by coming to speak to Brightstowe students as part of the INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS programme:

  • KPMG
  • Avon & Somerset Police
  • The Sea Cadets
  • Joint Technology Protocol
  • Yate/Genieri Charity
  • Victoria Kubiak
  • Viper Subsea

For more information or to discuss how you could get involved with Oasis Academy Brightstowe's Inspirational Speakers programme please contact Geoff Parsons at or at 0117 316 7330 ext.70945

What's on in JULY

Weekly Activities


• 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 5:00 - 6:30pm at the Public Hall

• KEEP FIT - Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Rd 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

Fortnightly / Monthly Activities


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


• PBA RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION 3rd Tuesday of July - PBA Club, Nibley Road open from Noon 19th July - "The Wind in the Willows" A Musical Presentation by Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux

• AVONMOUTH LADIES CLUB First and third Tuesdays of the month 5th July - Old America West - Dick Helme; 19th July - AGM Bring and Share Supper 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 9:30am - 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 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

Additional Local Activities

• PLAYGROUP at the Public Hall, Station Road 9:15 - 11:45am Monday to Friday 12:30 - 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

Evergreens Day Trips 2011

Tuesday July 12th - Weymouth

Tuesday August 9th - Poole

Wednesday September 14th - Dorchester Market and Weymouth for Food

Tuesday Oct 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

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

Next Meeting Thursday 14th July 2:00-4:00pm Shirehampton Public Hall


• 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

Village Tragedy 1911 - update

In the February issue of 'Shire' we reported that the kerbstones from the grave of the two boys Hubert Chidgey and Frederick Bleaken, killed in November 1911, had been recovered, having been covered over in the 1970s due to their dilapidated state. As the local history group would like to commemorate the centenary of the boys' deaths in a tragic accident, we have been investigating ways of doing this. The right of burial and laying a memorial on the grave has long since expired. However, we have permission from the Cemeteries Department to reinstate the stones because of local history interest. This would require paying to refurbish and provide a new pad on which to lay them. We are keen to fundraise for this but first of all we need to know if any members of the Chidgey and Bleaken families have objections to this course of action. If so, please contact the local history group c/o 'Shire' either through the library or by email to by the end of July. Other ideas include entering the boys' names in St Mary's Book of Remembrance so they will be remembered on the anniversary of the death each year, and a ceremony at the graveside on 17th November 1911 conducted by The Venerable Christine Froude.

Judy Helme

Thanks for support

Tynings Field community group would like to thank everyone in Shirehampton for their support so far. Through the past two table top sales we have raised nearly £100 in two weeks in membership sales and donations. We had a presence at the 'Live Local' day at the Create Centre and the Festival of Nature at the Harbourside on the 18th and 19th June at which we were in the Green Capital tent - the culmination of a week of 'Good Living' which coincided with the opening of the M shed museum. You can visit our website at

JD Penny

Fundraising at the Royal

On Sunday May 29th, the Royal Hotel in Avonmouth played host to a joint fundraising venture. Myself and Vikki Baker got together to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and Avonmouth Football Club. We organised a raffle, fancy dress, and a few silly money spinners to do with ladies' underwear! We had a very successful night with the raffle and donations raising £330.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined in especially those who dressed up - they made the night! We had 26 raffle prizes, all donated!

We would also like to thank the following people for their support: Fine Cut hairdressers in Avonmouth, Yvonne and the Royal Hotel, Alfie Baker, Rob Parker and all those people who gave bits and bobs!

Special thanks to Julie and Chris Martin and Dave Moore, Plaster Master, for their very special support.

Liz Moore and Vikki Baker.

Congratulations Mr President!

ON 4th June Tim Forder, organist and director of music at St Mary's, Shirehampton, was inaugurated as President of the Bristol & District Organists' Association, a position he will hold for one year and which will entail arranging events and holidays for the members among other things.

Tim joined the B&DOA in 1978, has served on the committee twice, and is currently minutes secretary. To celebrate the occasion Tim and 17 yr old Owain Park, an organ scholar from Wells Cathedral, gave an organ recital at St Paul's, Bedminster and it was good to see friends from St Mary's there.

This is a special year for Tim as he marks 25 years as organist at St Mary's in September and to mark this achievement the B&DOA presented him with a framed certificate. Tim will be arranging a concert in St Mary's in mid-September, the proceeds of which will go to the Tithe Barn appeal. I'm sure all who have enjoyed listening to Tim over the years will be happy to say 'Thank you for the Music!' Judy Helme

Musical Melodies

The Grainger Players were back and even better than before with their most recent show. Musical Melodies was an upbeat, fun and colourful rip roaring success that was bound to get every member of the audience's toes tapping.

Saturday night was packed and the crowd was wonderfully entertained from the opening number of 'Luck Be A Lady' to the finale of 'When You Believe' and 'Home'.

Every one of the Grainger Players is full of energy and gusto. Even during the slower numbers the pace isn't lost. Special mention should go to the ever young Bernadette for her beautiful performance of 'Edelweiss' and Laura Tuckwell who gives powerful renditions of 'I Am What I Am' and 'I Dreamed A Dream'. Daisy Powell wowed us with a fabulous version of 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend' and a sassy 'Don't Rain on My Parade'.

Lighter moments were provided by the brilliant comedy sketch Snow White with Mon & Liz and the (not) so little people - really funny and hugely innovative. Lisa Curtis lit up the stage with her cheeky smile together with Sarah Powell on 'Anything You Can Do!'. The Teens' 'Zip-a-dee-doo-dah' and Jungle Book songs were great fun. Again special mention to Teddy Powel and Sadie Harrington for their super solos, which show Shirehampton has some great young - and not so young - talent.

In case you needed any other reason to see the Grainger Players in action, the group supports Help For Heroes and is doing a fine job at it. In a world that often seems to be full of doom and gloom, the Grainger Players are a welcome ray of sunshine. I am looking forward to and will definitely be front row for their special Christmas show in November.

Photos: Bob Pitchford

Photos: Bob Pitchford

Letters to the Editor


Dear Editor

The article in the last edition entitled 'Farewell Tony and thank you!' has caused some concern as people are misreading it and assume that Tony Garland has passed away.

Penpole Residents' Association would like to express their apologies and confirm that Tony is alive and well and has merely retired from the Co-op. We would be grateful if you could publish this apology.

Thanks, Sandra White

Chair, Penpole Resident's Association

Wild city

We have received the following letter from Ken Thomas in response to an article in the May edition entitled 'Wild City Project'. The article talked about the project's aim to make it easier for a wide range of groups in the community, including black and ethnic minority commnunities, to have access to and learn about the natural environment - Ed.

Wild City Project

Dear Editor

Does anyone else think, as I do, that this is astonishingly condescending to the "black and ethnic" communities, as though they are less self-sufficient, more in need of assistance in some way than the majority white community to which I belong? Isn't this a classic example of right-thinking PC racism? No more than the majority community do the "black and ethnic" communities deserve to be bracketed with the other needy or disadvantaged groups referred to.

Sorry about that little rant. It's not aimed at Shire News, but at those who determine the aims of the "Wild City" project - which I hope goes well. I haven't lived in Shire for about 45 years, but it still exerts a pull on my memories and my affections. Any project that builds that affection in its current residents has my best wishes.

Ken Thomas

Are you an Elliot?

I am a cousin looking for:

Edward K. Elliot - born 1947, Bristol or

Phillip J. Elliot - born 1950, Bristol

To parents Wilfrid Hoyes Elliot (died 1968) and Jessie Kate Elliot, of Shirehampton.

Also, does anyone remember the furniture shop at 1, Farr St, Avonmouth, which was run between 1940-59 by George Elliot and his sons, Wilfred and Phillip.

Mike Smith

T: 0117 9717368

E: mikesmith7477@virginmedia.comv

How much is that `y in the window?

Dear Editor,

This is a picture of a painting I bought at Shirehampton Junior School fair approx 25 years ago. The signature is N C Cole. I would be interested if anyone could tell me the history of it.

Many thanks Roger and Sheila Parsons.

Who is responsible?

Dear Editor,

Shirehampton Park Golf Course is there for all to enjoy, not only golfers, but also dog walkers and people who enjoy the views and like to enjoy the freedom that we have right on our doorstep.

But only if we could get around the park without getting stung by the nettles or caught up on all the brambles!

All the footpaths around the park are badly overgrown and a tree has also fallen at the Park Road gate.

Whilst walking our dog we try our best to keep to the paths but it is so bad now we need to deviate from them, much to the annoyance of the golfers. I have called the National Trust many times (the phone number is situated at the Park Road gate) and they say it is the responsibility of the ground staff at the golf course. I have spoken to the green keeping staff and they say it's the National Trust who are responsible. Could anyone help as I would like solutions not excuses.

Wayne Harvey

Cemetery opening

I read with interest a letter from H Edgworth about the gates of Shirehampton Cemetery being left open at night. I just wanted to point out that I used to live behind Arnos Vale Brislington and it is larger than Shirehampton and had a vast amount of problems in the past years of neglect, theft and vandalism. It is very difficult to stop entry to a graveyard if someone is determined to do damage at night. I also wanted to say that with Arnos Vale it was the cemetery company that locked the gates and stopped public access and it was the people of the Arnos Vale action group who demanded they unlock the gates to allow people access. This was the reason the volunteers came forward and offered to unlock and lock the gates.

C Theyer

Thanks for support

We would like to thank everybody who has helped us raise our donation of £119.25 to ASBAH. Over the past three months we have held five sales at Shirehampton Methodist Church and the Cotswold Community Centre. We would like to thank everybody who allowed us to sell our cakes and all of our fellow supporters for their kind donations! £100 will allow a family to attend an information day to help them and their child access crucial information and advice about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, or it will allow one of ASBAH's advisors to visit a school five times to teach children about the effects of the condition.

Unfortunately, due to a change in personal circumstances we will no longer be selling our cakes in the near future. But we do hope to return again soon.

With many thanks for supporting us.

The Candy N Kake Team

Ronald Redwood

I am the eldest son of the above, Frederick William Redwood, named after his beloved brother who was killed in WW2 at the massacre called the Walcherin Landings and whose memorial is in St. Mary`s Church. My father loved Shirehampton, a village in which he spent all of his life, apart from wartime service, and was always keen to recount what this shop used to be or what used to be there etc. I recently attended his funeral and would like to thank all of those who also attended and to the vicar who presided over the ceremony and said that his favourite hymn was "The Old Rugged Cross", really ? Thanks again Fred.

Public Hall newsletter

The trustees of Shirehampton Public Hall are volunteers who oversee the running of the Hall for the benefit of the community. We meet once a month. If you would like to get involved contact or telephone 0117 982 9963. 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 Jean's story; this month is Patrick's.

Patrick Comer

I was born in Midsomer Norton, a small town in Somerset. I started work in a grocery store which I left to do National Service in the RAF for three years. After completion I worked in London on Fry's Chocolate Display team and was based in Slough. I left and joined the Port of Bristol Police and served with that force for 31 years. My wife, Joan, and I moved to Shirehampton in 1962 and we have one son, Tim, who is married to Karen. They have two daughters, April and Fleur.

When I retired, I worked for the Corp of Commissionaires for six years. I now enjoy my retirement and am able to pursue my hobby of painting in oils and watercolours. I also en joy fishing and taking Arnie, our West Highland Terrier, for walks along the river bank. I enjoy being a member of the Shirehampton Public Hall committee because I believe we should preserve this hall for future generations.

Message from Helen Thorne

I would like to thank all my family and friends for their kind thoughts, cards, support and prayers following my illness. I am glad to say I am making a very good, but slow, recovery. God bless you all.

Helen Thorne


Small red photo album. All old photos, mostly school photos taken in 1950's. Reward offered. Contact Val on 07980 464822.


Apologies to Jan Delafield for the unintentional mis-spelling of her name in her letter remembering Mary Miles in the June edition. It should have read Delafield - not Debfield - and we apologise for the mistake.

To help avoid these sorts of mistakes in future, it would help the editors enormously if correspondents could spell out in capital letters any important or unusual names when submitting hand-written articles. Thanks - Ed.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Avon (University Settlement) Community Association sponsor of the SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE will be held on Wednesday 13th July at 7.15pm at

115 High Street, Shirehampton.

All welcome

Penpole Luncheon Club/p>

We currently have six vacancies for our luncheon club held on The Ridge every Tuesday.

For £3.50 you will get a 2-course dinner, mid-afternoon tea and cake, plus a Raffle and Bingo. Minibus door-to-door for £1.25. Contact: Sandra White on 0117 9381236 or 07818 260419

Treasure Trail Walk

Entry forms for the Treasure Trail Walk around Kingsweston on the afternoon of 17th July can be picked up from D&D Drapers (Dots) in the village and from the library week commencing 4th July. This is not a very arduous walk and will only take a couple of hours. Bring the children and/or the dog, walk off Sunday lunch in fresh air and sunshine (we hope) and remember there is a small prize to be won.

Bradley House Summer Fair

For the fifth year, a Summer Fair will be organised in Bradley House Residential Home gardens in Shirehampton on Saturday 13th August 2011 starting at 3pm.

As usual, there will be numerous stalls and attractions: Bric-a-Brac, food and drinks, barbecue, St Mary's Church home-made products, children's games, animal corner and a raffle at the end of the afternoon.

Anyone who would like to participate by holding a stall of their own, for a small fee, please contact Bradley House on 0117 923 5641 before 1st August.

All proceeds will go to St Mary's Church charities.

There will be no entrance fee - all are welcome.

Shirehampton Community Fair - Stalls Wanted

Shirehampton Cricket Club is hosting the inaugural Shirehampton Community Fair on Sunday 28th August.

It's not too late to participate as a stall holder!! This is an opportunity for clubs, schools, churches and businesses to raise awareness of their activities, sign up new members, get involved in a local event and raise some funds.

This will be a spectacular event in the Shirehampton calendar. It will be a family fun day with lots of stalls, entertainment, bouncy castles, food, face-painting, games and much more. This will be followed by a bbq and bands playing in the evening. The fair will run from 12.30pm until 5pm, with bands playing until 8.30pm.

If you would like a stall, please contact Monica or Ben on 0117 9048905 or email

Volunteers Wanted

Please let us know if you would like to help out the Shirehampton Community Fair by assisting to marshall the event. We need volunteers to help direct parking, signpost people to toilets, teas, lost property etc, help with safety, information, help with litter control etc. Please contact Monica or Ben on 0117 9048905 or email

Shire Advice Service

Please be advised - change of day!

The advice session at St. Mary's Church has now been changed from Thursdays to Wednesdays between 2pm to 3pm. No appointment is necessary, just turn up.

The advice is provided by SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE on various issues such as welfare benefits, debts, employment, consumer, housing, family & neighbour problems, and other legal matters

The main drop-in sessions will continue at Shirehampton Health Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday between 9.30am and 11.30am.

We also operate a drop-in session at St.Andrews Church in Avonmouth on Mondays between 9.30am & 11.30am.

Tony Mohammad Advice Worker

Pension Credit & Council Tax Benefit Advice

Tony Mohammad, from Shire Advice Service, offers the following advice


Almost half of all pensioners are entitled to Pension Credit, but many miss out by not claiming it. There are two parts of Pension Credit - you may be eligible to receive one or both of them

1) Guarantee Credit- This tops up your weekly income to a guaranteed minimum level set by the Government

2) Savings Credit - This provides extra money each week as a reward for having modest savings for your retirement.

Would I qualify?

You need to be 60 or over for Guarantee Credit; 65 or over for Savings Credit.

Generally, you will receive Guarantee Credit if your weekly income is less than £137.35 if you are single and £209.70 if you are a couple.

For Savings Credit, you can have a higher weekly income - normally up to around £188.64 if you are single or £277.42 if you are a couple - and still receive some benefit.

All these amounts may be higher if you are severely disabled, a carer or have certain housing costs.

There is no savings limit for Pension Credit but if you have savings over £10,000 this will reduce the amount you get.


People receiving the Guarantee Credit may be entitled to Housing & Council Tax benefit in order to get all their Rent & Council Tax paid

If you don't get the guarantee credit capital savings below £16,000, you may still get some help towards your Rent & Council Tax.

Council tax benefit can be claimed by home owners as well as tenants - the value of your home does not count as part of your savings.

If you live alone, make sure that you are getting the 25% discount, whatever your income.

There are also other discounts - for example these may apply to someone in your home who is severely mentally impaired or to some carers.

The disability reduction scheme can reduce your bill if your home has features that are important for a disabled person living there such as a space for a wheelchair or an extra room for their use.

You may qualify for help from more than one scheme - for example a person living alone getting the 25% discount may be also entitled to Council tax benefit

If you're not sure whether you'll get Pension credit or help with your Council Tax bill or both, then contact Tony for advice. This can be done by attending the drop-in advice sessions at Shirehampton Health Centre on TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS between 9.30am & 11.30am - no appointment is necessary.

We also operate a drop-in session at St. Andrews Church in Avonmouth on Mondays between 9.30am & 11.30am znd a drop-in session at St. Mary's Church, in Shirehampton on Wednesdays between 2pm & 3pm.

If you are unable to make the drop-in sessions then ring Tony on 982 9399 and he will make you an appointment. He can also do a full benefits entitlement check and can also help with applying for other benefits, filling in forms, help with any problems with debts, housing problems, employment advice, & other legal matters.

Shire Advice Service offers FREE & Confidential Advice.

Twyford House Artclub - 39th Shirehampton Annual Art Exhibition

Photos: Kathryn Courtney-O'Neill

Photos: Kathryn Courtney-O'Neill

This year's exhibition was held in the Shirehampton Public Hall from 28th to 30th May with 166 works of art exhibited.

At the preview on 28th May, John Case, Chairman of the Shirehampton Art Club, welcomed Diana Western, Chairman of Clifton Arts Club, who was to open the Exhibition, and thanked club members who had helped with its organisation, particularly mentioning James Thomas, Marie Evans, Audrey Curtis and Joanne Osborne.

Di Western, who was once a Twyford Art Club member, spoke of her attachment to the club that had rekindled her love of art some twenty years ago. She praised the standard and variety of the work she had seen and encouraged people to belong to clubs and develop their skills with like-minded people, whilst also enjoying their company. She then declared the Exhibition open.

Jean Cooper presented Diana with a small gift from the club and thanked her for her words of encouragement.

The Club wishes to thank the staff of the Hall for its continued help throughout the year and the Shire Newspaper for its support. Jean Cooper

Twyford Art Club meets on Mon and Weds mornings and Thurs evenings between September and May. All are welcome. Please contact John Case: 0117 9507916

Avon Jamboree

THE Avon Jamboree 2011 was held over the weekend of May 27th - 30th at Woodhouse Park, Almondsbury. 12 Scouts and five Cubs attended from the 191st Scout Group, camping under canvas with many districts from Avon County adding to the numbers. The Jamboree had a theme - the Four Seasons - and each district had to choose a name to resemble this. Our district;s name was Storm. The choice of activities was endless and all the boys were kept busy day and evening taking part. I wish to thank everyone who assisted in any way before, during and after the camp, so making it a memorable and very enjoyable experience. Grant Watkins, Scout Leader.

Shirehampton Primary is Top of the Heap

Photo: Kathryn Courtney-O'Neill

Photo: Kathryn Courtney-O'Neill

Shirehampton Primary has been named Bristol's first school recycling champion after trebling its recycling rate to 28 per cent in just one year.

Across the city as a whole, schools have doubled their recycling rate in the last year, cutting the need for 312 refuse bins.

Bristol City Council Waste Education Officer, Simon Anthony, said:

"Learning to protect the environment is an important part of children's education. This project is an opportunity for children to pitch in and do their bit to make their local community a greener place to live."

Head teacher at Shirehampton Primary, Louisa Munton, said: "All our pupils, especially our Green Team, have got behind our drive to increase the amount we recycle. Many pupils are already familiar with the idea of recycling from sorting their waste at home. We now recycle all our paper from classrooms, and cans, cardboard and food waste get recycled from the kitchens and lunch room."

The Bristol Schools Recycling project was launched by Bristol City

Council and its partner, Waste Watch, in October last year, to encourage

schools to recycle as much as they can. The amount each school recycles is measured every half term and the results given to show who has recycled the most.

For a full list of recycling rates for Bristol schools, visit:

Wendy Josephine Edwards

22.07.42 - 21.05.11

Wendy had lived with her husband of 45 years, Roy, in Avonmouth for a lot of her life and was well known in the Shire and Avonmouth communities. As well as being a loving wife, Wendy was also the devoted mother of her four children, Nicola, Karen, Vicky and Ian and an extremely proud Nan and Great Nan. She will be greatly missed by all her loved ones on whom she has left an everlasting mark. In the past 12 years, Wendy has suffered a lot of ill health but has bravely battled on, showing great strength and courage for which all her family are extremely proud of her.

Although Wendy's passing was unexpected it was a satisfaction that she went peacefully.

All of the family would like to thank everybody who attended the funeral and celebrated the life of our much loved mother. We are also very grateful to all the people who gave donations to cancer research, a charity close to our hearts.

Thanks Nicola Husher

In memory of James (Jock) Flynn

Following the recent sad loss of my father James (Jock) Flynn, on behalf of my mother Elsie, siblings, and all members of our family I would like to say how grateful we are to everyone who has expressed kind words of sympathy; for sending cards and flowers, and to all those who attended/participated in giving my Father a "GREAT" send off! It has truly been a comfort, to know that others care at this very difficult time. - Thank you so much! Teresa Fudge (nee Flynn)

My Memories

By Hannah Flynn

While sat upon your lap in front of the screen,
We loved to watch daytime T.V.

One of our favourites was supermarket sweep,
With it's friendly host and signature beep.

As I munched into my Milkybar,
A mountain of chocolate still yet to consume,
My mother would never even need to assume.

Later that day,
I would drag you to the garden,
Where I would be excited to play.

The loved and well used bike would zoom down the road,
As you would come running after,
Shouting you toad!

Back from the park after tiring you out,
We would fall asleep on the lounge armchair,
Where countdown would play on regardless, elsewhere.

The supermarket sweep days are long gone,
Countdown still plays on,
And you sleep forever long…

Bird Walk at Lamplighter's Marsh

Bristol's Wild City project is sponsoring a guided bird walk on Lamplighter's Marsh

TUESDAY JULY 12th, 7pm. The walk will be lead by Ed Drewitt and will be free, however places will be limited, so please book with Ash Bearman at the Public Hall, tel 982 9963 or . We'll meet in the Lamplighter's car park at 6:45

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

Well, since I last spoke to you I have enjoyed a 10 day pilgrimage to the Holy Land with The Venerable Christine & Canon Douglas Holt together with 36 other pilgrims - mainly from St. Mary's and including some friends of Christine's from Dorset. We arrived at our accommodation in Galilee at 2.30am, but were back on the road again at 8.00 am the same morning! The area around Galilee was very green with lush vegetation and on that first day we went onto the Sea of Galilee in a boat where Christine and Douglas Holt conducted a service of Holy Communion. It was a simply wonderful experience. Visits were also made to Nazareth, Bethelehem and Caesaria before we moved on to Jerusalem later in the week. Here we saw many religious sites and I was surprised how near some of the other places we visited were to Jerusalem - for example the Garden of Gethsamane and the Mount of Olives to name but two. Some of our party went into the Dead Sea which was a rather unique experience for them on a very hot day with temperatures up into the 90's. There was so much we saw I could go on and on for ages, but it was a wonderful experience to know we had virtually trodden the same ground as Jesus Christ himself. It was something that will remain with all of us for the rest of our lives!

Now back to Shirehampton - where we held two Open Church Days during May when we had Lunches and Cream Teas on the Bank Holiday Mondays. These proved to be very profitable and the two open days realised the sum of £1200 for Tithe Barn Funds. We were extremely pleased to welcome members of our local community as well as our regular church members - so do come again to the next open church which will be on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Towards the end of May we had a special service at St. Mary's for the Installation of our Churchwardens and others from churches elsewhere in the Deanery combined with the Episcopal Visit by Bishop Lee and The Archdeacon of Malmesbury (our own Christine) on her first official visit to us since her installation. We were delighted to see her again and chat with her whilst enjoying a superb Buffet once again provided by Gill Sawyer.

On Saturday 4th. June we hosted the Valedictory Service for Trinity Theological College. This service is normally held at St. Mary's, Stoke Bishop but couldn't be held there this year because the church is undergoing restoration. A new experience for us with quite a few surprises!

The Children's Holiday Club during the Half Term Week hosted 18 children who had a wonderful 2 hours each morning playing games, doing Craft Work and generally thoroughly enjoying themselves. Two of my grandchildren - Danny and Lily went - and couldn't wait for the next session the following day. Grateful thanks must go to Gill Sawyer and all the other helpers who gave up their free time to see the children enjoy themselves. Considering that everything was free - it was definitely something not to be missed.

Believe it or not we have more Weddings booked at St. Mary's for 2011 than we did for 2010. This is a wonderful trend and St. Mary's is such a light and bright church in which to be married. One recent Wedding had 21 Bridesmaids and Page Boys - so beat that!

Don't forget our Patronal Festival Weekend which is on Saturday 9th. and Sunday 10th. July. On the Saturday morning from 10.00 am until 12 noon we shall have our Summer Fayre when all sorts of luscious consumables may be purchased - and all home made too! During the afternoon Cream Teas will be served from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm and from 2.15 pm until 3.00 pm you will be entertained with singing by the Shirehampton Area Choir. They will be giving a concert of light music which should suit most people's tastes. There will also be a Flower Festival within the church building with the theme "Miracles of Jesus". St. Mary's is always seen at its best on this Festival Weekend. On the Sunday there will be Kids Klub at 8.30 am followed by Holy Communion at 10.00 am, and at 3.30 pm the Bristol Brass Consort Concert will take place in the church. Tickets for this event are £7.00 which include Afternoon Tea, and can be obtained from the Church Office.

On the following Sunday - 17th. July - at our 10.00 am Holy Communion Service there will be the Kids Klub

Prizegiving. Each child will receive a book of their choice - no child is left out however new they are to our Kids Klub Service. It's not too late to come along and also you have Breakfast as well!!

Charlotte Leslie our Local MP apologises for having to cancel last month's Surgery due to unforeseen circumstances and her re-dated Surgery will now be held in St. Mary's from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm on Friday, 15th. July. She will be keen to hear of any local issues you may have.

Now in case next month's "Shires" should delayed at the printers I must remind you of Tim Forder's Car Treasure Hunt which is on Friday, 8th August. There will be a list at the back of the church on which to place your name if you intend coming and also to choose your meal at the hostelry at the end of the run. This is one of the most popular social events of the year - so don't miss it!!

This month you are asked to pray for all the people who live around the St. Bernard's area - Station Road, St. Bernard's Road, Woodwell Road, Park Road, Bucklewell Close and Cedar Row.

Well, before I sign off did you hear about the Vicar who announced to his congregation that an additional font was to be placed in the church so that babies could be baptised at both ends!!!

'Bye for now! C.M.E.

From the Registers at St. Mary's

MAY 2011

BAPTISMS "We welcome you"

May 29th - Amelia Paige Edith Cox

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace"

May 3rd - Elsie Heal - St. Mary's

4th - Stanley Carter Canford

6th - Christine Brennan - St Mary's

18th - Iris Perry - Westerleigh

23rd - Barbara Bryce - St Mary's

26th - Leslie Linsley - Canford

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

May 7th - Laura Murphy & David Hill

28th - Elly Whiffen & Anthony Moxham

28th - Tracey Chilcott & Darren Cockle

Foodbank serves up support

The Bristol NW Foodbank celebrated its official opening on May 12th.

The Foodbank supports anyone in short term crisis by providing a food parcel to last three days - whatever the size of family! It currently has outlets in Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston where food parcels are distributed and, from September will have a further outlet and dedicated office in Shirehampton.

Food (which must have a long shelf life) is donated by the public including churches, community groups and schools and 'banked' for future use. Vouchers are issued through local agencies including the jobcentre, schools, health visitors and churches. (They can also be obtained through Tony Mohammad at Shire Advice Service (phone 0117 982 9399) - Ed). The vouchers can be redeemed at an outlet where there is always a welcome and a cup of tea available while the food is packed up.

Project Manager Emma Murray said: 'Bristol NW Foodbank currently operates in North West Bristol and has provided food for over 140 people since the project started in March this year. We are looking forward to the project expanding to serve a wider area of North Bristol.'

A volunteer recently said: 'I don't think most people in Bristol have much concept of how much this means and how close to the bread line so many people are in Bristol'.

Nine volunteers recently ran the Bristol 10K and raised over £3000 for the Foodbank.

If you are interested in becoming a Foodbank volunteer, fundraising, donating food or you would like more information on how to receive a Foodbank voucher, please contact or telephone 07582 749256

Foodbank volunteer, Teresa Fell, checks the shelves

Foodbank volunteer, Teresa Fell, checks the shelves

The Seaside Comes to Shirehampton

Where were you on 25th June? Were you at the Seaside? If you came along to 'Messy Church' at Shirehampton Baptist Church on that Saturday afternoon then the Seaside came to you…well at least lots of fun and games, and food, all with a link to the seaside, would have come to you. The Seaside was the theme of the Family fun afternoon at the church and it was all free! If you weren't there you missed out on the opportunity to try card making, or to try making some 'sunny plates'. You wouldn't have had the chance to make some foot prints in the sand (or paint??), or fold an origami boat. And donkey rides on a real beach might be fun, but trying to pin a tail on a donkey or fishing for magnetic fish can be just as much fun.

Jesus Christ spent a lot of his time by the sea, and that inspired some of the stories he told, like the one about building a summer beach hut near the water. Would it be best to build it on the rocky part of the shore, or in the sand? If you were at the Shirehampton Baptist Church seaside then you would know the answer and also why Jesus told the story at all.

If you were busy when the rest of us went to the seaside, or you just forgot, don't worry. There will be another Messy Church at Shirehampton Baptist Church on another Saturday later in the year. Look out for the posters and the information round the village, and make sure that you are there. Also you are most welcome at any of our services that take place every week. Our main service is at 10.30 on Sunday morning, and the last Sunday in the month is always a special service for Families. We hope to see you soon. Chris Grant

Shirehampton Christmas Fayre 2011

I would like to thank everyone who supported this event last year and I am very grateful for the ongoing supportive comments and encouragement to hold the event again this year.

I have entered the application to the Council and I am waiting for their earliest reply.

Last year's event raised over £800. £500 was presented to South West Children's Hospice. Last month myself and Sara Richardson visited the Hospice and were blown away by this wonderful place. The facilities and the support to the children and their families during such difficult times is second to none and what is equally amazing is that the Hospice is run purely on donations. The love that radiated from every inch of the building inspired me to want to do as much as I could to help.

With this in mind, I sent my husband Paul to do a sky dive for his 40th birthday a few weeks ago. While we were there the staff and visitors collected £100 towards my fundraising efforts. This gave me the idea of a charity sky dive. My staff at PJ's and my own children and myself will be making the jump later this year to boost the charity collection as much as possible. Sponsor forms can be found on the wall in the Barbershop - please pop in and make a donation.

I am now taking bookings for this year's Christmas Fayre and would appreciate your support, whether that be offering your time or doing your own fundraising to help me raise money. For information, please call into PJ's Barber Shop/Lady PJ's Hairdressing or call on 0117 903 81123.

Please help us to raise as much money as we can to make the Shirehampton Christmas Fayre bigger and better this year, which will in turn raise considerable amounts for the South West Children's Hospice.

Thank you,

Lizzie Tucker

July Sky

Why oh why my dear July

Your summer sky once lit my days
and chased clouds away
You mean the world to me
You were the meaning of the dream on a midsummer night
A future waiting to be seen looking bright but
By and by my dear July you will grow to warm the globe
For her very heart has been broken apart
Your children will paddle in shallow waves
I will sit and await my grave but
Not yet my dear July Sky not yet
For there will be sixty years or more
of waves awashing on my shore, before
you need to cry,
then we will say goodbye
Her children's feet make patterns on the sand
as she reaches out for my hand
She says 'mum thanks for popping by'
I say, 'make the most of it'
my poor July Sky.

Neighbourhood Partnership Meets

Our Neighbourhood Partnership held its quarterly meeting on 7th June. You may wonder what the Neighbourhood Partnership actually does. Well, in June they reviewed the highway maintainence works commissioned or carried out in Avonmouth and Kingsweston. They heard that £950 from our local Clean and Green budget will go to providing hanging baskets for each of the Four Villages and that we have successfully bid for money to clean chewing gum off the High Street in Shirehampton. And they approved small grants from our Well-Being budget to a number of local projects, for example, funding trips for the Over 50s Forum and supporting a scheme to get young people involved in local radio.

But the Neighbourhood Partnership needs greater involvement from local people. You may know that when M-Shed opens at the end of July there will be a Pride of Place exhibition giving each Neighbourhood an opportunity to showcase things people value about the places they live in. You could submit ideas for this to your local forum. In Shirehampton that's SCAF, the Shirehampton Community Action Forum, whose next meeting will be on 14th July at 2pm in the Public Hall.

At the last meeting partners discussed communication. Everyone felt we needed to make the Neighbourhood Partnership and the benefits it can bring to the community better known. Articles like this may help, but we need to reach a wider audience, perhaps by using social media. If you are interested in helping with communication you should get in touch with Alv Hurst at Avonmouth Community Centre, .

Everybody's Surfin'

Photos: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

It's not just the young that are surfing the net, older people are hooking up their modems and getting themselves online!

A group of "Silver Surfers" from Shire learnt about email, google and using the Nintendo Wii fit Plus to keep fit at a "Silver Surfers" Fun Day held at the Orchards, to promote the Get Digital Online Campaign.

Residents of the Orchards, their families, staff and people from the wider community got together to learn more about different technology and share their own learning. Even the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Geoff Gallop and Lady Mayoress Mrs Bernice Gallop attended and had a go on the Wii Fit.

And in keeping with the worldwide reach of the internet, a selection of Spanish food was served for lunch as well as listening to a member of staff playing guitar and signing in Spanish for those hard of hearing.