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Maths Specialism Pays Off for Brightstowe

SCAF Celebrates its First Ten Years

Public Hall Garden

Letters to the Editor

Clifford Gardens Street Party

Tynings field Community Group

Celebrating Age Festival With Grandparents And Grandchildren

Goodbye Dave

Christmas Lights


Family Fun At Shirehampton Summer Fayre.

St.Mary's News

PBA Fun Day in aid of Leukaemia Research.

World War 2 Pillbox

New Council Homes Complete

Maths Specialism Pays Off for Brightstowe

GCSE results in maths have improved by 15 per cent this year at Oasis Academy Brightstowe.

Forty-five per cent of students at the academy, which specialises in maths and ICT, have achieved grades A* - C in this year’s exams.

Across all subjects, 83 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at grade A*-C, and 31 per cent achieved grade A* - C in both English and Maths.

Ninety-nine per cent of year 11 students will this year leave the Academy with accreditation and the results are 17 per cent above the national prediction for these students.

Principal, Matthew Butler, said:

"I’m really pleased with the maths results in particular, which are a testament to the hard work of students and staff and a justification of our investment in, and focus on, this critical area of the curriculum.

"I’m also delighted that virtually all of our students are going out into the world, whether to work or further study, with a recognised accreditation to their name.

"I recognise that we must raise the bar for our 5A*-C with English and Maths where results were disappointing this year.

"Change is happening at Brightstowe and I am confident we have the right ethos, the best team and the necessary investment to unlock the huge potential of our students.

"This year’s results, with 53% of our students achieving 5A*-C with English and/or Maths and with the outstanding improvement we have seen in our Maths results, there is clear evidence of what can be achieved so I look forward to the future with enthusiasm."

This coming year will see the launch of two key initiatives aimed at setting the foundations for future growth and success.

The ‘Year 7 Base’ is a specially created space within the Academy building which will provide a dedicated teaching, learning and pastoral environment for new Year 7 students aimed at helping them integrate into mainstream academy life.

Furthermore, our Oasis² Pathways programme ensures that students progress through the Academy in a way that’s personalised for them. Each pathway offers a range of courses to meet students’ needs, including the BTECs, GCSEs and the new English Baccalaureate. The key is that we adapt to meet the needs of the students - not the other way around.

We are also investing further in ICT with the launch of our innovations room which will include iPads, Kindles and the latest 3D technology.

The future is bright at Brightstowe and the excellent Maths results achieved by our students are a testament to that.

Amongst the high flyers at Brightstowe were:

Ashley Rogers - who got 13 A* - C grades, including 7 As. Ashley has achieved the highest grades in the Academy this year. This will enable him to pursue a "high-flying career" in industry.

Justyna Domalewska, who achieved 12 A* - C grades, including 5 As. Having come to the UK from Poland only three years ago, Justyna has overcome language and cultural barriers to achieve some of the best results in the Academy. She now plans to attend college in order to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

SCAF Celebrates its First Ten Years

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) celebrates its 10th Anniversary as this edition of Shire is published. The Lord Mayor of Bristol, the Rt Hon Cllr Geoff Gollop, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, and Charlotte Leslie MP, are expected to attend a celebration at Shirehampton Public Hall on Saturday 1 October.

David Thomas, Chairman of SCAF, said: "SCAF aims to address issues of concern to local residents, by strengthening ties and building partnership working between statutory agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary and community groups in Shirehampton.

"In our ten years existence, we have made substantial contributions to community life in Shirehampton and beyond. Two of the Action Groups formed at our launch meeting continue to thrive. The Community Safety Group holds regular meetings between local residents, the police, and other bodies such as Safer Bristol, housing providers, and council departments such as street cleansing. It became in many ways a prototype for the PACT meetings later rolled out across the City and beyond, and now incorporated in Neighbourhood Partnerships.

"Our Youth Support Group has successfully gained funding for activities for young people, through the Positive Actions for Young People, and latterly Targeted Positive Activities. These activities are delivered by a number of local organisations with whom we work closely, in each of the school holidays.

"We have started other Action Groups since the initial ones. Shire Greens have done much work in the Lamplighters Marsh and Daisy Field area, and have worked with the Parks Department, and First Great Western, on planting and maintenance issues. They played a particular part in the consultations on the City’s Area Green Space Plan.

"A temporary group, Vision for Shire, carried out a detailed inventory of all community facilities in Shire, and held widespread consultations on what people considered the greatest future needs. This concluded that the lack of play areas for children was a major problem. Our Play Areas Group was formed as a direct result. Very recently, we learnt that we have been awarded a grant of £50,000, with matching funding from the City Council, to put a new play area in Springfield Road.

"The Forum has been involved in Planning & Development matters for some years. Our Planning Watch service circulates information on planning applications & public consultations/briefing sessions on proposed developments likely to be of interest to local residents and organisations.

"In the past few years, the City has been developing Neighbourhood Partnerships. SCAF has played a full role in the Avonmouth & Kingsweston Partnership from its inception. Our experience with developing partnership working between local groups, the City Council, and other statutory bodies, means we can make significant inputs to the Neighbourhood Partnership.

"In our early years, our financial position was very precarious. However, for some years now Bristol City Council awarded us a grant, as part of its Voluntary and Community Investment Strategy. Whilst this does not meet all of our financial needs, it provides a firm basis for a major part of our core funding, and acts as a foundation for a range of smaller contributions to our total requirements. Looking ahead, we hope that this support can be continued under the City’s new Community Investment Strategy, which has reduced funds available.

"Many local people and organisations have contributed to our successes. I am very grateful to my fellow Trustees, all those who have contributed to SCAF's activities, and to our funders. For all of the past 10 years, Ash Bearman, our Community Development Officer, has been the mainstay of SCAF. Without her skill and enthusiasm we could not have achieved anything like as much as we have."

We will have a fuller report in our next edition.

At the September committee meeting, we gave an official farewell - but hopefully not a goodbye - to two long-serving members who, between them, have given over 40 years’ of service to Shire newspaper.

Pauline Goodwin has managed the distribution of the paper for the last ten years with efficiency and dedication, managing our large team of counters, drivers and distributors and ensuring that we hold true to our aim of ‘a paper to every house in the village’.

As with all the best managed systems, I hadn’t realised quite what a logistical operation Pauline was running every month until she decided it was time for her to step down and hand over the reins. She has quietly but conscientiously run this important part of our organisation for a decade and we thank her for all her hard work.

Marion Robathan joined the Shire committee as a ‘temporary substitute’ to represent Portway School in the 1970’s and, over the 30 years since, it seems like she has done most of the roles on the committee. She has been an editor, money collector, distributor and, most recently, vice chair of the committee.

Marion told us that, when she first joined Shire, committee meetings were held over a cup of tea and all copy had to be meticulously typed out from handwritten submissions. Whilst most of our copy now comes in by email, so avoiding a lot of typing, maybe it’s time to resurrect the tea for our meetings!

Marion has seen more changes than most of us, both in the village and in the paper, and she has certainly been a wise voice on the committee, for which I have personally been very grateful.

We hope both Pauline and Marion will not be strangers to the committee and that they will find plenty to occupy all those hours which they used to spend helping to produce and deliver your local community paper.


The 191st Scout Group are holding a Table Top Sale on SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER from 10am - 2pm.

There will be cakes, refreshments and a tombola in addition to a variety of other items on sale.

If you would like to sell your wares on a table please contact me on 0117 9829189 or email

Tables cost £5 each to 'hire' and each vendor keeps their takings. All monies raised by the 191 Scout Group in this event are being used towards building a new kitchen and W/C.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Yours in scouting

Sandra Neate

Chair, 191st Scout Group Exec.Committee

Public Hall Garden

Have you enjoyed the garden at the Public Hall? Seats are available to sit and relax. A new one was recently dedicated to David Tudor who was a stalwart supporter of the Hall for many years. The garden looks lovely as the trees are starting to go into their autumn colours.

We now need some help from volunteers to keep it tidy.

Could you offer to prune the shrubs and keep perennial weeds in check? The grass is regularly mown so that is already taken care of. It would be wonderful if you could help to keep this jewel for everyone to appreciate.

Please contact Janet Thomas 9822941

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Harvest Festival Sunday 16th October 2011 at 11.00am

Revd. Dr Jackie Quarmby. Service followed by harvest lunch.

A warm welcome is extended to all.

Rowland Williams

Letters to the Editor

60th Wedding

Dear Editor,

It's my mum and dad's Diamond Wedding Anniversary on the 11th September 2011, you very kindly printed the Golden Wedding Anniversary in the Shire and I thought it would be nice to have their 60th mentioned well, they had a card from the Queen and thought that was wonderful! They have lived in St Bernards Road almost 44 years and we wish them all the very best for many more years to come!

Peter and Rosemarie Yeeles

I have enclosed a copy of their picture celebrating today.

Pauline Stenner

Tim Forder

Dear Editor

I attach a copy of a photo of Tim Forder taken at his 25th Anniversary concert at St Mary’s on Saturday 10th September where at the end he was presented with a cake and a gift token from the Leadership Team at St Mary’s to mark his 25 years as organist here.

Tim is President this year of the Organists Association which is what his certificate denotes.

Gill Sawyer

Tim Williams 25/11/1936 - 10/08/2011

Doreen and family would like to thank family and friends for all the cards and messages of sympathy received on our very sad loss.Thank you to Gill Sawyer at St Mary’s Church for all her love and support and a very big thank you to everyone that came to Tim’s funeral and raised £450 for the Tithe Barn Appeal.

(many thanks for your donation - Ed)

Vote for us

Dear Editor

Penpole lunch club has become one of the many casualty of the social service cuts, we will now be struggling to pay for the transport. Natwest Bank are currently a help to your community where we can apply for £6000.00. All we knee are people to vote for us at between 26th September and 23rd October. The more votes we get the better chance we have. You can also vote by ringing 0800 2100 246. We really want to stay open so please can you help.

S White - organiser

Goodbye Garden

I see the signs that summer is fading
When the sun moves to southern lands
For across the world of my garden
The spiders have spun their strands
There in the centre of intricate webs
Bejewelled in the morning light
They hang in wait for the quiet of evening
Caught fast in their final flight
And a bumble bee zooms slowly round
Searching for a few drops of nectar
From the last remains of the summer blooms
To add to its beehive larder
Gone are warm evenings, with glass of wine
Seated outside in the scented air
So forget those meals of salad leaves
In favour of soup and casserole fare

Pat Squire

Painging as a Pasttime

With the Twyford Art Club

Drawing and painting is enjoyable and fun, and also considered to be therapeutic.

Shirehampton’s Twyford Art Club a small group, of around 30 people, has a few vacancies for new members.

We have 2 hour sessions three times a week, Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9.45 to 11.45 am, and Thursday evenings 7 to 9 pm. Most members attend only one session each week, some a couple of sessions. The current charge is £20 per year to cover the cost of the room hire etc. Tea and coffee is also included.

We meet and paint together in the Penpole room, above the Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road from September to May. There is no formal art instruction, but those of us with a little more experience are happy to help others where needed. We also arrange occasional Saturday painting demonstrations and workshops conducted by experienced artists. During the Summer break members also often paint together in various outdoor locations in and around Bristol.

Since 1973 every year in May, we have organised an Art Exhibition, open to all, not just members, held in the Shirehampton Public Hall.

So if you like applying paint to canvas or paper, or perhaps just sketching with pencil or pen, why not consider joining us? You are assured of a warm welcome - and you don’t have to join straight away. Come along a couple of times to begin with to see how we get on together.

Thank you

Thank you to Mrs Teresa Fudge for her kind donation and your kind thank you card to the Shire Paper

Mollie Sweeney

The family of Mollie would like to thank everyone for their kind words and messages of sympathy. For those who attended mum’s funeral, the flowers and donations given in memory of Mollie which was donated to N.S.P.C.C. We would also like to say thank you to reverend Trevor Hearne and Gill Sawyer for their help and understanding.

A Birthday Surprise

I would like to congratulate my two eldest children- Michael and Frances for successfully ‘conning’ me. Very secretly they planned and organised a gathering of nearly a hundred members of my family and friends to celebrate my 80th Birthday at the Shire Public Hall on 13th August. The guests came from various parts of Bristol and the UK and two even arrived from Australia. This was a unique occasion as my six children, twelve grandchildren, nephews and nieces six cousins plus extended family members all met together for the first time in their lives. As a family we moved to Shirehampton in 1969, so there were many friends representing my community connections... I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their gifts and cards but most of all for their presence and friendship

Pat Squire

Jubilee Time after Time

SCHOOLS across the South West are invited to sign up for a unique inter-generational project which will celebrate the 60 year Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012.

Jubilee Time after Time is a project led by the Golden-Oldies Charity. It was successful in attracting a huge audience vote at the end of June for the Jubilee People’s Millions Big Lottery Fund.

Golden-Oldies brings music and exercise to the elderly across the region. It was launched by music man, Grenville Jones in 2008 and now runs over 40 sessions from Swindon to Weston-super-Mare and Gloucester down to Yeovil.

It was the subject of an independent research project by academics at the University of Bath earlier this year. Their powerful conclusion showed conclusively that "Goldies", as it has become fondly known, is making a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of people.

Jubilee Time after Time encourages all schools to come up with innovative projects that take the 60 year Diamond Jubilee as their theme and there are five £500 awards to be won. As Goldies Founder, Grenville Jones points out, the projects do not have to be based on music and singing.

Grenville said:

"Subjects can range from memories and photographs of the past through to sewing, knitting and fashion.

"I am sure lots of schools will include music making but we hope many will open their doors and invite in the elderly from their communities.

"Jubilee Time after Time is about bringing together the young and the young at heart, sharing stories, exchanging memories and having fun together!" offers an informative leaflet as a download and also a short video which is presented by Raymond Friel who is the Head Teacher at St Gregory’s Catholic College in Bath. In the video he encourages all schools to take part.

Sir Cliff Richard is the Patron of the Golden-Oldies Charitable Trust and Jubilee Time after Time is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Clifford Gardens Street Party

Clifford Gardens held its first Street Party this August and it was a big success! The road was closed and decorated with bunting and balloons, and around 80 people living on the road, or friends of residents came out to have an afternoon together. We had a Raffle, face painting and a bouncy castle as well as lots of delicious food brought along by people to go with the big BBQ. The party also included a ‘best cake competition’ with some amazing entries which quickly disappeared!

It was fantastic for us to get to know our neighbours and generally have a lot of fun together. We highly recommend other Shire streets have a go at hosting their own Street Party.

Thank you to everyone who came and contributed to the afternoon. We’ll probably all be getting together again at Christmas and already the ideas are flowing for our Street Party next spring for the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Clifford Gardens is the place to be!

Lorna and Nigel Savage

Photos - Lizzie Staley

Tynings field Community Group

Thank you to all those who have donated clothes to Tynings field Community Group recycling fund raising initiative -our latest bundle raised £10.00 and there is still more to be collected. The money has come in useful towards the buying of netting. Keep em coming! clean and undamaged clothes, in dry bags to 65 Woodwell Road, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 9UG. thank you for your support. Jim Penny

Shirehampton Group Practice Patients - ‘Flu Vaccinations

This year’s seasonal ‘flu vaccination sessions for eligible patients will be held:

At Shirehampton Health Centre:

  • Saturday 1st October: 8.45am - 10.30am
  • Saturday 15th October: 8.45am - 10.30am
  • Thursday 27th October: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

At our Branch Surgery, Capel Road, Lawrence Weston:

  • Friday 30th September: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Friday 14th October: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

As last year, those who will be 65 years old by 31st March 2012 will not receive a letter of invitation but are entitled to just turn up at any of the sessions to receive their NHS ‘flu vaccination. Those who have a ‘flu vaccination for clinical reasons (e.g. they have chronic heart disease, diabetes, etc) will have received an invitation and can also attend any of the sessions. Pregnant women are also eligible for the ‘flu vaccination this year and will have received a letter from their midwife; attendance can be at any of the sessions. Housebound patients should telephone reception and ask to be added to our list of home visits to ensure they do not miss out. Patients who live in residential homes will have an organised visit by one of our Practice Nurses to administer their vaccinations. Registered carers are also entitled to an NHS ‘flu vaccination.

It is VERY important that you receive this annual protection - it has been proven to be most effective in reducing the instances of ‘flu, particularly for the more vulnerable in our communities.

Not eligible for an NHS ‘flu vaccination? Private vaccinations are provided at local venues through GPCare for only £20. Appointments can be made by telephone on 0845 4682104.

Shirehampton Community Fair

CONGRATULATIONS and a big thank you to those who instigated this superb event and to the organising committee.

What a great Cricket Club to host this event on their grounds.

This is Shirehamapton at its best!

Different groups coming together, booking pitches to introduce their particular local organisation.

From animal rescue to jewellery, from sport to home produce. Such a variety of different stalls. With a good mixture of food, fun, games, sun and rain.

At one point the rain was tipping down and people were huddling in close proximity beneath gazeboes and other shelters that were available.

Those sheltering from the rain had time to linger, chat and get to know each other.

From our gazebo I spotted children running bare footed in the pouring rain, heading excitedly from the exit of the enormous bouncy castle, along the side of it, and happily returning smiling and wet to the starting point for another go.

The sun shone again and people wandered around taking their time at the stalls, enjoying the activities, chatting, catching up with friends.

As they strolled along some were eating hot food, which was on sale at the fair, making us who were manning the stalls reach for our purses to join them.

Shirehampton is blessed to have people willing to give their time and energy to the various committees, charity groups, sports clubs, family events etc., that enrich our community.

Thank you Shirehampton Community Fair for providing us with a happy memorable day

Carol Gazzard

Celebrating Age Festival With Grandparents And Grandchildren

The "Celebrating Age Festival" this year was launched by Bill Oddie at the Mshed on Bristol's Harbourside. The broadcaster, naturalist and one time member of comedy/singing group, "The Goodies" - the latter I'm sure will bring back some fun memories for many of us who would watch the TV show of the same name on a regular basis through the 1970's and 1980's - kicked off the festival in style.

The five day celebration of age and life experience began on 30th August 2011 with a variety of events taking place across Bristol for anyone over 50 years old or should I say young! The theme of this year's event was ‘Coming Together’ - exploring what different generations have in common and ways people can live together without perceived barriers of age getting in the way.

The finale was held at the Colston Hall on Saturday 3rd September with a performance and workshop from the Bristol Sambistas.There were two performances by the 11 piece Swing and Jive band, "The Regular Joes" as well. Local organisations were on hand to offer advice and information. There were craft stalls, NHS Therapies and a Celebrating Age Fashion Show during the day too.

Shirehampton held it's own event to celebrate the 'coming together of age' on Thursday 1st September. It was organised and held at St. Mary's Church in the afternoon and called "Grandad, Grandma And Me", with the event keeping Grandparents and Grandchildren occupied and having fun together with some entertainment thrown in.

With story telling, dancing and singing, the children and their Grandparents were having a great time. Some were more energetic and agile than their Grandchildren and they could certainly show them a thing or two with their dance moves. In fact when it came to the teddy bear making Gran and Grandad were showing their Grandchildren how to start off and the children soon got the hang of it and finished making the teddy bears themselves. A treasured moment for all and teamwork among the generations a special gift. Anything is possible no matter what your age. The teddy bears were named and then a special prayer was said for them.

Soon after it was back to more story telling and magic for the children whilst the Grandparents looked on capturing every moment of laughter and smiles to remember for a long time to come. Somehow one or two parents also sneaked into the event to witness the fun before food and drink was brought out for all to enjoy, bringing to conclusion a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and great memories. Grandparents are always special and remembered forever no matter how old we get.

** Thank you to Gill Sawyer and Party Kids for such a memorable afternoon.**

Kathryn Courtney

Goodbye Dave

Dave Eggleston arrived in Shirehampton four years ago as a SWYM (South West Youth Mission) Youth Worker. He was employed by all three of the churches in the village to support the work that they were doing with young people. When the project with the three churches, and Dave’s time with SWYM, came to and end in 2009 he decided to stay on and continue the youth activities that were centred at Shirehampton Baptist Church in Station Road. He was able to do this with the help of a little money that the Baptist Church could pay him, rent free accommodation at St Andrews, Avonmouth, vicarage, and the generosity of lots of anonymous folk, both here and elsewhere who as an expression of their Christian Faith supported Dave financially on a regular or occasional basis. Through their generosity he was not only able to lead ‘Relish’ the open Youth Club on Friday nights and ‘Glue’, on Mondays at the Baptist Church, but also get involved in youth work at St Edyths in Sea Mills and be a member of the Oasis Hub team at Brightstowe Academy. Primary school children in the village would have seen him taking assemblies at their school, and when they graduated to Brightstowe there he would be at the Breakfast Club, and also available to be a mentor for some of those who struggled with the demands of secondary school. If you are over 20 you may not have come across Dave Eggleston, but if you are younger it is unlikely that you would not have met him either at school, youth club, or just being around and about in the places where you and your friends gather in the village.

All good things come to an end. Dave had become a member both of the church and the Leadership Team at Shirehampton Baptist Church, and it was with sadness that we said goodbye to him at our morning service on the 4th September 2011. You will be missed Dave, but never forgotten. Dave may not still be in Shirehampton, but the churches are. Why not come along one Sunday Morning and find out what it was that made a young man like Dave spend four years living by faith just to be able to work with the young people in a village like Shirehampton.

Chris Grant

(Minister Shirehampton Baptist Church).

Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road

Now running a breakfast club. First Sunday of the every month at 09:30am.

Full English unlimited tea and coffee £4.00 booking a must ring Mike on 07785288178.

Also a Film club running every second Saturday (8th Oct. 12th Nov. 10th Dec.)

19:30 start Voluntary donation.

Ring Mike for details 07785288178.

Septembers Film was Sing along "Sound of Music" good fun had by all.

Christmas Lights

At the summer fare on the cricket ground our cake stall raised over £100.

The Christmas lights committee would like to thank those cake makers of Shirehampton who generously donated cakes to sell also Costco and the Village Bakery.

Cedric Rich

Shirehampton Group Practice

Patients Reference Group

Are you interested in finding out more about the Group Practice? Would you like to help influence the development of local health services?

We are looking for people to join a Patient Reference Group and to contribute their ideas and views. We would like to make the group as representative of the practice population as possible and will therefore use a variety of ways of communicating with volunteers including email, post and in person so there is no stipulated requirement to be available to attend regular meetings.

If you would be interested in joining this virtual group, please fill in a form at the surgery next time you visit.


Recently I have found some postcards and I think that they would have belonged to my Great Uncle Edward Poole (1894 Broomfield, Essex to 1972 Trudoxhill, Somerset). Edward and his father Edward (1859 Headcorn, Kent to 1921 Trudoxhill) were both gamekeepers although latterly Edward Sr took the White Hart at Trudoxhill and, on his death, Edward Jr took over.

In 1911 Edward Sr is at Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire. I have a tenancy agreement dated 1912 which places Edward Sr at South Brewham, near Bruton, Somerset although this relates to land at Turley, Bradford on Avon. My father knows of a connection between these Pooles and Stourton and I also have postcards of Bruton at King Alfred’s Tower at Stourton. I have a postcard dated 1913 sent to Mr Pole, Keepers Cottage, Brewham Brake.

I am giving you all this in an attempt to try and date the photographs. If you are able to more specific on date, that would be great!

For your information, I have found West Lodge House - it is Iwerne Minster, Dorset and I can see from his notebooks that my grandfather Harry Poole, also a gamekeeper, was there in 1909 on a shoot. He must have the postcard as a memento I imagine.

Best wishes


Bat Walk in Shirehampton

Wild City is sponsoring a BAT WALK along the Yellow Brick Road in Lamplighters Marsh on WEDNESDAY 5TH October starting at 6:15pm in the Lamplighters car park, Station Road. The walk is free and children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The walk will finish by 8:00pm.

Bradley House Summer Fare 2011 - A Huge Success

The fifth annual summer fare took place in the gardens of Bradley house on Saturday August 13th 2011 as a fund raising event for St Mary’s Church Shirehampton charities and raised a fantastic £518.05.

This exceptional result was due partly to the very pleasant afternoon weather which allowed a great number of visitors to enjoy the various attractions which included as usual a well supplied bric-a-brac, a stall of delicious home made cakes, hot and cold drinks, lucky dip, little ducks and pick and mix sweets, children’s favourites, and a very popular barbeque of tasty burgers and hot dogs.

The raffle contributed to the success of the event, and quite a lot of winners went back home very pleased with the varied and sometimes very valuable prizes.

We want to thank very warmly all our local generous donators: Tubs of WB Butchers who donated all the BBQ burgers and sausages, Andrew Pinn Optometrist, Stadon Pet shop, Pauline’s Hair dresser, Jupe Hair Dresser, Elite Hair and Beauty, Fashion shop, Electrics, Auto parts, Co-op, Carpets shop, Avonmouth Pharmacy, Cards shop and also a few private donators.

The huge success was of course also due to all our residents families and friends and the very hard work from all the members of Bradley House and Bradley House home care services staff which help support and efforts have been once again a priceless contribution to the exceptional results of the fund raising.

A big "Thank you" to everyone participating in Bradley House Summer Fare 2011.

Family Fun At Shirehampton Summer Fayre.

Sunday 28th August saw Shirehampton Summer Fayre take place at Shire Cricket Club from 12:30pm. This free event was attended by many families throughout the day despite the occasional rain shower, but the shining sun more than made up for this.

There was plenty of room to move around the event and there were many stalls to visit that included local traders, fund raising stalls and local organisations including the 191st Scout Group and Shire Colts who were out in force seeking new members to join up. You could find people selling cakes, jams, pickles, jewellery, clothing, cards, books and toys. There were also some prize stalls, fair rides, face painting, a bouncy castle and gladiator jousting as well as sports coaching taking place. Also lined up was egg catching, throwing and limbo competitions, not all at the same time though!

The cricket club ran their own barbecue and a licensed bar was located at the clubhouse. A programme of events was also available and people made donations in memory of Jim Tolman, a popular teacher that many of us will remember from Portway School and Oasis Brigstowe Academy.

Although the event did end slightly earlier than expected sadly due to the weather, overall for a first event it was a success and many people enjoyed the day. Congratulations and thank you!

Organisers are already planning next years Summer Fayre which I'm sure will be even bigger with more stalls - but not as spaced out as this year - and activities for the day.

If you wish to take part in Shirehampton Summer Fayre for 2012 or want to be a volunteer and help out at the event please send an email

Size up your child’s BMI as they head back to school

New obesity figures spark call to action from NHS Choices

As children head back to school with lunch boxes and dinner money in hand, NHS Choices, the health information website for the NHS, is calling on parents to take a proactive approach to managing their child’s diet and weight. Parents can start by checking their child’s body mass index (BMI) at

NHS Choices’ call to action comes as worrying new obesity figures are released, revealing that obesity rates would rise from a quarter in the UK to about 40 per cent by 20301. Three in ten children in Britain are overweight or obese2.

Dr Knut Schroeder said: "Children who are overweight in childhood are more likely to become overweight adults. They are also at risk of developing serious health conditions that carrying excess weight can bring, such as diabetes. Making sure your child understands how to eat healthy from a young age can be life-saving, so start the new school year as you mean to go on, and look after your child’s diet."

Unlike most BMI checking tools, NHS Choices has an online BMI checker that is suitable for children aged two and above. Parents or guardians simply need to provide details about the sex, age, height and weight of their child and the tool will provide a percentile result informing the parent or guardian if their child is a healthy weight. For more information about managing children’s diet, health and fitness, whatever their BMI, then visit NHS Choices. If parents or guardians are very concerned about their child’s weight, they should visit their GP.

St.Mary's News

Hi Folks!

Here we are in October - time to grab your camera and get out and photograph all the lovely Autumn colours before the Winter sets in. Also this is the month when the clocks go back and then the dark nights are well and truly upon us. We are so lucky here with so many trees around us - Blaise Castle, Kingsweston Estate and Penpole Woods - we are spoilt for choice when it comes to watching the change in the seasons. Should you wish to spread your wings a little further then we have the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley which are always a wonderful sight in the Autumn.

For those of us in the Autumn of our years we enjoyed a super Seniors Week during August. We had a variety of entertainers and speakers including the opportunity to enjoy some Wine Tasting and some Cheese tasting. We had a lady from Lye Cross Farm tell us how they make their cheese - right from the type of cow for the milk to the production of the end product. One thing we all learnt was that when you open a packet after taking it out of the refrigerator you should take it completely out of the packet and let it rest for at least 2 hours before you eat it. This allows the cheese to breathe - we've tried it at home and it certainly makes a difference to the taste. But the highlight of the week was a trip out to Tortworth Court for lunch and afternoon tea. This is a delightful old mansion house which has been restored to the highest standard and the food and service to an even higher standard. A wonderful day was spent there despite a few showers. Thank you Gill Sawyer for a wonder week - we are all waiting to hear of your ideas for next year!

On the first Thursday in September we had a party in church to "Celebrate Age", when grandchildren were invited to bring along their Grandparents! My wife and I went with our grandchildren - where Clive and Shirley who run "Party Kidz" provided the entertainment. I have in fact seen them before because they came one afternoon before on a previous Seniors Week. I think the noise in the church was louder than you would have heard at a Pantomime at the Hippodrome. The afternoon ended with us all stuffing a Teddy Bear each and inside each bear was a card on which were written the favourite memories by our Grandchildren to remain their for posterity or until the bear wears out! A super afternoon - long to be remembered.

The final Open Church Day at the church on the August Bank Holiday Monday was well patronized and raised the sum of just over £500 towards church funds. There was a wide variety of food on the Menu for Lunch which was followed by Cream Teas later during the afternoon. Thank you to all of you who supported us on that day!

Now two pieces of sad news - first of all we were all very shocked to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of one of our members at St. Mary's - Tim Williams who lived in Old Quarry Road. Tim died in Southmead after a very short illness. He and his wife Doreen were regular members at our Thursday Lunch Club and Tim was always one of the first people to help others out of their wheelchairs and buggies to reach their seats at the tables. He will be sadly missed by us all and particularly by his wife Doreen their children and grandchildren. The church was packed to capacity for his funeral with people standing at the west end - a remarkable tribute to a much loved man.

A family leaving St. Mary's is another sad loss to us - James and Mandy Sylvester together with their 8 months old son George are going to move to Australia. I believe initially for 2 years and maybe longer! They have all been stalward members of St. Mary's and we shall miss them immensely. It is hard to grasp that young George will be nearly three years old when we next see them all. We wish them well in their new home and country and hope to hear of their progress in Australia from Lynn and Geoff. Sylvester from time to time.

Do you remember that old Rovers Supporter I have written about in the past - the one who has been seen in the past pounding his hairy legs around the parish frightening cats & dogs etc., - namely one Roy Miller? Well, on the 9th. September he celebrated 50 years of marriage to his attractive wife June. My wife and I were invited to Lunch with them on that day at Shirehampton Cricket Club - a very pleasant surprise considering how cheekily I have spoken and written about him in the past!!! We had a most enjoyable time with them and how nice it is to celebrate a marriage which has lasted 50 Golden Years - when so many couples now choose not to marry but live with "a partner". Many congratulations to you Roy and June!

The Tithe Barn is to be officially opened on Sunday, 2nd October after our 10.00 am Holy Communion Service at which will be present The Venerable Christine Froude - Diocesan Archdeacon and the Right Rev. Mike Hill - Bishop of Bristol. Although this will be the official opening day, the Tithe Barn will not yet be open for use as we have to raise the money for furniture and fittings. So we shall have to wait a little while longer until these funds have been raised!

On Saturday, 15th. October, we shall be holding our Christmas Gift Fayre in the church from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon. I must make it clear that this Fayre is for the sale of Christmas Gifts, Crafts and Paper etc. only. The Christmas Food Fayre will follow on Saturday, 26th November when you can purchase your Christmas Hampers and chutneys etc., etc. on that date.

The next day is Sunday, 15th. October and at our 10.00 am Holy Communion we shall be admitting some of our young children to Communion before Confirmation. The children to be admitted will all have received some instruction as to what the Communion - the receiving of Bread & Wine - means in our Christian faith. Please come and give these children your support - they are the next generation to follow on behind us.

On Wednesday 19th. October we shall be holding a Kids Klub Parents Social Evening in the church from 8.00 pm until 9.30 pm - so if you have a child who attends Kids Klub here is a chance for all you Mums and Dads to enjoy a get together on your own - so don't forget put the date in your Diary.

Now for some advance information - on Sunday, 30th. October we shall receive a visit from The Venerable Tim McClure - Archdeacon of Bristol at our 10.00 am Family Service at which there will be a Baptism. Tim is also to preach to us as well. Please put this date in your Diary as Tim is a very nice man and a very good preacher too!

Your prayers this month are requested for the people living in -Sedgewick House, Barwick House, Penpole Park, Oaktree Court, The Ridge, Clifford Gardens, Woodview, Grainger Court, Hermitage Close, Penpole Avenue, Mead Close, Penpole Place and Sunnyhill Drive.

Did you hear about the lady who died and left a note in her Will that she should be cremated and her ashes were to be scattered all around The Mall at Cribbs Causeway? This was to ensure that her daughter visited her at least twice a week!!!

'Bye for now! C.M.E.

PBA Fun Day in aid of Leukaemia Research.

Sunday 28th August saw the Port Of Bristol Fun Day. There were charity stalls, face painting, bouncy castle and a scoring goals game to keep you occupied if you didn't want to watch the football games taking place that day. There were also a couple classic cars on display plus a barbecue to keep the energy levels up and to stop people from going hungry.

The main event of the day was an eight team football tournament taking place with plenty of spectators watching from the sidelines and football managers shouting at their players to get the best out of them and sometimes the referee if they didn't agree with a decision he made.

Money raised from this event was donated to Leukaemia And Lymphoma Research.

Kathryn Courtney

World War 2 Pillbox

When we use the word pillbox these days its normally meaning something we keep our medication in. Lets think back or in my case use my imagination -to the year 1940. The country is at war and all that entailed, fear, crisis, disruption, death, testing the strength of British people. Operation Sealion, Hitler's Nazi army are looking to invade Britain. A form of defence is sought to tackle land invasion called 'Pillboxes', concrete and brick and metal structures, providing mainly bullet proof cover but sometimes heavy artillary cover depending on whether the walls were just 12 inches thick or more to protect from 100 yards or 500 yards used by the military and even perhaps the homeguard, or if they were not able and measures became desperate, just anyone who could use a gun. Set at strategic points across open land and hidden, against hedgerows, strung with leaves, according to the military instructions of the time, partially sunk into the ground, or even made to look like buildings. More commonly low level structures built in several different sizes and shapes vary from a polygon to a hexagon and round, each design determined by a number or style. The idea was to provide a place where lying in wait to open fire perhaps with a heavy machine gun or a rifle on an approaching Nazi army could be done from a bullet proof hidden viewpoint. Where the invaders had already trekked across land for a certain distance, become tired, and stopped to reorientate or where they were likely to pass by, near roads, lanes, railways. The camoflage aspect was vital to the military plan so against hedgerows was the common place for a pillbox, preferably overlooking an open field to allow spread for the bullets and clear vision from all angles. Inside the pillbox would be another 't' shape richochet wall for added protection but no living accommodation although sometimes a table was put in to place ammunition on, and some of the rarer circular ones had turntables ie the whole structure turned around on a central metal pivot. Many intact pillboxes are recognised listed structures, others have yet to be re-discovered, hidden by bramble and bush due to the locations they were placed originally in. Over the years they have become a neglected feature of a previous era and due to their appearance often considered ugly, not designed to look pretty, in fact you were not supposed to see them at all! Some have fallen down or the bricks used for other things leaving foundations only. There is a green line of pillboxes across the Somerset countryside, on the beach at Portishead and one in Bristol on top of a warehouse near Avon Crescent. One of the more historic ones has 'There will always be an England 1940' etched inside it possibly by the builders as local labour was often used. Due to the bravery of all those that gave their lives the invasion never got that far. Pillboxes provide a poignant reminder of the urgent time in our country's history about 70 years ago, when Britain faced a real threat, which is a good reason why we should not lose interest in them. We think we may have found the foundations of one in the hedge at Tynings field and would like a local history group or historian or anyone with any information on this subject who can come and have a look to help identify this interesting structure to please get in touch. tel 01179090440/9773413.

Many thanks

Tynings Field Community Group

Chapel Film 4 Kids

Chapel Film Club is looking to broaden its horizons and provide opportunities for young people in the local area to view films on the big screen and with cinema quality surround sound in Shirehampton. On Monday 24th October, the first Monday of the half-term, at 2pm we will be hosting Chapel Film 4 Kids, aimed at young people from our local primary schools. As usual admission is free. Refreshments, including hot dogs, will be available. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Our licence prevents us from advertising the title of the film in the Shire, but if you would like any further information please contact Neil Quarmby on 0117 377 1015.

Table Top Sale

Penpole lunch club are holding a table top sale on Saturday 8th November 11am - 3pm. Outside the Co-op in Shirehampton high street .All processed go to the lunch club.

New Council Homes Complete

Work on the construction of 12 new council homes in Lawrence Weston is complete with tenants due to move in over the next few weeks.

The new homes, which range from four-bedroom houses to two-bedroom bungalows, have been funded with the help of £775,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), as well as funding from Bristol City Council.

Work on the project - which centres on three former council-owned garage sites in Crokeswood Walk; Barrowmead Drive and Saltmarsh Drive -was delayed after contractors Rok went into liquidation, forcing the council to seek another partner. Mansell Partnership Homes took over in December 2010.

Councillor Anthony Negus, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property Services and Regeneration, said: "I am very pleased that this project has now been completed, despite the collapse of the original contractor. Twelve new homes are of course very welcome but they are only a step in the right direction.

"We are continuing to work with our partners to explore other ways in which we can provide more accommodation, such as bringing empty properties back into use. It is an area where we have been enjoying success and I want us to do even better. Last year the council brought 530 empty homes back into use.

"Other areas of work have included encouraging tenants living in council houses which are larger than they now need to downsize, freeing up more properties for families, as well as encouraging more private landlords to rent out properties. It’s a huge challenge - housing is in very short supply and demand is high so it is a key priority for us to find ways of tackling this issue. "

HCA Investment and Regeneration Manager John Boutwood said: "Working with Bristol City Council and its partners, we are able to play an important role in building better, stronger communities and these homes are just one example of the impact this can have.

"I’m very pleased to see these homes completed and I am sure that local residents will welcome them too."

Regional Managing Director of Mansell Partnership Housing South West, Craig Currie, said: "We have enjoyed working with Bristol City Council and the designers on the modern, energy-efficient houses at Lawrence Weston.

"The former garage sites did pose a few construction challenges along the way but we are really pleased with the new homes we have delivered.

"Mansell enjoys creating communities and hopes to be working with Bristol City Council on similar schemes in the future."

The houses have been built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which is a higher environmental standard than that of the standard-build new house and will help tenants save money on energy bills. The homes will also include a highly energy-efficient design, solar panels and under-floor heating.

The homes have also achieved Building for Life gold accreditation. For more information go to