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Penpole Lunch Club Cheque Presentation

Letters to the Editor

Another Five Join the Troop

St. Mary's News

Avonmouth Ladies Hockey Club

3D Technology Brings Solar System to Life for Sea Mills Primary Students

Tynings Field News

Illegal dumping

Super Yacht Mogambo

Penpole Lunch Club Cheque Presentation


A cheque was presented to the Penpole Lunch Club by the Co-Op store manager in Shirehampton, thanks to the generosity of the manager and staff in their fundraising efforts, the cheque for £200 will help towards the transport costs.

Impromptu Easter Bonnet Parade.   Phot Kathryn Courtney

Impromptu Easter Bonnet Parade. Phot Kathryn Courtney

We would also like to thank Tony, the manager of Aldi in Henbury for the generous raffle prizes. Five ladies of the club also put on an impromptu Easter Bonnet parade.

Sandra White

(Photos: Kathryn Courtney)

Community Learning

FREE short courses in the area for adults who have few or no qualifications.

Are you interested in any of the following courses - Computer Skills and English for Work, Money Skills and Budgeting at Home, Improving play opportunities in the community? Play in Action starting in May at Avonmouth Community Centre. This course aims to support local residents to improve their park or green space with a focus on giving residents the skills to get more play opportunities for children into the area. If you would like to bring more play opportunities into the area, this course may be for you!

Money Matters

FREE course at Five-ways Bungalow in Lawrence Weston, starting Wed. 18th April. 9.15-11.15am for 7 weeks. Learn how to improve your budgeting skills, find out how to save on your energy bills, find out about local credit unions.

Computer Skills and English for Work starting on Friday 4th May, 1-3pm for 10 weeks at Shirehampton Primary School. For more information about all these courses, please contact Suzanne on 9030072 or email suzanne.gaffney@bristol.govuk

Shirehampton Community Action Forum Meetings 2012

  • Wednesday 2nd May 7-9pm
  • Thursday 12th July 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 3rd October 7-9pm
  • Thursday 29th November 2-4pm

Letters to the Editor

In Memory Derek Ford

10.08.1943 - 16.01.2012

Anne, Matthew and Amy and Family would like to express their sincere thanks to all who attended Derek's Memorial Service on Saturday 28th January.2012.Your generous donations which totalled £1,300 have been shared between St. Peter's Hospice and St. Mary's Church. We would especially like to thank Canon David and the Venerable Christine Froude, Gill and Tony Sawyer the Rev. Trevor Hearn and the Church Family for their wonderful kindness and support.

Portway Senior Boys School

Dear Editor,

I was a pupil at this school until around 1941. My good friend was Sidney Webber. Sid used to send me the "Shire" for many years to my home in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

When he passed away several years ago, his widow, Joy, has continued to mail me the issues. I often read about places and issues, which bring back memories. I remember Ralph Hack, who I recall has been a contributor. And of course, I was interested in your past articles about the "Lamplighters" where I, later on, had many a half pint with friends. I have found that I still have a good copy of a Portway Boys' school magazine (Whitsun, 1940) which makes interesting reading. Besides school chit-chat, it has some great ads reflecting those days, and shops where my Mother would buy her meat, groceries and such.

For instance, Newmans, Bradley Crescent "the Largest and Most Up-To-Date Butcher in The District"..... Redwoods Dairy, Station Road, for a "Safe supply of Pasturised Milk", and Miss E.F. Pidgeon "Dispensing and Photographic Chemist", Station Road. It has 22 pages and 2 of those lists all the "Old Boys" who are serving with H.M. Forces. One of the many pupils I recall, Tom Goslin, wrote on page 14:

It is rather strange to relate,
The change in Shirehampton of late,
What with sailors and soldiers and R.A.F.,
There are hardly any civilians left.
It makes us lads at school feel proud,
To watch our old boys in the crowd
Of soldiers marching with measured step,
We see them depart with much regret.

If you feel this magazine, or parts of it would be of interest to the Shire paper, please let me know. I always enjoy its content, and especially all of the houses I remember so well, and the huge For Sale prices!!!

I lived in Shirehampton from the age of two, until about 1959. My Dad was one of the Village "Bobbies".

Best regards,
Geoffrey Marsh

Keep Fit instructor?

Dear Editor,

Please – is there a Keep Fit instructor out there who would be willing to teach at our Community Centre, Penpole Residents' Association, 60 The Ridge? The telephone numbers are as follows: (0117) 938 1236 or 0781 8060 419.

Thank you, S. White

Helen Brandt

I am sure that many people in Shirehampton will be as saddened as I was to hear that Helen had died on Tuesday 3rd April after a short illness. When she, Bob and the family lived here she was such an active member of so many aspects of village life, never too busy to give a helping hand to anyone, always with an unwavering sense of humour and ready smile. I think the phrase ‘open house policy' was invented for Helen!

For many years she was a committee member on ‘Shire' and was a regular editor; for a time she also did the advertisements. She was heavily involved with the organisation of both the art and the craft exhibitions and Carols On The Green, all sponsored by ‘Shire'.

So many people benefited from Helen's enthusiasm, and I'm sure have their own memories of her. She was a very special person. M.R.

Sea Mills Art Group

We changed our venue from Sea Mills Community Centre in March to Shire Hall because it was cold and not being cleaned. We had been there for over 17 years so, yes, it was sad for us to leave.

So we started looking for a place which was large, warm, clean and friendly and we all agreed that Shire Hall meets all our requirements. They are friendly and can't do enough to help in any way so many thanks to Katie, Hall Manager.

We meet there from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursdays

Jacky Trevitt

Sea Mills Art Group

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Linda and John Helson wish to thank their family and friends for their kindness shown on this Special Occasion.

Married at St. Mary's Church by the Rev. John Smith on St. Patrick's Day 1962.

(Thank you for your donation. Ed.)

New Monthly Chapel Film 4 Kids

In response to requests to hold our film club for kids more regularly, Chapel Film 4 Kids has begun monthly screenings on the first Saturday of each month at 10.30 am. This happens alongside the monthly coffee mornings at Shirehampton Methodist Church. The first of these regular screenings featured ‘How to Train Your Dragon'. This was an excellent, action-packed, film that made the most of our surround sound system. Our next Chapel Film 4 Kids screening will be on Saturday 5th May at 10.30am.

For more information on Chapel Film 4 Kids and the fortnightly adult Chapel Film Club (Monday afternoons, 2pm) please contact Neil Quarmby on 0117 377 1015.

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

Looking for new Trustees

Would you like to help SCAF in a key role as a Trustee?

We are looking for new Trustees to join our Board. The Trustees meet approx every 4-6 weeks at 6pm at Shire Public Hall – the meetings always finish by 8pm

If you would like further information, or would like to talk it over please contact David Thomas (Chair) on 982 2941 or email chair@shirecaf.org.uk

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Shire Publications will take place on Monday 2nd July at 5.30pm at the Tithe Barn, High Street, Shirehampton.

As ever, but especially in this our 40th anniversary year, the AGM is a time to look back on all that has been achieved as well as plan for the future.

All members of the community are welcome to come along to the AGM to find out more about how your local newspaper is organised and maybe get involved. There are opportunities to help with the editing and production of the paper as well as other administrative support roles on the committee.

If you are interested, we look forward to seeing you there or you can contact me directly on 07886 217139 or email james@articulatepr.co.uk

Shirehampton Public Hall Newslette

The trustees of the hall are organising a fun day to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Saturday 23rd June 12 - 4pm

This will include a barbeque, teas, tombola, treasure hunt, demonstrations by user groups and sales tables. If you want to hire a table for £10 for your own sales, please contact Katie on 0117 9829963 or email bookings@shirepubhall.org.uk.

The hall is run by a group of voluntary trustees, you can find out more about us from our website www.shirepubhall.org.uk. We are always pleased to welcome new members and trustees.

For advance notice, our AGM will be held on Weds 4th July at 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome to this.

Free Short Courses for Adults

FREE short courses in the area for adults who have few or no qualifications.

Are you interested in any of the following courses - Computer Skills and English for Work, Money Skills and Budgeting at Home, Improving play opportunities in the community?

Play in Action starting in May at Avonmouth Community Centre.

For more information about all these courses, please contact Suzanne on 9030072 or

email suzanne.gaffney@bristol.gov.uk

Another Five Join the Troop


On Thursday, 15th March 2012, five Cubs were invested into the 191st Scout Troop. From left to right are Tom Green, Cori Russell, Bert Powell, Alex Springfield and Joseph Gwinn.

Grant Watkins,
Scout Leader

Bakelite

Do you remember Bakelite ? Older readers will, as it was extensively used in the 1940s/50s for all sorts of products. It was (and is) a type of plastic, although when made into a finished article, it had none of the plasticity we associate these days with modern plastics. It was rock hard and very brittle.

The main use for Bakelite (a trademark name), when I was a boy, was for making light switches. In my house I have preserved these old switches, which are mounted on a central switchboard in the passage (hall) of my Victorian terrace house. The four switches controlled the lighting in the front room (lounge), the back room/kitchen (dining-room), the scullery (kitchen) and the passageway (hall). Now, of course, I have modern switches in each room.

I have also kept the Bakelite door knobs on the upstairs doors, and I remember my father having an ashtray stand. The central support was made of metal, on top of this was a Bakelite ashtray. Halfway down the support, a circular Bakelite tray was fixed to the stand.

Can any readers remember other objects made from this material ?

G.O.

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

What a wonderful period of warm dry weather we had in March - pity it didn't last for the Easter Festival time in April. Nevertheless, all went very well at St. Mary's. We had very good numbers of people attending on Palm Sunday and throughout the whole of Holy Week.

Our evening services of Compline were very much up in number compared with those for last year. A number of us from St. Mary's went to Bristol Cathedral on Maundy Thursday for the Service of Blessing of the Oils - a lovely service - the Sermon was by Bishop Lee, Bishop of Swindon, and this was his first service following the breaking of his Collar Bone when riding his bicycle. We also were able to have a brief chat with Christine as she was there in her role as Archdeacon of Malmesbury.

Good Friday at St Mary's.    Photo by Ian Harding

Good Friday at St Mary's. Photo by Ian Harding

Good Friday began with a Family Service and all the young children took part in a play - "Have you heard?" During the performance Elena Wooley, who is a member of our Church Choir, sang two solos and received rapturous applause. She is only 8 or 9 years old and this was a big ordeal for her to stand up and sing in front of a lot of people - so well done Elena - bring along some of your school friends to join the Church Choir! After this we were joined by the folks on the Walk of Witness - for Hot Cross Buns with Tea and Coffee.

Later on, the Shirehampton Area Choir led by our Musical Director, Tim Forder, sang the Cantata "Olivet to Calvary". Tony Franklin, a fairly recent member of our Church Choir and Area Choir, sang the main Tenor Solo parts. This was a first for him and he is to be congratulated.

Shelley Eynon is to be thanked for spending many hours decorating the Church with flowers ready for Easter Day and June Miller has to be thanked for once more producing an attractive Easter Garden with the empty tomb, on display just in front of the pulpit.

At 7.00 am on Easter Morning, 28 of us were present for our usual Easter Sunrise Service - although this year there was very little sun. The beauty of the trees and birdsong all around us made us all thankful to God for the wonderful World we have to live in - a joy denied to those who choose to be lazy and lie in bed!! Afterwards we had our usual Full English Breakfast in the adjacent Cricket Club Pavilion, courtesy of Maureen & Don Geddes and Pat Carter. Not forgetting "Tubs" the Butcher who for many years now has donated the Eggs, Bacon and Sausages etc., for our Breakfast.

We are extremely grateful for his continued generosity and thank him most humbly. This was followed by Kids Klub at 8.30 am. back in St. Mary's and the first Communion of Easter followed at 10.00 am. This was topped off with another service of Compline at 8.00 pm. All in all, a simply wonderful day!

After the Easter Communion Service, all children were asked to see if they could find a Chick in the churchyard - and when they did, Gill Sawyer exchanged them for a Chocolate Rabbit. Gosh, were there a load of smiling faces! We also had a Spring Garden Competition and we are delighted to announce the Winners as Charlotte and Daniel Stokes.

Very well done both of you! Not only that, we also had an Easter Garden Competition and this was won by Ailsa Reid - so many congratulations to her for her very fine effort! We even had a competition for Adults to produce a posy for display before the Cross and this was won by Barbara Hopkins and a very fine display this was too!

Before I go on to events in May, I have to tell you that our Spring Fayre raised £1,950 on the day and subsequent sale of items since that date has brought the total to £2,300. So grateful thanks to all who came and spent their hard earned cash with us at this Sale.

Monday, 7th May, is May Day Bank Holiday and the Church will be open from 12.00 noon until 5.00 pm for Lunches and Cream Teas at very moderate prices. It doesn't matter if it is pouring with rain - you can still enjoy good food and company, so make a note of it in your diary.

On Saturday, 12th May, the Tithe Barn will be open to the general public to see what has been achieved over a long period of restoration and improvements. Please come along and have a look between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon when Tea and Cakes will also be served. On this same day in St. Mary's, the Organists' Association Presidents' Afternoon is to be held.

This is Tim Forder's last event before he hands over his Presidency to a new member of the Association for the next 12 months. I presume this occasion is open to members of the public as well. I cannot let this pass without saying how much we appreciate Tim as the Musical Director of both the Church and Area Choirs - long may he continue!

The following weekend from the 18th to 20th May is our Parish Weekend. This takes place at Abbey House, Glastonbury and many of our parishioners look forward to this time away. It will be interesting to hear of their experiences on their return.

On Friday, 25th May there will be a Concert in St. Mary's when the Minerva String Quartet entertain us with their music. They have appeared before when they came to entertain us during one of our "Over 60's week in August". The concert will begin at 7.30 pm - with Wine and a Buffet during the interval. Tickets are available from Gill Sawyer at the Church Office price £7.00.

Sunday, 27th May is Pentecost - or to us old fashioned ‘uns - Whit Sunday. A Family Service will be held at 10.00 am and an Evening Communion Service with Healing at 6.00 pm.

Monday, 4th June is Jubilee Day and the church will once more be open from 12.00 noon until 5.00 pm for Lunches and Teas - another date for your diaries!

By the time you read these notes we shall have held our Annual Parochial Church Meeting and a new Parochial Church Council will have been elected. Claire Bush will have stood down after her 3 year period as Churchwarden and we thank her for all her endeavours during her period of Office. Should I say she will not be an easy act to follow!!

Many of you have approached me in the Village asking what had happened to my usual yarn or joke at the end of my notes in April. Well, I am afraid I have no idea - I put one in, but the Editors' pencil for reasons best known to him or her decided to delete it. So hopefully this one will be printed this month!

Did you hear about the Vicar preaching about the relationship between "Fact & Faith". "That you are sitting in front of me is fact" - he said. "That I am preaching to you from the pulpit is fact. But it is only faith that makes me believe that any of you are listening!"

‘Bye for now - C.M.E.

(Sorry about the joke – it was a tight squeeze last month. Ed.)

Avonmouth Ladies Hockey Club

As another winter hockey season draws to a close the girls in the 2nd XI team got together for an end of game photo.

Avonmouth hockey club continues to thrive with the 2nd XI team achieving some excellent results in their league, especially against the top of the table teams; and our 1st XI, following promotion last season, are aiming to finish 3rd in their league. However, after a tour to sunny Weston-Super-Mare over the Easter weekend for many of our players, we then have an end of season tournament followed close by the start of summer hockey league in May. Summer league gives us an excellent opportunity to introduce new players and try people in new positions and to have some fun. So, if you've got a hockey stick gathering dust in the garage, or just fancy getting involved in team sport with a group of girls, please contact us - we're a friendly lot – honest! If you would like more information, please contact Sophie Lennox on 0117 9829515

3D Technology Brings Solar System to Life for Sea Mills Primary Students

Recently a group of Year 6 students from Sea Mills Primary made a special visit to Oasis Academy Brightstowe. They were participating in a special Science Day event which focused on our solar system. The students enjoyed an up close and personal tour of the solar system in Brightstowe's new Innovations Room. The Innovations Room contains Green Screen technology (used for creating special effects in movies) as well as 3D technology.

Teachers make use of the 3D technology to enhance their lessons and give the students a more hands-on feel to the subjects. Mr Dave Williams, Lead Teacher of Science for Oasis Academy Brightstowe, led the Science Day for Sea Mills primary. Using a 3D model of our solar system, Mr Williams walked the students through the system as a whole before focusing on individual planets.

"It was amazing," said Leanne, a Year 6 student from Sea Mills Primary. "It was really fun. It's like it's [the solar system] all around you."

To finish off the day, students completed a fun quiz about all they had learned during the day. When asked whether she thought she would remember the day's lessons on the solar system, Leanne nodded enthusiastically. "The 3D definitely helps to remember," she said. "It's hard to forget the 3D room."

Science Day is one of many initiatives sponsored by the Brightstowe Primary Partnership, whereby Oasis Academy Brightstowe is partnering with local primary schools to complement existing curricula and enrich the learning experience for primary school students.

George Inn

My drinking place is the George Inn,
I was a Georgette one time for my sin.
At this time Roy and Eve ran the pub ,
Busy day and night, no time for grub.

Monday was darts, Wednesday was pool,
Everyone taking part and keeping their cool.
Friday and Saturday the weekend, not to miss,
Nice food from the bakery, tasted so bliss.

To carry on drinking! You would pay,
As Sunday was football, this the best day.

JLM

New Photo Web Site

Depicting Local Events And Scenes For All To See.

A new photo page has been launched on Facebook showing many local events and scenes that feature Shirehampton and the surrounding area throughout Bristol. I have been asked on a number of occasions where my photos can be viewed and, although it has taken some time to put together, it has been a worthwhile project that will be continually updated. From Pancake Day Racing, Wassailing, Messy Church Days to Remembrance Day, Royal Wedding Celebrations and Concerts plus a few scenic scenes as well; you'll find a wide selection of photo files that have been placed in date order to view online that capture some memorable moments, in particular, community life. The web page address is: www.facebook.com/KaceyONeillPhotography You'll be able to view some of the latest photos taken but may find you have to sign up to Facebook to view the rest of the photo files which, at the time of The Shire going to print, is nearly 100 folders. So please take a look as this web page which expands on the photographs used on The Shire web site that have been taken by me for the publication.

Kathryn Courtney

Tynings Field News


We are getting ready to plant radish, kohl rabbi, onions and pumpkins in addition to the already planted potatoes, beetroot, carrots, turnips, courgettes, peas and beans.

We have four work share vacancies available at Tynings Field so if you can spare about 4 hours a month on a regular basis that would be great. The work involves bending, kneeling and planting. In return you receive a share of whatever grows on the land.

Good news to report. We now have our new chicken coup built and the chickens arrived at their new home at the end of March. The chickens have also been named. They are all salmonella vaccinated and fresh eggs will be available for sale from the gate on work days, which are Sunday from 10am, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. If you are interested in helping to look after the chickens on a rotational basis, please contact Tynings Field Community Group for further information. You will also be given brief induction training.

We are compiling a list for vegetable boxes and now have five spaces for those who want to purchase a regular weekly assorted box for £5. Please get in touch for further information.

Our new web page is now up and running and you'll now find us on Facebook. Please take a look at www.facebook.com/TyningsFieldCommunityGroup and ‘like' our page. Here you'll find the latest photographs charting the progress of Tynings Field Community Group plus you can keep updated with the latest news and events about the group.

Events

Our next social community day will be 6th May 2012 at Tynings Field from 12 noon onwards, so mark it in your diaries. Stalls and entertainment will be there throughout the day. If you wish to hire stall space at our community day, please call: 0117 9090440 especially if you are local and make your own produce or items. Watch out for posters in the village. Everyone is welcome. There will also be a Scarecrow Fund Raising Day during May as well. Tynings Field Community Group will have an event stall The Garden Life show in Broadmead on the 11th and 12th May and a selection of plants and produce locally grown will be available to buy so please come along and show your support.

We are also talking part in the ‘Get Growing Trail' on the Sunday 10th June from 10am. It's a day you can find out where the local City Farms, Orchards, Community Gardens, Community Smallholdings, Community Supported Agriculture and Gardening Clubs or Societies are in Bristol. Look forward to seeing some of you make a visit to Tynings Field that day to find out more about us.

An Invite to get you Involved!

We are asking people to help us with the planting of primroses, bluebell bulbs and wildflowers in the verge, embankment and hedgerow of Tynings Field. By the summer we would love to see the area flourishing with colour. In addition, if anyone wants to learn about grafting apple trees, please get in touch as a training session is being planned in the future.

The Bristol Bee Keepers have also approved Tynings Field suitable for bee keeping, so anyone with a bee keeping certificate or even working towards a bee keeping certificate please give us a call to discuss the matter further.

Main workdays are Sunday from 10am onwards, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2pm onwards. The annual cost to join Tynings Field Community Group is £5.00 and you also have a share of the fruits and vegetables that are grown in the field but need to be able to spare an hour or two on a regular basis. However, volunteers are always welcome to come along to get stuck in with the digging and planting. For further information please telephone Tynings Field Community Group: 0117 9090440.

Kathryn Courtney

Bogus Olympic Lottery Letters

Bristol Trading Standards are warning people to look out for the scam letters which illegally use the Olympic and London 2012 logos and tell recipients they have won a prize of £525,000.

The letters claim that all recipients have to do is return a payment processing form, by fax, with their personal details to receive the full sum of money. However, these personal details are actually being forwarded to criminal gangs operating abroad.

"They use the information residents send to claim their non-existent prize to carry out identification theft" said Phil Parkyn, Principal Trading Standards Officer. "The letters use false names and addresses, usually of large office blocks, and they have bought ‘0207' telephone numbers to give the impression they are based in London when they are probably somewhere in Africa. This scam has all the hallmarks of an 11 advance fee fraud and I suspect that the operators are certainly overseas".

Bristol Trading Standards are issuing the following advice and guidance:

  • It is unlikely that London 2012 will be asking individuals to pay for goods or services, whether directly to it or through agents, other than ticket sales and official London 2012 merchandise. Therefore such lottery letters are almost certainly going to be bogus.
  • Bogus Olympic information will typically use poor quality reproductions of the Olympic logos.
  • Trading Standards do not know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings - any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is a fraud.
  • Never respond to these lottery letters – this will only lead to further contact.

Cllr Guy Poultney, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: "People should be aware that it is very likely that Olympic-related scams will be on the increase so it is vital that people remain extra vigilant around this time. It is important to trust your instincts as, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is."

Scams can be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.

Paper Boy

As a youngster, I worked as a paper boy for Coles, the confectioner and tobacconist. The shop was situated in the High Street opposite the Estate Office (now the petrol station). It stood at the end of a row of stone cottages, which were attached at the other end to the three-storey building which housed Daws the dentist. This was very convenient for me, as I lived in Walton Road, two minutes walk away.

I had three rounds: morning, evening and Sunday. For the morning round, I would get up at 6 a.m. My mother would be up before me, getting breakfast. After a bowl of cereals (porridge in the winter), I would walk to Coles to pick up my papers. When I had finished, I would return the bag to the shop and return home for some more breakfast, before going to school (Portway Secondary Modern School for Boys).

After school, I would call at the shop again to pick up the papers for the evening round. This round took longer than it should have for, during it, I read the Eagle comic from front to back (Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future being the main draw).

On Sunday, the round was the most strenuous, for the bag was heavily laden with magazines as well as the large Sunday newspapers – but I didn't need to get up at 6 o'clock for this !

I got paid ten shillings (50p) for the morning round, seven shillings and sixpence (37p) for the evening round and three shillings (15p) for the Sunday round. When I was older (but still at school) I also collected the paper-money from the customers on a Saturday. I can't recall how much I earned for this. So I earned over twenty shillings (one pound) and sixpence as a paper boy. I managed to save up 22 pounds out of this money and bought myself a brand-new racing bike.

When I left school and started full-time work, I earned 35 shillings a week – not that much more than my part-time paper money ! Of this, I gave 20 shillings (one pound) for my keep, leaving me 15 shillings for myself.

Gil Osman

King's Weston Action Group - One Year On

SO much progress has been made at Kings Weston since KWAG was formed a year ago this month and our efforts shouldn't be underestimated!

A new Conservation Management Plan is in the works with the City Council and a number of new events should bring the historic estate back into the spotlight over the next few months. Our efforts in research, education, persistence and good old hard labour are beginning to pay off.

We hope you enjoy catching up on our progress since January and hope that you might consider coming along to lend your support on one of our events. We will be issuing more information about our project with the University of Bristol soon, but do get in touch if you want to join Tony Titchin's walk in May, or pop along to a working party event and meet some of us.

We know that spare time is a precious thing these days, but any time or help you think you can be to the future of Kings Weston please just drop us a line.

Some forthcoming dates to note are as follows:

Saturday, May 12; Sunday, June 17; Saturday, July 14; Sunday, August 12; Saturday, September 15; Saturday, October 13; Sunday, November 11, Saturday, December 15.

David Martyn
K.W.A.G. c/o 75A Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2DW. tel: 07811 6666 71, email: KWActionGroup@gmail.com

Illegal dumping

Bristol City Council seek fly tippers who dumped piles of building rubbish outside the Kingsweston Waste and Recycling Centre

Over two nights, four days apart, 22 tonnes of rubble and soil has been tipped illegally. The enforcement team are eager to trace a blue and white cab tipper with hiab function which was involved." said Shaun Pine, Streetscene Officer for Bristol City council. The incidents happened in the early hours of the 16th and 20th of March on the approach road to the Kingsweston Waste and Recycling Centre in Avonmouth.

"To clear this mess up will be a significant cost to Council tax payers. We are studying CCTV to catch the offenders. We are asking anyone with information on these incidents to get in touch" said Shaun. Any information should be called to crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 or Shaun Pine on 0117 9223431. Fly tippers can be fined up to £50,000 and can be given a prison sentence.

"Dumping rubbish like this is unforgivable. Fly tipping costs the taxpayer money and picks the pocket of every trader who pays for these services. We will do everything in our power to catch them, prosecute them, and push for the maximum sanction." said Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods Cllr Guy Poultney.

Further information from Vicky O'Loughlin on 07747 460496

Super Yacht Mogambo