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Launch of Walking Guide to Kings Weston Estate

Community History at Kings Weston House

Shirehampton Public Hall Newsletter – June

Letters to the Editor

Avon Primary Celebrates 60 Years

St Mary's News

From the Registers at St. Mary's

Shire 40th Souvenir DVD

Tynings Field News

COMMUNITY History Day to Celebrate 300 years of Kings Weston House

PRC Repair Programme Gets Under Way

Council Evicts Tenant for Anti-Social Behaviour

SHIRE Past, Present and Future

Launch of Walking Guide to Kings Weston Estate

Kings Weston Action Group launched a new map and walking guide to the historic Kings Weston Estate with the support of the National Trust and Bristol City Council. The short guide details a new walking route of about 2 1/2 miles through Shirehampton Park, Penpole Wood and the landscaped gardens around Kings Weston House taking in many historic sites and spectacular views along the way.

The guide has been produced in the hope of promoting a better understanding of the historic landscape and helping visitors appreciate how the different green-spaces once fitted together as what was once one of England's most famous landscape gardens. Author of the guide Tim Denning said:

"The extent of the Kings Weston estate is hard to read in the current landscape and we hope this map and guide will help people understand the historical significance of the area as they travel through it. There is plenty to discover whether you live locally or visit from the other side of the city, including views of the Avon which few people see".

Five thousand copies of the guide have been produced and will be given away free through local libraries, community centres, and other venues across the city. KWAG Chairman David Martyn said: "We are very keen that the whole of Bristol learns what an amazing and important place they have on their doorsteps with Kings Weston. So few people know it is even there and the new guide should be an enjoyable way for new visitors to explore it for the first time".

The new guide was launched at the group's Tree-Gazing event this May 5th. The event was guided by eminent tree expert Tony Titchen. Tony has undertaken extensive tree identification work for the Universities of Bristol and Bath, and for the National Trust at Tyntesfield and guided visitors through 400 years of living history at Kings Weston as told through the unique perspective of its trees. Tony focused on the trees in the ancient woodland of Penpole Wood that has been there since the Sixteenth Century and contains many rare and fascinating plants.

The Kings Weston Action Group is a community organisation set up to protect Kings Weston Park and House, fight for its future and protect its past. Formed from a group of local and professional volunteers it hopes to increase awareness of the history of the estate, take direct action to improve and maintain the park, and work with the City Council to inform and secure a new plan for conservation and enhancement.

For more information or to schedule an interview with KWAG please call David Martyn on 07811 666671 or e-mail

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, please contact Suzanne on 9030072 or email suzanne.gaffney@bristol.govuk

Shirehampton Comminuty Action Forms Meetings 2012

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

Wildflower Walk

Wild City is Sponsoring a Wild Flower Walk on Lamplighters Marsh.  Sunday 24th June 10:30am

The walk will be lead by ecologist Rupert Higgins

Meet at Lamplighters car park at 10:30.  All are welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and well- behaved dogs must be on leads.

The Spectacular Shirehampton Summer Fair

Sunday 26th August 1-4pm at Shire Cricket Club, Penpole Lane

Stalls, Food, Bouncy Castles, Games, Fair Rides, Amusements, Beer & Cider, Gladiator jousting, face-painting, cakes, jams, and lots more Fun for all the Family

Contact Monica or Ben for more information or stall applications on 01179048905 or email us at

A Rocking Success

Thanks to all who supported our charity night on April 7th at the PBA Club in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. We raised £1,060. Special thanks to Tessa Good for a great buffet.

Bridget and Geoff Williams

(Thanks for your kind donation. Eds.)


Shire newspaper will be holding its Annual General meeting on Monday July 2nd, 2012 at 5:30pm in the Tithe Barn. All are welcome.

Community History at Kings Weston House

KWAG and the University of Bristol are working in partnership on a day organised as part of the Know your Bristol series of events to encourage pride and understanding of local community heritage. Through the generosity of John Hardy the doors of Kings Weston House will be open on Saturday June 16th between 10am and 4pm for everyone to come along and share their memories, photos and mementos and help contribute to the fascinating story.

The event has been staged to coincide with the weekend of the 300th anniversary of the commencement of Kings Weston House – certainly a date to celebrate! An exhibition on the history of the estate will be on show and short history tours of the gardens will be given throughout the day. Researchers from the University will be on hand to record your memories and there will be a demonstration of some archaeology survey techniques in the grounds during the morning. There should be plenty to see, experts will be available to answer your questions, and the café will be open throughout the day.

Whether you have lived close to the house all your life, or just want to come along to peek inside, KWAG and the University of Bristol hope that you will accept an invitation to attend. Help celebrate Kings Weston's Tercentenary and learn more about the incredible history behind one of Bristol's hidden gems.

Shirehampton Public Hall Newsletter – June

Check you have these dates in your diary!

June 23rd – Jubilee Celebration 12noon 'til 4pm. Don't forget to tell the children to come in fancy dress and enjoy the treasure hunt. Lots of different stalls, BBQ, cake and teas, do come along and enjoy this community event.

July 4th – Public Hall Annual General Meeting – 7.30pm. If you want to find out more about the running of the Hall, please come along.

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 01179829963. There is also a website, do have a look.

London Marathon 2012 - Sam and Mike Thank You

Sam Mogg and Mike Taylor completed the London Marathon 2012 on Sunday 22nd April and came over the line together in the fabulous time of 4hours, 1 min and 52 seconds.

They raised over £7,300, which is way above the target they were hoping for, with the help of family, friends and work colleagues in aid of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) in memory of Sam's brother Andrew Neil Mogg, who passed away in 2009 of an undiagnosed heart condition whilst out running. Andrew loved running and his aim was to conquer the London Marathon at some point in his life.

Sam and Mike have fulfilled his dream for him and we would like to tell everyone how proud we are of their achievement and say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored them, especially Accolade Wines who donated £2,000 and Joan (Mike's mum) who arranged the Zumba Night, which raised £800.

We hope the money will help bring awareness of this condition that seems to be affecting more and more relatively fit young people and help families like us cope with such a sudden loss of someone you love so much that it changes your live forever.

Roger, Gina Mogg & Family


Well done in reaching 40 years of the Shirehampton local paper. That's a brilliant achievement at a time that the printed media is declining. Sadly our Mina Matters folded a couple of years ago but we keep the website to keep people informed of local St Werburghs events.

Harry Mac,
St Werburghs


Dear Sir:

I was interested to see a message from Paul Barton and Judith Goodyear about the army huts at Penpole.

I started at the old Portway School in 1950 and moved to Penpole in the September 1951 after the Festival of Britain, so remember it well. However it was Judith's name that caught my eye as I believe it to be the girl who once lived in Badenham Grove, Lawrence Weston, when I was a paper boy. Later we moved to West Town Road, Avonmouth, and Judith lived further along on the Shirehampton side of the road. In 1985 I saw her brother Robert, who told me Judith had been in Australia for about 18 years, so I believe this to be the same girl. It was nice to hear they are still enjoying the Ozzie sunshine. I wonder if she remembers my family. Dad ran his own taxi business and I worked for him for a period. I always find "Shire on the Web" interesting and nostalgic.

Happy days.

Thank you.
Dave H.

Letters to the Editor

Family History Help

Dear Editor,

I am doing family history and am trying to find anything about my late Grandfather (Gabriel Rice) and late Grandmother (Lilian Rice - nee Green).

They used to live at number 10 Barrow Hill Road Shirehampton. Gabriel lived there until 1958 and Lilian until 1978.

My Late father Charles (Charlie) Rice was also living at the same address in 1989.

If anyone can help with any information regarding these people or anyone who knew them or remember them, please contact me, 01275 265046

20 Pomfrett Gardens, Stockwood, Bristol, BS14 8SU

Thanks in advance, Sandra Rice

Request from South Africa

Dear Editor,

While at work I love to catch up on all the news as to what is going on in the village.

We lived in Old Park Road, Shirehampton, and I attended Portway girls school. I turn 67 this year and have been living in South Africa since 1967 but the village is still part of my home.

I would love it if some-one could put a picture in your newspaper of a dear friend of my late mother Mrs. Dorris Simpson. If she was alive today she would have loved to have wished Phyllis Jewell, 20 Napier Square, Avonmounth a very happy birthday as she is turning the big 100 21st June. I would have loved to be there on this very special day, but I would like to send all my good wishes to Phyllis and may she have many many more.


Greetings from Gawler, South Australia!

I am writing in the hope that through the auspicies of your excellent Shire Newspaper contact with a lost friend can be regained. My wife & I were married in St. Mary's Church, Shirehampton, on June 6th 1959. Our chief bridesmaid was a lady by the name of Pat King. In 1973 my wife & I, with our then 2 young children, migrated to Adelaide, South Australia. Over the years we have attempted, unsuccessfully, to make contact with Pat. My wife's maiden name was Denise

Revell. Both Denise & Pat attended Shirehampton Girls' School. I attended Portway Boys' at Penpole in the Fifties. We were both members of Twyford House Theatrical Group, supervised by the late Fred Gould. It's only been in the past few months that I have been receiving your fine paper and congratulate all those associated with it's publication. It certainly keeps us in touch with the "Old Haunts". I have sent an E-Mail to the "Friends Notice Board". Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours sincerely,
Keith FitzGerald

Avon Primary Celebrates 60 Years

ON Wednesday 18th April, Avon Primary school held a very special birthday party for the children at school, past pupils and teachers.

At a special assembly children performed songs from the past decades and learnt a little about how the school had changed since 1952. Like all good parties there were balloons and cake. 60 balloons were let off by Mr Wills and Mrs Rowley – two very long standing members of staff. Mr Wills has been at the school for 35 years (in fact the school has only ever had two caretakers) and Mrs Rowley has been greeting people in the office for 21 years. During the afternoon party games were played and a birthday cake was eaten.

Each child was given a commemorative mug as a gift. The design for the mug was a school competition and was won by Kelsey Britton in Year 5 and Megan Edwards in Year 6.

After school, past pupils, friends and staff visited. Mr Potter, head from 1975 to 1998, returned and the current head, Mrs Atkins, was proud to show him the many changes that have taken place both in the structure of the school and in the resources. Visitors enjoyed looking at old photographs, reminiscing and socialising over tea and cake.

Here's to the next 60 years.

St Mary's News

Hi Folks!

I can't believe that the lightest nights are almost here - and as I write these notes on the Tuesday after the Monday May Day Bank Holiday I also can't believe we are anywhere near Summer! The temperatures are low for the time of year and it rains and rains and rains on an almost daily basis. Nevermind - there is always a silver lining - as the poor weather on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday encouraged people to come to our open Church for Lunches and Cream Teas. We were very busy indeed and at the end of the day we were delighted to discover that the profit for this event totalled £575.00. So grateful thanks are due to all of you who braved the elements and supported us on that day.

Back in April we had "Hat Sunday" when men and women were encouraged to wear a hat at the morning Holy Communion Service. This was great fun and very entertaining! A number of the ladies wore hats that were really stunning whilst the men had a variety of hats too! George White wore a cap with fresh flowers on the top and very good it looked. Other men wore straw Panama Hats, woolly hats and yes yours truly even got out from the back of the cupboard one of my old Police Helmets. I lost count of the number of people who came up to me and said "Evening All". It just goes to show how many remembered the old black and white TV Show - Dixon of Dock Green.

Also at the end of April we had our evening - "Melodic Moments" when we were entertained with singing by two delightful ladies and a gentleman called "Harvey" who accompanied them on our Grand Piano. Not only were they excellent singers - they were amusing too! Harvey played a couple of classical pieces on the piano and really excelled himself, much to the delight of our own Musical Director, Tim Forder, who had nothing but praise for his performance. I must not forget to say we all enjoyed a wonderful supper prepared by Gill Sawyer. I really look forward to these Social Evenings - roll on the next one!

Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting saw a number of changes this year on the Parochial Church Council. We welcome a number of new members who have never stood before, and Julie Smith replaced Claire Bush as Churchwarden. Julie has held the office of Churchwarden before so her duties will not be strange to her. We all wonder what the next 12 months will bring we may even have a Vicar in place when the next APCM meets in 2013!

May I once again appeal to any adults or children over the age of 8 years who can read and sing reasonably in tune to consider joining our Church Choir; Tim Forder would make you more than welcome. We are desperately in need of adult males, particularly bass singers as we have only one and his attendance at choir practice regrettably cannot be guaranteed. Choir Practice is on Tuesday evenings in the church and is only 45 minutes, from 6.45 pm until 7.30 pm. Choir members are expected to attend one Service on a Sunday at 10.00 am. Come to a couple of Choir Practices and see if you like it before making any final commitment.

On Monday, 4th June we shall once again be holding an Open Church Day to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. the Queen. Long may she reign over us! On this day the church will be open from 12.00 noon until 5.00 pm for Lunches and Cream Teas at very reasonable cost.

On Sunday, 10th. June at our 10.00 am Holy Communion Service we shall be admitting two more children to Communion before Confirmation. We are delighted to welcome Taneysha and Nicole Harper to join in taking the Holy Sacrament on that day. Both Taneysha and Nicole will have received a period of instruction before this date and will have a good deal of knowledge as to what our Holy Communion service is all about. We welcome them both as two new Communicants and hope their experience will lead them on when they are a little older to be confirmed by a Bishop and become full members of our Christian faith.

On Wednesday, 13th June at 2.30 pm St. Mary's Mothers' Union will be holding their Deanery Festival in St. Mary's church. Please come if you are interested and seize the opportunity to become a Member if you are not already enrolled. There is sure to be something to make you want to come again!

Church we are holding another social event (Hooray!!). This time it is to be a "Forties Evening" so look into those old Tin Trunks and dig out something to wear which would be appropriate for the period. This should be great fun if the last event is anything to go by! Supper will be provided but bring your own drink if you so desire. Tickets are priced at £7.00 and will be available from Gill Sawyer at the Church Office.

Our Parish Outing this year is on Tuesday, 26th June and we shall be going to St. Fagan's Castle, which is the National Welsh Folk Museum situated on the west side of Cardiff. This should prove to be a fascinating experience as there are many old buildings from different parts of Wales rebuilt in the grounds of the castle. The castle is not a castle as most of us think about it but is in fact a Tudor house. We leave from outside the Church at 11.00 am and we shall have lunch at St. Fagan's. Later that afternoon we leave for Llandaff Cathedral where we shall have a High Tea followed afterwards at 6.00 pm with a Service of Choral Evensong. Keep your fingers crossed for fine weather on that day!

Our Patronal Festival this year is slightly later than in previous years, which I believe is due to a Wedding taking place on the usual Saturday. It will now take place on Saturday, 21st and Sunday. 22nd July. On the Saturday morning we shall be holding our Summer Fayre from 10.00 am until 12 noon and from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm Tea and Cakes will be served. There will also be a Flower Festival in the church with the theme "Hills of the North, Rejoice". On the Sunday, there will be Kids Klub at 8.30 am followed by our usual 10.00 am Holy Communion Service and in the afternoon Cream Teas will be served whilst we are entertained with music by the Shirehampton Area Choir.

Did you hear about the Methodist Minister who decided to dress up as John Wesley and when suitably attired borrowed a horse and rode through the streets to the town Market Place where he delivered a short homily whilst still seated on the horse. One young man was heard to say to his girlfriend - "Now I know what is meant by the "SERMON ON THE MOUNT"!

'Bye for now! C.M.E.

From the Registers at St. Mary's

APRIL 2012

BAPTISM "We welcome you"

  1. 29th - Imogen Claire Leigh Bird, Tyler John Joseph Latham

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace" -

  1. 3rd - Margaret Lyons - St Mary's
  2. 5th - Kenneth Lane - Canford
  3. 10th - Enid Harrison - Canford
  4. 11th - Julian Steed - St Mary's
  5. 24th - Susan Haslehurst - St Mary's
  6. 25th - Eileen Wiltshire - St Mary's
  7. 26th - Charles Morgan - Canford, Stanley Dumbill - Canford

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

  1. 27th - Anita & Des Milkins

Shire 40th Souvenir DVD

Many visitors to the Shire 40th exhibition really enjoyed the photo video showing many scenes from Shirehampton life, accompanied by the sound of Glen Miller. The 15 minute video was produced by Bob Pitchford and is now available as a souvenir DVD, priced £4. Copies of the DVD can be ordered via the Chapel Film Club held each fortnight at Shirehampton Methodist Church (those unable to attend the film club can email or telephone 0117 377 1015) and also at the Shire AGM to be held on Monday 2nd July in the Tithe Barn.

Not London 2012

As I write this the web-site of the London 2012 Olympic Games tells me that there are 78 days to go until the games begin. I have also found out that there will be 26 Olympic, and 20 Paralympic sports taking place across 34 competition venues. London 2012 is the 30th time the modern Olympics have been held, and there will be over fourteen thousand Olympic and Paralympic athletes taking part. Over ten million tickets have been sold for the two events and more than one million people will visit the Olympic Stadium during the games, with around seven hundred thousand people, including staff, athletes and audience, attending the games in all of the different venues each day.

As you read this there will be probably be less than 16 days to go before another sports based event, but this one is in Shirehampton and at only one venue so you won't get lost! There will be many sports related arts and crafts, but not quite as many as the Olympic Games. This is only the 5th time that this event has taken place, so we have some catching up to do on the Olympics, and the number of folk taking part will be down to you. There are no tickets because the event is free, as are all the materials you will need to take part, as well as the food you are invited to share towards the end of the event. 'Running the Race' is a sports themed Messy Church from 3.00 – 5.00pm at Shirehampton Baptist Church in Station Road on Saturday 16th June, and like the Olympic Games you are all invited!

Local History Project

THIS PHOTO is in response to Gil Osman's article Paper Boy about Coles Newsagent in the May issue. It was loaned by Val Lloyd whose father took the photo. The date is not known but it would have been pre 1987.

Memories of shops gone by in Shirehampton Village

My memories of past shops that were part of Shirehampton.

The sweet shop on the corner of Pembroke Road, opposite Pembroke Garage where we would buy penny sweets.

The toy shop in the high street. A huge cause for excitement and a special treat if we were allowed in to view all of toys.

Dewanies the chemist on Station Road where the whole family would go for prescriptions and advice.

The Health food shop in Station Road. I remember the huge round bin shaped containers that held all the muesli, dried fruit, nuts etc...

Threshers on the High Street where my husband Lee Widdowfield got his first job after leaving Portway in 1991.

The old video shop which was housed in the small shop front within the George Pub on Shirehampton Green. We used to hire old betamax videos as children before DVD and the internet.

The cycle shop on the corner of Station Road, where our first bikes were purchased.

Woollies - High Street which helped kit out my first home and kept me stocked up on birthday and Christmas presents for my family and friends. As well as pic-a-mix for me after a Saturday afternoon swim in the old Shire pool.

The fish and chip shop in the middle of Bradley Crescent. The St Mary's youth group leader would hold video nights at his house and pop out to get us fish and chips as he lived in Bradley Crescent.

Top Seven on the corner of Pembroke Ave - I took part in a child's fashion show when I was 7 to model the clothes they sold. I would buy my fashionable fluorescent socks and puff ball skirts there in the 80's.

Gateway - where the card factory is - my dad, Derek Harvey, worked there as a child.

The Grainger Mall - my husband's mum, Lin Widdowfield, used to own a children's clothing shop in one the of outlets. I remember there being a cake decorating shop and a pet shop. My grandparents used to take us to the cafe in the back of the Mall where we would have an iced ring doughnut and cup of tea, a real treat.

Midland bank on the High Street - this is now Britannia. My mum, Liz Harvey, worked there in her 20's. 25 years later I also worked there when it was the Bristol & West.

The shoe shop on the High Street. This is now the bargain booze shop opposite the George Pub. I would beg my mum to let me have slip on shoes but she always refused and said they were too dangerous for a child. There was also another shoe shop further along which closed 3/4 years ago.

The old Bingo Hall in Station Road. My husband's mum took him to bingo where he became hooked and took all his friends along to win.

Thomas Cook travel agents which was in the shop next door to the Post Office. I booked my first holiday with my boyfriend to Majorca there when I was 18.

Adams on the High Street which is now auto parts. A friend's family ran the shop and I bought lots of "fruit of the loom" sweatshirts there in the 90's.

The sports shop on the High Street which is now a barber's shops on the corner in front of the Methodist Church. My mum bought our school PE kit and sports equipment there.

Sparrings and then changed to The Circle K which is the closed outlet opposite the petrol station. We would buy sweets and slush puppies there as children.

The original petrol station which was in next to the Indian restaurant, and is now a car wash business. I remember the same man sat in the tiny cabin worked there for years.

The cockle lady with her bucket of cockles would sit outside of Maynews. Whilst not a shop this was still part of the Shirehampton village history.

Hopefully this will help the local history project.

Kind Regards

Gemma Widdowfield
0787 0193743.

About Sansway House

SINCE opening Sansway House twelve years ago we have catered for families from the Shirehampton area (as well as the surrounding communities!!). Babies from as young as 6mths have been entrusted into our care and children have moved from nursery to join reception classes together!

We have always aimed to provide flexible affordable childcare for local families. The nursery has been awarded the Bristol Standard, has achieved fantastic Ofsted reports and recently been given an excellent grading from Bristol City Councils Early Years team.

The advantages of a small nursery setting for pre-school children have been praised by local families for many years now. Children become independent and confident learners in a safe homely environment. We have sleep areas and cosy corners for those who need a rest and we gradually encourage routines such as tidying up, lining up to go out or to use the bathroom and at meal times.

Our pre- school room caters for 16 children (8 per an adult) (two sessions a day).

We provide childcare for families returning to work, those who choose to study (funding available), free 3-5yr old places and occasional care. We have free places on offer with no financial commitment and can help with funding and childcare costs ! just ask!

The new revised framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage will be launched this September 2012 and at Sansway we are already in preparation to follow the new guidance. We have good links with local schools and pass our children's achievement files onto reception class.

The owners of Sansway House, Kelly & Alison, grew up in Lawrence Weston. Kelly has lived in Shirehampton for 8years and Alison in Avonmouth. Our staff members live locally. We really want the whole community to feel part of the setting and see for themselves what a welcoming community place we are!!

Please drop in and visit the nursery see what we have on offer. You will be made very welcome! even if you are simply thinking about childcare options. Have a good look around whilst your little one has a play!

Shire Red Cross Group Has Moved

After over 70 years of meeting in Shire the local Red Cross group has moved to pastures new. We have taken up residence in the Church Hall at St Peter's Church in Henleaze. We continue to meet on a fortnightly basis on a Friday night, practicing our first aid skills and having opportunities to learn wider skills to support our roles as both First Aiders and Emergency Response volunteers. In the last year the Shire first aiders between them have provided 840 hours of first cover at locations such as Bristol Zoo, the Victoria Rooms, Badminton Horse Trials and the Balloon Fiesta. If you would like more information about being a Red Cross first aider this can be found on Red Cross website, call Fiona Gundry on 0117 3012622 or email

MS Therapy Centre Moves

After 26 happy years in Nailsea, The West of England MS Therapy Centre (801155) has moved to new, purpose-built premises in Bradley Stoke. The new Centre is much larger and better equipped, with decent parking, and means we will be able to support many more people with Multiple Sclerosis from the Greater Bristol area. The MS Therapy Centre provides therapies and support that help people to live well with MS, remaining active and independent for as long as possible, and to recover after a period of relapse. Our new address is: Bradbury House, Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke BS32 9DB. For more information please see our website, call 01454 201 686 or email

Focus on Child Safety

CHILD safety on the roads is the focus of a campaign by Avon and Somerset police during May.

It is part of the force's commitment to improving road safety and reducing incidents of death and serious injury. The campaign will concentrate on education and enforcement, with specialist traffic officers visiting schools and talking to parents who drive their children to and from school.

Police will also be visiting shopping centres to spread the message about the proper use of child car seats, seatbelts, cycle safety and general road safety awareness.

Tynings Field News

Damage to Plants at Tynings Field

WE would like to thank the passer by who alerted us the other night to two people who were attempting to sabotage the polytunnel and plants.

They were seen standing near the tunnel in the potato plot. This person's quick public spirited action probably saved us from further damage. We are appealing to the Community to work with us as a community group to try and catch those responsible. The Police are aware of the incident and are doing regular nightly beat visits in the vicinity. We are expecting those responsible to be caught as soon as possible and charged with criminal damage as legal action will be taken. We ask everyone who walks past, or lives nearby the field and the lane, to be alert to any suspicious behaviour.

This is not the first incident of its kind and garden plants in the area are also at risk. The perpetrators use scissors or a knife to cut the tops off plants and uproot and turn over pots. In our case it is a despicable thing to do as many of those plants were grown and donated by members of the Community and grown by children, who support what we do and have supported the group from the outset. By destroying the plants, these individuals are effectively seeking to deprive the Community, children, young and old of a worthy and hardworking allotment group, and possibly of the Field itself. However, many plants have been saved and we will continue to grow and sell our plants to fundraise for our group. Security measures are in place. Tynings Field Group will continue to grow in number and momentum regardless of the spiteful actions of a minority as it is made up of people with an indominatable spirit not the sort of people you want to run into in a field late at night when you are up to no good!

D Penny (Chairman)

Wild Fruit Meadow in Tynings Field

PERHAPS you can help? - we are creating a wild fruit meadow or 'edible meadow', with wildlife pond in Tynings Field in late June. If you have any old pond liner formed or a strong plastic sheet in good condition you wish to dispose of, please contact us tel. 0117 909 0440.

The meadow area will run on from the Orchard, at the top border of the field, beyond the vegetable plots, and have a wildlife pond that can be accessed easily and grow water mint. The grass and existing wildflowers will be allowed to grow naturally tidied only a bit, leaving a natural path meandering through, planted in areas with rhubarb and various edible currant bushes, free growing spinach, and various edible herbs, various mints,sage etc. We are also adding some more wildflowers by sowing Valerian seed, borage, cornflowers and meadow marigolds in this area. We are developing a plot in August for saffron flowers as we will be drying our own which will be available to buy around Christmas. This would make us one of only a handful of organic Saffron growers in the UK.

If you think you can help please get in touch. We also need old wooden pallets by the end of June as we are also going to make a chicken pen, so if you are thinking of chucking that old wooden pallet in a skip, please donate it to us. tel 01179090440.

COMMUNITY History Day to Celebrate 300 years of Kings Weston House

The University of Bristol is working with KWAG on a free event to help record people's memories,photos, and mementos of Kings Weston and the surrounding areas.

Kings Weston House, designed in the 18th century by the eminent architect Sir John Vanbrugh, and the parkland it sits in are nationally important. From the peace and seclusion of Kingsweston Hill to the spectacular views from Shirehampton Park, the estate has been enjoyed by the public for almost four hundred years.

However, despite being treasured for centuries, its former fame has faded. But Kings Weston is not just about the more distant history; it's about your past too.

Whether you grew up close by on one of the twentieth century housing estates, went to school and played in the park when you were young, or even if you recall the influence of the last of the Miles family on Shirehampton your story is just as important. KWAG and the University of Bristol are working in partnership on a day organised as part of the Know your Bristol series of events to encourage pride and understanding of local community heritage. Through the generosity of John Hardy the doors of Kings Weston House will be open on Saturday June 16th between 10am and 4pm for everyone to come along and share their memories, photos and mementos and help contribute to the fascinating story.

The event has been staged to coincide with the weekend of the 300th anniversary of the commencement of Kings Weston House – certainly a date to celebrate!

An exhibition on the history of the estate will be on show and short history tours of the gardens will be given throughout the day. Researchers from the University will be on hand to record your memories and there will be a demonstration of some archaeology survey techniques in the grounds during the morning. There should be plenty to see, experts will be available to answer your questions, and the café will be open throughout the day.

Do you remember the marble statue? Did you play in the 'Scout's Chapel'? Did you work for the School or Police HQ? KWAG and the University of Bristol hope that you will accept an invitation to attend. Come along either to find out more about the past on your doorstep, or take your place in that history by sharing your own memories and images of the people, park, house and surroundings.

Help Celebrate Kings Weston's Tercentenary and learn more about the incredible history behind one of Bristol's hidden gems.

For more information or to schedule an interview with KWAG please call David Martyn on 07811 666671 or e-mail

Roman Bristol 2012

The Festival of Archaeology will be co-ordinating heritage events all over the country between Saturday 14th July and Sunday 29th July.

On Saturday the 21st July, come and discover ROMAN BRISTOL, a joint venture run by Bristol Museum and the Sea Mills Archaeological Research Team (S.M.A.R.T).

KINGS WESTON ROMAN VILLA is on Long Cross, Lawrence Weston and is Bristol's only surviving Roman Villa complete with amazing mosaics, hypocaust heating system and a Roman bath suite. Festival of Archaeology activities also include finding out about the Roman gladiatorial games and making a gladiatorial shield to take away.

The ROMAN TOWN OF ABONA is within modern Sea Mills. The S.M.A.R.T. display will be on the Trym riverside as last year. The exhibits, reconstructive illustrations and 3D model will show some of the year's exciting excavation work at the Allotment Association site

Some plot-holders have kindly allowed exploration between planting schedules. There will be finds on display (please bring your own!).

An expert will be present to answer questions and lead a guided tour. Welcome to these exciting events!

Kingsweston Preservation Society

(Call for a Special General Meeting)

In 1977, Avon and Somerset Police put forward a plan to convert Kingsweston Estate into a regional headquarters. Kingsweston Preservation Society was formed by the local community to campaign against this proposal. The aim of the society, as defined by its constitution, was to "preserve and improve the uniquely rural and historic aspects of Kingsweston and particularly of the former Kingsweston Estate between Penpole Point and Greenhill Lane".

As a result of these efforts, we see today a house that has been used, maintained and partially restored, and parkland which remains a public open space. Perhaps because of this success, the Society gradually ceased to function, such that no significant activity has taken place since 2006. However on paper it still exists, and continues to hold a Society bank account.

In view of this inactivity, we would like to suggest that it is now time to dissolve the Society. As directed by the constitution, this must be the subject of a Special General Meeting of the Society, and shall be subject to confirmation at that meeting. If so confirmed, any remaining assets can then be dispersed in such a manner as shall be approved at that meeting.

We therefore propose to call a Special General Meeting of the Society, with the specific intention of closing the society. Any members wishing to attend should register their interest by telephoning 0117 9824324, or by e mailing their contact details to: , before 29th July 2012. When the meeting has been arranged, we will then be able to inform you of the time, place and date.

It is relevant to note that a separate, and very active, new community organisation, Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG), is now operating. The success of this new organisation is a further significant reason for closing down the original Kingsweston Preservation Society. We support the activities of this new venture, and wish it every success in furthering the interests of Kingsweston. KWAG can be contacted c/o 75a Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2DW, or by e mail:

John Hutton, former chairman
Colin Morse, former secretary
Colin Reid, former treasurer

Bristolians Asked to Back Green Capital Bid

As part of Bristol's bid to be named European Green Capital for 2014, the people of Bristol are being asked to come on board and support the campaign. 1,500 people have already pledged their support on the supporters page of the Bristol Green Capital website since the page went live three weeks ago. The Bristol Green Capital Partnership, who are one of the lead partners in the city's bid alongside the city council, Bristol Water and Wessex

Water, are asking anyone who lives or works in Bristol or just thinks it's a great green city to add their name to the list of people supporting Bristol's application to win this prestigious award.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership Manager Darren Hall said:

"Showing that we've got the people of Bristol behind us really could make all the difference in helping Bristol be named European Green Capital for 2014.

We are really pleased that people outside of Bristol are supporting us too - it would be great for Bristol to win on behalf of the UK. We'd like as many people as possible to sign up to support the bid, and to ask all their friends to do so as well. It would be a great accolade for the city, it would help to raise our profile in Europe. Other winning cities have seen substantial boosts to tourism and business - we would like to do the same. It will also give us the opportunity to showcase and share the amazing grass roots work that is going on here."

For the second time, Bristol is the only city in the UK to have reached the shortlist for this coveted award. Alongside the two other short-listed cities - Copenhagen and Frankfurt - Bristol will now present its case to a jury of experts in Brussels on 8th June. The final verdict will be given on 29th June.To show your support for the bid, go to

PRC Repair Programme Gets Under Way

SPRING 2012 sees a milestone in the history of the City's PRCs with the launch of a major repair programme which will refurbish nearly 400 homes.

The work, which got under way last month following the appointment of a new contractor, will include 246 Parkinson-type PRC houses, all in Sea Mills, as well as 144 Woolaway homes in Lawrence Weston, Henbury and Lockleaze.

The repair programme will include concrete frame repairs, cavity fill, external wall insulation, new roofs where required and the installation of new uPVC windows in Parkinson homes. Planning consent had to be obtained for the homes in Sea Mills. Councillor Anthony Negus, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property Services and Regeneration, said:

"I am delighted that work is finally now under way on the repair of these homes which will ensure that they are warm and safe for hundreds of households and fit-for-purpose for at least 30 more years. This project is a major undertaking and getting it right has been of vital importance. Achieving this goal has involved a lot of consultation with residents and other local interested groups."

The project will be carried out in eight phases in the case of the Woolaway homes and 15 in the case of the Parkinson houses.

Tenants whose homes are in Phase One and Two have already been visited by both representatives of the contractors, Alfred Bagnall & Sons (West), and the council to discuss the work, provide a tenant handbook and to find out what colour they would like to choose for the outside of their home from the range available. The PRC Tenant Repair Panel, which is made up of tenants from homes affected by the programme, has been instrumental in the development of the project.

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators Meeting

NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch Co-ordinators discussed a number of areas of interest to the public at their recent meeting.

CRIME STOPPERS( 0800 555 111 ) has proved over the years a successful tool for prevention and detection of crime,but there are a few points worth remembering. CRIME STOPPERS is not part of, nor organised by, the Police Service. It is a charity. What happens if you ring them about a concern? You will speak personally to an operator who WILL NEVER WISH TO KNOW YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS. Information given by you will be strictly confidential and your conversation is not recorded. After the operator has checked through your message they will ensure that any remark which could identify you is taken out and then the edited report passed to the police. They cannot trace your call back. If you have an internet connection you can contact them on the Crime Stoppers web site. They offer a first class service for reporting concerns anonymously.

There is a NEW SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE who may be concerned about getting into an illegal situation. Young people now have access to the internet site This is a new site which gives a lot of useful information to any youngster who may feel in any way at risk. If you run a youth group,guide or scouts group, etc there is information for you at this site.

During June our local police at Avonmouth and Southmead are to operate a ROGUE TRADER project to check on the legitimacy of traders working in our community. Working with Trading Standards and the Door Step Crime Team, they will investigate any information given. You are asked to let them know who is working on your property, working in your street, working in your community.

They could be roofers, pavers, gardeners. The local police will check their validity. This is a fight back against rogue traders and "rip off merchants" which can only work with your help and co-operation. You can contact the Southmead Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0117 9454626

Council Evicts Tenant for Anti-Social Behaviour

A Lawrence Weston council tenant has been evicted for anti-social behaviour which included witness intimidation and violent disorder.

On July 13, 2011 Paul Brunsden of 39 Playford Gardens, was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of violent disorder, for which he received nine months imprisonment and a five-year restraining order, and four charges of intimidating a witness with intent to obstruct, pervert, or interfere with justice. The last four charges relate to four separate incidents for which he was sentenced to a total of two years one month, some of it running concurrently. It follows an incident in August 2009 in which Paul Brunsden and two other individuals went to an address in Long Cross armed with baseball bats. The offences of witness intimidation were carried out between February and April 2010. The above matters were brought to an anti-social behaviour case conference in April that year by the city council and it was agreed that a Notice of Seeking Possession would be served if Brunsden were found guilty.

The notice was contested by Brunsden at Bristol County Court on February 21, 2012. The court upheld the action of the council and awarded it possession on or before March 20, 2012. As the keys had not been returned by March 21, the council applied to the courts for a warrant to instruct the bailiffs to gain entry to the property and sign possession back to the council. This has now been done. Councillor Gary Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Targeted Improvements, said:

"The action by the council, in conjunction with Avon and Somerset Police, sends out a very strong message that we will take decisive action where tenants are in breach of their tenancy by committing anti-social behaviour."

SHIRE Past, Present and Future

THE title of the exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Shire newspaper summed up the sense of nostalgia, pride and excitement which characterised the event.

In the historical images and reports of how the village used to be, we were reminded of all those on whose shoulders we now stand, those who started the paper and built it up into the successful publication it is today.

The current team of over 100 volunteer editors, distributors, photographers and administrators show how much Shire newspaper is valued and 'owned' by the community; they are vital to its success today.

And the competition entries from local school children who were asked to imagine what our village would be like in another 40 years' time, proved that the editors of the future are waiting in the wings!

The exhibition brought together members of the community of all ages to celebrate a newspaper which is read every month around the country and the world as well as here in Bristol and is valued as a source of information and news, a place to share opinions or encourage support for local campaigns and a means of celebrating local achievements.

The Lord Mayor's comment as he ended his visit to the exhibition perhaps provided the best endorsement of what we try to achieved. He said he was off to tell friends and colleagues in other parts of the city: 'this is how you do community'.

We hope you enjoy this souvenir of a fantastic weekend of celebration.

"Well, I've been very pleasantly surprised by the amount of material that's been exhibited. And I think everyone has worked tremendously hard and they've put on a really good exhibition. There are lots of reminders of times past so very well done to all involved"

"'s been really great fun seeing pictures of everybody when we were all so much younger. And I just think it's great that Shire is still an independent little village rather than a suburb of Bristol."

"The exhibition is very, very good. Very interesting. I like the films, the pictures put to music on the overhead projector. There's a lot of thought gone into it. And it's lovely to look through all the old articles going back many years."

" of the themes in my year of office has been the importance of community and one of the problems in this modern day and age, when our kids are all used to using mobile phones to send electronic messages to each other, is that real communication doesn't exist as much as it should and it's the news and the local stories that you share in the way you do that really help to keep the community together." - The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Geoff Gollop

Shire of the Future

Thirty students from Oasis Academy Brightstowe submitted entries in our Shire of the Future competition, either writing a story or producing a web page illustrating what they thought would be happening in the village in 2052.

The winners were as follows:

Category 1 (Years 7-9)

  • Joint 1st : Chloe White
  • Joint 1st : Cameron Stenner
  • Runner up: Jack Scrivin

Category 2 (Years 10-11)

  • Winner: Rebecca James
  • Runner up: Jessie Harvey

Chloe White also won the overall prize across both categories and was presented with a trophy which was made of old printing blocks spelling out the word 'Shirehampton'. We are grateful to Stuart Richards and Dick Helme for producing the trophy.

Shirehampton In The Future!

I'm a teenager living in 2052 I live in a place called Shirehampton and this is a typical day for me.

In the mornings I get woke up by my robot that brings my breakfast in which is usually a nice cooked breakfast and a cup of tea and tells me it's time to get up. I turn on my lights by saying lights and they come on. My bed lowers down so I can get out when I get out it folds itself away.

When I go to have a shower it's very cool as you have to walk through a tunnel and then the soap washes you then you get rinsed off and dried at the end. I then put clear moulds in my mouth which fit around my teeth and cleans them for me. My clothes are different as we have suits that we put on in the mornings it then tells us to say what we want to wear down to every detail and it looks all different as we don't have to do buttons up or anything as it just slides on to us. My shoes are different they are not like normal shoes they have little heaters and air conditioners in there at the top to warm up your feet or cool them down. I do my homework by telling my pen what to write or do and it does it for me.

When I leave my house all I see is people floating around in hovercrafts. I travel to school by a little remote that if I push a button which makes me float to school on my way I see birds loads of hovercrafts and I even see other people floating I can hear the sound of people laughing and having fun and i could smell the smell of fresh bread floating in the air. When I get to the playground everyone was playing with the new gadget that goes by the name of diplopod it does everything and I mean everything.

My classrooms are not like normal classrooms we sit in our own little boxes but not normal boxes they look like waterfalls only you can see out and they are sound proof so no-one can get you into trouble or make your learning stop! The technology is amazing we have holograms and we don't have computers we have built in screens which have everything we need on them. We're learning about the people in the past and how things were different back then till now. We do our work by having these special pens that only respond to your voice and if you tell it what you want to write they write it down on your paper. For our lunch we'd have to put out hands in a machine and use out other hand to type what we want and how we want it. At break we all go into a room and it's full of all the new gadgets and we get to try them out and decide which ones will help our learning and why.

To get home I teleport as it gets me home faster and easier all i see is flashing lights and i smell fresh air. This is different to now as it's safe way of returning home, it's a fun way to get home too as you get to see the lights as you teleport and it's a easy way mostly if you're running late.

In the evening I Cook my tea and do all my homework and maybe even clean up. The rest of my family will be busy doing work or even doing there normal routine like doing gardening. The technology changes the way they do it now as we have faster working gadgets and we don't have to do it all ourselves as we have special people to help out. The jobs are more fun as you doesn't have to sit in a office you get to go out in your hovercrafts working on the move and it will help you with your work.

The technology changes the night time routine at it helps get the job done quicker. Back in the past must have been harder to do the routine that you need to do

By Chloe White

What Shirehampton Would Be Like in Another 40 Years

I am looking at Shirehampton hill now, there is people walking up the hill now. There is a lady with a phone where holographic messages can come up out of the phone and tell you reminders it also does holographic newspapers instead of newspapers and newspaper stands. You get the daily newspaper from a stand in a shop; you plug your phone in to a stand of holographic newspapers, put 50p into the stand then it transfers from the stand into your phone. Then you can read away.

There is a child with a skateboard coming up the hill but a very unusual skateboard because 40 yrs ago there would be wheels on a skateboard but this skateboard doesn't have wheels. This skateboard hovers over the ground. All you have to do is put the hover skateboard on the ground and jump on it and as soon as you jump on it, it can tell someone is on it so it starts to lift of the ground and hover. You move the hover skateboard by leaning left to right or forward and back.

There are now cities in the sea. How? There are massive domes filled with oxygen, grass, plants, trees and people. Why? Because there was a massive population explosion over the last 40 yrs. People are now living in big domes in the sea they can do everything down there like you would on land. There are farms down there for food produce, schools for the students, shops, offices to work. Who thought of this idea a person from Shirehampton called Mark Giles.

In the last 40 yrs people have even been able to land on different planets like Mars and Saturn some people have even stayed there for a week to experiment things on the planets. One man even grown grass on Mars so photosynthesis started to happen and the oxygen made a atmosphere around Mars so know there is plants there and some people have moved to live there. Apparently it was hard to live there at first but they got used to it so now there are about 150 people live up there and people are still moving from Shirehampton to live up there.

There are fast motorbikes going up and down Shire hill. The fast motorbikes are really small and go up to about 500mph. they are very slim line but can hold a 15 stone man; they come in vibrant colours and stand out from other types of motorbikes. It has one big wheel at the back and one small wheel at the front and you have to lean quite close to the small wheel.

By Rebecca James