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From the Registers at St. Mary’s: May 2012

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Farm and Field Names of Old Shirehampton

Know Your Kings Weston Day a Great Success

Tithe Barn open for business!

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Red Arrows over Shire

Jubilee Fun in Shire

THERE was plenty of flags, bunting and fun in Shirehampton over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend.

Among those celebrating were staff members at the Co-op, who dressed up in the red, white and blue theme. There was a Jubilee barbecue at the Cotswold Community Centre, Jubilee lunches at the Baptist Church and St. Mary’s Church, a jubilee family celebration at the PBA club where we saw the Jubilee Prince and Princess crowned, Stow House residents had a Jubilee party and Priory Road and Clifford Road both had Diamond Jubilee street parties. All are featured here in pictures and each captures a moment of the days celebrated. To see all the photos from the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Shirehampton please go to:

'Elvis' visits Kingsmead Lodge for some Jubilee fun ---- Photo: Bob Pitchford

'Elvis' visits Kingsmead Lodge for some Jubilee fun ---- Photo: Bob Pitchford

Traditional Games on Priory Rd Photo: Bob Pitchford

Traditional Games on Priory Rd Photo: Bob Pitchford

Jubilee Lunch at St Mary's ---- Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Jubilee Lunch at St Mary's ---- Photo: Kathryn Courtney

What’s on in July


KEEP FIT - Avonmouth Community Centre 7:30-8:30pm

S.T.O.M.P. DANCE CLUB St Mary’s Church Term Time, 4-4:30pm age 4-6; 4:30-5:30pm age 7-11, 6:00-7:00pm age 11-16 FREE

DROP IN ADVICE SERVICE 9:30-11am St Andrew’s Church, Avonmouth. Sponsored by St Andrew’s Church

TOTSTOP - for under 5’s at St Mary’s Church 1:15-2:45pm

KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 6:30 – 8:30pm St Bernard’s School

THE PULSE ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC Every Monday at the Health Centre

BUMP AND RHYME for babies and toddlers 11:20-11:40amm 12:00-12:15 Story Time - Library

SEA CADETS 12 –18 years old Monday and Thursday 6:45-8:45pm T.S. Enterprise, Station Road

NSC BOXING CLUB Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7-8:30pm, Smelters Gym, Barracks Lane, Next to Avonmouth Rugby Club, BS11 9NG. For details ring Head Coach Garry Cave: 07876-233621

TWYFORD ART CLUB 9:30 – 11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall

NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 9:30am - 12:30pm Drop In Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze


SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE – 982-9399 9:30 – 11:30am Drop-in session Over 50’s Shirehampton Health Centre

PENPOLE LUNCH CLUB – 11:30am – 2pm 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake £3.50 details from Sandra: 0117 938 1236

ST MARY’S CRAFT GROUP, 2 – 3:30pm St Mary’s Church

MAINLY MUSIC FOR UNDER 5s Shirehampton Baptist Church 9 –11am during term time

CRICKET at ST BEDE’S COLLEGE 5:00-6:00pm ages 11- 16

ZUMBA – in the Public Hall 6:00pm £4.00

BEAVER SCOUTS boys and girls 6 to 8 Tuesdays 5:00 -6:15 Scout Hut, St Mary’s Rd

SKYBOUND NETBALL WOMEN’S TEAM training night 7:30-9:00 Oasis Academy Brightstowe contact

TAI CHI 7:00-8:30 pm Oasis Academy Brightstowe. Starts 17th April – ring Simon 07724 139846 for details


SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE –982-9399 9:30 –11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre 1:30-2:30pm Drop In

NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 2:00 – 5:00pm Debt Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze


SHIREHAMPTON CRAFT GROUP 1:30 – 3:00pm Guide HQ, St Mary’s Road Tel 982 3192 for information

ACTA COMMUNITY YOUTH THEATRE 5:00 – 6:30pm at the Public Hall

KEEP FIT - Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10:30 – 11:30am. For those with some movement experience.

AVONMOUTH HOCKEY CLUB practice night 7:30-9:00pm Henbury Comprehensive

TWYFORD ART CLUB 9:30 –11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall

NSC BOXING CLUB Smelters Gym, Avonmouth 7:00-8:30pm

TYNINGS FIELD COMMUNITY PROJECT Workday 2:00-3:00pm Also alternate Saturday afternoon

AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB 6:00pm practice for Junior Colts ring 982 9093 for details


SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE – 982-9399 9:30-11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre

ADVICE SERVICE 2:00-3:00pm St Mary’s Church (session sponsored by St Mary’s)

NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 1:30 –4:30pm Benefits Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze 9:30am –12 noon Debt Only, Seamills Health Centre, 2 Riverleaze, Seamills

STROKE SUPPORT 1:30-4:00pm PBA Club, Nibley Road

KICK BOXING 5:15-7:15pm Public Hall


SLIMMING WORLD 10:00am, 5:15pm and 7:15pm Jim O’Neill House tel. 01275-844825 for information


SEA CADETS Juniors 10-12 years old and 12-18 years old, 6:45-8:45pm T.S.Enterprise, Station Road

TWYFORD ART CLUB 7:00 – 9:00pm Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall

CUB SCOUTS boys and girls 8 to 10 and a half, Thursday 6:00-7:30 Scout Hut, St Mary’s Road

SCOUTS boys and girls 10and a half to 14, Thursdays 7:30-9 Scout Hut, St Mary’s Rd

ZUMBA Oasis Academy Brightstowe contact Lesley Peters 0781-829-6404 7:00-8:00 pm £5.00

METAFIT AND PILATES Oasis Academy Brightstowe Metafit 6:30 – 7:00pm Pilates 7:15 – 8:00pm, Ring Cath Payne 07779 773510 or email

PANTHERS KICKBOXING 7:00-8:00pm Oasis Academy Brightstowe, All ages, men’s and women’s fitness and kickboxing skills. Contact Robert Wardrope 07815 668440


FRIDAY FUN for parents, carers and pre-school children 9:30-11:00am Beachley Walk Centre

EVERGREENS 2:00-3:00pm Public Hall 17th July Barry Island

BINGO 6:30-8:30pm Public Hall

PILLOW LACE GROUP 7:00-9:00pm Public Hall


KEEP FIT 10:30-11:30am Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road

NSC BOXING CLUB Smelters Gym, Avonmouth 7:00 – 8:30pm

FOOTBALL at ST BEDE’S COLLEGE - FREE Twilight Community Football 6:00-7:00pm, Ages 11-15, Pitch 1 - Ages 16 -21, Pitch 2


PAY AND PLAY FOOTBALL £1 per person, St Bede’s College 1:30 - 4:30pm


KIDS KLUB at St Mary’s, 8:30am most Sunday mornings. Breakfast and a short service. Tel. 9077026 for information

COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month, 1st Sunday led by Baptist Church, 3rd Sunday led by St Mary’s. Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 – 5:30pm

SHIREHAMPTON BAPTIST CHUCRH Services at 10:30am and 6:30 pm



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

CHAPEL FILM CLUB 2:00pm, Film followed by refreshments, Shirehampton Methodist Church, Tel. 0117 377 1015 for details



AVONMOUTH LADIES CLUB, First and third Tuesdays of the month 7:30pm St Andrew’s Church Hall, 3rd July – Games Olympic, 17th July – AGM Bring and Share Supper


BRIGHT HOUR WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Fortnightly 2:30pm Shirehampton Baptist Church

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Public Hall 7:30 – 9:30 pm

MOTHERS’ UNION 2nd Wednesday of the month St Mary’s Church, Shirehampton, 2:30pm

SHIRE STITCHERS 3rd Wednesday of the month 7:30pm Public Hall


CARERS GROUP 3rd Thursday of the month 2:00pm at Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston


COFFEE AND CAKES/ CHILDREN’S FILM CLUB 1st Saturday of the month 10:00 –11:30am Shirehampton Methodist Church All welcome.

FINNISH SATURDAY SCHOOL alternate Saturdays 10-12am Oasis Academy Brightstowe for people who want to learn the language of Finland contact


COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month, 1st Sunday led by Baptist Church, 3rd Sunday led by St Mary’s, Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 – 5:30pm

SHIREHAMPTON BAPTIST CHURCH Services at 10:30am and 6:30pm



PLAYGROUP at Beachley Walk Community Centre 9:15 – 11:45am Monday to Friday 12:30 – 2:45pm Mon –Thurs only

GIRLS FOOTBALL 8-16 Saturdays 11:00 –12:00am St Bede’s


St Peter’s Hall, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston


Over 50’s Forum 1:30-3:30pm (1st Monday of month)

Slimming World 6:30-9:30pm


Mum and Toddlers Messy Play 9:15-11:15am

Healthy Eating Class 11:30-12:30pm

Gentle Exercise Class 12:30-1:30pm

Karate Class 5:30-7:30pm


Indoor Bowls 10:00-12:00noon

St Peter’s Church Coffee Morning 10-11:30am

St Peter’s Bingo 2:00-4:00pm

GKR Karate Class 5:30 -7:00pm


Rock Lunch Club 12 noon

Sports Ball Yoga 6:30-7:30pm


Well-being – Feel Good group 9am-12noon (1st Friday of month)

Tidy Toes Clinic 9:00am -12noon (2nd Friday of month)

Gentle Exercise Class 12:30-1:30pm

Karate Class 5:30-7:30pm

Saturday Afternoons available for Children’s Parties etc

Sunday 9:30 am onwards - St Peter’s Church Coffee/ Social

For further information on all groups that meet here including the Lawrence Weston Walking Group please call into office. Office is open from 9.30am – 12.30pm Monday – Friday Or Telephone 0117 9384636


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 Community Action Forum Meetings 2012

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

Future of the Daisy Field Secure

ON June 12th, the Neighbourhood Partnership voted formally to retain the Daisy Field as important green open space.

The case for the Daisy Field had been made in March, but final decision had been deferred to this meeting. The meeting was well attended by members of the public arguing the case for retaining Cook Street Open Space and Moorend Gardens. In the end the Councillors for Avonmouth and Kingsweston ward voted unanimously to retain Cook Street Open Space, land at the rear of Merriman’s Drive, Longcross Woodland, Moorend Gardens, Napier Square Park and the Daisy Field.

The partnership agreed to the disposal of Moorgrove, a small inaccessible space adjacent to the former Penpole Inn, and Henacre Open Space. The meeting heard that residents along Henacre Open Space had been extensively canvassed and that their views were mixed with some wanting to retain the land as it is and others wanting to see some of it developed with a view to retaining and enhancing the cycle path and wildlife corridor, but making it more secure for general use by building some houses to overlook it.

This vote was the end of a lengthy process of consultation and campaigning to secure open spaces judged surplus to requirements by the Council, but well used and well loved by local people. It shows that ordinary people can make their voices heard, a triumph for local democracy.

2012 Olympics Quiz

TO get you in the mood for the 2012 Olympics, Shirehampton Methodist church is hosting an Olympics Sports Quiz on Friday 20th July at 7.30pm.

The quiz will feature 6 rounds on trivia, observation, outrageous numbers, guess the venue, odd one out and guess who? So you don’t need to be a sports fanatic to enjoy the fun. A ploughman’s supper and refreshments will be provided. Tickets are priced at £3 and all profits will go to the Portway Stroke Support Club. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Neil Quarmby (Tel 0117 377 1015) or on the night.

Farewell to Brenda Dammers

AFTER many years’ service on the SHIRE committee, Brenda has now decided the time is right to retire.

The committee has benefited hugely from Brenda’s sharp eye for editing and checking copy, especially the crosswords, and we will all miss working with her. We wish her a relaxing retirement in which we hope she will be able to spend more time reading SHIRE instead of helping to produce it!

SHIRE by Post

ONE of the great joys of producing SHIRE newspaper is knowing that it is read by former residents of the village who now live in different parts of the country and the world but want to keep in touch with local news.

They do this by subscribing to ‘SHIRE by post’, which is diligently administered by Mrs Sue Husher every month.

Sadly, due to the huge increases in postage costs, we have had to increase our subscription rates for this service to £9 per year and this will come into effect from the next renewal date.

We hope subscribers will agree this is still a great value service and well worth it to keep in touch with all the comings and goings in Shire.

If you would like to receive SHIRE by post – or know someone that would – please contact Sue on the number at the front of the paper.

Christmas Lights

ON Monday 2nd July there is to be a meeting in The George at 7pm.

We are very short of active members and, without more support, it may not be possible to put the lights up this Christmas.

If you are able to help you would be most welcome to join us and brighten up the village again this year.

If you value the Christmas Lights, please help us make this possible. If you can’t make the meeting but want to help, phone me on 0117 982 3389.

Cedric Rich

Shirehampton Evergreens

Our next trip will be to Paignton on Tuesday July 17th. Pick up at usual times and places.

N.G. Sims (Chairperson)

Where is our flag?

To whom it may concern -

AFTER enjoying a great Bar-B-Q at the Cotswold Centre on the Saturday of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend we were looking forward to a further party on the Monday. However, our weekend was marred somewhat.

We would just like thank the person or persons who had the cheek to come into our garden and steal our large flag of St George by ripping it from our side gate. It would appear that they too wished to show their loyalty to our Queen.

The flag was not expensive, costing perhaps the price of a couple of pints of beer or cider, but we would appreciate it if they could buy their own in future and not help themselves to ours.

Tony and Monica Symons

(Address witheld)

Mrs Phyllis Jewell

In response to the request from South Africa in the June issue of SHIRE, we have been sent this photo of Mrs Phyllis Jewel of Napier Square, Avonmouth. It was sent in by her good friend, Mrs E Sims, also of Avonmouth, who writes:

“Mrs Jewell will be 100 on June 21st. She is a good friend to many so on behalf of Jean from South Africa, I would like this photo put in the July Shire. It was only taken a few weeks ago. We all love the Shire, even if we live in Avonmouth!”

Malcolm Handley

It is with sadness that I have to inform all family and friends of Malcolm Handley that he passed away on 05.03.2012 after a short period of hospitalisation. He is survived by me (Denyse Handley nee Morgan), his son Wayne and daughter-in-law Johanna. We all reside in Rosh Pinah in Namibia in Southern Africa. It was Malcolm’s wish to be cremated and this has been done. No further arrangements are currently in place, but all will be informed in due course. Family or friends can feel free to contact me on telephone 00264 81 2105873.

Thank you

Denyse Handley

Gina and Roger Mogg

Many thanks for the generous donation to Shire funds which was received with gratitude – Ed.

Mrs Waters and Mr Pace

“Isn’t Shirehampton a beautiful place!”
Said old Mrs Waters to young Mr Pace.
“And since we’ve ‘ad the old pavements made new,
It’s even more attractive and much smarter, too.
And, talking of smarter, just look what they’ve done
To the old parking spaces – brilliant, my son!”
Mr Pace, who was patiently waiting to speak,
(Not wanting to be, though, accused of some cheek
By rudely interrupting the old lady’s flow)
Said: “I couldn’t have put it better, you know.
And, so far as the car parking space is concerned,
I think that the workmen themselves should have earned
A big bonus, because of the quality of the work –
Or something along the lines of a perk.”
“The Green’s looking pretty, too,” rejoiced the old lady.
“It’s so good to sit there, where it’s nice and shady,
To look at the flowers and the neatly-cut grass
And call out a greeting to people that pass.”
Young Pace gave a look, which expressed great affection,
Betrayed, when he spoke, by his voice’s inflection:
“Just you take care that you do sit in the shade.
We certainly don’t want you to faint, or be made
Ill with a sun-stroke, or suffer from the heat.
Just make sure you sit yourself down in a seat
Underneath a big tree where the foliage is thick.
I stress again we don’t want you falling sick.”
“Don’t worry, my boy! I’ll look out for myself.
At my age, I’ve learnt to look after my health.”
Her eyes travelling upwards, she muttered a sigh.
“I do miss the baskets of flowers,” she said. “Why
Don’t they hang down from the lamp-posts no more?”
Young Pace answered sadly: “I think that the core
Reason for this is the recession, I fear.
There just is no money for flowers, my dear.”
Old Mrs Waters stood shaking her head.
“At least I’ll be thankful for one thing,” she said.
“We’ve still got the Christmas lights to look forward to.
That’s a real blessing, I’m thinking – don’t you?”
“I certainly do,” he replied with a smile.
“Now, do take my arm as we walk for a while.”
They walked through the village, looking with pleasure
At the old and the new, people working, at leisure.



PICTURES right is a photograph of the 178th Brownie Pack celebrating the Jubilee; we had a wonderful party.

We also had a 1950’S games tournament (not a computer in sight!). We played Snakes & Ladders, Pick up Sticks, Marbles, Dominoes, Hopskotch, skipping and ‘Two Balls’. If you were born in the 1950’s, you will remember all these games.

On 18th April, we also put on a show for the parents as part of the entertainment badge. All 24 Brownies participated – what a talented pack they were, singing, dancing, reading poetry, playing ukuleles and a clarinet.

Barbara Deasy (AKA Barney Owl)

Jubilee thanks

I would like to say a sincere thank you to the teachers and staff at St Bernard’s School for inviting the members of Shirehampton Evergreens Club to the school on June 1st for a cup of tea and a scone as part of their Jubilee celebrations. N.G. Sims (Chairperson)

Very many thanks to the residents of Clifford Gardens for their generous donation to SHIRE newspaper: they raised £73 by holding a raffle at their Jubilee street party.

The Cotswold Community Centre committee send many thanks to Mike Fisher, their Chairman and also Richard and John for their hard work in making their Jubilee BBQ a great success.

(Thanks for your donation – Ed.)

FRIENDS and residents of Penpole Avenue gathered together for a street party in the car park of Shirehampton Methodist church on the afternoon of Monday 4th June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Great fun was had by all with games, a fancy crown competition, ‘Splat the Rat’ and popular but soggy sponge throwing. A big thank you to everyone who made the event such a success. Neil Quarmby

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks!

HERE are my news notes for July - and yet again the weather does not show in June, as I write these notes, any sign of being like Summer.

Believe it or not we are still having to put the heating on in the church for Sunday Services and at other times too! Never mind, at least during the early part of June we did have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to take away the gloom of the poor weather and the almost daily doom and gloom issued out by the Government. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves celebrating the 60 years reign of Her Majesty the Queen - which was extra special to all of us as she is the head of the Church of England. These were three wonderful days when coverage of the celebrations on television was broadcast not only to our country but to other countries around the World. The colour and pageantry is something that only the British cannot be surpassed on: a spectacle the like of which many of us will never see again in our lifetime. We had our Jubilee open day on the Monday when Lunches and Cream Teas were served. This proved very successful and provided us with £600 profit to assist in keeping St. Mary’s solvent. Thank you to all of you who supported this event.

The Parish Weekend at Abbey House, Glastonbury was enjoyed by all who attended. Apparently Canon John Poarch turned about to be an excellent leader for the weekend and provoked many interesting discussions on the theme – ‘Because the world needs love, the church needs you!’

The following Friday we had another of our social events when we were entertained by The Minerva String Quartet, group of four ladies who are professional musicians. They gave us a concert of light and popular music and a sumptuous buffet with wine was provided during the interval. Although we sold many tickets we only made a profit of £250 as to hire these performers we had to pay professional rates. Nevertheless, thank you all of you who came and supported this wonderful evening of music.

The Childrens’ Holiday Club during the half-term holiday was held in Shirehampton Primary School and was led by Gill Sawyer, Mary Derrick, Julie Smith. Pat Davidson and Anne Ford. The children were introduced into various crafts, played games and had Bible stories. Two local reporters - i.e. my two eldest grandchildren - said it was “absolutely brill”. They had unfortunately to miss one session and my grand-daughter Lily said she didn’t like missing out on what was planned for the next day as she had to go on a long train journey which would take several hours. When asked where she was going she said - “Clifton” “Wrong Lily - you should have said “Cardiff” - well it was via Clifton!!

The Archdeacon of Bristol - The Venerable Tim McClure is to retire from his position in July and there will be a Farewell Service for him in Bristol Cathedral at 6.30 pm on Friday 6th. July. He is to retire to Cumbria. We shall all miss seeing him at St. Mary’s as he has in the past carried out his triennial examination of our church and has most recently been involved in the vacancy process currently taking place. We wish him a long and happy retirement in that rugged part of England.

At our 10.00 am service on Sunday 15th. July is the Kids Klub Prize Giving Day. No, we don’t select children on merit to receive a prize - every member of Kids Klub will receive a book of their choice. So come and give them your support. It is wonderful to see all their beaming faces when they receive their book. After the prize giving they then leave if they so wish, as they will have been in church since 8.30 am.

Just a reminder here to all of you that our Patronal Festival is over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd July - details of which I mentioned in the June edition of “Shire News”. Come and see St. Mary’s when the church always looks at its very best.

Now an early notice of our Bric-a-Brac Sale on Saturday 4th. August - which will be held in the church from 10am until 12 noon. Come and have a browse - you may very well find the very thing you have been looking for!

As from the end of June we have changed the format of our Evening Holy Communion Service which is at 6.00 pm on the last Sunday of each month. This will be for a trial period of 3 months. The change is to make it a quieter and more reflective service. Please come and try it out and see if it is something you like or dislike. Your input is likely to influence how the service will continue in the foreseeable future.

Did you hear about the little boy who was being shown photographs of his parents’ wedding? After studying them he said to his Father - “Was that when you got Mummy to come and work for us?”

‘Bye for now - C.M.E.

From the Registers at St. Mary’s: May 2012

BAPTISM “We welcome you”

27th Poppy Louise Neate

FUNERALS “At rest and at peace”

3rd Philip Fox - South Bristol

9th Florence Cornford - St Mary’s

16th Adrian Eggleshaw - St Mary’s

17th Freda Denyard - Canford

23rd Dorothea Chivers Canford

WEDDING “All that I am I give to you”

19th Ebony McCabe & Jason Edwards

Charity Event at the Hope and Anchor

Back Row Left to Right: Wayne Bray, Mickey Tanner, David Rodgers, Mickey Gerrish, Howard Pritchard, Paul Stevens, Bobby ‘Shadow’ Williams, Jack Boxley, Jon Economou. Front Row Left to Right: Peter McCall, Alan Dicks, Gerry Gow, Alan Williams. Also in attendance on the night were, City Players, Freddie Mawditt, Trevor Jacobs, Gerry Sweeney and Geoff Palmer who were unavailable for the photograph.

ON SATURDAY 2nd June there was the 2nd Annual Shire Advice Service Charity Night and former Bristol City Players’ Reunion at The Hope and Anchor Shirehampton. It was a great success with the numbers of players attending up on last year.

Due to the great success of this evening I intend it to become an annual event. So mark Saturday 8th June 2013 on your calendars now!

I would like to once again thank the people of Shirehampton for their support and generosity. In particular The Shire Advice Service would like to thank Julie and Kim Lark from the Hope and Anchor for all their fund raising, sponsorship and support.

The Bi Polar Bears put on a brilliant show and I would like to say a special thank you to local singing sensation Rue for her wonderful performance

Gary Williams

Tyning’s Field news...

JUST a note to say thank you to all who supported our Community Day in May. We raised around £50 including three new memberships.

Thanks also to those who came to the Garden Life Show. As a next event, we have a table in August at the Cricket Club.

The foul weather has caused us to fix our polytunnel and batten down the cloches and grow bags over the past month or so as more workdays are being lost to rain and bad weather. Traditionally in the farming calendar growers and farmers hoped for good weather during June to allow haymaking and planting of late veg, but instead we have suffered the return of westerly gales and winds and cold more suited to October and November which has hampered the growing process as gusts in the field were around 40mph or more at times and the soil temperature dropped. Following on from a very wet April, this is not good for gardeners at all. We entered a potato blight period in the beginning of June, and spraying potatoes with diluted crushed garlic in water seemed to help.

On the Get Growing trail weekend of 9 and 10 June, we spent a few hours out there on a windy but dry day making silage, which is fed to chickens over winter when fresh greens are not always available. To make your own silage, now is the best time of year to collect grass cuttings in an airtight plastic container, allow to dry out then pack it tightly and remove any tansy weed. Keep in a shed or garage or cool dry place until winter when you open the container which could be a simple plastic bag sealed up, and use as animal feed. We are also growing our own maize and sunflower seeds which can also be fed to chickens. If you wish to purchase some maize seeds or sunflowers we have a selection of agricultural seed, something you would not normally find in the shop, which are suitable to be grown in a small square area, and can be planted now. These are: rapeseed, (pretty yellow flowers, attracts butterflies); stubble turnip/mangel (cover for Autumn and is fit for human consumption); mustard, sunflowers and maize. All are sold separately or we can do a mix up. These are ideal as ground cover,and for attracting birds and wildlife, in a garden space or allotment. Maize is very easy to grow in summer and is also easy to remove from the ground, it can also be eaten like corn on the cob.

If you are interested in joining the group or buying some seed from us please call Wurzel Jim on 0117 909 0440.

Caroline Penny

Farm and Field Names of Old Shirehampton

IN our January edition we reported that local resident Richard Coates had published an illustrated booklet on the street-names of Shirehampton, with explanations of where the names came from. Richard has now followed this up with a companion booklet on farm- and field-names.

Once again, this is available to everyone FREE, via our website If you have access to the internet it can be viewed on your computer, and you can print either the whole book (46 pages) or selected pages from it. If you do not have a computer at home, the Public Library has terminals open to public use.

The book lists the farms that once existed in Shirehampton, using the Tithe Award of 1840-41 and other sources. It describes the location of each farm, the reason for its name, and a brief history of it. A further section describes the names of many fields that existed at various times. This is a sample entry:

Bucklewell Field 132/140 [on the line of The Portway where it skirts the golf course]

From a well-known spring in the cliff at the southern end of King’s Weston Little Park (now Shirehampton Park), overlooking Horseshoe Bend in the Avon. The well’s name may have meant ‘(fallow or roe-) buck well’. I have seen a roebuck not far from here myself.

If you are only interested in one or two streets, the text of the book is fully searchable. Just press CTRL F on your keyboard, and enter the name you are require in the search box which will appear. However, most people will then find lots more to interest them by browsing through other pages.

To find the book on our website, click on ‘History’ at the base of the Home page, and then click on Farm- and field-names of old Shirehampton.

There is a lot more on the Shire website. In particular, there is a fully searchable archive of more than ten years editions of this newspaper. Do visit the site if you have not done so already.

Know Your Kings Weston Day a Great Success

ON Saturday 16th June the doors of Kings Weston House were opened for a community history day as part of the University of Bristol’s Know Your Bristol series of events.

Well over a hundred people took park in the Kings Weston Action Group and University of Bristol organised event

Working in partnership with the Kings Weston Action Group the event focused on people’s memories, photographs and historic documents and visitors were encouraged to come along and share their recollections of the Kings Weston estate and the areas surrounding it.

The event coincided with the three-hundredth anniversary of the commencement of Kings Weston House on 17th June 1712; almost to the day. An exhibition of the history and significance of the estate and a small collection of artefacts were displayed by KWAG whilst the Avonmouth Genealogical Society attended with a huge collection of their own research which proved extremely popular.

Staff from the University of Bristol were on-hand to copy and collect everyone’s material as it came in and the event proved to be extremely popular.

As a centrepiece a copy of the vast statue of Hercules that once stood outside Kings Weston House was on display in the entrance hall of the house and the present owner of the house, John Hardy, kindly allowed the public to tour through the lavish ground floor reception rooms. The present owners of the Loggia, one of the historic garden buildings, also kindly opened their property to curious visitors.

Although it was very difficult to keep track of exactly how many visitors there were it has been estimated that there were at least 150 throughout the day and Bristol University staff were kept very busy.

Many local people who had spent their school days at Kings Weston House returned to give their recollections and there were even visitors whose families were once closely tied with the earlier history of the house under the Miles Family. One of the most fascinating items was a photograph of one of the estate workers in the Victorian period brought in by their grandson.

The Kings Weston Action Group has expressed its thanks to everyone who came along on the day and all those who put so much time into making it happen. If anyone was unable to attend the event, but would still like to contribute their memories, photographs, documents, slides, or anything you think might be of interest KWAG invite you to get in touch and would be pleased to add them to the story of the Kings Weston estate.

Fun for All at Mainly Music

Mainly Music is a parent and children group that started two years ago at Shirehampton Baptist Church, Station Road. It is run by Church members who have children or grand children of their own.

I was invited along to see what happens at Mainly Music and my initial introduction was entering the hall packed with parents, grandparents and children from a few weeks old up to the age of 3 or 4 years old. It was busy, noisy with children’s laughter and chatter and the adults talking to each other and playing with their children at the same time. It was more a social get together for all involved. There was plenty to get involved with. Bikes, trucks, building blocks, arts and crafts and games. That was the first hour.

The second hour we moved to the Church there everyone sat in a circle and sang songs with movement. I learned a new song about a kangaroo and another about a sandwich. Song lyrics were on the screen for parents to sing-a-long to led by the group leaders. The children were actively taking part in the songs and with the younger children parents or grand parents showing them what to do whether clapping hands, tapping heads or dancing on their feet and jumping around. It was good fun for all involved.

There was a coffee/tea break for the adults and a juice break for the children. The children got a selection of healthy snacks to eat before returning for one final visit to ‘the play room’ and then home.

Mainly Music’s aim is to encourage play, learning and socialising among children and for parents to join in and meet new people. Children learn about colours, numbers, signs, speech, movement through play and music. Anyone can join the group and the age range is normally 0 up to 5 years old or until a young child goes to school. The cost is £2 per family per session.

Mainly Music is open during school term time on a Tuesday from 9am - 11am. For further information please contact Shirehampton Baptist Church.

Kathryn Courtney.

Students’ Guard of honour at Start of Athletes’ Parade

STUDENTS from Oasis Academy Brightstowe will form a Guard of Honour to line the route as athletes make their way through the Olympic Park into the Olympic Stadium, for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

At the start of the Athletes’ Parade, during the athletes’ procession from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium, the students, who will join 249 other schools from across the UK and make up the 2,000 student Guard of Honour, will line the route, holding lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing teams. For many of the 10,500 athletes the Guard of Honour will be their first experience of the London 2012 Games.

The school children have been preparing to provide a vibrant and diverse welcome for athletes competing at the Games. The students are already learning about the cultures and athletes of Algeria team as part of their celebrations for London 2012 World Sport Day.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe been selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme. They have demonstrated a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values and incorporating them into their school lives and curriculum.

The schools’ plans for World Sport Day and what they have learnt about their chosen teams include:

• Cross curricular lessons about the History, Geography, Art, Music, Dance and culture of Algeria, while other subjects will be doing work on an Olympic theme.

• Sports captains will be delivering assemblies to all Academy houses about Algeria.

• On Friday of that week, the kitchen will be offering a traditional Algerian meal at lunchtime.

• Oasis Academy Brightstowe has been in contact with a school in a suburb of Algiers, Northern Algeria. The Academy has received an email from the Head of the school in Algiers along with photos of some of the students from the school who will be attending a celebration at the British embassy. In return Brightstowe will send pictures of their celebrations during the week of 25th June.

LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe said: ‘The presence of so many young people at the start of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will continue to show London 2012’s commitment to put young people at the heart of the Games. For athletes, the Guard of Honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Games and the perfect curtain raiser for the Athletes’ Parade.’

“The Olympics has provided us with an opportunity to help the students to learn about different countries and their cultures,” said Karl Robottom, Lead Teacher of PE, Oasis Academy Brightstowe. “This fits in nicely with the Oasis ethos of inclusion, in that all nations will be competing together and demonstrating respect for one another, regardless of race, religion or sporting ability. The fortunate students attending the Guard of Honour ceremony prior to the opening ceremony will experience first-hand this great mix of people from around the world that the Olympics, and sport in general, has the power to bring together.”

As well as having the opportunity to cheer on the world’s best athletes and be part of a global moment, the school children will also get the exciting chance to tour the Olympic Park and see some of the London 2012 venues before the world turns its attention to Danny Boyle’s Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium later that day.

The Athletes’ Parade will see the participating teams enter the Stadium, nation by nation. Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the Host Country and IOC protocol order, apart from the Greek team which enters first for the Olympic Games, and the team of the Host Nation (Team GB), who enter last.

Going Pink

MY name is Sharon; I am a volunteer for Arthritis Care. I have two types of Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia; I also suffer with CFS/ME.

Arthritis affects around 10 million people in the UK; it can affect people of all ages and nationalities.

This year Arthritis Care is raising awareness with their ‘Fit to Move’ campaign. Due to my medical debilitating conditions of CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia which causes me extreme exhaustion, extreme fatigue, muscles knots, tension, stiffness, server muscle weakness, widespread pain, brain (fibro) fog and much, much more, my way of raising Arthritis Awareness and raising a small sum of money for Arthritis Care was to dye my hair pink. I also received sponsored support from PJ’s Hair Salon who contributed by dying my hair for free.

The ladies of PJ’s Hair salon - Madi, Angela and Lizzy - were not only gracious by giving four hours of their precious time but also by contributing hair dye at the expense of the salon. I also could not fault them with their duty of care. I was so well looked after and they have done an impeccable job at transforming me from having a dark head of hair to having a vibrant colour head of hair.

I cannot praise them or express my gratitude enough to a wonderful professional, hardworking group of ladies who took fantastic care in helping me to raise monies for Arthritis Care. To date I have raised £154.50 with more still to come in.

Thank you Kindly Ladies Miss Ticked Pink!

Sharon Blake Arthritis Care volunteer

If you would like to make a donation to Arthritis care you can contact them through their website or by phoning on 020 7380 6500

Tithe Barn open for business!

AFTER several years of planning, fundraising and construction work, members of the community were finally able to see the fruits of all the labour on the Tithe Barn at an open morning on Saturday May 11th.

The new doors were thrown open and everyone was able to see the beautiful way in which the building had been refurbished and extended whilst enjoying a cup of tea and cakes provided by the members of St Mary’s Mother’s Union. There was general consensus that the standard of workmanship and materials was very high indeed and many visitors were to be seen exploring the Barn’s range of modern, flexible facilities – including a brand new catering-style kitchen and a lovely, secluded garden at the rear.

The trustees of the Tithe Barn will soon be publishing details of how to go about hiring space in the Barn for different activities, including rates – so watch this space!

Evening Post clarification

Many local readers may have seen an article about the completion of the Tithe Barn in the Evening Post on Monday May 21st. Unfortunately, there were a number of inaccuracies in their report and so St Mary’s Church would like to take this opportunity to reassure the community on some of the points which we know have caused some concern locally.

- The refurbishment did not cost £1.2million! The total cost of the construction works was closer to £450,000.

- We did not receive £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and, clearly, we did not receive £470,000 from Nailsea Town Council! In fact, the majority of the money needed came from St Mary’s Church itself or from members of the community in Shirehampton – we could not have done it without their support. The remainder came from a relatively small number of grants from charitable trusts.

The issue appears to have arisen because the reporter confused our project with a project to refurbish the Tithe Barn in Nailsea which was also recently completed. At the time of writing, we are still waiting for the Post to publish a correction or apology but hope readers of SHIRE will be reassured that we have not been spending millions on this project.

History of the Tithe Barn and Tithing

The Medieval ‘long barn’ dating from about 1200 AD was at the west end of the village on the edge of the street that was once a drove road leading to farms in the marshland below. Shirehampton, like many other districts, was a spring line settlement under the Penpole Hill surrounded by fields where there were farms and cottages all producing what he earth yielded, such as wheat, barley and livestock.

An Ordnance was passed in the 10th century whereby residents were expected to give a Scriptural 10 per cent of their farm produce, known as the predial payment of tithe. Across the country great barns were built for storing this produce of the land. It was for the upkeep of the Church, the priest and the poor. It had to be paid by the people living in the parish irrespective of denominations. Since the Reformation, there were Catholics, Baptists, Quakers and other nonconformists who resented payment to a church they did not belong to. Payment was compulsory and the priest kept a register for those who had to pay.

Many dissenters thought that some ministers kept good tables with food served by servants. Shirehampton was the Chapel of Ease to Westbury on Trym Church. On the south side of the Chapel there was glebe land where cattle could graze or vegetables could be grown. There were therefore great quarrels about this mandatory payment which went on for many years.

In March 1783, for example, a demand was made from Jacob Sturge of Westbury by William Legg, collector of a rate for Shirehampton Chapel. As a member of the Society of Friends Sturge refused to pay. The constable was therefore to take from him 12 cheeses to the value of £2-7-6d.

At long last to settle this problem came the Tithe Commutation Bill in 1836 followed by the Act of 1841. As a result, payment by tithe was stopped and money paid in the form of rent charges, the amount to vary according to the price of corn and the charge payable on January 1st and July 1st in each year. By 1891, a rent was payable by the land owners, not by tenants.

With docks built at the river’s mouth, there followed a great increase in the parish population and, across the years, our ancient barn was used for church bazaars, teas, dinner parties and the Jubilee Dinner to celebrate Queen Victoria’s sixty years on the throne.

With over-crowding in the National School, it was used as an annex for local school children and was also used as a drill hall for the territorial army.

From notes provided by Mr Ralph Hack

Red Arrows over Shire

Red Arrows over Shire ---- Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford