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A Story From Andalucia, Spain

All is Safely Gathered In

Shire Centnarian

Letters to the Editor

Sunnyhill Flats

Support Your Local High Street: Nightingale's Electrical, General and Giftware Shop

Oasis Adacemy Brightstowe - Most Improved in Bristol GSCE Results

St. Mary's News


Shirehampton Level 3 Walk

Avonmouth Sea Cadet Unit

Tithe Barn Enjoys Barbecue Success

A Story From Andalucia, Spain

IN 2007, my partner and I purchased a property in a remote part of Spain or so we thought ! English people in the area are few and far between.

Imagine to our surprise therefore, when sitting outside having lunch last summer, a man walked down the track to the olive grove and waved, calling out the customary 'Hola' but quickly following this with 'Shirehampton' ! Although he kept on walking, we called him back and offered him a drink. It transpired that he had lived in Lawrence Weston about 200 metres from my partner, attended Kingsweston House School and later Lawrence Weston Senior School and now lives about the same distance away from our Spanish home. He also attended the Sea Cadets in Shirehampton, whose base was at the bottom of the road where I had lived all my childhood !

We have now become friends with him and his partner and spent many a balmy evening talking about old times in Shirehampton. He has provided me with a school photo and would love to hear from anyone who can identify any of the pupils. He is third from the right in the second row.

Kingsweston Primary/Junior School 1959/61

Kingsweston Primary/Junior School 1959/61

We also enclose a photo of my partner and our neighbour (on the left) enjoying the Spanish sunshine earlier this year. Our friend has moved permanently to Spain, while we continue to work in England but hope to follow soon.

Hope this little story will be of interest,

Brenda Haine

Tynings Field News

We are looking for more volunteers and workshare members. You do not need to become a member to volunteer. Our workdays are Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday afternoons and all day Sundays. We are looking for people who can do a few hours on a regular basis during the winter months to help maintain the plots. Tel O1179090440.

If you are out of work, this may help you get recent experience and references. We often get referrals from an agency called Tomorrows People who take people from the jobcentre, but volunteers can contact us directly.

All is Safely Gathered In

Shirehampton Methodict Church Harvest Display.   Photo: Bob Pitchford

Shirehampton Methodict Church Harvest Display. Photo: Bob Pitchford

Notice of AGM

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF)

SCAF will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 3rd October 7-9pm at Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton

We would welcome new trustees coming forward to join our board. If you are interested, or would like further information about the AGM please contact Ash Bearman on 0117 982 9963 or email

Everyone Welcome.

Shire Centnarian

VIOLET CAMERON was born in London on August 11, 1912, daughter of Frederick and Louise Johnston, who had nine children. Frederick Johnston was a porter at Covent Garden fruit and vegetable market.

Violet spent her childhood in London, attending St. Luke's School, Finsbury EC1. She had three sisters and five brothers. One of her brothers was killed in March 1945 during the Second World War, and one of her sisters and three other brothers have also passed away. Two of her sisters, still alive are: Audrey, who lives in Kent, and Beryl who lives in Buckinghamshire. One of her brothers, still living, Les Johnston, lives in Alabama, USA.

She married Donald Cameron, a Director of the Egg marketing Board, in August 1951 and they went to live in Upper Cranbrook Road in Bishopton, Bristol that same year. Donald died of cancer in August 1961. They did not have any children.

Violet later lived in Ely Grove in Sea Mills before moving to Bradley House Residential Home for Older Adults in Shirehampton on January 20, 2007. All her life, she has been a very talented dress maker and also enjoyed doing embroidery and knitting, which she still does from time to time.

At Bradley House, Violet socialises with the other residents, playing dominos and participating in all other activities on offer. She is the third lady at Bradley House to reach 100 years.

The celebration of Violet Cameron's 100th Birthday in the gardens of Bradley House on August 11 2012

The celebration of Violet Cameron's 100th Birthday in the gardens of Bradley House on August 11 2012

Happy 100th Birthday, Violet.

Letters to the Editor

New Mural at the Methodist Church

Dear Editor,

WHAT a wonderful mural at the back of the Methodist Church! Even better close up than the picture on the front page of last month's Shire. This is my kind of mural: tasteful, beautifully executed and with relevance to the locality.

Guests at a barbecue to clebrate the mural at the Methodist Church. Photo: Bob Pitchford

Guests at a barbecue to clebrate the mural at the Methodist Church. Photo: Bob Pitchford

It reminded me of my first trip to Bavaria with John Hunt (we were studying German together). Many of the houses there have beautiful murals on their walls.

I would like to see more of the same decorating and brightening up the village. I can suggest a few places: the wall at the side of the barber's shop; the wall of the optician's premises (next to the flower shop); CLIC's wall next to Boots; the private house wall above the Co-op; the wall of the Continental shop; and the wall near the Post Office (on a mounted board).

Subject matter could include: famous people connected to Shire (e.g. Sir Robert Stephens, Vaughan Williams, Charles I, Wordsworth, Squire Miles, etc.); a depiction of the trade and commerce of the village; historic buildings (as on the tea towels); and notable events.

Of course, the consent and approval of the buildings' owners would be required – probably planning permission also. Good quality volunteer artists would also be needed. However, if the Methodist Church can do it, so can we all! I would welcome other villagers' comments.

Gil Osman

Message from Australia

Dear Editor,

After emigrating to Western Australia in 1998 it's great to read and see what is happening back in Shire.

I was born and bred in Shire for 34 / 35 years before moving to Australia.

Thanks Keith (O'Neill)

(This message came to us through 'Shire on the Web' (editor)

Thank you

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of condolence and to those who attended Margaret's crematorium service at Canford Crematorium on 18th July.

The donations collected for Dementia UK amounted to £149.88 and they have been forwarded to the charity. Thank you all very much for your kindness and generosity.

Yours sincerely, Peter Fredericks

Thank you for donation to Shire (Editor)


Dear Editor,

Congratulations to all those involved in providing the inspired mural at the back of the Methodist Church. Many good things have taken place at the church in the nigh on 80 years I have known it but this beats the lot.

The preaching John Wesley, the village scenes so familiar to us and the messages on the striking blue wall combine to make a medly of recollections and hope.

I was brought up in 2 Wesley Cottages - my mother, Sally Stokes being caretaker of the chapel for over 30 years. Our family joke was that my father, Ted, spent more time on his knees in the chapel - scrubbing - than all the rest put together!

The mural takes its place in a year of great events in our country -. Shirehampton has every reason to be proud.

Viv Stokes

LinkAge Befriending is making its way to Shirehampton

WE all need someone to talk to, but not all of us are lucky enough to have someone. For those who have become isolated due to ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a befriender can often fill a big gap in their lives.

Befriending involves visiting an older person in their home once a week or once a fortnight, spending an hour or two with them for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, watch TV, play board games or even go out for a walk. You may choose to do an activity you both enjoy that will not only provide company for each other but also help boost the confidence of the person being befriended. It's as simple as that and it can also make a world of difference too.

Anyone can become a befriender as long as you're over eighteen years of age and have an hour or two spare each week. As LinkAge are expanding into Shirehampton with their 'Befriending Scheme', they are looking for volunteer befrienders in the area. This scheme does not replace statutory health or care services and befrienders are not expected to assist with personal, medical or respite care. What you will be providing is friendship and company to someone who rarely ventures outside their front door for whatever reason or someone who rarely sees other people due to family living far away for example.

If you know of an older person who would benefit from some additional company and appreciate one of their volunteers calling round on a regular basis, then please get in touch with LinkAge.

Both the befriender and the befriended benefit as Helen (86) and Emma (27) found out: Emma has been visiting Helen as a LinkAge befriender since April 2011. “I wasn't sure if it was going to be a long-term thing,” says Emma. “It's been great that we get on so well.” She usually visits Helen on Wednesday evenings: “Helen likes to get her old family photos out and one time I bought round some of mine to show her. We can always watch a game of football if England are playing or watch a DVD together. Helen's watched two Take That DVDs now.”

So does Emma have any advice for anyone thinking of volunteering for the befriending scheme? “Definitely give it a go. I feel like I've got a friend as a result of it - which is much more than I ever expected,” she says

Linzi is another volunteer befriender: “If you have extra time on your hands, volunteering is a great way to do something fulfilling in your spare time. I have found that it is very rewarding work knowing that I am doing something positive to help others cope with their lives a little better.”

Whilst Mary has nothing but praise for her befriender Christine: “She has been brilliant, sometimes we just talk rubbish for an hour but it's always a good laugh and it's great to be able to take my mind off things for an hour or so. She has really helped to build my confidence which is probably why I'm back calling bingo.”

If you would like to be a befriender or be befriended by a LinkAge volunteer or perhaps you know of someone who would benefit from befriending please contact:

Anne Wilkinson on: 0117 974 1691 or email

The Befriending Scheme in Shirehampton is aiming to start from October 2012.

Kathryn Courtney

Sunnyhill Flats

WE at 'Shire' are grateful to local artist Betty Marten for donating a series of her drawings of local buildings and it is our intention to publish them monthly as space allows, with a brief history where appropriate.

We start with her drawing of Sunnyhill Flats. These flats situated at the bottom of Park Hill, were built around the late 1960s for private ownership, on the site of a large house called Sunny Hill and the neighbouring Sunny Hill Farm which was farmed by Ernest Grey and his family in 1901 but was also known as Long's Farm or Dairy, the Longs being the last occupants. M.S Long and Son were ice cream manufacturers and many local people still recall the ice creams purchased from the farm, especially welcome when a walk or cycle up Park Hill on a hot day was to be endured.

It is not known when Sunny Hill was built but no reference has been found prior to the period when it was the residence of the Reverend C Miles incumbent of St Mary's from 1884-8. By 1901 Edward Owen of independent means and his family lived there and in 1905 Major General Richard Melville Clifford, so clearly a substantial residence. Around the house was an 8ft garden wall which made it difficult for traffic entering The Green from Park Hill to have a clear view and fuelled fears that a fatal accident would occur so, in 1962, the City Council lowered the wall to 3ft high. Sunny Hill was demolished in 1966 along with Sunny Hill Farm and made way for the current flats to be built. The flats now come up for sale or rent with the emphasis on mature gardens and off-street parking.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who remembers Sunny Hill House and/or farm or any of the early residents of the flats. JH

Support Your Local High Street: Nightingale's Electrical, General and Giftware Shop

WITH the current economic climate and the local high streets suffering as a result, Shirehampton seems to be weathering the storm, but it can only continue as long as we support our local high street, in particular the individual shops that add variety to the shopping experience.

The Shire will be running a series of features on a number of long term and some new faces that have appeared on our high street in recent years that will hopefully encourage 'to shop local' and our first feature is with Nightingale's Electrical, General and Giftware shop in the centre of the high street.

Tony Nightingale cutting a key. Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Tony Nightingale cutting a key. Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Anthony Nightingale, also known as Tony to many, is a qualified electrician of thirty years. When he left school he went straight into an apprenticeship. The company he worked for had an electrical and hardware shop in Westbury-On-Trym. It seemed to be a good idea having a shop and running a business from it doing the electrical side which inspired Tony to eventually open up his own shop in Shirehampton. I asked him why he became an electrician in the first place.

“I think it was when I was young and my father was into electronics, making circuit boards and things and that's where I got the interest for electrics. I was just very lucky at the time to leave school and go straight into an apprenticeship. I've been an electrician for 30 years now and I enjoy it”.

After the shop in Westbury closed down Tony set up his own electrician business. “I found I was getting busier and busier that at one point I had three or four electricians working for me and, ever since then, it varied from two electricians to ten electricians working with me over the years, depending on what work came in at the time.”

So why did he choose Shirehampton to open up a shop? “I always had the urge to open up a shop after working in Westbury. I've lived in Shirehampton the last 20 years or so. I like Shirehampton and the shops in the high street. I just thought it would be a good opportunity to open up a shop similar to what we are doing now. I didn't know that it was going to grow as big as it is now but, to start with, we began small as an electrical shop with lighting and everything, just to see how it would progress. We then looked at what else we could sell and looked at expanding into giftware. I know we had Pam's which used to be up the road but closed down and that meant Shirehampton had nowhere to purchase gift items so we expanded into that market a couple years after opening” said Tony

Now, after almost five years, Nightingale's has gone one step further and taken over the shop that used to be D & P Fashions and expanded into another much needed direction which the high street hasn't seen in a little while. “We have expanded into gardening, D.I.Y, shoe repairs, dry cleaning, key cutting, and engraving for example, so we cover a big market now of everything that is needed and was missing from our high street. There hasn't been a dry cleaning service or shoe repairer in the village for a number of years now. The guy that's been training me to do the cobbling side of the business used to work in Bolloms and is now working here repairing shoes and boots. At one point when we were doing a special offer on the repairs, we had over seventy pairs of shoes cluttering up the shop so the service is proving very popular and much needed. It was a very encouraging start to the new business.” says Tony

I asked about the advertising board outside the shop as one day it caused much confusion for one potential shopper. “Oh yes. We had an elderly lady come in one day asking how much it would cost to have a tree cut down and I said to her 'I'm sorry; we do gardening stuff but we don't actually cut trees down' and she said 'well it's on your sign outside' I said to her 'oh no, that's not tree cutting. that's key cutting' and she realised the funny side of it then”.

Tony plans to stay in Shirehampton and watch his business go from strength to strength. “We've been here for 5 years now and they always say the first two years of business are the hardest and then it gets better. We did our first two years, then took the second shop on, done a further two years and now we've taken on the third shop that has set us back two years but, hopefully, now we will continue to get the support of everyone local, which seems to be the case at the moment. It is extremely important to get support from people who live in the area. If you don't get that support then you're just going to end up with shops closing and empty buildings in the high street. We already have a couple of shops empty and we don't want to see any more because, when that occurs, people are discouraged to shop locally as they no longer have a choice or selection of goods to do the shopping that they need.”

I asked Tony if competition outside the area is affecting his business such as out of town shopping or even internet shopping? “It doesn't seem to affect us that much. We do try to compete as best as we can, especially on our electrical products such as your kettles, toasters and irons for example. We try to look at our competitors' prices and sell as close as we can to their prices but we are a lot smaller so, sometimes, you may find our prices a pound or two more than maybe Argos for example. We can't compete with such large companies but I don't think people mind paying an extra pound or two for something they can buy locally rather than them having to get on the bus or jump in the car and pay the extra travel expense involved. Sometimes we have been cheaper with some of our items. If we can buy something at a very good price then we will pass it onto the customer and find we are selling cheaper than Argos or B&Q would.”

“Internet sales really do have a big effect on retailers now. I think where we've got it a little bit different is that people can come into the shop and get advice, especially on the electrical side, and getting professional advice. I think people rather like the idea of that rather than buying something off the internet where they're not sure who they are dealing with or what they're getting. At least they know, if they come here, if there is a problem we're very happy to take the item back, exchange it, refund it or whatever. I think it's a bit more reassuring for people. Its good customer service, we do a lot for our customers. For example, we may get an elderly lady who comes in to buy something and you know they are going to struggle to get the item home with their shopping trolley. I've many a time helped someone out and delivered something round to their house for them at no extra charge. It's customer care.”

As for the staff at the shop, Tony is rather proud of the people who work with him and that it is also a very much family-orientated business. “My partner Vicky is returning to work in the shop as of next week. She worked here before when the shop first opened but returned to work for her previous employer whilst we worked hard to get this business up and running. She is very good with customers so, between the two of us, we can help the business grow further. My son works for me as an electrician and my daughter works every afternoon in the shop. Barbara works three days a week and two mornings and Dot is another valued member too, so it is very much a family business.”

And that is where the interview concludes until next month when another shop and owner will be featured as a valued member of the high street and our community.

Kathryn Courtney.

Question Time events introducing candidates for the Bristol Mayor and Avon and Somerset PCC

Bookings are now being taken for the following Question Time events with the Bristol Mayor, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner candidates.

Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner Question Time

Thursday 18 October, 7 - 9pm

The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Candidates for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Election will take part in a public Question Time debate on Thursday 18 October, 7 - 9pm at The Council House in Bristol. The event organised by Voscur as part of the Safer Future Communities project is free but booking is essential.

To book your place visit or call Voscur on (0117) 909 9949. If you'd like to submit a question for the event you can post these online at or call Matthew Symonds at Voscur. A range of questions will be chosen to be asked at the event.

Bristol Mayor Election Question Time (Southmead)

Monday 22 October, 6.30 - 9pm

The Greenway centre, Doncaster Avenue, Southmead, BS10 5PY

Bristol Mayor Election Question Time (Clifton)

Friday 2 November, evening exact time to be confirmed

The Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol

Candidates for the Bristol mayoral election will take place in a public Question Time debate on Friday 2 November, evening time tbc at the University of Bristol, Clifton. This event is being organised by The University of Bristol Students Union, the University of Bristol and Voscur. For more details visit

Candidates for the Bristol mayoral election will take place in a public Question Time debate on Monday 22 October, 6.30-9pm at the Greenway Centre in Southmead. The event organised by Voscur and Southmead Development Trust is free but booking is essential.

Shirehampton Group Practice Patients

'Flu Vaccinations 2012

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

At Shirehampton Health Centre:

  • Saturday 29th September 8.45am – 10.30am
  • Saturday 20th October 8.45am – 10.30am

At our Branch Surgery,

Capel Road, Lawrence Weston:

  • Friday 28th September 2pm – 3pm
  • Friday 19th October 2pm – 3pm

As last year, those who will be 65 years old by 31st March 2013 will not receive a letter of invitation but are entitled to just turn up at any of the sessions to receive their NHS 'flu vaccination. Those who have a 'flu vaccination for clinical reasons (e.g. they have chronic heart disease, diabetes, etc) and are under 65 will have received an invitation and can also attend any of the sessions. Pregnant women are also eligible for the 'flu vaccination and will have received a letter from their midwife; attendance can be at any of the sessions. Housebound patients should telephone reception and ask to be added to our list of home visits to ensure they do not miss out. Patients who live in residential homes will have an organised visit by one of our Practice Nurses to administer their vaccinations. Registered carers are also entitled to an NHS 'flu vaccination; if you are a carer and have not registered as such, please ask for a pack at the Health Centre reception.

It is VERY important that you receive this annual protection – it has been proven to be most effective in reducing the instances of 'flu, particularly for the more vulnerable in our communities. All eligible patients should make every attempt to attend one of these publicised clinics; appointments are not necessary as these are walk-in sessions.

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

Oasis Adacemy Brightstowe - Most Improved in Bristol GSCE Results

OASIS Academy Brightstowe celebrates its GCSE Results

Sixty-three per cent of students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe have achieved grades 5A* - C in their English and maths GCSEs, according to results published today, which places the Academy above the national average.

The results represent a 33 per cent increase on 2011 levels for the specialist maths and ICT academy in Shirehampton which, less than four years ago, was in 'Special Measures'.

Across all subjects, 96 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at grade A*- C, up from 82 per cent last year.

The results make the Academy the most improved school in Bristol and are testament to the hard work and focus of the students and staff. Principal, Matthew Butler, said:

“I am thrilled for the students who have met all possible expectations. This is excellent news for the students, the staff and the local community that we serve. This confirms that the future is bright at Brightstowe”.

Beginners' Fencing Classes

En garde Shirehampton! Maybe you have been watching the Olympics and Paralympics teams at the Excel stadium competing in the Fencing competitions and wondering what it might be like to have a go. Well here is your opportunity! Friday nights from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm you can join a 6 week beginners' course in Sabre. British Fencing Coach John Rohde of White Eagle fencing club will introduce newcomers to the sport for just £60 per person for the whole course. Contact John on 07981 927787 to reserve your place on the course or Liz Hearn, Venue Manager at Oasis Academy Brightstowe for events outside the school day on 07902 315688 or

Tyra earns her Black Belt in Karate

Tyra Shelper (29) has been awarded black belt 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate, by Hanshi Shiro Asano (9th Dan).

Tyra passed her black belt examination after a gruelling three day course in Nottingham in August, under the watchful eye of Asano. On the final day of the course, she along with other candidates were put through their paces to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Kihon (basic technique), kata (forms) and kumite (free-fighting).

In the build-up to her attaining her black belt, Tyra has had to train under Hanshi Asano on a regular basis, travelling to take part in national courses in Nottingham, Staffordship and Torquay. In April she entered the SKI-GB National Team Championships and won bronze in the Ladies Individual Kumite event.

Hanshi Asano is the European Chief Instructor to Shotokan Karate International (S.K.I.) and is one of the highest ranked instructors in the world.

Tyra first started in Shotokan Karate at the Kyoto Shotokan Karate club in Shirehampton, training twice weekly at the club's venues at St Bernard's School and Avonmouth Rugby Club. She now helps run the club with her partner Steve, the club's 2nd Dan instructor.

The club is looking forward to a visit from senior S.K.I. Instructor Sensei Paul Mead (7th Dan) in September.

For more details contact Steve or Tyra on 07890396276/0117 9688424 or visit or

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

October is here already and the kids are now well established back at school and soon we will be thinking of Christmas and another year will have gone by! I think part of the reason is because we had such a poor Summer and had very little hot weather to look back upon. Nevertheless, I am glad to be here as the past 12 months have not been the best healthwise for me. Nothing really serious just the onset of conditions which occur as one gets older.

Well, the Olympics were a real boost for all of us and now we are watching the Paralympics, as I write these Notes, which are indeed all the more remarkable when we see how much disabled persons are able to do despite suffering from varying degrees of handicaps. They are true heroes! Watching them gives us time to reflect on how lucky we able-bodied persons are and not complain about the things which irritate us at times!

Now I must tell you about the little known ' Team GB Car Treasure Hunt ' which took place back in August. Thanks to Tim Forder we had a wonderful evening in and around South Gloucestershire. The weather was beautiful and the route very scenic before we ended back at the Tithe Barn for Supper which consisted of hot and cold food together with a variety of desserts to follow. Well, the winners of the Gold Medal were Sandra and David Neate - to whom we offer many congratulations. The Silver Medal was won by yours truly, my wife and Jean and Roger Barnes (the last of the Summer Wine!!!) and the Bronze Medal by Bill and Marie Patten. A super evening. There was also an opportunity for those who did not wish to take part in the Treasure Hunt to just enjoy the meal and good company at Tithe Barn. Here there were even lesser known Team GB events - Brenda Dammers won the Gold Medal at the Tithe Barns' own Veladrome, 800 metres Sprint, with her specially modified Zimmer/Trolley fitted with Disc Brakes and Independent Suspension on each wheel. Whilst Pam Handford won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Marathon Chatting Championships. She completed it in 6 hours 38 minutes & 15 seconds without a break or intake of Food and Drink! Her Trainer, Edna Franklin, says there is no doubt she is World Class!! I jest - but it did give those older folk who wanted to partake in this social event to meet together without the worry of driving. It would have been unfair to exclude them.

Our Bric-a-Brac Sale - also back in August - raised just over £600 for which we are truly grateful to all who supported it. Thank you one and all.

The Tithe Barn was also used one Saturday afternoon for a Bar-be-Que which was very popular and encouraged many people passing by to pop in and enjoy the fun. There were also Stalls, Draws, Tombola etc., offering very good prizes. Jon Saunders was the Sausage and Burger Chef (St. Mary's answer to Gordon Ramsay but wthout the swearing!!) ably assisted by his wife Sandra. I had a second Burger with Onions, which seemed to relieve Jon of any anxiety he may have had as he commented “They can't taste too bad if you came back and had a second one”. They were excellent Jon - and my Grandchildren enjoyed the Hot Dogs too! Tony our Treasurer was also delighted as the afternoon raised the sum of £480. I look foward to the next one!

Our Seniors Week was brilliant as usual with a variety of Entertainment each morning and afternoon and excellent food supplied by Gill Sawyer each day, with the exception of the Wednesday, when we had a trip by Coach up through the Wye Valley to Ross-on-Wye, where we enjoyed Lunch and High Tea at the Wilton Court Hotel. This is a 5 Star Hotel and Restaurant overlooking the River Wye and in earlier days served as a Magistrates' Court. The meals were out of this world and the Staff couldn't have done anything more to make our stay more comfortable. A truly wonderful venue, not to be missed if you are visiting the area. Thank you Gill and Tony for organizing a wonderful week for us all - we look forward to another week like that one next year!! did not wish to take part in the Treasure Hunt to just enjoy the meal

The Final Open Church Day for this year was on the August Bank Holiday and, although the weather was poor, there was more than a warm welcome with a wonderful variety of food to choose from. Perhaps the poor weather encouraged more people to come as, on that Monday, we made a total of £600 from the meals sold. So, once again thank you all for your participation.

On Saturday, 13th October. we will be holding our annual Christmas Gift Fayre - yes, it's that time again!! This is the Fayre where you can buy Gifts, Craft and Paper etc. But fret ye not - the Christmas Food Fayre will be held in November - you have not missed it! Details of this event will be published in the November edition of “Shire”.

Now here are details of an event you simply must not miss. It will be at 7.30 pm on Friday, 2nd. November in Church and will be an evening of entertainment by “The Knicker Lady”. She is a professional actress and has appeared on stage at many theatres around the country. She is apparently absolutely hilarious and in real life is married to a Vicar! Christine - our former Vicar - recommended her to Gill Sawyer as “a possible” when considering one of our social events. Anyway, we have been lucky enough to book her on this date in November - normally you have to wait 12 to 18 months for a vacant date. This is a show which Christine says is both suitable for men and women. Tickets for this event will be £10.00, as we have to pay a much higher rate for a professional actress, but do not shed a tear as we will give you a FREE GLASS OF WINE during the Interval. This is no doubt going to prove to be a popular event and you would be advised to purchase your tickets as soon as possible as numbers of seats will be restricted.

Just hot off the press I have been told by Gill Sawyer that our Bring and Buy Sale has raised the sum of £383.35p towards our Harvest Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The Appeal is going well; have a look in at the back of the church and see how far we have got towards our target and, with a bit of luck, we might even exceed it!

Did you hear about the new Rector who was inducted into a country parish. One of the older parishioners was asked how he liked the new Rector and he replied, “Well, it's like this, the old rector when he said “and in conclusion” he concluded. This new rector when he says “and now lastly” he lasts!

'bye for now - C.M.E.

From the Registers at St. Mary's - August 2012

BAPTISMS 'We welcome you' - 26th- Joshua Patrick Gardner

WEDDINGS 'All that I am I give to you' - 18th- Sarah Bell & Matthew Fogg

FUNERALS 'At rest & at peace'

  • 1st - Winifred McColl - Canford
  • 3rd - Pat Paul - St Mary's
  • 9th - Walter Harvey - Canford
  • 23rd - Emily Martin - Canford
  • 29th - Mary Lear - South Bristol
  • 31st - Shane Grandison - South Bristol

Family Fun Launch Event at Springfield Avenue Park

To celebrate the new park and play area at Springfield Avenue, SCAF are holding a free Family Fun launch event with lots of activities and entertainment for everyone. This will be the official opening for the park on Saturday 6th October between 2-4pm. Everyone welcome – please come along & join in the fun!


THIS PHOTO provided by Bob Chubb, shows the Revd James Lovejoy (10th Vicar of Shirehampton) leading a Rogationtide service in front of the Breakfast Room on Penpole Point. The photo would have been taken between 1949 when he arrived in the parish and 1953 when the Breakfast room was demolished for safety reasons.

Shirehampton Level 3 Walk

Join our FREE Weekly Walk for the over 55's

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Start & Finish at The Tithe Barn (High Street)

Starting 12th September

Every Wednesday 10am (9:45am for first walk)

  • Up to 90 minute walks up to 2 – 3 miles
  • Mainly pavement and uneven ground routes
  • Medium pace
  • Bring money for refreshments after walk

For more information contact:

Cheryl Martin (Health Walks Coordinator) Mobile: 0753 0564 332 or Anna Palmer (Health Trainer)

Mobile: 0778 597 7290

St. Andrew's Ladies Club

Dates for your diary:

  • 4 September - Quiz
  • 18 September - Fibromyalgia (Sharon Blake)
  • 2 October - Autumn Hanging Basket (Edith)
  • 16 October - Bristol Blitz (Peter Goodchild)
  • 6 November - Cupcakes by Sue Teach Me - Sugarcraft
  • 20 November - Square Things! (Carol and Thelma)
  • 4 December - In House Christmas Party

Christmas Outing to be arranged

St. Andrew's Ladies Club meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at: St. Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth at 7.30 to 9.15 p.m. (approximately)

Lamplighters Marsh Early Morning Bird Walk – Wednesday 17 October

Our next event in this year's programme of the BCC Wildcity Project partnership with SCAF is a fun and informative bird walk around Lamplighters Marsh, to be led by bird expert Ed Drewitt

WHEN: Wednesday 17 October, meet outside the Lamps Pub for a 7.15am start.

This is a free event, all welcome* but booking is essential as places are limited!. It will be mainly on flat path & suitable for wheelchairs.

*Children must be accompanied by an adult & well behaved dogs on leads please.

To book & for further info please contact Ash at Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) on 0117 982 9963 or email

191st Scout Troop

On Sunday, 26 August, the troop had a games stall at the Fun Afternoon held at Shirehampton Cricket Club. The games on offer were Splat the Rat and Jam for Ping Pong. Splat the Rat proved popular with Ross Kent from Henbury, winning £5.00.

Bristol Shiplovers Socity Programme for 2012

Talks take place at: -

The Wardroom, HMS 'Flying Fox',

Royal Naval Headquarters,

Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NS.

Talks start at approximately 1930 hours.


Meeting on the Following Tuesdays:

  • 9th October. - Portishead Inshore Lifeboat, David Herbert.
  • 30th October - Clifton Rocks Railway, Peter Davey.
  • 13th November - Replica sailing ship 'Matthew' in Canada, Richard Clammer.
  • 27th November - County Class Cruisers of the Royal, Navy 1927 - 1955 DVD Evening.

Membership: - Open to all with an interest in ships and the sea

Visitors are very welcome - £3.00 per head.

Avonmouth Sea Cadet Unit

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Avonmouth Sea Cadet Unit will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome. Nominations for the Election of the Management Committee should be sent to Mrs. P. Homer, Avonmouth Sea Cadet Unit, Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 9XA before Monday, 1st October, 2012.

Tithe Barn Enjoys Barbecue Success

THE Tithe Barn opened its doors to a family fundraising barbecue on Saturday 18th August. Attended by many Shirehampton residents young and old, for some this was the first time they had been inside the Tithe Barn since its refurbishment.

There were raffle stalls, a lucky dip stall and a cake stall full of home made cakes that were selling very quickly indeed. There was also a refreshments stall as well as tea and coffee made available from the kitchen.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Outside the barbecue was well underway and compliments to the chef for that afternoon whom also made a vegetarian option available as well. The food was very much enjoyed.

There were also some outdoor games that our very own Shire Chairman James Harris was found to be in charge of. From throwing hoops onto a pole to throwing bean bags into a box, the young children were having a great time and it didn't matter how close to the target you were, some still managed to miss but it was good fun especially as the sun made an impromptu appearance that afternoon.

Money raised from this event is to help kit out the Tithe Barn Kitchen with cutlery, cups, saucers, plates, bowls and glasses. Thank you to all who attended this event and made it the success it was.

Kathryn Courtney

New ShirehamptonChat Facebook Page

SHIREHAMPTONCHAT, a Yahoo group list that was begun on January 23rd, 2001, has now been going over 11 years and has 114 members.

The majority of the members were born in or grew up in Shire and now live all over the world. I have been its moderator, on and off, over those years. The purpose of Shirehampton Chat was:

“This list is open to current, past, and hopefully, future residents of the village of Shirehampton, Bristol, England, to share news, stories, memories, moans, congratulations, ideas, recipes, songs, historic information, search for members of their family tree, or just to simply stay in touch.”

Over the years, contributions to the group have waxed and waned and the format of the group didn't create an exciting, modern place for folk to meet. This week, a new venue has opened, Shirehamptonchat Facebook Page, with the same name and role. Please come and check us out.

Kind regards Angela Thompson Smith (nee Angela Powell)

Twyford Art Club

DRAWING and painting is an enjoyable pastime and what's more is considered to be therapeutic.

Shirehampton's Twyford Art Club is a small group of around 30 people and would welcome new members.

We have two hour sessions three times a week, Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9.30 to 11.30 am, and Thursday evenings 7 to 9 pm. Most people attend only one session each week, some a couple of sessions. The membership fee is currently £20 per annum.

We meet and paint together in the Penpole Room, above the Public Hall, Station Road from September to May. There is no formal instruction, but those of us with a little more experience are happy to give help where needed. Now and then we arrange Saturday demonstrations and workshops conducted by various well-known local artists and, during the Summer break, members often paint together in various outdoor locations in and around Bristol.

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

To find out more and what vacancies are available at any of the three sessions, phone me, John, on: 0117 9507916 or e-mail: