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Ship-Shape at 70

Harvest at Kingsweston Opposite Golf Club

Stay Safe This Winter

Shirehampton Christomas Fayre 2012

Tubbs The Butcher

Question Time Events introducing the Candidate for Bristol Mayor

Shirehampton Community Street Cricket – FREE

KWAG Gifts Important Engraving to the People of Bristol

Sad News For KWAG Supporters

Lawrence Weston Community Farm

From The Registers at St Mary's - September 2012

St Bernard's Church Christmas Fayre

St. Mary's News

National School

Shirehampton Public Hall Newsletter

A Story from Andalucia

Changes to Bristol's Household Waste Recycling Centres

Springfield Park Opening

Why Zumba? – Easy... Healthy Benefits For Us All!

Ship-Shape at 70

70th Anniversary Parade of the Sea Cadets

Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

AVONMOUTH SEA CADETS based in Shirehampton paraded through the village and past guests of honour to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the unit's foundation. The Port of Bristol Company also presented a cheque for £2000 to the charity.

Sunday 30 September 2012 saw over 40 cadets staff of TS Enterprise parade through the streets of Shirehampton to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the unit.

The parade was accompanied to Shirehampton Baptist Church and around the village by the championship winning band of TS Weston (Weston-super-Mare Sea Cadets). The moving church service was led by unit padre, Rev. James assisted by Sea Cadet Chaplain and former padre to the unit, Rev. Dr Schuman.

The guests of honour included, Deputy Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Geoffrey Gollop and Charlotte Leslie MP with the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mary Prior MBE taking the salute.

Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

After the parade all repaired aboard TS Enterprise for refreshments and the presentation of a cheque by Commodore Stanford RN (ret.) on behalf of Bristol Port Company and a bar to the Cadet Forces (Long Service) Medal for the unit's commanding officer, Lt (SCC) Victoria Sidwell RNR by Mary Prior MBE.

Whether at sea or on land, the Sea Cadets offers young people across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development – by learning new skills and working in teams – the SCC offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration.

Established in 1856 the Sea Cadets was created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Each unit is a registered charity that relies solely on donations and fund-raising for the £15000 it needs to operate. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businesses funded the unit building, a practice that continues to this day.

TS Enterprise (Avonmouth Sea Cadets) is a 48-strong Unit, comprising of youngsters aged from 10 to 18 based in an old signal station on the banks of the Avon. Founded in 1942, the Unit provides opportunities for young people in Bristol and North Somerset to undergo adventure training and life-skills activities, as well as gain qualifications and have fun.

The volunteer training staff are a mixture of those from a nautical background and those without a connection to the sea. All are trained to a high standard by the Sea Cadet , so if you think you have what it takes to be a cadet or to train them go to

Lieutenant (SCC) Victoria Sidwell RNR, Commanding Officer of the Unit, said: "Events such as this parade are important to the Cadets as it gives them a chance to demonstrate some of the many skills they have learned and show the world what a fine group of young men and women they are. In the parade was a 4th generation Avonmouth cadet, holding up a fine family tradition!"

Petty Officer (SCC) Christopher Batt added "We are grateful to the many local residents, former cadets and staff who took the time to come out and support us on this special occasion. Several of the cadets commented on how proud it made them feel to see everyone lining the streets and several cheers."

Chairman of the unit's trustees, Mrs Pat Homer said "This year sees the 70th anniversary of the decision to form Avonmouth Sea Cadets and the parade kicked off a year of celebrations."

The cadets are now gearing up a visit to HMS Heron at Yeovilton, Festival of Remembrance at the Colston Hall, Remembrance Sunday services and their Trafalgar Night celebrations.

The Marine Society and Sea Cadets is the UK's largest maritime youth charity and the world's oldest uniformed youth organisation.

To find out more, please call the Petty Officer Christopher Batt on 01934 411 594, email or visit

Photos by Bob Pitchford

Harvest at Kingsweston Opposite Golf Club

Stay Safe This Winter

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is reminding people of some top tips to help get their homes ready for winter – and to reduce the risk of fire.

Using portable heaters, log fires and electric blankets in one room may seem like a win-win situation, especially in these financially-challenging times.

Keeping you and your loved ones warm in that one room while keeping your heating and energy costs low sounds like a good idea, but you could pay the ultimate price if a fire starts.

So now that the darker nights and colder days are with us, AF&RS want to remind people of some simple steps they can take to help stay safe.

Electric blankets

You should always buy an electric blanket from a reliable source and make sure that it has a UK safety standard mark.

Other tips in relation to electric blankets include:

  • Never buy second-hand electric blankets; they may not meet current safety requirements;
  • Always read and follow manufacturer's instructions;
  • Examine your blanket regularly for signs of wear or damage;
  • Don't use the blanket while it's still folded or creased;
  • Don't use a hot water bottle at the same time as using the electric blanket; and
  • Don't touch the blanket if you have wet hands or feet, and never use the blanket if it's wet or damp.

Portable heaters

Plug-in heaters use a lot of electricity and generate a lot of heat. This means they can be dangerous if they are not bought from reputable shops and used correctly.

Other tips in relation to portable heaters include:

  • Position them clear of curtains and furnishings;
  • Keep at least three feet – one metre – away from them;
  • Have fireguards to prevent and protect children and/or pets from coming into contact with them; and
  • Never dry washing on or near them, or on the fireguards.


Chimneys with fires using smokeless fuel, bituminous coal, oil and gas should be swept at least once a year. Those using wood should be swept every three months when in use.

Smoke alarms

And last, but by absolutely no means least, think about smoke alarms, which have proven to provide an early warning that a fire has started, and gives people those vital extra minutes to safely escape.

Top tips concerning smoke alarms include:

  • Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home;
  • Check that the batteries are working at least once a week; and
  • Keep your smoke alarm clean and free from dust.

For even more fire safety advice,


Shirehampton Christomas Fayre 2012

Friday 7 December

Last year I held the second Shirehampton Christmas Street Fayre. The event consisted of fairground rides, stalls and street entertainment. It was an amazing success and by popular demand it's back this year!! The preparations are under way and we are liaising with the C ouncil to secure this year's event which is planned to be bigger again and we are hoping that we can get most of the stalls undercover so Gazebos, on loan, will be very welcome.

The event is funded purely on donations and the money raised is put back into the pot to ensure that the event continues every year. The event is for our children and their families in our community so it seems fitting that we make a donation from the profit to help South West Children's Hospice.

I was blown away by this wonderful place when I was kindly given a tour of the site. The facilities and the support given to the children and their families during such a difficult time are outstanding. The love that radiated from every inch of the building inspired me to want to do as much as I could to help them again this year.

Last year I presented another cheque to the Hospice and with this in mind I am now looking for as much support as I can get to make this event go well. I am asking if you could dig deep into your heart and offer us great raffle prizes, a financial donation or your time on the day.

Things I am in need of help with;

  • Raffle prizes & Banners (x 10)
  • Gazebos & Camping lights (on loan for the event and returned afterwards. As many as we can organise)
  • Toys for Santa's grotto (I am expecting to have 150 – 200 children visit this year) Posters
  • Road closure barriers

I am able to provide space for 40 stalls this year so if you would like to raise money for your own good cause I would love to hear from you. It doesn't matter whether you are selling as a business or just wanting to Car Boot all your old items, please support me and book a stall.

I would like to thank everyone who supported this event last year and I am very grateful for your ongoing support.

For further information please call in to PJ'S BARBER SHOP / LADY PJ'S HAIRDRESSING OR CALL ON 0117 9381123.

Lizzy Tucker

A Band for Carols on the Green

The West Bristol Concert Band have kindly agreed to provide the musical accompaniment to Carols on the Green on Christmas Eve and as an extra treat they are playing at St Mary's on Remembrance Sunday 11th November.

Tubbs The Butcher

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

AS PART OF THE SERIES "Support Your Local High Street" we intended to publish an article on "Tubbs The Butcher". However, just before publication we heard that Tubbs had been badly injured, when he fell from his bike seriously breaking his femur. He is likely to be unable to work for some time but we will publish the article at a later date with an update on his recovery. In the meantime - Tubbs we all wish you well for a speedy and complete recovery. Editor

Stepping Out For Healthy Walks

THIS is a joint scheme that has been launched by Walk For Health Bristol and LinkAge.The walks are free and aim to engage as many over 55's as possible, working with other local community groups that are involved in similar activities and events.

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

Level 2/3 walks are just a couple of miles. 4 plus walks are longer and will take people around the outskirts of Shirehampton.

We hope to set up a level 1 walking group at Stow House for people with less mobility. All walks will include refreshments which is an important part of these social activities.

For further information about the Healthy Walks or becoming a Volunteer Walk Leader look for the posters in local shop windows, contact Cheryl Martin on: 07530564332, e-mail or call in at the Tithe Barn on a Wednesday when you see the LinkAge sign in the window.

Long's Farm

With reference to Sunny Hill in the last issue, I vaguely remember a big house, but it was mostly screened from view by the big wall and foliage. However, I do remember Long's Farm vividly, with it's stone farmhouse and dairy. The ice-cream was delicous and we would be regularly treated to one as we walked, on most Sundays, to my grandmother's house in Sea Mills.

The farm had an adjacent field which filled the space between Portway School and Park Hill. The other boundary of the triangle was 'Steepy Fields' – a descriptive name for the muddy track which we children climbed from beyond the old cottages above The Green to the squatter's huts and the school.

The field was inhabited by a solitary horse and I often wondered if it was lonely even though it seemed perfectly contented. It may have had a working life at one time but, apparently, it was now retired. Gill Osman

Question Time Events introducing the Candidate for Bristol Mayor

With two weeks to go until Bristol heads to the polling booths to vote for their first ever elected Mayor, local charity Voscur has organised Question Time events with mayoral candidates in November.

More details about these events and Voscur can be found here: or by calling Voscur on (0117) 909 9949.

Mayoral Question Time at the University of Bristol, Clifton.

Date: Friday 2 November, 6 - 8pm

Venue: The Great Hall, Bristol University, Clifton.

Organised in partnership by University of Bristol Students Union, the University of Bristol and Voscur. This event is primarily for students but is also open to the wider community.

Mayoral Question Time Trinity Centre, Lawrence Hill.

Date: Thursday 8 November, 6.30 - 9pm

Venue: The Trinity Centre, Lawrence Hill

Organised in partnership by Voscur, St Pauls Unlimited and Easton and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Management. This event is primarily for residents and community groups in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill wards.

Bonfire Night at Tynings Field

Come along and have a jacket spud!

Remember folks, those Chinese lanterns can be a nuisance and dangerous.

Try some of our home-made pickle and chutneys.

Thanks to the two new volunteers who have started with us this month. We are continuing to work on areas of the land so far unused. We will be planting new fruit trees and developing new areas over the coming months, with walk-through areas.

If you wish to get involved our number is 0117 9090440

Shirehampton Community Street Cricket – FREE

THE charity called StreetChance offers young people the opportunity to play street cricket for free once a week in their local community. It is for all ages between 10 and 18. All standards are welcome.

StreetChance sessions use a fast-paced version of tape-ball cricket – a tennis ball wrapped in electrical tape – where each innings lasts for 20 balls and games last for just 20 minutes. It can be played with limited equipment in any contained space indoors or outdoors, so is ideal for inner city venues.

We aim to engage local police to help break down potential tensions in the community, there is funding available to put young people on coaching courses, become young leaders and also a coaching apprenticeship is available for keen young people (again involving no costs).

StreetChance is a partnership between the Cricket Foundation - the charity behind Chance to Shine - and Barclays Spaces for Sports and is also funded by the Lottery. The programme endeavours to engage young people from a range of backgrounds across the areas affected by youth crime and anti-social behaviour. It is partnered locally by Gloucestershire Cricket Board, Somerset Cricket Board and Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

Shirehampton sessions are on Mondays 6pm -7.30pm at the Brightstowe Academy, Penpole Lane, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 0EB,

If you need any more information Chris Munden will happily discuss it with you, please contact Chris on 07557 924 941 or

KWAG Gifts Important Engraving to the People of Bristol

THE Kings Weston Action Group donates 'missing link' in the City's records of the historic Kings Weston estate.

In September the Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) donated a copy of an early engraving of the historic estate to Bristol Records Office. The Volunteer group had acquired a copy of a famous print by Jan Kip showing the lost Tudor house and elaborate formal gardens with the intention of gifting it to the City. Produced as part of Robert Atkyns book "The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire" published in 1712, the engraving illustrates many lost features and is an essential reference work for anyone interested in the history of the park which is now jointly owned by Bristol City Council and the National Trust.

David Martyn of KWAG said "This print is a unique record of the house and gardens just before they were extensively rebuilt. The engraver has included an incredible amount of detail ranging from the potted trees outside the long-lost orangery, to the merchant ships moored in King Road out in the Severn waiting for favourable tides to take them into the city. It really shows how lavish the gardens were – a miniature Versailles on the edge of Bristol" One of KWAG's aims is to promote a better understanding of the history of the estate and make it accessible to everyone. There is presently no copy of the engraving in any of the City's archives and KWAG's donation will help fill a significant gap in the public collections. The group hopes that the decision to deposit it with the Bristol Records Office will make it available to the widest possible audience. Julian Warren, one of the archivists at Bristol Record Office, said "We are delighted that Kings Weston Action Group is depositing the Kip engraving of Kings Weston at Bristol Record Office. The Record Office already holds several items relating to Kings Weston House, including a volume of drawings by the house's architect John Vanbrugh, some letters relating to the building's construction and the planting out of the estate grounds, and a large collection of papers from the Southwell family who built, lived and worked at Kings Weston House from the late seventeenth century onwards. This engraving by the celebrated topographical artist Jan Kip will be a very welcome addition to these records." 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

Sad News For KWAG Supporters

ON THURSDAY 18th October we received some extremely bad news. Just after completing the latest KWAG Newsletter, Tim Denning, co-founder of KWAG, had died suddenly at home. Tim was only 47 and his loss is a massive blow to KWAG, his friends and his family.

Some of you will have known Tim through emails, perhaps met him at KWAG events, or at one of the dozens of meetings attended by KWAG that go unreported. The existence of KWAG is entirely due to his enthusiasm and efforts. Since it's founding Tim had been instrumental in turning KWAG from a couple of aimless Vanbrugh enthusiasts into a thriving active and respected action group. His passion and commitment to Kings Weston were tireless. Much of the work in designing and producing our newsletters, exhibitions, walking guides and flyers was done by him. Tim developed and nurtured our relationship with the National Trust, the University of Bristol, and groups in Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston and was always innovating new ideas and directions that KWAG could explore to promote and restore the estate.

Tim's sudden passing has come as a massive blow both to KWAG and those who knew him personally. So fundamental was his role, it is impossible to separate the extent of Tim's achievements from KWAGs. The scale of what he achieved for the Kings Weston Action Group can't be underestimated and he leaves a massive hole that will be impossible to fill. KWAG will continue in its efforts to promote, conserve and enhance Kings Weston with renewed cause and determination in his memory.

We will pass on details of funeral arrangements as soon as we know them and we hope to find a suitable way to commemorate Tim's life and achievements at Kings Weston. - David Martyn

The Sun Shines Bright

NOW in its second year, Shirehampton Summer Fair took place at the local cricket ground on Sunday 26th August. Usually for a Bank Holiday weekend it pours down with rain but this time the sun shone brightly and it was a lovely warm summer day.

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

There was a mini funfair of rides and bouncy castles for the children as well as games and prizes stalls where you could win anything from a Smurf soft toy to a bottle of wine. The local Baptist Church had a mini version of the Messy Church event that they run on a regular basis, whilst the 191st Scout Group had a fun game to catch the rat (not a real one I may add!!). Tynings Field Community Group were selling jams and vegetables, whilst books, jewellery, conserves, greeting cards, toys and children's gift stalls were also present throughout the afternoon. There was also the chance to try out some basket ball with a local coach from Schools Plus whilst you could also try your hand at golf putting courtesy of Shirehampton Golf Club.

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

Photo: Kathryn O'Neill

There was also a barbecue that was proving very popular and a tea/coffee stall with a large selection of cakes readily available to buy. It proved to be a very enjoyable afternoon and thank you to the organisers who worked hard in getting this community event together.

Kathryn Courtney

Stolen Cockerel

Two cockerels on a re-homing programme were stolen from Woodwell Road, along with two pullets who were nowhere near the point of laying – these birds will not produce you any eggs. If the thief is reading this then we hope they cost you a lot of money to feed over the winter months. We have reported it to the police.

With regards breeding do they know the difference between cockerels and hens? The hens are not pedigree nor are the male birds. Perhaps the person realises they don't know enough about birds to keep them and decide to return them, but we will have very little sympathy for them when they awake at six to two cockerels crowing. The dame may have lost a shoe in this case! All in all, a dumb thing to do, and a totally ignorant and arrogant act of theft which has left them with egg, or in this case no eggs, on their face.

Attention all bird fanciers who visit the bird sale in Avonmouth, or anyone else with information, please phone 01179090440.

Where were they going?

DO YOU KNOW where the people in this photo were going or when? It was taken at the bottom of Old Quarry Road, opposite the Bean Acre.

Environment Agency Flood Warning Service

We provide a free flood warning service to many areas at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea. You can find these warnings:

  • on our website:,
  • by calling Floodline free on 0845 988 1188
  • by registering to receive them directly, by phone, text, email or fax through our free

Floodline Warnings Direct service.

Act now by planning what you would do in a flood

Find a template for a flood plan at:

To contact someone in your local area office who can provide support and advice on your community flood plan call 01278 484812 or email

Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Half-Term Family Activities

Activities are suitable for all ages and are free unless otherwise stated. Just turn up on the day. Under 10's must be accompanied by an adult.

Lantern Making

Thurs 25th Oct 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Come and make beautiful lanterns to help decorate the woodland.

Trapeze in the trees

Tues 30th Oct 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Join performance group Whispering Woods in our Water Vole Woodland to have a go on a trapeze in the trees.

Soup cooked on a fire

Wed 31st Oct 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Come and help make a big pot of soup on an open fire in the woodland using ingredients from the farm's gardens. Yummy.

Woodland story telling

Thurs 1st Nov 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Magic story making down in the woods. Hot chocolate on sale - bring a blanket.

Make a leaf press

Fri 2nd Nov 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Make your own leaf press and find out why the leaves fall from the trees and where they all go!

Courses for Adults Autumn / Winter 2012

Visit our website to book a place or call 0117 9381128

Green woodworking

Mondays all year 10am - 1pm

A weekly session learning how to use traditional green woodworking tools and techniques. You will start by making a spoon, spatula or other simple project and move on to more complex projects as your skills develop. £5 / £3 (low wage / unemployed) per session

Willow basket making

Friday Nov 9th 10am - 3pm

Learn all of the basic basket making techniques needed to make a beautiful basket out of willow. £20 / £10 (low wage / unemployed)

OCN Intro to Forest School

Mon 12th/Tues 13th Nov 9.30am - 5pm

This course offers the opportunity to develop confidence, skills and knowledge in order to work with children in an outdoors setting. The course will be taught by Jon Attwood from the Forest of Avon Trust. £190

Apple tree pruning

Sat 24th Nov 10.30am - 12.30pm

Learn the secrets to pruning young apple trees in order for them to have productive fruiting lives. Free


Sat 23rd Feb 10am - 4pm

We will be coppicing from the farm's Watervole woodland and learning different ways of using the hazel rods. With Jon Attwood, Forest of Avon Trust. £40 / £20 (Low wage/ unemployed)

Woolly Skills

Fri 7th December 10am - 3pm

A day for having a go at some new ways to use wool. There will be a chance to learn the traditional methods of peg and loom rug weaving, felting and the wonderful skill of knitting socks. £20 / £10 (low wage /unemployed)

Bees Wax Candles

Thurs Dec 13th 2pm - 4pm

Learn how to make beautiful rolled bees wax candles and decorate them for presents or table decorations £5 (includes two candles)

Living willow structures(Date tbc)

Learn how to plant and look after a willow tunnel or dome.

Chicken keeping day

Sat 23rd Feb 10am - 3pm

Everything you need to know about keeping your own chickens £30 /£10 (Low wage / unemployed)

From The Registers at St Mary's - September 2012

BAPTISM "We welcome you"

  • 22nd - Maya Thompson
  • 30th - Cody Jonathan Michael Shean, Rhys Douglas Walker, Hope Marie Rogers, George Stephen Richard Shaughnessy

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace"

  • 25th - Kenneth Curnock - Canford
  • 28th - Colin Dando - Canford, Valerie Gay - St Mary's, Harold Black - St Mary's

WEDDINGS "All that I am I give to you"

  • 1st - Jessica Jenkins & Paul Raby
  • 15th - Kira Newman & Matthew Williams
  • 22nd - Gaynor Scattergood & Philip Thompson
  • 29th - Kelly Trump & David Wescott

St Bernard's Church Christmas Fayre

This will take place on Saturday 1st December 2012 in St Bernard's School Hall, from 10.30am to 2pm (although times may be subject to a slight change). There will be Tombola, Children's Corner, cakes and preserves, Christmas cards and gifts. Tickets for the Christmas draw are on sale in the church preceding the event, and will also be on sale at the Fayre on the day, when the winning ticket will be drawn. Refreshments include bacon rolls, hot dogs, tea and coffee. Admission for adults 20p.

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

Here we are at the season when the mornings begin to get much colder and the evenings draw in that much earlier – just where did that supposed Summer go? Never mind, I have some heart warming news for you concerning our Harvest Appeal for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. It is with much pleasure to tell all of you who supported this Appeal that we raised the magnificent sum of £3,600 which is £2,000 above the target of £1,600 we originally set. How can I thank all of you who supported the appeal and supported all the money raising events? Your generosity in this time of recession and unemployment is absolutely beyond measure. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

I also have to thank all the residents of Kingsmead Lodge for their kindness in giving the church a second Harvest Loaf, fresh produce and tinned produce which will be given to the little Sisters of the Church to feed those less fortunate than ourselves. Again your generosity is to be applauded – thank you!

Before I leave the subject of Harvest I must say how many people appreciated the flower displays within the church. A big thank you must go to all who spent a lot of time and work to make it such a wonderful display. Also thank you to those of you who made generous donations towards the cost of the flowers. One particular display by Pat Davidson in the window sill at the south west corner received much acclaim as it depicted an eye and eye lashes. It was very cleverly done depicting the iris, the surrounding blue area of the eye and grasses for the eye lashes. Pat is one of the ladies in our Craft Group and is able to turn her hand to most artistic things. We also have to thank the local Art Group, who meet in the church on a Tuesday afternoon for the wonderful paintings they displayed in the north west corner of the church. It is amazing how much local talent we have in Shirehampton. Finally, thanks to Gill Sawyer, we enjoyed a wonderful Harvest Supper on the Friday evening at the beginning of the Harvest Festival Weekend with entertainment by Terry Merrett-Smith and his Slide Show, which set out the life and times of Ivor Novello which was accompanied by short clips of his music.

If this edition of "Shire" reaches you before the 2nd November then you will still have the opportunity to buy your ticket for an evening of entertainment by "The Knicker Lady". Tickets are £10 and you will be given a FREE glass of wine during the interval. I am told her show is absolutely hilarious!

In place of our usual 10.00 am Holy Communion Service on Sunday 4th November we shall be holding a Pets Service. This has proved very popular in the past and now it is felt is the time to repeat it. Please bring your pet with you if you would like it to receive a blessing. Pets are a wonderful source of comfort – particularly to the young and elderly. Don't worry about the size of your pet – we have had a horse in church before – and the roses in the church yard even grew better after its visit!!

St. Mary's is holding another Beetle Drive in church on Wednesday 7th November which will commence with Lunch at 1.00 pm. If you are interested – please put your name on the list at the back of the church. This will enable Gill Sawyer to know how many to cater for. There is no charge for Lunch but a retiring collection will be taken to help defray the cost of providing the meal.

Saturday 10th November will once again see us at St. Mary's holding our annual Memorial Service for those of us who have lost loved ones either recently or long ago and still miss their presence amongst us. There will be Memorial Cards present for you to enter the names of loved ones who have passed on. These cards will later be hung on our Tree of Light on Advent Sunday and remain there over the Christmas period.

The next day is, of course, Remembrance Sunday and our 10.00 am Service will commence with reading the Roll of Honour – the names of those killed in action in World Wars I & II which are displayed in our West Window and the names of those killed in more recent wars. The choir and congregation will then process through the Village to the War Memorial on Shirehampton Park for the 2 minutes Silence and the Act of Remembrance. Shirehampton Cricket Club have, once again, kindly offered us their facilities for a hot cup of Tea or Coffee after the Service to which all are welcome. The Bar is usually open for those who require a little stronger beverage to ward off the chill of an Autumn Sunday morning!

At 6.00 pm the same evening – in St. Mary's – there will be a Service of Choral Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer with music provided by the combined Church Choir and Shirehampton Area Choir. All are very welcome to attend this service – we shall be pleased to see you there. Tim Forder – our Musical Director – has been tirelessly endeavouring to hone us into shape at recent choir practices!

Now here, as promised, are details of our Festive Food Fayre. Much midnight oil has burnt by our Lay Minister – Gill Sawyer – in preparing a wonderful variety of home-made food products for your delight - to purchase for yourself, or as gifts, this coming Christmas. It is to be held in the church from 10.00 am until 12 noon on Saturday 24th November. There will be Preserves, Cakes, Christmas Hampers, etc., to tempt your palates – also a variety of Christmas Gifts. On the same day a Raffle will be launched in aid of the Tithe Barn which is still in need of a considerable amount of money to refill the coffers which enabled its purchase. Please put this date in your Diary, as you know how much we rely on your support.

Here is some news hot off the Press – 2 candidates were interviewed in early October for the vacant position of Priest in Charge at St. Mary's. If one of them appears to be acceptable to the Churchwardens and the Parochial Church Council then we may well have a new Vicar before much longer. If neither of them fit the "bill" then we may have to advertise the vacancy again. It is a question of wait and see. We would very much appreciate your prayers that a suitable priest may soon be found to lead us forward into the future.

Did you hear about the nun who was driving a Jeep in the Middle East when she ran out of petrol. The only container she could find was a chamber pot which she took to a nearby petrol station. She then returned to the Jeep and commenced to pour the petrol into its tank. Some Sheikhs were looking on in amazement whilst she was doing so and one said to her - "Sister, we don't share your religion, but we admire your faith"!

'Bye for now - C.M.E.

Shirehampton Methodist Church 137th Church Anniversary Service

Sunday November 18th 2012 at 11:00am

Presenter Rev Jacky Quarmby

This will be a united service with our Sea Mills friends who will be joining us.

A warm welcome is extended to all

National School

THIS drawing by Betty Marten evokes memories of the National School before it became the sadly crumbling building we see today. The attempts to rescue it and refurbish for community use have been thwarted through the inability thus far to raise grants but here is a brief history of the school when it was a pivotal part of village life.

Opened in 1863, the first entry in the Log Book was written on 29 June of that year listing the names of the teachers. In 1897 the building was extended to make room for more children and they enjoyed a 5 week summer holiday instead of 4 whilst the building work was undertaken. The front room of the extension was used as a music room. There were separate playgrounds for girls and boys. Exams were held once a month in the hall which was divided by a curtain. The Log details daily life in the school and here are a few snippets. In 1864 the children were given a day's holiday to see the opening of Clifton Suspension Bridge. There were many reasons for absenteeism including children helping with potato planting, stone picking, the lack of shoes or suitable clothes, and gleaning (at harvest time presumably). Extremely bad weather also prevented children reaching the school. Illness was obviously a major reason for absence, the most worrying diseases being cholera, scarlet fever and diphtheria, the latter causing the school to be closed for two weeks in 1901 for disinfecting and the burning of all school books, pencils, erasers etc. to eliminate the infection.

In 1926 a school more fit for purpose was opened in St Mary's Walk but that was soon too small to meet demand and for a while there were overflow classes held in the Public Hall but the children had to go to the National School to use the toilets!

During WW2 the old school sustained some bomb damage. It has accommodated a snooker club and café in more recent years but the current owners have had planning applications for demolition and the building of flats turned down.

Shirehampton Public Hall Newsletter

The trustees are pleased to inform you that work is now under way to make good the refurbishment of rotten woodwork and painting of the exterior of the building.

We anticipate that this will make the building watertight. The work is being funded partly by a grant from Bristol City Council, partly from the Public Hall Community Association funds that have been set aside for repairs and also money due to the hall from Section 106 planning gain. This is a real joint effort.

Meanwhile the hall continues to function normally. Apart from some windows that may be out of action there should be minimal disruption to community activities. The hall continues to be an attractive venue for the resident groups and other bookings.

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

Katie will be on leave for a while, and all bookings and enquiries will be handled by our new temporary manager Sean. contact or 0117 9829963.

A Story from Andalucia

Kingsweston Primary School photo

Kingsweston Primary/Junior School 1959/61

Kingsweston Primary/Junior School 1959/61

This was the front page article, with the photograph, that appeared on the front page of last months 'Shire' and Tony Pugh has enquired about getting in touch with the author Brenda Haine. He would like her to contact him through the Shire or at - Tony Pugh, 9 West Parade, Sea Mills, BS9 2JU. He would love to hear from her!

The following names have been supplied by Andrew Brent Bushell

Kingsweston School photo 1959 – 1961

Bottom row (L-R): Peter Chapple, Douglas Lyons, Tony Pugh, John Matthews, Brent Bushell, Leslie Mundy, Adrian Andrews.

First row (L-R): Phillip Watts, Douglas Lyons, Alan Pearce, Pamela Webb, Sally Stewart, Susan Ford, Leslie Dodds, John Holbrook, Keith Derrick.

Second row (L-R): Irene Bartlett, Gail Beckerly, Jennifer Exon, Mary Heal, Veronica Golder, Margaret Tayler, Judith Wade, Sylvia Smith

Third row (L-R): Mr Baker (geography teacher) Steven Foxworthy, Michael Turkington, Peter Hamblin, Bobby Bristow, Tony Revell, John Turner, Michael Harris, David Curtis, Michael Moore, Mr Ware (headmaster)

Changes to Bristol's Household Waste Recycling Centres

As well as moving to the Winter opening hours of 8am to 4.15 pm from October 29 2012, Bristol City Council will be making changes to the way the Avonmouth and St Philips Household Waste Recycling Centres operate.

The changes will help to control congestion for Bristol residents who are bringing domestic waste. They will also control the costs to local council taxpayers for recycling and waste disposal and fund the operation of the planned Household Waste Recycling Centre in South Bristol.

The changes include:

Checking visitors are Bristol residents - around twenty percent of people using the centres are not Bristol residents. Neighbouring authorities restrict the use of their centres to reduce queues and save money. Spot checks will now be carried out at Bristol Household Waste Recycling Centres to ensure all users are Bristol residents. A driving licence, a recent utility bill or council tax bill will be accepted as proof of residence. CCTV will also help in maintaining safety for both visitors and staff.

Limits on DIY and construction waste - the number of bags of DIY and construction waste brought to the Household Waste Recycling Centres by residents carrying out home projects will be limited to one car boot load or six 25kg bags per visit or per week, whichever is the less. This type of waste is classed as industrial waste even if it is generated at home, which means that Councils do not have a statutory responsibility to accept it. By limiting how much people can dispose of will bring Bristol in line with other local authorities and ensure that it is a service for Bristol residents only, rather than traders trying to dispose of their waste for free.

Examples of DIY and Construction materials include hardcore rubble, plasterboard, roofing material or soil. Only three sheets of bonded asbestos will be accepted per visit or per week, whichever is the less. All asbestos must be double wrapped and sealed with tape.

Changes to the permit scheme - the Council is changing the permit scheme that affects vans, pick ups and trailers over 5ft in length to make sure that permit holders are using their vehicles to dispose of household waste only. The days permit users can use the HWRCs will be restricted to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The existing height restriction of 2.4 metres still applies.

Permit holders will also need to provide a copy of their vehicles V5 registration document, driving licence and one recent utility or council tax bill when they apply for a permit. Letters will be sent out to existing permit holders informing them of the changes before 29 October 2012.

Community Learning Survey

Local authorities, colleges and other organisations are working together to improve community learning in the West of England. We are gathering information from local residents in Avonmouth and Kingsweston wards. If you would like to give your views about the adult community learning you want to see in the area, you can contribute by completing a survey monkey, which can be found on If you prefer, you can contact Suzanne to complete a paper questionnaire.

There is also a chance to come to a Community Learning Planning Day to look at priorities for community learning in your area, on Thursday 8th November at the Tithe Barn in Shirehampton. Please get in touch with Suzanne, Learning Communities Team on 0117 9030072.

Springfield Park Opening

ON Saturday 6th October, on a lovely sunny afternoon Shire Community Action Forum (SCAF) put on a family fun event to celebrate the redevelopment of Springfield Park & Play Area. The event was very popular, with lots of local families & children coming along to enjoy a free Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Childrens entertainer & a Puppet show & a nice piece of cake!

Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

At 3pm there was a celebratory cake cutting to mark what has been 3 years hard work by the SCAF Play Areas team (Bert Welch, Anita Johnston, Sam Jefferies & Ash Bearman) along with our partners at Bristol City Council (Lucy Empson, John Knowlson & Kellie Waite). The play area was funded with £50,000 from the Community Spaces Lottery (thanks to our facilitator Jowanna Lewis) and Bristol City Council supporting the redevelopment with a further £37,000.

A huge thank you to all involved in the project which has given Shire a new modern play area to be enjoyed by all for many years.

If you would like further information about SCAF, please contact Ash Bearman at Shire Public Hall: email: or call on 0117 982 9963

Is The Co-operative being Co-operative?

This is a copy of a letter sent to the Co-op head office.

I write as a long standing member of the Co-operative Soc. I am also a resident of Shirehampton.

We used to have two Supermarkets in Shirehampton, plus a grocer, but since the Co-operative have had the monopoly in Shirehampton things have deteriorated. They no longer have a deli counter and when I asked why I was told "It was not profitable". Many older people are now unable to buy just a slice or two of cooked meat or bacon, also small amounts of cheese. Often there are gaps on the shelves or they run out of 'special offers'. It also seems that they block any competition as they own the premises that have become vacant. We should have competition, it is good for all concerned.

Could you please tell me if the situation will improve at the Co-op in the near future? When people go outside Shirehampton to purchase their needs, they do their whole shop at that place thus not taking their trade to the Co-op.

I remain yours in anticipation of a reply.

Mrs Hazel V Thorne

This is their reply

Dear Mrs Thorne,

Thank you for contacting the Co-operative Careline.

Clearly, in this case, we have omitted products you particularly enjoy, and I sincerely apologise if this causes you disappointment. It is impossible for us to stock every item that each of our customers wish to buy and we have to settle on a range that is likely to be suited to a majority of customers. I have, however, forwarded your comments onto the Buying department so that they can be taken into consideration at the next range review.

Thank you for contacting the Co-operative Customer Relations. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Yours sincerely

Customer Relations The Co-operative Group

Potentially Dangerous Power Tools Being Sold Door to Door in Bristol.

POTENTIALLY dangerous power tools are being sold door to door in Bristol at present. Householders are being warned by Bristol City Council Trading Standards Service to be on their guard if approached by traders calling unannounced at homes trying to sell these.

"Residents should be aware that these items may not be genuine and could be of inferior quality. The origin of items sold door to door is often unknown and therefore the safety compliance may not be what it should be" said Sarah Saunders, Principal Officer at Bristol Trading Standards.

Anyone who is offered electrical goods door to door should consider the following:

  • Why they are being sold in such a manner.
  • That they could well be unsafe and/ or counterfeit,
  • That purchasing tools in this manner will leave little or no opportunity to resolve any problems that might occur.
  • That the instructions for the items are often not supplied.

Cllr Guy Poultney, Cabinet Member for Communities said, "Our advice is to not buy goods or services from anyone you don't know that call uninvited at your door. Do not be persuaded into making snap purchasing decisions on your doorstep. It's just never worth the risk".

Traders who sell goods or services to consumers for more than £35 during a visit to their home or place of work should give a cancellation notice, detailing a seven day cooling off period. If no such cancellation notice is given then a criminal offence may have been committed.

Bristol City Council Trading Standards Service is always keen to learn of such instances; however, many traders who trade door to door do not leave adequate details and are difficult to trace. The Citizens Advice Consumer Advice Service can provide initial advice to consumers who have problems with goods or services. They can be contacted on 08454 04 05 06.

Further information on this release from Vicky O'Loughlin on 0774746 0496; Safer Bristol (Tuesday to Wednesday) or Corporate Communications Thursday and Friday morning );

Help the Heroes Fund Raising Event

Club, all the staff and Drew Martin the entertainer, for helping us make the evening such a big success. Thanks also to everyone who supported us, gave prizes for the raffle and cash donations. With your help we were able to make a donation to Help the Heroes for £527.

Tessa Good, Jenny Wootten

"Neil Diamond" at the Public Hall !!!

A Tribute Charity Night in aid of Brain Tumour Research

Saturday 24th November at 7.30 pm in Shire Public Hall

£6 per ticket which includes Ploughman's Supper B.Y.O.D.

Tickets available at the library, the butcher's, 2, Cerney Lane & 1, Burford Grove

Thank you for your very kind donation. Ed

Why Zumba? – Easy... Healthy Benefits For Us All!

INTERESTED in trying out Zumba? Devotees know it's a super workout with infectious music and a committed following. But if you're on the fence about whether it's for you or you've somehow never heard about it, then this super fun dance fitness program has a vast number of healthy benefits to tempt you to your local class!

Zumba instructor, Louise Sweetland, from Britannia Dance states "I always tell people to give it three classes when they're first starting out. Once you go a few times, you start to recognize the repetitions in the dances, you'll start to get it, and you'll be hooked!" The cardio nature of Zumba means big results. Studies have proven that on average the number of calories burned in a class is over 800 in an hour. During a Zumba class, you also engage a ton of muscles, often (blissfully) unaware that you're incorporating traditional fitness moves like squats and lunges into your choreography. "It tightens and tones your body from head to toe," says Louise.

I have a student who lost a stone from Zumba in just 6 months – and she was having fun!"

"It's the best and most enjoyable exercise I have ever done!" says Michelle Jarrett who attends Louise's class every week at Shirehampton Hall "I have tried the gym and aerobics but Zumba beats it all! Workouts that feel like work are hard to get excited about. But Zumba is so enjoyable you actually want to keep coming back. It completely changes the idea of exercise because it's something you really look forward to,"

Zumba even suits people of all ages! "Dancers attending my class range from 17 to over 70!" say's Louise. "Dancers can adapt their moves to suit their physical capability and own energy levels" At the same time still providing the same stress releasing benefits and endorphin release to improve your mood.

Regularly attending Zumba classes is also a great way to meet people. "You see new and familiar faces every week and it starts to feel like you're just going out dancing with your friends," says Chris who also attends a weekly class with Louise. The music is so infectious and it's just so much fun," she says.

To experience all these benefits for your self while learning a multitude of different rhythms and steps then come to Shirehampton Hall at 6pm on regular weekly Tuesdays (sorry, no class on 30th Oct). Its only £5 for an hour class and Louise promises it will be the best £5 you spend all week! Alternatively for more details visit or simply call Sam on 07766 101790.