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Christmas Dinner with The Lord Mayor.

Here's to the Next 40 Years!

Letters to the Editor

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) Needs You!

The Magic of Motown

All Hands to the Pump

Heritage Lottery Funding for History Project

News from Tynings Field

Kingsweston Preservation Society (KWPS)

St. Mary's News

Shirehampton School Library Opening.

Christmas Fayre Gets Festivities Underway.

Twyford House

Christmas Dinner with The Lord Mayor.

With many of us having attended Christmas lunches and parties during the season of goodwill, Penpole Lunch Club shared their Christmas Dinner with the Lord Mayor, Peter Main. He arrived in full regalia and was greeted with applause from members of the club and after chatting to a couple of people took his seat at the centre table ready for lunch to be served.

Representatives from local organisations included SCAF, Shire Newspaper, the local Police, LinkAge, local Housing Officers and the Co-op also attended the event.

Traditional Christmas lunch was served with all the trimmings, and a choice of Christmas pudding or gateau as the sweet. Party hats were worn, corny jokes from Christmas crackers read out and mince pies and Christmas cake eaten whilst people socialised and chatted away quite happily to each other. The Lord Mayor seemed to have spoken to everyone sharing banter, laughter and the odd joke or two. He seemed to be very much at home and having fun with drawing the winning tickets for the raffle with prizes never ending! He also took part in an impromptu sing-a-long during his two hour visit.

Ruth said of the lunch "It was very nice, I loved the pudding which was strawberry gateau". Another regular attendee, Robert said "It was a very good lunch. I loved it all and enjoyed it very much" whilst Hazel described it as "brilliant, it was an excellent spread that Sandra put together as always and the table decorations were excellent too, everybody involved worked hard today"

With high praise such as this it is important that the Penpole Lunch Club continues running as it provides a much needed service and social club to the older generation in our community. Grants are not easy to come by for such organisations in light of cutbacks and without local fundraising and Sandra White's determination, this is one lunch club that will continue as long as people support it.

The Lord Mayor, Peter Main wanted to add his own comments to the club's Christmas celebrations. "I'd like to say thank you to Sandra and her team for such a good lunch. It was great to meet the people of Shirehampton and meeting the people from Penpole Residents Association. I've enjoyed every minute of it."

The final word for the afternoon after the meal was finished was left with Sandra White who organises and runs Penpole Lunch Club. "It turned out fine. Everything went to plan and everyone said they enjoyed themselves. As for me I'm now tired but it's been good fun." she said. Kathryn Courtney

Here's to the Next 40 Years!

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since members of the SHIRE committee led the Carols on The Green on Christmas Eve 2011, and looked forward excitedly to our 40th anniversary year.

On the one hand it seems to have passed in the glimpse of an eye but, equally, there have been countless hours of hard work put in by many volunteers to mark this milestone year.

For me a particular highlight was the visit of the Lord Mayor, the Rt Hon Cllr Geoff Gollop, to our 'SHIRE Past, Present and Future' exhibition in the Methodist Church Hall. He seemed not only genuinely interested but extremely impressed by what SHIRE aims to achieve and it was fantastic to hear him say he would be telling people about Shirehampton on his travels and holding up the village as an example of how to do community well.

It was also very encouraging to see how enthusiastically pupils from Oasis Academy Brightstowe engaged with our competition to imagine Shirehampton in another forty years' time. There are surely some future editors among the winners...

I said at our celebration evening to thank our volunteers that I was very conscious of standing on the shoulders of many, many people who had built SHIRE up over the previous decades. Now, at the end of this special year, I'm even more aware of that fact and of the need to make sure we, the current committee, prepare SHIRE well for whatever the future may hold in terms of technology, economics and changing tastes. I'm confident we're on track with that and, whatever happens, that SHIRE will still have at its core a concern for building up the community we serve.

Here's to the next forty years!

James Harris Chairman

Shire Community Grants

The 'Shire' committee is now in a position to provide a modest amount in community grants. If you run a local organisation which benefits particular or general sections of the community and have a requirement for funds please apply by the 31st January latest. We will then discuss and award funding at our February meeting. Simply give us a brief description of your organisation and the purpose to which the award would be used. You can apply via or via the 'Shire' folder in the library.

Letters to the Editor

Shops in Shire

Can't we get someone like Morrisons to take the old school in Station Road, that was a snooker hall. We need a new shop- all we have is the Co- op. We need to make the Co- op sell the old Alldays to someone like Iceland.

Why can they have the Co-op store and the petrol station as well. It was bad news for Shirehampton when they took over Somerfield stores.

M Baker

Sunny Hill

Dear Editor,

I have just read Gil Osman's note mentioning Sunny Hill. The name doesn't ring a bell with me, but the area in general does, so I am assuming that Sunny Hill is the hill rising up from the former Police Station towards the golf course. I remember Long's Ice Cream and the rough road up to the squatters' huts which became Portway School in 1951. One day, we were in the allotments above the hill when we heard that a bus had crashed at the bottom of the hill. We looked over the edge and could see a double- decker literally at right angles across the road just a fraction up from Longs. I wonder if Gil or any others remember that? The date would be about 1952.

Dave Hunt, Severn Beach.


Dear Editor,

Following Hazel Thorne's letter about the Co-op in the November issue, I would also like to ask a question of the Co-operative Society. Why is unleaded petrol being sold at 134.09p per litre in the Co-op/Texaco petrol station in Westbury-on-Trym, whereas on the same day (17th November) it is sold at 135.90p in the Co-op/Texaco petrol station in Shirehampton? Surely, Westbury is generally a far more affluent area than Shire and the residents could well afford to pay the higher price. Why are we so penalised? Gil Osman


Dear Editor,

Everybody is talking about the Co-op being so dear which is right we need the choice of another shop. But I also can't believe what the hairdressers charge. I have been a hair dresser for a long time. My mother went to one local hairdresser for years but can't afford to do so now. There won't be any hairdressers left soon, they charge so much. Mrs Harvey

(Thank you for donation ed)

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) Needs You!

SCAF is a local charity which works for the benefit of everyone in Shirehampton and the neighbourhood. It is active in community safety, children's play areas, environmental concerns, and planning matters. Most of the community work is carried out by SCAF's Action Groups. However, the management of SCAF itself depends on its charitable Trustees.

We are looking for additional Trustees to join the Board as well as general Trustees, we are also specifically looking for a new Company Secretary & in the longer term a new Treasurer.

The Board meets approx every 6 weeks on a weekday evening at Shire Public Hall at 6pm. The meetings are usually about an hour and a half long, occasionally longer, but always finish by 8pm

We would welcome any enquiries if you would like to talk over the role please contact David Thomas at You can also attend a Trustee meeting as an observer with no obligation just to see what goes on

Please contact either David or Ash ( Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) Shire Public Hall, Station Road, Shire, Bristol, BS11 9TU Tel: 0117 982 9963

PBA Programme

The City and Port of Bristol Social and Sports Club, Nibley Road Entertainment programme for the first half of 2013

  • 12th January - Dave Dean (Solo)
  • 26th January - Worn Out 45's (Duo)
  • 9th February - Dean St Clair (Solo)
  • 23rd February - Bak 2 Bak (Duo)
  • 9th March - Reunited (Motown Bank) Ticket only 5
  • 23rd March - Playground (Irish Band) Ticket only 3
  • 6th April - Kartoon Hedx (Duo)
  • 20th April - Ryan Turner (Solo)
  • 4th May - Two Way Street (Duo)
  • 18th May - Legends (Band)

For further details see the PBA notice-board or call 01179823927. Entertainment 2 for guests, free to members except where Ticket only.

Proposed Waste Disposal Scheme for Avonmouth

A proposal has been made to build a 100m scheme to recycle heat energy generated by waste facilities at Avonmouth. Low Carbon South West proposes a thermal energy grid distributing waste heat in the form of steam or water along a pipeline to companies in the locality. The project could be running by 2016 if funding is secured.

The thermal energy grid, proposed by Low Carbon South West, would see waste heat distributed along up to 10km of pipeline to companies in the area. If funding can be secured, the project could be up and running by 2016.

Brett Spiller, from New Earth Solutions, which runs household recycling plants in Avonmouth, said the scheme would "very much be welcomed".

Co-op Reopening

On Wednesday 12th December the Co-op re-opened after a refurbishment, and the event was marked with the help of some children from Shirehampton Primary School and carol singers from St Mary's. (photo by Bob Pitchford)

The Magic of Motown

The Grainger Players are back with a bang bigger, better and brighter than ever! The Magic of Motown produced by Lisa Curtis and Teresa Cox was a sell-out show and you can see why. It's been a year since we last saw The Grainger Players in Musical Melodies and they've worked hard in the last 12 months their pitch perfect harmonies are better than ever and their confidence has really grown.

Magic of Motown opened with a soulful rendition of Dancing in the Street that really got the crowd going. Going to the Chapel by Bernadette Shelley, Sadie and Charlotte was full of sublime harmonies, while Teddy's version of My Girl had all the ladies swooning. Teddy went on to steal the show with his natty dance moves in Ease on Down.

Scottie, Dotty and The Jimmies dressed in kilts and wigs were hilarious and would give Russ Abbot a run for his money. River Deep Mountain High featured some incredible vocals particularly from Laura Tuckwell and when the first act came to a climax with a trio of songs - again with some wonderful harmonies - the audience were left wanting more.

Act Two got off to a flying start with Laura Tuckwell's Respect cementing her as the Aretha Franklin of the South West! Working my way Back to You was full of energy from the whole group and the Steves really brought it this year in Float On with Theresa and Lisa. The costumes, choreography, sound and lighting were all first class and made the whole production look incredibly professional. The refreshments in the interval need a mention too and the money raised from the whole evening has gone to a worthy cause Help for Heroes.

The group finale brought the house down Mustang Sally was delivered with particular gusto! It really was another triumph of an evening and the anticipation for next year's show is already building!

Avonmouth Football Club Newsletter (Issue 1)

Those wishing to keep up to date with the club can access 'The Mouth', the NEW quarterly newsletter. Feedback is welcomed not just to make this a success but to help the club progress into the future. You can read the newsletter from a link on Chris George

Labour Candidate for Next General Election

A LABOUR prospective candidate has been chosen to fight the Bristol North West seat at the next General Election on May 7 2015. Darren Jones, who was born and bred in the constituency, is a trainee solicitor who attended the former Portway School before taking a degree in bioscience at Plymouth University.

The seat is currently held by Charlotte Leslie, who won it for the Conservatives in 2010. Phil Gaskin, Labour's regional director, said: "This has been a very keenly contested selection, and Darren Jones is a very strong candidate."

Free Computer Skills Course

at Avon Primary School, Barracks Lane starts Friday 25th January for 8 weeks, 1-3pm (times t.b.c) This course is for adults with few or no qualifications.

If you want to improve your skills or learn new computer skills this course is for you.

For more information contact Suzanne, Learning Communities Team, on 9030072 or

All Hands to the Pump

Can you help Avonmouth Sea Cadets? You saw them, all shiny and smart, marching through the village on Saturday 30th September and again for Remembrance Sunday, and there could not have been a clearer demonstration of how the young people benefit from being a part of this nationwide youth movement based on the ethos of the Royal Navy.

But behind that is a more mundane world. The unit's premises in Shirehampton, down on the riverside by the Lamplighters' pub, don't look after themselves. We rely on volunteers willing to do many things from uniformed staff attending every week to teach and lead the cadets to trustees looking after the little charity's funds.

Additionally, we have a small group of 'friends and supporters' who help us on a more ad hoc basis. Crucially, we rely on these volunteers to maintain and look after the unit's two buildings and grounds. The people who did do this have moved on and we are looking for fresh blood. Would this appeal to you? It requires competent handymen able to turn their hand to a wide variety of DIY tasks and able to manage the jobs on their own. Perhaps a small group working and planning together might be the best way, but if you're on your own don't be put off coming forward by that thought.

It might not look obvious but you would be doing a great deal of good for our young cadets. We pay for materials used but apart from that the only reward is the satisfaction of knowing you are helping the youngsters. Trust me, that satisfaction can be very great taking a pride in a smart well-turned-out cadet is one thing, but equally important is taking a pride in smart well-kept premises.

We also need a volunteer office administrator to help us keep the paperwork moving.

For more information contact: Douglas Lindsay, chair of the unit management committee.

Telephone 01934 822922 e-mail

Avonmouth Sea Cadets is a registered charity that celebrates its 70th birthday in 2012.

Shirehampton Cricket Club Under 11s

The team won the playoffs in the Bristol Indoor Cricket league and picked up their medals on 6th December at Bedminster Cricket ground. They played a nail biting semi-final and final all in one night on Saturday 1st December at Coombe down sports centre.

Mark Wallis

Heritage Lottery Funding for History Project

Those readers who joined us on the Lamplighter's Marsh history walk in March will remember meeting Peter Insole, Archaeological Officer of the Bristol City Council, who showed us a map of the area covered by the Remount in WW1. We are delighted to learn that Heritage Lottery Funding has been granted for an All Our Stories project to research the WW1 heritage of Shirehampton and Avonmouth.

It is fitting that this project comes shortly before we will be commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of this war. As the title suggests it is the stories of local people that will drive this.

Those readers who can remember family stories about how the War affected our area are encouraged to share them. The docks made this a strategically vital location from which to send troops and horses (hence the Remount) to mainland Europe. Many of you will have dug up horseshoes and other paraphernalia left over from the Remount which stretched from Station Road to West Town covering an area from the Daisy fields across what is now the Portway up towards High Street. So if you have any information please either contact Peter Insole on or leave a letter in the library Shire folder for the attention of Judy Helme.

Workers at the Avonmouth Remount - can readers identify anyone? (Photo leant by Mike Edwards of Pilning)

Workers at the Avonmouth Remount - can readers identify anyone? (Photo leant by Mike Edwards of Pilning)

Also of interest to local historians is the possibility that the huge collection of photographs, working papers and books from the late Ethel Thomas and deposited in the Bristol Record Office, are tol be catalogued and therefore accessible to the public. The BRO cannot prioritise this work for their own staff but are willing to train a volunteer to do it. The work is likely to take a year working one day per week. Kingsweston Action Group have initiated this project as they would obviously like access to the material, and a volunteer has come forward to start straight away. This is very good news.


News from Tynings Field

Tynings field Community Group in Shirehampton has received a Green Volunteering award. This is the second year running. Last year we were awarded the One to Watch and this year received an award for the Best Corporate Event. We had a day with volunteers who were on an 'out of the office' scheme via employment volunteering, and it was this that earned us the award. The award is now being passed on to the volunteers themselves. Other nominees were KWAG, (Kingsweston Action Group) and Windmill Hill City Farm, these however did not achieve an award. The winners were Avon Reptile Group, Stoke Park Action Group, Plastic Buddha Productions, Golden Hill Garden, and the Somali growing Project to name but a few. Green volunteering awards are specifically for those green projects and people who go out and beyond the call of duty, those who are innovative and dedicated to making Bristol a greener city and as we are from the same mould we wish the other winners well for 2013.

If you are unemployed Tynings Field can offer a Free course via City of Bristol College, in Community Volunteering this will lead to a CVQ qualification, if you are interested in volunteering and can work a few hours a month please get in touch, those that volunteer regularly and are unemployed can benefit from this qualification, we can also help with a CV and references for regular volunteers. Learn skills, use skills you already have. The course is around two hours per week at times to suit. We are always willing to take on volunteers who are able to work outside, and also those who can help with jam making and stalls. Working outside is not necessarily heavy manual work, but you will need boots and gardening gloves. Give us a call on 01179090440.

St Bernard's School - Ofsted

Congratulations to St Bernard's Primary School, Shirehampton for being awarded a better rating from Government inspectors. The school has been assessed as "good" overall by education watchdog Ofsted, an improvement on the "satisfactory" rating the school received in 2010.

It was the first inspection carried out since head teacher Meg Wilson took charge of the school, which has 139 pupils. Ms Wilson, former deputy at the school in Station Road, replaced previous head Adrian Willson.

Of the Ofsted report, she said: "It was great news for all of us because it shows our journey of improvement is having an impact it's good for children, staff and parents and a real boost."

Inspectors, who visited the school last month, noted that pupils made good progress across the school and achieved well. Inspectors added the children behaved well around school and enjoyed their learning, with teachers making lessons fun for the pupils. Ms Wilson said inspectors got a truer picture of the school because they visited at short notice. She said: "We found out about the inspection the day before and the inspectors saw us as we were you haven't got time to change anything. They got a truer picture of the school. Under the old inspection framework we had a couple of weeks' notice."

Avonmouth Rugby Club

Avonmouth Rugby Club Juniors held their first Christmas Bazaar at the club on the 2nd December and were delighted to welcome guests to the club for festive fun, a little shopping and a visit to Santa. It was a huge success and raised over 500 towards the Junior Triathlon Fund. The Triathlon will take place in August 2013 starting with a group of senior players and parents cycling from Bristol to Dover in time to see off some more parents and coaches on a Channel Swim. Finally, a sponsored run/walk for the younger members of the club will take place on our pre-season registration day together with fun day. The club are hoping to raise funds that will be split between the Great Western Air Ambulance, this season's chosen charity, and the Junior section.

Avonmouth Rugby Club Christmas Bazaar

Avonmouth Rugby Club Christmas Bazaar

The junior arm of the club is going from strength to strength with most teams winning their matches every Sunday. You may believe that rugby is for boys, but more girls have started to take up the sport and the club is delighted to encourage female participation through the junior section and its newly formed Ladies team, who train every Wednesday at 7pm following junior training at 6.00pm.

If you are interested in taking part in rugby why not come along to the club on Wednesday for a free trial or contact us on 0117 9829093.

Kingsweston Road - Petition

A petition to have the unrestricted zone on the Kingsweston Road removed is in circulation. This follows concerns by residents whose homes are located along the road, and local residents from the general area who use the road about the problem of excessive speeding and dangerous driving, particularly as the road is used by children walking to school unaccompanied, and there is the lack of a decent pavement. The petition can be found at and the deadline is 22nd January 2013.

Kingsweston Preservation Society (KWPS)

Following widespread publicity, a Special General Meeting of KWPS was held on Tuesday the 25th September 2012. It was agreed at the meeting that Chris Hutton, Colin Reid, and Colin Morse could act as Chairman, Treasurer, and Secretary, for the purposes of the meeting. Two proposals were then placed before the members, firstly that the society should be formally closed forthwith, and secondly, that any remaining funds should be transferred to Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG). Both these proposals were agreed unanimously by members present at the meeting, and by postal votes.

As a result, we would like to inform all readers that KWPS no longer exists as a society, and that all remaining KWPS funds have been transferred to Kings Weston Action Group. These funds will be used to support the activities of KWAG as described in the KWAG constitution. We are pleased to be able to support KWAG in this way, and wish the new society every success in their efforts to further the interests of Kings Weston House and parkland.

Colin Morse (acting secretary, KWPS)

St Andrew's Ladies Club Forthcoming Programme

Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at St Andrew's Church Hall, Avonmouth

  • January 8th - Beetle (Please note this date changed for one monthly only)
  • January 15th - Experiences of a Midwife Ruth Eddolls
  • February 5th - Raw Treasures Delicacies Sarah Melender
  • February 19th - Nursing experiences in Afghanistan Mrs Shaggo
  • March 5th - Cards to make Angela Abbott
  • March 19th - Venture Scouts to Uganda Mr Bell
  • April 2nd - Auction
  • April 16th - Cakes Rose
  • May 7th - Bingo
  • May 21st - Carnival in Rio Peter Goodchild
  • June 4th - Summer outing
  • June 18th - Fuschias John Anderson
  • July 2nd - Emmaus talk
  • July 16th - AGM with Bring and Share supper

No meetings in August.

War Graves - Remembrance

Your readers may be interested in a recent event in Canford Cemetery that always takes place on the Sunday after Remembrance Sunday. The local RAF Association invited me, as Deputy Lord Mayor, to attend the annual service of remembrance at the War Graves in the cemetery to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Filton Raid in 1940. Despite the fact that this takes place annually, I did not know about it. It was a beautiful, crisp, November morning when about 50 people were present, including air cadets from 2442 squadron (that meets in College Road, W-o-T) and sea cadets from TS Enterprise in Shirehampton, that I visited back in September. Father Andre Hart conducted the service and it was very moving as the names and ages of the 53 people who had died were read to a background of children playing in Canford Park alongside. As each name was read out, the grave was saluted. I thank those who are keeping this tradition going and I hope they will give it more publicity next year so that the wider community will take part.

Cllr Geoff Gollop, Deputy Lord Mayor

Thank You...

National Lottery Awards 2012

It would be easy to be disappointed at the news that we are runner-up in the National Lottery Awards Education Category 2012. However, I want everyone reading this to feel very proud of the fact that over 5,000 votes were recorded for Jubilee Time After Time. The Lottery managers have described this to me as "an amazing number of votes for a small regional charity".

The winners were the RSPB Project who amassed over 9,000 votes. They of course are a national organisation I read last week that their membership is over 1,000,000 people! This reflects in the number of votes cast. We must therefore congratulate them and feel proud of the fact that we have such a fantastic Goldies following. We are therefore an award-winning charity and when you tell your friends that we achieved second place you should do so with pride.

The Goldies at St Mary's  (photo by Kathryn Courtney)

The Goldies at St Mary's (photo by Kathryn Courtney)

There is no reason for dismay. We were simply up against a much bigger national charity with access to many, many more members and potential voters. It is my hope that we can continue with Time After Time in 2013 but we cannot do this unless I am successful in finding a Trust or commercial company to sponsor it. If you have any suggestions then I would be delighted to hear from you. Onwards we go!

Grenville Jones, Founder and Chief Officer

Jubilee Time After Time

A reminder to readers - Jubilee Time after Time is a project led by the Golden-Oldies Charity. It was successful in attracting a huge audience vote at the end of June for the Jubilee People's Millions Big Lottery Fund. Jubilee Time after Time encouraged all schools to come up with innovative projects that took the 60 year Diamond Jubilee as their theme and there were five 500 awards to be won. As Goldies Founder, Grenville Jones points out, the projects did not have to be based on music and singing. Golden-Oldies brings music and exercise to the elderly across the region. It was launched by music man, Grenville Jones in 2008 and now runs over 40 sessions from Swindon to Weston-super-Mare and Gloucester down to Yeovil. Jubilee Time after Time is about bringing together the young and the young at heart, sharing stories, exchanging memories and having fun together! if anyone wishes to join the Goldies you can go along to St Mary's Church, Shirehampton on Friday afternoons 1.30-2.30pm.

St. Mary's News

Hi Folks!

A happy new year to year to you all and I trust you had a very enjoyable Christmas! This month we will all be delighted to welcome the Rev. Geoffrey Waters as our new Priest in Charge at St. Mary's. The service of Licensing is to be conducted by Bishop Lee - Bishop of Swindon at 2.00 pm on Saturday, 19th. January, 2013, and we are told that a coach load of his former congregation will be accompanying him on this auspicious occasion to wish him well in his new calling. We sincerely hope that Rev. Geoffrey, his wife Louise and their two daughters very soon become a familiar sight around the Village.

Our Festive Food Fayre recently raised the sum of 3,200 on the day and sales since that date have now reached over 4,000. Grateful thanks to all who supported this event.

Tickets for the Alternative New Years' Eve Party at 7.30 pm on Friday, 11th. January are now available from Gill Sawyer - price 8.00.

The next Lunch and Beetle Drive is on Tuesday, 15th. January in the church and a retiring collection will be taken to defray the cost of the food. Put your name on the list at the back of the church if you are coming.

Any unwanted Books, CD's, DVD's etc., will be most gratefully received which we can sell at our "Book Sale" in church on Saturday, 26th. January from 10.00 am until l2 noon - this is all in aid of church funds.

The next Lunch time Introductory Alpha Course is to be held on Wednesday, 16th. January starting at 1.00 pm with Lunch (for which there is no charge) and concludes at 3.00 pm. The Course proper then commences on Wednesday 23rd January until Wednesday, 20th. March - again with lunch - from 1.00 pm until 3.00 pm. See Gill Sawyer - our Lay Minister - for further information.

I am sorry to report to you that George White - husband of Beryl - died recently. George was a staunch member of our church and was a regular helper at our Coffee Mornings each Tuesday and until recently the Thursday Lunch Club. His presence will be sadly missed and we extend our thoughts and prayers to Beryl and the rest of the family. A good and faithful friend and a very loyal churchman.

Before I leave you I must ask you if you heard about the girl who was out shopping in Asda and saw her new boyfriend stacking the shelves with Soap Powder. She went up to him and said - "You told me when I agreed to go out with you that you were a member of the Red Arrows"! "No I didn't " he said. "I told you that I was a member of the Ariel Display Team"!! And if you believe that you will believe anything!

'Bye for now


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

BAPTISMS 'We welcome you'

  • 25th - Megan Alloway, Tristan Bell, Lacey-Mai Phillips

FUNERALS 'At rest & at peace'

  • 2nd - Jean Griffin - St Mary's
  • 6th - Hazel Warren - St Mary's
  • 8th - Albert Howe - Canford
  • 9th - Catherine Marquick - St Mary's
  • 23rd - Roy Potter - St Mary's
  • 27th - Pauline Jenkins - Canford
  • 29th - Joan Archer - Canford

Shirehampton School Library Opening.

The library at Shirehampton Primary has gone under an extreme makeover. The room has been repainted, including a spectacular mural of a fireplace by Damien Jeffries. Hereward Corbett, owner of the Yellow Lighted Bookshop in Tetbury, supplied a brand new fiction section with a non-fiction section soon to follow. The Reading Tent was designed by Year 6 Teacher Jo smith.

The school is very excited about how the library looks and hopes it will provide a space for children and adults to enjoy reading for a long time to come.

The opening was celebrated with Saikat Ahmed, a local actor and professional story teller, who worked with classes in the library. Edward Powe, Head of year 5 and 6, led the project.

Christmas Fayre Gets Festivities Underway.

There was some rain, there was some wind that unseated some gazebos and there were glaring spotlights that set Shirehampton's third Christmas Fayre alight. None of this stopped people from attending the event, in fact it was packed with young families, grandparents, teenagers and anyone else looking to absorb the spirit of Christmas.

There were a lot of stalls from fresh vegetables for Christmas, pickles, homemade jam, elderberry wine, to sweets, biscuits, mince pies, mulled wine, hog roast, hot dogs, candy floss to plenty of gift ideas and a mini fun fair. The crowds came and went and plenty was bought from the even better selection of stall holders this year All in all it was great community event, so here's to the next year and a thank you to the organisers. Kathryn Courtney

Twyford House

Continuing the series of Betty Marten's prints, we have Twyford House, a Grade 11 listed Georgian house which was a private residence occupied in 1901 by Edwin Knee of independent means and his family and in 1911 by Bertram Matthews a master printer. The house became a temporary hospital in the 1914-18 war of which a former resident Mrs Scott was matron.

It later became a nursing home in the early 1930s, then an engineering school for the GPO in 1935. The house was later purchased by Miss Rotha Clay, founder of the Avon University Settlement to be used for welfare, community and educational purposes for the people of Shirehampton. In 1946 the Twyford House Centre was founded and in 1948 Mr and Mrs Fred Gould were the wardens. The centre became an integral part of the community offering recreational, educational, sporting, crafts and other leisure facilities for all ages. The operatic, dramatic and pantomime societies offered high quality performances to the community and many older local people will recall the evening classes and fun they had together at the centre. In 1949 290 married couples and 300 under 30's had become members to enjoy the wide ranging facilities offered.

In 1973 the house was purchased by Bristol City Council for adult education classes and many of us took courses for personal interest or to gain academic qualifications. In 1987 however, a meeting was held to discuss the future of the house as a further education venue due to the amalgamation of other centres and that, along with the cost of maintaining an elderly building which had become unsuitable for purpose, led to the closure of Twyford House much to the regret of many.

However, the eventual purchase and development of Twyford into flats has taken the house into a new phase thus preventing the sad sight of watching it sink into dereliction


Man Jailed Following Drug Raid

A man has been found guilty of drug offences after information from the public led to a successful drug warrant in the area. Following information provided by members of the public we were able to gather intelligence on an address in the Woodview Close area of Shirehampton.

Working with the Operation Beacon team, a drugs warrant was executed leading to the arrest of a man and a large quantity of Class A drugs being seized. The man was later charged with possession with intent to supply and has been given a two and a half year custodial sentence.

Neighbourhood Beat Manager Amanda Patterson said: "Drugs that were destined for our streets have now been removed, showing the importance of local residents providing us with any information that they believe could be useful." If anyone who wishes to provide information in relation to drugs can do so anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Or, contact us by calling 101 or online here

Faulty Exploding Chargers

An urgent warning from Bristol Trading Standards to be wary of buying faulty electrical goods follows the explosions of two cheap phone chargers bought on line by a Bristol mother. "One in five people buy electrical goods for Christmas presents and unfortunately faulty or counterfeit electrical goods have flooded into the country and are on sale at present", said Sharon Sawyers, Senior Trading Standards Officer.

Katie Vines, a Bristol mother, bought an iphone charger for less than five pounds from an online trader, found that it exploded when inserted into the socket. The replacement she received also exploded "I was given the impression that this was a genuine Apple product which of course it wasn't. This was a frightening experience and I was particularly worried about safety as I have a newborn baby. Buying over the Internet can be very convenient and I wasn't aware that some appliances can be faulty or fake, but I will be very careful what I buy in future".

"Electrical accidents are a serious problem in the UK killing around one person every week and injuring 350 000. This is of particular concern as 2012 has seen a high level of counterfeit electrical goods entering the country which are likely to end up as presents putting people at serious risk of electric shock or fire" said Mrs Sawyers.

Figures produced by the Electrical Safety Councils show the size of the problems including:

  • more counterfeit goods than in the last three years are flooding the UK
  • hair stylers, mobile phone chargers and electronic games among top fakes
  • faulty electrical goods are number one cause of severe electric shock in UK and cause thousands of house fires each year.

"Our advice is to take care when buying items such as iphone chargers from online retailers and follow these tips from the Electrical Safety Council on The advice includes:

  • Beware of any item that is much cheaper than expected. If it's too good to be true it probably is!
  • Look on the site for the seller's contact details. Make sure there is a full "real" address, not just a PO Box Number. Not all websites with a address are based in the UK.
  • Don't rely on a CE mark alone as a guarantee of quality.
  • Check that the packaging note looks genuine. Does the item come with instructions and a guarantee?
  • Check for damage when you get home, especially loose or broken fittings or frayed wires.
  • Check that the item has a three-pin UK plug or charger and that you know the country of origin.
  • Check that the voltage of products is 230v, 50Hz - the UK's usual domestic voltage.
  • Avoid buying second-hand products especially ones where the guarantee or warranty has run out. Use online review websites to find out what people are saying about products and sellers.

The Citizens Advice Consumer Service can provide information and advice to consumers who have problems with goods and services. They can be contacted on 0845 04 05 06. Alternatively consumers can email the Trading Standards Service at