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Christmas Carols on the Green...

New Owner of Kings Weston House

Twyford House

Christmas in Shirehampton

Shirehampton Urged to Sign Henbury Loop Line Petition

Letters to the Editor

CSO Abigail Elliot-Taylor Joins Neighbourhood Team

Kingsweston House Memorial Avenue Project

St Mary's News

Obituary - Liz Hutson

Support for Scouts

Christmas Carols on the Green...

Prayers for good weather on Christmas Eve were answered when the damp weather relented to give Shirehampton's festive carollers a cool but pleasant evening. The Rev Chris Grant led the service on behalf of Oasis Brightstowe Academy.

Everybody enjoyed themselves as you can see from our photo montage.

(Photographs courtesy of Bob Pitchford)

New Owner of Kings Weston House

After months of uncertainty and declining condition the sale of the 110 year lease has been completed and the house is now in new ownership.

Norman Routledge, who we have introduced before, is the brave individual to take on the challenges of the Grade I Listed building and KWAG would like to wish him the best of luck and offer our support where our objectives overlap. KWAG recognised early-on that the future of the house and the park are inextricably intertwined and we hope you will join us in congratulating Mr Routledge on his purchase and expressing our commitment to working together in the future for the conservation and enhancement of the Kings Weston landscape.

Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association

The Public Hall looks very smart after an extensive exterior facelift. Inside the building we hope that the major leaks have been sorted. Some of these were due to rain finding cracks in the roofing, or rotten window frames that have been replaced.

There was a flood in the basement that was mainly due to excessive groundwater not helped by a burst pipe outside in the front yard. The latter was only discovered when our caretaker noticed a puddle on one of the few days when it had not been raining. Our staff have done sterling work clearing up and organising repairs, a big thank you to Sean, Sue and Neil.

In spite of all this the usual activities have been able to keep going. We are sorry some groups suffered from lack of heating when the boilers were flooded.

Some new activities have started up; Movin Monkeez for toddlers, language classes for Polish speakers to improve their English. Well established groups for art, craft, playgroup, evergreens, theatre, exercise and dance all welcome new enquiries. So if you are still looking to fulfil your New Year resolutions visit our website to see what's on offer. All the contact details are there.

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 . Judy Helme

Shirehampton Library Refurbishment

Shirehampton's library is currently being redecorated. It will be reopening on Friday 8th February.


The meeting times for the Oldies Singing group stated in the January edition of Shire should have read 2.30-3.30pm.

Wings Barry

Wings Barry was given a surprise 80th Birthday party in the Ward room at HMS Flying Fox. Wings is the National Standard Bearer for the Merchant Navy and has lived in Dursley Road in Shirehampton Village for many years.

Bingo Evenings

Come and join us at the Penpole Community Centre up on the Ridge (entrance in Oaktree Court). Every Thursday evening at 7pm. everyone welcome.

Christmas in Shirehampton

Shirehampton and its residents got into the Christmas spirit with displays, activities and parties. St. Mary's Church held their Christmas Fair where jams, marmalades, pickles and more were being sold.

The Goldies Singing Group sung Christmas songs at St. Mary's whilst the Methodist Church Film Club watched the film "Miracle on 34th Street" followed by their Christmas Party. The local Craft Class made paper festive Christmas decorations and LinkAge Gardening Club made Christmas wreaths. The Baptist Church held their Messy Church afternoon for local children making Christmas decorations and watching the Nativity in the main church, whilst the Tithe Barn saw the Christmas Craft Fayre open for last minute gift ideas. The Healthy Walking Group supported by LinkAge had their Christmas lunch and a special appearance was made by Father Christmas who handed out presents to the diners that day. The High Street was lit up with the many Christmas trees but Flower World, CLIC and the Methodist Church did their bit to brighten up area with their own artistic licence.

Kathryn Courtney

The Hoteliers Tale (part two)

Those who read the Hoteliers Tale in last December's Shire News, or who saw the posters around the village, or who had just happen to hear about the Christmas Messy Church, gathered at the Baptist Church on a Saturday before Christmas. After having some fun making Christmas decorations, and before sharing a meal together, they heard the conclusion to the Hoteliers Tale. The Hotelier, or Inn Keeper as we usually call him, gave shelter in his stable to a young couple who had no-where to stay, and who's firstborn child was on the way. After the child was born the Hotelier saw shepherds visit his stable to worship the child and to bring good news about the baby. Some of the members of Shire Baptist Church re-enacted the story and there was an opportunity for the children present to go in search of the stable with one of the shepherds. This is the story and the good news that we celebrated at Christmas. The conclusion to the story that Margaret Grant shared with those gathered at Messy Church was just one of millions of possible conclusions. It was the story of William Booth and how he founded the Salvation Army, an organisation that works to provide shelter for thousands of people each night who otherwise, like the young couple, would have no where to stay and would have to sleep on the street. William Booth did this because of his Christian faith. And as Margaret pointed out many famous names and countless other unknown men and women have also changed the world for the better because they became followers of the man who was born in the Hotelier's stable just over two thousand years ago.

Shirehampton Urged to Sign Henbury Loop Line Petition

Our local MP, Charlotte Leslie, has launched a campaign and petition to resurrect North Bristol's local railways, and connect up communities like Shirehampton and Henbury.

A Henbury Loop Line Project would re-open Henbury railway station, and open existing freight rail-line to passengers to connect a Henbury line up with the Severn Beach Line, as part of a much enhanced "Bristol Metro" railway network. Crucially, this would give people in Shirehampton and Avonmouth access to a fully functioning round-Bristol Metro rail system, and link Shirehampton up with facilities in Henbury, and the rest of Bristol.

Plans for a Bristol Metro are progressing well, but unless existing plans are improved, the proposed Metro system risks being the missed opportunity of a generation. Under the current plans by the West of England Partnership, the re-opened line would stop at a re-opened Henbury station, and not carry on to connect with the Severn Beach Line. This so called "Henbury Spur Line" would mean people from Shirehampton and Avonmouth wishing to use Henbury's pool, or visit places like Cribbs Causeway would have to go all the way into Bristol Temple Meads, then back out again via Filton.

Charlotte is campaigning for the rail to be a complete "Loop", meaning Shirehampton and Avonmouth would be just a short hop to the new Henbury station. Last month, Ms Leslie led a cross-party delegation of MPs to visit transport minister Simon Burns, and was delighted to be told by the Government that thanks to the meeting she organised, the Minister decided the plans should be looked at again with a view to considering the Henbury Loop.

A key consideration will be whether ‘West of England Partnership' decision makers think there will be demand for this Henbury connection. Charlotte commented, "The ironic thing is that the track is there for freight now – we just need to open them up to passenger services. We've already seen the success of the Severn Beach Line with more frequent services – it would be the mistake of a generation not to link the Henbury line with Shirehampton and Avonmouth ". To provide residents with an opportunity to voice their support for the loop line, Charlotte has started a petition online at and a Facebook page She is urging everybody, young and old, business or social group, to sign the petition.

Letters to the Editor

Local Hairdressers

Dear Editor,

Having just read Mrs Harvey's letter concerning hairdresser's charges, I wanted to let her know that they don't all charge extortionate prices. I go to X-ell in Lower High Street just after the crossroads – they are VERY reasonably priced and much cheaper than the previous salon in the village I went to. Nicky, the owner, and her team are very friendly and helpful, a lot of the clients are elderly and are very well catered for, and I can't speak sufficiently highly of them. The salon is nearly always packed out and I find if I want an appointment on a specific day I have to think to get my booking in about two weeks in advance to ensure I can get in. I don't know where Mrs. Harvey's mother lives but if it was possible for her to get there I would suggest she gives them a try, I'm sure she won't be disappointed.

Vivien Hearn

Christmas Lights

Dear Editor,

I expect most of you noticed that the lights that go on the Co-op roof were missing because of the refurbishment of the shop. They will be back next Christmas.

Thanks re due to all of you who put money into the tins – without you there would not be any Christmas Lights.

SCAF have been a great help. The Tithe Barn trustees came to our rescue and made it possible to put the lights on the trees. Lee and his team were excellent and thanks must also go to Rudrums, Big Media and Tubbs.

Members of the Lights Committee that have served for 10 years are stepping down and it is essential that new people come forward to replace them. The AGM will be in April (to be announced). We must have new members if the lights are to continue.

Cedric Rich

Marriage Announcement

Dear Editor,

Mark and Jackie Hares are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Louise Hares, to Richard Williamson. The marriage will take place at Orchardleigh House on February 8th 2013.

We wish them every happiness for their future together.

Jackie Hares

Santa Says Thank You

Dear Editor,

I was taking a break from my global travels over the Christmas period, when I saw this headline in the International Express: ‘Grannies blame lazy Parents as Children forget their Manners'.

I do not wish to contradict any granny, but this certainly does not apply to your village.

In my grottoes at Shirehampton Primary School and at the Christmas Fair in Station Road, the children were extremely polite. And, if the little ones were a bit overcome in meeting me, their parents were quick to prompt them with: ‘What do you say to Santa for the present?'

Thank you, Shirehampton!

Santa Claus (Gil Osman

CSO Abigail Elliot-Taylor Joins Neighbourhood Team

Avonmouth and Shirehampton neighbourhood beat team is welcoming PCSO Abigail Elliot-Taylor to the team.

Abigail has previously worked for a number of years covering the Henbury area of Bristol and will bring her skills and knowledge in dealing with issues such as tacking anti-social behaviour to the team.

Kingsweston House Memorial Avenue Project

AS some people will be aware the Kings Weston Action Group recently lost its co-founder Tim Denning through a sudden and unexpected heart attack at the age of 47. Since then, and with the support of Tim's family, the group have been collecting donations to go towards a memorial project on the Kings Weston estate. KWAG has already received many generous donations and have begun looking at ways they can best commemorate Tim's dedication to the historic estate.

In discussion with Bristol City Council officers KWAG has begun developing a project which they hope will be a fitting tribute and fulfil one of its long-term conservation ambitions; the replanting of part of the lost avenue that once framed the view towards Kings Weston House. Part of the avenue remains today along the main path from Shirehampton Road car park, but trees were progressively lost throughout the Georgian and Victoria periods until all that was left is what we see today.

The avenue once led-up to the front of the original Tudor mansion before the present Grade I Listed Kings Weston House replaced it in 1712. The entrance front of the ‘new' building was carefully aligned with the old avenue in an appropriately grand and formal arrangement. This has since been lost and the house sits forlornly in the corner of the lawn.

The memorial project hopes to replace the matching part of the avenue and restore an original part of the landscape setting whilst ensuring that the majority of the present open space is kept. The proposals would be to plant just over a dozen new lime trees to mirror the existing ones and to thin some of the self-seeded trees that have grown up since the Second World War which now block the view. The Kings Weston Action Group would like to invite

feed-back on these proposals before they start developing the project any further.

If you would like to know more about the project, offer your thoughts or ideas, or even make a donation towards the project then the Kings Weston Action Group would like to hear from you. Get in touch with KWAG through any of the following details:

KWAG, c/0 75A Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2DW Email: kwactiongroup@gmail.comTel: 07811666671

The Stars of Enterprise shone brightly in 2012

YOUNG Sea Cadets were honoured last month for their efforts over the past year during a ceremony at the headquarters in Station Road.

The youngsters, from the Bristol Avonmouth Sea Cadets, were awarded trophies and shields during the Stars of Enterprise evening in recognition of their work and achievements over the past year, for everything from community service to the best presented Cadet. Proud mums and dads watched on as the Cadets were presented with their awards by their commanding officers at the unit's base at Training Ship Enterprise, in Station Road.

The presentations were made by representatives of Bristol Royal Naval Association and the Bristol Port Company, as well as Avonmouth Sea Cadet's Petty officer Christopher Batt, chairman, Capt. Douglas Lindsay MN and the unit's commanding officer, Lieutenant (SCC) Victoria Sidwell RNR.

Capt. Lindsay opened proceedings with a short speech of welcome as well as an appeal for regular or ad hoc assistance from anyone willing to volunteer their services. Lieutenant Sidwell congratulated the cadets and volunteer staff for a great year and felt that the evening had been a great success: "For the youngsters it acknowledges their efforts and their progress and holds up examples of excellence to their colleagues. We don't have a bad Cadet in the whole unit, and it is often difficult to choose between them. We are very proud of all our Cadets."

The Avonmouth Sea Cadets has almost 40 young members, between the ages of 10 and 18, who learn everything from marine engineering to meteorology. It was formed as part of the original Bristol Sea Cadets in 1860 and, as Shire readers will know following our recent parade, has served the Shirehampton and Avonmouth area since 1942.

For further information about Avonmouth Sea Cadets please go to:

Christopher Batt

Neil Diamond at the Public Hall

The Neil Diamond tribute night was a huge success and a good time was had by all! We raised the magnificent sum of £1476 for Brain Tumour Research. I would like to thank everyone for coming along and supporting our cause. A special ‘thank you' goes to the butchers, Tubs and Paul, and also the library staff for selling tickets.

I certainly couldn't have done it without the help of my fried Bridget, so ‘thank you' to her as well. Last but not least I would like to thank those of you who helped clear up at the end of the night – you know who you are!

Daphne Llewellyn

(Many thanks for your donation – Ed)

Scrapbooking in Shire

Have you ever thought about doing something different with your photos? Jess Brown runs monthly scrapbooking workshops where you can enhance your photos with many different techniques.

Workshops are held every 3rd Saturday at Shirehampton Baptist Church from 10:30 - 16:30 costing £4.00 for the morning and £8.00 for the whole day. The next workshop is held on Saturday 16th February hope to see you there. Contact on 07952142389 or email her at

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

Support Your Local High Street

Tubbs The Butcher

FOR the last forty years Tubbs the Butchers has been trading in the High Street. Tubbs himself is quite a character. Cheerful, full of chat and greets all his customers with a smile. The shop overall is welcoming and traditional even for a part-time vegetarian like myself – I do eat chicken but that's it.

When it was first suggested that he move to Shirehampton he'd never even heard of it but he never regretted moving here. In fact he couldn't see himself leaving the village. "My wife taught at the local school and my sister worked here too. We've always felt that we've belonged in Shirehampton even though it took us a while to be accepted into the village".

Tubbs became a butcher ‘purely by accident' as he puts it. He had a Saturday job working in the local butchers and from there he has continued to work in the meat trade for over fifty years. But what made him stay as a butcher? "It's the people I just can't imagine being anywhere else. They are so kind to me, my family and they're like my close friends. We have a bit of banter a bit of singing, all sorts of I suppose but it's just the way it is. I put up with comments like ‘oh we can catch a plane quicker at Bristol Airport than we can get served in here'. My children tear their hair out because I am of the wrinkly age as they call it. I'm very traditional - old fashioned values are what counts. For somebody like me this is what I find hard now in today's world. I'm not really comfortable with it. It's all too quick, all too fast. It's not about people anymore it's all about sadly making money and bottom lines and all the rest of it. I think it's just a shame as you as a person don't count for anything and I think that is very sad"

I asked if there was anything memorable with his customers? "I could say quite a lot of things that would not be allowed to be printed but few of months ago I rode Land's End to John O'Groats with a group of people and they said to me towards the end ‘how come that nearly every day there is always somebody that we meet that knows you?' I said it's because being a traditional butcher in Shirehampton, we treat people as people so they remember you. Even in a hotel in Scotland somebody came up to talk to me and they hadn't been in the shop for years as they'd moved away but they still remembered us because of the way we are. To me that's important, I think it's great"

What changes has Tubbs seen in the High Street over the last forty years or so? "It's just not the High Street it was. When I came here you could get absolutely everything you wanted. We had wet fish, clothes shops, jeweller, hardware, absolutely anything, you wouldn't have to go outside Shirehampton, but of course now it's all changed. When I came here there were three butchers in the High Street and I'm the last one. If you take the area as a whole you could probably say out of twenty or more shops there are only two of us left. It's just sad but that's just the way it's going."

So what is a typical day in the butchers shop? "We just set the shop up in the morning and then we cut everything ourselves. We make sausages, we cure bacon, all those things we do the old fashioned way. We bone out meat. We do shut at three o'clock because we start by six in the morning and that's a long enough day especially now that I'm classed a senior citizen, I have to go careful!"

We then talk about the unusual requests he's had and how the sales of meat have changed over the years: "Oh I've sold fillet steak for the cat, I've had liver for the piranhas, I've even had somebody that wanted a shoulder of lamb for the dog. For me cuts have changed, years ago when I started, with Christmas, a turkey was a turkey, a chicken was a chicken and that was it but now we bone them we stuff them and do all sorts things with them, it's changed, evolved but you just have to adapt. We do free range turkeys, capons, chickens, ducks, geese, we also do the modern idea of turkey crowns. We used to find some parts of the year busier than others, years ago it was very much summer and winter trade. In the winter it was all stew and beef and things and nothing in the summer but over recent years it doesn't seem to work like that at all. Our home cooked ham is very very popular and people come from miles around just to buy it. It's the home made sort of things that people like"

And what about the people he works with? "Well it's just like family. My brother is over seventy and he comes and helps out because he loves it so much. Sadly my late sister and brother-in-law worked here a well. Even now people bring in flowers for my sister, it's just so wonderful, it's just unbelievable. I have drivers that come here and they say they can't think of anywhere else quite like here. It's just Shirehampton"

So how important that the locals support their High Street? "Well of course it is important simply because people get older, and all of a sudden out of town shopping is no longer feasible. You need things more local and it creates an atmosphere for the village, it's a community spirit and to people of my generation that is so important. I'm not so sure the younger people look at it in the same way as we do. I don't worry about competition outside the area, my concern is Shirehampton and the people that come and support me. In a roundabout way we support the local community and that's fine by me. I'm happy where I am. If you can live your life like that what more can you ask? I think I've been very lucky"

Earlier in the conversation Tubbs mentioned he was now a senior citizen so I dared to ask the question about retirement. He starts to laugh "I change my mind every day I've got to be honest about this. I just want to do a bit less I think. The pleasure in my life is riding my bike and I would like to plan a few more long trips in the next year or so. I'm planning to do St. Malo to Nice assuming the knees hold together! But I cannot imagine packing up altogether, it's going to be very difficult."

I think the people in Shirehampton would miss Tubbs terribly. "Well I would like to think they would but they'd probably say goodbye to that pain in the backside I expect! They always say I chat too much but that's fine that's me. I am what I am, I'm not going to change and that's all there is to it. What I'd really like to say is thank you very much to the people of Shirehampton for supporting me and being such great friends for all these years. Whenever I decide to retire just watch this space, they'll know soon enough. It probably won't be a while yet "

March will see a further instalment in our series ‘Support your local High Street'. If you wish to be part of this series please get in touch.

**As many of you know Tubbs was involved in a road traffic accident last year. He is now back in the shop three days a week and taking things slowly to aid his recovery. However he'd like to thank everyone for their good wishes and on-going support.**

Kathryn Courtney

Tynings Field News

Tynings field would like to thank its Christmas helpers. Like Santa we have elves who helped us over the Christmas period. What's a Tynings field Christmas meal? It consists of kale, potatoes, carrot, and sprouts grown in a field in BS11. If you didn't eat our veg with your turkey for Christmas you missed out by not popping down and seeing what we have. Do people know what happens to commercial turkeys bred for the table? Nine times out of ten they are kept in large numbers close together, they peck at each other, sometimes killing each other, until it's time to slaughter them. This can also apply to ‘organic' commercial premises so they don't have much of a life, and although not all of us are vegetarians, we would you like to see a swing away from the huge ‘supplier' mentality in general. Forget Tesco and Coop for a moment and imagine you are ‘living off the land' going back to the olden days when small scale meant healthy planet, healthy people, where time and labour went into food, it meant communities getting together at certain times of year to work together. You could be pulling up your own turnips next year, growing your own produce, local veg here in Shirehampton.. What does Growing Local mean? It means you are taking from field to cook within a few hundred yards of where the vegetables grew. Nothing could be fresher or better tasting than that. You can join our group for currently £6 a year as a workshare member, grow veg with us, and get a share of it. So a commitment of a couple of hours a week or fortnight sees you fulfil your potential as a volunteer with the option of doing a qualification in community volunteering. We still have plenty of work to do on the plots in the coming growing season, does not matter if you are not green fingered. We hope to set up a box scheme on a wider scale than last year, so we need to start growing. Perhaps you can grow from home for us? Anyone with a spare windowsill we can supply pots and seeds to start bringing on some plants. We need people who are practical hands on, keen to live off the land, grow winter and summer crops, which can mean working in winter, as well as summer, and who will aim to eat their own grown veg on their dinner table by following the growing process right through to harvesting a finished meal. Tel 01179090440

Crime Prevention Advice

On Tuesday 19th February 2013 between 10.00 - 3pm the local beat team will be based in the car park at Costco, Avonmouth where they will be available to offer crime prevention advice to those who feel they could benefit from it.

As well as being able to talk to local Officers, there will be the opportunity to have number plate security kits fitted to their vehicles.

Vehicle registration plates are at risk of being stolen and used for criminal purposes. Your beat team would like to assist vehicle owners to reduce the risk of becoming victims of this crime.

St Mary's News

Hi Folks!

BY THE TIME you read these notes the Rev. Geoffrey Waters will have been licensed as our new Priest in Charge at St. Mary's and will be well and truly ensconced in his duties around the parish. We are delighted to welcome him and his family and hope they will have many years with us all.

Well, believe it or not we are now rapidly approaching Shrove Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. Shrove Tuesday this year falls on the 12th February and is also the Half Term School Holiday Week. This means that on this Tuesday we can once more hold our annual Pancake Morning which will include Pancake Races in the churchyard, competitions and quizzes. Everyone enjoys this morning and I certainly like the Pancakes - just let anyone try and keep me from the front of the queue!!!

The very next day (13th February) is Ash Wednesday, when in addition to our usual Morning Prayer we shall have a service of Holy Communion at 7.00 pm followed by Supper. Please sign up on the list at the back of the church if you intend coming.

That means the next day is St. Valentine's Day - so don't forget lads a nice Card for your wives or girlfriends, the Red Roses etc. My memory is fading a bit and I don't want any bruises showing again this year!

Our Lent Evening Courses this year commence on Wednesday, 20th February right through until Wednesday 20th March both dates inclusive. These will commence at 7.00 pm and start with Supper. Again sign up if you are intending to come. I don't know at this moment in time what the Rev. Geoff will choose as his theme. Just come along and be pleasantly surprised!

At 7.00 pm on Friday, 1st March we shall be holding another of our Silent Auctions in church followed by Supper and Entertainment. Tickets are available from Gill Sawyer - price £8.00.

Our Annual Gift Day back in December raised the magnificent sum of over £4,000 which means we now have sufficient money to extend our Memorial Garden which stands adjacent to the Choir Vestry. I know this is something which is very dear to many of your hearts, so that the ashes of loved ones can still be interred in our churchyard.

All our services over the Christmas period were well and truly patronized - some even to the maximum the church could hold. We were truly pleased to see so many of you there and the Shirehampton Area Choir Concert raised the sum of £563.00 for the Mesothelioma Unit at Southmead Hospital - which is a slightly higher figure than we raised last year.

‘Bye for now - C.M.E.


BAPTISM "We welcome you"

30th Ethan Blake Cunningham, Artie Travis Cunningham, Coco Isabella May Cunningham, Eliza May Portingale

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace"

5th Patrick O'Brien - Canford, John Pinchers - Canford

14th George White - St Mary's

Children's Centre Services Consultation

The Early Years Service is reviewing Children's Centre Services currently being provided by the amalgamated Four Villages Children's Centre in Kingsweston, Avonmouth, Sea Mills, Stoke Bishop and Shirehampton. We are proposing to set up 3 separate smaller, and more local, Children's Centres as follows :

• Sea Mills & Stoke Bishop Children's Centre

• Avonmouth & Shirehampton Children's Centre

• Long Cross Specialist Children's Centre

To find out more and to have your say go to

Obituary - Liz Hutson

Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Frank and Francis White, late of Shirehampton, passed away on 17th December 2012, aged 60 in Southampton after her brave fight with cancer. She will be greatly missed by David, Barbara, Stanley, husband Glyn and all of her family and friends.

We love our sister no words can say
Loving feeling we have in every way
A perfect sister, nan, mother, wife
Who was so bubbly in life
Always perfect kind and true
To be without her leaves us blue
Her sense of humour, her big broad smile
That hearty laugh Liz had in style
The world has lost a special friend
Heaven has gained an angel we send
So look up at the sky at night
See the stars shining so bright
Remember Liz as we all do
She will always come shining through.

Barbara Perry

Many thanks for your donation – Ed)

Obituary - William (Bill/Trevor) Franklin

9 June 1928 - 2 January 2013

It is with much sadness that Linda, Geri, Paula and Jo announce the death of their father, Trevor after a short illness.

Trevor was a well-known figure in Shirehampton. He served as a Police Officer with Bristol Constabulary for 25 years. For the last few years until he retired in 1976, Trevor was the village bobby for Shirehampton. Up until about five years ago, dad was Caretaker at the Public Hall a position he enjoyed greatly until he regretfully had to give this up for health reasons. Trevor was a well-liked and respected member of the community.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Linda, Geri, Paula, Jo and their families.

The Bristol Shiplovers Society Programme for 2013

Talks take place at: - The Wardroom, HMS ‘Flying Fox', Royal Naval Headquarters,

Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NS. Talks start at approximately 1930 hours.

  • 19th February - Bristol Channel, Vincent Neave
  • 12th March - Loch Class Frigates, Andrew Nunn
  • 26th March - Bristol Tugs and Towage, Andrew Shepherd
  • 9th April - DVD Evening
  • 23rd April - s.s."Great Britain", Philip Unwin
  • 14th May - The Royal Navy Update, Cdr. Jamie Miller CBE

Membership: - Open to all with an interest in ships and the sea. Visitors are very welcome - £3.00 per head. (Ed - Many thanks for your kind donation to the Shire)

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

Cotswold Community Association Christmas Lunch

On December 11th the senior residents of the Cotswold estate were treated to a free Christmas dinner. This was provided by members of the Cotswold Community Association. In a beautifully decorated community hall, Mike, the Chairman, and his team cooked and served a first class meal enjoyed by all. We are fortunate to have such a caring and hardworking association who provide many activities throughout the year. so a warm thank you,

Mair Blandford

Support for Scouts

Pictured from left to right: Grant Watkins (Scout Leader), Alice Beck, Richard Griffiths (Assistant Scout Leader) and George Herring Cub. Also helping in the morning - Scott Baxter, Lewis Gazzard and Matthew Usher.

Pictured from left to right: Grant Watkins (Scout Leader), Alice Beck, Richard Griffiths (Assistant Scout Leader) and George Herring Cub. Also helping in the morning - Scott Baxter, Lewis Gazzard and Matthew Usher.

ON SATURDAY December 22 one Cub and a group of Scouts of the 191st St Mary's Scout Group held a collection outside the Coop and raised £387.00. The group would like to thank the manager and staff for their support.

The group were pleased to receive a donation from Tubs (WB Butchers) of £50, this was from his "bone money". Over the last few months the Bristol port Company has agreed sponsorship of £1000 over the next five years. This will be used to keep the group afloat as at present we have a shortfall of £2000 a year. If there is anyone in the community with fund raising skills etc and feel able to spare a little time to help, please contact 0117 9827015 for more details.