Meet the Neighbours
KingsWeston Action Group’s Open House event at Kingsweston House on April 6th was a great success.
David Martyn, KWAG chairman, writes: "It was difficult to properly gauge how many people came along, but we estimate that there must have been about 500 throughout the afternoon. There was a real buzz around the house and the response to both the day and KWAG’s input was overwhelmingly positive. I had the opportunity to promote KWAG to the Mayor and some of the great and the good of the City which will hopefully pay dividends in the future. Our thanks go to Norman Routledge for having supported the idea, having prepared the house and having his team so well organised, and for the unprecedented access around the building that was such a feature of the afternoon."
Norman Routledge said: "I was overwhelmed by the turnout and interest on Saturday, with lots of warm wishes of support. In line with wanting to keep as much access to the house as possible, we opened up all the floors for everyone to have a good look round. Though our budget is not infinite, we will try to do the very best we can in everything in order to save Kings Weston House for all to see and use."
LinkAge Classes for Over 55s
Mondays - Art and Paper Craft 2:00-4:30pm £3 a session The Penpole Centre, The Ridge
Tuesdays - Line Dancing 2:30-3:30pm £3 a session Drop In. The Tithe Barn, Shirehampton High Street
Wednesday Mornings - Healthy Walking Group - Free
Meet at Tithe Barn at 9:45 for 10:00am start
Wednesdays - Pots, Plants and Patios at the Tithe Barn
2:00 - 4:30 pm £2.50 a session Booking Essential
For further information call Ricky@LinkAge or 07807 706310
The Rock Communitiy Centre
St Peter’s Hall, Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston
For further information on all groups that meet here including the Lawrence Weston Walking Group please call into office 9.30am - 12.30pm Monday - Friday Or Telephone 0117 9384636
FREE courses for adults with few or no qualifications:
Maths for Parents in Avonmouth, starting in March, Wednesday mornings
Paediatric First Aid, Money and Home Budgeting, Volunteering. Please contact Suzanne on 9030072, Learning Communities Team, or email:email@example.com
Shirehampton Community Action Forum Meetings 2013
All meetings are held at Shire Public Hall - Station Road
The June Day Trip for Shire Evergreens is Tuesday, June 18th to Weymouth. The pick-up points and times will be the same for all our day trips.
The Orchards 25th Anniversary
The Orchards, Hermitage Close. Places for People Sheltered Housing Scheme
Open Morning Wednesday 15th May 10:30 -1:00 pm.
Open Farm Sunday - 9th June
Tynings Field Community Group will be taking part in Open Farm Sunday on 9th June, as part of the Open Farm Sundays across the Country.
It will coincide with the Get Growing Trail where community gardens and smallholdings are open to the public. We aim to celebrate local, fresh and home made food. We will be holding a chicken talk, a basic talk on chicken keeping where those who are interested in rearing and keeping chickens can see for themselves how it’s done. There will be a dig in, where visitors get the chance to actually have a go, a wellie boot throwing contest, food and drink and produce for sale, and weather permitting, a barbeque with locally produced and grown food. We will be carrying out a pollinator survey which you can take part in, and you will have the chance to enter a photography competition. Tynings Field will be seeing the introduction of beekeepers to our group over the next few weeks.
If you are interested in selling anything relevant - for example, cakes - we can offer you a spot for a donation to our group, but cannot accept jumble or car boot stalls, so, just come along for the day and please wear sturdy footwear and keep all dogs on a lead.
Bristol Older People’s Forum AGM
Bristol Older People’s Forum is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 23rd at 10.30 am in Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street. The new Lord Mayor Cllr. Coudhury will open the AGM as BOPF’s President, and Mayor George Ferguson will be the main speaker. Members will vote on becoming a Charity and for the incoming management committee, and they will decide the campaign issues to follow up in the coming year.
All over 55s living in Bristol are welcome,membership and all meetings are free. Chair Judith Brown says: "BOPF needs new energy and new ideas - come and meet us if you haven’t been before! We want to represent everyone!"
May 23rd 10.30. The Church above the shops.
Success of Cruises from Bristol Leads to Expansion for Next Year
The success of the recent cruise departures from Avonmouth, Bristol have resulted in a new programme of sailings being announced for next year.
Local cruise agents Miles Morgan Travel have confirmed that there will be an additional four departures from Bristol in 2014, including a special 28 night cruise around the Adriatic. Managing Director Miles Morgan said that he was delighted that Fred Olsen Lines have decided to operate the programme and said that it was wonderful news for West Country holidaymakers.
"Our customers in the Southwest have repeatedly told us that with such a convenient port on their doorstep, just minutes off the M5, it is a shame that they have to travel all the way to Southampton, London or even Harwich to enjoy a cruising holiday" said Miles. "We have had such tremendous success with the recent sailings from Bristol that have been operated by Cruise and Maritime, a cruise line that specialise in departures from smaller ports and they have also confirmed that they will be adding further departures next year".
Miles said that he felt that his company’s commitment to cruise departures from Bristol by having a dedicated website have had a major impact on the rising popularity of these local sailings.
He said that one of the challenges was spreading the word to potential cruise holiday takers that they could now depart from Bristol. "It was a challenge faced by Bristol Airport for many years, as despite the increased number of flights people were still travelling from Heathrow and Gatwick. Hopefully the airports enormous success in recent time can be replicated by Avonmouth, and it can become a major departure point for cruises from the UK."
Try Sailing Day 19th May
Just to let you know that Shirehampton Sailing Club will be having another Try Sailing Day on the 19th May. BBQ from midday.
Sailing from 12.30pm till 3.30pm. Try sailing as crew in a Sailing Dingy, all safety gear and safety boat provided. All welcome, children with an adult please. Come along on the day or book a half hour sail by phoning Bob Hayes on 0117 9422906. As with all sailing what happens on the day will depend on the weather!
Shirehampton Sailing Club, Station Road (off the Portway by the Lamplighters )
Photo: Bob Pitchford
Jean Bird - 03.03.13
Jean sadly passed quietly away at home following a short illness. Her family and best friend were at her bedside.
A Shirehampton girl, she was probably best known for her ladies clothing shop ‘Names’ which she ran in the village High street. Jean suffered a massive stroke in 2005 which left her wheelchair-bound. Many serious ailments followed but her sparkling personality and sense of humour never diminished.
John, Helen, Tracey and Tony would like to thank Drs. Addison and Greene from the Health Centre, the nurses of the Rapid Response Unit, and the out of hours nurses for tending and caring for Jean in her last days.
Many thanks also to family, friends and neighbours whose help and support has been invaluable during this sad time.
(Thank you for your kind donation The Editor)
On Tuesday 19th March 2013 a very dear friend and neighbour of mine died after months of pain and chemotherapy.
Many people who live in Shire would have known Patrick who was member of St Bernard’s and gave willingly of his time to the Church when things needed to be done.
He was also a lover of his city and would always take friends, of which he had many, out and about showing them the attractions when they came to visit.
I shall miss him very much indeed.
Rest now, Patrick.
Pat Christison and Family
(Thank you for your kind donation. The Editor)
From the Registers at St. Mary's
BAPTISM ‘We welcome you’
24th Tamzin Turner
FUNERALS ‘At rest & at peace’
Letters to the Editor
Summer Family Fun Day at Avon Primary
The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA) of Avon Primary School would like to invite all local residents and their families to the school’s Summer Family Fun Day, which is being held on Saturday 22nd June.
Entry will cost just £1 per family, and the event will run from 12pm until 4pm.
As well as many free activities, there will be a magic show, balloon modelling, face painting, bouncy slide, raffle, toddler soft play, BBQ, craft activities, stalls, games and much more!
We also have a limited number of tables available for just £20, to give local businesses and entrepreneurs the opportunity to promote themselves and their products or services. Or, for any parents having a clear out to have a table top sale!
To book a table or for more information, please contact Faye on 07790 142 157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
The PTFA of Avon Primary School.
Walk of Witness
I wonder if any of your readers may be able to help. From 1958-64 I worked for the PBA as a fireman on the dock railway system. I am trying to recall the names of the engines that I fired. Some of the names I remember are: Bristol. Clifton. Redland. Westbury. Henbury. Hallen. Portbury. Merrimac. Mackenzie. Strathcona. William and Percy.
I really enjoyed my time working there and one reason that I left was because diesel engines were fast replacing the steam, which of course didn’t have the same appeal, albeit much cleaner.
If anyone can recall the other names of the steam engines I will be most grateful.
Red Nose Day Cake Sale
A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all who supported our cake sale at the Tithe Barn on Thursday
14th March by either baking cakes for us or coming along to buy them.
We raised a magnificent £220.20 for the Red Nose Day appeal. Well done to you all.
Barbara, Monica and Pat
Many subjects are aired in Shire News and I would like to air one which I hope will bring out a few like minded people who I hope have the same views as myself.
The subject is that of having at least a moral obligation of keeping a householders garden (mainly front) tidy. Whilst it is acceptable that not everyone, myself included, is an Alan Titchmarsh, surely it is not unreasonable to expect able-bodied people to keep their garden tidy for their neighbours’ sake. I know of several houses whose occupants make no effort whatsoever to achieve a reasonable standard of tidiness and do not have the excuse of old age or infirmity.
Surely a requirement for tenants should be that they keep their gardens tidy.
I enclose a photo taken in the late 70’s of the "Mannox Mums" six-a-side football team. These were mums whose boys were in the 191st Mannox Cub Scouts. Mannox Mums were amazing!
Yours sincerely, Pam Mitchell
Thanks to KWAG
Many thanks to David Martyn and his KWAG volunteers for clearing the scrub and bramble from the slopes of Shirehampton Park. Last year you could hardly see any of the daffodils amid the clumps of small trees. This year they are all in full view and make a glorious display.
Thanks also for making the old tennis court less of an eyesore. We can now begin to take pride in our park again.
Left to Right: Bridget Drake, Christine Roberts, Marion Brew, Maureen Bates, Pam Mitchell, Gail Amphlett
St Mary's News
Well Easter has come and gone and we shall soon be entering the season of Pentecost.
Since I last spoke to you we have held our Annual Parochial Church Meeting and elected a new Parochial Church Council to oversee church affairs for the next 12 months. This could be a very difficult year and we need to raise an awful lot of money to keep ourselves solvent and pay our debts in these times of financial austerity.
Thanks are due once again to June Miller for our Easter Garden which has been on display in the church during recent weeks. It looked absolutely wonderful!
I cannot let Easter pass by without saying a big thank you to Tubs our local butcher for his generosity in supplying all the ingredients for our breakfast following our Sunrise Easter Day Service. Thanks also to Maureen & Don Geddes and Pat Carter for cooking and serving it. We are sorry to hear Tubs is retiring, but wish him well and thank him for his generosity to us over the years and his support for other events in the community.
Daniel Stokes was the winner this year for the best decorated Egg Competition and Monica Symons for the best Easter Buttonhole. Congratulations to both of you!
Our Spring Fayre this year raised the magnificent sum of £1700 thanks mainly to the efforts of our Lay Minister Gill Sawyer. Thank you Gill we very much appreciate all the hard work you do for St Mary’s!
Early in April we enjoyed a wonderful concert by the Worcester Male Voice Choir. They were absolutely exquisite. Not only that it raised £1384 for our much needed funds
Monday 6th May is the May Day Bank Holiday and there will be another Open Church Day from 12 noon until 5 pm. Lunches and Cream Teas will be served between those times at very reasonable cost. The church will also be open on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th
May. Again lunches and teas will be served.
Here is a good quote from one of our congregation - If you cannot sleep, do not count sheep, Talk to the Shepherd!
‘Bye for now! C.M.E.
Easter in Shirehampton
St. Mary’s Church Spring Fair saw a whole host of gifts and Gill’s jams and preserves being sold and on The Green during Easter the daffodils made a welcome return brightening up the village.
The third local craft fair took place at the Tithe Barn where everything from cup cakes to jewellery, glassware, knitwear, gifts, and cards was being sold along with the opportunity to name the Easter Bunny. The Baptist Church had their Messy Church afternoon where children made Easter Bonnets, Easter Bunny masks, and did arts and crafts, and Penpole Lunch Club held their annual Easter Bonnet competition where everyone went away with a prize because all the hats were so well made.
The Co-op staff got dressed up in various ‘Easter’ costumes raising £150 for charity and raffling an Easter Hamper of chocolate and wine. Good Friday saw The Walk of Witness take place involving the Churches in Shirehampton and their congregations coming together, concluding their service on The Green.
Photos by Kathryn Courtney
Penpole Lunch Club Transport Saved
Penpole Lunch Club provides a much needed service and social club to the older generation in our community. Every Tuesday afternoon a two course lunch is served from 12 noon to the many people that attend. This is followed by tea or coffee and cake. There is also a raffle and then a game of bingo after lunch is finished.
One of the much needed services to make this happen is transport. Without this people would not be able to get to Penpole Lunch Club each week. Travelling from Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth, Sea Mills and parts of Shirehampton would prove extremely difficult for many due to disability, inability to get out easily without help, and age.
Grants are no longer available for such organisations and without local fundraising and Sandra White’s determination there would be no lunch club because the expenses and hire fees simply could not be paid.
During Easter, Penpole Lunch Club received a Bainmarie - a serving station for food that also keeps food hot - and a cheque for £1,000 from Nisbets based in Avonmouth.
The company did some fundraising for the Club and this will help towards the transport costs of hiring a coach to get diners to their weekly lunch out for the next few months.
Jacqui Ingram from Nisbets attended the Easter lunch and was very impressed with the restaurant standard meal and sweet that was served that day. She is pictured with Sandra White and Hazell Houston presenting the cheque.
Sandra White said "The donation has been a godsend, it’ll help out with the coach for the next few months and it takes away the worry. If there was no coach there would be no lunch club as people couldn’t get here. We have to provide transport. Luckily we have a volunteer driver. People from Sea Mills, Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth come here for their lunch every Tuesday and without transport they’d be lost without it. I’d like to thank Nisbets for their donation and the Bainmarie which will be put to full use".
Tiger Roars on to the Last Eight
Tyler ‘Tiger’ Davies of the Avonmouth based National Smelting Co Boxing Club competing at 60kg Lightweight won on pts, 4 judges to 1, boxing in the Senior Elite ABA Championships at the Pre Quarter Finals on Saturday in Bracknell.
Davies, an 18 year old from Southmead, is a student at the Filton Wise Collage where he trains at the boxing Academy during the day and in the evening in the National Smelting gym.
Matched against the Home Counties champion George Hillier of Welwyn Garden City ABC.
Davies boxed superbly scoring with crisp right hands throughout the contest. The taller Hillier was deducted pts in the 2nd round for holding.
Said Tyler’s coach Garry Cave: "Hillier was a tall orthodox boxer that had represented England but Tyler was unfazed and took the fight straight to him, boxing on the front foot as an aggressive counterpuncher for a well deserved win".
Tyler boxes this Saturday night in Camberley in the quarter finals against the highly rated Joe Yugi of Moulscombe. Joe is the Southern Counties champion and reining 60kg Senior Novice champ.
Cave says "Tyler is only 18 years old and to reach this stage of the senior champs at his first attempt is a fantastic achievement, he’s the only boxer from Bristol still in the champs.
We’ve done our homework on Yugi, so fingers crossed Tyler can pull off yet another upset on Saturday and reach the last four in England".
News from Shirehampton Scout Group
THANKS! - to the Port of Bristol, who are sponsoring us to the tune of £200 a year for the next five years. If your company can join with the PBA we would welcome you-whatever you can contribute!
Scouting is not about money though-.it’s about our children having fun, while they learn about life - away from home, but in a safe environment. It’s never too early for your little people to learn! You can give your boys and girls the Scouting experience - for only £2.50 a week.
Our Leaders are ordinary people who give up their time to share fun, experiences, adventure, and challenges with kids who live in their area. Let us know if you’d like to help - we welcome everyone from 18 to-.still alive! The oldest person in our area has much to give to the youngest person in our Scout Group.
Our Beaver Section (6 - 8yrs) is full at present, but we still have room for girls and boys in Cubs (8 - 10) and Scouts (10 - 14yrs). Contact Dottie North, Group Scout Leader, for further information: 914 4099 or at email@example.com
191st Scout Troop
On Thursday March 14th Reece Britton left the Cubs to join the Scouts. Reece is pictured with Grant Watkins (Scout Leader) on the troop’s bridge.
UFO at Public Hall
Welcome to a world where ukuleles boldly go where no uke has been before. More or less.
The Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra puts together music and comedy - a journey through a rich musical landscape, meeting up with the Lone Ranger to find out why one can’t get no Satisfaction, and discovering Sgt Pepper is yet another convert to the uke. The journey stops off briefly at an operatic aria, then protests mildly at battery hen farming via some ghost chickens before heading towards Motown. They reveal the plot of the Lion King, and chase cars along west country roads, falling foul of summer M5 jams.
It’s 16 ukuleles, a bass player, and a drummer. And there’re plenty of opportunities to join in. It’s loads of fun - you can’t play or listen to a uke without smiling - and they do a lot of that. Someone said of their concerts - "I left feeling happy" and what could be better than that! The Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra - otherwise known as U.F.O - is a dedicated band of ukulele players from across North Somerset. Formed just over a year ago they have gone down a storm across the west with a string of concerts at many of the region’s most prestigious venues - including Bristol’s Colston Hall, Folk House, and Redgrave Theatre and Clevedon Pier.
Audiences have been wowed by the 18-strong group’s renditions of classic songs from the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner and the Beatles, to name but a few. Last month the ukulele was officially named as the most popular instrument in Britain. A favourite with both adults and kids it now even outstrips the recorder as the instrument of choice for children.
The Ukulele Funhouse Orchestra are appearing for one night only at the Shirehampton Public Hall on 18th May - sounds as though it could be an interesting evening.
Shirehampton Remount Depot Becomes Part of Our History
Until recently little was known about the role played by Shirehampton and Avonmouth during World War I.
The area had little housing; most of it was green fields and farm land. Avonmouth became a strategically important military depot from which troops and equipment were dispatched to the Western Front. Shirehampton established a Remount Depot that stabled and supplied more than 300,000 horses and mules to the front line.
Life moves on, new houses were built and unfortunately today there are no visible remains of the Remount Depot. Little is known about the men who lived in the area and worked there, the animals and the facilities that played such an important role at the time.
Today information is being gathered and put together about our own little piece of local history. Local residents whilst digging their garden may have found artefacts such as horse shoes, military badges or pieces of pottery relating to this period without realising their importance.
Local residents were invited to go along to an exhibition held at the Public Hall, Shirehampton on the
17th March to learn more about this important heritage, share their own stories and meet experts who would be able to identify any artefacts they brought along.
On display were copies of letters that were sent from Shirehampton Remount Depot in 1916, images taken at the time, books to browse through and maps of the local area. Many people went along and took their time looking at the exhibition and chatting to the experts. A great deal of interest was shown by old and young alike. The Heritage Lottery funded Avonmouth and Shirehampton First World War All Our Stories project aims to find out all they can about the important role that the area played between 1914 and 1918.
Dr James Thompson, a Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Bristol, said: "The remount depot at Shirehampton played a significant role in the war effort of 1914-18. This project will shed new light on the history of Shirehampton, and of the First World War through the work of residents in collaboration with the University of Bristol. We are excited about continuing the collaboration, as part of the Know Your Place initiative, in the lead up to the centenary." For further information please go to:
Photos: Kathryn Courtney
Heritage Schools Art Exhibition at Kings Weston House
Between the 26th - 28th March Kings Weston House opened its doors to The Heritage Schools Art Exhibition. English Heritage in collaboration with Norman Routledge, owner of Kings Weston House, displayed children’s art work in the currently empty picture frames in the Great Hall.
Ten pieces of art work were enlarged glossy poster style and displayed in the lower frames whilst other art pieces were projected onto the five picture frames on the main wall above the fire place. A series of pictures produced by local children were constantly rotated from frame to frame featuring all manner of subjects: places in Bristol, historical people, buildings, a history of Bristol and even cooking utensils.
The primary school children who provided the art work for this exhibition were from Little Mead Primary Academy, Southmead, Avon Primary, Shirehampton, Sefton Park Primary, St Andrews, Victoria Park Primary, Bedminster, Mill Pond Primary, Baptist Mills and Frome Vale Academy, Downend.
Over 170 visitors viewed the exhibition and left their comments in a comments book. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
The Heritage Schools Programme is a 3 year project that has been running in Bristol and two other regions - Great Yarmouth and Barking & Dagenham - since September 2012. The aim of the programme is to support children in understanding their local heritage and how it relates to the national story. This is being achieved through local heritage studies in the 11 Heritage Schools in Bristol supported by a wide variety of Heritage Partners including local historians, architects, theatre groups, story tellers, artists and other local organisations. Kathryn Courtney
Kings Weston to Host the Bristol 'Bio Blitz'
The Kings Weston Action Group joins forces with Bristol Natural History Consortium in a family event.
The Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) has joined forces with the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) to host the Bristol Bio Blitz across the historic Kings Weston Estate. The Bristol Bio Blitz is a free family day out that will launch Bristol99, a citywide programme of wildlife events celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bristol Festival of Nature. The event will be run on Friday 3rd May for local schools with a public day on Saturday 4th May when everyone is invited to come along and join in.
The annual Bio Blitz event aims to record as many natural species as can be found within a defined area and this year the Kings Weston parkland takes centre stage. From bats to badgers and fungus to flowers BNHC volunteers will guide visitors on a voyage of discovery to identify and record everything they come across. Kings Weston House will be Base Camp for the day where KWAG and BNHC will set-up their recording station and mini-lab. Public events will be happening throughout the day on Saturday and anyone who comes along is sure to find something of interest. The public day will culminate in the announcement of the final species tally at 3pm. KWAG has received a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the event and put the day’s events with the framework of the historic landscaped grounds. The discoveries made during the Bio Blitz will be used to create new nature walks and educational material for schools. Support for the event has also come from Bristol City Council and the National Trust who own the parkland.
Events already confirmed for the day will be bug hunts, bat walks, moth trapping, wildflower walks and a dawn chorus walk for the early risers! Bird box making will take place in the house for a small charge and microscopes in the mini-lab will bring a whole new perspective on discoveries made in the park.
Sea Mills Art Group At Home in Shire
ON Thursday 14th February the Sea Mills Art Group had a small celebration to mark the first anniversary of their move to Shirehampton Community Hall. Since their move last year the members have been very happy with the cleanliness, warmth and general comfort of the Community Hall and look forward to continued association with them.
Sea Mills Art Group was founded in the early 1990’s and has a membership of 25 members who meet at the Community Hall on Thursdays from 10am to noon. Occasionally we have a visiting speaker/workshop and two or three times a year we have an organised trip to places of interest within a 50 mile radius.
New members, whether beginners or experienced, are always welcome. Call in and meet us or contact the Chairman Anthony Pritchard on 0117 959 1932.