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Kings Weston Bioblitz

Little Princess Trust

Letters to the Editor

Louise Bounsall

Social Tea Dance Gets People on their Feet

Coronation Commemoration

St Mary's News

Intriguing Find in the Public Hall Basement

Eileen Lloyd Retires From The Library Service

Artist's Success with Home Studies

Herbie Edmunds 24.10.1931 – 8.3.2013

The Orchards Residents Celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

ABBA Tribute

Kings Weston Bioblitz

Over two days of the May Bank Holiday the house and park around Kings Weston filled with volunteer naturalists, schools and families taking part in the 5th Bristol Bioblitz. The Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) partnered with Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) in putting on the event which marked the launch of the Bristol Natural History Festival and Bristol 99 which focuses on the City’s 99 most important wildlife areas.

Photo:   Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

The first day of the event, Friday 3rd, was open to schools from across the City to take part in bug hunting, pond dipping, bird ringing and plant identification in the company of experienced and knowledgeable experts. Several local schools took up the challenge to try and help identify as many species in the historic park as possible with the Saturday focusing on family events. A base-camp was set up in Kings Weston House courtesy of Norman Routledge and activities were coordinated from the field lab set up in one of the rooms there. Bat and moth hunts went on late into the night and started all over again with a Dawn Chorus walk opening events on the second day.

The Kings Weston Bioblitz forms the first part of KWAG’s Heritage Lottery funded project to bring together the natural heritage of the park with its fascinating history as a land-scaped parkland. KWAG published the colourful ‘Bioblitz Broadsheet’ for the event, a free illustrated pamphlet which gave interesting details about the people and history of the grounds which stretch across Penpole Point, Kingsweston Hill, and Shirehampton Park as well as the more familiar area closer to the house.

Photo:   Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

The weekend’s events drew to a close at 3pm on the Saturday with the announcement of the final tally of different species collected over the previous 29 hours. The figure came in at 463 different plant, bird, insect, bat, moth, mammal, tree, and butterfly species, breaking last year’s record from Arnos Vale Cemetery! The figure will rise once the last few records are catalogued and new identifications made and is an invaluable record of the biodiversity at Kings Weston.

The whole event was a great success and the results will now be used by KWAG to inform new nature walks and help interpret the natural legacy of the historic landscape. You can keep up to date with progress on the project at KWAG’s new web site Copies of the free Bioblitz Broadsheet will also be available from Shirehampton Library soon. KWAG would like to thank everyone who came along but also BNHC and their volunteers for all their hard work in making the event happen.

Stepping out for Healthy Walks

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

Level 2/3 walks are just a couple of miles, 4 plus walks are longer and will take people around the outskirts of Shirehampton. We hope to set up a level 1 walking group at Stow House for people with less mobility. All walks will include refreshments which is an important part of these social activities.

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

St Peter's Hospice – Street Collection

The Hospice is marking its 35th anniversary this year and there must be many ‘Shire’ readers who have reason to be grateful for their presence at very difficult times. Steve Simmons co-ordinates the street collection in Shirehampton every year and it will be held on Saturday 22nd June so look out for collectors and please be generous to this very good cause. No doubt Steve would be pleased to recruit more volunteers if you feel inclined to offer.

Evergreens Day Trip

The Shirehampton Evergeen’s day trip for July 16th is to Teignmouth. Norman Sims

Advice from the Dogs Trust

With the great British Summer finally upon us Dogs Trust would like to remind people, taking their four – legged family members on excursions, not to leave dogs alone in cars. Our advice is:

  • Never leave your dog in the car alone - with temperatures easily reaching over 40 degrees in some parked vehicles, dogs could die within minutes. Parking in the shade with the window down does not make it safe!
  • Ensure you keep your dog as cool as possible when driving: avoid travelling during the heat of the day, use sun blinds and open a window to allow for a cooling breeze
  • Ensure you have a supply of water as dogs can suffer from dehydration very quickly
  • If you do see a dog in distress please contact your local police station or the RSPCA.

Anyone wanting advice about travelling with their dog should visit or contact 020 7837 0006. Paula Boyden Dogs Trust Veterinary Director

Little Princess Trust

The Little Princess Trust is a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer and children who have lost their hair due to other illness, recently Elite hair and beauty had several clients into the salon asking for their hair to be restyled; the hair was first put into several pony tails and then cut off.

This then gave the salon the ideal to look for a charity to support, and came across Little PrincessTrust; we would like to bring awareness firstly to the hairdressing industry and also to the general public for the support they could give from just simply wanting a change of style.

Lorraine Douglas owner of Elite hair and beauty said this is a great chance for all hairdressing bushiness to get involved as we are the first point of call and simply throw the hair away. If more salons were to support the charity this would make a real difference. All information can be found on the webb site at

Many thanks to the customers who allowed me to donate their hair to this charity.

Brightstowe Students Celebrate Success in National Awards

Young people recognised for range of achievements

The hard work, perseverance and achievements of Brightstowe based students have been celebrated today thanks to victory in a national award ceremony.

Students from Oasis Academy Brightstowe attended the Oasis National Awards Event on 23rd April at the ICC in Birmingham where students from across the country gathered to celebrate their collective achievements. Specifically, students from Oasis Academy Brightstowe were amongst national winners in the following categories:

  • Achievement – Nawamin Panyapiean from Oasis Academy Brightstowe was amongst a small group of national winners to be awarded the ‘Oasis National Achievement Award.’ The award recognises outstanding achievement throughout the past year across a variety of aspects of academy life. When awarding Nawamin, the judges noted his impressive commitment to secure an A* in Maths.
  • Sport – This award celebrates those who have demonstrated great sporting prowess, often representing their academy at county or national level. It was won by Carleah Hooper.
  • Art and Culture – The creative contributions of Yasmin Kongsfelt were celebrated thanks to her success in music.
  • Community Award – Oasis academies strive to be at the heart of their communities and Sam Jenkins was rewarded for his outstanding contribution in helping make this a greater reality.

Sam Jenkins was also highly commended in the ‘Founders Award’ category, an award which recognised young people who have triumphed over personal challenges to make great achievements.

Similarly, Cory Harrison, Daniel Beer, and Ashleigh Belton, were highly commended in the ‘John Williams Award’ – which celebrates team work.

Steve Chalke, Founder of Oasis says, "We encourage each of our students to reach their full potential and across our academies, young people are aspiring to do that on a daily basis. While winning an award is just one measure of success, we are incredibly proud of all our winners and believe these accomplishments can inspire each and everyone one of our young people. Congratulations!"

Founded in 1985, Oasis works across the world helping to combat social injustice in whatever form it manifests. Through its educational trust, Oasis Community Learning, it is now one of the largest academy providers in country and currently operated 30 academies across England.

Tynings Field

If you are a local organisation or a school, that works with people, and wants to try growing some veg and working an allotment because it would be beneficial to your members or have health benefits, please get in touch with us regards membership. You will not be required to work on a large area. We are also looking for prospective members who want to grow vegetables for themselves, but may not relish the thought of working a whole allotment themselves and would rather share the work with others, and also new supporting members who, may not be able to do physical work for whatever reason but wish to support us. Every penny counts, every bit of help also counts. Tel 01179090440 and leave your contact details.

Tynings field have recently been involved in the Community Plant Collection, which engaged with local community groups across Bristol to grow calendula in various varieties. The plants will be on display in the zoo garden Community Plant Collection. Our particular seed was planted by local schoolchildren.

Wayne Raymond Harvey

Congratulations to our new Councillor for Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston Ward. All your hard work of campaigning has paid off. Well done Wayne, we are all very proud of you. Thank you to all the people that supported Wayne with your votes. Hope he can do good for the community. We know he will do his best. Mum, Dad, Michelle, Colin, Darren, Claire, Aaron, Ben and Nan.

(Thank you your donation – Ed)

Letters to the Editor

Dock Railway

Dear Editor

In response to the letter from Terry Hughes regarding some of the engine names on the Dock Railway, I recall Arthur, Kenneth, Ronald, Francis and Henry. Desmond Baker former railway foreman.


Dear Editor,

This is a photograph taken at the opening ceremony of the first constructed Pre-fab on the corner of Nibley Road and Hung Road, Shirehampton in 1945. As a small boy living in Dursley Road, I remember seeing this taking place, and I wonder how many people today can recollect that occasion. Alan Slee

Shirehampton National School

Dear Editor

10 Station Road, Shirehampton - Proposed demolition of existing building and construction of residential units and the rebuilding of the existing large gable to match existing.

As architects trying to carry out a public consultation on the above it has been suggested that you might be kind enough to run an article with some images and our email address to allow people to make comment to us.

This site is an eyesore in the Conservation Area and we have been trying to find a way forward which will allow commercial backing to ensure it becomes a reality. We have been in discussions with BCC for some time with site meetings and Structural Engineers agreeing that demolition is the only way forward with the gable being rebuilt to match the existing. Whilst providing much needed 3No two bed apartments and 4No four bed houses.

As a minor application we think this is the best way of consulting with the public along with a display in the Library? Attached is an early sketch.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Wotton
0117 9466 966

Louise Bounsall

I am saddened to advise the passing of my mother Louise Bounsall on Saturday 23rd March at Southmead hospital aged 93. Her cremation took place at Canford crematorium on Friday 5th April and her ashes placed with my father’s. Reginald died in January 2008 aged 89 years.

Lou, as she was most often known , whilst originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, had lived in Bristol for the major part of her life. When she married Reginald, my parents lived initially on The Portway in Shire with my grandparents, but in 1948 they moved to the new housing estate at Lawrence Weston, where they lived until my father’s death in January 2008. Mum then continued to live in the family home until moving to Bradley House residential home in Shirehampton in 2010.

My mother had a varied life, being a cook for a Lord and Lady, a member of the WAAF during the second world war, where she worked as a tracker in the control room below gun placements on the south coast. Later she went on to join the Post Office as a telephonist, then after a spell as a house cleaner she returned to the Post Office to work in the staff kitchen of the Post Office engineering training school at The Wylands in Shire. Many a youngster from around the country attended the school and were put up around Shire in family homes.

Lou will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and that included an amazing number of people from Shire. Ray Bounsall, Melbourne,Australia

(Thank you for your donation – Ed)

Social Tea Dance Gets People on their Feet

On the 25th April Shirehampton saw it’s first Tea Dance take place at the Public Hall. It was a chance for people to try out their dancing feet, have a chat and socialise over a cup of tea or coffee and cake. A couple hours dancing was led by Norma Daykin and included ballroom, Latin, salsa, waltz and club style with the afternoon passing quickly. The response was extremely positive too.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Barbara: "I’ve liked the dancing this afternoon because it’s slightly more complicated than line dancing and my favourite has been the flamenco."

Valerie: "I’ve done Latin and ballroom dancing in the past but the dance steps were simple to follow and would be easy for beginners. I will certainly be recommending this to others."

Cora: "It’s been brilliant, I want more. The dance teacher has been excellent, I’ve loved socialising and I will certainly be coming back again."

Jan: "It’s been a wonderful afternoon. The dance teacher is a natural, very good and I will be telling my friends about it."

Carol: "The dance teacher took us through the dance steps slowly. She is very good and I would like to see more people come along next time. I’ll be coming back."

The event was organised by LinkAge and the next Social Tea Dance will be in a couple months. Further details will follow in the Shire and look out for posters in the local shops. Kathryn Courtney

Coronation Commemoration

AS WE CELEBRATE the  60th Anniversary of the   Queen's Coronation, Pemela Mitchell has sent this photo of the street party in Nibley Rd to commemrate the event.

AS WE CELEBRATE the 60th Anniversary of the Queen's Coronation, Pemela Mitchell has sent this photo of the street party in Nibley Rd to commemrate the event.

St Mary's News

Hi Folks! What beautiful weather we had over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend. On the Monday we had another Open Church Day with Lunches and Cream Teas. The food was superb and always to a high quality. You can always rely on Gill Sawyer to consistently maintain standards.

I am pleased to say that the day raised just over £600 for our much needed funds.

This year is the sixtieth anniversary of the Queens’ Coronation so on Friday, 7th June we are going to have a Coronation Celebration Evening. Why not come dressed in 1950’s style fashion? There will be knife and fork buffet - but bring your own drink! Tickets £8,00 from the Church Office.

Our Annual Parish Outing this year is on Tuesday 2nd July when we shall be going to Gloucester where we shall enjoy a trip up the Sharpness Canal. Afterwards we shall enjoy a Cream Tea before visiting Gloucester Cathedral where we will have a guided tour before attending Choral Evensong after which we will return back home.

Our Patronal Festival Weekend this year will be on Saturday and Sunday 6th-7th July. This will include our Summer Fayre on the Saturday from 10am until 12.00 noon with Cream Teas from 2.00pm until 4.30 pm. The church will also over the weekend be decorated with flowers. The theme this year will be Feasts and Festivals throughout the church year. Make sure you look in and see what has inspired the Flower Arrangers. This is another important fund raising weekend when we rely on your support to help us pay our Bills and Loans on the Tithe Barn.

Reverend Geoffrey is hoping to start up a monthly Men’s Breakfast Club Meeting on a Saturday from 8.00 am until 9.30 am in the Tithe Barn where you can find out more about Jesus in your own life. If this appeals to you watch out for further information here in "Shire" or on one of the Notice Boards at the back of the church.

At the end of April one of our Churchwardens’ - Julie Smith - celebrated her Ruby Wedding anniversary. We offer her and her husband Ray many congratulations and long may they enjoy many more happy years together!

This is an old yarn some of you may have heard before - Did you know that Moses owned a motorbike? Well he did, because his "Triumph" was heard throughout the land! Okay I’ll try and do better next month!!! ‘ Bye for now. CME.

From the Registers at St. Mary's April 2013

BAPTISM "We welcome you"

28th Harlie-Mae Hunt

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace"

  • 12th James Rushton Canford
  • 15th Pat Estcourt Canford
  • 22nd Gary Morgan St Mary’s
  • 23rd Betty Wassell Canford
  • 25th Jean Bristow Canford


On Friday 5th April I lost my brown leather handbag in either Springfield Avenue or St Bernard’s Rd, Shirehampton. Its only contents were a 9carat gold crucifix and chain plus a gold rope chain. These are of enormous sentimental value as they were gifts from my late husband. If you have any information please phone 01179828793 or 0117827131. There will be a reward for the return of the crucifix and chains. Mrs F Morgan

(Thank you for your donation – Ed)

Intriguing Find in the Public Hall Basement

Photo:   Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

In December 2012, following repair work that was carried out in the basement at Shirehampton Public Hall, an old wooden sign was discovered lurking in the corner of the basement (see photo). No one was quite sure how long the large, heavy sign for St Philip’s Marsh train station had been down there, or how exactly it had got there in the first place. The Hall Manager, Sean Caveille, who has a professional background in archaeology and heritage, was deeply intrigued by the find and arranged for curatorial staff from the M Shed museum to collect the sign. Hopefully it will be displayed in the M Shed in the near future where it will inevitably evoke memories of a part of Bristol’s railway heritage that no longer exists. St Philips station was opened in 1870 as a terminus for the Midland Railway service. It closed in 1953 and at some point after that the sign made its way into the basement of Shire Public Hall. Sean Caveille

Volunteers Wanted...

‘Shire’ newspaper requires distributors of the paper for the Ryeleaze Estate on the riverbank off Myrtle Drive. At the moment there is no-one delivering papers here. There is also a new small estate of houses at Valerian Close/Portway not receiving papers. There is also a vacancy for a distributor to cover Nibley Road Nos. 156-166 and Kemble Gardens – 57 copies in total. If you could help with any of these please contact us through or leave a note in the library.

Many thanks.

We also require computer literate people with an interest in joining the team of editors. The editing is on a rota basis so comes around about twice a year, with meetings held on the first Monday of the month. Anyone interested would be invited to join a meeting before making any commitment. Please contact if you feel you could make a contribution to this long running, successful community newspaper.

Celebrating Age Festival "Brilliant in Bristol"

Calls for art entries

It’s time to get creative - Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival which starts this summer is calling for entries for its annual art competition.

This year’s festival which runs from June 24 to July 6 will be themed Brilliant in Bristol: Many Neighbourhoods, Many Cultures, One City, to reflect the talent and the diversity of older people across the city.

Events will be taking place in Bristol neighbourhoods during the two weeks as well as a main Celebration Day at City Hall on Saturday June 29 - which will feature a range of entertainment as well as craft and information stalls. The Avonmouth Genealogy Group will have their archives and photos available for those wishing to research family or local history in Avonmouth.

Celebrating Age Committee Chair Judith Brown says they are looking for art entries ‘in any medium’ from paintings to sculptures.

She says: "If you live in Bristol and are over 55 we look forward to receiving your entries - which should reflect the theme of the Celebrating Age festival. Please note paintings must not exceed 3’ by 3’.

"Entries should be brought to central library and a ballot box will be available there so people can vote for their favourite. There will be the chance to see the display of artwork as part of the festival from June 25 to July 6. Prizes will be awarded for the top three at our celebration event."

All entries should be submitted to central library by June 14. Winners will be announced at the Celebration Day on June 29 – when the display will be moved to City Hall for everyone to see.

For more information about the competition call Claire Kennelly on 0117 927 6614 or email

For further information about the festival go to - content.

As part of this year’s festival LinkAge is hosting a drop-in Well Being Day for over 55s at the Tithe Barn on Tuesday June 25th from 10am-3pm.

Also, as part of this Festival, residents can nominate for an award, an older person who has achieved something special against the odds, or put themselves out to help a neighbour (s).

For more information Tel Claire Kennelly on 0117 927 6614.

Eileen Lloyd Retires From The Library Service

Eileen Lloyd has spent twenty-three years working in local libraries. She began her career as a Library Assistant in Henleaze, then moving onto Henbury and later Lawrence Weston. Eileen eventually moved onto Shirehampton Library spending fourteen years there and becoming a familiar figure in the community. She later became a Librarian Supervisor that covered Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Avonmouth. For the past three years Eileen has been based at Sea Mills Library and on the day of her retirement – 30th April - she realised how much she was going to miss the work, her colleagues, friends and the many people that walk through the Library doors asking for help and advice.

"I previously worked for the NHS as a Receptionist. I then decided to become a Library Assistant because I liked meeting people and hoped I could help them too. I felt very much part of the community from the beginning. I’ve met so many people, families, watching children grow up and being part of their lives. The job has changed with more paperwork, being office based and losing contact with people that come into the Library, so now is the time to retire."

"I will always appreciate the way that everybody welcomed me into their communities, I will miss my colleagues and of course the support of the Shire newspaper with Shirehampton Library as they donated some money towards the centenary celebrations in 2005. I’m sure I’ll be back to visit." said Eileen.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Throughout the day at Sea Mills Library friends and colleagues called in to make sure Eileen had a good send off. There was a buffet, celebration cake and gifts presented to Eileen. Just like everyone else that day we wish Eileen well in her retirement. Kathryn Courtney

Christmas Lights Association

The Shire Christmas Lights Association would like to thank Ced and Pam Rich for their massive commitment to the Lights for over ten years – frankly without them there would have been many years when none of us would have been able to enjoy the twinkling Christmas trees along our High Street. Ced has been the main organiser for the last few years, fixing lights, ordering trees and all manner of other jobs that have to be done to ensure we have a display. Pam has also been a great support – being one of the famous duo with Thelma who have organised the collection boxes each month from all the shops.

All three of them will be sorely missed but we hope to carry on and make sure there is a display they can be proud of this Christmas. Check out the website at Many thanks – Shire Christmas Lights Group.

Artist's Success with Home Studies

Local artist Jenny Brooks has successfully completed the two year Society of Botanical Artists Distant Learning Diploma course, with final marks of 90% giving her a grade of Distinction and recently collected her diploma at the Graduation Ceremony held in London.

Jenny found the course of 13 assignments very challenging and enjoyable, particularly one assignment ‘Working in the Field’, where she chose to make her painting studies, working from the rich selection of wildflowers growing on the Lamplighters Marsh, Shirehampton.

(Congratulations on your success – Ed)

Avon Primary School

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.

As well as a free magic show, craft activities, and toddler soft play, there will be balloon modelling, face painting, bouncy slide, raffle, BBQ, stalls, games and much more!

Entry will cost just £1 per family, and the event will run from 12pm until 3pm.

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 for £5!

To book a table or for more information, please contact Faye on 07790 142 157 or email

We look forward to seeing you all there! The PTFA of Avon Primary School.

Charity Cricket Match

A charity cricket match Physios vs Docs from the BRI will be held at Twyford House cricket club on Sunday 2nd June. Mike Frankcom.

Herbie Edmunds 24.10.1931 – 8.3.2013

Herbie sadly passed away at St Benetts Nursing Home, Newton Abbot, Devon with his wife Shirley, daughter Cherie, son-in-law Dick and grandson Marcus in attendance.

Herbie lived most of his life in Shirehampton until he retired to Devon. Herbie was known for his pet shop in the Grainger Mall, High Street. He always had a cheeky smile; always went out of his way to help others. Herbie continued to travel to Shirehampton to visit his remaining family and friends until his health deteriorated. He will be sadly missed by all. Shirley Edmunds

(Thank you for donation – Ed)

Avonmouth and Shirehampton Neighbourhood Policing Team

Phone: 0117 9454392 Fax: 0117 9454370


post: Beat Team, Avonmouth Police Station, Bristol

Your local police need you. We want good quality intelligence and you could help. If you give the police information it will be assessed and graded then acted upon if necessary. The right intelligence will help your local police to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in your area and make our communities safer places to live and work.

The police need to know what information you are giving, where and when it is or has happened (time/date), who is or might be involved (descriptions/names) and how are they committing their offence (car registration/walking or cycling). Please give as much information as you can.

There have been a total number of 91 recorded crimes this period (April 2013) which includes all offences that someone has been arrested for and summoned to court.

Looking at Priority Crimes over this period there has been;-

  • Nil - Robbery
  • 4 x Non dwelling Burglaries this could be sheds, garages or warehouses
  • 5 x Dwelling burglaries (houses)
  • 9 x Vehicle Crimes (Theft of or from)
  • 6 x Criminal damage type crimes.
  • 5 x Drugs offences including cannabis factories located and possession of class A & B drugs.

Avonmouth Football Club

The second issue of our quarterly newsletter "The Mouth" is out and we had a great response to the first issue with many people getting in contact to congratulate the club on its creation. There is plenty of news in Issue 2 so if you wish to have a copy contact the club either on or

June Draytonv- R.I.P.

My sincere sympathy to Mike, Ian & Sue on the loss of a great woman, wife and mother.

I knew June & her family for many many years when I was small. June used to work with my Mum (Margaret O’Neill) in Noel Williams Chemist & Dewanis Chemist in the 70’s. I remember ALL the family especially when they managed Rob Taylor’s Motor Cycle shop. Once again, my sincere sympathy to you ALL. Yours sincerely Keith O’Neill Warnbro – Perth,Western Australia.

Springfield Playground

It has been brought to the notice of ‘Shire’ by a concerned resident of Springfield Road, that the gate to the playground opens outward onto the pavement/road. She recently witnessed a toddler opening and running out of the gate and could so easily have ended up in the road with unspeakable consequences if a vehicle had been approaching. This is to alert parents whose young children use the park to the potential danger, and perhaps a campaign to have adjustments to make the gate more difficult for very young children to exit.

Personal Safety Workshop Inspires Confidence

A Personal Safety Workshop took place at the Tithe Barn on the 18th April. Attendees spent the day learning new techniques in feeling more secure and confident out and about in the community. Jerry Lander, a retired Police Officer guided people on ways to avoid confrontation, standing your ground and tips on personal safety.

Groups were formed and they discussed what they found difficult to deal with, what made them feel insecure and ways round it. From cold callers on the phone and doorstep to rowdy people and nuisance neighbours. There was also role play to help build confidence which also proved enlightening too. Although a serious subject a few laughs and jokes were shared among the group of people that attended.

I asked Kath why she came along "As I’m getting older I was hoping we’d learn how to protect ourselves, not physically, but look after ourselves." she said

Ruth said "I don’t like people invading my personal space and it was about learning more on how to deal with this and avoiding confrontation. I also wanted to learn how to avoid a situation such as physical violence."

"I’m a worrier" said Diane, "so today provided me with the information I needed. It’s done what I wanted it to do and given me more confidence to be out on my own"

Lyn concluded "It’s been very good. Instead of putting pen to paper we’ve had interaction and role play. It’s been very much hands on and we’ve had a few laughs even though it has been a serious subject".

The day was a great success and this one off workshop was organised by Cheryl Martin of Healthy Walks. Kathryn Courtney

The Orchards Residents Celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

On the 11th May residents of The Orchards in Hermitage Close got together to celebrate twenty-five years since the building opened. Consisting of thirty independent flats in a warden controlled environment, people retain their own independence and can socialise at their own leisure in the community room open to all residents and their friends and family. It seems everybody knows everybody and they all watch out for each other in this close knit community.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Saturday night was party night where everyone met in their community room. There was a singer who provided the entertainment for the evening and there were several sing-a-longs as the drinks flowed and chat continued. Everybody shared laughs together and had fun. There was a buffet that many of the residents provided a selection of food to share around from sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiche to pineapple and cheese on sticks, trifle and cup cakes. A special celebration cake was made for the occasion and this was cut by Molly Webb who had lived in The Orchards for the last twenty-five years, since it opened. She was also made queen for the day and had her own cloak, tiara and even a Buckingham Palace embroidered tea towel! Obviously Molly had been nominated for the washing up after the party was over!

Molly said of the celebrations: "It’s been absolutely wonderful, but being queen for the day has been a bit embarrassing but lovely. I’m a bit shy and don’t like the limelight but I’ve really enjoyed tonight and so has everyone else." Kathryn Courtney

Local charity goes over the edge to raise funds

Home-Start Bristol – a local charity which provides support for families with young children – is organising a sponsored abseil down the Avon Gorge on Saturday 29th June. Up to 50 supporters ranging from age 12 to 70, including Patron and Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie, are expected to rise – or descend – to the challenge. Jenny Harris, chair of the charity, tackling her first big abseil in her 70th year, says "I am absolutely delighted that so many people are taking part – all the money will go towards the vital work of supporting families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I don’t like to think too much about what it will be like to go over that edge but I know it will be worth it in the end!"

Home-Start Bristol depends on volunteers to carry out its work. If you would like to offer your support, here are some things you could do:

  • Become a volunteer - a challenging but rewarding role
  • Make a donation – £25 helps to train a new volunteer
  • Become a trustee – we are looking for people with a wide range of skills

Visit the website for more information:

Tynings Field Open Day

On 9th June from 10.30am until4.30pm Tynings field will be open to the public with talks on chicken keeping and bee-keeping, food and drink, local produce and plants, entertainment including wellie throwing and face painting for kids. Bring a picnic and enjoy the orchard. Dogs must be on lead.

Who Runs the Public Hall?

On a day-to-day level the hall is run by three part-time paid staff, the manager, cleaner and caretaker. Overall strategy and financial decisions are carried out by the trustees, all long standing local residents dedicated to the continuing success of the hall. However we do need new blood.

  • Maybe you think the hall could be run more efficiently
  • Maybe you would like to contribute to this valuable community resource
  • Maybe you have skills that you could use to help run the hall
  • Maybe you are keen to keep on the ball and do something useful for the community
  • We have gaps in our skill mix for
    • Secretarial support for the trustees
    • Website management
    • Personnel and human resource experience

Maybe you are just the person we are looking for.

Do get in touch with me or any of the trustees.

Janet Thomas 982 2941

Hall office 982 9963

Penpole Luncheon Club

Has vacancies at the moment. Runs every Tuesday 11.30am to 2.00pm. Transport pick up for Shire and Avonmouth. Contact Sandra White on 01179 381236 or 07818 260419

ABBA Tribute

Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

A great night was had by all on 11th May at the PBA Club dancing the night away to the ABBA Tribute Band ‘Bjorn to Rock’. £1110.00 was raised for Brain Tumour Research. Many thanks from Bridget and Daphne xxx.