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The Rock Community Centre

Shirehampton Community Action Forum Meetings

How Much Do You Know About Your Local Area?

Park Lodge

A Letter to Helen Hewitt at Bristol City Council

King's Weston Refurbishment continues

Walking Groups in Shirehampton

NSC ABC Boxing Show

Public Consultation Hinkley Point C Connection Project

Bristol Adult Learning Course Guide 2013 to 2014

St Mary's NEWS

Bob's Gym – Avonmouth


Gospel Generation Community Choir

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Success at the Kings Weston Foraging Frenzy with Steve England

Lawrence Weston Community Farm and the Forest of Avon Trust

Join in the fun with Chair Aerobics

Lawrence Weston Community Farm


Kingsmead Lodge Fun Day

Picture of Deputy Lord Mayor Peter Maine and Batman and Robin at Kingsmead Lodge Summer Fun Day

Deputy Lord Mayor Peter Maine with Batman and Robin and staff at Kingsmead Lodge Summer Fun Day

KINGSMEAD LODGE, on West Town Rd, was visited on 16th August by the Deputy Lord Mayor Peter Maine and Batman and Robin at their Summer Fun Day. The day included a Raffle, Games, Bric–a–Brac sale etc. The highlight of the afternoon was the music, singing and dancing led by Deputy Lord Mayor Peter Maine who made the day special for all the Staff and residents.

Shirehampton Community Green Space

Over the last 18 months the school Eco council, and year 1 teacher Mrs Emma Grist, have been working really hard to develop the piece of land that is behind the houses opposite Shirehampton Primary School and in July it was officially opened by Bristol's Lord Mayor Mr Faruk Choudhury who found the time to come and support this local project.

The unused space has been transformed into a wildlife area, complete with pond and shaded seating area where pupils can learn about aspects of the Science curriculum first hand. There are also raised beds, where a variety of vegetables have been successfully grown over the summer, and a number of fruit trees – most of which survived our wonderful if not dry summer!

None of this work would have been possible without the full support and backing from all of the neighbours whose gardens back onto to this plot. Throughout this whole process they supplied Simon Squires, who brought this dream to life, and his volunteers with cups of tea and words of encouragement! A massive thanks from all the staff and pupils at Shirehampton Primary School for your patience and thoughtfulness whilst the transformation took place; it is much appreciated.

Picture of pupils holding cards spelling Thank You

Thank you from year 1

The school year is always a busy, fun–packed and exciting one and the school will provide regular updates of the work of our pupils through the 'Shire'. We look forward to sharing with you what goes on across the year from Christmas productions to charity work.

The Rock Community Centre

FREE courses for adults with few or no qualifications

Fridays 11th and 18th October, 9.30–2.30pm

Food Safety in Catering (level 2) course at Penpole Resident's Association in Shirehampton

This FREE course is particularly for adults over 19 years. Please ring Suzanne on 9030072 for more information.

Shirehampton Community Action Forum Meetings

Forum Meetings
Wednesday 2 OctoberAGM – 7–9pm
Thursday 5 December2–4pm

All meetings are held at Shire Public Hall – Station Road

How Much Do You Know About Your Local Area?

Overall, has crime gone up or down?

Perceptions vs Actual – Crime Quiz 2013

  1. How many burglaries (entering a dwelling & stealing or intending to steal) were reported in August?
  2. How many robberies (theft from an individual with actual or threatened violence) were committed in August?
  3. How many incidents of criminal damage were reported in August?
  4. How many incidents of ASB (this includes noise disturbance and rowdy or nuisance behaviour) do you think were reported in August?
  5. How many cars were broken into in August?
  6. How many cars were stolen in August?

Answers 1–1; 2–1; 3–10; 4–55;5–1; 6–3

The Bristol City Council Quality of Life survey results for 2012, shows that the measure of concern with anti–social behaviour in the neighbourhood, (that is likely to include vandalism, graffiti, rowdiness, drunkenness, harassment, drug dealing), has continued to reduce year on year. In 2005 (64%) of respondents in Avonmouth ward felt it was a problem compared to (34.8%) in 2012. Perceptions of ASB & crime in Avonmouth ward are higher than the city average (28.8%) for 2012.

Crime is going down…in your area


Useful contacts

Crime or other emergency999
Police non–emergency101
Bristol City Council
main switchboard0117 9222000
Fly Tipping, Graffiti01179222100
Waste and street maintenance0117 9222100
Estates management (housing)0117 9222200
Noise pollution, Pest control, Dog Wardens, Anti–social behaviour, Public health0117 9222500
Your local Community Safety Officer – Cheryl Hudson07810 506846

Helping to keep your community safer, cleaner & greener

Park Lodge

WE HAVE another of Betty Marten's drawings featuring Park Lodge situated at the Sea Mills entrance to Shirehampton Park, in the area known as the Park Gates from the days when there was a toll gate here. The turnpike tolls were abolished throughout the Bristol district in 1867 but prior to that the payment of a toll was necessary for vehicles to pass through Shirehampton Park, the private property of the squires of King's Weston.

Park Lodge is one of three situated at entrances to the park and housed the toll–gate keepers. It was built in the late 18th century, one of two lodges designed by Robert Mylne in 1767 and 1771. It was rebuilt in about 1840 as a two storey cottage finished with stucco with limestone dressings and pantile roof. After the abolition of tolls Park Lodge accommodated various workers on the Kingsweston Estate, including Elias Bryant and his wife in 1871. He was an engine driver in the saw mills. Then in 1891 and 1901 census records show James Room a farm labourer lived there but by 1901 he was 78 and 'living on own means'. In 1911 Hubert Baker, described as woodman to a Gentleman, lived in the five roomed cottage. Park Lodge is now a private dwelling.

Judy Helme

A Letter to Helen Hewitt at Bristol City Council

Shirehampton Park

Dear Ms Hewitt,

I read your responses to the Bristol Post reporter with interest.

Shirehampton Park is the only major planned parkland in the Shirehampton area. It is a beautiful area, when maintained as parkland. This is why it is still marked as 'Picnic Area' in the latest edition of the Bristol Bath A – Z (I presume it was a former council which designated it as such). The remains of two of the picnic tables can still be seen covered in brambles and weeds.
The park, at the Sea Mills end, offers lovely views across the golf links towards Leigh Woods. However, one cannot sit on the uncomfortable stubble to enjoy the sight. This aesthetic aspect of parkland is highlighted in the council's own Parks and Green Spaces "Investment Prioritisation Consultation Document".
The last Squire at Kings Weston House left the park to be enjoyed by the local populace 'in perpetuity'. At present this enjoyment is restricted to dog–walkers and passers–by. Hayfever sufferers, such as myself, cannot use the park at all in May/June because of the long hay–grass.
The area in front of Kingsweston House shows off the building to good advantage, but it is a large, barren area, lacking the attractiveness of the Park. My school used it as a sports ground when I was a teenager and it is a fine place for teenagers to kick a ball around. It is also unsuitable for picnicking and for young children to play. The boundaries are so far away, a child could wander out of reach before its mother had noticed. Because that part of it nearest the car–park is remote from the house and secluded, an offense could be committed and the attacker vanish into the woods before anyone could reach the site of the attack from the house. People picnicking there cannot be seen or heard from the car park, neither can they be seen by anyone walking along the road to the house, as they are screened from view by the heavy foliage of the lime trees.
Shirehampton Park, by comparison, is an extremely safe place for young mothers and children, in particular. The flat area has plenty of tree shade, but is separate from Penpole Woods itself. When it was maintained as parkland, the area was very open and visible. The boundaries of the smaller flat Picnic Area are clearly defined by the boulders, the car park and Penpole Woods. There is constant human and vehicular traffic passing by, so that the site is almost permanently overlooked during the daytime. And, of course, it is the sort of aesthetically attractive place that people would choose to have a picnic.
The path leading from the car–park to the Iron Bridge used to be quite open to view. Now, because shrubbery and young saplings have been allowed to grow unchecked, in many parts of it walkers are obscured from sight, which would deter some people from using it.
Compared to Blaise Castle Estate, Kings Weston Estate is a badly neglected area. Estates finances seem to be almost entirely spent at Blaise. Surely it should not be left to voluntary groups such as KWAG (Kingsweston Action Group) to restore the estate to some of its former condition?
Finally, no one has yet explained to me why it is that Shirehampton Park is the only local green space in Bristol that I can find where parkland is allowed to deteriorate in this way.

Thank you for your time in reading this. I would be grateful for an acknowledgment of receipt.

Yours sincerely, Gil Osman

50th Wedding Anniversary (1963 – 2013)

Congratulations to our very special parents Shirley & Ray Harvey who are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 12th October 2013.
Enjoy your special day and here's to many more happy years together.

We love you loads, Michelle, Wayne, Darren (Grandchildren), Jade, Courtney, Jack, Aaron, Ben. Your son–in–law Colin, and daughter–in–laws Linzi & Claire xxxxxxxx

King's Weston Refurbishment continues

Picture of the inside of Kingsweston House

Picture of the inside of Kingsweston House

Picture of the inside of Kingsweston House

Photos: Bob Pitchford

Kings Weston Big Bulb Plant!

Kings Weston Action Group invites everyone along to help out with our
Big Bulb Plant on
Saturday 12th October

The Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) is looking for volunteers, their families and friends to come along and help them plant out thousands of native woodland bulbs on the Estate. Following the successful Bioblitz earlier this year, the volunteer group are now keen to plant native wild bluebells and daffodils in the City–owned public parkland to complement the small number of the same species already growing there.

Picture of Bluebells

The community Big Bulb Plant is just one of the legacy projects KWAG has developed around the natural environment and the history of the landscape as part of its Heritage Lottery Fund 'All Our Stories' grant. Another project, a Tree Trail, is also in development, which will see many of the most interesting and unique specimens labeled and incorporated into a circular walk. This should be launched in the autumn.

Picture of Echo Folly

Echo Folly

On Saturday 12th October KWAG will be planting bulbs right along the Echo Path between Kings Weston House and the 'Echo' folly. Volunteers are invited to come along, bring a spade or trowel and muck–in contributing to a new natural legacy for the future.
KWAG Chairman David Martyn said: "This is a project that everyone can get involved with whether young or old. We hope everyone will come along and offer to plant just a couple or just a couple of hundred bulbs! The whole world will be able to see the benefits of the work come spring when we hope a new carpet of bluebells will flower. Please come along and lend your support"
The HLF 'All Our Stories Grant' has funded the 2000 bulbs and the event will be the finale to this year's nature events on the historic estate. Come rain or shine KWAG will begin the Big Bulb Plant at 10:30 at the Echo Path and it'll run through until about 4pm. The group is hoping to provide free refreshments for volunteers on the day. Anyone wanting to volunteer should make sure they come along wearing suitable clothing for whatever weather the day holds, a spade or trowel if you have one, and an enthusiasm for getting their hands a little muddy!

Contact: David Martyn. Email:

KWAG, c/0 75A Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2DW, Telephone: 07811666671

The Kings Weston Action Group is a community organisation set up to protect Kings Weston Park and House, fight for its future and protect its past. Formed from a group of local and professional volunteers it hopes to increase awareness of the history of the estate, take direct action to improve and maintain the park, and work with the City Council to inform and secure a new plan for conservation and enhancement.

A Short History of West Town

Richard Coates has added to his collection of booklets, on aspects of Shirehampton history, with a short history of West Town. It is now the site of an industrial estate reached by a level crossing off the Portway, the settlement is remembered in the road name West Town Road. However, this area was once a distinct settlement on the outskirts of Shirehampton, with its own houses and industries. You can read all about this in a new booklet by Shirehampton resident Richard Coates. This is available to read or download on our website, at

This is one of a series of local history pieces by Richard which are available on our website. Others include a street by street description of the reasons why all our streets have their current names, and a history of all the field names in Shire.

You can find all of these, and other articles on aspects of local history, at

Walking Groups in Shirehampton

Walking Groups in 'Shire' Level 3 & 4

Free Walks Programme – October 2013 – in association with LinkAge, Bristol Health Trainers and Walking for Health Bristol.

If you are looking to join a fun, friendly group of social walkers, our group is for you.

All of our walks are:

  • FREE to attend, unless stated otherwise.
  • Set at a moderate pace and cover a distance of 3+ miles
  • Led by fully trained Walk Leaders

The walking group is aimed at people aged 55+ and the walks are suitable for anyone able to walk for an hour+ without stopping.

The aim is to walk at a reasonable pace and cover a few miles. The walks are varied with some local and further afield. We like to stop for a tea or coffee at a café during or after walks when possible. Please bring money for refreshments and travel costs

Walk Levels explained –

  • Level 1 – Under 1 Mile, 10 – 30 Minutes
  • Level 2 – 1 to 2 Miles, 30 – 40 Minutes
  • Level 3 – 2 to 3 Miles, 45 – 90 Minutes
  • Level 4 – 3+ Miles 90+ Minutes
  • Level 4+ – 4+ Miles, Rural, 120mins +

Difficulty and Facilities – vary and may include – Toilets, Steps, Uneven Ground, Stiles, Slopes, Rural Area & Refreshments. If you have specific needs please phone to find out more detailed information about a particular walk.

The walk leaders will try to set, and maintain, a pace which they feel is appropriate for the group and route. IF YOU FIND IT IS TOO FAST PLEASE SLOW DOWN to a pace which is comfortable. As a rough guide you should be able to walk and talk, but feel a bit warm with slightly elevated breathing.

Please DO NOT walk in front of the Leader

  • Dress appropriately for the weather,
  • Wear suitable supportive footwear,
  • Start each walk slowly, building up speed. Slow down towards the end of each walk.
  • Walk to increase breathing but not to exhaustion.
  • Drink plenty of water – bring a bottle of water and any snacks you may need.
  • Do not walk if you feel unwell. Remember any necessary medication e.g. inhaler

Double check the start time for the walk you want to attend – start times are varied and can be varied again when special events are being held.

New walkers will be required to fill in the Outdoor Health Questionnaire (with support if required).

All walkers should arrive at least 10–15 minutes before the walk starts so you can hear any announcements.

Picture of Walking Group

Walking group

Walk Schedule for October

DateWhereStarts atVenue
Tues 1st Oct Clifton – Ashton Court Level 4 (4+ miles) 10am (9:50 for new walkers) Park & Ride bus stop Station Road, Buses: 902
Wed 2nd Oct Castle Green and Millennium Square Level 3 10:00am (9:50 for new walkers) Park & Ride bus stop Station Road,Bus: 902 return
Tues 8th Oct Durdham Down & Clifton Downs Level 4 (4+ miles) 10am (9.50 for new walkers) Outside Health Centre, Buses: 41, 902
Wed 9th Oct Lawrence Weston Farm Level 3 10am (9.50 for new walkers) St Mary's Churchyard Bus: 40 return
Tues 15th Oct Clevedon Level 4 (4+ miles) 10:00am (9:50 for new walkers) Please Note: a longer walk arrive home @ 2.00 pm Park & Ride bus stop Station Road, Buses: 902 & 361
Wed 16th Oct Sea Walls Durdham Down Level 3 10:00am (9:50 for new walkers) St Mary's Churchyard Bus: 40 return
Tues 22nd Oct Combe Dingle Level 4+ (4+ miles) 10:00am (9:45 for new walkers) Outside Health Centre/St Marys Church ,Bus: 502
Wed 23rd Oct Kingsweston House Level 3 10am (9.50 for new walkers) Tithe Barn
Tues 29th Oct City Docks & Cathedral Level 4+ (4+ miles) 10am (9.50 for new walkers) Park and Ride bus stop Station Road/Woodwell Road Buses: 902
Wed 30th Oct Canford Park & Westbury Village Level 3 10am (9.50 for new walkers) St Mary's Churchyard

For general information or to request a programme please contact :Cheryl Martin: Mobile 0753 056 4332.

Find more out on Health Walks visit –
Find more out about LinkAge visit – & Leaflets available in the Library

Walk Leaders Level 3 – Barbara, Val, Dianne & Geoff
Walk Leaders Level 4/4+ Steve & Stephen

NSC ABC Boxing Show

TICKETS: £10 OVER 18's & £5 UNDER 18's
0117 950 6325

Nursery destroyed by Fire

Thursday 19th Sept: Grove Leaze, Shirehampton.

When crews arrived on the scene they found the two–stoey building well alight. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the premises and tackled the fire using two high pressure hose reels and a 45mm jet. Two thermal imaging cameras were then used to check for hotspots once the fire was out.
The nursery was badly damaged by fire. Fortunatly no one was inside as the time. It's thought the fire started accidentally after a paper shredder overheated.

Public Consultation Hinkley Point C Connection Project

BETWEEN Tuesday 3 September and Tuesday 29 October National Grid is undertaking formal consultation on the Hinkley Point C Connection project.

The project involves the construction of a new electricity connection from Bridgwater in Somerset to Seabank near Avonmouth and associated works. To explain the proposals we have published a series of reports and plans. The main documents are available at some Libraries. If you would like to view these documents please ask a member of staff. Alternatively you can visit

Email –
Write – Freepost H POINT CONNECTION Call – 0800 377 7347
National Grid Hinkley Point C Connection Project

Local 'Shop of the Year' Competition

Charlotte Leslie MP and local councillor Wayne Harvey launch local 'Shop of the Year' competition

Local MP Charlotte Leslie has announced the start of the 'Independent Shop of the Year 2013' competition in which Bristol North West constituents can nominate and vote online for their favourite local independent retailer.
The competition, which is being backed by local councillor Wayne Harvey, is open until 31st December and Charlotte will announce the winners in the New Year.
Whoever receives the most votes will become Bristol North West Independent Retailer of the Year 2013. By voting in the competition, residents will be taking the opportunity to say "thank you" to a local retailer that they feel has provided an excellent service to them and their families. They will also stand a chance of winning £100 to spend in the shop they voted for.

Picture of Charlotte Leslie local MP

Charlotte Leslie

After launching the competition, Charlotte said: "We have some fantastic independent shops here in Bristol North West. They are the life and soul of our high street. Our community would be very much worse off without the hardworking men and women who run them. This competition is a small way of letting our local retailers know how much we appreciate and support them."
Wayne Harvey said: "Here in Shirehampton we have some fantastic local independent shops. I urge everyone to log onto the website and vote for their favourite shop, or look out for voting forms in our local shops which you can fill in and return freepost."

You can vote online at

Contact Charlotte Leslie MP T: 0117 0117 962 9427/0777 555 0607
184 Henleaze Road, Bristol, BS9 4NE Email

Happy 90th birthday

Mrs Kathleen Gates, Kath to everyone, is 90 years old on 24th October. She is a well–known and much–loved member of the Shire community, who worked in Bobbett's Fruit & Veg for over 20 years. Congratulations Kath.
Julia Tovey

The Eco Wedding Fair

Is being held this year at the Riverstation, Bristol Harbourside on Saturday 26th October 2013
For more details please email or

Phone Michele on 0117 9144434

Bristol Adult Learning Course Guide 2013 to 2014

Arts, Crafts, Computing, Cooking, DIY, Film, Gardening, Languages, Literature, Music, Special Interests, Well Being

Pick up an enrolment form to book a course from: Stoke Lodge, St Paul's Learning and Family Centre or main libraries or enrol online at:

We've got hundreds of leisure and personal development courses delivered by over 100 specialist tutors at our leaming centres and in selected Bristol Libraries. We cover a wide range of interests for those who want to develop their knowledge and skills (maybe to start a business) and for those who want to learn informally with like–minded people.

Come and learn a new skill or hobby or develop your existing interests in small friendly classes in our lovely Grade II listed building at Stoke Lodge. Or you could enrol for courses in our modern St Paul's Family Centre.

Maybe you just want to meet new and interesting friends with similar interests as yours? Then Bristol Adult Learning courses are for you! Why not try one of our Saturday courses or taster sessions?

Course costs: – We try to offer a wide variety of courses at affordable prices. We even offer concessions for learners on income related benefits. Read on for further information or go online at:

CentrelRoom Hire – Our Learning Centres are great venues for meetings, conferences, parties, etc. Stoke Lodge Learning Centre (or individual rooms here and at St Paul's Learning Centre) are available for hire.

Support and Accessibility – Please let us know at the time of enrolment if you need extra help or support to undertake your chosen course. We will try our very best to arrange or provide the support you need to get the best out of your chosen course.

Stoke Lodge Learning Centre is a Grade II listed building and while most of the site is accessible, there are still a few limitations. There is a lift to the first floor art rooms and a stair lift to the first floor teaching rooms.

St Paul's Learning and Family Centre is fully accessible.

Information is available in other languages as well as Braille, audiotape, large print, easy English, BSL video, CD rom or plain text. If you would like any further help please contact our office – 0117 903 8844.

Term dates (subject to changes)
Autumn term:from 16 September 2013
Half term:28 October to 2 November
Christmas:16 December to 4 January 2014
Spring term:from 6 January2014
Half term:17 February to 21 February
Easter holiday:7 April to 21 April
Summer term:from 22 April 2014
May Bank holiday:5 May
Half term:26 May to 31 May

Try Something Different and Lear New Skills as A Sports Coach

Picture of coach with class


  • Are you interested in sport?
  • Would you like to volunteer at a sports club or get into paid work?
  • Do you want to learn a new skill in a fun and challenging way?
  • This course will introduce you to the role of a sports coach
  • You can then progress on to the Community Sports Leadership Level 2 Award course, leading to qualifications in Sports Coaching and Leadership


TIME: 10am – 4pm


For more information and to book, contact Beverley Green Tel: 01179222696

Email: or see

Picture of coaching class

St Mary's NEWS

Hi Folks!

First of all I must tell you what a super Summer Sensations Week we had back in August. We had two coach trips out to Tintern and Ston Easton Manor and on the other days, we had an interesting variety of speakers. We all look forward to next year's Seniors Week. Grateful thanks must go to Gill Sawyer for organizing it and obtaining the necessary grants so that we could all enjoy ourselves.

On Saturday 7th September, we opened our Harvest Appeal, which is to support the Gromit Appeal for Bristol Children's Hospital. The church was crowded with happy children and their parents all waiting in anticipation for the unveiling of our own Shirehampton Gromit which had been expertly made by Sally Knowlson. Sally pulled back the cloth and there he was, a wonderful little brother to all the other official Gromits. Then came the competition to name our Gromit and Sally was asked to judge the names and she chose the name "Cabot". This was suggested by Sam Hemmings who was delighted to be named the winner! On that morning the coins up the centre aisle raised the sum of £60, refreshments £104 and the Gromit Trail £30. The total at the time of writing has now reached £400. Thanks also to all the Shirehampton shopkeepers who allowed us to display Gromit pictures in their shop windows. Next month we hope to be able to name the other competition winners.

On Saturday 12th October, the Health Centre will be providing 'Flu jabs for those who need them, so on this day we shall be opening the church early at 8.30 am for anyone who feels the need for a cup of tea or coffee and a sit down afterwards. Please come in and see us. You will be most welcome.

The following Saturday, 19th October, from 10am until 12 noon, we shall be holding our Annual Christmas Gift Fayre in the church. Please note this is NOT the one where all the Christmas goodies we like to eat are on sale, but is purely for the sale of Christmas gifts. Please put this date in your diary as we rely heavily on your financial support. Thank you!

On the following Friday, 25th October, we will be holding a musical concert in St. Mary's, when we shall be entertained by the New Harmony Ladies Choir. It will start at 7.30 pm and a buffet supper with a glass of wine will be served during the interval. Tickets cost £8.00 and will be available from Gill Sawyer at the church office. Please come and give us your support as these entertainers do not come cheaply! I'll see you there!!

This notice was allegedly seen in a Surrey Church newsletter giving details of crèche facilities: "Children are normally collected during the offertory hymn".

'Bye for now! C.M.E.


BAPTISM "We welcome you"

25thMatylda Raniecka
25thSamuel Thomas

FUNERALS "At rest and at peace"

9thEmily ChichesterCanford
16thViolet CameronCanford
23rdAnicia AdamsSt Mary's
30thIsobel EylesCanford

Severnside Sirens

The sirens sound warnings to areas potentially at risk from incidents at chemical sites in and around Avonmouth.
They are designed to alert people living in Portishead, Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Pilning and Severn Beach of any potential dangers.
During an incident a siren alert warning will be sounded. If you hear the sirens: go in, stay in and tune in to your local TV and radio stations and follow the instructions of the emergency services.
When it is safe the Severnside Sirens all clear message will be sounded.
The sirens are tested on the third day of each month at 3pm. The audible test is made up of a three–minute alert warning, one–minute silence followed by a one–minute all clear signal.

Bob's Gym – Avonmouth

The owner of the Old Bus Depot is having major work done to the building which, because of Health and Safety rules, has meant that Bob's Gym has had to close for a period of time.
Therefore, after nearly 30 years of running the gym, Bob at the age of 75, has decided to retire. However, once the work has been completed, the gym will reopen under the name of The Phoenix and with a new owner, Jeff Hardwell, who will place an advert in the 'Shire' once a definite opening date has been confirmed.
We apologise to all our members who were given such short notice of the closure, we only heard ourselves on 10th August, and hope that they may return in the near future to support Jeff in his new venture.

Bob and Jayne Warren

Notice of AGM

Shirehampto Community Action Forum (SCAF)

SCAF will be holding its AGM on Wedesday 2nd Otober
7–9pm at Shire Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton, BS11 9TU

We would welcome new trustees coming forward to join our board. If you are interested, or would like further information about the AGM please contact
Ash Bearman on 0117 982 9963 or email


Happy Birthday to the Harveys

We would like to wish Courtney Harvey a happy 18th birthday for 16th September and Jade Harvey a happy 21st birthday for 4th October. Lots of love, Nan, Grandad Harvey, Michelle, Colin and Nan Walkers (Many thanks for your kind donation, Ed.)

Fundraiser Workout Makes Getting

In Shape Charitable

TH Personal Training & NRG Gym raises £150 for Avon Riding Centre
Tom is located at NRG Gym . For more information visit his website at or contact
If you would like to support Avon Riding Centre please contact 0117 959 0266


Christmas Lights

Dear Sir

I was sad, but not surprised, to read that Pam, Ced and Thelma are standing down from the Christmas Lights Association. They have put such a lot of time and effort into creating a brilliant display for Shirehampton each year – I know because my husband and myself were part of the team that formed it in 2001/2002, with no money and no displays! Such a lot of hard, but enjoyable work went into the displays, and my husband, Roger, together with Ced, Mike Morgan, and Lee and Ash, enjoyed much light–hearted banter with Shire residents whilst erecting the lights each year, despite being freezing cold or soaking wet most of the time! So, I would appeal to anyone living in Shirehampton to keep up the good work as far as the Christmas lights are concerned, and get involved!
We left Shirehampton 6 years ago, and despite living in idyllic surroundings between Penzance and St Ives, I still miss Shirehampton very much. However I still visit regularly as my daughters live locally so I get my regular "Bristol–fix", and I enjoy keeping in touch by reading Shire on–line.

Regards, Gerry Cooper

Thank You

I would like to thank my lovely family for all my presents and the very nice meals as well as my friends and neighbours for the flowers and all the cards. Thank you for making my 70th birthday so special. Shirley Harvey (Many thanks for your kind donation, Ed.)

Where Did Hung Road Get Its Name?

I wonder if anyone can tell me about Hung Road and why it is named? Also the house on the corner of Hung Road and Station Road has a very ornate façade and I wonder about its history. I look forward to receiving any information. Many thanks

Shirehampton Cricket Club

Dear Editor,

Having spent many happy hours, pre–war, watching battles on the cricket ground, I found your article on the history of it so fascinating. Thank you.

My father was the postman for Sir Miles in the 1930s and asked permission to take me sometime. I was 12, and I had only played there before on Portway School's sports day. It was wonderful to cycle through his private wood. Now, in my 90th year, some memories are hazy, but this one is still vividly clear. As we stood on his steps looking at the panoramic view over Avonmouth towards Wales, he simply said, "no–one will ever build in front of this postman".

Vic Wiltshire

Gospel Generation Community Choir

Gospel Generation Community Choir starts again this autumn. We meet every Wednesday at Shirehampton Baptist Church, Station Road from 6.30pm – 7.45pm. There is no audition and no charge and you don't even have to be a good singer – just enjoy having fun with a friendly bunch of people and singing great gospel songs! GGCC Shirehampton Choir has now been going for over 2 years and performs regularly with other GGCC choirs around Bristol.
We welcome men and women of all ages...Why not pop along for a taster session?
If you want any further info: contact

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Harvest festival service
Sunday 13th October

10.30am Rev Ajay Singh

A warm welcome is extended to all

At the end of July, we bade a sad farewell to our minister Rev Jacky Quarmby and her husband Neil. They have been part of the Shirehampton scene since September 2009. They have both worked assiduously and have certainly gone the extra mile.
Jacky has been instrumental in setting up the highly successful film club on Monday afternoons and re–starting the well–attended fellowship group on Wednesday mornings.
Jacky has been responsible for encouraging new members to join the church and congregation. Neil has been a tower of strength in all matters relating to property.
They will be sadly missed and we wish them well as Jacky takes up her new appointment as Chaplain at Farringtons and Stratford House School for Girls in Chislehurst, Kent.


H is for what can Happen on a Saturday afternoon.
A is for All the families we hope to welcome soon.
R is for the Rewarding time that together we can share.
V is for the Variety of crafts that will be there.
E is for Everyone who at Messy Church can be.
S is for Shire Baptist Church where this event is free.
T is for the Time and place 3.00 to 5.00pm
26th October, Station Road… to end this short poem.

Do come and join us for our Harvest themed Messy Church on Saturday 26th October 3.00–5.00pm at Shirehampton Baptist Church, Station Road. Fun, food and friendship for all the family!

Help Us Give 'Brian' a New Name!

We need you to help us come up with a new name for 'Brian' – our latest four legged recruit.

While some of our horses have stable names, it is tradition that they are also given an official name which relates to the Avon and Somerset area in some way. Some of our horses are named after local areas, while others are given names in recognition of a famous resident or someone that has given a lot to local communities. We currently have Clifton, Brunel, Lewis, Beaufort, Thomas, Redland, St George, Broadmead, Jubilee and Cabot.
'Brian' is seven years old and is 17.2hh high. He is a bay Irish draught cross and has been training with us for a year. He has recently passed with flying colours and can now be seen out and about on patrol with his trainer PC Helen Watkins.
It is now time for 'Brian' to be given his official name and we are asking for suggestions via Twitter and Facebook. The winning name will be picked by Sergeant Kerry Williams and the winner will be invited to the official naming ceremony at Bower Ashton, where they will be presented with a framed certificate and have the chance to meet the horses.
Sgt Williams said: "Brian has become an excellent police horse and we are looking forward to renaming him. Our Twitter account is very popular and we know lots of people also follow the horses on Facebook. We thought it would be a nice idea to ask our followers to come up with his new name."
The closing date for new names will be Monday 21st October 2013. We will announce the winner shortly afterwards. Please tweet your ideas to @ASPoliceHorses and use the hashtag #namethepolicehorse. You can also post your suggestions on Facebook.

Do You Have a Photo of Pill Ferry?

You may have read the article about proposed information boards on Lamplighters Marsh in last month's paper. Ruth Coleman is anxious to obtain a photograph of Pill Ferry with the Lamplighters Pub in the background. Can any readers help please? If so, her email address is

Success at the Kings Weston Foraging Frenzy with Steve England

The Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) kicked–off their programme of free community nature walks on Saturday the 27th July with Bristol's own "Ray Mears" Steve England leading a foraging tour. The eye–opening walk took visitors through the historic woods and meadows of the Kings Weston Estate in search of edible plants, roots, and seeds. With Steve's expert eye there were few plants that escaped attention and everyone was shown how to identify each and which to stay well away from.
From the familiar hazelnuts and nettle leaves to the more adventurous bramble stems and burdock there is a wealth of edible plants growing on the estate. Even the historic lime trees of the avenue were tucked–into! But the highlight of Steve's tour was definitely Crows Garlic the seeds of which Steve served up to everyone sprinkled over soft cheese and biscuits.
David Martyn of KWAG said "Learning about the history of an historic park like Kings Weston told through its plants is really important. Knowing what grows here naturally and what has been brought here helps our understanding about how the gardens were used and what the owners wanted it to look like. During Steve's walk we identified plants that can only have been planted for food but in the least likely of places."
The foraging walk has identified areas in Penpole Wood where the under–storey beneath the trees has been planted with raspberries, cherries, non–native hob nuts and other berries. Mr Martyn added "We know this part of the wood was laid out as an ornamental walk and we've learnt that the plants grown here must have been for people to pick food as they promenaded up to the old Penpole Lodge".
The series of free nature walks has been put together by KWAG as part of their Heritage Lottery funded "All our stories" project and aims to uncover the hidden estate and help visitors understand the historic landscape through its natural history. Anyone interested in other free events happening through September should get in touch with the volunteer group.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm and the Forest of Avon Trust

Forest School Training 2013

Do you want to find out more about Forest Schools? Interested in helping with your school's Forest School sessions? Or starting your own Forest School? This programme of training delivered by Jon Attwood from the Forest of Avon Trust includes a taster day, Level 1 Introduction to Forest School and the full Level 3 Leaders Award. Please visit for more information.

Forest School Taster Day Saturday

5th October 2013 10am – 4pm

A one–day course run by the Forest of Avon Trust, ideal for anyone new to Forest School and with an interest in developing outdoor activities and learning. It's also useful for people who support an existing Forest School programme.

You will experience a Forest School session and learn a range of hands–on activities to use with groups in an outside setting. Learn about the woodland environment and its wildlife and how to minimise impact on it. Explore the Forest School ethos and principals and how this can benefit your groups. Develop an understanding of how to work safely in an outdoor setting. In addition, you will be provided with a starter pack of resources from Children's Scrapstore to support using the activities you have learnt on the day. Please email for a booking form. £60 (Reduced rate available for parents living in Lawrence Weston).

OCN Introduction to Forest School Level 1Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2013 9.30am–5pm

This accredited course gives opportunities to explore Forest School further and is suitable for parents and professionals. You will experience a Forest School session, explore Forest School ethos and principles, learn practical shills and activities and learn about the woodland environment. £225

OCN Forest School Leaders Award Level 3 Autumn/Winter 2013 Level 3 Course 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th Oct and 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd November

This course is for professionals and independent practitioners working with children, young people and adults who want to set up and run a Forest School. Jon Attwood from the Forest of Avon Trust will be delivering this inspiring and in–depth training. £850

For further details and information about any of these courses please email or call 01179381128.

Join in the fun with Chair Aerobics

A new activity has arrived in Shirehampton. Chair Aerobics is fun exercise while sitting on a chair. Some of you may have given up on aerobics because your energy levels have dipped a little, those bones and muscles of yours are finding it a challenge to keep up with the fast paced high energy moves and you've found nothing else to take it's place. Chair Aerobics just might be the answer to help you keep those muscles toned and raise those energy levels at your own pace.
No matter what age you are, in your 50's or even if you are 80 or 90 years of age, Clair Cusak, a personal trainer, has joined forces with LinkAge and adapted a series of exercises that you can do while sitting in your chair. You can even continue to do them at home too. If one exercise proves a challenge for you Clair will give you an easier alternative whilst the class continue with the original moves. She is very much aware of each individual's abilities and can adapt exercises along the way to cater for ailments such as arthritis and injuries.
In fact Chair Aerobics is fun to do. You do the exercises to music which are designed to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and raise energy levels. The class members sing along to some of the music, share a laugh or two or three, and thoroughly enjoy themselves whilst making new friends.
Monica is one person who has joined the class with her husband Tony: " I joined the Chair Aerobics to try and get fit and because I have difficulty with my balance. Since joining I have to say it is good fun, it's a good morning because I feel I've done something too as it is helping with my balance, I'm not wobbling as much." said Monica

"I came along to keep Monica company and I'm the only man in the class at the moment, but we want to encourage more men to come along because I'm enjoying this too and want to get fit." said Tony.
"Clair is fabulous, she is a lot of fun, very patient and works with those who can do slightly more and those who can't but she doesn't make people feel uncomfortable, she's brilliant" said Monica.

Chair Aerobics takes place every Tuesday morning at the Tithe Barn, High Street, Shirehampton from 10.00 – 10.45am followed by refreshments afterwards. Cost is £2.50 per session. (Just turn up on the day and join in.)

In addition Clair also does Massage every first and third Tuesday of every month from 11am – 12:30pm with 15 minute slots available for £5. (Book in advance)

For more information about Chair Aerobics or Massage please contact Ricky Bush at LinkAge on: 07807 706310 or 0117 3533042

Kathryn Courtney

Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Learn Something New Days for Adults –
Winter 2013 / 2014

Here are our wonderful one–day taster days for adults this autumn/winter. We hope you can join us to try your hand at something new.

Please visit for more information and booking forms

Woolly Day 9th November 10am – 3pm

Learn how to knit and have a go at one of these projects: a scarf, bootees or a baby hedgehog. Wool and needles provided to take home. Or have a go at weaving a rug with a peg and loom and our sheep wool. £15/£10 (low wage)

Willow Basket Making Friday 6th December 10am – 3pm

Learn all of the basic basket–making techniques needed to make a beautiful basket out of willow. £35

Bees Wax Candles Friday
13th December 2pm – 4pm

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

Living Willow Structures Friday
7th February 2014 10am – 3pm

Learn how to plant and look after a living willow structure including arches, tipis and tunnels. We will be making structures on the farm. £30/£10 low wage

Garden Structures made from Willow
Saturday 1st March 2014 10am – 3pm

Learn how to make sweet pea baskets, trellis and edging panels from willow. £30/£10 (low wage)

Chicken Keeping Day Saturday
15th March 2014 10am – 3pm

Are you thinking of keeping chickens? This day will give you all you need to know to get started including: chicken history and different breeds, chicken anatomy and behaviour, day–to–day care, suitable housing and environment, diet, natural behavioural needs, how to do a health check and chicken first aid. £30/£10 low wage

Local Green Woodworking Group Mondays all year round 10am – 2pm

A weekly session for local people learning how to use traditional green wood–working, tools and techniques. You will start by learning how to make a spoon, spatula or other simple project and move on to more complex projects as your skills develop. The group is based in our lovely Watervole Woodland with tea made on the campfire and often farm sausages for lunch! Please call for more details. £5/£3 low wage

For further details and information about any of these courses please email or call 01179381128.

Let's Get Cooking!

"Let's Get Cooking" is coming to Shirehampton very soon. LinkAge are looking for people who want to take part in this five week activity that will cover a range of hints and tips for beginners and the connoisseurs amongst you.

Not everyone is born to be a cook or a chef but this cookery course is designed to bring invaluable skills and great recipes to adults who haven't had the time or the need to cook before. You may want to learn more and develop new skills and ideas with your cooking, especially with recipes you haven't tried before.

It's very much a hands–on cookery course where you get involved with preparing the meals and cooking them yourself with demonstrations along the way. You will learn how to get the most out of cooking for one, budget for the week, eat healthily, cook with cheap cuts of meat and adapt recipes into something different. You could also end up cooking for family and friends and show off your cooking skills with some of the meals you have already created as part of the course. It could also give you confidence in your abilities to cook meals of your own.

For more information and to book yourself onto this invaluable cookery course (which will only cost £2.50 per session as a contribution towards ingredients used), please contact Ricky Bush at LinkAge on 07807 706310 or 0117 3533042. Kathryn Courtney

Poultry Keepers Needed

Tynings Field community acre in Shirehampton needs volunteer poultry keepers. Two days per week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The job is twenty minutes in the morning before 8am and twenty minutes evening before dark. Also one hour a month. Induction given. Responsible persons over 18. Job is offering practical work experience to anyone seeking employment in animal care which can count as part of or form the basis of a formal qualification. For further details, please phone 01179090440.

(If you are interested in Poultry keeping see also the article "Lawrence Weston Community Farm Learn Something New Days for Adults– Winter 2013 / 2014"–Ed)