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Broadmead Wireless Co Ltd

Open Show National Smelting Co & Empire ABC’s, Bristol

Reception at Shirehampton Primary School


Sea cadet unit in 1950s

Oasis Academy Brightstowe celebrates victory at Education Business Awards

St Andrew’s Ladies Club

Lawrence Weston Youth Art Project- update




New Year, New Church!

Christmas Fayre At The Tithe Barn

Old Pictures Found --- Can Readers Help?


Penpole, by popular demand


RAIN did not stop play ---- Christmas Street Fayre, 14th December.

RAIN did not stop play ---- Christmas Street Fayre, 14th December. Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Some examples from St Mary's Church crib display. Photo: Bob Pitchford

Some examples from St Mary's Church crib display. Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

Photo: Bob Pitchford

Letters to the Editor . . .

Greetings from down under

Dear Editor and Staff.

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from a couple of ex pats who used to live in Shire but now reside in Q L D Australia. We have been living here for a number of years; our one regret is celebrating Christmas in summer with temperatures exceeding 35degrees Celsius. We enjoy reading the Shire Mail every month and being kept In touch with activities and events that are happening in Shire Best Wishes Maureen’s & Brian ( Swain )

Cycle racing in Shirehampton park.

Dear Editor,

I was interested to see Michael Roll’s photos of cycle racing at Shirehampton Park. I lived in Penpole Lane from 1949 till 1952. My memory around that time was a track on the land alongside the tennis courts. I think the golf club was starting to reclaim it’s land after the war so the cycle club moved across the road. This was at a time when the Bristol Bulldogs were one of the leading speedway clubs. Cycle speedway was a way for young guys to emulate their heroes. Tony Haggerty Auckland NZ

Thank you from Shire Christmas Lights Association

The Association would like to say ‘Thanks’ to the Shirehampton Women’s Fellowship for holding a collection which totalled 60. We hope all of the residents of Shirehampton and surround area enjoyed the lights this year.

Patricia Gould (nee Williams)

Pat passed away on 23rd November. We, the family would like to thank all the people who sent cards, good wishes and visited Patti during the long fourteen weeks she was in hospital and latterly in the Nursing Home. Pat was very appreciative, as we all were, for your kind support.

(Thank for your donation Ed)

Pat Gould - Sadly missed

There are many, many people in Shirehampton who will mourn the passing of Pat Gould, a larger than life character with a real zest for life, generous, optiimistic and full of fun. One thing Dick and I, as Pat’s neighbours, will never forget is the early morning visit on Dick’s birthday one year, when on opening the door we were confronted with the vision of Pat and close friend Joan dressed as two babies, complete with bibs, bonnets, bootees and nappies. They had come to wish him Happy Birthday and we still chuckle when we recall it and look at the photos. But that is what they did, dressing up on locally arranged holidays, at events in The Orchards and anywhere else where the opportunity arose. If you met Pat in the village you usually left her with a smile on your face. That is a legacy worth leaving. Our thoughts are with her family at this time and hope they will find comfort from the fact that she was much loved in the village. Dick and Judy Helme


It is not too late to put in an application for a grant from ‘Shire’. We regret we cannot make grants to individuals but if you represent a local group and explain what the grant is for we will be happy to consider your application at our February meeting. The deadline is 15th January and you can contact us at or through the library.

Broadmead Wireless Co Ltd

Photo: Andy Waterman

Photo: Andy Waterman

This was uncovered in December when they refiting the bakery, just thought it may bring back memories for some people. Andy Waterman

Open Show National Smelting Co & Empire ABC’s, Bristol

Thursday 27h Feb 2014 at Henbury Social Club,

Tormarton Cres, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7LN.

Plenty of free parking on site.

Telephone Garry Cave NSC ABC Match

Secretary on 07876 233621

Weigh in Scales 6:30pm 7:30pm

Doctor 7:00pm-7:45pm

Boxing Starts -8pm

Boxers and Coaches buffet from 7pm plus a hot meal later after boxing. Other hot

meals can be purchased at the venue.

Admission is free for the boxer and two Coaches per club. Spectator’s charges are

Over 14’s 12.00 & Under 14’s 6.00

Reception at Shirehampton Primary School

Children in Reception have had a fantastic start to school at Shirehampton Primary. They have settled in quickly and are making lots of new friends. The first two terms have been very busy and quite tiring as well! The children learnt all about space just before Christmas and were lucky enough to have a visit from a mobile planetarium. Simon from Space Odyssey brought a large dome to school and showed some amazing sights in space. We saw the planets in the solar system and lots of different star constellations as well as astronauts landing on the moon and a robot visiting Mars.

Our family challenge involved parents, carers and children working together to build a rocket the results were impressive! The Christmas term also saw us perform our Nativity ‘The Bossy King’. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and performed the songs with great enthusiasm. There was not a dry eye in the house!

The Reception staff would like to thank all the parents and carers for their support in these first terms and look forward to many more exciting and interesting times throughout the remainder of the year.


I feel that I have to put pen to paper and show my appreciation for the wonderful night out that I had on Friday 29th November. The only word I can use to describe the Grainger Player’s Show, Jukebox Hits of the 50’s & 60’s show is ”WOW”, what an amazing night of entertainment. Praise must go first of all to Lisa Curtis and Teresa Cox the Producer’s of the show, you can tell that they had worked very hard to put together a ”Class A” show. The cast were all absolutely fantastic; the variety was spot on, a very good mixture of Comedy and song. The costumes were also incredible, they took me back in time to my youth. Again, I would like to thank the Grainger Player’s for an infectious evening of entertainment; I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can’t wait for the next show. A big pat on the back to you all. Mrs I James Avonmouth

Sea cadet unit in 1950s

I was a cadet at Avonmouth Sea Cadets in the late 50’s and recall the following. If I am correct our CO was a 4 ring captain, Ben Turner who seemed never short if money- we need new set of drums- buy them! We also had a Commander Webb who once threw a board rubber at the cadet next to me missing me by millimetres - Imagine that now!

I also remember PO Stan Bolwell. Chief Charlie Squires was quite aged and lived on premises. He was strict but fair and ran the band. The ‘sarnies’ on sale in stand- easy were legendary.

We had a motor boat for river use and a whaler in the unit grounds and the best band around.

I remember some cadet names, Francis, Deacy, Webbie, De Sousa, and Teague. If any of you see this please make contact.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe celebrates victory at Education Business Awards

A Bristol based academy, which last year found fame as the most improved school in the country, can now boast another national triumph.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton was announced as the winner of the ‘Outstanding Academy Award’ at the 2013 Education Business Awards. A framed certificate was presented to representatives of the school by former Olympic Athlete Roger Black MBE at a special award ceremony in The Emirates Stadium in North London.

The award recognises the huge improvements that the school has made since opening as an academy in 2008, acknowledging that increased curriculum time for core subjects has had a significant effect on students’ outcomes. The Academy was also praised for the fact that the percentage of pupils that achieved 5+ A* to C (including English and maths) in 2013 was 30 per cent higher than two years ago and it was acknowledged that the Academy has benefitted from being part of the wider Oasis family.

Matt Butler, Principal of Oasis Academy Brightstowe says, ”To become the most improved school in the Country 2012 was a huge achievement and to have this further recognition of the significant progress we have made as an Academy will give a boost to our entire school community. Receiving the ‘Outstanding Academy 2013’ award is an honour and a spectacular result for the students and staff at Oasis Academy Brightstowe. It illustrates how consistent hard work and inspirational lessons and activities help to accelerate us toward a brighter and better future.”

Oasis Academy Brightstowe is an independent Academy for 11 16 year olds, located in Shirehampton, North Bristol which opened in September 2008 in the state-of-the-art buildings of the former Portway School. The academy facilities feature an on-site restaurant, great sports facilities and a well-stocked learning resource centre.

The Education Business Awards are now in their eighth year and saw schools presented with accolades in 21 categories.

St Andrew’s Ladies Club

The Club meets at St Andrew’s Church Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7.30 9.15pm. The programme for the first half of 2014 is as follows:

January 7thBeetle Drive
January 21stRed Cross at home
February 4thEmigrants on the SS Great Britain Mr C Routley
February 18thHonda goes home Jonathan Hancock
March 4thAvon Demo/Sales Maggie Vining
March 18thDance Demo Paula
April 1st50/50 Sale Charity
April 15thCake sale and decoration Rose
May 6thTo be arranged
May 20thTo be arranged
June 3rdSummer outing
June 17thTo be arranged
July 1stTo be arranged
July 15thAGM and Bring and Share supper.

Lawrence Weston Youth Art Project- update

It was reported in the December issue of ‘Shire’ that an exhibition would be held at Kingsweston House in December, however the date has been put back to February (exact dates not available at time of going to press). If you are interested more information can be obtained from

The criteria for entering are as follows: We would love to get as many young people in and around Lawrence Weston involved in it, and take the idea home over Christmas. Anyone with views about Lawrence Weston is welcomed, even if it just comes from passing it by bus or car....

Paintings or other styles of artworks should be completed by the end of January 2014. We don’t want to keep any exact details or addresses of young people, (difficult laws around such lists), so the name, age and school or club is all which should be attached to the art works.

We can pick up the artworks from the schools, clubs.

The Lawrence Weston Youth Art Project


Hi Folks! May I wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Our Christmas Food Fayre was on Saturday, 30th. November and on the day we were blessed with brilliant sunshine which encouraged people to come out and there was a queue of people outside the church well before the 10.00 am opening time. For the next two hours we were extremely busy and by the end of the morning we had sold a large amount of goodies and had raised the sum of 3,200.00 which was 800 more than on the day last year. To date after sales have pushed the total up to almost 4,000, so thank you to all of you who came and supported us!

Our first social event of the New Year is the Alternative New Year’s Eve Party, which will include Supper and some Home-made Entertainment. Tickets are priced 8.00 and are available at the Church Office. You are guaranteed good food and a fun evening!

On Wednesday, 15th January, we shall be holding another of our famous Beetle Drives. This will start as usual with Lunch at 1.00 pm and end around 3.00 pm. Please put your name on the List at the back of the church if you intend coming so as to assist with numbers for catering. A retiring collection will be taken and all monies will go to the mission of St. Mary’s.

On Sunday, 19th. January at our 10.00 am Holy Communion Service we shall recall the opening of our church in 1930, which means our lovely building will be 84 years old. After the loss of the original church in a fire we were extremely lucky that the present church survived the ravages of the blitz in World War II, for which we give grateful thanks.

On Saturday, 25th January we shall again be holding our Annual Books, CD & DVD Sale in church from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon. The gift of any unwanted items of this nature will be most welcome please don’t put them in the bin we can probably sell them! Any contributions please to the Church Office after Sunday 5th January and before Friday 24th January. Thank-you in anticipation.

Now a reminder that Messy Church is held in St. Mary’s on the third Thursday of each month from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm. Accompanied children have the chance to enjoy refreshments, crafts and fun! Bring your children along because it is all FREE!

Next month there will be a different correspondent as I have to enter hospital for major heart surgery, but I hope to be back in print for the March edition of ”Shire”!

This was allegedly seen in a Church Magazine ”We regret to announce that the Ladies Happy Hour are heavily in debt following the recent ”SPONSORED SILENCE”!

‘Bye for now C.M.E.


I’m delighted to be able to pass on some great news. KWAG won two awards at the Bristol Green Volunteers Awards ceremony on Thursday night! Both were received in different categories in recognition of our Heritage Lottery Funded All Our Stories Project.

We won the Biodiversity Award and the Education and Engagement Award and our Chairman David Martyn was shortlisted as Green Volunteer Leader of the Year. There was stiff competition in these categories and when you know that we were up against the much larger projects in the Bristol , and Arnos Vale Cemetery it puts our achievements in perspective.

The ‘All our stories’ project provided KWAG with a grant to help develop natural history projects that would encourage visitors to engage with the history of the parkland at the same time. As many of you will know the whole project took multifaceted approach beginning in June 2013 with the Kings Weston Bioblitz. The two-day event in partnership with BNHC brought over 400 visitors to the park including many schools groups and engaged them with experienced and professional naturalists in discovering its biodiversity.

Our project continued through the summer with a series of free natural history walks focusing on fungus, trees, bats, birds and wild food. A further 100 people came on these walks. The Bioblitz and the walks provided data that KWAG used to create a new tree-trail focused on the historic trees of the estate and unite them in a self-guided walk with a printed guide. 5000 copies have been printed for free distribution. Thousands of Native bluebells, a species identified in the Bioblitz, were planted in another community event; the Big Bulb Plant in October and finally the whole project finished on the 23rd and 24th with two schools Nature Detective days in Kings Weston House led by Steve England and hosted by Norman Routledge. The schools event brought around 140 school children onto the historic estate.

The biggest achievement has been bringing both the history and nature of the Kings Weston landscape to the attention of a huge range of new visitors. A lasting legacy for the years efforts will continue in a tree trail and the bluebell planting that everyone will be able to enjoy into the future.

But both awards really belong to our volunteers and everyone who donated time and effort to making the events a success. Whether you helped organise part of a project, volunteered to meet and greet visitors, put in some hard graft to plant bulbs, helped behind the scenes or even if you were just someone who came along to one of these events - THANK YOU.

It has been a memorable project and has given KWAG’s volunteers a new sense of achievement and confidence. Many have gained new skills in being able to coordinate and set-up projects and work together to successfully stage them. Again, thank you to everyone who has put time into any aspect of this years event and these awards are shared with you. Thank you too to everyone who nominated us for these awards. KWAG


Fifty members from St Mary’s Shirehampton Mothers’ Union had an afternoon trip to Bristol Blue Glass Factory on Wednesday 13th November. They have recently moved to 357-359 Bath Road Bristol which is smaller than their previous premises but they still accommodated us in two groups. One group heard and watched a fascinating demonstration of glass blowing whilst the other group were served tea and cakes/biscuits and purchased glass from the shop.

A few of us were very surprised to be greeted by Sharon Crapanzano (nee Nash). Sharon used to live in Shirehampton. She is the Marketing, Promotions and Customer Care Manager there. We are very grateful to everyone at Bristol Blue for entertaining such a large number of us and making us feel so welcome. We wish them luck in their new premises.

Planning Application number:- 13/04508/STCON

The following is a response to this planning application:

We wish to respond to this application as residents of 1 Avonwood Close, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 0EG.

We can see no justification for this application to site a van selling hot and cold food and drinks in Park Road, Shirehampton, which is a residential street. The proposed location is only 50 metres or so from the access to the Portway, and restricting the width of the road at this point with a parked van is potentially dangerous for traffic passing in either direction, and severely reduces the sightlines of any vehicle attempting to exit from Bucklewell Close.

The likelihood of increased litter and also the noise and smells associated with such an enterprise are undesirable in this relatively quiet residential location. The customers of such an enterprise are most likely to be drawn from vehicles passing along the Portway, and these will also need to stop in Park Road, further increasing the dangers and disturbance mentioned above.

For the enterprise to be successful its presence will at least need to be advertised on the Portway, and this could be a dangerous distraction for drivers of motor vehicles on this busy road.

There are an adequate number of existing shops in Shirehampton High Street selling hot and cold food and drink, and if this application were to be approved it could be both detrimental to their viability and to the environment of this residential neighbourhood. Ronald and Mary Bone.

New Year, New Church!

Sunday the 5th January 2014 marked the official first service of Spirit of Life Church at their new venue, the Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Shirehampton. Spirit of Life Church was pioneered four years ago as a city church, based at the bottom of the M32 opposite Cabot Circus. Due to the recent redevelopment opposite Cabot Circus, the church had to move from the building it leased because it was sold to new developers who have since demolished the building, making way for a new multi-story complex.

Since April 2013, Spirit of Life Church found temporary accommodation at Trinity College in Stoke Bishop, using their chapel and dining hall for Sunday services and other church activities.

The church celebrated a great step forward when their trustees entered into a contract with the management of the Oasis Academy to use its main assembly hall for Sunday services. ”This is an ideal venue,” said Dia Moodley the senior minister of the church. The minister went on to say that they are excited about the facilities available at the Oasis Academy, but more eager and excited about moving to Shirehampton because of the opportunity to settle in a community. As a city church the congregation was involved in various projects but nothing that connected them to a local community. The minister hopes that their move to Shirehampton will change that for them by connecting his congregation in service to Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Avonmouth.

With a large number of their congregants from all over Bristol even as far as Weston-Super-Mare, the church is hoping to make the Oasis Academy their home for the next few years with the vision of purchasing a building or land in the area to serve as their permanent home. More information on Spirit of Life Church can be found at or by calling 0117 9070850.

Christmas Fayre At The Tithe Barn

Sunday 1st December saw the Christmas Craft Fayre take place at the Tithe Barn. The afternoon of delights saw many people checking out the stalls and looking for something different and unique as a gift rather than run of the mill mass produced items you can find in the shops, You could find handmade jewellery, sweet trees, crystal ornaments, candle holders, handbags, toys, cards, decorations, scarves, knitwear, pictures, trinket boxes and more gift ideas.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Tea, coffee and cakes with a difference gluten and wheat free were available for sale and s special Father Christmas cake was up for raffle and this was won by Angela Harper although her daughter Sophia was over the moon that her mum had won.

Claudia and her team made the day success and thank you to all who took part in the event and attended. Here’s to 2014 and more craft fayres to come. Kathryn Courtney

Old Pictures Found --- Can Readers Help?

Dear Editor

MY mother grew up in Shirehampton and sadly passed away in April this year. My dad is still alive and today came across these photos, taken in Shirehampton, we wondered if you would be able to publish them to help us find out when/what the pictures were.

My dad’s name is Mr Anthony Edmunds, and my mum was Mrs Enid Edmunds - formally Enid Mathison. We think the front row is her sister Jeanne Mathison and her youngest brother Brian Mathison. Many thanks Sharon Martin

(We would be pleased to hear through the pages of ‘Shire’ and/or you can contact Sharon on Ed)

Keep Bristol Public Toilets Open - Petition to BCC

I’m trying to get as many signatures on this as possible, so could you sign and forward the link to anyone who may be interested?

Thanks Mary Mellett


OCTOBER Register - 2013

BAPTISM ”We welcome you”

27th Aalayah Mary-Anne Quinn

Harrison Anthony Clargo

FUNERALS ”At rest and at peace”

2nd Gordon Dubber St Mary’s

11th Betty Lovell South Bristol

15th Jean Wiltshire Canford

Herbert Collins Canford

16th Helen Thorne St Mary’s

18th Michael Venn Canford

23rd Pauline Huxtable St Mary’s

NOVEMBER Register - 2013

BAPTISM ”We welcome you”

24th Finley George Hamilton

Riley Cole Hamilton

Mya Pippa Lyn Widdowfield

FUNERALS ”At rest and at peace”

4th Richard Wilkes St Mary’s

Philip Goringe Canford

6th Minnie McCullock Canford

14th Anthony Cormock Canford

22nd Mary Jenkins Canford

Penpole Lunch Club Get Christmas Celebrations Underway

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Tuesday 10th December saw the Penpole Lunch hold their Christmas meal celebration. This was possible with grants provided the Bristol Port Authority and the John James Trust. The room was packed with diners and one or two special guests including the Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury and Deputy Lord Mayor Peter Maine. The meal consisted of pork or chicken with all the traditional vegetables and side options and a vegetarian option followed by Christmas pudding or chocolate gateaux. The plates returned to the kitchen empty and Father Christmas handed out Christmas presents to all the diners.

Even before lunch had started Tracy Zehtabi provided live entertainment with Christmas carols and playing the clarinet. Everybody joined in the sing-a-long and were thoroughly enjoying themselves. By the time lunch was over The Penpole Lunch Club Band was formed and featured the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor. The band will be available for bookings soon! The atmosphere was fun and friendly throughout the day, Sandra White said ‘‘It was a fantastic day and playing in the band with the Lord Mayor and Peter Maine was brilliant. The Lunch Club couldn’t survive without donations and of course the volunteers without whom all this wouldn’t be possible. Thank you to everyone for today.”

Thank you’s also go to Sue Turner, Cllr Wayne Harvey, Dominina Fisher, Landlords of The George and Miles Arms, Jeff Hawkins, Bobbetts, Co-op and everyone who contributed raffle prizes.

Kathryn Courtney

FREE short courses for adults with few or no qualifications

Brush up your English/maths for work - starting Wed. 22nd January, 12.45- 2.45pm (t.b.c) for 6 weeks in Avonmouth.

Paediatric First Aid starting Wed. 22nd January, 9.15-12.45 (t.b.c.) for 4 sessions.

Computer Skills for Work or Volunteering starting in January, on a Monday am, for 6 sessions, in Lawrence Weston.

Other short courses on offer include a confidence building course to help you get back on track for getting back in to work or training; a preparation for volunteering course, a food hygiene course.

For more information about any of these courses please contact Suzanne, Learning Communities Team, on 9030072.

Penpole, by popular demand

The Kings Weston Action Group gears-up for their next challenge.

There has been much discussion in Shire newspaper over the last few months about the overgrown condition of the land at Penpole Point. Following this and a number of other approaches to them directly the Kings Weston Action Group (KWAG) has identified the Point as their first major project for 2014.

The group’s regular monthly working party events have focussed on practical maintenance projects around the estate since January 2012. These events have previously focussed on several areas including uncovering the ruins of Penpole Lodge, opening up Echo Walk, restoring the Georgian viewing terrace behind the Echo, removing the disused tennis court, and revealing the lost Quarry Garden in Penpole Wood. KWAG have recently planned their working party dates and locations for 2014 and following popular demand the first quarter of next year will be spent clearing undergrowth from Penpole Lodge as far as the stone Dial.

KWAG said ”Many people remember the views from Penpole Point being stunning and historically they attracted admiration from across Europe. We know that they will never be as great as they once were, but everyone is keen that the area is opened up again with the stone compass dial restored as a major focal point for the park”

The group have identified growth of self-seeded saplings and brambles that threaten to overrun the area and will work with Bristol City Council, the owners of the land, to ensure everything is carried out safely. KWAG also hopes that the Council will join them by assisting with some trees too large for them to work on, though there is no intention to strip the area too aggressively, and the majority of the mature trees will be unaffected.

KWAG said ”This is possibly our biggest challenge to date and we really hope that anyone who cares about Penpole Point might come along and help us out. Our working parties are always incredibly rewarding when you stand back at the end of a day see how much we can achieve. It’ll be a great way for anyone to work of that Christmas excess too!”.

KWAG’s working party events at Penpole will start on Saturday the 18th January and continue on 15th February and 15th March. Anyone who would like to lend a hand and contribute to clearing the area should contact KWAG for further details. Email: KWAG, c/0 75A Alma Road, Bristol, BS8 2DW Telephone: 07811666671

Old Mrs Waters and Young Mr Pace

”It’s not just all ‘talk-talk’ and ‘ot air my son.
That Neighbourhood Watch thing, they do get things done.”

”What are you referring to?” retorted young Pace
To old Mrs Waters’ familiar face.

”The Park, Mr Pace! Why, the Park! ‘aven’t you heard?”
”I’m afraid that I haven’t” said he. ”Not a word.”

”Well”, the old lady went on, ”last December
They ‘ad one of their meetings and (if I remember)

The Park was brought up and they ‘ad a discussion.”
”My dear Mrs Waters, you’ll give me concussion.

For what’s Neighbourhood Watch got to do with the Park?
Neighbourhood Partnership’s more on the mark.”

”Neighbourhood Partnership yes that’s the one!
I’m terribly sorry I confused you, my son.”

”Well, now that I’m no longer all muddled,” said he
”Do give an account of what happened to me.”

The old lady screwed up her kind face in thought,
Trying to conjure the word that she sought.

”They ‘ad one of them motions,” she answered at last.
”And after the discussion the motion got passed.”

”So what did it say then?” enquired the young man.
She paused for a moment and then she began.

”I don’t know what wording they used, Mr P,
But something is happening just wait and see!”

”Well that is good news” Mr Pace was delighted.
His love and concern for the Park were ignited.

”I hope they restore the old picnic site soon;
For mothers and children it would be a boon.

A safe place to sit and attractive at that!
And somewhere to play with a ball and a bat.”

Old Mrs Waters was nodding her head.
”And while they’re about it, I do ‘ope,” she said,

”That they’ll get rid of all them big weeds.
The quite spoil the park that’s what we needs!”

They both carried on for a while with their talk.
Then climbed up Park Hill to the Park for a walk.


Corrections to December issue

We apologise to Kathryn Courtney, for wrongly crediting a photograph on the front page (of a group in front of the war memorial) which was taken by Kathryn and not Bob Pitchford as stated. Kathryn also took the two photos of the Baptist Messy Church on page 6. We have also been informed that the Line Dancing at Manor Farm is no longer running.

Be the Best you can Be programme

Bristol born British Men’s Water Polo Team Caption, Craig Figes, enthralled year 7 students at Oasis Academy, Brightstowe in Shirehampton with his life story and Olympic prowess.

The ”Be the Best you can Be” programme enables young people to discover and develop the unique potential within themselves, and inspires, engages and empowers them to pursue and fulfil their dreams. This unique programme has been developed as an Educational Legacy going beyond Sport and far beyond the inspiration of London 2012 to inspire the youth of Britain and the rest of the world.