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July Events at Kings Weston

Fire at Old School Station Road, June 22nd

Hall manager Katie retires

Golden Gift Appeal

Letters to the Editor

Evergreens Day Trips 2014

Brightstowe Students with the Commonwealth Games Relay Torch Bearer

Shire Remembers Brenda Dammers

St Mary's News

From The Registers At St. Mary's - June 2014

The 178th Brownie Pack Need You!!

News from the Library

Lord Mayor Attends Lawrence Weston Prize Giving

Tynings Field Open Farm Sunday

Former lay minister convicted of sex offences against two boys


July Events at Kings Weston

July will see two very different free events at Kings Weston and we invite you and your family along to them. Sunday 6th July will be WILD AND FREE at Kings Weston!

Wild and Free is being held in partnership with Bristol Natural History Consortium and the National Trust and will be a day of family focussed events running from 11am to 4pm. The event will be focussed on the Circle, close to the end of Shirehampton Road car park. Come along on a bug hunt with our experts and see what you can uncover, or join in with our Nature Artefacts Roadshow by bringing along your strange and unusual nature finds for identification, or even just something you want to learn more about.

Nature walks will run at 12pm and 2pm and help you discover the natural highlights and habitats of the Kings Weston woodlands. Or take a grab-bag and lead your own expedition. Bring back your discoveries and see how many you can collect from our identification sheets. Wild and Free should be a good woodland romp for the whole family in the company of knowledgeable experts to help uncover the parks hidden ecology.

Saturday 12th July will be KWAGs celebration of the British Festival of Archaeology.

Our exhibition will return, al-fresco, to the shell of the Echo at the end of the gardens. Come and discover more about the Kings Weston Estate with our lavishly illustrated history. Come and see what the lost statue once looked like for one of her brief returns to the plinth in the Echo, and see KWAG in action as one of our regular working parties starts clearing some of the overbearing laurel bushes nearby.

This event will also see the launch of a brand new history guide to the Kings Weston parkland, the first since 1916!! 5000 copies of the new free guide have been published in partnership with Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeology Society, to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Architect of Kings Weston House and the Echo, Sir John Vanbrugh.

Nearby Kingsweston Roman Villa will also be open, as well as the Kings Weston House cafe, making Kings Weston the ideal free day out for everyone!

We are looking for volunteers to help staff the Echo exhibition for a period of time on the 12th as the working party gets going nearby. If you want to drop us a line to lend a hand we would really love to hear from you.

Fire at Old School Station Road, June 22nd

Photos by Lori Hayball

Hall manager Katie retires

The hall manager Katie Myles-Watkins will be moving to Cornwall, her last day as hall manager was 16th June.

The trustees thanked Katie for her loyalty and efficiency at her last committee meeting when a gift and flowers were presented to her by the chairperson Barbara Wylde.Katie will be missed by so many and all good wishes are sent to her and her family when they move into their new home by the sea.

Calling all artists 50+

This years Celebrating Age Festival (27th September -12 October) is inviting entries for their Art & Craft Competition. This years theme is BRISTOL AGEING BETTER which encompasses everything from ships, buildings, people and places.

Entries must measure under 3ft x 3ft and should be dropped off at Bristol Central Library on Saturday 6th Sept. with contact details included For further information, cards are available in libraries OR visit OR email OR ring (0117) 929 7537

Golden Gift Appeal

On Wednesday 4th June I took part in the Bristol Bake Off raising money for the Golden Gift Appeal, a charity that supports Bristols Hospitals. The day went well and was well-attended considering the weather. It rained, rained, rained!!!!!

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Damion at COSTCO. He kindly donated tea bags, coffee, milk and some gorgeous scones to help the day. A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Jill Perryman and Mitzi Bland who helped me throughout the day. They had also baked cupcakes (hundreds !) they must have been baking in their sleep!
Also a big thank you to Liz Harvey, Lydia Cassell and Jo Edwards all of whom provided lovely cakes to sell.
We started at 10:00 am and finally finished at 6:00 pm.
The sweepstake was won by Romany. The total amount raised was £385.69!

Thank you to all my friends and family who supported this worthy cause and thanks to Bob Pitchford for taking the photos.

Letters to the Editor

Shirehampton Churchyard

Dear Editor,

I hope you will put this letter in the Shire newspaper. I and other people who have their loved ones buried in Shirehampton Cemetery are disgusted about the state of the cemetery grass not cut, railings in need of painting. It is terribly neglected. It has got worse year by year. I was tending my late wifes grave June 5th.

Shirehampton Park

Dear Editor,

The park was invaded by travellers and the question arises: Why Shirehampton Park Is it because the travellers perceived the park as a mere meadow and not a multi-purpose public facility like Blaise and thought no great fuss would be made about their occupation.

The travellers made themselves at home, with three or four access points to the site. The boulders proved no obstacle. A little pile of rubbish built up by the roadside, but the site itself was fairly tidy. No doubt the council began legal proceedings to clear the site.

KWAG volunteers, and offenders under the Payback Scheme, did a wonderful job earlier this year clearing undergrowth which obscured the view of people from the road. This made the park a safer place. Now all that marvellous effort has been undermined. It must be particularly galling for KWAG.

The picnic area is once again overgrown and I could only locate the remains of one of the two picnic tables. Walkers proceeding beyond the car-park are hidden from view.

The path from the car-park to the Iron Bridge is, in some places, once more completely hidden from the road, despite the previous work by KWAG clearing the coppices. Even on the open parts of the path the long grass obscures the view. And the grass is growing even higher!

Needless to say, none of this applies at Blaise where the open parkland is maintained for the benefit of all the local inhabitants in their multi usage: picnicking, football, cricket, other games, walking, exercising the dog, plus two marvellous childrens play areas.

What about Shirehampton

Evergreens Day Trips 2014

July 15thMoreton-in-Marsh and Burton-on-Water
August 15thWeymouth
September 16thSwanage
October 14thWeston-super-Mare
November 19thTurkey & Tinsle - Eastbourne

To book for any of the above trips please ring 938-1725

Travellers in the park

Many of you will know already that a number of travellers parked caravans and vehicles in the Park just off Shirehampton Road where the old tennis court was. This was initially of great concern and KWAG were worried that there would be extensive damage and antisocial issues. Fortunately the worst of our worries were realised.

KWAG has been told that the families were turned out of a permanent camp in Thornbury where they had lived for 15 or so years before it was closed to be developed. The Council ensured that issues of rubbish and other waste were dealt with regularly and the local police teams made frequent visits to keep an eye on the situation.

KWAG worked closely with Bristol City Council, both the Estates department and the legal team, as well as local councillors, to address the issues. The City Council had to go through the correct legal processes and were quick to begin them. The Estates officers drew up proposals to remediate the site after the travellers left and ensure that the boundaries are secure again to prevent any future issue.

In the event, many of the travellers moved on of their own accord and the park is being restored. KWAG has acquired some wild flower seeds which will hopefully quickly flourish on any areas of soil left bare. KWAG has also been working with the Councils Estates department to ensure there is no repeat of the problem. They have been assured that new timber bollards will be introduced to replace the rotten ones around Shirehampton Road Car Park and that the boulders will be replaced with larger, more immovable ones around the roadside. KWAG are keen that this remains only a temporary measure as they continue to push for a better designed frontage and approach from Shirehampton Road. Fortunately, there has been very minimal damage to the grass and no major litter or waste problem.

Brightstowe Students with the Commonwealth Games Relay Torch Bearer

Students from Oasis Brightstowe Academy attended the Commonwealth Games Relay in Bristol and took part in a range of activities including football, rugby and table tennis.Yasmin Kongsfelt said I am proud to have been able to witness this historic event. Ten students from the rowing and rugby academies at Brightstowe were taken to Bristol by head of sport Mr. Karl Robottom and his second in department Sophie Trigg.

Shire Remembers Brenda Dammers

Brenda Dammers

Brenda Dammers

IT was with a mixture of sadness and fond memories that SHIRE learned of the death of Brenda Dammers, one of our former editors and committee members, and a resident of Shirehampton for twenty years until her relatively recent move to St Monicas.

SHIRE Chairman, James Harris, pays tribute to her contribution to the newspaper.

O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
(Job 19: 23-24)

The Old Testament reading Brenda had chosen for her funeral service was a fitting one for someone with her literary gifts: she was a talented poet, fervent letter writer, enthusiastic crossword compiler and eagle-eyed editor.

Working with her to produce a number of editions of SHIRE, my impression was always that she delighted in reading the contributions from members of the community and was genuinely interested to see what they had to say.

However, that didnt mean she was a soft touch when it came to quality: poor punctuation or grammar, ugly turns of phrase, unintelligible or irrelevant sentences all fell victim to her famous red pen or a corrective editors note.

Brenda quite rightly placed great importance on the quality of our publication and would never settle for second rate editorial content.

In later years, she valiantly embraced email as a means of keeping in touch with the committee but, equally, had the self-awareness to know when the time was right to step down from her duties and make way for a new generation who could harness the potential of online methods.

Brendas words will indeed live on in the pages of SHIRE and, to that end, it seems fitting to include here a poem of hers which was shared with those who attended her funeral service at St Marys.

After the Severn Flood

Behold the detritus of winters spate,
Hung on the branch, conspicuous in the trees;
Warmed by the sun, enamelled by its rays,
Concealed, caressed, by blossoms and the breeze.

Here is a goose, fresh plucked, as if for sale,
Alas, that swan, suspended by its neck;
A heron, undisturbed by traffics trail,
Intent on fish, surveys the ferrys wreck.

A turquoise strip - a kingfisher - a streak
Of silver on the evening strand
A crab with claws, a coot with whitened beak,
Swaying inert, unable now to stand.

Washing aloft, a tattered shawl, a bra;
A feathered fan, a glove with fingers splayed;
A stocking lures a waving mannikin
To no avail; that game will not be played.

Now as Sabrinas flood recedes, these rags
Are seen for what they are - just plastic bags.

St Mary's News

Hi Folks!

The second of our Bank Holiday Open Church Days in May was another very enjoyable occasion which was well attended and raised the sum of £630.00 for church funds.

Once again thank you to all of you who came and supported us.

Now I have to tell you that a longstanding and staunch member of St Marys sadly died during the month of May. Brenda Dammers, who will be known to many of you, passed away after a relatively short illness. She lived in Bradley Avenue until she moved to Westbury Fields in Westbury-on-Trym last year. Brenda was a member of the Art Club and was indeed a very talented amateur artist. She also served in the past on the Committee which produces Shire newspaper. Both she and her late husband Horace, who was a former Dean at Bristol Cathedral, were very keen supporters of Christian Aid and the collection at her Funeral Service was donated to this organisation. She will be very much missed by all of her friends at the Thursday Lunch Club which is held every week in the church. Goodbye Brenda, missed by many but now rejoined in heaven with her beloved Horace.

Our Patronal Festival is on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th of July. On the Saturday we shall have our Summer Fayre in church from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon and during the afternoon we shall have our special Flower Festival with the theme Tell me a story! Tea and cakes will also be available for those who wish to partake in some refreshment. At 7.30 pm the Area Choir will be performing their Summer Concert - tickets are priced at £5.00 and include wine and a light buffet. Please come and support this concert!

The next Lunch & Beetle Drive will be held in St Marys at 1.00 pm on Wednesday, 16th July. Please sign up on the list at the back of the church if you intend coming. The retiring collection will be donated to St Marys church funds. So make a note of the date all you Beetle Drive fans!

The next social event is at 7.30 pm on Friday, 25th July in church when we shall be given a talk and demonstration by a lady from The Really Expensive Chocolate Company. I dont know if we shall be allowed to try any samples, but if we do Im hoping there will be something for us poor old Diabetics!! Supper will be included and tickets priced at £8.00 are available from Gill Sawyer. It sounds like this will be a thoroughly delicious evening.

The Holiday Club was very much enjoyed by the children once again and they went home with some super Craft items they had made. My grand-daughter Lily said it was one of the best things she enjoyed so far this year! Now here is an early reminder of an Entertainment Afternoon for children from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 6th August. The entertainment will be provided by Party Kidz and will also include Crafts and refreshments and best of all it is FREE!! This event will take place in church.

Also another early reminder of our Bric-a-Brac sale which will be held from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon on Saturday 9th August. We would be grateful for any unwanted SMALL items you may have which we could sell to boost our much needed funds.

Finally, another spoonerism this month - at a Harvest Festival service it was announced that: GIFTS WILL BE SENT TO THE NICK AND SEEDY.

From The Registers At St. Mary's - June 2014

BAPTISMS 'We welcome you'

25th Arabella Grace Briggs

FUNERALS 'At rest and at peace'

2nd David Preece Canford

6th Ethel Merrett Canford

14th Susan Mountstevens Canford

20th Ray Buffin Canford

21st Pauline Abrams St Marys

23rd Florence Andrews Canford

Helmut Bussis St Marys

30th Kathleen Staines St Marys

Memorial Service for Heather Mathers

Many of you may be aware that Heather Mathers unfortunately passed away over the Easter holidays on 12th April 2014.

As well as being mum to Alex in year 6 at Shirehampton Primary School she was also a SMSA (dinner lady) for us at school until she became too unwell to continue in this role. The children loved Heather as she always had a smile on her face and nothing was ever too much trouble for her. Her calm and quiet manner ensured she put the children first and her sense of humour never failed to improve a situation when it was needed quite often when being a dinner lady which can be a thankless job!!

On Monday 19th May we held a service in school with KS2 pupils to remember and celebrate Heathers life. Part of this involved year 6 children releasing balloons and school unveiling a lilac tree with a plaque to remember Heather - purple was her favourite colour! We were privileged to have Heathers family join us for this special occasion as we shared memories of Heather and thought about people that are special to us, especially mums. She was an amazing person who will never be forgotten at SPS. Heather, you'll be forever in our hearts.

The 178th Brownie Pack Need You!!

178th Brownie Pack

178th Brownie Pack Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Barney, otherwise known as Barbara Deasy, who is Brownie Pack Leader, is appealing for more volunteers to help out with the 178th Brownie Pack in Shirehampton.

Without volunteers on hand it would be challenging for the group to continue. The girls are enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoy all the activities that are organised by Barney who along with volunteers help them achieve their Brownie Badges. They have also formed great friendships within the group.

The 178th Brownies meet every Wednesday at the Guide Hut in Shirehampton. If you have a couple hours spare and are able to volunteer for the group then please contact Barbara direct on: 0117 9824257 for more details.

Having met the Brownies, Barney and volunteers at the time of my visit, I can say that everybody has good fun. The atmosphere is energetic and the girls love every single minute of their time there. As long as you can make squash and hot chocolate it remains a happy place as well.

Lizzy Tucker of Lady PJs joins the Trailblazers

Lizzy Tucker

Lizzy Tucker Photo: Bob Pitchford

Lizzy Tucker of Lady PJs in Shirehampton has been asked to become part of the next wave of government apprenticeships called Trailblazers, a group made up of hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons at the forefront of helping to map out the future of apprenticeship training.

Lizzy is a member of the National Hairdressers Federation which handpicked participants from member salons who have the necessary skills and enthusiasm for the job and who are seen to be at the top of their game.

Trailblazers are a key element in the governments plans to develop and introduce new structures for apprenticeship in 2015/16 and 016/17.

This initiative will give the hair and beauty industry the opportunity to create relevant apprenticeships that will ensure trainees have the basic skills required to make them more employable.

Lizzy has employed apprentices at her salon for many years. The business has grown from PJs Barber Shop to Lady PJs and now to Krazy Kids, a leading childrens salon.

Lizzy spends much of her time organizing charity events and is the organizer of the Shirehampton Christmas Fayre. She believes working with Trailblazers can only be for the good of the entire beauty industry.

Assault in Churchyard

Readers may be aware that a police investigation is underway following an assault on a young woman in the churchyard of St Marys in the early hours of Saturday 21st June.

The churchwardens and members of St Marys wish to express their heartfelt concern and prayers for the victim as she attempts to come to terms with her ordeal and for the community as a whole as we all struggle to understand the motivation for such an attack.

A short act of worship will be held in the churchyard immediately after the 10am service on Sunday 6th July at which we will commit this horrible incident, and all affected by it, into Gods hands. Anyone who would like to attend will be very welcome.

We understand that three men aged 29, 31 and 30 have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently being questioned. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bristol CID on the force number 101, quoting reference (62155/14)

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

News from the Library

We were very saddened to hear about the passing of Ralph Hack and our best wishes and thoughts go out to his family. His work led to an increased interest in local history, an important part of what the Library offers its community.

We were delighted to welcome those of you who came to Sea Mills Librarys 80th birthday party in March. Attendees included local authors, Derek Robinson and Anthony Beeson. (If you dont know their work, youll need to come to the Library to find out more!) Past and present staff were also there. Lots of cake was eaten and reminiscing done. If you werent able to join us, we have photos that you can see if you pop in to Sea Mills just ask.

Hello Dewey

We have enjoyed participating in the Sea Mills Primary Schools Scarecrow hunt. We hope that lots of you found the Scarecrows on Shire High Street and maybe some of you came to Sea Mills to say hello to the Librarys scarecrow, Dewey. At this point Id like to remind all the school children in the area (and their families!) that the Summer Reading Challenge will start the week before the end of term (you'll probably receive a visit from the Childrens Team to tell you more about it at Assembly sometime). This year the theme is Mythical Mazes.


You wont have to come in more than twice during the holidays in order to receive your medal and certificate this year so, if you are off on holiday, there should still be time to participate!Polish families in the area might like to know that a monthly Saturday singing and storytime session is run at the Library in Shire from 10.30 till 11.30. The next session will take place on Saturday 12th July. Dates in August and September to be confirmed.

Church Statue Vandalised

In May of 2013 Our Lady of the Rosary was vandalised twice in 8 days. First the notice board outside the church was set on fire.

The following weekend the statue of Our Lady was attacked and left as the pictures above show. It was an awful shock for all parishoners, and for Father Cosmos and the Nuns in the convent. Why this was done we will never know, but it was the churchs jubilee year, 60 years in the June. Celebrations were planned, but this made everyone feel disappointed as our statue was iconic in the area. Many people in the surrounding areas were very sympathetic as the statue had always been a landmark. We started to raise funds because the insurance only covered £5000. Last year was the only year for 3 geneations that First Holy Communion children were unable to have photos with the statue. The aim was to have the statue repaired and in place for May 2014. This has been achieved and on Sunday 25th May 2014 Father Cosmos was able to bless the statue in the presence of his congregation. Everyone was uplifted and happy that we had managed to restore OurLady.

As this picture showsthe statue is restored to its former glory. Thanks must be given to everyone who made donations, raised funds and to the sisters at the convent who donated paving around the statue. God bless you all whoever you are. We still need some more donations to help pay for the extras that occurred in moving the statue, planting and work on the statue to strengthen it. As someone who has lived in Lawrence Weston from the age of 6weeks old and attended this church all my life, it lifted my spirit when I saw the statue today as I drove down past it.

Fencing in Shirehampton

One Saturday morning in October 2013, I walked my two children to Oasis Academy, Brightstow. A friend had told me they would be holding a fencing class for children. With the Tyning Field in mind, full of ignorant enthusiasm, on we marched towards what seemed like a rather bizarre choice of venue to teach such an eminently outdoor skill as building fences.

Sometimes in ones resolutions there is a deep humming sound that waxes and wanes and tries to tell you something is amiss. But then, I never listen to humming sounds. When I realized the polysemic trap hidden in the word fencing, it was too late. I knew my friend would find my mistake hysterically funny. There was only one way out of this humiliating bind: pretend Id known all along and... crash through. Forget building fences, we shall defend the Tyning Field sabre in hand!

Eight months on, several parries and ripostes later, my children are still very much enjoying these classes: knighthood becomes them, theyve made lots of friends (and dragged me into it along the way). They still cannot build a fence, and I havent managed to wean them off Minecraft, but the Little Eagles have definitely made my linguistic blunder disappear.

The older eagles, oldish eagles, competent eagles, imperial eagles, flightless eagles, eagles with two left wings meet on Wednesday nights, in Oasis, at 7:30. The Bristol White Eagles Fencing Club is open to all. Quite literally. Alongside very skilled fencers, qualified instructors and GB national team members to illuminate the scene, you will find a regular bunch of phenomenally talentless, ungainly desperados like myself. As well as moments of rich emotional truth, intense physical experiences, temerity, fear and deliverance. And free refreshments.

All sessions are drop-in. All fencing kits are provided. £7 a session (or £20 a month) For more information email John at (he will actually email you back)

Pastoral Support at Shirehampton Primary

At Shirehampton Primary, we are very lucky to have a Pastoral Support Team who support children and families at SPS through working with children both individually and in groups.

This academic year, the Pastoral Support Team has been working with many children to help them feel happier and safer in school. We have been working hard to help their learning through cooking, play, model making and relationship building.

Here is a model made by a pupil at Shirehampton Primary to help the child learn to manage their frustrations and improve their patience. It took some time to look this good through the effort of trial and error. It is so functional that it can go round the school twice over!!!

We would like to say a huge well done to all the pupils supported by us this year.

New Voice in Shirehampton

Singer songwriter Tim Judson has recently moved to Shirehampton and says he is looking forward to settling here. He has organized his first official Bristol gig for July 19th at Shirehampton Baptist Church. The concert is free and doors open at 7:00 pm.

Urgent Stamp Appeal to Help People with Sight Loss

With over 72 million letters delivered each day, the UKs leading sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is urging the public to save their used stamps to help raise vital funds for blind or partially sighted people.

Every day 100 people in the UK start losing their sight and RNIB can only reach one in three of the people who need our help most. All funds raised will go towards offering information, support and advice to anyone with a sight problem.

If you are able to help, the charity asks collectors to leave at least half a centimetre of envelope around the stamp to prevent damage. All stamps are welcome and the charity can expect to receive £4.50 per kilogram for British stamps and £14.50 for foreign ones.

Please send your used stamps to: RNIB, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9XT. If you would like to find out more about this fundraising campaign, please email

Lord Mayor Attends Lawrence Weston Prize Giving

Lord Mayor Attends Lawrence Weston Prize Giving

Lord Mayor Attends Lawrence Weston Prize Giving Photo: Bob Pitchford

Outgoing Lord Mayor Councillor Faruk Choudhury helped our young people to Put a new Lawrence Weston on the map when he attended the prize giving for the Youth Art Exhibition at Kings Weston House.

We were all smiles when our Lord Mayor, Councillor Faruk Choudhury, arrived at Kings Weston House to award prizes in the Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition was meant to give young people from Lawrence Weston a voice and encourage them to influence the future of the area.

Prize giving Photo: Bob Pitchford

Sansway Nursery children were real winners, with their wonderful drawings and paintings. St Bedes students, with Miss Bigwood as their art teacher, had great entries and Kieran from Gateway school entered some very meaningful photography. We were also able to get some of the wonderful lanterns, made by local schools and clubs, up for the exhibition which featured in our Light up Lawrence Weston event on the 23.May.

Mr Norman Routledge was a true local hero, allowing me to get this most extraordinary Youth Art Exhibition up in his Conference Room.

I am also very grateful to Ambition Lawrence Weston, Mark Pepper our Development Manager, who let me run amok with my dream to organize an exhibition against all odds: Exams, Half Term, Elections, World Cup Fever, short notice and constant changes. And thanks to everyone who got enough sparks from all the excitement to get involved.

We had a great time together, and hope it will be all change for better times to come in Lawrence Weston.

The kind doners of prizes are:

  1. Gateway School, Kieran Go-Karting Voucher, TeamSport
  2. St Bedes, Kieran Obee, - Free entry for a family to @Bristol
  3. St Bedes, Kat Cleary & Julia Crane, - 2 cinema tickets for the Watershed
  4. St Bedes, Isabel Payne & Gabby Forster, - A First Bus weekly ticket each
  5. St Bedes, Kundai Vurayayi, - A LUSH gift box, Cribbs Causeway
  6. St Bedes, Marielle Vasquez, Sona Shibu & Laura Turpin, 3 books from Waterstones, Cribbs Causeway
  7. Sansway Nursery: As a group they will get a box of organic fruit from Abel&Cole, a Wessex Water Goodie bag, a box of House of Commons biscuits, Teas and Cakes at Kings Weston House, Port of Bristol Pens,
  8. The £50.- TK Max Voucher to go to a group who made the great lantern which looks like a house.-

Tynings Field Open Farm Sunday

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Sunday 8th June saw Tynings Field Community Group take part in the annual Open Farm Sunday. This gave people the opportunity to see the workings of Tynings Field and find out more about their work. You could also buy freshly grown produce that day including vegetables, eggs, honey and homemade cakes in addition to plants that you could take home with you and grow in your own garden.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Volunteers were on hand talking to visitors who spanned the generations. Young children, families and grandparents wandered about the field to see the ducks, chickens, geese, bee hives, orchard and vegetables and fruits being grown. There was also a pollination survey that you could take part in and a questionnaire to answer. Some expressed an interest in becoming members or volunteers.

With the warm sunny weather there were plenty of visitors to Tynings Field, some even travelling from Portishead, and £96.50 was raised that day which will be reinvested into the groups work.

Photo: Kathryn Courtney

Volunteer James said of the day: Ive really enjoyed today, digging the potatoes up and talking to people. Ill be back next week helping out. Visitors said This is a lovely place, didnt know it was here until today. Ive just moved to the area and I would come here as its nice to be part of the community. The cakes were selling well and another visitor said, the cakes are delicious. I want four more to take with me!

Thank yous for all the hard work put into the day go to Caroline Penny Cole, Jim Penny, Linda, James, Gav and Kevin.

For more information about Tynings Field Community Group please visit their web page: or e-mail

Successful Open Day

Well thanks to Linda, Jim, Kevin, James, Gav, and Caroline the day raised £ 96.50 between 11 am and 4.30 pm. Next year we would like to extend the Get Growing trail into the immediate neighbourhood, perhaps as far as the Cotswold Association Hall. So, perhaps we could think of things people can do so we can work together I am always surprised at who travels here. People even came from Portishead ! We sold produce, honey, jam, and cakes to a steady run of people. In the group now there are two state registered nurses, one homecare assistant, one retired nursing assistant, a support worker, a doctors receptionist and a recovered drug addict. Its interesting: we could set up a hospital if we had a doctor! But gardening in fields must be an alternative to nursing, so most of the volunteers share certain values: a desire to eat well, to be productive and hardworking, to be able to give of themselves to something freely, an interest in biology, nature and wellbeing. All those qualities are what make nurses and carers.

They also make the right volunteers it seems!

Tynings Field News

For the past two years Tynings Field have participated in the Community Plant Collection run by Bristol Zoo. Last year the calendula species planted by Kingsweston School, doing a project in the field, grew to a good size and this year the plants are in bud now. A rare species of calendula is grown from seed by growers in the community and planted in the Zoo. Some go to Hampton Court flower show. It is very easy to grow in our climate and anyone can do it. We grow many things in the field and our volunteers are always busy. We need more grower members to come along. We have started satellite growing for the Severn project too. We have to grow about 800 kale for them. You will benefit from being part of a team, helping on open days, fundraising and being part of a group growing different veg for themselves and others. Plots are being extended and if people want an area to grow for themselves it can be arranged. Tel 01179090440.

Former lay minister convicted of sex offences against two boys

A former lay minister and school governor who sexually abused two boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s has been jailed for eight years.

Robert Chubb, 82, of Old Quarry Road in Shirehampton, was found guilty of 27 offences following a trial at Taunton Crown Court. He was convicted of offences including indecent assault and gross indecency.

Chubb sexually abused two boys at his home in Shirehampton between March 1961 and November 1975. The boys, who were abused separately and did not know each other, were aged between nine and 15 years old.

At the time of the offences, Chubb had roles within local churches and held a number of school governor positions. He met one of the victims through his association with a local church.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Simon Whittaker said: Robert Chubb committed offences against one of the victims in 1961, while the second victim was subjected to regular abuse between 1969 and 1975. The victims came to the police independently of each other.

The enduring memories of the horrific abuse have stayed with them into their adult lives and I am full of admiration for the courage they have shown in contacting police to shine a light on these offences.

Its hard to imagine how difficult its been for them to keep this abuse secret but I am pleased they were able to find the strength to come forward and help bring Chubb to justice.

His actions were quite simply abhorrent, especially when you consider his position of responsibility within the local community.

We are aware there is a gap of several years between the offences committed against these two victims and we have concerns there may be more victims out there who have not yet come forward.

I hope the fact Chubb has now been convicted will give any further victims the confidence they need to contact us. We are here to listen and we can give you access to a whole range of support services.

The Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, said: I am truly very distressed and saddened by the news that Robert Chubb is guilty of these very serious crimes. It deeply upsets me that the two survivors have had to live through such terrible experiences and suffered such a betrayal of trust.

I commend their courage in coming forward and my thoughts and prayers are with them both. I hope that the fact that they been heard through the courts and Robert Chubb has been brought to justice will bring them some comfort.

In addition to the prison sentence, Chubb will have to sign onto the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and an order was put in place banning him from working with children. If you want to speak to police about this investigation, please call us via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Chair Aerobics and Massage with Clair Cusack

Clair Cusack is a qualified personal trainer, class instructor and massage therapist. She has been running the Chair Aerobics and Massage sessions with LinkAge every Tuesday for almost a year at the Tithe Barn in Shirehampton.

Chair Aerobics Photo: Kathryn Courtney

A typical work day for Clair could be personal training with clients in the morning followed by a number of massage sessions. Then maybe an hour lunch break followed by a couple Chair Aerobic classes in the afternoon then perhaps a spin class in the evening. However every day changes, in fact no one week is the same. Clair describes her day as quite energetic but all good fun!.

Working with LinkAge means working with people aged 55 years and over. I ask Clair how important is it for the older generation to do exercise and keep active Its really important. Exercise has so many benefits both mentally and physically. Not only does everybody have a great deal of fun, its an occasion, a reason to get up in the morning, to get out, be sociable and make new friends. The health benefits include keeping mobile, keeping the muscles exercised, renewing energy levels and relieving fatigue.

Chair Aerobics Photo: Kathryn Courtney

So if somebody has arthritis or is overcoming a stroke or they have depression are your classes beneficial for them Yes, absolutely. I always reassure everybody that exercise needs to be taken at their own pace. Maybe theyve been given instructions by a physiotherapist or by their own GP, so its always a case of taking things at their own pace, being very much aware of their own body and movements. I always give alternatives for those who are not able to do a particular exercise. Its always about being low key and just really staying mobile says Clair.

I asked Clair to tell me more about the Chair Aerobics class in Shirehampton Clair. I have to be honest its my favourite class because its one of the first ones I started up and one of the busiest classes. Fantastic people come, both men and women. The class has grown and grown over the weeks. Its lovely to see so many people there. We have great fun, we have sing-a-longs, we also do lots of variety of exercises both in the chair and out of the chair, some relaxation at the end so its a good package for an hour.

Every week after Chair Aerobics Clair also does massage for people. Thats right. Just after the chair aerobics class. Some of the clients come along for a massage. Again like exercise massage has so many health benefits both mentally and physically. Massage can aid relaxation, it can help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression which a lot of older people suffer from if they are not feeling well or living alone. It also aids digestion problems and relieves fatigue. It rejuvenates energy levels, it helps mobilise joints, helps relieve tension and improves the poor circulation that people suffer from as we get older.

Clair has a web site that is specifically for massage and chair aerobics: Or you can contact Ricky Bush at LinkAge on 07807706310 to find out more about the chair aerobics and massage that takes place every Tuesday from 10am onwards at the Tithe Barn, Shirehampton.

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