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Tour of Britain Passes Through Shire
Crowds came out in force in the Shirehampton area to watch the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish take part in the Bristol stretch of the Tour of Britain. After passing under the Iron Bridge the cyclists continued along the Portway before making the steep climb up Bridge Valley Road to the finish line on the Circular Road on the Downs. Photo by Bob Pitchford
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Cockles, alive, alive-O!
Sheila Parsons sent in this photo of a Corn Cockle growing in her garden after reading last months article on the plant. Thank you Sheila.
In Memory Of Connie Carsley (ONeill)
Constance Carsley was born on the 25th November 1928 in Shirehampton and was one of six children to Mabel and Paddy ONeill. To everyone she was known as Connie ONeill and attended the local schools including Portway School For Girls.
Her first love was music and she began playing the piano as a child under the guidance of Marie Lloyd Morris. From there Connie progressed to playing the accordion. This led to Connie playing in various bands over the years. One of her first performances was at the Public Hall with Connie playing the accordion and Mrs Brookes on the piano. The Bernwell Sports and Social Club held their dances there and you could find Connie playing there too. She played in The Walt May Band for a short while along with her brothers Paddy and Bill ONeill, also playing at the Labour Party Dances, Groveleaze Youth Club and The Empire.
Connie had her own unique style of playing, being joined by her brothers in other bands along with her younger brother Raymond. She is mentioned several times in the book Shirehampton Public Hall 1904 2004 written by Judy Helme and is part of local history. Connie constantly updated her music repertoire on a regular basis covering a wide range of music styles and dances.
She performed at many gigs throughout Bristol including family parties. By the mid 1980s her music adventure came to an end and she played the various keyboards and accordion for her own pleasure.
One of Connies first jobs was working at Victoria Wine in Bedminster, she then worked on a small holding near the Signal Box at West Town Lane before moving onto the Smelting Works in Avonmouth taking a job as a Hollerith Operator. This was followed by a job in the offices at Peakfreans Biscuit Company and in later years she moved on to work in the offices of Bristol City Council.
Connie met her husband Donald Carsley at one of the local dances she was playing at and they married in 1972 sharing 36 years together until Dons death in 2008.
During a holiday to Scotland in 1997 Connie suffered a severe stroke that paralysed the right of her body and robbed her of her speech. However with Dons help she lived as well as she could maintaining her sense of humour and zest for life. She was still able to communicate in her own way with family members and friends. In 2012 after spending all her life in Shirehampton she moved into St. Georges Care Home in St. George due to deterioration with her health. Connie died peacefully in her sleep on 30th July 2014 and her funeral was held at St. Peters Church, Lawrence Weston, the place where she was also married.
The family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and remembering stories of Connie that will live on forever.
Botany in the Shire
I was interested to read in the September 2014 edition of the Shire that Corn Cockle had been found somewhere in Shirehampton and that (giving a bit of a clue where it might have been) Bristol City Council were hoping to leave the area un-mown until it had set seed, in the hope that this annual plant might appear again.
As Gill Sheppard noted, this pretty plant was once a cornfield weed. Indeed, it is on record in Swetes Flora Bristoliensis (1854) as having grown in cornfields in Shirehampton, probably in the 1840s. White, in his Flora of the Bristol Coal-field (1887) also recorded it at Shirehampton, probably around 1880, one of just five localities. In his Flora of Bristol (1912), by which time he had explored the area far more extensively, he had found it in a dozen places, including around Avonmouth Docks and on a refuse tip in Brislington. But by then it occurred only formerly in cornfields by Shirehampton (wherever they were). It turned up in a few Gloucestershire cornfields during the Second World War.
In 1975 it was discovered beside the Portway on Horseshoe Bend. I was shown it by my late botanical mentor Adrian Grenfell a few years later above one of the numbered lampposts below the Golf Course. He wrote in 1988 that one year there were 42 plants, but by 1985 there were just two and none thereafter. We wondered if it had dropped off a grain lorry from Avonmouth.
By 2000 the plant was appearing in wild flower seed mixes and it often occurs in amenity plantings on verges and roundabouts. There were lots at Michael Wood Services in new drainage ponds a few years ago and a couple by a roadside above Leigh Woods. Clearly the plant does not germinate in long grass so it failed to appear the following year. Unfortunately, the same may happen with the Shirehampton plant recently found. It is just possible it came from an old cornfield, but more likely it came from a seed packet.
Shirehampton Methodist Church
Sunday 12th October 2014 11:00 am
A warm welcome is extended to all.
Rev. Ajay Singh
St Mary’s News
St Marys News
The very first thing I must do is to thank everyone in the community for their support for our Harvest Appeal for the Jessie May Trust. I will tell you the exact amount of money raised next month which so far is absolutely amazing.
The last Bank Holiday Open Church Day was again very successful. The weather was not particularly good which seemed to encourage more people to come. A rough count of the meals provided must be somewhere in the region of one hundred and then there were the cream teas during the afternoon. Anyway the good news is that £646.00 was raised for church funds.
I cannot let this issue of St Marys News pass without making mention of the children who took part in the Sunday Memorial Service for those people from Shirehampton and elsewhere who lost their lives in World War I. They read poems and letters from men in the trenches, sang a song and let the Prayers of Intercession. Whilst one little girl read out the names of the men from Shirehampton who died in the conflict the children from Kidz Klub placed a team light representing each one on a table in the centre of the Chancel. The dignity which they carried out their different duties had to be seen to be believed. Thanks must go to Gill Sawyer for coaching them in the previous few weeks.
Could I remind all persons who use the churchyard to treat our Memorial Gardens with the respect they deserve? Please may I appeal to everyone that this area is especially important to those who have the ashes of loved ones interred there!
Therefore I must request that this area is a no smoking area and food or drink should not be consumed there. Also items left in the Memorial Gardens should be left untouched. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
On Sunday 12th October, at our 10:00am Holy Communion Service we will be having a visit from a Priest from Nebi Diocese in Uganda the Rev. Pons Ozelle, who is the Diocesan Secretary. He is sure to have some interesting news from that country which is supported by this Diocese in the form of the Uganda Link. Please come and hear what he has to say.
Believe it or not our Christmas Gift Fayre will be on Saturday 18th October from 12:00 noon when gifts, crafts, etc. will be available for sale. Please do not confuse the Fayre with our Festive Food Fayre which we hold in November when delightful goodies will be there to tempt your palate!
Please may I remind all of you who bought tickets for our postponed social event The Really Expensive Chocolate Company the new date is Friday 31st October at 7:30pm. If you have tickets you can use them then or if you cant make that date hand them into the Church Office for a refund. Tickets are still available for this event @ £8.00 which includes supper.
If you are a Christian what is the best vitamin to take?
Bye for now. C.M.E
From The Registers At St. Mary’s - August 2014
BAPTISM We welcome you
28th Ayla Poppy Corrigan
FUNERALS At rest and at peace
15th Dorothy Davies Canford
26th Desmond Baker Canford
WEDDINGS All that I am I give to you
2nd Matthew Melias & Georgia Hutson
17th Richard Mundy & Shelley Boylan
23rd Ceejay Dun & Leanne Snook
29th Darren Elston& Kimberley King
30th Mark Butler & Louise Lett
Shirehampton Day Trips 2014
|Tuesday 14th October||Weston Super Mare|
|Tuesday 25th November||Swansea|
For more details please contact Norman 9381725
Avonmouth Sea Cadet Unit T.S Enterprise
The Annual General Meeting of the Avonmouth Sea Cadet Unit will be held on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 19:30. All are welcome to attend and during the meeting the present Management Committee will stand down to enable the 2014/2015 Management Committee to be elected
Age UK Bristol advice and information
AGE UK BRISTOL have drop-in advice sessions MONDAYS from 9.30am to 11.30am, at Shirehampton HEALTH CENTRE, Pembroke Rd, Shirehampton BS11 9SB
We advise on welfare benefits, debts, housing, employment, family matters and other legal issues. We will undertake a full benefit entitlement check and help with completing forms.
Please note that the service is only available to people over the age 55 and/or their carers
Appointments & home visits are also available by contacting Tony on 07963 195435 (Mondays only) or by leaving a message on 0117 929 7537
Shirehampton Group Practise Flu Clinic
In line with Department of Health advice, we recommend that all people aged 65 or over should receive a flu jab every year.
Anyone else who is eligible (including 2, 3 and 4 year olds) will receive a letter in the post inviting them to come to the Practice.
|Friday, 3rd October||Capel Road Branch Surgery 14:00 15:00|
|Saturday, 4th October||Shirehampton Health Centre 08:30 10:30|
|Friday, 17th October||Capel Road Branch Surgery 14:00 15:00|
|Saturday, 18th October||Shirehampton Health Centre 08:30 10:30|
|Tuesday, 4th November||Shirehampton Health Centre 15:30 18:00|
|Tuesday, 18th November||Shirehampton Health Centre 15:30 18:00|
PBA Club News . . .
Last November the PBA Club, Nibley Road faced one of its biggest crises in the history of the club! For three years it had been losing money at an alarming rate so it was declared insolvent with massive debts and it faced imminent closure. With the clubs future hanging in the balance there were some very hard decisions to make and a new business strategy had to be put in place if the club was going to survive.
Inevitably there were staff cuts and the Committee put a voluntary staff support team in place for a six month period to cut the crippling wage bill and to promote the club with quality entertainment coupled with a nothing is too much trouble approach to our members!
It was very hard work which took a lot of commitment and dedication but just less than 4 months has passed and the club is now showing a promising upturn in business with new members joining the club and old members returning. The club was now making money! Enough to spend the profits on new kitchen equipment, new freezers and RSPH Food Hygiene training for all its staff, enabling us to take on function catering and produce a quality menu for Fridays and Saturdays at very good prices. In the sports lounge two 50inch plasma televisions have been installed, along with a new dart board for the new PBA dart team who are doing well. In the ball room we have Line Dancing on a Monday evening and Zumba on a Tuesday. In the bar we have increased the choice of drinks and snacks and extended opening hours which has increased sales and raised the profile of the club. New tills and a credit card machine have also been installed.
The start of the football season has heralded the launch of our new football team Port of Bristol FC. We have two pitches with a third about to be completed with three sets of new goal posts. The three teams are doing well and contributing to the club takings. They have just finished refurbishing the changing rooms to a good standard and are looking to purchase a trophy cabinet.
Eight months on the club has found itself well and truly back on its feet and in a position to give a little back. We had held a number of fund raising events including raising money for a trike for Georgia Parker, a young lady with special needs whose grand parents have been members of the club for many years. Special thanks to local band The Emperials, dance troops Xplode and Escape, local vocalist Hanna Price, Greyhound Printing of Clifton and Bristol Round Table who has made this gift to Georgia possible. And of course a special thank you to all our members who have supported the club and helped in many ways through this difficult period.
Come and see what the club has to offer. We have skittles, a great bowls green, darts, pool, line dancing, Zumba and a great open space and patio area for you and your children to enjoy in the warm weather.
Wild and Free at Kings Weston
Kings Weston Action Group had great feedback on their first outreach event for the Festival of Nature, Wild and Free at Kings Weston! on 6th July, which was run in partnership with the National Trust, and their 50 things to do before youre 113/4 campaign. Despite having to compete with the Wimbledon Mens Final and the Grand Prix, over 80 people joined volunteers from KWAG the National Trust and Bristol Natural History Consortium on a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon. Several local naturalists came along to help us out - and to join in the fun.
A range of activities were enjoyed by young and old, whether hunting for mini beasts and butterflies on Shirehampton Park, searching out natural hidden treasures, like the amazing Artists Fungi in Penpole Wood, or doing a barefoot walk at the Circle! Kings Westons wonderful badger sett was a big hit with visitors, and there was a lot of interest and support for these wonderful creatures. Visitors were also thrilled to see a real live weasel crossing our path on one of our nature walks obviously showing his support of more people getting involved in the wonderful natural heritage of the estate! We also discovered that the wild grassland along Shirehampton Road is the best Calcareous wild meadowland in the region, rich in species including Yellow Rattle. KWAG has expressed their thanks to everyone who came along to the event and made it such a success. Thanks too are due to Jules Woolford who organised the whole vent for the Kings Weston Action Group and worked so hard with the other partners to make it such a memorable time.
Bristol Avonmouth Sea Cadets All Ashore
The Cadets have been busy on the water this year working towards their Royal Yachting Association (RYA), British Rowing Association (BRA) and British Canoe Union (BCU) qualifications. As always, good weather makes these activities all the more enjoyable and what a summer we have had.
As the nights draw in and parade night boating comes to an end our thoughts start to turn to our Trafalgar Night celebrations and Remembrance Parades. This year will be particularly poignant with the centenary of the start of The Great War. Each year you can see the cadets and staff at the Shirehampton village, Patchway, Canford Cemetery and Long Ashton services as well as the Festival of Remembrance at the Colston Hall. This year we have also already assisted the Poppy Appeal to raise funds at the concert in St Mary Redcliffe Church and will be travelling to London in late September to assist with the planting of the ceramic poppies at HM Fortress and Tower of London all as part of the centenary events.
Petty Officer (SCC) Christopher Batt from the unit said Our cadets are a wonderful group of local young people who enjoy the wide range of activities that we offer in the Sea Cadets.
The unit have recently attended the Shirehampton Fayre running the cake stall in the Public Hall and the Westbury-on-Trym Fair and Flower Show where the cadets performed two of their displays.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at these two events. Besides helping the unit as a small local charity to raise funds, our cadets grow in confidence as they perform or talk to members of the public. he added.
What do cadets actually do?
As a Sea Cadet you will test your talents and stamina and develop new skills to give you a head start in life. You will also get the chance to make new friends and have fun. We have two types of cadet depending on your age. You can join us as a cadet if you are 10-18.
Junior Cadets 10-12
This is about having fun and making friends. Youll take part in lots of events and activities like sailing, canoeing and abseiling, plus learn about first aid and communications. Sea Cadets 12-18
Get to grips with subjects both on water and land as part of our basic training, all on a nautical theme. You can take part in courses and competitions ranging from rock climbing and shooting to music, power boating and sailing. These can give you a head start in life and boost your confidence, plus its good fun.
If you would like to give the unit a hand in any way contact them via the website or visit the unit.
For contact details see their website www.sea-cadets.org/avonmouth or pop in to the unit premises opposite the Lamplighters Pub any Monday or Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm.
Bristol Avonmouth Sea Cadets has been serving the West of Bristol and North Somerset area since 1943 and before that as part of the original citywide Bristol Sea Cadets that celebrated 100 years in 2010.
Brightstowe trip to the battlefields
Knowing how to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1 is no easy task. Over a million soldiers never returned to Britain and our local war memorial, just metres from our academy is a stark reminder that our local community played a vital part in this conflict.
Our community paid the ultimate sacrifice for responding to Kitcheners call and we were keen to try and trace their footsteps, find out their stories and remember them.
Here at Oasis Brightstowe the History department led a successful visit to the battlefields of Ieper where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place. Ieper, in 1914 was a beautiful medieval city with an industrial trading economy in textiles and hops. The British took the defence of the city seriously; knowing that by giving it up would lead to an almost impossible task of defending the ports of France and Belgium. As a result our soldiers dug deep and fought in some of the notorious battles like Passchendaele in an attempt to gain vital high ground.
From the moment we arrived students were immersed in the history of this remarkable city which was rebuilt brick by brick to return to its former glory. We were lucky to have the wonderful guides Jacques and Kristen who helped bring to life the stories of the soldiers. We learnt about the importance of tunnelling at Hill 60 and could climb into the pill box to see the conditions they regularly faced.
At Essex Farm we stood where John McRee wrote In Flanders Fields, a symbolic poem which he himself threw away after writing. Students were emotional at Tyne Cot cemetery as the scale of devastation took on a reality which is beyond comprehension. We saw how equality in death was not possible in 1918 and were shocked at the dark layout of the German Langemark cemetery. Students heard about the brutalities at Poperinge and visited the prison cells where soldiers were held before being shot at dawn. Standing next to the post where soldiers were tied to was an eerie reminder that the enemy was not always on the other side of no mans land.
Students were stunned to hear how the French suffered more ruthless penalties as 10% of men were often randomly selected for death if attacks failed and generals feared that troops were not motivated enough. The week of learning finished as our students attended the Menin Gate ceremony. This daily memorial to remember the missing was emotional for many and we are very proud of the way our students conducted themselves as Chloe, Tom and Katie delicately laid a wreath on behalf our academy to remember the sacrifice of those who fought.
Not one minute of the week was wasted and students had time for fun. At Sanctuary Wood the students experienced the trenches and tunnels, no students turned back by the mud or darkness.
We visited Nieuwpoort, a beautiful coastal town that was flooded to stop the Germans from advancing to the coast. Here we had fun on the go carts and enjoyed the local speciality of Flemish ice creams. We were so proud our wonderful students, although we are not confident that the chocolate they bought for their families made it back to Bristol!
On Tuesday 18th July, Shirehampton Primary School held its year 6 leavers party .
The year 6 children (with a little help from parents) started fundraising at the beginning of the year to raise money to pay for the party. Monthly cake stalls were held with donations from parents, along with a raffle with prizes donated from parents and local businesses. (The children had written a letter on behalf of the school asking for donations and one Saturday morning took the letters from shop to shop in the village. The response they received was amazing and was a great show of community support from local businesses).
The party was a huge success and was attended by nearly 50 children dressed in Hawaiian fancy dress. They were joined by teachers from across the school for a night of dancing, games and plenty of eating. The party was a great way to end an amazing journey at SPS.
On behalf of all of the year 6 children, we would like to thank all of the local businesses, who without their donations the party would not have been such a success:
- Bobbetts Donation of fruit for the punch and chocolate fountain.
- Maynews Donation of drinks for the party
- Shirehampton Village Bakery Donation of 50 cakes for the party.
- Choice Carpets Raffle prize
- Factory shop Raffle prize
- PJs Raffle prize
- Nails Inc. Raffle prize
- Elite Hair & Beauty Raffle Prize
- Stadon Pet Supplies Raffle prize
- WB Butchers Raffle prize
- APDS Limited Large celebration cake
- Co-op Raffle prize
- Hawkins Card Corner Raffle prize
We would also like to thank Miss Munton (head teacher), Mr Powe & Mr Elway (year 6 teachers) for making the childrens last year at SPS one of the best and to all the teachers and staff for making their time at SPS fun, challenging and a great place to go to school.
On behalf of the parents we would like to also take this opportunity to praise all of the year 6 children for putting so much effort and enthusiasm into arranging the party and for their amazing behaviour (whilst still having a great time) at the party.
Letters to the Editor
My Dance Band Dream
I was interested to read the article My Dance Band Dream by Brian Gearing in the September issue of Shire as I played in dance bands for over 20 years and in fact I wrote a small book about my experiences entitled Intro and three. This should have been published but was overlooked in favour of another one. Anyone interested can get a copy as it is on a computer file. Just phone me on 9821989.
BS11 Supermaket Plea
I read with interest the letter in Thursday 14th August issue of The Bristol Post from Jane and Jeff Long of Kingswood explaining how they have 22 supermarkets within 10 minutes walking or driving from their home and asking do we really need another supermarket with the closing of The Chequers? Their local councillors must have a magic wand. The residents of BS11 (Avonmouth, Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston) have been campaigning for many years to get a supermarket in Avonmouth (a site readily available) which would also facilitate residents in Sea Mills and Pill. BS11 seems to be a forgotten community and instead of bad news concerning environmental problems at Avonmouth give us some good news - a supermarket for the BS11 residents!
Pensioner jailed for historic child sex offences
A 71-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for sexual offences he committed against two girls in the 1950s and 1970s.
Leslie Maber, of Mancroft Avenue, Lawrence Weston, was jailed at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (5/9), after being convicted following a short trial.
A jury found him guilty of four counts of indecent assault against one of the victims in the 1950s and five counts of indecent assault and two counts of indecency with a child against the second victim in the 1970s.
One of the victims first approached police in May 2013 to report the abuse, which all happened in the Lawrence Weston area.
Investigating officer Det Con Richard Worrin said: The first victim found the strength to come forward after seeing all the recent high-profile cases in the media.
She felt victims who had suffered from historic abuse were now being believed.
I would echo the words of the trial judge who commended both victims for their bravery and for giving compelling evidence in court.
Along with the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service, weve helped support both victims from the outset and our primary aim has always been to give them the strength and courage to bring their abuser to justice.
I would urge any other victim of historical abuse to come forward. You do not have to suffer in silence. You will be believed and we are here to listen to you.
Sponsored head shave raises funds for Cancer Research UK
When we lose a loved one to cancer we often wonder if there was something else we could have done. It is devastating and turns lives upside down but in one local womans case she wanted the memory of her father to live on and chose to do a sponsored head shave which attracted more interest and challenges than she expected.
Angela Shaw found some willing volunteers who were prepared to have their heads shaved for a worthy cause on the 19th July. Jeffrey Shaw, David Mortimer and her brother Kevin Preece made their way to Angelas Shirehampton home to take up the challenge. Family and friends turned up to show their support along with local barber Luigi who did the deed of shaving heads.
The sunny summer afternoon saw a bit of a surprise take place during the head shaving process and David Mortimer challenged Angela to have her long shoulder length hair shaved off for £100. Angela took him aback and accepted the challenge. Luigi double checked that she was sure that she wanted her head shaved which she confirmed with a resounding yes! Her mum was very surprised with the decision. The whole process was caught on camera and David duly handed over his money making his wallet £100 lighter.
The afternoon was a celebration in memory of David Preece who made such an impact on his family and friends lives and is still very much loved and remembered. Money raised from this event (including donations made afterwards) totalled £1,000 and donated to Cancer Research UK. Well done to everyone involved.
Angela would like to thank Eileen, Nicola and Kevin Preece who helped organise the day, The Outlet in Portishead for David Mortimer's head shave, Jeffrey Shaw, the local shops in Shirehampton for donating raffle prizes and food for the event and Luigi for doing the head shaves for such a good cause.
New Park and Ride is just the ticket!
A new Park and Ride service serving Clifton Village from the Portway made its first journey on Monday 1 September.
The Wessex 901 service has been introduced by Bristol City Council to help create stronger public transport links for commuters and visitors to Clifton Village, home of the citys iconic Suspension Bridge, many local businesses and a popular shopping and leisure destination in its own right. The new service is the second new Park and Ride introduced to serve the Village, joining the Long Ashton to Clifton Village service launched by Wessex in April.
There will be a special 25% discount on fares until January 2015, helping encourage people on to the service for the busy autumn and Christmas trading season. Its also hoped that commuters will start to make use of it in preparation for the introduction of Residents Parking in Clifton Village, due to start in March 2015.
Buses run Monday Saturday, starting at 7am and running every 20 minutes from the Shirehampton Portway Park and Ride site, with the last bus back from Clifton Village shortly after 7:15pm. Buses stop at Black Boy Hill, Bristol Zoo, Clifton Village and Clifton Down Station.
Costing just £3 for a peak (pre-10am) return and £2 off-peak and Saturdays until January, the 901 will also offer discount season tickets and will benefit from Smart Ticketing.
Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place, including Transport, said: Weve listened and responded to requests for better bus services serving Clifton, which now benefits from two Park and Ride services.
Its all here for everyone to use, offering a quick and convenient alternative to driving in to the Village and fighting for parking. I hope people are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory and season ticket offers which make this a great deal for visitors and commuters.
This is a great opportunity for local businesses to work with the Council and Wessex to promote this new service for the Clifton area to employees and customers.
Fares: (Introductory fares until January 2015 including 25% discount)
Adult (16+) return fare: Peak (before 10:00) £3.00 Off-peak (after 10:00) £2, All Day Saturday £2
Child return fare: Under 5, free. Ages 5 - 15 up to two free with each fare paying adult passenger. Additional children (peak) £1.50. Additional children (off-peak) £0.75.
Group return fare: (for two - seven adults/children travelling together) Off-peak (after 10:00) £4, All day Saturday £4.
Multi Journey Tickets: 10 single journeys £14, 20 single journeys for £25
Portway First Eleven
If any readers can add names we will be pleased to hear from them.
Nature Notes from Bobbie Perkins
Well nature lovers, my house sparrows are still flocking to the garden for their daily supply of seeds and up until a week or so ago the youngsters were still being fed by the parent birds. I was quite amazed to see that so late in the year but Im guessing that like many others they had produced a second brood because of the lovely weather.
I saw a hedgehog scuttling across the topof our road one evening last week which cheered me (I dont mean the hedgehog cheered me!!!).
Anyway moving on the goldfinches arent coming into the back garden quite so often but are constantly visiting the tree outside our front garden. They play and chatter very delicately right at the top of the tree and its lovely to listen to. They are known as a charm of goldfinches and I think thats just about the best name they could have.
Ive got niger seed hanging in their treet and at time of writing there is a youngster there tucking in.
My terrier dog Jamie watches the crows and jackdaws on the river bank very closely. The reason? He remembers where they are stashing their food in the long grass and when hes out on a free run with me he makes a beeline for all these hidden stocks of grub. He obviously feels that dinner and breakfast at home need supplements! Happy Nature Watching.
Shire Colts - The end of an era
After 9 years Wayne Harvey has retired from managing and coaching Shire Colts Football team. He started running the team as under manager. Wayne and his brother Darren were in the original Shire Colts team when it first started in 1978. Both Darren and Wayne's nephew Aaron helped Wayne with training and on match days. He also raised funds for the club including organising a charity walk which raised £3,500. He even won a competition to have their clubhouse refurbished. The team celebrated the end of an era with a presentation at the PBA club where each player was presented with a momento. Most of the players will now carry on with their football in mens leagues.