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New Look And Additional Services At Shirehampton Post Office.

Bloodhound fits EJ200 Jet Engine

Fun Day & Dog Show at Avon Riding Centre

Twyford art club - Vacancies for New Members

Growing Support

From The Registers At St. Mary’s - September 2014

St Mary’s News

Letters to the Editor

Botany in Shire'

Severn Vale Project

Oasis Academy Brightstowe wins Geography Award

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

CLIC Sargent Celebrate Twenty Years In Shirehampton

Lest We Forget

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Historic landmark Bristol pub re-opens


Lamplighters Photo by Bob Pitchford

One of Bristol’s historic pubs reopened on Monday, September 29,

after a mammoth effort to restore it to its former glory.

The Lamplighters in Shirehampton, which has been closed for five years, was a favourite of the Shirehampton and Avonmouth communities before Enterprise Inns closed it down and sold it off in 2009.

Lamplighters Lamplighters

Lamplighters Photo by Bob Pitchford

Now Dominic Gundry-White, his wife Kathie and Norman Routledge, who bought the landmark pub from Churchill Properties - along with a team of hardworking community volunteers - have fully restored the landmark pub, ready to open their doors for business again.

The Lamplighters would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone within the Shirehampton community for their huge support before, during and after the renovations. To everyone who signed the petition to keep the pub. To all who offered some time to fill skips, strip walls, fit new floors & repair furniture and to all the people who have so kindly donated old pictures and plaques showing Shirehampton’s history for everyone to come and see. We also thank everyone who has been along to use the pub and support its opening. We recognise we still have lots to do to make it great, from hanging pictures and telling the story of the pub’s history to working on the menu and improving service.

We hope you are all enjoying your re-opened Lamplighters and the whole team look forward to welcoming you.

New Look And Additional Services At Shirehampton Post Office.

Garry Thomas has been Post Master at Shirehampton Post Office for over twenty-five years.

During this time, he has seen many changes to the service.

A few months ago, Shirehampton Post Office had a major make over. “It’s part of a modernisation programme that the Post Office are rolling out and it was an opportunity to go forward and become a main post office” said Garry.

Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas, photo by Kathryn Cortney

“Our opening hours are now different. We are open from 9:00 – 5:30 Monday to Saturday. We now provide many services that a main Post Office provides, such as vehicle tax, passport check and send, savings investment and travel money. We keep in stock many currencies such as Euros, Australian, Canadian and US dollars. We do travel money cards. You can order currencies before 2pm and get them in the next working day. We sell National Coach Tickets. We do life, car van, motorcycle, pet, home, business and travel insurance as well as stamps and the usual postage as before. We also do pensions and other benefits for those who have a post office card and value those customers too.”

“As a Post Office, I think we are moving in the right direction and for the community. We are still in the heart of the community and we’ve got a greater array of products at very competitive prices. We are still selling celebration cards and stationery too”. said Garry.

So what about local business, Ebayers and those who provide online services? “We welcome them.” said Garry. “We’ve got a variety of offers on at the moment to help them with postage and time-saving, plus a drop and go service for example, though it’s best to call in to find out more details about this.”

So support your local Post Office and make sure it remains very much part of the community.

Opportunity to Volunteer in an Educational Setting

SEVERNSIDE Community Rail Partnership has teamed up with Forest Child,

a Bristol based Forest School to provide free Rail Familiarisation visits and Forest School on the beach.

We are keen to encourage school children to use local trains give them an understanding of rail use as an accessible, sustainable travel option. Our vision is for all year 6 pupils, attending Primary Schools within walking distance of a local station, to have experienced at least one journey by train before progressing to secondary school. We now offer rail familiarisation visits to Severn Beach and Weston-super-Mare, where pupils receive a structured “Beach School” outdoor learning session. We are currently looking for a team of volunteers to accompany school visits and assist with the outdoor learning programme. This opportunity will ideally suit those with experience or looking to gain experience in Primary Education. For further detail please email or call Heather on 07795 562311

There will be volunteer programmes, wildlife identification classes, and training in traditional skills, such as coppicing, pollarding and hedge-laying. Traditional practices, such as salt marsh-grazing and cider-making, will be promoted.

Cotswold Community Association

The Cotswold Community Hall on Dursley Road is available for children parties, birthday parties and celebrations at just £10 per hour. For more information, please phone Richard on 0777 9227107 or

Help us stop fires. Help us save lives - Community Fire Safety Volunteers needed

AVON Fire & Rescue Service is searching for volunteers to raise awareness of Home Fire Safety Visits.

Community Fire Safety Volunteers spend a few hours a month talking to local groups about the benefits of a Home Fire Safety Visit and encourage people to sign up for visits from the Avon Fire & Rescue Service. Fire fighters will then visit people in their homes to discuss fire safety issues specific to their property and fit free smoke alarms where required. They provide a valuable service that makes people safer in their homes and could save lives by helping to increase fire safety awareness and prevent accidental fires in the home. Last year more than one third of fires occurred in dwellings in Great Britain where no alarm was installed. There were 41,000 dwelling fires in Britain in 2012-13 with 266 fire fatalities. Volunteers are now being recruited throughout Bristol, Banes, South Glos and North Somerset. No qualifications or previous experience is needed as full training and on-going support will be given to all volunteers. As a Community Fire Safety Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to gain new skills, meet a wide range of people and make a positive contribution to your community’s safety.

For more information please contact Volunteer Support Team at The Care Forum on Tel.0117 9589308.

Editor Note

APOLOGIES for omitting to thank the Shire Colts Football Team in last month’s Shire for their kind donation. (Editor)

Avonmouth and area in the great war exhibition at St Andrew’s Church, Avonmouth

Just an update to last month’s article. The exhibition will be open on Friday 7th November from 10.00am - 1.00pm and on Saturday 8th November from 10.00am - 4.00pm. There will be plenty of photos and explanatory text, a display of a WW1 project undertaken by Avonmouth School pupils, medals and various artefacts, postcards and newspapers. There are still some tickets available for the Vintage Tea Party at 4pm on Saturday. Please contact me on 9829893 or at . They are £3 each with proceeds to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Bloodhound fits EJ200 Jet Engine

Major Milestone in Build of the 1,000mph Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Bloodhound SSC

Bloodhound SSC

On the 1st October, the Bloodhound Build Team achieved a significant milestone in the build of the world’s most powerful racing car when they fitted its sate-of-the-art EJ200 jet engine for the first time. Normally found powering a Eurofighter Typhoon, the EJ200 jet engine weighs one tonne (1000kg) and produces 20,000 lbs (90kN) or 9 tonnes of Thrust. A team of five technicians spent eight hours to ensure the jet engine is a perfect fit with the upper and lower chassis and the carbon composite air intake, validating thirty years of world leading design. Hybrid rocket

In the jet fighter, the EJ200 is designed to be hung from a single mounting point (‘trunion’) so Bloodhound replicates this. The upper chassis is made of strong but light Aluminium to which Titanium stringers and Titanium skin will be fixed using both glue and 1,400 aircraft spec rivets. The lower chassis below the jet is made of Aluminium and steel and houses the NAMMO hybrid rocket. The two power plants together produce the equivalent of 135,000 thrust horse power or 180 F1 cars.

Today the Build Team trial fitted the upper chassis ribs over the jet engine to check the fit and clearance for the numerous fuel, electrical and hydraulic systems before the upper chassis is assembled, bonded and riveted.

Fun Day & Dog Show at Avon Riding Centre

Dog Show

Dog Show

ON Sunday 17th August, the Friends of South Glos Strays (FOSS) held their 3rd Doggy day and Family Fair at Avon Riding Centre. This is the 2nd year running it has been held at the Riding Centre and is one of their main fund raising events of the year. Shire folk and people from all over Bristol, South Glos and further afield came in even bigger numbers to a show that is growing in activities and popularity. This year saw Somerset Scrumpy s flyball team feature with their amazing flyball dog demonstrations. Visitors and their dogs could also have a go at agility, fastest recall, or enter the pedigree and novelty dog show as well as craft stalls, goodies. BBQ, mega raffle and lots of kiddies’ activities. It was a friendly, fun show with lots of dog expertise on hand to help people with their dogs and plenty to watch or take part in for everyone. Lots of fun was had by all and over £2000 raised to help support the South Glos Stray dogs. If these stray dogs could speak, they would like to say a special thank you to all the local residents who supported them and helped raise such a fantastic amount. Thank you and Woof! FOSS would like to say a special thank you to Bob Pitchford of Shire News for coming along again to take great photos of the day. For those who entered the raffle, there are many unclaimed raffle prizes and we will contact winners by text. Hope to see you all again next year!

Nature Notes

Today I recalled an unusual, and only, sighting that happened last year.

I was (as usual) walking my dogs along the riverbank when I spotted quite a large white bird heading my way. As it flew closer, I was trying to identify it and when, as it passed right over my head, I saw its beautiful outline against the clear sky. I thought I was seeing things because, as well as its size, I could see at the end of its long beak what appeared to have a spoon-shape. Can I really be looking at a spoonbill ? It sure looked like it. I mentioned this to a few local people and continued to look out for another sighting over the next few days. Sorry to say, I wasn’t lucky. However, a couple of weeks later, I read an article in the Evening Post about the Nature Reserve at Portbury and discovered that spoonbills were just one of the many species residing there. I really hope I get to see more of these lovely birds flying along the Avon.

A couple of days ago, I saw a buzzard flying towards Bristol along the riverbank, which was the first I’d seen in quite a while.

Some weeks ago, two young ladies were at the riverbank to relocate a bat box as it hadn’t been visited. I stopped for a quick chat and said I hadn’t seen any bats for a few years. When we moved onto the Cotswold Estate in 2000, they were regular night visitors. Then, a few days later, I was coming home with a friend and neighbour after a darts match at ‘The George’ and we were discussing the comings and goings of the local foxes, when she mentioned that a bat was often on patrol near her home in the next street to ours !! So it’s back to watching and waiting !

VIP Shopping Evening at St Peter’s Hospice shop Shirehampton

Hospice Shop

On Thursday 27 November 2014, the St Peter’s Hospice shop in Shirehampton will play host to an ultra chic evening of preloved fashion.

From 5.30pm to 7.30pm, savvy fashionistas can enjoy a glass of wine while they shop from the store’s latest collection,. including designer pieces from Gucci, Reiss, Kurt Geiger and Jimmy Choo. Guests will also benefit from a 20% discount on all purchases made on the night as well as having a chance to win a £25 pre-Christmas shopping spree at the shop. Tickets for this very special evening are priced at £5 each and are available from the Shirehampton shop. Numbers are strictly limited.

Sale of nearly new clothes & other quality items

Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road
on SATURDAY 8th NOVEMBER 10am – 1pm
If you have any items you wish to DONATE
please call Debs on 07752062112.
Proceeds to Cancer Research & Cotswold CC

Refreshments available

Twyford art club - Vacancies for New Members

We are a small, friendly art club of about 30 and we meet at the Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton from 10a.m. to 12 noon, Mondays and Wednesdays. Most members attend only one session per week, some both. Our members range from beginners to those with more experience. Although there is no tutor as such, our more experienced members are always willing to assist those needing help and advice. To find out more, contact John Case, Tel. 0117 9507916 or email

Growing Support

We all know gardening is good for you. Growing Support, a local social enterprise, supports residents of care homes to get outdoors and get gardening, to socialise and have fun. Growing Support uses social and therapeutic horticulture to engage people living in care homes in activity sessions in the homes’ own gardens, particularly working with people with dementia. Many people with dementia experience loneliness, depression or anxiety. An important part of the gardening sessions is to alleviate this by working as a group and having fun together, helping improve people’s health and quality of life. Volunteers help to run these gardening sessions and are essential to the work of Growing Support. If you want to try something new, are interested in gardening and want to help Growing Support help older people, please get in touch. Volunteers commit to at least 2 hours a week and help in several homes across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, including Brentry. Experience of supporting vulnerable people and horticulture is desirable but not essential, as training will be given. For more information and an application form, please email or phone 07581 281578.

Waters and Pace

Old Mrs. Waters was out for a stroll.
She’d got up so early, she’d not seen a soul.
But, then, along Pembroke, who now does she see?
It’s young Mr. Pace, striding purposefully.
Of course, the two friends stop a while for a chat.
Then, all of a sudden, she said: ‘Look at that!’
‘At what?’ said young Pace, as if asking her pardon.
‘Why, just look at the state of the Health Centre garden!
Replied Mrs. Waters, ‘It’s such a disgrace!’

She pointed her finger and then Mr. Pace
Looked more closely at the garden that had caught her eye.
‘I see what you mean, Mrs. Waters. Oh my!
It really is in such a terrible state;
It obviously hasn’t been tended of late.’
Mrs. Waters began to get into her stride.
‘Just look at that garden strip along the kerb-side!
There’s grass growing wild where there shouldn’t be any;
The weeds there are ‘uge and I don’t see many
Signs of them being cut, or weedkiller used:
To say just the least, I am really not amused!’

Mr. Pace butted in: ‘I entirely agree.
And some of the beautiful bushes, I see,
Are covered in some sort of parasitic place;
I think it is bindweed (my elderly aunt
Had some, which started invading her plot.’
Mrs. Waters resumed: ‘It’s so scruffy! Now what
Can we do about it – make it look decent?’
Mr. Pace gave a sigh. ‘I think it’s quite recent
That things have deteriorated to this sort state.
When the Health Centre opened, the garden looked great!’

We have such a lovely new building here now,
It really is such a big shame to see how
The gardens let the people of Shirehampton down.’
Old Mrs. Waters screwed her face in a frown
The rubbish in the bushes make things even worse.
The public deserve better – and every doctor and nurse!’
Mr. Pace butted in again. ‘Give me a week.
I promise that I’ll do my very best to seek
For the person responsible and ask for an explanation.
And then I shall ask for the implementation
Of a better arrangement – you can take that as read.’
‘Well done!’ Mrs. Waters cried. ‘Young man, well said.’

From The Registers At St. Mary’s - September 2014

BAPTISM ‘We welcome you’

25th Holly Erin Ford

Imogen Sophia Louise Ford

Maisie Louise Hayman

FUNERALS ‘At rest and at peace’

2nd Lily Smart Westerleigh

4th Juliane Parker Canford

5th Irene Hall Canford

9th Leslie Chapman Canford

12th Laurence Calverley St Mary’s

16th Matilda Campbell St Mary’s

17th Sandra McGlone St Mary’s

29th Tony Mitchell St Mary’s

30th Pearl Wyatt Canford

WEDDINGS ‘All that I am I give to you’

20th Paul Derrick & Sabrina Evans

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Remembrance Service

10.50 a.m. – Rev. Ajay Singh

Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 139th Church Anniversary 11.00 a.m. – Mrs. Dottie North.

A warm welcome is extended to all.

New Archery Club at St Bede’s Catholic College

Could you be the next Olympian archer? Competition or just for fun, the sport offers fantastic opportunities for everyone. We are running a new club every Saturday from 18th October 2014 Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm Location: Sports Hall Cost: £2.00 per session.

All ages and abilities welcome. Fully qualified ArcheryGB Coaches. All equipment provided.


No need to book. Just turn up !

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks!

With the clocks now having gone back and the dark nights drawing in, the Indian Summer in September now seems far away, but we must be grateful if it shortens the Winter season.

First of all, I am delighted to tell you that our Harvest Appeal for the Jessie May Trust has raised over £3,000.00. I can’t give you the exact figure because there is still more money coming in at the time of writing. Thank you all for your generosity; it was an appeal that really touched you all.

Grateful thanks also for your gifts of tinned food for the Community of the Sisters of the Church. This was another good response for their Loaves & Fishes project for people desperately in need.

Bishop Mike - Bishop of Bristol - has asked the Rev. Dr. Ian Bailey to assist us at St Mary’s for the foreseeable future. He will be here two days a week and take the Sunday Services. Do speak to him if you see him around the Village and introduce yourselves.

On Wednesday 5th November (some bright spark!!!) decided we should hold another Beetle Drive. It will commence with Lunch at 1.00 pm and, for all you Beetle Drive addicts, after the meal the “fireworks” will really begin! A retiring collection will be taken in aid of the work at St Mary’s.

Remembrance Sunday this year falls on the 9th of November. Our service will begin at 10.00 am with hymns, prayers and the reading of the Roll of Honour before proceeding to the War Memorial, Shirehampton Park for the Act of Remembrance and the two minute silence at 11.00 am. Shirehampton Cricket Club has very kindly agreed to open the Clubhouse for tea and coffee afterwards. At 6.00 pm in St Mary’s there will be an Evening Service of Remembrance with hymns, poems and readings appropriate for Remembrance Sunday - please come - all are welcome.

On Saturday, 15th November at 3.00 pm we are holding our Annual Service of Remembrance for past loved ones. If you have lost a loved one, either recently or long ago, then you may find this a comforting service in your grief. There are forms available in church to complete with the names of your loved ones, which will be read out during the prayers. All are welcome at this very moving service.

On Saturday, 29th November we will hold our Festive Food Fayre in church from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. This is always a popular Fayre in our calendar and we anticipate it will be busy. Tea, coffee and cakes will also be available during the morning.

Sunday 30th November is Advent Sunday. There will be a Baptism & Christingle service at 10.00 am and a 6.00 pm Service of Light, when we illuminate our Tree of Light, which holds all the little cards bearing the names of past loved ones we wish to remember on the approach to Christmas.

Finally, an Irish priest was visiting Niagara Falls with his friend, an Irish plumber. “Just look at that, Patrick”, he said in wonder. “Sure Father”, came the reply, “I can fix it”.

Letters to the Editor

Video of Shire'

Dear Editor,

Good morning: Having just read the latest Issue of “The Shire” (August) once again, it was nice to catch up with events in our old haunt. What was of even more significance was the Video covering the Village. Please pass on our appreciation of a really well- produced piece of work to those concerned in the making of this Video. To us, 12,000 miles distant, so many pleasant memories of our residency in the area until we migrated here to Gawler, South Australia in 1973, were revived. Thank you to all at “The Shire”, and continue with your much appreciated work.

Port Deal at Avonmouth

Dear Editor,

‘Mayor looking to sell freehold at Avonmouth for £10m’ was the heading in the Evening Post back in March 25. Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson wants to sell the City Council’s freehold interest for £10m.

If this is passed, then a proportion of this money should be ploughed back into the BS11 area, Avonmouth, Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston, which has lost facilities such as Shirehampton’s swimming pool, Robin Cousins Sports Centre and, now, closing Avonmouth Police Station. What’s next? Avonmouth residents are now suffering from environmental issues from Avonmouth Docks. The area is still waiting for a new Sports Centre and supermarket. Money should also be put aside to ensure that other local facilities, such as libraries and community centres, remain open for many more years. Since writing, the Avonmouth Police Station closed on September 1, 2014.

Hedgehog Rescue

Dear Editor:


I have seen this little hedgehog for a while now and was surprised when he failed to turn up one night. But this turned into four nights so I assumed he had found richer pickings elsewhere. I had a bag of rubbish in my black bin and, on another visit to the bin, saw that the bag was gone and the rubbish was loose at the bottom.

I couldn’t reach it so turned the bin on its side and used the garden fork to pull the rubbish out; I was horrified to find the hedgehog amongst it all. I rang our local vet in the village and took the hedgehog around to them. On examination the vet wasn’t sure the hedgehog would recover but, with her skill and determination, it amazingly did and I can’t thank her enough. There are some pretty sick people around and I don’t understand how anyone could do something like this to these lovely creatures.

Avonmouth Old Boys

Dear Editor,

Avonmouth Old Boys

Avonmouth Old Boys RFC who this season have been sponsored by Shirehampton based estate agent HAART. We would be very grateful if this could feature in your next edition.

Wild Plants

Dear Editor:

Thank you for publishing my first little piece on the wild plants of Shirehampton.

I’ve written a second – a bit of Shirehampton social history and notes from a botany walk the Bristol Naturalists’ Society held at Lamplighters at the end of September. One month I’ll write about the rare plants that used to occur at Penpole Point when it was open with a view.

Botany in Shire'

A MONTHLY column about the Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

I know of only one botanist from the early days of the discovery of the wild plants in this area who actually lived in Shirehampton, and his name (rather unhelpfully) was Mr Smith. In 1830, a Mr Drummond found Reversed Clover for the first time in Britain in the marshes below Shirehampton and gave a specimen to Smith, “a botanist resident at Shirehampton”, and later apparently showed him the spot. However, despite looking year after year, Smith and a botanist by the name of Flower who lived in Clifton and then Bath were unable to find it again. There was also an alien Cat’s-tail grass which had been found “in the meadows beyond King’s Weston” in the 1770’s. In 1845 it was also found near the Kingsweston Inn. According to Flower, Smith grew it in his garden for many years but, despite having “frequently looked over every spot of ground in the neighbourhood where the grass was likely to be met with”, he could not find it again. These two species seem to have been ‘ballast aliens’ that came in with shipping. Continuing this tradition, on 28 September last, a small group of botanists from the Bristol Naturalists’ Society met at Lamplighters. We quickly found a Sunflower in the gutter. On the way to the reserve there is a patch of disturbed ground with some most unusual Docks and the Narrow-leaved Ragwort, new at this site to Bristol. The rampant blackberry “Himalayan Giant” was rarely found 35 years ago but is spread by birds and is now common. We also saw Chinese Bramble, a garden throw-out, spreading over the banks of the Avon near the Powder House. At the end of the walk, in a small area of disturbed verge by a road off the Portway, we found the in-seed remains of a few Corn Cockles, perhaps those reported in the Shire for August. Proving their non-native origin was a white-flowered ‘daisy’, Austrian Chamomile, only once previously recorded in the Bristol area. It is reckoned to be a contaminant in wild flower seed mix, and to be spread through the unconscious or deliberate movement of soil.

Avon Primary new building

Avonmouth Primary Avonmouth Primary

AVON Primary School is expanding to a two form entry school. It was chosen by Bristol City Council as part of its school expansion program to change from one form to two form entry.

Having had 3 temporary classrooms to accommodate the growing number of pupils attending the school, it has just opened a six classroom newly-built extension. Alongside the six new classrooms, it now also boasts a new library, individual group rooms, new pupil toilet facilities, a new staff room and two multi use games areas, without encroaching on the fantastic field space surrounding the school. The existing building has also had a facelift, within the project’s scope, giving the school new office facilities, a food technology room, new flooring throughout, a fantastic artist’s project and a brand new kitchen. The school itself has invested in the areas that weren’t part of the capital project so, now, all areas have been redecorated and given a facelift. They have also invested in a future proof IT infrastructure, new touch screen technology for classrooms and pupil mobile devices. Avon Primary school is growing year on year and will be fully two form entry in September 2017. The expansion program has given the school the space it needs to grow and provide the best learning environment for every pupil at the school and in the future.

Shire Greens collect Bristol in Bloom Award

ON Friday 3rd October, several members of Shire Greens went to City Hall to attend the Bristol In Bloom Awards.

Bristol in bloom

Lin Coleman, Barbara Franco and Ruth Morris joined many local groups and the Deputy Lord Mayor to celebrate the many successes that Bristol achieved this year; from Westbury-On-Trym to Shirehampton, Bedminster to St.Pauls, Bristol Zoo to the local neighbourhood garden, shop and public house. The variety of displays and designs provided great insight to local neighbourhoods and inspiration to what can be achieved when a group of people get together, swap ideas and make a once plain space into a creation of colour to make everyone proud. This year the Shire Greens took on the challenge of putting a floral display together for Shirehampton Railway Station as part of the entry for the Severn Beach Line and the Bristol In Bloom Competition. Despite the set back that the plants and shrubs had been stolen a couple nights before judging took place, the Shire Greens were not going to be beaten and replanted all the flowers, plants and shrubs the day before judging. Their hard work paid off as they won an award and collected it for the Severn Beach Line that night. Barbara, Lin and Ruth were presented with The Royal Horticultural Society and South West In Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood Award Of Level 3 Developing” award for the Severn Beach Line 2014 by Deputy Lord Mayor Faruk Choudhury. It was a proud moment for all of them and the members of the group that couldn’t make it that night. The second place award was a huge achievement,.. Congratulations Shire Greens for winning the award and adding colour to our Railway Station. We await your next creative project next year !

Community Energy Programme Under Consultation

“Bristol is leading the way as 2015 European Green Capital next year and solar energy is a key part of building a sustainable future for the city.”

Bristol already has a large network of engaged local energy groups. This summer Low Carbon Gordano raised over £2 million through public shares to build a solar farm in Bristol, demonstrating how residents are prepared to invest in renewables.


The four buildings in the first ‘pilot’ package are in BS5, BS4, BS11 and BS14. Bristol City Council is working with the Bristol Energy Network and other organisations to set up a co-operation agreement that will define how the solar panels will be installed in partnership with community energy groups and social investors.

The full cabinet report can be found on the Bristol City Council website.

Severn Vale Project

More than £1m has been awarded to a project to preserve and protect the unique landscape and heritage of the Lower Severn Vale Levels, in Bristol.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the cash for the project, A Forgotten Landscape, which involves the Levels between Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston.

The ferry at Aust, the two Severn bridges and the community railway from Temple Meads to Severn Beach are also within the project’s scope.

It will begin in January.

The Levels once formed part of the wider Somerset and Avon Levels, but over the centuries they have become cut off by the expansion of the city of Bristol, industrial development in Avonmouth, and motorway construction. The project, which is expected to take three-and-a-half years, will restore wildlife habitats across the area, which has an array of wetlands, hedges, wildflower grassland and orchards. Private and public organisations will work on the project, hosted by South Gloucestershire Council.

Belly dancing with Natalie Bibi

Belly dancing classes take place on Friday, 7th November and 5th December from 2:15 – 3:15pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Penpole Avenue, Shirehampton. Cost is £3.00. Just turn up on the day or, for further information, please contact Laura Burchette on: 07930559293.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe wins Geography Award

The Secondary Geography Quality Mark: in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in geography

The geography department at Oasis Academy Brightstowe is one of only 52 schools in the UK to be awarded the 2014 Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) by the Geographical Association, in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning.

The SGQM award acknowledges the highest quality in geography teaching. All award winners undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which all are continuing to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SGQM, now into its fifth year, recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in areas such as geographical knowledge, understanding, values, skills and concepts, and sets high expectations about the quality of teaching in geography.

‘Enthusiastic teaching’

It aims to promote effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standards of geography in their schools. Oasis Academy Brightstowe was especially commended for “enthusiastic teaching, an interesting curriculum design and the positive vision provided for all students”.

Steve Murray, Head of Geography said “I am delighted that the hard work and relentless enthusiasm of our geography students has been recognised with this prestigious award.

I would like to thank the many staff members who have helped contribute to this achievement through offering countless hours of support and inspiration to our students - it really has been a team effort.

I’m pleased that we’ve seen a significant upturn in both the numbers of students opting to take geography at GCSE and in those continuing on to A Level.

Oasis Academy Brightstowe Year 7 Parental Engagement

Woodhouse Woodhouse Woodhouse Woodhouse

ON Saturday 27th September, teachers, students and parents arrived at Woodhouse Park to dangle from high wires, balance on piles of milk crates and race through an assault course full of smelly water and disgusting mud.

Everyone learned to work together and experienced something they had never done before and, in some cases, probably never want to do again. From archery to balancing on a beam forty feet in the air, everyone had a smile on their face and gained new respect for each other.

The sausages and burgers never smelled so good at lunch time on a beautiful autumn day.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning Coffee Morning

On Friday 26th September, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning was held at the Penpole Community Room in Shirehampton.

The coffee morning was organised by Tracy Zehtabi, Sandra White and Kathryn Courtney to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and was just one of many thousands of events being held across the country to support those living with cancer.

The morning included a wide selection of cakes including ‘Free From’ cakes. Coffee and tea abounded. Local Community Support Police Officer Abby Elliott-Taylor was our quality control cake taster. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Alastair and Sarah Watson attended an already busy coffee morning and enjoyed the coffee and cakes so much that they returned a couple weeks later as guests of the Penpole Lunch Club.

Tracy Zehtabi said, ‘Organising the coffee morning was a little daunting in the beginning but, with Kathryn’s help, it became a lot easier. The Arts and Crafts running at the same time was fantastic and gave people an insight into the kind of work we do each week. I never imagined we would raise such a large amount - £327.00!! I would like to thank everyone who came along to enjoy the wonderful morning, and especially the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress for attending, as I’m sure they were a huge factor in getting people to come ‘up the hill’. Thanks are especially given to Kathryn for her excellent organisation and photographs of the event and to Sandra White for allowing us to hold the coffee morning.”

Memories and Dreams of Winter at Home

Ambition Lawrence Weston and LinkAge are supporting a Winter Art Project for young people in our community.

They invite young artists to participate, and to express in art what winter and home means to them, or has meant to their families and grandparents. Or what they might dream, or wish that winter at home would be in the future. There will be an Exhibition at Kingsweston House, 9th - 11th December, and there will be prizes for young artists either expressing their grand parents’ memories or their own ideas.

Anyone can participate either as an individual, a group, school, or workshop. Everyone is welcome from different nationalities, whether their homes are in our area or far away, whether you celebrate Xmas or not. Keep on the lookout for further information

CLIC Sargent Celebrate Twenty Years In Shirehampton

CLIC Sargent Celebrate Twenty Years In Shirehampton CLIC Sargent Celebrate Twenty Years In Shirehampton

You may have noticed the gold window display throughout September when passing the CLIC Sargent Shop and the balloons blowing in the breeze on the 30th September too. This was because CLIC Sargent in Shirehampton had two things to raise awareness of.

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and this was highlighted by the gold window display to support ‘The Gold Appeal’ as it was known. All the CLIC Sargent shops had a gold window and a competition was held for the best dressed window. The Shirehampton branch display, designed by Teresa and Sue, won second prize. Congratulations on your win.

The shop was opened in 1994 by comedian Eddie Large. Twenty years later CLIC Sargent is still thriving in Shirehampton, with local donations being received daily and people buying from the shop. It is the only branch that also sells furniture on a regular basis.

On the last day of September, staff held their own 20th Anniversary party. Teresa and Josie are the only two original volunteers who remain at the shop. Many volunteers have come and gone for various reasons, but reminiscing made the day special for staff and customers.

Manager Sarah Forse wanted to thank all the volunteers past and present for their hard work over the years and the many people who have donated goods to raise much needed donations for CLIC Sargent. She also wanted to thank everyone locally and beyond who visit and buy items from the store as, without your support, they wouldn’t be part of Shirehampton village.

Here’s to the next twenty years and congratulations to all on celebrating a monumental anniversary.

Lest We Forget

Avonmouth Sea Cadets go to town commemorating World War I centenary.

Avonmouth Sea Cadets spent Sunday (28 September) at HM Prison and Fortress Tower of London to take part in a major artistic installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. The work sees the Tower of London’s famous dry moat filled with 888,246 specially commissioned ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.

The installation, in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, was unveiled on 5 August 2014, a hundred years on from the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. The cadets installed poppies to represent a single British and Colonial fatality during the war.

Lt (SCC) Victoria Sidwell RNR, Commanding Officer at TS Enterprise (Avonmouth Sea Cadets), said: “In a few weeks time we will be on parade at Shirehampton’s war memorial. It seemed fitting to ‘plant’ some poppies to the village’s fallen.” We would like to make a larger showing on parade this year so if you are, or know someone aged 10 to 18 who would like to join in the fun of being a Sea Cadet, as well as this more sombre but moving duty, pay the unit a visit by the newly re-opened Lamplighters any Monday or Thursday evening.”

The ceramic poppies are available to buy with the net proceeds, if all poppies are sold, expected to be over £15 million. This will be shared between a group of armed service charities including the Help for Heroes, SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and The Royal British Legion.

Lt Jo Chambers RN, a volunteer in the unit whilst serving at MOD Abbey Wood said: “The cadets had a brilliant time and events like this and the concert at St Mary Redcliffe add to the many skills such as rowing, seamanship, cooking and kayaking they gain as a Sea Cadet.”

The poppies will, by 11 November 2014, encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but a sobering reminder that the sacrifice was supposed to be ‘The war that ended all wars’. The size of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of the loss of life and such an important centenary.

General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London, said: “For this important anniversary year, we wanted the Tower of London’s commemorations to serve as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War, whilst encouraging others to reflect on our past.” The First World War was a pivotal moment in our history, claiming the lives of over 16 million people across the globe; its consequences have shaped our modern society.”

Training Ship Enterprise

Training Ship Enterprise has been serving the community of West Bristol and North Somerset for over 70 years and as part of Bristol Sea Cadets for well over a century. From day one we have been an integral part of the local community and are proud to remain so.

In 2012 the unit celebrated 70 years as TS Enterprise with a parade with the Lord Lieutenant of Bristol taking the salute.

The unit’s commitment to the local and naval community was recognised by the publishers of Warships IFR, Howe HPC in 2005 when awarded the inaugural prize for such services by a SCC unit.

The unit is run entirely by volunteers. We need enthusiastic volunteers with a range of skills, from those who want to help train cadets to those who can apply their business skills to help run the Management Team that supports our Unit.

Cadets are aged 10 – 18. There are currently spaces available.

The Sea Cadet Corps

The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet