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Lord Mayor’s Award For Scouting

Shire Library 110th Birthday Party

‘Seeing is Believing’ for business leaders at Oasis Brightstowe

Letters to the Editor

Bristol Walking Festival 2015

Shire Community Grants

Green Capital 2015 April Events

Kings Weston Action Group

Cotswold Community Centre

St Mary's Stomp Dance Club

St Mary’s News

Shirehampton Methodist Church Services

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

BS11 Young Catholics Go To Flame 2

Shirehampton Sailing Club

From The Registers of St. Mary

Nature Notes

Botany In The Shire

New Internet Platform for Community Projects

Local families to benefit from a Big Lottery Grant

Cadbury World

St. Bede’s 2015 Easter Sports Coaching Calendar

Bristol's Library Services

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

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Lord Mayor’s Award For Scouting


ON February 25, Grant Watkins was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal for his services to Scouting.

Grant joined the Maddox cub pack at aged eight, where he was greatly influenced by Pam and Tony Mitchell, graduating to the Scouts at 10 with Henry Warren as Scout Leader.

He gained his Chief Scout’s Award and decided to train as a Young Leader when his time as a Scout ended. His life skills were further expanded when he joined the Royal Marine Cadets.

After leaving the Cadets, he was warranted as Leader at 18. Following an horrific accident in 1995, which put him out of Scouting for nearly a year, he returned to Scouting with the help of Mike Page and Richard Power, support from Pam and Andy Goddard, he will hopefully continue in Shirehampton for many years to come.

Well done, Grant !

Shire Library 110th Birthday Party

Photos by Bob Pitchford

SHIREHAMPTON Library celebrated its 110th birthday on Friday 6th March. We marked the occasion with tea and cakes. The children of St.Bernard’s Primary School made bunting in a variety of Spring colours which will continue to be on display in the Library for the rest of the month.

Also on display are photos of various other events, including the original opening ceremony. Our book displays are also in commemoration of the opening, with books from the 1900s and, in recognition of the funding, we have a display of children’s books that have won the Carnegie Prize, going back to the 1930s, some more instantly recognisable than others.

Joanna Sergeant

‘Seeing is Believing’ for business leaders at Oasis Brightstowe

BUSINESS leaders spent a morning at Oasis Academy Brightstowe learning how they can help transform the lives of young people by forging long-term collaborations with secondary schools in Bristol.

The visit formed part of ‘The Prince’s Seeing is Believing’ programme through which Business in the Community (BITC) gives senior business leaders throughout the UK first-hand insight into key social and environmental issues - closing the gap between the boardroom and the community.


STUDENTS at Oasis Academy Brightstowe working with business leaders during a ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit organised by Business In The Community

The event was led by KPMG, the leading accountancy firm who deliver support to Brightstowe students through BITC’s Business Class initiative.

Business delegates were drawn from a range of companies including Airbus UK, Bristol Port Company, First Group, Burges Salmon, Alder King, Bond Dickinson LLP, Deloitte LLP, Bishop Fleming, South West Water, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.

They were joined by delegates from educational organisations including Teach First, Unite Students and the University of the West of England.

One of the outstanding features of the day was ‘Bite the Ballot’, a series of business games facilitated by KPMG in which delegates were paired with Brightstowe student leaders, Navy Blues, from Years 10 and 11.

They had to imagine being in Government and decide first how to allocate the Budget to education, health, defence, welfare and benefits, housing and environment, transport, public order and safety, culture and sport, and international aid.

Then they had some tougher decisions to make, imposing deep cuts in Government departmental spending before being forced to face the impact of their decisions on society.

Principal speakers at the event were Brightstowe’s Deputy Principal Joe Docherty, Assistant Principal Alison Eynon and KPMG’s Tax Director Financial Services Laura Kochanski.

The event concluded with a working lunch in the library featuring a debrief session led by KPMG Senior Partner Phil Cotton who is HRH Ambassador for Responsible Business in the South West.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Just before Christmas, a dear friend of mine and local lady, tragically lost her baby grandson to cot death when he was just six weeks old. She and the rest of the family are now desperately trying to raise £1,000 to pay for a headstone for him, and I have promised to help her.

We have managed to arrange a fundraising disco to be held at the PBA on Saturday 18th April at 3pm, where we also plan to hold a raffle, cake stall, tombola, penalty shoot out, face painting, etc!

Any money raised beyond what the family need for the headstone is to be donated to, a charity which provides memory boxes to bereaved parents, including Benjamin’s.

I wondered if you would be able to please mention our fundraising event, possibly with the hope of prompting others to help us too.

I look forward to hearing from you. My contact number is 07790 142157.

Many thanks,

Mrs Juliet Isabel Stewart

THE family of Juliet Stewart regrets to advise the passing of their much loved mother, Juliet, on 3rd March 2015 at Frenchay Park Nursing Home.

She had been resident there for about 18 months following a serious deterioration in her health that required a more intense level of care. She had reached the age of 93 years only weeks before her death and was the last and eldest member of her parents’ family. She had lived in Lawrence Weston for 65 years and herself raised a family of nine children with her husband Jock who passed away in 1992.

Allotment plots

Dear Editor,

With spring just around the corner, I thought that it would be a good idea to let your readers know that there is allotment plot availability on sites in the Shirehampton area. Many people assume that there are huge waiting lists for plots, but this is not the case in many areas of the city. There are 4 beautiful allotment sites in Shirehampton, ideal for anyone who would like to have a go at growing their own fruit and veg, or even to keep a few chickens to supply some eggs. Plot sizes and prices vary from very small plots at £25 per year up to large plots for £75. People on means tested benefits can apply for a discount.

For more details and to apply for a plot visit: or contact 0117 9223737.

Age UK Bristol Advice and Information

Age UK Bristol have their advice drop-in sessions from MONDAYS between 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 contacting the main office on 0117 929 7537


Dear Editor:

Can anyone help me to learn to tat properly, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group? If you can please contact Rosemary Watkins on 0117 9827015.


Dear Editor:

I have started a local petition which reads as follows:

‘To local councillors, Neighbourhood Partnership and Parks Department - We, the undersigned, request that the former PICNIC AREA of Shirehampton Park (i.e. that piece of land between the car park and Penpole Lane), be restored to its original designation (picnic area) for the full use of all local inhabitants and visitors to the area.’

I began collecting signatures on 18th February and, at the time of writing (5th March), over 500 people have signed. I am grateful for the help of Hawkins Newsagent and NRG Gymnasium, who have placed copies of the petition in their premises.

The petition will be presented to a Local Neighbourhood Partnership meeting at a future date. Our local Neighbourhood Partnership represents the Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Kingsweston areas. Money has been devolved from the council to these bodies, which decide how the money is to be spent in the local area. Councillors make the final decisions, but are advised by Council officers and consider input from the general public.

Bristol Walking Festival 2015

Bristol Walking Festival is the UK’s largest urban celebration of walking, and it’s back for a third year from 1-31 May 2015. The programme of events features over 170 walks from 80 organisations, covering nature, history, architecture, wellbeing, families and much more.


All walks have easy-to-follow grading and descriptions, with most offered free of charge. Discover the wonders of Leigh Woods, the history of the Old City, the spectacular landscape of the Dundry Slopes and the plants and wildlife of our parks and nature reserves. Try Nordic Walking, foraging for food or improve your posture, just by going on a walk.

The festival launches on Friday 24 April with a Compass Walk. Starting mid-morning from four corners of Bristol, walking groups will converge on the centre for a social event, followed by a film screening and talk by a special guest in the evening. All of the launch walks and the evening event are open to the public, so come along and be part of something spectacular.

Walks are happening all across Bristol during the festival, including one that starts at Shirehampton Public Hall. You’ll be able to take a guided tour of Blaise Castle’s hidden treasures with the estate ranger on 19 May, discover the bugs and butterflies of Badock’s Wood on 25 May, and Bristol and Avon Rivers Trust will show you what happens beneath the surface of Hazel Brook on 9 and 23 May.

For more information head to or find us on Facebook at

Shire Community Grants

Thank you to all who applied for Community Grants recently and we are pleased to have been able to help several organisations in the area who provide diverse activities for all age groups.

The ‘Shire’ paper is principally funded by advertising revenue and sundry donations, so it has been the policy over many years to plough back into the community, any surplus of income over expenditure.

We are pleased to say we have awarded grants this year to: Grainger Players; the Penpole Luncheon Club; SCAF, 191st Scouts; the Dragon Club; Avonmouth FC; Avonside Guides; Shire Stitchers/Craft Exhibition; The Orchards community garden and Charity Search.

We are happy to receive articles and photographs from these and any other organisations about recent events held or impending or any other news that would be of interest to the community.

Judy Helme (Secretary)

Green Capital 2015 April Events

Various events will take place in April:

  • 2 April 5pm-7pm, Green Mingle is on the first Thursday of every month at Bordeaux Quay. It’s happy hour so come and grab a drink (nibbles provided) and join in with like-minded people who are all interested in helping to make Bristol a low carbon city.
  • 21 April, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Energy Tree Launch Event - See the Energy Tree turned on to the public, with talks from key partners celebrating the installation and what it means for Bristol in the year of 2015. A short film documenting the story of the Energy Tree will also be shown. Free in Millennium Square.
  • 27 April, 7.30pm. The no-dig method of cultivation with Charles Dowding - Charles runs a very productive intensively grown garden and is well known for his books on organic vegetable growing. Copies will be available. The Kitchen, part of The Old Fire Station, Silver Street £5 for NON- MEMBERS.

More events & further details are available at

Kings Weston Action Group

Developing events programme

As in previous years KWAG will be putting on a series of events throughout 2015. We are still developing a programme, but rest assured we’ll make sure everyone is given good notice of what’s happening, when, and where. To avoid confusion we won’t be taking bookings just yet, but we hope to be able to bring you the following, and more, subject to confirmation:

  • April, Saturday 18th, Bid walk with bird Expert Ed Drewitt. Come along and discover the incredible bird life around the park in the expert hands of respected ornithologist Ed Drewitt. The walk will take place at 8:30am. Full details and booking will be available shortly.
  • April, Sunday 26th: Guided estate history walk 10am-1pm;
  • May, Saturday 9th: Wild Food Forage with Steve England;
  • July, Saturday 11th: National Archaeology festival Guided estate history walk 10am-1pm
  • September, Saturday 12th: Doors open day and Art sale in; conjunction with Kings Weston House;>
  • September, Tuesday 22nd: Capability Brown Tercentenary Event, in association with Avon Gardens Trust.;
  • October, Saturday 3rd; Guided estate history walk 10am-1pm<

We also hope to organise a Guided Tree Walk, Family Nature walk, Bat walk with the Avon Bat Group, and our first excursion to another nearby house and garden with Kings Weston connections! More on all this soon !


The steps through Penpole Wood are certainly the biggest physical challenge our volunteers have undertaken since KWAG began. We have now completed the lower section of the Penpole Steps and the shorter top section is also just one step (literally!) away from completion. We’ve terraced the whole length of the middle section of the route, and, working from the bottom, we’ve made good progress on the long climb here.


Excavating the steps and re-grading the site has thrown up some interesting results. About half way up the path we started finding large quantities of pottery shards and broken glass. For centuries, Penpole Point was a popular recreational site for both the Families who owned Kings Weston House and who would have enjoyed Penpole Lodge as a garden retreat, and visitors to the Common Land stretching along the Point. Continuing in use into the Twentieth Century, the north pier of Penpole Lodge was a small tied cottage for the estate workers. The fragments of pottery and glass found during the path works are likely to have come from these contexts and probably represent the remains of discarded picnics, or the general waste thrown out by the residents of the Lodge.

Cotswold Community Centre



10 -12.30 pm at Cotswold Community Centre


( with many thanks for your donation - Ed)

To book, please contact Daphne on 07554642440

St Mary's Stomp Dance Club


ON Sat 28th Feb, two groups from St. Mary’s Shirehampton STOMP Dance Club joined together to perform at the Colston Hall in a show called ‘STAGES’.

This event consists of schools and clubs around Bristol coming together to display their dances in a professional show. This was a great opportunity for the dancers to perform on a full theatre stage and work with a professional sound and lighting team.

The dancers are aged between 7-17 and meet weekly on a Monday as two separate age groups (primary and secondary) for free community dance sessions at The Tithe Barn, Shirehampton. This is the second time that St. Mary’s STOMP group have performed at STAGES and they were really excited to take part again. They danced to ‘Dibby Sound’ with the theme of a carnival atmosphere, showing big moves and funky beats! Well done to all dancers involved; you were fantastic and made the audience really happy!

Amy Boucher

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks!

Here we are with Easter only a few days away, and greenery on the trees and hedgerows now beginning to show through after the Winter.

First of all, may I thank all of you who came and supported the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day. By 10.30 am the church was filled to capacity and Gill Sawyer with her helpers all worked to produce pancakes as fast as they were being consumed. It was a wonderful morning - never before have we seen the church so well filled - it really must have been a record. The Pancake Races in the churchyard were great fun for adults and children alike. We must apologise for any inconvenience caused to people by us blocking the path during the races but, as you know, it’s not a public right of way.

On Good Friday, 3rd April there will be a short Family Service at 10.00 am followed by Hot Cross Buns afterwards. We will be joined by those people on the Parish Walk of Witness led by the Baptist Church. At 1.00 pm, there is a service of Meditation and Prayers on the Cross on this most holy occasion. At 2.00 pm, the Shirehampton Area Choir will sing Faure’s Requiem, which was last sung in St Mary’s about 10 years ago.

Easter Sunday 5th April commences with our Sunrise Service at 7.00 am at Shirehampton Park. This service lasts about 25 minutes after which we all adjourn to the Tithe Barn for breakfast. This is followed at 8.30 am by Kids Klub when the children hear about the meaning of Easter. At 10.00 am, we hold our Easter Communion service with the opportunity to renew our Baptism Vows. After the service, children take part in the Fluffy Chick hunt in the churchyard; when they find one, they can exchange it for some chocolate.

The day then concludes at 8.00 pm with a service of Compline - a quiet time to reflect on the excitement of Easter Day.

On Friday 17th April, we will be holding another of our Silent Auctions. You are invited to arrive at 7.00 pm to look at the items and place your bids. Supper is at 7.30 pm, but please bring your own drink. Tickets available from the Church Office at a cost of £8.00. This is a very popular and fun event!

Sunday 19th April is the day of our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Holy Communion is as usual at 10.00 am, but the APCM is held after a short service of Evening Prayer at 6.00 pm. People on the Electoral Roll will have an opportunity to elect persons to serve on the Parochial Church Council for the ensuing 12 months.

Finally, the first of our Church Open Days is on the May Day Bank Holiday - Monday, 4th May, when the church will be open from 12.00 noon until 5.00 pm for Lunches and Cream Teas at extremely reasonable prices. The money raised will all go towards church funds.

Before I go, just remember - Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the snake and the snake didn’t have a leg to stand on!

Shirehampton Methodist Church Services

  • Easter Day, Sunday April 5th, 2015 11.00 a.m. Mrs. Ros Sledge
  • Sunday, April 12th, 2015 11.00 a.m. Rev. Andrew Sails, MA;
    Former Minister of Victoria Whiteladies Road.

A warm welcome is extended to all

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

The 2015 Bowling Season opens on Wednesday, 8th April with a game on the all-weather green at Wrington and will continue with friendly games most Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until late in September.

In addition to these games, there is a Club League on Monday evenings, Ladies only friendlies on Thursday afternoons. The ladies and gents both have a team in the Bristol and District League and Ladies.

This year the club is offering a special half price membership for new bowlers - just £30 for the season (plus £20 to join the main club) and there is a chance to try bowling before deciding to join. Each Tuesday evening from mid-April at 6 pm, experienced bowlers will be on hand to give help and advice to anyone thinking about joining. All equipment is supplied and new bowlers can have three sessions without obligation, before deciding whether or not to join.

The club winter programme continued on February 15th with a very enjoyable evening of indoor putting, a quiz, Irish bingo, bingo and skittles. It concluded on March 1st with a Fish and Chip Supper followed by indoor putting and table skittles. Both evenings were at the City and Port of Bristol Club and were well attended.

Anyone wishing to find out more about joining or just having a try on Tuesday evenings can contact David Hinksman on 0117 9082713.
David Hinksman Club President

BS11 Young Catholics Go To Flame 2


WEMBLEY Arena, 8000 young Catholics and a double-Grammy award winner leading the worship songs! That is what local teenagers from BS11 Young Catholics were lucky enough to experience when they headed to London for Flame 2, the biggest ever Catholic youth congress on 7 March 2015!

Setting out at the crack of dawn, spirits were high especially as we waved to other young people passing us in coaches on the motorway also on their way to Flame 2. The buzz in the arena was electrifying both during the lively worship songs and in the silence of adoration. Chloe (year 11) said “I was able to strengthen and discover more about my faith along with many other Catholic teens as it was a powerful, inspiring and exciting experience!” Annalise (year 11) added “I liked the music from Matt Redman because it is cool but it also tells a story and the words are inspirational”.

The social media frenzy kicked off with teenagers posting tweets and photos throughout the day. By lunchtime #Flame2 was trending on Twitter!

Back home, inspired and exhilarated, BS11 Young Catholics are ready to fan the flame of faith in our community! If you are aged 13 or over, come along and join us for youth prayers, Bible discussions and exciting events.

For more information email: or check out our Facebook page!

Shirehampton Sailing Club

THE Community Development Foundation has awarded Shirehampton Sailing Club a grant to buy and refurbish three classic sailing dinghies, which are to be used as club boats.

They were purchased in January and, during February and March club members have been busy refurbishing and modifying the dinghies for use by inexperienced sailors. The whole project has come together under the title “Classic Boats for New Sailors”.


Photos by Bob Pitchford

The boats are “classic” because one, a GP14 was designed over 60 years ago in 1949 and the other two boats, both Lightning 368s, were designed almost 40 years ago in 1977.

The clubs sailing season starts on March 28th and members are confident that our little fleet of club boats will be ready for use by then. They can be used so that youngsters can learn the science behind sailing whilst still ashore, through what is called “Dry Boat Sailing”, as well as gaining practical experience of sailing on the water.

Shirehampton Sailing Club is a small club of 40 members who sail on the river Avon at most weekends from April to October. The club is situated at the end of Station Rd in Shirehampton. Our nearest neighbour is the Lamplighters Pub.

If you would like to have a go at sailing please, contact Bob Hayes on 0117 9422906 or just call in at the club. Check the weekend high tide times on the club website because that’s when there will be someone around to talk.

From The Registers of St. Mary

Funerals ‘at rest and at peace’

4th Kenneth Baker Canford

9th Eileen Youde Canford

11th Chrissie Thompson St Mary’s

17th John Hunt St. Mary’s

18th Michael Chamberlain St. Mary’s

Nature Notes

So many signs of Spring ! The lovely pink blossom on the trees lining the streets on the Cotswold Estate, the flashes of colour in the garden, daffodils, primroses and the like - such a lot to enjoy.

A lovely surprise just the other day - Mrs. Blackbird in our back garden with her beak stuffed with nesting material ! An early brood on the way then. The different bird songs wherever you might be walking are such a symbol of the season.

I met a friend in the village just the other day who told me about her ‘pied’ blackbird that was a frequent visitor to her garden. I remember seeing blackbirds with slashes of white on them several years ago, but not recently. It’s nice to know there are still some around.

The snowdrops on the river bank are dying back now, but they’ve been replaced by lovely big clumps of ‘daffs’. My camellia shrub has decided to flower again, so more deep pink blooms to enjoy. Nature really is changing, as are our seasons.

Happy nature watching !

Botany In The Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

AS well as a little bit of saltmarsh beside the Avon at Lamplighters, Shirehampton also has a mixed-up muddled-up version of the same thing along the verges and central reservations of the Portway.

Danish Scurvy-grass, the most visible of these ‘roadside halophytes’ is now coming into bloom. It has white flowers and small glossy kidney-shaped leaves and has been known hereabouts for a decade or more. It can be seen for mile after mile of Motorway and beside other main roads. You would be forgiven for thinking the ‘Danish’ in the name suggested it was a plant alien to Britain, but it belongs here on the coast. It spread inland with the salting of the roads in winter.

In the same way underneath the motorway bridge there is a short strip of Lesser Sea-spurrey, though its pink flowers appear in late summer. Towards Sea Mills, a single Tree Mallow (a plant so characteristic of Steep Holm) has recently appeared. There is plenty of Buck’s-horn Plantain and I expect if I look hard enough I will find the sticky Sea Mouse-ear which often has four petals rather than the five normally found in the Pink family.

Another low-growing plant that seems to be spreading down the verges from its native habitat of dry slopes and sea banks is Knotted Hedge-Parsley. It is probably dispersed by the rotary brushing of the gutter-sweeping vans, as some of its seeds are spiny. Others are smooth so they stay where they are and you get dense patches of seedlings. The leaves look like a carrot or Cow Parsley.

I had been so pleased to re-find the Sea Pearlwort by the old Shirehampton Ferry last year. Well, would you believe it? Patches of it turned up by the traffic lights at the Park and Ride, with the Sea Fern-grass as well. These two are getting around. I later found the two of them eighty miles from the sea in the Reading Services on the M4. Neither had been recorded in Berkshire before!

So if you see someone dangling his head over the curb near the motorway exit (people ask, “Are you alright?” or “Have you dropped something?”), that will probably be me!

Clive Lovatt

New Internet Platform for Community Projects - the Bristol-based internet platform that connects community projects with companies who want to make a difference - is now working with the Avonmouth and Kingsweston Neighbourhood Partnership to share insights into local activities funded by the latest round of Green Capital Grants.

Community projects featured on are ideally positioned to attract pledges of support, in cash or in-kind, from local businesses.

Green projects such as Ambition Lawrence Weston - Build your own Solar Panel and SCAF Green Capital Nature Walks featured on neighbourly are examples of grass-roots organisations which have already received pledges from a total of £736,012 of funds donated by businesses or funding bodies to 170 UK projects.

As winner of European Green Capital 2015, businesses across Bristol are set to strengthen bonds with neighbourhoods and make a big impact on green initiatives. Setting up a community project page for your local initiative, or browsing existing groups for a cause you want to support couldn’t be simpler. Search for Avonmouth and Kingsweston on or email to find out more.

Local families to benefit from a Big Lottery Grant

Volunteers needed!

Local charity Home-Start Bristol is looking forward to helping even more families in the Bristol area as it has been awarded £145,000 by the Big Lottery to support families with young children.

This 5 year grant will fund a new project called ‘Families on the Edge’ focussing on the areas bordering Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The charity, which trains volunteers to provide this vital service, sees the new grant as a great endorsement of their existing work. A previous grant from Big Lottery already funds work in the City of Bristol.

Home-Start’s work has been a lifeline for many. As many studies suggest, the early years of a child’s life are crucially important which is why Home-Start Bristol focuses on working with young children and their families in these formative years. The charity’s network of volunteer parents and grandparents give 2-3 hours a week to support and offer friendship to families so that children have a much better chance of reaching their potential in later life.

Home-Start Bristol is now recruiting new volunteers to enable them to begin the new project in April 2015 and continue to help families in all parts of Bristol.

There are great rewards to be reaped from volunteering - training, the chance to meet new people and, above all, the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference. As one volunteer said, ‘Volunteering makes me feel valued.’

For more information about becoming a volunteer please phone 01179 501170 or visit our web site:

Cadbury World

THIS week Year 3 of Shire Primary School visited the Cadbury Factory in Birmingham. We had a really long day as we left at 8:15 and didn’t get back to school until 5 o’clock.


There were so many activities and we got lots of chocolate along the way. Our favourite part of the trip was visiting the new 4D cinema; you had to sit in seats that moved (it felt like you were on a rollercoaster), things looked like they were being thrown at you and there was something falling from the ceiling. I wonder if you could guess what it was ? ! The next most popular part of our trip was seeing the chocolate being made, mainly because we were allowed to try some melted chocolate and we could choose two toppings to customise it. You could choose from jelly babies, crunchy pieces, popping candy, marshmallows and shortbread biscuits.

We really loved our trip and would advise anybody to go there for the day, even with the long drive.

St. Bede’s 2015 Easter Sports Coaching Calendar

We are pleased to announce that St Bede’s Catholic College community sports team will be delivering two weeks of sports camps during the Easter 2015 school holidays. The two 4-day weeks will comprise of multi-sports activities, with the emphasis on having fun and trying new games and sports. The children will get the opportunity to play a wide range of sports and games throughout the course of the week. Please see the details below to decide which days are most suitable for your son/daughter:

Multi-Sports Camp: Sports will include dodge ball, Mini Tennis, basketball, football and much more!

  • Cost- £35 for the week (£30 for siblings) or £10 per day.
  • Time- 9am-3pm, see booking form for dates.
  • Kit- Please ensure your children are suitably dressed i.e. suitable footwear for sport and sports clothing. We will be indoors in the sports hall for most of the week but do have access to outdoor facilities should the weather allow.
  • Food and drink- please ensure your children bring enough food for the day, including a morning snack. There are water fountains available where drinks bottles can be re-filled.

Courses are run by experienced coaches who are suitably qualified and DBS cleared and will fully supervise the children at all times.

Please complete the registration form over the page and return along with payment to the address shown below.

Rob Allan Sports Development Officer
(07825 767582 or 0117 3533364)

Bristol's Library Services

INITIAL proposals to improve the quality and use of Bristol’s library service have been revealed.

After initial consultation Bristol City Council has announced some of the key proposals for change to the library service.

OPENING HOURS: The consultation told us that the current opening hours are unclear and confusing for our library users, and often a barrier to access for potential new users. We propose to make some reductions to opening hours based on local usage, but ensuring that no library closes at lunchtime.

DEVELOPING QUALITY LIBRARY SPACE: We recognise that our current branch library spaces vary considerably and some are much more flexible and attractive than others. We want to develop a welcoming and flexible space with layout and shelving changes to make the user’s experience more akin to a bookshop experience.

IMPROVED SELF-SERVICE AND ACCESS TO LIBRARY SERVICES: We will install self-service machines in all supported libraries to enable borrowing and return of library items. We will also explore technology to assist access to our library buildings, with accompanying security measures.

The Council has categorised the libraries into two groups to be clear about how they will target investment to deliver the new service

Group 1: Libraries already delivering to the level of quality which meets our new offer
These libraries can immediately fulfil the core offer and rapidly develop their local offer. They are located in the right place to serve their communities and are based in a good quality space.
Group 2: Libraries needing development ( Shirehampton Library is in this group. The Editor)
These Libraries have potential to deliver to the quality and standard the service requires, but may not be doing so currently. They are located in the right geographic areas, though not necessarily in exactly the right location or in the best quality building or space. These may need capital investment or the potential to move in the future to meet the right standard of space. The final plan is expected to be agreed in June 2015 so that work can then start on our new service.

Kirsty Stilwell, Public Relations Officer

Shirehampton Community Action Forum

SCAF has been awarded a grant from the BCC Green Capital 2015 funds to run a walks and events programme through the year - most of which will take place on Lamplighters Marsh, Shirehampton.


The first two are as follows:

  • Early Bird Walk, Lamplighters Marsh, on Wednesday, April 1 at 7 am. led by Ed Drewitt;
  • Wildflower Walk, Lamplighters Marsh, on Sunday, May 10, 2-4 p.m. Led by Rupert Higgins.


Lamplighters Marsh is on the ‘yellow brick road’, which is paved, flat and suitable for wheelchairs. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and well-behaved dogs on leads please.

For both events, the meeting point will be outside the Lamps Pub at the given start time. Both events are free but please book through Ash at, telephone 0117 982 9963 .