Kings Weston Junior Park Run
Well done to Warren Pickles for organising the Kings Weston Junior Park Run! Despite the bad weather a good crowd of parents and children turned out. I hope it bcomes a permanent feature in the Kingsweston calendar.
Rugby club pitches
In response to the letter printed in the Shire last month (July) regarding the closing off of access to the rugby club pitches from cycle path/Bean acre/Kings Weston road, preventing dog walkers gaining access to Avonmouth rugby club, we would like to point out that the way of entry mentioned is not a public right of way and never has been.
The highways agency erected a picket fence along the cycle path (approx 15 years ago) that has over the years been vandalised and a path has been trodden up to the pitches that are now being used by dog walkers.
Avonmouth RFC are responsible for the up keep/maintenance of these fields (approx 3k a year). This involves cutting, spiking and rolling on a regular basis to enable training and matches to be played five times per week by both our junior and senior sections.
Avonmouth rugby club has not taken this action lightly, however, we now feel enough is enough with the fouling of our sports field/playing areas at the club. We have in excess of 120 youngsters plus 3 adult sides training and playing on a weekly basis. The health risk is now a major problem to our members and visiting teams. We regularly have to clear the pitches of dog faeces before our members can use them. On a number of occasions, we have had youngsters covered in faeces which you can imagine isnt a very pleasant experience and could potentially cause loss of eye sight.
We do not wish to penalise responsible dog owners that do clean up after their pets from using these lovely facilities, unfortunately, the irresponsible ones have caused this action to be taken.
The top area is very soon to be developed with drainage ditches/pipework to be installed by heavy plant/diggers/dumpers working the area, therefore, it is not going to be safe to be in the area when this project starts.
The PBA sports and social club are having exactly the same issues with dogs fouling on their pitches.
Avonmouth rugby club will be contacting Bristol city council to discuss this problem and will endeavour to eradicate it asap.
Regards Ted Britton (Chairman)
We were very sorry to read the sad news of that nice lady Audrey Johns. My husband joined the photograph classes at Twyford House and took several photos for Mrs Archer, to go in the very early Shire. He met Audrey and Ray when we went on the many very enjoyable coach trips she arranged. We miss Shirehampton having lived on the Portway for nearly 58 years, but are pleased to receive the news through Shire each month. We moved to a retirement apartment in Bradley Stoke nearly 3 years ago and are surprised to find several residents are now retiring here from Shirehampton, which is nice as we can talk about old times.
Yours sincerely Daphne Grace.
(Thank you Daphne for your kind donation)
A story from Portway School
Having read many stories about Portway School in a number of Shire publications I thought this might bring a smile to your day.
I attended Portway School back in the 50s and helped to move equipment from the lower Portway to the upper school (called Penpole in those days)
During the second term at the new school Mr Martin my teacher decided to hold a mock trial. The class picked a jury, defence council, prosecuting counsel and Mr Martin was picked as the judge. Then they picked me to be the thief and I was told to go to the school garden and cut a cabbage and put it in a Swag bag. I was then arrested by John class mate (I think that was his name) who was made into the local policeman and charged me with stealing a cabbage. The trial started and it took all morning to hear the case and I was found guilty and the jury asked the judge to give me 1000 lines of I Shall Not Steal. But the judge overturned the verdict and dismissed all charges. I and everyone else was confused as to how he came to this decision. He explained that I had been found guilty of stealing a cabbage but in fact I had stolen a cauliflower by mistake. I then sued the police for compensation for wrongful arrest and won the case. I was allowed to keep the cauliflower and take it home.
Keith Hobley (known then as Keith Nelson)
To Whom it may Concern
I am writing to thank the person who found my bank card on 20th August in the Health Centre and handed it to the receptionist.