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Friends of Lamplighters Marsh

Appeal for a volunteer deliverer

St Mary’s News

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Shirehampton Public Hall April newsletter


What Has The Neighbourhood Partnership Ever Done For Me?

Nature Notes

Shire Christmas Illuminations

Botany in Shire

Bristol Walk Fest 2016 –Walk This Way!

Shirehampton development plan 2016

Doctor Hine Retires

What’s been happening at Shirehampton Primary School?

World Book Day at Avonmouth CE Primary School

Clean for the Queen

Friends of Lamplighters Marsh

The newly established Friends group (FOLM) has been busy! They’ve already had three work days clearing scrub around the first picnic table along the Yellow Brick Road.

Friends of Lamlighters Mash

You can see the new view over the river next time you walk there. BCC has promised to take down the ugly chain link fence and its concrete posts. On the last work day FOLM began clearing bramble from the long grass along the path. The grass is excellent habitat for invertebrates and FOLM hopes to be able to survey and monitor the wild life along the path this summer.

Friends of Lamlighters Mash

Bird nesting will soon put a stop to scrub clearing for the summer, so our next project will be clearing some of the buddleia at the far end of the YBR to maintain space for the rare sedums and mosses which grow there.

FOLM has workdays on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 to 1:00 am and everyone is welcome to join in. You can contact FOLM at .

Appeal for a volunteer deliverer

I am happy to report that my recent appeal for volunteers to deliver ‘Shire’ in their local area was almost a complete success.

I say ‘almost’ because there is just one small group of houses that need help now. The 35 houses at Oaktree Court are currently the only ones without their own deliverer. Is there anyone in Oaktree Court, or in a home nearby, who could spare just ten minutes a month ensuring our paper reaches all parts of the village? If that person is you please contact me on 07811385385.

I would like to thank our latest recruits: Andi Pitchford, Annabel Stewart, Mark Kenyon, Daphne Llewellyn, John Hastings, John McCahon, Mike Williams. Andi and Annabel were already delivering the paper but took on an extra round for which I’m very grateful. I will take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the existing deliverers and drivers too- we couldn’t do any of it without you! Special thanks also to Sandra Edwards for all her years as a deliverer, who sadly had to retire, but hopefully will return as a counter in the near future.

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks!

At last the clocks have gone forward and we are starting to have light evenings again. It is nice to have the available light to get on and do things instead of lounging in front of the TV. If only it would get a bit warmer to do those jobs which need doing outside. Never mind Spring is here once more!

  • Spring Fayre from 10am until 12 noon on Saturday, 2nd April

    The first thing I have to tell you this month is that our Spring Fayre is to be held in the church from 10am until 12 noon on Saturday, 2nd April. On sale will be crafts, preserves, gifts and cakes etc., as well as Refreshments. Please come and give us your support - we shall be more than pleased to see you.

  • On Sunday, 10th April we shall have our usual Holy Communion service at 10am

    On Sunday, 10th April we shall have our usual Holy Communion service at 10am but at 6pm we shall have a short service of Evening Prayer which will be followed by our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. This is a very important meeting as it will contain a report on the church buildings and finances and the general health of St Mary’s. This will be followed by the Election of Church Officers. The current members of the Parochial Church Council will all stand down and some may offer themselves for re-election but it is open to any member on the Electoral Roll to also put their names forward should they wish to serve on the new PCC for the forthcoming twelve months. This is a very responsible position and requires commitment from each individual.

  • Mothers’ Union meets in church on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

    Did you know that our branch of the Mothers’ Union meets in church on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings commence at 2.30pm and usually end by 4pm. There is usually a Guest Speaker and light refreshments are provided. You do not have to be a mother to become a member and membership is open to single persons and also men are welcome to these meetings as well. If you are interested then just turn up on the 2nd Wednesday.

  • Open Church Day for 2016

    Now some advance notice of our first Open Church Day for 2016. This will be on May Day Bank Holiday Monday - 2nd May. The church will be open from 12 noon until 5pm for the serving of lunches and cream teas at extremely reasonable prices. The lunch menu will give you a wide choice of food for your main course and dessert. This is always a very popular event - so come early so as not to miss your favourite choice of food. Last time one favourite dish was sold out by 12.20pm!

You will all have noticed that there has been no access to the first Memorial Garden on the south side of the church due to ongoing flat roof repairs. This work will continue until the end of April and we apologise for you being unable to gain access to the garden. However, you are welcome to come into the church and make use of our Memorial Chapel and place any flowers in memory of loved ones into vases there.

Finally, someone said to me the other day that when they can’t sleep they used to count sheep, but now they just count their blessings!

‘Bye for now. C.M.E

St. Mary’s Registers - January 2016

Baptisms ’we welcome you’

25thAnnie Maggs
"Lucy Maggs
"Julia Jefferson

Funerals ‘At rest and at peace’

2ndKathleen GatesCanford
4thSylvia O'connorCanford
9thAlbert VincentCanford
11thDave LloydCanford
16thLouis KnoxSt Mary's
17thAlbert VeentivisCanford
23rdGilian KilbyCanford

Shirehampton Methodist Church

This sketch made in 1988 by local artist Betty Marten shows the familiar building on the High Street. The foundation stone was laid on 18 May 1886 and referred to as the new Wesleyan Schools in the Western Daily Press. Prior to WW1 the building was used as an overspill for the National School in Station Road. After WW1 the population of Shirehampton increased and in the 1920s and 30s the church thrived and expanded, with a large hall with stage and a sloping auditorium being added, plus a church parlour. The stone laying ceremony for the extension took place in October 1930. Alterations to the church at the time included the organ and tip-up cinema like seats, partly funded by J Arthur Rank the film tycoon, himself a Methodist. Between the wars there was a tennis club attached to the church with courts at the rear of the premises. During WW2 a Forces Canteen run by volunteers was open every night. (information from Shirehampton Story by Ethel Thomas).

Judy Helme

Shirehampton Public Hall April newsletter

Welcome to another edition of the Public Hall Newsletter! Firstly, the Trustees and Manager would like to say thank you so much to all who sponsored and supported the Quiz Evening at the Public Hall on 27th February.

A wonderful evening was had by all and over £390 was raised towards the upkeep of this very amazing building. Special thanks to those who donated raffle prizes for the occasion, including Bargain Beers, Highcroft Vets, the Co-op and Avon Fixings. Big thanks also to our exceptionally talented quiz master, Martin Duffy and his wife Collette, who volunteered their time so generously. We were also very pleased to host a visit by Charlotte Leslie, MP, who toured our building and the Shirehampton Library before taking a walk through the village to meet our varied and talented locals! Charlotte seemed to enjoy her visit, meeting local mums and carers at the Friday Playtots, and she also appreciated refreshments at the Turkish Cafι on the Green!

Spring is now in full swing, and so are many of our new and existing classes – so come along and join the fun and make new friends!

The new dance classes on a Tuesday evening have proved very popular with our enthusiastic teacher Zoe! The children’s class is from 6-7pm and the teen/adult class is 7-8pm.

Puppy training is taking off at 8pm on Mondays, and the lovely Ellie Turner will always welcome enquiries about socialising your new canine friends! Contact Ellie on for more information.

Zumba is also set to return to our Hall, potentially on a Thursday between 6-7pm, so keep your eyes peeled for our updated events on Facebook and, of course, our website.

Our very friendly and welcoming Monday meeting of the Twyford Art Club is looking for new members, so if you have a flair for art and would like to make new friends and have a chat and a coffee for a couple of hours, please pop in and introduce yourself – the meeting is held from 9.30am most Monday mornings.

Similarly, our Pillowlace Club would love some new members. Pillowlace is a wonderful art, and very relaxing, so whether you are young, old or somewhere in between, come along from 7pm on Fridays and join in with something different and make new friends.

The Hall Trustees would also like to invite volunteers to start an IT Club at the Hall – anyone welcome, from all age groups and backgrounds. The idea of this club would be to bring the community together and learn about technology from each other. Please contact the Hall Manager if you think you could carry this forward.

Also, a Chess Club has been proposed and will be run by Trustees of the Hall to raise funds for the Hall. If you would be interested in joining further details will soon be available on our website.

Shirehampton Public Hall is now on Facebook, so please “like” us and follow all our up and coming events on there.

The Hall is in urgent need of a voluntary Treasurer.

If you think this might be you please ring the Hall Manager on 0117 9829963


On Monday 15th February an engraved locket was found in Pembroke Road. I would like to return it to the rightful owner so if it’s yours, please contact me on 0117 9826718.

What Has The Neighbourhood Partnership Ever Done For Me?

A good question. Did you know that the Avonmouth and Kingsweston Neighbourhood Partnership brings Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and upper Sea Mills together? That it gives local people an opportunity to influence Council spending in their area? That the Neighbourhood Partnership delivered the new play areas in Sea Mills Square and Ridingleaze. That it supported Lawrence Weston in putting together a Community Plan which has enabled Lawrence Weston to attract independent funding for local projects?

Each Neighbourhood Partnership has a small Wellbeing Fund which supports local initiatives. It funds the shopping bus service in Shire and helped with the renovation of the Scout Hut. It supports the Job Club in Avonmouth and a dance group for young people in Sea Mills.

BUT... the Neighbourhood Partnership needs YOU! Its main purpose is to give you local residents a place to raise issues or aspirations for your neighbourhood. Anyone can attend meetings of their local Neighbourhood Forum. The Forums feed in to the Partnership meeting where decisions about funding for projects are taken by your local councillors. YOU can influence those decisions and help to make the things you want to happen in your neighbourhood become reality.

You can find details of when and where your Forum meetings take place on the Council website. In Shirehampton SCAF, the Shire Community Action Forum, acts as the Neighbourhood Forum. Any Shire resident is welcome to attend. SCAF’s next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd May, 7-9pm in Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road. Will YOU be there?

Woodwell Lane Shirehampton, has a problem with dog poo bags being dumped on the grass verge, on the top of bins and even in trees. We would remind all dog walkers to take your bags home! Fairies do not live in Woodwell road, it is not going to magically disappear.

Nature Notes

I had an impulsive moment a couple of weeks ago, and decided to email Shire’s’ photographer Bob Pitchford to ask if he might like to get some shots of the herons at Ham Green.

Photo by Bob Pitchford.

Lucky for me he was waiting for some paint to dry, (as I recall he said he was watching paint dry. Seriously!) After I’d given him the location I waited expectantly for the results! Well dear readers, I was not disappointed! These fascinating birds are beautiful when seen in detail, and so interesting to observe at this time of year. Thanks Bob!

I’m pleased to report that a pair of sparrows are nesting in the box to the front of our house where the goldfinches feed, and there has been some interest in the box on our cherry tree too. Long tailed tits, blue tits and the occasional great tit are also coming into the garden mainly feeding on the peanuts and fatballs. They have to scarper quite a bit as the magpies are also building up their strength for the busy time ahead!

Yesterday I watched a prolonged skirmish between a kestrel and a crow right above my head, and of course the crow succeeded in chasing the much smaller falcon far into the distance! The buzzards are also back in the area. I heard the unmistakable cry long before I spotted it. Plenty then for us to enjoy. Let’s hope some baby herons to admire before too long!

Happy nature watching,

Bobbie Perkins.

A big thank you to the residents of Shirehampton

My family and I grew up in Shirehampton - earlier this year my nephew (Charlie Thompson) who is 18 was diagnosed with cancer. At first it was thought he had bone cancer but luckily (if you can ever be lucky with a cancer diagnosis!) he was later told it was blood cancer (Lymphoma B Cell)....he has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The good news is that he is in remission and hopefully will be free of this hideous disease soon.

Also to add to this cancer heartbreak story - my sister (Charlie’s mum) had breast cancer 2yrs prior and had to have a mastectomy. My sister is now fine but as you can imagine she has had a pretty hard time of it......

However the above is not the story - the story is about the community of Shirehampton and how they have helped....

My sister manages a Hair Salon in Shirehampton and all of her customers have been such a great support to her and Charlie - allowing her to take the time off to attend hospital appointments, bringing in sweets and treats for Charlie.

Before Christmas 2015 we hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning - where the customers and local businesses donated cakes and raffle prizes which helped us raise a massive £1000 for this amazing cancer charity.

Another amazing charity we support is the Teenage Cancer Trust - and the Factory Store allowed us to host a charity event on 3rd December 2015. Charlie worked part time at the factory store prior to his diagnosis.

The Factory Store were very supportive of this charity endeavor - where another raffle was held (prizes once again donated from the local Shire businesses), alongside face painting and the selling of Christmas Cakes. We managed to raise another £500

We would really like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the local people and businesses of Shirehampton in the generous support they have shown.

This great community has and continues to be wonderfully supportive and generous and everyone - customers, people on the street, and the local businesses should be incredibly proud of what they have already achieved and of what they continue to do and support!!

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

With the new bowling season drawing ever nearer and preparation for it in full swing there was the chance for both bowling and a fun evening over the week-end March 5th and 6th.


On Saturday 5th City and Port of Bristol played the last of three friendly indoor games at the City and County Indoor Arena, this time against Canford Bowling Club. The two hour long game was played on five rinks. It was both enjoyable and closely contested, ending in a narrow win for Canford, 68 shots to 66. These indoor games bring people together and provide the opportunity for those who usually bowl only on grass to try the very different indoor surface.

On Sunday 6th there was an evening of New Age Kurling, Quoits, Table Skittles and Indoor Putting at the City and Port of Bristol Social Club. More than thirty bowlers, family and friends came along to join in with the fun organised by Gill Hinksman with support from Dee and Brian Crawley. Points were scored for each activity and the winner at the end of a very enjoyable evening was Trevor Scanlon.


The next and final social event for this close season will be on Sunday April 3rd when Skittles and a Beetle Drive make a return.

The first game of the new season is on Wednesday April 13th at Wrington on an all- weather green, which the host club play on all year round. Following the opening fixture there will be mixed (ladies and gentlemen) games most Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until late September.

Once the season has started there will be Tuesday evening sessions for anyone who would like to come and try bowling. All equipment is supplied and there will be experienced bowlers on hand to give help and advice. There is no charge and three sessions are allowed before making a decision about joining or not. So ---- why not come to the green, in Nibley Road , Shirehampton and give it a try. Bowling is a healthy outdoor game which, lots of fun and it offers the opportunity to meet new people.

Shire Christmas Illuminations

Shire Christmas Illuminations is the new community charity set up to make sure that Shirehampton village is brightly lit each Christmas. This replaces the outgoing committee who we would like to thank for doing such a fantastic job for many years.

The charity have started planning for Christmas 2016 and plans include a large Christmas tree on the village green. In order to meet the costs of lighting up the village we will be fundraising and asking for donations, so if you are a business that would like to donate or a tradesman that can help with advice or practical support in putting trees up, electrical lights, and so on, please get in touch.

We are also trying to get in touch with members of the old committee as we need some information about the equipment and arrangements in previous years. If you were part of this committee or know who could help please get in touch.

The Shire Christmas Illuminations committee meet monthly and welcomes anyone who wants to attend. The committee will next meet at 7pm on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at The Lamplighters Pub.

Botany in Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

As I write in early March it is still damp and cold here and for field botany in the preceding month I had to resort to the beautiful island of Malta.

Several of the warmth-loving plants found in the Shirehampton area are more plentiful in the Mediterranean and so for example I saw the Compact Brome-grass under my hotel balcony. One of the classic rare plants of the Avon Gorge known since 1773, it is now spreading and occurs in Shirehampton on the verge where the M5 exit meets the Portway and on Park Road.

Reading the column by the Kings Weston Action Group in the last issue about their scrub clearances in Penpole Wood I see that they recognised that some folks were concerned about the “loss of familiar thickets”. I fully support KWAGs position. Ecological succession tends to lead to unmanaged open ground becoming secondary woodland and it is the alien invasive species that tend to take over, and the historical landscape becomes degraded and mundane.

As can be seen in old prints and paintings (one appeared on the front page of the Shire a year ago) Penpole Point used to be a windswept open promontory above estuarine saltmarshes and meadows. It was a place well-known to botanists in the Victorian period for the special plants that grow in such areas. The closest local parallel today is at Sand Point though that has extra-special plants of the Mendips as well.

Plants that have been lost from Penpole Point include Sea and Musk Stork’s-bills, a couple of annual clovers, Fiddle Dock, and Fine-leaved Sandwort. All are characteristic of dry open rocky limestone grassland. Two plants also associated with (or benefitting from) quarrying have also gone, the White Horehound, and the Bristol Rock-cress which used to grow at the top of the quarry at Penpole Point, its only British site outside the Avon Gorge. In the absence of traditional management practices, active intervention is often essential to conserve or recover the cultural landscape.

Shire Community Grants

We received a large number of applications for grants this year, covering diverse activities and age groups. It was a difficult decision on how to allocate limited funds appropriately. However the outcome was that the following organisations received grants after deliberation by the editorial committee: Ochards Community Garden, Penpole Luncheon Club, 178th Shirehampton Brownies, Avonmouth FC, the Dragon Club, SCAF, Avonmouth Old Boys RFC, the Pillow Lace Group, and Charity Search

  • We are pleased also to say that in the next few months the last 5 years hard copies of the paper will be properly bound as all previous years have. This keeps them in a good condition and ensures none are lost. They will be available in the library for perusal and make interesting reading.

Library Opening Hours Consultation

Following consultation, the revised opening hours for Shirehampton Library from 4th April 2016 will be:

Monday ……………… 1-5pm

Tuesday ……………… closed


Thursday……………… 10am-2pm

Friday ……………… 1-5pm

Saturday……………… 10am-2pm

Wedding Anniversary

Wedding Anniversary
Janet and Ralph Godwin celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 24th March 2016

Married at St. Edyths Church, they have lived in Sea Mills all their married life in the house in which Janet was born

Bristol Walk Fest 2016 –Walk This Way!

Its back! Bristol Walk Fest is the UK’s largest urban celebration of walking, and we’re coming to a neighbourhood near you!

From 1st – 31st May 2016, Walk Fest’s packed programme will offer you a great opportunity to explore Bristol, meet new people, learn something new and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

The programme features over 170 walks/events from over 70 organisations and covers a wide range of themes, activities and interests. This year we have many returning favourites, but also some new organisations and walks. Some of the highlights within a short distance of Shirehampton include:

Wed 4th MayBrentry and Souhtmead Countryside Circular
Sat 7th MayHistoric Kings Weston Trails
Sat 7th MayBotanical Gardens Therapeutic Walk, Stoke Bishop
Mon 9th MayMindfulness in Blaise Park
Wed 11th MayBrentry and Souhtmead Countryside Circular
Wed 11th MayAvonmouth Nature Walk
Mon 16th MayMindfulness in Blaise Park
Mon 16th MayEarly Years Story Walk, Westbury Library
Sat 21st MayBotanical Gardens Therapeutic Walk, Stoke Bishop
Tue 24th MayBlaise & Kings Weston Ramble
Sat 28th MayHistoric Kings Weston Trails
Sat 28th MayBotanical Gardens Therapeutic Walk, Stoke Bishop
Sun 29th MayBugs & Butterflies, Badock’s Wood

All walks have easy-to-follow grading and description, with most being offered free of charge. There really will be something for everyone.

We think Bristol is amazing!
It has masses of green spaces, waterways and cultural & community venues to explore. And what better way to discover them, than on foot. Connecting with other walkers and learning new things as you go. Last year, when asked what they got from being part of the festival, the largest proportion of our walkers (77%) said that they learnt new things. As Bristol is a city of learning in 2016, why not join us and discover something you never knew about your neighbourhood?
Why Walk?
Walking is a hugely sociable activity and a lot of fun. It is also a widely evidenced ‘wonder drug’ reducing the risk heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, amongst many other conditions. It improves how you feel mentally, be that enjoying the wildlife on your walk, alleviating anxiety, or helping with more serious mental health issues.
The festival launches on Thursday 28th April with a ‘Compass Walk’.
Starting mid-morning from four corners of Bristol, walkers will converge on the City Centre for a celebration and refreshments just after 5pm. Walkers can join for one or two shorter sections or an entire ‘compass’ route! Our North West route has a starting point at Shirehampton Public Hall. We’ll set off at 10:45am for a fairly easy 90 minute walk to Coombe Dingle from where the next leg will take over at 12:45pm. We’d love to see you there!

Shirehampton development plan 2016

A meeting was held in February at Shirehampton Public Hall to explore a new development plan for Shirehampton.

Gil Osman chaired the meeting which was attended by representatives from a range of local organisations. Mark Pepper explained how Lawrence Weston went about the process, which resulted in a Community Development Plan. He was enthusiastic about the way this had brought credibility, empowerment and a sense of community. Wendy Baverstock and Marianna Pafiti-Georgiou are in the process of producing a plan for Henbury and Brentry. They gave valuable advice about the process of consultation with the local community and availability of funding.

Shirehampton had a community profile prepared in 2001 that resulted in the setting up of Shirehampton Community Action Forum, which continues to do valuable work in the community. The demographic of the local residents is changing and the local businesses are very different since the last report. So Gil is proposing that a new survey should be carried out with a view to producing a community development plan to take Shirehampton forward.

He intends to set up a steering committee to start the process of applying for funding to carry out a survey of the needs of our community.

Quiz Time With LinkAge

It was quiz time again with LinkAge organising another fundraising event for the Shirehampton Hub.


On the 3rd March five teams battled it out for a mountain of chocolate and the wooden spoon. I’m not even sure which took pride of place judging by the fun being had by the various teams. With six rounds in contention on subjects such as sport, films, famous people and Bristol there was plenty of discussion going on, along with pained expressions and light bulb moments. As with any quiz there has to be a winner and a loser.

The Walkie Talkies won the quiz with John Morris saying “It was good to exercise the old grey cells and meet up with some new people but I cannot believe my team mates out voted me on the Batman answer. I told them it was George Clooney!”

Once again the coveted No Hopers won the Wooden Spoon for a second time running and a plan of action is now being put in place for the hatrick.

“We are proud to be the winners again of the wooden spoon” said team member Monica Simons.

With raffle tickets bought, prizes given out, tea, coffee and cake drunk and eaten it turned out to be a highly enjoyable afternoon.

In addition to £116 being raised for the Shirehampton LinkAge Hub. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Doctor Hine Retires


Dr. Iain Hine qualified as a Doctor in 1979. He made his way to Shirehampton and joined the Group Practice in 1987.

“I come from a family of Doctors. My father and my uncle were both GPs. I’ve got an identical twin who went to medical school and he eventually went into radiology. I did hospital medicine for about 5 years. I spent 4 years on medical specialities such as rheumatology, general medicine, renal medicine and got up to medical registrar level. I was running out-patient clinics on my own and that was quite useful. I did the clinic work one day a week. I was covering the wards most of the time. In those days you were doing one in twos or one in threes. which meant you worked every day and did one in every third night”. Said Dr Hine

I asked him if this was this his GP first practice? “I got a training job for a year in a Practice in Poole, Dorset mainly because that is where my wife had got a job at the time. I also did a few months of psychiatry whilst there. We’d met in Exeter when I was a Junior Doctor, we then went to Cardiff. Then my wife Chris got a Training Job in Public Health in Bristol and we stayed. It was through a friend who knew Dr Taylor that I found he needed a Locum to cover his post for six months whilst he he was away. I was already doing locum work in South Bristol for a year. At the end of the six months I’d been appointed as a partner and worked part-time for a couple years and when Dr Bush and Dr Andrews retired I became full time”.

What was Dr Hine going to miss about the Group Practice? “Well, like a lot of jobs it’s the team that you’re working with, the most important part in a way, they are fantastic, you know some of us have been together for 25 years. The patients too, of course, in fact it’s an enjoyable place to be doing medicine”. he said

With Dr Hine celebrating his birthday and retiring the end the January I ask what his plans are for retirement? “Pipe. slippers, hat (starts smiling). I’ve got a few different hats I can wear. No, not really.

As a sort of retirement adventure we’ve planned and booked a ferry one way to Santander from Plymouth to Northern Spain and then we’re going to cycle all the way home up the west coast of France and catch the ferry back . After that I’ll do a couple weeks on a sailing trip. I’ll be playing tennis a lot more.

There is also the Bristol Cycle CCC, longer holidays, and I’m also interested in possibly learning a musical instrument. One of my retirement gifts from here is a couple books on European History. There is a part of me that needs to something partially academic”.

So would Dr Hine be back visiting Shirehampton anytime in the future? “Having said I will be retiring, I will be doing a session a week here doing what is called Occupational Medical Work Place Medicals, which we’ve been doing here many years anyway. So if you spot me in the building you won’t be seeing things. You may just see me cycling through Shire from time to time on the cycle route that goes to Portishead”. said Dr Hine

Evergreen day trip

The first Evergreens Day Trip for 2016 will be on Tuesday 10th May to Swindon Shopping Outlet. We will be leaving Shirehampton Public Hall at 10:00am. Further details please contact 07749430508.

Charlotte Leslie MP visits Shirehampton

On the 4th March local MP Charlotte Leslie made a visit to Shirehampton and was taken on a whirlwind multi-cultural tour by Gil Osman and Gerry Bessell.

Charlotte met Hall Manager Amanda Parsons and several of the Trustees of Shirehampton Public Hall, learning a little about it’s history. This was followed by a visit to Play Tots and meeting some of the children and their parents and then to the library.

Next stop was the local car wash where Charlotte helped washing a car whilst chatting with the employees. A look round the Continental shop was next on the agenda checking out the Polish selection of food and meeting staff, then it was a short walk across the road to Simply Fish for a chat and some chips before finally making their way to TS Cafe for a coffee or in Charlotte’s case a hot chocolate. Overall her trip showcased how multi-cultural Shirehampton has become. Gerry Bessell, Vice Chair of Public Hall Trustees concluded “When the chips are down you can rely on Charlotte to help Shirehampton”.


What’s been happening at Shirehampton Primary School?

What a busy time year three at Shirehampton primary School are having!

We have started swimming lessons and are enjoying them greatly. Some children had never had swimming lessons before and are really gaining in water confidence and beginning to take those all-important first strokes. Others are becoming more proficient with the different strokes and are hoping to gain some distance swimming badges.

We have also been learning a lot more about our local environment through our topic ‘brilliant Bristol’. We have visited Lawrence Weston Community Farm and taken the park and ride bus into the city centre to visit the Mshed museum and the harbour side, We are learning about the history of our local area and the important role Bristol had and still has in the world.

This is also a very busy time as we put the final touches to our musical production ‘Oh What a Knight!’ It is set in the times of King Arthur and the magician Merlin. It has been a huge effort for all the actors to learn their lines and the choir to learn all the songs including some singing of the lyrics. We are looking forward to our performances to family and friends at the end of term.





We would like to invite you all to our event on

Sunday 12th June 11-4pm

At The bottom of Station Road.




Lots of fun and activities on the day!

Face painting, bouncy castles, stalls

Fancy dress competition!


~ We look forward to seeing you there. ~

World Book Day at Avonmouth CE Primary School

World Book Day at Avonmouth CE Primary School – Thursday 3rd March 2016

World Book Day
Children and staff at Avonmouth CE Primary School dressed up in some wonderful costumes to celebrate World Book Day.

Each year we like to celebrate World Book Day as it gives us another opportunity to delight and share in the Reading across the school. Our Literacy Leader Mrs Wood led a fantastic assembly where we looked at the wonderful array of costumes, had a quiz on the first lines of some of our favourite children’s books and tried to name the authors. Reading is an essential skill for life and children across our school are brilliant at Reading and relish the opportunity to share books with one another.

Growing support

Growing Support is a local organisation supporting older people and people living with dementia to enjoy the garden and stay connected with thier community. We deliver ‘social and therapeutic’ gardening activities which basically means running gardening clubs with fun, engaging activities especially designed to increase opportunities for light exercise, sensory stimulation and social interaction. Most people recognise that spending time outdoors, connecting with nature and being active in the garden makes us feel better. Studies show that regular gardening as part of a group can help people with dementia feel a renewed sense of purpose and belonging, reduce agitation and improve sleep and appetite.

Growing Support runs thriving gardening groups in care homes and community gardens across Bristol, including Humphrey Repton House which provides a home for 45 people with dementia. Local volunteers are key to a great gardening group. They provide individual support for the more difficult tasks so that everyone can take part and feel a sense of achievement at the end of the session. New volunteers are always made very welcome by the friendly team. Full training is provided.

Shed / Garage break-in

There have recently been a number of garage and shed break-ins across the northern area of the city.


  • Please ensure that all doors and windows are locked and keys removed.
  • Ensure garages/outbuildings are locked and secure.
  • Activate any alarm system.
  • Ensure any external security lighting is functioning.
  • Consider chaining large tools/equipment/bicycles together using a high security chain or cable with a padlock.
  • If possible anchor the chain to the wall or floor.
  • Remain vigilant.

Report ANYTHING suspicious to the Police. (101)

In View?

As an 84 year widow
I know that I am old,
But as it is a Leap Year –
My last attempt to be bold.

I’ve looked around for possibles,
Fellows with lean-look faces,
But sadly they are hard to find
Or lacking the required graces.

I need a cook and cleaner
And one who knows computers,
So I must make a journey –
a visit to Specsavers!

Clean for the Queen

This June mark’s the 90th birthday for Queen Elizabeth II and a campaign got underway called “Clean for the Queen”.


As the web site says “When she came to the throne litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. What better way could we show our gratitude to Her Majesty than to clean up our country?”

Many organisations across the country joined in to clean up the UK over a three day period from 4th – 6th of March to highlight the campaign. SCAF and Shire Greens put out a call for volunteers to help clean up Shirehampton Railway Station for the Saturday afternoon and true to form I found a number of people armed with purple rubbish bags and grabbers cleaning up the station. “It’s been nice to give the railway station a bit of a tidy up, getting rid of the old brown leaves, trying to cut back on some of the brambles and clear up litter dropped around the place. I like feeling part of a community effort of where I live and I’m sure our Queen would be very pleased with all our efforts.” said Ruth Morris.

We can all do our bit to keep Shirehampton litter free by using the bins provided in the area or simply taking it home to put in our own household bins. It takes little time and effort to do and we can all make a difference to keeping Shirehampton tidy.