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Tidal Festival

Shirehampton Public Hall - NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Letters to the Editor

Shirehampton Community Plan

Dr Addison Sponsored Bike Ride

St. Mary's News - November

St. Mary’s Registers - September 2016

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Ken Tucker

Nature Notes

Shire Christmas Illuminations

November Update from ‘A Forgotten Landscape’

Botany In The Shire

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club.

Avonmouth Bowling Club

Local Girl Selected for England Basketball Team

Introducing Manor Farm Football Club


Welcome back Shirehampton Post Office

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Sharon, Gary, Sandra and Zee re-open Shire' post office.

There has been one shop sorely missed in Shirehampton since April this year and that has been the local Post Office. Since it’s temporary demise due to a cash machine robbery, locals have had to use other Post Office outlets in the surrounding areas.

On 26th September 2016 Shirehampton Post Office re-opened it’s doors at 1pm with an official ceremony and the cutting of the ribbon by Sandra White B.E.M. Post Master Garry Thomas and his staff Sharon and Zee were warmly welcomed back by the local community and the Post Office was back, busy as ever and a queue out the door!

There was a lot to contend with…

I spoke to Garry soon after the shop opening. Back in April I was stunned, devastated, not only for myself, but for my business, my staff and also for the local community with what had happened. There was a lot to contend with. I persevered with the insurance companies, there were two involved and it was like trying to herd cats, very difficult people to deal with and they were sat on their hands for four months, very frustrating. There was a period when I felt like jacking it in. I was overwhelmed with the public support and the offers of help but in the long term it was an insurance job and I was having to comply with the Post Office.

I wasn’t going to bother…
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Gary cuts the cake

The shop opened with a bit of a fanfare. I wasn’t going to bother with an opening ceremony. I was going to comeback quietly and just open the door but I was encouraged otherwise and Sandra cut the ribbon for me. There was a cake too which Sandra also cut. It was good fun opening the shop the way we did even though we were still having problems with some of the equipment.

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…even though we were still having problems with some of the equipment.
It’s business as usual…

How does it feel to be back for you and your staff? Absolutely wonderful, we’re ecstatic, we’ve had nothing but people coming in and saying ‘it’s good to see you back’. I’ve missed Shirehampton and the people. It’s really brought this home to me, sort of being part of the cornerstone of the community. I’d like to thank them all for their support and their good wishes, said Garry. There is no cash point, that was a decision made very early on. It’s still the same services, bill payments, car tax, investments, saving plans etc but we’re still waiting to do passports but watch this space. It’s business as usual.

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Business as usual…

Public Hall Meeting – CANCELLED

You may be aware that a public meeting to discuss the future of the Public Hall had been arranged for 30th November.

Following a meeting of the Public Hall Trustees on 18th October it was decided that more time would be necessary to collate information before a public meeting could be held effectively to answer the public’s questions about potential changes to the building.

It is therefore with regret that the meeting on 30th November will not now take place. You will, of course, be notified of the new date/time of a future consultation.

On behalf of the Public Hall Trustees

Governor Position at Shirehampton Primary

Shirehampton Primary is looking to appoint a Co-opted governor to join the fantastic and hardworking staff and governors we currently have.

We are looking for someone from the local community who has a desire to make a difference in all childrens’ futures, a willingness to accept responsibility and an ability to work in a team, ask questions, listen and learn.

Tidal Festival

Mud, Mud glorious mud. Nothing quite like it...
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Renee clearly enjoyed herself...
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honest mum it's clean mud.
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Where do I sign?
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The printing bike
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Where has all the water gone... long time passing
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Last boat!
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Pill creek from Shirehampton ferry slipway

The Bristol Water City project mounted a Tidal Festival at the Lamplighters’ on 16th October. This project explores the way the river and its tides, have influenced our city, shaping its history and commerce.

Bristol is no longer a major port but the waters remain a major influence in our lives offering leisure and recreation, creating traffic congestion, and posing challenges as sea levels, and tide levels, rise for managing potential flooding.

The Festival brought together several community groups and projects interested in the history and ecology of the Avon and Severn. Representatives from A Forgotten Landscape,

Friends of Avon New Cut, and Friends of Lamplighters Marsh joined the Water City team led by Professor Owain Jones of Bath Spa University. He brought artists, poets and story tellers to the event. We were invited to make screen prints using river mud collected at low tide; to make flags to stream along beside the rising tide; to create stories about our riverside lives. The Arts were curated by Nova Arts.

Despite heavy rain in the afternoon Friends of Lamplighters Marsh led a walk along the river bank to see the tide streaming in before retreating to the pub for a film about tides which the project had made for primary school children. In the evening we heard sea shanties from the Barnacle Buoys from Clevedon and local songs from Pauline McDade’s ukulele band from Pill.

The event closed at high tide when models of the Bristol Pilot Cutter, made by the Bristol Loves Tides Project, were launched under a full moon onto a full tide to be carried out to sea as the tide turned.

Changes to contact arrangements for Council Tax

If you have recently moved house and need to contact Bristol City Council about a change of address, circumstances or change of tenancy, you can now get a quicker response by using our new fully automated online forms.

Last year over 60,000 people used the online forms to let us know about a change to their council tax account. If you are one of a small number of people who are still contacting us by email please visit for a quicker response. From early October the council tax team will no longer be accepting this information by email.

If you need help using our services or need access to a phone or computer to contact us, you can visit a Citizen Service Point in one of the following locations:

	Robinson House, Hockeys Lane, Fishponds, BS16 3HL
	Symes House, Peterson Square, Hartcliffe, BS13 0EE
	Central:   100 Temple Street
	100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 6AG
	Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze, 
	Lawrence Weston, BS11 0QE
	Southmead House, Greystoke Ave, 
	Southmead, BS10 6BQ

acta Community Theatre presents: Sailors’ Tales

Set in 1959 Avonmouth, based on true stories of the Merchant Navy, dockers and their families. This is being performed at Avonmouth Community Centre (8-12 November) Weekdays at 7pm and Saturday at 2.30pm - Tickets £3. For anyone who saw Gas Girls (which is returning in 2017 by popular demand) you will know how entertaining these acta productions are. You can book from or 0117 9532448.

Strawberry Tea for Breast Cancer Care

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Saturday 20th August saw a special Strawberry Tea event taking place at the Methodist Church Hall in Shirehampton. The fund raising event for Breast Cancer Care was very well attended and organised by Monica Symons with the help and support of her husband Tony and friends.

With strawberry teas proving very popular that morning there was a large selection of cakes to choose from as well, so people were spoilt for choice. There was also a raffle with the top prize being a very special cake referred to as ‘the boob cake’ donated by Jill Maggs and partner Andrew Western.

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Boob cake donated by Jill Maggs with partner Andrew Western

Monica asked Andrew and I to donate a cake for her Breast Cancer Charity tea and cakes morning for a raffle prize. Andrew used to work in a bakery and has made and decorated cakes of all descriptions for several years. Although Andrew has given up cakes and now concentrates on his paintings he was only too happy to oblige on this occasion. This particular cake was made by myself using a quick mix sponge recipe filled with strawberry jam. Andrew decorated it in pink in keeping with the Breast Cancer charity colour using a heart shaped board. This charity is dear to our hearts as we have both had cancer. I have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer several times but am now in remission. said Jill

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Jill's boobalishous cake…

For Monica the Strawberry Tea Morning was a great success and raised £305 for Breast Cancer Care. I wanted to do something positive as I had had breast cancer and so did my friend Jill so organised this coffee morning with a difference. I wish to thank all the independent shops and our main supermarket for their contribution to our raffle. Thank you to Bridget and Daphne for decorating the hall and Jill and Andrew for providing the special cake for the raffle. Thank you’s also go to those who donated the cakes, volunteers who helped out that morning, the people who came along and made their donations and my husband Tony for his support and counting up the money. said Monica.

Women’s Fellowship, Shirehampton Programme 2016/17

Nov 2nd 	Duo Mike and Ellis - Entertaining us with songs from the 50s and 60s
Nov 23rd	Christmas Decorations – with our very own Sue
Dec 8th		Christmas Meal at the Golf Club	(LUNCHTIME)
Dec 16th	Christmas Party Night – with the Old Grey Foxes – 
                Shared Supper, please bring your own drink

Jan 11th	Unwanted Christmas presents + Cheese & Wine
Jan 25th	Horse Racing Night – with Tom and Leon
Feb 8th		Skittle afternoon at PBA Club
Feb 22nd	You can choose your friends – But – Talk by Susan Marshfield
Mar 8th		National Osteoporosis Society – Talk by Janet Colley
Mar 22nd	Experiences of Swimming the Irish, English and Bristol Channels – 
                Talk by Steve Price
Apr 12th	Lovas Beads – Demonstration of jewellery making by Ann Davies
Apr 26th	A Little Kingdom (The Harman Family’s Lundy) – Talk by André Coutanche
May 10th	Afternoon Tea with Chippenham Ladies
May 24th	Harmonious Gardens – Illustration and Talk with Tim Lewis 
                and Sheila Furneaux
Jun 14th	Bingo
Jun 28th	Guide Dogs Society – Talk by Maureen Rowley
Jul 12th	AGM and Shared Supper, please bring your own drink
Jul 26th	Day Trip – To be arranged

Meetings are held at Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road – 7.30 pm to 9.30pm

Thank You . . .

Outstanding Award for Miles Morgan

Outstanding award for ‘Local Travel Agency Owner’ local travel agency boss Miles Morgan received yet another award in London last week to complete an amazing year of awards for the company, who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year.

The award was for his Outstanding Contribution to the Travel Industry over his 30 year career. The award is bestowed annually to one recipient for a lifetime of success and achievement within the travel sector.

Mr Morgan started as a junior in a travel agency in Devon before joining Bristol based firm, Bakers Dolphin, where latterly he was Sales and Marketing Manager.

From there his career took him on to running the Sales and Marketing for the UK’s largest travel company, Thomson. Whilst there he was appointed to the main board of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), helping the wider travel industry.

In 2006, he founded Miles Morgan Travel, his own travel agency chain which has enjoyed 10 years of continued growth and success. This was recognised earlier this year when the company was awarded the Best Travel Agent in the South West and South Wales 2016 at the Travel Weekly awards.

Miles Morgan said of the award I was totally amazed to receive the award, the list of previous winners is a who’s who of our industry and to be on that list is a real honour. The whole year for our company has been tremendous with not only another successful year for the business but a wealth of awards as well and this one certainly takes pride of place above them all.

He continued, Our company’s success has a lot to do with the grounding I have had within the travel industry. I have done almost every job from the bottom up and that really helps in understanding what we need to do to be successful. At the top of the list is recruiting great people and we are blessed with an amazing team of committed stars that serve our customers every day, I am a very proud boss.

Manager of the local Portishead shop, Tracey Murray said We are so pleased for Miles, his passion for the travel industry and for Miles Morgan Travel is obvious to us all and to get this award is so richly deserved. She continued To be crowned the best Travel Agent in the South West and Wales was tremendous for us all and this now just tops off a fabulous year for the company.

Shirehampton Public Hall - NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

WELCOME to another edition of the Public Hall Newsletter!

The Table Top Sale which took place on Saturday 24th September drew a small crowd, but this did not deter our sellers, and a generous sum was raised towards the upkeep of our beautiful building. Many thanks to the Trustees who organised this event and those who supported it.

The Bingo Night which also took place on Saturday 24th September was a great success, with a fun evening enjoyed by all who attended, and much needed funds raised for the Hall. Many thanks to all those who organised and those who attended. It is hoped that another bingo night will be held in the Spring, so keep your eyes peeled for the date and come along and enjoy the fun!

Another evening of fun was had by all who came along to see the wrestlers in action on Sunday 25th September. The boos and cheers could probably have been heard throughout Shirehampton! There were certainly good guys and bad guys in the ring - I’m sure the good guys won! Thank you once again to all who attended to support this event.

Coming Events

Shire Stitchers on Saturday 5th November from 10am til 4pm, for those of you who have nimble fingers!

The Stamp Fair will be here again on Saturday 19th November.

Grainger Players Christmas Show on 25th and 26th November.

So plenty to see and do during the chillier month of November - and don’t forget our regular activities! Please see our noticeboard/website/Facebook for further details.

The Hall Trustees welcome new Trustees, or anyone with an interest in starting new events, to come along and visit us. The Hall AGM will take place on Tuesday 19th July at 7.15pm in the Hall and the public is welcome to attend. Shirehampton Public Hall is now on Facebook, so please like us and follow all our up and coming events on there.

Letters to the Editor

Public Hall Façade - Ann Goslin

Dear Editor,

Upon hearing that there were intentions to alter the façade of The Public Hall, I attended the 19thJuly 2016 A.G.M. for the Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association.

I directly posed the question of this proposal and I was categorically told, in the strongest of terms, that no such plans existed. And yet, still these proposed changes to the building continue to be voiced.

Shirehampton over the years has seen the loss of many of its fine architectural buildings, and I hope this will not be another attempt to spoil such a fine building - for once it has gone it has gone forever.

Public Hall and Library - Ken Edwards

Dear Editor,

There is some talk going round Shirehampton, that there could be some reorganisation concerning the Public Hall and the Library, being looked at or planned.

I would welcome action resulting in making both of these more viable, in the shadow of cuts to funding. Any changes need to be fully discussed in the public domain. Both in the way the two organisations work together and any planned alterations to the building, that may result from any proposals.

I feel that any proposed alterations to the front aspect of the building could be detrimental to the overall balance and style of the front view of the building. Any demolition, rebuilding or additions that do not follow the existing design and materials used in the present structure, would I believe be a disaster. I also think that many local people would not wish to see the exterior changed in any way. There could of course be a need to alter the interior layout of the building, to accommodate any changes to how the Public Hall and the Library interact. The public of Shirehampton need to be fully involved in the effects any changes may bring and given full details of any alteration to how the building will be used and its structure changed.

Cafe in the Public Hall? - Christopher M. Eynon

Dear Editor,

Whispers have recently reached my ears that it is proposed to open an Internet Cafe in the Public Hall/Library building in Station Road. Has anyone produced a business plan for such an idea?

We already have a Cafe situated in The Parade and another one in the High Street opposite Ocean Estate Agents and a further one - Tasty Bite - opposite the church. St Mary’s Church also runs a daily Coffee & Tea service, morning and afternoon, for which there is no specific charge just voluntary contributions. Station Road is not on a main thoroughfare like the High Street, so are you going to attract sufficient clientele to maintain a business even if it is run using voluntary labour? Basically, I would support any idea which makes use of the Public Hall and Library and makes it viable.

My main worry, is the suggestion that the exterior of the building should be altered to accommodate this idea. I well remember the extension block, which is virtually at the base of the Clock Tower, being built in the 1950’s and how delighted I was to see the extension was built with the architecture exactly matching the rest of this beautiful Edwardian building.

Any proposal to demolish the 1950’s extension block and replace it with a structure with a more modern idiom is too horrendous to think about! Such an idea would be like a carbuncle on one of our most loved buildings in the Village! I well remember how close we came some twenty years or so ago to losing this beautiful building in favour of a Supermarket. Planners in the early 60’s were extremely foolish to agree to the demolition of the Kingsweston Estate building in favour of a Garage & Filling Station, in the High Street, which was again a beautiful Edwardian building, the loss of which destroyed part of our village atmosphere. We have lost a number of heritage buildings in Shirehampton to be replaced by faceless unimaginative concrete blocks. Also, where is the money coming from for such a proposal? What a disaster this would be if Planning Permission was granted and the money ran out before it was fully completed! Do your Cafe bit by all means, but leave the basic structure of the building well alone!

Any proposal to alter the exterior of our Public Hall/Library building will be met by me with the strongest opposition. Please don’t damage any further buildings in this Village which I have loved and enjoyed all my life as a resident of Shirehampton.

A big thank you - Jean Nurse

Dear Editor,

I was recently off work for a while and would like to thank family, friends, customers, neighbours old and new and the Dragon Club for all their kindness. Thank you for the lovely flowers, cards, phone calls and not forgetting Dawn’s cottage pie! Once again a big thank you.

Lots of love

Jean Nurse (Mrs)

Thank you for your kind donation. Ed

Shirehampton Community Plan

What is a Community Plan?

  • identifies local problems and opportunities
  • sets out an achievable and long term vision for the future
  • prepares a plan of action to achieve this vision

The views of all of the community are gathered through questionnaires or surveys & community participation/consultation events. The plan involves looking at all aspects of living and/or working in a community and usually has sections on community safety, health, traffic and transport, community facilities/buildings, housing & planning, parks and green spaces, employment and enterprise etc. It can include everything we think is relevant in Shire and we can decide what’s important to us!

Who’s doing it?

This is a partnership project of local residents, Shire Public Hall Community Association (SPHCA) Shire Community Action Forum (SCAF) and Cotswold Community Association. With support from BCC Avonmouth & Lawrence Weston Neighbourhood Partnership.

Why do a Community Plan for Shirehampton?

  • Gives the whole community the opportunity to have their say
  • It provides detailed information of what is important to our community
  • Gives a snapshot of what are the community issues that need addressing now, and provides a vision of where we would like to be in the future with a clear action plan
  • Gives Bristol City Council documented views and evidence of what residents in Shire see as important and what our community needs
  • It provides useful information and supporting evidence when making grant & funding applications and attracting investment to our community

Please can you help make it happen?

To ensure we can take the project forward to completion we need additional active involvement and support from local residents or reps from groups/organisations to join us. We have completed a draft questionnaire (which needs to be reviewed and agreed before going out to everyone in Shire).

Dr Addison Sponsored Bike Ride

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I would like to thank everyone for their good wishes on my retirement and the generous donations to my sponsored bike ride for Penny Brohn UK.

I completed the ride successfully and my legs have just about recovered! It was certainly challenging but well worth the effort and cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco was amazing. I have raised around £2,000 so thank you all.

I have enjoyed the privilege of being a GP and I have really appreciated the support I have had from staff and patients alike over the last 27years.

With thanks and best wishes to you all

Dr Jackie Addison

LinkAge Celebration Day

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Linkage held their Celebration Day for the over 55’s at the Tithe Barn in Shirehampton on Friday 7th October. It turned out to be a very busy day with the Smokey River Band providing the music and entertainment, with Laura and Hannah on hand providing tea, coffee and plenty of cake to visitors.

As with any event like this people were soon on the dance floor dancing to classic songs and various dance crazes including the flamenco and line dancing. There was plenty of chat, singing and laughter taking place. The band got very high praise and the day was over far too soon.

Laura Burchett, Community Co-ordinator for LinkAge summed up the event: What a fantastic day! It was great to have everyone together to celebrate the fantastic contributions from Older People across the four Villages. The Smokey River Band were fab at getting everyone on their feet, singing and dancing to the likes of “Lets Twist Again” to the beautiful Etta James – “At Last”. It proved a great opportunity to get everyone out of their houses, socialising with friends and new faces.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Success!

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On Friday 30th September there was a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning held at the Penpole Community Centre in Shirehampton on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Care.

There was an Arts and Crafts session taking place that day and people had the chance to make a decorative Christmas wreath from a selection of colourful materials that were on hand. There was also a bake off competition when nine bakers were judged on the various cakes that were on offer that day to eat.

The judge was former Lord Mayor of Bristol, Alderman Peter Main who admits he loves eating cake and was therefore the perfect choice. It was difficult to choose who would take the prize of a badge and the Best Baker certificate but the overall winner was Monica Symons with her fruit and pineapple cake.

Peter said the cake was absolutely delicious, as were they all, but the moisture, texture and taste with the additional pineapple ingredient gave it the edge over all the other cakes making it the outright winner.

The sum of £206 was raised and a BIG thank you goes out to everyone who attended and donated to such a good cause. Special thank you’s go to Tracy Zehtabi for her arts and craft session, Emma Tucker, David Mutton, James Rampton and mum for all their help. Many thanks also go out to our fabulous cake bakers without whom it would not have been possible, Sherralee Parton, Christina Spear, Mark Spear, Sandra White, Dave, Emma and Madeline. Last, but not least, a big thank you to the judge of the Best Baker competition, Peter Main, and thanks and congratulations to our winner Monica Symons.

St. Mary's News - November

Hi Folks!

Now the clocks have gone back winter seems to be knocking at our door. Guy Fawkes night is just around the corner so take care and have a wonderful evening without any injuries.

Well, the Rev Helen Johnson is now in post as our new Priest-in-Charge and it is a great joy to welcome her and her family to St Mary’s and to our parish of Shirehampton. If you see her in the village, or going in and out of the church, please make yourself known to her. I am sure she will wish to meet as many of you as she possibly can.

Our Confirmation Service for the Deanery is to be hold at St. Mary’s at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd November. It was due to be conducted by Bishop Mike, Bishop of Bristol, but he has another engagement on that evening and it will now be conducted by Bishop George Cassidy, at one time Vicar of St Edyth’s, Sea Mills. All are welcome to come and support the candidates in this important step forwards in their Christian faith.

It is not too late if you wish to complete a form with the name of a lost loved one to be mentioned in our prayer list at the forthcoming Memorial Service at 3pm Saturday 5th November. You can pick one up at the back of the church anytime before the service and put it in the box at the back of church or hand it in to our Lay Minister Gill Sawyer at the Church Office. Also memorial cards will be available at the service and during the following weeks, to fill in the names of past loved ones to hang on our Tree of Light over the Christmas period.

  • November 13th - Remembrance Sunday

    November 13th is Remembrance Sunday when we remember those who gave their lives in two World Wars and in more recent wars. Our service at St Mary’s commences at 10am and is fairly short. A new wreath of poppies will be placed under our Memorial Window at the west end of the church and the Roll of Honour read out before we go in procession to the War Memorial at Shirehampton Park in time for the 11am Act of Remembrance. We will be accompanied by members of the Uniformed Organisations for the Last Post and Reveille. At 6pm on the same day, in St Mary’s, we shall be holding an evening Service of Remembrance to which all are welcome, particularly those folk who were unable to pay their respects at the War Memorial earlier.

  • Saturday 26th November - Festive Food Fayre

    On Saturday 26th November we shall be holding our Festive Food Fayre in church from 10am until 12 noon. This is the time when you can purchase Christmas cakes, Dundee cakes, Christmas hampers, gift packs, festive jams, pickles etc, which are all home made! Light refreshments will be available during the time of the sale. This is always the most popular of our Fayres throughout the year, so you would be well advised to get there early if you don’t want to miss your favourite item. Normally, a queue starts to form outside the West Porch around 9.45am!

  • Sunday 27th - Advent Sunday

    Sunday 27th is Advent Sunday, when there will be a Family Service at 10am followed at 6pm by our Service of Light when all the Memorial Cards you have completed will have been attached to our Advent Tree of Light and the tree will be lit up with white lights and will remain so until the commencement of Epiphany.

Do you reckon this ever appeared in a Parish Newsheet? ‘Weight watchers will meet at 7pm on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.’ Bye for now, C.M.E

St. Mary’s Registers - September 2016

Funerals ‘At rest and at peace’

1st Rosina Hartry Canford
1st Edward Sage St Mary's
7th Don Matthews Canford
13th Kenneth Taylor Canford
13th Robert Lisle Canford
14th Reginald Gore St Mary's
28th Mary Westwood St Mary's
30th Barne Watts St Mary's

Messy Church

WELL, it’s nearly that time of year again when lists appear around the house, children try to be good, messages are left for the man in the red coat!!

Oh and yes, Shirehampton Baptist Church is doing another Messy Church!!! Why not come and join us for a couple of hours on Saturday, December 3rd at 3.00. We will be looking at the Christmas story, the real story behind the tinsel and the lights!!

There will be loads of crafty things to make and take, a story time and a song followed by a lovely meal together. Why not join us? Everybody welcome, whether you have children or not, why not come and have a lovely few hours away from the madness of the Christmas rush?

We are the church beyond the car-wash, next to the Chinese chippy in Station Road. Put the date in your diary TODAY!!!!!!

Shirehampton Methodist Church

141st Church Anniversary Sunday 20th November at 11 a.m

Rev. Patrick Stone-Hewer

Reception of new members

Ken Tucker

Formerly of Shirehampton, Ken passed peacefully away on 10th October 2016 at Bedwas, South Wales having just celebrated 52 years of marriage. Ken lived in Shire until he moved to Bedwas in 1968 with his job as a Co-op manager. Ken was married to Julia, by John Smith, at St Marys Church on 26th September 1964 where he was in the choir and youth club, and played for their cricket team, as well as playing for the Avonmouth football club.

Beloved husband of Julia, loving Father, Granddad, Great Granddad, brother and brother in-law.

Julia Tucker.

Nature Notes

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ring tailed lemur at ‘Wild Place’

I thought it would make a nice change to share an encounter of the more exotic kind! Much as I love and appreciate the marvellous wildlife on our doorsteps, I was more than a little bit thrilled to get close to this beautiful ring tailed lemur at ‘Wild Place’.

This site run by Bristol Zoo at Cribb’s Causeway is worth a visit, and thankfully, not expensive. Check it out.

Back to Shire - I have continued to notice the quiet approach of Autumn. The birdsong has all but stopped, with perhaps the occasional call of the Robin, and the frenzied chatter of my goldfinches when disturbed. I did spot both a jay and a green woodpecker near the garden recently, which was a rare treat. I have also thought how sad it is not to see some of the species we regularly saw visiting our feeders when we first came back to the Cotswold estate 16 years ago. These were green finches, chaffinches, far more great tits too. All these delightful birds were such fun to watch, and I do miss them. Hearing the latest news regarding the awful hunting of our tiny songbirds on their migrations fills me with sorrow for all our threatened wildlife. So very sad.

The foxes continue to appear for any food that may or may not be on offer, and are also quite visible in the daytime too. I have heard of sightings of one or two individuals which might be showing signs of mange, which would be terrible if it spread. Let’s hope not.

In my September ‘Nature Notes’ I said that we took another hedgehog to Secret World on Aug 4th. It was picked up at lunchtime scuttling down the pavement. As a very young hoglet, and being out at midday, it was the only option.

Happily, on Monday 10th Oct, a lovely lady called Laura rang me to arrange for this baby to come back to where she was born. On Wednesday 12th, this sweet creature, now affectionately named Hetty, by friend and neighbour, and indeed the ‘first responder’ Bridget, arrived. We didn’t recognise her straight away, you see the hoglet we left at Secret World was weighed on arrival there, and tipped the scales at 128gms. She came back to us at a resounding 700gms!! How’s that for love and caring! Hats off to these amazing rescuers. They are superb in what they do, day in and day out. I hope to support Hetty for now, until it’s time for her to seek somewhere to hibernate. Everything now crossed that she continues to have a good life back here on the Cotswold.

That’s it for now. Happy nature watching,

Bobbie Perkin

Shire Christmas Illuminations

Thank you to all local businesses, organisations, groups and residents that have helped us raise money so far this year to light up Shirehampton Village this Christmas. All of your efforts are very much appreciated and we are overwhelmed by the amount of support we have.

We have raised a substantial amount so far, but still need more money to make the improvements we would like to make, including lighting up the Shirehampton Village Green which will serve the village for years to come.

We are looking for businesses to sponsor our plans for the Green, so if this is something you would be interested in please contact us for details at Alternatively, if you or a business you know would like to make a contribution please contact us.

This year we will put the Christmas trees above the shops on the weekend of 26 and 27 November 2016. If you are a resident or business that has one of these trees please allow us access at this time or contact us to let us know when a more suitable time might be.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us dress and put up the trees on these dates, including a qualified electrician to oversee what we are doing. If you are interested in helping please contact us or come along to our meeting on Thursday 17 November at 7:45pm at The Little Teapot. This meeting is open to everyone so if you would like to come along and find out what we’re doing and see how you can help please do.

November Update from ‘A Forgotten Landscape’

The autumn is a great time to get involved in conserving, restoring, and exploring your local natural and cultural heritage – learn something new about wildlife or your community’s past. Take up one of our great volunteer opportunities or join in one of our events – all free!

Coming Home to Roost volunteer high tide bird roost monitors

Love birds? Like being outdoors (in all weathers)? We are looking for 10 new people to join our existing team of volunteer high tide roost monitors. As a key part of our Coming Home to Roost project, we need people to survey birds at set points (high tide roosts) along the River Severn. If you have a spare couple of hours once a month and like being out and about along the river then we would love to hear from you.

You must be able to attend our free 2-day training on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November. The training will enable you to identify the species that you are most likely to see and complete our survey form.

  • Tuesday 1st November, 7:30pm - Finding a Voice in A Forgotten Land/Seascape, a talk by Phil Owen

    Oak Room at Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Bristol BS11
    Phil Owen is a writer and singer based in Bristol. In this fascinating, wide-ranging and thought-provoking talk, he’ll present new work exploring the idea of the Severn Estuary as a language contact-zone between England and Wales.

  • Littleton Apple Day Sat 5 November, 1 – 7

    The orchard behind the White Hart, Littleton on Severn
    Come celebrate apples and orchards at our apple day in Littleton. Bring your own apples for pressing in the cider club’s 150-year-old traditional press! Take part in apple arts and crafts! Singing with the Barley Rye Choir and Morris Dancing with Pigsty Morris! Learn more about apples, orchards and the fascinating role they’ve played in our heritage and their importance as a habitat for loads of plants and creatures. Apple pressing and activities from 1:00, BBQ and cider tent from 4:00. Bonfire at 6:00 with fireworks at 7:00!

  • Traditional Cider-Making

    Saturday 13 OR Sunday 14 November, Littleton on Severn
    Interested in learning how to make apples into cider? Learn alongside the Littleton Lifesavers, who have for many years been making cider using traditional equipment. From picking to sipping, all will be explained. Choose from one of two day-long workshops. Spaces are limited.

Botany In The Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone is a line Joni Mitchell famously sang in a protest song of the early 1970s mourning environmental loss.

Back in 1854, a Bristol physician, Edward Horace Swete published his Flora Bristoliensis containing records of his own and collected in from his contemporaries and predecessors. Over 800 species were recorded within a radius of five miles from the centre of Bristol, although many were too common to be worth a list of localities. 52 species seem to have been reliably recorded for Shirehampton, 15 of them without precise location or habitat. Of the total, less than half (25) can now be found, and several of those undoubtedly died out but returned in the recent spread of salt-loving plants along roadsides.

What happened for half of the plants thought to be of sufficient interest to be noted over 160 years ago to have disappeared? Habitat loss is the short answer. To the exclusion of more delicate plants Reedmace now dominates an area between the Lamplighters Marsh reserve and housing, and all visible riverside ditches are filled in, or overarched with Blackthorn and other scrub. Industrialisation and river traffic have affected the saltmarshes and the grazing meadows themselves were abandoned long ago. Penpole Point, famous enough for the plants of dry rocky limestone grassland to be the destination of an excursion of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1836, became surrounded by scrub and woodland, allowing rank grasses to grow and out-compete the more delicate species .

Joni Mitchell’s song continued, They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum. In a strange way, a Flora like Swete’s is a museum of trees and other plants, because we can use it as a snapshot and look back into the past. Indeed, an update of the more recent Flora of the Bristol Region published in 2000 is now being planned and should be a record of the plants currently growing wild as well as a memorial to those which no longer occur.

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club.

Spinning the coin ahead of the Novice Final.

Arriving back from a very enjoyable tour of East Sussex, the bowlers of City and Port of Bristol were very soon back in action, with the Club Finals and Jack Ashton Triples days taking place between September 10th and 13th.

With the welcome return of ladies competitions this season finals were played over two days --- Saturday and Tuesday.

The end of the mens singles final.

Some very close and keenly contested games were once again a feature of finals days. None more so than the Men’s Pairs Final in which Trevor Scanlon and Ken Davies came from behind to beat John Conroy and Ray Brocklesby by 20 shots to 19. John was involved in another close encounter in the Men’s Singles --- but this time coming out on top, beating previous winner Charlie Maby 21-19 to become Men’s Club Champion for the first time.

There was another first in the Ladies Singles when Dee Crawley beat Dawn Evans 21-10 to become Ladies Club Champion.

Tervor Scanlon and Michael Price before the Sid Holmes Handicap Final

The youngest competitor this year was Michael Price and he played very well to push Trevor Scanlon all the way in the Sid Holmes Handicap final. Trevor came out on top eventually by 23 shots to 18 but it was a very hard fought victory.

Other finals winners were ---- Dawn Evans and Ray Cook in the Ladies Pairs, Phil Cormack in the Bill Deakin Novice, Trevor Scanlon and Dawn Evans in the Mixed Pairs, Bill Hatherall in the Two Wood Singles and Gill Hinksman in the Ladies Two Wood Singles.

The Club Cup final, played on a separate day was once again won by the Marvels who beat A.N. Other in a well contested game. Exiles were winners of the Club League with A.N.Other being runners up.

The Jack Ashton Triples in which teams of three are drawn out of the hat and compete over a number of ends and sets against each other. This years winning trio were --- Bill Hatherall, David Hinksman and Matthew Price ---- closely followed by Ken Davies, David Garrod and Bill Cook.

Trophies will be presented at the Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening which this year is on Friday 25th November at Shirehampton Golf Club.

Presidents Day

Presidents Day - the assembled company.
The spider on Presidents Day.

Presidents Day --- on September 18th was opened by Club President David Hinksman and started with a spider --- always good fun with bowlers spread around the green and all bowling one wood at the Jack in the middle. Nearest wood to the Jack is the winner and this years winning wood belonged to David Garrod.

Ladies v Gents on Presidents Day.

There followed a game of 18 ends between Ladies and Gentlemen. Lots of friendly banter, wicks and measures for shot later ---- the gentlemen were victorious. But --- the main thing as always was to have some fun and the 15 bowlers who came and took part had an enjoyable afternoon in the sun. The day concluded with a barbeque --- Bill Cook was this years barbeque chef and he produced a feast suitable for the presidential occasion.

The barbeque on Presidents Day, Bill Cook presides over his sausages.

Avonmouth Bowling Club

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Yet again we are at the end of another season of bowls. It has been a very mixed year of weather resulting in cancellations.

Also some clubs were unable to get 4, 5 or 6 rinks to play our friendlies. We were very proud to be chosen to hold the County Finals on the 11th and the 12th of September. Many thanks to our greenkeeper, John Swift. This year we lost Albert Vincent who, along with his older brother David, joined the club in 1976 when it was on the other side of the main road.

At that time, they only had 13 members but with hard work and dedication they moved to our present position and by the early 1990’s we had over 80 members.

We are currently looking for new members for next season. Two new people joined us this year, so a big welcome to Neil and Julliette.

On the 30th September we held a very successful coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer Care. Thanks to all who made cakes and supported us. Our winter season begins in earnest with coffee mornings, kicking off every Thursday starting on the 13th October at 10:00am. Our first quiz night will be on the 29th October. Later on we will be having our presentation dinner at our own club and in December a Christmas party.

Other special nights to follow, such as cheese and wine tasting and curry hot Nite. Look out for posters!

Local Girl Selected for England Basketball Team

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Molly James, 14, from Shirehampton has recently been selected to play Basketball for England at Under 15/16 level.

Molly a former Shirehampton School pupil who now attends Abbeywood Community School was selected into the squad after representing the South West Region at Under 15 level at a recent National Tournament.

Molly also captained the South West Team who finished in their highest ever position of 4th out of the 11 competing regions. The SW girls lost to eventual winners the East in a Semi final encounter. Molly plays her Basketball at Club level for Bristol Storm Basketball Club playing in the National League Under 16 and 18 teams. She also trains with the club’s Division I Women’s team. Over the Summer months Molly and her Regional Team mates competed in the Czech Republic and Poland in preparation for the tournament playing teams from 15 different nations.

She hopes now to fulfil her dream of playing international Basketball and to compete for Great Britain next summer and beyond.

Introducing Manor Farm Football Club

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Photo by Bob Pitchford

I’m sure many residents of Shirehampton have travelled either by team bus or car past the idyllic football ground upon the banks of the River Avon alongside the Portway. Aptly named The Creek it is situated on the site of a Roman port and is home to one of Bristol’s most progressive football clubs, Bristol Manor Farm FC.

Currently a member team of the Toolstation Western League, Bristol Manor Farm FC have stated their intent to reach the Southern League for the first time in their history, a prize that is earnestly being pursued after agonisingly missing out on promotion by one place only for the past three consecutive years. Home attendances have trebled in recent times to an average of 100-120 and that is due in main to the warm welcome every newcomer experiences at the club and also the scintillating, attacking football that is produced week in, week out by a very well balanced, experienced squad under the helm of manager Lee Lashenko. The squad includes ex Bristol City player Alex Russell and former Exeter City striker Dean Stamp, who last season scored an amazing 59 goals!

Last year Bristol Manor Farm FC reached the quarter finals of the FA Vase, losing to Morpeth Town who ultimately won the Vase at Wembley, beating Hereford United. In the previous round we travelled to Sunderland RCA and in a memorable final twenty minutes reversed the score of 2-1 into a stunning 3-2 victory. The elation at reaching the quarter finals upon the final whistle saw Chairman Geoff Selleck in tears and ecstatic scenes as Farm fans celebrated long into the night. Indeed a great night was had in Newcastle as the realisation of the furthest they had ever progressed in the FA Vase sank in!

Like any football club, finance plays a huge part and attendances are vital to sustain a club from grass roots level upwards. Many Shire residents will have heard of us and passed us by, probably thinking I must take in a game there sometime Well please make sure that sometime becomes this season, 2016/17, as it could be argued this is the most important season in the club’s history. If we are successful and promotion is achieved we will almost certainly double our home attendances in the Southern League with the enticement of playing local rivals such as Mangotsfield United, Yate Town and Taunton Town to name a few.

For the superb price of £6 entrance fee fans are guaranteed to be entertained. Half price admission is on offer for all Bristol City and Bristol Rovers season ticket holders and to anyone who uses the train to Sea Mills Station (on production of their train ticket). OAPs £3 and children free.

There are many commercial deals on offer, too, including match day mascot, receiving also an autographed football at £25 and many family and business deals at fantastic prices.