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Shire Christmas Illuminations Shine Bright

Bingo, Fundraising and Norman Sims

Kings Weston junior parkrun Local Success Story

Shirehampton Model Railway Club with Tony Davis

Brian Dunn and the Salvation Army

Penpole Lunch Club Celebrate Christmas

Coronation Street Party 1953

Botany in the Shire

Nature Notes…

Update from A Forgotten Landscape

Reception Classes at Shirehampton Primary

Shirehampton Public Hall - January Newsletter

Letters to the Editor

Avonmouth FC: The Reunion

St. Andrew Ladies Club

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Avonmouth Bowls Club

Shirehampton Line Dance Class - Formerly LinkAge line dance class

Filming Friends …

Cotswold Community Association

Police Appeal for Shirehampton Witnesses

Golf Course - extra 15 holes

CCTV images released in Shirehampton burglary inquiry

Valerie and Norman Clark's 60th wedding anniversary 22nd Dec 2016

Coronation Street Party 1953

St. Mary's News - December

St. Mary’s Registers - November 2016

News from St Andrew's Church, Avonmouth

Joyce Wicking (28/07/1939 26/10/2016)

Les Foster (29/01/1945 26/10/2016)

Annual United Covenant Service

Volunteers Required at St Peter's Hospice

Shire Christmas Illuminations Shine Bright

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"Merry Christmas"… especially to all they turkeys!

You may have noticed that Shirehampton High Street is shining brighter than ever with the ever increasing illuminations that have been put up by Shire Christmas Illuminations. They also held a thank you event on 3rd December.

The High Street looks fabulous especially with the addition of the Christmas lights on The Green but I asked Keren how much work goes into getting this organised and getting the decorations put up? "A lot of work goes into providing the village with Christmas lighting. The committee have met at least once a month since February and put a lot of time and effort into setting this up, finding out what was needed, raising money, making arrangements and putting the equipment in place.

The committee is made up of normal everyday people who have jobs, young families and carer responsibilities and work hard on the lights on top of those."

"With the help of volunteers we put up the light displays and trees over two weekends in approximately four days. That doesn't include the time to get and sorting out the equipment needed, testing lights, communicating with local businesses and residents affected and checking and correcting things. Organising the lighting for the trees on the Green had its own share of challenges but we are really happy with the results and thank Bristol City Council for their help and support in achieving this." Said Keren.

Next year…

So what will Shire Christmas Illuminations hope to achieve for next year? We are hoping to make some improvements to the electrical arrangements for the displays, as they currently rely on being able to plug them in through property windows. We would also like to improve and expand the lights to make them bigger and brighter. But in order to achieve this we need more volunteers to help us fundraise throughout the year and help put up and take down the displays near Christmas.

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Keren Rice, Chair of the group said "We wanted to hold a 'thank you' event to celebrate what we achieved this year and to show our appreciation to the local community and businesses that have supported us. The success of Shire Christmas Illuminations depends on them, we rely on them to help us achieve our goals and have been overwhelmed by the support we have received. We also feel it is important to support them and we have tried to do this by using local businesses where we can."

Their 'thank you' event was a great success, Father Christmas was handing out sweets to the children with the help of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, there was Christmas singing by the local school choirs, a raffle and refreshments and mince pies were handed out.

Thank you!

Thank you's go to the local community, local business, volunteers, Shirehampton Primary School Choir, Oasis Academy Brightstowe Choir, Avonmouth and Kingsweston Neighbourhood Partnership, SCAF and Bristol City Council.

Bingo, Fundraising and Norman Sims

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For over twenty years Norman Sims has been on the Public Hall Committee and at 89 years old he is their oldest member. "I'm still young in heart and I've got my heart beating". he said

Norman does a lot of fundraising for the Public Hall and that included the recent Bingo fundraiser held with over £100 being raised to help keep the venue running.

involves people coming along and meeting other people…

I did wonder if bingo was a favourite game for Norman? Yes it is and it's because it involves people coming along and meeting other people. The comradeship and the talk, get to know one another. It is a social evening and it's open for all ages. Families come along and enjoy an evening out.

"There is the Evergreens bingo which is held on the Friday afternoon from two o'clock and costs £1.50 and the night time bingo is at seven o'clock and costs £3.50" said Norman

When the Public Hall celebrated it's one hundredth anniversary Norman arranged for medallions to be made and little wallets to commemorate the occasion but Norman is a busy man and involved in other activities I arrange day trips with the Evergreens and also holidays. Last year we went to Eastbourne, next year we are going to the Pembrokeshire coast and I'm arranging day trips for next year too. We've already had a trip to Weston-Super-Mare. I wanted to stay in bed and breakfast but nobody would stay with me! said Norman laughing. We've been to Abergavenny market, had our Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak in Wotton-Under-Edge and then we've got the Pantomime at Stroud Theatre in Street to look forward to.

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It's the feedback from the people…

I ask Norman what his secret is, where he gets all his energy from and be so involved in the community? It's the feedback from the people saying thank you and to see their smiling faces, that's worth everything rather than these artificial awards. It's talking to people. They are all friends and it's making them happy. It's reward enough for me. Happiness as Ken Dodd said. I thank the Lord that I've been blessed with more than my share of happiness. That's the secret. said Norman.

Kings Weston junior parkrun Local Success Story

Junior parkrun is a weekly 2k running event for young people aged from 4-14yrs. It is completely free and is organised by local volunteers.

In early 2015 the idea to host one of these at Kings Weston was put forward by a small team of local runners and the agreement of Bristol City Council and Norman Routledge at Kings Weston House was quickly secured. It took a little while longer to obtain the money needed to co-fund the event with parkrun. All went well with good support from Westbury Harriers the local running club and the event was launched on Sunday 23 August 2015.

Children have now run at Kings Weston every Sunday morning since that initial run. It is at 10am every week with participants running for free and then being able to access their times through the parkrun on-line results system. The youngsters earn wristbands for participation after 11, 23 and 50 runs. These are usually presented before the run on the following week and again are completely free. Over 100 wristbands have been awarded at our event since it started indicating how much the children enjoying participating in this non-competitive, family friendly Sunday morning outing.

Christmas Day this year will be the first Sunday since last August that no run will be held but it will then carry on after the New Year as usual, every Sunday morning at 10am.

All local youngsters are free to attend and the team are always looking for volunteers to help with the various roles. The basic training that is needed is provided before the run starts and it will usually take less than an hour of anyone's time.

So please support the event by bringing your children along, volunteering if you can or just cheering the youngsters along if you are passing through on a Sunday morning.

Shirehampton Model Railway Club with Tony Davis

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Shirehampton Model Railway Club celebrates it's 25th Anniversary this year and special plans for this event are being kept under wraps for the time being.

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Tony Davis is the Treasurer and organiser for the club and has been a member since 2001. "I joined up to learn about model railways. I didn't know much about them at the time. My fascination was trains in general. My dad had a model railway ever since I can remember. He left me some stuff that was in the attic. I got it down and fell in love with model railways." said Tony

He told me more about the club. "We meet in our club room every Wednesday night 7pm until whenever and we discuss model railways in general, different aspects of modelling, different aspects of the real world. We have three layouts and built another 00 gauge layout. Everybody gets involved, everybody can do something and with our club none of the things we learn are kept secret as with a lot of other people. We share our knowledge. We are very welcoming to new members and we always tell them if you're just starting out, the question you want to ask might seem silly to you but to us it won't be. The age range at the moment is about 30 to 70 years but it's not a men only club, it's just we haven't had any ladies joining up really".

Regarding the membership Tony told me more. "Membership is £75 per year and that includes the knowledge you will gain and the friendships you make. We don't have anyone under the age of 18 years I'm afraid because of the cost of the certificates. We always say come for three weeks or so see if you like it, see if we like you and then approach you with membership after that. We have a Facebook page and we're on the register for Model Railway Clubs. Once a member you can bring your children or grand children along every now and again. We've had a few people bring the wives along too, it's not a problem".

Twice a year Shirehampton Model Railway Club hold exhibition days during April and October which are very popular with the public due to its relaxed atmosphere and ability to keep people interested.

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They also attend other exhibitions in places such as Monmouth, Wiltshire, Burnham and Cheltenham for example, "We won best of show at Burnham a few years ago and we won the pendant trophy in Thornbury for the scenery on the layout." said Tony

To take up a hobby such as this isn't as expensive as you may think as there is so much choice available from cheap, reasonable and dear. Even membership to Shirehampton Model Railway Club works out less than £1.50 per week.

Brian Dunn and the Salvation Army

Brian Dunn is the Sergeant Major for the Salvation Army based in Pill.

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He became a Salvation Army Soldier in 2007 and for the past few years you may have spotted him outside the Shirehampton Co-op every Saturday Morning. "Some people say we sell the War Cry but we don't. I always class it as a Ministry" said Brian

The role is purely voluntary and Brian has developed a fondness for Shirehampton. "I retired back in 2012. I worked as a Funeral Director and I volunteered to do more for the Salvation Army. We've only got two Officers, everybody else are volunteers. The uniform we supply ourselves contrary to what people may think. Everything we wear is purchased by ourselves purely for what we call the Salvation Army, the Church."

Originally I was a Welcome Sergeant. I'd welcome people into our Core as it is known, into our hall. I'd do any jobs wanting to be done around the hall and we used to go on annual collecting every year in September. I'd volunteer and take a week's holiday to do that and go round people's doors. If they wanted any collecting done on a Saturday I'd volunteer to do that as well. "I live in Horfield, I have family living in Shirehampton and I came to the Core in Pill purely through work. A lady I worked with was a Soldier there, she was also a Funeral Director. The job does get stressful and she said you need to come along to see what it's like, see what we do. After that I joined up. We take a commitment to not drink, no alcohol, no drugs and no gambling. It's our commitment to the church, to the Salvation Army.

There has always been a presence in Shirehampton and the people have always been welcoming. St. Mary's Church has always been special, I always come in here for a cup of coffee. It's not just about the money to be perfectly honest because it's the people I get to know. I don't always remember their names but it's always lovely to talk to them. A lady this morning gave me some sweets and various people pop by asking if I want a hot drink. I love coming here and get a real buzz out of it.

So how can Brian stand out in the cold for so long? "It's the people. When I'm not here, if I'm off and I forget to tell someone I'm on holiday they immediately the following week ask 'where were you?' That keeps me warm. I know it sounds strange. A lot of our role is just listening to people not just to help them, to lend an ear, we don't talk to other people about it. And we don't approach people as such. If you want to come up to me and talk to me then you are more than welcome to" said Brian.

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Penpole Lunch Club Celebrate Christmas

You'll find Christmas arrived early at the Penpole Lunch Club on 13th December.

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I've been good... honest!

The Christmas meal consisted of turkey, vegetables, potatoes and accompaniments followed by a choice of the traditional Christmas pudding or gateaux. To round off the meal there was chocolate Swiss roll, mince pies and sweets. Crackers and party items were provided by Nisbetts of Avonmouth.

Yo Ho Ho…
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The Deputy Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Chris and Sue Davies were special guests with representatives from the local police, the Co-op and Nisbetts, including Mrs Nibett and fellow colleague Zoe.

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I'll never eat all that… leave it there I'll give it a try.
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Sandra's Kitchen Elves, a big "will done!"

Diners thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas meal that was provided by Sandra White and her team of volunteers.

Coronation Street Party 1953

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Coronation Street party Dursley Road

This is a photo of the Dursley Road Coronation Street Party in 1953. Do you recognise yourself or anyone else?

From Mrs Norma Wyllie (Chivers).

Botany in the Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton Area

I used to be an accountant and auditor and we always said that proper accounts should show completeness and accuracy.

One day, perhaps, I'll draw up an account of all the wild plants of the Shirehampton area. Not just the ones that I've seen growing here but also of the ones that other people have seen. That's completeness.

Accuracy is something else. When the Bristol Naturalists' Society were thinking about writing a book about the plants and animals found near Bristol back in 1864, they made the point that all records would be acknowledged in print, but that the recorder therefore also became responsible for the accuracy of their work. The compiler also bears this responsibility.

An old friend emailed me the other day and asked what I thought was meant by the small scrambling plant with yellowish flowers described and illustrated in an old herbal of 1576 as growing on St Vincent's Rocks in the Avon Gorge. After much delving I found it amongst a list of dubious plants in the appendix of a book published in 1726. We think it might have been the Field Madder, a little weed which we see in spring on verges close to the M5. Only that it has lilac coloured flowers!

I was recently sent a spreadsheet containing thousands and thousands of more recent botanical records for checking. I looked up the plants from Lamplighters. I hadn't seen a Restharrow down there, but there were four records from 20 years ago. The problem is that there were two records for each of the two different species: Spiny Restharrow, an upright prickly little bush, and Common Restharrow, a small rounded bush the size of a molehill, which sometimes has thorns. That was what one of the recorders specifically mentioned, but the record had been incorrectly pigeonholed. That left one record for the Spiny Restharrow about which I had my doubts. However, the author of the 1912 Flora of Bristol tells us unequivocally that it then grew in the alluvial fields between Shirehampton and Avonmouth, so it probably still did until recently.

Nature Notes…

Since I began sharing my observations on the local flora and fauna around where I live, I have become aware that some people believe I am therefore very knowledgeable on lots of stuff in "nature".

Well … I would love to think that was, indeed, true! But! (and it's a biggish but), all I do is write on a subject I truly love, and just 'say what I see'.

Another friend rang me the other day to 'crow' (I use the word advisedly) about her garden visitors. Sitting in her living room with a pair of binoculars at hand, she listed the following in the space of a single half hour: Robin, Gold finch, Chaffinch, Blackcap, Sparrows, Mistletoe thrush, Dunnock, Pied wagtail, Starlings, Jackdaws, Collared doves, and, of course, Pigeons.

So tell me dear reader, is it time for me to step down do you think?!?

Happy New Year everyone, and remember our precious friends who will still come a-visiting.

Happy nature watching,
Bobbie Perkins

Update from A Forgotten Landscape

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Happy New Year! Hope you are looking forward to it as much as we are.

We're working now on putting together events and activities for next year, re-running some old favourites and trying some new things. If you have any suggestions, please do get in touch!

Do your New Year's Resolutions include looking for a new challenge? We may be able to help. We are looking for volunteers for the following projects: Oral History Collecting, Local History Research, and Lidar Interpretation.

For more information please go to www.aforgottenlandscape.org.uk/get-involved or contact Katie katie.scaife@southglos.gov.uk or 01454 863 043

Next events!

Roving Art Group upcoming sessions

Join our artist-in-residence, Deborah Aguirre Jones, in our Roving Art Group. All welcome. To book your free place for any of the sessions click here

Sunday 15 January Departing Severn Beach 10am, returning 4pm.

Art trip to see a range of public artworks in Cardiff, in anticipation of A Forgotten Landscape's commission for Severn Beach in 2017/18. Introduction and conversations about traditional and contemporary pieces.

Sunday 29 January Severn Beach village hall 10am - 3pm

Rock art; recalling personal memories, creating stories and capturing moments of personal experience in the landscape; join us to make art in this most ancient of ways with Bristol based artist Rebecca Swindell. Simple techniques to make timeless art.

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Wednesday 8 February Severn Beach village hall 10am - 3pm

Journeys in music and sound; looking at routes we have taken as well as wildlife migrations through, to and from the estuary. Join artist Kathy Hinde to transform these journeys into musical scores (then play them!) and experience the landscape differently by listening through microphones and hydrophones. Limit of 12 participants

Tuesday Talks New season!

The next season's speakers are set and booking open though we are still finalising a venue. Talks start at 7:30 and run for about an hour. They are free but you Must book at place. Please go to www.aforgottenlandscape.org.uk/get-involved/events for booking details.

Tuesday Talk 1 - "Sabrina in harness" a history of tidal power in the Severn Estuary, 7 February 2016, 7:30pm

For more than a century and half the Severn Estuary in southwest Britain - the largest estuary in the British Isles with the second highest tidal range in the world has been the subject of sustained interest in the potential for harnessing its tides for navigation, recreation and the generation of electricity. This presentation by Alexander Portch, University of Bristol, will provide an overview of the sequence of proposals for a Severn Barrage. It will also place the history of barrage schemes in a much broader context of efforts to exploit the Severn's tides stretching back many hundreds of years, including tidal mills, intertidal fishing weirs and the emblematic Severn trow. The presentation will conclude with a consideration of what the future might hold for tidal power in the Severn Estuary in light of the lessons learnt from its long and complex history.

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Tuesday Talk 2 The Old Aust Ferry, 7 March 2016, 7:30pm

This fascinating talk by Tim Ryan traces the history of the Severn Queen, the Severn King and, from 1959, the Severn Princess. These car ferries had the important role of taking vehicles across the River Severn from Beachley to Aust from 1931 to 1966 when The Queen opened the Severn Bridge, thus ending the ferries' careers.

The ferry, when the tides allowed, provided a twelve minute crossing. The alternative, when the tide was out, was a sixty mile (two and a half hour), trip around Gloucester. However, it wasn't quite as simple as that though as many, local people remember! Attendees at this talk can enter a lottery for a tour of the Severn Princess!

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Tuesday Talk 3 A Dose of Nature, 4 April 2016, 7:30pm

Can Nature improve your health? Dr Dan Bloomfield of the University of Exeter has been studying this question through his project, A Dose of Nature. Dan works in knowledge exchange - meaning that he brings research and academia together with businesses, charities and others who can use the results of research - as well as an ecologist, psychotherapist and linguist.

The project's aim is to find ways in which nature can be more actively used to help people with chronic health problems, and how the UK health system can be involved in making that happen. A lot of the focus has been on depression and anxiety, but not exclusively. One of the main findings of A Dose of Nature has been that a referral to a group that regularly goes out into nature can benefit all sorts of people, with many health, wellbeing or social problems.

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Reception Classes at Shirehampton Primary

As usual, the first two terms in Reception at Shirehampton Primary have flown by! The children have settled in to school brilliantly, learning the new routines, making new friendships and growing in confidence every day.

The children have been on a visit to Puxton Park which was very enjoyable. We saw lots of different animals and had great fun in the soft play area. The festivities have started this term and we will be visiting St. Mary's church for our Christmas service and also putting on our Nativity which this year is the 'Nursery Rhyme Nativity.'

We would like to thank all parents and carers for their support. The children have made a great start and working in partnership with parents is key to this success. We are looking forward to more new challenges after the Christmas break and another exciting term ahead.

Shirehampton Public Hall - January Newsletter

Happy New Year to everyone from the Hall Trustees and Management!

There is a wealth of fun activities available for you all to join in with at the Hall and make a fresh start in 2017! Keep fit with our dance class, with our new line dancing class or the new Tuesday morning Zumba class! This is in addition to our Thursday Zumba, so no excuses for sitting down get out there and get fit and active and have fun and make new friends at the same time! Our weekly activities are listed in the 'whats on' section of Shire.

The Public Hall is keen to enrol new members, or even new Trustees. Membership for one year is £3 per person, and entitles the member to vote at our AGM. If you are interested in becoming a member, particularly at this time when the Hall's future role with the library is a dominating issue, please email or call the Hall Manager on the number below. The opinions of the people of Shirehampton are very important to us and by becoming a member you have a stronger voice, so please join us and secure a happy future for this much needed and much loved community building.

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to all who helped - Mary Mace

Dear Editor,

This is a thank you for the two young girls with a toddler, the gentleman, and passers-by who stopped to help when I tripped on Sunday morning 30th October, and stayed with me until help arrived which took nearly two hours. Also, the staff of Kings Weston House for their help. In the fall I dislocated my right shoulder, not a good thing to do.

Family memories - David Cheeseman

Dear Editor,

I was very interested in the story of the two men from the Royal Horse Artillery who were lost after the vessel was sunk by a British submarine. Gunner Frederick Walter Cheeseman was my uncle, I believe he was my dad's older brother. I was told he was put on a hospital ship, believed to be the Warwick Castle, which was sunk by a U-boat off the coast of Portugal.

It is after all these years good to know the truth sad though it is. I still have the medals sent to my grandmother at 69 Bradley crescent, Shirehampton, in a small brown cardboard package inside is a typed message from the war office stating their regret that Gunner Cheeseman did not live to receive them. My thanks to Steve Fell for writing the article and I wonder if he would contact me via the Shire if he has any further information on the families mentioned as I have been trying to find my cousins through your magazine for several years.

Plea to dog owners - Anon

Dear Editor,

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the huge increase in the amount of dog poo around the village? As a dog owner for the last 10 years I am ashamed to see more and more thoughtless dog owners allowing their dogs to foul the pavements and just walk away and leave it. It costs £1 to buy a bag of 100 poop bags in the village and takes seconds to pick it up and deposit it in the many bins in the area. Please will ALL Dog owners tidy up after their animals and help keep Shirehampton proud.

shopworkers are people as well

Dear Editor,

I would like to wish your readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

I want to gently remind your readers to remember that shopworkers are people as well. They will be working really hard to make your shopping experience as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

A recent Usdaw survey showed that every minute of the working day another shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked. Shopworkers tell us that incidents are more frequent throughout the Christmas and New Year period when shops are busier, customers can be stressed and are more likely to take out their frustration on staff.

Talking to our members who work in retail, I know that verbal abuse cuts deep. Many will go home after a shift upset about an unpleasant incident that took place at work that day and worried that it will happen to them again.

That is why Usdaw, the shopworkers' union, is running a Respect for Shopworkers campaign, asking customers to 'Keep your Cool at Christmas'. It's a simple message, but remembering that shopworkers are working extra hard at this time and treating them with respect will mean that everyone can have a happier Christmas & New Year.

With seasons greetings.
Yours faithfully
Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw)

Avonmouth FC: The Reunion

Avonmouth Football Club has been around for almost 100 years and to try and re-connect with past members before our Centenary we will be hosting a Reunion Party on February Saturday 18th at the Club for all former players, members and associates.

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The Football Club has a long and storied history in the BS11 area dating back to 1919, but with so many players/members coming and going during that time, the Club has lost contact with Majority.

Club President Bert Marsh and Chairman Will Masters Fry would love for word to spread of this event to try and get as many of our Alumni as possible to Attend. So if you know of anyone with connections to the Club, please can you let me them know. The Event is free and there will be entertainment.

St. Andrew Ladies Club

St Andrew Ladies Club meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at St. Andrew Church Hall, Avonmouth. 7:30 9:15pm

EVENTS FOR 2017 ARE:

3rd JanBeetle
17th JanTrinity Church and Old market Tony Goring
7th FebMy life publishing BS9 Andy Frasier
21st FebElectrical appliance of a bygone age Peter Lamb
7th MarchCharity bring & buy auction
21st MarchThe Harmans family on Lundy little kingdom Andre Coutanche
4th AprilAmelia Edwards, one of Bristol's famous Victorians Veronica Bowerman
18th AprilRP Fighting Blindness, unwanted coins & used stamps Ron & Gina Prichard
2nd MayBingo for charity
6th JuneSummer Outing
20th JuneTBA
4th JulyTBA
18th JulyAGM Bring & share supper

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

The Bowling Club Annual General Meeting took place on October 25th at the City and Port of Bristol Club.

A generally successful year was reported, with around seventy friendly games being played and a Summer Tour based at Eastbourne enjoyed. The club was represented in county competitions, hosted a county game and played in both the Ladies and Gentlemen's Bristol and District Leagues. Club Competitions were boosted by the welcome return of competitions for ladies and, as a result finals were played over two days.

David Hinksman will continue as President next season, this being the second of a three year term of office. Lis Davies was re-elected as Chairperson, Heather Champion as Secretary, Bill Hatherall as Treasurer and Steve Tilly as Fixtures Secretary. Ray Cook will be captain on Wednesdays. Lis Davies will be week-end captain with Ray Brocklesby as Vice Captain. Men's League Captain will once again be Bill Hatherall. Jill Hinksman will be Ladies League and Friendly Captain.

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Saturday November 5th saw the club in indoor action at the City and County Indoor Arena. The opponents and hosts were the Bristol Indoor Bowling Club who emerged as winners over the six rinks. An enjoyable afternoons bowling was rounded off with a two course meal, a drink and the chance to share bowling stories with likeminded people.

There will be two more indoor games --- Saturday February 4th against Severnvale and on Saturday March 4th against another local club side. Indoor games provide the opportunity for predominantly outdoor bowlers to test their skills on what is a very different surface.

The first of the winters Sunday social events took place on November 6th when almost thirty bowlers and their families gathered for a very enjoyable evening of skittles. This was followed on December 4th by the annual Beetle Drive. This was attended by over thirty people and provided frustration and enjoyment in equal measure. Some of this year's players had never heard of Beetle Drive but very quickly became immersed in the game where throwing a six can be unbelievably difficult --- without one --- you cannot start. This year's Beetle Champion was Eve Williams.

The Annual Presentation Dinner was once again held at Shirehampton Park Golf Club ---- on Friday 25th November. An excellent three course meal was followed by the presentation of trophies and medals to winners and runners up. Over forty bowlers and their families enjoyed this year's event which was once more hailed a great success.

Looking forward to the early part of 2017 the Winter Bowling Break will this year be at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay, late in January. Not only indoor bowling against local and visiting teams but ample time to explore Torquay and the surrounding area --- the bus pass works wonders --- and also the chance to use the extensive facilities provided by the hotel.

Avonmouth Bowls Club

Our presentation dinner was held on the 12th November at our own club house.

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Linda Pratt did an excellent job of competition organiser and Ivor Humphries chose some lovely trophies for our winners and runners-up. The meal was prepared by Steve and his team from Bristol indoor bowls. It was very appetising and efficiently served. Well done to all of them.

you don't know what you missed girls!

The "ladies' night" on 26th November was not as busy as last year; you don't know what you missed girls! Those who came enjoyed the pampering of massages and nail painting and were all able to buy some lovely Christmas gifts, decorations, cards or scarves. The men chatted in the lounge and imbibed a drink or 2, we made £125 for the club funds.

When's the next quiz night?

Our next quiz night is on Saturday 28th January, the quiz master will be Keith Forster and starts at 7:30pm. Teams of 4 people at £2 per head with a cash prize makes for an enjoyable evening. Please let the club know if you would like to take part.

February's offering is a cheese and wine tasting on 25th February - £5 per person and a prize given to the person who gives the most expressive description of the wines that are used.

The final quiz of the winter is on March 25th - £5 per person, hot & spicy food served at half time. Those not having curry or chilli will find sausage and chips available. Our last coffee morning of the winter will be the 15th March.

Shirehampton Line Dance Class - Formerly LinkAge line dance class

Formerly LinkAge line dance class held on Tuesdays at The Tithe Barn, from
Tuesday 10th January 2017 the class will be at Shirehampton Public Hall.

It runs weekly on Tuesdays, 2-3pm and costs £4.

All adults are welcome!

There is space for those who may not be able to do more than 1 or 2 dances to watch the rest of the time, and just pay a donation rather than the full £4.

Filming Friends …

That's Friends of Lamplighter's Marsh, not the iconic American series.

Production Company Nice Biscuits whose clients include Aston Martin and Tiffany, filmed the Friends group clearing scrub in Lamplighter's Marsh Nature Reserve. The story line of the film is that you can be active at all ages and the crew spent some time filming me clearing some of the overgrowth and explaining how activities such as this has kept me mobile and fit.

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This is the first year that the Friends group known as FOLM - has been active. Working closely with Bristol City Council, FOLM have cleared scrub to encourage scarce plants and accessibility to a picnic site.

Cotswold Community Association

Christmas Party at the Cotswold Community Association

On the 13th December, the Cotswold Community Association held a Christmas Lunch for over 30 local "older" pensioners.

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They all enjoyed a wonderful Turkey Roast with all the trimmings, and Trifle, Raspberry Meringues, or Mince Pies for Dessert. Margaret Wilkins played the piano beautifully, leading hearty renditions of the favourite Carols. The event was able to take place thanks to a substantial donation from the John James Foundation, for which all were extremely grateful. It was also an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the newly refurbished hall, which looks brighter and more inviting than ever.

Afternoon Tea at Cotswold Community Centre

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A fund raising event was held at Cotswold Community Centre. Great fun was had by all and the event raised £270.

Police Appeal for Shirehampton Witnesses

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CCTV footage of three people believed to have witnessed an incident in Shirehampton is being released in an effort to identify them.

Ryan Seymour, 35, from the Southmead area of Bristol, died in hospital on Sunday (4/12) after being attacked outside The George Inn Pub on the High Street at around 5pm on Saturday, 26 November.

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T/DS Pete Walker said: This is a tragic incident in which a man has now sadly died and our first thoughts are with his family. He added: We really need the public's help in identifying those in the footage as we believe they may have witnessed the assault. All three clearly look towards the direction of the incident and we would like to speak to them to find out what they saw.

Do you recognise any of the people pictured? Were you in the area at the time it happened? Any information you can provide, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, could prove to be vital.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on bail until 27 January.

Golf Course - extra 15 holes

Recently Shirehampton Golf Club has noticed that someone or some people have taken to digging holes on the golf course which is suspected to be people doing metal detecting. It appears to be happening at night or certainly after dark as various golfers and walkers have not spotted anyone digging.

One November morning some 15 plus holes appeared in a variety of places around the course. At first they seemed to be around the perimeter but now increasingly they are in the middle of some fairways and close to the edges of some holes. Some are in the semi rough and then are not even covered back in and present a health and safety hazard for people walking around the course.

The National Trust have been advised and are also concerned as metal detecting is strictly forbidden on their land and of course the Golf Course sits on National Trust land.

If anyone has any information on this please contact the Golf Club or the Shire.

CCTV images released in Shirehampton burglary inquiry

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Avon and Somerset police are releasing two CCTV images as part of an investigation into the burglary of a vulnerable man.

The victim, aged in his 70s, was initially approached by a man offering cheap tobacco. The man subsequently visited the victim's Shirehampton home on Tuesday, 8 November where he then stole his wallet containing two debit cards. The cards were later used at the Natwest ATM in Shirehampton between 10pm and 11pm that day (8/11) and 9am and 10am the following day (9/11). A significant quantity of cash was taken.

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Investigating officer PC Mark Watkins said: "This is a disgraceful crime in which a vulnerable man has been targeted in his own home. Unfortunately the offender has been able to withdraw a large amount of cash as the victim had kept the pin numbers for his debit cards in his wallet. Sadly, this also means the bank is unable to refund the stolen money. Burglary is a priority for the Constabulary and the PCC and we will do everything we can to bring those who carry out this despicable crime to justice. We appreciate the images we're releasing do not show the person's face but I'm hoping someone might recognise the distinctive clothing they are wearing."

More details are available here - Click here.

Valerie and Norman Clark's 60th wedding anniversary 22nd Dec 2016

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Mum met dad when she was 16 years old working in a cafe in Avonmouth called Avonia.

Dad was working on the PBA railway and used to go there for his dinner. After getting married they moved to Cook Street in Avonmouth and then to Shire where they still live. They are still very much in love and say their two granddaughters keep them young. Happy 60th anniversary.

Love you always Kelly, Steve,

Elisha and Layah xx

St. Mary's News - December

Hi Folks!

I Hope you all had a very enjoyable and happy Christmas and may I take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

I am delighted to tell you that our Annual Christmas Food Fayre, back in November, was a resounding success and raised the sum of £3,133 on the day and money is still coming in regularly from the surplus goods that were not sold on the day. As I write these notes there are still a wide variety of pickles, jams and chutneys for sale at the west end of the church - so why not take a look when you next pop into the church for a cup of tea or coffee? Thank you to all you good folk who came and supported us on the day - it is your custom that makes it worthwhile and helps to pay the many bills which St Mary's is required to pay in order to keep us solvent.

We hope you all enjoyed the services over the Christmas period and it was a great delight to see so many of you here.

Our new Vicar - Helen - is settling down well into Shirehampton parish life and making herself known to as many people as she possibly can. If you haven't spoken to her yet and you see her in the village, please make yourself known. You will find she has a very warm and bubbly personality.

  • Friday, 6th January Alternative New Year's Eve Party which is at 7.30 pm

    Friday, 6th January is the first of our social events for 2017. It is the date of our Alternative New Year's Eve Party which is at 7.30 pm and will include supper followed by quizzes and fun and games. The quizzes will not be as testing as "The Chase" as seen on TV, but will still give the old brain box room for thought! Tickets for this party can be obtained from the church office price £8.00.

  • Sunday 15th January 87th Anniversary of the consecration of St Mary's

    Sunday 15th January 2017 is the 87th Anniversary of the consecration of St Mary's. It is in fact the exact date when it was consecrated by Ronald Lord Bishop of Malmesbury in 1930 and exactly 2 years before that to the very same date - 15th January 1928 - the old church was destroyed by fire. This fire was discovered by a PC Sparkes, who was on night duty, whom I am assured had nothing to do with the conflagration!!

  • Wednesday, 18th January Lunch & Beetle Drive, beginning with lunch at 1.00 pm

    On Wednesday, 18th January we shall be holding another Lunch & Beetle Drive, beginning with lunch at 1.00 pm. Tickets for this are priced £5.00. If you are a Beetle Drive fan, you will find some keen competition - so come and have an afternoon of fun!

  • Saturday, 28th January Book Fayre

    Saturday, 28th January is the date of our Book Fayre. This will be held in the church from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon. Refreshments in the form of tea, coffee & cakes will be available. Do come along and have a look you may well find that elusive book you have been looking for.

Seen on a Church Noticeboard - Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some of the older ones!

Bye for now. C.M.E.

St. Mary’s Registers - November 2016

Baptisms ’we welcome you’

27th Thomas and Alice Murray

Funerals ‘At rest and at peace’

1st Edwina Vincent Canford
4th Simon Hyde Canford
4th Shirley Managh Canford
11th Douglas Beames South Bristol
11th Joyce Wickings St. Mary's
15th Ian McLeish St. Mary's
16th Leslie Foster St. Mary's
16th Catherine Bush Canford
18th Philip Pratt Canford (Committal)
25th John Brookman Canford
25th Wolfgang Sommersschuh Von Waldburg Canford

News from St Andrew's Church, Avonmouth

The St Andrew's church team have been working hard to progress the plans to save our church building and renovate it. Our vision is to create a wonderful new, clean, light, dry and welcoming space for the whole community to enjoy.

LATEST NEWS - We have received local Council planning permission for the first phase of external works, and are currently three quarters of the way through the process to gain planning permission from the Church of England for the overall project.

Joyce Wicking (28/07/1939 26/10/2016)

On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for their wonderful thoughts, cards, messages, flowers and donations during this sad time.

Thank you to Gill Sawyer from St. Mary's church for the beautiful service.

Joyce was a wonderful wife, mum, grandmother and great grandmother. She was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Thank you all once again,

John Wicking, Helen, Phil and families.

(Thank you for the donation, Editor)

Les Foster (29/01/1945 26/10/2016)

I would like to thank friends, family and those who sent messages of sympathy after the passing of Les.

Thank you to everyone who attended his funeral.

Very best wishes, Pat

Annual United Covenant Service

Shirehampton Methodist Church will be holding their Annual United Covenant Service on Sunday 1st January 2017 at 11am with Reverend Patrick Stone-Hewer. This includes the reception of new members.

Rowland Williams

Volunteers Required at St Peter's Hospice

A local hospice charity is appealing for volunteers to help out at its shop in Shirehampton.

The St Peter's Hospice shop on the high street is looking for people able to give up a few hours a week to help the shop manager with serving customers, displaying goods and sorting donations.

No experience is necessary and volunteers can donate as much or as little time as they can.

St Peter's Hospice Shirehampton shop manager, Paige Martin, said: "We are in desperate need of new volunteers at the shop. Morning and afternoon shifts are available and even if people can only spare a couple of hours a week, every little helps in this busy shop. We get lots of generous donations from the local community, all of which needs to be sorted, steamed, priced and displayed and of course we need lovely, friendly people to help serve our loyal customers. Our volunteers are essential to keeping the hospice running and funds generated by the shops is vital, going towards caring for those with life-limiting illnesses. Volunteering not only helps out a worthwhile local cause, it's also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and try something different.

As Bristol's only adult hospice, St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter's Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.