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Heavy Goods Vehicle Parking on the Pavement at Horseshoe Bend

Shirehampton Green

Pictures from the Shire archive

Raising Funds for Shire Christmas Lights

Bristol Older People’s Forum(BOPF)

The Bristol Shiplovers Society Programm for 2017/18


St. Andrew Ladies Club

Guide Dogs' Tea Party

Blue Plaque at the Lamplighters

The happiness laboratory

September update from A Forgotten Landscape

Where have all the buildings gone?

The Methodist builder and the Methodist author

Botany in the Shire

Nature Notes…

Shirehampton Group Practice Flu Clinic

Letters to the Editor


Shire AGM

Bristol’s Clean Streets Superheroes Young superheroes launch campaign against litter

Avonmouth Bowling Club

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Free! Non Contract Boxing Classes

A Community Plan for Shirehampton "Making It Happen"

How can you help to make Shire's Community Plan Happen:

  • Make sure your neighbours and friends - everyone 12 years of age and over - has a copy and will fill it in.
  • Become a member of the steering group to help make decisions and design the development of the Plan.
  • Talk to any local group you have contact with and help members complete the survey.
  • Help to put numbers into a database so we can produce a Plan from the survey.
  • Talk about the Plan and why it is important to everyone you know!

If you want to help make the Plan happen, contact us:

By filling in your details then post or take to SCAF, at Shire Public Hall, Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 9TU

Phone us on 0117 982 9963.

Email us at:

Please put your completed Survey in the Collection Box at one of the following sites:

  • Shirehampton Library
  • Cotswold Community Association
  • Shirehampton Health Centre
  • Ocean Estate Agents

Follow us on Facebook: Shirehampton Community Plan

Look for updates and information about our journey in the Shire Newspaper as well as on local websites.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas at the local focus groups later in the year where, with your help we can finalise our Plan for the Shirehampton we want.

The future of Shirehampton is in our hands and we can help the village move forward to be a wonderful place for us all to live!

Heavy Goods Vehicle Parking on the Pavement at Horseshoe Bend

Dear all,

I was appalled and could not turn a blind eye to the HGV lorry parked on the pavement at Horseshoe bend, hence the action I took.

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I immediately called the phone number stencilled on the rear door of the lorry. I spoke to the transport manager in Kent, who totally dismissed that his driver was on the pavement and assured me that he was very experienced and totally reliable. I was simply frustrated by the total disregard to my explanation so I said I would bang on the driver’s door to wake him up as the curtains were closed. The person on the phone threatened me with the police if I woke his driver up while he was resting/ on break; he also said his driver would not be happy if I woke him.

Company backs driver...

Red rag to a bull ! I did bang hard on the door and woke the driver to give him the facts. I explained he had left the city centre and driven past proper lay-bys leaving the City outbound i.e. the one opposite the wicker whale. The driver said it was too narrow and he would have needed to park partly on the pavement. Yet he bounced over the kerb Horseshope Bend, which doesn’t make sense!

  • parking on the pavement
  • blocking access to the kissing gate for walkers along the Lamplighters marsh path
  • BT and manhole covers on the pavement that are not rated for 6 axles 16 wheels.

I explained that half a mile down the road there is a transport truck stop. It was evident that the refrigeration unit was not running as the lorry was unladen, but this would still amount to over 16 tons parked in a beauty spot, creating a major hazard for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Incidentally I was also told the driver needed a 9 hrs break by law and parked at 11.00am - 20.00hrs.

Is it illegal to park here?

What can be done about it?

  • solutions - to erect black & white plastic Churchill posts / boulders/ stones or,
  • the cheapest option, No Parking signs that would hopefully deter further lorries parking in what I believe is a place of beauty which families can continue to enjoy and sit down safely on the 5 benches.

Cheers, Wayne Harvey
(Local resident).

Shirehampton Green

Drawing by Betty Marten

WE can probably accredit this lovely space in the middle of the village to Lord de Clifford who was Lord of the Manor of Kingsweston between 1767 and 1832.

His passion was planting trees and shrubs wherever there was a convenient space, and often personally superintended operations. There was a row of elm trees on the north side of the Green but they were affected by Dutch Elm disease and had to be cut down in the 1970s.

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The Green, Shirehampton

Former houses surrounding the Green included four Georgian houses known as The Terrace, demolished March 1962. Walton House demolished in 1937 but its coach house is where the Polish shop is now. Narford House was demolished in the late 1930s. Keswick House (No 5 the Green) still exists having once been the home of Howes family butcher, but Minto House which was for a while a police station, was demolished in the late 1930s to make way for a purpose-built one. The George Inn was first built during the Georgian period and replaced by the present one in 1929. The majority of Shire’s oldest houses were nestled around the Green, High St and Pembroke Rd, and the reason for this area being settled and why it became the heart of the village was because of the water course of springs which drain from the Penpole hill down to the river. In the days before piped mains water pure drinking water was harnessed from these springs and/or wells.

wrong-doers of Shirehampton had to sit locked in position in the stocks

In the days when stocks were used to punish minor offences, the wrong-doers of Shirehampton had to sit locked in position in the stocks for a prescribed time and subjected to various indignities from local people. The village stocks were on the eastern side of the lower part of the Green beneath an ancient elm tree which became known as the ‘Stocks Tree’. It is believed this tree perished in a violent storm in the 1870s although a rumour suggests that it suffered fire damage prior to that on a Guy Fawke’s night. It was replaced in 1887 by the Wellingtonea Gigantea or Golden Jubilee Tree planted to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, that still stands today. In November 1897 Shirehampton erected the drinking fountain on the green to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond jubilee. This is a Listed Grade II memorial.

We are very lucky to still have a village green, an attractive area especially in Spring when the daffodils cheer us up. The flower beds add further colour to the area. And what would Christmas Eve be without carols on the Green!

Judy Helme

Pictures from the Shire archive

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Do you recognise anyone?

These are just two of five family photographs found in the ‘Shire’ Photograph archive. Does anyone recognise them, if so please contact or put a note in the library for Shire paper, so we can return them.

Raising Funds for Shire Christmas Lights

Hello my name is Haidee. I am a Weightwatcher Coach in Avonmouth, alongside Roma who is a Weightwatcher Coach in Shire. We took a small group of weightwatcher members on a 5k walk and raised £50 which we would like to donate to Shire Xmas Lights as I know they could put this money to good use.

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Many Thanks

Haidee Wills

Bristol Older People’s Forum(BOPF)

Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) exists to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with those in the City of Bristol who are socially and economically excluded or disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, relieving their needs and supporting their participation in society, including relief of poverty and sickness and the protection of good physical and mental health.

The future of BOPF: Our grant funding from Bristol City Council will come to an end on 31st December 2017. We thank them for funding us from our inception in 1993. We can assure you we will be around until at least March 2018 and we are working hard on applying for funding to secure our future. Our members are vulnerable older people in Bristol and number nearly 3,000. We are very conscious that they rely on and trust our work for (and with) them and for all older people. We know service providers also need to reach and listen to older people. Joining us is free to all over 55s in Bristol and members receive 3 newsletters a year (printed, unless they choose email option). If you wish to get in touch with ideas, receive a newsletter, need support or make a donation please contact us. Tel: 0117 927 9222, email:

Next Meetings:

10 Aug 2017 10:30-12:30 at Broadmead Baptist Church.
Bristol Council - Consultations on Neighbourhoods and Supporting People,

21 Sept 2017 10:30-12:30 at Broadmead Baptist Church.
Sue Mountstevens, Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner

John Family - Responding to letter in Aug. Edition

Despite never having lived in Shire and living in Devon, I really enjoy reading Shire which comes regularly down the ether; my grandfather Will John had a shop in Bradley Crescent from 1930 to about 1945/6 (I think) and loving him as I did it makes me view Shirehampton somewhat romantically.

Some years ago I made contact with a neighbour of his through your paper and we were able to exchange photos and memories very enjoyably. Many thanks, its a terrific publication.

Now I see a letter in the August edition seeking info about his second wife and would like to respond. Can I do it through you ? Or can I give my permission for you to give them my email address?

Best wishes, Hilary Sutcliffe

Congratulations to Jade Harvey

Congratulations to Jade Harvey for passing her degree with a 2.1. You worked so hard, Jade. All the family are very proud of you. We are looking forward to your graduation with cap and gown at Bath Abbey.

Well done, Jade, from your Nan, Grandad, your Mum and Dad, Courtney, Jack, Michelle, Colin, Darren, Claire, Aaron, Ben and Nan Watkins.

Thanks for donation (Ed.)

Avon (University Settlement) Community Association AGM

The AGM for A(US)CA which runs the ‘Shire Advice’ will be held on Wednesday 13th September at 7.15pm in the Tithe Barn, Shirehampton. This is a public meeting and all are welcome.

The Advice Service is based at Shirehampton Health Centre, a free by appointment service on Tuesdays 10-noon, and helps people from all age groups. We have a long-standing presence in Shirehampton so, if you want to know more about our work, the AGM is a good opportunity.

The Bristol Shiplovers Society Programm for 2017/18

The Bristol Shiplovers Society Programm for 2017/18

Talks take place at: the Wardroom, HMS Flying Fox, Royal Naval Headquarters, Winerstoke Road, Bristol BS3 2NS

Talks start at approximaely 1930 hours

2017 meeting on the following Mondays

  • Sept 11th - DVD Evening, subject - tbn
  • Sept 23rd - Swinging the Lamp - Members’ tales
  • Oct 9th - Geoff Williams - Over the Sea to Scilly
  • Oct 23rd - Tim Ryan - The Severn Princess
  • Nov 13th - Peter Davey The end of Trams in Bristol

2018 meeting on the following Mondays

  • Feb 26th - Capt. Kevin Slade The Merchant Navy Training Board
  • Mar 12th - David Verghesi, A Military Researcher’s View of the Dambuster’s Raid
  • Mar 26th - Paul Barnett Purton’s Mulberry Blueprint
  • Apr 9th - Swingin the Lamp
  • Apr 23rd - Peter Jones the Thetis Disaster
  • May 14th - Pat Shipsides The Artists view of two maritime events,

Our Dock Cottage Museum in the Cumberland Basin is open to visitors on Saturday 9th September where we have a very interesting collection of ship models and nautical artefacts to view.

Yours sincerely,

Captain Hamish Grant

Thanks for donation (Ed.)


Evergreens’ Pre Christmas Table Top Sale in aid of Public Hall Funds will be on November 25 at 10am. To 2 pm. Plenty of Christmas bargains !

To book a table, please phone 0117 9829963 or Norman on 07749430508. No messages on my phone please. Refreshments will be available.

In the evening, there will be Bingo. Doors open 6 pm. Eyes down 7 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you.


St. Andrew Ladies Club

  • September 5 Quiz - Thelma
  • September 19 Lampwork Bead Maker - Sue Webb
  • October 3 Holiday Afloat - Susan Marshfield
  • October 17 Electric Household Appliance of a Bygone Age - Peter Lamb
  • November 7 Handcraft Candles/Honey Bee Tank - Alyson
  • November 21 Hardy Wine Talk - Mr. A. Tuckwell
  • December 5 In House party - shared supper
  • December ? Christmas Dinner - TBA

Tynings Field General Volunteer Vacancy

A fortnightly two hour volunteer job mowing and weeding for a physically fit person has arisen at Tynings field - hours to suit you. Please call at 65 Woodhall Road or phone 01179090440.

Caroline Penny

Guide Dogs' Tea Party

A wonderful afternoon was had last Saturday when around 100 people came along to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Tea Party and £669 was raised.

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There were many delicious homemade cakes on offer, contributed by friends. 100 scones were also baked by a supportive cafe in Weston-super-mare. Alan Dyte, pictured, gave a very moving account of the impact having a guide dog has made to his everyday life. Well done all those who helped out, but huge thanks to Bridget and Geoff for all their hard work.

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Bobbie Perkins

Blue Plaque at the Lamplighters

On the 15th of July Bristol Morris Men were privileged to dance for the unveiling of the blue plaque at The Lamplighters, and the people of Shire were the best audience we have had in a long time!

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What do you mean "I look funny in this hat?".
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Bristol, extreem hanky drying Soc.
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We are one of several Morris sides in the Bristol area, each with their own distinctive style of presentation. We meet for practice on Thursday evenings at QEH in Jacobs Wells Road and are always pleased to welcome new men.

Mike Whitehead

Photographer Bob Pitchford on hand to capture the scene at the Lamplighters

The happiness laboratory

What is the key to happiness? Many of us wish we knew the answer !

To help us all to find our own answer to this important question, St. Mary’s will be sponsoring ‘The Happiness Laboratory’, six sessions in the Tithe Barn this autumn.

The sessions follow on DVD the progress of a group of people as they try to improve their own happiness. The expert opinions of a doctor, a psychologist and a faith leader are available to help them form their own views. The same material is available to us as we look together to find out what will work to increase our own happiness.

The topics explored include #gratitude #kindness #forgiveness #friendsandfamily #bodyandsoul and #copingstrategies. If you join in, you will also have the opportunity to meet with people on a similar adventure and to learn from each other.

Helen Johnson and Ian Bailey will lead the sessions on six Tuesdays at 7.00 to 8.30pm, beginning on 3rd October (but excluding half term week, 24th October.

The sessions are free and open to anyone, but we do need you to sign up in advance for attending all six sessions, so that we can buy the necessary personal work books for you.

September update from A Forgotten Landscape

Back to school, nights starting to draw in, digging out of jumpers, and the leaves on the trees starting to turn colour. Time to celebrate the season as we transition into mellow, fruitful Autumn.

We’re running our usual wide range of events and activities. All are FREE though you do need to book for some. And, if you’ve ever fancied lending a hand, we’d really welcome hearing from you as we could use some event volunteers.

Event volunteers

Want to help run a range of events in your local area? Interested in helping others learn more about your community’s natural or cultural heritage? Like the idea of learning how to hold your own events? Then come join our team of event volunteers. Learn useful skills you can use to run your own events!

If you’re interested or have any questions please contact Emma at or 01454 864265

Autumn events Severnside Food Festival!

Throughout October we’ll be running a series of food events to draw attention to the fantastic local produce available in the Lower Severn Vale Levels. Discover what you can forage with our wild food walks, (re)create some historic recipes in a cooking workshop, try out a local menu in a pub or café and celebrate apples with our apple days and cider training workshop! We’re lining up an amazing programme of events; keep checking our website for the latest listings.

Roving Art Group

Friday 1 September, 2-4, Severn Beach Village Hall

Are you familiar with Severn Beach or the Lower Severn Vale Levels? Do you have a favourite spot? Would you like to be part of a mini art project, contributing to a public artwork? Join us for an easy, sociable workshop. Everybody welcome. No experience necessary! To book email

Doors Open Day in Shirehampton

Saturday 9 September, 11-3, Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Rd, Bristol BS11 9TX

Join us at Shirehampton Public Hall - a fascinating Grade II listed building. Hear a live performance of ‘A Lark Ascending’ where it was first perfomed! Echoing the Doors Open Day themes of heritage and placemaking, artist (and AFL volunteer) Jennifer Gathercoal invites you to express your connection to the landscape and place through print based activities. No experience needed, just come along with your connection to Shirehampton area and enjoy the fun and revelatory experience of print! The workshop will be upstairs at the Hall. Free - just drop in.

Tuesday Talks - new series!

Our new Tuesday Talk series will be held at St Peter’s Church, Cross Hands Rd, Pilning BS35 4JB. All talks start at 7:30 and run for about an hour. FREE but you MUST book a place via our website.

Tuesday Talk 1 - The Anatomy of a Village. Tuesday 5 September 2017

Many villages in the UK have long and sometimes surprising histories, not always evident to the casual visitor. Using Littleton on Severn as an example, Lyn Carnaby will illustrate how landscape, architecture, village design, field names and trees can all used to help uncover social history, in a pattern that can be used on other sites. In the case of Littleton this will include smuggling!

Tuesday Talk 2 - Traditional salmon fishing on the River Severn Tuesday 3 October 2017

Over generations, local people evolved a range of unique methods for harvesting the resources of the River Severn. Lave net fishing is a traditional method that has been practiced for hundreds if not thousands of years. Almost exclusive to the Severn Estuary in Wales and England, lave nets are used to catch salmon. This fascinating talk by Martin Morgan includes a demonstration of how the lave net is made and used. It will also look at examples of fishing baskets once used on the Severn and will include a short film.

Tuesday Talk 3 - Digging the Toot: results from the community excavation at Oldbury-on-Severn Tuesday 7 November 2017,

How old is Oldbury Camp? It’s a question that’s been hanging over the ancient monument in Oldbury-on-Severn (locally known as ‘The Toot’) for decades. Trying to answer this question has been the main driver behind A Forgotten Landscape’s archaeology projects. Over two weeks of excavation in June, a team of volunteers recovered archaeological finds, recorded features and took scientific samples. In this talk, Manda Forster of DigVentures, the company that led the excavation, will look through the evidence we recovered during the dig and talk about how the hillfort was built, how old we think it is and what we found out about Oldbury-on-Severn along the way.

Where have all the buildings gone?

We’ve all seen what’s left of King’s Weston Roman villa - not much! At least, not above ground level. Where did the stones go?

The question applies to more recent buildings too. Much of our area was once covered by temporary wooden-framed buildings clad with iron and lined with asbestos: the Remount Depot set up during the Great War to prepare horses for the Western Front. We know that after the war at least some of the barrack huts were taken over by Bristol Corporation and rented out as desperately needed housing. Famous Bristol City and Chelsea footballer Roy Bentley was born in one. You can see a picture of the Aldworths at no. 43 in Shire for March 2007. By about 1925?8 the huts were redundant, replaced by the redbrick houses on Barrow Hill and the Portway, and all around as far as St Bernard’s Road, so they were disposed of.

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Cotswold Community Association, Woodwell Road

Did they all go for recycling, for melting down? Apparently not. At least two were moved lock, stock and barrel somewhere else. One came down near the railway bridge in Woodwell Road and became a small farmstead. It was later pressed into use as the Cotswold Community Association’s premises until it was replaced in the 1990s by the building that’s nearby now. Another was transported away as early as 1921 for £95 to become the Patchway Club Room, now better known as The Hut, in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford, and it’s still there. I know of just one more building said to have survived intact. A pair of semi-detached dwellings, numbers 7/8, was transported to Severn Beach in 1928 for the princely fee of £6, where it became St Nicholas’ church in Church Road. That lasted till 2001 when it was declared unsafe and taken down. Or so it has been said. Actually, it looked like a Tin Tabernacle or prefabricated church - its roof was steeper than those of the Remount huts in any of the pictures I’ve seen. Does anyone know the truth about this? Anyway, these are not bad lifespans for at least two buildings rushed up in a national emergency. Does anyone know whether any of the others survived intact after the council finally disposed of them in the late 1920s? The builder Robert Stride, who lived in Shirehampton, had some dismantled, and reused the timber to make bungalows and huts at Severn Beach.

Another set of temporary wartime buildings made up Filling Station no. 23 at Chittening, where mustard gas was put into shells for use on the Western Front in 1918. The Filling Station closed down at the end of the war, but the buildings lingered on. In fact one is still there, still with the distinctive rounded roof which some of them had. It’s the headquarters of Brandon Tool Hire, at 7 Worthy Road. But most of the buildings were taken down, and some of their Belfast rounded roof trusses finished up as boundary fences in Severn Beach as the resort grew.

North Patchway Hall in Gloucester Road looks suspiciously like a Chittening hut, and has similar distinctive roof trusses inside. Does anyone know whether it really was? Do let me know at

The Methodist builder and the Methodist author

In 1886 the builder Richard Cosslett junior, of Clifton, extended the Methodist church in Penpole Avenue, off Shire High Street, and added schoolrooms.

His work can prove quite hard to identify because his father was also a builder and also called Richard. The older Richard was responsible for some houses in Clifton, Redland and Westbury Park between about 1866 and 1880, and probably built the original Shire Methodist church in the 1870s, but he was retired by 1881. But much less elusive is Richard jr’s wife, Mrs Cosslett. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister and Liberal MP, Samuel Danks Waddy. As Edith Waddy, she wrote a life of John Wesley which ran to two editions (1872 and 1879), a book about English wild flowers month by month (1873), and a story-book for children called The little trowel (1875) - inspired by her future husband’s trade? - which was only published in America. She married Richard at Trinity Chapel, Redland, on 14 December 1875, and, as Mrs Cosslett, she produced another children’s book, about a family called the Cliftons: The Cliftons, and their play-hours (1878). And at least five children. They must have been tough if they ever read Mama’s last book.

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Richard was not a man to sit on his hands. He was an inventive engineer. In 1878, by which time he lived in Elgin Park in Redland, he was awarded a patent for the invention of improvements in clay, mortar, and other mills for crushing, grinding, pulverizing, and blending dry or plastic materials. Two years later he had become a brick and terra cotta manufacturer in Warmley. If you peer closely at the picture (by Martyn Fretwell) of his stamp on one of his bricks, you’ll see that his S’s are back to front - R COƧƧLETT WARMLEY GLOS. I doubt whether his literate wife would have let him get away with that if she had known. But perhaps it was an advertising gimmick.

However, things got darker. In 1891/2 Richard, builder, lime burner and contractor now of Lower Weston, Bath, appeared before Bath bankruptcy court. He claimed he had been ruined by an injunction brought against him for a nuisance caused by one of his limekilns. While in difficulty, he had conducted his business through his wife’s healthier bank account. He was declared bankrupt, but was discharged from bankruptcy in 1894, despite the court officials wondering why he wanted to be discharged so as to be able to look after his family when he had no money to do it with. We are not told what respectable Edith thought about all this. Richard got down to inventing again, applying for a patent for improvements in taps and cocks in 1905, and getting one for an improved screw-down valve in 1906. Let’s hope they were successful inventions. It would be nice to think (as I suspect) that he was the same Richard Cosslett who died in 1917 and who had prospered enough to leave £1500 to the BRI.

So this story is part of the story of Methodism in Shire, even if only a small offshoot. If anyone knows more facts about Richard Cosslett, junior, or Edith, I’d be glad to hear:

If you would like to see Mrs Cosslett’s book about Wesley: Click here

If you would like to see Mrs Cosslett’s book about flowers: Click here

You can find small gristly chunks of The Cliftons, and their play-hours at: Click here - and if you get there try searching on faults!

Richard Coates

Botany in the Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise is the motto on a small tapestry of a dandelion hanging on my kitchen wall, a recent legacy from my late Aunty Jean. I thought about this when I was walking to the Co-op the other night, watching out as I went for plants in the gutters. As well as the sort of plants you wouldn’t want in your garden (weeds, generally with inconspicuous flowers) occasionally our gutters have flowers which do find a home in the garden.

Bearing in mind most of the houses in my street have no front garden it always amazes me what a variety of gutter plants there are. Outside my own house though not flowering there is a Michaelmas Daisy, some sort of cabbage and an unknowable Amaranth, as well as weedy willow-herbs and grasses, and of course dandelions. Some of my friends cultivate dandelions but I won’t attempt to explain why here.

Across the road I recently saw the deep blue flowers of that staple of the hanging basket, Garden Lobelia, named after Matthius de L’Obel who was a 16th century herbalist who once or twice visited the Avon Gorge. There are scattered plants of Millet with their attractive mass of pendulous seeds, and for a while just off the High Street there was a Sunflower growing. Closer to the Portway, the Greater Quaking-grass occurs most years as a street weed, and a garden hybrid Tree-mallow grew for a time.

Buddleia, the Butterfly Bush, loves to root in brickwork and can be quite destructive. The attractively scented Lemon Balm regularly jumps the garden fence. When tarmac was re-laid on some of the pavements round here, it was entertaining to see which weeds (willow-herbs for example) could grow through it.

A century ago a Bristol botanist complained about a rare Comfrey which had become established on the Downs being destroyed by a road-man acting (as he said) under [idiotic] orders. Be they flowers or weeds, tidiness knows no distinction, and like the grim reaper clears all away before.

Clive Lovatt

Nature Notes…

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Bertie the Buzzard

My daughter had been keeping me informed about Bertie the buzzard for quite some time throughout June and July. ‘Get me a picture’ I begged! Of course that meant she didn’t see him for a while, or he flew off when she got close. But eventually he got so used to her out walking her dog at regular times, she was able to get some snaps!

He had taken up residence near the motorway, and was visiting the Avonmouth Football Club grounds on a regular basis. Let us hope he returns next season.

I am still feeling concerned over the absence of my gold finches. This year, for the first time since I have been feeding them, the feeder has hardly been visited since the start of the breeding season. Yesterday I didn’t see one! I keep hoping it’s just a blip, and they are elsewhere for some reason.

I rang Secret World for an update on our baby hedgehog, and he is doing really well with his foster carer! Lots of people on the Cotswold estate are doing their bit for our lovely hogs, which is so encouraging. They are such sweet, inoffensive creatures, and deserve to be protected.

Our natural world is under threat everywhere you look, so just helping in a modest way can only be a good thing.

Jeff spotted a healthy looking fox cub the other evening, so I hope the cursed mange doesn’t return any time soon. It is such a distressing thing to witness.

My families of sparrows are thriving, and keeping me busy, and just a quick thank you to the pigeons for their hard work keeping the birds’ dining room floor nicely hoovered up!

Happy nature watching all!

Bobbie Perkins.

Shirehampton Group Practice Flu Clinic

In line with Department of Health advice, we recommend that all people aged 65 or over should receive a flu jab every year.

Anyone else who is eligible (including 2, 3 and 4 year olds) will receive a letter in the post inviting them to come to the Practice.

This year’s clinics will be as follows:

  • Saturday 23rd September 2017 Shirehampton Health Centre 08:30 - 10:30
  • Friday 6th October 2017 Capel Road Branch Surgery 14:00 - 14:45
  • Saturday 14th October 2017 Shirehampton Health Centre 08:30 - 10:30
  • Friday 20th October 2017 Capel Road Branch Surgery 14:00 - 14:45

These sessions will operate first come, first served basis.

Please note that there is a free 3 hour car park behind the Health Centre off of Waverley Road

Please put these dates in your diary and calendar NOW!

Remember - If you are 65 or over you will NOT receive a letter


Letters to the Editor

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Letter to the editor - Thank you! ‐by Simon Penrose

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to write to say a huge thank you to the pupils, parents, staff and community of Shirehampton for all their support, patience and hard work over the last nine and a half years working as the Learning Mentor at Shirehampton Primary.

As a born and bred Bristolian, I had never even been to Shirehampton, apart from the odd football game, and have been struck by how warm and loving the community is to all its residents.

I have loved every minute of my time at Shirehampton Primary and have seen over 600 children leave and go on to be successful. It truly is a unique experience working in the Shire, and I wish the school and community all the best in its next journey.

Thank you so much, Simon Penrose

The John Family ‐ Chris Eynon

Dear Editor,

In response to Mrs. Julie Harrison’s enquiry about the JOHN family who lived at No 79 Dursley Road, I knew them as I live a few doors away from that address.

William JOHN came from South Wales and was a former Welsh Coal Miner, which unfortunately left him with Pneumoconiosis and he suffered quite severely from breathing difficulties. Very often he would walk down to his back garden gate to breathe in fresh air. There was a lane at the back of our houses and many a time I had a chat with him. He was always very keen to talk and would very often tell me about his experiences down the mines. I rarely saw him without his trilby hat, which covered his white hair. He ran a Private Hire business from his home address and there was a brass plate attached to his front garden fence advertising his services. William owned a green coloured Austin 16 motor car which stood outside his house when not in use.

I remember the Smith family who lived next door to me, using his services to take their family to Weymouth for their annual holidays and, on the following Saturday, he would drive back down to Weymouth and bring them home. I was unaware that his wife Lily had been married before. She was a rather stout lady in build and very often wore her hair in a bun and was pleasant to talk to.

I remember her daughter Margaret FRY,who was always known to us as Margaret JOHN. Margaret had shoulder length fair hair and I believe she wore glasses and used quite a vivid red lipstick. Margaret owned a horse, which was silver in colour. I have no idea where she kept it but often she could be seen with her horse outside her home address and all the young kids would run into their homes to find a an apple to give to him.

I have no knowledge of William and Lily living in Horseshoe Drive, Stoke Bishop, but, after he died, Lily lived for a number of years in Bradley Crescent. I also had no knowledge that she lived her latter days in Jim O’Neil house before passing away.

I hope some of this information may be of some interest to Julie Harrison in her search for her Family History.

Chris Eynon

Parking Problem ‐ Chris Eynon

Dear Editor,

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Illegal/inconsiderate parking

Since the installation of the new Zebra Crossing near the Post Office, it has solved one problem but created another!

There are hatch markings outside the former Cottage Nurseries premises and they are placed there to prevent vehicles from parking at that location and give a clear and uninterrupted view of the Zebra Crossing to vehicles coming up Woodwell Road towards the Village and vehicles coming down from the direction of Shire Green.

Regrettably, these hatch markings are being interpreted as designated parking places - which of course they are not! Designated parking spaces are all the same length, whereas these hatch markings are of varying lengths. To park on hatch markings is a road traffic offence and I have recently seen a Traffic Warden attaching Fixed Penalty Notices to the windscreens of offending vehicles. So if you want to save yourself some money, my advice is don’t park there!

As can be seen from the photograph, vehicles parked on the hatch markings completely obstruct any view of pedestrians on the crossing or vehicles approaching from the direction of The Green. Furthermore, the front ends of the vehicles very often overhang the pavement preventing the passage of prams and mobility scooters, causing the users to go out into the road in order to get by. With the darker evenings approaching, it is to be hoped that such illegal parking will not be the cause of an accident.

Chris Eynon


In the article on Autumn events at St Andrew’s in the July issue I gave in incorrect phone number for St Andrew’s/St Peter’s church office and it should read 01173258720. Apologies for the error.

Shire AGM

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Bristol’s Clean Streets Superheroes Young superheroes launch campaign against litter

Local ‘superhero’ school children are the stars of a new publicity campaign to reduce litter in Bristol.

As part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets campaign, children from schools across Bristol have been taking part in litter picks to improve their neighbourhoods. Now they’re encouraging everyone in the city to do their bit by not dropping litter in the first place.

Each year Bristol Waste Company, the city’s waste and recycling contractor, collects 3,700 tonnes of litter from Bristol’s streets, not including rubbish that is fly-tipped or citizens’ residual waste. That’s equivalent to over 290 double decker buses.

Chesney, one of the children taking part in the campaign, has been helping with the cleanup as he felt that seeing litter in the park makes you feel a bit sad and then you try to make a difference but then people just litter again, and it’s like a consistent circle.

Taking inspiration from these youngsters, the council is asking everyone in Bristol to share responsibility for helping keep the city clean. The message is simple: Use the bin or take your litter with you.

Find out more at They’re now asking everyone to do their bit by not dropping litter in the first place. Find out how you can get involved or just watch the video at

Avonmouth Bowling Club

June and July were a very mixed bag for bowling. Weather and lack of players available on both sides meant quite a few games were cancelled. Our lads did well in the Clarence Davey plate but unfortunately failed to reach the finals. For the first time in around 40 years, Abertillary were unable to come to us. This used to be a very special fixture, meeting old friends and enjoying a thoroughly great day. Hopefully September’s away match will still take place. On the brighter side, it gave us a chance to do some well needed gardening in preparation for our invitation 4s day on the 22nd July.

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"Faster than a speedy bullet" or camera shutter...

Thanks to all who came that day and worked hard. The barbeque was much appreciated! The invitation day was very busy for the ladies doing the catering. As always, they did an excellent job! This year we had 20 teams and it was won by Ardagh.

Sunday 6th August, we were selected as the venue for the Clarence Davey plate and trophy, this is a great honour. Thanks go to our greenkeeper, John Swift. The plate was won by G. B. Britain. The trophy was won by a very elated Yate.

Now we have reached August, there are only 3 league and triple matches left, most club competitions are completed. It would be good to have all the finals played on the same day this year but it is difficult to get all entrants available at the same time. Also, it is hard for any player that is in more than 1 competition. Our club Captain Ivar and his wife Barbara our sharing their fund raising day on the 30th September. They hope to raise quite a lot of money for the club. Our garden furniture is in need of replacement, as Albert is no longer around to maintain it!


City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

The first silverware of the season was up for grabs on Saturday 5th August when twelve players were drawn from a hat into six teams to compete for the Two Wood Pairs Trophy.

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Playing five games, each of six ends the winners would be the team with most points overall ---- two points being awarded for a win and one for a draw.

As in previous years it was close with just two points separating the winners ---- Ken Davies and Phil Cormack ( 10pts) from Trevor Scanlon and Nick Burand( 8pts). In third place with 4pts were Gill Hinksman and Julie Looker.

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Sunday 6th August saw Natalie Looker make her debut for City and Port of Bristol in a four rink mixed friendly game at Severnvale. Natalie, who’s mum Julie joined last season and has been a regular bowler this season, was one of the four potential new bowlers who came to the Bring a Friend Day on June 3rd.

Both Ladies and Gents Bristol and District League seasons are drawing to a close. Both teams have had notable success in recent games. The Ladies beating Bristol comfortably at the end of July and the men beating table topping Olveston D early in August.

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The final friendly game of the 2017 season is at home to GB Britton on Sunday October 1st.

Before then there is plenty of bowling still to look forward and to enjoy, including visits to Wotton-Under-Edge and Yatton.

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Finals Days ---- September 9th and 10th --- a highlight of the clubs season, promise to produce some closely fought contests. None more than the final of the Club Cup when, for the second successive season Marvels will take on A.N.Other. Marvels were winners last season --- can they do it again?

Presidents Day will be on Saturday 30th September and this year there will be a number of invited guest bowlers coming along to join in the fun. There will be a spider ---- nearest wood to the jack in the centre of the green( not easy), lots more bowling and a barbeque.

Looking further ahead ---- to January 2018 ---- the Winter Bowling Break will once again be at the TLH in Torquay. Not only indoor bowling every day but lots to see and do at the hotel and in the surrounding area.

Free! Non Contract Boxing Classes

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New completely FREE boxing classes for everyone over 10 years old with coach and Bristol professional boxer Tyler Davies.

Complete beginners welcome, both Male & Female, every Tuesday & Thursday 3.45-5.15pm. FREE.

All equipment provided free.

Venue: Smelters Boxing Gym, Barracks Lane, Avonmouth Rugby Club BS11 9NG.

Ring Tyler on 07968 634335 to book your place.