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What links a local mansion, a comedy and a playwright?


Professional Musician Inspires Local Students


Shirehampton Station Wins Award

Molly re‐signs for Flyers and gets England Call up


A Message for anyone who can help:

Incident in Lawrence Weston


Community Activities

Tynings Field News

Tynings Field Community Event

Shire Nomads 5 years anniversary

St Bernards

Little Way Week at St. Bernard’s!

School News


St. Mary's News - November 2017

Latest news from A Forgotten Landscape

Oceans of support for Shire


Mayor Visits Penpole Lunch Club.

CLIC Sargent win Gold Window Display.

Botany In The Shire

Letters to the Editor

Congratulations to…

Happy 70th Birthday, Jeff Perks!

Reginald Handford


Women’s Cricket in Shirehampton

What links a local mansion, a comedy and a playwright?

This November Kings Weston House is host to a comedy written by the playwright who designed the building.

Stepping Out Theatre is offering a dry look at marriage this November when it brings its unique immersive production of ‘The Provoked Wife’ to the beautiful setting of 18th century mansion, Kings Weston House, on the outskirts of Bristol.

A Heritage Lottery Fund project, the play is being performed from 14thto 25thNovember in the very house that the playwright himself designed. ‘The Provoked Wife’,1697, is one of several plays Sir John Vanbrugh wrote before he switched careers and became an architect instead. Kings Weston House is one of his designs, as is Blenheim Palace.

Audience members will be treated to an immersive piece of theatre that uses the magnificent house at the core of the performance. Before the play has even begun,arriving guests will take in the splendour of this house, with its magnificent ceilings, marble fireplaces and stunning suspended central staircase.

The play has been given a modern treatment in keeping with the spirit of the original. Audiences can expect a sumptuous blend of baroque and Latin American music, which director Briony Waite says ‘go surprisingly well together’. The costumes, based on Restoration clothes, have been given a touch of spice to lend a party feel.Imagine lots of frothy lace and tulle to reflect Vanbrugh‘s interior at Kings Weston House.

Sir John Vanbrugh believed that, the stage is a glass for the world to view itself in; people ought therefore to see themselves as they are; if it makes their faces too fair, they won’t know they are dirty, and by consequence will neglect to wash ‘em.So people can enjoy an entertaining and wry look at themselves via the cast of actors who will be holding up the figurative mirrors.

What cloying meat is love when matrimony‘s the sauce to it?

On Saturday 18thNovember there is a gala dinner with a surprise celebrity guest. Guests can enjoy a Restoration‐themed sit down meal in the Baroque dining room at 5.30pm. Tickets for this cost just £30 and can be tied in with either the matinee or evening performance.

Bristol’s Central Library is also running an exhibition throughout November giving insight into the history of Vanbrugh and Kings Weston House. Some of the actors from the show will be staffing this.

The production is from acclaimed theatre company Stepping Out Theatre. The theatre group is a charity that helps people experiencing mental illness. Founded in 1997, the company has helped thousands of mental health service users, empowering them to connect with the arts and the wider community. The productions feature a mix of professional actors and talented service users.

Patron Mark Rylance says:If you want to hear something true, go and hear what Stepping Out Theatre are saying.

Tickets for the play are £12 or £10 for concessions. The gala dinner on 18thNovember is £30 ‐ tickets for the matinee or evening performance need to be bought separately. To buy tickets and for further information visit the


Those men had lives before the war, they had their family.
They gave up all of these things to fight for you and me.

Some gave all they had to give and with their lives they paid
All who fight will suffer and forever more be changed.

They say you fight for glory, but none would say that‘s true
You fight for the ones you love and to keep the life you knew.

They fight for their way of life, and the need to be free.
Our respect for them is endless and this will always be.

We share a symbol for them, each and every year ‐
A Poppy of Remembrance, our allegiance to them clear.

We shall never forget those men who suffered and died.
So wear your bright red Poppy with Respect and with Pride.

Written by Jennie Frankowicz (nee Button) 20/11/2016

Professional Musician Inspires Local Students

As the trees in Shirehampton turn from red to gold this Autumn, it’s time to take a look around the village at some of the creative people who have made this beautiful place their home.

Rebecca Holdeman is one such person, a professional classical musician, singing teacher and conductor of the renowned Bristol Cabot choir and the newly formed Brigstowe Consort.

Rebecca teaches many students who are nervous about using their voice, or terrified of performing in front of people. ‘The voice is a real expression of who we are as a human being, and often that can leave us feeling exposed and vulnerable. I use a combination of Neuro Linguistic Programming, advanced learning techniques and many years teaching experience to help a student overcome these hurdles’.

Part of Rebecca’s mission is to use music to converse with those who find it hard to communicate. ‘Many of my students have disabilities or learning difficulties. I use music as therapy at the Avon Autistic Foundation in Shirehampton every week. We’ve found the sessions enable service users to express their emotions freely, and communicate in ways that are often hard for them in everyday life. We have such a good time together, there is always a huge amount of fun and joy, and of course great music!’

Rebecca previously taught Key stage 3 and 4 music at St Bernadette’s Catholic School for 5 years. She then completed her Masters degree in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama whilst teaching A level Music and BTec Musical Theatre at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.


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St May's Church

This drawing by Betty Marten’s was made in 1987 and depicts the current church which replaced the building destroyed by fire in January 1928. An immediate response to an appeal from parishioners to fund a new church resulted in one almost twice the size on a slightly different axis, designed by architect P Hartland Thomas, and consecrated on 15th January 1930, two years to the day since the catastrophic fire.

A refurbishment and redecoration has taken place since 2001 with old seating being replaced and conversion of the west two bays of aisles into a church office, store room and disabled toilet facilities, together with a kitchen.

One of the treasures in the church is the Shirehampton Missal produced by Miss Irene Base. It depicts the complete order of service of Holy Communion, gilded and painted on parchment.

Being in the heart of the village the church is accessible and welcoming, being a very popular venue for a cuppa and chat and also hosts many community events alongside a mix of traditional and modern forms of worship geared towards all age groups. Judy Helme

Shirehampton Station Wins Award

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Shire Greens working with Severnside Community Rail Partnership ‘adopted’ Shirehampton Station several years ago. The Shire Green Ladies have been looking after the station and its planters ever since.

Partnership Officer Heather Cullimore writes:

“I am delighted to announce the Severn Beach line has retained its ‘Outstanding’ status in the RHS / South West in Bloom It‘s Your Neighbourhood Awards, 2017.

It takes ahuge team effort to make each station alongthe Severn Beach line so special and I would like to thank everyone ‐ volunteers, colleagues at Severnside CRP andGWR, the Incredible Edible gang, artists, community support workers and other working partners andcollaborators for your contributions.

Thank you to volunteersRuth, Eileen and Barbara for collecting the certificate at the recent Bristol in Bloom event.”

Molly re‐signs for Flyers and gets England Call up

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Molly James, Bristol Flyers
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Molly winning shooting competition
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Under 17s

Molly James has had a fantastic summer of Development!

Not only has Molly signed to become Bristol Flyers Youngest Senior women’s player for a second season but she has also been selected into the England U16 basketball Squad.

Molly impressed at the recent National Development Tournaments where she played for both the U17 and 15 South West Teams helping the U17 team to a record second place finish overall and also winning the U17 National Shooting test.

Sadly an injury cut her U15 tournament short but her efforts helped the team to finish a creditable 6th place. She unfortunately missed out on the U15 shooting final as the highest ranked player, but she was unable to compete in the final.

Despite being disappointed that her injury cut her tournament short within days she had the news that she had been selected to join the England U16 Squad. The Squad will come together soon and start to prepare for the European Championships in the Summer of 2018 as Great Britain with the other home nations putting squad members forward after Christmas.

Away from the International stage Molly continues to get recognition as a talented young player and has signed for a second season to represent Bristol Flyers Women in National League Women’s Division I. She will combine playing U18 women’s Basketball for Team Gloucester in the Junior National League alongside the senior team gaining experience in both age categories.

Molly’s endeavours have also gained recognition in the USA and she has a number of opportunities emerging to possibly continue her education and career in the home of Basketball. Molly is very focused and determined and has her sights set on playing basketball in the USA at both collegiate level and hopefully professionally. She is certainly heading in the right direction and who knows how far this journey will take her.


Please, has anyone found, or picked up a right‐handed walking stick in Shirehampton.

It has a unique, embossed, sculptured right hand grip.

If you are the person, I would very much appreciate its return.

Please telephone 0117 982 3284 or leave a message.

(Thank you for your kind donation.Ed.)

A Message for anyone who can help:

Looking for a member, or someone who has contact with, the family of Graham Waite who lived in St Mary’s Road until about 1950, was a member of the Baptist Church and ran the Chandler’s shop in Shirehampton High Street. I have some family photos and memorabilia.

If you can help please contact Editor@Shire and leave a message.

Incident in Lawrence Weston

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The Neighbourhood Policing Team has sent us this report of an incident in Lawrence Weston

We were called to a flat fire in Oakhanger Drive at about 11.40pm on 29 September. The body of man was found in the property.A post mortem concluded that the man ‐ believed to be in his 40s ‐ had died from multiple blows to the head.

We launched a murder investigation and a man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Our enquiries into the incident are continuing. Anyone who has information about the fire which they think might assist our investigation, is asked to call us quoting 5217223044




Community Activities

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On September 23rd a tea party for McMillan nurses was organised by Jane Fenwick, with great help from friends and committee members of Cotswold Community Association in Dursley Rd. The support given, both by people attending in droves, and the delicious home made cakes and cupcakes, was astonishing! The afternoon resulted in a bumper total of £505!! The Cotswold and Jane send an enormous THANKYOU to everyone who made it such a success.

Tynings Field News

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Thank you to all old and new members and volunteers this growing season. Your harvest is now in. We have had a large crop of victoria plums apples raspberries and blackberries various vegetables and are still picking kales.. Your hard work has paid off.

Tynings Field community group is a small group of local keen hardworking growers, beekeepers and poultry keepers always open to new volunteers and growers. Your winter awaits. The land must sleep now. The bees doze and animals hibernate. Hedgehogs find home in the compost or under the raspberry bushes.

Our next big event is on Sunday 19 November. Open to all. We want it to be good so please come. Tynings Field orchard is rich in autumnal shades as the weather cools the leaves to copper red and brown. The orchard slows its pace and settles ready to strip its leaves and hide its bough shivering naked until spring. The honey harvest is here. The golden taste of summer, of the wild pollens of the Avon Gorge and Horseshoe Bend remembered in Tynings Field orchard.

Tynings Field Community Event

Sunday 19 NOVEMBER from 10am. Free all day event. Bring a spade or fork if possible.

We have been granted 150 trees from the Woodland Trust, all berry nuts and apple.

The aim is to grow a community wild harvest here in Shirehampton. We invite everyone in Shirehampton to join in. Every tree you plant is your contribution to the future sustainability of local growing on this land, keeping the land for the people, keeping the Shirehampton orchards alive.

Bonfire and jacket potatoes tea and coffee.

Shire Nomads 5 years anniversary

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Shire Nomads at Cardiff

Shire Nomads are a walking group, aimed at people aged 55+ and the walks are suitable for anyone able to walk for up to 5 miles. The aim is to walk for up to 3 hours at a reasonable pace and cover between 4‐5miles. The walks are varied with some local and others further afield. We like to stop for tea/coffee at a cafe during or after walks when possible. Last week we did our annual trip Cardiff on the train, had a lovely walk around the bay from Penarth and across the barrage, followed by a delicious lunch, then walked back along the River Taff, through a nature reserve, to the station.

If you are looking to join a fun, friendly group of social walkers, led by fully trained walk leaders, our group is for you. Just think, over 5 years, we’ve done close to 1,000 miles!!!

St Bernards

Years One, Two and Six made over 150 Christmas cards to go in emergency food parcels at the North West Bristol Food Bank. Hopefully these cards will bring a little joy to people in their time of need.

Year Three helped Mrs Welch cleaning the pews in St. Bernard’s Church. It’s a big task for her to do by herself and we hope that the congregation notice how shiny they are!

Year Four spent a morning stripping Pembroke Avenue of its overgrown weeds. Hopefully it is a much nicer place to walk along now.

On Friday afternoon, we chose seven students who particularly stood out for showing compassion in their own little ways throughout the week. We went up to the village to wish the people of Shirehampton a nice day, with an added sweet treat.

Did you see us or our work throughout the week?

How did it make you feel? We’d love to know!

Little Way Week at St. Bernard’s!

Inspired by St. Therese of Lisieux ‐ The Little Flower’‐ pupils at St. Bernard’s have spent the week showing the school, community and congregation that we love and care for them with little acts of kindness.

Our value this term is compassion, so we are spending all term being aware of how we can show compassion and when it is needed. Therese of Lisieux was told that she was not old or strong enough to become a nun and dedicate her life to God, so she spent her life doing little acts of kindness, such as scattering flowers, to show how much she cared. This resulted in her becoming a missionary and a sister of the Carmel.

Reception and Year Five created bookmarks to go in books at Shirehampton Library ‐ look out for them next time you get a book, hopefully they will pass on a little smile.

School News

Shirehampton Primary, Year 6 ‐ ‘Making a Difference’

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Frederick Douglass

At Shirehampton PrimarySchool we have been looking atpeople who have made a difference to the lives of others.In year 6, we focused our attention onMarie Curie and the amazing work that she did in regards to x‐rays, and on the abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Both dedicated their lives to making a significant difference to the lives of others, and their work and efforts are still revered today. The children then had an opportunity to make a difference themselves by raising money for Oxfam and Young Minds, with year 6 selling out of their hand‐made radiation biscuits! In total the school raised over £200.


142nd Church Anniversary

11:00 am ‐ November 19th

Rev.Patrick Stonehewer

12 noon ‐ Lunch

St. Mary's News - November 2017

Hi Folks!

Here we are into November and what does it immediately draw to mind? Yes, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday. The latter is the important one for St Mary‘s and to many people who have lost loved ones in conflicts long ago and also in more recent times. Also, you quickly realise that Christmas is only just around the corner!

Right, now on to this month‘s news ‐ many of you, of late, have been popping into the church to enquire if we are having a Memorial Service for lost loved ones this year. Well, the answer is a big resounding Yes. It is to be held at 3.00 pm on Saturday 4th November. There will be slips of paper for you to write the name of a loved one who may have passed on many, many years ago or even quite recently and whose name you wish to be read out at the service. There will also be little Remembrance Cards for you to write the names of lost loved ones on, which will be hung on our Tree of Light. This is always a very popular service and we anticipate a full church.

  • Remembrance Sunday Sunday 12th November

    The following weekend is Remembrance Sunday, 12th November. Our service will commence at 10.00 am in St Mary‘s when the Roll of Honour will be read beneath our west end War Memorial Window. After our act of worship we will walk in procession to the War Memorial on Shirehampton Park, for the laying of Poppy Wreaths and the two minutes silence at 11.00 am. At 6.00 pm we will hold a Holy Communion service for Remembrance Day to which all are very welcome.

  • Christmas Fayre Saturday 18th November

    On Saturday 18th November we hold a Christmas Fayre in the church from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon. Refreshments will be available and I am told there will be gifts and items for sale which will appeal to all the family. Get your Christmas presents here!

  • Baptism Service 10.00 am, Sunday 26th November

    Sunday 26th November is the last Sunday in the month and we will hold a Baptism Service at 10.00 am preceded by our Kids Klub Service at 8.30 am when Mums and Dads and children have breakfast first, followed by a short video and prayers before they depart. If you haven‘t tried this service ‐ do come, you will be made more than welcome. At 6.00 pm we will hold a Holy Communion Service with Healing.

Now, a quick look into December!

  • Advent Sunday Sunday 3rd December

    Sunday 3rd December is Advent Sunday and we dedicate our Tree of Light at 6.00 pm, when all the Memorial Cards you filled in at the Memorial Service will be found hanging on the branches. These will remain on the Tree until Epiphany, on January 6th.

I am pleased to tell you that back in September the Cake Stall organized by Julie Smith in aid of Prostate Cancer Research raised the sum of £325.00 ‐ a magnificent result in 2 short hours. Thank you to all of you who supported it!

Just before I go ‐ There were two men talking in a Pub. The first one said I bought 2 dogs yesterday. What type are they? said the second man. An Alsatian & a Rottweiler. said the first man. What are you going to call them? said the second man. Oh, Rolex & Timex said the first man. What ridiculous names. said the second man. No they‘re not, because they are watchdogs! said the first man. There‘s no answer to that!!!

‘Bye for now. C.M.E.

Latest news from A Forgotten Landscape

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November! The year may be winding down but we’re not!

There’s still plenty to be done and lot of activities you can get involved in. Here’s a smattering, but do check our website,, for more!

A new way to get involved ‐ sponsor us!

We are looking for sponsors for A Forgotten Landscape. Sponsorship is a great way to support us, celebrate what’s special about your area and raise your business’s or group’s profile at the same time.

How does it work?

We’ve a great menu of options available. For example, you can sponsor one of our interpretation sites, a bench, a toposcope, or a walk! You can see our proposed interpretation, bench and toposcope sites online if you go to and enter ‘interpretation’ into the search box. We’re really excited about these designs produced for us by our artist in residence Deborah Aguirre Jones and the team at the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust/Red Kite.

Pick something that means something to you and get in touch. In return for your sponsorship you’ll get a plaque on the object you sponsored, great publicity, plus special tours and more depending on the level of your sponsorship.

For more information, get in touch with us at

SLERC conference

A Forgotten Landscape and the Regional History Centre, UWE, are pleased to be hosting the Severn Estuary and Levels Research Annual Conference on Saturday 11th November 2017. Join us at UWE’s Frenchay campus for an exciting day of talks on archaeology and heritage in the levels.

Tickets are £16 (£12 students) including refreshments and lunch. For more information and to book go to ‐ just enter ‘Severn’ in the search window. A great day out for local archaeology and heritage enthusiasts!

New Soundscapes

Our collection of Soundscapes by David Howell is growing, as is our other wonderful volunteers’ oral history collection.

Evocative and unique, listening to voices from the landscape is a transporting experience. They are all available to listen to on our website. Click on Discover and select Shaping the Landscape to hear the Soundscapes; click on Discover and select People to hear the oral histories.

Grants available for farmers

A Forgotten Landscape is pleased to announce that our biodiversity grants for farmers and landowners are once again available.

Working with our partner the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, we are offering grants to help with hedgerow laying, willow pollarding, and pond creation or restoration. For more information please contact Mark Smith at FWAG Southwest or at 07764 659484 or go to the ‘Latest News’ section of our website.

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This is our final grant year so if you’ve been thinking about applying, do act now!

Tuesday Talks

This autumn’s 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.

Please see our website to book your place.

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. And 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 archaeological features and took scientific samples. More than 60 people took part, ranging from residents of Thornbury and Oldbury, to Bristol, London and even New Zealand, helping archaeologists to excavate three trenches across the hillfort, and a number of smaller test pits around the edges.

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Digging the Toot

In this talk, Manda Forster of DigVentures, the company that led the excavation, will look through the evidence we recovered during the archaeological 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.

Weekend Hedge Laying Course

  • Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 9‐4pm OR
  • Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December 9‐4pm.


Learn the traditional art of hedge laying on a practical weekend course.

Julian Smith, who has more than 20 years’ experience of hedgelaying, will be teaching the local Berkeley style. This course is suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedge laying. Both courses are free and all tools are provided but you must book a place. Over the weekend we will also discuss other aspects of hedgerow management and tool maintenance. Please visit our website to register.

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Hedge laying

Beginners Bird Watching

Sunday 26 November 10:30‐12:30, Pilning

Come and witness the great migrations along the Severn with Rupert Higgins, naturalist.

Learn to identify a range of birds and generally enjoy a wild morning out along the River.The Severn estuary is a fantastic site to spot waders and ducks, we are likely to see curlew, wigeon, shelduck, dunlin and many more species.This event is free but you must book a place ‐ please see our website.

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Beginners bird watching

For more details on these & other events visit‐involved/events

Oceans of support for Shire

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Steve and his team (left to right) Ella, Steve, Stacey, Natalie, Graham, Tanya

Shirehampton&rsqo;s local estate agent, Ocean, has recently had a ‘Tea, Coffee and Cake Day’ in support of the Shirehampton Christmas illuminations.

The team are used to local residents and customers, past and present, popping in for a cuppa, but the team were really happy see so many local people supporting this great appeal and making generous donations in return for a slice of cake. A wonderful £115 was raised on the day.

Ocean&rsqu;s next fundraising event will be the Shire Santa Dash on the 3rd of December. Manager Steve Clarke and his wife Laura will be running the 5k route around the village, starting from Port of Bristol Sports and Social Club. They’ll be going for a medal along with the other white bearded, red suited competitors. All profits are for the Shirehampton Christmas illuminations.

Steve and the team are always on hand to answer any questions you might have about the local area and property market and would love to see you anytime you’re passing.

If you’re on the High Street on the 15th of December, make sure you come in and enjoy the Ocean festivities. There will be mulled wine and mince pies for everyone that day!





The Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road


Saturday 11th November 10:00 til 1:00

Mayor Visits Penpole Lunch Club.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees and Deputy Mayor Asher Craig joined diners at the Penpole Lunch Club on 10th October in Shirehampton.

Lunch was Chicken Chasseur served with vegetables and roast potatoes followed by lemon cheesecake, raspberries and cream on the menu, Marvin Rees said The Penpole Lunch Club is in lovely location with a spectacular view through the windows, someone told me the view is beautiful in the winter. We’ve had the company of lovely people with a really nice chat over lunch. The food’s great and I’ve got a special desert that has been custom designed for me.

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Sandra White who runs the Penpole Lunch Club with the help of volunteers had her own reasons inviting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for lunch. I really wanted to let them see how luncheon clubs operate, how we struggle and see what his reaction would be I suppose. It is difficult to find the funds to keep our Lunch Club going but we have somehow managed to get by so far.

I posed the question about funding to the Mayor and how difficulties could be overcome by organisations despite cut backs in the Council budget. This is challenge right across the city so we’re trying to come up with new ideas of raising money and my hope is that we can get some more support to help those organisations to find those alternative sources of funding. I actually think it should be a public health function just to keep the collection of city services in place and obviously we’ve got groups like VOSCUR who are here to help communities and voluntary sector organisations. said Marvin Rees.

Marvin was in agreement that groups such as the Penpole Lunch Club help combat loneliness especially for the older generation. They’re described as lunch clubs but they are so much more. When I was working in Public Health there were a number of lunch clubs starting around the city and we saw them as a place to break down social isolation but for also for services to make contact with people that they might otherwise not find an avenue to connect with. All these things are absolutely essential across the city.

Sandra concluded that the visit was successful. They were very friendly and introduced themselves to everyone. They enjoyed chatting with lunch club members and were lovely people. They’ve already been invited for Christmas lunch and both are looking forward to it she said.

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Kathryn Courtney.

CLIC Sargent win Gold Window Display.

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

CLIC Sargent asked people across the UK to wear a gold ribbon to show their support for young cancer patients. Every shop in the UK had a Gold Shop Window Display throughout that month to highlight the latest campaign on understanding the hidden emotional and mental health costs of cancer for parents both during and after their child’s treatment. Parents described the strain of having to remain composed and strong for their child, the stress of trying to maintain a family life, anxiety around outcomes and recurrence, and on going trauma following treatment. The research found that 63% said they experienced depression during their child’s treatment, 37% experienced panic attacks and 84% experienced loneliness. Worryingly, less than 40% of parents accessed support for managing stress and anxiety during their child’s treatment.

Kate Lee, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent, said "To be told your child has cancer is devastating news but these findings show just how stark the reality can be for parents. It is vitally important that these families can talk about what they are going through and get the support they need. At CLIC Sargent, we know cancer’s impact stretches far beyond the shock of diagnosis and can last long after treatment finishes, this is why we strive to support the whole family, not just the person with cancer.”

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Clic Sargent window. photo by Sara Forse

At the end of September Sara Forse, manager of CLIC Sargent in Shirehampton was informed that the shop had won the best dressed window display for the South West. The gold window display was put together by volunteers Susan and Teresa who obviously had an eye for design that captured the judges imagination. Congratulations to everyone who work hard at the shop to raise awareness and continue to raise funds for young children and teenagers living with cancer.

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Clic Sargent Christmas. photo by Kathryn Courtney

On Saturday 4th November CLIC Sargent, Shirehampton will be holding their Christmas Bizarre starting at 10am. There will be new goods, stocking fillers, tombola and mince pies available throughout the day, so don’t leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute.

Kathryn Courtney

Botany In The Shire

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Autumn Hawkweed

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

Readers of a certain age will remember the film The Graduate with Mrs Robinson, and Simon and Garfunkel singing the enigmatic line, Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?. It looks back nostalgically to the mid‐1930s and 1940s when this hero of baseball, briefly the husband of that better‐known American icon Marilyn Monroe, was hitting home runs galore for the New York Yankees.

The other day I attended a conference to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Somerset Rare Plants Group. Here too, nostalgia reigned supreme: plants which were once common are now difficult to find, or have gone entirely from the places they used to grow.

One presenter called his talk about rare plant hunting ‘Chasing the Ghost’, after the aptly‐named Ghost Orchid, a national rarity which I had seen in the 70s, but which later went temporarily extinct in Britain for 20 years. Another speaker described how she now resorts to Morocco to see arable weeds. A third asked me if the Brittle Bladder‐fern we had seen on an old stone building in Leigh Woods in the 80s was still there. It isn’t.

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Ghost Orchid

Simon and DiMaggio accidentally met in a New York restaurant many years later, when DiMaggio reminded Simon that he had featured for 20 years in commercials for Mr Coffee, affirming, I haven’t been anywhere. Sometimes it is the same with rare plants.

Yesterday, under Leigh Woods where the sandstone appears, I saw the Autumn Hawkweed exactly where it was recorded over a century ago, and occasionally but not recently since. With leaves that gradually become shorter up the stem, it is quite distinctive, but is part of a difficult group that is ignored by many botanists. Not like Joe DiMaggio, left and gone away, as Paul Simon’s song had it, but as Joltin’ Joe asserted of himself, there all the time.

Clive Lovatt

Letters to the Editor

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 Well done Shire!  Gil Osman

Dear Editor,

When Steve Simmons brought my copies of Shire for delivery, I was most impressed with the new format: bigger, bolder, brighter and better. Traders in the village were also impressed as were sundry shoppers who asked for a copy. An additional benefit is the larger type, which makes it much easier for short‐sighted people (like myself) and the elderly to read the local news.

Well done Shire!

Gil Osman

 Ref: Parking Problems comments in the September Shire  Jan Flook

Dear Editor,

Ref: Parking Problems comments in the September Shire

I was rather pleased to read the warning comments made by Chris Eynon about the hatch markings by the former cottage nurseries. I happened to give someone a lift and dropped him off in the same place where the van is in the Shire photograph, saying ‘Oh lovely! I can pop over to the Post Office.’ His reply was ‘Don’t park here. It isn’t a parking place. You could be booked.’ It wasn’t until I got out and saw the notice saying NO PARKING that I realised it is an illegal area.

So it was good to see an extra warning from Chris. It is easily done without thinking, especially when one is trying to catch the post across the road!

I only hope no one will be booked as I could have been.

Thank you, Chris.

Jan Flook

 Robert Stephens Joanna Jones


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Robert Stephens, Born in Shirehampton on July 14th 1931. Died on 12th November 1995.

I recently have found an interest in learning more about actor Robert Stephens. Over the summer, I watched one of his films (The Asphyx) and just loved his performance. Then, I saw The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and yes, incredible again. :) I just finished reading his autobiography Knight Errant and since he was born in Shirehampton, I was wondering if there are any resources available (articles, etc.) to learn more about him? I enjoyed the book very much, albeit it was too short as I was having a fun time reading it and then the book was ending!

Any information shared is only for myself for interest purposes if there is any material out there or if you can put me in a direction. I live in the US and information on him is relatively scarce.

Thanks so much!

Joanna Jones (email address supplied.Editor)

 Wer’z ’e too

Dear Editor,

I had a call on the Shire phone from Albert Price with some information about the school photo on page 5 of the October Shire. His younger brother, Bob Price, is in the photo, middle row, 2nd left. The school is Penpole School and the photo was taken in 1952. He can‘t identify them but he thinks that two others in the picture are Spud Murphy and John Hanks. He was unsureabout the teacher‘s name.

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Penpole School 1952

Tony Hamilton ‐ Middle Row 4th from the right ‐ got in touch with Shire to tell us more about the Old school Photo. Tony used to live in Old Park Road and is now a resident in Kemble Gardens near the Community Centre on the Cotswold Estate.

Tony agrees the photo was 1952/53 and was Lower Portway School just as they were waiting to move to the new location ‐ the brick building behind confirms this.

He was able to identify a number of others:‐

  • Middle row, second from the right… Morrison
  • Front row, first on the left another … Morrison
  • Teacher‘s name is Tagney he was a PT Teacher

Back row:

  • 1st left ‐ Alan Young
  • 3rd left ‐ Raymond Baxter
  • 5th left ‐ Terry Osgood
  • 6th left ‐ …Brunsdon
 Posters on the Green  Ed Amphlett


I noted in your last issue the letter regarding posters on the railings on the Green. Can I assure the writer of the letter that we of the Shire Craft Exhibition, who will be putting up our hand crafted banner soon, have contacted the appropriate department in the Council, negotiated with them the dates for which the poster will be on the railings, and gained us their permission.

Can I just add this has become a very valuable way of advertising local community events as we regularly get the comment ‘we didn’t know this was happening’.

We hope we will have seen you at the exhibition as a result of our banner publicity

Ed Amphlett ‐ Shire Craft Exhibition

 Springfield Dairy   Frederick Redwood


Recently I have been looking back through the archives of Shire on the Web and noticed in the October 1999 issue, under the heading of The Milkman, a reference to Mr. Pike and his assistant Mr. Redwood and was wondering if this referred to my late father Ronald Redwood or his father Edwin Randolph Redwood.

Is it possible that this photograph is still available or perhaps some of your readers could pass it on, if so many thanks.

Frederick Redwood. (Email address available. Ed.)

Shirehampton Infants and Junior School 1951‐1957

Portway Boys School 1957‐1962

Congratulations to…

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Mervyn and Pat Harrow

Mervyn and Pat Harrow (nee Eves) who celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary on 11 October 2017.

They were married at St Mary’s, Shirehampton in 1947, as Pat lived in St Bernard’s Road with her family.

Pat’s father, Archibald Eves, was a Police Sergeant and was well‐known locally.

Mervyn was from South Wales, and was demobbed at Avonmouth, meeting Pat in the cake shop opposite the Telephone Exchange where she was a telephonist, a year before they married.

Pat’s bridesmaids were her sisters ‐ twins, Margaret and Mary, and Janet. In the photo they are escorted by Mervyn’s father, Pat’s father and Mervyn’s brother and best man, Spencer.

Pat and Mervyn have lived in Avonmouth Road for 60 years, and have four children, Jane, Louise, Caroline and Neil.

Pat and Mervyn have nine grandchildren, and nine great‐grandchildren.

Kind Regards


Happy 70th Birthday, Jeff Perks!

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Jeff Perks, still allowed to eat icecream...Livin’ the dream.

Hope you enjoyed your birthday celebrations.

Love from Bobbie and family.

Reginald Handford

Reginald Handford passed away 11 September 2017 aged 96 years. The family want to express their thanks to Penhill Residential Home, Reg’s ‘home from home’, who gave him 110%; to Shelly and Michelle of Thomas Davis Funerals for their excellent support and professionalism; to the Revd Peter Davies for a lovely service and to all who attended and have supported us at this sad time.


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Final game

With the club finals week‐end over and trophy winners decided there was just one more award to be made ‐‐‐ and this is one that nobody wants to receive ‐‐‐ The Wooden Spoon. This is awarded annually to the team finishing bottom of the Monday night league.

The deciding game was played on Monday 11th September between The Lads and Hits and Misses ‐‐‐ bottom and one from bottom at the start of play. Double points were on offer because the teams were still to play each other twice ‐‐‐‐ the winners of this one game would avoid the Spoon.

The Lads led for most of the game but, with one end to play the scores were level at 14 shots each. So ‐‐‐‐ it all came down to one end of bowls to decide who would be custodian of the spoon for a year. What a finish ‐‐‐‐ but only one winner, and on this occasion it was ‐‐‐‐ Hits and Misses.

Sunday 1st October saw the final game of the season ‐‐‐ at home to GB Britton. The game had big band musical accompaniment and a sighting of the Matthew to add to the enjoyment and sense of occasion. But the weather had not read the script, and play came to an end at tea time ‐‐‐ the rain did become heavier.

On the third annual Presidents Day, Saturday 30th September, more than thirty bowlers and friends turned up to make the occasion special. Amongst those watching was John Brailey ‐‐‐‐ a Past President who still takes a keen interest in the club. Guest Bowlers who had never bowled a wood before were Stacey, Gary, Tony and Sue from Nisbets ‐‐‐‐ resplendent in their red tops. With a little coaching from Ken Davies, Phil Cormack and others they were soon ready to take part in a game of bowls. Janice Skelton ‐‐‐ who came to the bring a friend day in June ‐‐ returned to enjoy another try at bowling.

The afternoon started with a traditional spider ‐‐‐ nearest wood to the jack placed in the middle of the green. Woods everywhere and coming from all directions but when they all came to a halt President Dave declared David Garrod the winner.

Bowlers new and established were then put into teams of four and there was a game of eight ends duration across three rinks. Guest bowlers were seen to bowl some good woods considering this was their first ever game of bowls. The highest scoring rink and winners of bottles of wine were ‐‐‐‐‐ Ray Cook, David Garrod, Marion Brailey and Mervyn May.

An excellent barbeque, prepared by Brian Crawley with support from Dee and others, rounded off a very enjoyable afternoon.

Thanks go to Stacey of Nisbets for bringing a team and to Nisbets for their generous support of this event. Thanks also to Warburtons who once again supplied the rolls for the barbeque.

The date of the AGM has changed ‐‐‐ it is now Thursday November 2nd ‐ at 7.45pm.

The annual Presentation Dinner will once again be at Shirehampton Park Golf Club ‐‐‐ On Friday December 1st.

Women’s Cricket in Shirehampton

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Abby Evans (Centre) and Sidra Khan (4th from right)

Abby Evans (Centre) and Sidra Khan (4th from right) were part of a successful Gloucestershire Senior County Cricket Women‘s Team who won Division 3 of the ECB 50 Over County Cup and Division 3 of the T20 Cup.

Abby was appointed Captain this season achieving a top score of 139 against Cornwall. In 2016 She enjoyed a superb season, averaging 60.40 ‐ the third highest in Women’s County Cricket behind international players Fran Wilson and Sara McGlashan

Both Abby & Sidra have played for Shirehampton Men‘s Teams as well as in the Youth Teams in the past and Sidra was the first woman to win an Evening Post award for taking 8 wickets in a 3rd XI League match. Abby played for Hampshire club, Hursley Park, who finished 2nd in the ECB Southern Premier League this season, playing against England players such as Heather Knight and Anya Shrubshole. Sidra played regularly for the Shirehampton 2nd XI this season achieving best figures of 3 for 23. Sidra is now working towards playing for the Pakistan Women‘s International Team in the 2018‐2019 season.

Shirehampton Cricket Club are encouraging as many girls as possible to start playing cricket next season and both Sidra and Abby are hoping to help out with girls coaching and development during the winter. Girls of all ages attending primary, junior and senior schools in the area are welcome.