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Shoulder To Shoulder With All Who Serve.

Shire archive.

Hallowe’en In Shirehampton.

Chair Aerobics Is Fun For All.

Thank you Gill for all you have done over the past 37 years.

Shirehampton Craft Exhibition

Christmas Fund Raising Success.

COMMUNITY PLAN FOR SHIREHAMPTON

SCAF

Cross Country Success at Nova Primary

St. Mary's News - December

I Wonder Why

A Moment in Craft Week

Christmas at the Churches

Christmas at St. Marys Church

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Latest news from A Forgotten Landscape

Petition to combat anti-social behaviour on High Street

CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA

Grainger Players

Nature Notes…

Botany in the Shire

Letters to the Editor

Alford, John (Walter)

Mandy Pringle

Dave James.

Important Notice to all our Readers.

Thank You

SHIRE photo exhibition

Farewell presentation

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Local new basketball team ‐ The Shirehampton Pacemakers

Avonmouth Ladies Hockey Club

Shoulder To Shoulder With All Who Serve.

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To the glory of God and in the memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in two world wars.

It has been 100 years since the battle of Passchendaele, also known as the ‘Third Battle of Ypres’.

Shelling went on for hours at a time, it was an extremely muddy battle and casualties were high but it came to an end in November 1917 with the capture of the village by British and Canadian forces. Those who survived were haunted by the loss of friends and left physically and mentally numb at the loss of a generation.

This year also marks 100 years since women were enrolled into the British Army for the first time. The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was formed on 7th July 1917, with the creation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and the Women’s Royal Air Force later that year.

With two World Wars and further conflicts that have followed Remembrance Sunday commemorates those who lost their lives in battle and those who came home. Today saw the local community come together and pay their respects. Even a rain shower failed to dampen the laying of the poppy wreaths at the War Memorial by the Fire Brigade, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Scouts, Sea Cadets, St. Marys Church and veterans.

Every year Lou Merrett attends the ceremony and this year he read a few words at the service. At the age of 98 years young he always talks with the children who attend the event as they are fascinated with his medals and what he has to say.

Norman Clark was a Bugler in the Light Infantry Army said of Remembrance Sunday. I hope they will be remembered for their comradeship for helping others. I had some really good friends whilst in the army and sadly my two best mates have now passed away. It would be lovely to think this will continue and the sacrifices made by the many are never forgotten.

Remembrance is about the people, the men and women who had dreams, hopes, ambitions and futures, who had their lives ahead of them, who loved, laughed and shed tears the same as us. We must never forget their sacrifice so we can strive for a better world now and in the future.

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Lou Merrett reads a few words at the service
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Lou Merritt, 98.

Kathryn Courtney

Shire archive.

Yet another delightful photograph from the ’Shire’ archive. Can anyone identify the event or people.

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Photograph from the Shire archive

Hallowe’en In Shirehampton.

Once again there were spooky goings on in Shirehampton for Hallowe’en.

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Several shops in the High Street had creative window displays, staff at the local Co‐op dressed up and there was pumpkin carving with Ed at the craft exhibition that saw great interest from young and old alike. The finished carved pumpkin lanterns were taken home and shone bright outside homes on Hallowe’en night.

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Kathryn Courtney

Chair Aerobics Is Fun For All.

Louisa Dunford has been an aerobic and dance teacher for sixteen years and is a member of the internationally recognised Register Of Exercise Professionals.

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She has been running the Chair Aerobic classes at the Tithe Barn, Shirehampton for over three years and the age range of attendees is from 30 years old to the eldest member Joyce, who is in her 90’s who loves attending class every week.

My inspirations for the class structure comes from the need to improve clients strength, balance and stability, whilst enjoying routines to develop memory, coordination, increase motor and cognitive skills in a social fun environment. Each reap the benefits of increasing muscle strength an endurance, building bone density alongside a good cardiovascular workout all aiding their reduction of falls and improve overall wellbeing. We use equipment, weights, resistance bands, Pilates balls throughout the class and more! The class is complimented with a selection of music from the 1960’s through to today’s pop. Routines are devised to the music for memory work, reflex response and pure pleasure of recognisable songs from across the decades to sing along to. Said Louisa

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I asked Louisa for a typical run through of the class. We begin with a mobilisation section, gently warming up the body ready for exercise. The cardiovascular part of the class gently works the heart and lungs and is adaptable to the needs of each person’s ability. They can work to the level that is comfortable for them. The resistance and weighted section of the class is essential for the improvement of general health and proven to be the most important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We stretch the muscles gently for individuals to maintain flexibility and advance their range of movement with ease aiding to their daily activity and independence. The class is completed with relaxation for wellbeing and general mindfulness. Relieving stress, anxiety, tension and helping to reduce blood pressure with breathing techniques. The one hour zips by so fast as we have so much fun.

Feedback from the class members is very positive. Louisa is so effervescent, she’s bubbly, she knows exactly what she is talking about, does a good warm up and cool down that keep us fit and supple said Andrea, whilst the only man in the class at the moment is Tony.Louisa a lovely person, I really like coming along to her excercise classes and exercising with her. Jackie finds the Chair Aerobics beneficial too. The classes are absolutely brilliant. I have one leg slightly shorter than the other due to a hip operation and it helps me with strengthening and bending.

Thank you Gill for all you have done over the past 37 years.

It is with much sadness that I have had to say farewell to Gill and ’Tony Sawyer who are very good and close friends to me and my family.

I met Gill in 1980 when she first came to St Mary’s and it was here that she met her husband ’Tony. Both of them became very much involved in church activities. ’Tony became our Church Treasurer and Gill our Parish Administrator, but most important to her was her appointment as a Licensed Lay Minister. She served as a Lay Minister for 12 years.

Gill faithfully and loyally carried out her duties and it was a great shock to me and our congregation when it was announced last May that the Diocese of Bristol had decided not to renew her Licence as a Lay Minister. It is not for me to comment on this decision, but Gill was absolutely devastated. All her duties as a Lay Minister were instantly terminated and she had effectively been completely sidelined. Gill continued on as Parish Administrator, but felt without her Lay Minister duties her position had become untenable and it was time to move on.

Thank you Gill for all you have done over the past 37 years. I shall miss you both very much and have many pleasant memories of Seniors Weeks, Christmas Lunch outings, Parish outings to different Cathedrals and Open Church Days on Bank Holidays and of course your delightful food for Buffet Lunches etc. I shall miss seeing you and ’Tony on a regular basis, but at least my family and I will continue our friendship, albeit now from a distance. It remains now for me to wish you both well for the future.

Your previous service to St Mary’s will never be forgotten.

Chris Eynon and Family.

Shirehampton Craft Exhibition

Wow another year over for the Shirehampton craft Exhibition.

The week flew by and again of Shire and the local came up trumps (all fifty of them). From knitting to jewellery ceramic and Christmas goodies we had the lot. The models of the two naval vessels and the old Avonmouth Bus Depot were the talking points of the exhibition.

Demonstrators were available every day. The stalwarts, Pat Davidson and Sally Knowlson, remained as the corner stones but they were joined this year by the Avonmouth Knitting Group. Other demonstrators included crafters making dream catchers, printing on fabric glass painting, patchwork, painting.

The children had a great time, not only with the owl hunt and colouring, but with activities such as self‐hardening clay, rock painting and pumpkin carving.

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The reach of the owl hunting extended to the village this year, with children seeking the names of owls in local shops and businesses to whom we are very grateful for their involvement. If you enjoyed this let us know and we will try and do something similar next year.

The happy atmosphere in the hall was assisted by the many volunteers who do the heavy work of setting up and packing away, stewarding, taking money, making teas and coffee and cake which was consumed with great gusto.

Shire Stitchers had a challenge of mini quilts based on book titles. This also proved popular with around 200 votes cast. The winner was Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins, mini quilt winner made by ?????? ’Number 3’

Thanks you to all the visitors who came this year. If you missed it let us have your email address and we will remind you next year.

Ed and Gail Amphlett

Christmas Fund Raising Success.

On 4th November Clic Sergeant in Shirehampton held their annual Christmas Fair.

With gift ideas and stocking fillers on sale as well as the tombola, customers listened to Christmas music and were offered mince pies, cakes and biscuits as they browsed round the shop. Over £500 was raised that day for the charity and shop manager Sarah Forse said I would like to thank the local community for their generosity by keeping our doors open late on the 14th December where all are welcome to join us for mince pies and hot chocolate.

Kathryn Courtney

COMMUNITY PLAN FOR SHIREHAMPTON

The deadline for completing the Community Plan questionnaire has passed…

But you can still tell us what you think should be done to improve Shirehampton for all of us who live here.

Come to one of our Focus group meetings. There is no need to book, just turn up, and chat with others over a cuppa and biscuits.

Come to any or all of the following focus groups:

  • Tuesday 28th November 2pm at the Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Rd
  • Thursday 30th November 6.30pm at The Methodist Church, 24 High St Entrance on Penpole Avenue
  • Thursday 7th December 10.30am at the Tithe Barn, Shirehampton Road.

SCAF

Dear Members, Partners & Friends

We are really pleased to say that SCAF has been chosen as one of the groups in the Co‐op’s Local Community Fund ‐ see details below.

If you are a Co‐op member you can support us through your membership by choosing SCAF to receive your 1%.

Just follow the link below and scroll down to select choose a local cause you want your 1% to go to you will then see all the local good causes in our area… obviously we would really like you to choose SCAF!

https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local‐community‐fund

Many thanks

Kind Regards

Ash, SCAF

Ash Bearman, Community Development Officer

Cross Country Success at Nova Primary

Pupils from Nova Primary School were amongst the stand‐out performers at the Schools Cross Country event recently held at St Bede’s.

The team of 7 all performed with distinction, in particular Shamina who finished third in her event (Y3‐4 girls) and Nick who qualified for the NorthBristol Championship event in November with a Top 20 finish in the Y6 event.

After competing in a trial for selection at school, the team have been receiving additional twice‐weekly coachingto develop stamina and technique.

All the pupils at Nova benefit from a daily 15 minute Physical Burst at the start of the day to invigorate them for their lessons; staff and children have noticed the positive impact of their readiness for learning and overall levels of fitness.

St. Mary's News - December

Hi Folks!

Before I forget, here are the results of our Harvest Appeal. For Prostate Cancer Research the sum of £1320 was raised and for Water Aid £410. We are grateful to all of you who contributed so generously.

On Saturday, 2nd December at 7.30pm we shall be hosting a Gospel Choir of some 100 voices in St Mary’s and admission to this is absolutely free.


Advent Sunday this year falls on 3rd December and apart from our usual services we shall have our Advent Service of Light at 6.00 pm. This is when the Christmas Tree at the west end of the church, is decorated with the little cards with the names of lost loved ones, is illuminated with white lights. I know that many of you who attended our Annual Memorial Service back in November will wish to be there.


On the following Saturday evening 9th December at 7.00pm the Shirehampton Area Choir will be holding their Annual Concert of Christmas Music and Carols in the church. This year it is in support of the charity BRACE which is involved into research into Alzheimer’s disease. During the interval mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Ticket are £5.00 and can be obtained from the Church Office.


Sunday, 10th December will see our usual Kids Klub Service and Holy Communion service but at 4.00 pm there will be a special Family Christingle Service. What is a Christingle Service? I hear you say. If I tell you that oranges and sweets are involved then I am sure you will be tempted to come and learn more.


On Sunday, 17th December at 6.00 pm in the evening, is our Christmas Carol Service when you will have the opportunity to join in singing your favourite Christmas Carols. After the service we shall once again serve refreshments in the form of mulled wine and mince pies.


At 3.00 pm on Wednesday 20th December Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux will present ‐ "Great tidings of great joy" a nativity story in words, music and pictures. Admission to this will be £3 on the door ‐ so see you there!


On Sunday, 24th December (Christmas Eve) there will be no Kids Klub Service at 8.30 am, but the 10.00 Holy Communion service will be as usual. However, there will be a Family Crib Service at 4.00 pm. Carols on the Green will be at 7.30 pm to which all members of the community are invited. At 11.30 pm the First Mass of Christmas, otherwise known as Midnight Mass will take place. A most important time in our Christian calendar.


On 25th December (Christmas Day) at 10.00 am there will be a Family Service when children will be encouraged to bring and show everyone their Christmas presents.


Rev Helen has asked me to write the following words ‐ We were saddened to see our faithful Parish Administrator ‐ Gill Sawyer ‐ leave us on Sunday, 26th November. We wish her and her husband ’Tony every blessing for the future and grateful thanks for all their hard work and commitment over so many years to St Mary’s and the wider community.

Now a Christmas yarn ‐ How did Mary & Joseph know that Jesus weighed 6lbs 8ozs? They had ‘a weigh in a manger’! Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

’Bye for now. C.M.E.

I Wonder Why

I Wonder Why…

(to the tune of I hear singing and there’s no one there)

I hear talking and there‘s non one there
Then see someone ‐ but there’s not a pair!
Talking to himself without a care
I wonder why! I wonder why!

Now he’s listening, but there’s no one near
He’s gone raving made, it would appear
Then I see the gadget at his ear
Now I know why! Now I know why!

NAMSO

A Moment in Craft Week

A Moment in Craft Week

A smiling lady, serving teas ‐
No sugar, no cake, just milk please

Using spare moments to make a quilt
of materials into patterns built.

Embroidered hearts in special places,
With warm red backing attached as a basis.
Her late husbands dress shirts provided the pieces

To give to her father‐in‐law in hospital
Reminding him of his late son ‐
To enfold him, to keep him warm, where possible.

Those simple pieces stitched with love
Must have delighted him above.

I left and thanked her before homeward bound
To have met a lady with love for family, most profound.

GB

Christmas at the Churches

Christmas at St. Marys Church

Sunday 3rd December ‐ 6pmAdvent Service of Light
Saturday 9th December ‐ 7pmShirehampton Area Choir Christmas Carol Concert ‐ Tickets £5, all proceeds to BRACE for Alzheimer’s Research. Mulled wine and mince pies served during the interval
Sunday 10th December ‐ 4pmChristingle Service for all the family
Sunday 10th December ‐ 5pmEcumenical Carol Service at the Cotswold Community Centre
Sunday 17th December ‐ 6pmChristmas Carol Service of Nine Lessons and Carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies
Christmas Eve ‐ 4pmCrib Service a short service for all the family. Come dressed as a character from the nativity story
Christmas Eve ‐ 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion for Christmas
Christmas Day ‐ 10amFamily Service for Christmas Day. Children are invited to bring and show their Christmas presentsChristmas at Shirehampton Methodist Church
Sunday December 24th 3:30pmCarol Service
Christmas Day December 25th 10:30am

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Shirehampton Methodist Church

Carol ServiceSunday December 24th 3:30pm
Christmas DayDecember 25th 10:30am

Revd. Patrick Stone-Hewer

Latest news from A Forgotten Landscape

December? Really? Already? We have a few bits of news and events to share to take up to the end of the year.

To everyone who has followed, got involved with, or supported our project over this year, we wish you a heartfelt Merry Christmas ‐ and all the best for 2018!

Weekend Hedge Laying Course, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December 9‐4pm, Rockhampton

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. The course free but you must book a place. For more details on this & other events visit www.aforgottenlandscape.org.uk/get‐involved/events (hedge laying image)

A new way to get involved ‐ sponsor us!

Sponsorship is a great way to support us, celebrate what’s special about your area and raise your business’ or group’s profile at the same time. For example, you can sponsor one of our interpretation sites or a walk. You can see our proposed interpretation sites online if you go to www.aforgottenlandscape.org.uk and enter ‘interpretation’ into the search box. 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, contact us at afl@southglos.gov.uk. (design concept image)

Sharing Stories

Some of our Tales of the Vale oral history volunteers are taking on a new challenge ‐ audio editing. Under the gentle guidance of their mentor Julia, they are learning to use editing software to isolate and edit extracts from our collection of 46 interviews. Our volunteers loved listening back to their interviews and finding stories to share, but they are also getting to grips with the complexities of representing someone’s life story in just a few short extracts.

You can listen to some of the oral histories on our website now, here, http://www.aforgottenlandscape.org.uk/people/ and you’ll be able to learn more next year when our Tales of the Vale publication and exhibition come out!

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Petition to combat anti-social behaviour on High Street

As many of us know, the issue of local anti social behaviour is a problem we face in our village. The issues range from shop windows being smashed to verbal abuse being shouted out to passers by on the High Street.

Due to this issue I thought it was right to take a stand & ask our local Councillors & MP whether they would support a case for Bristol City Council to put CCTV cameras on the High Street to deter people from committing anti‐social behaviour.

Labour’s Darren Jones MP, Cllr’s Jo Sergeant & Don Alexander have failed to combat this issue & continue to do so. Due to this, I have asked local Councillor, Matt Melias for his help who suggested starting a petition to show the Council that the residents of Shirehampton want the issue solved & that CCTV is an effective way of doing this.

Over the next month, resident of Shirehampton will receive a petition leaflet through their doors. If you feel that anti social behaviour needs sorting out in our community, please fill the petition out. The more help & support we get, the more likely the Council will listen to us.

Thank you very much for your continued support!

Henry Michallat, Local Campaigner

CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA

CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA SHIREHAMPTON PUBLIC HALL


ALL WELCOME REFRESHMENTS, CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES, RAFFLE AND PRESENTS FROM SANTA HIMSELF!

(Present from Santa £1.50)

Monday 18th December 2pm ‐ 4pm

Grainger Players

Due to unforeseen circumstances Grainger Players have had to reschedule the dates of our show Beauty and the Beast. The new performance dates are 16th & 17th February 2018. We look forward to your continued support.

Nature Notes…

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Male Sparrow Hawk, photo by John Knight

I have to thank John Knight for allowing me to share this stunning photo of a male sparrow hawk that came a’hunting in his garden recently.

It’s initial effort caused injury to an unlucky pigeon, which hid for some time in John’s garden. John tells me that he was amazed at the patience of the hawk, which stayed put for some time, until the pigeon mistakenly made a break for it which resulted in it being dispatched by the hunter in very quick time. Such is the sometimes gruesome reward of nature watching.

I have seen some recent absentees returning to the garden in the last few weeks. Groups of the super‐delightful long tailed tits make sporadic visits to the fat balls, great tits and blue tits also.

The starlings are still somewhere else sadly, apart from the odd one now and again, but I’ll keep waiting!

A sad tale to tell this month: On the last Friday in October I was popping the dog out for a quick comfort walk, prior to going up to the Tithe Barn for the Shire paper count. It was one o’clock in the afternoon, and as I walked across the car park back towards home, I came cross a young hoglet just sitting in the road. Keeping Jamie tight to me, I could see it had an injury to one of its hind legs. I rushed Jamie indoors, grabbed a box, and went back to bring the little one home.

I rang Secret World and told them what the situation was, and they advised me to get the animal checked at my vets. Apparently, vets have a duty of care to wildlife, so don’t be afraid to take an injured wild creature to a local vet. My poor little hog had a broken leg, so I am sorry to say it was put to sleep. If it had been a minor injury the vet would have rung Secret World who would have collected it for recovery. I did cry, but could only console myself by knowing it had been helped quickly, without suffering for goodness knows how long if undetected.

On a happier note to end with, I still have other young hogs visiting after dark to take their fill of the earthworms provided. Now that Jack Frost has begun to appear, maybe they will soon quietly take themselves off to their winter quarters for some time!

Happy nature watching, and Happy Christmas. Bobbie Perkins

Botany in the Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

If you take the train from Shirehampton southwards and, at the right time of year, as you approach Sea Mills, look out towards the River Avon, you may see scattered wispy six‐foot‐high plants of Garden Asparagus, sometimes with red berries, growing in the long grass of the estuarine saltmarsh.

Asparagus is a plant with an extraordinarily long recorded history growing wild near us ‐ for instance as far back as 1854 it was reported growing on the Bank of Avon between Sea Mills and Lamplighters. But that is not even half of it. In 1634, Thomas Johnson, later to die of wounds received in the Civil War, reported it in the marshes beyond Bristow. He was probably shown it by a local man, John Price, Bristol’s first‐known botanist, a not less learned apothecary than a jovial companion.

Later on, in 1767, Joseph Banks, not long before joining Captain Cook’s first great voyage of discovery, wrote in his diary that it grew in the saltmarsh below Leigh Woods opposite Cook’s Folly. It was still there in the early 1900s. Since at least the 1950s it has been known a mile southward, a solitary clump now being shaded out by a Sycamore tree and reduced to two stems when I looked a few weeks ago.

What is the Asparagus doing here? In 1640 Parkinson indicated that from the Great Saltmarsh there then was between Hallen and Severn Beach, the local poor gathered shoots of something like it to sell in the Bristol market at a price much cheaper than our garden kind is sold at London. But that might have been hops.

From 1773 to at least 1940, Salsify, another garden vegetable, could be found wild in the meadows below Cook’s Folly where the Avon Wildlife Trust now has their wicker whale. Rather than having been washed up from elsewhere as one observer suggested when he saw Asparagus there in the 1860s, might not the Avonside saltmarshes, otherwise meadows or grazing land, once have been used as a vegetable garden?

Clive Lovatt

Letters to the Editor

Have your say eMail ‐>   editor@shire.org.uk

 Portway school photo ‐ Chris. Eynon.

Dear Editor

I was very interested to see the photograph of pupils at Portway School. The only person I was able to recognise was Mr Tagney, who I believe emigrated to Canada after the end of the 1953 Summer Term. I have a similar photograph at home, hidden away somewhere, of Form 2/1, taken at the same time. My Form Master was Chunky Barrett.

I think that Tony Hamilton’s memory is playing tricks on him regarding the location. I started at Portway Upper School, Penpole, straight from Primary School in September, 1951, and left in July, 1953, to attend Bristol Central Commercial School. On no occasion did I ever go to Portway Lower School. The brick building in the background of the photograph was a purpose built single storey brick building with a flat roof next to the Main Gates, which housed the offices for Mr Carlyle, the Headmaster, Mr Bazeley, Deputy Head, the School Secretary, and Teachers Staff Room. The windows are metal framed whereas Portway Lower School had wooden window frames. I must try and find the photograph of my Form, which has the names of all the pupils written on the back.

Chris. Eynon.

 Portway school photo ‐ David Hunt

Dear Editor

I was pleased to see again, the school photo which I meant to reply to last month.

I can vaguely recognise some of the faces but not the names. Typical of course. However, I had thought that the lad on the left of the back road was Brian Meaker, who lived in The Beanacre off of Kings Weston Lane, but one of your correspondents say it is Alan Young. Now whilst I can recognise that lad, I cannot remember the name, but on looking closer it may well be Alan Young rather than Brian Meaker.

I well remember Tony Hamilton and note that he had confirmed he is in the photo, and I have always remembered a lad called Terry Williams, who came around the classroom asking us all to sign their names in an album, as he was emigrating to New Zealand. He left from Penpole in about 1952, but I never forgot his smile and often wondered how he got on. I believe the lad on the front row, third from right could well be him.

I can confirm also that the teacher was Tag Tagney, and I saw his gravestone in the Shire Cemetery, near the bottom end within a few yards of Springfield Avenue.

I also went from Portway to Penpole at that time, but had a different teacher. I had a Mr Wells, and HAM Harvey sometimes taught us. Mr Ackland was known for having a size 16 dap for disciplining wrongdoers. Just the one. Nobody ever saw the other dap !!

I would add that in actual fact, we moved to Penpole in September 1951, having left Portway to the girls during the summer. I remember this, because we were asked by a teacher to gather as much info on the Festival of Britain, and the winner would have a prize. I left my very thick scrapbook in the classroom and when I went back during the holiday to get it, it had been thrown away. And I never heard any more about a prize anyway, so I think the teacher probably forgot as well.

I left in July 1953, and was in class 4/2. Happy days.

Kind regards

David (Hunt).

  Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh ‐ John Knight

Dear Editor

Your readers will have seen the Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh clearing scrub alongside the Yellow Brick Road and making the picnic areas more accessible for everybody.

We are one of three regional finalists competing for a grant from TESCO Bags of Help.

You can vote for us in the local TESCO stores below during November and December.

By voting you also show that Bristol’s beleaguered open spaces and parks are important.

When you buy something of any value from one of the local stores below or at the Lime Trees Road Superstore, you will be given a token so that you can vote.

Vote for: Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh: Making Space project

  • Trymwood Express, Shirehampton Road, BS9 2DP
  • Westbury‐on‐Trym Express, 77 Westbury Hill, BS9 3AD
  • Henleaze Esso Express, 142 Henleaze Road, BS9 4NB
  • Lime Trees Road Superstore, BS6 7XW

Thank you

John Knight

Secretary Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh

Alford, John (Walter)

John (Walter) Alford passed away on 26th October 2017 aged 87. Will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral service to be held at South Bristol Crematorium, Tuesday 5th December at 11.15 am.

No flowers please but donations if desired for Clevedon Pier may be sent c/o Arthur E Davey & Sons, 82 Silver Street, Nailsea, BS48 2DS Tel: 01275 852307

Mandy Pringle

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Mandy Pringle

Our beautiful Mandy,born 1967,attended Shirehampton Infants and Juniors, 120th Brownies and Guides and Portway School, passed away 12 November 2017.

She packed a whole lotta livinrsquo;, lovinrsquo; and laughin’into that half a century and her family loved her so much.

She handled Huntingtonrsquo;s Disease with grace and humour.

Dave James.

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Jill, Colin and family would like to wish you a happy 60th birthday.

Enjoy your party!

If you want to announce a family celebration, marriage or death in the Shire newspaper:

Contact adverts@shire.org.uk to book.

Small text box = £10.

Larger picture box = £15.

Important Notice to all our Readers.

The January issue will be delivered later than usual ‐ from 5th January.

Thank You

On behalf of the ’Shire ’ paper’s committee and myself , I wish to send a massive THANK YOU to all the counters, delivery drivers, and house to house deliverers, who generously give their time each month to getting our great free paper around our neighbourhood.

Our amazing editors must also receive a huge pat on the back, for their hard work in producing a local paper to be proud of!

Here’s wishing all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and let us look forward to another great ’community’ year in 2018!

Bobbie Perkins.

SHIRE photo exhibition

SHIRE newspaper held an exhibition of its photo archive in the Public Hall in November. The photos went back forty years and there was considerable interest from long time Shirehampton residents who found photos of old friends and of once familiar places that may have changed considerably over the years. People were invited to take away any photos that meant something to them. A whole display board devoted to the Grainger Players went to join their archive and individuals came away with photos of family and friends. The photos were free but many people left donations and between those and the sale of coffee and tea, the Exhibition raised over £40 for the Public Hall.

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SHIRE would like to thank everyone who came to the exhibition. If anyone has questions or would like to see more of the photos you can contact Judy Helme at juliethelme@aol.com .

Farewell presentation

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Last August Stuart Richards, who for more than twenty years was compositor and designer overseeing the printing of SHIRE, stood down. Stuart was a greatly respected colleague and all the editors at SHIRE relied on his professional expertise, his patience and his ability to solve last minute problems. We arranged to present Stuart with a gift as token of our gratitude and affection at the Shire Photo Exhibition in November.

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

The club Annual General Meeting, held on Thursday November 2nd was attended by more than thirty members.

A generally successful season was reported by Captains and Club Officers,a season of enjoyable mixed friendly games, Ladies Friendly games, competitive Ladies and Gentlemen’s League games and County Competitions, club league, club competitions, a successful Summer Tour, Winter Bowling Break and an enjoyable Presidents Day. It was a busy season!

The club has a new, seven metre flagpole and a new flag. Trevor Scanlon has been appointed Master of The Flag and will be responsible for hoisting and taking care of it next season. It is hoped that the flag will fly whenever a game is being played at the green.

Election of officers

  • David Hinksman will continue as President for a further season the third of a fixed term of three years.
  • Lis Davies was re‐elected Chairperson,
  • Heather Champion as Secretary,
  • Bill Hatherall as Treasurer and Men’s League Captain.
  • Dee Crawley was re‐elected Competition Secretary and
  • Phil Cormack confirmed as the new Fixtures Secretary.
  • Ray Cook will continue as Wednesday Captain and
  • Gill Hinksman as Ladies League and Ladies Friendly Captain.
  • A week‐end Captain will be appointed at the Pre‐Season Meeting in March.

When the outdoor season ends early in October and there is no more until next April the only way to continue bowling here is to go indoors at the City and County Club situated at Ashton Vale. Many outdoor players do just that, but not everybody. So it is good that during the outdoor close season there are opportunities for everybody to try the indoor game and represent the club in three friendly games. Playing on an indoor surface is very different to playing on grass and therefore something of a challenge to those playing only the occasional game. The first of the three games is, by tradition against The City and County Club team. This year’s game was played on Saturday November 4th, on six rinks and included a meal at the end. The outcome was a comfortable win for the City and County team but did provide experience for the less regular indoor bowlers from the City and Port that will stand them in good stead for the other two games on January 20th and March 3rd 2018 which will be against local club sides.

Sunday social events have become very much a part of the clubs year. The first of this year’s events will be on December 10th a skittles evening, with additional attractions, commencing at 7.30pm. Others will follow through the winter until the eve of the new season in April.

Bowling is for people of all ages a healthy outdoor activity, lots of walking up and down the green and the chance to learn a new skill and meet lots of people. So why not give it a try next season? If you would like to know more please call David Hinksman on 0117 9082713.

Local new basketball team ‐ The Shirehampton Pacemakers

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Top row from left: Danny Williams, Eric Bruce, Carl Brown, James Matthews, Simon Gregory
Bottom row from left: Matt Mckenny, Darren Matthews, Chris Hamilton, Ryan Nichols

On 20th August this year, 18 years since the previous basketball meeting, 9 men with Shirehampton connections decided to give it one last go, or so they thought.

The session took place at their old practice venue, St Mary’s basketball court, and seemed to last forever. It was quickly recognised that fitness levels were not what they used to be, however the enjoyment and competitiveness most certainly was.

Since this meeting, many discussions and ideas developed, culminating now in a recognised local amateur basketball team ‐ The Shirehampton Pacemakers. On 15/10/2017 they took part in their first match, against another Bristol based amateur basketball team ‐ The Bristol Lazyboys. The final result was closer than expected, with The Shirehampton Pacemakers losing by only 12 points, 41 to 29. A very impressive performance after 18 years off of the court!

Through an extremely grateful sponsorship from D & D Locksmiths and very generous donations on JustGiving, The Shirehampon Pacemakers have managed to purchase a team playing kit and are now more than ready for the next game, hopefully a rematch in December. The search continues however for an indoor home venue…

Should you wish to find out more about The Shirehampton Pacemakers, or simply view some pictures from the recent game, please visit their Facebook page.

Dan Matthews

Avonmouth Ladies Hockey Club

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Photo courtesy of Bigstock

If you’re new to hockey, used to play at school or just fancy giving it a go, why not come along and play for us? We are a local, friendly and sociable hockey club who have two teams playing in Division 2 and 3 of the Berkeley League.

We train on Wednesday evenings from 7‐8pm at Henbury School which is also where we play our home matches on Saturdays. We are looking for players of any age/standard, particularly goalkeepers.