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Tynings Field Orchard

Starvation Vegetable Recipe

FEBRUARY Newsletter Shirehampton Public Hall

Latest from a forgotten landscape

Tyning field community group

Award for Stuart Souch  Oasis Academy Brightstowe

New deputy principal at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

St. Mary's News - February 2018

Botany in the Shire

The Long and Short Penpole

Nature Notes…

Letters to the Editor

SHIRE Community Grants  ‐ 2018

Apology for late arrival of January edition of Shire

Volunteer at Shire newspaper

Waste collection calendar 2018

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Iron Bridge Rally


A North Bristol campaign group marked 800 days since a vital and historic footbridge was damaged by a high-sided lorry and closed to pedestrians by Bristol City Council, with a public rally showing how much the bridge is loved.

Kingsweston Iron Bridge is a Grade II listed cast iron structure, built circa 1820 by legendary roads engineer John Loudon McAdam (who gave his name to tarmac). It forms the only safe pedestrian link between the Blaise and Kingsweston estates in north Bristol. It was used daily by hundreds of dog walkers, families, schoolchildren and ramblers until it was struck by a high-sided lorry on 4 November 2015. The bridge was swiftly scaffolded by Bristol City Council and closed to pedestrians. It has now remained closed for over 2 years. This week marks 800 days since the bridge was last open to foot traffic.

The Facebook group Save the iron bridge ‐ Kingsweston frustrated with the Council’s slow pace and poor communication with locals organized the rally on January 14th 2018 to spell out their message to the Council.

The Council’s Bridges Team held a Project meeting on 20 November 2017 and agreed an action plan for repairs to the bridge. In a progress report on the Iron Bridge Cllr Don Alexander wrote:.

“The programme for the action plan would be expected to be completed within this financial year, but I would hope to be in a position in late January/early February …to have the overall design concept resolved and to be able to determine likely cost estimates for these repair and refurbishment works to reinstall this footbridge.

As you can see, there is an immense amount of investigatory work that is now being programmed to enable BCC to come up with a detailed design concept which will hopefully facilitate the raising of the bridge on the existing rock face abutments. The amount the footbridge can be raised, will be determined by the findings of the investigatory works, but we would … try and achieve about 400mm to 500mm. The potential raising of the footbridge is imperative, as the risk of this footbridge being impacted again by a HGV in its current position, would be considered almost certain.”

Renee Slater

Tynings Field Orchard

In winter little apple trees
Bare and stripped
Sleeping bees

The sky a mirror of ice
A single brown leaf
One apple. Three turnips.
11 French hens.

Sun you paint with a tinted lens
Wind so loud you are from the East
But there is nothing wise
Under clear frosty skies

A running wild hungry little orange beast with green mean eyes and fluffy tail
Sleeps with knowing
Trust nature
The right time
Will soon come for growing.

By Caroline Penny

Starvation Vegetable Recipe

Wintertime often brought starvation in bygone days.

Hens stop laying, which is why demand for eggs by consumers over the years has led to them being kept inside under artificial conditions and battery farmed. In Tynings field, we keep hens in a natural environment and our eggs decline while the hens rest over winter. In the Spring we have been offered a few extra battery hens to join our flock, which will give them a new lease of life.

Regarding vegetables, foraged turnip leaf chard, root turnip and an apple made a stew. Adding pepper makes a tasty soup.

Foraging for dandelion leaf or kale and chard as winter greens are a good antioxidant.

Caroline Penny.

FEBRUARY Newsletter Shirehampton Public Hall

Welcome to the Shirehampton Public Hall February newsletter!


Our Christmas with Santa event was a huge success as reported in last month’s Shire. Many, many thanks to everyone who supported the Hall on this special day. Thanks especially for the much needed help of our volunteers, namely Danny, Sue Bessell, Nikki Britton, Edna Carby, Ann Goslin, Richard Powell and Sylvia Shore.

Also many thanks to everyone who donated a prize for the raffle, especially our local Shirehampton traders: Bobbetts, the Co-op, Flowerworld, The George, The Lifeboat, Nightingales, Gary the Postmaster and Stadon Pet Supplies.

Manager’s usual office hours: 9am-3pm Tuesday and Wednesday;

9am-1pm Thursday

Shirehampton Public Hall 32 Station Rd Shirehampton Bristol BS11 9TX

tel: 0117 982 9963 e-mail:


Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England, no 5472607 Registered Charity no 1112459

Latest from a forgotten landscape

Never mind the weather, we still have lots to see and do! Here’s a sampling of our upcoming events. For full details and more on our projects, visit our website

Family bird watching

Saturday 3 February, 10-11:30, Pilning

Come and witness the great migrations along the Severn with Ed Drewitt, naturalist and broadcaster. Learn to identify a range of birds, use binoculars and telescopes, and generally enjoy a wild morning out along the River. For children aged 8+ accompanied by their parent/guardian. Details of the meeting point will be given on booking. This event is free but you must book a place at

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Tuesday Talks 2018 season

Our next season of talks kicks off on Tuesday 6 Feb.

All talks will be at St Peter’s Church, Cross Hands Road, Pilning, BS35 4JB. They start a 19:30 and last about an hour. They are free but you must book your place - see our website for details.

Talk 1 - Tales of the Vale. Tuesday 6th February.

World events capture the headlines, but there is also a hidden history that is just as fascinating and which deserves our attention. This talk by A Forgotten Landscape’s Tales of the Vale volunteers will showcase the work they’ve been doing. Come and hear local voices describe life in the Severn Vale decades ago, and learn about research that will give new meaning to places you thought you knew.

Stephen Carroll, an oral history volunteer, will describe how oral history connects the present with our forgotten past, and share recorded memories of putcher fishing, cider making, surviving the blitz and how nuclear physics was brought to the Severn Vale. Then Liz Napier will share some of the discoveries she and her fellow archive researchers have made about A Forgotten Landscape’s hidden history. A fascinating evening guaranteed!

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Talk 2 ‐Otters, Water voles and Mink. Tuesday 6th March.

Gill Brown, Coordinator of YACWAG Otter Group, based in North Somerset, will lead this illustrated talk that gives a unique insight into the life of otters, the factors leading to their decline and their return from the brink of extinction in England. Gill will also discuss the relationship otters have with mink and water voles. Water voles are the UK’s fastest declining mammal but they have a stronghold around Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston. Photo Copyright: Jim Bebbington
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Talk 3 ‐ The Holocene landscapes of the Lower Severn Vale Levels. Tuesday 3rd April.

Delve into the past and discover how the Lower Severn Vale Levels have been shaped by man over thousands of years. In this illustrated talk, Paul Driscoll, South Gloucestershire Council’s Archaeology and Historic Environment Record Officer, will explore the archaeology of the Lower Severn Vale Levels and human presence here from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

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Event management training

Saturday 24 Feb, 9:30 -12:30, Turnberries Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB

We’re recruiting event volunteers! Come along to our training and we’ll show you everything you need to know to help out at our events. There’s lots to get involved in from bird walks and history talks to the Severn Festival! We’ll also introduce you to some of the things you’ll need to consider if you want to run your own events.

The training is free but you must book a place if you’re interested email Emma on: or call: 01454 864265

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Tyning field community group

We are approaching the Equinox, a time of year in the farming calendar when animals sense that Spring is coming.

Nights become steadily lighter and cold unbearable days become merely cool. Our soil has rested over winter, the rain and sleet have washed nutrients into the deeper layers. The birds sing a little longer each day and slowly the soil temperature starts to rise. The sluggishness and harsh winter months are ending now. During winter we store fats in our system and we too become less motivated. Perhaps you have always dreamed of having a job on a smallholding, the freedom to come and go, being out in the fresh air to grow your own vegetables, being in touch with nature, with animals and, of course, in summer being able to purchase cheap local honey whilst you get a free suntan.

If you dream of being fit lean and healthy in body and mind, of having a table full of fresh food that is nourishing and good for you and your family, then let us make it a reality. We have the place, if you have the time. Let 2018 be the time you focus on your goals when your health and wellbeing come first. We are what we eat. Vegetable growing with land spaces available for new and old members. Tel 01179090440 or look us up on community group. And message us.

Award for Stuart Souch  Oasis Academy Brightstowe

More than 700 children and young people from over 40 Oasis Academies across the UK converged at a special awards ceremony in Birmingham to celebrate outstanding individual achievements.

The event was hosted by Matt Dawson, England Rugby World Cup winner, on 19th December, 2017.

Almost 150 students attended the national ceremony from Oasis Academies in Bristol, having won prizes for categories such as sports, arts and culture, achievement and contribution to their communities.

Stuart Souch, Year 11 student at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, won the One Oasis Award, given to those students who have shown exceptional commitment to engaging with their Academy’s global partner, or to fundraising.

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Stuart Souch

Stuart enthusiastically engaged fellow students in fundraising for Oasis Academy Musoto, Oasis’s pre-school in Mbale, Uganda. On a visit to the project last year, his determination and commitment to serve the children at the pre-school was inspirational, helping to cement the partnership between the local community and Oasis Academy Brightstowe.

Commenting on Stuart’s award, Joe Docherty, Principal of Oasis Academy Brightstowe, said: “Stuart has a real heart for the young people in Mbale. With others, he worked hard to raise funds to pay for new buildings at Oasis Academy Musoto, and really engaged with the children when he was part of a trip last year ‐ he is an example to his fellow students.”

New deputy principal at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

A new Deputy Principal has been appointed at Oasis Academy Brightstowe in the shape of Steve Clayson.

Steve joins from St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, where he spent almost ten years and was Assistant Headteacher during a period when it progressed from “good” to “outstanding.”

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Steve Clayson

Married with two teenage sons, Steve lives in Yate and graduated from the University of Warwick in Microbiology and Virology. After a research post at the London Hospital looking at viruses and their links to cancer, he went into youth work and then took a teaching degree at King’s College, London.

His first teaching role was in East London and he then moved to a school in Gloucester, initially as head of Year 7 and then as advanced skills teacher, specialising in coaching and teaching and learning, before joining St. Mary Redcliffe in 2007.

In recent years Steve has also had a responsibility for improved teaching and learning across other schools in Bristol, working in partnership with leadership teams, and with Bristol City Council to address recruitment and retention issues in education through the establishment of a newly qualified teacher training programme across the city.

Last year Steve’s outstanding contribution was recognised when he received a silver award in the Teacher of the Year category at the Pearson Teaching Awards.

Steve Clayson was appointed Deputy Principal in succession to Julia Hinchliffe, who became Headteacher at Orchard School at the start of the academic year.

Joe Docherty, Principal at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, said: “Steve’s relentless focus on raising standards and accelerating pupil progress will be a central part of his new role here.

“We are delighted that he has joined us and I am sure everyone at Oasis Academy Brightstowe will do their utmost to make him feel welcome.”

St. Mary's News - February 2018

Hi Folks!

Already we can see the evenings slowly drawing out and our thoughts turning to Spring. As a Hot House Plant, I can’t wait for the warmer weather to appear when I can cast aside my bulky clothing.

Going back to the Christmas period, we were thrilled to see so many people, particularly the school children sharing their Carol Services with us. It is always a great joy to hear children singing and sharing in their excitement. On Christmas Eve at our Crib Service we welcomed 169 adults and 67 children, many of whom came dressed as Nativity characters; some of the very young ones were so cute!

Now, a reminder from last month about the Youth Club to be held in the Tithe Barn from 7.30 pm on Tuesdays. Children from 10 to 16 years will be most welcome. Please let your children come along and join in the fun and activities.

Ash Wednesday this year falls on the 14th February and is of course the beginning of Lent. Our Lent Course for 2018 is to be led by the Avonside Mission Area i.e. The churches of Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Stoke Bishop and will last for six weeks; each session takes place in one of the above churches and commences at 7.00 pm. Light refreshments will be served at the start of each evening. Our desire is to see God by using this course not only to deepen our personal relationship with Christ, but also our relationships with one another and our communities. Our challenge is to apply in our lives what we learn together, as we seek social, cultural and spiritual transformation within our Mission Area.

The dates of each Wednesday course and in which church they are held are as follows:

  • 14th February- St Edyth’s, Sea Mills:
  • 21st February - St Mary’s, Stoke Bishop:
  • 28th February- St Edyth’s. Sea Mills:
  • 7th March, St Peter’s, Lawrence Weston:
  • 14th March - St Mary’s, Shirehampton: 21st March - St Andrew’s, Avonmouth.

Now a reminder of Messy Church, which is a great time for children of all ages held in church from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm. This month it will be held on Thursday 15th February and the theme will be on - Love. (Well it would be, wouldn’t it, as the previous day was St Valentine’s Day?). The next session is on Thursday 15th March. So if you pop into the church, why not pick up a leaflet with all the dates through until December ?

We plan to hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting after the 10.00 am Holy Communion Service on Sunday, 18th March. It is suggested that we have a Bring & Share Lunch that day with the Meeting immediately afterwards. This is your chance to ask questions and vote for those persons you wish to represent you on the Parochial Church Council for the forthcoming 12 months. This is an important meeting and you are warmly invited to attend.

Now, before I go I have a question for you. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?

Answer: Pharaoh’s daughter.

She went down to the Bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet!

’Bye for now. C.M.E.

Botany in the Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

The White Stonecrop grows quite extensively on old concrete at the north end of the Lamplighter’s Marsh Local Nature Reserve, and it is also a favourite cottage garden plant found on top of limestone walls. The latest identification book for British plants reckons it was introduced before the 16th Century, but accepts a longstanding argument that it may be native in the Malverns, the Mendips and Devon.

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White Stonecrop

Hewett Cottrell Watson, a botanical bachelor from south of London, was interested in such distinctions. In 1847 he wrote that “several botanists have recorded White Stonecrop from Bath or Bristol in terms that may lead to the belief of it being native there”. Another botanical bachelor, Thomas Bruges Flower from Bath thought it native at Penpole Point and in 1861 he took Watson there.

The visitor wasn’t impressed by the locality of the plant, and later described it as “a cavity from which stone might formerly have been quarried, and which was evidently then used as a receptacle for garden refuse from the adjacent grounds of a gentleman’s house” ‐ Kings Weston House no doubt.

Somewhat problematically, a decade later the Bristol Rock-cress (a plant otherwise confined as a presumed native to the Avon Gorge) was found at Penpole Point. In the mid-1950s it was seen growing with the White Stonecrop in steep south-facing rock pockets with advancing ivy, on ground subject to trampling. In 1978 the spot was largely overgrown, but I found 125 rosettes in the north-facing quarry. So far as I know, the Bristol Rock-cress, despite being a protected plant under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, hasn’t been seen at Penpole Point for a decade or more.

Bristol Rock-cress

Back in the Avon Gorge in a part where the Bristol Rock-cress doesn’t grow, its showy relative, Garden Arabis, is some years visible from a distance cascading down the cliffs. Nearby, the White Stonecrop, known here a mere hundred years or so, grows with undeniably native rare plants, including the St Vincent’s Rock Stonecrop, first found in Britain there in 1638.

Clive Lovatt

The Long and Short Penpole

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Once upon a time the posh boys of Clifton College used to visit the hill in the King’s Weston estate for one of the major athletic events of the school year ‐ the cross-country run with hurdles.

It began in about 1863. It came in two versions ‐ first of all what became the Short Penpole for younger boys, the under-16s, and then the Long Penpole for older ones. The Long Penpole, first taking place in 1873, must have been a stiff ordeal. It was even mentioned in the British Medical Journal in 1907 as being “especially a severe test of running power and physical fitness above the normal”, and one for which a boy had to have a medical examination before he was allowed to take part. There is some variation in accounts I have seen of how long the long course was: I have seen 9, 10 and 12 miles mentioned! Towards the end of the nineteenth century the best runners were doing it ‐ whatever the length was ‐ in just over an hour.

The future Colonel Eric Brooke-Anderson doing the job in about 1907.

The locals around Shire were not always fully supportive. In 1896, there were some “difficulties with a farmer”, and the courses had to be altered.

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Long Penpole trophy

Silver-gilt trophies were awarded to the winners. The Long Penpole trophy for 1906 came up for sale on eBay recently, and here is the eggcup-shaped object awarded to W. Marshall!

Richard Coates

Nature Notes…

We must thank Bob Pitchford for this superb shot of baby blackbirds that were hatched and successfully fledged from his garden last Spring - a timely reminder that the season of rebirth is not too far away! I, for one, can hardly wait. I have been trying to spot the herons’ return to their nest sites across the river. They arrived very early last New Year but, as yet, they seem to be biding their time. Perhaps they have a better eye on the weather still to come?!?

During the recent cold snap, I saw a return of the long-tailed tits to our garden , enjoying the fat balls. I also put out the remainder of the hedgehog’s dry meal worms, hoping the robin would take advantage. Whether he did or not I don’t know, but something did! I’m still hopeful that a hedgehog decided to hibernate in the shelter we put up . I stuffed it with hay and we did see one using it over several nights. When I had a closer look, I could see the tunnel it had created going through to the back. Once the feeding had stopped, I filled the entrance with more hay, and, to date, it hasn’t been disturbed. The plovers have recently been showing off their group flying skills along the river. A very welcome distraction.

An update too on Bertie the Buzzard! Whilst exercising my daughter’s dog the other day, Bertie was keeping a ’hawk’ eye on us from the branch of a tree just a few metres away from us. What a delight! Much much more to come as winter gives way to spring, but for now…

Happy nature watching.

Bobbie Perkins

Feed Me, Feed Me!!

Letters to the Editor

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Portway Boys School

Potway school photo
Portway school. First published in Shire: October 2017
 G’day from Gawler, South Australia. ‐ Denise & Keith FitzGerald

Dear Editor

I would refer to Portway Boys’ School in the early 50’s. I was at the Penpole location and my teacher was a Mr Sissons. I also attended the Festival of Britain Celebrations and I believe, if my memory serves me correctly, that a Mr Baker was our Teacher/Guide. I think his wife was also a teacher. At the time I was there, one of the teachers was a Mrs Mare (and apologies if the name is spelt wrongly). Bob Churchill (Hairdressing fame!) was also in my Class..

I have very fond memories of my time at the School and wonder if anyone remembers me? My wife & I were married in St. Mary’s in 1959, the Vicar being the Rev. John Smith. We often wonder where his Curate (whose name we can’t recall) moved to. Denise & I were members of the Twyford House Theatrical group and took part in several pantomimes held in the Shire Hall.

Continued success with your publication; we’d be lost without connecting with it each month via the Internet.

Kind regards,

Denise & Keith FitzGerald

 Portway School Photograph ‐ P J Stephens.

Dear Editor

I was very interested in the school photograph in the December edition of the Shire of pupils at Portway School. I am in the front row, 3rd from the left. My name is Peter Stephens, I also recognise Mervyn Derrick who is 5th from the left in the centre row.


P J Stephens.

 Portway School ‐  David Hunt

Dear Editor

Firstly, may I wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. And my thanks for the very interesting content of the monthly issue of Shire on the Web.

There have been a few articles on Portway School this past year, and I thought maybe a school report might bring further memories to the readers. I was bottom of the class for most of the early years and I was always conscious of that. Then one day just a few years ago, it dawned on me that there were four classes in each year, so I was actually average !! Ironically, had I been top of class 4/3, I would have been marginally lower than I really was as bottom of 4/2 but, psychologically, my esteem was lower than it would have been had I been top of 4/3 ! Fortunately, in my last year I managed to concentrate a bit more and did better. Sadly, to my shame, I remembered only a few of my teachers but had forgotten Mr Martyn, my last one.

Kind regards

David Hunt

 Chris Eynon and Bristol Commercial School‐ Leslie Gould

Dear Editor

At the age of 11 in 1937, I was selected to attend North Bristol Central School. I obviously have no knowledge of Chris Eynon and events at Portway which, in my time, was at the end of Park Road. North Bristol was situated just outside the walls of Horfield prison, but was very handy for the County Ground, to where those of us interested in cricket would dash at 4 o’clock if Walter Hammond or Charlie Barnett were in full cry. The school was commercially orientated and, around the outbreak of war, was amalgamated with East Bristol Central School in a converted warehouse behind Castle Street; concrete staircases, no playground but a weekly visit by coach to the sports ground of one of the grammar schools near Kellaway Avenue.

Then came the blitz and complete destruction, resulting in a transfer to school premises in Redcross Street which are still there in some educational capacity. Eventually came flying training in the Fleet Air Arms and, with the end of the war, I awaited my ’demob’ in Hamburg; a chastening experience but I worked closely with five German civilians. One of them was an ex-Bomber pilot and, when he discovered I came from Bristol, he told me he had been there. I told him I would have preferred it if he had stayed at home but I accepted that, like me, he was just doing his job, and had been shot down later.

I lost touch with most of my school friends and presumed the school name was changed so I was surprised to see the name again.

My life in Shirehampton was mostly spent in Chapel House, where the Co-op Store now stands, and in Penpole Avenue. For a time I was a member of the Cricket Club as was my half-brother who had been captain of the 1st XI. Now in my 90’s, I am extending my retirement as long as possible in Cornwall !

Best wishes to all associated with Shire.

Leslie Gould

 BIRTH OF POLLY ‐ Adam And Hannah Lenik

Dear Editor


My wife Hannah Lenik and I are residents of Shirehampton and have just been lucky enough to have the birth of our first child, it would be fantastic and a great ‘cut out’for us if you could announce her birth in the Shire newspaper.

Her name is Polly Blue Lenik, she was born on Tuesday the 12/12/17 at 4:57pm weighing 6lb 8oz.

Thank you very much.

Adam And Hannah Lenik

 Petition article update ‐ Henry Michallat (Local Campaigner)

Dear Editor

I recently wrote an article about my petition to tackle anti social behaviour and I now attach an update.

As many of your readers will be aware, last month I and Councillor, Matt Melias, launched a petition to urge Bristol City Council to put CCTV cameras in the High Street to deter acts of anti-social behaviour.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the local residents of Shire who have supported this and continue to do so. The response from local people has brought to light that this is an issue which local residents want sorting out.

If you see one of these leaflet petitions come through your door, please feel free to send it back to us, so your voice can be heard!

Again, thank you very much for your continued support!

Henry Michallat (Local Campaigner)

 Stolen Purse - Thank you! ‐ Bridget Williams

Dear Editor

I had my purse stolen in Shirehampton and I would like to thank the kind person who found my Driving Licence and posted it back to me.

Thank You Very Much.

Bridget Williams

 January Edition of Shire ‐ Ken Sharpe

Dear Editor

I was pleasantly surprised to see Ellen and Ray Husher mentioned.

I remember them both well, as my first cousin, Ellen, was married to Ray perhaps in the late 50’s.

She was a member of the well-loved Pill ferryman, Albert Sharpe’s family, 13 children in all. Tragically, Tony (the 13th of my beloved cousins) was taken so young from us; he was in Avonmouth sea cadets with me in the old hut which I think was situated in the very road where Ray and Ellen lived.

Ray Husher I think was a tugman in spite of having a bad leg; salt of the earth, both people.

Please pass on my kindest regards,.

Ken Sharpe

SHIRE Community Grants  ‐ 2018

‘SHIRE’ newspaper is once again inviting applications from local organizations for a grant.

If you wish to apply, please advise us of the name of your group and how you serve the community.

If you require a specific sum for a particular project, please let us know the amount.

We regret we cannot issue grants to individuals.

The deadline for applications is 16th March. You can leave your application in the Shire folder in the Library or email it to .

The committee will consider all requests at our meeting in early April.

Apology for late arrival of January edition of Shire

The Shire Committee would like to extend a sincere apology to everyone for the very late distribution of the January edition.

This was totally outside our control because the transport vehicle broke down on route to the Public Hall, where the counters were patiently waiting. The lateness was compounded by the fact that printing was delayed by a week anyway because of Christmas and New Year falling as they did.

We hope that, despite the delay, you found plenty to read and enjoy once it dropped through your door!

Volunteer at Shire newspaper

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Angus Bucknell

The Shire Committee is delighted to welcome Angus Bucknell, a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Hospital School in the centre of Bristol. Angus is 16 years old and studying for his A Levels in Computer Science, Maths, Biology and History. He has offered his voluntary services in order to gain work experience in Journalism and towards his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Waste collection calendar 2018

As you’ll be aware, the Recycling and Waste Collection calendar is no longer distributed door to door. Unfortunately, there are different days for different postcodes so Shire can’t help by publishing one calendar.

In order to find out your collection dates you can go online

put in your postcode and download a copy of your calendar or Google ‘Bristol collection calendar’ and follow the links.

Alternatively, Bristol Waste will send a calendar to anyone who requests one. Telephone 0117 922 2100 or email

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Sunday evening social events have become very much a part of the bowling club’s year. From December to March, bowlers, family and friends are able to enjoy a variety of fun activities once a month at the City and Port of Bristol Club.


December 10th saw the first gathering of the Winter ---- an evening of skittles, putting and table skittles. Trying something new is all part of the fun ----- table skittles is not a game widely played now and it can be tricky at times. Putting on a mat and aiming at a series of holes in a board with various scores on each of them requires some skill. There were prize-winners ----- Trevor Scanlon was the highest scoring skittler, Bill Cook was top at putting and Chris Silverthorne produced a good score to win on the table skittles. There were other chances to win --- at tombola or in the raffle --- but, the evening was all about enjoyment and it certainly was enjoyable.

PBA Bowling beetle drive (No beetles were harmed during this event…)

There was something completely different on Sunday 7th January ---- the Annual Beetle Drive, guaranteed to frustrate and to amuse in equal measure; this one saw twenty-four bowlers, relatives and friends come along to what is always a popular event. After much frantic throwing of dice and much exasperation ----- is it really that hard to throw a six ---- there was a winner and the Beetle Champion 2018 is Betty Storer.

The next Sunday evening social event is on February 11th and this will be eyes down for bingo at 7.30 in the skittle alley.

Thoughts are already turning to the new outdoor season. Work on the green started soon after the 2017 season ended and is ongoing through the winter months. Work to make everything ready for season 2018 will start in February. A very good fixture list has been put together by Phil Cormack --- first up will be a visit to Wrington on April 11th where the green is all weather, and yes --- it is played on all year round. The City and Port of Bristol Green will open on Saturday April 14th and the first game on it will be the following day. In all there will be 45 mixed friendly games --- on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays as well as Ladies Only, Ladies and Gents Leagues, Club League and a variety of competitions. This year’s Club Summer Tour will be in July on the Isle - of ‐ Wight where bowling will be at Ryde, Shanklin, Sandown and at Cowes.

Bowling does continue during the Winter months, at the City and County Indoor Arena --- the club plays three friendly games ---- a chance for those who bowl only on grass to try their hand on a very different surface. The final game of the three will be on Saturday March 3rd against Severnvale.