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Evergreens Day Trips 2018

Help spruce up Shirehampton

Lawrence Weston Community Farm Intro to Volunteering Course

Tynings Field community group

Shire Stitchers a new year

Put your best foot forward … Bristol Walk Fest is back

Update from A Forgotten Landscape

Students take part in engineering ‘EGGs’ travaganza!

Mondays at Shirehampton Methodist Church

St. Mary's News -  March

Above & Beyond

Nature Notes…

Botany in the Shire

Edward Silverton, man of bricks

Know your Blood Pressure

Herbs for Health Project 2018

Letters to the Editor

Grace McLaughlin, Obituary

Ladies Rugby

City and port of Bristol bowling club.

Funds for Friends

Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh (FOLM) are delighted to announce that it has received two grants totalling £5,000 to improve the Lamplighter’s Marsh Nature Reserve.

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This is great news for Shirehampton and for all the community work that has gone into creating and maintaining the Nature Reserve along the Yellow Brick Road. Thank you to everybody who supported us.

Tesco‘s Bags of Help community grant scheme gave £3,000 from the sale of carrier bags and, the Postcode Lottery gave £2,000 from the charities fund. The money will buy power tools for FOLM to open up overgrown areas and provide guided walks.

In September 2015 the Council owned section of Lamplighter’s Marsh was designated a Local Nature Reserve. FOLM works with the Council’s Parks Department to improve public access within the Nature Reserve and provide better conditions for scarce plants.

FOLM works with the Council’s Parks Department
We have cleared scrub with hand tools, but we can now buy quiet, environmentally friendly battery powered strimmers and hedge cutters. It doesn’t stop there. We will restart the popular guided walks on the yellow brick road with nature conservation experts.

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FOLM is open to everybody and it’s free to belong.

The Activity Days on the first Saturday in the month are a great way of keeping fit and helping the community. We can’t promise an acting career, but FOLM and the Lamplighter‘s Marsh nature reserve featured in a short video that is currently on circulation to clinicians in the UK and USA.

Evergreens Day Trips 2018

8th MaySalisbury
12th JuneWeymouth
7th AugustPaignton
4th SeptemberBridgend Shopping Outlet
9th OctoberAbergavenny Market

Help spruce up Shirehampton

Following the success of last year‘s event, a team of local residents are once again organising a community litter pick as part of the Great British (Bristol) Spring Clean 2018.

We‘ll be meeting on Saturday 3rd March at 9.30am outside Shirehampton Medical Centre on Pembroke Road and splitting into small teams to cover as much ground as possible. Equipment (including grabbers and bags) will be supplied but if you have preferred gloves bring them along.

Litter pickers of all ages are welcome, but children should be supervised by an adult. We‘ll be recycling as much as possible and plan to finish around 10.45‐11am.

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If you can‘t join us but want to help Shirehampton look its best...please bear in mind we‘d rather not have to spend our Saturday picking up litter so please take pride in where you live and put rubbish in the bin. The streets also tend to look messier around bin day, particularly when it‘s windy, so try and pack recycling down, use bin covers and take responsibility for your stretch of pavement and pick up anything that‘s blown out of your bins ‐ this makes a huge difference to the area.

Lawrence Weston Community Farm Intro to Volunteering Course

There is a new 4‐week course staring at Lawrence Farm on Mondays from 10am‐1pm in April 2018.

Learn about animals and gardens and how to work safely, whilst helping to improve the farm and meet new people.

This course is for adults over 19 years old with few or no qualifications or living with mental health issues.

Tynings Field community group

March, it comes with wind and rain.

We are in spring. Daffodils and wild flowers are coming up. Now we welcome new veg grower’s members and a florist.

If you had a veg patch here and want one again, give us a call or if you are new to veg growing we can provide you with a plot and some greenhouse space the plots that are already been worked and just needs digging. Our plots are usually covered in winter. We are here to enable you as members to grow vegetables in our community. The Orchard provides a reasonable fruit share. Eggs and honey are available. We need a volunteer who can cut grass every month on an alternate basis and anyone who maybe hasn‘t time to grow veg but can spend an hour or so tidying the plots every so often. If you are unemployed looking for work, we are happy to write references for any volunteers here. Voluntary work usually increases your employability.

Shire Stitchers a new year

Shire Stitchers is a group of friendly people with an interest in patchwork/quilting/applique.

The group that meets monthly in the Public Hall, Station Rd and has a skill range from novice to expert. We are always happy to welcome new members and share our knowledge and interest.

This year we are offering small group sessions at alternating meetings on basic patchwork, putting together blocks that can be made up into a quilt, cushion covers or bag fronts etc.

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Put your best foot forward … Bristol Walk Fest is back

The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival ‐ Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city is set to take place from May 1 to May 31, 2018.

Bristol’s month‐long walking festival, now in its sixth successful year, regularly attracts over 500 walkers from across the city and beyond. Walkers can take part in a variety of walks, including: history trails; urban exploring; walking sports; gentle park strolls and vigorous uphill hikes.

This year the team co‐ordinating Bristol Walk Fest is Active Ageing Bristol, a collaboration between Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, in partnership with the LinkAge Network and Bristol Ramblers with investment from the TravelWest Fund.

Karen Lloyd, Active Ageing Bristol Manager, said: Walking is a great way to be active and by getting out just once a day for a stroll can make such a difference to your health and wellbeing. I hope that we see more people than ever before getting out and taking part this year.

Thanks, must go to the many local walking groups for supporting the 2018 Bristol Walking Festival.

Update from A Forgotten Landscape

Spring flowers are up and the days are definitely lengthening days.

Time for winter projects before the land wakes up, getting everything in readiness for Spring. We have so much on offer over the winter. You can learn how to lay a hedgerow, make a meadow or come to one of our popular talks!

Tuesday Talks April 2018 season

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 do book a place; visit our website to find out more.

Otters, Water voles and Mink. Tuesday 6th March.

Gill Brown, Coordinator of YACWAG Otter Group, will lead this illustrated talk. Get 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 between otters, mink and water voles. Water voles are the UK’s fastest declining mammal but they have a stronghold around Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston. Book at

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 humans 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 from prehistory to the Middle Ages.

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Other Events

Hedge Laying Weekend Training Course

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Saturday and Sunday 10th‐ 11th March, 9‐4, Rockhampton

Learn the traditional art of hedge laying on this practical weekend course. Julian Smith will be teaching the local Berkeley style. Suitable for anybody with little or no experience of hedge laying ‐ we will supply all the tools needed. This course is for adults only.

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The Southwells and the Slave Economy: exploring what the archives tell us

Saturday 17 March, 19:00 ‐ 20:30

Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Ln, Bristol BS11 0UR

Historian Madge Dresser, University of the West of England, and David Martyn, Chair of the Kings Weston Action Group, will take a look at the history of the Southwell family who built Kings Weston House. The wealth behind most great families of this period was derived at least in part from involvement in the Atlantic slave economy. The links between the builders of Ashton Court and this cruel economy are well known. Examining the archival records, what evidence is there to indicate the Southwell’s involvement? This event is free but booking is essential.

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Students take part in engineering ‘EGGs’ travaganza!

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The pupils of Shirehampton Primary School took part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week and have been inspired!

All week we have looked at food; how it is produced, packaged and preserved using science and technology. We had visitors from Babcock who came to inspire our year 6 girls to become engineers. The highlight of the week was our engineering challenge where we had to design something to keep Eggburt safe in his mission to fly.

We had a few broken eggs but lots of ‘egg’cellent designs. We really hope that some of our pupils will be the scientists and engineers of the future!

Mondays at Shirehampton Methodist Church

At Shirehampton Methodist Church we know that there are many people living in our community who feel lonely.

This is why our church is open every Monday afternoon from 2pm for our Film Club or Chatter Club. We show a film one week and have Chatter Club on the alternate week.

On Film Club days we show a variety of films…some old, some new. We are always open to suggestions about a film you’d like to see or watch again ‐ and we’ll do our best to show it! Whatever the film shown the best part of the afternoon is often after the film when tea, coffee, and biscuits are served…. that’s when the chat begins, and people really enjoy being together!

Our Chatter Club is probably mis‐named. Basically, it’s a time when folk can come together and enjoy the company of other people. What you do when you get here is up to you! We have a variety of games…. including two sets of Scrabble as this is very popular! Others enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles; playing Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Dominoes; Jenga etc. Some just like to sit and chat, read the newspaper or do their knitting. Chatter Club is not just about what you can or can’t do ‐ it’s about spending time with other people.

We know that it’s often hard to make the first step out of loneliness. If you’d like a chat before deciding to come to either, or both Mondays do feel free to give me a call on 0117 382 3694.

There is no membership fee for Film Club or Chatter Club. Just come along and enjoy ‐ you will be made very welcome!

Dottie North

St. Mary's News -  March

Hi Folks!

Spring is here at last and Winter is gone, although it can still have a nasty sting in its tail into April.

At 2.00 am on Sunday, 25th March the clocks move forward 1 hour, and we are at last into British Summertime. I thought that date was familiar ‐ it is my wife‘s birthday ‐ I suppose she will want a present again this year. If you see me in the Village collecting cash in a baked been tin please give generously. I jest ‐ that really is an important date in our Christian calendar as it is Palm Sunday, but more of that a little later.

Thank you to all of you who came to our Bric‐a‐Brac Sale we were delighted to raise almost £300.00. Your support is vital to make it a success.

Our last Cafe Service was at 10.00 am on Sunday, 11th February when those present were able to feast their taste buds on Pancakes. No complaints were received that they were 2 days early. (Shrove Tuesday was on the 13th!!). Whilst on the subject of our Cafe Services here is some advance information on the date of our next Cafe Service which is on Sunday, 17th June which incidentally is also Father’s Day.

I am pleased to report that our new Youth Club venture is proving extremely popular and we have 21 young people on our books. For more info please do keep an eye on the church Facebook page.

  • Sales from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon Saturday, 3rd March

    On Saturday, 3rd March we shall hold another of our Sales from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon ‐ this time it will be a Craft Fayre selling all homemade Crafts. Refreshments in the form of Tea, Coffee & Biscuits will be available as usual.

  • Mothering Sunday Sunday, 11th March

    Mothering Sunday this year falls on Sunday, 11th March and at our 10.00 am Holy Communion service, there will be a point when the children present will be given a little bunch of flowers to give to their mothers. It is always great to see the joy on their young faces.

  • Lent Courses each Wednesday throughout March

    Our Lent Courses continue on each Wednesday throughout March. At 7.00pm on the 7th March at St Peter‘s, Lawrence Weston, the 14th March at our own church St Mary‘s, Shirehampton and the final one on the 21st March at St Andrews, Avonmouth.

  • Palm Sunday Sunday 25th

    The following Sunday 25th is as mentioned earlier ‐ Palm Sunday. This is the day our Lord entered Jerusalem in triumph on the back of a Donkey, with cheering crowds and Palm Leaves strewed across the road ahead of him. Five days later things drastically changed!

  • Holy Week ‐ Maundy Thursday Thursday 29th March

    The next day ‐ Monday ‐ is the beginning of Holy Week and on the Thursday, 29th March is Maundy Thursday. There will be NO Service of Holy communion at St Marys on this day, as we shall be attending Bristol Cathedral for a service at 10.30 am for the blessing of the Oils, together with other churches throughout the Bristol Diocese.

  • Holy Week ‐ Good Friday Friday 10.00 am

    The next day is Good Friday ‐ the day our Lord was put to death by crucifying him on a crude wooden cross. At 10.00 am we shall be serving Hot Cross Buns in St Mary‘s before the Walk of Witness around part of the Village. (Details of which will appear nearer the time). At 1.00 pm there will be a service of quiet Meditation followed at 2.00pm by the Shirehampton Area Choir singing the Cantata ‐ Olivet to Calvary by J.H. Maunder. This tells the story of Jesus‘ trial for supposed Treason, up to the time of his crucifixion at Calvary.

  • Easter Sunday

    On the third day ‐ Easter Sunday ‐ as we all know, Jesus was raised at from the dead. In order to commemorate this wonderful happening we are starting our Sunday worship with a Sunrise Service at 7.00 am at Shirehampton Park on the pathway which leads to Kingsweston House. Afterwards we have been invited by our good friends from the Methodist Church to join them for Breakfast in their Church Hall. There will no doubt be a list appearing later at the back of the church for those who will be attending the service and breakfast. Kids Klub Service will be as usual at 8.30 am in St Mary‘s. This will be followed by our 10.00 am Holy Communion service when we shall be able to celebrate Christ‘s victory over the grave.

Here is this month‘s joke ‐ Question: "Did Eve ever have a date with Adam?" Answer: "No ‐ only an Apple".

‘Bye for now. C.M.E.

Above & Beyond

During May, local Shirehampton resident Jamie will be cycling 280 miles to Paris to raise money for ‘Above & Beyond’.

The money raised will go towards buying a new 3D ultrasound scanner for the Foetal Medicine Unit at St Michaels Hospital. As someone who has been under the care of this unit with their second pregnancy, Jamie and his wife find this cause very close to their hearts.

Nature Notes…

One question keeps running around in my head! Where have all my sparrows gone?

After enjoying their intense and entertaining presence throughout the winter, they have almost all deserted the back garden! The upside is that the tits have returned, which is always a pleasure. Blue tits, great tits and my gorgeous long tailed tits are visiting regularly during this cold spell.

The plovers have still been using the high winds to assist their amazing flight along the river. Spectacular sight!

A neighbour mentioned to me a couple of weeks ago that a young hedgehog had turned up in her garden one evening, so she put out some food. I said that was the best thing she could do, and happily she was keeping an eye out for it in case it continued to need help. All is quiet at our (maybe) winter hibernating shelter! No sign of movement, which is a good thing, but I can‘t help wondering if we are waiting for something that might never happen! I remain optimistic. Nature is what it is. Full of highs and lows‐ always fascinating.

Sadly, we spotted a mange afflicted fox just a few days ago. Earlier in the month we saw a very healthy one. Highs and lows indeed.

Spring flowers are everywhere. Our snowdrops are particularly lovely this year, and tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs are shooting up! Primroses too, the symbol of Spring to many, are also adding a lot of very welcome colour.

The busy time of new growth and renewal are upon us, so let‘s enjoy all of it, and with apologies as always, to the fish keepers, it‘s great to see so many herons back at their nesting sites in Ham Green woods!

Happy nature watching all, Bobbie Perkins.

Botany in the Shire

The Wild Plants of the Shirehampton area

As described in the Shire for March 2009, and recorded in a plaque inside the Co‐op, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy briefly stayed in Shirehampton in 1798. In 1801, the Wordsworth’s bought a set of William Withering’s Arrangement of British Plants, and marginal notes in it reveal more than a passing interest in wild flowers. They may well have admired some of our local plants on Penpole Point or by the river at Lamplighters. The famous poem describing the poet’s wonderment at a host of golden daffodils was (sadly for us) inspired elsewhere and later.

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I saw a lot of yellow Daffodils…
 Bill Wordsworth, Shire Kiddie (William's second cousin three times removed from the George).

Picture, if you will, the playing‐fields of Clifton College during the First World War. Ground where the grass had yielded to the steps of generations of illustrious men, in Wordsworth’s words. A young boy is standing at Third Man, far away from the action. He is far more interested in the grass growing in the outfield than he is in the game of cricket. There he sees Meadow Foxtail, and he later records it in his Wild Flower Society diary. This was Noel Sandwith, who worked all his life as a botanist at Kew, whilst writing the annual account of Bristol Botany with his mother, who lived in Clifton.

In 1916 they showed George Claridge Druce, an Oxford pharmacist and the dominant figure in British botany, a plant they had discovered, new to Britain. Though it looks more like a dandelion, it is called Viper’s grass. So pleased was Druce that he presented Master Noel with a copy of the Student’s Flora of the British Islands, the most detailed book on British plants then available.

Noel did well at school and won an Exhibition to read Classics at Oxford. I must learn to wear smart clothes, a felt hat, and to shave! he wrote. But he settled in and within three months he was thoroughly enjoying University life, meeting up with Druce again, and declaring (somewhat incongruously), it is great sport.

He was once rudely asked why he never married. Because of my great love for the flowers, he replied. His obituary photograph catches him by surprise in the herbarium at Kew, and makes him look, with his round spectacles, every bit a shy schoolboy. Sometimes, to be a botanist, you need the X‐ray vision of a Superman, and the tunnel vision of a train driver. The literacy of a wordsmith and the inspiration of a Wordsworth don’t come amiss either.

Clive Lovatt

Edward Silverton, man of bricks

This strange and distinctive concrete cross, textured to look like bark, marks the grave of Edward Silverton in Shire cemetery.

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Edward Silverton's head stone.

Born in 1841 in a family of builders, he was a bricklayer, but no ordinary brickie; at the time of his death he was both a master bricklayer and a master builder.

His working life was spent on some of the biggest construction projects of the nineteenth century. His first major work was on the tunnels of the Metropolitan District Railway, one of London’s earliest underground railways. The civil engineers on this project were the famous firm of Lucas & Aird, and the contractor was Thomas A. Walker.

As Edward gained in professional experience, he was appointed to positions of responsibility on major projects of theirs for example as sub‐contractor for brickwork on the 1760 metre long Corby tunnel of the Kettering to Manton railway line in the East Midlands, and as contractor for Latchford locks at Warrington on the Manchester Ship Canal.

His justifiable claim to fame in the Bristol area was that he was sub‐contractor for brickwork on the eastern half of the Severn Tunnel, using 19,125,440 bricks from the Cattybrook works in Almondsbury. He is mentioned by name in Thomas A. Walker’s book of 1888, The Severn Tunnel: its construction and difficulties.

He may well also have been involved with what was by then (Sir) John Aird & Co. on brickwork for the Royal Edward Dock at Avonmouth in the early 1900s, from 1902/8, which would explain why he lived locally here long after the Severn Tunnel was complete. Edward lived in Shirehampton, in a house called Fernbank Villa in Station Road ‐ does anyone know which one that was? The name has vanished now. He died in 1908 and is buried in the unique grave in the picture. What the wooden cross might be intended to represent is anyone’s guess. As a cross, it is a nod towards Christianity; the form is St Andrew’s cross, but Edward’s family was from Suffolk, not Scotland.

With thanks to Graham Silverton. Richard Coates

Know your Blood Pressure

On Saturday 7th April 2018, in association with the Stroke Association, Bristol Breakfast Rotary Club are running a ‘Know your blood pressure’ event in Cabot Circus, Bristol.

A team of volunteers, including nurses and Rotarians, will check your blood pressure during the day. We will be very pleased to have extra volunteers who can measure blood pressures on the day.

Please contact us if you can help... and put the date in your diary if you‘d like to have your blood pressure checked throughout the day at Cabot Circus.

Herbs for Health Project 2018

There is a new project starting at Lawrence Weston Community Farm all about herbs.

Come and help sow and grow a range of herbs and learn about their different uses. Have a go at using them for cooking and wellbeing. Learn how to grow some herbs on your windowsill and help run a herb stall at the farm.

  • Time: Fridays 11am ‐ 12.30pm
  • Dates: First Friday of every month from March ‐ December 2018
  • Venue: Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Drive, BS11 0NJ

Letters to the Editor

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 Walton Road Coronation party‐ Brenda Cole (Moxham)

Dear Editor

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Walton Road, Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 1953. First published in Shire December 2017

On a recent visit to Bristol a friend informed me that my name had been mentioned in ‘Shire ‘.

I managed to look at the online edition and recognised immediately the photograph taken in Walton Road in 1953. It was a street party to celebrate the Coronation.

I am in the front row dressed as an Indian squaw, my auntie had made the costume for me.

Twenty‐five years later my own daughter, then aged 4, wore the same costume to another street party in Walton Road to celebrate the Silver Jubilee.

I am not sure I could have put names to all the people so was glad of the help provided.

I have now been living in Southern Spain for nearly 4 years but make frequent visits to Bristol and usually visit the cemetery in Shirehampton where both my parents are buried.

It was so good to see the photo again & I know there is a similar Jubilee photo that I will try to unearth.

Always good to see memories of Shirehampton where I spent a very happy childhood.

Brenda Cole (nee Moxham)

Thanks to Gill Sawyer & Tony ‐ Pat Christison

Dear Editor

As a member of the ex Carers group who used to meet in St. Mary‘s Church I would like to say ‘Thank you‘ to Gill who made us a delicious meal every month for 9 years, in fact on one occasion she said whenever she had a new recipe to try out she would test it on us and it was always something thoroughly enjoyable.

Good luck in what you do in the future Gill and I‘m sure that I can speak for our group when I say the very best of wishes to you and your husband.


Pat Christison

(Thank you for your kind donation) Editor

Despair ‐ Jennie Frankowicz 24/01/2017

Dear Editor

I wrote this in 2017: I know many people who are suffering in silence with this illness too ashamed to ask for help. I hope in some small way this poem will open people‘s minds to this awful illness.


I‘m sat here all alone wondering what the hell went wrong
I‘m trying to stop these feels I‘ve hidden for so long

I feel like I‘m in a war zone, it‘s a battle to be me
But I can‘t show the way I really feel and let other people see

I just can‘t tell them; they wouldn‘t understand
I can‘t help the way I feel, it‘s not something that I planned.

My heart is always pounding and I really want to shout
I can‘t do this anymore…, please someone help me out.

So I struggle living everyday with these feelings of despair
Because I‘m sure you won‘t understand or even if you‘d care

I don‘t want to become that person, a failure in your eyes
Some weirdo who just cannot cope, that you can stigmatise

If I had a broken leg, you‘d accept my struggle and my pain!
Why is it so different then; when the pain is just the same.

Written by Jennie Frankowicz 24/01/2017

Appeal for Information ‐ William Leonard Weston. ‐ Bill Weston

Dear Editor

Bill Weston who lives in Australia is looking for information about his late father William Leonard Weston. The family lived in Lawrence Weston. His MN number was R193598. He served in the MN from 1941 when he was 16/17 years old to the middle 50‘s. His first ship the "Regent Lion", left from Avonmouth in 1941 and after the war he did coastal runs from Bristol to Ireland. He also served on the Bristol Steam ships m.v Cato and Juno. Bill has some of his war records, but nothing after 1945. William died in 1983

(Name and address supplied ‐ please get in touch if you have information to pass on)  Editor

Yellow Brick Road Not a designated cycleway ‐ John Knight

Dear Editor

The Public Rights of Way Officer has advised that the Yellow Brick Road footpath through Lamplighter’s Marsh nature reserve is for pedestrians, wheelchairs and mobility scooters only. It is not a cycle route or a shared footpath but that isn’t clear. Suitable signage may be erected by Bristol City Council in the next financial year.

John Knight

Secretary, Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh

Grace McLaughlin, Obituary

Grace McLaughlin (born Grace A’Court), passed away peacefully on Wednesday 10th January 2018 after a short illness at the age of 94½.

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Grace McLaughlin

Grace was a child of Shirehampton, being born in Old Quarry Road where her father worked as Head Miller in an Avonmouth granary. Although the family subsequently moved away, with Grace living for almost 60 years in Sea Mills, she retained her links with Shirehampton and always regarded it as her home village.

Grace started her teaching career at The House in the Garden School, Kingsweston, but it will be her 50 years dedicated service at Avon Primary school, Barracks Lane, for which she will be remembered. She specialised in remedial reading, music and art at the school, and enthusiastically took part in the school band, playing the accordion. Her patience and care helped to start the education of so many children at Avon Primary. Grace was always pleased to be greeted in Shirehampton high Street by her former pupils. With her love of music, Grace joined the Folk Band in Avonmouth, and residents may recall the band playing at venues local to Shirehampton, whilst her artistic talents led to her exhibiting on a number of occasions at the annual craft show in the Public Hall. Grace had a passion for life and was active almost to the end, she will be missed by all who knew her.

Her funeral on February 5th was a celebratory affair with the reception afterwards at Kingsweston House, a most appropriate venue.

News from Darren Jones MP

It’s been another busy month Westminster and, in the constituency, and I’ve enjoyed attending a few events in and around Shirehampton over the past few weeks.

It was great to attend the official opening of the new Kingsweston Sports and Social Club on Napier Miles Road; the club is looking great and is a real asset to the local community. It‘s been ten years since it was burnt down and I know how hard local people have worked to get it up and running again.

I also joined Councillors Don Alexander and Jo Sergeant and local campaigners at the community ‘Save our Bridge’ event. It‘s been two years now since the Iron Bridge connecting Kingsweston to Blaise Castle was damaged and as many walkers, runners and dog walkers know, crossing that road below the bridge is dangerous. That‘s why I was pleased to support the campaign to call on Bristol City Council to get the bridge fixed as soon as possible.

Looking ahead, I will be hosting a Pub Politics chat on Friday 2nd March from 7.30pm in the Lamplighters. I will also be joining the Shirehampton Spring Clean event on Saturday 3rd March. The litter pick, organised by residents, starts at 9.30am outside the medical centre. I hope to see you there.

Ladies Rugby

Currently Avonmouth Rugby club have started a ladies section at the club.

We started this after a charity match in April 2017. The ladies who played in the match enjoyed it so much we decided to continue to play. Since this we have a strong 15‐20 women squad a lot of which are mums and coaches from the rugby club, and other members of the local community too, which are mixed ability and age.

City and port of Bristol bowling club.

The annual Winter Bowling Break is all about enjoyment and the chance to relax, but there are eight games of bowls to be played and it is good to win a few of them.

This year City and Port of Bristol managed to win five of the eight, beating local sides Buckfastleigh, Ipplepen, Babbacombe, Victoria and Torbay, losing only to fellow tourists West Backwell, on three occasions, one being very close.

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Twenty‐nine bowlers, families and friends came together at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay on Sunday 28th January for the five day break which was, as always, about much more than bowling alone.

Many lengths of the splendid Aztec Pool, a steam or sauna, and in the games room, lots of completed frames of snooker and games of pool. Wednesday evening was time for the very popular Ten Pin Bowling, yes the ball is much heavier than the ones we bowl with on a green, and it was as usual great fun to see how well the mainly once a year Ten Pin Bowlers did. Top Lady on the night was Dee Crawley and Top Man was Pete Gibson and they now have Ten Pin Bowling bragging rights until next year!!

For the more outgoing there was time for a train ride to Paignton, a Bus Ride to Newton Abbott or a stroll around Torquay and its impressive harbour, sadly no ferry to Brixham at this time of the year.

At the end of the bowling week there were winners. Based on scores from four games played Gordon Dimond was Top Man and Dee Crawley Top Lady. Prizes were also given to players on the rink with the greatest winning shot difference during the week which was 17 against Victoria, and the players were Dee Crawley, Gordon Dimond, Gill Hinksman and Steve Reed.

Presentations were made by joint organisers Gill Hinksman and Dee Crawley and they in turn were presented with a thank you gift by Shirley Parker on behalf of the touring party.

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A week before the Winter Break the club played the second of three indoor games at the City and County Indoor Arena, this one against Begbrook Green and what a game it was. Evenly matched and with the total score over six rinks swinging one way and the other it came down to the final end on the last rink to finish. City and Port were one shot ahead overall but Begbrook scored three to take the game by two shots, a nailbiting finish to a very good game. Who says that bowling isn’t exciting!! The final indoor game of the Winter is on Saturday March 3rd against Severnvale.

The Pre‐Season Meeting will be on Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm in the Ballroom and the City and Port of Bristol Club.