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Charity Shop Donations

Co‐op Fundraise For Shirehampton Christmas Lights

Giant Strides

Wilfred George GOULD (25th March 1899 ‐ 10th August 1918)

Community Barbecue Makes Most Of The Summer Sun

Exciting News!

Avon University Settlement Community Association AGM and centenary celebration

Notice of AGM ‐ Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF).

Shirehampton Public Hall Regular Weekly Activities

Shirehampton Public Hall AGM

Help Needed

Avonmouth Genealogy Group

Latest news from A Forgotten Landscape

St. Andrew Ladies Club

Shirehampton Primary School - Rebecca Golder school governor.

St. Mary's News -  September

Nora Taylor Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Foraging, plants and wildlife with Steve England

Five a side Football at the PBA

Calling Children

Shirehmpton Craft Exhibition 2018

It takes two to Tandem

2018 Flu Clinic Dates

Letters to the Editor

Shirehampton Baptist Church

Big Thanks to Shire Distributors

Shire needs a new Vice‐Chair

Shirehampton Community Plan ‐ Making It Happen

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Christmas Illuminations - Five Aside Football

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held at the Port and City of Bristol Social & Sport Club.

See story below

Charity Shop Donations

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Photo by Sarah Forse

The local charity shops are always happy to receive your donations but are asking people to try and take donations into their shops during their opening hours. People have been leaving donations outside the shop doors overnight or over the weekend; sometimes they are stolen or they are being rummaged through leaving bags broken and items strewn across the floor. Sometimes, donations left in black bags have been found in the local cemetery, having donated items taken and the rest discarded. It has also been highlighted that the charity shops could also be fined as leaving donations outside their doors for collection is classed as fly tipping. Unfortunately, in some cases, donations have had to be binned because animals have peed on them, been thrown across the floor or been caught up in street dirt and litter. Leaving donations an hour or so before opening time in the morning is ok as someone is generally in the charity shop preparing for the day but please do not leave items out overnight.

Thank you, Kathryn Courtney

Co‐op Fundraise For Shirehampton Christmas Lights

On June 15th, the local Co‐op in Shirehampton presented Shire Christmas Illuminations with a cheque for £625. This money was raised through book donations with a further six months to run. Rob Clabon, Manager of the store said, “We’re really excited to be working with Shire Christmas Illuminations to get this year’s display to be the biggest and best ever. Please bring in your books to the shop and let’s work together to get well above that £1,000 mark and hopefully this cheque will make a difference.”

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“We are delighted to receive this donation of £625 from the book sale. Many thanks to the customers and staff from Co‐op, Shirehampton for their support. This money will go towards some new displays this year. If you have any unwanted books, please donate them to Co‐op in Shirehampton for their book sale.” said Helen Winter, Shire Christmas Illuminations.

Please show your support for such a worthy cause that will brighten up our High Street during Christmas and New Year. (Kathryn Courtney)

Giant Strides

One of the biggest impacts on modern Bristol made by any family must be that made by the Stride family of Shirehampton.

This piece offers the bare facts about some of the male characters, starting with Edmund Stride, born near Glastonbury, who was a builder in Cardiff in 1871, but came to Shirehampton as a partner in the Crown Brickworks at West Town with his sons Jared and Jethro. The works made bricks and tiles out of local clay for major projects, particularly Avonmouth dock in the 1870s, but the firm ran into difficulty and the partnership was dissolved in 1886.

Edmund retired, and his dynamic son Jared takes centre stage. He is described as a “founder” of Shirehampton Methodist church, and he built the schoolroom in 1930, as the inscription visible on Penpole Avenue implies. He was responsible for some stone‐faced houses in Station Road, and he worked as a letting agent in Shirehampton and Avonmouth.

Jared’s brother Jethro and his cousin Albert were also involved in both the building and letting trades, but in a low‐key way. Albert married Alice Barton from Shirehampton, and traded as a house furnisher as well as a builder.

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Fredrick and Arthur Stride

The dynasty flourished. Jared’s sons Ernest, Frederick and Arthur emigrated to Canada in about 1906, and built houses in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Other building Strides from the Glastonbury area, including a cousin Eber who was a stonemason, also emigrated to Canada and remained in the Vancouver area, where he became a councillor in Burnaby. He is commemorated in Stride Avenue in Burnaby. The families clearly remained in contact: the brothers’ house in Medicine Hat, Kitsilano, was named after a suburb of Vancouver.

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Ernest contracted TB, so all three brothers returned to Shirehampton in around 1919, not wishing to bury him in the colonies. He died in 1926, but Frederick and Arthur flourished in the 1930s and 50s as Stride Brothers, building the high‐quality dwellings which are still marketed as “Stride houses”. These are mainly in Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park, but also locally in Park Hill, where the surviving brothers lived as next door neighbours, down the hill from cousin Albert.

Two of Albert’s sons also lived in Shirehampton and built in contrasting ways. Robert was an entrepreneur who bought up surplus materials ‐ wood, “expanded metal”, asbestos ? from the WW 1 Remount Depot in Shirehampton and built bungalows and holiday amenities in Severn Beach. In many ways he was the “father” of Severn Beach, and his efforts are commemorated in Stride Close there. His brother Horatio remained in Shirehampton and built some of the houses on the Portway, in Burnham Avenue and Barrowhill Road.

Stride Treglown

Building continued in the next generation, the fourth since the exodus from Glastonbury. Frederick’s son Raymond co‐founded the architectural practice Stride Treglown in 1953. Other members of Raymond’s and the next generation still have interests in two Stride firms, Stride Brothers and Stride Holdings, which are mainly in the letting business.

If anyone has information about these and other Strides to help me flesh out the family story, do contact me at richardc.yb@gmail.com.

Richard Coates

Wilfred George GOULD (25th March 1899 ‐ 10th August 1918)

A Shire Boy who made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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Wilfred Gould

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, the Great War, the war to end all wars.

In my family, 10th August 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of a family tragedy. On that day, in the vicinity of Vieille Chapelle near Bethune in Northern France, my 19‐year‐old great‐uncle Wilfred George Gould, a private in the Machine Guns Corps, was struck by shrapnel and killed outright.

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Gould family

Looking at the picture we have of him as an 8‐year‐old playfully holding his toy whip and staring into the camera for the family group shot, we can do no other than feel the deepest sympathy for the horrifying fate that awaited him, which he knew nothing of and could not possibly even imagine in those care‐free years of childhood in Shirehampton.

It’s clear that he felt no pleasure in going to war. Probably nobody did by 1917, by which time the scale of the slaughter had become all too obvious. He had been conscripted on or soon after his 18th birthday and, not only was he forced to leave his job as a trainee manager in the Co‐op, but he was also torn from the bosom of his family at Chapel House on the High Street on the site of where the present Co‐op now stands.

We are lucky enough to know his feelings because the family kept two letters that he sent from barracks in Chiseldon, Wiltshire and Gainsborough, Lincolnshire before he was shipped off to France, never to return. In September 1917, he wrote to his father from Chiseldon, saying that he had heard that, if his father applied to the battalion via the Labour Exchange, asking for his son to receive agricultural furlough so that he could help his father bring the potato harvest in, there was a good chance that permission would be granted. I don’t know if he ever got the furlough but in a further letter on his 19th birthday on 25th March 1918, his attachment to home and his faith in God were confirmed in the words he wrote about his late, dear mother who had departed just 2 years before. He wrote, “As I lay in bed awake, my thoughts wonder home, and I often wish that poor dear mam was alive now, but we must look at things at the better side, for the One above know best, and it was His will, I am certain, that He took her Dear Soul from us, although it seems hard to think so and, as I lay awake, I ask God’s Guidance and Protection of you all” and “I ask God’s providence that I may be spared, if I have to go abroad, to come home again.”

Of course, God did not see fit to spare him in the end and he went on to another, better place, as he would see it. There were no tears when his father came down to the gate of the field where one of Wilf’s younger brothers, Len, was playing with other boys. Just a simple, plain utterance “Wilf’s been killed. Now come on home.” They mourned in their own way. They actively supported the setting‐up of the War Memorial and Wilf’s father Joseph Gould can be seen in a photograph taken at the time of its dedication in 1921, standing out tall and erect in the crowd.

Wilf did not have the pleasure of marrying, of seeing children born and married. But Uncle Wilf was never forgotten. He remained a handsome, young face in a uniform staring out from the picture on the wall. In that sense he remained a presence within the family. When, one day in 1987, the picture jumped off the wall at my grandmother’s house, she took it as a bad omen and was sadly dead herself from cancer a year later.

Many family members have visited his grave in France. One of whom was his last sibling; Les Gould was his half‐brother, from his father’s second marriage, born in 1926, almost 8 years after Wilf’s death. Les visited Wilf’s grave several years ago but he, unfortunately, did not live to see the centenary of Wilf’s passing. Les’s funeral took place on 9th August 2018, the day before Wilf’s centenary.

So, as we commemorate this year’s centenary, we are left considering these questions. Was Wilf’s death really worth the suffering it caused to his loved ones? Was the devastation wrought on Shirehampton, indeed the entire nation, for those 4 murderous years really worth it? Was it really worth the mental scarring inflicted upon those men who survived and who, subsequently, in many cases, could not help but cause pain to their wives and children (their nearest and dearest) as a by‐product of the torment and anguish they could not themselves escape? And what was the economic price everyone at the time and in subsequent generations has paid for this disaster?

Community Barbecue Makes Most Of The Summer Sun

The Public Hall held its first community barbecue on August 4th and this will an annual event in the future.

A number of organisations had stalls during the day including the Bingo Club with their lucky dip raffle, a book stall, raising funds for the Public Hall clock, and a stall raising funds for diabetes; Furry Frolics were advertising their puppy training classes and the Sea Cadets were promoting their organisation as well doing a lucky dip tombola.

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Glitter tattoos were popular with children and you could try your hand at arts and crafts with Tandem Arts, whilst YardArts proved popular with old and young alike, who were given the chance to learn some circus skills. The barbecue burgers and sausages kept people fed and cold drinks were made available as well as the usual teas and coffees. Local Councillors joined in and showed their support for the community event. They were joined at 12 noon by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Cleo Lake, who tried her hand at some circus skills before chatting with stall holders and people attending the event.

Thank you to Amanda Parsons, Public Hall Manager, for getting this event underway.

Kathryn Courtney

Exciting News!

This is just to tell Shirehampton about an exciting new asset to Shire’s village amenities.

On Saturday, August 11th, the ribbons were cut as Fulligrove House was formally opened for its new purpose! This beautiful old house in Woodwell Road, very near to the river bank and steeped in history, is being run by a local Christian charity A.L.F.A, Abundant Life For All. The aim of the charity is to promote living in the community to support those who have learning difficulties and their families, but also to provide a space where anybody can come for a peaceful relax and a cup of coffee, time out from the busy world, and find friendship. Respite care will also be available.

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The house has a beautiful large garden, summer house, workshop and even a well!! Hopefully, courses on woodwork, gardening etc. will be available later on. The charity is run by Lyn and Chris Morton who, with their daughter, Tanya and friend Tim, live in the house.

Well, the opening day dawned‐at 6.00am, a mass ascent of hot air balloons could be seen upstairs from Fulligrove windows as part of the Balloon Festival, and the sun shone after a day of heavy rain the day before. By eleven o’clock, opening time, a gazebo had been erected in the garden in case of inclement weather, filled with glasses, nibbles and bottles of Schloer! The two people who were very important to the charity arrived to unveil the plaque and cut the ribbons, and people came from Shirehampton, Westbury‐ on ‐Trym, Stoke Bishop, Winscombe (Where Lyn and Chris had tried to purchase a property and became friends with local people), Melksham, Australia and North America‐‐‐‐‐‐ and it stayed dry! Lyn and Chris briefly explained the aims and hopes of the charity A.L.F.A and then invited everybody to explore the gardens and the old house. Refreshments flowed freely as people explored this exciting new venture in Shirehampton village. It is rather like a secret garden with something different at every turn and the house is equally quaint and exciting!

Avon University Settlement Community Association AGM and centenary celebration

On Thursday 13th September at 7.15pm in the Tithe Barn, the Avon University Settlement Community Association (AUSCA) which runs the Shire Advice Service, will be holding a short AGM followed by a celebration of our centenary as a charity. There will be drinks and nibbles and a chance to view the archives of the charity including the lovely scrap book of the ’golden years’ of Twyford House.

This is a public event and a chance to reminisce for those who spent happy hours and recreation at Twyford or enjoyed the events put on in the public hall. The trustees look forward to seeing you.

Notice of AGM ‐ Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF).

SCAF WILL BE HOLDING ITS AGM ON WEDNESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2018 7PM at SHIRE PUBLIC HALL, STATION ROAD, SHIREHAMPTON, BRISTOL, BS11 9TU.

EVERYONE WELCOME

Shirehampton Public Hall Regular Weekly Activities

MONDAY Twyford Art Club (except August)10.00am ‐ 12noonPenpole Room
Yoga6.15pm‐7.30pmHall
TUESDAY Coffee Morning (every 1st Tuesday except Aug)9‐11.30amHall
Line Dancing2pm‐3pmHall
Puppy Training6.30pm‐8.30pmHall
WEDNESDAY Twyford Art Club (except August)9.30am ‐ 11.30amPenpole Room
Model Railway Club7.30pm onwardsClub Room
Shire Stitchers (every 3rd Wednesday)7.15pm‐9.15pmHall
Womens’ Fellowship (2nd and 4th Wednesday) 7.30pm‐9.30pmHall
THURSDAY Sea Mills Art Club 10am ‐ 12noonHall
Tai Chi2pm‐3.30pm Hall
Zumba6pm‐7pmHall
Grainger Players7.30pm‐9.30pmHall
FRIDAY Playtots (except August)10‐11.30amHall
Evergreens 2pm ‐ 4pmHall
Coding Club3.30pm‐4.30pmPenpole Room
Shire News (1st Friday of the month) 4pmHall
Bingo6.30pm‐8.30pmHall
Pillow Lace Club7pm‐9pmPenpole Room
SUNDAYChurch of Grace10am‐3pmHall & Springfield

Shirehampton Public Hall AGM

The Shirehampton Public Hall Community Association’s AGM is to be held in the Hall on Tuesday, 18th Se[tember, 2018 at 7.15 pm.

All welcome.

Help Needed

What do you do on a Thursday afternoon?

Each week, a lovely group of people meet at the PBA Club in Nibley Road from 1.30 ‐ 4.00 pm. All the clients have been affected in different ways by a stroke. As volunteers, you would be helping them play Skittles, have a game or two of Bingo, enjoy a cuppa and cake or maybe try their hand at Scrabble, Dominoes or Boggle. During the summer months, we go out by coach for a Pub lunch once a month to different places.

We need more volunteers to help this lovely group run smoothly so, if you feel this could be for you, please contact Pat Rowe who co‐ordinates the group on palmarowe@blueyonder.co.uk or telephone her on 07776290110.

Avonmouth Genealogy Group

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Avonmouth Genealogy Group likes to have a “practice” Christmas Dinner run every July.

Kingsweston House was the proposed venue for this year and proved to be a great success. Mr Norman Routledge the owner gave us a conducted tour of the House which proved both funny and informative. It’s amazing how much has been achieved since the House was taken over. The plans for the future sound really interesting too and we look forward to seeing the results. The bonus was the delicious afternoon tea which 18 of us enjoyed afterwards!

Latest news from A Forgotten Landscape

The project may be winding down, but there’s still lots going on…

Deborah Aguirre‐Jones’ new sculptures are settling in nicely at Severn Beach. We are sometimes asked, though, what do they mean? Plaques will soon be fitted to the plinths with a little information but, just so you know, here’s the background to the sculpture ideas, worked up during the Explain Yourself project.

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The sculptures are inspired by journeys, by being close to birds and by emotions which the weather and tides somehow reflect. Deborah wanted to show what’s distinctive about here; the people and their feelings about the landscape. AFL Roving Art Group participants imagined, remembered and tried out different ways of being close to the place. Each carving shows a scene from those stories.

  1. Inspired by
    1. …that feeling, when you hear a really good piece of music … Miriam wrote a poem about the tides, the rain and the moon.
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    1. A memory of her mother who, whilehanging washing on the line, would stand on one leg and whistle to the birds.
    2. Manuella didn’t know why her mother stood on one leg; it may have been simply to rest her other leg, as she was such a busy woman.
  3. For Peter, the estuary brings to mind varied travellers who have gone through Severn Beach.

Over the centuries so many people havepassed through here on their journeys as pioneers, migrants and holiday‐makers.

Inside an old suitcase he used as a prop, there was a rabbit which belonged to his mother and sneaked its way into the final piece.

Although these were the original ideas they’re not fixed. Each piece can be read, interpreted or understood in different ways; the best stories are probably going to be invented by you and other people who walk by them over time!

Our Tales of the Vale touring exhibition is on the road! This exhibition and its accompanying book is a collection of history research and oral histories undertaken by our volunteers over the last two and a half years. Their work spans more than two millennia; please visit, and be sure to pick up your free copy of the publication and CD before you go! The book’s going like hot cakes; we’re on to our third reprint ‐ testament to the top‐quality work our volunteers have produced.

Current tour dates are:

  • 16 July‐30 August Bristol Archives, ’B’ Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN
  • 1 Sept‐30 Sept Gloucester Archives, Clarence Row, Gloucester GL1 3DW

New dates and talks may be added as we go. For the most up‐to‐date information, times and talk details go to our website. You can also read the book and listen on line, and to learn more about the project.

You can now download our 15 new walking route leaflets from our website. Take advantage of this glorious weather and try out either an easy access (suitable for prams and wheelchairs) walk or a regular walk. The leaflets have clear maps, directions, useful local information and tell you about the points of interest you pass. The walks are also fully waymarked along the route. Get out, enjoy, and let us know what you think!

St. Andrew Ladies Club

2018 ‐ List of activities from September to December

DateActivity
September 4Quiz
September 18 Jacob’s Well Swimming Bath by Judy Goldsmith
October 2 Work of the Leprosy Mission ‐ talk/slides by Astrid
October 16 Surnames by Richard Coates
November 6 ‘Elf ‘n Safety ‐ Myth or Fact by Roy Ackrill
November 20 The Yeoman of the Guard by Shaun McCormack
December 4 In‐House Party
Christmas Dinner Date/Venue to be arranged.

St, Andrew Ladies Club meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at St. Andrew Church Hall from 7.30 ‐ 9.15 pm.

Shirehampton Primary School - Rebecca Golder school governor.

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A Decade of Dedication

The parents at Shirehampton Primary School are brilliant, fully support the school and have certainly helped us achieve the successes we have done to date; without them we wouldn’t be the school we are! This extends to our governors whose role is to ensure the school continues to improve and provides strategic direction so that money and resources are spent effectively.

Over the last 10 years Mrs Rebecca Golder has been a member of the Governing Body with the last 6 years as Chair of Governors; she is one of our parent governors and lives in Shirehampton. Many of you will know her as she also supported the Shirehampton Christmas Lights Appeal and was part of their committee. Rebecca has steered the school through some big changes and has always made sure decisions have been made with the best interests of the children, their families and the community at their heart.

friendship, loyalty and compassion…

She has made a huge difference to the school and saying thank you doesn’t quite seem enough! Her friendship, loyalty and compassion are great qualities and her ongoing commitment to the school is greatly appreciated by all members of the staff and governor team. Luckily, she’s agreed to complete one more year!

Thank you, Rebecca for all you have done (and will continue to do) for Shirehampton Primary School. You are one of the many reasons why the school continues to be popular within the community and highly successful.

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Sails

Over the summer break our playground has also seen a change with the installation of some much‐needed shade sails. The children were very keen to keep sun safe and want to eat lunch outside as much as possible so these sails complement the beach huts and picnic tables ‐ complete with large blue parasols ‐ that already decorate our playground, making the lunchtime experience a truly sociable experience for them. Hopefully the warm weather continues well into the autumn term so the children can eat outside on many days to come!

St. Mary's News -  September

Hi Folks!

Well, what a wonderful summer we have had this year, though too hot for some and causing problems for the agricultural workers because of the lack of rain. However, do not fear I am sure, once the rain starts again there will be many of us with long faces.The kids were lucky to enjoy, for once, more or less continuous sunshine during the school holidays.

Last month I mentioned that a number of regular activities were closed during the summer holidays, but now I have the dates when they will return. Both Totstop and STOMP at The Tithe Barn will resume on Monday, September 17th and the Church Youth Club the following evening on Tuesday 18th. This month’s Messy Church is on Thursday 20th.

The BBQ on Saturday, September 8th at The Tithe Barn, which I mentioned last month, will be from 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm, and is open to all who would like to hear more about forthcoming events in St Mary’s as well as The Tithe Barn. Do come; it is not just for regular church members but everyone. You will be made most welcome!

We have during August had a number of days when people have opened their gardens to anyone who may be interested.This is a fund‐raising scheme, whereby people opening their garden are asked to provide light refreshments to their visitors; there is also a Collection Box for donations towards the upkeep of St Mary’s when they leave. The size of the garden is unimportant ‐ it is mainly a social occasion! There is still a list for the month of September if you would like to participate.You will find it at the back of the church near the hatch where we serve the Tea and Coffee.

For any of you who may be thinking of Baptism, and there are growing numbers, you can obtain the appropriate application form by making an enquiry at the Church Office. To qualify for baptism here, you need to live in the Parish or have some connection with it or with St Mary’s.Our church administrator ‐ Eleanor ‐ will be pleased to advise you of any queries you may have.

Well, that’s it again for this month, but I have to tell you this ‐ Did you know that Noah had to reprimand the chickens on the Ark for using "fowl" language?

’Bye for now. C.M.E.

Nora Taylor Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

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Nora Taylor was born in Chester and shortly after her birth the family moved back to Dundee, Scotland. She had five sisters and two brothers, all of whom have sadly passed away. In 1953, Nora and her husband moved to Bristol, finally settling in Nibley Road, Shirehampton. She was secretary of the Cotswold Community Centre for a number of years and enjoyed being involved in fund‐raising events. Nora’s big passion was dancing from modern to Scottish reels; wherever there was music you’d find Nora dancing with family and friends. She loved the musical evenings at the Cotswold Community Centre and the PBA Club. Nora was also a popular babysitter with a couple of neighbours. She adored children and they adored her. Today they still hold fond memories of Nora. It is only in recent months that Nora moved to Granville Lodge Residential Care Home in West Town Road. She has made herself at home here and is proving much admired and well thought of.

On the 27th June, Nora celebrated her centenary and she had a big birthday party with family, friends and neighbours joining her to celebrate her 100th Birthday. Nora had a birthday cake, balloons, cards and presents as well as a birthday card from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and a telegram from the Secretary of State Esther McVey.

Nora said, “I cannot believe I am 100 years old” whilst her son Ken later said, “ Mum thoroughly enjoyed her party, seeing all of her neighbours, friends and family. She can’t believe she has reached that age”.

Reaching 100 years old is an achievement in itself so Happy Birthday Nora. You are one very special lady !

(Kathryn Courtney)

Foraging, plants and wildlife with Steve England

Steve England, a Conservation Educator, returned to Lamplighters Marsh on 30th June for a foraging, plants and wildlife walk.

Around 20 people joined the walk including several children. With it being a sunny warm day it proved educational to many, learning new things about the area. Even our local MP Darren Jones was impressed by Steve’s knowledge of the area and wild foods available.

“What I love about Lamplighters Marsh is the fact that it has unique multiple habitats, such as hedgerows, and the river. It attracts wildlife that will only visit or live here because of these habitats, such as migrating wading birds feeding on the mudflats”, saidSteve.

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Were any unique discoveries made during the walk? “Yes. It’s always nice for the children who attend the walks to discover great things on this walk. We found a beautiful garden Tiger moth not seen very often. There’s been lots of scrub and bramble clearance which has allowed the dormant wildflowers to grow again, such as the Vipers Bugloss, and therefore attracting an amazing amount of bees. I hope people learned that by making time to walk along Lamplighters Marsh, they will now look at it with a different perspective rather than being a linear track. It is in fact a fantastic wildlife corridor full of amazing plants and wildlife and a very important habitat for many song birds.” said Steve.

Martin Trimnell had travelled from Portishead to join the walk. “Steve proved to be an inspired choice to lead the walk; he brought his acute powers of observation into play with the immediate result that we all began to look more carefully and purposefully at plants, insects, birds and environmental and physical clues to the historic past of the Marsh. The range and detailed knowledge Steve showed on all aspects of the habitat and the informality with which that knowledge was shared was first class. Contributions and observations from young, and not‐so‐young, were received with enthusiasm and replied to with clarity and often humour.”

John Knight, Chairman of FOLM concluded, “The walks this year are about introducing people to Lamplighters Marsh nature reserve. Several times I’ve heard, ‘I didn’t know this was here’. Our experts talk about a range of subjects. Steve England tells about the wildlife that we see, but the thing that grabs people’s attention is Steve’s foraging skills and the medicinal qualities of plants and trees. Steve handed out bramble tips to eat and mugwort leaves to calm us. He opened our eyes and minds, providing teaching skills that are almost folk history.”

For more information about Lamplighters Marsh and walks please go to folm.wordpress.com/or email: friendsoflamplightersmarsh@gmail.com

(Kathryn Courtney)

Five a side Football at the PBA

On Sunday 12th August, Shire Christmas Illuminations hosted their annual 5 a side football tournament at the PBA club.

Despite a mixed forecast, the rain held off and made a most enjoyable event for everyone.

Nine teams entered the competition, all in fancy dress much to the amusement of the spectators, and the final came down to the Cheeky Blinders and the Spanish Cleaners. It was a close match but eventually the Spanish Cleaners won on penalties.

Thanks to all the teams who took part in this event. It was a great, fun‐loving day for the teams and their supporters, and we managed to raise £600 towards the Christmas Lights fund.

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Thanks to all involved for their hard work.

Helen Winter

Calling Children

Hi all you cat people out there ! Remember the owls last year ? This year we have put together a bunch of cats to take over from the Owls. They will be dotted around the shops for you to find and collect their names.

Thereby hangs the tail ‐ we have all these cats (did you know a collection of cats is called a “clowder”) but as yet no names; can you help? If you have a really good cat name, can we borrow it and name one of our cats after it ? You can then have the fun of prowling the shops to see if one of the cats gets your name.

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Name that cat

The naming of the cats is for fun only; no prizes ‐ just the chance to see you cats name on show !

Please send the cat names to gail.amphlett@hotmail.com or text to 07776170053.

For more details of the Craft Exhibition check out our entry form ‐ we welcome entries from all ages so why not have a go and put something you have made.

Shirehmpton Craft Exhibition 2018

Shirehampton Public Hall ‐ Station Road ‐ Shirehampton ‐ BS11 9TX

Tuesday 30th October to Saturday 3rd November

Opening times 10am ‐ 4pm

(Late night Thursday 10am ‐ 8pm)

Application forms available

  • Inside Shire newspaper
  • Internet -
    1. Click here for Application form
    2. to print the form Hold down the 'Ctrl' button and press 'P'
    3. After printing use BACK on your browser to return to this page.
  • Shirehampton Library

Closing date for applications, Wednesday 24th October 2018.

  • The Hall will be open Monday 29th Oct. 9.00am ‐ 4.00pm for registration of exhibits
  • The Hall will also be open Sunday 28th Oct. 2.30pm ‐ 4.00pm for large items
  • Collection of exhibits will be on Saturday 3rd November 4.30pm ‐ 5.00pm

There is an exhibition charge on items for sale of 0.50p per item ‐ max of £2.00 for 4 or more items. (These must have been crafted by the exhibitor)

  • Selling your crafts ‐ 10% will be deducted from item price towards exhibition costs
  • Demonstrators ‐ we welcome those who would like to demonstrate their crafts ‐ sessions of 3 hours morning and afternoon will be available. Let us know what you would like to demonstrate and what days and times you would like, and we will accommodate if we can.
  • Stewards ‐ If you would like to help out and steward for a session am or pm 3 hour sessions (if you can’t manage 3 hours then what you can offer would be appreciated). If you are exhibiting it would be great if you could steward for a session but it’s not compulsory.

Please Do not send any money with the application it will be collected when you register at the Hall.

It takes two to Tandem

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The summer Fair on August 4th at the Shirehampton Public Hall also marked the beginnings of Tandem Arts, a new not‐for‐profit creative arts enterprise. Artists Joanna Espiner and Annelies Egli, who formed Tandem Arts this year, moved into Portway Room at the Shirehampton Public Hall on 1st August 2018 and, within a couple of days, transformed the space into a welcoming and colourful studio. Its doors were open to anyone visiting the fete. A number of local people stepped inside for a chat and a bit of ‘hands on’ making, helping to create small collaged posters advertising Tandem’s official launch which will be in the October half term break. In the meantime, during September, on Tuesdays from 10 am ‐ 12 noon, Tandem will be opening its doors again with a free drop‐in opportunity. This is a chance for anyone interested to come in and meet Annelies and Joanna, have a chat, find out more about what they will be offering and contribute to developing their programme for 2019 by leaving your suggestions. All are welcome.

Tandem will be officially launching alongside the popular annual Shirehampton Craft Fair at the end of October 2018, see October ‘Shire’ for more details. All Tandem events will be listed monthly in the ‘Shire’ under What’s On’ so keep an eye out for updates.

For further information you can contact Annelies Agli at anneliesegli@blueyonder.co.uk

2018 Flu Clinic Dates

Shirehampton Health Centre

  • Saturday 6th October ‐ 08.45 to 10.30
  • Saturday 20th October ‐ 08.45 to 10.30

Capel Road Branch Surgery

  • Friday 5th October ‐ 14.00 to 15.00
  • Friday 19th October ‐ 14.00 to 15.00

Please come to Health centre where you will be directed to the appropriate clinic.

Letters to the Editor

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

 Shirehampton Park Golf Club Bake‐Off  ‐ Ray Stibley

Dear Editor

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On Saturday 28th July, Shirehampton Park Golf Club held a “bake off” in order to raise money for Help for Heroes. Four sections at the golf club all baked cakes which were sold by the slice throughout the day and just under £700 was raised for the charity.

Help for Heroes is the nominated charity for the golf club this year and the monies raised from this event will be added to the final total and presented at the end of the club year.

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“This was a fun day that raised money for a very worthwhile charity as well as giving everyone the opportunity to feel guilt free while eating as much cake as they liked.”

Regards, Ray Stibley

p.s. Just a quick update. All of the money has now been collected and the grand total is £756.20. The large three tier cake was bought by a member for £100 and then donated to the Salvation army hostel for the homeless where we are told it was fed over 90 people !

 Portwell later Portway Swimming Club  ‐ David Elkington

Dear Editor, Claire and Nicola,

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Portwell swiming club

Click here to read the full story.

With best wishes, David Elkington

[postal address supplied] elkers@tiscali.co.uk

 The Port of Bristol Pensioners Trips  ‐ P. Berry

Dear Editor

The Port of Bristol Pensioners is having the following trips:

Tuesday, 25th SeptemberSidmouth
Tuesday, 23rd October Salisbury
Tuesday, 27th NovemberHighfield Garden Centre.

If you are interested, please call me on 0117 9829036 evenings.

P. Berry (Thanks for donation, Ed.)

Shirehampton Baptist Church

On August 2nd, the funeral of a well loved lady took place at Shirehampton Baptist Church.

Family and friends came to give thanks for the life of Mavis Oliver. The service was led by Mike Jefferson who read a tribute to Mavis and spoke of God’s goodness as described in Psalm 23. Her niece Denise read the same psalm and John Barrett, her friend from Saint Mary’s, read a poem.

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Mavis

Mavis was born in 1931 and had three older brothers. Sadly one was killed in the war. She attended Shirehampton Infants’ School and, apart from the few years when she was evacuated to Devon to escape the bombs, she lived all her life in Shirehampton. Mavis was a clever girl and won a scholarship to Fairfield Grammar School. Most of her working life was spent at Tate and Lyle Molasses based in Avonmouth where she was an accountant.

Beside work Mavis had many interests. She read widely, loved crosswords, enjoyed holidays abroad and showed a great interest in her family. She was secretary of Shirehampton W.I for many years, a Girls’ Brigade leader, Secretary and teacher at the Baptist Sunday School and treasurer of the Baptist Bright Hour. Mavis had an eye for detail and was a fount of knowledge on many subjects.

During her last years she enjoyed her morning cup of coffee at Saint Mary’s, arriving at 11 am prompt ! Mavis loved her village, her family, her friends and her Church. She had a firm faith in her Shepherd which was so fittingly summed up in Psalm 23.

Mair Blandford

Big Thanks to Shire Distributors

Big thank you to distributors

It’s fair to say we have had one or two glitches to deal with, but the team rose to every single one, and I think we are now running along quite nicely. The early delivery at the Public Hall is proving to be the best option, as it takes us very little time to transfer the bundles inside for counting. We have had lovely people come forward in response to appeals for new deliverers, so I think will continue to reach every home and, when we do hear that is not happening, we do something about it! The team of counters are fantastic! They go above and beyond month after month.

Thank you from me, Bobbie Perkins

Shire needs a new Vice‐Chair

is always looking for new people to join our committee. We have room for editors and for people to help in administrative roles. If you might be interested, do come along to our regular monthly meeting and see what we do. We meet on the first Monday of each month in the Methodist Church Hall in Penpole Avenue at 5:30 pm. The meetings last no more than an hour. Our next meeting will be on Monday, 3rd September. IF you are interested but can’t get to that meeting you can email chairperson@shire.org.uk to find out more.

Shirehampton Community Plan ‐ Making It Happen

Just two months ago in June we launched the Community Plan for Shirehampton. Many of you attended the launch event in St Mary’s Church, and many of you indicated that you would like to take part in improving our village. Now the summer holidays are ending, it’s time to begin to make some of the improvements you want to see happen. Today, with your copy of , you will have received a copy of a leaflet summarizing our plans for action in four key areas:

  1. The Street Scene,
  2. Our High Street,
  3. being Healthy and Active, and
  4. investing in our Young People.

Each of these key issues has a key worker:

  • Renee Slater and Jess Martens are leading on the Street Scene,
  • John Hastings on the High Street,
  • Dianne Frances on being Healthy and Active, and
  • Kate Shadbolt and Ash Bearman on Young People.

Already a Friends of the Village Green group is forming.

They want to deter parking on the Green and make it more inviting for people to rest in and enjoy. They will undertake to maintain the Green just as the Shirehampton Station Ladies maintain the planters on the station.

Some of you might like to join them, or to set up a Friends Group to make your own road safer or more friendly or attractive.

The key workers in each area are here to support you in starting your own projects and to welcome any contribution you might make to our village.

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Monday July 16th saw thirty nine bowlers and eight supporters … from a total of six clubs, set off to Sandown, Isle‐of ‐Wight for the 2018 tour, and a return to the island for the first time since 2008. For seven of the tourists it was their first tour with the City and Port of Bristol Club.

The bowling started on Tuesday with a nine rink game at Ryde on two greens close to the waters edge ‐ a very picturesque place to play bowls and a winning start, by just two shots.

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There was a prize for the best winning rink each day and also a blue elephant ‐ to be worn for 24 hours by the recipients for the rink losing by the greatest margin. The elephants had quite a few keepers during the week!

Wednesday saw a visit to Shanklin, Thursday to the nearby Sandown club and Friday, much further away at Cowes Medina, all very enjoyable games.

There was the now traditional daily prize quiz devised and presented this year by Gordon Dimond and a prize each day for the bowler with a ticket number nearest to the total scored by City and Port that day.

At the end of the week there were prizes for the highest scoring lady and gent, calculated from each person’s first three games. This year’s winners ‐ something of a family affair, George and Chris Silverthorne ‐ well done to them. To add to the fun this year there was a nobly knees contest, which did raise a laugh or two and was won by Bill Hatherall and Kath Bartlett.

The tour was once again very well organised by Lis Davies and Bill Hatherall. A big thank you was given to them for their considerable efforts that made the tour the success it was.

Back home and more success for the Ladies League Team, this time with a great win at Olveston on July 25; they followed it with an exciting draw against second placed Begbrook Green on August 3 to maintain a top four position.

The Jack Ashton Triples, played on July 29, had a thrilling end when the two teams most likely to win met in the final seven end set, and the game was won with the very last bowl to be delivered. Julie Lookers team was holding shot until Ken Davies delivered the killer ball ‐ who says bowling is dull ‐ to take the trophy.