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Shirehampton has a new photographer

Avon University Settlement Celebrate 100 years

Bristol Libraries Commemorate First World War With Local Stories

Bug Hunt At Lamplighters Marsh.

Co‐op Summer Fundraiser.

Local Lad Walking 100km for Soldiers Charity

Plant Theft at Shire Station

Sailors’ Society’s Wants Your Memories of the Sea

Computer “<Code /> Club” at Shirehampton Library

Countdown to Shire Christmas Illuminations

The Bristol Shiplovers Society

Social and Therapeutic Gardening Volunteers Required

‘Craft a Cat‘ with Tandem

Lawrence Weston Community Farm are Recruiting Farm Hands Engagement Worker ‐ Sunday

Volunteering for Alive

Tynings Field Community Smallholding

Autumn Disco for Primary School‐Aged Children!

Holiday Fun with Shirehampton Primary School ‐ 2017‐2018

St. Mary's News -  October

Sea Mills Flower Show Success.

Lamplighters’ Marsh to Feature in National Festival

LinkAge Post‐Retirement Opportunities Event

LW Community Farm Celebrate

Your Free Local Fun Palace

Nature Notes…

Dementia Information Day

Letters to the Editor

Gwen Robbins 13th July 1924 ‐ 15th August 2018

Sheila Warn 1943 ‐ 30th July 2018

Don’t Lose Your Vote

Your Local MP‘s Report on Local Issues

Shirehampton Community Plan - We have a plan…

Pirate Party - 40 years before the mast

End of Season Report for PBA Bowling Club

Christmas Illuminations & Poppy Day

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Shirehampton has a new photographer

Matthew Broadhead graduated in 2016 from the University of Brighton with a bachelor’s degree in Photography. He then moved back to North Devon and later enrolled on the new Masters in Photography degree program at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. Originally based in Southville, an opportunity to move to Bradley Crescent in Shirehampton came up, and when he was viewing the property, he noticed Shirehampton Studio on the street corner. At the time he thought that if he did move to the locality, he would pay a visit and introduce himself.

Later, reading the article written by Kathryn Courtney in the July 2018 edition of ‘Shire‘ about the retirement of photographers Teresa and Colin Momber, so meeting the couple became time‐sensitive. In his role as a photographer, he is building what he hopes will become his lasting contribution to the locality where he is now living.

His third great grandfather F.W. Broadhead, patronised by the Prince and Princess of Wales, was a well‐known artist and photographer in Leicestershire during the Victorian era and his current research and practice is centered on this topic. As he is not experienced in the art of portraiture, recent events have led him to pursue this subject area with vigor. From the former Shirehampton studio, he acquired camera equipment, studio lights, posing stools so is able to make a start in the field of first‐class portraits.

Avon University Settlement Celebrate 100 years

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Avon University Settlement Community Association celebrating their centenary.

Avon University Settlement Community Association celebrating their centenary in September. Trustees, former trustees and friends gathered to toast 100 years of service to the community.

Bristol Libraries Commemorate First World War With Local Stories

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Does your family have a story from the First World War?

Bristol Libraries are commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War by displaying photos and stories from local families. Just pop into your local library, or send them to: paul.walker@bristol.gov.uk.

Bristol Libraries are asking library users to share stories, photographs and memorabilia from the First World War, which will be displayed in libraries across the city. So far library users have shared stories about women manufacturing mustard gas in Avonmouth, wounded soldiers drinking tea at Knowle Cricket Club, Canadians camping at Shirehampton and Kurds living through the drawing and redrawing of borders.

stories, photographs, documents…

If members of the community have any stories, photographs, documents or other memorabilia they would like to include, they can visit their local library and talk to our library teams. To ensure documents are kept safe, libraries are scanning and photographing the original copies. Residents can also use the local libraries to research and explore their ancestors and family history to find out if they have any WW1 stories they would like to share. The library teams will be updating the displays as they develop, and library users are invited to drop in to follow the progress of this project.

we are looking for stories of ordinary people…

Cllr Asher Craig said “Bristol Libraries have a strong interest in the local communities. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, we are looking for stories of ordinary people ‐ both those who went to war and those who stayed behind. By collaborating with people from the community, we will be able to share local family histories with the general public.“

As part of the commemoration, Bristol Libraries will be hosting a series of events. On Thursday 25th October, Bedminster Library will host Bristol‐based puppet theatre group Otherstory, who will be performing Taking a Holiday. This tells the true story of WW1 conscientious objectors who hid in a tunnel beneath Bedminster. Details of all the events will be posted on Bristol Libraries Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Bug Hunt At Lamplighters Marsh.

On August 18th the Friends of Lamplighters Marsh arranged a bug hunt led by Hayley Herridge from Bug Life. The day was grey and cloudy with the threat of rain but that didn’t deter the people that braved the weather.

The importance of bugs has been summed up by Sir David Attenborough: “If we and the rest of the back‐boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.”

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One little girl was so excited about bug bingo put together by Hayley. With the help of others she found all the cards that depicted some of the bugs that could be found in the area. She loved hunting for the actual bugs, though they were playing hide and seek due to the weather! Her mum Amel said “Anaïs had a great time. She enjoyed the bingo, hunting for bugs in the bushes and making bugs out of clay ‐ very hands on. A nice way to enjoy the outdoors and feed her curious mind at the same time!” The young family had travelled from Thornbury to attend.

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Everybody seemed to enjoy the bug hunt very much and listened intently to the information Hayley provided. John Knight, Secretary of FOLM said “The bees were present during our hunt, flying close to ground to avoid the gusty wind. Thanks to Hayley’s expert guidance we learnt the differences between male and female carder bees and, that the males don’t sting. The FOLM walks and bug hunt have been a pleasure this summer. We hope to do it again next year.”

Co‐op Summer Fundraiser.

The local Co‐op continue to fundraise for local causes and on August 18th staff were holding their summer table top sale. From books to DVDs, CDs, toys and bags of sweets with some containing a ‘golden ticket’ where you could claim a prize. The Shire’s very own Bill Constable found a golden ticket and chose a selection box of shortbread as his prize. There was also a raffle with some worthy prizes up for grabs which included a wine hamper, cleaning hamper and various bottles of alcohol. The final total raised was £433 which will be going to Shirehampton Christmas Illuminations.

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Kathryn Courtney.

Local Lad Walking 100km for Soldiers Charity

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100km walker Connor McDowall

Connor McDowall, local of Shirehampton, has decided he wants to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War and raise funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity helping support soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.

His challenge will be to walk 100km, from 1/10/18 to 11/11/18, whilst visiting as many local war memorials as possible to mark his respects for those who gave their tomorrow for our today. He already has the support of St.Mary Magdalene Church, Stoke Bishop and Shirehampton Surgery, who have kindly put a collection tin in Reception.

He has chosen to do this and hopes and feels any publicity will help further the cause.

Plant Theft at Shire Station

As many local people use the Severn Beach train service for travel to work, shopping or leisure destinations, many will have noticed the colourful plants and flowers that have adorned Shirehampton train station to brighten up the area and make it an attractive welcome to Shirehampton. The upkeep is carried out by the hard work of the local volunteer organisation know as Shire Greens.

At the end of August the bedding plants and flowers were stolen from the large planters. This was not the work of vandals, children or teenagers. The theft was done by someone who knows about gardening. The plants were carefully removed and the earth was tidied up and flattened as if the colourful display had not been there in the first place. The train station display is for all to enjoy and to show how much Shirehampton is cared for by it’s community and the volunteers that do the gardening, giving their time for free. This is not the first theft from these flower beds, but determination in the past has seen them resurrected to full bloom.

Barbara, a member of Shire Greens, said. “This is a community project. The plants and flowers are a mixture of bought, home grown and donations by local people. The cost is the time and effort growing, planting and keeping them watered in the drought. We are so very upset and angry but not disheartened, just more determined to keep the flowerbeds going. They added colour to the beds and passers‐by commented on how the flowers cheered them up. Its a great shame because residents, who try to brighten up the street for example, only to find their efforts disappearing, give up trying.”

Kathryn Courtney

Sailors’ Society’s Wants Your Memories of the Sea

Swing that lantern and I'll tell 'e a tale.

A 200 year old maritime charity is calling on people from Bristol to share their memories of the sea to highlight our connection and dependence on the sea.

Stuart Rivers, Sailors’ Society’s CEO explained: “Whether it’s beach balls, flip‐flops or the ingredients used to make an ice cream, 90 per cent of everything you see beside the seaside is transported by sea.

During the heatwave, many people from Bristol will have headed to the beach and created long‐lasting memories. Whether you spent childhood holidays at the beach, or have made a career out of working at sea, we’d love to hear and share your stories.”

Sailors’ Society works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers, regardless of their background or faith. The charity’s chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 30 countries.

Computer “<Code /> Club” at Shirehampton Library

The “Code Club” on Friday afternoons will now take place in the Penpole Room in the Public Hall.

At Code Club, we think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code computers, no matter who they are or where they come from. It is a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs where young people aged 9‐13 build and share their ideas, learning along the way.

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We currently have more than 10000 clubs in over 100 countries and our club projects have been translated into 28 languages.

There are over 75 easy to follow projects, with step‐by‐step guides, which help young people use a number of different computer languages to make games, animations and websites. The projects gradually introduce coding concepts to allow young people to build their knowledge incrementally, which also means there’s no need for the adult running the session to be a computing expert.

We also support active clubs with a range of extra resources, including certificates and posters, as well as offering competitions and prize draws for them.

Code Club was founded in 2012, and in 2015 joined forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a registered UK charity. Code Club is a key educational programme for the Foundation, working to help many more young people learn how to build their ideas with code.

Get involved today and start inspiring the next generation.

Countdown to Shire Christmas Illuminations

Shire Christmas Illuminations HQ is getting busy!

Here’s a full update of what’s going on between now and the Big Day:

  • End October ‐ Poppy Appeal. **NEW** The lamp posts of Shire village will be adorned with large red poppies to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict.
    • We are looking for ‘poppy sponsors‘ and, in return, a personalised message or company name will be placed on the poppy for all to see.
    • A donation of £20 for each sponsored poppy. Funds will be split between Shire Christmas Illuminations and the Royal British Legion.
  • November ‐ Quiz night. Details to be confirmed.
  • December 2nd ‐ Shire Santa Dash and Elf Sprint!. Back again this year with increased capacity and a dedicated under 5s ‘elf sprint‘. It sold out last year so enter now to secure your family a great fun filled day.
  • Thanks to Wood Family Butchers and Mama Bears day nursery for sponsoring the events.

Full details can be found on Facebook ‐ shirechristmasilluminations, Instagram: shire_christmas and Twitter: shire_christmas. Alternatively email us shirechristmasilluminations@outlook.com.

The Bristol Shiplovers Society

Programme for 2018/2019

Talks take place at the Royal British Legion Club, Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 0QF and will begin from 19.30 hrs.

2018

  • Oct 8th Swinging the lamp (members evening)
  • Oct 22nd Every boy will join the Navy, the story of ‘Formidable‘ Shirley Hodgson
  • Nov 13th Pioneering the Black Box VDR Chris Winkley
  • Nov 26th The Current Evaluation of the Royal Navy Nigel Edgell

2019

  • Feb 25th Bristol Port, Post War Photos Geoff Williams
  • Mar 11th Canals of the World Mark Horton TBC
  • Mar 25th Swinging the lamp (members evening)
  • Apr 8th The ‘Tectona‘ Project Roger Crabtree
  • Apr 22nd An Artist‘s View (by popular request) Pat Shipsides
  • May 13th The Thames Spritties Michael Newstead

Membership is open to all with an interest in ships and the sea. VISITORS ARE VERY WELCOME ‐ £3 per head. There is ample parking and teas, coffees and drinks are available.

Thank you for your kind donation. Ed.

Social and Therapeutic Gardening Volunteers Required

Enriching lives of older people through gardening

Ever wanted to get to know some of the amazing older people that live in your area? Or share your passion for gardening and nature with someone who spends most their time indoors? Well now’s your chance!

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Alive is looking for green fingered people to becoming Growing Support volunteers, to assist with one of our fun and engaging gardening groups. Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers. Our ‘Growing Support’ Social and Therapeutic Horticulture workshops connect participants to their gardens and allow them the chance to participate in a social group, helping to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

If you are friendly and have an interest in helping others to garden, this is the role for you. You will support some of the most vulnerable members of your community to have fun while they continue their hobby. You will volunteer alongside an expert Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator to help care home residents access all the benefits of taking part in fun activities, whenever possible, outside in the garden.

Our autumn induction is taking place at The Create Centre in central Bristol, and we have two dates for you to choose from; Tuesday 16th October 10am ‐ 12.30pm or Wednesday 17th October at 5.30pm ‐ 8pm. Why not join our team of volunteers as the season changes?

‘Craft a Cat‘ with Tandem

Tandem Arts will be opening its doors again and running its first workshops alongside the Shirehampton Craft Fair during the October half term week. Annelies and Joanna will be in their studio, the Portway Room at Shirehampton Public Hall, while the Shirehampton Craft Fair is on, from Tuesday 30th October to Saturday 3rd November, 10 am ‐ 4pm daily, with a late night on Thursday 10 am ‐ 8 pm. Tandem Arts will be offering workshops in the Portway room as follows:

  • Tuesday 30th Oct 10 am ‐ 12 noon
  • Wednesday 31st Oct 2 pm ‐ 4 pm
  • Thursday 1st Nov 6 pm ‐ 7.30pm
  • Saturday 3rd Nov 10.30 am ‐ 12.30pm.

You don’t need to book, the workshops are open to all ages and abilities, Tandem is just asking for donations towards materials. The workshops will be around the theme of crafting cats as well as other seasonal themes. Cloth, clay and paper are amongst many other available materials for everyone to express themselves. Even if you are simply curious about being creative or would just like to sit and watch, get yourself along to the studio, these workshops are for everyone!

Annelies and Joanna are currently showing a collaborative piece of work in Dartington, Devon as part of an exhibition titled KINdom ‐ Textiling with the more than Human. KINdom is at the Garden Gallery at Art.Earth from 11th Sept until 17th October 2018. See https://artdotearth.org/exhibition‐summer18‐3/

Lawrence Weston Community Farm are Recruiting Farm Hands Engagement Worker ‐ Sunday

Farm Hands gives local 8 ‐11yr olds the opportunity to get involved in and help look after the community farm. They take part in a wide variety of practical outdoor work and play sessions on the farm; across its farmyard, gardens, woodland and orchard.

We are seeking to recruit a Sunday Farm Hands Engagement Worker (7hrs a week all year) to run weekly sessions; engaging, supporting and supervising the Farm Hands in a range of outdoor activities.

Funded by BBC Children in Need until April 2020. Salary £19 000 pro rata. Closing date Thursday 1st November 5pm. Interviews Friday 9th November. Please go to our website www.lwfarm.org.uk for more details and to download the application form.

Volunteering for Alive

David James has been volunteering for Alive for six months. His role has been to help with Alive Growing Support therapeutic horticulture workshops.

“After retiring from an engineering career, I wanted to develop my skills in dementia care in tribute to my late mother and aunt who suffered memory problems in later years. Mum was a voluntary respite carer with people living with dementia, so I have some catching up to do. Volunteering for Alive seemed like a perfect way to do this.

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David James

When I started doing the sessions I thought I was doing ok, then the Alive Facilitator said that the lady that had been chatting and laughing with me on my first session was usually agitated and withdrawn. I was delighted that such a small effort on my behalf was having such immediate benefits!

I gain so much from being a volunteer, as social isolation is a problem whether you live in a residential home, retire from a hectic career, or are made redundant; so I really do get as much out of the sessions as the participants do. I also love hearing their stories: A WW2 RAF rear gunner, a nurse who served at Dunkirk, and an amazing Jamaican mother of twelve are some of the standout conversations I enjoyed.

The volunteer induction was a great way to meet the team, and learn the knowledge, skills and values to help us in our sessions. Everyone is always looking to improve and share best practice, so the periodic volunteer training sessions are very useful.

I would strongly recommend this kind of volunteering, because for a few hours of your time every month, you can provide such a tangible and immediate improvement to people’s lives. You also get to meet a whole new group of wonderful people you otherwise would not have known.

This volunteering has developed and built on my communication skills. On my CV or in interviews I can say I have become a better listener, and that is a bonus in any walk of life.”

Tynings Field Community Smallholding

The autumnal breeze comes from the river Avon at Tynings Field Community Smallholding bringing us the scent of damp salt ground from the river and manure. The smell of approaching winter as the Elm hedge leaves fall. Squirrel activity has been frantic and a tawny owl can be distinctly heard late at night. We harvest our last vegetable crop leaving in the basic winter sustainable vegetables. Abundant apples with blackberries and raspberries are stored for winter. Chickens go into moulting and need a bit of extra food so we give them the bolted spinach whilst the geese sense rain in the air. The flowers struggle to produce their last seasonal blooms against a darkened cloud and we clip back raspberry canes. Darkness falls earlier each day and we shiver slightly thinking of Halloween the sowain of pagan Britain. Have you ever wondered, does it literally mean the cows are in? In our case the geese are in. November 5th bonfire night is due. Please, no fireworks in, or facing towards our field. Preparation on the growing space for winter. People now cover the plots with manure and plastic. Rowan trees have berries including the rarer Service tree from Horseshoe Bend. From the past cycle of nature we plan for the next one so we look back awhile.

This year there has been sadness as our hatched gosling did not survive. Geese are not good mother‘s as often they crush their babies. It‘s not easy being a goose but, as humans, we can learn from that. So, next time, we interact we must think about our plan for next year. Crops have been quite good. We look back to the days of summer until it comes around again. In the meantime the ground rests. We enjoy the taste of our blossom from the blackberries, apple, chestnut and flowers of Tynings Field in our pure honey, some of which we have for sale. We are looking back to look forward. We also seek more new volunteers. The immense success of our grass cutter who has done a wonderful job helping Jim cut the grass.

We have also had a helper with poultry. We are now seeking a second poultry helper to work alternately. The days are Thursday or Friday, any time of day during daylight for about an hour. The voluntary job would suit someone of responsible disposition who is physically able to be outside and work for just an hour in all weathers. You can be employed, retired, unemployed or seeking work. Full training is given then after 3 months regular work we will provide work references to future employment. The rewards are vast for your mental and physical well‐being. Fresh air and gentle exercise all build the body and soul.

Tynings Field is ancient and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It was a tenanted farming enclosed field, originally 5 acres, now just over 1. It has an old mounting block alongside the part which was then fenced for allotments and stood big greenhouses. War horses were grazed in Woodwell road during World War 1. During World War 2 the Cotswold Community Centre was a smallholding, it was vital to keep chickens and pigs and for growing vegables to expand the food supply during rationing. Over the years it spans generations, sustaining its Shirehampton residents. It flows through the seasons and sweeps into the next taking with it a small focused team of dedicated community agricultural growers, beekeepers and poultry keepers and we simply do what this little piece of land demands of us.

Autumn Disco for Primary School‐Aged Children!

Saturday 27th October 2018 3‐5pm

Come along to our Community Autumn Disco!

  • Face‐painting/glitter tattoos/glow sticks
  • £3 per child including refillable soft drinks!
  • Tea and coffee available for parents/carers!

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Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road on Saturday 27th October 2018 3‐5pm

Tickets available from the Hall office in advance or on the door.

Holiday Fun with Shirehampton Primary School ‐ 2017‐2018

During the year Shirehampton Primary School have been able to offer families of the school the opportunity to take part in activities and to attend day trips during the school holidays.

Trips have included visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wildplace where children and adults enjoyed seeing a variety of animals including lions, tigers, seals and the brand new Giraffe enclosure!

During the August break we enjoyed a great day out at Barry Island. The coach arrived to take all 49 of us at 9.15. It wasn’t particular sunny at the start of our journey but the closer we got the clouds disappeared allowing the sun to shine through ! The children loved going on the waltzers and other rides. They particularly enjoyed the water flume where parents and children got soaked !! The weather was nice enough for everyone to go onto the beach, with some even braving the sea and of course we couldn’t resist some good old fashioned fish and chips by the seaside!

We are looking forward to booking more trips during this academic year and, of course, our annual visit to see Santa!!!!

St. Mary's News -  October

Hi Folks!

Here we are already into October with all those lovely colours of Autumn showing on our trees. Just where did our Summer go? It is hard to believe that the clocks go back at 2.00 am on Sunday 28th October and the evenings will then be well and truly drawing in.

The Shirehampton Area Choir began rehearsals back on Tuesday 18th September for this year‘s Christmas Concert. Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm in the church and follow on immediately after the Church Choir Practice. Their Concert will be held in St Mary‘s Church during the evening of Saturday 8th December. All are welcome to come and join in ‐ there is no voice test ‐ but if you are able to read music this would be to your advantage.

Messy Church this month is in the church as usual from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm and is on Thursday 18th October. All young persons are welcome to attend and refreshments are provided too! Come along and try it if you haven‘t been before.

The “Golden Oldies“ who normally meet each month in The Tithe Barn are now to meet in the church. Their next meeting in St Mary‘s will be from 10.30 am until 11.30 am on Wednesday 3rd October and will continue to do so on the first Wednesday each month from now on. Come and join in with some memorable songs!

This year Remembrance Sunday actually falls on the 11th November. A Remembrance Sunday service will be held as usual in St Mary‘s at 10.00 am when the Roll of Honour will be read before processing up to the War Memorial for the 11.00 am Act of Remembrance. The Shirehampton Cricket Club, I am informed, will as usual open their premises for refreshments afterwards.

Our Christmas Fayre this year will be held in the church from 10.00 am until 12.00 noon on Saturday 17th November, when a variety of Christmas goodies will be available to purchase. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of St Mary‘s. Your support for this event is always very much appreciated.

Did you know this? “Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy“? Answer ‐ The area around Jordan because the banks were always overflowing!

‘Bye for now! C.M.E.

Sea Mills Flower Show Success.

The Sea Mills Flower Show made a successful return on 8th September.

It was well supported by the local community and beyond. Entertainment was provided by ‘The Winds Of Change Band’ early in the day and ‘The Shiny Ladies’ who put on a dance display in the afternoon. Several stalls provided a tombola, jewellery, garden goods, and wildlife awareness. There was a bouncy castle and fancy dress for the children whilst a wine stall and the cafe area were open to provide refreshments. There was also a raffle with a great mix of prizes available.

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Belly dancers
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Belly fillers…
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The Flower Show consisted of many categories, from flowers and succulents to herbs, fruit, vegetables, preserves, children’s tray gardens, animals made from vegetables, masks, to photography, sewing, knitwear and embroidery. Points West reporter and news reader Tony Arnese presented the winners with their winning trophies for this year.

“I‘m so pleased it went so well. I heard so many people talking about how wonderful the shows used to be. I admit I had no idea just how much was involved but all the hard work and time that went into it was worth it. To see so many people coming together was brilliant and a huge thank you to everyone involved, especially the volunteers and those who entered into the spirit of the flower show.” said Lisa Dicker, one of the organisers of the event.

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Tony Arnese presents trophy to Valerie for her Victoria sponge (fair swop!)

Kathryn Courtney

Lamplighters’ Marsh to Feature in National Festival

Three community walks at Lamplighters’ Marsh are being featured as part of the national Being Human Festival. The walks will take place on Sunday 18th, Weds 21st and Saturday 24th November from 11am to 12.30pm, and will be led by experts on the flora and fauna of this unique environment, including Steve England, Rupert Higgins and Ed Drewitt, and by Dr Pippa Marland from the ‘Land Lines: Modern British Nature Writing’ project, who is researching cultural responses to the resurgence of nature in urban edgelands. For the second two walks, the acclaimed nature writer and author of Landfill, Tim Dee, will also accompany the groups.

Lamplighter’s Marsh Local Nature Reserve lies next to the tidal River Avon in Shirehampton, near the M5 bridge at Avonmouth, where the river flows into the Severn estuary. It forms part of an important wildlife corridor as well as providing a rich range of habitats for nationally‐rare plant species. As Tim Dee writes, in the face of climate change and species depletion, the edgelands of cities “might come to the centre of our lives and mean as much to us as any wilderness ever might have done”. This is an opportunity to come and fall in love with one of Bristol’s hidden gems ‐ a place already treasured by the Friends of Lamplighters’ Marsh who are helping to host the events.

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Walk 2

The walks are part of a 10‐day national programme of big ideas, big debates and engaging activities for all ages, brought together under the banner of the Being Human Festival. The Festival aims to demonstrate how the humanities help us understand ourselves, our relationships with others and the challenges we face in a changing world. In 2017 Being Human encompassed a programme of 330 events in 56 towns and cities across the UK, with a total estimated audience of 31,000. The 2018 festival promises to be even bigger, with an exciting, entertaining and thought‐provoking programme which features something for everyone in our diverse communities across the UK.

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Walk 3

The walks are free of charge but places are limited so booking is essential.

How to book:

Booking is via Eventbrite and each walk has a separate link:

Walk 1: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/landfill‐and‐lichens‐community‐walk‐1‐at‐lamplighters‐marsh‐bristol‐tickets‐48641172055?utm_term=eventurl_text

Walk 2: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/landfill‐and‐lichens‐community‐walk‐2‐at‐lamplighters‐marsh‐bristol‐tickets‐48642379667

Walk 3: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/landfill‐and‐lichens‐community‐walk‐3‐at‐lamplighters‐marsh‐bristol‐tickets‐48642582273

LinkAge Post‐Retirement Opportunities Event

October 25th/November 28th

LinkAge Network, a local Bristol based charity, has its second Post‐Retirement Opportunities event taking place this October at the BAWA Health & Leisure Centre in Filton. This event is for people aged 55+ living across North Bristol to discover more about the opportunities and advice available.

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The Post‐Retirement Opportunities (PRO) events are on Thursday 25th October 1800‐2000 hrs, at the BAWA club Filton and Wednesday 28th November, 1800‐2000 hrs, at the Sports Bar Ashton Gate Stadium, with more events taking place in 2019. They will be showcasing the wide range of opportunities and advice on offer in and around Bristol across the areas of money, work, volunteering, learning, leisure and health & wellbeing. The event will feature guest speakers, workshops and representatives from a range of organisations. The event will offer attendees the opportunity to explore and share ideas, hear from those with experience of retirement and, meet and socialise with people at a similar stage in life with FREE refreshments.

LW Community Farm Celebrate

On Wednesday 22nd August, Lawrence Weston Community Farm held a Celebration Event and BBQ.

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This was to celebrate the finishing of our new Community Building which was officially opened by the Lord‐Lieutenant of the City and County of Bristol, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE. In March 2017 the old Community Building was destroyed by fire, however, the replacement building marks a new beginning. It was brilliant to see hundreds of local people at the event and enjoying themselves with all the activities available, as well as tucking into delicious farm sausages cooked on the BBQ.

Helen Gray

Your Free Local Fun Palace

Saturday 6th October 12‐4pm

We are holding our second Fun Palace event here at Avonmouth Community Centre on Sat 6th of October from 12‐4pm. There will be free events including Kev F Sutherland‘s Comic Art Masterclass, a group knit led by Tandem Arts, a design your own comic workshop, Willow weaving and dying with plants, Circle Dancing and tea and cakes. The campaign for culture is at the heart of every community.

We would love to see you on the day.

Nature Notes…

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Autumn

This picture is a great example of the subtle changes that are heralding the onset of Autumn I think. I was walking back home yesterday morning, after a lovely riverside walk with the dogs, and this view near home really caught my attention. The mist of drizzly rain on the horizon, the hint of leaves just beginning to change colour, and the impressively high Autumn tide!

And to round off that sense of things autumnal, and the slowing down of all things summery, and realisation that winter would then follow, a huge flock of beautiful Canada Geese flew over the house! I guessed they might be heading towards Slimbridge for the winter. Wish I‘d had my camera handy!

My baby gold finches are thriving, as are the sparrows. We have had a few visits from blue tits too, and also the local robin.

I haven‘t seen hedgehogs for quite a while, but hope that the wetter weather is helping them to find plenty of food. I‘m looking forward to feeding them later in the season like last year.

Apologies for not reporting in last months Shire! Holidays made me lazy, and as I was in Spain this year, the thought of finding something interesting to write about cockroaches didn‘t inspire me one bit!!

Happy nature watching all! ‐ Bobbie Perkins

Dementia Information Day

Saturday 6th October, 10am‐4pm at Shirehampton Methodist Church

Don‘t Leave Me Now Is a play by Brian Daniels exploring the impact of early onset dementia based on two real‐life stories and which has been endorsed by all major Dementia charities. After the play there will be a chance to share experience and ask questions to a panel of experts.

Tickets are free, available from Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com or tel. Dottie on 382 3694. During the day representatives of agencies serving those living with dementia and their carers will be on hand to give information and answer questions, such as Bristol Dementia Action Alliance and others.

Letters to the Editor

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

 Can You Help?  ‐ Justine Mackay

Dear Editor

I‘m looking for some old photographs of “Park Lodge,“ Park Hill BS11 0UL. My partner lived there a long time ago and I‘m trying to get hold of some pictures/postcards dating to about 1906… to frame as a surprise present.

Can you help at all or put me in contact with someone? I would be very grateful for your help.

I look forward to hearing from you and I can be contacted at ‐ jusmackay@email.com.

Kindest Regards

Justine Mackay

 Do You Remember Jean Simpson?  ‐ Tom Hillman

Dear Editor

Jean married Mike Dodd in the 60‘s and emigrated to South Africa. Jean, now known as Mrs Opitz, is hoping to come to the UK around Christmas time. She would like to meet her old friends. Some of the names she has mentioned are Janet Westlake, Rosalind Mead and Janet Cummings.

If you are one of her friends could you please drop a line, with your name and contact details to :‐

Jean Opitz, c/o Tom Hillman, 1 Stile Acres, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0PZ.

I will then pass them on to Jean when she comes over.

Thankyou

Tom Hillman

Thank you for your kind donation. Ed

 Jim Goslin 90th Birthday  ‐ Maureen & Jim Goslin

Dear Editor

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Maureen & Jim Goslin
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Maureen & Jim Goslin

We would like to thank the staff of the Tithe Barn, Bob Pitchford for the photographs, friends, neighbours and family who helped to celebrate Jim‘s 90th birthday. It was a joy to hear the laughter and see the smiles. During the celebrations £60 was donated and has been sent to SENSE.

Thank you from

Maureen & Jim Goslin

Gwen Robbins 13th July 1924 ‐ 15th August 2018

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Gwen Robbins

13th July 1924 ‐ 15th August 2018 Age 94

Colin, Lynn and families would like to thank the many relatives and friends for their kind thoughts, words, numerous cards of sympathy and to so many who attended the funeral service on 4th September at Canford.

Thanks to all at Southmead Hospital for their care and concern and special thanks to Gill Sawyer for a compassionate and caring service. Finally, our thanks for the donations given to Gwens chosen charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Many thanks to you all. Colin Robbins

Thank you for your kind donation. Ed

Sheila Warn 1943 ‐ 30th July 2018

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Sheila Warn

1943 ‐ 30th July 2018

The family of Sheila Warn of Dursley Road would like to thank the following for helping them at such a hard time ‐ Stenner and Hill, Tracey especially, Gill Sawyer who conducted the most beautiful service. Final thanks go to Shirehampton Football Club and Michelle who made a ‘mean’ quiche that everyone enjoyed as stories of Sheila and Den and beloved dog Barney were told.

‘Such a big gap left but memories of the best parents ever will live on’

Don’t Lose Your Vote

Make sure you’re registered to vote

The council wants to make sure that as many citizens as possible have registered to vote, as those who aren’t registered quite simply will be unable to vote and may find difficulty in obtaining a bank account or credit.

If you need to register to vote, the quickest and easiest way to do this is online at: www.gov.uk/register‐to‐vote.

If you need help to register online you can visit your local library or the council’s Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street. If you can’t register to vote online, you can print paper forms from the gov.uk website. You can also call the council on 0117 922 3400 and they’ll send you a registration form. You cannot register over the phone.

Your Local MP‘s Report on Local Issues

YardArts is still waiting for their planning application to go live on the council’s planning portal.

When this happens, Darren will post the link on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/darrenjonesmp. He encourages all residents to share their views with the council so they are formally considered alongside any application.

Iron Bridge‐

Darren has been in touch with our local councillor, Don Alexander, about the Iron Bridge and they hope to have an update on this soon. He wants to reassure Shirehampton that this issue has not been forgotten.

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Darren Jones MP

Powered by You ‐

Most of us will have received Darren’s annual report which invites all of us to offer him feedback on his work. He is also introducing Powered by You, a new project including an online mobile app and offline community meetings. He wants to hear from as many constituents as possible. He says ‘I appreciate that people can‘t always come to my events, coffee mornings or pub politics so I‘m hoping that Powered by You will make it easier for more people to get involved‘. Register for Powered by You by visiting: www.poweredbyyou.org.uk

Severn Bridge Tolls ‐

Since the announcement to reduce, and then remove, Severn Bridge Tolls, he has raised the issue of gridlock and air pollution with the Government time and again. He has also tried to engage with our Regional Mayor to tackle local transport and again calls on the Region‘s Mayor, Tim Bowles, to invest in a North Bristol Transport Fund to protect the area from total gridlock by investing in road, rail, bus, pedestrian and cycling improvements.

Anyone concerned about further traffic chaos is encouraged to sign the petition calling for at least a £50m North Bristol Transport Fund at http://darren-jones.co.uk/transport-fund/.

Energy Drinks ‐

Darren Jones is on the cross‐party Science and Technology Committee and has raised multiple concerns about the sale of energy drinks to young people, how they are advertised and how it affects their health. The Government has now launched a consultation on the potential banning of the sale of energy drinks to those under 18. They have suggested a ban could focus on under 16‘s or under 18‘s. The ban would apply to drinks containing 150mg of caffeine or more per litre.

So that Darren can understand a wide range of views from the constituency, including crucially those of young people, he has launched a survey on energy drinks and will be undertaking a visit to Oasis Brightstowe Academy in November. At that visit, he‘ll be discussing the sale and impact of energy drinks with pupils, teaching staff and parents. You can also share your thoughts with him by completing the survey via: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/EnergyDrinksDJ

Shirehampton Community Plan - We have a plan…

All readers will have received a leaflet summary of the Shirehampton Community Plan in last month’s paper.

We have been working through the summer to plan the next steps to making the Plan a reality.

This month marks the beginning of the 5‐year campaign using the logo “I love Shirehampton”

We are inviting all residents to take the first steps with us to make Shire become ‘a friendly place to live. Cleaned up, and a place to be proud of!’ You can set up your own ‘I love my street’ group by getting together with your neighbours and friends to make the area around your home clean and attractive. There are already a few people coming forward to do this and we are hoping lots more will do the same. Just let us know and we will get back to you with how we can help you get a group started.

We have also been planning where to put the new Community notice boards so everyone can find out what is going on in the village and join in. And we are talking to people who can help us all to have an attractive High Street again.

We will contact everyone who had told us they were interested in making the Plan a reality. If you are interested or have any ideas, please contact us on: Telephone: 0117 982 9963, Email: ash@shirecaf.org.uk, Facebook: SCAF: Shirehampton Community Action Forum

The Community Plan Steering Group wants to thank all Shire distributors for helping deliver the Community Plan Summary leaflet.
All your unseen work for Shirehampton does you credit!

Pirate Party - 40 years before the mast

A few photos from Shirehampton Sailing Club Pirate Party of Saturday 8 th September. The Rescue boat was used to take visitors on a high speed trip down to the M5 bridge.

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End of Season Report for PBA Bowling Club

The 2018 season is drawing to a close but there is plenty to look back on and bowling will still be enjoyed until the last week‐end of September.

Ladies and Gentlemens Bristol and District League campaigns concluded at the end of August. The Ladies did very well, finishing third in division two, just six points behind second placed Begbrook Green. For the men it was a fifth place finish thanks to a much improved second half of the season.

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Howzat!,    Did he just say Howzat?

The Two Wood Pairs Competition was played on Wednesday September 5th. Eight pairs, drawn from two pots played five games, each of eight ends to decide who would win the trophy. It was a good afternoons bowling with some close finishes and keen competition. Eventual winners were Ken Davies and Brian Crawley with ten points. Runners up were Bill Hatherall and Dee Crawley on seven points.

Months of Club Competitions come to a conclusion at Finals Week‐End, this year on September 8th and 9th.

The first of this years finals was the Sid Holmes Handicap between Ken Davies needing 27 and Julie Looker needing 23. Ken raced into a big lead but Julie came back with a series of winning ends to be within a few shots but it was Ken who eventually bowled the winning wood to take the trophy in what was a well contested final.

Later in the day Ken was in action again, this time in the Mixed Pairs where his partner was Sandra Rees and the opponents Bill and Ray Cook. A game of 21 ends but ending a little short of that when Ken and Sandra had an unassailable lead.

Day two of the finals saw more success for Ken Davies and a terrific Ladies Four Wood Final.

First game of the day was the Men’s Two Woods and Ken’s opponent was Bill Hatherall. This was a twenty one end game, well contested but Ken built a lead great enough to claim victory at the 18 end stage.

The final men’s final was the four wood singles and Ken Davies went into it looking for a 100% winning record at this years finals. His opponent was Charlie Maby, a previous singles winner on several occasions and therefore a real challenge. But, Ken played very well again to come out on top by 21 shots to 8.

In the Ladies Four Wood Final last year’s winner Dawn Evans met Julie Looker in what turned out to be a great game with a tense and exciting finish. Dawn lead for much of the game but Julies determination saw her come back to the point where each player had twenty of the twenty one shots required to win. With woods running out and Dawn holding shot Julie bowled to the jack and moved it enough to take the decisive shot, win the trophy and become Club Ladies Champion. It was a great game ‐‐‐ watched to the end by a lot of club bowlers and supporters ‐‐‐ and a great advertisement for the game ‐‐‐ yes, bowling can be exciting.

This year’s AGM will be on Thursday October 25th, 7.45 at the club.