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Shire Santa Dash 2018 - in support of Shire Christmas Illuminations.

Goodbye To The Original Factory Shop.

New Year, Start Sewing.

SCAF say Thanks!

New Year, New You…?

Cotswold Community Association

St. Andrew Ladies’ Club

Crafting in the New Year with Tandem

Post‐Retirement Opportunities ‐ Avonmouth Fair

Shirehampton Primary School Nativity

St. Mary's News -  January

St Marys Christmas Fayre on 24th Nov

Shirehampton Group Practice News

Letters to the Editor

Family Announcements

The life of Lillian Simmons 1926‐2018

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

Smelters Belters Boxing Show

2019, Happy New Year!

Shire Santa Dash 2018 - in support of Shire Christmas Illuminations.

Santa dash 2nd December 2018,photographs by Bob Pitchford

Sunday 2nd December saw the second annual Shire Santa Dash organised by Shire Christmas Illuminations and hosted at the PBA sports and social Club.

The weather was not as kind to us this year, but despite the rain over 400 people attended the 5km family fun run.

This year we were lucky to have our celebrity guest Eddie The Eagle Edwards and Darren Jones MP start the race. We hope they will be back again next year, thank you.

Once again there was a great show of community spirit and we raised over £1500 towards the Shirehampton festive lights fund.

Well done Shire!

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We wish to thank the following for contributing to Shire Santa Dash 2018,
it would not be possible without you!

Not forgetting all Marshalls and Spectators,

but the biggest thank you goes to everyone who took part.

Pix, more pix and a few more pix! Did I menshun a gert loada pix!

Go to awaiting photo Shire illuminations Facebook page to see ‘fowzans’ (well 350 ak-chilly) of photals from Bob Pitchford

Goodbye To The Original Factory Shop.

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The original factory shop, Shirehampton.

Shirehampton High Street is saying goodbye to one of our more established shops. The Original Factory Shop will close due to failure to re‐negotiate the rent for the premises they are occupying. Back in the summer due to a CVA agreement they closed 32 of their 208 branches. They reorganised but as part of the CVA needed to get their rents reduced with their other stores.

Further shops have closed due to rent negotiations breaking down and our closest branch will now be Cairns Cross, Stroud.

The Original Factory Shop have since added an additional page to their web site requesting potential Landlords to contact them regarding premises to rent.

A spokesperson for The Original Factory Shop said, It’s a great disappointment to have been served notice on this store. We tried really hard to come to a suitable agreement with the landlord; especially as this is a store that has been performing well and where we are proud to play an integral part in the community.

Their representatives FTI Consulting confirmed the following information: The Company is in close liaison with the store team and the consultation is now underway.This closure relates to a clause in the CVA that enabled this landlord to serve notice on TOFS. The Company has therefore been legally bound to engage despite this being a well‐performing store that TOFS didn’t want to close. We are expecting to close no later than 5thJanuary.

Dee Mark and General Properties Ltd confirmed they own the freehold of the premises having bought it 9 years ago. Due to TOFS entering into a CVA the majority of Landlords, including ourselves, were forced to agree a substantial reduction in the terms of their lease and in their tenant’s repairing obligations. As a consequence, the valuation of our premises was reduced substantially. As a result, and quite unexpectedly, we received a number of offers from a variety of retailers to rent our premises. Our Board was duty bound to explore all offers, including a very late offer from TOFS, but we concluded that our shareholders would be best served in the longer term by re‐letting the premises to a new, more substantial tenant. I am therefore happy to announce an Agreement to Lease the premise to Heron Foods Ltd, a well‐respected company based in Liverpool and a part of the B&M Group. This agreement is of course dependent on us completing a number of conditions.

TOFS have been a good tenant during the past nine years and I would particularly like to pay tribute to the manager, Rob and his team and very much wish them well for the future. said M D Pileau.

Kathryn Courtney.

Welcome To Vesta Mortgages.

The Photography Shop at 39 Pembroke Road may have closed but family connections remain strong with Adrian Momber and his business partner George Papoulias opening as Vesta Mortgages. With over 40 years combined knowledge and experience between them in mortgages and financial advice, they officially opened on 24th September 2018. We’ve been warmly received to the area. From day one with somebody coming in for a passport photo which we couldn’t help with, you do feel there is a community feel here. People can pop in, have a chat. We’d like to try and help and serve the community.

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Adrian Momber and George Papoulias

We met each other through road shows and conferences over the years. We’d always got on, and about a eighteen months ago we thought about joining forces and running our own business together. It took a while to work it out but here we are. said George

I was renting through someone else‘s office in Portbury and the opportunity came up with my parents retiring. They offered to rent the shop and it all made sense. I think we complement each other in terms of our age. With George being the younger chap and myself being around a long time, so we’ve both got slightly different perspectives’, but we get along pretty well and share our strengths. said Adrian.

They primarily provide mortgage advice, but they also provide personal protection advice from Life Insurance to Buildings Insurance for example. Clients range from individuals to business. We’re totally client focused for the best deals to fit their needs. Our aim is for every client to be happy with us and recommend us locally. We deal with the whole of market, have access to exclusive deals in various networks, totally focused on getting the best mortgage for our clients.

And what about the customer needing advice? We do a no obligation initial free consultation to see if we can help. We do a ‘fact find’ about them. It’s not always a case of getting the cheapest rate. It might be a case of what are you looking to achieve. We’ve invested in some really good sourcing systems which entails the whole of the market place. We tend to come back with recommendations for that particular client. Everyone is different, but fees are payable once agreement is reached. We’ll always be upfront to make sure we can potentially help people. It’s quite rare that we can’t find a solution for someone, and if that was the case there would be no fee in that instance. said George.

Kathryn Courtney.

New Year, Start Sewing.

It’s happened, Shire Stitchers monthly evening meetings have proved so popular they have had to open a waiting list.

The Patchwork and Quilting Group are still keen that people have an opportunity to practise their sewing skills so have hit on the idea of a monthly meeting during the daytime ‐ first Friday in the month 10.00am ‐ 12.00 midday.

The group will meet in one of the smaller rooms in the Public Hall to create a friendly and get to know each other atmosphere. It is primarily a patchwork and quilting group, but all sewing is welcome.

Beginners are also welcome, and a simple sewing project will be offered at each session with participants bringing a basic sewing kit (needle, thread, scissors, and pins) and all other materials being provided

To start the New Year there will be a trial period for 3 months to see the take up.

Venue ‐ Public Hall, Station Rd, Shirehampton

Friday 4th Jan 10am‐ midday,sewing session £2 raw edge applique needle case extra £1 for materials
Friday 1st February 10am‐ midday, sewing session £2, Foundation pieced greeting cards, extra £1 for materials
Friday 1st March 10‐ midday, sewing session £2, 3‐dimensional chick to sit among Easter eggs extra £1 for materials

SCAF say Thanks!

Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF) would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Shire Co‐op and everyone who choose to support us with the 1% on their Co‐op Membership card.

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Co‐op raise over £30,000

The Co‐op Local Causes raised over £30,000 for 3 local organisations ‐ Kingsweston Special School, The Rock Community Centre & SCAF ‐ we all received just over £10,000!

New Year, New You…?

Whether you make new year resolutions or not, there are always times when we reflect and evaluate how we feel and do in life:

How contented, how connected do we feel?

Are we stressed or confused, juggling demands, managing frustrations?

Why not learn to meditate and start your week with a step back from it all?

You can now join a local meditation group which meets for an hour every Sunday evening at the Shirehampton Public Hall at 8.15pm.

’Heartfulness UK’ is a charitable organisation which teaches a simple daily relaxation and meditation practice and offers ongoing support to individual practitioners all over the globe.

There are no funny postures or fees involved: the organisation is run entirely by volunteers who want to share and make available a practice that has served them well for years.

Cotswold Community Association

A very busy time at the Cotswold Community Association from early November onwards.

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Xmas Fair photo by Bob Pitchford

The Christmas Craft Fair brought in over 100 visitors which kept the local traders and the kitchen very busy. Then, we had a bumper weekend with a talk from local BBC Wildlife Producer, Paul Williams, showing us his favourite and most challenging shoots. This was followed by the Christmas Bingo Night and then the Monthly Breakfast Club the day after.

With over 150 folk using the centre, it‘s really the hub of the community on the Cotswold Estate.

Recently, we had a Mamma Mia Night, with the latest film screened after a slap‐up Greek meal, the day after we had the Carol Service, jointly with the Baptist and Methodist Churches.

Finally, our Christmas Lunch for 40 senior members of the community.

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Christmas Lunch

It‘s certainly been a busy year at the CCA and we‘d like to thank all our supporters and wish them all a happy new year.

St. Andrew Ladies’ Club

St. Andrew Ladies’ Club meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at St. Andrew Church, Avonmouth, 7:30 ‐ 9:15pm. All welcome.

8 JanBeetle
15 Jan Charity Presentation, Ron & Gina
5 Feb Walk through old Shire, Ken Edwards (note, this meeting is in the community centre)
19 Feb Free Wheelers, Mark Green
5 March Dauphine of Bristol, stage make up artist, Madaline
19 March Bring & Buy auction
2 April History of the Royal London Hospital, Sue Haggo
16 April Sculpture & symbolism of a Victorian garden, Alan & Jane Banbury
7 May Bear facts, C. Kinsey
21 May Bingo
4 June Summer Outing
18 June Various Volunteering, Norma
16 July AGM, Bring & share supper

Crafting in the New Year with Tandem

Tandem are keen to get people using their hands in the new year and are offering two short courses in the Public Hall:

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Weaving ‐ on three Monday evenings in January (7th, 21st, & 28th 6:30pm ‐ 8:30pm) learners will beguided through all the stages involved in weaving and completing an attractive round cushion. There will also be opportunities to try out various weaving equipment, watch demonstrations and experiment with different fibres. No previous experience is necessary.

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Tile making ‐ on four Tuesday afternoons in February and March, tbc. This is an opportunity for complete beginners to learn how to make and decorate a set of four ceramic tiles. Participants will learn how to form clay into tiles and how to use some simple decoration and pattern‐making techniques. All tools, materials and equipment are provided.

Post‐Retirement Opportunities ‐ Avonmouth Fair

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  • Thursday 21st February 2019, 18:00 ‐ 20:00
  • Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Road, BS11 9EN

Aged 55+ and approaching retirement, recently retired, or facing redundancy? This FREE event, run by LinkAge Network as part of the Post‐Retirement Opportunities project, will showcase the wide range of opportunities and advice available within the areas of money, work, volunteering, learning, leisure and health & wellbeing. Representatives from a range of organisations will be on hand at the event to provide information and advice.

A guest speaker and workshop will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from those with lived experience of retirement, explore and share ideas, and meet and socialise with people at a similar stage in life.

Free refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Shirehampton Primary School Nativity

London and Edinburgh class have been busy practising for their Christmas Performance ‘Wriggly Nativity’ over the last few weeks.

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Shirehampton Primary School, Nativity

We are almost ready for the big day and have enjoyed putting on our costumes and getting into our roles! We have Angels, Shepherds, Stars, Inn Keepers, Towns People, Wise People, Donkeys, Cows, Chickens, Sheep, Carol Singers and of course Mary and Joseph!

This year we have again included lots of Makaton signs to accompany our singing. It helps us to remember the words and means our performance is accessible to all.

We are very much looking forward to performing for our grown‐ups and can‘t wait to make them super proud and maybe even see them shed a tear!!

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year from all the Reception children and Staff at Shirehampton Primary School.

St. Mary's News -  January

Hi Folks!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.


The December edition of Shire was submitted for printing just before the Remembrance Service took place. The church was full for the act of Remembrance before we made our way in procession for the 2 minutes silence at the War Memorial on Shirehampton Park.It was a great delight to see so many young ones from the uniformed organisations joining us in this procession of witness in tribute to all who gave their lives in war. It must have been the largest number ever seen at the War Memorial.Grateful thanks to Don & Maureen Geddes for opening Shire Cricket Club for refreshments afterwards.

It is with much sadness that I report the death of a longstanding member of St Mary‘s ‐ Lilian Simmons.

Lilian first came to live in Pembroke Road in 1954 after she married her husband Herbert (aka Sam) and it was in 1955 she gave birth to her only child ‐ Stephen. Not only did she become a member of St Mary‘s but was also a great supporter of Toc H and the Seamans Mission in Avonmouth. We all miss seeing Lilian on her regular weekday visits on a Monday and again for Holy Communion on a Thursday morning. Farewell to a good friend and Christian Soul.

Our Advent Service of Light was well attended, despite the weather being wet and windy. The Tree was decorated with all those little Memorial Cards naming loved ones who have passed on. The church was in darkness and a single lit candle was carried in and placed on the main Altar. The first hymn was sung in procession and the lights then came on and after a prayer the silver/white lights were switched on the tree. It looks magnificent!

The following groups have re‐started after the holidays, so make a note in your new diary:

  • The Youth Group resumes on Tuesday 8thJanuary at 7pm at The Tithe Barn, and
  • Totstop who meet at the same venue on a Monday afternoon.
  • January’s Messy Church is at St Mary’s on Thursday, 17th January, from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm.

Now that it is the New Year, why not consider coming to the Tithe Barn and joining in the Resolve Course which is being led by the Revd Dr. Ian Bailey.

Resolve is linked to the idea of New Year’s Resolutions and provides methods and advice as to how to make the changes you want to make last. It is intended to make a positive change in your life ‐ looking after your body, strengthening your mind, inspiring your soul and deepening your relationships. There will be four sessions which will run on

  • Thursdays from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm on January 10th, 17th, 24thand 31st.

The material is appropriate for everyone, the un‐churched as well as the long‐term churchgoer and there is significant spiritual content. There is no charge for this course but please let us know in advance so that we can ensure we have enough workbooks.

St Mary’s Church is part of the Avonside Mission Area that incorporates Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Shirehampton and its purpose is to bring about social, cultural and spiritual transformation in the Mission Area. It will be hosting Your SHAPE for God‘s service course sessions at St Mary’s Church Shirehampton at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays 23rd January, 30th January and 6th February 2019. Come and discover what God is doing in you ‐ you are most welcome.

On Monday, 28th January, we are again hosting the annual Winter Concert which is a joint event for the West Bristol Concert Band (Conductor: Philip Sims) and South Bristol Big Band (Director: Andy Hague). The concert starts at 7.30 pm with admission at the door of £3 (concessions £1). Teas/coffees and biscuits will be provided for 50p. I always enjoy their music, so I‘ll see you there!

Oh, I nearly forgot to give you the result of our Christmas Fayre in November. Well, we had a very busy two‐hour period I am pleased to say, which produced the sum of just over £2000.There was a lovely atmosphere here and it seemed as though everyone had an enjoyable time ‐ thank you to all who came and supported us.

Before I go, I must share this with you ‐ I read the other day that maybe if we tell people the brain is an app, perhaps they will then use it!

‘Bye for now!C.M.E.

St Marys Christmas Fayre on 24th Nov

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St Marys Christmas Fayre, 24th Nov 2018
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St Marys Christmas Fayre, 24th Nov 2018
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St Marys Christmas Fayre, 24th Nov 2018

Shirehampton Group Practice News

Shirehampton Group Practice wishes you all a Happy and Healthy 2019 and hopes you all enjoyed the festive period.

The last few years has seen quite an upheaval in the Practice with the retirement of three of the GP Partners, along with a number our longest serving staff members. Their knowledge, skills and experience will be sorely missed but we have been successful in recruiting new doctors, nurses, reception and administrative staff to fill the vacancies. In the current challenging recruiting environment, this success is a testament to the strong team ethos we strive to achieve. You will probably have noticed a number of new faces within the Practice so please be patient if it takes time for them to adapt into their new roles.

challenging especially at this time of year

We continue to strive to provide all our patients with high quality, timely and appropriate medical care which can be challenging especially at this time of year. We are aware of the difficulties of booking GP appointments, a direct reflection of increasing demand and complexity of patients and a problem across the country. This is why we operate a triage‐based telephone system to try and direct calls to the most appropriate clinician ‐ this may be a Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacist, GP, or advice on self‐help.

you may be redirected…

Whilst we are able to deal with many conditions, we are not equipped as an A&E or Minor Injuries Department, so you may be redirected to these facilities if more appropriate. In addition, we will do Home Visits, but only for house‐bound patients who are not able to attend surgery ‐ if this is required, please contact us as early as possible.

We also encourage all people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing ‐ there is support available for smoking cessation, along with health checks and long‐term conditions clinics in our Treatment Room. We also endorse the Community Resources that are available within Bristol and Shirehampton ‐ further information is available in the Practice foyer.

strengthen the links between practice and patient…

We welcome both positive and negative feedback and would like to increase the membership of our Patient Participation Group to further strengthen the links between the Practice and our patient population. If interested, please contact our Deputy Practice Manager (Ellie Truss).

With NHS resources becoming increasingly stretched, we anticipate that 2019 will continue to be demanding, but hope that we are able to meet the medical needs of Shirehampton.

I’m dreamin’ of a fried breakfast…

Type 2, dream on kid!

Letters to the Editor

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 Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh ‐ John Knight, Secretary Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh

Dear Editor

During 2018 the Shire newspaper has reported on the activities by the Friends of Lamplighter’s Marsh (FOLM), including our work in conjunction with Bristol City Council’s Parks department improving Lamplighter’s Marsh.

The Parks department work has been funded from a ring‐fenced Section 106 allocation, whilst FOLM have received generous grants from the People’s Postcode Lottery and Tesco Bags of Help.

Those grants paid for battery powered tools to clear scrub, expert‐led walks, and the Bristol Urban Buzz bee bank.

I am delighted to announce that FOLM have just received another generous grant, this time from the Greggs Foundation Environmental Grant fund. This will provide more expert‐led walks next summer and, the refurbishment of the bee bank.

Our work is only possible by the financial support from these companies, and volunteers from FOLM and outside organisations.

Thank you to all of you, you’ve made a big difference to Lamplighter’s Marsh and that benefits everybody.

John Knight, SecretaryFriends of Lamplighter’s Marsh

 Virtual Frontline Walk   ‐ Allan McDowall

Dear Editor

Thank you so much for publishing my sons Virtual Frontline Walk to help raise money for ABF ‐ The Soldiers Charity.

We made a real effort to Commemorate 100yrs since Armistice and pay our respects to all those who served in the Great War. It‘s so important we never forget.

On our journey we‘ve experienced so many acts of kindness and generosity and we‘d like to thank all who donated. We‘re also very grateful for the support of yourselves, Shirehampton Surgery, St Marys Church, Shirehampton Primary School and St Mary Magdalene Church, Stoke Bishop.

To date Connor has raised £641.65 for ABF ‐ The Soldiers Charity and between him and I we have covered over 500km between 1/10/18 ‐ 11/11/18.

Thank you to everyone who supported Connor in his challenge to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Allan McDowall

 The fountain on the green   ‐ Gil Osman

Dear Editor

The fountain on the green. A recent article in the Bristol Evening Post states that there are plans for new drinking fountains in the city and the restoration of some of the old drinking fountains, in an effort to discourage the purchase of plastic water bottles.

I hope our local councillors will do all they can to get our own Victorian fountain on The Green restored to use under this scheme.

Gil Osman.

Have you written to the councillors or Bristol Water about this? Please let us know their response. ‐ Ed.

 Thank you for the kindness of strangers   ‐ Glenis Hills

Dear Editor

I am writing to thank the seven cyclists and one runner who stopped to ask me if I was all right. I had a puncture on the Portway at 4:35 on Friday evening 7th December. It was dark, very cold and quite frightening with so much traffic going past.

Two of these gentlemen offered to help change my car wheel but the AA were en route to me. While waiting the hour for them to arrive the man running home stayed with me for ten minutes or more. What a kind gentleman he was as I was not feeling great by this time.

So a huge thank you to all these kind people who took the trouble to stop.

Happy Christmas to you all.

Sincerely, Glenis Hills

 Re: Do you remember Jean Simpson   ‐ Tom Hillman

Dear Editor

Regarding the notice put in Shire Oct/Nov titled Do you remember Jean Simpson.

Due to unforeseen medical conditions, Jean was unable to come to the UK for Christmas. Information passed to me about this was too late for December Shire. All information I’ve received about her friends has been passed to her.

Tom Hillman.

Thanks for your kind donation ‐ Ed.

Family Announcements

Lilian Joan Simmons 11/2/1926 ‐ 30/10/2018

Many thanks to all family and friends for their cards, phone calls and personal tributes and thanks to the St Mary’s Church family for surrounding me with God’s love and prayerful care.

Thanks also to Rev Helen Johnson and Eleanor for helping with funeral arrangements and the Shire Area Choir for singing round mum’s coffin.

Donations celebrating mum’s life are going to Southmead Hospital Charity Fund (Emergency Dept) and St Mary’s Fabric Fund. Thank you to all concerned and for mum’s love, care and friendship to everybody.

Stephen Simmons

The life of Lillian Simmons 1926‐2018

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Lillain Simmons

My lovely mum was born and lived some 26 years in Temple Cloud, North Somerset before venturing to Manley, Brisbane, Australia in May 1952 as a £10 ‘Pommie’ with fiance Herbert Simmons following her out there. However, living with family already there did not work out and in August 1953 after living in hostels in Brisbane, they decided to pay the full fare return tickets home as they hadn’t completed 2 full years in Australia.

They married in February 1954 living with Herbert’s parents in Nibley Road before moving to Pembroke Road that same year and I was born in 1955. Dad got his Royal Mail postie job back working from Avonmouth sorting office. As a ‘stay at home’ mother she joined the Toc H branch as a volunteer and also volunteered at Holmewood House National Children’s Home and the Avonmouth Missions to Seaman which became Avonmouth Seafarers’ Centre in Gloucester Road. She was a ‘dinner lady’ at Avon Primary School from 1966‐86, leaving that post when dad retired. He died in 2001. She was also responsible for ‘Shire by Post’ from 1972‐1984

Mum worshipped at St Mary’s Church, Shirehampton for some 64 years and loved singing in the Area Choir. She died in Southmead A&E on 30th October and I am touched that her marvellous funeral at St Mary’s Church on 4th December was so well attended.

Stephen Simmons

City and Port of Bristol Bowling Club

The 2018 Presentation Dinner was held at the City and Port of Bristol Social and Sports Club on Friday 23rd of November and what an occasion it was.

Forty‐five bowlers, family and friends enjoyed an excellent three course meal ahead of the presentation of trophies.

The 2018 season was unique in the club’s history and that was reflected in the presentations.

Never before has one bowler won singularly or as part of a pair, triple or team all that it is possible to win in one season. But in 2018 Ken Davies did just that.

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Ken Davies receiving his trophy from David Hinksman

Not only on finals week‐end when he won the Sid Holmes Handicap, was one half of the Mixed Pairs Team with Sandra Rees to win that competition, on his own won the Gents Two Woods and finally on the second day won the prestigious Gents Four Woods to become Gents Club Champion. Prior to the finals week‐end Ken had partnered Brian Crawley to success in the Two Wood Pairs and previously achieved a last wood win in the Jack Ashton Triples with Sally Coulstring and Trevor Scanlon. Being a member of The Exiles Monday Evening team brought him a share of the Club League and Club Cup. What a season.

So presentation Evening was very much about Ken and his phenomenal achievement. But importantly, tribute was paid to all who entered competitions and made it possible for there to be winners and runners up, without entries in competitions, there would have been none.

Julie Looker was the only other individual winner on Finals Week End. She became Ladies Club Champion after an epic battle with Dawn Evans, it really was down to the last wood, what a game.

David Hinksman was winner of the inaugural Club Trophy Competition played prior to Finals Week‐end between the winner of the ladies and gents club four wood competition in 2017, Dawn Evans was runner up.

Trophies were presented by Dee Crawley, David Hinksman and Lorraine Holmes.

A very enjoyable and successful evening was arranged by Gill Hinksman assisted by Dee Crawley and Lis Davies.

City and Port Bowlers will have the opportunity to try their hand at indoor bowling on January 19th when they take on Begbrook Green at the City and County of Bristol Indoor Arena. Some bowlers from the club do bowl regularly indoors through the winter but for those who do not, this game and a further one on March 2nd is a great chance to give it a try.

The latest Sunday Evening Social event was an excellent Quiz, devised and presented by Gordon Dimond. Twenty‐four bowlers, family and friends came along to enjoy the evening. Winners were, The Famous Four ‐ Dennis Gazzard, Shirley Callaghan, Gill and David Hinksman.

Smelters Belters Boxing Show

National Smelting Co ABC an Amateur Boxing Alliance club (AKA The Smelters) held a boxing tournament at Sea Mills Community Centre on Saturday night 8th December.

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Smelters Head Coach Garry Cave reported We had a packed card of 17 bouts from a planned 18 with 16 Smelters boxers competing. Five excellent skills bouts with Jenna Sullivan, Harry Moles, Ronnie Butler & Harvey Tyler in a very polished debut. Seven loses and five wins for Ollie Baker, Oliver Yarde, a KO win for Jordan Gingell who pulled it right out the bag in the third round, Aubrey Raymond‐Barker and Warren Portingale, who both boxed superbly to win on points.

Other performances of note were Finlay Haynes in his debut for the club, Josh Pook who fought like a Lion and Lenny Butler boxing against a big tough Finchley lad, all three were a bit unlucky with the decisions but even though they lost the verdicts they all walked away as winners. A massive thanks to everyone involved including all the officials, coaches and boxers from all the supporting clubs, Mums & Dads that helped make the show the success that it was, a fantastic team effort from all.

Photo shows Jordan Gingell NSC ABC v Billy Sheppard Barnstaple ABC trading blows