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Photographs by Bob Pitchford

Shire Stitchers ‐ Margaret Hughes

Patchwork and quilting group that meets every month on the third Wednesday at 7:15pm. We have speakers occasionally, demonstrations by members and self-help sessions. If you enjoy stitching in a relaxed and friendly group come along for a trial visit.

Shire stitchers display their work at the annual Craft Exhibition at the Hall and some members have exhibited nationally. The group made a quilt representing Shirehampton to celebrate the Millennium. This is on display in Shirehampton Public Library. The quilt below was made by Gill Lamming.

photograph of quilt by Gill Lamming

Twyford Art Club

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If you like drawing and painting, in watercolour, oil, pastel, or whatever, have you considered joining an art club? And if you have are you put off by the thought that all the members will perhaps be better painters than yourself?

I know this was on my mind when I first started painting 26 years ago, but I found it was far from the truth. All art clubs are made up of members with a mixture of abilities and experience and I found club artists to be very friendly, helpful people.

This is certainly so with Shirehampton's Twyford Art Club. We are a small group, with a membership of around 30+. We have two hour sessions twice a week, Monday and Wednesday mornings 10.00am to 12.00. Most people attend only one session each week, some a couple of sessions.

We meet and paint together in the Penpole room, above the Public Hall, Station Road, from September to May. There is no formal instruction, but those of us with a little more experience are happy to give help where needed. Now and then we arrange Saturday workshops conducted by various well known Bristol artists such as Paul Weaver, Terry Culpan and Vincent Neave. During the Summer break some members paint together in various outdoor locations around Bristol.

So if you like applying paint to canvas or paper, or perhaps just sketching with pencil or pen, why not consider joining us after our Winter term starts in early September? You are assured of a warm welcome - and you don't have to join straight away, come along a couple of times to begin with to see how we get on together.

Pillow Lace Club

The lace group has been running in Shirehampton for 22 years starting first at Twyford house.

They now meet on a Friday night at 7:00pm in the Penpole room at the Public Hall.

The group have a small membership and would welcome more people.

They are determined to promote lacemaking skills that might otherwise die out. It is a self-help group with members willing to pass on their knowledge. The group has a stock of equipment for new members to borrow until they know if lace is for them. One of the members demonstrates lace making at the yearly craft fair that is held at the Public Hall.

Women's Fellowship

This group has been running for at least 50 years. We first met at the Old School, moving to St. Mary's then to the Public Hall. Women's fellowship is open to all local women. Meetings are held twice a month on Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30pm. We have visiting speakers on varied topics, trips out and mystery tours. At present there are 24 members and we would welcome more.

Play Tots

Play Tots is a playgroup run for chidren and their parents/carers at Shirehampton Public Hall. It is co-run by parent volunteers and Avonmouth Children's Centre. We do lots of seasonal activities, messy play and have a selection of toys and equipment for children to enjoy indoors and out in the garden. The group runs every Friday from 10 t0 11.30am.


Shirehampton Evergreens Club, affiliated to Avon University Settlement meets every Friday afternoon. Anyone over 50 is welcome to join in our friendly sessions for entertainment, light refreshments, and Bingo.

There are also frequent outings and club holidays chosen by the members. Come along to any meeting for a warm welcome.

Shirehampton Community Action Forum, (SCAF)

SCAF has its administration office at the Public Hall.

The Grainger Players

The Grainger Players were formed originally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994. The Show was produced by Shirley James, with the music and singing directed By Walt May and Peggy Scott, and Liz Hurd as our Lighting Lady

The show was a great success with a full house every night. So when Shirl (as she was known) asked us if we would like to go on and do another show, we all said YES. Shirl produced all the shows untill her death, our current producers are Teresa Cox and Lisa Curtis.

Our members live in the surrounding areas of Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth.

The Shows are usually themed with singing, dancing and comedy. Our age range is from 9 years to 76 years, Our younger members who attend several local schools, are well behaved, polite, helpful and bring a great deal of fun and energy to rehearsals and to the shows. Which keeps older members on their toes!!!

Model Railway Club

Meets on Wednesday evenings. There is a dedicated room for the club with a working layout. An annual exhibition and open day is held to demonstrate club activities. The picture shows one of our layouts.

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Sea Mills Art Club

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We meet on Thursday mornings 10-12am in the Public Hall.

Yoga ‐ classes run by Suzi Griffin.


You may want to attend a yoga class because you have heard it's great for increasing supplenes and alleviating stress. You are right, it is! However, you think you can't do it, because it's only for the super-supple. Think again! There is a yoga that can fit everyone no matter what age, shape or health condition.Everybody can benefit from really do-able, safe and effective movements, which can promote increased flexibility, strength, stamina and fitness. By using breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga can also help you to de-stress and enhance your physical and emotional balance.

From January 4th, experienced yoga teacher and therapist Suzi Griffin at YogaFriendly will be running a new evening class at Shirehampton Public Hall. This beginners yoga class will run from 6.15 to 7.30pm on Mondays.

The yoga taught at this class is designed to suit everyone because Suzi makes sure that the yoga postures are modified to make sure it is safe and effective for everyone. For those wanting specific health conditions treated, Suzi also offers individual tuition and therapy sessions.

Classes cost £42 per term paid for in advance. The pay-as-you-go cost is £9 each.

Tandem Arts

Tandem Arts is a creative studio space based in the Portway Room on the upper floor of the Shirehampton Public Hall.

Since the beginning of 2019 regular short courses focusing mostly on textile techniques have been run on a Monday evening. These are designed to suit beginners as well as more experienced crafters and artists who may want to learn new skills or explore some unfamiliar territory. Some courses are designed towards a finished item, such as a cushion, others are more playful with no set outcome, such as marbling papers and working with silk waste.

As well as running regular art and craft sessions from the Portway Room, Tandem Arts aims to work ‘in tandem with' community groups, individuals, other artists etc. I am open to ideas from the local community and enjoy planning regular free family activities , which are usually held in the big hall downstairs for easy access.

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Tai Chi for Everybody

Tai Chi takes place every Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 3pm at Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Road.

The cost is £5 per session. Just come along and try it out.