Photographs by Bob Pitchford

Shire Stitchers

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.

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For more information:

Email Margaret Hughes at

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.

To find out what vacancies are available on any of the three sessions:

Call Jim Ellis on 0117 9825671

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.

For more information:

Call Rosemary on 0117 982 7015


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.

For more information:

Call Jean Edwards 0117 982 8960

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.

For more information:

Edyta Lang 07999542445


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.

SCAF (Shirehampton Community Action Forum)

SCAF has its administration office at the Public Hall.  For more details of the work SCAF does for the community of Shirehampton:


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!!!

We meet on Thursdays in the Public Hall at 7:30pm.  For further details:

Email Lisa Curtis at
Call 0117 914 3001

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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Email Tony Davies at
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Sea Mills Art Club

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We meet on Thursday mornings 10-12am in the Public Hall.  For further details:

Call Anthony Pritchard on 0117 382 5305


New classes for 2016 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 6 pounds each if a term is paid for in advance. The pay-as-you-go cost is 8 pounds each.

Call Suzi Griffin on 07776321989

Language Class

Language courses for Polish people wishing to learn English.

Email for details at

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. 

Email Frank Pring for details at
Call Frank Pring on 0117 377 1176 or 07773 106793