“Communities are doing a Great Job” Says CCS Exec

The Village Agents

CCS Village, Community and Carers Agents are working extremely closely with both the health services and social care to broker a range of support, phoning people to check on their welfare and connecting residents with local support groups.On the 23rd of March, the start of the lockdown, CCS launched a county-wide universal referral link which within four weeks received over 32,000 enquiries. As Village Agent Julie says: “The past four weeks have been absolutely MANIC!”

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Town’s Youth Forum Relaunch Planned for October 22nd

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Cllr Julie Cordiner, Portfolio Holder for Youth

Bridgwater Town Council has a budget of £15,000 for  ‘Youth Grants’ but for the past 18 months the Youth Forum which considers the applications and decides on the awards has been suspended due to Covid. Now that the Council is fully functioning as society breaks away from the cycle of lockdowns, the Youth Forum has been recalled to coincide with the start of the new school year. Youth Portfolio Holder Cllr Julie Cordiner (Labour, Victoria) has set a meeting for Friday 22nd October and is  now calling on Groups within the town to apply for a share of this year’s allocation.

Cllr Julie Cordiner said “It has been a difficult time during Covid because we couldn’t hold face to face meetings and then we couldn’t transfer to Zoom because of safeguarding issues. However, I have now contacted all the schools and we are pleased to see the Youth Forum  up and running again.” Continue reading “Town’s Youth Forum Relaunch Planned for October 22nd”

Somerset Community Credit Union: ‘Biting Back against the Loan Sharks’

Mayor of Bridgwater Leigh Redman and Chair of Somerset Credit Union Cllr Liz Leavy ‘biting back against the loan sharks’

Somerset Community Credit Union alongside the Bridgwater Town Mayor, Cllr Leigh Redman, and in conjunction with the England Illegal Money Lending Team are biting back against the loan sharks and illegal money lenders with their new promotion. This promotion is open to the first 50 new members to join the Somerset Community Credit Union from today, 15th September 2021, who successfully manage to save at least £10 a month for 3 consecutive months. In return for this they will receive a £25 bonus completely free provided by the England Illegal Money Lending Team and taken directly from the Loan Sharks themselves. This offer is open until 31st December 2021 and the £25 bonus will be paid directly into the members account by the end of March 2022. Only one new membership is allowed per household and the new member must have an income of less than £26,000 per annum.

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Calendar Photographs Wanted -Do You Have Some?

What images shall we use for the 2022 calendar? Over to you!

Each year the Bridgwater Town Council Christmas Calendar is a welcome addition to the promotion of our town. For the past few years we’ve featured works by local artists such as Terence Peppin and his evocative townscapes of Bridgwater, Jim Goddard and his collages of past and present images , Les Pickersgill and his artistic visions of nature and the built environment and the creator of the first calendar Jana Branecka with her vision of Bridgwater through the eyes of a guest to our town. This year we are asking anyone who has a photo they might like to see in our calendar to send it to us . We’re looking for local images that might sum up a specific month, or just general photos of our town and surrounds. People, places, scenery, events, history, old Bridgwater, new Bridgwater -over to you, the people that live here. We need hi res images, which might mean sending via ‘we transfer’ , you can send more than one, and you need to get them to our Admin Assistant Amy Storey, by 27 September 2021 on office@bridgwater-tc.gov.uk . The 12 most appropriate images will be allocated months and the best photo (as chosen by our panel of not quite experts) will get the cover spot (and the photographer a special prize curtesy of the Mercure Hotel. Let’s see those photos!!

Our Previous Calendars

Covid : Tackling the Sedgemoor Spike

Town Council Leader ponders “Why us?!”

After a long time at the bottom of the Covid league tables, Sedgemoor suddenly finds itself right at the top. Above Hull and 4 places in Northern Ireland. Johnson.B (a Prime Minister) had announced ‘Freedom Day’, the economy was opening up and the leisure industry would lead the way. What could go wrong? Especially as the UK now has the best vaccination rates in Europe. Well, plenty it seems. Only a week ago Bridgwater Town Council was looking forward to its Covid Test Centre closing and reclaiming the Town Hall for the community. Now suddenly they’ve put a brake on that, stopped the closure and arranged a last minute extension due to the spike. Town Council leaders have not only met urgently with Health chiefs to get answers as to ‘why Bridgwater?’, the Town Mayor and the Council Leader have gone on local and national media to seek answers, address the issues and find solutions.

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Change Matters

Three Somerset artists, Siân Martin, Lesley Roberts and Pauline Lerry, collaborate in the exhibition CHANGE MATTERS. To be seen at Bridgwater Art Centre 4th September-3rd October. They have responded to environmental issues that are personal to them.

Siân is a textile artist, and teacher, who is currently drawing on her experience to work with textile processes using non-textile materials such as Somerset willow, cane, wire, plastics and paper thread. Siân is interested in using these materials to tell a story. For CHANGE MATTERS she has addressed the issue of coastline pollution with discarded plastics. In the exhibition you will see how she transforms these discards into desirable objects. Continue reading “Change Matters”