Town’s May Day Celebration in Blake Gardens

Bridgwater Town Council are holding a May celebration this Sunday 5th May in Blake Gardens.

There will be lots of free entertainment including a traditional May Pole, Morris Dancers, the Rock Choir and Westfield Choir.Organiser AnnMarie Gould says “We will also have a bouncy castle, face painting, stalls, free craft activities for children, food and drink and refreshments provided by Blake Museum”

The event runs from 11am to 3pm

Vote CLARE MOODY in Westover today

There are elections across the Avon and Somerset area today to elect a new Police and Crime commissioner. polling stations are open until 10pm tonight.

There are 4 candidates -the sitting Tory, Labour – the main challenger , a Lib Dem and a Green.

Please vote for CLARE MOODY, Labour.

Republican Robert Blake Crowned ‘King of the Bridgwater Radicals’ at Shapwick.

The polls are closed the votes are in the results are out.

Bridgwater, that radical town of revolution and rebellion. But who was the most radical son or daughter of that little Labour limboland? Who better to lead a discussion on the subject than Town Council Leader and Labour Historian Brian Smedley. And where better Village Hall.  But we did it. 10 contenders were rolled out and debated and the Shapwick History Group took a vote. All 30 of them. And crowned the winner that ardent republican Robert Blake. Maybe no surprise there (although the theme of the talk was meant to be about anti-Slave Trade campaigner John Chubb, who came second) But let’s see who else was in the running…

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Bridgwater’s Top Ten Radicals Unveiled at Shapwick

Bridgwater Labour Councillor and local Historian Brian Smedley will be doing a talk at Shapwick Village Hall for the Shapwick History Group on Thursday 4th April at 7pm. The theme of the evening will be ‘Bridgwater Radicals’ including a special section devoted to John Chubb, artist, councillor, merchant and the man behind Bridgwater’s famous anti-slave trade petition in 1785. Everyone is welcome to attend, it’s open to non members and is totally free, plus, you can find if YOU are on the list of Bridgwater radicals or if you;ve been ‘overlooked again’. No prizes will be awarded.

Police Action on Town Centre ASB

Police & Town Council promise action to clean up town centre

Following an increase in homeless persons sleeping in the town centre and the persistence of Anti Social Behaviour by street drinkers, Town Council Leader raised the issues directly with the Police, the homeless department and the Town Wardens. Cllr Brian Smedley (Westover) called for a multi-agency approach to tackling the issue, asked for an immediate meeting with the new chief of police and asked for the matter to be brought up at the next Police Forum meeting where the Town Council agreed priorities with the Police. The response has been swift and detailed and includes arrests, increased patrols, a more visible presence and use of ASB legislation. There is also the assurance of co-operation with social services, housing and other community teams.

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