This Friday 6th September, Bridgwater Together will be staging an evening of international music at Bridgwater Arts Centre from 8 to 11 for just £10. Headline act THE VILLAINS, a top blues band from the Czech Republic, have been on the cards for some time but today the 4 International support acts have been announced and the evening is shaping up to be a night to remember. Until Saturday morning when you can all get up and go to the Arts Centre again at 10am for the Seed the Day Festival, which also has an all day music line up….just about to be announced too.
Antonio and Celio from East Timor will be playing a selection of electronic folk music from the Pacific rim, while Mariusz from Poland will be presenting a selection of original piano pieces. Reggae man Ras Bruno from Portugal will be up there blasting out dub tracks with a new live ‘melodica’ overlay and Brian and Yvette -an Anglo-Irish-Belgian 2 piece in 4 even quarters, will be holding the show together with spontaneous folk songs on guitar and vocals from around the world. But mainly from them.
The event will be held at Bridgwater Arts Centre on Friday 6th September. Doors will open from 7.30pm and tickets are now on sale and will be available on the door for just £10.
Bridgwater Together was formed 3 years ago to bring together the various international communities in the town and work with the host community. Their annual event featuring music, talks, exhibitions and food will be held this year at the Engine Room on Saturday October 12th.
The Villains story is here.
International Line Up
As part of the new Fore Street enhancement project information signs went up today and the centre piece was a new ‘Twinning Sign’ which pointed to Bridgwater’s 7 twin towns showing that whether you love or hate Brexit, Bridgwater is still a place open to the world, outward looking and internationalist. Along with the twinning feature a series of signs replaced the out of date street furniture pointing visitors in the direction of key amenities ranging from the Blake Museum to West Quay, the Eastover shops, Bridgwater Station, the Engine Room, the Arts Centre and the Town Hall. The signposts are part of a wider £310,000 enhancement scheme known as the ‘Bridgwater Town Centre Support Project’ and the £130,000 Fore Street element includes hanging baskets and flower tubs, replacement trees, new seating, cycle racks, lamp-posts, repaving and other landscaping bid for through EDF’s Community Mitigation Fund (£116,070) and assisted with some Bridgwater Town Council (£35,000) & Sedgemoor District Council (£148,000) money plus £10,000 from Bridgwater Town Team. The bid was submitted by Bridgwater Town Council and taken to two public meetings, both of which supported the proposals.
This week Homes in Sedgemoor are interviewing for a new Chief Executive. One of the first questions any interview panel should ask is “How long is ‘too long’ to leave vulnerable people stranded in the upper floors of hi-rise buidings without a working lift??”. In the case of West street’s West Bow House this has been since July 20th and the repairs are still not likely for another 3 weeks. Cllr Brian Smedley and Cllr Kathy Pearce, Westover ward councillors, attend regular walkabouts amongst the Homes in Sedgemoor properties along Bridgwater’s West Street alongside Housing Officers and residents and this was one of the main issues raised this month. But not the only one….
Cllr Smedley said “Residents have been frustrated over the years at what appears to be just lip service from HiS. They jot down notes and they say they’ll get things dealt with. But residents seem to raise the same issues month in month out. When we raised the lift issue they said it would be dealt with next day, but instead its another 3 week wait, and this is for people who can’t get about easily, need medication delivered and rightly feel ignored.” Continue reading “West Street Walkabout August 2019”