Bridgwater Town Diary

Some things what happen in Bridgwater and some equally personal thoughts about them by Westover Councillor and Town Council Leader Brian Smedley. All opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily not bonkers.

“Are You Being Conservatived?”: A Cheery Christmas Message

Christmas is a time for thinking about those less fortunate than yourself. For me that’s 2 blokes I met in Dorking last week and most of the Burton Albion Fan base on Boxing Day. But lets for a change think of those MORE fortunate – the Conservatives.

In Bridgwater we thought we’d got rid of them, but we haven’t. 14 Labour Town councillors and 1 Tory  yet there they are, appearing from out of the blue, getting involved in our lives and making those little decisions on our behalf that always turn out so bad. Bridgwater may be a solid Labour town but every now and then it’s the Tories who run Sedgemoor, or the Tories who run Somerset, or the Tory we send to Westminster, that seem to always pop up with that all important final say. Continue reading ““Are You Being Conservatived?”: A Cheery Christmas Message”

‘Minding your own Business’ – The one where Sedgemoor has a vision and holds a conference

Cllr Lerry and Smedley, District and Town Labour Leaders, drop in on SDCs ‘Business’ conference and ‘expect more’

Soooo, the Managing Director of EDF Energy, Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, gets into a cab on his way to Sedgemoor District Council’s ‘Made in Somerset’ Business Conference at the McMillan Theatre and the taxi driver says “Oh yes mate, Bridgwater’s the place to be these days, don’t need to bother with yer Tauntons, and it’s yer ‘Inkley Point that’s what it is.” Well, true or not it was a good opening line for a Conference dedicated to that very premise – but is it true? I went along to the event and took copious notes and a few photos.

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Bridgwater 2017: A Tale of Two Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way …..Then again Dickens always was a  bit of a whinger. And a tad indecisive. Two sides to every story? Ha! When’s that ever got anyone anywhere.

Meanwhile, back in Bridgwater….

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Bridgwater’s Cultural Revival – Will You Be Part Of It?

Bridgwater Town Council flies the flag(s) for the Cultural Partnership

This weekend you’ll see these multi-coloured flags all around our town and probably wonder  what they’re about and what’s going on. In fact it’s the Bridgwater Cultural Partnership raising aloft the standards of creativity and welcoming  everyone to the new Quayside Festival. The Town Council are happy to be a key sponsor of this along with Sedgemoor, the Arts Council England and all held together by expert festival organisers, Fuse Performance.

All across the town there will be events – live music, street theatre, circus skills, even opera. Just follow the flags. Continue reading “Bridgwater’s Cultural Revival – Will You Be Part Of It?”

Ightfield. Tell me more about Ightfield.

Bridgwater Councillor in a field in Shropshire

This weekend I went to Ightfield. Where? Well, I’d no idea myself. I’d assumed it was a spelling mistake and probably called Lightfield or Nightfield. But it wasn’t. It was Ightfield and it was a village in Shropshire and I’d been invited there. To a church. And to a family grave. And there were almost 200 people there, many in uniform, an MP, at least one Mayor, writers, journalists, historians and , out in front, a stand-up comedian from Liverpool .  What on earth was all this about?

I’ve absolutely no idea. I was in the wrong place and the sat nav had sent me here whilst trying to visit an old friend in Church Stretton. Continue reading “Ightfield. Tell me more about Ightfield.”