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.

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.”

Some Things What We’re Planning

Town Council Leader Cllr Brian Smedley

So……the 2017-18 season has kicked off. Well, in terms of Bridgwater Town Council….and there’s a few changes and a few new directions. Plus quite a few old faces. And of course lots of opportunities for the public to get involved with what we’ve got planned.

For the Town Council line-up click here.

For our Programme click here.

For our diary of Meetings click here .

For a record of Town Council meetings click here.

To find your councillor(s) or your ward click here.

Below is a calendar that will be updated…honest

A Rockabilly Romp to Celebrate Twinning Week

Red Smed putting on the style….of sorts


“Hipsters! Flipsters! And Finger Poppin’ Daddies!” (So that’s most of Highbridge ruled out) Have we got a treat for you this weekend! That’s not a question, that’s a statement. In fact we have. We’ve got Italy’s numero uno rockabilly band AFTER DARK back in Bridgwater for a whole week of twinning festivities culminating in an all star night of all stars at the Bridgwater Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd April. So here’s a final warning…Be there or be, I don’t know, cylindrical maybe.

But who exactly ARE these After Darks? What music do they play? What are their influences? And what on earth are they doing in Bridgwater? Continue reading “A Rockabilly Romp to Celebrate Twinning Week”