A Mural celebrating Bridgwater to be launched at Quayside Festival

The Quayside festival will see Bridgwater packed to the brim with creative ideas. In Blake Gardens there will be family fun, stalls, street theatre events, music and all sorts of mayhem. But just across the road in a small hidden spur of the park is the Wessex Water Pumping station, which, for a few years now, has been the site for a piece of community art that is now getting a make over.

Community artists have been brought in under the guidance of Rachel Dundry and helped by funds from Bridgwater Town Council and  Westover ward members , to repaint the walls of the pumping station to feature themes of historic Bridgwater.

Bridgwater Mural Takes Shape

Residents and artists share ideas for the mural

Westover councillor Brian Smedley said “The area faces directly onto the nearby Broadway and has been visible to passing (and queueing) traffic for several years and so is in the perfect location for some work of art of long lasting value that can promote the town and celebrate it’s history.”

“Residents had asked for a new mural on the site and are working with artist Rachel Dundry to create something which they can be proud of and take ownership of. Other artists are welcome to turn up and help out and we are also making sure that the traditional ‘graffiti wall’ part of the building is retained for its original purpose – to provide an outlet for graffiti artists.”

“Also, we plan to have the area around the Mural planted with shrubs and plants and flower beds to make the whole area something to signal to the passing motorists that our town has a lot to celebrate. What better place to launch this than the Quayside festival which in itself is all about  community, culture and creativity. Something which we have in abundance in Bridgwater.

Artists get to work


‘Socialist Artists’ to Feature at Quayside Festival

On Saturday 29th July Bridgwater is opening up to various cultural projects and the day will be so full of things to do whether it’s  opera on Kings Square, Family fun in Blake Gardens , Street Entertainment in New Road or live music on West Quay. Unity House in Dampiet Street will open it’s doors to an arts installation and an exhibition of Socialist Art.

Bridgwater Labour Party  has had a massive influx of members since both before and after the recent election and is throwing open the doors of it’s headquarters to the public, Organiser Hadrian Speight says “On Saturday July 29th the brilliant Bridgwater Quayside Festival will be taking place. The organisers will be using the main hall in Unity House for a fascinating art installation, they may also use one or two other rooms as ‘performers’ changing rooms. The rest of Unity House, including the three rooms on the top floor will be free. The newly formed Socialist Artists Group is planning to do a show in those top rooms, and others, on the day. For more information contact myself or John Fredrick. All Socialist Artists welcome. The Exhibition will be free and will run from 10am and 6pm.”

Hadrian can be contacted on hadrian.speight@me.com



Quayside ‘After Party’ to feature 3 DJs

The Quayside Festival hits town on Saturday 29th July and will feature street entertainment, live music and all sorts of things from Blakes Gardens to West Quay to the Angel Place Shopping Centre and from Kings Square down to New road. The day is a fun packed family orientated affair and you can find what’s on here.  However, by the evening the Bridgwater Art Centre will be opening it’s doors to an ‘After Party’ which will feature 3 DJs and run from 6 to midnight.

Each DJ will play 2 hours each and the event will be free for people to drop in and out of. Continue reading “Quayside ‘After Party’ to feature 3 DJs”

Fire Safety Review Gives Westfield House the ‘All Clear’

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Westfield House towering above Bridgwater’s West Street since 1965

Sedgemoor District Council’s Corporate Scrutiny committee, under the chairmanship of Westover Councillor Brian Smedley, has reviewed the Council’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in its own hi-rise properties and has concluded that all necessary steps have been taken to re-assure tenants and where there was cause for concern measures are being introduced to improve the situation.

On 14 June at about 1am, a fire started on the 4th floor of the Grenfell Tower block in London housing some 600 people. Grenfell Tower had 24 floors with 6 flats per floor, an alarm system that worked and the Fire Brigade in immediate attendance – yet at least 80 died – most of them in 23 of the blocks 129 flats Continue reading “Fire Safety Review Gives Westfield House the ‘All Clear’”