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Bridgwater Town History Day 11 Nov 17

punkfolkrocker 09 Nov 17 - 12:48 PM
punkfolkrocker 09 Nov 17 - 01:05 PM
Steve Gardham 09 Nov 17 - 01:40 PM
GUEST,henryp 09 Nov 17 - 06:30 PM
punkfolkrocker 10 Nov 17 - 02:35 AM
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Subject: Bridgwater Town History Day 11 Nov 17
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 09 Nov 17 - 12:48 PM

Got an email from old mates in Bridgwater....

I've highlighted the session of most interest to folkies...

"Free Event

Bridgwater people have always been proud of their town?s history whether it?s the Event
first town to petition against the slave trade or the last battle on English soil.
Programme of events

10.00 Doors open, teas and coffees available. All day display by the Blake Museum

1030 Welcome & Intro Cllr Kathy Pearce (Deputy Leader of Bridgwater Town Council)

1040 Chris Sidaway ?Some Historic Buildings of Bridgwater?

1120 Matt Smith ?A Brief History of Bridgwater College?

1200 Richard Filler ?The Bridgwater Workhouse?

1240-1300 lunch

Bridgwater ?in the olden days?

1300-1340 Sandy Maberley ?Parrett?s Mouth? a film

1340 Brian Smedley ?Bridgwater?s 1785 petition against the Slave Trade?

1420 Dave Chapple ?Bridgwater?s Poll Tax Rebellion 1990?

1500 Yvette Staelens ?Don?t go kissing the girls at Bridgwater Fair?? Who were the folk? Discovering Bridgwater?s folk singers.

1540 Summary session Glen Burrows (Bridgwater & District Civic Society)

1600 close

This years speakers;-

Chris Sidaway has spent most of his life working in the arts and creative industries, first as a design consultant and then as a local authority Arts Officer. He has a life-long interest in local history and archaeology and has served as Chairman of the Bridgwater and District Archaeological Society and was Chairman of Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. His principal interest is Historic Buildings and managed a Grade 1 Listed Building, Castle House in Taunton.

Matt Smith will provide a whistle-stop tour through the history of Bridgwater College, from its nineteenth-century roots as Bridgwater School of Art to its current incarnation with campuses in Bridgwater, Taunton, Cannington and Yeovil. Matt is Course Leader for History and Religious Studies at the College. He is also a member of the Historical Association.

Richard Filler has been a resident of Bridgwater since 1983. Originally from London. He has been involved in Carnival, Bridgwater Operatic Society, Acts, Youngsters Theatre Group and has a great interest in local history,working as a Self Employed Artist, Local Youth Worker, Community Education Worker and for over 25 years until retirement, as manager of The Enterprise Resource Centre (Northgate) a Day Centre for Adults with Learning Disabilities. Richard?s talk will be, a brief introduction of Bridgwater ?early years? poor provision,the conception of the workhouse and some of the people/events connected to it.

Sandy Maberley is the artistic director and CEO of Theatre Melange,a former member of the Arts Council?s drama advisory panel and a trustee of the South West Heritage Trust. In 2017 she organised a project called ?Out of the Mouth of the Parrett which was a collaboration with Somerset libraries that gave a vibrant portrait of the riverside landscape and its communities. She will talk about that project and show the film

Brian Smedley is a local historian, musician, author and songwriter and currently the leader of Bridgwater Town Council. He has written booklets, articles,plays and websites about local history. On this occasion he unearths the truth behind Bridgwater?s claim to be the first town to petition against the Slave Trade in 1785

Dave Chapple is a Clevedonian who has lived in Bridgwater since 1987. A delivery postman for 38 years, he is now retired and currently Chair of Bridgwater and District Civic Society and Secretary of the local Trades Union Council. Dave published the local history book ?Bridgwater 1924-1927:Class conflict in a Somerset town?. Dave is in the process of archiving and documenting the history of Bridgwater?s working class and will be talking about the 1990 Poll Tax rebellion.

Yvette Staelens is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bournemouth University, a Natural Voice Practitioner and founder Bridgwater?s Voice of the People Choir and Halsway Choir. She lectures and teaches internationally and her collaborative research, with Dr C J Bearman, into English folk singers can be freely accessed via a series of Folk Maps for Somerset, Gloucestershire and Hampshire. London based musician and folk song collector Cecil Sharp visited Bridgwater in the early 1900s and amongst the hobblers, housewives, children and brickyard workers he discovered some of Somerset?s greatest folk singers. He wrote down their songs and sometimes took their photos. Come and find out if you have a singing ancestor.

Kathy Pearce is the Deputy Leader of Bridgwater Town Council and a Sedgemoor District Councillor for the Westover ward. Born and bred in the town she has worked at ROF and for Somerset County Council children?s services and is now a self employed gardener.

Glen Burrows is a member of the Civic Society, the Senior Citizens Forum, UNITE Community and Bridgwater Trades Union Council. She has worked in education and on the railways and has lived in Bridgwater since 1983.

Food will be available and the bar will be open. People are welcome to stay for the whole day or drop in and out as they wish.


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Subject: RE: Bridgwater Town History Day 11 Nov 17
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 09 Nov 17 - 01:05 PM

...and an evening social in the bar from 7:00pm with 'self service video jukebox'...

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Subject: RE: Bridgwater Town History Day 11 Nov 17
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 09 Nov 17 - 01:40 PM

Would have loved to be there but I live a long way away in Yorkshire.
Yvette Staelens might just be acquainted with one of Bridgwater's more prestigious folk connections. The well-known ballad 'Bramble Briar/Bruton Town' very likely was set in Bridgwater and printed as 'The Bridgwater Merchant's Daughter' or similar in the middle of the 18th century. I have good reason to believe it would have been printed in Bristol about that time. If you get the chance you might ask her about it.

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Subject: RE: Bridgwater Town History Day 11 Nov 17
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Nov 17 - 06:30 PM

The market town of Bridgwater lies beside the River Parrett and is bounded by the Quantocks, the Mendips, and the Somerset Levels. Bridgwater owes its prosperity to a 13th century bridge across the Parrett, which forced sailing ships up the river to unload their cargo here. (Britain Express)

Another mediaeval legend once promoted by the medi?val monks imagined a visit to Glastonbury by Jesus himself when a boy, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, claimed for the purpose of the legend to be a kinsman. (Wikipedia)

The Stanchester Quire - of Folk South West - sang the story of Jesus sailing up the Parrett as, I think, the Bells of Somerset - words by J Bailey, tune traditional arranged by Eddie Upton.

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Subject: RE: Bridgwater Town History Day 11 Nov 17
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 10 Nov 17 - 02:35 AM


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