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Welcome to the website of the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust

Birnbeck Pier, known locally as the Old Pier, stands on the North Somerset coastline at Weston-super-Mare. Built between 1864 and 1867, it is a unique structure, being the only British pier that links the mainland to an island. Over its lifetime it has enjoyed mixed fortunes. In its heyday, it was the Victorian equivilant of a modern theme-park, with tourist attractions such as a water slide and fairground rides. It was a major transportation link, with scheduled steam ship services arriving from and departing to destinations including Cardiff, Minehead, Ilfracombe and Lundy Island. The last of these sailings, by the MV Balmoral, took place in 1979. Since then, the pier has suffered a slow and steady decline in both popular attraction as well as in its general condition. Its ownership has changed a number of times, with various multi-million pound development plans being proposed on each occasion. None of these large-scale and perhaps overambitious modernisation schemes have ever come to fruition.

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust has long campaigned for a revival of the entire Birnbeck area. Since 2004, it has actively worked towards achieving its stated aim of:

Preserving for the benefit of the people of Weston-super-Mare, and the Nation, the natural, historical, architectural and constructional heritage of Birnbeck Pier and Island, together with associated buildings and structures, and the land and buildings adjacent and above the shoreline.

As of early 2016, the Trust is once again working hard to bring key stakeholders together to form a new partnership aimed specifically at bringing the urgently necessary restoration and regeneration of Birnbeck Pier and its island to a long-overdue and successful conclusion. However, bad weather and other destructive elements continue to take an increasing toll on the Birnbeck structures, and this adds pressure to act quickly. The following image shown further damage sustained by the North Jetty as caused by 'Storm Frank', on December 30th 2015. Please support the Trust in any way you can. Thank you on behalf of Birnbeck. (Image courtesy of Timmay Curtis)

Storm Damage to the North Jetty - 30/11/2015

Please click here to read more about the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust

Please click here to view our BIRNBECK IMAGE GALLERY - SUMMER 2015

Please click here for a full list of our FORTHCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Please donate and help us save Birnbeck Pier:

The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust is entirely dependant on public support to be able to advance this project. We are currently fundraising to enable us to conduct an external Project Feasibility Study and Structural Survey of the Pier and Island. We are presently at the 50% stage towards this target. Both of these exercises are necessary requirements for the progression of the Heritage Lottery Fund process. Please help us by donating any amount, large or small.

You can donate via text message:


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Or directly from here via Paypal:



You can also donate at our Pier View Information Centre. Please also see our Fundraising page for details of our various Donation and Sponsorship packages.

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Your Questions?

We have prepared a set of answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions which now seem to regularly feature in local news publications and on social media websites. We have posted the results of this exercise on our FAQ page.

Our Team

We are currently establishing a new body of Birnbeck Regeneration Trust Trustees by a process of nomination and election, as well as assembling an expanded team of willing volunteers to help with the fundraising efforts of our sister organisation, the Friends of the Old Pier Society. The names and positions of our present Trustees and other key staff are listed on the following page.

Our Facebook Page

We have opened a community page on Facebook for public comment and feedback about the Trust's activities. Please engage with us there and inform us of your views about both Birnbeck Pier and the project itself.

Birnbeck Aerial Views

We have now embedded a number of YouTube videos featuring aerial (radio-controlled drone) footage of Birnbeck Pier and Island. You can view them here.

The Birnbeck Fire Engine

A 1937 Fordson Fire Engine that was stationed on Birnbeck Island in the 1970's is currently being restored. You can read about it here.

Additional Information

We will post all items of further interest on our Information Page. This will also contain links to external websites that have content relating to Birnbeck.

Public Opinion Survey

We have commissioned an online survey to gauge local opinion about the future of Birnbeck Pier. Please help us by clicking on the link below and letting us know what you think!

NEW ITEMS FOR SALE

BIRNBECK FUNDRAISING

Shop Items

We have now opened a mail-order outlet on eBay to assist with our fundraising efforts - please see this page for more details of our regular items also available from Pier View or go directly to our eBay page to view our limited edition and one-off offers.

**BIRNBECK CAR BOOT**

NOW A REGULAR EVENT!

Car Boot Sale

The first Saturday of every month - at Birnbeck Pier Car Park - 10 AM to 3 PM - entry via suggested 50p donation. For more details or to book a pitch please call Rose on 07597807008.

* QUIZ 'N' SUPPER NIGHT *

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Quiz 'n' Supper Night

Friday 27th May at the 49 Club, Baker St, W-s-M - £10 per person - including a fish (or chicken) and chip supper. Please see this Facebook page for further details.

** BRT MUSIC EVENT **

SATURDAY 18th JUNE 2016

Inner City

Inner City and the March of Time - 7.30 to 12 PM at the Imperial - Waterloo Street, W-s-M - free entry - licenced premises (18+). Please see this Facebook page for further details.

** BALMORAL CRUISE **

Vintage Bus Tour and Balmoral Cruise

SUNDAY 28th AUGUST 2016

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Leave Birnbeck on a Crosville Historic Bus - Sail from Clevedon Pier up the Avon Gorge and back down to Birnbeck Pier - Arrive back at Clevedon Pier and travel back to Birnbeck Pier by Historic Bus. Cost - £35 per ticket. Please see this Facebook page for further details.

Project Development

As this project advances, we will publish details on a stage-by-stage basis. We intend to utilise local media outlets to help advance the campaign. Please bookmark this website in your browser for easier future access. Please also see our Project Page for all our latest updates.

Sponsorship

The campaign administrative team are already exploring multiple ways of raising the necessary funds to move the project forwards. Cooperative public and business support will be vital for the success of the project. Please contact us if you believe that you can help us in any meaningful way.

Volunteering

We have an ever-present need to increase the size of our team of volunteers to assist with all of our fund-raising and other activities. If you have time to spare, and would like to help the project move onwards and upwards towards its eventual ambition of saving Birnbeck Pier, please contact us via this page.

Our Supporters

A number of individuals and organisations have supported the Trust in various ways. We thank them and have added their names to this page.

Just for Fun

Do you have a few spare minutes? Have a go at our online 'Birnbeck Pier in its hayday' jigsaw puzzle!

Find Us:

Our Pier View Information Centre is normally open (during the winter) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays - 10.00 to 4.30 - (weather permitting).

Birnbeck Map

THE BIRNBECK REGENERATION TRUST WINS £12,000 AT TESCO!

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The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust has now been notified that we have been selected as the winning entry in the local Tesco Bags of Help scheme. This means that we have been local nominated, by means of local in-store voting by the general public, for the highest amount of one of three awards - these being either £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000. The money was requested for the fencing necessary to make the pathways safe along the coastal path to the north of Birnbeck Pier and the Pier Master's Cottage. This is a public footpath which until recently was completely overgrown after many years of neglect, and was cleared with the kind assistance of Lynch Plant Hire of Bridgwater in late October 2015.

We cannot thank enough everyone who voted for us and supported us in this way!

We now look forward to opening the path in the very near future - please keep checking both this website and our Facebook Page for further updates.

Please also see the Groundwork/Tesco Bags of Help homepage and our own Tesco page for further details.


The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust is partnered and supported by:

Partners:

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Awards:

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Project Contributors and Supporters:

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Please also see our Supporters Page for a full list of all of our benefactors.