Review of the Year - April

April 2011:

Marina signs reveal town’s industrial past: New heritage signs were installed on the water’s edge in Portishead. Three interpretation boards detailing the history of the town’s docks and the power station were put up at the marina which was once a hub of industry. The signs were the idea of retailer Mike Johnston who organised them in conjunction with the Gordano Society.

�1m for new pier project: Plans to create new, modern visitor facilities at Clevedon Pier were approved by North Somerset Council. The project includes a glass structure created at the land end of the Grade I listed Victorian pier to include a tea room, toilets and education facilities. The pier trust launched an appeal to raise funds for the scheme and will apply to English heritage for grant aid.

Can you help find youth hub new home? An appeal was launched to help find a home for Yatton village youth hub. The popular hub was previously based at Wendy’s Caf� until it closed in February. It then moved temporarily to the Methodist Church but numbers dropped dramatically. Organisers blamed the unfamiliar church setting and vowed to search for a new venue.

No competition but town will still bloom: Members of Nailsea in Bloom announced they would not be competing in the prestigious South West in Bloom contest this year. Having achieved three gold awards in the past three years the group said it wanted to concentrate on planting in Nailsea and have a break from competing.

Mime, music, poetry and acting: Talented youngsters from Clevedon-based Kingsley Speech and Drama staged The Mad March Tea Party. The budding thespians aged from five to 11 years performed to audiences at the Princes Hall. Proceeds from the show were donated to Asthma UK.

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