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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 equivalent 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 seeks a regenerated and expandable island complex, with a mix of old and new - aimed at giving the island a commercially viable future.

The 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 mid-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.

    PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING - BIRNBECK PIER AND ISLAND (Please click here to read)

    Please click here to learn more about the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust

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

    Please click here for further details of our FORTHCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS

    Please click here to read our fictional (?) BIRNBECK short story by Paul Stephens

NEW - BRT WEBCAM!

We now have a webcam set up overlooking Birnbeck Island. Please view it in full size on our webcam 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.

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 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

Links to third-party websites with content of interest relating to Birnbeck Pier and Island are listed on our Further Information Page.

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!

Just for Fun

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

* 2017 BRT CALENDAR *

PHOTO COMPETITION

2017 BRT CALENDAR

Entries have now closed for our second calendar photography competition, this being run in conjunction with the Weston Mercury - the winning photos will be selected for our 2017 calendar by the public in an online vote. Shortlisted entries and information about the voting process will be published by the Mercury in their September 22 issue. Please see these earlier Mercury pages, here and here, for further details.

* QUIZ 'N' SUPPER NIGHT *

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Quiz 'n' Supper Night

Saturday 1st October 2016 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.

**OKTOBERFEST NIGHT**

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Saturday 22nd October 2016 at the Working Mens Club, 6-10 Orchard St, W-s-M - tickets £10 per person - includes Bratwurst and Gateaux! For more details please call Rose on 07597807008.

* COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHT *

THE BARRY WALSH BAND

Barry Walsh 29-11-16

Saturday 19th November 2016 at Hutton Village Hall, W-s-M - entry £12 per person - includes a tasty Hotdog! For more details please call Pete on 07761575605.

** UPCOMING EVENTS **

Skittle Night in aid of Birnbeck Pier - 26 November 2016

Quiz Night at the Hobbs Boat Inn - 28 November 2016

Christmas Fayre at the United Reformed Church - 3 December 2016

Christmas Draw (Tickets on sale at Pier View now!) - 17 December 2016

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.

Tesco Award

In May 2016 the Birnbeck Regeneration Trust was locally selected as the winning entry for a £12,000 award from the Tesco 'Bags of Help' scheme. We thank everyone who voted for us! Please see our Tesco page for further details.

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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

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 40% stage towards this target. Both of these exercises are necessary requirements for the progression of the Heritage Lottery Fund application process, which we intend to advance as soon as we can.

Birnbeck Concept

(A conceptual vision of how Birnbeck Island might look in the future.)

You can donate any amount, large or small, 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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The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust is partnered and supported by:

Partners:

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Awards:

Tesco Bags of HelpPilgrim Trust

Our Major Project Contributors and Supporters:

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