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Friends Of The Old Pier Society
Save Birnbeck Pier


The Friends of the Old Pier Society is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1996 to save the magnificent Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare. Designed by legendary pier builder Eugenius Birch and opened in 1867, the pier is unique since it's the only British pier that links the mainland with an island. Sadly, the pier has been closed to the public since 1994 and is included on the 'At Risk' Register compiled by English Heritage. The pier was purchased in 2014 by CNM Estates

Membership is open to everyone – whether you're a Westonian, an exiled Westonian, just have a soft spot for the town, a pier buff or simply someone who cares about the nation's heritage - with discounted rates available for senior citizens and students, and group subscriptions on offer for families and businesses. The society is headed by a committee of nine members, of differing ages, backgrounds and experience... but all with one thing in common – wanting to see Birnbeck Pier restored and reopened. Members receive three professionally-produced magazines per year – featuring the latest developments in the battle to save the pier, as well as happy memories from years gone by - and are invited to attend the society's Annual General Meeting in November.

During the summer (and weekends during the winter), the society's shop 'Pier View' - a former tram signalling station that, as the name suggests, overlooks the pier – is open to visitors, where they can join the society, purchase souvenirs, discuss the pier with the volunteers on duty or simply admire the view while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

Press Release:

"Historic England (HE) kindly invited Birnbeck Regeneration Trust and Friends of the Old Pier Society Project Team to a meeting held on the 2 September 2016 at which they (HE) questioned the Project Team in some detail as to the steps they had taken in the recent past and those that they planned to take in the future with their endeavours to obtain planning permission and funding so that the project may be brought to a successful conclusion. It was agreed at this meeting that the Trust should continue to work with the owners to try bring this project to a successful conclusion."


Once you've looked after your family and friends, please consider leaving a legacy to the Friends of the Old Pier Society. Solicitors, Will Writers or many High Street banks can help you with this.


New, fully-updated edition of 'Birnbeck Pier – A Short History' available November 2011. Order here - only £5.99 inc. P&P.
We've launched our own range of souvenirs. All profits to the Society. New designs & products will be regularly added. Souvenirs


Whether just a few quid, or a few hundred, all donations are gratefully received. Donate now using our secure PayPal facility.


Membership is open to all, great value and keeps you abreast of all the latest developments. Join now using our online application form and secure PayPal facility.