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Friends Of The Old Pier Society
Save Birnbeck Pier
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Welcome

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 2006 by Manchester-based property development company Urban Splash - responsible for a host of successful projects including the revamped Royal William Yard in Plymouth and The Rotunda in Birmingham - who are working with the society to regenerate the pier, island and its environs.

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, 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. In the unlikely event of the society ceasing to function, any surplus funds shall be distributed to the RNLI – who, of course, have a long association with Birnbeck - and the town's Lauriston Hotel for the Blind.
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Bequest

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.
 
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Buy

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
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Donate

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

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.
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