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posted 13 Apr 2012, 11:38 by Westover Labour
The 2012/13 Bridgwater Town guide was launched today in Bridgwater's Angel Place shopping centre in the heart of the Westover ward by Mayor and Westover councillor Pat Parker along with Mayoress Jennie (pictured left). 

The guide, which is free, can be picked up from various outlets around the town but there's a large stockpile of them at the Town Council offices at the Town Hall in High Street. 

"As an added bonus this year theres a new 'App' which people can scan to download the guide into their smart phones" said Town Clerk Alan Hurford "locals and visitors to the town can use this to find shopping information and everyday essential services. Through this 'app' retailers  and other businesses can promote special offers and provide information on the products and services they have to offer, boosting business and encouraging local trade".

The  QR code can be found in car parks and other locations around the town and can be scanned directly into the phone or installed  directly from the Apple App store or the Android Market place (although anyone still confused can contact Ian Kevin on 01823 661669 or .

The town guide lists an A-Z of shops, a comprehensive guide to Sport and Leisure facilities, useful contact numbers, all the local schools, churches and twinning links plus features on Bridgwater's history and heritage

Alan Hurford is also a leading light in the Bridgwater Retail Initiative which is a town centre pasrtnership with key stakeholders working together to deliver support to help new and existing retail businesses. Alan says "The BRI has been awarding grants to improve shop fronts and offers businesses training and advice. We have helped develop Bridgwater Castle Market and organise events in the town centre for the community  whilst actively promoting Bridgwater at every opportunity in the media and elsewhere."

Alan (right) can be contacted at or 01278 427692