Review: May 2009

PUBLISHED: 12:10 01 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

May: New health centre opens – Portishead's brand new health centre opened its doors to the public.


New health centre opens - Portishead's brand new health centre opened its doors to the public. An official ceremony marked the launch of the Marina Healthcare Centre in Haven View. The building provides offices and a host of new services, as well as acting as a home to patients from the Harbourside Family Practice.

Jenny's blaze drama - A Clevedon man was saved from his burning home by neighbour Jenny Ware, who dragged him clear after he collapsed on his kitchen floor. Andy Ball was overcome by smoke as fire took hold at his bungalow in Cox Way. Mr Ball was later treated for smoke inhalation at Weston General Hospital.

Artwork hit by vandals - Vandals defaced a piece of art that formed part of Portishead's public art programme. Graffiti was daubed across an interlocking piece of work entitled Viaggio, on the Port Marine development near to Portishead Primary School. Police said they would not tolerate the nuisance behaviour.

Festival takes over the town - Nailsea's third arts and music festival was hailed a huge success. Performers and artists took over three different venues in the town to present a programme of concerts, exhibitions and dances. The event helped raise funds for the restoration of the Tithe Barn in Church Lane.

Splashing out for the pool - The people of Portishead came together to help revamp the open air pool as part of a TV programme challenge. Hundreds of volunteers stepped forward to help as presenter Ty Pennington and his team rolled into town. The seafront amenity was the subject of Ty's Great British Adventure series that saw the transformation of the facility in seven days.

Paige's wish granted - An 11-year-old girl from Backwell, who beat a rare form of cancer, saw a lifelong dream, to own her own pony come true. Paige Brown who endured months of treatment for ovarian cancer told the Starlight Children's Foundation of her hopes. A mystery donor came forward and Paige was presented with her new pet, Bailey, at the stable yard where she rides.

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