Pop-up touring shop arrives in the borough

The Forge Urban Revival pop up shop was at Wellington earlier this month offering the opportunity for shoppers to experience some of Shropshire’s best artisan products. There was a wonderful mix of handcrafted gifts and fresh locally produced food as well as an industrial themed coffee shop.  Check out the short film here 

The shop will soon be popping up in Oakengates, Madeley and Ironbridge. FORGE is on the look out for local suppliers, artists and crafters to showcase their products by selling to local communities

For more info visit http://www.forgeurbanrevival.co.uk, telephone (01952) 670404 or email communications@forgeurbanrevival.co.uk

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Touring Pop-up Shop offers local people employment opportunities

This article has been submitted by FORGE Urban Revival

Forge Urban Revival is a unique pop-up shop concept touring Telford that will be offering the opportunity to experience some of Shropshire’s best artisanal products on offer.

Specialising in fresh locally produced food, hand crafted gifts and an industrial themed coffee shop, FORGE will tour four locations opening on Saturday 16 April in Wellington and then visiting Oakengates, Madeley & Ironbridge.

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Jewellery from crafter Hazel

Each location will showcase both produce and crafts from each area and provide local entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain exposure for their products in this unique shopping environment. The initiative is happening thanks to Telford & Wrekin Council’s High Street Fund and will enable the money spent to be reinvested into the local community and create a positive high street life-cycle in all areas covered.

Striving wherever possible to source our food locally within the Shropshire area, we will offer great produce with less ‘food miles’ ensuring a more organic, seasonal end-product. Included in the menu will be gluten free products as well as a selection of items catering for various dietary requirements.

As Shropshire has such a wonderful array of talented artists and crafters, we are looking to unite them together in a modern industrial setting providing a platform to buy a ‘Made in Shropshire’ product at source from local artists – adding extra provenance to exciting products. Crafters will also offer various Masterclasses throughout the year sharing traditional skills back into the community.

Why FORGE?

FORGE Urban Revival – is a Wave-length Social Marketing CIC Telford based Social Enterprise project. The concept behind FORGE is to offer individuals the opportunity to develop a variety of skills, from product development and management right through to operational skills; or just providing practical opportunities to develop self-confidence within their community.

Ann Johnson, Director of Wavelength Social Enterprise Company, said “Having worked with so many talented people through our Junction Box programme it’s great to see their variety of skills supported by Telford &Wrekin council.

“The FORGE initiative will offer a platform to showcase their products to their local communities and inject life back into the market towns”

Having social value at its heart whether promoting local products, developing individuals or workshop participation, FORGE will offer something for the whole community.

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For more information on FORGE Urban Revival visit us at: http://www.forgeurbanrevival.co.uk

Great community events at the Anstice

Story submitted by Kath Petty, Town Clerk at Madeley Town Council

The Anstice Community Trust has received Pride in Your High Street funding for a series of community events at the Anstice Memorial Hall. The purpose of these events is to raise the profile of the Anstice, recruit volunteers and members of the trust and to keep the support of the public whilst the project is being developed.

The first of these events took place on March 19th and exceeded expectations. It brought the whole community together and provided a fabulous evening of entertainment.

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A full house for an evening of music

The idea was the brainchild of one of the Anstice Trustees, Lyndy Boden who through her contacts with the John Fletcher School established that they would like to do a concert at the Anstice. At the same time the Jackfield Band, who have very fond memories of the Anstice, having performed there many times, offered to do a fundraising concert. The two groups were brought together and an evening of music was organised with the children singing and the band playing.

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Launching the limited edition Anstice Bear

Added to the mix, local businesses also got on board. Another ACT trustee, Terri Edwards, had negotiated with Merrythought of Ironbridge to produce a limited edition Anstice Bear with all the profits from the sale going to the Trust. The music evening presented an ideal opportunity to launch the bear.

 

 

Additionally Magna Foods donated a giant egg for a raffle; the winner very generously offered it back for auction which raised even more money for the cause.

Volunteers turned out in force to prepare the room, take the tickets and donations, fill in gift aid forms, serve drinks and refreshments, sell ACT merchandise, provide raffle prizes and tidy up at the end. Mr Gould, the headmaster of John Fletcher compered the evening brilliantly.

The children sang a variety of songs and entertained a packed house with their excellent ukulele playing and the Jackfield Band played some wonderful numbers that had the audience singing along. A highlight of the evening was when the children and the band played together.

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Entertaining the crowds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public support was overwhelming and the generosity of those who attended was staggering. Nearly £1,800 was raised from donations, the raffle, teddy bear sales, merchandising, membership and refreshments.

As important as the money raised was the response from the audience which was overwhelmingly positive a great night was had by all and the atmosphere was wonderful, showing how important the Anstice is to local people and how, once restored and fully reopened it will take its rightful place back in the heart of the community.

The next event is a Comedy Night on 30th April.  Tickets are £7.50 in advance or £10.00 on the door.  Buy in advance from Jubilee House at 74 High Street, Flares Hairdressing Salon at 38 High Street and Madeley Laundry at 29A Park Street. Telephone (01952) 567280 for further information.