New community facility opens in Oakengates

A new community facility has opened at The Wakes, Theatre Square in Oakengates this month.

FORGE Urban Revival has launched the facility in partnership with Oakengates Town Council which offers the local community a wide range of events, workshops, venue hire and social activities as well as an industrial styled licensed café and restaurant that showcases local food produce.

FORGE Urban Revival is a Wave-length social enterprise project that aims to engage the community to help people develop new skills and interests and reduce isolation

This latest venture in Oakengates has been made possible thanks to joint working with Oakengates Town Council and Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Your High Street funding.

Ann Johnson, Director of Wavelength Social Enterprise Company, said: “This truly is a big tick for partnership working and it would not have been possible without the support and assistance of Oakengates Town Council and Telford & Wrekin Council.

“So many people have worked long hours to make this happen and I must say the facility looks amazing. Over the coming months we will be developing the range of classes and events on offer. We look forward to working with the community to make this the success it deserves to be.”

Forge at Oakengates is open Thursday to Saturday 9am to 3pm, and also open for private hire functions and events daytime or evening any day of the week.

For more information and private hire enquiries telephone 07715 667975.

Mayor opens refurbished loos at Wellington Market

The Mayor of Wellington, Councillor Phil Morris-Jones officially opened the newly refurbished toilets at Wellington Market yesterday (30 March 2017).

The toilets have been refurbished thanks to a £5,000 grant from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Your High Street fund.

The refurb has created a fully accessible disabled toilet and baby changing facilities that are available to all.

Photos courtesy of Joy who was at the opening.

For more information about Wellington Market visit www.wellingtonindoormarket.co.uk or  Facebook and Twitter.

 

Refurbished Wellington Market toilets to be opened by Mayor

Story shared by Wellington Market

Mayor of Wellington, Councillor Phil Morris-Jones will open the new Wellington Market toilets on Thursday 30th March.  The toilets have been refurbished thanks to a Telford & Wrekin Council Pride in Your High Street grant of £5,000.

Telford & Wrekin Council has set aside £1 million to support local High Street projects, and Wellington Council has chosen to use its share to refurbish the toilets in Wellington Market’s piazza, used by customers as well as the general public.

A spokesman for WMC, the company which runs Wellington Market, said: “We are hugely grateful to Wellington Council and Telford & Wrekin Council for the opportunity to improve this important facility.  We applied for the Pride grant in 2016 and, as part of the process, successfully proved that there was a demand for the provision of public toilets in the town.”

The previous toilet block was run down and in need of refurbishment to the point the general public were having to use the portacabins formally used by market traders. The £5,000 grant has led to a complete refurbishment allowing for a fully accessible disabled toilet and baby changing facilities available to all.

Established in 1244, Wellington Market is an indoor market hall, housing over 120 stalls (with an outdoor market area also). With some of the finest food merchants around, along with stalls of women’s fashion, IT support services, butchers, bakers and everything in between, Wellington Market has been a focal part of the community for centuries and continues to be so today.

Councillor Morris-Jones is to cut the ribbon on the new toilets on Thursday 30 March at 11.30am.

For more information about Wellington Market visit www.wellingtonindoormarket.co.uk or visit Facebook and Twitter.

New murals toast Wellington’s creative past

The first two in a series of ‘false window’ murals depicting Wellington’s historic makers have been unveiled at The Pheasant Inn on Market Street in the town.

Painted by artist Paula Woof, the murals depict local toy designer Norah Wellings and famous poet Philip Larkin sharing a celebratory VE Day drink.

The project is the idea of local community group Wellington H2A, which organises events including the annual Midsummer Fayre and Sounds in The Square. Wellington Town Council is a partner on the project, and funding has being provided by Telford and Wrekin Council’s Pride in Your High Street Fund.

More ‘false window’ murals will be appearing in coming months, creating a ‘Makers Town’ trail around the town’s conservation area and highlighting a range of craftspeople, manufacturers and creative minds from several centuries of Wellington’s history.

H2A volunteer Rob Francis said: “We could have just put up a series of plaques around the town, explaining which makers lived where, but with the support of this Council fund, we’re able to do something much more creative that grabs people’s attention and makes them smile. We’re literally creating windows into Wellington’s past.’

Once all ten murals are complete, a Makers’ Guide will be printed taking visitors around the trail and including a map pinpointing the town’s modern-day makers, from brewers to cake-bakers and jewellers to potters. A new website featuring an online version of the guide plus details of events and attractions will complete the project.

The Norah Wellings mural, with Norah’s great-nieces Julie Corley and her sister Deb Fox

Norah’s great-niece Julie Corley again and artist Paula Woof

The Philip Larkin mural

Both murals with Norah’s family, Paula the artist and Jim Preston the landlord of The Pheasant which is host to the murals

 

Madeley War Memorial progress

Work to upgrade the area around the War Memorial in Madeley is progressing apace – as these photos sent in show.

The paved area around the memorial is being enlarged and levelled and will make way for a commemorative paving stone for local man Major Yate who earned a Victoria Cross in the battle of Cateau in 1914.

The Government provided stones for all Victoria Cross winners as part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Money from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Your High Street grant fund has helped to fund the Madeley War Memorial restoration project, which is due to be completed in time for a rededication service on 26 August – the anniversary of the battle of Cateau.

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Madeley War Memorial project 7 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 7 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 13 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 28 July 2016

 

Madeley Town Council announces funding success for war memorial project

Madeley Town Council is delighted to announce a Council High Street Fund grant of £41,971 from Telford & Wrekin Council towards the restoration of Russell Square in Madeley Centre.

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Major Yate

This project started back in 2013 when the Town Council was asked to find a suitable location for a commemorative paving stone for local man, Major CAL Yate (pictured left). These stones were being provided by the Government for all Victoria Cross winners to mark the centenary of the First World War.

 

 

 

 

 

There was overwhelming local support for the paving stone to be located near to the existing war memorial in Russell Green (pictured below). However, these discussions identified the need to enlarge and upgrade the paved area around the memorial which was very tarnished and uneven, before the paving stone was installed. The memorial itself would be repositioned on the square so it was more visible from the Centre. This scheme would be seen as the Town’s contribution to commemorate all local people who lost their lives in both world wars.

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War Memorial, June 2016

A scheme was drawn up and local contributions were received from Madeley Town Council and Madeley Partnership. This latest award finally provides enough money to deliver the project. The scheme will start on the 15th June and will be completed in August. The work will be carried out by Fitzgerald contractor and will be supervised by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highways & Neighbourhood Management Team.

It is intended to hold a rededication service on the 26th August which marks the anniversary of the battle of Le Cateau where Major Yate was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Janice Jones, Chairman of Madeley Town Council said: “I think it is great news that the Town Council has been awarded this grant to carry out environmental improvements in Madeley Centre. I feel that the refurbished square will be a fitting tribute to all the people of Madeley who lost their lives and are commemorated on the war memorial”.

Did you know?

This is not the first time the war memorial has been moved. It was originally built in 1922 on the junction of Maddocks and Church Street. In September 1968 a proposal was put forward to move the memorial to improve visibility for drivers. It was eventually moved in June 1970 (see pic below) to its current location in Russell Green and rededicated in the September.

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Moving Madeley War Memorial, 1970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More pics from the past:

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Madeley War Memorial, end of Church Street, c1935

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Madeley War Memorial, 1945-50

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Madeley War Memorial, Park Avenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone wants more information they can call Andy Rose 01952 567288.

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