Brightening up Dawley High Street

Great Dawley Town Council is brightening up the appearance of shops in Dawley High Street by painting shop shutters in keeping with the Victorian shop frontage designs.

A local artist has been commissioned to create the designs for the shutters to create a welcoming atmosphere to the High Street. Dawley High Street has many independent shops in some amazing buildings with period features that the Town Council wanted to enhance.

The shutters are a beautiful feature, but when closed they give the appearance of the High Street being closed, according to feedback from shop owners, residents and visitors. This impression is due to the businesses that form part of the night time economy closing their shutters during the day, and day time economy businesses closing their shutters at night.

The shutters will be painted with a colourful Victorian shop frontage theme that is intended to brighten up their appearance and create a more inviting welcome to the High Street.

The project is being funded by a Pride in Your High Street grant from Telford & Wrekin Council, and is part of the Town Council’s on-going commitment and support for the local community and businesses in the parish. The Town Council provides grants for shop frontage schemes to help businesses, has an annual display of hanging baskets and has recently taken on the management of the Friday Street Market in Dawley High Street.

Councillor Jane Pinter, Mayor of Great Dawley Town Council, said “The Town Council is committed to working with the shops and business owners in Dawley High Street and the Parish, to raise awareness of the wonderful shops and business so they may achieve their full potential. This scheme will improve the appearance and atmosphere of the High Street and hopefully make people feel safer which will encourage return visits.”

The first business to work in partnership with the Town Council on this project and have its shutter painted is Eyewise, which has had a great reaction from members of the public.

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “Shopping trends and habits have changed dramatically over the last few years, and we need to work with local shops and businesses to attract visitors to our high streets. This is a creative project that we hope will have a positive impact for everyone.”

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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.

Celebrating the grand opening of Edgmond Village Hall’s new extension

A lot of fun was had by all at the opening of the new extension on 14 May 2017.

Edgmond Village Hall is a community facility that is run as a charity for the benefit of villagers and those living in the surrounding areas.

The brand new extension has a spacious function room, meeting room, kitchen and WCs – providing a greater mix of rooms for parties, receptions, meetings and events.

Money for the extension came for a £95,000 Community Pride Fund grant from Telford & Wrekin Council and funds raised by Edmond Village Hall volunteer committee.

Cllr Shaun Davies praised the hard work of all those who helped raise funds for the project, which he said would make a massive difference to the community and safeguard it for generations to come.

View the video of the opening here

The full gallery of photos is here

 

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.

 

Great work by Good2Great!

Good2Great has been running a variety of courses to help town centre businesses across the borough flourish, made possible thanks to Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Your High Street grant funding initiative.

Feeback from businesses that have attended Good2Great courses has been fantastic. Below are a selection of the testimonials we have been sent.

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Chris and Eira Moore, Tax Assist Accountants, Madeley

Attended ‘Locally Social’ Workshops in Madeley.

“Learning about how social media can help grow our business has been rewarding and exciting.”

 

 

 

 

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Pradip Patel, The Flooring Outlet, Donnington


Pradip attended ‘Locally Social’ ; ‘Retail Sustainability’ and ‘High Street Excellence’ in Donnington, also booked onto ‘Window Dressing’.

“The course (High Street Excellence) has been tough but I now understand DISC – it’s really a very good course.

“So impressed by Good2Great’s very in depth knowledge.”

 

 

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Mark and Gail Fisk, The Forge, Ironbridge

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and ‘Locally Social’ in Ironbridge. Also booked onto ‘Window Dressing’.

“Excellent discussions and topics, very relevant. The course provided some useful recommendations and tools to assist small business planning and control of finances. It has really helped increase our confidence level to support our current plans.  Thank you.”

 

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Sue and Hannah Tranter, The Cookshop, Newport

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and booked on ‘Window Dressing’ and ‘Locally Social’.

“Lots of food for thought. After just one session we started moving the shop around and started seeing things through customers’ eyes. Such excellent sessions – lots to think about and implement – so much to do, but now we have the skills to take it forward”

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Tina Pound, Telford Florist, Wellington

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and ‘Locally Social’ and is booked on ‘Successful Selling’ and ‘Window Dressing’.

“I have followed up more on the activities and homework on this workshop than I ever have with previous training I have done.

“It is simple to follow and more relevant to my business.”

 

 

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Charmaine Briscoe of Bellmans Yard Garage (pictured right), Newport

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and ‘Successful Selling’ and booked on ‘Window Dressing’ and ‘Locally Social’.

“I’ve now done 2 courses with Good2Great. Each session has been relevant, interesting, bang up to date and full of useful information and ideas to take away to use in our own business. I thoroughly recommend Good2Great training for every business… Don’t miss out!”

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Sally Finnegan of Aunt Sal’s Café, Newport

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and ‘Successful Selling’ and booked on ‘Window Dressing’ and ‘Locally Social’.

“I have just finished High Street Excellence Course with Good2Great.  I really enjoyed it… It gave me inspiration, and made me look at my business from lots of different angles! … never think that you know it all… , and that you carn’t ever learn something new.”

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John Ellis, The Crown, Oakengates

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and ‘Locally Social’ in Oakengates.

“A great session – which has proved to be an excellent refresher. WOW! So many ideas – my head wants to burst!

I do urge other retailers to take every advantage of the free training provided by Good2Great. The only investment is your time. It’s well worth it.”

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Helen Briscoe, Country Chic Interiors, Oakengates

Attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and ‘Locally Social’ in Oakengates.

“I always say – you don’t know what you don’t know. And these workshops have been a revelation.

“I know I need to get my shop out to a wider audience and now I have the tools to do it. Thankyou.”

 

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Chris Boyles, The Grey Door Café, Wellington

Attended ‘Locally Social’ ; staff have attended ‘High Street Excellence’ and is booked for ‘Window Dressing’.

“I know I will benefit greatly from the advice offered. It was so informative – I didn’t realise social media could be such a powerful tool.”

 

 

Pride In Your High Street Benefits Newport High Street

Article submitted by Newport Town Council

Newport Town Council is pleased to announce that in conjunction with Telford & Wrekin Council it has been able to finance some much needed works on Stafford Street Car Park with the intention of improving the area and making it safer.

The car park is owned and maintained by Telford & Wrekin Council and the Town Council became aware of plans to remark much of the car park and improve some of the lighting. However, during consultation it became evident that some of the desired outcomes would not be able to be undertaken without additional funding. Newport Town Council were keen to see the lighting upgraded with the columns being made so that they could house CCTV and that the column that had CCTV attached to it for a number of years be relocated in order that the current CCTV could provide 360 degree coverage of the car park. Newport Town Council felt that improved lighting and more versatile use of CCTV would provide a safer environment for shoppers and others using the area as a thoroughfare and as such contribute positively to the economy of Newport. Furthermore, it was considered that a partial makeover would reduce the positive impact of the project. The Town Council therefore agreed that it would provide additional funding of £10,000 of which £7,500 would be provided through the Telford & Wrekin Council Pride in Your High Street Fund.

The work undertaken by Telford & Wrekin Council to repaint and reconfigure the Stafford Street Car Park along with the funding to update the lighting and make it suitable to house CCTV has resulted in an improved gateway to the High Street shopping area and increase in public safety both of which are considered to provide a positive contribution to the economic viability of the High Street retail area.

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.