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 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 7 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 13 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 13 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 28 July 2016

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Madeley War Memorial project 28 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.


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:

Madeley War Memoria, end of Church Street, Madeley c1935 - 2

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.

Work starts on extension to Dawley Brook Scout Group building

Workmen are preparing the way for the new extension which will create improved kitchen and toilet facilities.  In this short video, project leader Roger Oakley tells us what’s happening



This will be a new disabled toilet


Laying the foundations for storage facilities


Once cleared, this area will be used for outdoor cooking


The shed will be moved so the building to the left can be extended


Tim at work


This is where the kitchen extension will be


Exposing the old drainage system


Another pic of Tim clearing the ground

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, telephone (01952) 670404 or email

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.


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.


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.









For more information on FORGE Urban Revival visit us at:

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.