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.

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

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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

 

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.”

 

 

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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