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.”


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


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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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

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.

Wombridge Primary School grow their own fruit and veg

Awarded £60,000 to build a botanical greenhouse

About the school

The school in Oakengates, Telford provides primary school education for children aged 4 to 11 years. It prides itself on providing its children with the best resources and opportunities as possible to develop well rounded, responsible citizens. After achieving nationally recognised success through gaining Apple Regional Training Centre status and a Farming and Countrywide Award, the school wanted to further develop learning opportunities for children outside the classroom. They began to develop areas around the school where the children could grow their own fruit and vegetables, which was a great success. The next step was to find a way of growing more fruit and vegetables that could be used in cookery sessions and for school meals.

What was needed

A botanical greenhouse situated in the grounds of the school would mean that more fruit and vegetables could be grown throughout the year. Together with the creation of extra outdoor growing spaces, there would be plenty of opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of the world around them, where food comes from and also encourage healthy eating. Every pupil gets to visit the school’s local farm where they experience the day to day workings of a farm and see how the local area changes through the seasons – a botanical greenhouse and additional fruit and veg plots would complement this learning experience.

What the Pride funding has meant to them

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The school now has a botanical greenhouse which has meant the children have been able to increase the amount of fruit and veg they grow all year round. The freshly picked produce is used in cookery sessions and school meals. The hope is that children will gain a national qualification in horticulture which could lead to employment opportunities in the future. In addition the school plans to increase the work it does in the wider community. It already works closely with Age Concern and Stallard Court, a home for the elderly, on a range of inter-generational projects, but it plans to cook and serve meals to the residents of Stallard Court using food they have grown.

Head Teacher Neil Satoor said: “The importance of eating healthily and having a balanced diet is an embedded part of our school ethos. It is vital that children are taught about looking after their health and bodies from an early age. With improved access and understanding of where our food comes from, how we produce food and grow plants, we are improving the longer term health and wellbeing of our children, their families and the wider community.”