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

 

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.

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 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.

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

 

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This will be a new disabled toilet

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Laying the foundations for storage facilities

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Once cleared, this area will be used for outdoor cooking

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

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Tim at work

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This is where the kitchen extension will be

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Exposing the old drainage system

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Another pic of Tim clearing the ground