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Town Manager

with Chris Fry Wellington Town manager


Real progress in Wellington

Indeed, progress is the right word to describe the town’s experience over the last three years. We have had a steady infl ow of new businesses opening up. Shop units, large and small, which in some cases had been empty for years are now occupied. We are lucky to have very few vacant units left, so there may just be a waiting list for some sizes of property now. This just goes to show how Wellington is growing and developing as a town which is an important part of Shrop- shire.

This sort of progress doesn’t just happen spontaneously. It has

Welcome to ‘Town Manager Talks’- the first of what I hope will be a series of articles in the Wellington News allowing me to give updates on our town’s progress.

come about through some very strong part- nership working between Wellington Town Coun- cil, Telford and Wrekin Council with its innova- tive Borough Towns Initi- ative, the Wellington Mar- ket Company, Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Wellington Regeneration Partnership, Heritage 2 Arts (That’s H2A!), Wel- lington Civic Society, and others.

All these groups and a host of individuals have worked together to en- sure that Wellington’s

future is as bright as its illustrious past! From the fantastic new civic quarter and the new state-of-the-art library and leisure suite facilities right the way through to the Wetherspoon pub the William Withering, the commercial heart of Wellington is beginning to beat with renewed vig- our and drive.

I am especially taken with what has happened to the Seconds Ahead shop in New Street. It is now trading as Hap- pit and I really do like

Creative Easter ceramic sessions

Enjoy creative ceramic work- shops to decorate your own tiles and mugs or make a clay pot for your garden at Ironbridge Gorge Museum. At Coalport China Muse- um you’ll join spring flower, fruit and gardening themed drop-in sessions to paint mugs with botanic designs or decorate china flowers. Use clay to sculpt something practical for the garden or windowsill, like a ceramic plant marker or pot to grow cress. Activities vary daily and carry an extra charge plus p&p to send home after firing. Enjoy free paper paint- ing Easter themed activities. Taking place 2 - 6 April and 9 - 13 April, 11am to 1pm, and 2pm-4pm.

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Easter themes. Cost £7.95 per tile (p&p extra to have it sent home after firing) plus museum admission fee. Workshops held daily 2 - 5 April and 10 - 13 April from 10am, but allow up to 11/2 hours to decorate your tile, last admission 3.15pm. A great value Annual

At Jackfield Tile Museum learn ‘tube lining’ or ‘slip- trailing’ to decorate a tile featuring your design and colours from a range of

Passport Ticket allowing en- try to all ten museums, valid for a year with unlimited re- turn visits, is £23.25 adults, £18.75 60 plus, £15.25 stu- dents and children and £64 for a family of two adults and all children aged up to 18 in full time education (T&C apply); under 5s free. For details call Ironbridge TIC 01952 433424 or visit www.

the new look of the shop. With that and Bon Marche, plus the recently opened tailor’s premises and the new menswear shop in Market Street and the new life that has been breathed into the Raven and the White Lion (aided at least in part by Wellington’s own, liveried, offi cial Ale Tast- er!) following on from the successful opening of the William Withering, Wellington is now once again a great place in which to shop and in which to enjoy one’s lei- sure time. For visitors to the town the library will hold a visitor information point to help them enjoy our town and surround-

ing area. With all types of retailers, cafes, res- taurants and night clubs vying for custom Wel- lington is now bucking the national trend some- what and is growing, which is good news for everyone! While some towns are suffering griev- ously from the closure of chain stores, we have so far been relatively un- scathed; long may that continue.

The improvements we have enjoyed aren’t just in the retail area. The Towns’ Literary Fes- tival, held during each October, is going from strength to strength and is possibly the best free festival around. The

carnival, after a break last year when we cel- ebrated the completion of the paving works with an event in the Mar- ket Square, goes from strength to strength and will be bigger and bet- ter this year. A Walkers are Welcome group has formed and meets regu- larly, holding properly led walks, around some of our beautiful local coun- tryside on the fi rst Sun- day of each month. I’ve just got space now to take the oppor- tunity to welcome all the staff who are moving in to the new offi ces in the Wellington Civic Quarter. You’ll enjoy working in Wellington. I know I do!

Elizabeth has been invited to Hadley Park House Ho- tel, in Shropshire, this June where she will be treated like a queen...for free. Part of a special pro- gramme of events for 2012, the offer is extended to the first lady, called Elizabeth, who contacts Hadley Park House Hotel to tell them she is celebrating her Dia- mond wedding anniversary in the same week HRH The Queen will mark 60 years on the throne.

Congratulations Elizabeth A Gala Dinner Jubilee

The Celebration Pack- age up for grabs is (fittingly) valued at £2,012 and will feature the party of a life- time for up to 50 guests. There’ll be a red carpet; three-course meal, bucks fizz, glass of house wine or soft drinks on arrival; deco- rated cake with cake stand

and knife, choice of linen napkins and table cloths; a table floral arrangement to match the chosen colour scheme; a Master of Cer- emonies; the services of a dedicated event planner; venue hire; and preferen- tial accommodation rates with a complimentary suite for the night if eleven bed- rooms or more are booked. The hotel hit the head- lines with a similar offer last year, when it announced it would host the wedding of a couple named William and Katherine for free. The Celebration Pack- age on offer on Tuesday, June 5th, is just one small part of the hotel’s plans to ensure the Diamond Jubi- lee is celebrated in style this summer at Hadley Park House.

Tasting Evening on Fri- day, June 8th, will mark The Queens’ 60 years on the throne. The special six- course Best of British even- ing meal one for every glorious decade costs £45 per head, and will feature music and fireworks. The week will also begin and end with Sunday lunch, at a special price of £20.12 per head.

Owners Mark and Geral- dine Lewis are looking for- ward to revealing more of their plans for 2012, which will help to put The Dia- mond Jubilee, Olympics, Leap Year, and the ‘Best of British Food’ and ‘Best of British Humour’ under the spotlight. For details visit www.

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