“MRS BEETON – MY SISTER” – 5th MAY 2018 : 2.00 for 2.30 p.m. COMPETITION!

Clifton Team : 16th April 2018 16:07 : News

We have already posted information on the web site about this event – however, we are planning a small competition for those who attend.  We will offer a small prize for the audience member with the OLDEST copy of Mrs Beeton’s Household Management – and the YOUNGEST copy of the book.

Please bring the book with you and we will display them during the production for others to see.

I have attached details of the performance again for information.  We are getting to the stage that tickets (£10) begin to sell out and as part of the Wellington Spring Arts Festival 2018 – information is contained in the many leaflets distributed by the Festival team.  Don’t risk leaving it to the last minute and being disappointed.  You can just click on Live Performance on this web site to book on line – or collect and pay for your tickets at our stall in Wellington Market on Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and midday.

Check your attic – you may have a copy!

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Planning Permission and Lease Update

Clifton Team : 6th April 2018 15:55 : News

Please find attached a note that sets out the current position with regard to the above which also explains the Board’s position on certain objections to the planning permission application.

Planning Application and Lease Update

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Clifton Team : 1st April 2018 19:39 : News

Some of you may remember that you enabled us to gain £1000 funding through contributing to our Local Hero – Local Giving fund last year when we nominated Charlotte Clark as our Local Hero.  The tiles she made from young peoples’ art are now on display in the Reception area of Charlton School until such time as we move into the HSBC (Fingers crossed!).

So this year, Stephen Handley has agreed to create mugs with three separate logos.  One will be a picture of the HSBC Building, a second will be a pen & ink sketch of the HSBC Building and the third will be our new name for the HSBC Building – for that you will have to wait and see?!!!!

Details of how you are able to contribute to the Local Giving campaign are below – should you have any worries or concerns about accessing the site, contact us on

Each year the national fundraiser Local Giving runs a campaign known as Local Hero.

We stand a chance of winning a £1,000 if we receive the largest number of online donations – not necessarily the largest amount.

Local artist Stephen Handley,

has agreed to be our Local Hero and all money raised will go to Stepnen to produce a collection of designed mugs which we will sell as merchandise or use in the HSBC building.

If you want to support us the minimum donation is £2 which you can gift aid if you are taxpayer and you can make this by doing the following: –

1)     Go the website

 Join if you haven’t already

  • Search for Stephen Handley- he’ll be in the fundraiser sub category

Then follow the donation instructions.  PLEASE NOTE that multiple donations on the same card are not counted.  Each donation must be individually given. Thank you.

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Local Hero

Clifton Team : 26th March 2018 20:08 : News
You may recall that last year, we entered into a competition run by our charity partner, Local Giving, known as Local Hero.  Last year we raised a good sum from this campaign to supplement our Society’s funds.  In short, a charity has a Local Hero who undertakes a challenge and the public are encouraged to make on line donations in support of that challenge.
The top 20 charities receive bonuses from Local Giving in addition to the amount subscribed.
This year, we are delighted to announce that we have a new Local Hero who many of you may already know.  Stephen Handley is a popular and well known figure within the Wellington community who until recently was working at the Forge and now is working at the Belmont Community Hall.  Stephen also runs his own business of manufacturing mugs.  We have agreed with Stephen that any sums raised through the Local Hero campaign will be paid over to Stephen to manufacture mugs on our behalf.
There will be three types of mugs being two that will be promotional mugs incorporating designs for sale to the general public in support of Society funds and a separate mug which will be part of our trading stock once the facility is open and we hope to supply you with positive news on this in the very near future.
The Local Hero campaign will run from 1st April until 30th April and we will provide you with further details on how you can support us in the near future.
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“SISTER OF MRS BEETON” at the Belmont Hall

Clifton Team : 26th March 2018 16:08 : News

At the invitation of the Clifton project and as part of the Wellington Arts (Spring) Festival, Actress Alison Neil will be appearing as the “Sister of Mrs Beeton” at the Belmont Hall on Saturday the 5th May at 2.30 p.m.  (Doors open at 2.00 p.m.)  Tickets £10.00 on line at (there is a small booking fee) or at our Stall in Wellington Market each Saturday between 9:00 and midday.  Tickets MAY BE available on the door but our previous experience of the live events we have staged is that they are SELL OUT well before the proposed date.  Don’t leave it to chance.

“Many years after Isabella Beeton’s untimely death, Bessie Mayson muses on the extraordinary life of her famous big sister.  They were the eldest of twenty-one children brought up in the Grand Stand at Epsom Race Course,  Quiet, obedient Isabella fell for a charming publisher called Sam Beetong, and joined his rackety life in journalism, culminating in her world famous “Beeton’s Book of Household Managerment”.  Her family disapproved.  But were they right?  Thirty years on, Bessie is not so sure…..”

The Clifton team would very love to share copies of any Beeton cookery books you have so do bring them with you to display…. and would you think about BAKING A CAKE from a Beeton recipe and we can share everyone’s efforts’ with a cup of tea after the production.  (Please make sure you cover it in cling film or in a cake box).

Look forward to seeing you there.

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Clifton Team : 18th March 2018 18:49 : News

Last year we promised you a Quiz about Christmas on the 10th December, but our first experience of the Beast from the East put a stop to that – sooooo on the 15th April we are having the “NOT CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS QUIZ”.  So as the poster says, brush up on Christmas songs, tinsel, baubles and other things Festive and join us at the Sir John Bayley at 2.30 p.m.

Don’t worry if you are not part of a team – there is always a space where you can join others.

I will remind you nearer the time too – but put this in your diary now – raise funds for the project and have some fun as well.

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Clifton Team : 18th March 2018 09:56 : News

Thank you to all of you who took time on a Friday evening to attend our AGM.  All went very well and the formal business was completed in short time.  However, after this we held a very useful question/answer session when all attendees (whether holding shares or not) were able to ask questions of the Board and other committee volunteers.  We also gave a presentation showing the interior of the HSBC building and gave an update on the present position.

People able to stay for a few minutes got a sneak preview of a final draft of a promotional film we have had made by which was also well received.

Various forthcoming event dates were also shared – including letting our members and friends know that Dothill Country Park will be shown on Countryfile on 25th March 2018:

You will only get detail of the content on transmission!

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Clifton Team : 16th March 2018 08:17 : News

Just a reminder that we are holding our AGM this evening in the Civic Room at Wellington Civic Offices, Larkin Way at 7.00 p.m. today. Enter through the Leisure Centre and Library.

Only members (shareholders)  may vote, but there will be a general question and answer session once the main business is concluded.

See you there.

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AGM Reminder

Clifton Team : 13th March 2018 11:21 : News

Just a quick reminder that the AGM will be at the Civic Centre this Friday at 7.00 pm.  After the business of the AGM is over we intend to hold a presentation setting out the current position on the HSBC building.  Everyone is welcome to attend both the AGM and the presentation although only members can speak and vote at the AGM itself

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Clifton Team : 10th March 2018 19:22 : News

This time last week – some patrons enjoying Afternoon Tea followed by the screening of “Jane Eyre – 2011” – full house in spite of the snow and a biting wind with the team that helped make it happen?

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