The Wellington Action Group Facebook page has done a sterling job in highlighting the unacceptable condition of the old cinema site.
We have been in contact with Telford & Wrekin Council with regard to this and while all suggestions about forming teams to go in and tidy up the site are laudable it should be noted that essentially this is a planning issue and the surrounds and building are private property so everyone should be cautious with regard to making unauthorised access to the site.
Please rest assured that Telford & Wrekin have the matter in hand and we should see some progress shortly either spontaneously by the owners or in accordance with remedies provided for by the law.
Please take a moment to read this letter – and if you can help, we cannot thank you enough. If you feel this is not for you right now – would you “spread the news” to your friends. Thank you.
Wellington is in with a chance of getting some money under the Tesco Bags of Help scheme which relates to the funds Tesco generate through carrier bag sales.
If you are not aware of this, all you need to do is collect tokens from the store in Haygate Road. You do not need to even make a purchase.
The attached link explains the scheme in more detail.
It was a busy weekend for us last weekend.
On Saturday, we had a stall at the Midsummer Fayre in the Parish Churchyard where thankfully the weather gods looked down favourably on us and we all had a good day. We were able to update a lot of members and supporters on the current position on our offer to get the HSBC building on a short lease and in addition we were able to display – albeit in a temporary frame – the montage of tiles designed by Year 7 pupils at the Charlton School and produced by Charlotte Clark of Charlotte Clark Designer Maker in Queen Street. We are also grateful to the Wrekin Decorative & Fine Arts Society who have provided a grant towards the cost of the production of the tiles.
You can see a picture of the tiles below.
It will be our intention to permanently display the tiles at the HSBC building when we secure the lease. The work was done as part of the Local Hero initiative ran in April by the online giving site www.localgiving.org.
We were able to raise significant funds through Charlotte’s generosity in volunteering to be our Local Hero and through supporters making on line donations.
On 22nd June, Localgiving are running another special fundraising day. For anybody who makes a donation of £25 up to ten donations per charity Localgiving will match that donation unless the pot they have set aside for matching has run out. Potentially with Gift Aid we could raise £625 on the day. Donations are an important part of our funding and any such donations made by supporters will be gratefully acknowledged by us.
On Sunday afternoon, we held a quiz at the John Bayley club. The quiz was run by one of our supporters, Adrian Harris, and everyone had an enjoyable afternoon with the team of Sheila Knowles, Jean Martin, Alison Rhodes and Sharon Williams just coming out on top. We are thankful to the Bayley club for providing the facility and hope to run a further quiz in the Autumn when the ladies’ crown will be up for challenge.
The minutes for the AGM will be published shortly but in the meantime we can confirm that we have now written to Telford & Wrekin Council setting out our reasoning why the old Clifton Cinema building should be included within the Wellington Conservation Area.
That letter is reproduced below and we will inform you further once we have a reply.
Members will be aware that we have made an offer to acquire the HSBC bank building in Market Square on a five year lease to provide a variety of arts and cultural facilities for the town.
We have been asked how the offer is progressing and this note sets out our understanding of the current position and has been agreed as correctly reflecting the current state of affairs by CBRE who are the agents acting for HSBC.
The offer is with HSBC to consider but as HSBC themselves only hold the property on a lease they need to get the approval of their landlord for the creation of the sub-lease with us. Some of the provisions to be contained within the sub-lease with HSBC that we are proposing are considered by HSBC to be onerous and thus require the agreement of the landlord to allow our occupation. Our understanding is that there are other properties that the landlord leases to HSBC and that the future use of at least some of these are under discussion and that both parties are looking for a global solution on all of the properties.
As such, it may be the case that a decision on our offer will not be made in isolation from the other negotiations.
We would hope that the discussions can reach a resolution point fairly quickly but we have limited power to expedite or influence these discussions and would ask members to patiently await the outcome.
Members can rest assured that we will continue to press the bank via their agents for an early resolution but we do appreciate that there are factors present that are beyond our control.
We will be holding another quiz on Sunday 11th June at 2.30 pm at the Sir John Bayley club.
Entrance is £2.50 per individual and teams can be up to a maximum of 6. Do come along if you can. All proceeds will go towards advancing the project.
This is an acknowledgement to all the volunteers (past and present) who have helped us since the project began in November 2012. There are some familiar faces who are seen on the stall in Wellington Market each Saturday morning, at events such as the forthcoming Summer Fayre and Lions Day and of course, the six or seven needed to run the venue to put on the film festivals twice a year and also those working behind the scenes, such as our archivist who takes all the press cuttings and “scrapbooks” them for us.
The people of Wellington and surround have told us, over and over again – most especially in a petition two years ago with some 3000 signatures submitted to Telford & Wrekin Council – how much they want a permanent venue in the town for film, theatre and the arts, and this cannot be achieved without the front of house and backroom people running the Clifton Project.
So, what can you do to help? Volunteer to give us more hands to do more fundraising, more events and more publicity. Many of our current volunteers belong to many other projects and still find time to fit us in their calendars. I want to take time out to mention these people – from knitting hedgehogs for sale or raffle, donating raffle prizes – or, as in Wellington Market, by supporting the project from carrying our leaflets on their stalls to pointing people in the right direction to contact us.
Other than actively taking part – what would help us the most? Becoming a member of the Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd – more colloquially known as a “shareholder”. Ten pounds is all that is needed to become a member. Pick up a brochure on our stall in Wellington, or at any of the events we put on or attend. Or simply look on this web site – all the information is there on the SHARES tab. Your support as a member adds weight to any grant or funding applications we make.
Lastly – attend our EVENTS! Lots of work goes into putting them on for you and if you really, really want this, as we do, we need them all to be a sell out. Let’s do this!
Thank you everyone.
Chair and Directors of the Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd
We had a chance to see the show yesterday – do come if you can. Details are attached – it’s great fun for all the family – and interactive too. There are refreshments (including ice cream) in the interval and a raffle too! If you buy your tickets at our stall in Wellington ON SATURDAY 3rd June at any time between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 midday, you will receive a discount of 20% for a group ticket of 4 or more on the published ticket price of £8.50 adult and £3.50 concession (children 16 and under/adults over 65) – making to total cost for four people no more that £19.20
Children love magic and circus tricks and many go on to learn circus skills at classes throughout the UK. Something we would hope to be able to offer once we have a permanent residence.
We are, once again, extending our events to cover many aspects of the arts – what’s not to enjoy? Shopping in the market (pick up your tickets), Lunch in Wellington – support local business and then enjoy an afternoon’s entertainment event produced by the Clifton team and Leo Loco’s Circus. A4 Landscape Leaflet June 2017
After the hugely successful “Celebration of Dance” our next event will be at the John Bayley Club on Sunday at 2.30 pm. We are holding a quiz with a maximum of 6 per team and an entry fee of £2.50 per person.
You can either book on the day but to ensure we are not fully booked you can book in advance by sending us an entry form at firstname.lastname@example.org or paying at our market stall on Saturday between 9.00 and 12.00.