We have some further information on the current position with regard to the Clifton building and you can access this via the attached link.
It would appear that both the old Dunelm buildings, i.e. the old supermarket and the cinema have in the last month been put back on the market through the agents that acted previously, Cushman and Wakefield.
We are seeking clarification on the position and would hope to report further shortly.
As always, we would welcome your views and we would be hopeful of updating our supporters further at the supporters meeting at the King Street Café this Thursday at 18.30.
Please also note that at that meeting we will also be confirming the films to be shown at our Spring Film Festival and booking arrangements.
I am working on the advertisements and Press Release for the Clifton April Film Festival this week – so not long now until you know the titles of the movies! I would like to just mention that one film forms part of Wellington Spring Festival over the weekend 7th-10th April.
The Shropshire Star carried an item on the Wellington Spring Festival indicating all tickets would be free but must be ordered on the Wellington web site. I must correct this item in so far as the tickets for our FILM FESTIVAL REMAIN AT £5 per person. and will shortly be available for purchase. I am sorry that we cannot offer free entry – but hope you will all continue to support us.
See you in April if not before!
After a winter break, we will be resuming our monthly supporters’ meetings on Thursday 16th February at the King’s Street Café with a 18.30 start.
As always, we’d like to pass on our thanks to Pat & Bev for making the café available to us.
This will be a chance for you to catch up on how we are getting on in getting trading premises and what events we have planned for the coming months.
We understand that there have been rumours that the Aldi redevelopment will be extended to include parking spaces on the Clifton site.
We are attaching a document that sets out our understanding of the position which is that we are unconvinced that the rumours can be true. We would stress we have no privileged access to information but if we do become aware of any further developments we will update the note and recirculate here and on social media.
We will not be holding a supporters’ meeting as such this month but you can catch up on what’s been happening after the end of our free talk at the Forge on Thursday about the history of banking in Wellington. Just a reminder that it will start at 18.00 and we will finish at 20.00. Please also note that the Forge have kindly arranged to make refreshments available.
In the meantime please find below the minutes of our supporters’ meeting in November
See below the historic report about a visit from this film star. Scroll down to number 6 should this be necessary.
Thank you Shropshire Star for this piece of nostalgia to acknowledge the Clifton’s 80th birthday.
The secret is out…. The Clifton building in Wellington is 80 years old on Wednesday (18/1/2017). Technically it may be a little older… but this is when it opened. You can find the history in the article submitted on this web site a little earlier.
What would be our biggest birthday present – that the current owners of the site would negotiate with us about either a way to acquire the freehold from them or to consider a leasehold venture on which we could both agree.
However, not to be thwarted, we continue to negotiate for the HSBC building and as soon as we know more WE WILL tell you.
So far as our Birthday is concerned, we have already been contacted by the Shropshire Star who are asking us how we plan to celebrate the event. A little too early in the year to hold big celebrations – our supporters might not thank us for dragging them out on a cold winter’s day, but we certainly do have intentions for many more community events this year, embracing more forms of the arts than we have previously. Let’s not be confused by this word “arts” either – we hope to put on dance, perhaps an exhibition from local artists and/or photographers, puppet and magic show for our younger supporters and maybe even an afternoon tea. We have not celebrated jazz yet – and we hope that maybe the Pheasant in Market Street might support a BBQ birthday party in the Summer.
These ideas are all in the planning stages – so we would love to hear from you if there is something particular you would like to see. Or – perhaps you have an 80th birthday this year. If so, please get in touch – we would love to share your memories of that time – albeit maybe when you were five or six!
We will also, of course, be teaming up with the Wellington Festival supporting the Festival and being included within it.
Get in touch with us at email@example.com or by post c/0 Civic Offices, Larkin Way, Wellington TF1 1LX
To celebrate the Clifton’s 80th birthday on Wednesday, you might like to look at the history of the Cinema from a document we prepared some time ago.
Next Wednesday 18th January sees the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Clifton Cinema.
To celebrate this we have commissioned a small number of anniversary mugs which will be on sale at the market stall from Saturday.
We’d like to thank Stephen Handley for producing these and an advance look at the mug can be seen in the link below.