Clifton Team : 17th November 2017 20:44 : News

Third Autumn Clifton quiz is on Sunday 19th November at the Sir John Bayley Club, Haygate Road,Wellington.

It’s at 2.30pm, there are 6 rounds, 10 questions per round, all rounds linked. Max 6 per team, £2.50 per player, licensed bar. Also alternative bingo @ half time. We have held 4 quizzes so far, and had 4 different winning teams! Come & have a go, you’ve only your money to lose – and your fee will go towards the Clifton project and our hope to be in the HSBC building soon.

That’s says it all I think – see you there!  Ooooooooh yes.  There’s one more on the 10th December – all other details remain the same.

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Clifton Team : 13th November 2017 18:31 : News

We would like to share the following information with you since we believe it is important to keep our supporters and members informed on the progress of our negotiations:

This notice provides an update on The Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd’s negotiations to obtain a short lease on the vacant HSBC building in Wellington.

The building is subject to a superior lease between HSBC and the landlord (the Head Lease).  We are looking to get a sub-lease.  The Head Lease’s provisions allow HSBC to create a sub-lease but these are subject to certain consents from the landlord.

We have today submitted a detailed paper to the agents acting for HSBC which we believe should afford the landlord the various assurances he should require to provide his consents for the sub-lease to be agreed.  This is particularly so, in so far, as the landlord is a charity whose charitable objects replicate our aims and as such we would not expect the landlord to unreasonably withhold consent.

We will issue another notice once we have heard further.

If you would like more information please do contact us at

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Clifton Team : 6th November 2017 19:18 : News

Feet up and watch Strictly – after nine consecutive Saturdays all our volunteers will be grateful for one at home we’re sure.  Thank you for all your help with the film festival – it wouldn’t happen without you.

So what’s next – well we have the Quiz again on the 19th November at the Sir John Bayley Club, Haygate Road, Wellington at 2.30 p.m.  The bar is open and soft drinks/coffee/tea also available.  It’s great fun – do come and support the Clifton too.

We also want you to keep your Saturday evenings free in February 2018.  We have applied for a grant as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations – if successful then we will be recognising our local area in film-related screenings.  More detail after the 10th December – if we gain the funding for the event.

Thank you all for supporting the autumn film festival.

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We are now an Aviva Community Fund Finalist

Clifton Team : 31st October 2017 19:19 : News

On Sunday evening, we received our 1,000th vote in the Aviva Community Fund.  We had been reviewing progress and were confident that under the competition rules we were a finalist but it has only been confirmed today that this is the case.

We now need to pass Aviva’s due diligence tests and provided we do we will receive a £1,000 award in early 2018.  As we received an award last year and the due diligence tests are likely to be the same our expectation is that we will get the award.

This year, the rules had changed and the competition was more intense than before.  Nevertheless we achieved the required 1,000 in less that six days and we are very grateful to everybody who gave their votes in the early stages of the competition to ensure our success.

As we have now reached the 1,000 vote level you can no longer vote for us but if you still have votes please search for other local projects and vote to help another local community organisation to get the award they are seeking.

Finally, we would extend huge thanks to MidCounties Brokers in Walker Street who this year again sponsored our project and this has helped to guarantee our finalist status.

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Aviva – one last big push

Clifton Team : 29th October 2017 13:13 : News

At 13.00 on Sunday we now have 804 votes out of the 1,000 we need to get the £1,000, so a big thank you to everybody who has voted for us so far.

While it looks like we may well get the money we can’t afford to sit back and if 20 more people can give us ten more votes each as soon as possible we will be there.

So, please, if you have not already done so, can you give us your votes now so we will be one of the first 15 organisations in our field to get there.

We have to work so hard for every penny we raise and we hope we will be shortly reaching the stage where the funds we are raising will be spent on getting the HSBC building and every amount counts.

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Clifton Team : 29th October 2017 07:38 : News

We closed last  night with our final film “Churchill” of a series of nine classic and mainstream films.  In spite of a cold wind our supporters didn’t let us down and nearly every seat was taken.  Thank you to Cllr Cindy Mason-Morris, Chair of the Wellington Arts Festival (of which we are part) for attending the showing and fitting us in to such a busy fortnight.

We cannot thank all our volunteers enough for making this series possible – many with jobs and all with families – who have given up nine consecutive Saturdays (and “Strictly”!) to help make the screenings such a success.

If you were there last  night you will know that we have applied for a grant from Telford & Wrekin Borough Council to screen films with a local connection as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.  If successful in achieving funding, the events, including films – will be free of charge and run on consecutive Saturdays in February 2018.

There should be many exciting things happening for us in the next few weeks so keep an eye on this page, on Twitter @TelfordClifton and our Facebook page – “Save the Clifton” and of course, our stall in Wellington Market.

Support your local town and local events.  Thank you again one and all.

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Aviva Community Fund – nearly halfway there

Clifton Team : 27th October 2017 08:02 : News

The Aviva Community Fund opened on Tuesday and we are about halfway towards getting 1,000 votes which will give us the chance to get a £1,000 award.

We need your votes as soon as possible to reach this target.  The field is competitive and only the first 15 charities to get 1,000 votes will get the award.  Currently we lie ninth but the race isn’t over until we reach the finishing line.

If you could vote using the attached link, we would be so grateful as the award would be a helpful addition to our funds.

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Busy Week for US

Clifton Team : 23rd October 2017 14:29 : News

Currently, we have a lot of things going on and are publishing this as a global catch up.

Firstly, on the HSBC building, we are seeking some information from the local planning authority that the agent has asked us for.  We have today reminded them that we require a reply and hope to progress on that shortly.

We would like also to thank everybody who has in the last week made donations under the Grow Your Tenner campaign run by Local Giving.  There is still the opportunity to donate and if you are a taxpayer your £10 donation will be worth £22.50 in our hands.

Tomorrow, the Aviva Community Fund opens up.  If we can get 1,000 as soon as possible we will be guaranteed a £1,000 grant.  As with last year we would like to thank Mid Counties Brokers in Walker Street for sponsoring our application.  In our particular field we came second in the country although this year the rules have changed but if you can give us ten votes on Tuesday it will help considerably in getting the award which will be set against our HSBC professional costs.

On Wednesday, we are providing a talk on the History of Banks in Wellington.  It is part of the Wellington Festival and will be at Wellington Library with a 7.30 pm start.  Everyone is welcome and it is free.  The talk will include several slides showing how our banks looked in the past.

Our film series concludes on Saturday with Churchill showing at the Belmont Hall at 7.30 pm.  This is the last of nine consecutive showings since Brief Encounter was shown on 2nd September and we would like to thank everybody who has attended the series so far in what has been our best attended series ever.  Tickets are still available for Churchill from our usual outlets and you are very welcome to join us for what promises to be a rousing finale.

Finally, we are holding a further quiz at the Sir John Bayley Club next Sunday with a 2.30 pm start.  Entry is £2.50 per person and you can either bring your own team or come on your own to form a team with some new friends.  Our quizmaster, Adrian Harris, does a great job in setting questions at the right level and you will be guaranteed a good Sunday afternoon out, so if you can make it, we will be delighted to see you.

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Clifton Team : 16th October 2017 07:40 : News

We shared the following information with our film audience on Saturday – and now we are sharing it with you!


When we set up in 2013 our aims were two fold being to establish a major arts centre, cinema and community facility within the Wellington (the what) and to have it located within the Dunelm buildings on Bridge St (the where).

We could add the how and the why.

This was to be achieved through setting up a Community Benefit Society and we are now getting close to 700 members (the how) and because we believe in Wellington. This is a fabulous town to live in.  We want it to be better (the why).

In the last two days, there have been exhibitions in the old cinema buildings held by developers who are looking to convert the Dunelm site into a mixed retail and residential site. We have met the developers and would advise you as follows.

They have entered into a conditional contract with Dunelm to buy the whole freehold but it is dependent on getting planning permission. They have been in detailed negotiations and correspondence with both Dunelm and the local planning authority at Telford & Wrekin Council since the sold subject to contract sign went up in July 2015.

We have seen the plans and they entail the demolition of the old supermarket/Dunelm main shop but the retention of the Clifton cinema frontage. There will be a retail unit of 5,000 square feet in the old Clifton ground floor part, and two further retail units of 2,000 and 1,388 square feet on the ground floor.  There will be 52 residential units being one or two bedroomed flats with some on the ground floor but most on two upper floors.

The developers hope to proceed towards making a formal planning application very shortly having already been engaged in lengthy pre planning application discussions. While we cannot predict the outcome of the planning application, we must prepare ourselves for the likelihood that the development will go ahead.

Naturally, we are disappointed that our number one target may be lost to us. There was a period of over a year and a half for us to raise sufficient funds to make a bid to Dunelm before the sold sign appeared but we were considerably short of our fund raising target.

However, we are heartened by the developers’ commitment to retain the iconic character of this landmark building in the retention and restoration of the frontage and to that extent believe that we have contributed significantly towards “Saving the Clifton” and that heritage will remain established and not forgotten for generations to come.

Therefore, as a Board, we see no merit in placing unreasonable obstacles in the way of the developer in relation to the creation of a facility that will be welcomed by very many people in the town and will bring to an end its recent existence as a neglected eyesore during Dunelm’s residual ownership of this building.

While the where may now have to be different we remain determined if not more determined to bring about the what, how and why in the HSBC building. We continue to make progress on getting a lease and will update everyone shortly on what we hope are further developments there.  

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Grow Your Tenner goes live on Tuesday

Clifton Team : 15th October 2017 20:19 : News

The Local Giving “Grow Your Tenner” scheme is launched this Tuesday from 17th October.  If you are a taxpayer and make a Gift Aid declaration we will receive under the scheme £22.50 for a £10 donation from you.  This represents the most effective way to increase the value of your contribution to us.

A donation at this stage will be particularly helpful to us as we are looking at steady year on year increases in our turnover in our accounts and a successful “Grow Your Tenner” campaign will significantly help towards this.  This will be of major importance to us in grant applications in 2018 on securing the HSBC lease to show increasing local commitment to our project.

To make a donation you need to go to the Local Giving website and follow the registration instructions.  You should then search for us as a charity by putting in Clifton and then follow the donation instructions.

A link is attached below

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