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About The Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd

In late 2012 after Dunelm relocated to Telford Town Centre an Ideas Forum was held locally to look at ways in which the market town of Wellington in Shropshire could be regenerated. A working group was set up to see what could be done with the vacated premises and whether they could be purchased with a view to developing them into an arts and culture centre for the local community.

We’d like to see the community benefit from a range of arts, culture and media activities, which are detailed on the “Vision” page.

Following this a Community Benefit Society known as The Clifton Community Arts Centre was established on 17th October 2013 and we are required by law to operate under a set of rules. Our objects are to provide arts and culture facilities in the town and a business plan has been prepared to demonstrate the viability of our vision.

The current Business Plan can be found HERE.  

The business plan is based upon the acquisition of the old Dunelm premises in the town. In July 2015 a sold subject to contract sign was erected on the building and the position with regard to the buildings remains unclear.  The links below show our current understanding on the ownership of the Clifton.

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At the AGM of the Society on 22nd July 2016 members approved a motion for the Board to explore the possibility of acquiring an alternative site or sites in the town. The Board are actively pursuing options and the business plan may have to be updated as matters progress.  We are currently in discussions with agents acting for HSBC to secure a short term lease on the empty bank building in Station Road.  We will confirm progress in the News section shortly.

Our rules also provide that we are required to maintain books and records and prepare accounts.

The rules of conduct can be found below.  At the 22nd July 2016 AGM members voted to amend the rules but we also required the approval of the Financial Conduct Authority to the changes.  The FCA have now approved the changes so that we can publish the amended rules.

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There is also the latest copy of our Child Protection Policy available here: CCAC 015 Child Protection Policy.

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You can find further reports and presentations below.

Accounts (Click on link below)

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2016 Final Accounts

Business Breakfast Presentation (Click on link below)

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Annual General Meeting (Click on link below)

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AGM Minutes 28th April 2017


Whilst we are leading the project at this stage, we know we cannot do it alone. A considerable number of other volunteers and local residents who have a broad range of expertise and professional skills are already supporting us. Everyone involved is passionate about the potential of The Society to bring about real benefits to the local community.

We also gratefully acknowledge the considerable financial support of Wellington Town Council and numerous individual donors who have already contributed to our set-up and ongoing costs.


The Board of Directors currently has 4 members:

Chair – Bill Graham

Bill gained 15 years professional experience in senior roles in theatre, working for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House as well as in London’s West End. He then moved across into the conference and major events industry with involvement in events as diverse as high profile business seminars, car launches, rock concerts, party political conferences, trade fairs, Eurovision and the Royal Tournament. He is a former Technical Director of the ICC, NIA and Symphony Hall in Birmingham where he was closely involved in the final design, installations and commissioning of all three venues. He was latterly part of the NEC Group’s specialist international consultancy division, advising on major public venue projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.


Fiona Hunter

Fiona has worked for over 50 years in theatre arts and television media. In her formative years she undertook training in ballet and modern dance and became involved in the West London dance and amateur theatre scene. She first worked professionally at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane subsequently moving to the BBC to work in television production.


Lee Dargue

Lee has wide-ranging experience in projects for public campaigns. He has professional backgrounds in social psychology, teaching and training, occupational health and environmental management. Lee is very active in helping to improve mental health services and reduce stigma of those with mental ill health, including helping to change the law in these areas. Improving mental health and well-being is a proven area where arts and culture centres can help the community. Lee is very active in coaching and mentoring young people, both within the arts and wider community projects. Music and acting are Lee’s personal favourite art forms, however he loves to hear about new ideas and new ways of doing things!


Ray Hughes

Ray was co-opted on to the Board in April 2016 as an independent director with responsibility for financial matters. He retired in 2013 from HM Revenue & Customs after 37 years’ service. His last three appointments were three and a half years as District Inspector in Oswestry, six and a half years in Special Compliance Office undertaking high risk investigation work with particular emphasis on the sport and entertainment industry and finally over eight years in the Large Business Section in Birmingham as a Customer Relationship Manager being the prime point of contact and leading a team of specialists across the whole raft of taxes for initially major businesses in the Chemicals Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Sector and latterly in the Utilities Sector.

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Fay Easton

Fay has worked on town centre and rural regeneration across the county since 2001.  She is a local social entrepreneur operating the Little Business Company in Market Square in Wellington Town Centre being a community hub, coffee bar and business lounge which is increasingly becoming the base for community meet ups in the town.  Fay was elected to the Board at the AGM on 28th April 2017 and brings with her a whole raft of usual contacts as the Society endeavours to expand its activities.