Hi everyone. You might have noticed the soup’s been bubbling less vigorously these last few weeks – I’ve been moving house and also getting into some serious Midsummer Fayre planning. But there will be more articles on their way soon. And in the meantime, if you have things you’d like to post about (remember – be positive, interesting, creative!) then let me know. There are LOADS of opportunities opening up in town at the moment, and lots of good ideas whiring around about how we should make the most of them – it’s just a case of pinning a few down and making some progress.
By the way – the Summer Revels Guide is now out in its paper version, so drop into Ken Francis Butchers (and many other shops, pubs and cafes) to pick up a copy. And now, for no particular reason, here’s a nice picture of some bluebells on The Wrekin.
There are lots of potential sites in Wellington which could be used to develop some great leisure/heritage/tourism/business facilities for the community –
There are key sites now (or soon to be) up for sale/lease such as the Edgbaston House and Old Library block/the Arriva bus depot/the Dunelm store/the old tax office in Walker Street/Charlton Arms? and some people have the vision to see that, some of these could be used to create such much needed community facilities, such as an independent cinema, a visitors/heritage centre, restaurants and arts centre/gallery. Having such facilities would significantly boost Wellington as a leisure centre and its cultural image.
However, there needs to be some concrete proposals and leadership soon from community groups/Town Council/Borough Council before its too late and these buildings are sold for homes or offices and a once in a lifetime opportunity missed. I believe there are a good number of people who would contribute towards a community led co-operative scheme (such as the very successful Fordhall Farm model) to buy a building to create a museum/heritage centre/cinema etc. Have a look at what Market Drayton has done with the Festival Centre http://www.festivaldraytoncentre.com and the facilities provided for a much smaller town than Wellington.
Dave – thanks for the comment. A lot of us are still really keen on the museum idea, but the cinema could be an idea with more energy behind it at the moment… here are the people who can help: http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/resources/how-to-start-a-local-cinema.