Wellington Postcard from The Future [No.1]
With the Ideas Farm less than two weeks away, everyone’s talking about the ideas that could electrify our town. Just today, I received a postcard to chivvy us along. It’s from the future – or at least one possible future…
Here’s the text written on the back:
‘In Autumn 2012, the former Clifton Cinema in Wellington stood empty. Local people talked about turning it back into an arts or entertainment venue, but cynics said it was pie in the sky.
Four years later, the Belfrey Arts Centre Trust and huge local support has turned this into one of Shropshire’s most celebrated arts venues. Alongside community theatre and arts activities, which relocated from The Belfrey’s old site in 2014, The Clifton hosts regular touring theatre productions, one man shows and weekly cinema screenings.
This thriving social enterprise has brought theatre and cinema back into the heart of Wellington. Its 950 community shareholders should be rightly proud of what they’ve helped to achieve.’
If you want to see postcards like this floating around Wellington a few years from now, come along to the Ideas Farm at Wellington Civic Centre on Saturday 10th November, 10.30 – 1.30, and see if other people share your enthusiasm for this version of the future. I think they might.