Wellington’s Top 40: events to look out for this summer

It’s out – the Wellington Summer Revels Guide 2013, bringing you details of 40 markets and fairs, concerts and carnivals, fetes and festivals going on between now and September around Wellington. Download your… Continue reading

Is it time to bring village life back into town?

We all know that nationally, high street retail is in retreat – that’s partly a consequence of a spluttering economy and thus (hopefully) temporary, but it’s also long term and structural. The fact… Continue reading

Do you want your cinema back? Show us this Saturday…

Without doubt, the biggest and most exciting project in Wellington at the moment is the campaign to bring the old Clifton Cinema back to life. The energy behind that ambition was palpable when… Continue reading

Scenes from Charter Day

Wellington was bathed in glorious sunshine when the crowds gathered this morning for Charter Day, our annual nod to the occassion when our lord of the manor was granted a royal charter for the holding of markets and fairs, back… Continue reading

Well-made in Wellington: a real ale treat this Saturday

A trip to Pete and Liz Arden’s excellent Wrekin Tap at The Cock Hotel is always a pleasure. The beer, from around Shropshire and beyond, is always brilliantly kept; the staff are friendly; your fellow-drinkers are… Continue reading

Coming Soon: Charter Day 2013

Saturday 2nd March sees the second annual Charter Day, marking the earliest known market charter granted to Wellington on the last day of February, 1244. This year, it’s even more historic than usual,… Continue reading

Thanks for the memory: football, friendship and fighting dementia

Today’s post comes from Pete Jackson and our friends at the New Bucks Head Stadium. It’s about a ground-breaking project that pulls together football and history as part of a community-based response to supporting people with… Continue reading

Vive la Resolution!

It’s a new year, so what should we be resolving for Wellington in 2013? Here are some new developments to look out for… 1. The Big Clifton Revival Potentially the most exciting project we’ve seen… Continue reading

Sub-divide and conquer: an uninspiring future for Edgbaston House?

Edgbaston House – a row of three buildings in Walker Street aged between two hundred and seven hundred years old. It’s the place I’ve written most about since starting this blog a year… Continue reading

Ten steps to running your own Ideas Farm

A fortnight ago, fifty people turned up to the Wellington Ideas Farm to talk about projects they thought could brighten up the town. It went down really well, and as we speak new projects… Continue reading

Carry on Farming

It was energetic. It was busy. It was simple. Last week’s Ideas Farm showed us what Wellington is made of… Local resources. What are they? When councils talk about resources, they usually mean… Continue reading

Wellington postcard from the future [No.2]

A second postcard from the future – this one promoting the Horner’s House exhibition space that’s been set up on Walker Street. Maybe you’re one of the volunteers who helped to make it… Continue reading

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 –… Continue reading

Make a date with H2A’s new stocking-filler…

…And enjoy a bit of Wrekin on your wall in 2013. As of yesterday, H2A’s 2013 Round The Wrekin calendars are in the shops – or rather, the shop (the very accomodating Ken… Continue reading

Wellington H2A: Autumn Update

You can download this blog post as a PDF by following the link: H2A Autumn newsletter_2012 With the Midsummer Fayre, Wrekin Barrel Race and Sounds in the Square behind us, our volunteers’ busy… Continue reading

You know you’re in Wellington when…

How would you finish that sentence, jokes aside? And how would you LIKE to be able to finish it? In other words what, ideally, would be the things that mark our town out… Continue reading

Trading up… new farmers’ market a big success!

This Saturday saw the second outing for Wellington’s revived farmers’ market. The first, last month, had been short on stalls – the clash with Shifnal’s market didn’t help, and one stall holder who’d booked three whole pitches didn’t show. But… Continue reading

So Wellington, what’s the big idea? Tell us down at the Ideas Farm…

The power of volunteers Last week, I joined my mate Alex Di Donato – another London-dwelling son of Wellington – to watch some Olympic basketball in Greenwich. All around the Games venues in… Continue reading

Market Forces: the return of the Wellington Farmers’ Market

So. Apparently the Jet Stream is back on course and a dry weekend awaits us in Wellington. And what better way to enjoy it than wandering down into Market Square on Saturday to enjoy not only Three in… Continue reading

Fayre comment: the stars of this weekend’s show

I’ve said enough about the Midsummer Fayre in the last few weeks – in press releases, on the radio, and on this blog, not to mention in acres of emails. But it is a… Continue reading

The Midsummer Fayre cometh…

This weekend the bunting’s out for the Jubilee – but just one week later, Wellington will be out in force again for the most colourful day in our calendar. Come and join us!… Continue reading

An update from your friendly local ale taster

Jerry Baily was appointed Wellington’s ale taster earlier in the year. During his two year term, he’ll be promoting local food and drink – that means encouraging the town’s businesses to stock it and we… Continue reading

Still simmering…

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… Continue reading

‘Events, dear boy, events’…

…That’s what prime minister Harold Macmillan famously told a journalist who asked what he most feared for his government. But he might just as well have been asking the question ‘What makes Wellington… Continue reading

New York…Amsterdam…Wellington? How grassroots projects are putting us on the map

If you visit one new website today, make sure it’s the Community Lovers Guide to the Universe. It’s an inspiration. On the front page you’ll see a grid featuring dozens of world cities – from… Continue reading

Eat, drink and be Jerry: a message from your new Ale Taster

A couple of years ago, a few of us in Wellington H2A had the idea to revive the post of town ale taster. It is a post first recorded in Wellington in 1345, and… Continue reading

Get some peace this weekend…

Back in January I posted on George Evans’ ambition to establish a peace garden in Wellington. As we saw then, it was a simple idea that was taking root amongst all sorts of… Continue reading

Operation ‘Paint the Town’: putting some colour into Wellington’s cheeks

Like most towns, the buildings that make up the centre of Wellington are a bit of a hotch-potch: some are relatively modern, most are Victorian and Georgian, and some, like Subway on Market Square and the… Continue reading

History on the Hoof – or – behind the scenes of Charter Day

I’ve been managing to post at least one article a week since starting this blog in early January, but unfortunately broke that discipline for the first time last week. Some late evenings at… Continue reading

The Walker Street revival starts here: a view from the future

As the borough council announces it will soon by selling its historic Walker Street properties, I report back from the future to tell you how the street’s turned out three years from now.… Continue reading