Wellington Town Guide 2017 â€“ 2018
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CONTENTS Information Page Foreword from the Mayor - Gary James Wellington Town Council Wellington Town Councillors Wellington Twinning Association Town Crest Library Wellington in Bloom Community Office – Community Centre Wellington Museum Worship in Wellington Charities & Clubs Taunton Flower Show Wellington Town Diary / Royal British Legion Entertainment in the Park Wellington Carnival
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Page In & Around Wellington Performing Arts in Wellington Food Festival Wellington Monument Waste Management Sports Clubs Wellington Business Association Your Local Police Team A Little bit of America Schools List of Advertisers Map of Wellington Advertisements Listing of local businesses Emergency and Come in Handy information
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Welcome to the Wellington Town Guide 2017 /18 The Wellington Town Guide is produced by local company, Edge Publications, with the blessing of the Town Council. The aim is to provide an information booklet for residents and visitors to this wonderful town and beautiful corner of Somerset so that, whether they have just moved here, lived here all their lives or just staying for a few days, they can feel welcome and have information at their fingertips. The front cover is a montage of scenes from Rockwell Green, from the watertowers and the spire of the Parish Church that adorn the skyline, to the beautiful row of terraced houses and the Old Well itself. On the back cover and throughout the Guide, there are a few of the winning entries in the Rotary Young Photographer of the Year competition. This is a national competition run by the Rotary Club of Wellington, through the efforts of Rotarian David Elkington with help from the Wellington Camera Club, who do the local judging. Children of all ages compete locally and then across the District and eventually the best photographs are judged for the national competition. The theme this year was “Reflections” and a “Local Scene”. There were over 50 entries and local winners were: Reflections Class Senior – 1st Michael Crilly • 2nd Megan Rogers • 3rd Jack Hird • Intermediate – 1st Corbin Bate • 2nd Alix Redwood • 3rd Jasmine Smith Junior – 1st Jasmin Dunn • 2nd & 3rd Jemima Gee Local Scene Class Senior – 1st & 2nd Michael Crilly • 3rd Jack Hird • Intermediate – 1st Alex Redwood • 2nd & 3rd Corbin Bate Junior – 1st Elliot Burgess • 2nd Jude Kybert • 3rd Ewan Mackenzie Congratulations to all the winners, their parents and teachers who support them in this competition but special praise goes to Corbin Bate whose reflections photograph won the National Prize for the Intermediate Class. This excellent photograph rightly has pride of place on the back cover of this year’s Town Guide. Acknowledgements: The Wellington Town Guide doesn’t just happen and is reliant on all the contributors and the advertisers whose support helps us fund the free information on clubs and societies, places to visit and to worship, things to do, sports to play and waste to recycle to name just a few of the articles. Yvonne and I are indebted to all our distributors: friends who do it out of a willingness to help and keep fit, and the First Wellington and Rockwell Green Scouts who use it as a massive “bob a job” to help their group funds. Also, thanks to the Town Clerk, Greg Dyke and Deputy Town Clerk, Debbie Bere, for their help throughout the year and I would like to pay tribute to Councillor Gloria Copley who supported the Town Guide from its inception – thanks Gloria. Thanks also to Penny Crout whose enthusiasm and skill in looking after our customers and drumming up new business has been of huge help and to Andy Roswell for his technical support and artistic skills. Also to Fourway Print Ltd for their high quality production and patience when I miss deadlines. This publication is produced by Edge Publications who also produce the bi-monthly Wellington Edge. Proprietors : Richard & Yvonne Coupe Registered Office: 22 Wellesley Park, Wellington TA21 8PY www.edgepublications.co.uk 01823 429220 email@example.com Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this publication’s content, however, Edge Publications accept no liaibility for any loss or damage arising from any omissions, errors or alterations however caused. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means either wholly or in part without prior permission of Edge Publications 2
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Willkommen • BienVenue • Bem Vinda To Wellington
GARY JAMES - Mayor of Wellington II was delighted and honoured to have been chosen Mayor
for the forthcoming year by my fellow councillors. I would like to thank them and members of the community for their support and the congratulations both Bee and I have received since taking up the office. Although purely a custodian of this position, its importance of raising the profile of Wellington and Rockwell Green is undiminished. The Mayoral role could not be achieved without the constant support and guidance of the Clerk’s Office and I would like to personally acknowledge the excellent work they do to keep the Town’s business running as smoothly as possible. I also wish to thank Richard Coupe and his team who produce and publish our Wellington Town Guide every year, also the many businesses, organisations and individuals who contribute to the Guide. This booklet is a must for all visitors and locals alike. The information contained gives a great flavour of our history, future events, Councillor profiles, street maps and just about all the information one would need to put you in touch with whatever service, organisation or sports club you wish to contact or know about. Wellington is no longer a small rural rustic town bordering the Blackdown Hills. It is an expanding vibrant area with new housing estates, business parks and a continuous refreshing of Town Centre shops. But this expansion does not take away the uniqueness of the town and its history which dates back to Saxon times. Wellington’s association with famous historical figures, notably the Duke of Wellington, whose monument dominates the area and Sir John Popham, who was Lord Chief Justice of England during the times of the Tudors. Our lovely Museum is packed with information about the town over the centuries, constantly updated by our dedicated team of volunteers of the Museum Society and is well worth a visit. Sports and Leisure are playing an ever larger part in people’s lives, Wellington has these activities in abundance. The Operatic Society who put on plays at the Wellesley Theatre, an excellent example of Art Deco design and the only one left of its type in the country. Walking groups for all ages and abilities and rugby, football, cricket, squash, tennis, bowls and archery just to name a few. We are fortunate to have a sports centre with swimming pool, which has over the years gone through various stages of refurbishment, constantly keeping up with new innovations and increasing membership. Wellington School also offers facilities for clubs and groups to access the floodlit hockey pitch, five-aside football on their artificial turf pitch as well as gym membership. Courtfields School also hosts the cricket indoor practices and other clubs and groups. Most of these activities and many more events in the Town could
not run without the constant support of volunteers who give up their time to lend their experience to guide and encourage others to enjoy the Town and all it has to offer. These volunteers are too numerous to name but as a flavour of how many we have, here are just a few of the organisations that rely on volunteers: The Carnival Committee; Wellington in Bloom; Friends of the Park; Swains Lane Nature Reserve; Food Town; Churches Together. As the town continues to grow it brings its own complications. People are concerned about schools, access to health facilities and of course infrastructure. The Town Council keeps a close watch and brings to the attention of the governing authority (Taunton Deane) our concerns. What the Town Council has done well over the years is to support a great many of the charities, sports clubs and voluntary organisations by giving grants to assist them in managing to maintain the services which benefit the people of the town. One Jewel of Wellington which cannot be overlooked is our Park. Kindly donated by the Fox Family for the enjoyment of visitors and the people of Wellington. The gardens boast a lovely array of flowers and shrubbery all the year round. It hosts our War Memorial also the Band Stand which through the summer months has Sunday Music in The Park. The efforts of Friends of Wellington Park are much appreciated in this regard. The Town Council gives an open and transparent view to all its activities, through various forums. We achieve this through www. wellingtowncouncil.co.uk and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts plus through the local press and the bi-monthly Wellington Edge Magazine. Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly Town Council Meetings which are currently held at the United Reformed Church on the first Monday of the month, except Bank Holidays. The Planning Meeting starts at 1815hrs and Full Council at 1900hrs. If you wish to know what is going on in your community or have a subject of concern you can speak at the meetings by registering with the Town Clerk in advance. We have many challenges ahead nationally and locally. Brexit is a main concern for many but this will not stop our continued very good relationships built up over the years with our Twinning Towns of Immenstadt, Torres Vedras and Lillebonne. As an island race the British have has always had an impetus to travel and explore other regions of the world. The Twinning Association, on our behalf, has continued this great tradition and continues to cement these links. I have lived in the area for 40 years and have been very happy here. Wellington is a lovely town in a beautiful area, sometimes I feel that you need to just take time out and reflect how fortunate we are. We are living in an ever changing world and we, as Wellingtonians, will also adapt with our wonderful, vibrant town as a constant and as a great place to live and raise our families. My very best wishes to you all, Very best wishes
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TOWN COUNCIL YOUR COUNCIL TODAY Wellington Town Council meets at 7pm on the first Monday of each month (Except bank holidays) at The United Reformed Church Hall, Fore Street, Wellington. The political make-up of the Council is (at date of publication) 5 Liberal Democrats, 5 Conservative, 4 Labour councillors and 1 vacant seat. 12 meetings a year take place chaired by the Mayor or in his absence the Deputy Mayor. All meetings of the Council are open to the public who may speak and ask questions. The Council also has committees to address; Finance, Allotments, Community Safety, Emergency, Environment and Tourism, Footpaths and Staffing and Training. From time to time the Council also establishes working parties to address particular issues. The Town Council’s other functions include organising the Christmas Lights, running 102 allotment plots sited at the Basins and building a Neighbourhood Plan. In partnership with Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council, the Town Council also works to improve road safety, street lighting and dog fouling.
Planning Uniquely as a Town Council we have delegated powers under an agreement with Taunton Deane Borough Council, to deal with some minor planning applications, directly as well as giving our views on major applications.
Greg Dyke – Town Clerk Greg is a proud Wellingtonian having being employed in local government all his working life. He has been in a variety of local government posts in Somerset, Cornwall, Surrey and at Sedgemoor District in Bridgwater. For 25 years he was Democratic Services Manager with Taunton Deane Borough Council. He took up his post as Town Clerk with the Wellington Town Council in 2008 and enjoys every minute of being involved with the local community. Greg, who is married with 3 grown up children, is now enjoying being a grandfather to 3 boys. He is a Life member and President of Wellington Rugby Club, a Vice President of Wellington Cricket Club as well as Somerset County Cricket Club and a member of Wellington Arts Association. He enjoys the theatre, reads, gardens and still loves 60’s music.
Debbie Bere – Deputy Town Clerk
Debbie lives in Wellington and started working at the Town Council in 2011 after graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in Criminology and Sociology. She married her partner Kevin in 2013 in the parish church and they became parents in February 2016 to Rowan. Debbie plays netball competitively for Galmington Ladies and competes in Taunton Social Rounders league
The Town Council offices are open to the public between 9am – 12pm weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays). Appointments are available on request 01823 662855
Visit our Website: www.wellingtontowncouncil.co.uk
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COUNCILLORS Wellington Town Councillors Rockwell Green Ward Janet Lloyd (Deputy Mayor) Tel. 01823 672877 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet moved to the Wellington area from Dorset 27 years ago and she is married to Ian and they have two sons, Ben and Daniel. She has been a Wellington Town Councillor since 2007 and was Town Mayor 2015-16. Janet is a member of the council’s Footpaths, Environment, Staffing & Training committees and is Chair of the Allotments Committee. She became involved in local politics as she wanted help the local community of Wellington and Rockwell Green and its residents. Janet is a former governor of Court Fields Community School and a former volunteer youth leader and is very keen to help the young people of the town. Janet has worked for both national and local government for nearly 30 years but now works as a care assistant in a Nursing Home in Wellington. Her hobbies include gardening and watching cricket. She is a member of Somerset County Cricket Club and follows Somerset both at home and away.
Lynda Russell-Cairns Tel: 01823 974305 Email: email@example.com
My name is Lynda Russell-Cairns, I live in Waterloo Road Wellington and I am married with one daughter, two step-daughters and seven grandchildren. My husband and I were lucky enough to re-locate to this part of the country three years ago. Having spent all my life in Hampshire, working for a local Solicitor, Estate Agent and before choosing to move to Wellington I also ran my own successful business for many years. I have always had a keen interest in local politics and the need for the community’s voice to be heard. Wellington and Rockwell Green, is as I’ve found, such fantastic places to live and the friendliest of people seem to live and work here. I am currently the Secretary of the Basins Volunteer Group, we are a group of volunteers who look after and maintain the Ponds in Corams Lane, and most of the residents of Rockwell Green have a great access to this beautiful area. The footpath from Rockwell Green to Wellington Sports Centre and the Wellington Rugby Club takes in an abundance of wildlife that this area can offer. I am on the committee for the Wellington Museum and when this is open from March to October I work there on a voluntary basis, this, I find is a great place to volunteer and is rich with the history of Rockwell Green and the surrounding villages. I am also a committee member of the Wellington Community Centre
Marcus Barr Tel: 01823 666470 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcus has lived in Rockwell Green for the last 16 years. He is married to Lisa and has enjoyed raising his family in Wellington. He feels Wellington is a great place to live with brilliant shops, it can be a quiet town with low crime rates. Marcus supports S.W.A.G who are trying to bring awareness to the community on legal highs. He is also keen on recyling as much as possible. Marcus runs a business in Wellington so understands the concerns of other shops in the town. He hopes to always stand up and support the town and believes he has Wellington’s best interests at heart.
Wellington West Ward Bob Bowrah, BEM Tel: 01823 666739 Email:email@example.com
Bob was married in 1967 to Liz who he met whilst serving in Norton Manor Camp in 1961/62. He settled in Wellington in 1977 and has three grown up children, Joanne, Nick and Andrew. He is a former Town Council Chairman before the position was changed to Mayor and was Mayor of Taunton Deane in 2009-10. and Mayor of Wellington 2016/17. Having served in HM Forces (army) for 27 years he retired in 1986 and has various employments since then. He was awarded the British Empire Medal im 1980. Bob represents Rockwell Green and Wellington West Ward on Taunton Deane Borough Council and has done since 2003. He is chairman of Taunton Deane’s Planning Committee, a member of the Tenants Services Management Board, is Member Champion on the Monument Committee, and alsoe Metro Championfor the Town. He is also Armed Forces Member Champion of the Deane and sits on various Committees for the Town Council. He is a member of the Basins Volunteer Group, has alloments at the Basins and Rockwell Green and is a very keen angler.
Vivienne Stock-Williams Tel: 01823 673244
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vivienne worked professionally in both medical and business research before moving to the South West with her husband and son in 1999. Since then, she has worked in the voluntary and business sectors, becoming Town Councillor for Wellington West in 2003 and Town Mayor 2012-13. Vivienne was also elected as a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor for Rockwell Green & West Ward in 2007, where she was Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources 201115. She is currently the Borough’s Mayor. As Town Councillor, she is a member of the Allotments, Community Safety, Tourism 5
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and Environment, and Footpaths Committees. Vivienne also represents the Town Council as Governor of the Hospital of Sir John Popham and at Wellington School. In addition, she is District representative on Somerset’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Vivienne enjoys her work as a CAB Trustee, and across the age spectrum with Reminiscence Learning (the Archie Project) and local youth activities. Vivienne is keen to encourage the local community to take a pride in Wellington and work together for the present and future wellbeing of the town.
Janet Reed Tel: 01823 660584 Email: email@example.com
Janet has lived in Wellington all of her adult life and has always had an interest in local politics. She was educated at Langford Budville Primary School, then Bishop Fox Grammar School. In her youth she enjoyed playing the piano and at one stage played the organ at Runnington church for morning and evensong. Her husband, three children and four grandchildren support her greatly, and have helped her in her campaign to become a councillor. Now retired, she enjoys gardening, walking, reading and holidays with her family. Her hope is that regardless of political party, local councillors will always do their best for the welfare of residents in Wellington and her aim is to represent the concerns and views of the many people who voted for her. Janet also became a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor in 2011 and sits on both the corporate scrutiny and licensing committees.
Wellington East Ward Peter Critchard Tel: 01823 668698 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete was first elected to the Town Council at a byelection held in Rockwell Green during August 2001. He wanted to become a councillor in order to make a difference to the town where his children all grew up and attended school. He married to Cynthia in 1969 and he has 4 children Sarah, Andrea, Amanda, and John. In 2008 he became Wellington’s first Town Mayor and used the opportunity to promote the town whenever and wherever possible. Pete enjoys working with and supporting all the local organisations which do so much communal work within Wellington. He is a governor as St John’s School and Secretary of the Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch. He sees this growth of the town as an encouraging prospect for Wellington as he wants Wellington to be a place where people choose both to live and work. Pete welcomes the development of the Longforth Farm development and he will continue to push the Northern Relief Road as well as the much needed bridge over the railway lines. This is something Wellington needs in order to reduce traffic congestion in our town centre, enabling Councillors to look into an integrated transport system, including the provision of a new railway station for the town. He is truly passionate about affordable housing and is very pleased to see that our new developments are providing additional affordable homes both to purchase or rent, this is being enhanced by the fact that local councils now have the ability to start to build council houses once again. Pete feels that as a town Wellington needs to have more homes but these should be built on suitable sites that include the right 6
infrastructure to avoid having an adverse impact on the town centre and the businesses that are located in it.
James Hunt Tel. 01823 664400 Email:email@example.com
James has lived in Wellington for over 35 years and attended Court Fields until 1981 before doing ‘A’ levels at Somerset College then an Open University Computing degree. He presently works for the NHS at Musgrove Park Hospital. Music is a big part of James’ life particularly because he plays guitar in local band Best Kept Secret. He finds that learning songs, spending time with his fellow band members and performing for others is a very fulfilling pastime. James feels honoured to be elected for a second term as a member of Wellington Town Council as being involved in the town as a member of the council is rewarding and very interesting. Since being elected he has learned a great deal about Wellington and the challenges it faces. Now more than even before, James feels that we must all work together for the benefit of the town to make sure we meet those challenges. He would recommend being a local councillor to anyone who wants to get involved and make a difference for the future of Wellington. James is a member of Somerset County Council for Upper Tone and represents Wellington on Taunton Deane Borough Council, also for Wellington East, where I try and ensure that Wellington is fully considered in the future plans for Taunton Deane. We live in a beautiful part of Somerset and one of the reasons he became a councillor was to help keep it that way.
Ross Henley Tel: 01823 665988 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross lives in Wellington with his family and was educated in the town and has lived here for about 35 years. He has represented Wellington East for about 20 years on Wellington Town Council and Taunton Deane Council. His hobbies and interests are watching films at The Wellesley and watching sport. Ross says Wellington is a great place to live and he wants to support its future. Ross is also a Taunton Deane Borough Councillor for the Blackdowns.
Gary James (Mayor) Tel: 01823 662112 Email: email@example.com
Gary has lived in local area since 1975 and Wellington Town since 1989 with his wife Birgit and two sons. He was formally a Town Councillor for Wellington East 2003-06 but did not seek reelection due to full time work. He has served in the H M Army (Airborne) for 11 years. After leaving the Army Gary worked for the H M Government for 23 years. On leaving the Government he then retrained and worked for the Nuclear Industry in a managerial capacity for 13 years. On leaving the Nuclear Industry Gary returned to work for the H M Government overseas for 4 years. On retirement he has decided to re-enter politics to try to make a difference on the issues the community encounters. Gary now represents the residence of Wellington East on the Wellington Town Council and Taunton Deane Councils. He currently assists in a youth programme for Ten Tors Training. Gary’s sporting
TO W N passion is squash where he has played at International and County Levels. He enjoys gardening and takes great pleasure in looking after the grandchildren and keeping abreast of current affairs. Gary feels that it is a privilege to live in such a lovely part of Somerset and have the opportunity to serve the people of Wellington. Gary is very pleased that since being on the Town Council he has noticed such a positive active appproach from all Councillors bringing some of the benefits promised during campaigns.
Wellington North Ward Vacancy in this Ward
By-election being held on 8th June 2017 alongside the Parliamentary Election.
Andrew Govier Tel: 01823 667589 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew has lived in Wellington all his life and attended Linden Infants, Beech Grove and Wellington Schools. On leaving school he went to work for the Ministry of Defence at the Hydrographic Office in Taunton. He then spent two years working for the MOD in Bath before moving to the Charity Commission in Taunton. He currently works as a Financial Advisor for LYN Financial Services. He is married to Jackie and has two daughters. Andrew became involved in local politics because he wanted to make things better for Wellington and Rockwell Green. He has been very keen to promote the town and to get extra facilities for the local people. He led the campaign to save Wellington Playing Fields from the threat of development; he helped to get a new sports hall at Courtfields School and to get extra facilities at all of the town Primary Schools. He was successful in helping to save Wellington Youth Centre from possible closure and is now Chairman of the Committee that runs it. Andrew is also a member of Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council. He served as Mayor of Taunton Deane in 2003 and 2004 and as Mayor of Wellington from 2010 until 2012. Andrew is a Christian and member of St. John’s Parish Church.
John Thorne Tel: 01823 663146 Email: email@example.com
John was elected in May, 2015. He has previously served on Taunton Deane Council. John has lived in Wellington since the age of 10. He trained as a journalist on the Wellington Weekly News and worked for many newspaper groups in the Westcountry before moving into a career in public relations. He also worked for a Home Office organisation recruiting volunteers aged 50 and over to use their life skills to help voluntary groups. Currently, John is a single parent to two young sons and works parttime as a customer assistant in a Tesco supermarket. John has helped with campaigns for local people. He has also been a governor of the former Linden Infants School and served on the committees of Wellington Food Town and Wellington Carnival. John was chairman of a NHS watchdog group in Taunton Deane and was involved in the refurbishment of
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Wellington Cottage Hospital resulting in enhanced outpatient and new clinical services.John played football locally. He is a qualified football referee and continues to officiate most weekends of the season across Somerset, Dorset, and Devon. John has run his own businesses and is a former chairman of Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He feels strongly about the need to attract new jobs to Wellington alongside all the new housing development which has been going on, by encouraging new and existing enterprises and supporting major employers such as Relyon and Aerosols International to remain here, as well as the need to make the best possible use of the former Fox’s factory sites. John is a former national trades union official. He enjoys using his life skills for problem resolution and directing people to organisations and/ or individuals who can help them. John also represents Wellington East as part of the Blackdown & Neroche Ward on Somerset County Council.
Will Brown Tel: 01823 661602 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
William grew up in the Wellington area, after he moved from Cornwall eighteen years ago when he was five. He attended West Buckland Primary School, then Court Fields Community School; following that he attended Richard Huish College in Taunton where he took his A-levels. On the completion of his A-levels, he spent three years reading his degree in History at Aberystwyth University; he specialized in the medieval period and wrote his dissertation on how the Norman Conquest changed the English legal code. He graduated in 2014. William is a keen road cyclist, and can be often seen dashing around the country lanes; and hopes that if anyone comes across him when he is dressed in cyclist’s attire that they are not dissuaded from coming and talking to him. William also represents Wellington North on Taunton Deane Borough Council where he sits on the Planning committee and the Licensing committee.
Wellington south Ward Charles Biscoe Tel: 01823 660228 Email: email@example.com
Charles is an expatriate Cornishman who has lived in Wellington for more than twenty years. Educated at Truro School, he trained as a registered nurse at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, and has worked in the community as a Health Visitor and NHS Manager in the west of England and Wales. He works for Public Health England and NHS England in Taunton. Both his daughters went to school in Wellington at Beech Grove and Courtfields, before going on to university in Bristol. He is a keen cyclist and spends much of his spare time on the road with the Wellington Wheelers. Naturally, he would like to see the roads of Wellington and the surrounding area made safer for non-motorised road users, and has long advocated a traffic-free route between Wellington and Taunton. He is an enthusiastic musician who played for many years in the Wellington Silver Band, but is nowadays more commonly seen singing in local choirs, or with his guitar on a pub stage. 7
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twinning and town crest Wellington & District Twinning Association Wellington was first twinned with Lillebonne in Normandy in 1964. Lillebonne was already twinned with Immenstadt in Bavaria, and in 1984 we signed a twinning charter with Immenstadt, so linking the three towns together. The Duke of Wellington has historical links with Torres Vedras in Portugal, dating back to the Peninsula Wars, and we twinned with them in 1998. Twinning promotes friendship, understanding and cultural links between the three towns. Over the years thousands of young people have taken part in exchange visits to our twin towns and learnt something of their history and culture, as well as improving their language skills and having fun. As well as students’ visits, we have regular adult visits to and from all three towns. These are well supported, interesting and enjoyable and many people have formed
lasting friendships over the years. Visits include trips to places of interest. From Lillebonne there are outings to places like Etretat, Deauville, Honfleur and Fecamp, or further away, to Rouen and Paris. In Portugal there are trips to places of historic interest, some lovely old towns, and beautiful beaches. Immenstadt is in a wonderful part of Germany, with some glorious mountain scenery, lakes and rivers as well as towns like Augsburg, Lindau and Kempton. During the year the association has regular social events, which are important because they keep people in contact between visits. We welcome new members. For more details Contact: Chairman - Roger Nunn 01823 652676 Vice Chairman - position vacant. Joint Secretaries - Barbara Allen 01823 461577 and Julie Morton 01823 661996
Wellington Town Crest - The Five Symbols The Town Crest was designed in 1964 by the late Mr Herbert Cuerden the surveyor of the former Urban District Council. In addition to the Monument the Crest includes: Five symbols representing the main businesses of the Town at that time. Woolsack:
Represents the textile manufacturers of Fox Bros, who are the town’s oldest firm.
This is for the furniture company of Relyon.
This symbol represents Swallowfield (Aerosols International) who began life as the makers of animal medicines.
Milk Churn: In 1964 a large creamery and dairy existed at the bottom of Mantle Street. Chrysanthemum: represents Rylands Nurseries at Rockwell Green
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Wellington Library Friends Group Now in its third year WLFG exists to help publicise the facilities available in the Library service, encourage use of the Library by all age groups and to help the Library staff in any way possible. Amongst their activities have been a series of talks held on Thursday afternoons, and support for the Children’s Summer Reading Challenge as well as the Library Lego Group. Purchase of various items to aid the work of the Library has also been undertaken. The group also run the occasional book sale to raise funds. They also try to encourage others to donate good quality books to the Library stock. The Library today offers a wide range of services from computer training, groups for young children, Ancestry research and an increased availability of material through the enlarged Libraries West grouping. Anybody who is interested in joining the group can get details from the Library staff.
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16 Fore Street, Wellington TA21 8AQ • Tel 0300 123 2224 email: firstname.lastname@example.org • web: www.librarieswest.org.uk
Opening hours Monday: 9:30am to 5:00pm Wednesday: 9:30am to 5:00pm Friday: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am to 5:00pm Thursday: 9:30am to 1:00pm Saturday: 9:30am to 1:00pm
Discover your library service Wellington Library is in a prime position in the middle of the town and is a modern welcoming centre offering: A comprehensive range of reference, fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children • Talking books and language courses • DVDs • Access to the Internet and MS Office on our 6 People’s Network computers. Fantastic online enquiry service allowing a renewal and reservation service • Resources for Learning, supporting schools • Activities to help children enjoy reading and learn about themselves and the world around them also a great place to do their homework Membership is FREE and you can join at the library or online at www.librarieswest.org.uk
The nearest Registration Office is in the Old Municipal Buildings in Taunton.
WELLINGTON IN BLOOM After many years of winning the Portman Cup and gold medals in South West in Bloom, we now concentrate our efforts on neighbourhood projects. At our annual meeting in February, we were very pleased to welcome newcomers to join our team of volunteers, so that we can look forward to continue working with other groups in the maintenance and care of our town. We are always ready to offer a helping hand, pruning tips and gardening advice for those who may not be sure of differences between plants and weeds (usually those growing in wrong places). Both the Pre-Schools and Schools are entering our competitions again, focusing on environmental projects which they have planned themselves. Judging will be towards the end of the summer term. Swains Lane Nature Reserve has been successful in its bid to the Sustainable Development Group of the Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership to go forward with a new management plan for the next 10 years. The reserve welcomes parties of schoolchildren on wildlife hunts and wildflower trails. We provide the floral displays in Lancer Court, and maintain the Peace Garden behind the Quaker Meeting House in the High Street. This is a unique haven of peace for all seeking a break from a busy schedule.
We receive a grant from the Town Council helping us to ensure Wellington is ‘floral, friendly, flourishing and foodie’ for our residents and visitors. ! We can give a warm welcome to more new volunteers who like to do some spade work, grow their own vegetables and plants, or join in planting bulbs on the verges around the town in the autumn. We want to encourage more homeowners to grow plants rather than pave over their front gardens! We also keep a watch on flyposting and carry out litter picks, where needed. We meet monthly at St John Fisher parish hall, Mantle Street. More details from the Chairman: Isabel email: mantle email@example.com Chairman: Isabel Ward: email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 667456 Secretary : Anna O’Donoghue : email: email@example.com 01823 668514 Treasurer: Jenny Vickery, 7 Seymour Street 01823 664695 Pre-Schools Liaison Officers: Jenny Vickery Cherry Hitchcock email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 664850 Schools Liaison Officer: Carol Taylor: email:email@example.com
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COMMUNITY OFFICE The Wellington Community Office, including the Tourist Information section, is sited at 30 Fore Street and is open for business daily Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) from 9.30am to 4.00pm. The experienced staff of Shirley Rowe (Team Leader), Elaine Wearing, Jan Smith and Pat Wilson can offer advice and provide assistance on a wide range of subjects including Council and Tourist information and payment of Taunton Deane Borough Council bills. The staff can accept Housing Benefit claim forms and assist with their verification, sell disabled toilet keys as well as checking bus pass applications. Residents can also report a wide range of issues for council attention including road problems, damaged pavements and street lights that may not be working. Additionally you can
pay rent, Council Tax and any other TDBC bills by cheque or on the automated cash/ card machine located in the office. All day on alternate Tuesdays – Benefit Surgery Wednesdays 2.00 - 3.00pm Community Police Officer
The Tourist Information section has a wide range of holiday guides and leaflets of local attractions and walks as well as a few walking books and postcards for sale. The Tourist Information section also book bus journeys with National Express and holidays/day tours/London visit with Berry’s coaches as well as selling advance tickets to events such as The Bath and West Show and RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.
www.wellingtoncommunitycentre.org.uk White Hart Lane, Wellington. TA21 8HN Wellington Community Centre was built as a club in 1908 and given to the people of Wellington. It is ideally situated in the town centre, within easy walking distance from many car parks. It has two rooms which can be hired by groups or individuals from 09:00 to 22:30. There is a fully equipped kitchen area which may be used. As this is your Community Centre the cost of hiring is much cheaper than other halls in the area. The centre is disability friendly and has an accessible toilet. 10
Main Hall Large room suitable! for many activities including craft sales, keep fit groups and parties - for all ages. Small Room With tables, suitable for small meetings and group classes. For bookings please contact the secretary – Jill Mitton Email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 01823 666233 Registered Charity No. 304666
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MUSEUM Wellington Museum & Local History Society 28 Fore Street, Wellington TA21 8AQ Tel: 07971 242904 email@example.com www.wellingtonmuseum.org.uk Museum opening times: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm Saturday 10am to 1pm from Easter week to end of September then only on Saturdays until mid December. Closed on Bank Holidays Wellington has had a volunteer-run museum since the early 1980s. Over the years the collection has grown considerably, mainly through donations, so that now it can focus particularly on the history of Wellington and the town’s area of influence. An ongoing project to catalogue the collection and to make it more accessible for casual and academic researchers means that there is now much more to the items on displays. Each year changes are made to the displays using pictures and artefacts from our reserve collection – items that are not usually seen by the public.
Local History Society – The Society, a registered charity, seeks to promote Wellington via its history to the town’s residents and visitors. To this end it organises a series of talks and walks throughout the year. The Society also runs Wellington Museum. You can learn more about, and contribute to the preservation
For more information contact either: Chairman: Paddy Gray, 12 Baynes Close, Wellington TA21 9HA 01823 661341 Curator: Colin Spackman, 8 Clifford Terrace, Wellington TA21 8PQ Tel: 01823 666702 Reg. Charity No. 801321 and presentation of Wellington’s interesting past and ever-changing present by joining the Society.
The Museum – The Museum at “The Squirrel” in Fore St., has displays illustrating Wellington’s history – themes include the town’s industry, trade, social life and famous people . The model of the Wellesley cinema always attracts attention as does the 17th century money chest that was once used by Fox Brothers, woollen manufacturers. There is a reference library of more than 100 local history books and documents, a cabinet of documents and pictures on local topics and an oral history cd collection in which workers tell of life in local industries. Entry to the museum is free. Visitors to the museum will also find a range of Wellington souvenirs, leaflets and books on local topics for sale.
A Brief History of Wellington –
Despite being mentioned in the Domesday Book, and in some earlier documents, Wellington is essentially a modern town. There are few buildings older than the late 18th century. St. John’s parish church is the oldest building in town, parts dating from around 1200. The first prominent inhabitant was Sir John Popham who built a large mansion on what is now the football pitch sometime around 1592. Sir John rose to be Lord Chief Justice of England and took part in the trials of Guy Fawkes and Mary Queen of Scots. His house was destroyed in 1645 during a Civil War incident. Woollen manufacture became an established industry in the late 19th century, over 200 years ago. It started with the Weres and was later developed by the Fox family and by their rivals the Elworthys. Nowadays there is still a remnant of the industry with a much reduced Fox’s producing a high quality clothing fabric from their mill in Milverton Road. Wellington was brought to the attention of the wider world when, in 1809, Arthur Wellesley took the title Viscount Wellington. He was made Duke in 1814 and achieved his famous victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. Work on Wellington’s most prominent building, the Monument, began in 1817 to commemorate the Duke of Wellington following the Battle of Waterloo but it took over 35 years to build and didn’t reach its current height until 1892. The 1830s were a busy time for the town. In 1833 the Baptist Chapel in South Street and the Town Hall in the town centre were built. In the same year the gas works opened in Mantle Street. Four years later Wellington Academy, the forerunner of Wellington School was founded, and brick-making began at Poole, now the recycling centre. In 1838 the Grand Western Canal reached Wellington, but within 5 years Wellington became part of the railway network when the Bristol & Exeter opened their station. By the first decade of the 20th century the town was reaching its current recognisable shape. Price’s (Relyon) and Gregory’s (Swallowfield) were well established and the Park opened in 1903. The principal leisure facilities appeared later in the century; Wellesley Cinema in 1937, Coram’s Lane Sports Centre in 1973, the Museum in 1983 and finally the Princess Royal Sports Centre, in the current century, in 2002. 11
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List of Churches and Places of Worship The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Wellington
The Church lies at the east end of the High Street. It is open each day to visitors and for prayer from early morning until 4.00 pm; all are welcome. It has an adjoining hall with catering facilities which is available for hire. The nearest car park is 300 yards away in Longforth Road. The principal Sunday Services are Holy Communion at 8.00 am, the Parish Communion at 9.45am and normally there is also Evening Prayer at 6.30 pm. Details of other weekday Services and activities including toddlers groups etc are given in the church. The Rev Tim Treanor 01823 662248. Administrator: Sharon Chorley (Parish Office) 01823 665254 Team Ministry Website: wellingtonteamchurches.org.uk.
Wellington Baptist Church
We’ve been in Wellington for over 300 years, but we’re bang up to date! We are a lively, outgoing, caring and exciting group (family) of Christians. Our worship style is broad in that we aim to keep the best of the old with the best of the new, and we do that through a lively, high quality, contemporary worship band as well as the traditional music of an organ. As well as usual 10.30am contemporary service every Sunday, we hold a twice monthly Early (9am) “traditional” Service, as well as occasional Café Style, Family, Healing and Youth Services. Our entire Worship Centre was renovated and updated in 2008 as the pews were removed and replaced with chairs, and the centre updated with the very latest electronic equipment; all of this creating a very beautiful place to worship God in. WBC has a huge exciting and fun work with children and young people – barely a day goes by without something happening on our church site for them, from the youngest Babies and Toddlers, through to our newly named children’s groups (all to do with chocolates) to teenagers groups – Shout and Scream. In addition we are at the heart of the Wellington Street Pastor’s Initiative, hold an annual church weekend away, an annual Children’s Holiday Bible Club, run regular Alpha Courses, as well as weekly Study and Fellowship House Groups throughout the town and district, and have specific groups for women, and for men. WBC is a part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the UK Evangelical Alliance, and also of Churches Together in Wellington. We seek to work and partner together in common areas of mission and community life with other churches in the town. If you’d like to know more, why not visit our web site, or pop in to our Church Office for more information, or better still, come and gives us a try! Sam Griffiths (Revd), Pastor, Wellington Baptist Church 01823 663713 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday services are held at 8.30am (3rd Sunday of the month) and at 10.30am & 6.30pm every Sunday. On the first Sunday of the month we hold an all-age worship & creativity event called “Sunday Funday” at 4pm. Weekday activities include Parents & Toddlers every Tuesday at 10am in term-time, Shell Club (for children 6 years upwards) every Wednesday evening also in term-time. In addition there are a good number of adult groups meeting on the premises fortnightly or monthly, and home groups. The premises are used by other community groups, such as Waterloo Road Pre-School and the Choral Society, and rooms are also available for hire. (Tel: 01823 660347 for details). The minister (Revd. Frieder Kreschnak) would welcome any further enquiries (01823 662724).
The Parish Church of All Saints’, Rockwell Green
All Saints’ Church stands close to the traffic lights in Rockwell Green. The friendly congregation will make you welcome at any of the services. The main Sunday service is Parish Communion at 9.30am. Sunday Club for children of all ages meets in the Lang Room next door at 9.30am on the first two Sundays of each month. There is All Age Worship at 9.30 on the third Sunday. The pensioners’ group – known as “Recycled Teenagers – meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm. To arrange Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals please ring 01823 662742. You can also book the recently refurbished Lang Room (church hall) for adult education and small social functions. email: email@example.com.
Rockwell Green Christian Centre
We are a community based church, that has members from all christian traditions and none, and aim to make chrisitanity accessible to all. We meet on a Sunday morning at 10.30am for a time of celebration, which is varied, exciting, informal and relevant to all ages. Our coffee morning is on each Thursday at 10.30am when folks from ‘The Green’ come and chat over good coffee & food. We work closely with the other christian churches in the town to share God’s love with any we can reach. A number in our church are involved with Wellington Street Pastors, and we have strong links with our local Primary School. We have strong links also with churches and relief work in Southern Africa. Our community work includes helping with Besom projects (a national charity for the relief of hardship & suffering), and providing crisis boxes to the very needy as directed by the social care system. Pop in to find out how the christian message is real & relevant in the crazy, uncertain world we live in. You are assured of a warm welcome.
Church Phone no 669406 or Pastor Bob House on 01823 all ages. We seek to worship God and to serve Him in the 665290 or email: bobh.house@googlemail. community. Our faith in the living Jesus Christ expresses itself Visit our website at www.rgcf.co.uk to get further information. in loving, self-giving and joyful service, and the life of our faith community includes the study of the Bible and seeking to apply its message to our lives.
Wellington Methodist Church in Waterloo Road welcomes
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St. John Fisher Catholic Church at 57 Mantle Street was converted in 1937 from the 400 - year - old Popham’s Almshouses, built by Sir John Popham (who presided at Guy Fawkes’ trial.) Now named after a Catholic reformation martyr contemporary with Thomas More, St. John Fisher’s is part of Clifton Roman Catholic diocese: based in Bristol, covering 4 counties and in communion with the worldwide Catholic Church. Together with this parish’s other church of St. Richard at Wiveliscombe, the congregation totalling 135 attend Sunday Mass at St. John Fisher at 11.15am. and St. Richard at 9am. The community is very active, with a Parish Pastoral Council, an occasional open Parish Forum and groups covering bible study, Rosary prayer, parish visiting team, outreach, and much else, with special talks from time to time. Visitors always find a warm welcome; do be in touch on 01823 662283 or email Revd. Fr Ikeokwu Nduh MSP on firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.our-parish.org The United Reformed Church
You will find us in Fore Street adjacent to Squirrel Court. We are a fairly small but growing congregation, sharing informal worship together and seeking to serve the local community. We work with Churches Together in the town and surrounding district and with their support. The church provides a home for a number of charitable activities including the Stroke Club every Monday from 10am to 3pm and the Foodbank every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm. There is wheelchair access from Squirrel Court. Sunday services are at 10.30 am every week and all are welcome. Christmas and other services are as announced in the local press. Weddings etc by arrangement. For further information you are welcome to contact : The Minister Revd Jenny Kilgour, 01884 357880 The secretary Andrew Harvey, 01823 672244 Hall Bookings Officer John Chard, 01823 667362
Society of Friends
Lying behind the Friends Meeting House In Wellington High Street is a beautiful tranquil garden. It is the old Quaker burial ground, now no longer used for burials, that was developed as a Peace Garden by the Quakers, much helped by the Wellington in Bloom Committee. It is open to all from dawn to dusk and is approached through a passage way next to One Stop and through the gates at the side of the Quaker Meeting House. The peaceful atmosphere of this old garden makes a welcome oasis in the centre of our busy town. For more information on the Wellington Society of Friends call Mrs Marian Dawson on 01823 665855.
Bible Society (Wellington Branch)
Last year our branch focussed on work with refugees and raised over £1250. In 2017 we hope to raise £1000 for Chinese Bibles.
For over 200 years this branch has supported the work of Bible Society. It has played its part in helping to provide translations of the Bible in an ever increasing number of languages. Around the world there are nearly 7,000 different languages. The Bible has already been translated, in full or in part, into just over 2,500; only another 4,500 to be done! People on lower incomes can still afford to buy their own Bibles, as prices are kept down. 2017 branch events are: Saturday 24th June – Coffee Morning & Sale at United Reformed Church from 10.00 – 11.30am; Chinese Evening on Saturday September 9th at Baptist Church at 7.30pm; Songs of Praise on Sunday October 22nd at 6.30pm at St John Fisher. For further information please contact Chairman John Salter (669043) or Secretary David Brown (664843) or come along and join us at any of these events.
Christian Care for One World (CCOW) is a local ecumenical group that was formed in 2007 to raise awareness in the area of Wellington and its surrounding villages, of Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation – that is, caring for each other and the world that we live in. The group meets in venues in the town periodically to discuss and plan ways of raising awareness for specific issues. It also initiates and takes part in activities that are aimed at raising awareness through engaging directly with the public and through campaigning. All people who have concern for the above issues are welcome at meetings whether they are members of any Church or of none at all. Details of meetings and activities can be obtained from the CCOW Convenor: David Dufour on 01823 666633. Life Central Church
Life Central Church is a group of people who have found that following Jesus is pretty much the best thing we ever did. We are not perfect, and we haven’t got it all sorted, but what we do know is that when we love God and the people around us, life gets back in perspective. We celebrate this together each Sunday and in the various gatherings we have throughout the week. We care about each other and the community we live in. It is important to us that the life we’ve found is not just something in the mind, but that love looks like something – it is practical and makes a difference to the environment we live in. We invite you to join us on this journey of discovery. We meet in St.John’s C of E Primary School, Priory, Wellington TA21 9EJ at 10:30 am every Sunday. Other gatherings and special events can be found on our website: www.lifecentral.org.uk. You can often find us during the week in the ‘Life Central Rooms’ (over the Iron Duke). Or contact us on email: email@example.com or tel: 01823 665622. We look forward to getting to know you. Steve & Larisa Jenkins
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CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WELLINGTON AND DISTRICT Our mission is to pray and work together as Christians for the benefit of our communities, to respect and share with others the richness of each church’s tradition, and to give God the glory in our worship. Moderator: Rev. Jenny Kilgour email: Deputy Moderator: John Salter email: Communications Secretary: Isabel Ward email: Treasurer: Chris Salter email:
We are blessed in Wellington with churches and chapels which are open doors for all who seek peace and quiet in our busy lives. Whatever tradition, background or even faith, our congregations invite you to join us. If you are new to Wellington you will be given a warm and friendly welcome within any of our churches listed in this guide. Through the year members from our churches can be seen helping at the Foodbank, for those in need of groceries, with a cup of tea and listening ear. Street Pastors serve our community with their patrols at weekends. Others form teams welcomed into our Schools to give children the opportunity of sharing in a Christian message. The Big Tent will take place from 15-17th August at Wellesley Park Primary School. This well supported holiday event is filled with activities, and talks for young ones to learn more about the Christian faith. Details and signing up for a place can be found on the Btg Tent website. Www.thebigtent.co.uk
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‘Wacky Wednesdays’ are increasingly popular at halfterms and during the school holidays, joining with our councils, housing associations, and children’s centre, to help families enjoy some fun time together. We welcome helpers and families from the neighbourhood for the Howard Road Family Fun Day on Sunday afternoon 3rd September to enjoy a BBQ, and sporting activitires. We continue to support Reminiscence Learning, one of the charities providing help and advice for those with dementia. The Care in the Community Service will be on Sunday 15th October. Carols with the Wellington Silver Band is booked for 13th December at 6.30 pm on the Green at the United Reformed Church. We hope to hold another lunch on Christmas Day for those not with family or friends. More details later in the year from Communications Secretary: Isabel Ward : email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIST OF MINISTERS / PRINCIPAL CONTACTS
BAPTIST CHURCH, SOUTH STREET Minister: Rev. Sam Griffiths: Church Office: email email@example.com 01823 663713 CHURCH OF ENGLAND St John the Baptist Parish Church, Wellington The Rev. Tim Treanor, The Rectory, High St email:firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 662248 Administrator: Sharon Chorley : (Parish Office) email: stjohns.wellington@googlemail 01823 665254 All Saints Rockwell Green, Sampford Arundel & Thorne St Margaret – Rev. Selina Garner, The Vicarage, 62 Rockwell Green, TA21 9BX 07952 522976 01823 662227 East Group of Parishes Bradford on Tone, Langford Budville, Nynehead, Runnington & West Buckland The Rev. Alan Ellacott email:email@example.com 01823 669824 Ashbrittle Group with Bathealton, Kittisford and Stawley The Rev. Dr. Maria Hearl email: firstname.lastname@example.org 07503 071464 Life Central Church Meet at St John’s Primary School on Sundays from 10.30am Pastor Steve & Larisa Jenkins email: email@example.com METHODIST CHURCH, Waterloo Road Revd Frieder Kreschnak (until July) email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 662724
MILLWAY EVANGELICAL CHURCH, North Street Mr Andrew Kimber email: email@example.com 01823 665419 ROCKWELL GREEN CHRISTIAN CENTRE Mr Bob House email: bobh.house@googlemail 01823 665290 ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH – St John Fisher, Mantle Street 01823 662283 Revd. Fr Ikeokwu Nduh MSP (Parish Office): email:firstname.lastname@example.org SALVATION ARMY Lt Theresa Torr, Taunton Citadel, South Street, TA1 3AA 01823 274780 SOCIETY OF FRIENDS Quaker Meeting House & Peace Garden, High Street Mrs Marian Dawson email: email@example.com 01823 665855 Bookings: Georgina 07505 840278 UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, Fore Street The Rev. Jenny Kilgour firstname.lastname@example.org 01884 357880 Mr Andrew Harvey email@example.com 01823 672244 Steve Disney firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 666590 REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHRISTIAN AID The Rev. Philip Regan, email: email@example.com 01823 662193 WELLINGTON FOODBANK CO-ORDINATOR Christine Silverlight email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 663109 15
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CHARITIES AND CLUBS Wellington Acoustic Music Club
Contact: Tony Woollard 660969 E-mail: Tony.Woollard@btinternet.com Meet 3rd Saturday every month at the Arts Centre 8.30 until 11.00 p.m. All styles and types of music, beginners to professionals perform or watch. All welcome.
Wellington Basins Volunteer Group
Wellington Basins are a Country Wildlife Site and provide a habitat for a range of fauna and flora. As well as being used by local schools for environmental studies it is a lovely area for walking and spotting the many species of birds that visit during the year, as well as the five different species of bat that can be seen at dusk during the summer months. The Wellington Basin Volunteer Group was formed in 2002 to improve the basins by clearing the land, repairing fences and seating and keeping in the two large ponds in good order. Fund raising events are held during the year to help with the cost of materials. If you are interested in helping with the work at the Basins, please ring the Chairman Jenifer Vickery 01823 664695 or Secretary Lynda Russell-Cairns 01823 974305.
Wellington Camera Club
Formed in 1980, we are a friendly club who meet regularly at the New Science Block of Wellington School. This can be found off “Bulford”, by the entrance to Wellington School all-weather playing pitch. We meet on Wednesdays at 7.30 for talks, competitions between ourselves and with other local clubs, talks and practical evenings. Camera enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are welcome. For the technical, we have members who use film cameras, a growing number who have changed to digital, (or maybe use both) and are moving into advanced audio-visual presentations, using computers and the school’s digital projector. Anyone interested in joining our club, (and we offer the first three meetings free of charge), should visit our website for more details or call our Secretary Peter Elliston 01823 256656.
Wellington Chess Club
Meets at 7.30pm every Wednesday throughout year at Chelston Chapel, Wellington Road TA21 9HS. The club provides a friendly atmosphere and welcomes players of all ages and abilities. The club competes in the West Somerset League and is ideal for anybody wishing to play friendly or competitive chess. For more information contact Club Secretary Robert Harris on 07805932879 or Club Captain Simon Pickard on 01823 660560.
Wellington Friends Group Children’s Hospice South West
Wide range of fundraising activities Contact: Mrs Wendy Pollard, Little Kestrels, 59 Burrough Way, Wellington Tel: 01823 665517 email: email@example.com
Wellington Gramophone Club
We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday each month from September to May at the Lodge Close Hall. We are very friendly and listen to mainly Classical music, presented by our own members with occasional guests, on Compact Discs on high quality equipment, with a break for coffee and a chat. We start at 7.30pm and finish before 10. Newcomers are
welcome to come and listen before deciding whether to join. Either just come along or contact the Secretary Alan on 01823 652616.
Hospital League of Friends (Charity Number 284156)
The League of Friends is a charity raising funds to provide some of the extras that make a visit to the newly re-furbished hospital for both in-patients and out-patients a more comfortable and pleasant experience. The League meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Community Hospital in Bulford and new members will be made most welcome. For further details please contact the Chairman -Chairman Mrs Hilda Thornton 01823 664490 or Secretary Mrs Cheryl Bailey 01823 662732, 32 Blackmoor Road Wellington Somerset TA21 8ED Telephone 01823 662732 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington Choral Society
The Society was formed in 1940. The present four-part choir has around eighty members drawn from Wellington and the surrounding parishes. We are a mixed ability non-auditioned community choir and known for being a friendly and sociable society which extends a warm welcome to new members. Our repertoire is taken from classical choral music, dating from the baroque to the present day, and we perform our concerts in November and March in St John’s Church, Wellington. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at Wellington Methodist Church. For more information please contact the Secretary, Sue Ryan, on 01823-619443, or visit www.wellingtonchoralsociety.org.uk.
Wellington Community Centre
The centre was first built as a club 103 years ago, and was given to the people of wellington to use as a community centre by the British Legion. Wellington Community Centre Management Committee contact Secretary Jill Mitton for bookings. Phone number 01823 666233, email address email@example.com
Wellington Garden Club
The club was established in 1998 to further and promote the gardening knowledge of its members. The club organises lectures, discussions and demonstrations as well as visits to gardens and similar sites to observe gardening in practice. Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of each month (except July, August & December) at 7.30pm in Lodge Hall, Lodge Close and include a lecture on gardening or a related topic, together with plant, magazine and book sales and a raffle. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in gardening. New members or occasional visitors are welcome to come along to any meeting. For more details phone 662068 or 662088
Wellington Flower Show Society
Our 100 year old Society currently has a committee of about 12 people whose aim is to organise the annual Summer and smaller Spring Flower Shows. We are always looking for new committee members who are keen to help with running the Shows. Sheena Page E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girl guiding UK is the United Kingdom’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members. The aim of Girlguiding is to help girls and young women develop emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually so that they can make a
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Somerset Red Arrows Majorettes
We meet at the Baptist Church Hall, South Street on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm. Please phone Elsie on 01823 667902 for more info.
The ManKind Initiative
aims to help people make friends in Wellington and the surrounding area. Ideal for singles, the ready-made ‘group of friends’ is keen to hear from anyone needing some company after separation, divorce, illness, or bereavement, from anyone new to the area who is looking to find their feet and to get out and meet people, and from anyone just finding themselves a bit on their own or feeling bored. If your life is just “worktelly-sleep” and you’d like to have something more interesting to do, please email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started.
The ManKind Initiative is a charity providing help and information to male victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence. Our helpline is manned by trained people who give information and support on all aspects of domestic abuse including reporting incidents, police procedures, housing, benefits and injunctions. We refer people to refuges, local authorities and other support services where appropriate. Email address: email@example.com Web address: www.mankind.org.uk Helpline number: 01823 334 244 Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm. Flook House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset.
10Radio broadcasts on 105.3fm with local news, events and music
Wellington Royal Naval Fellowship
Wellington Group of Friends
for the area around Wellington. And as we are run by the community, you can get involved. Just get in touch! www.10radio.org”
Libran Ladies were founded in October 1981, the name being chosen after the Zodiac sign LIBRA, when the group first met. The purpose of the organisation is to meet people, have speakers and at the same time raise money for local charities. Since 1981 over £22,000 has been raised. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Northfield Centre, Lodge Close. More information can be obtained from Dot Bailey on 01823 663516 or Ada Elder on 01823 669499. The Labrador Rescue Trust
CAN YOU OFFER A LABRADOR A LOVING HOME? PERHAPS FOSTER ONE FOR ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING? DO YOU HAVE A LABRADOR YOU CAN NO LONGER KEEP? The Labrador Rescue Trust has been helping Labradors in need for over 20 years and currently helps between 600-700 dogs a year in the South West. For more information please contact your local volunteer: Carol Smith 01823 412845 email: carolsmith04@ btinternet.com. www.labrador-rescue.com Registered Charity No: 1088198 Rescue and Rehoming of Labradors
Wellington Majorettes meet at Court Fields School Hall on Friday evenings 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The group is a social group who perform at a variety of local events, parades and carnivals. All age groups are welcome to join, for further information contact Louise Brierley 8 Lillebonne Close Wellington Somerset TA21 9EU e-mailwellingtonmajorettes@fsmail. net 01823 661392 or 07796933064
Wellington Women’s Institute
We meet on the third Thursday of every month at the Beambridge Inn, 7.00pm arrival for a 7.30 start. We are a lively, friendly group with a wide age range and, as well as the monthly meeting, we have lots of formal and informal interest groups and one-off activities and outings. Come to one of our meetings as a guest to see if you would like to become a member. More information is available on our website: www.wellingtonwi.org.uk, and on our Facebook page: Wellington Women’s Institute. If you’d prefer a more personal approach, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 07773 350459.
Meets For Felllowship, charitable work and dit spinning for ex RN and RM personnel with Annual Trafalgar Night Dinner. Contact: Chairman Frank Figg 01823 662597
Life Central is a group of people who have found that following Jesus is pretty much the best thing we ever did. We are not perfect, and we haven’t got it all sorted, but what we do know is that when we love God and the people around us, life gets back in perspective. We celebrate this together each Sunday and in the various gatherings we have throughout the week. We care about each other and the community we live in. It is important to us that the life we’ve found is not just something in the mind, but that love looks like something – it is practical and makes a difference to the environment we live in. We invite you to join us on this journey of discovery. We meet in St.John’s C of E Primary School, Priory, Wellington TA21 9EJ at 10:30 am every Sunday. Other gatherings and special events can be found on our website: www.lifecentral.org.uk. You can often find us during the week in the ‘Life Central Rooms’ (over the Iron Duke). Or contact us on email: connect@ lifecentral.org.uk or tel: 01823 665622. We look forward to getting to know you. Steve & Larisa Jenkins Ladies’ Probus is a friendship club. Originally a forum for the wives of Probus members, it now includes all business and professional ladies. We welcome enquiries. The Secretary: Jenny Taylor 01823 663137 e-mail: email@example.com Rockwell Green Pensioners
Meet at Rockwell Green Village Hall fortnightly on a Thursday evening 7 – 9pm. With speakers, entertainment and visits. Anybody welcome. For more information ring: Chairman Gordon Perry on 01823 663007
Rockwell Green War Memorial Club was donated to the
community by a local resident in 1921 to help with the welfare of surviving servicemen of WW1 and their families. Then, as now, it is run by dedicated volunteers from the community. It serves drinks at Club prices and provides entertainment in the form of live music, karaoke, Bingo and quizzes normally on two Saturdays of each month. Facilities include darts, pool, nooker and skittles, all of which are well usded by teams in the local leagues. Available for meetings free of charge. Although it is a private sMembers Club, it is open to all, membership cost at present is £10 per person or £15 per couple per year. If you would like to become a member or just make an enquiry, feel free to pop in and meet some locals, have a friendly drink and look at the facilities available.
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Lodge Close Wednesday Club. Club for those of 60 and over to enjoy weekly recreational and leisure activities also providing a cooked two course meal. We meet every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm at Lodge Close Hall, Wellington. For more information contact Mrs Susan Bellringer 01823 666432.
Monument Probus Club.
Founded 1993 Membership 45. Meet at 10.30am on the 1st Thursday of each month at The Martlet, Langford Budville. The Club can be contacted through their secretary Contact: Secretary Tony Hull on 01823 663912
Wellington Probus Club
The object of the Wellington Probus Club is to promote fellowship and relaxation for members, and where appropriate, Ladies and Friends. We also have outings, a residential Spring Break, an Annual Lunch and a pre Christmas drinks and buffet party. Membership is open to retired professional and/or businessmen. Monthly meetings are held at the Wellington Rugby Club on the third Thursday of the month at 10.30am Contact: Secretary – Roger Tozer on 01823 66652
Sampford Arundel Womens Institute
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of month. When & Where: 7.30pm at Sampford Arundel Village Hall. Allows women of all ages to enjoy a wide range of shared activities at local county and national level. Opportunities to debate & promote issues which affect the quality of life for everyone. Contact: Mrs Heather Cook (Secretary) 72 Sylvan Road, Wellington. Tel. 01823 666439
Rotary is a worldwide organisation of like minded men and women from all walks of life who enjoy fellowship and helping those who are in need. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs with more than 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-political, non-religious, and open to all cultures, races, gender and creeds. Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and aim to eradicate polio under the motto Service above Self. They also enjoy themselves. Wellington has three clubs. Rotary Club of Wellington Meets Monday lunchtime at the BeamBridge Contact Secretary Mike Parsons 01823 252635 firstname.lastname@example.org Rotary Club of Wellington District Mmets 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings – (7.00 to 8.00pm) at the Beambridge Hotel Secretary Brian Withers 01823 663581 email@example.com And for those who want to be part of the Rotary organisation but do not have the time to attend meetings: Rotary e-club Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rotaryeclub1299.org
Wellington’s local branch of Samaritans offers volunteers excellent training, a rewarding role in the community and camaraderie. The branch in Taunton is one of 11 in the South West and 200 across the UK that have close links but operate independently. Samaritans come from all walks of life and across a broad age range. We work in a peaceful environment 18
providing people in distress with confidential emotional support including by phone, email and face to face. We also support each other - no volunteer works alone. The service is 24/7 but the hours are divided into shifts of no more than five hours, including at night. Joining Samaritans is a life-changing experience. Interested? Please call 01823 288998 or write to Samaritans, 16 Wood Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1UN for an application pack. We look forward to welcoming you.
1st Wellington Scouts is a very family and community centred Scout Group that provides extensive adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for its 165 members, aged 6-18. Internationally, the Group is linked with the 648 Campelos Scouts of Portugal and together we enjoy experiences as part of an international movement with over 28 million young people from 216 countries. We offer numerous challenging opportunities which include Ten Tors and DofE. The group has its own kayaks, canoes, climbing wall, water zorbing and archery equipment. Based in our own modern HQ at 6 Fore Street in the very centre of Town we also have our own minibus so we can easily get out and about. We also have a 40 acres campsite with extensive and modern facilities locally. We welcome new members, please be assured we give all young people and their families a very warm welcome. For further information please contact: email@example.com. Wellington Silver Band
A friendly fourth-section band who enjoy playing a wide range of music. Around 20-strong we play at a diverse range of venues: large charity concerts, fetes, parks, carolling and more. Any brass (or percussion!) players, at any level, are welcome to join our practices. We meet at 7.30pm every Tuesday (next to Coffee #1) at the end of the alley next to Tim Potter’s in Fore St). Training Band (beginners welcome) 6.307.30pm every Thursday. Alternatively, you might like to contact one of the following members: Nick Gilding 662178, Davina Greenshields 665821 or Sharon Cheshire 665829.
It’s not easy finding time to enjoy a good social life in the busy times we live in, but an innovative and exciting organisation has come up with the answer. Somerset Singles provides a ready made calendar of social events for people to enjoy. There’s a whole selection of restaurant meals and dinner dances, recently with a Retro 1950’s Themed Evening at The Meryan Hotel at Bishop’s Hull and New York Style Singles Speed Dating at a country hotel near Wellington. Looking for love? All the social events are a great way for people to make new friends and even find true love. Over the years, Somerset Singles has helped a large number of people find that special someone, and there have been numerous marriages. It does everyone good to get out from in front of the TV! Single and looking for quality social events and nice people to go out with? Please get in touch! www.somerset-singles.co.uk
Somerset Social Group offers people the chance to make new friends and enjoy a great social life. The community-based group organises a variety of social events and activities in the Wellington and Taunton area - including dining out at restaurants and pubs, parties, dances, themed events, walks, and outdoor activities - recently holding a dinner party and music quiz at Bindon House Country Hotel, Chinese and Indian dinners in Wellington, a skittles evening at the White Horse at Bradford on Tone, quad biking at Cullompton’s Quad World, cider tasting at Sheppy’s Cider, and a walk on Exmoor, plus a weekend coach trip to France. Escape the doom and gloom with Somerset Social Group and put some fun in your life! Everyone welcome. The more the merrier! Contact Cathy on 03456 121 770. Web site www.somersetsocialgroup.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Being part of Transition is not just about what you do locally in your community – it is also about joining a global movement building a future we all want to live in.” (Transition Network.org) Climate change, energy prices, affordable food, and waste, are just a few of the issues that add uncertainty to our future. In association with other similar groups in the area, our local Transition group seeks practical means to help people live in a way that is more environmentally sustainable, and no less satisfying. We meet regularly on a monthly basis, with regular events that involve the wider public as well. New members are always welcome. For further information on our activities and meeting times, visit our website: www. ttw.org.uk
Somerset Speakers Club
Meet on 1st Thursday of the month at 8pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Contact Karen on 07773 350459 www.somersetspeakers.org.uk • Facebook Page: https://www.facebook. com/pages/The-Devon-Somerset-Speakers-Club
Wellington Stroke Club Charity no. 298494
Affiliated to the Stroke Association , we offer: The chance to meet others with similar problems. • Time out from home • Help to improve mobility or speech to give confidence and encouragement. To give carers the opportunity to have time to themselves. Volunteer helpers always needed. Contact: John Angus Tel: 01823 663014.
St John Ambulance
Contact Details; St John Ambulance Headquarters, Victoria Street, Wellington, TA21 8HR Description; St John Ambulance volunteers meet weekly to train, develop their first aid skills which are used in the local community and other parts of Somerset.Where ard when; St John Ambulance Headquarters Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30 pm.
Badgers Contact Details; St John Ambulance Headquarters, Victoria
Street, Wellington, TA21 8HR Description; Badgers are part of St John Ambulance and offer activities for children ages 5 - 10 years old. Badgers work on badges, play games, go on trips and to camp. Where ard when; St John Ambulance Headquarters Tuesday 6 to 7.30pm during term time.
St John Ambulance Cadets
Contact Details; St John Ambulance Headquarters, Victoria Street, Wellington, TA21 8HR Description; Cadets are young people aged from 10 - 18 they learn first aid skills, complete badge subjects, become leaders, play games, go on trips and to camp. Where and when; St John Ambulance Headquarters Thursday 7 - 9pm.
Wellington and District Townswomen’s Guild
The Wellington and District Townswomen’s Guild is part of the National Townswomen’s Guild movement, which was formed in 1929 after women were first given the vote in 1928 as a result of the Suffragette movement. We are a friendly group of about 30 members who meet regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at Lodge Close at 7.30 p.m. We have a friendship/craft group which works to provide items for St. John’s Church Mother’s Union who, in turn pass these items on to Musgrove Hospital, Women’s Refuge and Barnados . We also have a Social Studies group that offers lively discussions on a wide range of topics, as well as quiz and games evenings. We also support the League of Friends for Wellington Hospital by taking a stall at their annual fete. New members are always made welcome. For further details contact Mrs Joyce Jones 01823 662332 and Mrs Jennifer Banton 01823 669227
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Wellington Tangent Club
Tangent is a social networking organisation for ladies aged over 45, primarily intended for former members of Ladies Circle. It is part of the Round Table Family. For more information ring Secretary Veronica Nicol 01823 664298
Wellington Toy Library
Wellington Toy Library is run entirely by volunteers. We lend out toys for children from birth to school age. We provide good quality toys which expand a child’s imagination. We open at The Friends Meeting House, High Street, Wellington TA21 8RA on 1st Saturday of each month from 11am -1pm and every Monday from 10am – 12noon. Contact: Pat Pendleton 01823 661038
W.A.G. Wellington Action Group For Dogs
We are a group of dog owners in Wellington who work with the community to promote responsible dog ownership in Wellington and surrounding areas. Contact: Lyn Partridge-Webber 01823 662 832 See W.A.G. on Facebook Our motto is “pick up the poo we are watching you” and we have a hard hitting poster which we display at various locations. If you would like a poster please let us know.
West Country Health Education & Research Enterprise, Northfield Centre, Wellington TA21 8LY Contact: Mrs Barbara Ford. Tel: 01823 665896 A registered charity, WHERE enables its users to maintain their independence by organising a variety of activities each week. These include, art classes, Tai Chi, computer classes, tea dances, race nights and quiz nights. There is also a cafe, lunch club and breakfast club on various days of the week. The activities at WHERE are held at both the Northfield Centre and the Active Living Centre (opposite the fire station).
Wellington and District U3A
Wellington U3A is part of a nationwide organisation and provides a wide range of educational, leisure and creative activities on a regular basis at minimal cost. Members are usually retired or no longer in fulltime employment. The days and times of the various interest groups are listed in our Annual Programme which is available from the library in Wellington. Monthly General Meetings held at the Rugby Club, Corams Lane, Wellington on the second Monday of each month. Meetings start with coffee from 10.15 and the meeting starts at 10.40am Contact: Mrs C Bishop (Secretary) 01823 667619
Somerset Wildlife Trust
Is a Taunton based charity and the county’s largest independent conservation organisation with almost 21,000 members. We aim to restore, recreate and reconnect our damaged countryside creating ‘living landscapes’ to help wildlife become more robust in the face of climate change. The Trust protects rare and threatened species from the otter and dormouse to the large blue butterfly and green winged orchid. We manage around 80 diverse nature reserves covering 4,000 acres, work with farmers, landowners, government and businesses, inspire thousands of children through school visits, family events and the Wildlife Watch club and campaign for wildlife and the natural environment in Somerset. Somerset Wildlife Trust relies almost entirely on voluntary income. Please support us by becoming a member for as little as £2.50 a month. Go to www.somersetwildlife.org and join on line or phone 01823 652400
Wellington Inner Wheel
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Wellington 41 Club
41 Club is is the more commonly used and shorter name for The Association of Ex-Round Tablers’ Clubs a social networking organisation for ex RT men aged over 40. For more information call Ken Atherton on 663965.
provides the opportunity for all sorts of disabled people to enjoy sailing. You can be taken for a sail and then if you want, move on to sailing on your own. Boats are provided and a taster session is free. Sailing is at Wimbleball lake 17 miles from Wellington and is available on Wednesdays and Fridays, May to September. come and see our new larger boat. Contacts. Colin 01823 666190. Jo 01823 662505. Bob 01823 433129
Blackdown Community Choir TThis friendly open access choir meets once a week in Wellington to sing a wide range of songs. We sing for pleasure, no auditions are required to join the choir and there are opportunities to perform at informal gatherings during each year, but not compulsory! A warm welcome awaits new members at an open session at the start of each term on Thursday evenings at the Baptist Church Centre. We advertise these dates in local newspapers and flyer boards or you can find out more at email@example.com. Bulford Senior Citizens Club
The Club holds a coffee morning every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30 to 11.45am. Tia Chi class on Mondays 9.45 to 10.30am. Bingo every Wednesday at 2.30pm. The club tries to arrange afternoon entertainment once a week. Regular coach outings. Why not call in at the Club in Bulford for a coffee and a programme.
Langford Budville Jubilee Hall
Opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex in October 2012, the new community hall is set in attractive countryside on the outskirts of Langford Budville and offers outstanding facilities. The vaulted main hall is capable of seating 150 plus and opens onto a secluded courtyard. There is a large well equipped kitchen and a comfortable committee room with seating for 25. The premises have a full bar and entertainment licence and outside there is parking for 50 cars and a large grassed terrace. The hall is already used for a wide range of regular events and is ideal for wedding receptions, parties, dances and concerts. For further information and bookings visit langfordbudvillevillagehall.org.uk. Registered charity number 287714
Taunton and Wellington Keyboard Club
Contacts: Michael Smy 01823 443507 Graham Glew 01823 335379 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The club meet every fourth Thursday in the month at The Lawns Social Club, Mary Street, Taunton TA1 3PE where we have some of the top organists in the world entertain us. Everyone is welcome to our concerts where tea, coffee and something stronger is on sale. Free parking is on the opposite side of the road after 6pm. Concerts start at 7.45pm and finish approx 10.15pm with a short break in the middle for a raffle and refreshments. Concert Diary: www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/taunton
(registered charity number 1105488) Based at The Counting House in Tonedale. We offer a range of community projects for the older person, those with a dementia and their carers with everything from carers support groups to Tea Dances and board game afternoons. We deliver a range of training from one day workshops to three day accredited qualifications within the fields of dementia, reminiscence and activity provision. We also created and deliver the regional and national award winning intergenerational dementia awareness Archie Project. The project links primary schools, care homes, business/ services and community members to ultimately create dementia friendly towns and villages. In Wellington we are currently linking Wellesley Park School with Popham Court and Rockwell Green School with Camelot Care. For more information on any of the above please contact the team at Reminiscence Learning on 01823 668676 or email@example.com
Like to Sing? – then join Taunton Deane male Voice Choir Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir is approaching its 70th year as one of the of the West Country’s leading Male Voice Choirs. The choir has recently appeared at major venues including Truro and Bristol Cathedrals, the Eden Project and next year we plan to perform in France. The choir has three main objectives - to preserve the traditions and standards of male voice singing, to maintain public interest in male voice choirs and to assist organisations in raising money for charitable causes. Over £11000 was raised for good causes last season. New members are always welcome. No audition is necessary but alongside the tuition of our Musical Director, Nick Thomas, new members receive plenty of help and encouragement from choir colleagues. The choir therefore is able to maintain a respected reputation in the region. Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir’s repertoire is extensive and varied, offering something to suit every kind of musical taste, from opera choruses, spirituals, popular ballads and selections from musical shows to classical and romantic music, folk songs and popular ballads, Welsh hymns, and sacred music. Contact our Secretary Stuart Gifford for further details on 01823 664409. Freemasonry in Wellington
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches selfknowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. If you are a Freemason who has recently moved to the area and is interested in joining a Lodge or you have not been involved before, but would like to know what is involved then please contact us for more information. There are two Lodges in Wellington. The Lodge of Fidelity and Sincerity (the Town Lodge) is open to men age 21 or above. For more information contact the Secretary 07534 287332 The Wellington School Somerset Lodge is open to male expupils and current or ex employees of the School. For more information contact the Secretary on 01271 812651 or visit our website www.wsslodge7230.org.
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2017 Taunton’s picturesque Vivary Park once again plays host to the UK’s oldest and longest running flower show on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August this year, proving it’s still as popular as ever as a great day out for the whole family, and children go FREE! From food and craft areas, (including rural crafting demonstrations), a Children’s Village, Gardeners’ Question Time, to wine tasting, honey making, a brass band, choir and live music, you’ll definitely want to visit both days to see it all! Wonder at one of this year’s main arena acts; the hugely entertaining Bob Hogg with his Lamb Nationals and Dog and Duck Show. See the crowd get involved in helping Bob’s sheepdog herd ducks, or his lambs compete to be the fastest down the tracks and over the jumps. It’s certainly a show the whole family will want to watch. Our other main act is the breath-taking Xtreme Stunt Team which comprises motorbike and bicycle riders performing death-defying stunts on ramps competing to be the best. This really is a man versus machine competition which will entertain and excite in equal measure. For a more relaxing pace, wander round the Rural Craft Area seeing traditional products being created and maybe even have a go yourself. Also visit the Craft Village where local craftspeople will be selling a variety of items including cards, ceramics, and jewellery, ensuring there’s plenty to choose from. If you favour the more traditional aspect of the show, this year our Demonstration Marquee will have our show VIPs Toby Buckland and Sarah Chesters taking part in Gardeners’ Question Time. The Plant Village is also a fantastic opportunity to pick up some garden favourites from local nurseries. Other areas to visit include The Festival Village where you won’t be able to miss the aroma of the Food Hall packed with local artisan food stalls. Pop to the bar then take a seat and listen to the melody of great tunes from gifted musicians. Surrounded by various food stalls, all circling a marvellous Victorian water fountain, along with a small music stage, Fountain Green is also a beautiful place to stop. At the heart of the flower show are of course the two main marquees. Wonder at the beauty of the amazing gardens and displays of plants competing
and selling in the Floral Marquee then take a look at the Competition Marquee’s entries include baking, sewing, photography, and even ‘largest onion’! There’s also a children’s section of entries which is sure to put on a smile on anyone’s face. Fancy taking part yourself? All categories and an application form can be found online at www.tauntonfs.co.uk Keep the youngsters busy with den building and even go-karts at the Childrens’ Village, or take a look at the 200 traders selling a variety of merchandise from handcrafted gifts to garden equipment and furniture, this really is a local event that includes something for everyone, young and old alike. Make this summer special. To keep up to date with all the latest goings on, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share the excitement about this year’s show: https://www.facebook.com/tauntonfs https://twitter.com/TauntonFS For more information and ticket details please visit our website www.tauntonfs.co.uk or contact the Taunton Flower Show office; firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 332010 23
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TOWN DIARY 2017/18 JUNE 2017 Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park Every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm Entry Free 24th June Armed Forces day 10.00am in the Park
JULY 2017 Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park Every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm Entry Free 1 July 10.00 – 23.00 Welliestock Music Festival at Wellesley Park School
AUGUST 2017 Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park Every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm Entry Free 26 August Wellington Flower Show in the Alan Rogers Centre, Wellington School 2.15 – 5.00pm
SEPTEMBER 2017 2 September Wellington Food Fair 9 September Wellington Boot Throwing Championship at Court Fields School 23 September 6.30 pm Masteeg Male Voice Choir Wellington Parish Church in aid of WHERE 30 September Wellington Carnival starting at Rockwell Green at 7.30pm
OCTOBER 2017 Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October. British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival. This unique two day event will take place on land at Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton. Friday 20th October 2017 Gala Poppy Concert in Wellington School 7:30pm Tuesday 31st October 2017 Children of Rockwell Green C of E V.C. Primary School Remember
November 2017 4 November Fireworks Display – Wellington Rugby Club (date to be confirmed – see October Wellington Edge) Sunday 5th November 2017. Dedication of the Field of Remembrance 12noon Saturday 11th November 2017. Armistice Day (National 2 Minutes Silence) in Town Centre at 11am). Sunday 12th November 2017 Remembrance Sunday Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Wellington Park 3:15pm
December 2017 Christmas Lights switch on 4 -16 December Rotary “father Christmas” around the town collection providing an opportunity to see Father Christmas and help local charities. Programme in December Edge Advent and Christmas Services
JANUARY 2017 Wellington Pantomime at the Wellesley Cinema
APRIL 2017 Wellington Spring Flower Show
MAY 2017 1 May Bank Holiday Fete in the Park Wellington Hospital League of Friends Fete in Wellington Prep School
JUNE 2017 Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park Every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm Entry Free 3rd June Wellington Carnival Street Fair Regular meetings as last year
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Stone Carving & Spoon Whittling Friday 23rd June 10am - 3pm cost £60
WILLOW WORKSHOPS Make a willow creature in a day Saturday 24th June 9.15am - 5pm Cost £75 For more information or to book a space please contact email@example.com or Tel. 07989 465427 www.theoldbrickworkshop.com
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Cothay Manor Beautiful Historic house & gardens on your doorstep Cothay Manor is a 15th century manor house sitting in 12 acres of beautiful gardens near Wellington. Our season runs from the first Sunday in April until the last day of September. Open from 11am until 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays. Delightful gardens for your to explore at your leisure, and guided tours of the manor on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. We have a tearoom serving light lunches and refreshments. Please see website for events held at Cothay Contact: Cothay Manor & Gardens E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel 01823 672283 www.cothaymanor.co.uk 25
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ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARK 2017 Friends of Wellington Park supported by Taunton Deane Borough Council and Wellington Town Council present a programme of outdoor musical entertainment
Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park 2017 All concerts start at 2.30 to 4.30pm every sunday June
6 August The Right Side of the Track Gentle Jazz
Elvis in the Park
13 August Dark Town Strutters
Country & Western Music 20 August Popular Music
Country & Western Music
60’s Plus Music
Kingsbury Episcopi Band Big Band
The Friendly Spirit Swing Quintet 30s & 40s Swing
27 August Deane Big Band
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FRIENDS OF WELLINGTON PARK The “Friends” were established in 2001 at the behest of Taunton Deane Borough Council who were to receive Lottery funding for the refurbishment of our Edwardian Park. One of the major conditions for the grant was the establishment of an elected group of members of the public who were prepared to oversee and organise events in the park. The “Friends of Wellington Park” were elected with a constitution, committee members and bank account. The public were asked to become members and they have been the backbone of the group since then, supporting events and paying annual subscriptions. There has been an annual May Day Event since the “Friends” were formed, and is a family day when all the charity stalls benefit from the public’s support and the youth groups are seen doing a magnificent job in assisting with the provision of fun for the children. They also organise and present 12 weeks of musical entertainment every Sunday afternoon in the park from June until the end of August. Music starts at 2.30 and finishes at 4.30pm with a short interval. Refreshments are available. There is also a 50/50 stall selling a variety of things. An information tent is available with literature on the summer programme, leaflets on the unusual and historic trees and forms for the public to become members for the cost of £6 single and £10 a household per year. We hope you will willingly help to financially support the work of your elected committee and outstanding volunteers. We also publish two newsletters each year and details on a winter social. We are constantly upgrading our gazebos, (for the public to sit under on chairs and watch and listen to the music), catering equipment etc. However, due to limited space we cannot store the large numbers of chairs required, so if people have fold up chairs and bring them along this can be most helpful. The ”Friends” are particularly proud of their achievement in assisting Taunton Deane Borough Council Parks Department to consistently win the Green Flag and Heritage Award. Please continue to visit our park and support its preservation.
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Friends of Wellington Park is a voluntary organisation formed by constitution in 2001 to promote the use of the park and preserve its historical heritage for the benefit of the whole community. For more information on joining the Friends of Wellington Park please telephone 01823 356362
FlowerShow Sat 26th August 2017 in the
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In & Around WELLINGTON Wellington Park
One of the most enjoyable attractions. Set on a compact site occupying just 4.5 acres it is within ten minutes easy walking distance from the town centre. The park is open daily from 8.00am to dusk. The park was a gift from the much respected Quaker Fox family to the town. The family were the town’s main employer for many years, providing jobs to over a thousand people in their textile manufacturing, wool and banking companies. Their aim was to provide a permanent recreation ground for the people of the town. Their offer of the park was made on the basis that the park was “under the constant supervision of a resident caretaker and shall not be used as a playground, or as a playing field, for older children and adults.” In 1902 Messrs Robert Veitch & Sons of Exeter began work on laying out the formal gardens to a design by F.W. Meyer, a renowned German landscape gardener. He included in his design a rock garden as part of the pond area which included 80 tons of limestone from Westleigh. Cement was not used as the colour of it would not have matched the limestone when it was wet. The floral bedding was designed to compliment and contrast with the rock garden and curving paths. Rhododendrons as well as Berberries, Savin Junipers and Holly Olives were added. In 1908 Plane trees were planted along the eastern side of the park to replace a line of mature Beech trees which were deemed too large and unsafe. The park has four entrances, three incorporated in the original layout; the fourth, which provides access close to the bandstand from the recreation field was a later addition. The caretaker’s cottage was built in a similar style to that chosen for the entrances. On the first floor, there was a gracefully curved window that would have allowed the caretaker a comprehensive view of the park. Wellington’s war memorial, a Cornish granite obelisk on a raised plinth, was unveiled in 1921. Situated close to the shelter, it bears the names of those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. Although much of the park’s original design survived throughout the 20th century, it suffered from general deterioration, lack of maintenance and the loss of some of its features, such as the ornamental fountain. It underwent a transformation at a cost of just over £400,000 and was officially reopened in October 2000. The original layout of the park was restored and buildings, including the bandstand, were restored and the fountain was re-created.. The tree canopy was thinned and the over-mature shrubberies rejuvenated. Park furniture was improved and gravel path surfaces reinstated. A new concealed water supply was installed in the rock garden, and the planting was restored in accordance with Meyer’s plans. The needs of disabled users were taken into account and lower borders now include scented or tactile plants for the enjoyment of visually impaired visitors. The bandstand remains in its original position, close to the western boundary of the park The original ornamental fountain has been replaced by one of similar design and memorial trees have been planted over the years to mark various events including George V’s coronation day. Wellington Basins
In 1803 , Thomas Fox built two ponds to supply a water wheel based at Fox Brothers woollen mill at Tonedale. These ponds were called the basins and were fed by an intricate system of feeder streams, weirs and sluices. Although these ponds no longer serve any water wheel, the basins are a popular spot for anglers and are a pleasant spot for a walk or just to feed the ducks. You can find the basins at the end of Coram Lane by the Wellington Rugby Club. Wellington Monument
A 175 feet (53 m) high triangular tower located on the highest point of the Blackdown Hills, 3 km (1.9 miles) south of Wellington, Somerset, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building. Wellington Monument, was erected to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The foundation stone was laid in 1817, on land belonging to the Duke, but the monument was not completed until after the Duke’s death in 1854. Its design was inspired by an Egyptian obelisk, but in the shape of the type of bayonet used by Wellington’s armies. It is 80 feet (24 m) wide at the base. A counterweight hangs inside to help balance the Monument in windy weather. An internal staircase ascends to a viewing platform although this is currently closed due to the need for structural work and the base is surrounded by an open wire fence for the safety of visitors but does allow viewing. It is now owned by the National Trust, and is floodlit at night. Originally four cannon surrounded the Monument, but these were removed during the Second World War (1939-1945) and used for scrap to help the war effort. In 1985, the Wellington Rotary 28
Club donated the cannon currently standing at the base of the Monument. In June 2009, the National Trust announced plans to reclad the monument at a cost of £4 million. Sir John Popham 1531 – 1607 John Popham was born in Huntworth, near Bridgwater, but on his
marriage his father gave him The Old Court, in Mantle Street, so from about 1555 he lived in Wellington. He became a busy London-based lawyer, but his children and many of his grandchildren grew up in Wellington, so it is fair to claim Sir John as one of Wellington’s own. After studying at Balliol College, Oxford, he read Law at the Middle Temple. After various youthful indiscretions it is said that his wife made him knuckle down to work, whereby he “profited exceedingly”. He became the outstanding lawyer of his generation, and in turn Recorder and MP for Bristol, Attorney General, and for many years Lord Chief Justice. He was renowned for the severity of his judgements, but also for his deep learning in the law. He was personally devoted to Queen Elizabeth, and was responsible for drafting and, through parliament and the Queen, implementing, the laws of England for thirty years. During his time anti-Catholic feeling ran high and the laws reflected this. Popham harried Catholics, and in particular was responsible for the trials and condemnation of the Catholic Jesuits Robert Southwell and Richard Garnett. He was Attorney General in 1587, and present at the trial and execution of Mary Queen of Scots, but later was the prime mover in the trials of Sir Walter Ralegh, and in 1605, the Gunpowder Plot conspirators. In Wellington he built a mansion, which was burned down in the Civil War, on the site of the present town playing field, and almshouses, the successors of which, built in 1932, stand in Victoria Street. Given Popham’s treatment of Catholics, it is an irony that the stones of his original almshouses now form the Roman Catholic church, in Mantle Street. His impressive memorial stands in the North-East corner of St John’s Parish Church. Local legend has it that Sir John died on June 10th 1607 when he was thrown from his horse into Wilscombe Bottom, on the scarp of the Blackdown Hills. Horse and rider were swallowed up, and Sir John’s spirit is supposed to emerge once a year from what is now called Popham’s Pit to take a cock’s stride towards rejoining his wife in their memorial monument. After 400 years he still has some way to go! Wellesley Cinema
Wellington’s Art Deco Wellesley Cinema, in Mantle Street, just five minutes walk from the Town Centre was built in 1937, in the traditional Art Deco style of that period. The auditorium seats 400 people on two levels and is run as an independent cinema. It has a striking Art Deco interior and is a must see for all visitors to the town. Wellington School Chapel
Wellington is home to the Independent school that bears the town’s name. Founded in the 1840s the school has a range of excellent buildings reflecting the architecture of the last 150 years. The Chapel (1928-31) was designed by C.H.Biddulph-Pinchard and built by Twyfords of Wellington as a memorial to those masters and pupils killed in the Great War. It is built of irregular bond red brick with stone dressings. The richly decorated interior has carved wooden wall panels with elaborately decorated canopies made of moulded plaster, all painted and gilded, with the panels painted with the names of old boys killed in the First World War. The galleried choir stalls and organ loft over entrance and canopied reredos are similarly decorated. The Chapel has a carved stone altar., carved bench ends and traceried stall fronts. The roof has a series of carved and moulded tie-beams on corbels, supporting a panelled roof with moulded ribs also painted and gilded. It is a Grade 2 listed building and can be visited during school holidays on application to the school office. Wellington School is 200 yards from the town centre in South Street. Cothay Manor & Gardens
One of Somerset’s best-kept secrets is Cothay Manor & Gardens. Cothay is a unique 15th century manor house, sitting in 12 acres of beautiful gardens in a picturesque setting on the outskirts of Wellington. The gardens are open to the public and guided tours of the manor house are available on Sundays. Cothay was used as a venue for the recently filmed “Wolf Hall”. We have regular events – visit our website www.cothaymanor.co.uk or ring us on 01823 672283 for more details.
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PERFORMING ARTS Wellesley Cinema, Mantle Street, Wellington.
The Wellesley was built in 1937, it is in the traditional Art Deco style of that period, the auditorium seats 400 people on two levels, 250 downstairs “STALLS” and 150 upstairs “CIRCLE” which has raked stadium seating, and provides a little more comfort and greater leg-room. Many improvements have been carried out in recent times, including the installation of brand new Multi Media projection equipment which now allows us to screen films in many formats, 35mm, DVD and video. We can utilize all modern games consoles for private bookings. We have also installed an induction loop system in the circle area, all as part of our policy of continuous upgrading. Disabled Access - The recent provision of a lift gives access to the main foyer, refreshment kiosk, stalls and a unisex toilet. Please call ahead if wheelchair assistance is required. Parking is available, on street, just outside the theatre. There is in addition a pay and display car park just 300 metres away.
Wellington Arts Association
The WAA provides a varied programme of arts and entertainment to the people of Wellington at the Arts Centre, the Wellesley Theatre and ‘on tour’ at other local venues. Regular events are staged by the societies which form part of the association (see below) and there are many more guest artists and events during the year. Members enjoy an active social life and the opportunity to pursue and develop their interests and skills in all aspects of the arts: performing - acting, singing, dancing or music; visual arts painting, craft work, set design and costume making; practical aspects – including administration, stage
management, sound, lighting and special effects. The following are the different societies within the Association. Wellington Operatic Society The Operatic Society is active all year round, staging two regular productions each year. Each May they stage a musical at the Wellesley Theatre, as well as a cabaret show of their own devising each autumn at the Arts Centre. In addition, the Operatic Society provide entertainment to other organisations and at other local events as part of their year-round touring programme.
The Wellington Pantomime Group
In January 1975 the first Pantomime, Dick Whittington was staged at the Arts Centre. The Group continued with an annual pantomime at the Arts Centre until 1978. The first four pantomimes were played to full houses so in 1979 the group took the plunge and moved to the Wellesley Cinema. Since then the group has continued to grow and with it their reputation. These days the group performs seven performances, three of those on a Saturday! They regularly win awards from the Somerset Federation of Drama.
is limited to 20, so please e-mail the group’s Secretary for information about joining the waiting list. genesis@w-a-a. co.uk
The Wellington Theatre Company
Formerly named The Civic Players, WTC is the drama wing of the Wellington Arts Association and have existed for over 60 years. In the past the group tended to specialise in light comedy and farce, but in recent times have played to packed houses for a wider variety of productions. Recent plays have included; Steel Magnolias, Single Spies, Calendar Girls, and Blue Remembered Hills.
Spectrum Arts and Crafts
Spectrum forms the art & craft section of the WAA. Members meet at the Arts Centre every Monday between 2pm and 4.30pm. Talks, demonstrations and workshops are arranged occasionally, and visitors are always welcome. Spectrum holds an annual exhibition at the Arts Centre during the third week of July.
The Critics Club Bar
The Critics Club is the Wellington Arts Association’s in-house bar and offers members a pleasant Genesis Youth Theatre Group environment to go and enjoy a Genesis was founded in Wellington drink and a chat of an evening. in March 1996 with the purpose The bar is fully stocked with a wide of introducing young people to all range of popular alcoholic and aspects of the performing arts. In soft drinks, as well as offering tea, the past they have performed hit coffee and hot chocolate. The bar plays, musicals and cabarets. is open each evening from 8.30pm The Group aims to stage 2 or 3 productions each year. To find out more about the Arts Members have the opportunity Association visit our website at to get involved in all aspects of w-a-a.co.uk, or, on any evening staging a production including from 8.30pm, call us on performing, marketing, lighting, 01823 667774 or drop in to the sound, make-up, costume and Arts Centre for a quiet drink at stage management through a the bar and a chat. variety of workshops. Due to popular demand, attendance
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EAT: WELLINGTON FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
An all-day festival for the whole family
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WELLINGTON FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL The team behind Eat: Wellington have a great line-up of activities on Saturday 2 September – and it’s all free. The town centre will be transformed into a bustling market with over 70 local food and drink producers, tractors and entertainment. This year the visitors will also be able to visit the Hawksmoor Cookery School, take part in Food Talks and get some top tips from chefs on the KDS Fresh Ideas Stage. Local talents olive and rosy will be leading handson workshops for you in the Hawksmoor Cookery School where you will be experimenting with some exciting Italian flavours. Suitable for adults, and families with children aged 7+ These free classes are running at 1100, 1230, 1400 and 1530. Just turn up and reserve your place. Join the debate at the Food Talks Get past the soundbites and hear the chewy facts of the matter with our guests, discussing the food matters they care most about. Food and farming have always been the grounds for social
activism, from the Levellers and Todmorden Martyrs, through radical vegetarianism and the Organic movement, to today’s Incredible Edible guerilla gardeners and Clean Eating gurus. The choices we make when we fill our mouths are as much political as edible. Hosted by BBC Somerset the talks will be at 1100, 1300 and 1500. On the KDS Fresh Ideas Stage the team will be bringing local cooks and chefs to the stage to share with you their top tips, techniques and cheats. Demos will be at 1130, 1230, 1330 and 1430. There is also the Young Makers Market - showcasing the new talent from across the local area. If you want to join the crew and help to bring the festival to life on Saturday 2 September drop the team a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07771 665445. There are lots of difference opportunities available throughout the day. Eat: Wellington offers you a great opportunity to taste the best of the southwest in the heart of the town. Stock Up! ı Blow Out! ı Go to Town!
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200 years since the laying of the Foundation Stone and the Monument’s biggest challenge so far. The Wellington Monument stands high on a ridge of the Blackdown Hills and this October marks 200 years since the laying of the foundation stone. The tallest three-sided obelisk in the world, it now faces major challenges as we try to raise the £4m needed to repair the structure and once again enable people to climb to the top. The Monument was conceived by local people following the Duke of Wellington’s success at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The first Duke had taken his name from the town on the advice of his brother. The original plans were for a more ornate design including a statue of the Duke stood atop and there is even reference to the inclusion of dwellings for veterans. On the 20th October 1817 the foundation stone was laid. Lord Somerville addressed the crowd, coins of different denominations were buried beneath and some 10,000 people making a mile-long procession were reported to have celebrated the moment. However, by the end of 1818 an appeal for further funds was already being made. By 1829 the structure sat unfinished at 121 feet tall. It was not until an apparent resurgence of interest upon the death of the Duke of Wellington in 1852 that funds became available to finish the building to a simpler design. Though the Monument only reached its current height of 175 feet following repairs that were needed again in the 1890s. And the Monument’s problems have continued. The varying quality of the building works, failing repairs, the exposed position and the very
shape of the structure have all contributed to the need for regular largescale and expensive repairs throughout its lifetime. The National Trust were asked to take the site at the start of the 1930s and have looked after it ever since. In recent times we had no choice but to erect a fence around the bottom to protect people from the danger of falling masonry. An initial survey of the building at that time began to illustrate the extent and scale of the problems. Works to improve the wider site were begun and in 2014 a design team were appointed to fully consider what the options for repair were. A series of further surveys were needed including measuring the impact of wind, looking at how the Monument moved in different conditions and undertaking a ground penetrating radar survey to look at the thickness of the front-facing ashlar stones and where holes existed behind these. Following this extensive research a preferred solution was put forward in 2016 which would see the Monument fully repaired, the fence removed and people once again able to climb to the top. But it’s going to cost - £4m to be exact. The fundraising campaign got off to a flying start in late 2016 when as part of the November budget statement, the Chancellor announced £1m of LIBOR funds was to be allocated to the Monument. However, in March this year we learnt our first round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a large part of the remainder of the funds needed was unsuccessful. The plan is now to reapply in mid-June 2017 with a decision being made in September 2017. Even if we are successful this time we need to raise further funds by working in partnership with local people. The National Trust is a charity with hundreds of millions of pounds of backlog conservation work needed across the sites it looks after. We absolutely rely on grants, donations and legacies from our amazing supporters to ensure the future of the special places we look after. Having already invested a great deal of time and money to reach this point, our commitment to the Monument remains and is strengthened by the support and affection shown by local people. The Heritage Lottery Fund is the largest funder of heritage in our country. The competition for their funding is fierce yet without this, filling the gap for the Monument feels nearly impossible so we will need to carefully consider where to go if unsuccessful with our second application. So as the 200 year anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone approaches, the Monument is perhaps facing its biggest ever trial. But whatever happens next, it feels as though we’ve come a long way by working with local people and understanding better what the Monument means to you all – thank you.
illustration by Rebecca Boxall of Doodlebug
The Wellington Monument Project
Photo National Trust/William Hosie
For more information on visiting, the latest news and how you can support and get involved please see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wellington-monument
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Your waste services in Wellington 2017-18 Household collections and the local recycling centre give every home in and around Wellington access to waste services. Almost all homes receive weekly recycling and food waste collections, fortnightly rubbish collections and can order a paid-for fortnightly garden waste service. Most blocks of flats have shared bins for rubbish and to recycle some materials.
For kerbside collections:
• Put containers where easily seen, on the edge of your property (without obstructing road or pavement) by 7am on collection days and no earlier than the night before. • Take containers in as soon as possible after collections. • Ensure waste cannot escape in severe weather. • All containers belong to Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) and cannot be bought, sold, given away or exchanged. Leave containers behind if you move (except your garden waste bin, if moving within Somerset).
Sort and segregate materials:
• Recycling box 1. Paper; glass bottles and jars (unbroken only, not table or cookware); aluminium foil (bagged). • Recycling box 2. Food and drink cans (rinse, squash if possible, trap tops and steel jar lids inside); aerosols (empty, tops off, do not squash or pierce); plastic bottles (rinse, squash, no tops); card (flattened, cut up large sheets). • On or beside boxes – clothes, shoes (tied in pairs), and textiles, except for stuffed items, such as duvets. Keep dry in plastic bags, not black sacks.
Food waste collections
Do not put any food waste in your rubbish bin or black rubbish sacks. Use your kitchen caddy to add all cooked, fresh, mouldy or raw food waste to the lockable kerbside food bin, including meat, small bones, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta, tea bags, and paper kitchen towel. Line the caddy and bin with compostable liners – with the “looped seedling” logo – or newspaper. Do not include any plastic, garden waste or any other materials with food waste. Store away from heat and direct sun. Somerset’s anaerobic digester recycles all of Wellington’s food is into electricity and agricultural fertilizer.
The fortnightly charged-for garden waste service takes flowers, plants, grass and weeds; hedge and tree prunings (no more than 10cm thick); straw or sawdust (if animal bedding, only from vegetarian domestic pets). This service is suspended for one collection each year during Christmas and New Year.
Domestic rubbish is collected fortnightly. A wheeled bin is provided, if there is storage space. Only rubbish inside the bin with the lid closed will be collected. If your property is unsuitable for a wheeled bin, you can put out up to four black sacks of rubbish each time. Do not put these materials in your bin: • Food waste or anything else you can recycle. • Hot ash (leave to cool). • Hypodermic needles. • Commercial waste. • Rubble, earth, stones. • Garden waste. • Bulky household items. • Engine oil, paint, chemicals.
Use your rubbish bin for any household waste that cannot be recycled or composted:
• Plastic pots, tubs, trays and film. • Vacuum cleaner contents. • Cat, dog or other pet litter. • Disposable nappies (see website about savings from cloth nappies). Wellington Recycling Centre at the Poole Brickworks, Nynehead, TA21 9HW, is open five days a week: Monday 8am-7pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 8am-4pm; Sunday 8am-1pm. It is closed every Thursday and Friday, and on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The next nearest recycling centre is Taunton, which is open 8am4pm seven days a week. Among the materials accepted at Wellington for recycling are: • Batteries (car lead-acid and portable household) • Cans (drink and food) • Cardboard • Commercial waste • Drink cartons (Tetra Pak) • Electrical appliances* • Fluorescent tubes • Fridges and freezers • Furniture • Garden waste • Gas bottles • Glass bottles and jars • Low-energy light bulbs • Mattresses • Mobile phones* • Oil – cooking and engine oil • Paper • Plastic bottles • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (trial) • Residual waste (including plate/window glass) • Scrap metal • Smoke alarms (domestic) • Soil and hardcore • Textiles (clothes, sheets etc – not stuffed) and shoes (tied in pairs) • Toner cartridges • Tyres • Vehicle parts • Wood *When recycling electrical and electronic items, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops and PCs, remove any sim cards, and delete all sensitive information. Charges apply at all centres to deposit hardcore, soil, tyres and gas bottles, which are not classed as household waste. Wellington Recycling Centre does not accept asbestos or plasterboard. Check the website for which recycling sites take these materials or to arrange collection, essential safety precautions and advance online payments. Wellington accepts paid-for commercial waste. For details, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/business/sites/. It also accepts vehicle parts for paid-for disposal. Again, check the website. For collection enquiries, including optional services, such as assisted, garden, bulky and clinical waste collections, contact Taunton Deane Borough Council on 01823 356346 or email@example.com. For recycling site enquiries, contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For waste information, easy tips about how to repair or reuse items no longer needed, and measures to take to fight fly-tipping, visit www.somersetwaste.gov.uk. 33
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SPORTS CLUBS Blackdown Sea Angling Club
The club meets at the Dolphin Inn on the first Tuesday of each month and membership is open to all age groups, seniors £15 and juniors/oaps £5 per annum. The club holds regular monthly shore and boat league competitions. The club has now been in existence for over 36 years and has a membership of around 40 at the moment, including one angler who has just been selected to fish for England at the world champs in South Africa, if selected for the final squad. Anyone wishing any further information can contact me, Scott Shepherd (Chairman) on 07872 937564 or 01934 425794
Rockwell Green Short Mat Bowls Club
We are a friendly little club that meet on Wednesday & Sunday evenings at Rockwell Green Village Hall @ 6.30 pm. An ideal way to take a little gentle exercise Come & enjoy 2 hours of chat & exercise. All we ask is that you wear soft flat shoes. Woods are supplied. For more information ring Mr Hugh Giles on 01823 662945.
Wellington Cricket Club
Wellington Cricket Club runs three senior Saturday sides that play in the West of England Premier League (Somerset Division) (1st XI), Somerset League Division Five (2nd XI) and Somerset League Division Eight South (3rd XI). There is also a Sunday XI that plays a mix of league and non-league games and a Midweek XI that plays T20 evening matches with local sides and hosts touring sides. An Under 19s side that plays in a bespoke T20 competition is also on offer. Junior teams that play at each of Under 11, 13 and 15 age groups play too.The Club has a Past Players Association and a vibrant social calendar too with events taking place at its Clubhouse and away from it too. For details of the Club please contact its Chairman Mark Salter on 07885 839304.
Wellington Football Club
Wellington Football Club runs three senior male teams on Saturdays playing in Division One of the Western League (1stXI) and Division One (2nd XI) and Division Seven (3rd XI) of the Devon and Exeter League. A Senior Ladies Team plays in Division One of the Somerset County Ladies League. Junior football is enjoyed from ages 8 – 18 at both male and female levels. For senior section details please contact the 1st XI Manager Clive Jones on 01884 829281. For junior section details please contact the section’s Secretary Colin Waller on 01823 667411. For ladies section details please contact Leanne Godwin on 0787 670 8051.
Wellington Bowling Club
Has been established for over 100 years. Situated in Corams Lane between the Sports Centre and the Rugby Club, we have an outdoor green with six well maintained rinks and a single indoor rink. During the summer, men’s and ladies’ teams compete in various leagues but, for the less competitive, there is a full programme of friendly matches. In the winter, the indoor green is used for league fixtures and roll ups. We have a pleasant clubhouse, with a well stocked bar and dance floor, where we enjoy an after match drink or one of our social evenings. Bowls is a sport to be enjoyed by all ages and there is a warm welcome for new members. For those who want to give the game a try, there is free coaching available with equipment provided. For more information: Contact Brian Wombwell 01823 652863 or email@example.com
Welcome all interested in archery. During the summer we meet at Court Fields School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. In winter, indoor shooting takes place at Wellington Rugby Club on Tuesday evenings, and outdoors at Court Fields School on Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. Coaching assistance is available for beginners and there is a strong junior membership. For further information come along on shooting days or visit our website: www.wellingtonbowmen.co.uk
Wellington Croquet Club
Croquet is a game of guile and skill, suitable for people of all ages. We play every day, weather permitting, at Oake Manor Golf Course and compete in league matches as far afield as Nailsea and Plymouth. We offer introductory games without obligation to those interested. Anne Woodford 01823 667299
Wellington and District Sports Federation
WDSF is the umbrella group for all sport and associated activities in our town and has a twelve strong membership at this time ranging from football and rugby union to short mat bowls and fencing. It meets every two months in full session and takes these meetings on the road to its members home venues. As well as developing sporting activity in member Clubs the Federation also has a good working relationship with local statutory bodies that aid this development too. For details of the Federation, its work and aims and to join please contact its Chairman Steve Coles on 01823 667631.
Wellington Rugby Football Club
The Athletic Ground, Corams Lane, Wellington, Somerset England, TA21 8LL Membership Secretary: Steve Rea 01823 660632 The club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for training. New players always welcome. Dependent on fixtures, we play on Saturdays at 2:30pm. Wellington has three senior teams and several junior teams.
Wellington Squash Club and Racketball Club
Corams Lane, Wellington, Wellington Squash and Racketball Club is a members club with two courts. Club night,open to all, is every Wednesday from 7.00pm. For more information and membership details contact: Roger Nunn on 07970 930790 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: wellingtonsquashandracketballclub.co.uk
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“Pete Watts becomes chair of Wellington Business Association from September 2017. He takes over from Keith Wheatley who has led the WBA since 2014. Keith said “The WBA is in good shape with a growing membership that ranges from the bigger companies in our town to small startups. I’m delighted that Pete will be taking over from me in the autumn. Pete’s primary business Point33 is a highways consultancy specialising in the application of S106 funds from developers. He is also involved in numerous community interest schemes”. “I’ve enjoyed being a member of the WBA over the past few years and look forward to leading the group, said Pete, who is also a Scout leader. “
The WBA Community As a WBA member your business can become part of a network with local businesses in the Wellington area. In addition to the listing in the business directory, the WBA portal allows you to create your individual and company profile where you can interact with other members. Doing business together The WBA actively encourages trading within the business community. Members are referred directly by the WBA and by other members as and when an enquiry for the service or product offered by the members is received. Marketing opportunities The Association provides multiple opportunities for you to promote your business and services to local business community. The promotional platforms include the business directory, newsletters, mail shots, website, and event sponsorship. The WBA is there to help you get your message out to the targeted and receptive audience. Lobbying The WBA is the forum to discuss issues affecting your business and the area, and act as a unified lobbying group to make those issues heard at local, regional and national level through frequent contact with the Economic Development Unit at Taunton Deane and affiliating to Somerset Chamber Be part of an Association that has the interests of business at its heart and the views of which are respected by decision-making bodies.
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A little bit of America in the Blackdown Hills “The Band of Brothers” For a truly different day out visit the WW2 Nissen Hut & Upottery Heritage Centre at Cherry Hayes Farm, Smeathrpe Devon EX14 9RD. The Heritage Centre documents the major role this historic airfield played in the D-Day operation as well as the remarkable stories of the brave men who flew from there. The airfield at Smeatharpe was the last of the three airfields to be built on the Blackdown Hills during 1943 and was officially named Upottery. On 26th April 1944 the first operational unit the 439th Troop Carrier Group of the 50th Troop Carrier Wing of the United States Ninth Troop Carrier Command arrived with four Squadrons equipped with around eighty C-47 (Dakota) transport planes plus a similar number of gliders. Some of the construction work of the airfields services was still to be completed when the Americans arrived. During May the four squadrons trained intensively concentrating on quick assemblies and close quarter formations in readiness for their part on the D-Day missions. Just before midnight on June 5th 1944 eighty one C-47 aircraft took off from Upottery carrying over thirteen hundred men of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who were dropped in enemy held territory behind the Utah beach on the coast of France. Their task was to secure an exit corridor and fight off German counter attacks until the arrival of troops from a sea borne landing a few hours later. This was part of a very large operation code named Neptune described at the time as nine planes wide and five hours long, in total well over two hundred C-47 aircraft from the South West took part. Over thirteen thousand young American Paratroops were involved in this great airborne Armada. Despite some unaccounted for cloud along with heavy ground attack on the aircraft , which caused some confusion as they approached their target areas the mission proved successful overall and earned all of the 50th Wing Groups commendations. Among the Paratroops who departed Upottery were the men of Easy Company 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment who have now become immortalized as “The Band of Brothers” through the Spielberg Television series. This story unfolded from the loss of one of the three aircraft shot down belonging to the 439th Troop Carrier Group which was carrying the Easy Company Commander 1st Lt Thomas Meehan and many of his subordinates who along with every one else on board including the five man crew were killed. This meant that the responsibility of Easy Company Commander fell on the shoulders of a young 2nd Lt by the name of Richard (Dick) Winters who went on to lead his men in such a manner that he earned their respect, admiration and complete loyalty resulting in outstanding performances for the remainder of the war. June 7th 1944 at day break the 439th Troop carrier where airborne again as part of the second wave of the invasion this time with fifty planes towing thirty large wooden British built Horsa and twenty smaller canvas covered tubular steel framed
American built Waco gliders these transported nine hundred and sixty eight men of the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment along with some Jeeps supplies and other equipment. This remarkable film footage was taken at Upottery during preparation for operation Hackensack It was not many days after D-Day that the 439th TCGp planes started landing on grass strips behind the landing beaches of Omaha and Utah taking over supplies and ferrying home injured troops who invariably finished up in Musgrove Park Hospital at Taunton, this was purpose built for the American forces. Mid July saw the departure of three of the four squadrons over to Italy for the invasion of Southern France and missions to and from the Italian Front before returning to Upottery – but that is another story. The Nissen Hut & Upottery Heritage Centre is operated by South West Airfields Heritage Ltd (SWAHT is a charitable non profit making Trust) . FREE ADMISSION Opening Times: The Heritage Centre is Open from the last Thursday in March to the last Saturday in October Thursday to Saturday 11am to 4pm The SWAHT volunteers will do their best to accommodate groups or visits outside these hours and by prior arrangement it is possible to have a guided tour of many parts of the airfield (a small contribution to cover the additional costs will be necessary).
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List of Schools Beech Grove Primary School Headteacher: Ms Sara Tirrell Courtland Road, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NE Telephone: 01823 662438 Fax: 01823 666497 Email: email@example.com also firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.beechgroveprimaryschool.org.uk Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Court Fields Community School Headteacher: Ms Rachel Bennett Mantle Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8SW Telephone: 01823 664201 Fax: 01823 660812 Email: SCH.email@example.com Website: http://www.courtfields.net Type: Secondary Age Range: 11-16 Langford Budville CofE VC Primary School Headteacher: Miss Ella Rice Langford Budville, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0RD Telephone: 01823 400483 Fax: 01823 401003 firstname.lastname@example.org also email@example.com Website: http://www.langfordbudvilleschool.co.uk Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Rockwell Green CofE VC Primary School Headteacher: Mrs M Dunstan Brooklands Road, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DJ Telephone: 01823 662317 Fax: 01823 661246 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org also email@example.com Website: http://www.rockwellgreenprimary.co.uk Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Sampford Arundel Community Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Jacqui Collier Sampford Arundel, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9QN Telephone: 01823 672342 Fax: 01823 672519 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org also email@example.com Website:http:// www.sampfordarundelprimary.com Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Stawley Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Jacqui Collier Appley Cross, Stawley, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0HH
Telephone: 01823 672486 Fax: 01823 672486 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.stawleyschool.com Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 St Johnâ€™s CofE Primary School Headteacher: Mr Gareth Jones Priory, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9EJ Telephone: 01823 662541 Fax: 01823 660385 Email: email@example.com Website: firstname.lastname@example.org Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Wellesley Park Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Sian Evans Homefield, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AJ Telephone: 01823 664876 Fax: 01823 660916 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.wellesleyparkschool.com/ SCH.firstname.lastname@example.org Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Wellington School Headmaster: Mr Henry Price South Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NT Telephone: 01823 668800 Fax: 01823 668844 Email: email@example.com Website: www.wellington-school.org.uk Type: Independent School - Age range 10 - 18 Wellington Prep School Headmaster: Mr Adam Gibson South Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NT Telephone 01823 668700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.wellington-school.org.uk Type: Independent Junior School - Age range 3 - 10 West Buckland Community Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Helen MacGregor West Buckland, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9LD Telephone: 01823 663376 Fax: 01823 660329 Email: email@example.com also firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.westbucklandprimary.org.uk/ Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11
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Rockwell Green Church of England Primary School â€? outstanding Ofsted Sept 2013â€?
Rockets Pre-School â€œOutstandingâ€? Ofsted 2013
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Rockets Pre-School is part of Rockwell Green Church of England Primary School. Our fully qualified and experienced staff provide high quality care for children 2-4 years. Rockets provide children with a safe, fun and stimulating environment in a new purpose built setting. This fabulous new unit will allow us to take more children enabling families to take up the 30 hour funding from September 2017.
For further information please contact us on 01823 661964 Brooklands Road, Rockwell Green, Wellington TA21 9DJ
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Based in Taunton, I offer specialist help for individuals (aged nine plus) with reading, writing, spelling, study skills and memory techniques. Nynehead Under 5s Pre-School & Forest School Call Karen for an informal chat on: 01823 286803 Based in the former primary school building in the Village of Nynehead, or visit my website: excel-learning.co.uk just 2 miles from Wellington. Open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm. Age: 12 months â€“ 5 years. We accept childcare vouchers as well as 2 & 3/4 Early Years entitlement funding. 01823 664365 Website: www.nyneheadunder5s.btck.co.uk For information on The EdgeTel: Directory ring 01823 429220 or visit www.theedgedirectory.co.uk Email: email@example.com Visit our website or Contact us to arrange a visit or for a prospectus. 43
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Sampford Arundel Pre-School
Manager Bea Osbon The Bungalow, Chelston, Wellington TA21 9PH Tel: 01823 617255
Headteacher - Mrs Jacqui Collier, Sampford Arundel TA21 9QN Tel: 01823 672342, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Manager Paul Caddick Wellington Children’s Centre, Beech Grove, Primary School, Courtland Road, Wellington TA21 8NE Tel: 01823 667149 Contact: email@example.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01823 664365
Oakfield Day Nursery
Administrator Laura Knight Methodist Church, Waterloo Road, Wellington TA21 8JQ Tel: 01823 661676
Wellesley Park Primary School, Homefield, Wellington TA21 9AJ Tel: 01823 664876
Wellington Community Playgroup
Manager Laura Stoneman 12 Pyles Thorne, Wellington TA21 8DX Tel: 01823 665172
Supervisor: Carole Taylor Wellington Young People’s Centre, Mantle Street, Wellington TA21 8SW Tel. 07875 604954
Court Fields Community Pre-School
Wellington Junior School Little Wellies
Court Fields Community School, Mantle Street, Wellington Tel: 01823 662049
Headteacher Mrs M Dunston Rockwell Green CofE Primary School Brooklands Road, Rockwell Green TA21 9DJ 01823 661964
South Street, Wellington TA21 8NT Tel: 01823 668700
West Buckland Pre-School
Manager: Angela Wills The Village Hall, Silver Street West Buckland TA21 9NA email email@example.com Tel 07779459386
Read Easy Some 2.4 million adults in England have a reading age Please contact Louise Taylor on 07711 000339 or of less than a seven year old. Can you imagine not being email firstname.lastname@example.org. able to read a newspaper, a food label, bus timetable or a bedtime story to your children? There is only one national scheme for one to one tuition for adults who struggle with reading. And now Wellington has a fully functioning branch of Read Easy. Twelve coaches have been trained, a management committee formed and a coordinator appointed ready to help anyone in the town and surrounding area who would like confidential help with this basic skill. The town council has started off this new charity branch with a grant to help buy its first order of training manuals and support reading books and in May, Read Easy Wellington was already coaching three people. Chairman Alison Weekes said:” We know there are many more people out there who need our help and support and we are looking forward to the day when we have our first graduates, whether they take six months or two years!” “And it is never too late to learn. We will endeavour to help anyone from the age of 18 upwards. This young charity started in the West Country in 2010 and is rapidly expanding across the country. If you know someone who would benefit from this scheme please do get in touch. We know it can be embarrassing for someone to admit they have a reading problem and we are here to help.” 44
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Court Fields School Achieve | Belong | Participate Court Fields School is a great place to learn. We are very proud of our school and the achievement of our students. We are passionate about achieving success for every child. Court Fields is a happy and friendly school where students and teachers enjoy working together. We are an Academy and part of a Multi Academy Trust. We pride ourselves on our excellent GCSE results, our outstanding pastoral care, our exciting programme of extra-curricular and outdoor education and our commitment to developing the whole child.
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“Court Fields is brilliant, it is a great place to go to school”. Year 7 student
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