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Wellington Town Guide






CONTENTS Information Page Foreword from the Mayor – Bob Bowrah Wellington Town Council Wellington Town Councillors Wellington Twinning Association Town Crest Library Wellington in Bloom Community Office - Community Centre Wellington Museum Schools Worship in Wellington Charities & Clubs Read Easy Sports Clubs

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Taunton Flower Show Wellington Town Diary Entertainment in the Park Wellington Carnival In & Around Wellington Motoring in Wellington Performing Arts in Wellington Map of Wellington Wellington Business Association List of Advertisers Business Directory Emergency & Come in Handy Information Waste in Wellington Photography Winners

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Front and Back Cover Pictures Somerset and Devon are beautiful counties and Wellington is a fascinating mixture of old and new with all the attitude of a market town, the ambience of a village and the history of a town that features in the Domesday Book. The front cover is a celebration of Wellington Park shown as a stained glass window adapted from one of the windows of the United Reformed Church in Mantle Street. The back page reflects the beauty of the South West as seen through the eyes of some very talented young photographers. The Rotary Club of Wellington hosts entries for the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland National Youth Photographic Competition. The Wellington Edge and Town Guide have been delighted to support this competition and include the successful photographs on the back cover of the Town Guide. This year the theme for the National Competition was “Our World is Beautiful” and three local entrants won the District Competition and now go on to the National Finals. So many congratulations to Michael Crilly with his photograph of “Seaton Estuary” which won the Senior Class. “Blemished Beauty” by David Clackson was the Intermediate Winner and Corbin Bate’s “Garden Stream” won the Junior Class and they appear on our back cover. Photographs from other entrants appear throughout the Town Guide and reflect not only the beauty of our area but the talent to capture those images. Acknowledgements Edge Publications is a Wellington based company who produce the annual Wellington Town Guide and the very popular bi-monthly Wellington Edge. Proprietors Richard and Yvonne Coupe aim to support the town by promoting local business, charities and community organisations . They could not produce such high quality publications without the considerable help of many people. Without the support of advertisers we could not provide free copy for charities and community organisations and promote local events. It is important therefore that readers support our town centre and local traders, without your patronage of the High Street, as we know it, will die. Similarly the local tradesmen (and tradeswomen) are excellent and having used many of them ourselves or hear great reports from our readers we can vouch for the quality and value for money that you get by using “local”, after all they are our neighbours and have to maintain their reputation as word quickly spreads if they are not producing the quality we expect. Putting together the Town Guide and Edge is a never ending labour of love and Yvonne and I are hugely grateful for the support from Penny Crout whose never ending enthusiasm, ideas and drive to bring in new sales and look after current advertisers makes my job, as Editor, so much easier. Our thanks also go to Wellington Town Council and particularly Town Clerk Greg Dyke, Deputy Town Clerk Debbie Bere and recently Gill Croucher who has provided maternity cover for Debbie. We aim to ensure that every home in Wellington and Rockwell Green receive a copy of the Town Guide so we are indebted to our distribution team: 1st Wellington Scouts, John & Sue Vallance, Patrick Clark, 1st Rockwell Green Scouts, Mrs Betty Bell and a recent addition Terry Dickens. For the scouts it is the ultimate bob-a-job! Thanks also to Andy Roswell for his excellent graphic design and technical support and Four Way Print Ltd for their high quality production. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this publication’s content, however, Edge Publications accept no liability 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 the publisher. This publication is produced by Edge Publications Proprietors Richard Coupe & Yvonne Coupe • Registered Office: 22 Wellesley Park, Wellington Somerset TA21 8PY • 01823 429220. email: 2

Welcome Bob Bowrah - Mayor of Wellington I am very pleased to be able to write a few words to introduce the 2016 edition of the Town Guide. This is an excellent publication for both established Wellington residents and those that have recently settled into the town, giving a wealth of information on groups and services operating in the area. My thanks go to all the advertisers who make the guide feasible. Unusually for a town of our size we have our own cinema, which in itself is a wonderful Art Deco building, very popular with residents far and wide and also the venue for excellent theatrical productions, with input by Wellington Arts Association and the Operatic Society for pantomimes and musicals, a venue not to be missed. One of my subjects that I always raise is the amount of voluntary organisations that keep our town running and you will see in the Guide some of the many groups we have. If you are a newcomer to the town, look through to see what you can contribute by joining one of the many voluntary organisations. The Town Council is proud to support many of these organisations in the form of grants to help them operate, Wellington has an amazing history going back centuries and I recommend a visit to our lovely museum, it should also be first stop when you have guests or relatives visiting. It is staffed by some very knowledgeable volunteers and has some wonderful exhibits charting the town’s famous residents and history. During the year, we have a wide variety of events to suit all tastes: Concerts in the Park, Food Fair, Street Fair, annual Carnival and the World Welly Boot Throwing Competition to name a few. As your Mayor, I am the World Welly Boot Throwing Champion for the over 70’s and will be defending my Title this year. As many are aware, Wellington is going through an unprecedented period of housing growth, with Longforth Farm, Cades Farm and Jurston Farm housing developments going ahead at full pace. Regrettably, the layout of the town presents problems with parking and traffic build-ups at peak times of the day. We as

a Town Council know the problem only too well and a new approach to this has to be taken up at Deane and County Council levels. The Town Council faces many challenges that the increase in housing will have and the impact on schools, medical facilities, roads and infrastructure in general. Working parties have been set up to try to soften this impact and all Council members are working on these challenges. On the good news front, we welcome such firms as Waitrose, Rigidboard and soon Wetherspoons to Wellington and many small traders who fill our town centre with diverse shops and businesses. On the social and sporting side we have pool, skittles, darts, bowling, archery and many more activities that you can join as well as rugby, football, tennis, cricket, squash and many more clubs, so find something and join today. I must also mention the excellent Sports Centre we are lucky to have. The Town Council makes every effort, through a variety of mediums, to be transparent and open and to inform the residents of the town, whatever their age, of events taking place within the town. We do this through our website via our Facebook and Twitter accounts and through the local press and the Wellington Edge. Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly Town Council Meetings which are held at the United Reform Church on the first Monday of the month, except Bank Holidays, with the Planning Meetings starting at 1815hrs and full Council Meeting at 1900hrs. Why not come along sometime and if you have a subject of concern, you can speak at the meetings after registering with the Town Clerk. I hope you enjoy reading and referring to this Guide. Very best wishes

Bob Bowrah 3




TOWN COUNCIL THE 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.

Office Hours

The Town Council offices are open to the public between 9am – 12pm weekdays (excluding Bank Holidays). Appointments are available on request 01823 662855

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 (Maternity Leave Feb.-Nov.2016)

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

Gill Croucher Assistant to the Town Clerk (Maternity Cover)

Gill has joined the Town Council to cover Debbie’s maternity leave. She spent many years working in Democratic Services with TDBC, so knows what to expect from working with Greg again! Gill lives in Wellington and is married with 3 grown up children. She enjoys trips to the theatre, walking in the countryside and reading. She is also a member of Wellington WI.

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COUNCILLORS Wellington Town Councillors Rockwell Green Ward

Wellington West Ward

Bill Sparrow Tel:  01823 660381 

Bob Bowrah, BEM (Mayor) Tel: 01823 666739

Bill served in the RAF for 5 years. When younger he lived in Staffield and worked in Penrith for Local Government as a Management Services Officer. He also served as a Dacre Parish councillor. Also later worked in consultancy in both the private and public sectors. Education achievements include a Diploma in Industrial Relations from London School Of Economics, an HND and BA [hons] degree from Cumbria College Of Art and Design/ University of Lancaster. Bill moved to Rockwell Green in 2000 and enjoys living here.

Janet Lloyd Tel. 01823 672877 Email:

Janet moved to the Wellington area from Dorset 25 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 elected Deputy Mayor in May 2014. 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.

Marcus Barr Tel: 01823 666470 Email:

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.

Bob was married in 1967 to Liz who he met whilst serving in Norton Manor Camp in 1961/62. They settled in Wellington in 1977 and have 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. Having served in HM Forces (army) for 27 years, he retired in 1986 and has had various employments since then. He was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1980. Bob represents Rockwell Green and Wellington West Ward on Taunton Deane Borough Council and has done so since 2003. He is Chairman of Taunton Deane Planning Committee, a member of the Tenants Services Management Board, is 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, is an allotment holder at the Basins and Rockwell Green and is a very keen angler.

Vivienne Stock-Williams (Mayor TDBC) Tel: 01823 673244 Email:

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 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:

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

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 infrastructure to avoid having an adverse impact on the town centre and the businesses that are located in it.

James Hunt Tel. 01823 664400

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 6

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 ever 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 and represent 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

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 also represents Blackdown and Wellington East Division on Somerset County Council.

Gary James (Deputy Mayor) Tel: 01823 662112 Email:

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 passion is squash where he has played at International and County Levels. He enjoys gardening and takes great pleasure in looking after their new granddaughter 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 Gloria Copley Tel: 01823 662849

Gloria came to live in Wellington in 1967 and taught in Taunton until 1993. She is married with three children and two grandchildren. Born in London, Gloria was evacuated in the war to Northampton and went to school there. She qualified with a Cert.Ed in Liverpool in the fifties and then Open University BA graduating in 1992. After graduating Gloria worked with children with learning problems and completed the Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties at Bridgwater College. Gloria says she enjoys being involved with life in Wellington and has been on the town Twinning Committee since 1978 and is a foundation governor of St John’s C of E Primary School and also a governor of Popham Almshouses. She belongs to the Museum Society and Friends of Wellington Park and has been on Wellington Town Council since 2005 and was on Taunton Deane Borough Council from 2007 - 2011.

Andrew Govier Tel: 01823 667589

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:

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 part-time 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 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.

Will Brown Tel: 01823 661602 Email:

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:

Cllr Biscoe has lived in Wellington for more than twenty years. 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 Cllr Biscoe’s daughters went to school in Wellington at Beech Grove and Court Fields. 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 nonmotorised road users, and has long advocated a traffic-free route between Wellington and Taunton. Cllr Biscoe 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




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 - Lynda Russell-Cairns 01823 974305 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. Mattress:

This is for the furniture company of Relyon.

Bull’s Head: 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




Torres Vedras

wellington LIBRARY

Wellington Library Friends Group Wellington Library Friends Group aims to support the Library by helping to bring the attention of the community to the vast array of services now available. These cover a wide range of digital information as well as the traditional books and materials for all ages and interests. They also aim to help at functions organised by the Library. This may include help with publicity, community liaison and on the day organisation. The Friends already run Reading and Stitching groups and others, such as a Lego group for children, are being planned. For 2016/17 they are organising a series of talks/demonstrations to be held in the Library, outside normal opening hours. These will cover a wide range of subjects including things of local and national interest. Anyone interested in getting involved with the Friends can get details from the Library staff. Library opening hours are listed in each issue of “The Edge”

16 Fore Street, Wellington TA21 8AQ • Tel 0300 123 2224 email: • web:

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

The nearest Registration Office is in the Old Municipal Buildings in Taunton.

WELLINGTON IN BLOOM Wellington in Bloom entered South West in Bloom for over 30 years until 2008, winning gold medals 6 times and the Portman Cup 5 times. Since then we have concentrated our efforts on neighbourhood projects, winning awards in 2013 for the Peace Garden, the Basins and Swains Lane Nature Reserves, and establishing the Trinity Orchard working with other voluntary groups on establishing new projects. Since we began in 1984 we have initiated many improvements for our town, to remove eyesores in our High Street, and we restored and maintain.. the Peace Garden to the rear of the Friends Meeting House as well as providing the floral displays in Lancer Court. We have planted bulbs along the verges to the town, established wildlife areas, and supported pre-schools and schools in their eco award projects, as well as removing litter and flyposting from our streets. Wellington in Bloom continues to work with other groups in the care and maintenance of the town, offering guidance and practical help whenever we are asked. For example Swains Lane Nature Reserve is looking to team up with the Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership as it goes forward with a new management

plan for the next 10 years. We can give a warm welcome to 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 meet monthly at St John Fisher parish hall, Mantle Street. We receive a grant from the Town Council helping us to ensure Wellington is ‘floral, friendly, flourishing and foodie’ for our residents and visitors

More details and info from: Chair: Isabel Ward email: 01823 667456 Vice Chairman: Jenny Taylor : email: 01823 663137 Secretary : Anna O’Donoghue : email: 01823 668514 Treasurer: Jenny Vickery, 7 Seymour Street 01823 664695 Pre-Schools Liaison Officers: Jenny Vickery Cherry Hitchcock email: 01823 664850 Schools Liaison Officer: Carol Taylor: email: cataylor1257@gmail. 9




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 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.

COMMUNITY CENTRE 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 Telephone 01823 666233 Registered Charity No. 304666

MUSEUM Wellington Museum & Local History Society 28 Fore Street, Wellington TA21 8AQ Tel: 07971 242904 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




List of Schools Beech Grove Primary School Headteacher: Ms Sara Tirrell Courtland Road, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NE Telephone: 01823 662438 Fax: 01823 666497 Email: also Website: Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11

Wellesley Park Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Lindsay Gabriel Homefield, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9AJ Telephone: 01823 664876 Fax: 01823 660916 Email: Website: 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: Website: Type: Secondary Age Range: 11-16

Wellington School Headmaster: Mr Henry Price South Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NT Telephone: 01823 668800 Fax: 01823 668844 Email: Website: Type: Independent School - Age range 10 - 18

Langford Budville CofE VC Primary School Headteacher: Mr K Sharpe Langford Budville, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0RD Telephone: 01823 400483 Fax: 01823 401003 Email: also Website: Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11

Wellington Prep School Headmaster: Mr Adam Gibson South Street, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 8NT Telephone 01823 668700 Email: Website: Type: Independent Junior School - Age range 3 - 10

Sampford Arundel Community Primary School Headteacher: Ms Jacqui Collier Sampford Arundel, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9QN Telephone: 01823 672342 Fax: 01823 672519 Email: also Website:http:// Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 St John’s CofE Primary School Headteacher: Mr Gareth Jones Priory, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9EJ Telephone: 01823 662541 Fax: 01823 660385 Email: Website: Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 12

West Buckland Community Primary School Headteacher: Mrs Helen MacGregor West Buckland, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9LD Telephone: 01823 663376 Fax: 01823 660329 Email: also Website: Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 Stawley Primary School Headteacher: Ms Jacqui Collier Appley Cross, Stawley, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0HH Telephone: 01823 672486 Fax: 01823 672486 Email: Website: Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11 My Favourite Neighbourhood View - Bennie Williams

Rockwell Green CofE VC Primary School Headteacher: Mrs M Dunstan Brooklands Road, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DJ Telephone: 01823 662317 Fax: 01823 661246 Email: also Website: Type: Primary Age Range: 4-11

Sampford Arundel Pre-School Fantastic village pre-school only a few minutes from Wellington Open Monday and Tuesday

Places available now

Toddlers Group We meet at the school on Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.00 Come and visit us – we would love to meet you

Call 01823 672342 ­ Pre-Schools

Blackdown Childrens Day Nursery

Sampford Arundel Pre-School

Manager Trudi Wilton The Bungalow, Chelston, Wellington TA21 9PH Tel: 07754 751750

Headteacher - Ms Jacqui Collier, Sampford Arundel TA21 9QN Tel: 01823 672342, email

Bouncy Bear Childcare

Waterloo Road Community Pre-School

Manager Paul Caddick Wellington Children’s Centre, Beech Grove, Primary School, Courtland Road, Wellington TA21 8NE Tel: 01823 667149

Nynehead Under 5s Pre-school & Forest School Contact: email: Tel: 07947 663108

Oakfield Day Nursery

Manager Laura Ponter 12 Pyles Thorne, Wellington TA21 8DX Tel: 01823 665172

Court Fields Community Pre-School Court Fields Community School, Mantle Street, Wellington Tel: 01823 664401

Rockets Pre-School

Headteacher Mrs M Dunston Rockwell Green CofE Primary School Brooklands Road, Rockwell Green TA21 9DJ 01823 661964

Administrator Liz Powell-Gill Methodist Church, Waterloo Road, Wellington TA21 8JQ Tel: 01823 661676

Wellesley Park Pre-School

Wellesley Park Primary School, Homefield, Wellington TA21 9AJ Tel: 01823 664876

Wellington Community Playgroup

Supervisors: Julie Potter /Carole Maunder Wellington Scout Group Hall, 8a Fore Street, Wellington Tel. 07875 604954

Wellington Junior School Little Wellies 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 Tel 07779459386

Nynehead Under 5s Pre-School & Forest School Based in the former primary school building in the Village of Nynehead, just 2 miles from Wellington. Open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm Age: 3 months- 5 years. We accept childcare vouchers as well as 2 & 3/4 Early Years entitlement funding. Tel: 01823 664365 Website: Email: Visit our website or Contact us to arrange a visit or for a prospectus. 13










Rockwell Green Church of England Primary School � outstanding Ofsted Sept 2013�

Rockets Pre-School “Outstanding� Ofsted 2013

Launch into lifelong learning!

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 fabulous purpose built setting. It is open from 8.45am - 3.15pm during school term times with full and part day sessions available.

For further information please contact us on 01823 661964 Brooklands Road, Rockwell Green, Wellington TA21 9DJ

“the quality of the provision is outstanding� Ofsted Sept 2013 Delivering Local Events to Support Local Initiatives Point Three is a Wellington-based Community Interest Company which supports schools, charities and community groups in the Taunton Deane area.

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Based in Taunton, I offer specialist help for individuals (aged nine plus) with reading, writing, spelling, study skills The local paper for an online age and memory techniques. Call Karen for an informal chat on: 01823 286803 or visit my website: @AroundWelly on Twitter Around Wellington on Facebook


Local News about shops and businesses reports on local Councilring meetings reports from local teams For information on The Edge Directory 01823 429220 orMatch visit Information from local schools and much much more 16

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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real difference to me”. Year 11 student

“Court Fields is brilliant, it is a great place to go to school”. Year 7 student

If you would like a tour of our school, please contact us: Tel: 01823 664201 email: For more information please go to our website:





Term Time Toddler group | Open to all pre-school children Every Thursday morning | 9.15 - 11.15 am Wellington Pre School Hall £3 per child weekly charge | £1 per additional child

Contact Maria Kerr for more details – 01823 668700 |


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:

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:

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). A warm welcome awaits you at the church. 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. The post of Vicar is currently vacant. 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:

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 Wellington Methodist Church in Waterloo Road welcomes warm welcome. all ages. We seek to worship God and to serve Him in the community. Our faith in the living Jesus Christ expresses itself Church Phone no 669406 or Pastor Bob House on 01823 in loving, self-giving and joyful service, and the life of our 665290 or email:  faith community includes the study of the Bible and seeking Visit our website at to get further information.  to apply its message to our lives. 19




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 Vincent Curtis on p.stjohnfisher@ Website: 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)

For over two hundred 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 4,400 left to be done! People on lower incomes can still afford to buy their own Bibles, as prices are kept down. In 2014 our branch focussed on South Sudan, the worlds newest nation and this year we hope to raise £1000 for the work of Bible Society in Turkey. 2015 branch events are: Saturday 27th June, Coffee Morning & Sale at United Reformed Church from 10.00 - 11.30 a.m.; Turkish Evening on Saturday 12th September at Baptist Church at 7.30 p.m.; Songs of Praise on Sunday 1st November at All Saints Church, Rockwell Green at 6.30 p.m. For further information please contact Chairman John Salter (669043) or Secretary David Brown (664843).

Christian Care for One World (CCOW) is a local ecumeni-

cal 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

In the last Wellington Town Guide you would have found us under the name ‘King’s Church’ and we continue with much of the same passion as we had before, but there has been a huge amount of change too – let us explain… The first big change in 2015 was in leadership. Mark & Julie Morse, who are known to many in the town, felt it was time to move on and so the trustees appointed Steve & Larisa Jenkins as the new pastors for the church. This brought with it new vision and styles of leading too. Then, after moving into the rented Salvation Army Hall as recently as 2014, the Salvation Army had decided it was time to sell the building, so we were on the move again! While we were in the middle of all this change is was felt this new season required a new name to set a new path… so here we are, now called Life Central Church. We are meeting on Sundays at St.John’s C of E Primary School, Priory. (10:30 am) and midweek on a Thursday at 7:30 pm in Wellington Community Centre, White Hart Lane. We also have new offices that you are very welcome to drop into at the ‘Life Central Rooms’, Town Hall (over the new Wetherspoons!) So, if you’d like to find out more of what we are doing, please go to our website . You can drop us an email at and also like our Facebook or Twitter feeds. If you need to talk, call us on 01823 665622 and we’d love to be of help.





CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WELLINGTON AND DISTRICT Our Mission is to pray and work together as Christians for the benefit of the community, to respect and share with others

the richness of each Church’s tradition, and to give God the glory in our worship. Moderator: Andrew Harvey email: Deputy Moderator: Rev Tim Treanor email: Communications Secretary: Isabel Ward email: Treasurer: Chris Salter email:

One of the joys of being linked with Churches Together in Wellington and the surrounding villages is that we are a ‘happy band of pilgrims’ working together for the good of our communities and to the glory of God through our worship within our different traditions. Anyone new to Wellington will be given a warm and friendly welcome within any of our churches listed in this guide. Through the year various church folk can be seen helping at the Foodbank, for those in need of groceries, and a listening ear over a cup of tea. Street Pastors serve our community with a ‘night watch’ 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 again in August from 16th - 18th at Wellesley Park Junior School, where the young ones enjoy activities, talks, and learn about the Christian faith in a fun environment. More details from the Baptist Church website. During the year members of the churches hold Fun Day events in various venues to bring local residents and families together over a BBQ, activities for children,

01823 672244 01823 662248 01823 667456 01823 669043

and refreshments for all. Howard Road Fun Day 4th September is in the afternoon. To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, the Bible Society are distributing copies of a Souvenir Book recording the importance of the Queen’s Christian faith. These will be available through the churches, at the cost of £1 each. The book will make an excellent present. Some other members of churches have been supporting Reminiscence Learning, a charity providing help and advice for those with dementia in our care homes and at home. The Churches Together hold a ‘Care in the Community Service’ on Sunday 16th October at 4.00pm in the Parish Church. There will be Carols around the pubs on 16th December, preceded by Open air Carols on the Lawn of the United Reformed Church on 14th December at 6.30pm. We hope to hold another Lunch for those without family or friends on Christmas Day, hosted at the United Reformed Church hall. If you are new to Wellington and would like to join us then just be in touch with our Communications Secretary: Isabel Ward, email:


BAPTIST CHURCH, SOUTH STREET Minister: Rev. Sam Griffiths: Church Office: email 01823 663713 CHURCH OF ENGLAND St John the Baptist Parish Church, Wellington The Rev. Tim Treanor, The Rectory, High St 01823 662248 Administrator: Sharon Chorley : (Parish Office) email: stjohns.wellington@googlemail 01823 665254 All Saints Rockwell Green, Sampford Arundel & Thorne St Margaret – vacant East Group of Parishes Bradford on Tone, Langford Budville, Nynehead, Runnington & West Buckland The Rev. Alan Ellacott 01823 669824 Ashbrittle Group with Bathealton, Kittisford and Stawley Rev. Martin Perry 01823 665803 Life Central Church Steve & Larisa Jenkins 01823 665622 METHODIST CHURCH, Waterloo Road Revd. Frieder Kreschnak 01823 662724



01823 665290

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH – St John Fisher, Mantle Street 01823 662283 Revd. Fr. Vincent Curtis (Parish Office): SALVATION ARMY c/o Major Sue Camp-Richards, Taunton Citadel, South Street, TA1 3AA 01823 274780 SOCIETY OF FRIENDS Quaker Meeting House & Peace Garden, High Street Mrs Marian Dawson 01823 665855 Bookings: Georgina M: 07505 840278 UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, Fore Street The Minister Revd Jenny Kilgour, email: 01884 357880 The secretary Andrew Harvey, email: 01823 672244 Hall Bookings John Chard 01823 667362 REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHRISTIAN AID The Rev. Philip Regan, email: 01823 662193 WELLINGTON FOODBANK CO-ORDINATOR Christine Silverlight email:

CHARITIES AND CLUBS Wellington Acoustic Music Club

Contact: Tony Woollard 660969 E-mail: 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 Terry Milton on 01823 662911

Wellington Bridge Circle meets at 7pm on Wednesdays at the WHERE Active Living Centre in North Street for a friendly game of social bridge. For more information please contact either Lloyd Jefferies on 01823 662159 or Bob Aldridge on 01823 271955.­ 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 Chairman Tom Borg 652636.

Wellington Chess Club

The club has been running for many years and Chris Barratt has been the Secretary for over eight of those. They meet at Wellington School on Wednesday evenings from September to April each year, 7.30 p.m. start. They cater for all ages from 10 years upwards. Contact: Chris Barratt (Secretary) Tel: 01984 623670

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:

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 or Tony, the Chairman, on 01823 664172.

Hospital League of Friends (Charity Number 284156)

President: Mrs J. Meredith 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 - John Bailey, 32 Blackmoor Road Wellington Somerset TA21 8ED Telephone 01823 662732 email:

Wellington Choral Society

The Society was formed in 1940. The present four part choir has around seventy members drawn from Wellington and the surrounding parishes. We are a mixed ability non-auditioned community choir. We are 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. We perform our concerts in November and March in St John’s Church Wellington. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at Wellington Methodist Church. 01823 400964

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

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 rattle. 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:

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 23




emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually so that they can make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world. In Somerset we have almost 4500 members enjoying Girlguiding activities every week and nationally we are a growing organisation with one new member joining every hour. Why not find out what we have on offer in the Wellington area by phoning Shirley on 01823 601347 please visit www.

Wellington Group of Friends

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 and we’ll get you started.

10Radio broadcasts on 105.3fm with local news, events and music for the area around Wellington. And as we are run by the community, you can get involved. Just get in touch!”

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: Sheila Pratt on 01278 685815 or email sheila.pratt@ Registered Charity No: 1088198 Rescue and Rehoming of Labradors

Wellington Majorettes

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 07796933064

Wellington Women’s Institute

The recently formed Wellington branch of the Women’s Institute meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. If you are interested in joining us call Karen on 07773 350459 or email: info@

Somerset Red Arrows Majorettes

We meet at St.John’s School, Wellington on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm. We are currently looking for new girls to join the troupe. Please phone Elsie on 01823 667902 for more info.


The ManKind Initiative

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: Web address: Helpline number: 01823 334 244 Opening hours: Monday Friday 10am to 4pm & 7pm to 9pm. Flook House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, Somerset.

Wellington Royal Naval Fellowship

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 registered charity based in Wellington with the

objective of reaching out and supporting children and families from Wellington and the surrounding area. Our volunteers run or support clubs, projects, events and activities across region and in areas of extreme need abroad. We also work regularly through our relationships with the Wellington schools. Our community focus means we connect with the whole spectrum of ages to encourage social, emotional and spiritual engagement with an honest and inclusive approach. Thus we see people improve their well being, self esteem, communication and ultimately reach closer to their full potential in life. We also have a small but important role as a housing provider with a preference to help people in need, Formerly known as Kings Church, we are now Life Central Church with a history of helping thousands of people over the last 34 years. To find out more email: or call: 01823 665622. www.

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. Judith Major 01823 680746 e: On Your Bike is a local charitable social enterprise that trains and employs the underprivileged to help recycle bikes we are donated and resell them at affordable prices. We also offer a bike Repair Service at our workshop at 7B Ryland’s Business Park, Bagley Road, Wellington or a Mobile Service to come to you. Through the funds we have raised (and sales of recycled bikes) we have been able to train (to UK National Standards) a number of individuals and recycle over 1000 bikes! Always welcome, at OYB - Volunteers, Donations (bikes or funds) and any Repairs – all makes and models. Please call 07796 800 311 or Email Web 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.

Rockwell Green 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 at Rockwell Green Village Hall. 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 Tony Hull, at 12 Immenstadt Drive, Wellington TA21 9PT. Tony Hull, 12 Immenstadt Drive, Wellington. TA21 9PT Tel. 01823 666522 E-mail.

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: Mr William Copley on 01823 662849

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.

Rotary International

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 Richard Coupe 01823 666229 Rotary Club of Wellington District Mmets 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings – (7.00 to 8.00pm) at the Beambridge Hotel Contact: Symon Jeffrey wk: 01823 667799 or Mob 07971 780920 And for those who want to be part of the Rotary organisation but do not have the time to attend meetings: Rotary e-club



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 environ​ment 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 289456 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: 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 in the bandroom (at the end of the alley next to Tim Potter’s in Fore St). Alternatively you might like to contact one of the following members: Nick Gilding 662178, Davina Greenshields 665821, Sharon Cheshire 665829.

Somerset Singles

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! Telephone: 07986 462493. E-mail:

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 08456 121 772. Web site Email

Transition Town Wellington

“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 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.

Somerset Speakers Club • 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 01823 661444 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 01823 661444 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 01823 661444 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 26

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

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 Sue Fasey on 663342

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 childs imagination. We open twice a month on the second Saturday at Wellington Toy Library c/o The Friends Meeting House, High Street, Wellington TA21 8RA. Contact: Bridget Hodges 01823 664010

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 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 Wellington 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 and join on line or phone 01823 652400

Wellington Inner Wheel

For partners and relatives of current or past Rotarians Contact Heather Simper 01398 361589 for more information.

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.

Wimbleball Sailability

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 This friendly open access choir meets once a week in Wellington to sing a wide range of songs under the musical directorship of Caroline Rigby. 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 or phone 01823 - 275040 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.

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 fiona@ 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.

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 visit or call 07864 681939. Registered charity number 287714

Taunton and Wellington Keyboard Club

Contacts: Michael Smy 01823 443505 Graham Glew 01823 335379 • Email: 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:

Reminiscence Learning

(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

TheTheWellington Choral Wellington Choral SocietySociety starts its new term on Weds 7 th Septe Church. work is JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio startsMethodist its new term on This wedsterm’s 7th September November 26th at St Church. John’s Church, Wellington. It is a glor atSaturday, the Wellington Methodist This terms work is JS Bach’s Christmas Membership open to everyone with an interest in choral singing. Oratorio with our isperformance on Saturday, welcome and there are no auditions. November 26th at St John’s Please visit our website (www for further information or contact our Secretary, Sue Ryan 01823 61 Church, Wellington. It is a glorious piece of music. with social events and the opportunity for a get together at the pub Membership is open to everyone with an interest choral singing. Enrolment willinstart from 7pm on the 7th September, ready for a 7.3 New members seeing you!are always welcome and ther are no auditions. Please visit our website ( for further information or contact our secretary, Sue Ryan on 01823 619443. We are a friendly society with social events and the opportunity for a get together at the pub after rehersals. Enrolment will start from 7pm on the 7th September ready for a 7.30 start. We will look forward to seeing you! 27




Read Easy

Do you know someone who has trouble reading? About 2.4 million adults in this country do. They lack the reading skills to be able to function properly in our society. This lack leads to unemployment, deprivation and loneliness. A charity called Read Easy was set up five years ago to target such people, and a new branch has just been started in Wellington. Retired journalist Alison Weekes started the group which now has a management team and is planning a public meeting on Tuesday, June 28 at 7pm at Wellington Rugby Club. “I would love anyone interested in literacy and its benefit to society to come along and see if they might

like to be involved in this new charity in some way. The teaching we undertake can be done by anyone who can read fluently themselves, although training is given. And teaching someone to read can make a gigantic difference. It can transform people’s lives. “To be successful, Read Easy teaches its clients on a one to one basis. Trained coaches will undertake to provide two half hour sessions a week until the client is confident to take their learning further by themselves. Generally this takes about six months to a year.” Alison says she has always loved reading and realised during her work on local newspapers that many people obviously found it hard and pretended to read rather than admit they couldn’t. “Somehow people often didn’t have their glasses with them. It is obviously a deeply embarrassing position to be in and must make life so hard in all kinds of ways. “To try and overcome this in the town of Wellington we will need volunteers, quiet venues to meet which always have someone around, and fundraising to pay for books and training. We will also need a volunteer co-ordinator to make the whole thing work. “Most of all we will need to find those who need this kind of help because they do tend to be under the radar. They certainly won’t be reading this!” To find out more please come to our meeting on June 28,look up Read Easy on the web or contact Alison Weekes at

The Royal British Legion helps and supports ex-service personnel and their families and raises money for this purpose. Branch meetings are held in the clubhouse at Wellington Football Club, at 7:30pm on the third Tuesday of every month. (Except in August and December). New members are always welcome. For further information please contact: The Royal British Legion (Wellington Branch). The Branch Chairman – Ray Filler, Tel: 01823 660084. Charity No 219279 The Royal British Legion (Women’s Section). The Branch Chairman – Monica Summers, Tel: 01823 660454. Enquires for Welfare Assistance please telephone: The Royal British Legion Helpline Tel: 0808 802 8080. Dates for 2016 25th June Armed Forces Day • 10am in Wellington Park. This year the occasion will include the dedication of the Garden of Remembrance and the Scattering of the Remembrance Crosses Ashes. We will also be commemorating the Centenaries of the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme. 14th October Gala Poppy Concert • 7:30pm at Wellington School. To be confirmed. New Event 18th October The Children from Rockwell Green C of E VC Primary School, Remember. Each month the children from Rockwell Green Primary School lay flowers on the war graves in Wellington Cemetery. At the start of remembrance time they also lay a wooden Cross of Remembrance. This year the event will become part of the civic diary and the children will be joined by the Wellington Town Mayor and local councillors as well as members and officers of The Royal British Legion, Wellington Branch and the Wellington Branch Standard. 6th November Dedication of the Field of Remembrance • 12noon at Wellington Baptist Church. 13th November Remembrance Sunday • 3:15pm in Wellington Park. 11th November 2 Minutes Silence, (Armistice Day) • 11am Wellington Town Centre.

The Royal British Legion

Wellington Branch


is this you?

Over the last 12 month Wellington Rotarians have raised money for: Polio Plus (to help eradicate polio from the World) Shelterbox (official partners of Rotary) WHERE (Wellington Health Education Resource Enterprise) Meningitis Research Foundation Prostate Cancer UK Childrens Hospice South West Taunton Opportunity Group

They also have a great deal of fun and fellowship

is that you? if it is call us

Rotary Club of Wellington (meets Monday lunchtime) 01823 666229 Rotary Club of Wellington District (meets evenings) 01823 667799 29





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 £10 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 35 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. Anyone wishing any further information can contact me, Alan Shepherd (Chairman) on 07912018910 or 01823664085

Rockwell Green Short Mat Bowls Club

We hold meetings every Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7.00 pm at Rockwell Green Village Hall. Short mat bowls can be played by all ages, sexes and abilities. You will find a warm welcome if you would like to join us for a trial session. The game provides a good opportunity to socialise and exercise. Occasionally competitions are arranged with clubs in Somerset and Devon where the emphasis is on friendly participation and enjoyment. Interested? Then why not try a session? We are always pleased to see new faces. Phone 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 Duncan Short on 01823 667325.

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 Roger Peddle on 661370 or

Wellington Bowmen

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 Tel: 01823 442147 or 01823 444798 or visit the website:

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, Telephone 01823 666232 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 at or visit the website:




Wellington Junior Squash Club

Mini squash from 5 years every Saturday at the Wellington Sports centre. Junior Squash for ages 9 and upwards every Sunday at Wellington Squash Club. Contact: Andy Anderson on 01984 624022

Wellington Swimming Club

Trains at the Wellington Sports Centre, Corams Lane. For more information contact Di Pape on 07547792072 or www.

Wellington Swords Fencing Club

Contact: Richard Nash on 01823 491049 Modern fencing has retained the basic aim of duelling - hitting your opponent without getting hit yourself! Many of the same rules still apply. Today’s fencers use lightweight blunted swords to play a game of skilful, physical chess. As one of the original modern Olympic sports, fencing rewards mental agility over power and size. Once you are strong enough to hold a sword for some time (9 to10 years), age is no limit - some of the British Veterans team are in their late seventies. Venue: Princess Royal Sports Complex, Wellington School, South St, Wellington. 01823 668718

Wellington Tennis Club

Situated at the Court Drive end of the Wellington Playing Field, Wellington Tennis Club offers a range of junior coaching programmes, adult social and competitive tennis opportunities on 2 newly painted floodlit courts. DSC Coaching delivers our Wednesday, Saturday and school holiday coaching programmes. We also offer Cardio Tennis and host various adult and junior tournaments, too. Join or book a court at C&C Carpets for £6 an hour. Call Sue on 07795221159 for information

Wellington Weavers Running Club

Wellington Weavers meet every Thursday at 7.30pm at the Wellington Sports Centre, Corams Lane, Wellington. Just need comfortable running wear and trainers. Contact : Simon Booth on 07939274347 E-mail:

Wellington Wheelers

Likes to support cycling in all its forms. However most of the activities the club currently runs are aimed at touring cyclists with regular Sunday rides, Wednesday evening rides in the summer months and longer Audax rides. We also run a number of social events during the year which are attended by both cycling and non cycling members and their families. For more details contact: Phil Leavey (secretary) on 01823 672104

WELLINGTON EXPERIENCE When visitors come to Wellington it is often just to see one event, business or attraction. When they are here we want them to enjoy the whole Wellington experience - browse the shops, perhaps visit the cinema, take a look in the museum and then take a walk in the park. Wellington Experience is a proactive group whose aim is to be an integral part of entertainment life in Wellington, linking together societies, clubs, businesses and attractions in and around Wellington by encouraging the organisation and overseeing events which will attract visitors to enjoy what our lovely town has to offer. If you are forward thinking and would like to be part of the team developing the Wellington Experience.

Ring Sue White on 07592 599086. Wellington Majorettes meet at Court Fields School on Friday eveings 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The troupe are a traditional

social team with a live band who perform alogside a baton twiling and pom pom section. The whole team perform at a variety of events including shows, fairs, carnivals and parades. New members are welcome to join the team at anytime, from 3 years right up to adults, male or female. For further information contact Louise Brierley, 8 Lillebonne Close Wellington Somerset TA21 9EU. Telephone: 07796933064 •


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Beauty, Melody, Aroma, Wonder for all in Vivary Park this Summer Beauty, Melody, Aroma and Wonder! That’s the experience the whole family will encounter this year, August 5th and 6th at the annual Taunton Flower Show in the picturesque Vivary Park in Taunton. With its unique blend of vivid flower displays, breath taking arena acts, amateur competitions for all ages, stunning show gardens, fantastic live music in the Festival Field, and the finest food in the South West, this is THE event to put on your calendar and bring the whole family to. The heart of the flower show is the Beauty of the professional flower displays in the Floral Marquee – where the very best exhibitors compete for prizes. The Beauty theme continues in the competition marquee and in the unique Designer Gardens. The show will again create a festival melody feeling, across three areas of the showground with great outdoor live music, featuring a great mix of different genres, including military bands, the outstanding Panatical Steel Band, Tom Clements, fantastic solo singer-guitarist and the Taunton Deane Big Band for that great summer outdoor vibe. Our sumptuous Food Hall offers succulent regionally produced foods which forms the heart of the rich aroma that visitors experience across the showground. There is also a wide choice of onsite indoor and

outdoor catering to suit every taste and palette. To quench your thirst there are Somerset local ales & cider, cocktails and freshly brewed coffee. Our main arena hosts a variety of events to entertain and excite visitors of all ages. This year wonder at the amazing Knights of Arkley – where the knights and their horses, show off their speed and daring as they ride in the Skills-at-Arms. Also be wowed by the spectacular Eagles and Vulture show, Dog displays, kids parachute games as well as the marching bands. For more information and ticket details please visit our website www.tauntonfs. or contact Vikki Pethick, Show Secretary,, 0779 440 7758. 35




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Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park Every Sunday 2.30 – 4.30pm FREE entry 25th June Armed Forces Day etc 10am Wellington Park.

July 2016

Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm FREE entry. 2nd July Welliestock – Music Festival at Wellesley Park School from 12.00 9 July   Amici Concert  10th July Wellington 10k run 10:30am from Wellington Rugby Club.

August 2016

Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm FREE entry 27th August Autumn Flower Show 2.15 – 5.00pm in Wellington School (Alan Rogers Centre)

September 2016

3rd September Wellington Food Fair in Wellington Town Centre 10.00 – 3.00pm 10th September Welly Boot Championships From 12.00am at Court Fields School 24th September Wellington Carnival from 7.30pm Rockwell Green to Wellington High Street

October 2016

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April 2017

1st April Spring Flower Show

May 2017

1st May Bank Holiday Fete in the Park 30 May Wellington Street Fair in Town Centre 27th May Wellington Hospital League of Friends Fete (TBC) in Wellington Prep School

June 2017

4 June Wellington Street Fair Summer Entertainment in Wellington Park every Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30pm FREE entry.

Regular Meetings at a glance

Wellington Town Council Meetings – The first Monday of every month in the United Reformed Church commencing 7pm (excluding Bank Holidays) Wellington Farmers Market – Every first and third Saturday in the Community Centre off Wellington High Street The Wellington Edge magazine containing the Town Council Newsletter issued Feb, April, August, October and December .

14th October Gala Poppy Concert 7.30pm at Wellington School

November 2016

5th November Fireworks Display Wellington Rugby Club 6th November The Field of Remembrance 12 noon at Wellington Baptist Church 11th November Two minutes silence in Town Centre 11.00am 13th November Remembrance Sunday Parade and wreath laying ceremony. 3.15pm in Wellington Park 19th November Christmas Fair in town centre in Town Centre 26 Nov Choral Society Concert  at St John’s Church   Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

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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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CARNIVAL – Saturday 24th September 2016 Wellington Carnival takes place on Saturday 24th September this year, starting at 730pm at Rockwell Green, and reaching the town centre by approximately 8pm. The organisers are delighted that this year’s event will be a truly “international” event for our town, as we will have a delegation sent over from our twin town Torres Vedras (reciprocating Carnival/ Majorettes taking part in Torres Vedras Carnival back in February), as well as a majorette troupe Les Rochal’Twirl, Majorettes from La Roche Chalais in France (this is resultant of a long standing twinning with our very own Wellington Majorettes). Wellington Carnival remains part of the South Somerset Federation of Carnivals, which also includes Taunton, Ilminster, and Chard. During the year 2015, Wellington Carnival managed to donate over £6,000 to local groups and charities; this is a record for Wellington. Carnival in itself is struggling throughout the South West, as increasing red tape and running costs keep escalating. Our carnival would be in jeopardy were it not for other events run by the committee which includes Wellington Carnival Street Fair (first Sunday in June), and this year a sponsored abseil event run at St. Johns Church in the High Street. We are also indebted to our colleagues from Bridgwater who instigate the road closures for us, and provide collection floats, all free of charge “in the spirit of carnival”. The original Carnival Queen Float which has taken part in our carnival since the early 1970’s has reached the end of its days, and has had to be replaced with a new float purchased from a disbanding carnival club based in Yeovil. The new float took part in our carnival during 2015, and will take part in this years’ carnival once a major overhaul of its lights and superstructure has been completed. The float also gets transformed in the run up to the Christmas festivities and comes with flying reindeer attached to a Santa sleigh. Trial runs during 2015 taking the float to neighbouring villages, garden centres and shops were successful (apart from teething problems with the lights which could have set light to Santa); activities and venues for the new float will be extended during November/December 2016. For any further interest in Wellington Carnival, please visit our website, we are always happy to accommodate new members, or to receive opinions on how we can improve the events that we arrange. Dave Rylatt Operations Director For entry forms or more information about being involved in the Carnival Committee contact: Chairperson ~ Dave Rylatt Email - 55 Wellesley Park, Wellington, TA21 8QD Tel - 01823 662198 Wellington Carnival 2017 is during the evening of Saturday 23rd September.






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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 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 Londonbased 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. He also played a major role in dealing with the Essex rebellion in 1602, by which time he was a Privy Councillor. In Wellington he set up almshouses which still exist, and his impressive memorial tomb stands in the northeast 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 tomb. 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 prestigious public 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 built by C. H. Biddulph-Pinchard 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 engraved 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 list 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 – see Page 43 or visit our website or ring us on 01823 672283 for more details.

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 you to explore at your leisure, and tours of the manor house on Sundays. We have a tearoom serving light lunches and refreshments. Picnic in the Garden: Shakespeare’s “AS YOU LIKE IT” 4th June 2016 Curtain up 7 pm This event will be staged in the gardens. Bring a picnic and rugs Garden, Plants, Crafts and Food Fair 11th June 2016 10.30am – 5pm Specialist exhibitors, mostly from the South West Medieval Fair & Fun Day (NEW!) 16th July 2016 .11am - 5pm Including birds of prey & archery display Fun & games for the children! National Gardens’ Scheme Open Day 31st July 2016. 11am - 5pm Proceeds to be split between the National Gardens Scheme and The Parish Churches’ Restoration Fund Fine Art, Decorative and Antiques Fair 28th –30th October 2016. Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm With our usual regular antique dealers and more! Christmas Fair Saturday 3rd December 2016. 11am - 4pm Our roving musician provides free entertainment With festive refreshments in the Tea Room Fine Art, Decorative and Antiques Fair 26th –28th May 2017. Friday 11am 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm Cothay’s 16th fair, with something special for everyone. Garden courses Various garden courses run by the owner, Mrs Mary-Anne Robb Monday 4th July 2016, Summer Gardening & Propagation Monday 19th September 2016. Autumn Propagation Monday 6th February 2017. Winter Pruning Monday April 4th 2017 Glorious Pots

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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 To book call 01823 666668, or online :  for programme details and online booking 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 or ‘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 early shows had no real budget and funds were raised by a sponsored walk on the Quantocks - thank goodness things have changed! 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 a minimum of seven shows, three of those on a Saturday! and regularly wins awards - most recently garnering 7 from the SFD, for their 2013 production of “Alice in Wonderland. Genesis Youth Theatre Group The Genesis Youth Theatre Group was founded in Wellington in March 1996 with the purpose of introducing young people to all aspects of the performing arts. In the past they have performed hit plays, musicals and cabarets including Kes, Sparkleshark, Bugsy Malone

and Genesis Showcases; performed as part of the Brewhouse Theatre’s ‘Fully Charged’ Festival and Somerset Fellowship of Drama’s Youth Festival; as well as writing and performing ‘Think Twice’ – a highly-acclaimed and specially commissioned drugs awareness play which toured various schools and youth organisations in the South West. The group also took part in a National Film Project in association with First Light Films, UK Film Council and Somerset Film and Video. These days the group aims to stage 2 or 3 performances each year. Members have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of staging a production including performing, marketing, lighting, sound, make-up, costume and stage management through a variety of workshops. The group has a walking entry in the Wellington and Taunton Carnival each year to promote the shows they are about to stage and has won several carnival prizes. The group meet between 7pm and 9pm on every Wednesday evening during the school term time. Due to popular demand, attendance is limited to 20, so please e-mail the group’s Secretary for information about joining the waiting list. The Civic Players The Civic Players is the drama wing of the Wellington Arts Association and have existed for over 60 years. In 51



recent times they have concentrated on presenting light comedy and farce but are looking to extend the variety of productions that they are able to offer the local play-going public. With a small revamp of the profile of the group they are branding themselves as The Wellington Theatre Company and will look to provide more opportunities each year to be in, and watch, good quality popular plays in Wellington from all genres. As such they will reinvigorate the group with a production of ‘Calendar Girls’ in 2013, with more well known and challenging opportunities ahead. We are always looking for new talent both on and back stage, so do visit our website at 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. The Critics Club bar offers members a pleasant environment to go and enjoy a drink and a chat of an evening. The bar is fully stocked with a wide range of popular alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as offering tea, coffee and hot chocolate” to “One Cotleigh Breweries real ale, and another guest ale are always on tap, one usually being the monthly special. The bar is open every evening from 8:30pm, providing wouldbe members with an ideal opportunity to come and find out more about what goes on at the Arts Centre. To find out more, visit our website at, or, on any evening from 8.30pm, call us on 01823 667774 or drop in to the Arts Centre for a quiet drink at the bar and a chat. Bradford Players We are an Amateur Dramatic Club based in Bradford-on-Tone, 3 miles northeast of Wellington. During the course of the year Bradford Players usually puton three different produc­tions: a pantomime in February, and plays in June and

October. Rehearsals and performances are held at the Village Hall in the centre of Bradford-on-Tone. Rehearsal evenings are usually Thursdays and Sundays. Bradford Players welcome new members of all ages and abilities, to become involved either on stage, front of house or with the many, varied back stage tasks. No previous experience is necessary and child/youth members have opportunities to perform in their own productions. Social events are also held and the Bradford Players aim to have fun at these and with each production. Any-­ one interested in finding out more should contact Linda Waring on 01823 660772 or have a look at Ticketline: 078808 52202

Wellesley Cinema The Wellesley was built in 1937, in the traditional Art Deco style of that period, the large undivided auditorium seats 375 people on two levels, 230 downstairs in the “STALLS” and 145 upstairs in the “CIRCLE” which has raked stadium seating and provides a little more comfort and leg-room, the circle is restricted to persons over the age of 18, unless part of a family group. Many improvements have been carried out over the years, including the installation of the latest Digital Projector, Sound System and of course 3D! Our Venue also has full stage facilities, and often includes Live Stage Shows, including the highly acclaimed WAA Pantomime and the WAA Op Soc Musical Productions. (during normal performance times) Disabled Access – There are five steps with handrail to the main foyer which gives access to the Box Office and Main Kiosk, Stalls seating, and a Unisex Disabled person Toilet. Our foyer has a well stocked concessions kiosk, offering a large range of confectionery, popcorn, ice cream, cold and hot drinks, a Licensed Bar service is available on many performances enabling you to enjoy a glass of wine, G&T or a cool beer with your film or live event...

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Wellington Business Association is here to represent, inform and help Wellington businesses whether they trade locally, nationally or internationally. Members range from Swallowfield plc with a factory in China to sole traders producing artisan foods. We provide a focus for industry and commerce based in the Wellington area, offering a range of events and networking meetings. Meetings in the past year have welcomed speakers ranging from Rebecca Pow MP to John Wood, commercial director of Exeter Chiefs. Our off-site visits for members included Rigid Packaging and Otter Brewery.

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Welcome to Oaktree Court We are the Highest Rated Nursing Home in the Taunton Deane Area • • • •

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COME IN HANDY INFORMATION & EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS Wellington Community Office 30 Fore Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8AQ Tel: 01823 667279 Fax : 01823 667279 Email: Wellington Tourist Information Office 30 Fore Street, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8AQ Tel: 01823 663379 Fax: 01823 667279 Email: Wellington Museum The Squirrel, 28 Fore Street, Wellington TA21 8AQ Tel: 07971 242904 Email: Opening Times: Easter week to the end of September Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 10.00am – 1.00pm From September to mid December Saturdays only 10.00am – 1.00pm The Museum is closed on bank holidays Wellington Library 16 Fore Street, Wellington TA21 8AQ Telephone: 0845 345 9177 Fax: 01823 665194 email: Opening hours Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday: Chemists: Lloyds Pharmacy Mantle Street Mon – Fri 9.00am – 6.30pm Boots Chemist High Street Mon-Sat Wellington Medical Centre Mantle Street Mon-Fri Sat


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Wellington waste services 2016-17 Regular household collections and the town’s recycling centre give every Wellington household access to waste services. Most homes receive weekly food waste and recycling collections, fortnightly rubbish collections and can order a chargeable fortnightly garden waste service. Most blocks of flats have shared bins for rubbish and recycling 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 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. • Recycling box 2. Food and drink cans (please rinse); aerosols (empty); plastic bottles (no tops); cardboard. • On or beside boxes – clothes and textiles, including sheets and curtains but not stuffed items, such as duvets – please put in plastic bags, not black sacks, to keep dry and label “textiles”; shoes - tied in pairs and bagged; car batteries - one per collection.

Food waste collections

Do not put 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. All of Wellington’s food is easily and cleanly recycled into electricity and agricultural fertilizer at the Somerset anaerobic digester.

Garden waste

Garden waste is a charged for service that 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.

Rubbish collections

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. Additional rubbish alongside or on top of the bin will not be taken. If your property is unsuitable for a wheeled bin, up to four black sacks of rubbish will be taken each time. Do not put these materials in bin: • Food waste. • Anything you can recycle. • Hot ash (leave to cool). • Hypodermic needles. • Business or 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 saving money with 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 (vehicle and household). • Cans (drink and food). • Cardboard. • Commercial waste (for businesses, charges apply, details on website). • Drink cartons (such as Tetra Paks). • Electrical appliances. • Fluorescent tubes. • Fridges and freezers. • Furniture • Garden waste. • Gas bottles (charges apply). • Glass bottles and jars. • Low-energy light bulbs. • Mobile phones. • Oil; cooking and engine. • Paper. • Plastic bottles. • Plastic pots, tubs and trays (trial). • Residual waste (disposal only, including mattresses, plate glass). • Scrap metal. • Shoes (tied in pairs). • Smoke alarms (domestic) • Soil and hardcore (charges apply). • Textiles (clothes, sheets etc, not stuffed items). • Toner cartridges. • Tyres (charges apply). • Vehicle parts (residents only, charges apply, details on website). • Wood. Wellington Recycling Centre does not accept asbestos or plasterboard. Check the website for which recycling sites take these materials and the procedures, including essential safety precautions and payments, including asbestos collections. It does offer commercial waste recycling facilities. For details and costs, visit www.somersetwaste. For collection enquiries, including optional services, such as assisted, garden, bulky and clinical waste collections, contact Taunton Deane Borough Council on 01823 356346 or For recycling site enquiries, contact Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224 or For waste information, from replacement containers to high street recycling, advice on cutting waste and saving money, including composting and cloth nappies, easy tips about how to repair or reuse items no longer needed, and measures to take to fight fly-tipping, please visit 107






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