Wellington’s regeneration and volunteer work has been recognised as it was declared joint winner of ‘Shropshire’s Outstanding Community’ in a new county awards scheme run by the Shropshire Community Foundation. The accolade seeks to showcase great local towns and celebrate their achievements. Wellington shares first prize with Church Stretton.
“We are delighted that the revival of Wellington as a great place to live, work, shop and socialise has been rewarded” said Sally Themans of Love Wellington. “Our entry emphasised the strong sense of community and the many voluntary organisations which improve the local environment. We also stressed the importance of the physical enhancements in the town centre, such as the new look market with popular late night openings, shop façade improvements funded through the Telford & Wrekin Pride in Our High Street initiative, street cleanliness, stunning hanging baskets, improved CCTV, new planters and fun hanging wellies in Crown Street funded by Marches LEP.”
Judges complimented the town’s good communication with residents through Love Wellington and the town council social media and website and ‘This is Our Wellington’, as well as the many activities and events going on in the town, such as a sell-out ‘James Bond’ weekend hosted by Wellington’s Orbit community-run cinema. Judges were impressed as to how businesses work well together in Wellington, using a thriving WhatsApp group, and many putting on themed events and supporting activities, such as a Pumpkin Trail involving over 20 town centre retailers over October Half Term, as well as the ‘shop local’ campaigns and directories throughout the pandemic.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Dorothy Roberts received the award from High Sheriff Tony Morris-Eyton and commented that it was a great honour to accept the award on behalf of Wellington Town Council, and that the council has worked hard to encourage community activity, “We have a wealth of talent amongst our residents who work extremely hard on a voluntary basis and with great enthusiasm to improve things for Wellington to bring our community together.”
It is hoped to invite all the voluntary groups throughout Wellington who make such a contribution to the community of our town to a special celebratory event on Sunday 3 July.