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October 2017

Wrekin Fine Arts Lecture

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wrekin College Centenary Theatre, Sutherland Road
Wellington, TF1 3BH United Kingdom
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A free lecture for sixth formers and the general public sponsored by THE ARTS SOCIETY WREKIN NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T An in-depth look at the profound mystery of perception. by Bertie Pearce A free lecture for sixth formers and the general public sponsored by THE ARTS SOCIETY WREKIN Bertie Pearce is a much loved and well-known national lecturer for THE ARTS SOCIETY as well being a professional magician. His illustrated talk will include many fascinating slides and…

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Written Poetry and Poetry Slam Competition

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wrekin College Memorial Hall, Sutherland Road
Wellington, TF1 3BH United Kingdom
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Competitions will take place at the Wrekin College Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th October at 6.00pm. The evening will begin with the Poetry Slam and whilst the judges are deliberating winners this will allow for the children who enter the Poetry Competition to perform their work. Prizes will be given out on the evening by the Mayor of Wellington. Peggie Harrison Poetry Competition 1st Prize 2nd Prize Written Classes Class 1 – 5 – 7 Years- ‘Your Favourite Toy’ £10…

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Graham Clifford and Gareth Barsby

October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Swan Hotel, 106 Watling Street
Wellington, TF1 2NH
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Graham Clifford is a prize-winning poet, with two collections published by Seren. He has been highly commended in the Forward Poetry Prize; translated into Romanian and German; has performed at the Aldburgh, Bridport, Hay and T-Junction festivals among others; published nationally and internationally as well as having had poems chiselled onto paving slabs in Walthamstow with his daughters and partner where he works as a head teacher. Graham’s poetry and performance never fails to captivate. At once touching, humorous and…

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Jacob Chandler Sculpture exhibition

October 20
Wellington Methodist Church, Victoria Road
Wellington, TF1 1LU United Kingdom
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Lucy Corbett Pop Poetry

October 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
TCAT, Haybridge Road
Wellington, TF1 2NP
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Lucy Corbett - Pop Poetry: Stage vs Screen Poet, filmmaker and performer Lucy Corbett presents a showcase of her thoughtful but energetic performance poetry, interspersed with screenings of short poetry films. Cheltenham Poetry Slam finalist Lucy writes and performs regularly in Cardiff, London and the Midlands, and she has two poetry films currently shortlisted for awards at film festivals in the UK and America. Her performance poetry is a blend of whimsical storytelling, upbeat humour and cutting satire. "Ebullient and…

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Jacob Chandler Sculpture exhibition

October 21
Wellington Methodist Church, Victoria Road
Wellington, TF1 1LU United Kingdom
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Wrekin Writers Workshop

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way
Wellington, TF1 1LX United Kingdom
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The Wrekin Writers are delighted to be presenting a special Wellington Festival meeting and short story workshop. This is a chance for anyone to come along and join in with the fun, support and inspirational writing techniques that have kept this local writing group flourishing for decades. The meeting will include an opportunity for anyone to present a piece of writing. This should be a written work that can be presented in less than three minutes that you consider inspirational.…

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Pottery Workshop

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Belfry Theatre, Princes Street, Wellington
Telford, TF1 1JG United Kingdom
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Welcome to the pottery at the Belfrey Arts Centre! We will be running some free drop in pottery sessions during the Wellington Festival where you can have a go at throwing on a wheel, make a fish sculpture for the garden or a design and make a cup, decorated with slips. All sessions are free of charge and are suitable for all ages and all abilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult and it is advisable to come early…

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The Clifton Film Series: Lion (PG)

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belmont Hall, Tan Bank
Wellington, TF1 1LT United Kingdom
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“LION” : 2016 Biography, Drama 21st October 2017 at 7.30 p.m. Certificate : PG Length : 1hr 58 mins Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Director : Garth Davis Screenplay : Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies NOMINATED FOR 6 ACADEMY AWARDS…

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Esther Cheo Ying – Black Country to Red China

October 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wellington Library, Larkin Way
Wellington, TF1 1LX United Kingdom
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CHINA: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE … In the forward to her memoirs, Esther wrote that “it is hard to stay objective and see China for what it has become”. In this talk Esther will be describing how China has changed over the last century. Esther Cheo Ying was born in Shanghai in 1932 and then left China, with her English mother and infant siblings, to escape the tyranny of Japanese occupation. She was raised in the Midlands, as she described in…

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Sound of the Sirens

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Telford Whitehouse Hotel, Wellington , TF1 2NJ + Google Map

Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album, For All Our Sins, a beguiling acoustic pop collection replete with lyrical sensibility. The new album was released on 26 May 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”. The girls appeared on ITV’s Weekend show with Aled Jones and have enjoyed radio play of their first single “Smokescreen” on BBC Radio 2. Already championed by Chris Evans – who…

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Poems and Pints

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Cock Hotel (Old Wrekin Tap), 148 Holyhead Road
Wellington, TF1 2DL United Kingdom
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Published Author and Poet - Tony Stringfellow - hosts this informal celebration in all its forms. This is an evening where you can read your own poems, your favourites by others or simply listen to what's being read. A very relaxed gathering of writers, readers and listeners down the pub. Powered by Eventbrite

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Lesley Smith ‘Witches of Manningtree’ & Poet -Jan Watts

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wrekin College Centenary Theatre, Sutherland Road
Wellington, TF1 3BH United Kingdom
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This really will be an evening to remember with the always popular Lesley Smith (who returns to the Festival yet again due to popular demand) and the always entertaining Jan Watts. Come and have fun with Jan Watts, former Birmingham Poet Laureate with her feet firmly on the ground. Jan is ready to share her work, from poetry about raising a five year old as a grandparent to extracts from her hilarious novel Benches. Always busy, somehow she is just…

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Laughter Yoga

October 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wellington Civic Centre, Larkin Way
Wellington, TF1 1LX United Kingdom
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Laughter Yoga A fun-filled hour that is possibly the most enjoyable way to lift your mood and leave you feeling energised, calm and relaxed. Suitable for all ages and abilities, Laughter Yoga has been found to have a host of health benefits, it brings people together and can be done anywhere. No experience necessary, just bring yourself, your friends and family, a drink and curiosity and be prepared to laugh for no reason. Seniors 11.00am Families 2.00pm Powered by Eventbrite

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Ray Hughes – The History of Wellington’s Banks

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wellington Library, Larkin Way
Wellington, TF1 1LX United Kingdom
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The first mention of a bank in Wellington was in 1795. The Clifton Group have been researching the history of banking in Wellington since that date and will trace how the major banks established themselves in the town over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through a fascinating series of mergers and acquisitions identifying some surprising founders of predecessor banks that have now been incorporated into the multi national enterprises of the current day as well as exploring…

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Meet the local Artistes and Crafters

October 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Forge, 4 Crown Street
Wellington, TF1 1LP
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The Forge Urban Revival is an Art and Crafts café promoting unique local artistes’ and offering a wonderful selection of food. The Forge is a profit for purpose organisation, we use our profit to support the local community, so supporting The Forge helps improve lives in your area. Please visit throughout the day to meet local artistes and crafters. Powered by Eventbrite

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English Comedian of the Year ‘Josh Pugh’ & Martin Huburn

October 27 @ 7:30 pm
Wellington Cricket Club, Haygate Road
Wellington, TF1 ,2BW
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Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh The debut show from current English Comedian of the Year Josh Pugh who won the much coveted title after just 2 years of performing, establishing him as one of the UK’s brightest newcomers. Join him for an hour of left field ideas as he invites us onto a very tame rollercoaster ride through his childhood, much-loathed job and journey into showbiz. An hour of surreal autobiographical comedy. "Comedian to watch" Chortle. “A keen comic…

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Telford Salsa Taster Sessions and Social

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wellington has been the base for salsa in Telford for nearly 15 years and attracts dancers from Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton. Cannock. Newtown, Stourbridge, Stafford, Birmingham and other parts of the West Midlands for the monthly Late & Latin salsa socials and classes. We are not professionals dancers, this is our hobby, albeit an addictive one! Social salsa is nothing like a certain TV programme which is from the world of ballroom. Authentic salsa is a street dance, is improvised and made…

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Clifton Films: Churchill (PG)

October 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belmont Hall, Tan Bank
Wellington, TF1 1LT United Kingdom
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“CHURCHILL” 2017 Biography, Drama, Thriller 28th October 2017 at 7.30 p.m. Certificate : PG Length : 1hr 45 mins Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson A ticking-clock thriller following Winston Churchill in the 96 hours before D-Day Director : Jonathan Teplitzey Screenplay : Alex von Tunzelmann ON LINE AT : www.theclifton.org or at Wellington Market stall on Saturday mornings before 12 mid-day. (Unreserved seating) Doors open HALF AN HOUR prior to showing for all films. Tickets purchased are non-refundable and the…

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