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Great Dawley Town Council Getting the Clock Ticking…..

Great Dawley Town Council is working to get the Old Market Hall Clock back in working order.

The Town Council is working with the building owner and the current tenant to get the Old Market Hall clock ticking again for the people of Dawley.

If you look up to the skies at 64 High Street, the clock is keeping watch over us all. Originally on this site was the Market Hall, constructed in 1867, and part of this impressive building was a turret with a bell tower and clock. The bell tower and clock were a gift to the town by Lt. Col. William Kenyon Slaney. Although the building and its use have changed dramatically over the years, including the removal of the bell tower, the clock still remains today.

Great Dawley Town Council is working with Smith of Derby, a traditional bespoke clock makers, who have been producing and repairing clocks for over 150 years, to get the clock ticking again. Smith of Derby have been involved with the clock since the 1970s.

Cllr Jane Pinter, Vice Chair of the Council said ‘The Clock in the High Street was first installed in the late 1800s, as a result of the change of use and ownership it’s been impossible to service the clock in recent years, I am delighted that work with the new building owners we are able to fix the clock – and get it ticking once again’

Great Dawley Town Council Welcomes Dedicated PCSO to Dawley High Street

Great Dawley Town Council are pleased to welcome a dedicated Police Community Support Officer, PCSO, thanks to working in partnership and joint funding with Safer Communities Partnership.

Ruth Brunger, the new dedicated PCSO will be covering Great Dawley and in particular the current issue of parking in Dawley High Street and surrounding areas.

From April 2015, the new 37 hour post will be in place and will be filled by Ruth who will conduct patrols and will work closely with officers who already have a strong knowledge of Dawley and the issues affecting its communities. This will allow Ruth to concentrate on key areas of Great Dawley, tackle some local issues identified, as well as developing links with the public, local businesses and partners.

Great Dawley Town Council are working in partnership on this pilot to enhance the town, and its aim is to have a greater impact on tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour and other local community issues. It is anticipated that parking powers will be incorporated into the job role.

Cllr Shaun Davies, Chair of Great Dawley Town Council said “Illegal car parking and anti-social behaviour is a top issue for residents and businesses in the area. This dedicated CSO, which is an expansion of the current service, will make a real positive impact for our Town Council area”

Chief Inspector Sarah Chaloner said “We are pleased to support this funded request with the recruitment of a further PCSO for Great Dawley. PCSO Brunger will work with the officers already assigned to the Dawley area to further impact upon the issues that cause our residents and businesses the most concern.”

Cllr Jane Pinter, added “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the new PCSO to Dawley and seeing them tackle some of the local issues raised by local people”

This pilot enables Great Dawley Town Council to set the patrol area and the priorities of the PCSO, and regular meetings will be held in partnership with West Mercia Police to discuss performance and priorities.

West Mercia police will be recruiting more police officers in April as part of an on going campaign to maintain front line policing.

West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore said: “I’m very pleased to see this happening for Great Dawley. PCSOs are a vital part of modern policing, and do some excellent work in the communities of West Mercia every day. It’s great to know that work will now be going on in Great Dawley on a full-time basis. A partnership mentality has been key to making this change happen, and it’s heartening to see this collaboration achieve something that will make a real difference to local people. We need to see more of this kind of approach all round.”

Street Entertainment comes to Dawley Market

Great Dawley Town Council have agreed to invest in a street entertainment programme for the summer of 2015.
On the first Friday of each month the Town Council will have a quality street entertainment programme including music, dance, theatre, and art. The programme has been created to enhance the already popular street market in Dawley High Street and will be aimed at all age groups, and will contribute to making Dawley High Street a vibrant place for people to visit and enjoy.

The first event will take place on Friday 3rd April and will have an Easter theme. An Easter Egg Hunt around the High Street will start on Monday 30th March where children will be able to search for pictures of an Easter Bunny located in the local shops. Each Bunny will have a printed letter on it and once all the 9 letters have been found these letters can be rearranged to spell a word. Once this word has been identified children will be able to claim their prize at Great Dawley Town Council Offices, Dawley Town Hall, New Street, Dawley.

Cllr Jane Pinter Vice Chair of the Council said

“Bringing the market back into the High Street was an important step to save the market after years of neglect, the Town Council continued sponsorship of the market is allowing it time to re-build – Entertainment on the first Friday will further help footfall to the market and to the High Street businesses. There will be a number of themed events and the traders and shop keepers have indicated that they will also get involved with special themed offers.”

Cllr Shaun Davies, Chair of the Council added

“These events will give the High Street another boost and give the Friday a buzz and another unique selling point – it can only be good for our High Street, the market and the businesses.”

Great Dawley Town Council to have August as Month Long Celebration for Captain Webb.

In August 2015 Great Dawley Town Council is having a month long celebration to mark the 140th anniversary of Captain Webb being the first person to swim the English Channel.

Great Dawley Town Council, its partners and local organisations will be holding a month long calendar of events to mark this auspicious occasion. The calendar of events will be for all the community to enjoy and to make this occasion the Town Council will move its annual Dawley Day to August for this year only.

The events will start on the anniversary of Captain Webb’s death, Friday 24th July and will run until Monday 24th August, the anniversary of the start of Captain Webbs challenge. With Dawley Day being on Saturday 22nd August and Malinslee Day being on the 25th July.

The calendar of events will include the people of Great Dawley collectively swimming the 21 miles or 18.2 nautical miles – the distance from Dover to Calais, a moustache growing competition, film shows, mobile history talk and many more events. Please keep an eye on the website for updates and further information.

Cllr Shaun Davies, Chair of the Town Council said ‘This is an importance anniversary in the history of Captain Matthew Webb, the most famous of Dawley sons, August will be a dedicated month starting off with Malinselee Day and ending with Dawley Day, with lost of events in between, being delivered by ourselves and partners and led by the Town Council. The Steering Group will be set up and will organise around 30 events through the month of August. This will be a fund month and we encourage our residents to get involved”

On August 24th 1875 Matthew Webb dived off Admiralty Pier in Dover and began his attempt to become the first person to swim the English Channel unaided. Twenty one hours and forty five minutes later he waded triumphantly ashore at Calais, an extraordinary achievement which brought him lasting acclaim at home and abroad.

Born in Dawley, Matthew Webb was one of fourteen children. When he was still young the family moved to Coalbrookdale near the River Severn and it was here that he acquired the skills of a strong and proficient swimmer. He embarked upon a maritime career from the early age of twelve and for fourteen years progressed through the ranks, eventually becoming Master with the Cunard Line. In 1874 he decided to become a professional endurance swimmer.
Information supplied by Dawley Heritage Website.

Wrekin Riders


Following a recent break-in at the new National BMX track in Dawley, Telford where all the maintenance equipment was stolen. Wrekin Riders BMX club made an emergency appeal to the local community for assistance in order to get the track ready for the new season; and Great Dawley Town Council has come to the clubs rescue with a cheque for £250 to enable the club to purchase replacement gardening equipment.

The BMX club will now be able to purchase a mower and possibly a strimmer / shovel and rake to assist in on-going maintaining of the new National sized BMX track and keeps its surrounds in tip top condition.

Kieran Edwards Chairperson of the BMX club said “We are all volunteers here doing our best to maintain this fantastic sports facility for the local community and it was devastating to find out that all our maintenance equipment had been stolen. We are very grateful to Great Dawley Parish Council for their generous and immediate assistance in our hour of need. We are now able to open the BMX track to the local community 4 – 6 pm Wednesday and Friday Evenings and from 12 – 4 Saturdays and Sundays (subject to weather and available coaching staff). New learners or complete novices can try out the sport with supervised sessions between 10am – 12 Saturdays and Sundays. Spectators are free and there is equipment to hire if required.”

The BMX club have increased security on site following recommendations from police. This has seen the club marking all their equipment with ‘Smartwater’, installing a security camera and now having a regular security patrol.

The BMX club have secured a Regional BMX race meeting later in the year in August.

Cllr Shaun Davies, Chairman of Great Dawley Town Council said “Town Councillors were saddened to hear of the news of the break-in, and wanted to help the Club – which is a regional hub for BMX sporting, the grant that has been made available to help the club purchase some of the stolen items and improve the security at the site”

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