Wellington Orbit cinema about to open, thanks to Telford 50 Legacy Fund
Thanks to help from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Telford 50 Legacy Fund and the hard work of dedicated volunteers and staff, a new arts cinema and community centre is about to open in Wellington.
The Wellington Orbit project sees the former HSBC bank building in central Wellington transformed into a community venue with multiple facilities including a 63 seat cinema, a café/bar and for future development, multi-purpose rooms on the upper floors and basement that community groups will be able to use for different activities.
The café opened its doors in May and the cinema is about to be inaugurated.
Sophie Eades, Wellington Orbit’s Chief Officer, said: ““It has taken a lot of work, a lot of community support and partnerships to get to where we are today – our café is now fully open and receives lots of visitors on a daily basis, either having lunch or enjoying our home baked cakes.
“On Saturday 29 June we will be opening our cinema, keep an eye on Wellington Orbit Facebook page!
“The Telford 50 Legacy grant has been instrumental in helping us get to this point, in making this long sought-after cinema become reality very soon”.
Councillor Lee Carter, Cabinet Member for Finance, Commercial Services and the Economy said: “Wellington Orbit project supports our wider regeneration aims for Wellington.
“It’s a real boost to what Wellington has to offer and will positively impact on everyone living, working and visiting Wellington and the wider borough - another true lasting legacy of Telford’s 50th celebration year!”
Wellington Town Council chose to use its £150,000 grant from Telford 50 Legacy Fund grant to support the Wellington Orbit project.
The grant is part of the Telford & Wrekin Council’s £2m Telford 50 Legacy fund, giving £150,000 to the borough’s five main Town Councils, including Wellington.
The £2 million Telford 50 Legacy Fund supports a mix of physical schemes as well as other projects that help tackle key social issues in the borough and reduce demand on council services.
Details of all legacy projects are on www.telford50.co.uk