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Faces of Wellington

PUBLISHED: 11:42 18 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:49 18 August 2014

Wellington School

Wellington School

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WORDS: Clare Kingsbury-bell

Henry Price –

The incoming headmaster at Wellington School

A new headmaster will be taking over at the town’s prestigious Wellington School in September.

Henry Price will replace Martin Reader, who is moving on after eight years of leadership at the independent school, which boasts amongst its notable alumni actor David Suchet, chef Keith Floyd and peer Lord Archer.

Henry, who will leave Rugby School for the new position, is moving his wife and four young children to town.

He said: “I saw that Mr Reader was moving to Cranleigh School and realised the school has had a good headmaster and strong foundations that I can build on.

“I came to look round and loved the atmosphere and feel of the school, as did my wife, who told me I had to get the job.

“I saw a school where academic excellence and intellectual fulfilment are cherished, but not at the expense of sporting, cultural, social and spiritual development. I felt the proud, positive and purposeful atmosphere among the pupils and staff.

“I know that Wellington is a special place, which my family and I are looking forward to being a part of. I hope that everyone else will feel the same.

“The sense of pride and affection for Wellington is clear from everyone that I have met and I feel very fortunate to be inheriting such a flourishing school and leading it forward in the years ahead.”

Ian Stock -

Wellington Business Association chairman

By the end of this year, it is expected that Wellington will have no empty retail units.

Business is thriving in the town and so is the support network through the Wellington Business Association.

Ian Stock took over leading the association two years ago and made it a priority to widen the membership to include not just independent, small businesses, but large companies on the retail parks.

Ian, who runs 3Spheres UK with his wife Vivienne, says: “We’ve introduced networking events alongside regular meetings and have managed to double our membership.

“The networking helps to build good relationships between businesses of all sizes and increases the understanding and support they all offer each other. It’s always reassuring to know even the managers of large multi-national businesses are dealing with similar issues to the person running their own shop.

“Sharing problems and experiences of how to deal with issues is immensely beneficial for everyone. I believe it’s made the town more resilient as a business centre. Businesses pull together and rise to the latest economic challenges.

“The association also works to promote business in Wellington to other areas. Wetherspoons is due to move here soon, so by the end of the year there should be no empty shops anywhere in the town – a great success for all of us.”

Isabel Brice -

New director at Mayflower Bathrooms

Business is booming at Mayflower Bathrooms and none could be happier than newly-appointed director Isabel Brice.

Isabel joined the company five years ago and thanks to her dedication and passion for the business, has been rewarded with a directorship.

Isabel, who has a 15-year-old daughter, explains: “It’s a fantastic team here at Mayflower and I’ve always worked as hard and as enthusiastically as if it were my own business. It’s lovely to have that recognised. It was a real shock when the Managing Director, Nathan, told me. We were proofing some new business cards and he gave me mine back with ‘director’ written underneath my name.”

Mayflower Bathrooms supplies bathrooms across the South West and has a large showroom in Wellington.

Isabel enthuses: “People say they don’t expect to see a showroom like ours outside of London.

“As an independent business, we are very genuine and pride ourselves on a fair price for a fair service.

“Because of our high standards and friendly service we have continued to grow year on year when many businesses have suffered.

“We have a fantastic team, which all pitches in and does a bit of everything. We all really love working here and take great pride in the business.”

Dave Mitton -

The new mayor of Wellington

New mayor Dave Mitton is hoping to use his year in office to highlight the voluntary work undertaken by so many in the town.

Dave has lived in Wellington with his wife Jill for 35 years and has been a town councillor the past 11 of those.

The father-of-three and grandfather to two, says: “The very fabric of our community is held together by the enormous amount of volunteering that takes place here. From caring for other people to arts and sports organisations, everything happens thanks to a huge number of people who give their free time willingly.

“I would like to see Wellington become even more caring and achieve statuses such as being a dementia-friendly town.”

Dave, a former chairman of the council, adds: “We created the role of mayor in order to raise the profile of Wellington outside of the town and encourage people to come and see what a great town we have.

“I’m passionate about town council work and delighted to be in the role.”

Dave Rylatt -

Wellington Carnival Committee chairman

Two of the most colourful events in Wellington’s diary are organised under the leadership of Dave Rylatt.

Dave is the chairman of Wellington Carnival Committee, which puts on the glittering annual procession in September, as well as the increasingly popular street fair, which floods the town with people in the summer.

The dad-of-three volunteered to help with the event five years ago when headlines in the local paper heralded the likely end of Wellington Carnival due to ill health by the current organiser.

His three daughters, Katie, aged 13, Eleanor, aged seven, and three-year-old Lucy, are all keen members of Wellington Majorettes and perform in the carnival, as well as at other local events and shows.

Normally found at work as director of a consultancy engineering company, he says: “I put my hand up to help and within two years became chairman.

“The girls benefit so much from being in the majorettes and taking part in carnival, I didn’t want to see it end through lack of help. But the finances are difficult to raise these days.

“The event only raises about £3,000 and a large float can cost up to £35,000 to create.”

This year the committee is trying to arrange for the procession to be lead by a parade of 100 VW vehicles in a bid to attract more people.

The street fair, which took place in June, has grown considerably under Dave’s leadership to more than 85 stalls in the centre and now raises as much money as the carnival.

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