Thursday, 16 July 2009

We hope to see you again in 2010

Thanks for your support in 2009 and thanks for the feedback to the committee.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

CUCKOO IN THE NEST 2009 - Answers

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves this year and a big thank you to all the shops and businesses that took part in the fun. Gift tokens on their way to the winners ...
Age 7 and under
1st prize - Robert Coates
2nd prize - Rachel Merry
Over 8
1st prize - Anna Bridgeman
2nd prize - Nicholas Springthorpe
Well done!

Aqua - Toy rocking horse
Austins Funeral Services - Paint brush
Barclays Bank - Balloon pump
Birchwood Investments - Magazine
Bridge Cottage - Crystal pig
Bryan Bishop Estate Agents - Caravan for sale
Chanticleer Fashions - Mini chair or business cards
Country Properties Estate Agents - Sponge Bob advert
Danesbury Shop - Tin of cat food
Dominic Myott Lighting - Purple monkey
Hill & Co - Carrot seeds
Katies Bakery - Googly eyes on cake
Lloyds Pharmacy - Ball of string
Mimram Veterinary Centre - French dictionary
Monty the Cat - Cuppa soup
No 15 hairstylists - White wizard figure
Off Broadway Travel - Jar of coffee
Old Welwyn Florists - Jar of honey
Peter Morgan Hairdressing - Crystal rock
Putterills Estate Agents - Box of cornflakes
Tesco - A bell (or sign for)
The Barber’s Room - Coffee cup
The Lemon Plaice - Teddy
The Stable Door - ‘Cucu en el Nido’ sign
The Wellington - Bracelets (but not counted)
The White Hart - Riding crop
Sagar Tandoori Restaurant - Stapler
Simmons the Bakers - Spiders
Smart Exchange - 2nd class stamp
Stagg Bathrooms - Minnie Mouse
Susu - Lobster
Welwyn Post Office - Broccoli
Wine Rack - Law books

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Welwyn Festival Grand Draw Raffle Prize Winners, 2009

Congratulations to the following winners ...

1st. £100. cash
Mr. Last
2nd. £75. cash Mrs Tillyer
3rd. £50 cash Mrs Lawson
4 Membership Odyssey Mr. Johnston
5 Hamper Mrs. Walker
6 Tour of Parliament Mr. Fielding
7 Meal for 2 voucher Mr. Bowman
8 Carvery meal voucher Mr. Atoe
9 Meal voucher Mrs. Ellingworth
10 Meal voucher Mrs. Constable
11 Six bottles of wine Mrs. Try
12 Whiskey and Martini Mrs. Carter
13 Champagne and flowers Mrs. Witcot
14 Champagne and flowers Mrs Coxall
15 £20. voucher Gareth`s Butcher Mrs Robinson
16 £20 voucher Katies Bakeries Hannah
17 £20 voucher Monty the Cat Mrs. Johnson
18 £20 voucher Smart Exchange Lisa
19 Three bottles of wine Mr. Spring
20 Three bottles of wine Mr. Bowman
21 Necklace Gareth` Butcher
22 Blow dry voucher Wendy
23 Free hair cut Mrs. Philips
24 Bottle wine and soft toy Winnifred
Thanks to all businesses and shops that donated all the prizes.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Duck Race Winners, 2009

1st Prize - winning duck 674 (Chapman)

2nd Prize - duck 687 (Michelle)

3rd Prize - duck 325 (Last)

4th Prize - duck 789 (Smith)
Cider & Roses

5th Prize - duck 189 (Woods)
Professional Corkscrew & Maltesers

6th Prize - duck 213
iPod in car charger

7th Prize - duck 760 (Millins)
Evening Primrose gift set

8th Prize - duck 130 (Pauline)
Picture frames

9th Prize - duck 152 (Hogg)
Magnolia Gift set

10th Prize - duck 861 (Blackburn)

Thank you to everyone who supported 1st Welwyn Scouts by buying ducks. Many thanks to Tesco for donating 4 of the prizes

Scruffs Dog Show Winners, 2009

Best Puppy - "Tess" owned by Sharon Chudzik
Best Bitch - "Maggie" owned by Chloe McMahon
Best Dog - "Riley" owned by Chris Smith
Waggiest Tail - "Alfie" owned by Luke Bridgeman
Fancy Dress - "Storm" owned by Helena Azadegan
Dog Judges would most like to take home - "Jasper" owned by Alex Meredith

Best in Show from 1st and 2nd prize winners of above categories
... 1st - "Tess"
... 2nd - "Jasper"
... 3rd - "Digger" owned by Charlotte Meadows
... 4th - "Maggie"

Unfortunately we have no photos but would be pleased to publish any that are emailed to us.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Sunday 28th June

10am–5pm. Welwyn Tennis Club Open Day. All ages welcome. Coaching followed by a tournament in the afternoon. Top of the playing fields.
10.30am . Discovering Sherrardspark Wood. A guided tour by the wardens. £3 per head. Meet at the Rectory Road car park past the Red Lion pub. Reservations call 01707 329034
12pm onwards . Darts Competition. £12 per team. Welwyn Sports and Social Club.
2.30pm. Sara Hartley. Professional soprano. Tickets £8 from Hill’s or phone 0207 696 1637. St Mary’s Church, refreshments in Church House.

Enjoy! See you all again next year.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Parade Winners

1st Welwyn Brownies as 101 Dalmations were presented with the shield for best group costume in the Welwyn Festival Parade, this year's theme was Cartoon Characters.

Parade Route

The precautionary scaffolding around the Wellington pub, following the fire, may require the parade to be re-routed but not significantly. Even if the vehicles have to divert along Church Road, we are hoping that the walking parade can deviate through St Mary's Church grounds.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Out and About in Welwyn Festival Week

Out and About with Ruth:

Went to Merle Rook's talk last night - she has so many stories of her life with Tony (with asides from he man himself and their daughter Sylvia) that everyone was enthralled. Some lovely pics of them when much younger as well as more recent ones.

The previous evening we went to the two Open Gardens - very different in size - the first one in Norman Road is absolutely brimming with plants and has winding paths and hidden areas so you can't see any houses around, which is amazing; the other, in Elmore Avenue, is maturing with shrubs round the lawn, seating areas and wonderful raised beds with veggies.

Looking forward to the Barn Dance tomorrow - drinks are BYO, which isn't mentioned in the programme. IF ANYONE IS THINKING OF COMING, PLEASE ORDER YOUR TICKETS ASAP as we need to order the fish & chips! Call Jane Hawkes on Welwyn 840224.

What's On: Saturday 27th June

12.50pm for 1pm. THE FANCY DRESS PARADE (Theme “Cartoon Characters”) from the CivicCentre to Singlers Marsh;
1.15pm-5pm. FAMILY FUN DAY at Singlers Marsh, Codicote Road (including coconut shy, army display, target football competition, racing ferrets, bouncy slide, marching band, tea tent, majorettes, beer tent, stalls, ponies, clown, punch & judy, carousel, circus skills, plate smash, archery, kids races and tug o’ war.)
Fun Day Arena Programme:-
1.15pm – 1.30pm PA / Music / Judging (Brian King and other local judges)
1.30pm – 1.50pm Watford Eclipse Majorettes
2.00pm – 2.30pm Harpenden Pipe Band
2.40pm – 3.00pm Kids Races
3.00pm - Scruffs Dog Show entrants assemble by the arena.
3.10pm – 3.40pm Scruffs Dog Show (judged by Mark Tasker of the Dog Academy.)
3.50pm – 4.10pm Watford Eclipse Majorettes
4.20pm – 4.40pm Kids Races/Tug o’ War
4.40pm – 4.50pm The Big Prize Draw
4.50pm - 5.00pm The Duck Race by the 1st Welwyn Scouts and Guides, along the River Mimram, Singlers Marsh.

Other events on Saturday:
All day - Beer festival The White Horse.
9am – 1pm Original acrylic and watercolour paintings. Jacqueline Browning and guest artists. The Parish Rooms
1.30pm. Cricket match. WGC 3rds v Broxbourne 2nds. The playing fields.
4.30pm-6.30pm. CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE Fund raising Hog Roast and Blues Band, The Wellington.
5pm onwards BBQ (max 100 places). The White Horse.
7.30pm for 8.00pm. Barn Dance with Pete Skiffins. £10/ticket includes fish and chip supper (tickets tel. 01438 840224) Civic Centre, Main Hall.
7pm for 8.30pm. Festival club night with live entertainment. Welwyn Sports and Social Club.

Parade & Family Fun Day

Not only are we watching the weather and contingency planning as best we can but we are urgently trying to establish whether our parade can take its usual route along codicote road, past the Wellington. Please keep an eye on our information channels.

Have you taken photographs during Welwyn Festival Week?

If you have taken photographs of Welwyn during WFW and would like to share them, please email them to us and we'll publish them on our web site.

Thursday, 25 June 2009


What's on: Friday 26th June

2.15pm-2.45pm . Under 5’s story time. “The Secret Life of Bees” The Civic Centre library.
7.30pm. Tony Rook's tour. Meet at the Fire Station. Refreshments at New Church House, St Mary’s Church, at the mid way point, with a display of artefacts and pictures!
7.30 for 8pm. The 9th Welwyn Prom. The Civic Centre, Large Hall.

We regret that due to a fire at the Wellington earlier this week, all WELLINGTON events are CANCELLED, including Friday's Wine Tasting, Saturday's Hog Roast and Sunday's Live Jazz. ***

"Welwyn's Got Talent" Winners

Laura E Georgie
Laura J
The Welwyn Festival Group gives a huge thank you to everyone involved in this year's WGT, especially Christine Goodwin for masterminding its organisation, once again!
Christine has provided this report:

You’ve heard of Britain’s Got Talent. Well a lot of it is in Welwyn, as we discovered at the Welwyn’s Got Talent event held on Tuesday 23rd June as part of the Welwyn Village festival week. People queued outside the Welwyn Sports and Social Club, eagerly waiting for the doors to open.

Sixteen young people, aged between 11 and 18, took part in the talent contest and provided a wonderful evening of entertainment. There was a huge variety of acts including a rock band, singing from the pop music, musical theatre and classical genres, plus ballet and modern dancing, freestyle football skills and belly dancing.

The standard of performance was so high that the judges, Brian King, Dyllis Buckley and Caroline Barlow, were unable to choose a single winner in the younger age group.

The joint winners of the younger age group were 14 year old Georgie Sheed, who sang “Pie Jesu” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from the Phantom of the Opera, and 13 year old Laura Jeffries who sang “Wouldn’t It Be Luverly” from My Fair Lady and “Nobody Does It Like Me” performed with tap dancing. The close runner up was 11 year old Josh Clancy who wowed the audience with his football skills.

The senior winner was 16 year old Laura Ellis who sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and “Someone’s Watching Over Me” by John Shanks. Runner up was 15 year old Emma Cook who sang “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.

Prizes were donated by Hills, the violin and string instruments shop in Welwyn, Let’s Dance, the dance and fancy dress shop in Shoplands, and the Welwyn Festival Group.

Tom Gearing provided piano accompaniment and Ian Drewitt was MC of the event. Our thanks to them all for helping to make this a successful event.

Click here for more photographs from Welwyn's Got Talent.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

What's on: Thursday 25th June

Daily visits to the Cat Survival Trust. Please book your visit by calling 01438 716873.
7.30pm . Talk – Work of the Cat Survival Trust. The Civic Centre, Small Hall.

8pm-10pm. Welwyn Film Record Society’s films (1977, 1981, 2008). The Civic Centre, Main Hall

7pm for 8.00pm . Festival Bingo Night. Cash Prizes. Welwyn Sports and Social Club.

8pm. Talk by Merle Rook “Living with Tony 2!” New Church House, St Mary’s Church.

8pm-11.00pm . Music & Beer Fest. The White Horse.

WFW 2009 Photographs

The first batch of photographs have been uploaded HERE.

The new camera our photographer was so proud of last year stopped working just days before Welwyn Festival Week, following contact with a stone floor, so if anyone out there has some photographs they would allow us to use, please email them to us.

Thanks. We hope you are enjoying this year's events so far ...
... ... ...

It's a busy week for the WFG Chair!

Yesterday, Andy Trotter found time to write this ...

Open Gardens, Sunday: a lovely combination of formal garden, with specimen trees set into a lawn, pond with carp, allotment on a grand scale, and fruit trees and flowers in abundance. Bumped into committee member Shirley Guy, who 'adopted' a Canadian couple visiting their daughter this week, and they say that they intend to book to see her again next year in Welwyn Festival Week!

Open Gardens, Monday: committee member Ruth Brett and her two neighbours' gardens looked a picture - and quite a contrast - one having a large allotment/fruit tree area, another partly that and part garden, with Ruth's being mainly garden. All very well presented. The WGF Chairman's wife won the star prize in the tombola too, a lovely white rose - and it was not a fix!

Sunday, I went to a small event at the Roman Baths, which 40 people attended; the Roman soldier in full armour was very warm!

Also went to Gordon Longmead's and the Ayot and Welwyn WI's craft displays:
- The WI's was of their work and photos/memorabilia;
- Gordon's was of thousands of photos covering animals, birds, local people and sites;
Photographs and displays were to a professional standard, stunning!

Saturday, following the Street Market and lunch at the Wellington, I went to the talk on "They put a man on the moon!" It described how they did it, how some crackpots claimed it was a stage set - and proved how it was not. Unfortunately, it was a very small audience, very disappointing for Jerry, who is a highly qualified speaker. We will try holding the talk on a different night next year.

Tonight (Tuesday) I am off to two gardens, the films, book swap and Welwyn's got Talent.

More on those tomorrow!
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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

What's on: Wednesday 24th June

Open Gardens. Bond Cottage at 8 Elmoor Avenue and 10 Norman Road, Welwyn. Two gardens for the price of one, refreshments available. Plants for sale at Bond Cottage, formerly the gardener's cottage to the Manor House. Entrance £1.50 (OAPs & children free)
from 7pm.
Wine tasting from around the world. Tickets from the pub. The White Horse.
Tony Rook’s Tour. Meet at the Fire Station. Refreshments at New Church House, St Mary’s Church at the mid way point with a display of artefacts and pictures!
The Natural History Society.” The new Heartwood forest at Wheathampstead” talk by the Woodland Trust. The Civic Centre, Small Hall.
9pm sharp.
Badger Watch. Minimum donation £5 adults/ £3 children, book via 01438 798722, Tewin.
Click here for more Badger Watch information.

Dolesbury Drive Open Gardens

Yesterday evening's Open Gardens was very successful - about 70 people through the gates of the three gardens in Dolesbury Drive, which raised money for various charities including Macmillan Cancer and British Heart Foundation.

With thanks to all those who attended.

STOP PRESS. Fire at The Wellington.

From Hertbeat News ...

"A Hertfordshire pub dating back to the 1300s has been gutted by fire - but the damage isn't so bad that it'll need to be pulled down.

The fire service sent eight fire engines to The Wellington on Welwyn High Street at 4.15am today (Tues 23).

The roof's collapsed, and part of the road will need to be cordoned off all day because of the risk of falling tiles."

This will impact Welwyn Festival events. We'll try to find out more and keep you posted.
Wellington events scheduled were:
* Friday 26th, 6.30pm. Wine Tasting on the Lawn;
* Saturday 27th, 4.30-6.30pm. Blues Band & Hog Roast;
* Sunday 28th, 7pm. Live Jazz.

Monday, 22 June 2009

What's on: Tuesday 23rd June

6pm-9pm. Open Gardens. 28 & 44 Mill Lane, Welwyn. Two gardens for the price of one in the heart of Welwyn village, refreshments available at 44. Entrance £1.50 (OAPs & children free)

8pm. Tony Rook’s talk. New Church House, St Mary’s Church.

8pm. BookWorm Book Event. The Civic Centre, Small Hall.
Exchange 2 books for 1 or buy used books: £3 hardback, £1 paperback. BookWorm organisers may be able to pick up books in advance of tonight's event: tel 716251.

8pm-10pm. Welwyn Film Record Society’s films (Discovering the Roman Baths, 1969, 2008), The Civic Centre, Main Hall.

8pm-11pm. “Welwyn's Got Talent” young people’s talent competition, Welwyn Sports & Social Club, Ottway Walk off London Rd.
Live performances of WGT, a whole evening's entertainment for only £6 (£3 for concessions), pay on the door.
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Welwyn Festival Art Exhibitions

We have a number of artists, both amateur and professional, in Welwyn. This year, Anneli Boon, Willow Watercolours and Welwyn Art Group contributed, once again, by holding exhibitions during Welwyn Festival Week.

Pictured is Rhoda Mowbray and Geraldine Moss of the Welwyn Art Group, who tell us that new members or visitors to their group are very welcome. They paint for enjoyment and relaxation, occasionally showing off their works and are thrilled if people purchase their paintings.

If you are interested in painting with the Welwyn Art Group (becoming a WAG!) please contact Rhoda on (01462) 442133.



Thanks to the Welwyn-Hatfield Times for covering the Welwyn Festival Week.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

What's on: Monday 22nd June

6pm-9pm. Open Gardens with refreshments at numbers 1, 3 and 5 Dolesbury Drive, Oaklands; entry to all three venues £1.50 for adults, free for OAPs and children;

7.45pm for 8pm. Dr Aubrey's talk on religious art; the Parish Rooms. Entrance is free, there will be an outgoing collection in aid of the Welwyn Festival's supported charities.

8pm. Talk "Currently Occupied Rural Settlements" by Carenza Lewis, ex-TimeTeam member, in the Civic Centre main hall. Entrance £5 per head (and not £2 as listed in the printed programme).

8pm. Open Evening and Welwyn Local History display at the Welwyn Sports and Social Club in Ottway Walk, off London Road.

8.30pm. Morris Men dancing at the White Horse, Mill Lane.

9pm sharp. Badger Watch, Tewin. (Minimum donation £5/ £3 children) Bookings on 01438 798722. Please see Badger Watch item on this blog for more information.


Open Gardens

All are most welcome to visit these gardens, £1.50 per person per day (OAPs and children free).

Sunday 21st, 2pm-6pm: 32 Station Rd, Digswell. An enthusiast's garden of show vegetables, an abundance of fuchsiasand acers plus a pond. Refreshments and plants for sale.

Monday 22nd, 6-9pm: 1, 3 & 5 Dolesbury Drive, Oaklands. Three completely different gardens for the price of one! Each offering refreshments.

Tuesday 23rd, 6-9pm: 28 & 44 Mill Lane, in the heart of Welwyn village. Refreshments at 44.

Wednesday 24th, 6-9pm: Bond Cottage, 8 Elmoor Avenue, former gardener's cottage to the Manor House, offers refreshments and plants for sale; 10 Norman Road, cottage garden and refreshments.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

What's On: Sunday 21st June

Willow Watercolours Art Exhibition and sale, Scout HQ, Lockleys Drive;
Photographs and A History of Welwyn Exhibition, The Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn;


Guided Walk with Cliff Hassall, meeting at the White Hill car park, off School Lane, Welwyn;

Open Day at the Roman Baths;

Open Gardens, refreshments and plant sale at 32 Station Road, Digswell, An enthusiast's garden of show vegetables, an abundance of fuchsias and acers plus a pond. Refreshments available, plants for sale. Entry £1.50 for adults, free for OAPs and children;

Contemporary Art Exhibition by Anneli Boon, 16 Mimram Place, off High Street Welwyn;
7pm onwards.

Live Jazz at The Wellington pub, High Street, Welwyn.

The Street Market

Well attended - a great turnout, overall pretty good weather. The Scouts bird boxes sold well and the tombola sold out in record time! The hurdy-gurdy man provided pleasant background music, people were buying tickets for the grand prize draw and annual duck race (both take place next Saturday) and the atmosphere was ambient.
In the church, Welwyn St Marys and Oaklands school choirs sang beautifully, people enjoyed refreshments, fitter people enjoyed a view from the Church Tower. When the Street Market was over, there were the art exhibitions and photographic history display to visit and, of course, lunch in the pubs.

Friday, 19 June 2009

What's on: Saturday 20th June

From 8.30am.
Brunch and market stalls in the car park of The Wellington pub, High Street, Welwyn
plus Willow Twigs Watercolour Exhibition in the pub/restaurant;

St Mary's Church Bellringers, heralding Welwyn Festival Week;
The Street Market - over 60 stalls plus Hurdy-Gurdy man, tours of the Church Tower,
refreshments and entertainment;

Willow Watercolours Art Exhibition and sale, Scout HQ, Lockleys Drive;
Welwyn Art Group Exhibition, The Parish Rooms, Lockleys Drive;
School Choir singing in the Church.
Photographs and A History of Welwyn Exhibition,
The Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn;

Cricket Match, Welwyn 3rd vs Tewin 1sts,
The Playing Fields, Ottway Walk, off London Rd, Welwyn;

Contemporary Art Exhibition by Anneli Boon,
16 Mimram Place, off High Street Welwyn;

7pm doors open for 8.30pm.
Festival Club Night with live entertainment at the Welwyn Sports and Social Club,
Ottway Walk, off London Rd, Welwyn - free to members, guests only £1.00.

"Would you Believe they put a Man on the Moon?!"
Talk at the Civic Centre (main hall), Prospect Place, Welwyn.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

What's on: Friday 19th June

Contemporary Art Exhibition by Anneli Boon, 16 Mimram Place, off Welwyn High Street;

Willow Watercolours Art Exhibition Preview by ticket / invitation only (call 01438 840977).

Thanks to our advertisers.

WFG thanks the following advertisers in the 2009 programme:

Physio Vineyards, SuSu clothes accessories gifts, Accountancy & Book-keeping Services, Contract Surfacing, M&J Fencing, CE Wilkinson Tree Surgery, Newton & Sons Aga Engineers, Oaklands Primary School, Busy Bees Day Nursery, The Cutting Room & Natural Beauty, Welwyn Dental Surgery, Active Health, Mimram Veterinary Centre, Bryan Bishop estate agent, D Smith Builders, Birchwood Investment financial advice, Off Broadway Travel, Dollimore & Christie Removals & Storage, Court Homes, Welwyn Evangelical Church, Eames Jones Judge Hawkins Recruitment, Dor-to-Dor leaflet distribution, Welwyn Parish Council, Welwyn Tennis Club, Harvest Moon fair trade & gift shop Hitchin.

We are particularly grateful, once again, to The BPc for managing our web site and internet presence and for producing our annual programme free of charge each year. Perhaps they can do the same for your business or web site for a moderate fee - - & 

Thanks to our advertisers.

WFG thanks all those who took out small ads in this year's programme:

Business Services -
Nicholsons Chartered Accountants, HNAC Computers (repairs), Triographics Printers (Knebworth), The BPc design/ web site/ Internet marketing.

Animals & Children -
Dog Academy, Tewin Boarding Cattery, Welwyn Equestrian Centre, Welwyn St. Mary's Primary School.

Social & Leisure -
Sagar Tandoori & Balti House, Smart Exchange designer & beauty, Willow Watercolours, The Old Welwyn Florist

Local Services -
Chambers & Gillies, Peter's Window Cleaning Services (Codicote).


Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Thanks to our Advertisers

The following supported Welwyn Festival Week by paying for full page advertisements in our programme. Please support them, if you can:

Gareth's Butchers, 68 Great North Road, Oaklands Parade, Welwyn (01438) 717167.
Open 7 days for free range meats, local produce, cooked meats deli, etc. plus free delivery service.

The Wellington pub/restaurant, High Street, Welwyn (01438) 714036.
Festival specials ~ please see programme advertisement.

The White Hart restaurant & bar, Welwyn (01438) 715353.
Tuesday 23rd June Elvis tribute (call to book a table); Beer Tent/Hog Roast at the Family Fun Day, Singlers Marsh.

Netherdowns, Welwyn, Hertfordshire Design and Build:

Austins family funeral directors:

Crane & Staples, Solicitors, Welwyn Garden City (01438) 329333:

Thanks to all our supporters and advertisers.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Scruffs Dog Show / Dog Academy

Prepare your Pooches for Scruffs Dog Show on Saturday 27th June!

Sponsored and Judged this year by Mark Tasker of the Dog Academy, this is a purely FUN event to show off your pet dog.

Categories include:

* Best Puppy *
* Best Bitch *
* Best Dog *

* Best Fancy Dress *
* Most Like Owner *
* Waggiest Tail *

* Best Child Handler *
* Longest Sit *
* Best of all Winners *

:o) x

Monday, 15 June 2009

Time Team Welwyn Archaeological Society

The Welwyn Archaeological Society is hosting a talk by Carenza Lewis from Channel 4's Time Team.

To hear "Currently Occupied Rural Settlements" will cost £5 at the door of the Civic Centre at 8pm on Monday 22nd June (and not £2 as stated in the printed programme; our apologies).

Welwyn Archaeological Society members are looking for volunteers to have one square metre of their garden dug up for analysis to see what was happening there in the dark ages or other era of Welwyn's history. Volunteers should call 01438 715300 to declare their interest.

Badger Watch

Watch Badgers from a Hide in Tewin on Monday 22nd or Wednesday 24th June at 9pm sharp for a minimum donation of £5 per adult (£3 per child).

The sett has over 10 badgers and you may also see foxes, muntjac deer, bats and owls.

Silence is the key as badgers have very good hearing and will remain hidden if they are suspicious of noisy intruders - even whispers can be heard several metres away. They also have a good sense of smell.

Badger watchers need to dress warmly as sitting still in the evening can be a dramatic contrast to the daytime warmth and to choose dark clothing to be inconspicuous.

You will probably notice a couple of very large badgers at the Street Market and possibly the Family Fun Day. More information can be found on this web site:

To join the Badger Watch this Welwyn Festival Week, telephone 01438 798722.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Cat Survival Trust

One of the Welwyn Festival Charities for 2009 is the Cat Survival Trust, based on a 12-acre site near Welwyn and with projects abroad.

Part of the Trust's function is to act as a rescue organisation for unwanted cats - not just domestic but large cats from zoos and other collections, of which there are about 40 currently in care.

Normally, the site is not open to the public other than educational visits but, for Welwyn Festival Week, there will be daily visits by appointment. There will also be a pulic talk in the Civic Centre (small hall) on Thursday 25th June at 7.30pm, where you can find out more about their work and support it, if you wish, by a donation.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Cat Survival Trust raises money from sales at the shop in Codicote Road plus donations and membership subscriptions.

For more information regarding the Cat Survival Trust, come to the talk on 25th or visit their web site; to visit the cats during Welwyn Festival Week, telephone 01438 716873

Friday, 12 June 2009

Welwyn Film Record Society

The WFRS comprises a small number of photgraphic and film enthusiasts who, over the years, have attended many of the events held in and around Welwyn.

For every Welwyn Festival, they select a three films from various years and give them a public airing in the Civic Centre. Many of these films include the Welwyn Festival itself!

On Tuesday 23rd June, the years selected include Discovering the Roman Baths, 1969 and last year, 2008.

On Thursday 25th June, films will be shown from 1977, 1981 and, for those who might miss Tuesday's showing, 2008 including last year's Welwyn Festival!

The venue for both evenings is the Civic Centre main hall, from 8pm to 10pm.

If you are an enthusiast about photographic filming or editing or Welwyn events and interested in helping to create these historic documentaries, the WFRS will be delighted to talk to you as they are actively seeking more members.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Duck Race Tickets are now available from the QVM/Danesbury Charity Shop in Welwyn High Street. They will also be available from 1st Welwyn Scout Group at the Street Market (20th June) and Family Fun Day (27th June).

The Duck Race will take place at the end of the Family Fun Day.

Watford Eclipse Majorettes

The Watford Eclipse Majorettes will be marching in the parade and Festival Family Fun Day arena on Saturday 27th June. The information in the printed programme is erroneous but the web site programme is correct. Click here to see the full Welwyn Festival Week Programme.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

BOOKWORM book exchange & sale

~ You can bring 2 books to the Civic Centre and exchange for a book you'd like to read.
~ You can buy books for £1 (paperback) or £3 (hardback).
~ If you have too many books to carry, they can be picked up in advance by calling Welwyn 716251.
Bookworm will be held from 8pm at the Civic Centre small hall on Tuesday 23rd June. All are welcome to bring favourite books to discuss over wine and nibbles.


Sunday, 7 June 2009

Welwyn's Got Talent! Full details & application form

aged 11-18? got talent? application forms need to be in by Friday 12th.
if you want to watch the live performance of WGT, the evening's entertainment is only £6 (£3 for concessions), pay on the door at the Sports and Social Club, Ottway Walk, off London Road, Welwyn, 7:45 for 8:00 start on Tuesday 23 rd June.

Friday, 5 June 2009

BARN DANCE, Saturday 27th June

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Barn Dance with Pete Skiffins
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Saturday 27th June, 7.30 for 8pm
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Civic Centre Main Hall, Welwyn
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Includes Fish and Chip Supper
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Tickets only £10.00 per person
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For Tickets, Call 01438 840224
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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Two Art Exhibitions to kick off this year's WelFest!


Friday 19th June, an evening of artistic viewing pleasure! Visit the Anneli Boon exhibition of contemporary art at 16 Mimram Place between 6pm and 8pm. Follow this from 7.30 pm at the Scout HQ in Lockleys Drive with a private viewing of Watercolour paintings from the Willow Watercolour Group.

Anneli Boon's exhibition is open to all. If you miss it, you can go along on Saturday or Sunday between 2pm and 7pm.

To visit Willow Watercolours on Friday, please call in advance for a ticket on 01438 84977. Their exhibition is also open on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. Sunday features a Paint Show at 10am, where you can bring along a painting of your own for a critique, enjoy a painting demonstration and have a go at painting techniques. From 1pm, you can watch as a tree is painted in a matter of seconds and enjoy some complimentary tea and cake. There will also be a free prize draw for a beginner's painting lesson.

Also, in the Parish Rooms from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday, pop in to see the Welwyn Art Group's exhibition of paintings.

The full programme of events is listed on

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Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Air Ambulance Quiz - almost ready!

The entry forms for the Air Ambulance Quiz (details given in the WelFest programme and on the web site under 'competitions') will be posted to the Welwyn Festival web site after this weekend.
Good luck, everyone.

Welwyn's Got Talent: Entry Details

Download your application from the web site.
Don't miss this opportunity to show Welwyn your talent.
Click here for details.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Welwyn Festival programmes are now available


A number of households in Welwyn will have already received their complimentary copy of the 2009 WelFest programme, others should be delivered in the next few days and anyone who doesn't have one will soon be able to pick one up for a measly 50p from the QVM/Danesbury charity shop.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the programme, the web site and especially the Festival itself, please feel free to leave your comments on the blog or email

Many thanks, enjoy the festival and follow our daily updates on Twitter.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Welwyn Festival Week 2008 photographs

Revisit the fun of last year's Festival! Were you in a happy snap?

The Welwyn Festival web site has loads of photographs from June 2000 onwards and we have now uploaded the rest of the 2008 photographs for your viewing pleasure!!

We've utilised Google's picasa to upload our latest gallery, which will speed up the process of adding the 2009 collection after this year's events - and we intend to add the previous years' photographs to our picasa albums over the coming months.

See if you can spot yourself or your friends then come back here and leave your comments.

Remember to smile at this year's Festival - you could be famous!

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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Thanks to our Programme Sponsors


Our 36-page 2009 programme has been prepared by The BPc and is being printed by Triographics ready for delivery by Dor-2-Dor. Our thanks to these companies plus Welwyn Parish Council, St Mary's Church and the Welwyn-Hatfield Times for their support with its production. Our thanks also to the High Street shops that will hold copies for sale (only 50p), such as the Old Welwyn Florist and especially the QVM/Danesbury charity shop that sells not only the Welwyn Festival programmes but also the Raffle tickets and Duck Race tickets.

Our supported charities for 2009 are the Welwyn Friendship (over 60s) Club, The Cat Survival Trust and 2nd Welwyn Scout Group.

Watch this space for more news throughout May and June.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Welwyn Festival can be followed on Twitter


Follow us on Twitter throughout June ...

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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Welcome to the Welwyn Festival News Centre


Latest news updates will be posted on this blog. Please visit frequently when planning to attend the events, as any changes will be listed here.

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