1st. £100. cash Mr. Last
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
1st. £100. cash Mr. Last
Monday, 29 June 2009
1st Prize - winning duck 674 (Chapman)
iSYMPHONY DVD MICRO MUSICAL SYSTEM WITH iPOD DOCK
2nd Prize - duck 687 (Michelle)
TECHNIKA DAB/FM CLOCK RADIO
3rd Prize - duck 325 (Last)
TECHNIKA PORTABLE iPOD SPEAKER
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)
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
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
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
Friday, 26 June 2009
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.
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.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
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. ***
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
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.
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 ...
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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
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)
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.
Badger Watch. Minimum donation £5 adults/ £3 children, book via 01438 798722, Tewin.
Click here for more Badger Watch information.
With thanks to all those who attended.
"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
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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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.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
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.
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
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;
Live Jazz at The Wellington pub, High Street, Welwyn.
Friday, 19 June 2009
plus Willow Twigs Watercolour Exhibition in the pub/restaurant;
refreshments and entertainment;
Welwyn Art Group Exhibition, The Parish Rooms, Lockleys Drive;
The Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn;
The Playing Fields, Ottway Walk, off London Rd, Welwyn;
16 Mimram Place, off High Street Welwyn;
7pm doors open for 8.30pm.
Ottway Walk, off London Rd, Welwyn - free to members, guests only £1.00.
Talk at the Civic Centre (main hall), Prospect Place, Welwyn.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
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).
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 - www.thebpc.org.uk - www.myportfolioltd.co.uk & myportfolioltd.blogspot.com
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
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: www.netherdown.co.uk
Austins family funeral directors: www.austins.co.uk
Crane & Staples, Solicitors, Welwyn Garden City (01438) 329333: www.craneandstaples.co.uk
Thanks to all our supporters and advertisers.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Sponsored and Judged this year by Mark Tasker of the Dog Academy, this is a purely FUN event to show off your pet dog.
* Best Puppy *
* Best Bitch *
* Best Dog *
* Best Fancy Dress *
* Most Like Owner *
* Waggiest Tail *
* Best Child Handler *
* Longest Sit *
* Best of all Winners *
Monday, 15 June 2009
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.
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: www.hmbadgergroup.org.uk
To join the Badger Watch this Welwyn Festival Week, telephone 01438 798722.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
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 http://www.catsurvivaltrust.org/; to visit the cats during Welwyn Festival Week, telephone 01438 716873
Friday, 12 June 2009
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
There are 10 prizes including: iSYMPHONY DVD MICRO MUSICAL SYSTEM WITH iPOD DOCK ; TECHNIKA DAB/FM CLOCK RADIO ; TECHNIKA PORTABLE iPOD SPEAKER.
The Duck Race will take place at the end of the Family Fun Day.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
~ 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
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
Thursday, 4 June 2009
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.
Also, in the Parish Rooms from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday, pop in to see the Welwyn Art Group's exhibition of paintings.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
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.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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