Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Welwyn Christmas Lights

Many of the good citizens of Welwyn were concerned that the village was lacking its usual Christmassy feeling of jollity due to the non-appearance of cheery Christmas lights and a tree. The Welwyn Festival supported this view and helped to resolve the issue.

On 25th November, WFG Chair, Andy Trotter responded to questions posted on the Welwyn Festival Facebook page. "It is now looking much more likely lights will go up, with an official announcement next week. The Festival's offer to help financially may not now be needed. We are offering help to get lights up in the oak tree in the church yard. More on that soon too."

This was followed up two days later with: "UPDATE from WFG Chair: Welwyn Christmas lights. The Parish Council look to have secured a donor for a Christmas tree, and someone to erect it and put the lights on it, so we should hear definitely next week.
The Christmas lights that line High Street and Church Street should be going up next week, and we have inspected them and have a solution to repair the 15% of lights which are out The display should be as good as last year, and Jarrards the electricians have agreed to put them up and take them down.
We may have to do the repairs to the 15% early next year when spare lights can be secured More information to follow shortly, Andy."

We are now pleased to announce the following: 

"The lights started to go up this week, Jarrards of WGC the electrical contractors, agreed to do it free of charge

Bill Parker and I checked them out last weekend, and only 15% were off, so they should look OK

Bill has got an estimate to repair the ones that are off, at considerably less than the Council were quoted, but the replacement lights may take 2 weeks to arrive, so repair will have to be in the New Year

It will cost around £1100/£1250 plus a day's labour so with the contributions from the Welwyn businesses, if the money comes in, we may only have to pay around £750 [from the Welwyn Festival pot]

The Christmas tree has been donated by Netherdown Developments, the firemen may put it up, and Bill Parker has offered to put the lights on from his large industrial standard ladder

Terrence Miller and I are going to hold it while he puts the lights on the tree!!!

So with luck we will be having Christmas lights and a tree, and our contribution should fix the lights ready for next year

The Council are considering setting some money aside for next year to supplement the lights/start a fund to replace them at some time in the future.


Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from the Welwyn Festival Group. 
See you in June!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

2015: International Exhibition of Photography

The Peoples Photographic Society and the World Image Magazine are internet orientated and based in Welwyn in the UK. Both are non-profit and rely on a limited level of magazine advertising to maintain their web site, and sponsors for the competitions and events. Since their formation in 2013, the Society has constantly improved. This has been reflected in the interest shown in its magazine, with over 8500 visitors in the last year, and its growing international membership.

The Society is staging an International Exhibition and sale of Photography at the Welwyn Civic Centre on the 20th and 21st of June as a part of the festival, and will bring to Welwyn some of the best Pictures the Society has to offer from Nepal, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Americas. It is early days in the planning for the event, but we will have refreshments available during the weekend, and there are many other dining and drinking establishments in the village. We always ensure that the most important aspect of the event is catered for first.

Most of the pictures on display are available for purchase and may be ordered during the weekend. . Other pictures will be available for purchase on the day (as will the Welwyn Books).

We are working on the other aspects of the event, but these will need to be confirmed. Plans include a portrait studio set up with models, (or even using volunteers from the visitors), and stands from other clubs and societies. A series of talks on the work of the Society, its members interests and other associated / supported organisations.

We will keep you informed. Meantime, if you want to be involved at individual, club or business level please let us know.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

1st Welwyn Scout Group re-opens reburbished HQ

For full information regarding 1st Welwyn Scout Group's recent progress and activities from September, visit their news blog:

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Welwyn: The Friendship Club

The Chairman of The Friendship Club in Welwyn is now in his 90s, Mr Cubitt has decided to step down to make way for a younger leader.

The Club has been in existence for over 50 years and this voluntary post is best suited to someone who is retired and in their 50s or 60s. The Friendship Club meets weekly at the Civic Centre - for a chat over a cuppa plus whist, dominoes, bingo or other activities enjoyed by its members. Additionally, there may be two or three organised trips each year - perhaps to the coast, a river cruise or a place of interest such as Stratford on Avon.

If you're approaching your 60s and live in the Welwyn Parish area .....
  • you were a baby (or a twinkle!) when The Friendship Club began; 
  • you might be thinking about joining Welwyn's Friendship club for the over-60s; 
  • you might be thinking that you're too young to join but you're the ideal person to run it.

If you'd like to know more, contact Welwyn 712933.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

40th Welwyn Festival Week: Parade and Family Fun Day

If you can support the 10k run and 2k fun run from Ottway Walk on Saturday morning, that would be brilliant! They take place around 11 am which given you just anough time for a spot of lunch in one of the 'W' pubs before lining the High Street and Codicote Road in time to watch the Parade, starting at the Civic Centre around 1pm. This year's theme is Welwyn Through The Ages, featuring many Romans and more recent citizens. Follow the parade to Singler's Marsh where judging takes place and the Family Fun Day commences! 

To entertain you this year, we have... a Roman encampment, coconut shy, china-smash, racing ferrets and boules, plus... a marching band, a bouncy slide, a clown, Punch + Judy, a carousel and pony rides. Plus... kids races, tug-o-war, beer tent, tea tent, hog roast and several food vendors and... many more stalls offering games, toys, jewellery, face-painting, bric-a-brac and more, including local organisations and charities. Don't forget the games area, arena events, our annual Scruffs dog show, Grand raffle and Duck race (tickets available throughout the day). Phew!!

Have you remembered to enter the Photography competition. It's not too late!

There's so much Great Stuff for us all! Other events this weekend include:
'PUBSTOCK 2014' at the White Horse, Open Gardens, First World War illustrated talk, Roman Banquet & Toga Party at the White Hart, Festival Club Night at the Sports & Social Club and Youth Band Night at the Civic Centre;
Art exhibition, Welwyn Tennis Club Open Day, Welwyn Roman Day, Artskool creative family fun day, Open Gardens and the Quiz evening at WSSC.


Monday, 23 June 2014

Welwyn Roman Day MMXIV

Probably the largest Roman re-enactment event in the UK this year. 

Sunday 29 June from 10.30pm until 4.30pm

Experience a day in the life of Welwyn nearly 2,000 years ago.

Take the opportunity to experience how people lived in the four hundred years in the Roman province of Britannia. Learn about military and local life, from the Iron Age to the fifth century, in Hertfordshire and the area around the important settlement at Welwyn.

Batavian AuxilliaryA display by leading re-enactment groups representing military and local life, discover how the Roman Army changed in dress and equipment over time while the local population simply got on with living and working in much the same way as they had always done. Visit the Celtic encampment to learn archery, use a quern to grind flour for bread and other basic skills for living.

Engage with the re-enactors, watch displays of military drill and the use of weaponry from hand to hand fighting to the mighty Onager siege buster and everything in between.

Talk to a Gladiator or a Gladiatrix. See the range of weapons they use and how they defended themselves. Try them for yourself if you feel fit and able.

Join the Legion for your 25 year service to earn the right to Citizenship of Rome, learn the drill and some battle tactics. See daily activities from drop spindle thread making and weaving cloth through to cooking, learn about cosmetics and perfumes and a range of practical craft skills.

Watch, if you dare, the Roman Surgeon at work on wounded legionary.

Organised by Welwyn Roman Baths and Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service, the Welwyn Festival Roman day will take place at Sherrardswood School. Pedestrian access and “Blue Badge parking” will be at the Roman Baths entrance. The main entrance will be at Sherrardswood School with free parking in the grounds. Other parking will be in Welwyn Village with a free park-and-ride shuttle bus service from Fulling Mill Lane to the Baths entrance.

Tickets on the gate will be priced at £8 (children £4) or £20 for a Family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children aged 5-16 years old). Children under 5 and those in period costume will be admitted Free.