Monday, 1 June 2015

New Website Launch for June 2015

Dear readers,

Thank you so much for following this blog, which will remain 'live' for historic content, but from June 2015, the new Welwyn Festival website will have its own on-site news and blog information.

We hope that you will join us at and follow our social media accounts - and that you will continue to participate and enjoy all that the Welwyn Festival Week has to offer. Do give us your feedback to help improve information flow to Welwyn residents and visitors.

The Welwyn Festival committee.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

What Excitement is in store at this year's Welwyn Festival?

There's a FREE Family Barn Dance for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

There are two concerts at St Mary's Church plus the Festival concert. Band Night for teens is back, too.

There are free sports at Singlers Marsh, the bowls club in Ottway walk and other events.

There are free exhibitions of photography and art, Film shows and Talks, and more! You can even visit the Big Cats at the sanctuary this year.

Of course, we'll host the popular annual events: the Street Market, Family Fun Day and the Street Parade "Hollywood comes to Welwyn" plus Open Gardens and Cuckoo in the Nest competition for school children.

The printed programme and our brand new website should provide everything you need to know when the time comes. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates:

Not long now!!!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

2015 Welwyn Festival Charities

Proceeds from the 41st Welwyn Festival Week will be divided between various good causes, locally, including: Jubilee House for physically and mentally disabled people, Isabel Hospice for the terminally ill, McMillan Nurses Cancer Centre in Lister Hospital, Herts Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled, Guide HQ Rebuilding Fund, Guessens Road WGC and Medical Dogs Canine Partners for stroke/disabled sufferers.

It is our expectation that we will donate £5,000 to these wonderful local and county charities that benefit the people of Welwyn, all run by devoted selfless people. Your generosity has enabled us to donate in excess of £50,000 in the past 16 years.

In addition, the 10k run profits will be donated by Garden City Runners to the 4 local primary schools: St. Mary’s, Oaklands, St. John’s Digswell and St. Michael’s Woolmer Green.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Stalls at the 2015 Welwyn Festival Street Market & Family Fun Day

Please note that there are no more available stalls available for the Street Market and only about ten spaces available at Family Fun Day on 27th June. Let us know as soon as possible if you might be interested. Also, the printed programme is being finalised in the next few days so advertisers should send in any outstanding artwork on Monday and ensure that payment has been made. Our new website is progressing and should be launching in the near future, although it is expected to continually evolve as new ideas are embraced. Things are really hotting up now - we hope the weather will too!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Welwyn Festival 2015: 10K Run & 2K Fun Run

When: Sunday 28th June, 11 a.m.
Where: Singlers Marsh, Codicote Road/Fulling Mill Lane, Welwyn.

Welwyn 10k run & 2k fun run - June 2015

More Info: 10k entry strictly in advance, £14/£16 (Fun Run £2 on the day) more details on 

Monday, 20 April 2015

2015: A ‘Scratch’ Concert at St Mary’s Church Welwyn

Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’

A ‘Scratch’ Concert at St Mary’s Church Welwyn

Sunday 14th June at 6.30 pm

We had decided to give this ‘scratch concert’ format a rest this year after three very successful years, but after lobbying by a number of people Derek Harrison has agreed to conduct and direct another concert in Welwyn.

This year our chorus of over 100 singers along with soloists, and organist Peter Jaekel, will perform ‘Elijah’ following just one afternoon of rehearsals.

Tickets for singers and audience alike are £10 and are available from 1st May at Hills Violin Shop in Welwyn High Street. The concert takes place as a prelude to this year’s Welwyn Festival Week and funds raised will be split between the Festival Charities and St Mary’s Church.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Something for Everyone at the 2015 Welwyn Festival

A few more snippets of what's to come...

Of course Open Gardens are back, with new ones to excite us, still time to get your garden in if you contact me soon.

The Bowls Club will be celebrating it's 40th anniversary with events in Welwyn Festival Week, and we are looking into staging a 5-side football tournament.

St Mary's Church have event plans under consideration, and Acorn Playgroup are restaging a Gilbert and Sullivan concert in the church, as they did a couple of years ago.

Roman Day will be back: Roman soldiers, trial digs for bones a other artefacts, Celts, face painting and much more to demonstrate what Welwyn might have looked like way back then.

Our new Festival website is "under construction" and we will be promoting our events on the site and via Facebook and Twitter to give you chance to find out what we are planning, well before our printed programme becomes availabel at the beginning of June. As usual, 4000 copies of the Programme will be available in shops and businesses around Welwyn village, Oaklands, Digswell and further afield, for you to highlight which of the 60-70 events you want to go to!!

We'll continue to bring you news of the events we are planning in later news posts...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Journeys into History and Space

Resident Welwyn Historian Tony Rook will be walking and talking, sometimes separately! Times and places will be in the Festival programme, as usual.

Also, three weeks before the Festival on May Bank Holiday weekend, he and the Museum Service will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Roman Baths opening, saved from destruction when Tony persuaded the builders to bury it in a vault under the central reservation of the A1M, virtually as the bull dozers came over the hill towards it!

There will be a talk about Welwyn's 1st World War men and woman who are named on the war memorial and were from the village in that historic and terrible time. The History Society has built an excellent website to show the experiences of living in Welwyn in that era.

Have you heard about the rocket to Pluto, that celestial body that used to be a planet? Yes, after hundreds of years, apparently it has been down-graded by the experts. Hear all about it from our local space scientist, who has a poem on that very rocket. The rocket passes Pluto around the time of Welwyn Week, then it and the poem will head out "to where no man or poem has gone before!"


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Everybody Smile! Photography features in the 2015 Welwyn Festival.

There will be a weekend of international photographs on display in the Civic Centre with other supporting displays and international speakers, with photographs available to buy on the day.

We are planning a Village Photo, were you on the Millenium one, 15 years ago? Standing in the road, outside the church, Katie's and the charity shop!

This time we intend to make it safer, but more spectacular. We will be gathered in St Mary's church yard and the photographer will take his picture(s) from the top of the tower, with you all looking up at him!

We hope to get all 10,000 residents on the shot, which we will probably take during Street Market, so we can over flow into Codicote Road, if you do not all fit in the church yard. It could be spectacular!

The Millenium photo and the 2015 one will both be on sale to raise funds for our 8 charities to help towards our target to donate £5,000 this year, taking us to over £50,000 given out over the last 16 years, thanks to your generosity.


Friday, 6 March 2015

The Street Market and Family Fun Day are saved!


The 41st consecutive annual Welwyn Festival will be held from 19th to 28th June 2015

Street Market and Family Fun Day

We are pleased to say that our two cornerstone events are saved!

Three new volunteers have come forward to run them, and we are very grateful to Wen Evans and Judy Tucker for co-ordinating the Street Market and Mark Caudle for taking on the Family Fun Day. What a relief!


In other news... Instead of a proposed sports event being held at Digswell Playing Fields, a multi sports event will run at Singlers Marsh on the last Sunday, 28th June, immediately after the 10km run and 2km kids' fun run. We are in active discussions with the Sports Partnership for Welwyn-Hatfield to stage a 10 sport event in a purpose built arena to be erected on the day. Four coaches will provide tuition in all kinds of sports, and money or equipment will be provided free of charge for participating clubs/groups. Could you benefit? Get in touch if you are interested, my details are below.

The 10k run and 2k kids' fun run, which were held for the first time last year with over 400 runners, will be starting and finishing at Singler's Marsh, with the main run going along the High Street/London Road, up to the Ayots, and back along the Kimpton Road, the kids will run around the four fields on the Marsh.

More news soon... Andy Trotter, Welwyn Festival Group Chair - 0758 094 2319

Monday, 26 January 2015

Is Pluto A Planet?

At the 2015 Welwyn Festival, Jerry Stone will return with another highly visual, entertaining and informative presentation, "Is Pluto A Planet?"

"One item that will be in the news this year is Pluto, as the New Horizons spacecraft - which has my name on it - reaches our distant cousin in the outer reaches of the Solar System - but will it encounter a planet?

Just 7 months after New Horizons was launched back in January 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted to re-classify Pluto as a Dwarf Planet, resulting in uproar in the astronomical community and starting a controversy that still divides opinion among astronomers and the general public alike.

“Is Pluto A Planet?” covers the thorny question of the status of Pluto. It looks in detail at the IAU definition of a planet and some of its unexpected - and unintended - consequences. To give an example, I can show that Jupiter - the biggest object in the Solar System after the Sun - is actually a dwarf planet! I can also show that it isn’t a planet at all … So how many planets to we really have? Is it 8, 21 or maybe only 3? This is my most controversial presentation, and includes some things that one astronomer has told me I shouldn’t be saying!"

Date and time to be announced.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

It's in the Mayor's Diary!

The Mayor Elect, Councillor Lynne Sparks has accepted our invitation to attend the Peoples Photographic Society 2015 Exhibition, and will be there on the 21st June 2015 at Welwyn Civic Centre. We'll bring you more details nearer the event.