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