The origins of

The Welwyn Garden City Foundation

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), a national charity established in 1899 by Ebenezer Howard to promote the Garden City Movement, initiated the first meeting of representatives of organisations in Welwyn Garden City to discuss the centenary of the town which will take place in 2020. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the TCPA chaired that first meeting on 6 Nov 2013, which was attended by representatives from the Welwyn Hatfield Heritage Forum, Welwyn Garden City Chamber of Commerce, Welwyn Garden City Town Partnership, Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust and the Welwyn Garden City Society.

The outcome was agreement that it was not too early to start planning to celebrate the Centenary of the town in 2020, and it was agreed to hold a public meeting on 22 January 2014 at the Friends Meeting House, to promote the concept. Over 50 attendees from a wide spectrum of organisations and associations registered their support.

The Delivery Group held its first meeting in April 2014 (see About Us). The WGC Centenary Foundation was registered as a Company on 15 July 2014. Three further public meetings have been held on 9th March 2015 at the Woodhall Community Centre, 10th September 2015 at the Welwyn Thalians Hall and 8th February 2016 at the Backhouse Rooms.

Charitable status of the WGC Centenary Foundation was granted on 4 August 2016, Charity number 1168686.

Charitable Aims:

  1. To advance the education of the public in subjects relating to the establishment and conservation of Welwyn Garden City
  2. To promote the conservation, enhancement and improvement of features of historic or public interest in Welwyn Garden City such as buildings landscapes, and features of natural beauty.
  3. To promote for the benefit of the inhabitants of Welwyn Garden City and the surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving the condition of life of the said inhabitants.