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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation

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.

News

Festival of Music and Performing Arts with the Welwyn Garden City Centenary

Sing a Song – Celebrating 100 year of Welwyn Garden City in 2020

Sing a Song – Celebrating 100 year of Welwyn Garden City in 2020 is a resource …

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation - Launch and Finale Events

Festival of Light Programme

The Launch event of the Centenary year gets underway Friday / Saturday, 17th/18th January in …

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation - Schools Involvment

Schools Photography Competition 2020 launched

The Centenary Schools Photography Competition 2020 is now underway.

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WGC 100 Sport for All - Celebrating a Century of Sport

Sport Newsletter No 5 – Winter 2019

In summary – we have 47 Clubs taking part across 26 sports. In addition, the Primary and Secondary Schools are fully involved with a range of events planned, and the town’s central sports and leisure facilities, Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Park and so on will be hosting events.

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A arden city with a welcome

Welcome to Welwyn Garden City – Newsletter

The Welcome to WGC team have been celebrating the installation of the new road signs.  …

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Centenary Walk

New signage

We continue to make progress with signage for the Centenary Walk, having now installed waymarkers …

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Centenary Walk

Accessible path at The Commons

Works are underway this week (week beginning 25th November 2019) to improve the path through …

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation - Schools Involvment

School children plant for the next 100 years in Welwyn Garden City

Pupils at Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Crookhams planted 2020 bulbs in their school …

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Centenary Walk

Saturday 9th November was a busy day for installing more way markers!

Deb and Clare, with walking friend Barry, set off on a lovely bright autumn morning …

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Centenary Walk

Second session of installing way markers – 2nd November, 2019

With the Stanborough Lakes section of the walk in our sights, David and I set …

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Disclaimer

The Foundation can accept no responsibility for the organisation or regulation of any satellite events arranged to mark the centenary of Welwyn Garden City. This includes but is not limited to public liability insurance, health and safety issues (including risk assessments, Performance Licenses and safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults), transport, hiring of facilities, and any costs associated. The use of the Foundation name and logo does not infer any specific oversight or involvement of the Foundation unless stated.”