CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN 2020

A photo of the WGC Centenary Fountain

Commemorating Our Centenary

Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation
The last year has been exceptionally challenging for us all, for our work, our family and our friends. Our much anticipated year of celebrations for Welwyn Garden City’s cententary could not take place as planned, which has been incredibly disappointing for everyone involved. Our enthusiastic team of volunteers have worked since 2014 on our Signature Projects. Now we have reached the end of 2020 we have plenty to be proud of having achieved in celebration of what makes our town and community so special.

GARDEN CITY LIGHTS

A photograph of the WGC Centenary-decorated Howardsgate

Our centenary year launched in style with the fabulous Garden City Lights event in January, organised in conjunction with Wonderful Welwyn Garden City BID. Over 20,000 residents came out to view the town illuminated and experience a wonderful community atmosphere.

SPORT FOR ALL

Our Sport for All programme originally featured nearly 80 events across more than 50 sports clubs across the town. The two events held in early 2020 were Orienteering for All and were a great success. Orienteering is a great activity for both mind and body and is suitable for everyone. You can walk or run the different courses and all the participants had a great time as you can see here!

Hertfordshire Orienteering Club

Hertfordshire Orienteering Club launched a special photographic trail around the town centre – a great way to celebrate the town’s icons and try the sport. Why not have a go?

SCHOOLS

BULBS AND TREES PLANTING

Our Sport for All programme originally featured nearly 80 events across more than 50 sports clubs across the town. The two events held in early 2020 were Orienteering for All and were a great success. Orienteering is a great activity for both mind and body and is suitable for everyone. You can walk or run the different courses and all the participants had a great time as you can see here!

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Welwyn Garden City Photographic Club have done a brilliant job over the past 4 years organising the schools photographic competition. The first official centenary event to launch back in 2016, the competition attracted 30 entries. This year’s final – with two themes of ‘Celebrations’ then ‘Lockdown’ attracted over 400 entries of an excellent standard. View the winning shots and read more about what the Judges including the Royal Photographic Society said. We hope to hold an official prize giving ceremony in April if we are able.
KS1 1st Place Photo Lockdown Rainbows

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

A photo of the Carol Allen School of Dance.

DAY OF DANCE

Music and the Performing Arts have played an important part in the community over the past 100 years. Following on the success of the showcase in October 2019, involving over 200 local performers, the Music and Performing Arts team organised a full programme of music across two stages at Garden City Lights, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the 20,000 visitors. In February their Day of Dance in the Howard Centre delighted the crowds as 11 dance groups of all styles and ages showcased their talents.

CENTENARY WALK & CITY OF TREES

WGC100 - Centenary Walk Map
Of all our signature projects, the Centenary Walk and City of Trees have attracted huge interest and engagement. We were fortunate to have launched these on 14 March and since then thousands of residents have explored and enjoyed new areas of the town for their local daily exercise. In November, the WGC Youth Football Club team of ‘Whirlwinds’ completed a full circuit of the walk route as a relay, in place of their usual training sessions! Both of these projects involved a huge amount for the teams and leave a wonderful legacy for residents and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.
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Handside and Stanborough WGC100 Walk Map Cover
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A GARDEN CITY WITH A WELCOME

Welcome to Welwyn Garden City - A marriage of town & country

Over the past four years the team worked tirelessly with Herts County Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, the bus and railway stations to ensure that however people arrived into the town they would know it was somewhere special.

Nine new – and first of their kind in the county – pictorial signs welcome people to the town and have been hugely admired. In spring of this year mini gardens were planted at the feet of the signs with the design created specially for the town. We are grateful to the team of volunteers who kept the plants watered during the spring heatwave!

The new bus station features WGC100 logos as well as the Louis de Soissons Town Plan. The railway station continues to be improved with redecoration and new planting thanks to the All Aboarders as well as the recently refurbished waiting room.

ARTS AND SCULPTURE

Henry Moore - Large Standing Figure Knife Edge 1976
The Henry Moore Foundation kindly loaned us one of their sculptures for our centenary year. Henry Moore visited the town some 40 years ago with the late Andrew Carnegie of the Digswell Arts Trust and expressed his interest in seeing his work displayed within the town. Large Standing Figure: Knife Edge has stood proudly on Parkway all year next to the Coronation Fountain. We’ve seen many wonderful photos of the sculpture during 2020 including the illumination at Garden City Lights back in January. The Foundation has kindly extended the loan until summer of 2021.

BIRTHDAY VIDEO

Over the past four years the team worked tirelessly with Herts County Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, the bus and railway stations to ensure that however people arrived into the town they would know it was somewhere special.

Nine new – and first of their kind in the county – pictorial signs welcome people to the town and have been hugely admired. In spring of this year mini gardens were planted at the feet of the signs with the design created specially for the town. We are grateful to the team of volunteers who kept the plants watered during the spring heatwave!

The new bus station features WGC100 logos as well as the Louis de Soissons Town Plan. The railway station continues to be improved with redecoration and new planting thanks to the All Aboarders as well as the recently refurbished waiting room.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY

We were delighted to be offered the opportunity by Herts County Council to celebrate Welwyn Garden City’s centenary through 28 posters in the newly refurbished subways next to John Lewis. Emma Harper, Curator at Mill Green Museum, did a fantastic job putting together a display of images to reflect so many positive elements of the town’s 100 year history, from the seasons, to sport, leisure, music and performing arts, retail and housing. Our designer Paul Hillary at Red Echo worked his magic on the artwork and the collection has already been admired by many people.

Thank you to all the providers of images.

CONCLUDING OUR CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

We have been overwhelmed by the response of the community to celebrate the town’s centenary. Interest and engagement with all our projects has grown throughout the year as we have all been able to appreciate our town. Schools and community groups have shared poems and videos with us and we have had some wonderful articles from guest writers about the town’s founders and its history over the past 100 years. Thank you all.

We plan to officially conclude our centenary celebrations in spring when we will finally be unveiling the stunning sculpture of Ebenezer Howard, along with opening the Centenary Woodland Garden on the Campus.

We will bring you news when we are able and hope you will join us in celebration of 100 years of Welwyn Garden City, be it real or virtual.

In the meantime, we have many, many people to thank. Our incredible army of volunteers who have created so many wonderful celebrations of our town; Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council; our fantastic partners organisations in Welwyn Garden City including our schools, the Wonderful Welwyn Garden City Bid, the Howard Centre, the WGC Horticultural Society, Heritage Trust, Society, Photographic Club and the Museum Service; Letchworth Garden City and the TCPA; our volunteers who have supported our events and our passionate community.

Last and most importantly, our extremely generous sponsors who have made all these events and celebrations possible. Thank you.

May I wish you all a healthy, safe and happy new year.

Peter Waine

Peter Waine
On behalf of all the
Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation

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