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‘Get involved’ plea as plans for town centenary move forward

Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation
“They were very enthusiastic about progress to date and eager to become involved with the celebrations” – WGC Centenary Foundation


A workshop aimed at developing ideas for ‘Signature Events’ to mark WGC’s centenary in 2020 has been staged.

It was hosted by the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation at the town’s Backhouse Room in Handside Lane.

Around 30 people with a range of interests and expertise who had expressed an interest in getting more closely involved with the celebrations attended.

A spokesman said: “They were very enthusiastic about progress to date and eager to become involved in the projects.”

“They were encouraged to ‘go forth and multiply’, sharing their enthusiasm with others. Many people will be needed to make the centenary year a resounding success.”

The meeting was opened by chairman Paul Roberts. He announced that Lord Salisbury of Hatfield House had agreed to become the group’s patron.

The spokesman said “The meeting primarily focussed on developing the Centenary Signature Events, their purpose and potential outcome, the aim being to agree a way forward using shared skills and experience.”

A presentation by Robert Gill and Caroline Baynes followed which expanded on the detail of the 15 signature events discussed.
Foundation member Dr Dennis Lewis MBE said: “People were very keen to get involved and came up with lots of ideas.”

“From my point of view I am determined to get the youth of the town engaged in the centenary.”

“Initial discussions are going well and I got a couple of good leads from the meeting.”

Afterwards, the spokesman told the WHT: “Of course, in addition to the signature events, we will not lose sight of all the myriad other suggestions made, and these will also need active participation, involvement and support.”

And making a direct appeal to Garden Citizens, he added: “Help us create a truly celebratory, fun and memorable year…we really look forward to hearing from you.”

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