Brocket Hall provided the magnificent setting for Lord Salisbury to host a reception to launch the Welwyn Garden City Centenary to supporters of the town and to show-case the 14 signature events planned for 2020 to celebrate 100 years of Welwyn Garden City and its innovative idea of healthy living. Attendees included the Lord Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, Mr Robert Voss.
Guests were invited to support the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation (WGCCF), a registered charity, established to steer the programme of events to fruition as it seeks to raise funding and sponsorship of over £1m. Driven by the community, some events are ‘one-off’ to leave a lasting memory, whilst others are more ending and will raise the profile of Welwyn Garden City on the national and international stage. Underpinning the 14 signature events are many more projects being organized directly by community organisations, businesses, places of learning, the Local Authority and residents themselves.
Lord Salisbury as Patron of the WGCCF thanked Brocket Hall for their hospitality and said how pleasant it was to host a reception at another place. He had been very pleased to be asked to be the Patron of the Foundation: most particularly since his grandfather was very involved with enabling Ebenezer Howard to realise his vision by making further land available to the Welwyn Garden City Company. A vision with which he still strongly agreed. Finally he was delighted at the progress being made in the Centenary celebrations and hoped the evening was successful in raising the necessary funds.
Two Chelsea Pensioners were in attendance at one of the signature event displays – the creation of a Centenary Garden which will have its debut as a main avenue garden at RHS Chelsea in May 2020 and return to further enhance the attractiveness of the town centre as a place to ‘live, work and play.’
Concluding the evening Peter Waine, Chairman of the WGCC, commented “We are proudly celebrating the first one hundred years, reflecting on our legacy on town planning worldwide but in so doing we must not be complacent especially as many have interpreted a garden city as little more than a mundane urban sprawl. Welwyn Garden has shown that by seeking the best of town and country we need not sacrifice precious green fields and the greenbelt.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
About Welwyn Garden City (WGC)
Welwyn Garden City (WGC) is the world’s second Garden City and was founded by Ebenezer
Howard in 1920 as a role model for lower-density urban development. Preceded by Letchworth
in 1903 the two Hertfordshire towns are models of sustainable development. Designed by
architect Louis de Soissons, Welwyn Garden City aimed to provide the perfect blend of city
and nature as an alternative to the overcrowded insanitary conditions of nineteenth century
London. Characterised by neo-Georgian buildings, elegant boulevards and generous open
spaces, it formed the blueprint for Howard’s visionary Garden City Movement, the icon of
modern town design which Britain continues to have a proud association with today.
About The WGC Centenary Celebrations
2020 will mark 100 years since Welwyn Garden City was founded. To celebrate, the Welwyn
Garden City Centenary Foundation has been established to help devise and coordinate a
programme of commemorative events. Following a public consultation, 14 signature events
will be organised covering sports, the arts, culture and community. Peter Waine was appointed
Chairman of the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation in succession to Paul Roberts.
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