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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation

In 2020 Welwyn Garden City will be 100!

The Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation is a community led organisation set up to deliver a year of celebrations for our wonderful town.

January 2020 will start the Centenary celebrations in style with a festival of lights. A huge carnival, complete with 15 floats, will take place on 11 July. Over 50 of the town’s sports and leisure clubs are planning events and competitions to run throughout the year, alongside the town’s music and performing arts groups with a Festival.

Primary schools will be involved in planting bulbs and trees to commemorate the Centenary. The first ever community-led garden is planned to appear on the Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with elements of the show garden relocated as a permanent feature.

A sculpture of Sir Ebenezer Howard is also being planned in celebration of his vision for Welwyn Garden City – ‘a true marriage of town and country’. To appreciate the beauty of our green space, a 20.20km Centenary Walk will circle the villages around the town. The City of Trees will recognise the 19,000 different species which can be found across the town.

Finally, no 100 year celebration would be complete without a Royal Visit!

We hope you enjoy exploring our site and finding out more about our Centenary year.

Welwyn Garden City 100 Year Celebrations

COMMUNITY

Beautiful Woodlands in Welwyn Garden City

NATURE

Louis de Soissons' plan of Welwyn Garden City

HERITAGE

Here is the latest list of dates for our signature events. We look forward to celebrating with you!

News

Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation 1920-2020

Centenary Group at the Welwyn Garden City Food Festival

On Saturday 12th May 2018, the members of the Centenary Group and a number of project volunteers took time out to meet the visitors to the Festival sharing information about the planned Centenary celebrations in 2020.

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Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation 1920-2020

Centenary Group at the WGC Food Festival

On Saturday 12th May 2018, the Centenary Group will be at the Welwyn Garden City …

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A arden city with a welcome

Centenary on track

A letter from Dr Dennis Lewis published in the Welwyn Hatfield Times 2nd May 2018 describes the progress being made by the Welcome to Welwyn Garden City or Gateway Team.

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Dave Longman an integral part of the Music & Performing Arts Festival Team until he sadly passed away in early 2018.

Dave Longman

The Foundation was very sorry to learn that Dave Longman passed away suddenly. He was …

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WGC 100 Sport for All - Celebrating a Century of Sport

Sport Newsletter No 1

Spring 2018

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Henry Moore statue for Welwyn Garden City

Working with the Henry Moore Foundation to bring one of their statues to the town.

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

Festival of Music and Performing Arts News

Are you able to come and help us? The Festival of Music and Performing Arts …

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RHS The Garden Magazine

RHS The Garden Magazine article – March 2018

Here is an article published by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in their March 2018 edition of The Garden.

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SGD - Society of Garden Designers and WGC 100

Society of Garden Designers Update

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) have added an update to their web site about the Welwyn Garden City Garden competition for Chelsea 2020.

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Welwyn Garden City School Participation in Welwyn Garden City Centenary Celebrations

Prizes available to WGC schools “happy snappers” in 2020 Centenary competition

Welwyn Garden City celebrates its 100th birthday in 2020; the WGC Photography Club (WGCPC) was first off the starting blocks last year and is continuing to lead from the front. It has again announced and arranged its contribution to the celebrations, starting on 12th February, with the second annual WGC schools photo competition, which was initiated in 2017 and will be repeated each year up to and including 2020.

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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.”