CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WELWYN GARDEN CITY IN 2020

ROYAL VISIT

Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by Her personal representative for the county of Hertfordshire – The Lord-Lieutenant Robert Voss CBE, accompanied by his personal Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.  They will join us for our Carnival on 19 June 2021.

Previous Royal visits

1970 Queen Mother visits WGC for the town's Golden Jubilee
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, visits WGC in celebration of its Golden Jubilee in 1970,
50 years since the town's founding by Ebenezer Howard
Queen Elizabeth opens the new QE2 hospital
Queen Elizabeth opens the new QE2 hospital 22nd July 1965.
Sadly by 2018, the hospital had been demolished.

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WGC100 News

Ebenezer Howard Bronze Roundel

Ebenezer Howard memorial makes way for new sculpture of our town’s founder

Eagle eyed residents may have noticed that the Ebenezer Howard memorial roundel has been lifted from its home on Howardsgate – a herculean task which took three hours!

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Welwyn Harmony

Goodbye 2020, hello 2021

What a year 2000 was. Welwyn Harmony started the year on a high having just won the “Most Improved Chorus” award at a national ladies’ singing competition.

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Sir Ebenezer Howard

EBENEZER HOWARD: A Birthday Tribute.

Sir Ebenezer Howard OBE was born 171 years ago on 29 January 1850. This tribute outlines his life and how he founded Welwyn Garden City.

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A photo of the WGC Centenary Fountain

Commemorating Our Centenary

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.

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Barn Theatre Sketch 1991

The Story of a Barn and a Theatre

This is the story of a barn and how it became a theatre in Welwyn Garden City. The theatre at the centre of the story is the Barn Theatre situated in Handside Lane and is today a renowned and respected place for amateur drama providing some 10 shows a year as well as other aspects of drama, giving the community quality alternatives to the big professional theatres in London and surrounding district.

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KS1 1st Place Photo Lockdown Rainbows

Schools’ Photographic Competition 2020

The WGC Centenary Schools Photographic Competition was the first event launched in 2017 to celebrate the centenary, organised by the WGC Photographic Club.

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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.”