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Welwyn Garden City is located in leafy Hertfordshire, approximately 22 miles north of London. The town was the idea of Ebenezer Howard and was designed by architect Louis De Soissons. It is internationally acclaimed as a fine example of planning and landscaping. The building of the first Welwyn Garden City homes began in 1920. By the end of that year, the first 50 homes in Handside Lane were built.

 

       
  An unusual sight at Welwyn Garden City Station. A4 steam locomotive 60019 'Bittern' thunders through the station at over 90 miles an hour on Sunday evening 06 July 2008 pulling a special excursion from Edinburgh to London. Steam hauled trains were a common sight during the fifties and sixties.
       

Representing the UK in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest
Electro Velvet; Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas


Forces Day 31 Jun 2009
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Paul Griggs' book "Diary Of A Musician"
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14 Mar 2017
Haldens Club, Margery Wood opens its new club extension housing a new kitchen and competition snooker room. Freshly prepared Hot food is now available daily. The 12-4pm Sunday Cavery has proved to be very popular.

08 Mar 2015
Electro Velvet; Welwyn Garden City resident Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas from Beckenham, Kent will be singing the 2015 UK Eurovision Song. The former Stanborough School pupil with be performing the modern 1940s style song "Still In Love With You" in the Eurovision Song Contest Final on 23rd of May 2015 at Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria. This year marks the contest's 60th Anniversary and the special show will also include an entry from Australia! Click here to enjoy the video of Electro Velvet performing the song written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White, "Still In Love With You". We love the song!

05 Sep 2013
"The World's End" movie, that was filmed in Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth, has been released on DVD. The film was shot in Parkway, Howardsgate, The Campus as well as in four WGC pubs; The Peartree (The First Post), The Doctor's Tonic (The Old Familiar), The Cork (The Famous Cock), The Parkway Bar (The Cross Hands).

07 Dec 2012
Charity Gig Night FRIDAY 21 DEC 2012 8pm - All proceeds to Cancer Research
The Green Room, The Doctor's Tonic, Church Road, Town Centre, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6PR
Billy Lunn, Bouquet, Kind Hearted Thieves, Shut The Front Door, AM-PM
Tickets available from Cancer Research UK, 20 Howardsgate, Town Centre, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6BQ
£4 in advance, £5 on the door. Over 18's only.
Jan 2013 Update: The event raised £222 after paying 2 bar staff £30 each and £30 for the sound engineer. WGC Cancer Research thank all who attended and The Doctors Tonic for providing the Green Room free of charge.

22 Nov 2012
A personal invite from BOOKS FOR FREE . . .
FRIDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2012 at 3-5 PM
Please join us at 10 HOWARDSGATE, WELWYN GARDEN CITY AL8 6BQ for our official opening.
SHAYLESH PATEL, the founder of Healthy Planet and GRANT SHAPPS, MP for Welwyn Hatfield, will be attending our official launch celebration. We would be delighted if you could join us, to take some books, have some fun, and enjoy some refreshments.
We would also be very interested in hearing from anyone who might like to volunteer with us to help run Welwyn Garden City Books for Free.
Healthy Planet rescues unwanted books from landfill or pulping and then redistributes them for free - throughout communities via our Books for Free centres nationwide. www.booksforfree.org.uk

10 Nov 2012
Books For Free at 10 Howardsgate, WGC is now open 6 days a week. Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-4.30pm. More volunteers are still needed. See www.booksforfree.org.uk for details about this charity (includes a video).

29 Oct 2012
The Oak Tavern, 61 Moors Walk, Panshanger has closed and is to become a Tesco Express food store.

08 Sep 2012
Great news if you enjoy reading. Would you like to have free books?
The charity "Books For Free" have opened in WGC at 10 Howardsgate (opposite The Cork Pub between "HSBC Bank" and "Ask Italian Restaurant"). Until the shop finds some volunteers, it is currently open 1.30-4.30pm on just Friday and Saturday only.
If you can volunteer, please visit the shop Friday or Saturday afternoon and speak to Lesley. See www.booksforfree.org.uk for details about this charity (includes a video).

10 Feb 2012 Welwyn Garden City residents and companies lost internet connection 8pm on Thursday evening until 12pm midnight Friday evening. ATMs (cash machines) and other data links also stopped working, causing major disruption to the town. The cause of all this disruption - unintelligent thieves had ripped out a large section of fibre optic cable from outside Tesco, Hatfield, that will be of no value to them. To repair the damage meant many hours of work for BT in below freezing temperatures. BT engineers had to obtain replacement cable, 'blow' it into the cable tube, then 'fibre joint' (laser weld) both ends of the new cable to the remaining cable. Residents and companies in Digswell, Welwyn, Oaklands, Woolmer Green and Knebworth were also effected. Please help the police to catch these rogues, who clearly demonstrate that they are only interested in getting money for themselves with not a care for anyone else. If you saw anything suspicious on the Great North Road, near Tesco, Hatfield at around 8pm on Thursday 9th Feb 2012, or are offered a length of fibre optic cable, please contact the police 0845 330 0222.

07 Sep 2009 Closure of vital parts of the QE2 Hospital. As you know Welwyn Hatfield residents have been fighting the planned closure for many years. During this time we've enjoyed the support of the entire community.
So it's with great sadness that I wanted to drop you a line to let you know that what I regard as a 'tipping point' has been reached in the process designed to lead to the closure of A&E, Maternity, Elderly Care, Paediatrics and the withdrawal of all Surgery from our QE2 Hospital.
Essentially, planning permission has recently been granted for the expansion of the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and building work has begun up there. Sadly this means that, even if there is a change of government next year, the closure programme will have been stitched up by ensuring that hundreds-of-millions-of-pounds will have been committed and spent building up the Lister Hospital, in order to justify closing large parts of our QE2.
Now I don't think any of this is acceptable and I have therefore invited the Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley MP to visit Welwyn Hatfield to join me in a meeting with the local health officials who - it seems to me - are doing this government's dirty work by driving through their closure programme with undue hast.
Assuming an election doesn't come until May 2010 I believe we'll be too late because the money will have been committed and largely spent up in Stevenage, but I still want to investigate whether some form of midwife-led maternity unit, as well as a proper A&E could be maintained at the QE2.
I honestly believe that it is completely insane to be rapidly expanding our population and yet closing major parts of our hospital at the same time.
Anyway, I thought you'd appreciate the update and will of course keep you posted on all of this.
Kind regards, Grant Shapps, MP Welwyn Hatfield.

04 Sep 2009 Welwyn Garden City Football Club is now open during the week. The Football Club that is staffed by volunteers is now open from 4pm until 11pm Monday to Friday. The club that was forced to lay off all it's staff on Sunday 22nd March 2009 and open only at the weekend is now open 7 days every week. All thanks to the hard work of it's volunteer staff. The volunteers have also made many improvements to the club house and grounds. The future of the Herns Way club is now looking bright.

15 June 2009 The former Suchard and Polycell factories in Broadwater Road have been demolished. The food store Tesco has purchased this site, as well as the former Shredded Wheat factory. Initial plans are to build a Tesco Store and swimming pool on the site with a new footbridge over the railway line to link it to the town centre.

 

   

 

  Daniells, Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City

 

   

 

Wind Hill, Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City  
         
  The Coronation Fountain, Welwyn Garden City Town Centre. The fountain was built to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1952. The main entrance to the Howard Centre shopping complex is visible in the distance
         
The Howard Centre shopping complex (mall), Welwyn Garden City Town Centre.  
         
  The Howard Centre shopping complex (mall), main entrance, Welwyn Garden City Town Centre.
         
 

The Shredded Wheat Factory that has been a WGC land mark for almost a century.

Sadly the factory closed early in 2009. WGC residents will miss the factory's lovely cooking smells now that production has stopped.

 

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