Welwyn’s Community Cafe Celebrates Eight Successful Years!

The following Report was prepared by Sandra Kyriakides, WPAG Project Manager and former Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councillor who took all the photos.

A very popular event in the Welwyn Social Calendar is the weekly “Get Together” at Welwyn’s Community Café, held in St Mary’s Church House every Tuesday morning from 10:00am to 12:00 noon.

On 3rd November 2017, the Community Café celebrated its 8th year of successful operation and, to mark this occasion, visitors this week were treated to complimentary delicious home-made sausage rolls and yummy cakes from Katie’s along with their teas and coffees.

The project was the joint venture of the Welwyn Parish Plan Group and St Mary’s Parochial Church Council.  It was launched in 2009 and has grown from strength to strength in popularity and attendance and has created a vibrant facility for residents from Welwyn and surrounding areas to socialise in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Delicious freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and toasted teacakes are on offer at a very reasonable price.  All are welcome in an ambiance that buzzes with lively conversation and provides the opportunity to meet up with existing friends and to make new ones.

Local volunteers staff the kitchen under the joint guidance of volunteer supervisors Jean Perriman and Lesley Watson.  Since taking over the running of the Community Café from Barbara Spencer in February 2017, Jean and Lesley have been doing a wonderful job with impressive efficiency, combined with their boundless enthusiasm and friendliness.


The Project Manager Reports – Crime and Public Safety Update

The following Report was prepared by Sandra Kyriakides, WPAG Project Manager and former Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councillor.

There have been incidents of car vandalism as well as two recent burglaries on Welwyn High Street over the past month.

The police are aware and I have asked for a meeting with our local community police team leader to discuss policing in the area in general.  I will report back as and when I have any further information on this.

The police have reverted to the earlier method of policing, with designated officers to ward areas and, when I know who ours is, I will pass this information on to you.

In the meantime, please do all you can to ensure your personal safety and that of your property.  Have good lighting, keep windows and doors locked. Keep an eye open for anything or anyone suspicious and if in doubt, report to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.   If you have not already done so, join Neighbourhood Watch and receive OWL (Online Watch Link) messages that keep you informed about crimes or antisocial activities in your area. This is the season where there is likely to be an increase in opportunist crime, so please be aware and vigilant.

The Project Manager Reports – Re-Cycling U-Turn

The following Report was prepared by Sandra Kyriakides, WPAG Project Manager and former Welwyn Hatfield Borough Councillor.

As most of you reading this report will now be aware, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has made a dramatic U-turn on the ruling about food waste going into Brown Bins.

In the interest of clarity, I am letting you know that all your food waste can now go into your Brown Bin; either wrapped in a paper bag or loose.  WHBC are also looking into the possibility of accepting the biodegradable plastic recycling bags but this has yet to be confirmed, so please do not use them until an official announcement is made.

For those who do not subscribe to the paid-for Brown Bin collection service, and do not have facilities to home compost, I am sorry to say that you will need to continue to dispose of your food waste in your black bin.  This goes to landfill, is expensive and is environmentally and ecologically unfriendly.  However, WHBC still do not have funding in place or plans to introduce a food waste collection service before 2020, so we have no choice but to go along with this, unsatisfactory as it is.

Tewin Orchard and a life of Badgers – a Talk in Welwyn on 22nd November 2017

Michael Clark, the distinguished Hertfordshire natural historian and author, will speak on ‘Tewin Orchard and a Life of Badgers’.

Badger and bramleys Tewin Orchard Photo Michael Clark

Michael is the author of Badgers (Whittet Books) one of the most popular and authoritative studies of the species, which was re-published this year in a revised edition. He is also the author of Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of Hertfordshire, published by Hertfordshire Natural History Society in 2001.


The 2017 Gerald Salisbury lecture – organised jointly by Welwyn Natural History Society and the Hertfordshire Natural History Society– will take place on Wednesday 22 November from 8pm to 10pm at Welwyn Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn, AL6 9ER

Wine, fruit juices and snacks will be served. 

There is a £3 admission charge for non-members of the Welwyn Natural History Society.

Organised by: Hertfordshire Natural History Society. For full details got to the HNHS website.erts