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.


WNHS – Programme 2017-2018


Programme 2017 – 2018


Meetings held at Welwyn Civic Centre, Small Hall 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Feb 22            Here Come the Hares!                                      Jane Russ

Mar 22            Medicines from Living Things                           Dr Chris Woolston

April 26           The Biodiversity at Panshanger Park               Jen Gilbert

May 24           The History of the Amwell Magna Fishery        Feargal Sharkey

June 21           Reptiles and Amphibians at the Commons     Rory Dimond

Sept 27           Up, Up and Away, the Story of Bird Flight       Dr Edward Eastwood

Oct 25             The Natural Wonders of Bolivia                       Clint Bull

Nov 22            Joint meeting with Hertfordshire Natural History Society

                       (Speaker and Subject to be announced)

Dec 13            Light Hearted Quiz & Members Christmas Gathering


Jan 24             AGM and Members evening

                        Members’ photos, exhibits and short talks welcomed.

                        (Offers to Raymond Uffen in advance please)

Feb 28             Protecting our Hen Harriers                              Paul Stancliffe


3rd Sunday    Friends of Mardley Heath work parties

                           – Meet at car park 10 am

4th Sunday    Tewinbury SSSI work parties September – April

                            – meet at HMWT car park on Farm Drive 9.30 am

                            (Contact Robin Cole 01438 813403

3rd Thursday  Danesbury Local Nature Reserve – work parties

                            Meet at 10 a.m.  –  call John Roper on 07910 311589 for details of the                             meeting place)


Nov 22 2017      Joint Meeting with WNHS at Welwyn Civic Centre (See above)


(Contact Penny Fanthorpe 077617 12245)

Feb 28         Conservation Overseas                    Steve Hughes A Rocha

                          Meeting at Howlands Baptists Church WGC – 8 pm

Mar 11         Willow Weaving Workshop               Hazel Godfrey

                          Meeting at Howlands Baptist Church, WGC – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mar 28        Round the County in 90 hours – Walking the Herfordshire Way –                                              – an illustrated talk                      Elizabeth Hamilton

                          Meeting at Howlands Baptist Church, WGC – 8 p.m.

Bike and Hike Today

It might be a bit wet outside today, and a little late to remind you, but not too late to ask you to consider donating to a good cause.

Today, Saturday 10th September 2016, is the Annual Bike and Hike Event organised by St Mary’s Church, Welwyn.undefined

This year the money raised is split half and half between ‘Bliss‘, a charity that helps babies and their families who are born unwell or prematurely, and the Historic Churches Trust, who help maintain the historic church buildings across Herts. and Beds.

It might a little late to invite you to hike or bike today, but not too late for you to make a donation. To make a donation online to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/welwynbh2016




Welwyn’s First Defibrillator Installed

Welwyn’s First Defibrillator Installed
As a result of an initiative and fund raising jointly by St Mary’s Church and the Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group, an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) has now been installed in Welwyn High Street, and will soon be commissioned into service for the community.
The AED is designed to be used by anyone who witnesses someone in cardiac arrest in conjunction with calling 999.

Four Welwyn businesses have actively contributed as sponsors: Putterills, Neel Dentistry, Mimram Vets and Susu, along with many very generous individual AED Barclays Welwynbenefactors.

The Welwyn Wailers also gave a substantial donation from their 2016 ‘Wail’.
The Community Heartbeat Trust will provide some training and the Parish Plan Action Group will advise about that when known.
More details, including instructions in the use of the AED, will be issued on the WPAG website as soon as the AED is commisioned and ready for service.
A Second defibrillator planned.
The Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group is well on the way to raising sufficient funds for a second AED for the civic parish of Welwyn and the project team will meet in early July 2016 to debate where it should be located.
More about that when it is decided.

Welwyn Bridge Cottage Surgery – Patient Involvement

P1060360Following an initiative by the Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group the Bridge Cottage Patient Participation Group was formed in February 2016.

The Bridge Cottage P.P.G. comprises 11 volunteers, all of whom are patients of the practice who want to help it provide the best health service possible.

The Stated Aims of the P.P.G. are:

  • To improve communication between doctors and patients.
  • To get advice and support from the NHS and from the national PPG organisation
  • To support practice clinics,  health clinics, health campaigns and local carers.
  • To plan surveys of patient experiences.

  • To discuss changes at the surgery which might affect patients, before they happen, and give them your feedback.


You are encouraged to pass comments and queries to moc.l1518917384iamg@1518917384egatt1518917384ocegd1518917384irbgp1518917384pp1518917384

The Answer Lies in the Soil – Geology Expert comes to Welwyn

Welwyn Natural History Society and the Hertfordshire Natural History Society

Joint Annual Invited Lecture

Dr Haydon Bailey will be speaking at this year’s Annual Invited Lecture at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 25th November at 8 p.m in place of Professor John Catt, who is unfortunately unwell.

The original talk subject ‘Aspects of Hertfordshire Geology & Landscape‘, has now been sub-titled ‘Living in Hertfordshire – for the last 100 million years‘.

Dr Bailey is founder and director of Network Stratigraphic Consulting Ltd, in Potters Bar, and is a micropalaentologist specialising in the cretaceous period, and chalk field studies for the oil and related industries in the UK, Europe, and North Africa.

Dr Bailey co-authored ‘Hertfordshire Geology and landscape’ with Professor John Catt, which was published in 2010 to national acclaim. He contributed the chapters on ‘The Upper Cretaceous period’ and ‘Mineral Resources and Building Stones’.

This book is intended to explain the geology of the county to natural historians and others working in the county, who have little knowledge of geology. In the book, Prof. John Catt describes Hertfordshire, ‘in many respects an undistinguished county’, but one that has amazingly interesting geology.

For more information about the Invited Talk go to the Hertfordshire Natural History website .

The Dr Haydon Bailey talk will be held in the Civic Centre Large Hall at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 25th November.

Everyone welcome – entrance £3 – pay at the door, includes a glass of wine or soft drink.

1st Welwyn Scouts – a legacy that needs your help.

Wear and Tear.

The 1st Welwyn Scout Group Headquarters in Lockleys Drive was closed down between 2012 and 2014 because major structural repairs and essential improvements were needed. During that time the Scouts and Cubs shared meetings with their counterparts in Codicote, and the Beavers had moved to New Church House, Welwyn.

But, quite apart from the structural damage, the enforced departure from Lockleys Drive, Welwyn had an alarming hit on membership numbers too: whereas decades ago the Group totalled some 200 members, by the time of their return to Lockleys Drive in October 2014, membership had fallen to 25, more or less!

A Brighter Future

Led by Group Scout Leader Andy Trotter, the 1st Welwyn Group returned to their new Headquarters at Lockleys Drive in October 2014 with a great fanfare. The new Scout HQ has been named after the late Derek Nash, the inspirational Group Scout Leader who led a hard working team for over 20 years, battling to resolve the problem of a rapidly deteriorating HQ, and tirelessly fund-raising in order to open up alternative options for the future.

Those of you who are familiar with the original Scout Hut, should pay a visit to the new Derek Nash Scout HQ and be prepared for a big surprise.


Membership is recovering too: from the low-point of 20 young people in October 2014 this has now risen to around 80, with beavers, cubs, brownies and scouts meeting in the building on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The high quality of the refitted Scout Hall also attracts the over ’60’s Friendship Club, Welwyn Wailers, adult and childrens yoga, keep fit classes, and Painting in Watercolour classes. Birthday parties are being held there and it is anticipated that a local band, and a drama group for kids, might also start meeting in the Hall.

A Challenging Future

But this success is leading to new problems – the perennial problem of finding volunteers: leaders and helpers.

The Group is currently operating with the minimum of two leaders per section, and the cub leader will shortly be moving on. A replacement is being sought urgently otherwise  the cub section will have to close at Christmas 2015 causing the 20 boys and girls in the cub pack to lose out on the experience of a lifetime, an experience that many of us are able to look back on as a building block for life.

The Group does desperately need volunteers, and not just for leaders. There are 60 Proficiency Badges for beavers, cubs and scouts to qualify for. Volunteers are always needed to help teach some of these subjects and to evaluate the work. Most of us have skills acquired through our lives which might be put to good use. If you believe you might have something to offer, have a word with with Andy Trotter, Group Scout Leader on 07580 942319

Our Heritage

Welwyn Scouts are classified as a ‘Foundation Group’, meaning that the 1st Welwyn Group was formed in 1908 when Baden Powell first started scouting.

Please consider what you might be able to do by way of help or support to ensure that the 1st Welwyn Group remains as a Heritage for our childrens’ generation too.

(For more information about the 1st Welwyn Scout Group – its history and its legacy – go to the 1st Welwyn Scout Group Page).







Community Cafe – Another Year goes by

The Community Cafe is celebrating its 6th Birthday on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, so please make a special effort to come along and support Barbara Spencer and her hard working team of volunteers.

Every Tuesday the Community Cafe offers a welcome tea, coffee and biscuits, or a toasted tea cake, all at a very reasonable price. You will meet up with many local friends for a good chat. A Parish Councillor is usually there, and sometimes the local PCSO pops in.

The Community Cafe was launched on 3rd November 2009 as one of many products of the Welwyn Parish Plan. It  is a joint venture between Welwyn Parish Plan Action Group (WPPAG) and St. Mary’s Parochial Church Council (PCC).

The Community Cafe is held every Tuesday in New Church House, Welwyn.

Opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 12 p.m.

Bee Awareness – Education and Training in Welwyn

The Welwyn Beekeepers Association (WBKA) hold a free Bee Awareness session each Autumn for those just interested in knowing more about bees and the work of the beekeeper, and those thinking about taking up beekeeping and would like to know a little more first.

This year’s session is on Tuesday 20th October 2015 from 7.30 – 10.00 pm at the Christchurch Halls, Welwyn Garden City.

All non-members of the WBKA are welcomed, but should first email the WBKA Education and Training Coordinator, Mike Goodhew, at ku.gr1518917384o.see1518917384bstre1518917384h@gni1518917384niart1518917384

Danesbury Residents Association


The Danesbury Residents Association (DRA) was formed on 25th May 1982 to assist in the defeat of an Appeal to the Department of the Environment by Rialto Homes against planning refusal to allow them to build 400 dwellings initially, and later 650 dwellings, on the land adjoining Danesbury Park.

To enable professional assistance to be obtained, all founding members of the Association donated £25 to a fighting fund. The appeal enquiry was held in October 1983 and the development proposals were refused by the Department of the Environment.

The Association has remained in force ever since to continue to look after the interests of the residents of Danesbury Park Estate.


1982 – 1983       Ken Wadsworth
1983 – 1989       Roy Jacklin
1989 – 1998       David Matthews
1998 – 2002       John Roper
2002 – 2004       Roger Writer

2004 – to date     Peter Branchflower


The original Constitution has remained unchanged.

The Committee is re-elected each year, and the objectives remain to be:

  • Reactive to issues raised by Residents
  • Pro-active in Committee
  • Informed on all relative issues
  • Prepared to represent all residents responsibly Continue reading