Welwyn Garden City is 90 today

29 April 2010, 06:00

Welwyn Garden City marks its official 90th birthday today and on this date back in 1029 the Welwyn Garden City Company began.

To mark the official commencement of the 90th years, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has provided £10,000 towards the celebration.

Local groups and individuals are invited to bid for monies to support their efforts to celebrate the town's anniversary.

Anyone interested are required to provide details of the event/project, including:

  • Date
  • lLcation
  • Summary of the project/event.
  • Full cost and monies applied for.

Applicants must complete the "90th Anniversary Celebrations: Request for Funding" form and return it to the council by 14th May. Successful applicants will be informed by the end of May. Forms can be downloaded from the council’s website at www.welhat.gov.uk and are also available from the council office reception in Welwyn garden City.

The council has also already identified a number of ways to celebrate the town including:

  • Fun day on 5th June
  • Commemorative postcards and prints of Charles Paine images from 1920
  • Two museums exhibits: the history of WGC and a typical room from 1920
  • Town trail walking map
  • Commemorative hand-carved benches for Sherrardspark Wood.

Bob Jewell is the Director of Finance and Operations at the council. He's been telling Heart:

"As well as providing a legacy marking the 90 years of Welwyn Garden City, we are also interested in supporting commemorative events. I encourage anyone with a good idea that will bring the community together in celebration or that will make a long term mark on the town, to apply."

Forms should be returned by email to: wgcis90@welhat.gov.uk or by post to: Carol Rigby, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Council offices, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE by 14th May, 2010.