The Trust has recently issued the DVD "Welwyn Garden City - A Brave Vision".
Produced by Angela Eserin, Steve Sullivan and John Watson and directed by Maggie Clarke it has a running time of approximately 55 minutes and was previously only available on video format.
Two new interpretation boards have been installed in the town. Funding was principally from the budget of Councillor Malcolm Cowan with associated costs paid for by the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust.
Absolute delight was how the Trustees of the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust (WGHT) greeted the ‘fantastic’ news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had approved their bid for £50,000. The funding is to support a broad ranging heritage project in Welwyn Garden City.
A Position Statement by Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust
Following some expressions of concern by residents about the Trust’s position over the Tesco/Spenhill planning application for the former Shredded Wheat site the Trustees decided that a public statement of our position was needed.
There have been numerous suggestions about what should happen on the Shredded Wheat site, particularly with the ‘landmark’ silos. Obviously the final decision rests with the owners of the site but the planners will take note of local opinion. The WGC Society have been canvassing opinions amongst their members and we thought it made sense to see what you think. At the two extremes the proposals range from demolition to putting a restaurant on the top.
For those of us living in the Conservation Area it is easy to forget that other parts of our town were built at the same time and many of those that were built later are just as delightful as the area within the original footprint. Peartree may be less cared for by its residents for economic reasons but many of the houses are almost indistinguishable from those in Handside.
Many thanks to all of you who wrote in to the Council in support of retaining and enforcing the Estate Management Scheme, we understand that the response was significantly in favour of the scheme when the consultation process closed at the end of July.
The Garden City welcomed back one of its long-lost residents last month when Anthony Titford returned for a visit after a 75 year absence. Mr Titford, now 92, left Welwyn Garden in 1934 when Parkway was little more than a road with a few flower beds and the White Bridge had only just been built.
"Welwyn Garden City is the model on which virtually all town planning has been based worldwide since the 1920’s. So why are we not celebrating that in the place where it began?", was the question Tony Skottowe, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Handside asked himself recently. It all began with the challenge posed by the bid by a developer to demolish 4 of the oldest inhabited buildings within the original Garden City boundary. "Residents in the vicinity were appalled at what was being suggested", said Tony,” and so a few of us got together to organise the opposition.” During one of the many conversations about how to prevent the vandalism to the town’s heritage the idea of a centre to illustrate the international importance of the town emerged.
At a Cabinet meeting held on 7th October the recommendations from Cabinet Planning & Transportation Panel relating to the revitalisation of the Estate Management Scheme was unanimously agreed.
Included in the recommendations was a commitment by the council to consult with the Trust and the Welwyn Garden City Society on how the scheme is to be monitored. As both organisations were heavily involved in the review of the whole scheme, and were significantly in support of reviving it rather than any of the other alternatives, the Trustees were delighted with the council’s decision.
The Trust held a meeting to outline its ideas on creating a Heritage Centre in Welwyn Garden City on 25th March to gauge the reaction of representatives of industry, retailers and public bodies. The result according to Tony Skottowe and his fellow Trustees was " A resounding chorus of approval."