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Message from the Mayor, Councillor Alexander Curtis


Since I last wrote, Councillors and Officers have met, in a Covid-19 secure environment, for our 2nd Annual Business planning meeting.    This allowed us to review and reflect on the year gone by and to agree our direction for the coming year.  This will be reflected in our budget process.  Work on the budgeting process is underway at present.
 
Sadly, Rotary’s much loved Firework Display will not take place in 2020 and whilst disappointing, is no surprise given current circumstances.
 
November is also marked by Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day which this year falls on 8th & 11th November.  Naturally, our usual parade and gathering cannot take place this year, however, Ware Town Council is working with Ware Churches and Ware Royal British Legion to ensure that we pay our respects safely and with dignity on Remembrance Day.  We are hoping that the entire town will support this.  I will bring you full details in the next newsletter once our plans are in place.
 
As always, if there is anything you would like to bring to my attention I can be contacted via the Town Council offices or by info@waretowncouncil.gov.uk.
 
Stay safe and well.
 
 
Cllr Alexander Curtis
Town Mayor

 

Round Up of the Ware Lido Season


The Lido Season wound up on September 27th.  When the Government announced that Lidos could open, the Lido staff, led by Manager Dan, had a huge task pre-opening to ensure the Lido was Covid secure and that a system was in place for contactless ticketing and trace and trace.  The team rose to the challenge admirably!
 
Despite the late start, the Lido season has been successful and really well received by the local community who took advantage of the chance to swim.  Many local swimming clubs also used the facility, including our own Ware Swimming Club along with Swimming Clubs from Hertford, Hoddesdon & Cheshunt.
 
One happy swimmer emailed in to say ‘Thank you for a wonderful season of open water swimming, I've loved coming to the Lido and the staff have been unfalteringly lovely ‘.

An email also came in which said  ‘I would like to thank  the town council, the priory staff, and Dan and all his life guards for a wonderful season at the lido this year. Opening the lido was a major achievement as very few others were able to do so. I have been coming to the lido for years and not only do I enjoy being in the open air I also enjoy the social side. Hopefully the lido will be open for many years to come’ . 

A
nother lido user put pen to paper and wrote to the Hertfordshire Mercury to say how much they had appreciated being able to use Ware Lido.

It is gratifying to know that the Lido means so much to our local community.
 

After the success of the extended season, and the positive feedback we received we will shortly be reviewing the 2020 Season and hope to offer a similar service in 2021.
 

 
 

New Wedding Package at Ware Priory!

WEDDING PACKAGE FOR 15 GUESTS - £2499*
 
Includes:
 
Ceremony & Reception Room Hire
3 Course Wedding Breakfast with Tea, Coffee & Petit Fours
 Drinks Package - Reception drinks, 1/2 bottle of wine with Meal pp & Sparkling Wine to Toast       
Reception Room Decoration
Wedding Cake
Edible Favours

 
For further details please contact our Events Team on 01920 460316 events@warepriory.co.uk
Usual Terms and Conditions apply
 

A Bountiful Harvest....


Our allotments, ever popular, proved even more popular during the last few months.  One of our allotment holders shared with us this photo of her wonderful harvest and told us:

“Having an allotment during these unprecedented times helped a lot of people to enjoy nature during lockdown. For some it has mental health benefits as well as physical benefits, for the others, like myself, my allotment also became an educational environment for my child whilst  she was off school.
 
People were able to socially distance while working their allotment plots. You get as much from your allotment as you put in it and result is definitely worth while!”
 
At present both our allotment sites are at capacity and our waiting list is full.  Therefore we are not accepting applications to the waiting list for the time being.
 
 

Wodson Park is open for business!

 
Another of our much loved local facilities is open for all you fitness buffs!
 
All the indoor and outdoor sports facilities are available for hire. Classes, children’s activities and the gym are open as normal, but there is a limit on the number of people allowed in the building to ensure social distancing is maintained. All activities have to be pre-booked with reception (01920 487091).     
The centre is a Covid19 Secure site and has implemented a strict cleaning regime and protocols to ensure customers, staff and visitors are safe. Face masks must be worn while walk around the building, but masks can be removed for exercise.

The Coffee Retreat is open Monday to Friday from 09.30am – 12.30pm, but due to the current restrictions the bar and the Wadesmill function suite remain closed. 
 
Wodson Park is an independent, totally self-funded charitable trust. It doesn’t receive any direct funding from Government or the local authority. Please support your local sports centre.   
 

Ware u3a – still busy , just in different ways!

 
In another good news story, Chair of Ware u3a, Jan Wing, tells us of their efforts to create a new normal for their members.  Got to admire that positive thinking!
 
Ware u3a is a local organisation for retired and semi-retired people to help them stay active, learn new things and make new friends in their “Third Age”.  Ware u3a has over 1,000. Members.  They operate though a series of groups who plan activities around their interests, usually with a member overseeing meetings. Interest groups range from book groups, Nordic Walking, Keep Fit, Pilates, Exploring London, Love to Dance, Art Appreciation, Foreign Languages,  Pickleball, Computing, Science and Technology, History, Bridge, Walking.  Their choir is still meeting regularly, but under current restrictions they listen to songs they would like to sing!
 
For the past months many of their groups have been keeping in touch, checking on others and keeping active with interests, chatting online, using new technology and adjusting how to do things.   They  provide regular newsletters and quizzes and local updates via email and post for those not on emails (approx. 10% of their members). For more group info see our Website: https://u3asites.org.uk/ware
 
With a Covid Grant from Ware Town Council and a Tesco Bags of Help Grant they have been able to purchase some iPads to loan members embarking on a Digital Skills Course to learn to use the internet, Zoom and email safely. Quote from one participant “As we all wanted to learn different things, we are having individual time with the tutor. The Tutor is patient and kind, I really feel that I am learning something, feel more confident”.
 
Each month they provide a talk on a topic of interest via Zoom to members. For Autumn and Winter, they are planning extra talks and some demonstrations for the dark evenings. Their October talk is “The Tower of London” by Mick Casson, who was a Beefeater for many years.
 
Ware u3a are keen to make the best of what they can all do together, subject to the current restrictions.  
 
Membership of Ware u3a is £12 per year and are a registered charity, so all activities are aimed at covering costs. If you would like to join them email chair.wareu3a@gmail for more information.
 

 
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Up coming roadworks at Bowling Road

 
Hertfordshire County Council
(Temporary Closing of Bowling Road, Ware) order 2020
 
NOTICE is given that Hertfordshire County Council intends to make an Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, to prohibit all vehicular traffic from using that length of Bowling Road, Ware from a point 21 metres south west of its junction with Vicarage Road south westwards for a distance of approximately 50 metres (“the Road”), except for access.
 
An alternative route will be via Bowling Road, King Edwards Road, New Road, A1170 High Street, B1004 Star Street and Bowling Road.
 
The Order is needed because water main connection works are proposed to be executed on or near the Road.
 
If the Order is made, it shall come into force on 27 October 2020 for a period of up to 18 months. However, the restrictions specified shall only take effect at the times indicated by signs on or near the Road.
 
A copy of the proposed Order may be inspected free of charge at County Hall, Hertford between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm (excluding weekends, bank and public holidays).
 
If you have any queries about the proposed Order, please contact Sonya Masters tel. 0330 053 7225 at Herts Traffic Management or David Morgan tel. 0300 123 4047 at Hertfordshire County Council.
 
 
County Hall                                                                                          8 October 2020
Hertford                                                                                               Mark Kemp
Herts                                                                                                   Director of Environment &
SG13 8DN                                                                                           Infrastructure

 
 

Proposed Reopening of Ware Recycling Centre

 
Ware recycling centre is due to reopen on 31 October 2020Please note that this date is currently provisional & we will update as soon as we know more.

The new site  will be the first super-site in Hertfordshire.  To find out more, visit 
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/recycling-and-waste/news-and-events/ware-recycling-centre-becoming-a-super-site.aspx

 

Small Grants available from East Herts District Council

 
Up to £300 is available to strengthen our community!
 
Are you a small local organisation who needs some help to get back on your feet?  Or someone with a new idea to which will benefit the local community during this difficult times?  If so, East Hert’s Council’s Small Grants programme is for you.
 
The new Small Grants Programme is now open for applications from constituted community and voluntary organisations.    Individuals and informal groups can also apply.  The purpose of this scheme is to help people get new ideas off the ground as well as to help projects restart.  EHDC are especially interested in projects that support vulnerable groups.   Click here to see their priorities https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/community-wellbeing/funding-community-organisations-and-individuals   

EHDC will accept applications any time and applying is simple.  Note that you will need to discuss your idea first with the Council’s grants manager Claire (claire.pullen@eastherts.gov.uk ) and your local East Herts Ward Councillor. 

 

 

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