I am delighted that we are now in a position to go ahead and plan for our much missed 7th Annual Food Festival.  It is a day I always look forward to.  You will find more information further on in this newsletter.

At a meeting of the Finance and Policy Committee earlier this week we were able make a grant of £2012 to Southern Maltings.  Southern Maltings have been closed for 10 of the last 13 months. In that time they have put on some superb online events but are keen to be able to welcome local groups in safely in the coming months.  The new, fully accessible ground floor area will be particularly valuable to more vulnerable users.  The grant will be put towards the cost of furnishing the area.  We were pleased to be able to assist, just as we have on previous occasions.

On Wednesday evening I enjoyed a visit to Always Bee You at their evening social club. Friday will be a real community day.  I am visiting a virtual Dementia Cafe at 10am on Friday and am looking forward to an in person litter pick with Cllr Kaye, Julie Marson MP and members of the Wombles of Ware Abouts after the virtual cafe.  


A message from the Mayor,

Cllr Alexander Curtis

That leaves me nothing more than to wish you a very happy May Bank Holiday weekend. 

As always, if there is anything you would like to bring to my attention please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Neighbourhood Plan Update

The Neighbourhood Plan Committee met via zoom on April 20th.  Consultants Alison Eardley and Chris Bowden have created a skeleton draft of the plan.
This is a very rough outline document, showing where made good progress has been made to date; some proposals are presented in almost complete form; but other areas are comparatively sketchy.
It’s a significant step forward though – hugely encouraging for all concerned.
This document is not yet ready for wider publication (and at over 40 pages it’s not for the faint-hearted) but in the next week or so the Neighbourhood Plan group will publish a summary. 
Meanwhile, minutes from the meeting are available here.


Events at Ware Priory

We are still working within Step 2 restrictions but are excited at the prospect of a welcome return to celebrations and business events at Ware Priory.  We have been busy talking to our clients, who are also keen to return.  We are currently conducting outdoor viewings by appointment only.
We hope to have some much more exciting news in the next two weeks about the expansion of events we are allowed to hold as part of Step 3.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Ware Priory for your landmark special occasions soon and in the meantime our events team, Kerry & Niki are happy to chat through your options with you.  Kerry and Niki can be contacted on 01920 460316 or by email


Covid-19 Grant Fund

We have a small fund pot available to local groups, charities & organisations working with our community through this difficult period.

To see if you are eligible, please see here:


Ware Lido Updates

Our teaching pool is likely to be closed for the entire season as it is in need of repairs.  All family sessions will take place in the main pool. 
You asked – and we have listened!  After customer feedback we have changed the 1630-1800 session to a family swim to accommodate children after school.
We have lots of queries about season tickets.  Season tickets will be available at a later date in line with our usual season times.
For updates visit


Ware's 7th Annual Food Festival is back!

We are so excited that we are able to bring back our 7th Annual Food Festival.  Our Food Festival will take place in Tudor Square on Sunday 13th June 2021, 11am-3pm.  We can offer you fantastic produce and street eats music, fun and good company.  It's always a lovely family day out, supporting local businesses.

If you are a local trader and would like to book a stall you can download the forms here:

We look forward to seeing you there.


Author Event with Elizabeth Macneal - The Book Nook

The Book Nook are delighted to announce that they will be holding a live, online event with bestselling author, Elizabeth Macneal on Thursday 20th May. This will be a ticketed event, held from 8-9pm on Zoom. 
The Book Nook are offering free entry to anyone who purchases Circus of Wonders, or for those who would like to attend the event without purchasing the book, it's just £3 to help cover costs. 
To pre-order your copy or book a ticket contact us on 01920 467 597, email or visit us in store. You can also book online via EventBrite – just follow this link:


Local Social - Connecting Real Lives

Another great example of Ware’s community coming together is Local Social CIC
Formed in 2016 by Andy Cooke, James Rosborough and Karin Carne, Local Social aims to bring people together to support each other to make social connections in Ware. We believe in ‘starting from what is strong’ and sharing all the skills that people can bring to their neighbourhood.
Andy told us that the now well known Local Social Café which took place, before COVID-19, at Southern Maltings began with James and Karin volunteering to run the tea and coffee there on Friday mornings.  Local Social worked with with Country Market and provided FREE tea, coffee & cakes to people coming into the café.  This has been a fantastic success and, pre-covid, the café had up to 40 regular visitors every Friday morning.
During the pandemic, Local Social remained engaged with community, arranging doorstep visits to isolated people, thanks to Van Hages and Ware in Bloom for donating the lovely flowers, hosting a Friday morning Zoom cafe, forming a safe digital hub for ‘members’ to keep connected with stories, photos and support. Helping those without digital connection has been a challenge but Local Social working with ‘Always Bee You’ have secured some funding to provide tablets, data, and training for some people without connection.
Local Social began to work with Emmanuel Church at the Jolly Bargeman pub, who allowed them to host a coffee mornings, thanks to Melvyn, the publican.   As of last week, another local publican, Bev at the Crooked Billet has got on board and is now also hosting a regular coffee morning.
The coffee mornings are, for now outside  and everyone is welcome to pop along for a cuppa and a natter.
COVID-19 regulations apply.
Local Social is very grateful for the support of East Herts Council and Hertfordshire Community Foundation.
If you would like to join us or help us do get in contact. We would love to hear from you.
077399 193156
Monday at the Jolly Bargeman 10.30am-12.00
Wednesday at the Crooked Billet 10.30am-12.00
You can find out more about their work by visiting:


Ware Food Bank needs your help

Ware Food Bank, who have worked so hard in our community over the last year,  are looking for assistance in finding some warehousing space:

‘An enormous ‘Thank you’ to Ware Town Council for providing Ware Food Bank with warehousing facilities during the winter months. Demand for food has been particularly great this year - especially during December and January - so we are extremely grateful to Ware Town Council for helping us out this way.
As the summer approaches we were wondering if anyone knows of premises that might be available in Ware for the Food Bank to use until the end of September. It might be that a building due for development is temporarily unoccupied. Ware Food Bank would be looking for secure premises of approximately 40 square metres (400 square feet) to store food and for packing of food parcels. Ideally, we are looking for something on the ground floor with easy access to parking for our vehicle.’

If you are able to assist please contact Ware Town Council and we can put you in touch with Ware Food Bank.


Swimming & Twinning!

There is a long tradition of friendship between Ware Swimming Club and TB Wülfrath Schwimmen from our Twin Town of Wülfrath.
An annual Swimming Gala takes place during the Easter holiday, with the two Clubs alternating visits to each other’s towns.   It was the turn of TB Wülfrath to visit Ware this year, however, this was not to be due to Covid-19.
The Clubs decided the way forward would be to virtually travel to the opposite town, covering the 623 kilometres distance in their own town, by foot or bike.  After the first two days it was close – Wülfrath had covered 366km and Ware were narrowly in the lead with 370.90km.    Ware has been in winning mode recently, however, it was not to be for 2021 as TB Wülfrath were the first to complete the distance, despite some heavy snowfall.
There were plans for a virtual Friday night get together to celebrate the event – we don’t know how late it went on!
Congratulations to TB Wülfrath on their 2021 win and to both Clubs for keeping this long standing friendship alive.
There’s a great video snapshot on the Ware Swimming Club Facebook page:



East Herts Council are now accepting applications for one off Restart Grants from businesses which have been impacted by Covid-19.  Check the criteria and apply:


HAPpy Hertfordshire's Holiday Activities Programme

Following a successful programme in Easter, Herts Sports Partnership, Hertfordshire Community Foundation and Hertfordshire County Council are now coordinating summer activities for children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are in receipt of free school meals. The programme, called ‘HAPpy: Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activities Programme’, allows existing or prospective organisers of holiday activities to apply for funding this summer.  Deadline for applications 14 May.
We’re keen to see lots of opportunities across East Herts, from a variety of different organisations, community groups or clubs. Whether you currently deliver holiday activities, have delivered in the past or feel that you may be able to offer something this summer, please see the email below for links to the website and the upcoming series of webinar.
We understand that delivering holiday activities may not be possible for all. If you or your organisation feel that you could support other providers, please feel free to join a local East Herts webinar on the 6 May (10am to 11am) to see how you could get involved in the HAPpy programme.
For any questions or to find out more, you can also contact Jamie Townsend at

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