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A message from the Mayor

 
I am pleased to tell you that, at a meeting last week, Ware Town Council unanimously voted to reinstate our Covid-19 grant fund to support our local community.  Our Covid-19 Fund which ran during last summer provided a life-line to some local groups doing sterling work in our community.  See further on in this newsletter on how to apply.
 
Ware Town Council also signed off the budget for 2021-22 last week and we will be publishing details on our plans within the next ten days or so to keep our community up to date with how we are spending your money.
 
We now have a light at the end of the tunnel as we see the vaccine being rolled out in our community and I would like to pay tribute to the many NHS staff and volunteers working to help achieve this goal.
 
In future newsletters we will be bringing you news of refurbishment work to Ware Priory which has been undertaken in recent months and updates about the improvements to the Skate Park which will soon be underway.
 
As always, Councillors and staff are working hard on your behalf and if there is anything you would like to bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
Stay safe and stay well.
 
Cllr Alexander Curtis
Town Mayor
 

Hearts in Herts!

 
Some of you may have noticed locally hearts being fashioned out of Christmas lights and displayed in peoples windows and on public buildings.  A heart warming way of spreading a bit of positivity during these difficult, dark days.

Our very talented Groundsman, John Johansen, last week created this wooden heart, decorated it with lights and erected it in the Priory grounds for everyone to enjoy.  The interior heart spins and looks absolutely stunning, especially once it gets dark.

We are very fortunate to have such a talented member of staff.  Well done John!

If you are taking part please share your pictures with us on twitter @WareTownCouncil with the hashtag #heartsinherts

Covid-19 Grant Fund reinstated

 
In response to local need, Ware Town Council voted unanimously to reinstate the Covid-19 Grant Fund to support our local community.

The grant fund which ran through the summer months was very well received and went to a wide range of community groups and organisations working hard to alleviate hardship or loneliness during the start of the pandemic.

The maximum grant available is £500.  If you would like to apply you can download a form from
www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk/about/news/
 


 

New Year, New Job!

 
Our long serving member of staff, Shella Turner, retires at the end of March and will leave large shoes to fill!

We are therefore seeking to recruit an Administration Officer (responsible for Ware Cemeteries and Allotments) to join our small team at Ware Priory in March.

 
For full details and to download an application form visit:
https://waretowncouncil.gov.uk/council/job-vacancies/

Events at Ware Priory


We hope that you are all staying safe, well and positive for the future!  We are still on hand to discuss your future celebrations and business events with you, ready for when restrictions are eased.
 
As the restrictions ease we will be able to offer some of the packages that proved popular previously including:-
 
Our intimate Wedding Package Offer for 15 guests and larger Weddings and Celebrations for Summer onwards.
 
And Our Business Package for 30 guests in our largest conference space to enable social distancing
 
Our Booking Guarantee is in place so if your wedding has to be cancelled or rearranged due to the pandemic, our team is on hand to support you at no extra cost.
 
Here are some of the safety measures  we have been taking to keep our staff and guests safe during their visits and events at Ware Priory.
 
Whilst we are unable to offer Viewing Appointments at the moment, we are more than happy to talk over your enquiry on the phone and add your details to a waiting list so that as soon as it is possible we can invite you in for a look round.  Please take a virtual look round using our 360 degree tour in the meantime.
 
If you have any questions or if you would like to make a booking enquiry, please contact the events team on the details below.
 
In the meantime, stay safe, stay well and we look forward to welcoming you back after lockdown.
 
Warm wishes,

The Events team at Ware Priory
Kerry and Niki
 
01920 460316
events@warepriory.co.uk

 

Ware's Open - Online, Delivery & Collection - Shop Local from home

 
Continue to support Ware’s businesses from the comfort of your own home. Our guide features many of the businesses offering online & phone shopping, delivery, takeaway, click & collect as well as the essential shops still open.
 
Keep checking back on this page https://waretowncouncil.gov.uk/waresopen/
for updates as we add more businesses. Note that information is subject to change.
Contact sarah@waretowncouncil.gov.uk to add your Ware business for free.

 

Celebration in Art Competition

 
We are so pleased we decided to run this competition during the autumn months.  The competition closed on December 18th and we had a huge amount of submissions of art around the theme of celebration.  It took quite some time and a whole lot of difficulty choosing the runners up and 1st 2nd and 3rd places!  

Entrants told us that they had enjoyed taking part and those who had been selected said it had 'made their week' or 'given them a much needed lift'.  It's great that there has been such a positive response.

Ware Priory will now have a selection of beautiful artwork, by local people, ready for when we reopen.  We are currently in the process of posting all the entries which went through on our Twitter account @WareTownCouncil - you can see them there.

Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to those who had their artwork chosen!

Gratitude Gate

 
The Gratitude Project is a simple project of showing gratitude collectively within our community.
 
This collective sharing can help us all through these toughest of times; be it a wish for you family or a thank you for our NHS or someone else.
 
So, while out having your daily exercise, coming along and see our Gratitude Gate (at the entrance to the Priory).  Leave a message for all to see and shout out about what you are truly grateful for…..
 
Templates for the Gratitude tags can be downloaded at https://www.southernmaltings.co.uk/

 

Ware's Twin Towns - Wulfrath & Cormeilles en Parisis

 
Subject to restrictions, a special Town Twinning weekend is planned for the weekend of 17th-19th September 2021 when we will come together to celebrate 50 years of Twinning friendship between Wulfrath and 20 years of friendship with Cormeilles en Paris.  A milestone in the relationship between our three towns.

Although the Town Council plays a part in the Civic part of the celebrations, like the Renewal of the Pledge of Friendship, Town Twinning is very much a grass roots organisation and we encourage the local community to get involved.  Many local groups, such as Ware Swimming Club, Ware Brass, Ware Ukulele amongst others get involved with their opposite groups in both towns, taking part in joint concerts and visits.  School children from both twin towns visit Ware and we hope this fosters friendships amongst our younger generation.

We hope to bring you more information from the Town Twinning Committee on how you can involved.  To find out more visit https://waretta.co.uk/

Bike Racks

 
Along with other residents in Ware, I felt strongly that the new cycle racks were placed inappropriately in Amwell End. I’m pleased to say that it has now been removed and we’re looking to relocate it just off the high street much further along the town centre.

I do feel that more people will be using bicycles in the years to come and indeed, we should be encouraging healthy exercise but any new structure shouldn’t be an eyesore.


Councillor Jonathan Kaye

Small Community Grants available from East Herts Council
 

There is still funding available to kick start ideas.   If you or someone you know has an idea for a project that will benefit your area, funding  of up to £300 may be available through the East Herts Council’s Small Community Grants Programme.  Please contact Claire on claire.pullen@eastherts.gov.uk to discuss your idea and ensure it meets their criteria.  

You can apply any time and will receive a decision in 3 to 4 weeks.  For more details of this grant pot go to  https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/community-wellbeing/funding-community-organisations-and-individuals

In the past, East Herts Council have funded such things as an Arts Trail on a village High Street, training for volunteers, apple picker tools for a community orchard, and a new Mens Shed project. 
 

Walking In Herts

 
Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?
 
Walking in Herts www.walkinginengland.co.uk/herts is the website for you!  
 
With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.
 
John Harris of Walking in Herts said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Herts  is part of the Walking in England suite of websites – one for each county in England and so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.
 
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
 
So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!
 

 

Bridget's Tea Room - temporary closure

 
Bridget's Tea Room tell us they have taken the decision to close temporarily.  They will review this decision at the end of the month.

You can keep up to date with them here @bridgets_tearoom.


 

Latest Information from Hertfordshire County Council


Visit hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest figures for Hertfordshire. Although the case rate looks to be declining, rates are still high and we must continue to play our part to stop the spread.

Now is not the time to get complacent and bend the rules - we are still in a national lockdown, and we are urging all residents to stay home wherever possible.

If you do need to go out for essential shopping, or for work if you cannot work from home, please ensure you are wearing a face covering, washing your hands often and keeping 2m space from those around you.

 
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