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A message from the Mayor

The most uplifting news of the last week is that our much loved Ware Priory Lido will be opening on April 1st.    Our staff have had a huge amount of work to do and obstacles to overcome to open at this early date.  The Lido will be operating initially under Covid-19 restrictions; booking will be online and you must arrive ‘swim ready’ as our changing rooms will not be in use.  We have a brand new website  so please visit & learn all about our session times, tickets prices and everything else you need to know about an early visit to the Ware Priory Lido.
I am also pleased to report that at our last meeting of Full Council it was unanimously agreed to carry out a Green Audit across all areas of the Council’s work.   It is envisaged this work will take place once restrictions ease and I look forward to bringing you more information on the recommendations of the audit.
At the same meeting we also agreed the calendar of meetings for the coming Civic Year – you can view the details here:
We are all looking forward to the reopening of our 'non-essential shops', bars and restaurants on April 12th should the Road Map be on track.  In the meantime, please check our website  for details of which of our local businesses are offering click & collect, delivery and takeaway.  It’s really important that we Shop Local where we can.
Both Councillors and Officers continue to work on your behalf.  If there is anything you would like to bring to my attention please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Cllr Alexander Curtis
Town Mayor


Notice of Election - Ware Trinity Ward

Please see our website for details on the forthcoming Election for our Town Council in Ware Trinity Ward:

The Election takes place on May 6th 2021.


Wishing Shella a very happy retirement!

At the end of this month one of our long serving Officers, Shella Turner, retires.  Shella has always been a conscientious, caring influence in the Ware Town Council Office and is well known locally for the calm and empathetic way she has dealt with residents, particularly those who have been bereaved.  Shella will be much missed by her colleagues and Councillors alike.  Shella tells us:

'From 1st April 2021, I embark on a new chapter in my life. I leave Ware Town Council after nearly 14 years, having worked in finance and been the Allotment Officer. Also for the past 8 years, I have been the Cemetery officer.

It goes without saying that I shall miss my colleagues and the residents with whom I have liaised. I enjoyed my work and felt that I was providing a much needed service to the people of Ware.

I look forward to having more time to enjoy reading, gardening, spending time with friends and family and visiting historic sites in the UK and abroad.'

We wish Shella the very best with her future plans.


Events at Ware Priory

Ware Priory are delighted to announce a new Catering Partnership with Gusto Catering, Premier Crew Hospitality, The Chef’s Table and The London Kitchen.  Each partner brings with them a wealth of experience in event catering, a love of food, exceptional service and the willingness to please their guests.

We are very much looking forward to working with our new partners on future events. We are excited to be able to offer an extended range of menus and cuisines to our guests, and a choice of caterer to suit their individual needs.  Whilst all 4 partners have an array of ‘off the shelf’ menus, they are also able to offer a bespoke service where required to make each celebration or business meeting special.

We would also like to wish our former Caterers, Seasoned Events, a fond farewell and to thank them for their service over the past five years.  Having held the contract as sole caterer for Ware Priory since April 2016, Seasoned have served many Ware Priory guests on some spectacular occasions.  We wish them well for their future events.

The Ware Priory events team Kerry & Niki can be contacted by telephone on 01920 460316 or by email to



Our old Sensory Garden is getting a makeover

Ware Rotary Club created this garden back in 1981 and updated the planting in 1996.  In 2006 the garden was restored by Friends of Ware Priory and East Herts Council contributed to a further planting scheme in 2007.  The garden was refreshed and replanted in 2010 by Ware U3A.

Now our talented gardeners John and Andrew are rejuvenating the entire area with planting of gladioli, sedum, evergreens and feathergrass.  

This garden is particularly well used during the spring and summer months and is a quiet sanctuary just a few steps away from our busy High Street.


Refurbishment work to Ware Skate Park on hold

Unfortunately, our planned work to refurbish Ware Skate Park has been put on hold.  This is because when work began the contractors discovered some problems with the substructure which will need to be dealt with.

We know how important the Skate Park is to our community and are very excited about redeveloping the whole area with new, improved facilities as soon as possible.  We will update you as soon as we know more.

Covid 19 Grant Fund from Ware Town Council

There are still some funds available to local groups or organisations in Ware who are working to make a difference to our community during these difficult times.  Check if you are eligible here


Vaccination Pod at Fletcher's Lea

Our Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ian Kemp, visited the Vaccination Pod earlier this week for his vaccination and tells us it was a very quick and smooth operation.  Afterwards, Cllr Kemp popped in Bridget's Tea Room for a cupcake (free after vaccination if you buy a speciality coffee or hot chocolate).    

We would like to remind you however that although this fantastic Vaccination Pod is at the heart of our community at Ware Priory, the Ware Town Council switchboard is unable to assist with calls concerning vaccination or the operations at the Vaccine Pod.  Such calls should be directed to the NHS via the 119 telephone number.


Opening hours at Ware Recycling Centre extended

Ware’s Recycling Centre will be open seven days a week from mid-May in response to a high number of visits to the sites under lockdown and anticipated increased on-going demand.
This will mean the Recycling Centre will all switch from five-day to seven-day opening to give residents a wider window for visiting the centres, helping to reduce waiting times and reduce pressure on the other sites in the county.

Hertfordshire’s recycling centres are open during lockdown for essential visits only, to allow residents to dispose of waste that cannot be put in their normal recycling bins or safely stored at home. Social distancing measures and limits on the number of visitors are also in place on sites to keep staff and visitors safe.

See here for full details

Funds for Dream Community Projects from East Herts Council

A call for projects that strengthen the community  with up to £8,000 available
East Herts Council is looking for projects that strengthen the community and lead to improved health and wellbeing of residents.  The next funding round opens today with a closing date of the 3 May 2021.    Their  priorities this year are:
Health for all

Community issues, including engaging and consulting

Arts and cultural activities that increase residents’ wellbeing

Environmentally sustainable and accessible community buildings and green spaces

EHC are especially interested in projects that benefit people in areas of disadvantage, from different backgrounds and those with protected characteristics.  Faith groups are welcome to apply for projects that benefit the wider community.   EHC are keen to fund a diverse range of projects all over East Herts.

Check eligibility and apply online Funding for Community Organisations   Past projects include a community garden, training for volunteers, Parkinsons Support Group, arts and crafts outreach, expansion of a lunch club, Men’s Shed projects, play and sports development projects and improvements to a bowls club and village hall.
Contact Grants Manager Claire on before applying.  You are also invited to attend an online Grants Advice and Information Workshop on 8 April at 10am.   Reserve a space by emailing Claire.


Fit, Fed & Read!

Fit, Fed & Read is a high-quality holiday activity programme ‐ including support with literacy ‐ across Hertfordshire with a nutritious meal every day, free of charge. Fit, Fed & Read school holiday activity programmes operate across Hertfordshire during the school Easter and summer holidays.

Referrals are open, and spaces are filling fast!  This Easter, Fit, Fed & Read will be running between 10am and 2pm:
Week 1: Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April
Week 2: Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April

Nearest location:
Sele School, Hertford
Each four-hour day consists of:
Two hours of physical activity – games based
One hour of fun education – healthy eating, creative literacy, fire & community safety
One hour of two-course nutritious cooked lunch, provided by Hertfordshire Catering Ltd (school meal providers)
Children will engage in a vibrant array of activities delivered by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, local sports clubs and community groups, Mind, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Libraries.
Participant entry criteria:
Aged between 8-11 years
Eligible for free school meals
Register here


New Road Safety Cameras

Two new road safety camera vans are to be deployed across the county where communities raise concerns over speeding.

The vans will be sent to sites identified as areas of concern by local residents, businesses and partner organisations. They will particularly operate in 30mph zones, and locations where speeding is an issue but which have not necessarily involved deaths or serious injuries.

Recently more than 10,000 Hertfordshire residents responded to a survey calling for more action against speeding and anti-social driving. More than two-thirds (70 per cent) reported seeing traffic offences, such as speeding or using a mobile phone, on a daily or weekly basis.

Three members of staff will crew the vans, which will be based at Hemel Hempstead and Hitchin Police Stations, but will cover the whole of the county.  They will support the existing volunteer-led DriveSafe scheme and additional locations will be selected according to information gathered through local priority setting forums, barn meetings and other engagements with the police.

The use of the vans will complement County Council and the Constabulary’s joint Speed Management Strategy, which underpins the county’s approach to interventions on the highways.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We want Hertfordshire’s roads to be safe for all road users. In particular we want people to feel safe walking and cycling, and to make sure that residential areas and town centres feel like safe and pleasant places.

“Our Speed Management Strategy set out how we’re going to make sure we have the right speed limits in the right places, and we know people want to see those limits enforced. That’s why these new camera safety vans are so welcome. By targeting the areas where residents have raised particular concerns, they can help manage traffic speeds and reassure people thinking of walking, cycling or driving in an area that their local roads are safe.”


Census Day 2021

Just a reminder that Census Day 2021 is this coming Sunday, 21st March.  If you haven't already completed your form you can do so online by visiting

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