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Message from the Mayor

I was delighted to be able to present prizes in person at the Ware 10s Ware Festival of Running last Sunday.  Owing to restrictions, entries to the 10K and 10 mile races were restricted, however, additional runners were still able to get involved by taking part in a ‘virtual’ race.   I truly commend Ware 10s for producing a safe, successful and enjoyable event.  The “virtual” option allowed me to complete the 10 mile course this week in aid of my Mayoral charity, Guideposts Trust.  Details are here:
I am looking forward to visiting Presdales School next Wednesday to see the new floodlights which have been installed on the netball/tennis courts which Ware Town Council helped to fund.  This will benefit the students at Presdales School as well as the wider community who are able to hire the area.
We are fortunate to have had some excellent events in the town in recent weeks such as Ware Food Festival, Ware Festival of Running, Ware Priory summer concerts and Southern Maltings Arts & Crafts Fair.  A tremendous feat under current circumstances!  Still to come we have Music & Motors, Rock in the Priory Live & Late and the Riverside Real Ale Festival to name but a few.
It now appears that the remaining restrictions will be lifted on July 19th.  At that time we will reopen the Priory to the public.  The office will be open 10am-3pm Monday – Friday, however, if you wish to meet with a particular officer you will need to first make an appointment.  You can do so by calling 01920 460316.
In the meantime, continue to stay safe and if there is anything you would like to bring to my attention please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Cllr Ian Kemp
Town Mayor

Skatepark Fundraiser

Our super Skate Park Group decided to hold a one off drive through fundraiser for the new Skate Park Project on 29th June, selling tea, coffee, rolls & cakes down at the Youth centre in Marsh Lane.  Despite the weather and the England game our community turned out to support them and they raised £150 for the pot - didn't they do well!  

They've lots more ideas up their sleeve and have set up a GoFundMe account for donations.  See the link here:

The picture shows some of our young skateboarders,  Councillors Victoria & Sean Shaw and Sean Higgins, Finance Manager at Ware Town Council.

Weddings & Events at Ware Priory

Our Events Team are very much looking forward to welcoming more guests back to Ware Priory.  The recent Government announcement means that from the 19th July we will be able to ease restrictions which will allow many more celebrations to take place.   We hope that our guests, old and new, will feel confident in holding events with us once more. 
For all your enquiries, please contact Kerry or Niki by emailing or calling 01920 460316
Picture shows the lovely Katie & Luke who had to move the date of their wedding four times!  Thankfully they finally got to tie the knot at the end of May.  Congratulations Katie & Luke!

Rock in the Priory Live & Late – September 4th Drill Hall Ware

We have news that will be music to your ears! The pandemic meant that Rock in the Priory in 2020 and 2021 couldn’t go ahead as planned. But the crew have come together to bring you a remixed version of the festival with ‘Rock in the Priory Live & Late’ to be held on September 4th at the Drill Hall in Ware.
There will be the same great atmosphere, energy and excitement as usual, just a different format and location. Fans of live music will get to enjoy six bands and two acoustic acts.
Tickets for the event will be limited and all sales will be online.
Check back next week for the line-up and more details including how to get your hands on the hottest ticket in town!
We have spaces left in our Crash courses, running in the school holidays.  There is space for all abilities in Course 1 and for intermediate & advanced swimmers in courses 2 & 3.  Please contact Meg at the Lido on 01920 481563 or email

The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters

The incredibly talented Yarnbombers have been busy again!  Raising funds for Herts & Essex Samaritans & Scotts Grotto.

Armed Forces Day

Deputy Mayor Cllr Rishi Fernando, accompanied by Cllr Phyllis Ballam & Cllr Jonathan Kaye, paid tribute to our Armed Forces with a brief ceremony at the Priory on June 24th.
Join the Book Nook on Saturday 10th July and Sunday 11th July for the Herts Book Festival!​

There will be several online author events including John Nichol, author of Tornado as well as An Agents of The Wild free children's event with author Jennifer Bell live at The Southern Maltings ​

You can book your free tickets on Eventbrite:
Julie Marson MP & Google UK have organised a free digital marketing session on July 14th at 10am for business in the Hertford & Stortford constituency.  A discussion on current local business challenges will take place after the marketing session.  Please register here:

A602 Improvement Scheme Section B – Watton-at-Stone to Tonwell

This month marks one year on site for the Section B works. It has been an unprecedented year, adapting to Covid restrictions and government guidance on best work practices. Works are progressing well, and contractor Tilbury Douglas has been working hard to keep its staff safe and disruption to the public at a minimum.

To keep up to date with progress, use these links:
A602 improvements, Stevenage to / from Ware | Hertfordshire County Council


Hertfordshire's HAPpy Holiday Activity Programme

Hertfordshire County Council, Herts Sports Partnership & Hertfordshire Community Foundation have joined forces to deliver the HAPpy Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme.
The programme is open to children and young people aged 5-16, with those in receipt of benefits-related free school meals able to take part free.
To find out more about what’s on locally and book a place please see here:
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