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Message from the Mayor

Last Friday marked a very sad occasion for our nation with news of the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh who lived a life of service to our Queen and country.  The Union flag at the Priory has been lowered to half mast and will remain at half mast until the morning after the funeral which takes place on Saturday 17th April.  Covid restrictions mean that we are unable to host a physical Book of Condolence, however, the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire has opened an online book of condolence and all residents are invited to leave their thoughts and messages of condolence there.   You can find the book here  You may also leave your tributes here:  I hope that you will join me in the 3 minute silence in honour of The Duke of Edinburgh at 3pm on Saturday 17th April.
Monday brought us an altogether more positive feeling – it was fantastic to be out in our town with our MP, Julie Marson,  visiting our local shops.  I know that lots of our eateries and much loved pubs in the town have also reopened and report bumper bookings.  Ware Town Council wishes all our local businesses the very best of luck with reopening – please support our local businesses where you can.
In previous news we told you about a planned refurbishment of Ware Skate Park.  Things have moved on since then and we are now planning a complete replacement of the current skate park.  You will read more on this further on in this newsletter.
Due to Covid restrictions, once again we will be unable to host our Annual Town Meeting.  Later this month we will however be publishing our accounts for the year gone and our plans for 2021-22.
We do have signs of a more normal life in the not too distant future but, in the meantime, Councillors and Officers continue to work on your behalf.  If you are have anything you would like to bring to my attention then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Cllr Alexander Curtis
Town Mayor


Town Centre Re-Opening

Our non-essential stores re-opened their doors on Monday and keen shoppers were back to enjoy a spot of retail therapy or get a haircut!
With outdoor hospitality also opening, many of our cafes, restaurants and pubs have repurposed their outside space to allow for socially-distanced tables and chairs. Ware has a fabulous dining and pub culture and our businesses have worked hard to steer through the challenges of the pandemic. Please support them if you can by enjoying an alfresco meal or pint. To reserve a table, click here for a list of the venues offering advance bookings:
When visiting our businesses please continue to follow the latest Government guidelines at all times to help keep everyone safe.


A New Skatepark for Ware!

It's sad to say goodbye to a skatepark that has served the community so well and for so long.  Be assured it’s coming back refreshed and ready for the next generation of of skaters, scooters and bmxers.   The original plan was to refurbish the skatepark, however, on investigation,  due to a structural breakdown it was agreed to take down the skatepark and look at all options, including concrete. 
The first step is to engage you, the community.  Any person interested in the sport or who use the facility -  we want to hear from you.  We will be holding a series of consultation events from the end of April in to May in partnership with YCH Hertfordshire.  Due to Covid these will take place in external locations.  Please contact  to be added to our update list.  As you will appreciate, under current Covid guidelines it is hard to pinpoint a completion date however we are hopeful for an early autumn date and will endeavour to move things on as quickly as possible. 
We look forward to hearing from you.

Ware Priory Lido

Despite the weather there is very clearly an appetite for an early season swim!

As of Monday April 12th, we have been able to open our changing rooms and hot showers to our swimmers once again.  We can also now offer you something to warm you up when you get out of the pool - we have a tea station in the reception area where you can grab a complimentary cuppa!

For details of the swim sessions currently available please visit


Events at Ware Priory

With some Lockdown Restrictions slowly easing we are feeling cautiously optimistic about the very welcome return to celebrations and business events at Ware Priory.  We have been very busy with new enquiries and are delighted to be able to make future plans with our clients.
Currently Step 2 permits Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies for up to 15 people to take place in our Covid secure venue. Food and drink festivals and performance events can take place in our grounds.
Step 3 (No earlier than 17th May) will permit us to offer Wedding and Civil Partnership ceremonies and receptions for up to 30 people in our Covid secure venue.  We shall also be able to offer in person viewing appointments at this stage.  Business events such as conferences, trade shows, exhibitions, charity auctions and private dining events such as gala dinners and awards ceremonies or corporate hospitality can restart as well as indoor live performances. All events are subject to the following capacity caps – 50% of the venue’s capacity for indoor events and 50% of our venue’s site capacity for outdoor events.  All events and activities must be seated and socially distanced.  Catering can be served to outdoors groups of 30 and indoors groups of 6 or one other household. In both steps, food and drink must be ordered, served and consumed at table; non licensed events can order and collect food from a counter.
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

Summer Concerts Are Back

We are delighted to tell you that our Sunday afternoon Summer Concerts will return in 2021.  Our programme will begin with Barry Sapford's Swing Orchestra on Sunday, 6th June, 3pm-5pm.  Concerts will take place on the back lawn at Ware Priory.  (inside in wet weather).

Other concerts will include The Bullenbush Band, Lip Service Brass Band, Ware Brass, Why Not, The Trees and Steve Young.  A full list of dates will be published on our website soon.  All our concerts are free to attend and we are delighted to be able to support local musicians.

All concerts will follow the social distancing rules in place at the time.  Please bring your own chair or blanket.  Our Conservatory bar will be open.

Please note Ware Priory is currently hosting a vaccine pod in Fletcher's Lea and therefore there is no parking available at Ware Priory.  The library car park next door is free on Sundays.


My Ware!

Just two weeks left to submit your composition to our photographic competition.  The theme is 'My Ware' - whatever Ware means to you personally.  There are two categories - under 16s and over 16s - please be sure to let us know if you are entering in the under 16s category.

Your entry should be emailed to


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 Library is open

Ware Library is now open, in line with the next step in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. In addition to access for public computers, customers are once again able to make short visits to browse bookshelves to select their own books and magazines or try a pre-selected Grab & Go themed pack.
Visitors are able to visit the library for up to 15 minutes to browse the bookshelves and to use the self-service kiosks for borrowing and returning items. Social distancing measures are in place including queue management, screens on enquiry desks, hand sanitiser stations and quarantine areas for returned books. Customers are required to provide their details for Test & Trace purposes and wear face coverings during their visit.
The People’s Network computers will continue to be available in one-hour slots for customers who have made a booking in advance. There will be 15 minutes between bookings to allow for cleaning.
Opening hours:
Monday:              10am-5pm
Tuesday:              10am-5pm
Wednesday:        1pm-5pm
Thursday:             Closed
Friday:                  10am-4pm
Saturday:             10am-4pm
Sunday:                Closed


East Herts Council Restart Grant

East Herts Council is now accepting applications for the national Restart Grant scheme to help businesses liable for business rates across the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new one-off  ‘Restart Grants’, which replace the Local Restrictions Support Grants, were announced by the Chancellor in the budget, and the amount paid out will vary according to the type of business and the rateable value of the premises.

Grants worth up to £18,000 for the largest businesses will be allocated to hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises.

Non-essential retail businesses will get up to £6,000 per premises through the Restart Grant scheme to help them reopen. 

Su Tarran, Head of Revenues & Benefits, said: “We have emailed all the businesses which received LRSG grants previously with a link to a short application form to collect additional data required by the Government. If a business has not received an LRSG grant previously please visit our website for the full application form. If your business is eligible then please apply and we will process payments as quickly as possible. We would also encourage people in East Herts to spread the word and share the details of the scheme with those businesses they are aware of that might be eligible for support.”

For more information, visit the Restart Grant page of the council’s website.


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