Events to celebrate Black History Month are taking place across Welwyn Hatfield throughout October.

On Thursday, October 12, from 12pm to 2.30pm, a creative space there featuring Black History Month themed artwork will be hosted at Campus West, with pieces staying up until the end of the month.

The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Pankit Shah, will be attending the event, alongside guest speakers including Gilroy Gregory, author of the novel George, the Teenage Years, Chief Inspector Kash Hussain of Welwyn Hatfield Police and Dr Lynda Ince-Greenaway, a PhD graduate and life coach, who will be talking about her latest book and her experiences.

Carmen’s Caribbean Kitchen will be serving up Caribbean food, while businesses and organisations will have stalls at the event and The Nostalgia Steel Band will be provide the music.

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On Sunday, October 15, from midday to 5pm, Mill Green Watermill and Museum will be hosting a celebration of the 75 years of Windrush.

Workshops, food, activities, and a fun carnival community spirit are all on the agenda, as well as a Windrush@75 exhibition.

There will be a presentation of Windrush-inspired fabrics from artist and print-maker Karen Hamilton-Bannis, craft activities, Caribbean themed food from the Millers Kitchen, and a special guest performance from Nadeem Leigh, who appeared on The Voice UK.

"We are proud to be supporting Black History Month again, and to celebrate the far-reaching achievements of black people locally, and much further afield, and I’m really excited about the great things we have lined up at both events," said Councillor Max Holloway, executive member for community and leisure at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

"We would also love to see artwork sent in from children in our local communities, in whatever form they’d like to showcase at Campus West. Don’t forget to put both dates for these events in your calendar."

Artwork can be submitted by email at, or can be brought into reception at the council offices in Welwyn Garden City.