Welwyn Hatfield Heritage Fair hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 16:04 30 October 2017

The Heritage Fair took place in the Howard Centre.
Picture: Robert Gill

The Heritage Fair took place in the Howard Centre. Picture: Robert Gill

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Hundreds of people enjoyed reminiscing at the Welwyn Hatfield Heritage Fair at the weekend.

Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks and Dennis Lewis.
Picture: Robert GillWelwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks and Dennis Lewis. Picture: Robert Gill

Saturday’s event took place in the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City, attracting a constant stream of people.

Welwyn Garden City Society executive committee member Elahe Taylor said: “We were delighted to hear from so many who shared our passion for our garden city.

“A number of new members joined the society on the day which was great.

“Joining details can always be found on our website at wgcsoc.org.uk

“And congratulations must go to Dr Dennis Lewis and his team who organised and managed the fair, and to the other local history and heritage groups attending and supporting the event.

The Heritage Fair took place in the Howard Centre.
Picture: Robert GillThe Heritage Fair took place in the Howard Centre. Picture: Robert Gill

“There was a constant stream of people visiting the various stalls throughout the day.”

Dr Dennis Lewis, chairman of the network, set up and launched the first fair in 2010.

He said “Our primary aim is to increase awareness of the significance and importance of our heritage in Welwyn Hatfield.

“Our roots give us a sense of belonging.

The Heritage Fair took place in the Howard Centre.
Picture: Robert GillThe Heritage Fair took place in the Howard Centre. Picture: Robert Gill

“Without that awareness of history and heritage, there is no community.”

Fourteen local organisations and branches of national bodies such as the National Trust (Shaw’s Corner at Ayot St Lawrence) were on display, covering various aspects of the borough’s heritage – library services, the museum service at Mill Green, the Friends of the Museum, the County Council Archives, local history societies from Hatfield, Welwyn, Lemsford, the WGC Heritage Trust and the WGC Society, the Herts Family History Society, the Barn Theatre, the WGC Centenary and others, were on display in the newly created community area in the south aisle of the Howards Centre.

Dennis paid tribute to his two colleagues Paul Jiggens and Robert Gill.

He said: “We worked well as a team and I think that the Heritage Network is very fortunate in having these two men who are totally committed to spreading the word on Welwyn Hatfield’s history and heritage.”

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