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Ware Festival Charities 2012
Three local groups have been nominated by the Ware Festival Committee to benefit from any funds raised during the Festival. The bucket collection taken during the Parade is distributed to these good causes, along with other donations made throughout the Festival. Some groups generously donate their profits from Festival events or their takings at the Town Fair.
Oasis@Christ Church Ware
Oasis was set up to provide an ‘oasis’ in which those who are parenting alone can come and feel supported in what can often be a challenging and lonely role. Parents and children alike tell us how much the group means to them.
Oasis meets once a month, on the last Saturday of the month, at 4pm in the Christ Church Centre, New Road, Ware and runs until 7pm. It is open to all lone parents and their children in the town and surrounding area. There is no need to book a place, just come along. Our typical session starts with tea & cake, followed by a variety of activities, such as crafts, games on the Wii, football and general play.
Parents have a chance to chat and have space whilst we look after the children. A home cooked, two course meal is served which is always popular. We have had over 40 people sit down to eat together.
Through grants and the generous support of others we hope to be able to offer our annual trip to the seaside in August and a trip to one of the local pantomimes in December.
We welcome mums and dads who are parenting alone and children of all ages. If you would like to know more please call Paul or Rosie Watson 01920 466941.
Ware Dickensian Evening is a unique Christmas event when, for one night only, the town takes a step back in time!
The evening offers something for everyone and no traffic to worry about from 6-10pm. There is late night shopping at the local shops who usually offer free mulled wine or mince pies; craft markets in Place House and the Drill Hall; Hertfordshire Markets hold a Produce Market in the Priory; Leaside Christmas Tree Festival opens at 6.30pm; St. Mary’s Church offers refreshments & Christmas Carols and the Museum will be open to invite you to visit the Great Bed of Ware, home for the year from April 2012 to April 2013.
Tudor Square & the High Street have street markets with stalls run by local organisations. The evening begins with the switching on of the lights at the Great Horse Chestnut in Tudor Square, with carols provided by the Lygean Community Band. The evening is a very happy event with family entertainment provided by Bill Freeman’s Happy Jazz Band, and Playsomething Academy, while Torque Tambor provides lively drumming and dancing in the street with buskers all joining in.
Dickensian Evening 2012 will fall on Friday, 7th December. Information for stall booking can be found on our website www.dickensian.org.uk. Ware Dickensian Evening is organised by a local committee and marshalled by volunteers. Mid Herts Raynet oversee the traffic management plan.
We are grateful to the Ware Festival Committee for selecting us as a beneficiary of the charity funds this year—Dickensian Evening costs over £4000 to arrange; most of this cost is to cover the road closure and security which we have to provide and we are reliant on donations. We also run the Grand Dickensian Draw to help raise the money needed.
We would welcome any new helpers and sponsors for the event, contributions are acknowledged through the Dickensian Programme distributed in the town—for more information about sponsoring Dickensian Evening please contact the Organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01920 421466.
Friends Of Ware Lido
Friends of Ware Lido (FOWL) was established by a group of Ware Lido users at the end of the 2009 season to establish a contact list for regular users; to demonstrate what a valuable facility this is for a wide range of people and to support the Town Council in keeping the Lido running.
There is now a contact group of around 200 individuals and families. Representatives from FOWL meet with WTC to help guide decisions on the way the Lido operates. We offer practical support through volunteer working parties and helping publicise the Lido through media coverage, distribution of leaflets and using the web.
In 2010 our main achievement was to assist with the huge job of repainting both the pools; we built a new BBQ; organised a thorough pre-season clean and organised the donation of t-shirts for the life-guards. We also promoted the Lido with displays at Ware Library and the High Street Open Shop project. Ware Online kindly gave us access to a section of their website.
Last year we managed to raise an additional £2500 in funding, which allowed the pool opening hours to be extended. We also purchased and installed a new ladies hairdryer. Our working parties carried out cleaning & decoration; supplied paint for the entrance hall and provided a new outdoor banner. We have taken over care of the planted garden area & the flower tubs both inside and outside the Lido. We celebrate the end of the swimming season with a shared picnic at the Lido.
In 2012 we will help prepare the pool for the season which begins on June 6th. We are working on new posters—the design is inspired by the Lido’s 1930s heyday. We are continuing to look at fundraising ideas & hope to get more people interested in using the Lido outside of regular opening hours; eg, swimming parties, clubs & training.
We are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of Ware Festival 2012 and will have a stall on Carnival Day if you would like to find out more about us. Remember to come to the Lido on Carnival Day where we will have the water walkers. Friends of Ware Lido can be contacted via email email@example.com. Details of Ware Lido are on the Town Council website www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk or by contacting the lido on 01920 460703.