Christmas tree lights switch on – Friday 30th November from 5pm at St Mary’s Church in Welwyn.


Please come and join us for our annual Christmas tree switch in event which this year features singing by our joint school choirs and refreshments including mince pies kindly donated by our local Tesco’s and mulled wine.

The Christmas tree lights will be switched on by Rafi Khan from St Mary’s Primary School who this year was our overall winner (and 1st prize KS1) for our Christmas poster competition.

Well done to everyone that entered the competition and to our other winners: Deliah Stokes-Mariner from St Johns CoE Primary School in Digswell (3rd prize KS2), Aqeel Fauz  from Oaklands Primary School (2nd prize KS2), Eva Griffiths from St Mary’s CoE Primary School (1st prize KS2), Martha Paton  from Oaklands Primary Schoo (2nd prize KS1) and Aanvi Sridhar from St Mary’s CoE Primary School (3rd prize KS1).







Welwyn Parish is located in central Hertfordshire and has a population of approximately 10,000. The Parish boundary follows the old Great North Road (now B197), the A1M motorway and parallel London-York-Edinburgh railway.  The parish comprises the village itself, Digswell, Oaklands and Mardley Heath.

Welwyn Parish Council provides a variety of venues for hire (please visit for more information), sports pitches, recreation and play areas, car parks, a cemetery, and  allotments. The Council also maintains public footpaths, open spaces, churchyards.

Welwyn Parish Council is the first tier of local government and has an important role to play in promoting the village and outlying settlements, representing its interests and supporting the work of different groups and residents within the community. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is the second tier of local government and is responsible for services including housing, environmental services and strategic planning policies for all development (including housing and employment sites). Finally, Hertfordshire County Council is the third level of local government and is responsible for highways, relating to both roads and footways (pavements), education, health and social services, public rights of way and libraries.

Welwyn Parish Council prides itself for its strong community spirit with a wide range of clubs and organisations meeting regularly to support the village. To facilitate this Welwyn Parish Council considers applications for support from the community in the form of the Community Grant Scheme, available to projects, charities or community activities which are expressly supporting the residents and community of Welwyn Parish (covering Welwyn, Digswell, Oaklands and Mardley Heath). For more information on our Community Grant Scheme process please click here.

Our aim is to serve and respond to the needs of the community by:

  • providing a strong and independent voice for the community,
  • to safeguard and enhance the traditions, character and identity of the Parish,
  • to promote the Parish as a clean, safe, welcoming and vibrant place to live and work,
  • to provide high standards and cost effective services, and
  • to work in partnership with others to achieve for all.

Timetable of meetings