Friends of Ware Priory

Past News Updates:




March - Ros Standly

Some of you will have already heard this sad news - I am sorry to have to report that Ros died yesterday of a heart attack.  

As you know, she was a former member of our committee representing the Priory Trustees.


She was also a past Town Mayor and a member of East Herts District Council.  She was very well known in the town and involved with several local organisations including Age Concern of which she was the current President.






St.Mary's Flower Festival - We have taken part the flower festival with a floral tribute to Mary Queen of Scots (the theme is "Mary").  The festival is on until Sunday 14th July so if you are in town please do pay a visit to the church (opposite the Priory).  Our exhibit, prepared and installed by Sylvia, is in the window directly opposite the main door  and it looks great!.


  Summer Fete / Carnival - Ware week  Many thanks to everyone who helped with the plant stall at the Fete this year.  Special mention to Eddie & Joyce for supplying so many fabulous flowers, and for manning the stall, along with Sylvia and others.  At the end there was very little left and we were still selling as we were packing away!  Well done to everyone involved, your efferots and time are very much appreciated.


Well done to our very own Sylvia Hovell.  She and her husband John were invited to a Royal Garden Party in May. She was invited in recognition of all her hard work with the Amwell Scout Group and of course with the Friends. She has been a vital member, key fundraiser and generally helping both groups now for well over 20 years.  We, Friends of Ware Priory are so proud.


Swift boxes on Fletchers Lea - Today, Friday 3rd May, saw the boxes opened up - they have been "bunged up" to prevent Starlings from using them - and the call system is installed, tested & working.  The system plays Swift "colony" calls to (hopefully) tempt returning Swifts looking for nest sites to have a look at the new site.  The call system will operate daily from about 6am for two hours, and then again from 6pm for about three hours.  If you are in the vicinty you will hear the "screeching" sounds of Swifts!  


Quiz night - Friday 26th April saw our annual Quiz Night taking place at Fletchers Lea.  Quizmaster Sean Shaw got proceedings underway at 7.30, eight rounds of questions on subjects  such as "It happened in February", "Surnames" and "The 19th Century", plus a "Brands" based picture round.  Over the next 2 and a bit hours the teams did battle, and eventually a winner was revealed.  Congratulations to "On the Buses" for their impressive victory over 10 other teams, special mention goes to "The Wise Owls" who proved to be the strongest team of the night!


Many thanks to everyone who took part, sold & bought raffle tickets, laid on the food, and participated in a competetive yet friendly way throughout the evening.


A significant injection of funds is expected as a result of your generosity, many many thanks to everyone!


Our Summer 20year CelebrationTea - 2015

This year we were blessed with lovely weather and we joined by many old 'freinds' at the tea and we all enjoyed a splendid afternoon.

It was particularly nice to welcome Mr Francis Spear and his wife as we were able to show them the new bridge to Priory Island which was funded by The Spear's Trust with some organisation and financial addition from Friends.


The Ware Festival Fete -2015

Our stall did well and we must give thanks to those committee members and two other members who answered our call for help.

However, the committee are looking for ways to boost the takings and at the same time reduce the work load on the day. To this end, we are requesting any members who would be able to ‘over winter’ some potted up perennial plants, maybe in a sheltered area of your garden, or un-heated greenhouse, to come forward. These plants would then be ready for flowering at fete time which means they sell quicker and for a good price.


Ware in Bloom Success! - 2015

The town and Priory Park has been a riot of colour again this year thanks to the Ware In Bloom volunteer group. This year they won a Silver Gilt medal in the Anglia in Bloom competition. Friends contribution in the Priory grounds was again the hanging baskets on the lamp posts in the parking area. We are grateful to the W.I.B. group for the loan of the baskets and to the grounds staff who looked after them so well.


Click HERE to see some of the Friends past work for Ware in Bloom


Christmas Social - 2015

Once again we had a great Christmas Social in the Hadesly Room. Well attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Everyone was entertained by the Bishops Stortford Ukele band who performed some carols and songs 'old & new' to steal a phrase. There was a rather tricky quiz or two.

But as ever the triumph of the evening was the vast buffet - so thanks to everyone who contributed to making that a success.