Panshanger Village Day

Audio recording about the Panshanger Village Day in Welwyn Garden City

By WGCHT/ Matija Miljanic

Tug of war in 1971
Jenny & John Strawbridge/WGCHT

Name: John Strawbridge

Subject: Panshanger Village Day

Duration: 7:16

Interview date: c2016

A Panshanger resident John Strawbridge talks about Panshanger Village Day that used to take place in June of every year from 1971 and onward for about 25 years. It was set on an empty field in-between Daniells, Westley Wood and Wren Wood and originally brought up by the residents association with help of the Scouts, Guides, Church and Women’s Institute. It had stands, pony rides, food and other various fair activities which brought profit to the organizers. At some point the Church, led by Vicar Michael Bourke, future Bishop of Wolverhampton, took over and turned it into a non-profit event used for mass outreach.

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  • I attended a Panshanger Village Day in the summer of 2000. That’s the date on my slide, unless I am mistaken. Please let me know if you’d like a scan of the slide to add the image to your web page

    By Arthur Dowdeswell (22/12/2020)
  • Dear Arthur
    Thanks very much for the offer. We’d love to have the image on the site. You can upload it direct or send it to and we can upload it for you.
    Regards Editorial team

    By Marion Hill (09/01/2021)