The Welwyn Film Record Society was formed in 1968 by a group of residents who wished to make a movie record of village life here in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. The founding members of the Society included Doug Wheale and John Collings, who were enthusiastic amateur film makers, James Burnett, a leading member of the Welwyn Society and Leonard Parkin, the broadcast television journalist and ITN newsreader who, until his death in the early 90s, contributed his script writing skills and trained voice to the films which gave them a professional feel.
The Welwyn Parish Council has always supported the Society, and donations from the Welwyn Wailers and Welwyn Festival Group have helped with the purchase of new equipment to help the society keep up to date as filming technology has changed.
As the word 'Record’ in the name suggests, it is not primarily a society for film makers although artistic and story telling skills do help to make the films interesting. The primary object is to film the changing face of the Parish of Welwyn; the scenes, events and people that live here or visit it, and to then edit this footage into a 30-40 minute annual film, which is shown during the annual Village Festival and on other occasions.
Our Annual films record changes in this historic village. In our first film from 1968, some last views of St. Mary's Hall are captured before its demolition
Forthcoming Film Shows
We are pleased to once again be able to arrange showings of our annual films. The next shows will be taking place during the Welwyn Festival week (24th June - 2nd July)