The Ware Society.

Welcome to The Ware Society Website

We are an active local organisation and a registered charity dedicated to preserving the town’s character and improving its amenities. We presently have in excess of 300 members, some local and some who have moved out of Ware but wish to preserve their links with the Society.


We hold regular monthly meetings and following the Covid crisis we have now returned to holding these in the Priory in Ware. We encourage members to join us in the Priory wherever possible but we do appreciate that many folks who now live some distance from Ware and were able to join us on Zoom during Covid will be unable to attend meetings in person. We are therefore now making video recordings of the meetings, where the speaker agrees, and transmitting them via YouTube for a limited time following the ‘live meeting’. Updates on availability of these recordings are sent by email to members


MaltingsIf you are interested in local issues both past and present we would love you to hear from you. Please browse our site and find out more about us and our activities including which include practical conservation projects.  Why not come along to one of our monthly meetings and find out more?

If you decide to join, you will benefit from our regular monthly meetings (on the last Wednesday of themonth) and will receive the Ware Society Newsletter three times a year. You will also be able to help out with our activities around Ware.

Blue Coat BoyHere are a few examples of the practical conservation projects the Society is involved in:

  • Commenting on planning applications that affect the character of our town.
  • Running a biennial Town Award Scheme
  • Initiating the reinstatement of the riverside gazebos
  • Helping with the restoration of Scott’s Grotto (which is incidentlly open to the public on Saturdays and Bank Holiday afternoons (2.00 - 4.30 pm) from April to September inclusive)
  • Bringing the Bluecoat Boy statues back to Ware.
  • Designing and producing the Ware Heritage Map With support from the Town Council.
  • Reinstating the gates at the end of Bates Walk in St. Mary’s Churchyard.
  • Supporting the production of the Maltmaker Statue in the Memorial Gardens.
  • Publishing articles and guides including a series on “Reminiscences of Ware’s Past” and a revised edition of the Walk about Ware Guide obtainable from the Library, the Ware Museum or Scott’s Grotto.
  • Providing interpretation boards for the Gazebos and the Quaker Burial GroundProviding interpretation boards for the Gazebos and the Quaker Burial Ground

For information about membership, please contact: us using the contact form