Welcome to Rotary in Harpenden

Santa's coming

It won’t be long before this jolly old man comes visiting        Wheathampstead, Blackmore End and Kimpton.You can see him with his elves and sleigh in the early evenings on :

Monday December 5th in Bury Green, Wick Avenue and Lattimore Avenue area

Thursday  8 December in Butterfield Road, The Hill and Marford Road area

Friday 9th December in Necton Road, Tudor Road and Caesars Road area


Monday 12 December in Conquerors Hill, Hill Dyke area

Tuesday 13  December in Lower Luton Road and Follyfields area, Waddling Lane and Kingfisher Close

Thursday 15 December in Blackmore End

Friday 16 December in Kimpton

Rotary in Harpenden President Brian Grant said: 'Our members so enjoy bringing Santa and his sleigh to the villages. It’s great to see the mums and dads coming out with their children to get a wave from Santa or maybe to request something for their Christmas stocking. It's part of the magic of Christmas.

‘We are very grateful for local residents’ donations which help towards a happier Christmas for those less fortunate. This year our red-cloaked elves are collecting for Wheathampstead Thursday Club, Wheathampstead Community Group and CRY Cardiac Risk in the Young.

‘We look forward to meeting you as the sleigh goes by.’

Mock Interviews - fully booked

The mock interviews given each year by Rotary in Harpenden to sixth formers from the town’s three secondary schools were fully booked well ahead of their being held. More than 70 students have now been helped to hone their interview techniques through a 20-minute interview with two of our members, followed by feedback.

It's shoebox time

Pupils from Roundwood Primary School help to load their shoeboxes last year

This year we have distributed 1765 Rotary Shoeboxes to local schools, churches, scouts groups and private individuals so that local children can donate toys they no longer play with for the enjoyment of poverty-stricken children in eastern Europe.

As well as toys, household items are often donated, too. Sent with thousands of others to arrive in time for Christmas, a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items and household goods is a drop of happiness to these disadvantaged people, adults as well as children. For many, it will be the first present they have ever received. It lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.

We collect the shoeboxes after half term and if, as has happened in the last two years, we more than cover the cost of supplying the boxes, we shall again redistribute the surplus cash to the participating schools. Last year they received £880 worth of W H Smith vouchers.

If you would like to know more about this national Rotary scheme please visit www.rotaryshoebox.org

Classics on the Common 2016 a huge success!

Recognition for community effort

Rotary in Harpenden hosted this year’s Young Citizen Awards, an annual event to honour young people in Harpenden who have made an outstanding contribution to the community.


Over dinner, with their parents, we heard from the nominees’ sponsors about their award-winning activities which Rotary in Harpenden acknowledged with a certificate and a prize.

The winners, pictured above receiving their Awards from Rotary in Harpenden President Nick Tott, were Anna Stevens from Sir John Lawes School and Tom Pentland from St George’s. The nominee from Scouting, Ben Mason, was unfortunately unable to attend.

The nominee from Scouting, Ben Mason, was unable to attend the dinner but he is pictured here with his Award certificate.

In tandem with the Young Citizen Awards is the presentation of the Bill Hewetson Memorial Prize for an outstanding contribution to the community. As a Rotarian, the late Bill Hewetson, spent much time supporting young people in the local community.


This year’s winner was Louise Jones of Roundwood Park School, seen here receiving her award from Jane Frances, Bill’s daughter.

Classics on the Common
Santa's Float
Youth Speaks
Christmas Carol Concert
Mock Interviews
Technology Tournament
Rotary Shoe Boxes
Quiz of Quizzes
Young Citizen Awards
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Rotary in Harpenden CIO is a charitable incorporated organisation, Registered Charity No.1163420, and the charity arm of Harpenden Village Rotary Club.