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.’
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.
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
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.
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.