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Calling all quizzers

If you enjoy a good quiz evening then there’s still time to book your place for this year’s Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes on Friday, 10 March.


As usual, this ever-popular event will be staged by Rotary in Harpenden at St George’s School. Tables for teams of six cost £81 and include a cold supper.


There are only a few tables left so don’t delay: email Roy Brimblecombe at: qofq@rih.org.uk

 or on tel: 01582 713135



Wanted: nominations for Young Citizen awards

Do you know of a young person who has made a positive contribution to the local community of Harpenden, Wheathampstead or Kimpton?


If you do, and they are aged 15-19, why not recommend them for these prestigious awards?

Each year Rotary in Harpenden celebrates outstanding contributions made by Harpenden area youth to our community and wider world. From the nominations received four will be selected by Rotary in Harpenden’s Youth Committee for a Rotary Young Citizen Award or the Bill Hewetson Memorial Prize. As a Rotarian, Bill was much involved in supporting young people in the community.


We are not looking for the captain of the team but those unsung heroes who have by their endeavours added to society. Candidates can be from local schools, guiding and scouting, and other groups in the Harpenden area. Nominations can be made by anyone, including teachers, group leaders, parents and grandparents.

The winners and family members will be invited to a dinner, organised by Rotary in Harpenden, on 3 May 2017, at which the awards will be presented and the winners’ achievements celebrated.

 For a nomination form click on young citizen nom form below:


Young Citizen's Nomination Fortm
young citizen nom form 17.docx
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Parents, grandparent, siblings and friends filled every seat at High Street Methodist Church for the annual Harpenden and District Junior Schools’ Carol Concert.

Some 150 pupils took part, singing carols old and new and telling the Christmas story by way of readings from the Gospels. They also led the audience in singing several carols we all know so well.


Rotary in Harpenden President Brian Grant said: ‘Our thanks, as ever, go to the performers from the schools, and their teachers, for coming together to provide what is always a splendid and uplifting start to the Christmas season in Harpenden. The collection during the concert will be supporting my chosen charity for the year, the Stroke Association.


‘We are also very grateful to our sponsors whose support ensures we can continue to put on such a great community event. They are: Jarvis Building & Construction, Frosts Estate Agents, Hicks Accountancy & Tax Services, John Curtis Estate Agents, Loveweds, Pyro 1 and St Columba’s School.’


Harpenden Town Mayor Cllr Nicola Linacre congratulated the choir on their performance and the Christmas Greeting and Blessing were given by the minister of the church, the Revd Mark Hammond.


We are also grateful to David Noble who played the organ for us this year.

The 12 schools taking part were: Beech Hyde Primary School. Crabtree Junior School, Harpenden Academy, High Beeches Primary School, Manland Primary School, Roundwood Primary School, Sauncey Wood Primary School, St Dominic RC Primary School, St Helen’s CE Primary School, St Nicholas CE VA Primary School, The Lea Primary School and Wood End Primary School.

Santa says Thank You to the villages

Santa Claus, now resting after his tour of Wheathampsted, Kimpton and Blackmore End, sends a message of thanks to the people of the three villages for their generous donations to his escorting elves. They collected a wonderful £2,669 which will go to the Wheathampstead Community Group and Thursday Club, CRY (cardiac risk in the young) and other causes supported by Rotary.

Rotary Shoeboxes: children helping children

Pupils from St Hilda’s School, Harpenden, line up to load their shoeboxes

Ten Harpenden and Wheathampstead schools, three Scout groups and three individual supporters filled a total of 1426 Rotary Shoeboxes this year.

The gift of a shoebox containing toys, toiletries, stationary or other household goods is a drop of happiness to the poverty-stricken children and elderly in eastern Europe. For many, it will be the first present they have ever received. It lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares - a true example of children helping children.

Since first participating in the nationwide Rotary Shoebox scheme in 2000 we have filled 14,000 boxes. Our boxes join thousands of others which are driven across Europe to arrive in time for Christmas.

For the third year running, having more than covered the cost of supplying the boxes, we’ll again redistribute the surplus cash to all participating schools in the form of WHSmith Achievement Award vouchers. All involved will also receive a Certificate of Achievement.

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!

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.