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Santa’s on his way

It won’t be long before this jolly old man comes visiting Wheathampstead, Blackmore End and Kimpton.


You’ll see him first with his elves and sleigh at the Lights Up festivities in Wheathampstead High Street on Thursday 30 Nov at 6pm.

For further dates see below.


Rotary in Harpenden President Val Beale 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. 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 the Wheathampstead Thursday Club for the Disabled and the Wheathampstead Community Group.

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

In the early evenings, Santa will  be touring:

Bury Green and Wick Avenue on Monday 4 December

Butterfield Road on Thursday 7 December

Necton Road on Friday 8 December

Conquerors Hill on Monday 11 December

Lower Luton Road on Tuesday 12 December

Blackmore End on Thursday 14 December

Kimpton on Friday 15 December

Classics shower the common

A dull dank day did not stop thousands of spectators pouring on to Harpenden Common for Classics on the Common 2017, organised by Rotary in Harpenden.

This year, to help relieve some of the congestion of previous years, cars were allowed to arrive from 11am. Harpenden Town Council and the police were very supportive and around 400 owners took advantage of the offer.


A Stanley Steamer from 1916, the 1924 Rolls Royce Ghost and an Austin 7 Chummy were among the nearly 900 vehicles that rolled on to the common for the show.


Throughout the day an electric TESLA X gave us a cabaret, flapping her wings to music and attracting huge attention. A Nissan Leaf was also a crowd puller.


Richard Young, the Rotary in Harpenden event manager, said,


‘Despite the damp conditions, our owners and exhibitors once again made this a special event, one that is so close to the hearts of Harpenden people. May I thank most sincerely all the volunteers who put so much into making it a success. I would also like to thank Harpenden Town Council and the police for their help in allowing early entry on to the common. It really made a difference.


‘Our spectators were immensely generous: we will be distributing the proceeds to Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans, Prostate Cancer UK, Hope & Homes for Children, Herts Young Homeless and other good causes.’

Awards earned by ‘inspirational’ young people

Susie Latham receives her Bill Hewetson Memorial Award from Jane Frances

Our Young Citizen Awards honour teenagers from Harpenden’s secondary schools, and organisations like scouting and guiding, who have been outstanding in reflecting the Rotary motto, Service above Self.


Additionally, the Bill Hewetson Memorial Award, funded by Bill’s family and our members, acknowledges the valued work of a former club member in supporting the town’s youth.


At a dinner attended by the award nominees, senior teachers from their schools and members of their families, the Bill Hewetson Award went the Susie Latham of Sir John Lawes School. She was nominated for the award by head teacher Claire Robins.


Susie has played a pivotal role in both the Oxfam and Eco-school groups. For Oxfam she has run fundraisers, organised school assemblies and met the local MP. For Eco-Schools she played a key role in securing the school’s third Green Flag. The award certificate and a £100 voucher were presented by Bill Hewetson’s daughter, Jane Frances.


Harriet Waller, deputy head girl and house captain at Roundwood Park School, was selected as a winner of the Rotary Young Citizen Award, She was nominated by the head teacher, Alan Henshall.


Harriet is described as ‘an inspirational leader.’ Drawing on her musical and dramatic skills – she plays guitar and ukulele and is involved in local amateur dramatics – she has led a number of performance groups, conducts the house choir and helps younger children bolster their confidence. She also volunteers at a soup kitchen for a local neighbourhood watch.


The second Young Citizen Award winner was Joseph Butler, nominated by fellow students and endorsed by school staff at St George’s.


Joseph has played a significant role in organising schools events, including planning and delivering chapels and assemblies, and using popular culture to make a strong message accessible to all ages. His ‘caring and compassionate nature’ is visible outside the school as well as within. He has helped to raise £8,000 for Youth with a Mission and LCF. He plans to take a gap year to continue his youth service.

President Brian Grant presents Harriet Waller and Joseph Butler with their Rotary Young Citizen Awards: a certificate and a £50 voucher.

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.