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Lions make it 10

By roaring to victory in this year’s Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes the Harpenden Lions Club have notched up 10 wins in the 23 years of the event, organised by Rotary in Harpenden. This success enhances the Lions’ position as the town’s foremost quiz team.


Close behind them came Measure for Measure, winners in 2014, with All Saints Church taking third place. Thirty-four teams competed in the event, held in St George’s School hall.


Event manager David Nye said: ‘We were delighted to have such strong support from the community, including a team led by our Town Mayor Cllr Rosemary Farmer. Many congratulations to all who took part and enjoyed a fun evening together. Thanks to everyone’s generosity we raised nearly £4,000 for charity.


‘The principal charities are HACRO (The Herts Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) and Polio Plus, an international Rotary charity aimed at eliminating polio from the world.’


Next year’s Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes will be on Friday, 8 March 2019.


Harpenden Lions Club’s Mike Kelly receives the Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes cup from Town Mayor Cllr Rosemary Farmer, with Rotary in Harpenden President Val Beale looking on.

Students take on space challenge

OK – let’s show them what real teamwork can do

The challenge for students from St Albans and Harpenden secondary schools, competing in this year’s Rotary Technology Tournament, was to design and operate a launcher for a space capsule and then return it safely to the launch pad.


The event, held at the Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans, and organised by the three St Albans Rotary Clubs and Rotary in Harpenden, attracted 22 teams.


Having watched the teams of four plan and develop their ideas, Rotary in Harpenden President Val Beale said: ‘I have to admit that I had no idea how to solve this problem myself but the students worked brilliantly. It was amazing how creative they were. I hope that this has inspired some of them to pursue careers in technology.’


Harpenden’s Roundwood Park School triumphed in two of the three age groups and narrowly missed a trophy in the third, the best result that any one school has achieved.

The event is run each year during March. Teachers, students and parents wishing to know more and discover how to enter teams should contact rih.secretary@rih.org.uk

Gone purple for polio

This eye-catching display of crocuses, covering the ground between the old station platform and roundabout at Wheathampstead, was planted in support of Rotary International’s Purple4Polio initiative.


The Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom groups and other RHS community gardening groups partnered Rotary Clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland last year to plant Ruby Giant crocuses to produce striking displays this spring.


The RHS groups obtained the corms through their local Rotary Club. Wheathampstead Preservation Society bought theirs from Rotary in Harpenden and planted them last autumn.


The money raised by Rotary went towards eradicating the killer disease polio. Its Polio Plus campaign, pursued for more than 30 years, has reduced the number of countries still affected by the virus to three – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. 

Service Recognition Award For Graham Westwell

Graham Westwell receives a Rotary in Harpenden Service Recognition Award from Past President Brian Grant for his outstanding contribution to the local community. Graham is a past chairman of the Harpenden Trust. He has also taken a leading role in the development of Volunteer for Harpenden (V4H) and Harpenden – Our Community which is fostering stronger relations between the town’s voluntary organisations.

Public speaking skills well displayed

The Aldwickbury School team of, from the left, Kasper Jokisch, Max James and James Kenyon, hold the Youth Speaks winners cup, presented to them by Harpenden Deputy Town Mayor Cllr David Heritage. The team now competes in the district heat of this national competition which encourages young people todevelop public speaking skills.


The judges for the event, organised annually by Rotary in Harpenden, were senior judge Liz Burnett and Elizabeth Jordan, seasoned public speakers through their membership of local toastmaster clubs, and Cllr Heritage.

Helpers get a big Classics Thank You

Pictured with Rotary in Harpenden President Val Beale are representatives of the four main beneficiaries of the funds raised by Classics on the Common last July. The charities each received a cheque for £6,000.

Wheathampstead Memorial Hall was the venue for this year’s gathering to say Thank You to the dozens of helpers who gave their time and enthusiasm to join Rotary in Harpenden members in staging last July’s Classics on the Common.


After a tasty buffet supper prepared by Carl Tinnion of Youth with a Mission, representatives of the four charities that shared £24,000 from the show’s proceeds each spoke about the invaluable work of their charities and expressed their gratitude for the money the classic car show had raised for them.


The charities, chosen by Rotary in Harpenden members, were Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans, Prostate Cancer UK, Hope & Homes for Children and Herts Young Homeless.


To complete the evening Graham Miller told amusing stories from his time as an ITV sports correspondent.

Classics on the Common
Mock Interviews
Rotary Shoe Boxes
Santa's Float
Christmas Carol Concert
Youth Speaks
Technology Tournament
Quiz of Quizzes
Young Citizen Awards
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