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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

Shoebox scheme attracts more groups

Pupils from Wood End School help to load their Rotary Shoeboxes

More individuals and groups, including Scouts and Beavers, have joined Harpenden and district schools in filling Rotary Shoeboxes.


Children and parents filled 928 shoeboxes with toys, stationary or other household goods to bring a drop of Christmas cheer to disadvantaged youngsters and elderly people in central and eastern Europe.


Rotary in Harpenden President Val Beale said: ‘The enthusiasm shown by teachers and group leaders, as well as the children and parents, enabled us to achieve this result. We are so grateful to them all.’


In the 17 years Rotary in Harpenden has participated in the nationwide Rotary Shoebox scheme nearly 15,000 boxes have been filled and delivered in time for Christmas.


Once again, having more than covered the cost of supplying the boxes, we’ll redistribute the surplus cash to all participating schools in the form of WH Smith Achievement Award vouchers, plus an extra 10% margin, courtesy of WH Smith.


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
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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