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Tight battle for Quiz of Quizzes Cup

Thirty teams of quiz-lovers packed St George’s School hall for the 22nd annual Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes, organised by Rotary in Harpenden.


In a tight battle for the Quiz of Quizzes Cup, the third-placed team, remarkably, were the aptly named ‘And in Third Place.’ But the winners were ‘Odds and Ends’ with ‘Measure for Measure’, who lifted the cup in 2014, the runners-up.


Event manager Roy Brimblecombe said: ‘We were delighted to have such strong support from the community. Quiz of Quizzes is a fun evening as well as a major fund-raiser which this year produced nearly £3,000 for charity.


‘The principal charities are The Stroke Association and Polio Plus, an international Rotary charity aimed at eliminating polio from the world.’


Next year’s Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes will be held on Friday, 9 March.

Meeting the technology challenge

Twenty-eight teams from secondary schools in St Albans and Harpenden competed in the annual one-day Rotary Technology Tournament at Marlborough Science Academy, St Albans.


Divided into three age groups, the teams faced a core task of building, with limited materials, an electrically driven model to clear rubble from a pipeline. The older the age group, the more challenging was the task set.


This year the judges, members of the St Albans Rotary Clubs and Rotary in Harpenden, had the support of engineers and designers from Demand, which develops and supplies equipment to make life easier for the disabled.


Marlborough Science Academy, the outstanding winners in the 11-14 age group, are pictured with their model, which smoothly and efficiently moved the rubble along the pipeline (actually a piece of guttering so that the action could be seen) leaving a clean and clear base.


The Academy also carried the day in the 15-16 age group, where they had additionally to reverse the vehicle and recover it from the starting end of the pipeline.


At the advance level the winners were Roundwood Park School, Harpenden, whose machine also recovered the rubble.


Teams for the Technology Tournament are entered by their schools. Students wishing to take part next year should contact their CTD teacher or the secretary of Rotary in Harpenden (hvrc.secretary@rih.org.uk).

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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Classics on the Common: a date for your diary

Wednesday 26th July…

is the date for this year’s Classics on the Common, one of the top events in the classic car calendar and run by Rotary in Harpenden. Once again we are very grateful to have Harpenden Town Council as our main sponsor.

For full details of the event and application forms go to our dedicated website classicsonthecommon.com

For a report on last year’s show click on Classics on the Common above.

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.