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Bringing water and sanitation to Malawi nursery schools

The striking picture, painted on cloth, is the work of a Mchinji artist.


More than 1000 nursery school children in Malawi are about the benefit from a major water and sanitation project supported by this club.


The project, in Malawi’s Mchinji district, has been undertaken by PumpAid and supervised by the local Rotary Club. It involves digging a well, installing a pump and constructing two lavatory blocks at each of 11 nursery schools.


Each lavatory block will have a hand washing facility, as will the nearby classroom.


The money for the work was donated by seven Rotary clubs – five in Scotland, headed by the Inverness Culloden club, one in France and this club. The £13,000 contributed by the clubs was matched by the three Rotary Districts involved and made up to £50,000 by a Global Grant from Rotary International.

Marion Oxley MBE receives a Service Recognition Award from Past President Brian Grant in acknowledgement of her massive service contribution to the community over the last ten years, primarily in Wheathampstead.

Mike Fish, elected  the newest member of Harpenden Village Rotary Club, receives his certificate from club president Val Beale.


Members honoured

Brian Grant’s final act as President was to award Paul Harris Fellowships to three Club members.


The fellowship, named after Rotary International’s founder, is awarded usually, but not exclusively, to Rotarians who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the Club or the community. 


Brian is pictured presenting the award – a citation and pin - to Lynn Blackwell, Cedric Kennedy and Roy Brimblecome. This was Roy’s second Paul Harris award and took the form of a sapphire pin.

Rotary installs defibrillator

With money given by Rotary International’s charity, Rotary Foundation, to mark its 100th anniversary, a defibrillator has been installed outside the Harpenden Trust Centre in Southdown Road.

Club President Brian Grant said: ‘We’re delighted that this important emergency life-saving facility is now available to the people of Harpenden 24 hours a day. We are grateful to the Harpenden Trust for agreeing to have it outside their centre, to our Rotary District for installing it and to Rotary Foundation for providing the funds.’

Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy welcomed the opportunity to accommodate the machine. ‘It gives further support to the community, which is the Trust’s principal aim,’ he added.

A defibrillator delivers an electric current to the heart, providing a treatment for life-threatening cardiac conditions.

Harpenden Town Mayor Rosemary Farmer receives the defibrillator on behalf of the community from Past President Brian Grant. Also pictured are, from the left, Club Community Chairman Roy Brimblecombe, Rotary District Governor Chalmers Cursley and Harpenden Trust Chairman Cedric Kennedy.


Rotarians take jam and tea to aid END POLIO NOW campaign

For more than 30 years Rotary has been raising money to help rid the world of the crippling disease polio. Only in three countries – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – is it still endemic.


Now Rotary in Britain and Ireland has launched, with the support of Tiptree Jam and Typhoo Tea, a Jam and Tea promotion as part of what could be the final push in its END POLIO NOW campaign.


Each Rotary club has been sent enough jars of jam (specially labelled Purple4Polio), tea bags and paper cups for each member. After enjoying the contents Rotarians are asked to fill the empty jam jar with loose change (a great way of getting rid of the old £1 coins!) with the aim of raising at least £20 per jar.

Honoured for community work

Former Club president Alan Cox was honoured for his contribution to enhancing the lives of the people of Harpenden at a ceremony at the Club on 30 November.


Alan is pictured receiving from Club President Brian Grant a Sapphire Pin, a Rotary award for those whose community efforts have already earned them a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. From the Club he also received a Service Recognition Award.


A past-president of the Club, Alan is also a past chairman of the Harpenden Trust and founder-chairman of the Harpenden Seniors Forum. Though, regrettably, ill health means he can no longer take an active role, his interest in local community matters is as keen as ever.

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