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Who We Are

Harpenden Village Rotary Club was chartered in 1988. Our 40+ members, men and women, meet on Wednesday evenings most weeks, discussing our plans, listening to interesting speakers or getting out on a visit. You’ll find below our programme for the next few weeks.


But it is in our involvement with the community through our charity arm, Rotary in Harpenden, that we make the most of the diverse skills and experience of our members. Several of our events and activities aim to help youngsters make the most of their potential – mock interviews, public speaking and a technology tournament. Another - Young Citizens Awards - recognizes teenagers’ concern for others.


Then there are the diverse ways we have for raising funds or gifts for charity – Rotary shoe boxes, Schools’ Christmas Carol Concert, Santa’s Float and the big one, the Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes.

Our flagship event, however, is Classics on The Common, the UK’s biggest mid-week

classic car show, held on Harpenden Common each July. This major community event attracts 10,000 residents and visitors, brings business to the town and raises substantial funds for local, children’s, national and international charities.


  • You can read more about each or all of these events or activities by clicking here

A quarter of the funds raised for charity goes to support our giving. When disasters like earthquakes or floods occur across the world we are able to respond quickly with survival kits like ShelterBoxes. As these items are handled by local Rotarians we can be confident that they are reaching the people who desperately need them.


Our own share of funds raised also supports End Polio Now, a Rotary International campaign that since 1979 has been working with the World Health Organisation and national agencies (and more recently with the Bill Gates Foundation) to eradicate the killer disease from the world. Only in two countries is polio still endemic. The campaign has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize as one of the world’s finest humanitarian projects.


If you would like more information please complete the ‘Contact’ form below or contact our secretary, John, on at If you wish, why not arrange with him to join us at a meeting to find out more?


Where we meet

Aldwickbury Park Golf Club
Piggottshill Lane

TELEPHONE 01582 760112


Date & Time




Wed 5th July 22.00 – 22.00

Speakers from the President's Charities: HACRO and Victim Support - Neil Ashley of HACRO and Neil Reader of Victim Support will explain about the work of their charities

Sun 9th July 10.00 to 14.00

Highland Gathering parking – Rotarians help with car parking (Richard Bellingham organising the rota)

Wed 12th July 20.00 – 22.00

Car Treasure Hunt - Alec and Liz Bull will give us cryptic clues to enable us to find our dinner destination somewhere in Hertfordshire

Wed 19th July 20.00 – 22.00

Preparation for Classics – Richard Young will give us a briefing on the organisation of next week's Classics on the Common

Wed 26th July 20.00 – 22.00

Classics on the Common - Our biggest event of the year, Classics on the Common needs all members and many volunteers (as well as good weather) to ensure a successful event.

Wed 26th July

District Council – District representative to attend on the Club’s behalf

Wed 2nd August 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Captain Ian McNaught talking about the work of Trinity House

Wed 9th August 19.00 – 22.00

Summer games evening with Inner Wheel - Our annual competition against Inner Wheel at President Val Beale's house

Tues 15th August

Club Council Meeting

Wed 16th August


Wed 23rd August

Club Business Meeting

Wed 30th August 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Dr. Jim Lewis on the industrial heritage of the Lea Valley

Wed 6th September 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Sir John Dermot Turing telling us about his Great Uncle, Alan Turing and his achievements at Bletchley Park and the enigma  machine

Wed 13th September 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Paul Gardner on the history of Harpenden Common

Wed 20th September 20.00 – 22.00

St. Albans Abbey Theatre Visit, Go back in time with The Company of Ten who are performing Alan Ayckbourn’s Comedy, ‘Communicating Doors’ at 8pm.  Tickets cost £11.  Please let Susanne know asap if you want to join us.

Wed 27th September 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Workaid.  The Chairman of Workaid and Claire Popple to tell us about the work the charity does and to launch the collecting of tools in Harpenden and Wheathampstead as a joint initiative with our club and the District Scouts

Wed 4th October 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Cheryl Law, the new District Governor for our Rotary District


Wed 11th October 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Carl Tinnion from Youth With A Mission (YWAM) telling us all about what they do.

Wed 18th October 20.00 – 22.00

Speaker: Julie Honour-Jones is Sixth Form Manager at Sir John Laws.
Anna Philpott is Deputy Director of Sixth Form Education & Head of Business & Economics at St Georges. Jessica Bennett is Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Roundwood talking about h
opes, fears, strengths and weaknesses of 17 year olds and the benefits of Rotary mock interviews

Wed 25th October 20.00 – 22.00

Club Council Meeting – IS THIS CORRECT

Tue 31st October 20.00 – 22.00?

Joint Meeting at Woolhams with the three St. Albans Rotary Clubs

Wed 1st November 20.00 – 22.00

No meeting – see 31 October

Wed 8th November 20.00 – 22.00

Club Business Meeting – SGM

Sunday 12th November

Remembrance Sunday. For those that want to attend meet at Rothamstead Park at 10.30

Wed 15th November 20.00 – 22.00

Everest Project  - Hoddesdon Rotary: Over a year ago, The Rotary Club of Hoddesdon initiated an ambitious and challenging project, to take a party of 10 young people from two local schools to Nepal for 19 days in Spring 2017 where they will undertake a work programme at Janasewa Higher Secondary School near Kathmandu then trek to Everest South Base Camp at 5364m. This was the brainchild of President David Johnston who has already climbed Kilimanjaro for charity.


If you would like to arrange a date please contact Hoddesdonl or Telephone  01279 842088


Wed 22nd November 20.00 – 22.00

No meeting – see the 24th November


Friday 24 November

Classics on the Common celebration. A get together with our partners, volunteers and helpers thanking them for their support at a wonderful classics event

Wed 29th November

No meeting - See Thursday 30th.

Thur 30th November 20.00 – 22.00

Wheathampstead Christmas Lights On followed by dinner at The Bull

Wed 6th December

Carol Concert – The annual primary schools carol concert at the High Street Methodist Hall

Wed 13th December

No meeting. See 15/16 December – cancel this with Aldwickbury

16th December


President’s at Home. President Val will entertain us at her home for a Christmas celebration. This will be an accompanied meeting


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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.