Africa certified polio-free

The news that Africa has been certified polio-free is another significant achievement for the Rotary movement.

In 1985 Rotary pledged to rid the world of this debilitating disease. Its clubs and supporters have fundraised, campaigned and worked vigorously in support of vaccination programmes that, to date, have protected 2.5 billion children worldwide.

Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign is not over. Cases of polio continue to arise in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rotary in Harpenden regularly donates to the campaign and will continue to do so until the goal of a world free of polio is achieved.

Youngster gets his special wheels

A severely handicapped eight-year-old, living in Harpenden, now has a special wheelchair (like the one pictured), thanks to a grant from Rotary in Harpenden.

The youngster can now get out with his family more often and in greater comfort and safety.

Rotary in Harpenden was approached by The Handicapped Children’s Action Group. Following their normal policy, the charity were prepared to dip into their limited funds to meet half the cost of the wheelchair and turned to us to seek the balance.

After a visit to the family, Rotary in Harpenden readily agreed to fund the necessary 50 per cent to ensure the youngster had his life-enhancing wheelchair.

Fundraising defies the elements

The elements were against us for our two charity fundraising efforts. The drive-in film was shown in a downpour with thunder and lightning, and high winds kept people indoors when we ran a tombola on the Harpenden High Street concourse.

Together, the two events raised nearly £1,000, which John Murray, Rotary in Harpenden's president, described as 'a very good result, given the circumstances.'

The really big losers from these cancellations are the charities we would have been supporting.
Please consider making a donation to Rotary in Harpenden to allow us to ensure that those charities get some funds to help them continue their crucial work.
You can make your donation by clicking Donate; or by paying directly into our bank account: "
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Following Government advice we have regretfully cancelled all events and activities planned for the near future, including Rotary in Harpenden's flagship event, Classics on the Common.

Junior young photographers rule the roost

Entries for the junior category of the Harpenden heat of Rotary's national Young Photographer award 2019/2020 were strong. The theme for the competition was "Through my eyes". Entrants could interpret the theme however they wished. 

Lauren Murray's winning entry was "Queenie 1". The judge commented: A beautifully sharp well composed image. Detail in the eye is very clear. Your description helps understanding of how well you have adhered to the brief -- "Through My Eyes" . Being down at chicken level has clearly  produced a different image from that which the casual observer would see. Well done!


This is Lauren's second win in a Harpenden heat!

Double the money for double the books

Thanks to a Rotary Matching Grant pupils at High Beeches Primary School now have 200 new books to enjoy.

Keen to improve the stock of reading material, the Friends of High Beeches School contributed £700 to which a Rotary District Grant added a matching £700.

Pictured handing the school’s Kat Jackson the cheque for £1,400 is Rotary in Harpenden President David Nye.

Record entry for Technology Tournament



This year’s Rotary Technology Tournament saw a record 32 teams from Harpenden and St Albans secondary schools take up the challenge: to design and build a working model with only everyday modelling materials.


This annual event, staged at Marlborough Science Academy,.is organised jointly by Rotary in Harpenden and the three St Albans Rotary Clubs


This year’s task involved a structure, gearing, electrical circuitry and a swuitching system, the difficulty varying according to age group.


Roundwoood Park School were winner in the 15-16 age group.


Rotary in Harpenden members have always played significant roles in the organisation and running of the event including, this year, chief judge and master of ceremonies.


Next year’s tournament, at no cost to the schools or students, will be at the same venue on Wednesday, 3 March 2021. Students or schools interested in taking part should register their interest at

Youth Speaks moves to debating – and a bigger venue

The Aldwickbury School team, Intermediate cup winners, with Rotary in Harpenden President, David Nye

The national Rotary Youth Speaks competition, which for many years has given youngsters experience in publlc speaking, has changed its format. Instead of speaking on a topic of their choice the teams now debate the subject.


For the Harpenden heat the change stimulated an increase in the number of teams competing and the size of the audience. The organisers, Rotary in Harpenden, were forced at short notice to locate to a bigger venue and were fortunate in finding Aldwickbury Park Golf Club available.


A total of 30 students, making up 10 teams, performed before an 80-strong audience. The debates were adjudicated by two experienced toastmasters from Hertfordshire Speakers.

Roundwood Park’s Seniors cup winners

Aldwickbury School saw off competition from eight teams from four other schools to lift the Intermediate cup. Their topic was ‘This House is proud to be British.’ The sole Senior team, Roundwood Park, debated ‘Life is not a competition.’ Both winning teams now go forward to the District Finals.


In presenting the cups David Nye, Rotary in Harpenden President, congratulated all the contenders. ‘You are all winners,’ he said, ‘having gained invaluable public speaking skills that will stand you in good stead for life.’ 


  • The Aldwickbury School team took second place in the District Semi-final. Roundwood Park won the District Final and would have competed in the Regional Final had the coronavirus outbreak not prevented its being held.
Rotary in Harpenden

Rotary in Harpenden is a charity that runs community events in Harpenden and surrounding villages, with help from Rotary Club members and others. Nine regular events are pictured below. For more details click on "Events and Activities" in the menu above. 

Classics on the Common
Rotary Shoe Boxes
Schools' Mock Interviews
Christmas Carol Concert
Youth Speaks
Young Photographer Competition
Technology Tournament
Quiz of Quizzes
Young Citizen Awards

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