Classics’ charities appreciate residents’ generosity

Harpenden residents’ generosity at this year’s Classics on the Common was reflected in the value of the cheques presented to the four charities chosen to share in the money raised.

Pictured here with Rotary in Harpenden President David Nye and, on the left, the show’s Event Manager, Richard Young, are representatives of Carers in Hertfordshire, Rotary Doctor Bank, Alzheimer’s Society and the local branch of the Samaritans. All four spoke warmly of the importance of the donations to their work.

Sixty-seven students given mock interviews

Sixty-seven final year students from St George’s, Roundwood Park and Sir John Lawes schools were given the benefit of ‘mock interviews’ to prepare them for the real thing when seeking university places or employment.


Each was given a 20-minute interview by a pair of Rotary in Harpenden members, drawing on their own experiences. The interview concluded with a 10-minute review, with hints on improving the student’s performance.


The mock interviews drew appreciative comments from the schools:


“We are so grateful to Rotary in Harpenden members for running these interviews. They are invaluable to our work supporting students.”


“All the students I have spoken to thoroughly appreciated the experience and are really grateful for the opportunity.”


“Thanks to all your members. These opportunities are so valuable for our students.”


Our interviewers were just as impressed with the interviewees. One commented: ‘They are a credit to their schools, which should be heartily applauded for producing such wonderful ambassadors.’

A helping hand for young viola player

With a grant and speedy accommodation arrangements, Rotary in Harpenden has helped a young viola player from Kimpton to advance her music skills in Australia.


Twenty-year-old India Blackshaw-Britton, two years into her four-year course at the Royal Academy of Music, successfully applied to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a department of Sydney University, to study under the direction of the eminent viola player and conductor, Roger Benedict.


At the time of giving India a grant towards her expenses we discovered that she had not secured accommodation in Sydney. As time was short one of our members asked friends in Sydney for help. They readily agreed, met her off the plane, and gave her food and lodging for the next 10 days. By then India had secured accommodation on the Sydney University campus.

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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 any picture, or 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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Rotary in Harpenden CIO is a charitable incorporated organisation, Registered Charity No.1163420
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