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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The winners are…… Probus Secundus!

The triumphant Probus Secondus team with Town Mayor Cllr David Heritage and Rotary in Harpenden President Liz Jack.

A new name now appears in the list of winners of the long-running Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes – the Probus Secundus club. They pipped past winners Goldenball by two points, with Witless taking third place.

Thirty teams packed St George’s School hall for this, the 24th Quiz of Quizzes, organised by Rotary in Harpenden.


Event manager David Nye said: ‘We were delighted to have such strong support from the community. It was also encouraging to have with us our Town Mayor, Cllr David Heritage, who presented the winner’s cup - and helped sell raffle tickets. We thank everyone who took part, who enjoyed a fun evening together and raised nearly £4,000 for charity.


‘The principal charities this year are Harpenden and Wheathampstead Scouts and Polio Plus, the international Rotary charity aimed at eliminating polio from the world.’


The 25th Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes will be held on Friday, 6 March 2020

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.

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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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