Treasure Hunt postponed

Tier 4 restrictions have caused us to postpone the Stay-in-your-car Treasure Hunt, due on Sunday 3 January.

The new date is Sunday 21 March, if circumstances allow. Do put that date in your diary. Bookings will begin in late February.

If you had already booked for 3 January you will be receiving an email from us about the refund of your entry fee donation.

November's Treasure Hunt finds favour

"We had so much fun doing this. Really well thought out.”

This tweet is typical of the comments from those who scoured country lanes seeking answers to clues in our Stay-in-your-car Treasure Hunt, raising much-needed funds for the Herts & Essex Air Ambulance Trust.

They were equally enthusiastic about the possibility of another, similar, treasure hunt being held in the spring or early summer.

The winner, from Leighton Buzzard, who scored 50 correct answers out of a possible 53, very kindly donated her prize to Rotary in Harpenden for use in another event. The two runners-up were from Wheathampstead (49 correct answers) and Kimpton (48½).

A big THANK YOU to all who took part. Every penny of the funds raised will help to keep the air ambulances flying.

Theo now has his special wheels


Theo Cowan, the severely handicapped eight-year-old, living in Harpenden, is now pictured in his special wheelchair, paid for with grants from Rotary in Harpenden and The Handicapped Children’s Action Group.

‘The wheelchair has made a great difference to our daily life,’ says his mother. ‘We can now take Theo on regular walks without worrying about his safety.

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.

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.'

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

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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