Welcome to Harpenden Village Rotary Club

‘They shall grow not old…

Club President Richard Young lays a wreath on behalf of the club at the town’s war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

How Putin rose to power

Having twice spoken to us on Zoom about Russia, Stephen Dalziel returned in person for his third fascinating talk.

After Army service he went on to become the BBC’s Russian expert, interviewing many of the Soviet Union’s leading figures. He traced the East’s distrust of the West to the split of the Christian church in the 15th century.

Drawing on his experiences and insights he spoke of the Cold War, the impact of Gorbachev, the break up of the Soviet Union and the rise of Vladimir Putin. The total control of Russia now achieved by Putin could see him retaining office for another 15 years.

Filling rucksacks for the homeless

During the worst of the pandemic government action ensured that street homeless people had a roof over their head. But this was a one-off and homeless people will be back on our streets this coming winter.

In response, St Albans Emmaus, supported by HACRO and Harpenden Village Rotary Club, are collecting survival basics to enable street homeless people to cope. These are packed into rucksacks to make them easy for people to carry.

Our club members have been collecting sleeping bags, thermal clothing, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, safety razors, soap and dry foods – and of course rucksacks – to pass to Emmaus in St Albans for distribution to those in need.

Pictured delivering a car-load are club members Val Beale and Hugh Lawrence with Duncan Lewis, CEO of Emmaus Hertfordshire.