Welcome to Harpenden Village Rotary Club

Fun Evening With Other Local Clubs

Our annual Inter-Club Quiz, where friendly rivalry is enjoyed along with much hilarity at some of the questions, drew teams from Probus, Tangent, Lions and Round Table to pit their wits against three from the home side.

Pictured here with our President, David Nye, is the winning team –  again – from the Harpenden Lions Club. The Village Probus Club and Probus Secundus took second and third places.

POLIO–Another triumph for Rotary

Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have announced that wild polio virus type 3  has been certified eradicated worldwide. This achievement means that two of the three wild polio strains have now been wiped out.

Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio. From over 1000 cases a day in 125 countries, paralysing and even killing children, that number is today down by 99.9%.

Over the last 30 years, Rotary has donated US$2 billion to the eradication effort, protecting more than 2.5 billion children from the disease through vaccination programmes.

We learn how Home Start helps families who fall through support systems

A highlight of the Club year

Guaranteed to get the Club’s New Year off with a bang is the annual auction of unwanted presents.

With club members John Pepper and Hugh Lawrence in their customary roles of sharp-suited auctioneer and overalled assistant, we were, as ever, treated to an hour’s constant hilarity.

The 55 unwanted gifts of every description (including an old friend – a mechanical corkscrew – back for a third year) were speedily found new homes. Auctioneer John deftly squeezed an extra pound or two out of any punter showing a modicum of interest in an item, while assistant Hugh roamed the room giving punters a closer look at the item, talking up its questionable value.

‘A highlight of the Club year’ was Club President David Nye’s  comment as he thanked the ‘stars’ for their efforts. The auction raised £287.50.

Noël, Noël

The aptly-named Noel Nichols, giving his Santa wave, was one of 10 Club members who joined in the fun as Wheathampstead Community Group volunteers took their Santa Float round the village roads in the early evenings throughout December.

The Group has now taken over the running of this popular spectacle of Santa’s Float touring Wheathampstead, playing Christmas music, delighting children and, with a host of elves, collecting donations from residents for local charities.

From 2005-14 the month-long event was run by Harpenden Village Rotary Club and then, until 2018, by the charity Rotary in Harpenden. We’re delighted that Club members are maintaining the link with Rotary.

Club earns top Rotary award

Club President David Nye (right) receives the Rotary Foundation Award from Assistant Governor Robert Ward, representing the Rotary District. Harpenden Village earned the award for giving more money than any other club last year to Rotary Foundation, Rotary International’s charity. Among its global activities, Rotary Foundation has worked for several decades with the World Health Organisation and local agencies to rid the world of the killer disease polio.