Welcome to Harpenden Village Rotary Club

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 are now back on our streets.

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.

Matt joins mini-GQT

Matt Biggs, the regular panel members of the BBC’s Gardeners’ Question Time (and a Chelsea Flower Show judge), joined club members and Inner Wheel Club members for an outdoor social evening in a member’s garden.
After a tasty supper, Matt joined an Inner Wheel/Rotary panel of gardening enthusiasts for a mini-GQT, responding to members’ questions.
The enjoyable evening also raised funds for the local foodbank through the sale of members’ plants and preserves, supplemented by donations.

If you go down to the woods

Rotarians like to have a varied programme of activities and speakers for our weekly meetings.

Just as we were starting a walk in Lower Gustard Wood to admire the first of the bluebells, the heavens opened. We took shelter in the Cross Keys, where we later had dinner. Within a few minutes, under cleared skies, we were able to set off to enjoy the spring evening followed by traditional pub fair.