Welcome to Harpenden Village Rotary Club

Essential Reading

Liz Green, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, wore her formal dress, including the hat with its obligatory ostrich feather, when she talked to club members about how she came to take on this year-long post. She is pictured with club President, Hugh Lawrence.

On the back of a business career in the City of London she became a member of three Livery Companies, culminating in her appointment as Sheriff of London. This experience brought home the disturbing statistic that 60% of prisoners have reading problems, creating difficulties both while in jail as well as outside it.

After her statutory year as Sheriff she applied, successfully, for the office of Hertfordshire’s High Sheriff and, by linking with The Shannon Trust, she has been able to contribute to their efforts to improve the reading, writing and rehabilitation of prisoners.

Silver Partner Award from ShelterBox

Our club has been made a Silver Club Partner by ShelterBox, the charity that responds to disasters like floods and earthquakes by sending survival kits. The award is in recognition of our donating more than £4,000 in 2022-23.

The certificate, reproduced here, names the club and carries the citation:

In recognition of your outstanding support during 2022-23 to help ensure that no-one is left without shelter after disaster.

Thank you on behalf of ShelterBox and the people who will be able to recover and rebuild as a result of your ongoing partnership.

The certificate is signed by Sanj Srikanthan, CEO of ShelterBox.

The club is listed as a Silver Partner on the ShelterBox website.


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