Rotary in Harpenden support local people of all ages by organising and running community events and activities, and raising funds for charitable purposes.



Rotary responds to natural disasters around the world with temporary shelters and access to potable water. We also fund health and education projects in developing countries.

Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of the debilitating disease polio reached another milestone when the World Health Organisation certified Africa as wild-polio free. Only in Pakistan and Afghanistan does the wild poliovirus remain endemic.



With members from all walks of life, we meet regularly to talk, share ideas and develop events and opportunities to help our community.

Latest news

Young photographers score with their ‘rebuilding’ shots

Our young photographers fared well in both the Harpenden heat of the Rotary Young Photographers Competition, and in the ensuing district level competition for Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. They were asked to produce an image on the theme of ‘rebuilding’, which called for a stretch of imaginations. Our entrants did not disappoint!

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Tara wins the ‘Service above Self’ award

Tara Conway-Shah of Roundwood Park School is this year’s winner of the Bill Hewetson Memorial Prize and Rotary Young Citizen Award. The awards recognise a young person’s achievements in the spirit of the Rotary motto Service above Self.

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Joint gifts boost Foodbank groceries

Several times over the past two years, with the cooperation of Sainsbury’s Harpenden Store, Rotary in Harpenden members have stood outside the store, encouraging customers to buy extra items and, on leaving, to donate them to the St Albans & District Foodbank.

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The elm makes a comeback!

With almost all large specimens of elm having been lost to Dutch Elm Disease, a new specimen, highly resistant to the disease, has been planted on Harpenden Common.

The gift of Rotary in Harpenden, the new tree stands close to the footpath linking Rothamsted Park with the southern end of the High Street.

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Third time for quiz winners

This year’s Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes was won by just 4 points by ‘Measure for Measure’, who have taken part in all 27 years of the competition!

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Modular homes revive Ukrainian village 

Local Rotarians pictured with one of the 124 temporary modular homes that have helped to house residents of Moshchun, a village near the Ukrainian capital, where Russian bombardment destroyed or severely damaged 70% of the buildings. 

Their appeal to other Rotary clubs brought support from 12 countries including Britain. Our Ukrainian Quiz Night, held in November, raised funds for furniture and other household essentials.

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Upcoming Events 2024-2025

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Dragon’s Den

4, 18 June
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Classics on the Common

24 July
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Rotary Young Photographer Competition

January 2025
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Rotary Technology Tournament

March 2025
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Harpenden Quiz of Quizzes

March 2025
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Rotary Young Citizen Awards

May 2025
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