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.

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‘Something the school cannot teach them’

Finding a business idea and pitching it to three successful business people was the challenge set to Year 6 at High Beeches Junior School. Rotary in Harpenden provided the initial funding to teams, all of which are invited to run their businesses at this year’s school summer ‘Feastival’.

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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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