Events.   Autumn/winter



Does your pension provider look after you this well?

An annual Free to attend Policy Holder Day with expert speakers, all day refreshments including a hot lunch, many free lifestyle services and a celebrity speaker.

Mine does. It’s the Pension Insurance Corporation.

I attended their event at Alexandra Palace on Sept 24 where I enjoyed all the above meeting fellow policy holders and chatting with Carol Vorderman (MBE) after her heartwarming and inspiring talk. -See the selfie below

AND it’s not a deceptive way of selling to you. It’s all about providing information on how the Corporation works, how they invest assets to pay the pensions and how they assess risk to protect future payments. NOT a sales person in sight!

A truly enjoyable day in a beautiful venue. Ron Taylor. Editor

The Harpenden Personal Finance Conference was a superb event in a world class venue.

Lyndhurst Financial Management, in conjunction with Harpenden Building Society must have been well pleased with the first Harpenden Personal Finance Conference “Helping you shape your financial future” at Rothamsted Conference Centre on Friday 15th Nov. A large audience listened avidly to a fantastic team of speakers covering key themes in global financial markets with a focus on sustainable investing and providing for the next generation.


Introduced by host Geoff Newman (above) Bim Afolami was the keynote speaker who predicted that Environmental issues would now dominate future Government policy forcing the Treasury to rethink their allocation of investments into long term sustainable policies for all Departments. Bim was followed by Pater Michaelis of Liontrust highlighted the importance of being environmentally aware in their business investment activities. He did point out that UK subsidies were still highly skewed towards the Oil and Gas industry and how this must change going forward. Next up was Mike Sell of Alquity Investment Management whose revealing research of world activity showed that future growth would be dominated by the East with India taking over from China as the global leader.

Sarah Howe,(below right)  the newish Chief Executive of Harpenden Building Society was on next. Her talk focused on how energy efficiency and green finance would become a major influences in the housing market on future lending. Taking the stage for another well known Harpenden business  was Nina Gurra of Neves Solicitors who gave a comprehensive insight into Lasting Powers of Attorney. Closing the event was Hugi Clarke of Foresight who brought   the complexities of Inheritance Tax Planning for businesses into plain English with his unique presentation style and good humour.

Geoff Newman of Lyndhurst fame wrapped up the event, thanking all speakers and the audience who had asked many questions during the course of the morning. A buffet lunch was served in the Plaza where guests intermingled with the speakers whilst enjoying a delicious range of food and soft drinks.

‘With Election promises of low carbon targets by 2030 the issues raised by the speakers are going to need action with positive implementation very soon’.

Ron Taylor. Editor

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The Snowman with Live Music by Hitchin Band

Sunday 8th December

We are delighted to host a family friendly morning of Christmas music and film - The Snowman (cert U), with live music performed by the fantastic Hitchin Band. Following huge success over the last few years this incredible performance has become a part of a traditional family Christmas. A young boy can’t believe his eyes one winter’s night when a snowman comes to life and an amazing adventure begins. This live performance of Howard Blake’s musical score specially adapted for

Harpenden Christmas Carnival adds New Entertainment & Activities for 2019

Harpenden Town Council’s annual Harpenden Christmas Carnival is taking place this year on 24 November from 12pm-6pm, with festivities stretching from Church Green all the way to the Harpenden Fire Station. SA Law is the Principal Sponsor of the 2019 Christmas Carnival.

Even more events & activities will be introduced to the Carnival this year after an expansion; formerly stopping near Pizza Express, the event will now extend to the Harpenden Fire Station. A mini stage will host entertainers throughout the day, and a second bar area, bookable Christmas workshops, and Peter Templeman’s outdoor wooden games will all make their Christmas Carnival debut this year. In addition, St Albans and Harpenden Volunteer Police Cadets and Harpenden Fire Station will be hosting their first-ever

Christmas Emergency Services Open Day, while The Harpenden Collective is curating a Boutique Christmas Market in Park Hall.

And of course, all of the Carnival favourites will be returning: Santa will be greeting children at his Santa’s Grotto; the Procession will kick off at 3pm; Imajica Theatre, Showtime Circus, Harpenden Panto, and more will be performing on the Main Stage; and the town Christmas lights will be switched on by the Town Mayor at 5pm. The Farmers’ Market, funfair, and Young Enterprise stalls will all be situated throughout the high street, and many businesses in the Town Centre will keep their doors open specially to give residents a chance to start on their Christmas shopping.

Harpenden town Mayor Cllr Brian Ellis said, “Harpenden Christmas Carnival is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. The Carnival has something for everybody, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to this much-anticipated event. We would like to thank SA Law for supporting the 2019 Carnival as our Principal Sponsor!”

Gill Garrett, a Partner at SA Law, said, “We are delighted to support the Harpenden Christmas Carnival. Community spirit is very important to everyone at SA Law as well as our clients – being involved in an event that is open to everyone and that all ages can participate in is fantastic. It’s an annual tradition for many of our staff and their families to attend the carnival so we are very much looking forward to seeing what the 2019 carnival has in store. It’s a community event we’re proud to be part of and we can’t wait to join in the festivities.”

The Christmas Carnival full programme can be found online at

Free parking for the event will be available at station car parks and Rothamsted Research car parks starting at 12 noon; because of expected high attendance, the Town Council encourages people to walk to the event where possible.

For families attending with young children, there will be free lost child wristbands available at the Town Council Information Tent.

The Town Council will also host Christmas light switch-on events in Southdown & Batford. The Southdown Lights & Lanterns Extravaganza takes place on 29 November at 5:30pm, and the Batford Lights Up event will be on 1 December starting at 5pm.

BELOW. SA LAW staff  getting in the Christmas spirit.


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