Events              Autumn 2018



On Thursday 13th September, the Roundwood Park Community Pitch, our new artificial pitch, was officially opened by some special guests: David Clarke, the England blind footballer and torchbearer for the 2012 Paralympics, Natasha Dowie, professional footballer and former Roundwood Park student and Alan Smith, the Arsenal and England striker, now a respected Sky Sports pundit.

A collaboration between Roundwood Park School, Harpenden Colts, the Football Foundation and Watford FC Community, the new pitch will be enjoyed not only by RPS students but by the wider community for multiple sports, all year round.

Our guests spoke about how fortunate the students and local residents are to have such a fantastic facility on their doorstep.  David Clarke commented that “sport changes lives for the better” and urged students to make the most of the pitch, which he said “is going to be an incredible success”.  Natasha Dowie, who was touched to be back at Roundwood Park, having left 12 years ago, was delighted to see the new pitch and said that she “hoped to see some more professional players, both male and female, that come from Roundwood Park”.  Mr Hunter, Head of PE at Roundwood Park hoped that, as well helping to further develop skills in multiple sports, the pitch would encourage others to participate more, in particular girls.  Echoing Natasha Dowie’s comments, Mr Hunter hopes that the numbers taking part in girls’ football will really grow now and stated that the pitch would change sport at RPS for the next 10-15 years. 

Roundwood Park’s Sports Captains, H. Murray and H. Soanes said that “the artificial grass pitch has provided a really great opportunity for students at Roundwood Park school to be active at lunchtimes, and we have seen many students take advantage of it. Students across different years are now playing with each other and forming friendships over their love for the same sport and that is fundamentally what the pitch is about. We feel the pitch has really impacted and improved the community of Roundwood Park School”.


Mr Henshall gave thanks for the dedication of Harpenden Colts, Mr Smith, School Business Manager, and to the incredible contribution of so many in the local community who have worked tirelessly together to support this project and make it a reality.

Above: Left to right: Alan Smith, David Clarke, Alan Henshall, Natasha Dowie + RPS students

Above:Left to right: Alan Henshall, Alan Smith, David Clarke, Natasha Dowie + RPS students

Above: The Pitch

After the Summer Break the Society recommences the Autumn series of evening get togethers with guest speakers featuring a range of topical gardening related subjects.

On Tuesday 11 September our speaker was the ever popular Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers who highlighted a dazzling array of plants flowering from Autumn until Christmas. He bought a selection of plants which guests and members snapped up before he even started his slide show!

Tuesday 9 October Johnnie Amos the Broadcaster will host a Q and A session for people to ask about everyday problems and hopefully find solutions!

Tuesday 13 November is the AGM followed by Andrew Mikolajski a prolific author of over 30 gardening books who will talk about wall climbers and roses for smaller gardens.

We still need to find a Vice Chairman to serve on the committee so do come along and get involved!

Our last meeting of the year is Tuesday 4 December where Graham Spencer will talk about new plants and the future for our gardens.

All meetings are held at Roundwood Park School 7.45pm for 8.00pm until 10.00pm latest and include free refreshments tea/coffee, biscuits and on 4 December wine and mince pies are served!

There is ample free parking available within the school grounds.

The Society is keen to attract new members who have an interest in gardening, to meet up to discover new ideas and make new friends in the local community. Membership is currently only £10.00 per year. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Further information can be found on our website:

If you missed seeing the artists in the Pop Up shop then take a look here and go to their web site - real art made with passion.

Win 2 pairs of tickets to see Alter Eagles in concert at Harpenden Public Halls on Nov 30.

Be a part of an incredible evening, as we pay tribute to one of the greatest bands in History. Highly respected for their incredible accuracy, performed with sensational 7 piece all live band, complete with all those perfect harmonies these aren't no 'New Kids In Town' they are the real deal.

This production produces all the energy from the original concert as they performed all of the greatest hits from Hotel California, Life In The Fast Lane,  Take It Easy, Already gone, Best of my Love, Take It To The Limit and so many more. Covering over 35 years of performances from The eagles, if you never got the chance to see them live, you won't be disappointed with Alter Eagles.


Answer this simple question. Complete these lyrics of the classic hit 'Take It Easy'? - Take it easy, take it easy. Don't let the sound of your own ....... drive you crazy.

Send your answer by email with your name, address, email address and daytime phone number TO

Closing date: November 16.

The 2 prizes will go to the first two entries drawn on November 18. Winners will be informed by email. There is no cash alternative. Only one entry per person.  Editor's decision is final.


Venue: Harpenden Public Halls

Date & Time: 30th November, 19:30

Ticket Prices: £19.75

Box Office: 01582 767525

Armistice Day in Harpenden Nov 11 2018

Large gathering of local residents pay their respects.

Armistice Day Remembrance at London’s Albert Hall

Millions watch a touching commemoration on TV

Armistice Day

Anthem for Doomed Youth BY WILFRED OWEN

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.

      Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle

Can patter out their hasty orisons.

No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;

      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—

The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;

      And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?

      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes

Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.

      The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;

Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,

And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.