Events              WINTER 2019



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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.

A classical concert to remember with internationally acclaimed cellist solist  Guy Johnston, which raised money for AT on Saturday Jan 12 at  

St Nicholas Church, Harpenden.

Above: Guy Johnston and the orchestra receiving well deserved applause from the audience

St Nicholas Church in Harpenden was the venue for a very special concert on Saturday 12th January by the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra. Featuring Harpenden born and internationally acclaimed cellist solist  Guy Johnston, the concert was organised by the A-T Society, a charity founded in Harpenden by a local family 30 years ago.  This uplifting  concert made the perfect start to their 30th anniversary year and Guy Johnston was delighted to give a rare performance in his home town to help raise funds for a local charity that helps people live well with A-T across the UK and funds research projects to find new treatment and ultimately a cure.


Ataxia Telangiectasia or A-T is a devastating, rare genetic condition that is both degenerative and life limiting.  If you would like to add your support to the A-T Society and help make their 30th year one to remember contact . Information about their vital work can be found on their website  

The Soloist

Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation. He achieved important early successes through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhemina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall. His mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and David Waterman.

Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra 

Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra is one of Hertfordshire’s premiere music ensembles, conducted by James Murray. The orchestra, made up of highly talented amateur musicians from Hertfordshire and nearby counties, has worked with many conductors and soloists, who have gone on to major careers. It has played concerts across Europe and in the Middle East.



Myaskovsky:    Serenade Op. 32/1

Tchaikovsky:    Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.

R. Strauss:        ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ Overture and Dance Scene

Mozart:              Symphony No. 40 (G minor)

A-T Society, Rothamsted, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

Registered Charity No: 1105528

+44 (0) 1582 760733


Building society colleagues in St Albans and Harpenden will this year invest time in, and help raise money for, a project that helps local young homeless people.

Staff from The Nottingham’s branches in the towns recently met representatives from Herts Young Homeless to pledge their continued support for the charity in 2019 and discuss fundraising and volunteering opportunities.

To get the support up and running, St Albans branch manager Vickie Hobbs presented a cheque for £100 to the charity’s Alison Wildey.

Vickie said: “Supporting charities that seek to combat homelessness in our community is important to us at The Nottingham and we have events planned both here and in Harpenden this year to continue raising funds for Herts Young Homeless. It is a pleasure to be working with such a great charity and helping give young people in the area a better start in life.”

Alison added: “We'd like to thank The Nottingham for pledging their support to our charity. We rely heavily on the support of the community so its fundraising efforts are hugely appreciated and very welcome.”

For more information about Herts Young Homeless visit

Photo below: The Nottingham’s Vickie Hobbs (left) presents £100 to HYH’s Alison Wildey

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This Easter, click your heels, clap your hands and enjoy an eggciting journey Over the Rainbow as we’re off to see… The Wizard of Oz at the Harpenden Public Halls.


Shone Productions Ltdpresents its eggstra special Easter pantomime, The Wizard of Oz, at the Harpenden Public Halls on Wednesday 10thApril 2019.


Starring Children’s TV Favourite Barney Harwoodas Scarecrow and Emmerdale’s Mia Macey & Britannia High’s Sapphire Elia as Dorothy. This magical pantomime features a delicious blend of beautiful scenery, colourful costumes, a live band, dazzling dance routines, great songs and plenty of laughter.


Follow Dorothy and her adorable four-legged-friend Toto down the Yellow Brick Road to the Merry Old Land of Oz. During their travels, they meet some lovely friends including the scarecrow, tin man and the cowardly lion who needs some courage. The four new friends are on a quest to meet the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, which won’t be easy, as the Wicked Witch of the West is determined to stop them by any means necessary….


Producer, James Shone, revealed: “I am so excited to be bringing The Wizard of Oz to Harpenden as part of my Easter tour, it's a brilliant production and we have such a strong cast to deliver this up-to-date pantomime version of the classic story. There is something for the whole family and I know that everyone will have an enjoyable time”

Barney Harwood, Said:I can’t wait to bring this beautiful story to the stage causing plenty of mayhem along the way – and there will also be opportunities to meet myself and the whole cast after the show.


Sapphire Elia, Said:I’m thrilled to be playing Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, I’ve always wanted to play this part so I’m very excited about brining the magic and wonder of our show to everyone”


So bring your little munchkins to this spellbinding panto this Easter


Book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are on sale at 01582 767525 or visit




Harpenden Public Halls AL5 1TE 

Wednesday 10thApril 2019 – 2:30pm & 6pm

Tickets: Adults: £16.50, Children & Concessions: £14.50, Family Ticket: £58.00