Events              Summer  2018



Herts Open Studios 2018 will run for 3 weeks from 8th- 30th September 2018 inclusive. This popular annual event connects art-lovers and artists and is even bigger this year, with 150 artists are taking part at almost 70 solo and group venues across the County. As always, visitors will be able to enjoy a rich mix of free-to-enter experiences including personal studios, live demonstrations, exhibitions and more. Hosted by Herts Visual Arts and established almost 30 years ago, it’s a unique opportunity for inspiration and discovery - a popular fixture of Hertfordshire’s annual art calendar.

What can Open Studios visitors expect? Our artists, artisans and designer-makers across Hertfordshire offer enormous choice and opportunities. With painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass, photography, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, a blacksmith and more in the 2018 #HertsOpenStudios mix, visitors will be able to plan amazing personal art trails. Our artists are ready to show, demonstrate or talk about their work, or just allow quiet browsing if preferred. Regardless, a warm welcome is assured at every venue.

This year’s sought-after Open Studios brochure is again in the new A5 format that proved so popular last year. An amazing mine of reference information about individual artists and venues, venues and opening hours, including demonstrations, refreshments and accessibility information. Widely available at public locations across the county as well as from participating Open Studios Artists, the brochure is also available on-line via the Herts Visual Arts web site. To help plan visits and personal trails, there’s also a central at-a-glance mini-guide listing all venues, dates and art forms.

“Last year’s new-look brochure proved very popular and this year we have even more artists taking part” said Herts Visual Arts Chair, Hillary Taylor, who continued “Open Studios is always an fantastic opportunity for inspirational connections between artists and visitors. How often can you be sure of a chance to talk to an artist about their work, watch work in progress or perhaps even have a go yourself?  Whatever your interests, there’s bound to be somewhere local to visit, from individual studios to larger mixed groups.  Welcome to Open Studios 2018 - what’s not to like?”

Harpenden Musical Theatre Company 


Harpenden Public Halls. 9-13 October 2018

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young,orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for love.

When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes.

Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic.

Tickets from £15 available from or Harpenden Public Halls

Enjoy and learn all about Herts Community Health Services on Thursday Sept 27 at Rothamsted Conference Centre. 2-4pm

The agenda for the AGM includes:


·         Formal AGM including HCT film highlighting achievements


·         Market place to showcase HCT services


·         Interactive workshops to promote health and wellbeing with the focus on self-management. 


 AND a great line up of workshops including nutrition and dietetics,  falls prevention and medicines management  to name a few.

To book a place email or

phone 01707 388160


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.

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