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Uber now in Harpenden.

Taxi prices are now affordable!

Click here for details.

http://uber-rates-harpenden-hertfordshire-uk.uber-fare-estimator.com


A SAFE CYCLE TRACK FROM HARPENDEN CENTRE TO SOUTHDOWN on the edge of the Common.


Just one of the ideas to solve Harpenden’s congestion problems from speakers and residents at The Harpenden Society public meeting at Park Hall.









Click here to see the route and be ready to request it in the Neighbourhood Plan.

HOW TO MAKE HARPENDEN ROADS SAFER

for children. pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.











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Harpenden’s new Cultural Centre in the park will have:

  1. New Auditorium with 511 seats
    • Two Multi-use function rooms - total 270m2
    • Entrance at first floor level with views to the park
    • Bar / Cafe facilities at first floor area to maximise views • New accessible entrance
    • Accessible stage area
    • Increased Bar capacity
    •Green room and ancillary performance areas









“With the additional changes Harpenden will have a fabulous Cultural Centre offering musical, theatrical, cinematic and artistic

events of the highest standard.”

Glenn Povey

General Manager | Harpenden Public Halls

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Leading Economist says ‘The green belt should be preserved and treated as a key part of the country’s natural capital 'asset register'.









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Rothamsted scientists report: Scientific opinion divided on the feasibility of the “4 per 1000” goal to sequester carbon in soil and slow climate change.










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                                    MAY. 2018    Click here for GDPR statement

Emergency lifesaving facility is now available to the people of Harpenden 24 hours a day thanks to the Defibrillator from the Rotary Foundation now installed at The Harpenden Trust Hall in Southdown.













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Want to know more about rights of way for cyclists??

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Did you know that pests, pathogens and weeds destroy nearly a third of crops grown worldwide?











Government’s new flagship fund for industrial development invests circe £6.3 million at Rothamsted Research to provide smart protection for the world’s agricultural crops.


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Listen to news and music from Harpenden’s own Radio Station. Nickey Radio.

http://nickeyradio.co.uk/index.html

Genetic modification of plants will be essential to avert future food shortages.












The team, from Rothamsted Research in the UK and from Syngenta Crop Science and Symmetry Bioanalytics in the US are working to develop new strategies.

Click here to learn more.

Harpenden residents love reading the latest news on the Harpendia web site.

During JANUARY - APRIL 2018 there were 9.631

site visits

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE

4 ‘C’s of Diamonds are?

You need to know before you buy any ring with diamonds.

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Can the 948 Sports Foundation help Harpenden schools. associations, clubs and individuals?













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DID YOU KNOW THAT OVER 50% OF HOUSE BUYERS IN HARPENDEN COME VIA LONDON!














With demand like that it’s no wonder house prices here are so high.

Harpenden primary schools make it into the Sunday Times SCHOOLS OF THE YEAR.

STATE PRIMARY:

NO 31 Roundwood Primary

NO 157 Crabtree Junior

INDEPENDENT PREPARATORY

NO 71 The King’s School


FIND OUT MORE at the Sunday Times/parentpower

Crime Pays

No Exit Press authors Leigh Russell, Nick Triplow,

Howard Linskey and J. Paul Henderson reveal the secret.

CLICK HERE TO READ WHY

Emilio’s tasty Mediterranean food now on sale by the Library. Treat yourself Thursday - Sunday.

ALL THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT HARPENDEN, UPDATED DAILY.

Ron Taylor. Editor

How to enjoy your gardening even more!

Attend one of the HARPENDEN GARDENING SOCIETY events. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2018 Programme

Jan . BIM AFOLAMI MP HOLDS DEBATE ON LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION IN PARLIAMENT and ACHIEVES SOME SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES.















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Jan 19. EDUCATIONAL WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES IN HARPENDEN WILL INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION THANKS TO TESCO











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“Common sense wasn’t very common when parents were given false hope before the Planning Application.”

Ron Taylor. Editor

“You only have to read the conditions required pre building to see it was never going to open on time.”


March 15. Sec of State confirms The Katherine Warington School can proceed.


Leader of Herts Count Council David Williams said:

I’m writing to advise you that planning consent for the new school has been granted. As this was an application for land in the Metropolitan Green Belt, it was referred to the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Under the powers available to him, he decided not to call it in


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND COMMENTS

PLUS THE LIST OF CONDITIONS REQUIRED PRE BUILDING.

Plenty of Green Spaces in Harpenden?

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Air Pollution in Harpenden & the world explained...by

Professor Ranjeet Sokhi

at The Harpenden Society meeting on Feb 8.















HOW CAN YOU HELP KEEP CLEAN AIR?

Click here for full report

THE FUTURE OF HARPENDEN IS IN YOUR HANDS,

‘HAVE YOUR SAY’

Now closed

Cut back the plastic on your veg and fruit at READS in Harpenden and now in Southdown.

Feb 28. Harpenden’s new leisure and cultural hubs to become a reality.

St Albans City and District Council has submitted a planning application for a new £18.8m leisure and cultural development to serve Harpenden and the surrounding area.

  1. 1.The Council wants to transform Harpenden Swimming Pool into a leisure centre for various sports. 

  2. 2.The Sports centre into a modern arts and cultural centre.


Scheduled to open Oct 2020 -subject to planning OK.


Click here to read the full details


FEB 28.‘HAVE YOUR SAY’  RESPONSES ON LINE TOTALLED 2,406

Farming's brighter future from Environment Secretary Michael Gove  with support from Rothamsted Research, via their grazing systems for livestock production and experiments to explore crop rotation.















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What can halt ‘Climate Change’?

Long-term field experiments at Rothamsted Research, dating back as far as 1843, prove that modern carbon emissions cannot be locked in the ground to halt global warming.

BUT Removing land from agriculture led to large rates of soil carbon increase in the Rothamsted experiments but doing this over large areas would be highly damaging to global food security, record the researchers.

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STOP ARTSCAPE FROM CLOSURE on the Southdown Industrial Estate.






Harpenden Town Council to the rescue.

CLICK HERE TO READ THEIR RESPONSE

MAY.

REMAIN OR BREXIT

THE BIG ISSUES STILL TO BE ANSWERED.

MAY 3. Stephen Dorrell

Chair of the European Movement UK comments:

The hysterical response of the Brexiteers every time Parliament asks a difficult question is telling evidence of the weakness of their position.

A new service from Harpendia.

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MARCH 25.

SHOCK NEWS

NEW SCHOOL OPENING CANCELLED UNTIL

SEPT 2019

READ IN DEPTH ARTICLES ABOUT HARPENDEN NOW BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

CONTENT

News update - page 2... Southdown Pharmacy - page 3... Jewellery M.O.T. - page 4...Rothamsted event days - Page 5... Brayleys - page 6... Harpenden Tutors - page 7...Harpenden’s High St - pages 8 & 9... Delays to new Secondary School - page 10... Professional financial advice for women - page 11... Reducing the use of plastic - page 12... Hedgehog sanctuary - page 13... April Showers - pages 14 & 15... Oral Care from Wayside - pages 16 & 17... A New Artist - page 18... New  Homes - page 19... Holiday in Italy -pages 20 & 21...Increased car park charges and business rates - Page 22

OR IN PAGE TURNING FORMAT

CLICK HERE: https://issuu.com/exxy/docs/harpendia_spring_master_2018_pdf

Loss of funding for Community Meeting Point

Community Meeting Point (CMP) is facing an uncertain future following the withdrawal of local authority funding, its main source of income.














CMP is Harpenden’s local mental health day centre, offering support for adults whose lives have been affected by mental illness.

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Why is the weather so bad this Spring?












The Gulf Stream activity (the flow of Atlantic sea water that normally warms our coasts) is having an effect shown by new research (published April 11) led by University College London (UCL) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).


LEARN MORE HERE

Harpenden Health and Wellbeing Centre ‘ready for use’ by late 2020, says project team.









An audience of over 150 of the town’s residents, at a meeting convened by The Harpenden Society in conjunction with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust at Rothamsted Research’s Fowden Hall on April 19 heard that a planning application for the new centre and an adjacent housing development is on track to be submitted to St Albans District Council in a few weeks.

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Would you like to benefit from joining The Harpenden Society AND help to make the town better?












As a new member you can help us and help yourself to some fabulous offers.

CLICK HERE TO SEE DETAILS

AN ALMOST EMPTY CAR PARK IN HARPENDEN!

SHOCK NEWS AS PARKING PRICES ROCKET.

Now £10.90 for five hours.

April 26.

Progress being made on the construction of the 3G all weather pitch at Roundwood Park school.

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April 26. BREXIT support from another reader, “The issue has been  decided. Many people who have never voted in any election in their lives turned out to vote leave.”


Read Mr Philpotts full comments here.

April 27.The Citizens Advice Bureau are operating again in Harpenden. They are working out of offices at the High Street Methodist Church on Monday and Thursday mornings 10am-1pm. The CAB offers free, confidential advice and help on a huge range of issues including benefits, employment, housing and debt. Make use of it and tell your friends and neighbours.

New pressure group set up to resolve Rail commuter issues into London. ‘Harpenden Thameslink Commuters’ NEW TIMETABLE FROM MAY 20.

April 26. Cllr Mary Maynard secures Town Council approval to get external legal advice from a QC on whether due process was followed in changing the timetables in Harpenden.









CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CUTS

NEW DART RAIL SYSTEM to improve transport connections to London Luton Airport from Luton Airport Parkway train station is being constructed now.

READ the details here

MAY 4.

BOOST FOR LOCAL ECONOMY

WIZZ AIR TO SET UP THEIR HEAD OFFICE AT LUTON AIRPORT.

300 NEW JOBS TO BE CREATED.

From the best-selling author of The Geraldine Steel series comes The Adulterer's Wife. A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of domestic noir.
















Julie is devastated to learn that her husband, Paul, is having an affair. It seems her life can’t get any worse - until she comes home to find his dead body in their bed. 

A new stand alone book by

Leigh Russell

Now open on the Harpenden High Street...a new ‘flash’ bar and restaurant- Barbarello.

MAY 16. Past and present honoured at opening

of apartments.

Two low-rise blocks of 48 studio flats and communal facilities earn an award, honour achievement and offer crucial support for the science campus of Rothamsted Research.










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HERTS VISUAL ARTS CELEBRATES WITH A BIG ART FAIR July 14 and 15.

Herts Visual Arts (HVA) is back with their Big Art Fair for a second year during the ever-popular Hitchin Festival. 

Run by and for HVA members: artists and designer-makers from across Hertfordshire will display their work at the newly refurbished Hitchin Town Hall Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th.  Open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday, a number of exhibitors will be at the Fair during the weekend, offering unique opportunities to meet the artists themselves.

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IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!

A favourite sound bite from politicians in election mode BUT so relevant to the standard of life for Harpenden.


Southdown Industrial Estate is home to many established businesses in Harpenden and designated to retain its commercial status in Harpenden’s Neighbourhood Plan.


The landlords for several industrial units inc Artscape  want to change things and convert these units for housing.


MAINROCK Furniture and Interiors are one of the key businesses there.

Read what they think here.

Early May top selling books in Harpenden from WHSmith

HARDBACKS

1.Dead if you Don’t by Peter James

2.Tom Gates; Biscuits, Bands and Very Big by Liz Pichon

3.Arnhem. The Battle for the Bridges 1944 by Antony Beevor

4.On Leopard Rock by Wilbur Smith

5 Ingredients. Quick and Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

PAPERBACKS

1.Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

2.Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

3.Haunted by James Patterson

4.This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

5.The Tiger’s Prey by Wilbur Smith


CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE TOP SELLERS

Airport expansion plans come under fire at a public meeting (May 17) convened by The Harpenden Society.

Vehement disparagement of the proposal to more than double London Luton Airport’s passenger handling capacity and number of flights was directed last week at three airport executives by local Hertfordshire residents.

FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW

The World Cup starts on June 14.

Catch up with books from WHSmith in Harpenden.

AND keep your kids involved by collecting Panini stickers.

SEE MORE HERE

This summer, Harpenden will host its first festival celebrating the creative arts.

June 21 -24.

Click here for details

Human health and food security under threat from resistance to antifungal drugs.

In much the same way that antibiotic resistance is gaining ground in medicine.











Read how Rothamsted scientists are working on the the problem.