Food and Farming Day for Primary School Children at the Hertfordshire Showground -

Organised by the Hertfordshire Agricultural Society who have been running the County Show for 136 years. The event targeted year 6 Primary School Children (10 & 11 yr olds) with one Harpenden school, Manland Primary in attendance alongside 1000+ pupils from Hertfordshire Primary Schools. 

The focus of the day was to promote the original ‘Field to Fork’ story. However, we aim to ‘flip’ the story and start with food and work backwards, showcasing all the different foods within the ‘Eat Well Plate’ of Fruit & Vegetables; Potatoes, Bread and other Carbohydrates; Beans, Fish, Meat and other Proteins; Dairy and alternatives and Oils.

All exhibits offered an interactive experience. 2 local foodies; (below) Theo Michaels (chef, TV presenter and award-winning author) and Katharine Tate AKA The Food Teacher (teacher, Registered Nutritional Therapist and award-winning author) were both involved in the day. Katharine explained, 'The day was fantastic talking with the pupils about where our food comes from. My session was supported by itsu so I talked about Asian food and climate differences around the world with seaweed, prawn cracker and rice cake food tastings, which the children loved. A memorable day for all the children."

In addition to the marquees there was machinery, livestock and various demonstrations. The school children and teachers moved around the various exhibits with additional stewards available who will have farming knowledge that could answer questions or give a more in-depth commentary on a certain area.

Next year the event will take place on Tuesday 2nd July for any local schools that might be interested.

Please see a link for Herts County Council




Harpenden Town Women moved back to the top of the table after this 7-3 win over their visitors Histon FC Ladies with both the Harps and Dussindale having the same number of points 37, plus the same goal difference of + 31 but the Harps have scored more goals 55 to 47. So it is all to play for now for the final few matches to go. 

Histon started the match on the front foot and Natasha Collins saw her well struck shot saved by a good stop by Sophie Harris who then did well to cut out a sweeping low cross from the left by Bella Ely whilst for the Harps saw Rebecca McShane have a good strike saved by Tilly Want after Sophia Amanor had set the chance up. Next for the hosts saw Jaime Curtain make a great run down the right wing whereupon saw her hit a superb ball into the middle only for Natalie Cloy and Sophia Amanor both fail to connect with the ball on the edge of the six yard box. For Histon saw Sophie Hopkin shoot narrowly wide but then out of the blue saw Harpenden take the lead when Natalie Cloy threaded the ball through for SOPHIA AMANOR to power her way through the back line whereupon she drilled the ball low past Tilly Want to make it 1-0 to the Harps. Erin Shacklock then should have made it 2-0 but in front of goal after receiving a great ball from Curtain saw her blast the ball over the crossbar.

Goal number two was not long in coming when Jaime Curtain cut out a goal kick by Tilly Want whereupon she squared the ball to Natalie Cloy and although her shot was blocked by Katie Levit, the ball then spun up in the air and in rushed SOPHIA AMANOR to head the ball into the back of the net from close range to make it 2-0. Histon quickly pulled a goal back when Natasha Collins crossed the ball for Bella ELY to sweep home from close range as the Harps defence switched off for a moment. The two goal parity was quickly restored when BELLE SHANNON played a quick one-two with Erin Shacklock before she unleashed a terrific shot from 25 yards over the head of the Histon keeper Tilly Want and into the back of the net to make it 3-1 at the break.

Early into the second half it became 4-1 when Rebecca McShane curled a corner kick in which saw the keeper spill the ball and it was then laid off back by Sophia Amanor to BELLE SHANNON who instantly struck a sweet low shot into the far corner for her second goal of the match. Four one soon became 

4-2 as Histon quickly hit back when Sophie HOPKIN cut out a backpass a whereupon she went around Sophia Harris with ease which left her with an easy tap in and then Histon nearly took the lead when Bella Ely saw her shot blocked by Harris and the loose ball went over the crossbar. Harpenden tried to hit back and Jaime Curtain went close with a low drive following a good pass by Jasmine Hughes but then the Harps scored their fifth goal and what a goal it was! Jaime Curtain made a superb run down the right wing (and with her father shouting in my ear) whereupon she sent over a superb cross into the box and there was JASMINE HUGHES racing into the ball to head the ball home from six yards to make the scoreline now 5-2. A minute later it then became 6-2 when Jaime Curtain again made a superb run down the right but this time she swept the ball low across the box for the super sub JASMINE HUGHES to again come racing in whereupon she swept the ball low past Tilly Want for her second goal of the match and also give the Harps Ladies a four goal lead.


Harpenden Town Women needed more goals now to improve their goal difference and another goal came when Lucie Kirby played the ball square to Belle Shannon who was screaming for it whereupon she unleashed another one of her long range specials which this time struck the top of the crossbar and spun back into play for the super sub JASMINE HUGHES again to come racing in and head the ball home to complete her hat-trick and make the scoreline now 7-2 to the Harps Ladies. Jasmine Hughes was into everything now and she had another low drive saved by Tilly Want whilst Lucie Kirby had a brilliant curling-cross-shot saved by Want who also did well to stop an effort from Iva Hrisimova plus another shot from Natalie Cloy. 

Erin Shacklock also joined in the attack as the home side went in search of more goals with her effort also being stopped by Tilly Want whilst Rebecca Dowdell headed just wide of the far post following a Rebecca McShane corner kick. Then the home side fell asleep as Kirsty Geal hit over a low ball into the box and Natasha COLLINS tuck the ball home from close range to make the score now 7-3. There was still one twist to come as following a Rebecca McShane corner kick saw the ball fall to Sophia Amanor whose rising shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounce down and was cleared off the line(or was it just over)  by Natasha Collins but the referee signalled a goal and all the Harps team ran back to the halfway line only for their linesman to signal for the referee's attention in which he said the ball did not cross the line and so in the end a goal was not awarded and so Sophia Amanor was denied her hat-trick(boo). So that was it, a 7-3 win which now puts them back on the top of the table. Well done Girls. Player of the match for the Harps Ladies of course it can only be super sub Jasmine Hughes.

The visitors voted Rebecca Dowdall as the Harps player of the match for all the tremendous work she puts in at the back(you can buy me a drink anytime Rebecca). For Histon FC Ladies saw Carla Penny have a superb game for the visitors.

Team: Harris, Warren, Shacklock, Hrisimova, Dowdall, Dinsey, McShane, Shannon, Amanor, Cloy, Curtain, Kirby, Ayres, Jones, Hughes(all played)

Report by Terry Edwards.


HARPENDEN TOWN WOMEN U23'S        3       GARSTON LADIES FC METS       2       HT 2-1.

Richard Nichols delivering the Chair’s statement

‘Time running out for finalising Local Plan’, says councillor

Without the submission, in an acceptable form of a local plan for St Albans City and District before the middle of next year, protection of key areas of the Green Belt against housing development might well be lost. The warning came from District and County Councillor Paul de Kort, addressing a public  meeting last week hosted by the Harpenden Society at the town’s Katherine Warington School.


Cllr de Kort pointed out that although a recent statement by Secretary of State Michael Gove had indicated a move away from mandatory to ‘advisory’ house building targets, it was clear that the requirement for SADC to sanction the building of just over 15,000 new homes between now and 2041, would not necessarily be eased. And, in answer to a question from the audience, he acknowledged that the outcome of the General Election later this year added a further element of uncertainty.

    Although the council was keen to make maximum use of so-called ‘brownfield’ sites in the District, surveys had shown that they could accommodate only around 900 dwellings.  It meant that land had therefore to be made available elsewhere for building about 11,000 more homes, which implied sacrificing Green Belt.  

    In an ARUP group survey commissioned last year by SADC, the practicality and extent of some Green Belt development applications was questioned. Cllr de Kort cited the L&G group’s wish to build around 550 homes on Green Belt land north of Bloomfield Road, Harpenden. It contrasted starkly with the figure of just 293 homes calculated by ARUP and influenced especially by the distance of the site from the town centre and consequent transport implications.

Paul de Kort commented: “Putting together a local plan is a complex activity for any local authority. The particular circumstances of St Albans District mutiply the challenge. I hope my presentation and responses to the audience's questions provided more clarity on the local context, the progress made to date and what remaining uncertainties there are to be resolved. Very recent ministerial statements appear to allow for greater consideration of specific local pressures and I welcomed that during the evening. It is something that we have been demanding for a long time."

A record breaking attendance of over 140 including many non members of the Harpenden Society were present filling the school hall for almost two hours. The full slide presentation can be seen on the Harpenden Society web site. www.harpendensociety.org


New Homes; New Plaza. New Multi Storey Car Park, wider entrance road; New Biking set up.

As seen at the EMC exhibition by Solum, in association with Network Rail and Kier Construction

There would be two residential blocks of 50 eco friendly apartments, ( some affordable) each with their own parking. These being on a ‘brownfield site’ so no loss of greenbelt.

A Station Plaza for passenger drop off and collection. Ticket machines.

A multi storey car park  for 450 vehicles, with some EV charge points

Dedicated, safer waking and cycling connection

Simplified vehicular access

Go to the Solum web site to give your views.



HARPENDEN TOWN WOMEN U23'S        3       GARSTON LADIES FC METS       2       HT 2-1.

The Harps Town Women U23's were the first Ladies team match to be played at home on Sunday with the kick-off being at 12pm whilst the other Women team kicked off at 2-30pm so those supporters who got down there early saw them get two for the price of one and Jay Leigh nearly got the Harps off to an early start when following a good run saw her shoot narrowly wide of the far post. For the visitors Katie Edmunds tried a long range shot which went just over the crossbar with Ella Heath just watching it sail over. Molly Johnson for the U23's had a fine go just wide following a good run down the left and then for the visitors Nicole ZERMANI latched onto a through ball and after going around Ella Heath in the Harps goal saw her then have an open goal to tuck the ball away to put the Garston Mets 1-0 up. Amy Holland who had just come on for the U23's shot narrowly wide and then the hots drew level when a long ball forward from Molly Johnson saw Jessica Leigh win the ball and she quickly laid it into the path of ROSE BOLCHAT who instantly hit the ball into the bottom right corner to make it all square at 1-1. Just before half time the Harps U23's took the lead when goalscorer Rose Bolchat turned provider this time with a neat inside pass to AMY HOLLAND who instantly chipped the ball over the advancing keeper's head to make it 2-1 to the hosts.

In the second with the match dominated by the strong swirling wind saw both both sides strike the woodwork with first Amy Holland hitting the ball over the keeper but alas it struck the crossbar and then came back out whilst at the other end a firmly struck free kick from Katie Edmunds hit the bar also with Ella Heath well beaten but luckily for the U23's the ball came back into play and was cleared away. 

On 75 minutes it became 3-1 when Emily McMillan laid the ball off to ROSE BOLCHAT whose low strike found the back of the net via the inside of the far post for her second goal of the match but it still was not all over as Garston Ladies Mets struck back when Nicole ZERMANI hit her second goal of the game late on to make the final score 3-2 to the Harps U23's, a good win for the Girls.

Squad: Heath, Wren, Keating, Leigh, Johnson, Barresi, Bates, McMillian, Kately, C. Howcutt, Bolchat, Holland, Inman, Caswell, H. Howcutt(all played). 

Terry Edwards.