NOVEMBER 2020    Click here for GDPR statement

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









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

Click here to learn more.

March 30. THIS PROJECT PUT ON HOLD BY SADC


March 4. SADC vote 29 v 27 to buy

Harpenden Estate at a Council

meeting on Feb 26. This could cost

over £18 million+.


Background info:

* Funding will be borrowed on a 50 year mortgage

* 80% of income return will be paid to service debt repayment.

* The investment will yield a 0.05% return over the 50 year mortgage

* The advisor to SADC will ‘earn’ a £six figure fee

* Property experts in Harpenden have said it is ill advised and too risky

* The SADC Estates Manager has resigned

* The commercial reality of High Street retailing appears to have been ignored...record closures of big name brands and the growing strength of internet shopping.

Council Leader Chris White (Lib Dem) says it is a good investment providing security for the retailers and apartment owners above the shops, retaining a healthy High Street AND generating ongoing income from rents.


Learn more here in a press release from the Conservative Group at St Albans and District Council

March 2. New member for The Harpenden Society.

Bim Afolami MP confirmed his membership of the Society on Feb 27 at the Public Meeting at Harpenden Public Halls.

Learn more


April 9. No place for a Care Home in Harpenden. An application by Porthaven Care Homes Group to build a new Care Home in Coldharbour Lane has been rejected by local Councillors. Despite providing 60 full time jobs and 40 part time it was deemed a non commercial development in what is a commercial area in the Neighbourhood Plan.

(right. A typical Porthaven Home)

Demand for Care Home places

locally can only be met if they are

granted permission on sites like this.

Alternatively people will have to

travel some distance to locations

away from Harpenden. Expect an

appeal.

April 9. Downsizing options or

equity release to make life easier.

So, if you don’t want to downsize

but would like to get an extra income

in later life to fully enjoy retirement or

to pass on money to your children,

what can you do?

Learn more.

April 20. Harpenden based charity, Jumbulance, helps with the South East Coast Ambulance service as part of its Covid-19 response.

SECAmb has commissioned the charity to provide a Jumbulance vehicle which  has been adapted further to meet its specification to assist SECAmb with multiple patient transfers between hospitals.

Learn more

Nov. What can we learn about Covid 19 from past pandemics.

Author of Cholera: The Victorian Plague, Amanda Thomas speaks out.

Learn more

May 27. If you love the Olympics then you will find this new book

‘OLYMPIC STADIA THEATRES OF DREAMS’ an insightful read.

Written by local author Geraint John and Dave Parker.

Learn more

July. NEW PRESIDENT FOR HARPENDEN VILLAGE ROTARY CLUB. John Murray is the new president of Harpenden Village Rotary Club. He has lived in Harpenden since 2001 when, after a career including spells in the oil industry and running his own business, he was appointed chief executive of the Society of Maritime Industries.

Learn more

Lyndhurst Financial Management Announces Carbon Neutral Plan

Lyndhurst Financial Management Ltd was founded in 1992 advises on over £450 million of client investments and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority www.lyndhurstfm.co.uk

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If you know someone with debt problems in Harpenden help is at hand. Harpenden Money Advice Centre is a charity providing confidential, non-judgemental and impartial debt and budgeting advice.

Learn more

July. LOCAL PLAN SHOCKS FOR HARPENDEN

SADC have now cancelled the development of a Garden Village on Radlett’s former Park Street Aerodrome, leaving the way open for a massive Rail Freight development and new locations in the district for the 1,600 homes that would have been built there.

MORE RAIL CHAOS AND MORE GREEN BELT LOST

Learn more

Nov. Theo Michaels. During lockdown me and the kids hosted a live cookalong three times a week, every week for 3 months doing a total of 36 live shows!

By popular demand I’ve finally produced The Kids Lockdown Cookbook! It features every recipe from our cookalongs and has links to the recorded live shows for every recipe in case you want to ‘cookalong’ again!

Grab your copy of The Kids Lockdown Cookbook – click here!

Aug. Face Coverings will be mandatory in enclosed public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices.

They must also be worn when buying takeaway food and drink, although they can be removed in a seating area.

Those who break the rules could face a fine of up to £100.

August. New Survey in May shows the Nickey Line continues to be extremely

popular with Harpenden residents.

Learn more

Calling all jigsaw lovers!

Harpenden will hold its first ever Jigsaw Festival on 4 & 5 June 2021 at High Street Methodist Church. Organised by volunteers from two Harpenden churches. At this stage, in order to make the event a success, the organisers are looking for the community to get involved with any of the following tasks:-

· Assembling your own puzzles and donating them.· Donating unmade complete puzzles for others to assemble, and Making up jigsaws donated by others. Learn more

Nov. How would you like a professional Video to help boost your business?

And have it produced locally at a price you can afford.

KOMO Promo Videos in St Albans will look after all your needs.

Learn more

August. Clean, Clean and Green. No it’s not a new detergent. It’s a major statement of intent from our MP Bim Afolami about improving the environment in Harpenden.

Learn more


Nov. NEW SYSTEM IN OPERATION AT HARPENDEN LIBRARY DURING LOCKDOWN for Book borrowing and Computer use.


Learn more

Sept 7. Flexible rail ticket options needed for Harpenden commuters returning to work in London. Harpenden M.P. Bim Afolami suggests 3 day season tickets to Grant Shapps, the Government Secretary of State for Transport.

See Bim’s letter here.

Sept 14. Cycle routes funding loss in Harpenden and surrounding areas leaves Cllr Annie Brewster devastated.

Learn more

Children really engaged with Harpenden Academy’s Young Chef’s project 2020.

A great success, says Teacher Kate Watson

Learn more

Sept 16. Hearing aid batteries now available again at Harpenden Red House AKA Harpenden Memorial Hospital. NEWS from West Herts Hospital Trust who have stocked up all 3 types of batteries with Simon Jahan, who is the new supervisor.

OCT. Planting trees for a better future via a new Lyndhurst FM carbon offset ISA.

Learn more

BIM  AFOLAMI MP

exclusive Interview with Harpendia.

Oct 2020


Read in full here

Nov. How to get your Autumn Garden in shape now and plan for a glorious Spring.

Advice from Renata Rybczyk Savage


Learn more

Nov. Coming to a Road near you soon...GAS PIPES being replaced in Harpenden and across the country in the next 26 years.

A giant Hoover helps...but it makes a heck of a noise!

Learn more

Nov. Inappropriate development  planned for the Southdown Industrial Estate following removal of well known names like Artscape and The Big Space.

Learn more

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Nov. The Harpenden Hopper is still in service during Lockdown.

Learn more.

Nov 6. Important News from 1Life regarding payments on Fitness, Golf and Swim Memberships following Lockdown.


Learn more

Nov. Roundwood Park student ( Maisy Smith)

selected as one of UK’s next generation of social entrepreneurs by Peter Jones Foundation and Pearson.

Learn more

Lifeguards – Harpenden Leisure Centre

Full time and casual jobs

We are offering training so people will be able to  become qualified free of charge. This is an opportunity to play a vital part in the success of the new Harpenden Leisure Centre.

Learn more

Christmas Lights transform the Town centre.


Switched on Nov 12.

Nov 13. Just opened at Southdown Shops for TakeAway service only.

Welcome to the Goode Kitchen. Run by two born and bred Harpendenians - Lianne & Rowan. Goode Food, Goode Cocktails and Goode Vibes.

Full review after Lockdown

‘PETER PAN’ 

Live entertainment for all the family.
December 11th 2020 – January 3rd 2021

At the Alban Arena in  safe, socially distanced live performances.

Learn more and How to book

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NOV 22. LOCAL PLAN WITHDRAWN BY SADC. They will now start afresh on a new LP that will focus more on climate change and sustainability.


The North West Harpenden development by Legal & General is included in the withdrawal.


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Cancelled