JANUARY 2021    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.

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

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?

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Dec. 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.

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

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

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

A great success, says Teacher Kate Watson

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Dec. 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.

+ Cllr Julian Daly response

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Cancelled

Dec 1. Harpenden Building Society named as ‘Best Junior/Children’s Savings Provider’ at National Awards

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Dec. Harpenden’s new culture centre to be named after comedy legend...The Eric Morecambe Centre (EMC)... and is due to open by the late spring of next year.

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Dec. A NEW date  for Stay-in-your-car Treasure Hunt:

Sunday March 21 Organised by Rotary in Harpenden.

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A new concept in book reading from Harpenden publishing company NOEXIT      Learn more

New Year cake tastings from Zuckermaus Bakery.

Cream horn and chocolate cake.

When you want quality bread & cakes you can taste.

Click  for tasting notes

HARPENDEN HIGH STREET in LOCKDOWN.

NON ESSENTIAL SHOPS. HAIRDRESSERS AND BEAUTY ALL CLOSED.   CAFES. PUBS & RESTAURANTS

OFFERING TAKE AWAY SERVICE  ONLY.

Jan. Sales of new Book by Michael Weaver exceeding expectations. Launched to help raise funds for the Keech Hospice Care

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Dec 24. Harpenden Leisure Centre – launch postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. It will now open as soon as possible after the District is moved back to a lower tier.

Learn more

Follow infection rates from Government sources.

Click on the link below and source details of local areas in Harpenden.

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map

Jan 7. Can Harpenden Pharmacies be enlisted to help with the Covid Vaccination programme?

The Pharmaceutical Journal are confident that that UK Pharmacies could offer vaccinations if they followed Government procedures.


Graham Phillips the owner of Manor Pharmacy Group is also very positive. Read his comments & more here

Jan. Want to cycle your way to a healthier 2021? So where do you go?

The Bike Loft in Redbourn of course..

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Jan 15. Friends of Davenport House

COVID - 19  VACCINATIONS now at Harpenden Public Halls.   Details below.

Jan 11. PHARMACY OWNER GRAHAM PHILLIPS RESPONDS to comments on Harpenden’s social media about Pharmacies being used for Covid vaccinations. CLICK HERE

Jan. THE HUB is more than a “cafe” to Redbourn, its a “social” centre.

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Diabetes Treatment Plan wins national award for local pharmacist.

Graham Philips  was awarded the Chemist and Druggist Health Initiative of the Year 2020 for his work on ProLongevity.

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Jan 14. Not all Harpenden families have enough computers to help their children learn at home. Can you help support them?

A Harpenden based childcare provider has launched a initiative called Share2Learn.

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Jan 18. If you love gardening, why not join the Harpenden Gardening Society?

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Jan 18. Have your say on Luton Airport flight path changes that could be introduced in 2022.

Less noise or more noise.

Learn more & how to respond.

Jan 19. Harpenden Health Primary Care Network (HHPCN) COVID NEWS UPDATE & FAQ’s to help you.

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Jan 20. Is monochrome for you?    From sweatshirts to blazers and super stretch soft jeans…….then its at OUI. Buy online..

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Jan 20. Something to set your pulses racing and it’s not Covid.  

Its the new novel

‘EVIL IMPULSE’ from Leigh Russell.

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JAN 21. LUTON AIRPORT EXPANSION Opposition Groups gather momentum. FULL BACKGROUND

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