News Round Up  2022


Harpenden population 32,500+

Harpenden’s 3 GP Surgeries registered patients = 43,274.

What’s going on??

A chance visit to the NHS Choices web site on May 6 revealed the following registered patient numbers:

Village Surgery = 15,983

The Elms = 14,749

Davenport House = 12,542

SO if the numbers are accurate where do all these people live? (Redbourn and Wheathampsted have their own surgeries.

OR are the numbers duplicated OR are they simply out of date?

WELL, on average GP Surgeries are funded at £136 per patient so the numbers generate high income.

THE average number of patient visits per year is 7 giving a cost per visit of £19.42.

YES it’s obvious that very young patients and elderly patients have more than the average number of visits.

These figures do not cover the prescription costs.

AND YES we know averages disguise the actual numbers BUT something is amiss?

WITH more and more homes bing built in Harpenden how will GP Surgeries cope with this  influx?

More to come on this story.

    Scroll down to read all the exciting editorials below

Helping today’s students to

be better leaders and

navigate tomorrow’s


TEDxYouth brought together 3  industry

professionals and 3 student speakers ably

managed by Roundwood Park School

student Alastair Holmes on Friday March 12

at a webinar attended by 250 guests.

All 6 speakers delivered their views followed by a series of Q&A’s.

TECHNICALLY the event was a joy to watch. Speaker images and audio were clear and concise with everyone adhering to their allotted times.

CONTENT was all highly relevant with key issues explained and delivered with proposals leading to improved policies that were being enacted now to protect the future OR could be implemented without too much delay.

ORGANISATION was impressive in bringing the event together and managing it during the afternoon.


First to speak was Nick Beighton CEO of ASOS

He joined ASOS as CFO in 2009, since when ASOS has grown successfully into one of the leading fashion retailers, trading in almost every country in the world. Nick, now CEO  is passionate about sustainability, championing a shift in the fashion industry to address key ethical trade and working to overcome the hurdles that improving sustainability poses to 21st Century businesses. Key issues from Nick were: “we don’t do fast fashion, we do fashion fast...we look after all staff, worldwide...85% of our cotton is grown sustainably...we aim to be carbon neutral in 10 years...the High Street has a future 50/50 with online.”

Elizabeth Slater was next. Elizabeth is a Year 13 student at St George’s School, where she is Deputy Head Girl.

She is currently studying English Literature, Geography and Politics, and will be doing her talk on sustainability. This is a topic which has been growing in importance in recent years and has been pushed to the forefront of the business and political agenda. She has enjoyed bringing in her studies to give a new perspective of this important topic, as well as linking it to ways in which young people can make a difference, to herald in a new era of sustainable business. Key issues from Elizabeth were: “we need to know how clothes are made...what are they made from and are they sustainable...too much goes to landfill...Influencers give bad impressions.”

Craig Bennett CEO of The Wildlife Trusts followed.

Craig started as CEO of The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020, with the ambition of putting a third of the UK’s land and sea into nature recovery by 2030. He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners”, by The Guardian as “the very model of a modern eco-general” and has been listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs”. Craig was previously CEO of Friends of the Earth where he worked to empower communities to take action to tackle the climate and ecological crisis. He also has vast experience contributing to leadership programmes at numerous universities and business schools like the London Business School. He is an Honorary Professor of Sustainability and Innovation at Alliance Manchester Business School and has earnt an Honorary Doctoral degree from University College of Estate Management. Key issues from Craig were: “we need to stop burning fossil fuels...get Nature working again...reverse declines by thinking global but acting local...make your garden a wild life haven...introduce a legal framework to protect Nature and sustainability.”

Emma Carney was next. Emma is a Year 12 student at Roundwood Park School. and She is currently studying biology, economics, and psychology. She will be giving a talk on environmental protection, a subject into to which she has enjoyed bringing in her studies of economics, to help give her a broader understanding of the subject at large. She has experience in public speaking through her success in the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition, where she got to the Regional Final, and furthermore aims to utilise this talk to help her pursue standing up for those who do not have a voice, especially through human rights. Key issues from Emma were: “a lack of action to protect Brazil’s rain forest...stop deforestation and cattle ranching...protect the Amazon and it’s with Brazil.”

The penultimate speaker was Bim Afolami MP. He was first elected to the Harpenden and Hitchin constituency as a Conservative MP during the 2017 election, being re-elected in 2019. Prior to this he had a successful career as an Executive at HSBC and as a Lawyer in the City. In his time in Parliament, he has championed a number of local causes such as protecting the Green Belt and helping local businesses. His interest in his topic of Pathways into Work has been sparked by a desire to give back to his country, and help others have the same opportunities as he has had. Key issues from Bim were: “ historic ways of doing work are changing, actions but no global are being automated in all sectors...AI and skills are now essential, NOT an option.”

Last on screen was Elizabeth Bratton. She is in year 13 at Sir John Lawes School, where she studies French, German, and English Literature. Next year, she hopes to study German and Arabic at university. Elizabeth is ultimately striving to become a journalist with an especial focus on human rights; she runs her own news site with more than 40 writers from across the globe, and aims to make current affairs more accessible to young people. She is passionate about equality of opportunity, and advocates for a world where diversity of talent and skill are embraced. Key Issues from Elizabeth were: more independent thinking on career pathways in the Arts for future employment...avoid be driven by parent’s expectations...don’t conform be creative...source fun and enticing subjects to follow...don’t be overwhelmed by pressure to succeed.”

Event organiser Alastair Holmes

Alastair is in the Sixth Form at Roundwood Park School, where he studies A Levels in History, Politics and Economics. He enjoys public speaking and has won debating competitions at the House of Commons. Alastair is a keen follower of politics and current affairs – he wanted to organise a TEDxYouth event in Harpenden to give more young people the opportunity to speak and also to bring experienced professionals to Harpenden to share their views on topics which are important to young people.



Nick Beighton

Elizabeth Slater

Craig Bennett

Emma Carney

Elizabeth Bratton

Bim Afolami MP.

Alastair Holmes

Feb. 2022.

New Garden Town planned close to Harpenden

A massive project described in detail in ‘A Spatial Vision’

Hemel Garden Communities (HGC) is an ambitious development programme that will transform Hemel Hempstead and create attractive and sustainable new neighbourhoods and communities to the north and east of Hemel Hempstead, through the delivery of more than 11,000 new homes ( That will be 30,000 + people) and 10,000 new jobs by 2050. Many of these jobs will be in Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter, a new business park with a range of facilities including flexible office and industrial spaces, and a variety of amenities to serve the local community.

The whole project will be part of a Dacorum Borough Council scheme on land within their boundary. providing a variety of benefits to Hemel Hempstead.

These include new high-quality homes, of which 40 per cent will be affordable. New neighbourhoods will be set around vibrant local centres, green spaces and play areas, all easily accessed on foot. Sustainable travel such as walking, cycling and public transport will be given priority as we target a greener, healthier environment, which includes open spaces as well as new country and district parks.

A priority for Hemel Garden Communities is to accelerate a shift to public and active transport and increase the share of journeys taken by cycling and walking, and providing high quality infrastructure to support the creation of new homes and jobs.

HGC partners – Dacorum Borough Council, St Albans City and District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - are working with The Crown Estate and other landowners to deliver the HGC programme.

Phillipa Zieba (right) has been appointed to the role

of Programme Director.  Phillipa brings with her a

wealth of experience, from her previous role as

Head of Planning at Hammerson, with a strong

track record of delivering masterplans and a range

of high profile mixed-use projects. Cllr Chris White,

Chair of the HGC Delivery Board (also Council

leader of SADC)

said: “I am delighted that we have recruited someone of Phillipa’s calibre to the role of programme director and welcome her to the team.

ONE KEY CHALLENGE (of which there are many)

Although Hemel’s neighbourhoods will be used as model for growing and regenerating the town, certain aspects of them will need to be significantly modified to meet twenty-first century challenges. The challenges to be met are tackling car dependency, responding to large portions of the housing stock aging at the same time, and diversifying local centres. Development of new neighbourhoods will also need to ensure that places and communities are integrated with each other and with established neighbourhoods.

Read ‘A Spatial Vision’ and you will be amazed at the detailed progamme already devised. The Spatial Vision is a high-level document that provides a series of aspirations for the future of HGC.

  Hemel Garden Communities Spatial Vision (PDF 11MB).


How will this affect Harpenden?

How will this affect SADC’s Local Plan?

Follow Harpendia for answers

Could you change lives locally?

Rennie Grove is recruiting to its Supporting Hands scheme, a volunteer-led service providing companionship, respite and practical help for patients and families in their own homes.


Supporting Hands volunteers are trained and supported by the charity to offer between two and four hours’ support each week. Rennie Grove matches each volunteer to a family and arranges a block of six visits. Volunteers might help with anything from light housework to dog walking, collecting prescriptions or simply having a chat or a game of cards with a patient while their carer pops to the shops or catches up on sleep.

Alison Raynor, Supporting Hands Coordinator, explains: “You don’t need any prior experience; you just need to be a good listener with the time and motivation to make a difference.”

Supporting Hands complements the charity’s mission to help patients live well and be cared for where they choose. “Families can be exhausted, on the verge of breakdown and desperate for respite support,” says Alison. “Your two hours a week could change that.”

Interested? Rennie Grove runs regular training sessions for new Supporting Hands volunteers. Call Alison on 01442 507348 to find out more about joining the team. 

Harpenden Child Contact Centre

A safe place for children to meet their non-resident parent.

Sadly when relationships break down

sometimes the children get caught up in

the middle and contact between the child

and their non-resident parent stops or

reduces. Our aim is to provide a safe

and friendly environment where the

children can see their parents and

hopefully we can help to rebuild trust

between the parents.  

Can you help children from separated families to keep in touch with both parents?

HCCC  Trustees are looking for a new Co-ordinator/Team Leader to provide good leadership to our teams of volunteers and an effective service for families.

This is an immensely rewarding role, and if you are interested and would like to discuss it further, please contact our Coordinator Ken Brennan on 07913 761167

Based at All Saints’ Church and Hall at the

bottom of Station Rd.

Open on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month

from !.00pm - 4.00pm

Learn more:

March 2022.  An important subject presented in Harpenden on March 12th.

‘The Belt and Road Initiative and its impact on the Human Rights in Xinjiang, China.’

May 2022. Writing Competition for Harpenden senior schools is a huge success.

You can read all the stories via The Harpenden Society web


Your local Talking Newspaper (‘SADTN’) helps to keep visually impaired residents and others in touch with what is happening in Harpenden, St Albans and the surrounding communities.  

We send our weekly audio programme to more than 90 local listeners, who have come to us through recommendations from current listeners, word-of-mouth or reference by care homes, GP practices, opticians, clinics, seniors’ clubs etc.

Our programmes include news stories and letters from the Herts Advertiser, St Albans & Harpenden Review and local newsletters (including Harpendia), articles from Hertfordshire Life Magazine, interviews with local ‘celebrities’, previews of local events, audiobook discussions, exercise sessions devised for seniors, and more.  

They are delivered & returned free to listeners by Royal Mail ‘Articles for the Blind’ on a memory stick which they listen to through an easy-to-use player (provided by SADTN on free loan) or their own computer/tablet.  Volunteers record the news programmes and articles; others handle the production, copying and distribution. 

Our programmes can also be enjoyed on the ‘Listen Online’ page of our website and on the free app “Talking Newspaper” in the East of England section.

As a registered charity active since 1974 and run entirely by volunteers, SADTN is funded through gifts, donations, street collections and bequests.  Our website explains how new listeners can join and how new volunteers can offer to help. 

In 2019, SADTN was honoured to be presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. (The QAVS is the MBE for a voluntary group.) In the same year, we received the Mayor of St Albans & District’s Special Recognition Award for “outstanding organisations that make a positive contribution to the local community” and, in 2021, the Lord Lieutenant’s ‘Heroes of Hertfordshire Award’ for having continued our weekly service without a break throughout the pandemic.



Aug. As featured at Classics on

the Common.

Brayleys in Harpenden.

Brayleys celebrates a decade in Harpenden

Having opened its doors in June 2012, Kia

and Mazda car dealer, Brayleys, is

celebrating its 10th anniversary of trading

in Harpenden, where it remains the town’s

only new car retail business.

Commenting on the 10th anniversary of

launching in Harpenden, Paul Brayley


“We’re very proud of our status as

Harpenden’s only car showroom and

it’s a responsibility that we take very

seriously. We work hard to maintain the appearance of the dealership for both our customers and the community and this includes tending to all the shrubs outside, which are adjacent to the roadside.”

17 Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2UA

Phone: 01582 464100

Oct 7 . Calling all park lovers, the football pitch area in Rothamsted Park is now being leveled with tons of top soil ready for reseeding.

August. As featured at

Classics on the Common.

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Prevention First.

Preventing your car

from theft.

Join us in our fun, fundraising, October event....


Limber up that grey matter, challenge the kids, engage your community, school, colleagues and family to help us reach our target of £5000;

that’s 50 quizzes each raising £100

OR  25 quizzes raising £200 …

We are laying down the gauntlet and challenging our supporters to arrange quizzes all around the country, in October, for the AT Society.

For tools and tips for organizing – click HERE

If you would like questions and answers to use at your quiz please request by emailing – we can supply the questions and answers for both an adult or children’s quiz.

Want to take part but not arrange a quiz? Why not make a donation and download our 100 question fun quiz instead  – click HERE for the questions.

Don’t forget to keep us informed of your plans and tag us in any social media posts!


Can you help us by donating a raffle prize?

Raffles at events are always a wonderful way for us to increase our income. We are constantly on the lookout for businesses and community groups to partner with us throughout the year. ALL proceeds raised from events and raffles will directly help support children and families living with increasing daily challenges as a result of AT.

If you are able to help, please email

Our mailing address is:

Phone hotline launched to help residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes and cut bills.

A new service to help St Albans District residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce bills has been launched.  FREE TO CALL

0800 107 0044

St Albans City and District Council has joined forces with the National Energy Foundation to provide the scheme.

St Albans Home Energy Support Service provides households with information, advice and possible financial support.

They can call a free helpline that puts them in touch with experts from the Foundation’s Better Housing, Better Health (BHBH) team.

BHBH offers free, confidential and tailored solutions to issues such as how to save energy at home.

They also advise on whether callers are eligible for funding to make energy efficiency improvements to their home.

The service is available to all households, regardless of income, by calling 0800 107 0044 on weekdays from 9am to 5pm, by emailing or by going online at

Councillor Chris White, the Council’s Leader, said: “The launch of this free helpline service fits in with our main priorities.

“It helps people cope with the cost of living crisis by advising them on how to cut their energy bills and take advantage of available funding.

“It also offers people practical advice and support on how they can reduce their carbon emissions and become more sustainable through taking measures like installing insulation or more efficient heating systems.

“I hope residents make use of the new service which has proven to be successful in other parts of the country.”

Ali Vickers, Programme Manager for the National Energy Foundation said “We’re thrilled to be working with St Albans to help more residents with their home energy.

“During the current energy crisis, more households will struggle than ever before and with a risk to many peoples’ financial and personal wellbeing, we will be doing everything we can to ensure residents stay warm this winter.”

Previously 2 specialist vehicles  and 2 operators who are in the distance had been working to complete the task.

The treated pitch area has had 4  wagon loads of stones and flints removed plus 3 very large rocks that took the 2 operators to lift and load.

They told me their work in stone removal was now complete and once inspected they will return to drill the area, sow new grass seed and monitor growth after germination.

The area will be fenced off to protect the growing grass.

It will take almost a year for the pitch to be ready for football, so that will be in time for the 2023/24 season.

The evidence of the work now completed shows the total lack of control by SADC during the first attempt

to create the pitch.