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Forum SEPTEMBER 2019 - ISSUE 170

Harpenden Town Council’s Quarterly Newsletter









Forum SEPTEMBER 2019 - ISSUE 170

Harpenden Town Council’s Quarterly Newsletter


When we developed the Harpenden Neighbourhood Plan (HNP), one of the key themes that local people wanted it to address was Transport and Movement. The HNP sets out the following vision for Transport and Movement:

‘That Harpenden residents are able to walk and cycle around safely and comfortably, and travel is managed via predominantly environmentally friendly, interchangeable methods, with the appropriate quantity and quality of cycle storage and parking provision, in an atmosphere of sustainable growth and significantly reduced pollution’. To bring this vision to life, the HNP contains several planning policies that developers must conform to when submitting planning applications. These policies aim to help ensure: • Transport assessments are carried out and travel plans are in place for major developments • New road layouts reduce congestion • New housing developments integrate with existing/proposed footpaths • Improved walking and cycling routes and infrastructure are put in place • Car parking and cycle storage capacity is increased • Appropriate levels of off-street parking are available at new home developments If you would like to read the HNP in more detail it can be found at the following link

HARPENDEN HOPPER – COMMUNITY HAIL AND RIDE BUS SERVICE It is six months since the Harpenden Hopper Community Bus service restarted with the new routes and new buses. So far passenger numbers are over three times higher than the same time last year! The Harpenden Hopper team are now helping many more passengers a month get out and around Harpenden, not to mention reducing the congestion and parking challenges as well as reducing the associated pollution. For those that don’t know, the service runs from Kinsbourne Green through Roundwood to the centre of Harpenden. As well as going out to Eastmoor Park and back through Southdown to Church Green. It also covers Sun Lane, Carlton Road and Station Road as well. Currently the service operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, it is unique around Harpenden in being a hail and ride service which means you can flag it down anywhere on the route where it is safe for the Hopper to stop!

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The Town Council is currently looking for feedback from Harpenden Residents on the current parking situation across the area. The Town Council isn’t formally responsible for car parking in the Town but understands it is an important issue for local people and so wishes to help make local improvements. This survey is focused specifically on residents. We will be carrying out a separate survey for businesses/schools. We would ask that where possible you complete this survey online at parking. However, we understand that this is not possible for some people and so have made hard copies available at the Town Hall. This survey closes at 12noon on 27 September 2019.

The impact that the hopper is beginning to have in Harpenden is encouraging and there are plans to extend the service to five days a week and cover more of Harpenden. Here are some quotes from Harpenden Hopper passengers: “I’m so glad the Hopper is back and as it goes past my door it is so convenient to use” “I love the new routes and timetable – they are much more convenient” “I can now get all the way from Roundwood to Southdown, do some shopping and get home”. The Hopper relies on volunteer drivers and the team are always on the lookout for new volunteers. If you would like to find out more about becoming a driver or of the Hopper service more generally please contact, visit or drop into the Town Hall to pick up a timetable.

Carl Cheevers, Town Clerk, Harpenden Town Council Email: Tel: 01582 768278



TOWN MAYOR COMMENTS It is my privilege to serve as the Town Mayor of Harpenden for the second time this year (I was previously Town Mayor in 2015-16) and this year I will be supported by my Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mrs Nicola Linacre, who also served as Town Mayor in 2016-17. Since taking office in May, it has been a very busy time for both of us already! In June I welcomed the Deputy Lieutenant, J McGown Esq to my Civic Service along with a number of other civic guests. It was a very uplifting occasion and I especially enjoyed the performance by the St Nicholas CE VA Primary School Drummers; it always makes the afternoon that little bit more special when local schools are able to join in on the occasion. The summer is always a very busy time with lots of invitations to community events; and our Summer Carnival was again a great success, featuring a spectacular procession and this year with a ‘Get Active’ theme for everyone to enjoy. I also had the pleasure of attending the Lions’ Highland Gathering, the Senior Forum’s Tea Party and to host a visit from Crabtree Junior School here at the Town Hall; the children enjoyed meeting their Town Mayor, seeing the Council Chamber and the opportunity to ask me questions! My first charity event of the year, the always popular quiz evening in July, was enjoyed by many. My sincere thanks to everyone who participated in and supported this event, especially to our resident quizmaster. I was able to raise a significant amount toward my nominated charities, the Harpenden Trust and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund. I hope to continue my fundraising efforts later on in the year with another event, details to follow! Best wishes. Councillor Brian Ellis

Help us to make Harpenden a Dementia Friendly Town The Town Council have committed to making Harpenden a Dementia Friendly Town, a place where those living with Dementia are understood, respected and included. Dementia is a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language that affects daily life. Dementia is challenging for both people with the condition and those that care for them, but it is possible to live well with Dementia. We are now investigating the specific requirements of the Harpenden community and are keen to hear from those living with Dementia in their lives, about the following; • What facilities that are currently in place within the Town are useful? This could be specific calm spaces, cafes, churches etc. • What could be improved within Harpenden to make a visit to the Town easier or more comfortable? • Are there any specific retailers/ businesses that provide a particularly positive experience? • Do you feel that there is a requirement for a Dementia Café within the Town to provide information and a place for relatives to also speak to each other? • Are you part of an existing group/organisation that would be willing to participate? To promote awareness, we will also be running several ‘Dementia

Friends’ talks, hosted by our local Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Champion. These free information sessions give participants the opportunity to find out more about; • Dementia and how it affects a person • Our plans to establish Harpenden as a Dementia Friendly Town • What you can do to make a difference locally At the end of the session, you will become a Dementia Friend, joining more than 2.5 million people of all ages across the UK. Should you be part of a larger community group or business, specific talks can also be arranged. Are you already a Dementia Friend/Champion living in Harpenden? If so, please do get in touch. For more information on the Making Harpenden Dementia Friendly initiative or to book a place on the next Dementia Friends talk, please contact our Projects Officer, Sarah Brimley by emailing sarah.brimley@ or calling 01582 768 278.

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News in brief...


If you are interested in the world, keen to keep your brain active and want to participate in an activity with likeminded people then a WEA leisure course may be just what you are looking for. The Harpenden branch of the WEA (Workers’ Education Association) runs courses on a wide range of topics. Each course comprises 8-11 weekly daytime sessions, each session lasting 1 ½ or 2 hours. A number of single day long classes are also held, invariably on a Saturday. No qualifications are required to attend; there is no homework and no exams. Fees are payable, but those on means tested benefits or a low income have their fees waived. Our participants find their WEA courses an affordable, friendly, informal and enjoyable experience, with many returning year after year. The courses meet at the Harpenden Trust Centre, 90 Southdown Road. Ample parking is available at the Co-op car park nearby. This coming term the courses cover a broad range of topics including history, music, art, current affairs, geology and literature. To find out more and to receive a brochure please contact Bob Spence by phone on: 01442 254375 or by email: Or visit their website:

Harpenden Trust Help Soars

More families and individuals than ever t Trus before were supported by Harpenden the 9, 201 ch Mar in the year to the end of . show unts acco and rt repo Trust’s annual in le peop 596 Trained volunteers visited their homes and were able to help them both financially in other ways. In the le. previous year the Trust helped 433 peop with In addition, 82 people were helped furniture needs. Seventy-eight more received help with their utility bills. Over the year, funding from the Trust ols enabled 93 children in Harpenden scho was that – trips d late m-re iculu curr on go to re. befo year more than double the n “What the figures show,” says chairma ng havi of nce orta imp Rodger Livesey, “is the a truly local charity with its feet on the ground with an army of volunteers who a can react very quickly when families hit h. problem patc up “That was the vision of those who set ld Wor r afte just days dark the in the Trust a ght War II. I don’t suppose they thou ld growing number of our townspeople wou ort.” supp still need While Harpenden Trust is willingly responding to growing calls for help, anecdotal evidence is that continuing problems with Universal Credit are primarily responsible for the rise. The Trust expects to spend about £100,000 again this year to make sure that no-one is left behind. The Trust this year is also one of the Town Mayor’s chosen charities, who will raise more valuable funds to benefit the residents of Harpenden.


Come and Sing with Harpenden Music Makers Choir Come and Sing ‘Feel the Spirit’ by John Rutter. A vivid arrangement of seven well-known American spirituals including: When the saints go marching in, Deep river & Joshua fit the battle of Jericho. On Saturday 12 October 2019 at St George’s School, Sun Lane, Harpenden. Rehearsal from 1.15pm – 5.30pm and the Concert 6pm – 6.30pm Singers (all abilities): £12 / £6 (students) includes refreshments and music hire Audience £5 (children 12yrs and under FREE) Tickets available from or on the door (Audience).

POSITIVE MOVEMENT CLASSES Positive movement is a wellbeing programme for older people with mobility problems, at risk from falling or living with long term conditions. The friendly sessions combine gentle exercise and movement with time to socialise over a hot drink. Both fun and hugely beneficial, this programme really can make a difference to your life. Participants of the sessions have found that they feel more relaxed and less anxious, they are able to stand, bend and walk more easily, are more confident and the list goes on... The session in Harpenden runs from 11am to 12.30pm on a Thursday in Park Hall, Leyton Road. Each session costs £4. Telephone 01462 678804 to find out more or pop along to the session on a Thursday to speak to the instructor.

HARPENDEN AND DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY The Society holds quarterly exhibitions in Park Hall, Leyton Road from 2.30pm – 4.30pm on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December. For further information or membership enquiries contact Alan Bunting Tel: 01582 760564. Web:








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Reserve hosts Batford Springs Local Nature d beds, wet ree s; itat hab a range of different ws, the River Lea woodland, traditional meado ams and rivers stre lk and a chalk stream. Cha as there are like the River Lea are important world, and the oss only about 200 found acr site is inundated 98% are found in the UK. The gonflies and dra with birds, bats, butterflies, diversity of damselflies, as well as a wide on the water rely ich wh of all , nts pla d wetlan found on the site. a natural process The chalk streams are fed by when the water is called artesian pressure. This n the water level above ground is lower tha alance causes level below ground and the imbcracks in the h the water to move up throug lk below ground cha of er lay The . chalk aquifer stant temperature provides this water with a con n drilled into bee e hav les Ho . and alkaline pH providing wells aquifers for hundreds of years,les to traditional eho bor and to rural properties ings used to house watercress farms. Batford Spr there were six and , farm s one such watercres cressbeds, many of boreholes on site to feed the raded or blocked. deg e am which eventually bec k steps to create Last year, the Town Council too r depth with an ate gre a three new boreholes to chalk streams aim to improve the flows in the . itat and preserve this rare hab


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Harpenden Com These are run starting up again this month! ter – come win and n um throughout the aut nderful wildlife along and help manage the wo vious experience pre No n. mo of Harpenden Com iasm. All tools required – just plenty of enthus e range of tasks wid a are are provided and there ply tea, biscuits for all abilities – we even sup and lunch! 3pm – but you can Project days run from 10am- afternoon, or even an come along for a morning, just an hour or two. h September 19 Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24t d October 19 Monday 21st and Tuesday 22n h November 19 Monday 11th and Tuesday 12t h December 19 Monday 16th and Tuesday 17t t January 20 Monday 20th and Tuesday 21s h February 20 Monday 17th and Tuesday 18t for more Email karen.poore@harpenden up. information or to sign


In Harpenden’s secret garden, Lydekker Park, sits a pond on the corner which hosts a wide range of wildlife. Newts use surrounding vegetation to lay their eggs, carefully folding each leaf over one egg, which will hatch out into a newtpole. Frogspawn is rife in April, the heads of frogs sitting just above the waterline. The pond snails are also thriving, some of them the size of a golf ball. This pond, while great for wildlife, has suffered from a perished liner, caused by both dogs in the pond and unseasonably warm summers causing drying and UV damage. This can cause the pond to dry out in areas, which can lead to many of the creatures in the pond stranded in little pools of water and eventually dying. The vegetation in the pond, particularly the reeds, are also not suitable for such a small area and dominate throughout the summer. The Town Council will shortly be refurbishing this pond, installing a new liner and also installing a dipping deck for use by the community for educational sessions and for the Forest School which is run in the park. New planting will be carefully selected to ensure that the same important characteristics are maintained, those leaves which are vital to newts laying eggs for example, but also don’t stifle the pond on a yearly basis. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by November this year. Many of the creatures and plants found in the pond currently will be reintroduced after being carefully stored while the works are completed and given time to reacquaint themselves with their new home. In Spring 2020, the frogs and the newts will return to the pond, none-the-wiser of the changes which have taken place, with more opportunity to thrive and with more stable conditions.

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SOUTHDOWN FESTIVAL Friday 6th September – Sunday 8th September STATTY FUNFAIR Tuesday 10th – Saturday 14th September STREET FOOD SOCIAL Saturday 14th September HERTS 10K Sunday 13th October CIRCUS Wednesday 30th October – Sunday 3rd November REMEMBRANCE SERVICE Sunday 10th November CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL & Sunday 24th November LIGHTS SWITCH ON SOUTHDOWN LIGHTS AND Friday 29th November LANTERNS EXTRAVAGANZA BATFORD LIGHTS SWITCH ON Sunday 1st December

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July I’m writing this at the beginning of ring nea on bled Wim ing, shin sun the with et crick the the end of its first week and al i-fin sem the World Cup reaching py stages, with plenty more sport to occu . mer sum the r us ove As you read this, I hope you have had a fantastic summer and enjoyed Harpenden Town Council’s “Lively in Lydekker” events which we at n Lyndhurst were delighted to have bee the the principle sponsor. Supporting community is part of our ethos at Lyndhurst and we were delighted to open our second office in Harpenden

at the beginning of July to be able to provide improved accessibility to clients seeking financial advice. The ground floor office on the High and Street gives us room for expansion s nitie ortu opp ent to provide employm the and den pen Har of ple for the peo surrounding area. Adam Cook, Operations Director at Lyndhurst said, “Our new office has d been designed to use the best of bree isers adv l ncia fina to e labl technology avai at the same time being a friendly and f welcoming environment for our staf and clients”.

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Some readers may no midst. Founded in 19 t know about the hive of artistic cre at art; and is a thriving 58, the Harpenden Arts Club (“HAC”) ivity tucked away in Harpenden’s gr has just celeb ou p of lik e-minded adults wh and learn new creat o enjoy coming toge rated 60 years of ive te ch niq ue s. ther to share ideas M em a paintbrush since bers range from th sc the need to have a hool to those who regularly paint an ose who have hardly picked up d cre things and discussing ative outlet in their lives and enjoy exhibit their work. But all share the social sid ar t te ch niques and material the willingness of th s. One of the best as e of learning new os e m or e ex pects of the club is pe rienced members to techniques in their shar ch after all, something osen artistic field, and the friendly int e freely of their knowledge and and the HAC is a pa that can be enjoyed by everyone rega eraction of all age ranges. Art is, rd rticularly inclusive, welcoming group. less of experience, age or ability, The HAC organises weekly art meetingsa varied programme of between Septembe most Thursday evenings reputation for putti r summer sketching and May, as well as a displayed exhibitio ng on an inspiring and well programme. The ev n meetings are somet ening result, it records ve of quality works, and as a ry workshops led by visimes demonstrations and sold in 2018) and a good sales (68 pictures gr members might wa iting artists, in which vis itors to the exhibit owing number of before trying the tetch an artwork being created to find something ion. Each visitor seems to might be a life drawchniques for themselves. Or it that is in the atmos uplift them, whether can practice drawin ing session where members light-filled oil pain pheric watercolours, the tin model organised (wg the human figure from the abstract art paintin gs or the loose splashy gs or unclothed). Alte ho might either be clothed to this wonderful di . So why not go along rn are presentations giv atively, some meetings talented local artis splay of original art by ts, members to share en by more experienced lif t your spirits? Prep and find out what will th are to be inspired! workshop in which eir ideas, followed by a members can get cr Recently a club com eative. pe In the programme Harpenden’ took pla tition ‘Picture ar year from Septembe ranged for the coming and Town Clerk jud ce with the Town Mayor gin of meetings looking r 2019, there are a series deciding on the paint g the entries, finally techniques, a demonat Impressionist painting winner. Peter’s pictu ing by Peter Brown, as the re of the Harpende and workshops on stration on colour bias theory, demon Pu n bli bo annual club exhibiti c House (left) will be on display at thArms then impasto portr tanical art, coloured pencil technique strations on e de ait painting in oils. s ta an iled above an d voucher for £10 fro If technical and daun m Artscape to purch d he will also receive a ting, they then go ba all this sounds quite ase some art supplie to concentrate on im ck to basics for a wh If you are intereste s. d in being a part of fundamental 3D sh proving the drawing and painting of ile he th is thriving club, don’t sit at e to contact us. Details apes of spheres, cy th e can be found on ou linders and cuboids a couple of still life www.harpendenarts r website wi wo the first term before rkshops. All of this is organised for th jus Ch t ris tmas! After Christm meetings continue as, the evening us landscapes in paste ing a wide range of media and subje ct l and watercolour, to having fun with s, from art in acrylics. Each ab ye stract ar th e pr ogramm are encouraged to suggest ideas and sue is different, and members endeavours to orga nise and include fo bjects, which the committee r future meetings. You are very welco m meetings for a char e to visit and try out a few of the ev is only £25 for arouge of £3 on the door. Annual membe ening rsh making it very goodnd 25 – 30 evening art meetings per ip year, va lu e. Th e HAC meets in the Public Halls on mos Harpenden t Th ur sd ay s (S ep te to 9.30pm. Full deta mber – May) from membership details ils of the programme of meetings an 7.30 www.harpendenarts can be found on the HAC website d In addition, every No attended exhibitio vember the HAC organises a very we n Arts Club Annual Ex of members’ work. This year the Ha ll rp 10th November, 10 hibition is open to the public on 8th enden to am to 5p m (to 4pm small hall at the Ha rpenden Public Halls on the last day), in the . The HAC is buildin ga

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BEN’S BAKERY Having trained at London’s famous Westminster College, Ben has worked his way up through the ranks of some of London’s most prestigious hotels and Michelin starred restaurants. Ben was the Head Pastry Chef at the original Hakkasan, London when they received their first Star. Whilst working with Jun Tanaka at Pearl, Ben was named by the Sunday Times as one of the ‘Best 10 Pastry Chefs’ in the Country. Bens Bakery are committed to using locally sourced ingredients to create lovingly crafted cakes, sweets and treats, many of which are gluten free and vegan friendly. You’ll find Ben Knell at the Harpenden Farmers Market on the fourth Sunday of every month where he will be selling a selection of Jaffa Bombs, Lemon Almond Polenta Cake, Heritage Carrot Cake and much more! You can also find out more on Ben’s Bakery by visiting

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ROTARY UNITES WITH THE PRINCE’S TRUST TO HELP STRUGGLING YOUNG PEOPLE Harpenden Village Rotary Club (HVRC) is just one of 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world whose one million members are dedicated to helping people in need. Their assistance ranges from involvement with the international effort to eliminate They learn about being part of a team, polio from the world to, on a very local which for some is a totally alien concept. level, helping young people who are They have to take part in a community struggling to make something of life. project to improve somebody else’s life. They are taught how to compile a CV, These young people are not in do well at an interview and given work employment, education or training. They lack work skills, social skills and confidence. experience. On the programme finishing in July this Since late 2018, HVRC has been involved with the Prince’s Trust, assisting delivery of year, the ‘community project’ was at Harpenden’s Batford Springs Local Nature its well-established 12-week programme Reserve. The participants renovated a designed to help 16 to 25-year-olds start bridge and the main notice board, in the to make something of their lives. In the wooded area they undertook conservation time that HVRC has been involved, six work and installed bird houses. young people from Harpenden have completed the programme. At the end of the 12 weeks, the search for employment or further education begins. The programme is administered and There are successes to celebrate whether supported in our locality by a range of there are offers of employment or places organisations including Hertfordshire found in a college. And there are failures County Council, our Fire and Rescue to suffer too, but nobody who has been Service, Hertfordshire Constabulary and on the programme is subsequently left Hertfordshire’s Lord Lieutenant’s Office. unsupported. The Metropolitan Police, local job centres, local businesses and charities are also A policeman seconded to the programme lending their support. said it was one of the most rewarding things that he had done in his life. The young people who go on the Members of HVRC who are helping on the programme have open, honest and programme feel the same way. very frank conversations with the programme leaders. Standards are high To discover more about the Princes Trust’s and a cooperative team effort is expected. programme email: or Disruptive behaviour is simply not dedicated website Harpenden House the small 90mm x 70mm advert.pdf 1 18/03/2017 tolerated.

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Luton and Dunstable Helipad Appeal – Saving precious minutes will help save precious lives The Luton and Dunstable Hospital (L & D) are planning to build a helipad which will be linked to the hospital’s existing Emergency Department and critical care units to ensure that everyone who needs specialist, emergency care can access it easily and quickly. The Emergency Department at the L & D is renowned as one of the best in the country and treats over 90,000 people each year. Approximately 25% of these have life threatening injuries and require immediate specialist medical care. Despite these high figures even more people are in need of this specialist care, but because the hospital does not currently have a helipad these patients are air lifted to hospitals much further afield and therefore extending the time before they receive the important specialist care. The “Golden Hour” is a term well known medical term, in that the sooner a patient receives specialist emergency care the more likely it is that the treatment they receive will prevent death or serious disability. The cost of the new helipad at the L & D is £5.4 million, which includes all the design and enabling work, the lift access to the Emergency Department, adequate lighting so that the helipad can be used 24 hours a day, an automated fire system and the helipad itself. A staggering £3.5 million has already been raised towards the appeal, but the hospital needs to raise the remaining nearly £2 million to enable the build to take place. As the closest Accident and Emergency hospital to Harpenden, to have this valuable asset available at such close range is a real benefit to the residents of the Town.

Additional added benefits include: • Reducing the time taken to transfer critically ill patients to the hospital across Herts, Beds and Bucks. • Providing direct access to an outstanding Emergency Department and hospital with regional-accredited stroke and specialist cardiac facilities. • Providing the ONLY 24/7 emergency helipad in three counties and the only one in the south of England directly connected to a hospital with a level 3 neonatal unit • Reducing the strain on the families of patients by keeping them in the local area.

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The hospital is asking for the public’s help to raise more funds to enable the helipad to be installed. There are a number of ways that the valuable monies can be raised. Be it through a fundraising event that you organise or by simply donating directly through the hospitals charitable fund in the following ways: Text HELI17 £5 to 70090 to donate £5. Online at ldhhelipad Call 01582 718289 to donate Sending a cheque made payable to Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund (Helipad) to: Helipad Appeal, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Luton, LU4 0DZ. Please include a covering note with your name and contact details and if you would like to give a Gift Aid donation. More information on the Helipad appeal and fundraising can be found on the dedicated website



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Sugartists is a local business specialising in teaching biscuit icing and sugar craft to children and adults. The business was started by Alena after years of creating stunning biscuit designs and sugarcraft gifts for friends and family. She started experimenting with biscuits and cakes when she was just a little girl and it’s been her hobby and passion ever since. The biscuits are freshly baked and the icing freshly mixed before every class or party and for every order. Sugartists’ children classes are fun creative two-hour sessions of icing and decorating biscuits and if time allows some fun biscuit games. They provide everything for the class, so parents don’t need to worry about anything. They also hold adult evening classes. These are creative and therapeutic sessions suitable for all abilities. Even if you’ve never decorated a biscuit in your life, you will find it a lovely experience. Various techniques and colours are used to create beautiful designs. People feel very proud of their own creations and often save them for someone special as a gift and what’s more they take home the recipes so they can use their new skills and knowledge time and time again. It is also possible to book a class for a private occasion. Sugartists’ tuition classes change constantly with the season adapting to special days and celebrations. Their orders are bespoke and include luxury biscuits for wedding favours, special birthday celebrations, christenings, first Holy Communions, baby showers, engagements and many more. Sugartists are proud to have participated in local charity events providing decorated biscuits to raise money for worthy causes. Whether you’re looking for luxury bespoke biscuits for your special event, a creative fun evening or a birthday party entertainment, we can help. Please visit www.sugartists. to contact us or email us on

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Donation of memorial painting Harpenden Town Council were privileged to receive the gift of a pastel painting in November last year from Mr Brian Gibson, the Life President of HERTBEATS, the St Albans and District Cardiac Support Group. The pastel painting of the War Memorial on Church Green was part of an original series by the artist Peter Coombs and was previously presented to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at St Albans City Hospital by Marilyn Hudson (former Life Vice President of HERTBEATS) in memory of her husband John. Due to a major refurbishment at the hospital, the pastel was returned to HERTBEATS and Mr Gibson thought it would be appropriate for it to be donated to the Town Council in Harpenden, where the Hudsons did so much good work. Past Town Mayor for 2018-19, Councillor David Heritage received the painting from Mr Gibson at an informal presentation and the painting now hangs in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall. HERTBEATS was formed in 1997 and provides advice, information and help to cardiac patients and their families within the St. Albans, Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield areas. It is also an informal social group for patients and ex-patients. If you would like to know more about the Group, you can visit their website at:

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Harpenden Café Scientifique What’s this? Café Scientifique is a science outreach event for the general public of Harpenden and the local area, organised by scientists at the nearby Rothamsted Research. Each month, we host a short informal 20-minute talk delivered by speakers from Rothamsted Research or other Universities and research institutes. The talks are interesting, interactive and suited for all ages, ranging from plant science to agriculture, biology to physics, renewable energy to medicines, and many many more. This is your chance to experience what science is happening in your local area over a drink. We hope to see you there at the next talk! When? The last Monday of each month, 7.30-8pm Where? ‘The Silver Cup’ Pub, 5 St Albans Road, Harpenden, AL5 2JF

RECYCLE YOUR ORAL CARE PRODUCTS AND PACKAGING! Every year countless pieces of oral care products and packaging end up in landfill sites across the UK. Colgate® Oral Care are working with TerraCycle® to put an end to this enormous loss of resources. The Colgate® Oral Care Recycling Programme which operates through a network of private and public drop off locations throughout the UK allows people to recycle their oral care products and packaging (any make product) and prevent them from ending up in landfill. The public drop off point in Harpenden is Wayside Dental Practice, 2 Douglas Road. Tel: 01582 712470. When you drop off your waste at this public drop-off location, TerraCycle points will be earned for the waste and will be transferred to the location administrator’s charity account, who will then donate the points to the charity of their choice. Learn more at



What’s On DON’T MISS A THING! Harpenden Indoor Bowling Club Open Days SATURDAY 21 AND SUNDAY 22 SEPT EMBER Come along and have a go any time betw een and 1.00pm. Just bring yourselves and som 10.00am e shoes if you have them, we will provide ever flat soled We will provide training to novices and to ything else. more senior bowlers if required. We are a friendly club of mixed ages and abilities and offer social events as well More information can be found on our webas bowling! site:

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7pm for 7:30pm Speakers from campaign groups Extinction Rebellion and Roots of of Resistance will be speaking on the theme ge in chan for ning paig cam and est peaceful prot ker Qua n ende Harp a panel discussion hosted by se, Hou ting Mee ker Qua n ende Meeting, at Harp 12 Southdown Road. A 30-minute meeting pm: for worship following this event from 9:30 ! ome welc are all but nal optio /web/ Website: 16 6219 2 Tel: 0158

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“A vibrant and successful town where people want to live, to work, to invest and to visit” Harpenden Town Council’s vision for Harpenden

Then Forum may be the newsletter to promote it? The Forum Newsletter is not only for the Town Council to keep residents up to date with important current Town Council projects and initiatives, but it is also the perfect vehicle for groups, clubs and organisations to promote themselves, let the community know what they have been doing or promote an initiative they are working on. So this is your chance to raise awareness about your club, group or organisation and tell the residents of Harpenden about your forthcoming exciting projects and events. If you would like seize the opportunity to do this, please contact Heather Scott at the Town Council on Tel: 01582 463664 or by email on to discuss your ideas for what you would like to have included.

LOST AND FOUND SERVICE AT TOWN HALL The Town Council offer on behalf of the Police a lost and found property service. Therefore if you have lost an item, please report this to the Town Council who will be able to document its description as necessary and report the information back to the Police as well as possibly reunite the item with you if it is handed into the Town Hall. In addition to this service, we are also able to receive found items which will be documented in the same way as any lost property and will be handed to the Police for safe keeping until the owner becomes known. Direct your enquiries to the Town Council, Town Hall, Leyton Road during the opening hours of Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00am to 2.00pm or Tel: 01582 768278, Email: If you wish to raise any matters concerning the Harpenden area, this can be done by contacting the Town Hall at the address on the end of this page. The Town Council Office and the Information Point in Leyton Road are open between 10.00am to 2.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday (closed Tuesday and Thursday) Tel: 01582 768278. Email: Interviews with the Town Clerk at other times by appointment. Forum Editor: Carl Cheevers, Town Clerk. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this newsletter was correct at the time of going to print, the Town Council cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors, omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions.

HARPENDEN TOWN COUNCIL Town Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden, Herts. AL5 2LX Tel: 01582 768278 E-mail: Website: /HarpendenTownCouncil @HarpendenTown Extra free copies of Forum are available from the Library or the Town Hall.

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