Harpenden Lions Club is a service organisation providing practical help and assistance to those in Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, and beyond. The Club raises lots of money for many local, national and international charities. We meet two evenings a month in The Harpenden Arms.
Harpenden Lions is committed to supporting local charities and organisations through both offering help with funding and offing time or manpower where necessary. Harpenden Lions Club is also part of Lions Clubs International. Formed in 1917, it is now the world’s largest service organisation, with well over a million Lions members in more than 200 countries.
Harpenden Lions Club Art Competition
With thanks to all entries to our competition we are pleased to announce the 9 winners in the 3 age categories. All winners received a certificate and prize voucher.
The standard of the entries was terrific and the judges from TASHE, The Art Society Harpenden Evening, said how much they enjoyed judging the entries even under difficult circumstances.
In addition to the winners the judges awarded 8 “Highly Commended“ entries which we will show shortly.
Our thanks again to all the entries and to the judges for their hard work
Covid-19 Crisis Foodbank Appeal
Harpenden Lions Club have set a target to raise £2,500 for St Albans and District Foodbank by Sunday 10th May. The Foodbank provides emergency food for people in crisis. The funds are urgently needed to meet the demand for help in our area sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic. Examples of the current extra call on resources include children on free school meals currently being unable to access those meals and adults having no income due to the delay in receiving benefits. Harpenden and St Albans Lions Clubs have donated £500 to the Foodbank from grants received from the community fund of the Lions Clubs Foundation of the British Isles.
John Mulholland, a trustee of the Foodbank, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Harpenden and St Albans Lions Clubs for thinking of us at this time of crisis. In the last few weeks the call on our help has skyrocketed – in the week starting 6th April we fed as many people as we normally do in a month and indications are that the demand is unlikely to abate for some time. Your donations will assist in purchasing essential items for distribution to those in need and helping with the costs incurred in keeping the foodbank operational’.
Please help the St Albans and District Foodbank at this really critical time by clicking on the JustGiving logo or link above. Thank you.
HARPENDEN LIONS CLUB 2020 HIGHLAND GATHERING CANCELLED
Harpenden Lions Club regret to announce that their 2020 Highland Gathering, due to take place in Rothamsted Park Harpenden on Sunday 12 July, has been cancelled. The Chair of the Highland Gathering Committee, Mohan Cashyap, said “This decision was not reached lightly, but in view of the current Coronavirus Pandemic status and Government advice, we cannot continue to plan the event with any confidence that it will be allowed to take place. To delay any longer would have exposed Harpenden Lions Club to costs that we might not be able to recover.”
The first Highland Gathering organised by Harpenden Lions Club took place on 22 June 1996 and the 2020 event would have been their 25th. The Highland Gathering is a hugely popular annual family fun day, which includes all the traditional Scottish Highland Games events, marching pipe bands, dancing, stage performances, arena displays and children’s events. Harpenden Lions Club intend that the Highland Gathering will return in July 2021, bigger and better than ever and hope that the public will demonstrate their support by attending in large numbers.
The Club have agreed that the 2020 charities (The Alzheimer’s Society and Harpenden Lions Club Charities – including their Life Skills Programme for local schools) will now be the beneficiaries of the 2021 Highland Gathering. Members of the public who would like to support these charities in the meantime can do so through the Harpenden Lions Club Charitable Trust, by visiting www.harplions.com or the JustGiving page at https://justgiving.com/campaign/HG2020. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to a radio interview with David (Harpenden Lions Club President 2018-2019) on Nickey Radio radio interview
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