Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering Sunday 9th July 2017
Rothamsted Park Harpenden AL5 2HU from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Recent club highland gathering activity
Harpenden Lions Highland Gathering is a great day out with a ‘Scottish flavour’ offering five pipe and drum bands, highland dancing competitions and displays as well as solo piping. Plus traditional highland games heavy events including ‘weight over the bar’, ‘tossing the caber’ and ‘putting the stone’.
There are plenty of amusements for children including a funfair, climbing wall, rugby and golf challenges, the popular Kids’ Circle for younger children, opportunities to make sand art pictures and to use a potters’ wheel, face painting and electric Go-karts.
And there were lots of food and drink too with beer and cider stalls run by local pubs.
Adults and children enjoy the charity and commercial stalls and the Crafters’ Marquee selling traditional and handmade items. The ‘Scot’s Corner’ sells Scottish fine food, clothing and crafts. Kilt wearing and clan associations are also in the Scot’s Corner. A major raffle will take place throughout the day.
That’s not all! Sideshows provide further entertainment and in addition there is a large classic cars and motorbikes display.
Major charities will benefit from the event: Last year the Bone Cancer Research Trust and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital Dementia Care Project received £4,500 each, along with many local organisations
totalling over £18,000.
To get a feel for the day click here for video highlights from 2014 showing the piper bands entering the arena and entertaining the large crowds.
Charities Supported by the Highland Gathering
- Harpenden Lions Club charities, including the Life Skills Programme in local schools CLICK
- Diabetes Advice and Support Hertfordshire (DASH) is a voluntary group supporting families affected by Type 1 diabetes in Hertfordshire. We are a peer support group, run by local people for local families.
- The PSP Association offers support for people suffering from PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) or CBD (Corticobasal Degeneration) two rare, progressive and terminal neurodegenerative diseases caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. This loss is associated with the accumulation of tau protein in these cells.
Life expectancy is around 7 years from onset during which time the gradual death of brain cells robs sufferers of their balance, mobility, speech, swallowing and sight and, not surprisingly, can induce depression and personality change.