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: info@harpenden-lions.co.uk.

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