Harpenden Society to celebrate successful year

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The Harpenden Society will reflect on a year of achievements at a celebratory evening this month.

The civic society, founded in 1930, will host ‘Looking back-Looking forward’ on Wednesday, March 26 at the Rothamsted Conference Centre from 7.15pm to 9.30pm.

This is the second time the society have hosted a celebration event and this year visitors will get the opportunity to meet members of the society’s different working groups and hear about their proud achievements.

Ron Taylor, from the society, said: "Last year’s event went down a storm and this year we want it to be even better.

"It will be an evening to celebrate a year of positive achievements that the society have supported.

"The Harpenden Society's aim is to make Harpenden a nice place to live, work and go to school."

The news that the Harpenden Memorial Hospital will be turned in to a health and wellbeing campus, as supported by The Red House Forum and civic society will be celebrated.

As well as a Facebook page called Harpenden Shopping, which was set up by Mr Taylor, to encourage retailers to support one another and rejuvenate the town’s High Street.

Society members, which have also volunteered to run the town’s library every Wednesday to ensure it stays open, will also be recognised.

There will also be a raffle, where visitors will get the chance to win work by Harpenden artists including Andrew Wilson, Susan Taylor and Haydn Dickenson.

Before the evening of celebrations kicks off the Harpenden Society Primary Schools Art Competition 2014 will be held.

Now in its second year, Hail Harpendonia, asked children to imagine that Harpenden is a nation or kingdom in its own right and to design anything from a flag or postage stamps to composing a national anthem.

An Oscar style presentation will award winning schools and children.

To find out more visit www.harpendensociety.org

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