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Winter 2014 Newsletter

LIB VOLS--  the Library Express service on Wednesday afternoons and early evenings continues to be delivered by the brave band of Society volunteers, with some reinforcements from the appeal in the last newsletter.


SENIOR FAIR – The Society was again represented on 2 October at the bustling Senior Forum's annual fair, (below) where our stall was visited by many interested in The Society's widening range of interests and concerns.












ARTS HUB – The Society, with Rachel Tuckley of The Society's Education and Leisure Working Group especially prominent, is involved in the government 'Our Place' scheme, whereby a local steering group are aiming to develop an arts, culture and heritage 'hub' in the town. This is one feature to keep an eye on.

SCHOOL COMP – The Education and Leisure Working Group are pleased to announce the theme of this our third annual creative arts competition for primary schools: it is 'Forward to the Future...Harpenden 2100'.

CARE DATA – For those who missed the 'Health Matters' meeting on 6 November and who are keen to find out more about the fors and againsts of the proposed transfer of all patients' records to a central data base, John Wigley, Chairman of the St Albans and Harpenden Patient Group has kindly provided these links. Google 'Care.data' and go to http:/www.wired.co.uk/news/archive2014-02/07/a-simple-guide-to-care-data

RED HOUSE – The Red House Forum met on 8 October to receive an update from the Hertfordshire NHS Community Trust (HCT). It has been accepted by HCT that Harpenden needs to have services developed in the town as part of an 'Estates Strategy' covering some 60 properties across the county owned or rented by HCT. The 'Estates Strategy' will be considered by the HCT Board in November and the Red House Forum will meet thereafter to receive the verdict. Although Red House Forum members are disturbed by the extension of time in terms of this project, HCT officers remain positive about the outcome.


For non-football fans that means that, thankfully, we have a new Membership Secretary in Susan Vinther.

Susan moved to Harpenden from Cambridge in 1996 with husband Sven and finds it a wonderful place to live and bring up their two teenage daughters. The whole family makes the most of the various leisure activities on offer in the town (sporting, scouting and cultural ) and the dog loves his walks on the Common or along one of the many attractive paths.   A teacher of German, Susan has been closely involved with the Friends of Alzey for many years and now looks forward to getting to know the members of the Harpenden Society and working with the team of newsletter distributors.











….and, by way of welcome to Susan,(above) why not gladden her heart by responding to this message about subscriptions.

Last year at this time we informed you of our decision to increase subscriptions from January 2014, the first such increase since 1996. Thank you to all members who have paid the minimum suggested new amount of £8 for an individual and £10 for a family. Many standing orders still need to be changed; a large number came in to us at the old amounts. If you have not yet got around to making out a new standing order and paid no additional sum in 2014, then can we politely suggest that now is the time to take action and remedy the situation before January 2015. We would be very grateful for a cheque or transfer for the amount due for this year (the old rate was £4 individual, £5 family) and to receive a new standing order form, which automatically cancels the previous order.

Membership forms and payment facilities can be found on the website www.harpendensociety.org.

Harry Downie, Treasurer (tel  762259) and Susan Vinther ( tel  622816), new Membership Secretary, will be happy to provide forms and answer any queries.

New face on the  subs bench