Well, it's that time of year again!  All the elves are busy in their workshops at the North Pole making presents for good children. In December, Santa and Rudolph will be visiting families in Berkhamsted 

Click here for Santa's itinerary and how to track his exact location. Note that the itinerary may be subject to change

Follow us on Facebook for updates at @BerkoSleigh

Helping Santa will be volunteers from various charitable organisations supporting the scheme.

news  from the last few months

  • Berkhamsted's Swan Youth Project receive £1500 to revamp their IT equipment

  • Wheelpower at Stoke Mandeville receive £1000 to refurbish specialist wheelchairs

  • Tools for Self Reliance are helped with a £500 donation

  • Young chefs from across Dacorum demonstrate their skills

  • Rotary recognises high achievers in our Town 

  • Dacorum Young Artists delight the judges

  • Sand Dam project in Kenya completes

  • Heal Nepal thanks us for a donation of £2500 matched by UK government grant

Go to our news page to find out more about how we try to support these wonderful initiatives

Get involved!  .... ask your School for an entry form

This year’s Dacorum round of the annual Rotary Young Chef competition will take place on Wednesday 13th November at Kings Langley school.


As last year, aspiring young chefs from across Dacorum will work hard to produce a two-course meal for two people in two hours, all for less than £15. They will be umpired by professional judges led by Paul Patterson from Ashridge House 

The overall winner will go forward to compete in the District Round of the competition in 2020. 

Dacorum Young Artists Competition enables local schools to encourage the talents of their Year 4 & 5 pupils. The achievements of each participating school are recognised by a ‘Best in School Award’. 

Calling all Young Chefs  

Share your ideas

Join in our Youth Speaks competition where teams of 3 undergo a public speaking challenge testing their abilities to perform, persuade and entertain the audience with a display of wit and knowledge on a topic that you choose. This year’s entertaining challenge will be in the form of a debate. It takes place 26 November at St Cuthbert Mayne School and the winner goes on to the District final.

When you get back to schools, talk to your teacher and get an entry form. We would love to see you.

The pupils placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall also receive financial awards to put towards art materials. 

Recognising the demands on their time and resources, the Competition lets teachers choose their own themes to support the overall curriculum. Whether your school has participated in Dacorum’s Young Arts Competition for 9 & 10 year olds before or not, 2020 is the year to make sure your pupils’ creative talent is publicised. 

see here for details and how to enter

Tools for a living

Lying around in sheds are many tools that may look worthless but to people in Africa with skills and drive, a good set of tools can help them earn a living for themselves and family.

For many years Berkhamsted Rotary Club has helped find a good home for tools that are no longer needed. So if you have any unwanted hand operated woodwork, metalwork, construction or maintenance tools please let us know. We also take sewing machines, gardening and power tools.

Following refurbishment by two local charities (Tools for Self Reliance and Workaid) the tools are made into artisan kits and shipped to vocational training centres in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.

At these centres, vulnerable and disadvantaged people acquire skills enabling them to start their own business. Through this the cycle of poverty is broken. 


Our stall on Berkhamsted Market last month attracted generous donations from people who are have been spring cleaning their sheds and garages. However you can still ring Peter Wilkinson on 01442 871536 who will be happy to arrange collection from your premises.

We also took the opportunity to present a cheque for £500 to Rob Levine who is the Chairman of Work Aid in Chesham. The cash will be used to ship the refurbished tool kits out to West Africa.

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Berkhamsted Rotary Trust Fund CIO 

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