Santa's New Sleigh 2019

A BIG thank you to all the collectors who helped in December – all 180 of them! There were some 24 organisations involved and both collectors and the residents seemed to enjoy Santa and his new brightly lit sleigh.


From the Festival of Light on 24th November, Santa went out almost every night in December up to Christmas and the static float beside the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve was especially popular for photos of the children with Santa.

On 14th January, Berkhamsted Rotary were able to distribute the money raised, some £9500, to the participating organisations including St Mary’s Northchurch, Swan Youth Centre, ATC, Ashlyns School, The Vale Musical Society, DENS, Take 2 Tangent, Westfield Parents Association, Happy Days, Home Start Herts, Daisy Cave Foundation, Gaddesden Place RDA, Berkhamsted FC, Berkhamsted Inner Wheel, Bridgewater School Association, Little Gaddesden School, Girl Guides, 1st Berkhamsted Scouts, the Hockey Club, Potten End School, Potten End Scouts, Great Gaddesdon School, the Glee Club and the Pepper Foundation.


The Sleigh Committee is already beginning planning Santa’s December 2020 visit and  would welcome new groups to help and raise funds the local community organisation. Applications should be made by email to:

Tools for Self Reliance

Peter Wilkinson hands a cheque for £500 to Tony and colleagues to help run Tools for Self Reliance a small charity that provides a safe and caring working environment where volunteers, including those with Learning Disabilities, can refurbish donated old tools transforming them into working tool-kits for onward distribution to developing countries. We thank you folk in Berkhamsted who help us to help them by donating your unwanted tools for us to process. If you have any unwanted tools please contact Rotarian Peter Wilkinson on 07816 863216 and we will collect them.



At the Guttman  Stadium Stoke Mandeville, President Derek hands a cheque for £1000 to CEO Martin McElhatton with Wheelpower fund raiser Leah Lewis looking on. The charity provides opportunities for disabled people with spinal injuries to play sport and lead healthy active lives.


Our donation helps Wheelpower refurbish the sports wheelchairs vital to their mission to carry on the work of Dr Ludwig Guttman founder of the Paralympics.


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Swan Youth Project (SYP)

President Derek was pleased to hand a cheque for £1500 to SYP Chairman Melanie Llewellyn to help them purchase the equipment they need to re-engineer their current Computer Room. The Swan Youth Project provides excellent youth services in the heart of Berkhamsted, a meeting place where local teenagers can enjoy being each other’s company, join in various activities, relax and broaden their horizons. It is housed in the old Swan Hotel/pub. Swan Youth Project are changing their name soon so watch out for announcements. In the meantime check out

We have supported Heal Nepal via the Leprosy Mission to the tune of £2500 which has attracted matched funding from the UK Government.  This allowed the mission to purchase a motor bike and laptop for outreach into remote areas of Nepal.

See the update we have recently received about this particular project.

Eleven aspiring young chefs from across Dacorum worked hard to produce a two-course meal for two people in two hours, all for less than £15. Their work in the kitchen and their final dishes were judged by Paul Patterson from Ashridge House and Grant Young.

The judges commented that the standard of the food produced by the competitors improved each year and that they were particularly impressed by the quality of the desserts this year.  


The overall winner was Abi Southwell with her meal of Four Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Basil Cream Sauce followed by Mini Pavlova and Cream with Fresh Fruit. The runner up was Abigail Brightman. Both students went on to compete in the District Round of the competition in February.

This year’s Dacorum round of the annual Rotary Young Chef competition took place on Wednesday 14th November at Kings Langley school.

Congratulations to those who took part in our Rotary Half Marathon and 5 mile Fun Run.

Some 1520 enthusiastic and committed runners took part in the 2019 event on a rather damp Sunday morning in March. Many of the contestants raised sponsorship for their own particular causes and this year the event itself raised more than £25,000 which will be distributed to local charities and organisations.

We'd like to thank not only the runners for their support but also the amazing 215 people who turned out on the day to help  - including Rotarians and friends, Inner Wheelers, St Francis Hospice, The Pepper Childrens Hospice at Home, The Air Training Corps, Police Cadets and Scouts. Key sponsors included Taylor Wimpey, Brasier Freeth, Machins Solicitors, FFEI and Everyone Active; however the event would not have been possible without additional support from Berkhamsted Cricket Club, Berkhamsted School and many others too numerous to mention! 

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Rotary Centenary Civic Awards 2019

These Awards were instituted in 2004 when the worldwide Rotary movement celebrated its Centenary.  At that time Berkhamsted Town Council also wanted to introduce an Annual Civic Award to recognise the work of those unsung heroes in our community who contribute so much to our civic life – so we came together to set up these joint awards. 


There are two awards – one made to an adult and one to a young person of 18 years or under.  The first award was made in 2005. 


This year we recognised Penny Perry with the Senior Award and Natasha Mannell with the Junior Award. Each have each made outstanding contributions through their work for The Swan Youth Project. In doing so we are also recognising the value and importance of the Swan Youth Project to many young people in our Town.

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Dacorum Young Artists

This competition, a combined effort by the Arts Societies and Rotary Clubs in Dacorum, aims to encourage art in primary schools, specifically in years 4 & 5. There are no themes and few rules so busy schools can enter the pictures that their pupils are producing during the academic year.


Sixteen schools took part this year.  All 400 entries were displayed at Astley Cooper School in Hemel Hempstead.  There was a  “Best in School” trophy for each school besides the prizes for the best three paintings overall. Every child who had an entry received a certificate.

Overall winner Oscar Baker of Bridgewater School Berkhamsted is shown here receiving his First Prize and a gift voucher for £60 from the Mayor of Dacorum Rosie Sutton. Bridgewater School also won the Best School Trophy.                         read more

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