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FEATURE

Co-ordinator position with Harpenden Child Contact Centre. 

This is a highly rewarding position and provides the opportunity for you to make a real difference to the lives of children and their families. 

Harpenden Child Contact Centre is a small charity whose purpose is to facilitate and support contact between children and their parents and sometimes other family members. It is based in Harpenden but also supports families from further afield. Contact sessions take place twice a month when some 15 to 20 children attend, supported by trained volunteers.  Its day to day administration is carried out by two Co-ordinators; its overall management and responsibility is undertaken by a Board of Trustees. HCCC is an accredited member of NACCC, a national organisation.

The Role

As a result of the forthcoming retirement of one of the Co-ordinators, HCCC now seeks to recruit their replacement. This is a part-time voluntary position, where the successful applicant will work alongside an experienced colleague, managing the day today operation of the Centre. The key responsibilities are to provide good leadership to the team of volunteers and an effective service for families enabling non-resident parents to have contact with their child(ren) in a safe environment. Necessary expenses will be reimbursed. 

The successful candidate will be committed and supportive of the vision, value and work of Harpenden Child Contact Centre.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position, please phone or text Ken on 07913 761167 by Monday 10 January.

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Panto and Theatre Round-up

Fancy a Christmassy trip to the theatre?  Here’s a round-up the pantos and festive theatre happening in the area.

Traditional Pantos

Aladdin – The Eric Morecombe Centre, 10th to 30th December 2021
Beauty and the Beast, Batford Memorial Hall, 12th December 2021
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Alban Arena, 3rd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022
Jack and the Beanstalk - Campus West, 9th December 2021 to 4th January 2022
Aladdin – The Grove Theatre, 10th December 2021 to 3rd January 2021
Dick Whittington and his Cat – Watford Palace Theatre, 2nd December 2021 to 2nd January 2022
Aladdin – Gordon Craig Theatre, 26th November 2021 to 23rd January 2022

Other Festive Shows

If panto isn’t your thing then how about these festive theatre offerings…

The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Hat Factory Arts Centre – 18th to 24th December 2021
Robin’s Winter Adventure – The Old Town Hall, 11th December 2021
Under the Frozen Moon – Southern Maltings, 14th December 2021 to 3rd January 2021    
Horrible Drive-in Christmas Panto, IWM Duxford – 18th & 19th December 2021

Community

Click here for a printable version of the calendar

St Albans and District Foodbank are once again doing their Reverse Advent calendar.  For 25 days they are asking people to donate a daily item from the list.  Put the item in a box and then drop the box at their warehouse on Redbourn Industrial Estate by Friday 17th December.

Christmas

Where to see Santa

Santa's Grottos are back for 2021 and tickets are already selling fast for some of the more popular ones.  But don't worry if you haven't even thought about booking a visit to Santa yet, take a look at our article to see what's on in the area.  From grottos to lunch with Santa, train rides to full day experiences you can find them all listed here.  

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COMING UP IN TOWN


22nd November 2021-11-22 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceMode8&, Harpenden


1st December 2021-12-01 2021-12-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAround town (see schedule), Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLourdes Hall, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMusicale, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Beeches School, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Street Methodist Church, Harpenden


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Nicholas Church, Harpenden


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Corner, Harpenden


9th December 2021-12-09 2021-12-09 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChapel, St George's School, Harpenden


11th December 2021-12-11 2021-12-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden


12th December 2021-12-12 2021-12-12 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Memorial Hall, Harpenden


14th December 2021-12-14 2021-12-14 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSalvation Army Hall, Harpenden


17th December 2021-12-17 2022-01-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHarpenden Common, Harpenden


19th December 2021-12-19 2021-12-19 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeOur Lady of Lourdes Church, Harpenden


21st December 2021-12-21 2021-12-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMusicale, Harpenden


27th January 2022-01-27 2022-01-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 30th January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Eric Morecombe Centre, Harpenden

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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


21st November 2021-11-21 2021-12-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChristopher Place Shopping Centre, St Albans


22nd November 2021-11-22 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceMode8&, Harpenden


26th November 2021-11-26 2022-01-09 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 9th January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAshridge House, Berkhamsted


26th November 2021-11-26 2022-01-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 23rd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeGordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage


1st December 2021-12-01 2021-12-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAround town (see schedule), Harpenden


2nd December 2021-12-02 2021-12-31 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 31st December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAtria Shopping Centre, Watford


2nd December 2021-12-02 2022-01-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 2nd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWatford Palace Theatre, Watford


3rd December 2021-12-03 2022-01-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 2nd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Alban Arena, St Albans


3rd December 2021-12-03 2021-12-23 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 23rd December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeStockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


4th December 2021-12-04 2022-01-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAldenham Country Park Farm, Elstree


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeDunstable Downs, Dunstable


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBuckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton near Aylesbury


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeKimpton Village, Kimpton


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLourdes Hall, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMusicale, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2022-01-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeAshridge Estate, Berkhamsted


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Beeches School, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHigh Street Methodist Church, Harpenden


4th December 2021-12-04 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 5th December
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWardown House, Museum and Gallery, Old Bedford Road


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSt Nicholas Church, Harpenden


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHoughton Hall Park, Dunstable


5th December 2021-12-05 2021-12-05 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBatford Corner, Harpenden


8th December 2021-12-08 2022-01-04 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 4th January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBritish Schools Museum, Hitchin


9th December 2021-12-09 2022-01-02 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 2nd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeCampus West, Welwyn Garden City


9th December 2021-12-09 2021-12-09 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeChapel, St George's School, Harpenden


10th December 2021-12-10 2022-01-03 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 3rd January
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Grove Theatre, Dunstable

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New Parents

Welcome to Parenthood in Harpenden!

If you are new to Harpenden, or a new or expectant parent, then here's our essential guide and top tips for living in Harpenden with children...

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