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Roundup 105 : Friday 26th January 2018

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James Ewington (2008) scores 6 goals for Harpenden Town F.C.

James Ewington 2008What a night for Ewington as striker score six for Harpenden Town F.C. in memorable game at Wembley.

The north London club’s troubles with the FA have put them firmly in the spotlight and this game will keep them there, but not for the reasons they would have wanted. To be fair though, the star of the show was Harpenden striker James Ewington, who buried six of his side’s goals. It takes the hotshot up to 18 in the league and 26 overall, making him the top scorer in the Spartan South Midlands League.

He said: “I don’t think I have ever scored six before and it is great to be the league’s top scorer. “The pitch helped because we know we are a footballing side and I was played in by magnificent through balls by Sam James and James Yates. “It was a great response after a tough few games. We really needed this result.”

Manager Danny Plumb said: “To come out on a winter Tuesday night after work and play like that was magnificent. “Our play in the first half was superb and I am delighted for James, what a night for him.”

But if 10 goals and six from one player wasn’t enough, this incredible game had another twist with eight of the goals in the first half. Ewington set the tone after four minutes, sweeping home after Yates had set him up and although Wembley equalised, he managed two in the space of 30 seconds on the quarter-hour.

First the Wembley keeper saved with his legs and the Ewington blasted in the rebound and during a goalmouth scramble seconds later he slotted home again. His best goal was the fourth, picking up a great ball from James, beating the last defender and rounded the keeper to score from a title angle. That was on 24 minutes and from the restart they won a corner which Sam Jenkins nodded home. Zaied Sabti pulled one back for Wembley on 44 minutes but Ewington finished off the half with his fifth and a sixth for Harps.

The second half couldn’t live up to the first but still boasted a couple of goals and a sending off. Wembley got their third before Ewington crowned a great night for him and the club late on. Sabti received his marching orders for a barge right in front of the referee in stoppage time.


Article courtesy of the Herts Advertiser’s Neil Metcalfe ; Jan 25 2018


Roundup 104 : Friday 12th January 2018

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Cadets Christmas crime prevention in St Albans and Harpenden

Cadets attended Christmas markets to give crime prevention advice to shoppers.

Free security light timers were also handed out.

More than 40 new members signed up to Neighbourhood Watch.

Shoppers picked up more than just presents when they attended Christmas markets in St Albans and Harpenden recently.

Local Volunteer Police Cadets were also in attendance, alongside officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams, to give out crime prevention advice on a range of subjects, such as how to protect themselves from purse dippers while out and about and how to keep their homes more secure during the darker evenings. Free security light timers and purse chains were also given out.

The cadets were joined by Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer Derrick Sweeney who spoke to visitors about the OWL (Online Watch Link) messaging system, which allows people to receive alerts about crimes in their local area. More than 40 new members signed up during the two events.

Sergeant Steve Alison (class of  2009 ), who leads the St Albans and Harpenden Volunteer Police Cadets said: “These events were a great way to meet with local residents and get valuable crime prevention advice across. The feedback was very positive and we look forward to attending further community events in the New Year.”

For further information about OWL, or to sign up, visit

Volunteer Police Cadets. Police Cadets are young members of the community, aged 14 to 18, who are involved in a wide range of activities. As well as learning about police procedures and the law, cadets also work alongside local officers to play a vital role in community events, engaging with members of the public and educating them on crime prevention.

The role of a cadet is extremely varied and members develop a wide range of skills while having fun and helping the local community.

Groups also participate in many exciting activities such as white-water rafting, weekend holidays and summer camps, court visits and foot patrol at local events such as music festivals and carnivals.

Groups are led by police officers, PCSOs and volunteers, and members gain an insight into a number of areas of policing.

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Sgt Steve Alison (2009) and St Albans and Harpenden police cadets grill Harpenden MP Bim Afolami at Westminstergrills local MP

Sgt Steve Alison and Cadets at No10 Volunteer Police Cadets from St Albans and Harpenden visited the Houses of Parliament to grill a local MP on important local issues.

There was a question and answer session with Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami, who gave the youngsters a full tour around Westminster on their sightseeing trip to London.

The St Albans and Harpenden Cadets also went to see 10 Downing Street and New Scotland Yard.

Group leader Sgt Steve Alison said: “It was a really informative day out and a great opportunity for the cadets to talk about local issues. I would like to thank Mr Afolami for hosting us.”

Police cadets, aged between 14 and 18, learn about the law and crime enforcement procedures, as well as work alongside officers at local events.

They also take part in activities such as white-water rafting, camping, court visits and attend music festivals and carnivals.

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Freddie Rand’s fund raising for cancer awareness.

Freddie Rand CRFreddie Rand 3 2012Freddie Rand has contacted us in December 2017 to ask for help.

“Unfortunately this January (2017) I lost my mum to cancer having lost my dad 12 years ago to the same disease so I am running the London Marathon next April (2018) after being accepted by Cancer Research to run on their behalf. The reason why is because I want to make a difference so no child/young adult has to go through what my sister & I have been through.

I have set myself a target of £5000 to raise before/after the race so all your donations will help massively! You can donate to my challenge here”-
Cancer is happening right now, which is why I’m raising money right now for Cancer Research UK. There’s no time to lose! As most of you are aware in January this year I lost my amazing mum to cancer having already lost my dad 11 years ago to the same disease. I want to make a difference so no child/young adult has to go through what my sister & I have been through. So next April I will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon having been accepted by Cancer Research to run on their behalf! I have set myself a target of £5000 to raise before/after the race so all your donations will help massively! I have already raised £1000 with the help of Tom Theobald and Sam Baldwin whilst completing the Three Peaks Challenge so only £4000 to go!


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Jamie Redknapp hands awards to sporty pupils

Jamie Rednap sports dinner croppedEx-England footballer and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp paid a visit to Harpenden to recognise some sporty schoolchildren. Roundwood Park School pupils met the sports personality at the chool’s annual Sportsperson’s Dinner on Wednesday, December 6.

Head of PE Matt Hunter said “This was a lovely night of celebration, which I know our students realty enjoyed and fully appreciated.

“Jamie generously gave up his evening to speak to our students.“  The message he put across was ne of hard work paying off, which was a brilliant one for them to receive.

“He spoke superbly, was very engaging and highly personable. A true gentleman.” He helped give ut awards to children who were recognised as having excelled in sport in 2017.

Pupils then got the chance to ask him questions, offering them an insight into the world of elite port.