Cedric Kennedy, chairman of the Harpenden Trust, died peacefully late last week in the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Cedric joined the Harpenden Trust in 2015 and immediately put his skills in the wider financial field to work for the benefit of the Trust. When he became chairman in 2017 he committed to moving the organisation forward so that it became more involving and informed for the volunteers. He worked tirelessly for the Trust, even when his treatment was at its most difficult, and last week he was still working for its continuing success.

It was the volunteers whom he particularly praised when he thanked them at a celebration of the Trust’s 70th anniversary on 31st October, and again when he appeared on Verulam Radio, and then live on BBC Three Counties Radio in early November.

His commitment to Harpenden – he was also an active Past President of the Harpenden Village Rotary Club – and to the Trust he was proud to lead for too short a time, gave no indication of how ill he had been. To those who worked with him, he rarely gave even a hint that he was not well, which is why his untimely death leaves the Trust and the community a poorer place.

Posted on Monday 26th November 2018

Birthday book could also make a Christmas gift

’70 Not Out’ could be a good description of the NHS. In reality it is the title of a new book about the Harpenden Trust which, in October 2018, celebrated its 70th birthday with a reception to thank the 120 plus volunteers who keep the wheels turning.

’70 Not Out’ follows the publication of ‘A Lifeboat Moored in Harpenden’, written by former chairman Reg Davis at the time of the Trust’s 50th Anniversary. That book covered the years to 1990. The new book, by local author and writer Pamela Mann, picks up the story from then and, interspersed with recollections from former chairmen, covers the past 18 years. And what a story it is.

Charting the way the Trust has adapted to the changing needs of families and individuals and taken advantage of opportunities to expand its role, the book explains why the Trust converted to a limited company; how, in the year of its 60th anniversary, it came to earn the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and how receipt of the Abbeyfield Benefaction enabled it to extend its help to local community groups.

Readers will be left in no doubt that the Trust’s slogan ‘Helping Harpenden People in Need’, is as valid today as it was in 1948. The book, together with a free copy of the reprinted earlier story, is available for £5 at the Trust Centre in Southdown Road, News 4U newsagent in Station Road and the Town Council offices in Leyton Road, Harpenden.

Posted on Sunday 4th November 2018

We're the chosen charity for Mountain Warehouse Harpenden

UK outdoor retailer, Mountain Warehouse, has designed a range of 5 canvas tote bags, where 100% of the profits from each bag sold will go to local charities around their stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland. We at The Harpenden Trust, have been so lucky to be the chosen charity for the Mountain Warehouse Harpenden store.

The Harpenden Trust and Mountain Warehouse are passionate about supporting the local community, so we hope you will join us in this exciting campaign and pay a visit to the Harpenden store to check out the new canvas bag collection. For more information head to

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Posted on Thursday 6th September 2018

Homedell House

Thanks to a grant from the Harpenden Trust Community Fund, residents at Homedell House were able to enjoy watching the Royal Wedding on their new television.

Homedell House TV Photo

Posted on Saturday 26th May 2018

Welcome to new Volunteer Manager

We are pleased to welcome James Johnson, who has taken over the role of Volunteer Manager of the Trust and is responsible for recruiting and inducting new volunteers.  James, who has had a career in the City, says that he is ‘pleased and privileged to help with the work of the Harpenden Trust, which I have long admired and supported’.

James Johnson

Posted on Thursday 26th April 2018

Getting in touch

Ring us on 01582 460457 anytime. If the office is unmanned, you can leave a message and we will phone you back.

Call in and see us at the Trust Centre between 10am and noon, Monday to Friday

Write to us at:
The Harpenden Trust,
The Harpenden Trust Centre,
90 Southdown Road,
Harpenden, AL5 1PS.