Forthcoming and Recent Events

We hold a number of social and fundraising events throughout the year. Following are entries of events - future and past.

The next event is our Christmas conversation evening (see below for details).

Check your diary and join us, we look forward to seeing you!

Forthcoming Events

2019 - Friends of Alzey Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Thursday 21st February, 2019 at 7pm for 7.30pm at the Skew Bridge PH, Southdown Road, Harpenden. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Please stay on for a meal together afterwards – the meeting itself lasts only 40 minutes or so, and in recent years many members have enjoyed a convivial evening at the pub.

2019 - Friends of Alzey Social Evening

Your committee thinks it would be enjoyable for the Friends of Alzey to get together socially at times as well as at the Annual Quiz and at Dinners. We propose meeting for a drink at the Oddfellows Arms 15 Leyton Green, Harpenden on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30 pm. See you there!

2019 - 40th Anniversary of the 'Friends of Alzey'

Having been founded in 1979 the 'Friends of Alzey' will celebrate our 40th anniversary on Saturday 27th April 2019 in Park Hall. We will hold a special Tea Party in the afternoon in place of our Annual Dinner to mark this milestone in our history.

Written for the 30th anniversary, a short report about the history of the 'Friends of Alzey' from one of the founder members of the Friends is available to view. Click here: Reminiscences on the Origins of the Friends of Alzey.

Recent Events

Fish & Chips Quiz Night: Saturday, 27th October 2018

"Well organised" and "great fun" – feedback from some of the fifty or so participants in our quiz night at Park Hall in October endorse the committee's verdict that the event was a once again a great success. The question rounds and 'marathon puzzle' were expertly put together by Ginny and her team, with the 'Which castle is shown in this photo?' round drawing the evening's most intense buzz of discussion (and stimulating some castle tourism to boot?). The fish and chip supper from Harpenden Fish & Chips was well received and allowed a welcome interlude for conversation with friends old and new. Thanks to the generosity of our members and their guests the evening raised a substantial sum towards the hosting of our Alzey visitors in 2020. Ginny's team and Park Hall have already been booked for October 19th 2019 – see you there!

Visit to the Houses of Parliament with Bim Afolami MP

Friends of Alzey members were invited to join a tour organised by Bim Afolami MP on 18th October. The walking tour lasted a little over 2 hours. It was well organised and interesting, even for members who had visited Parliament before. Thanks were given for the invitation.

2018 Annual Dinner 17th March with guest speaker Bim Afolami MP

60 people braved falling snow to attend our Annual Dinner at Park Hall on Saturday March 17th. Good food and good company were enjoyed by our long-standing members, new members and their friends alike. This year we welcomed four A level students who study German at Sir John Lawes School and their teacher, Mrs Susanna Leaver. Their attendance was made possible by the generosity of last year's guest speaker, Mrs Anne von Fallois. Bim Afolami MP spoke after the dinner about the influence on him of German philosophy and politics. He was thanked in both German and English by the Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy, who earlier had had the opportunity to speak to and question Mr Afolami. Wine from the Alzey town winery was presented to our guest speaker as a mark of our thanks.

The committee all worked hard to make the evening such a success that the guests seemed reluctant to go home, chatting animatedly amongst themselves at the end of the proceedings. Thanks go also to Yvonne Bamford for her catering and to Steve Jones of Nang Noi Thai Restaurant in Vaughan Road, and to other friends of our organisation, who kindly donated a raffle prize.

Congratulations to the students of German – in the week after our Dinner they were declared winners of the Goethe Institut's debating competition. This is a wonderful achievement; their prize is a trip to Germany. We hope they enjoy their time over there and say hello to Alzey if they happen to pass through!

Publicity Event Harpenden, 2nd September 2017

On Saturday, 2nd September 2017 we held a publicity event in Harpenden's town centre to raise awareness for the town twinning activities. The Friends of Alzey committee was present in full:

Anne von Fallois Talk - Saturday, 18th March 2017

On Saturday, 18th March 2017 we held our annual Social Evening which included a delicious three-course dinner with coffee. One of the highlights of the event was the guest speaker of the evening: Anne von Fallois, Former Director General for Domestic Affairs at the German Federal President's Office. She delivered a very interesting talk entitled 'A citizens' Europe: Fostering civil relations in challenging times.' A copy of the talk can be downloaded here: Anne von Fallois Talk, 18 March 2017