1. And we’re off!

    4th March 2016 by pfwpa

    It’s all go at Harpenden Rugby Club tonight – horse racing has replaced rugby balls and we’re here for a rip roaring Race Night.

    The rumble of the horses running along the racetrack (on the big screen) is being accompanied by plenty of triumphant shouting and some disappointed sighing!

    We’re on top form spending (and hopefully winning) lots of money and enjoying the Harpenden Rugby Club hospitality.

    To top it all off this winning night of racing fun is all in aid of an equally exciting Dublin based Under 14s rugby tour that will be taking place in April.

  2. Harpenden Rugby Club are giving you a run for your money!

    3rd March 2016 by pfwpa

    Try your luck at a high energy Race Night in aid of the HRFC Under 14s Dublin tour in April 2016

    Friday 4th March 2016
    7.30pm – 11.30pm

    This exhilarating event will be almost like the real thing, but instead of braving a rainy racecourse you can watch eight thrilling races up on the big screen in the comfort of the HRFC clubhouse. Everyone is welcome, so join us for a whirlwind of winning action including cash bets, prize auctions and a raffle.

    Want to be in the running? Then buy your ticket now for only £12.50 per head.

    And if you want to be fully prepared to place your bets, you can buy and name one of 64 horses in advance for just £10 per horse. If you turn out to be the proud owner of a winner you will receive a tasty restaurant voucher.

    There are sponsorship opportunities at stake too!

    If you are a local business why not be a front runner and take advantage of some Race Night sponsorship opportunities, such as giving one of the 8 races your business name for just £85, with the added bonus of a full colour page advert in the programme. Or you can get your name in the programme by donating a tempting raffle prize.

    How do I get involved?

    To book a place and/or buy some horses, simply make a bank transfer to:

    • HSBC
    • Sort Code: 40-23-11
    • Account Number: 41665979
    • Account Name: HRFC Lions
    • Reference: Your full name and the number of tickets and/or horses

    So for example, a payment of £45 would secure you two tickets, plus ownership and naming rights for two horses.

    When you have made a payment, please can you email andrew.hart@nortonrosefulbright.comwith details of your name, the amount paid (and, if relevant, the names of your horses)

    So race to it and buy your tickets now!

  3. Harpenden Smiles helps to restore a glorious golfing career

    29th February 2016 by pfwpa

    Of course we’re experts at restoring smiles to their former glory, but we’ve also been helping to reinvigorate the career of a Harpenden golf pro and put him firmly back in the driving seat.

    Finlay Mitchell, a family friend of our practice principal Sab Bhandal, is a professional at Harpenden Golf Club who qualified as a PGA pro when he was just 18. However, his hopes of playing against the world’s best golfers were almost dashed when a spiral fracture of his humerus severed a nerve and left his arm paralysed for nearly a year. Surprisingly, the unusual accident occurred while Finlay was arm wrestling with a friend and he explained exactly why it happened: ‘I was doing a lot of gym work and fitness to help with the golf and basically my muscles had got too strong for the bone.’

    It has been a long road to recovery since that unfortunate tussle with his pal three years ago, yet despite a lack of feeling in the arm, he has still somehow managed to play in tournaments over the last year. Finlay has also had two operations, one of these just four weeks ago, and this was thanks to his association with the head of the largest nerve department in Europe, Marco Sinisi. Finlay coaches Mr Sinsi who arranged for the private operation to be undertaken with no cost to the young golf player. Finlay is understandably grateful: ‘He’s a top guy so that was a massive help.’ So how did Harpenden Smiles get involved? Well, Finlay has been best friends with Sab’s nephew for a number of years and he also coaches Sab’s family and Bianna’s son, but it’s not just this friendly connection with the Harpenden Smiles team that encouraged us to pitch in. We love playing an active part in the community, particularly in a sporty way – we are sponsors of our local rugby and hockey clubs after all – so we were very keen to help Finlay realise his PGA dreams.

    We have contributed by assisting Finlay with his travel expenses, as well as other costs and this helpful sponsorship seems to be doing the trick as Finlay is now focusing on improving his game and building his strength in preparation for working his magic on the golf course: ‘I’ve got my first tournament in two weeks to see how it goes and see what I need to work on for the rest of the season.’ The Harpenden Smiles team are all rooting for Finlay who will be attending the Open qualifiers in May – an event he describes as ‘the big one’!

    Carrying on the golf theme – we simply can’t get enough of this exciting game so we are planning to club together soon for a Harpenden Smiles team building golf day.