Harpenden and Wheathampstead Cubs card delivery service's 30th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 07:05 04 January 2014

Danny Ahern 9 from 4th Harpenden pack, William Hogsden 10 from 1st Harpenden pack, Toby Sayle 8 from 10th Harpenden pack sort Christmas cards

Danny Ahern 9 from 4th Harpenden pack, William Hogsden 10 from 1st Harpenden pack, Toby Sayle 8 from 10th Harpenden pack sort Christmas cards

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Postmen Cubs from the Harpenden and Wheathampstead district had particular reason to be proud of their efforts on Saturday.

For not only were the Cubs celebrating the 30th year of their service to the elderly but they have delivered around 100,000 cards during that time - saving £50,000 in postage at today’s rates.

Over the weekend, the Cubs delivered 3065 cards, the largest number since 2002, after sorting them at the Crabtree Fields Scout HQ in Harpenden.

Eighty Cubs from all 11 packs took part, helped by their parents, leaders and Town Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Farmer. Every card that was delivered bore a special 30th anniversary postmark and the Cubs were also given a special badge to wear on their uniform to celebrate the 30th year of the service.

County commissioner Ricki Harrington said: “The elderly for whom the cards are delivered greatly appreciate the service. Whilst the saving in postage helps, more important is the knowledge that younger people are thinking of them and doing something really useful.”

He added: “Scouting is growing ever more popular with its very broad range of activities including outdoor adventure and community service. This is the case nationally, across Hertfordshire and especially in Harpenden, which has amongst the highest number of members per head of population anywhere.”

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