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KNEBWORTH NEWS - November 2010

From Jo Simson - 25th November

Next Wednesday ushers in December and the Parish Council are starting the Festive Season by grabbing the bull by the horns and inviting members of the public to hear presentations from We Need a School and Preserve Knebworth Groups. If you want to learn more about this contentious issue, come along to the Village Hall from 8-9pm on 1 December. Time will be set aside for questions.

If you have been unable to get an appointment at Knebworth Dental Practice at the moment, spare a thought for the people suffering toothache in Tanzania. Liz Stringer and her team have just been out sharing their expertise with trainees in rural districts of that country, where the average wait for someone with toothache is around two years. The team, working for the charity Bridge2Aid, have been treating over 100 patients a day and adventures include staying at a hotel where the water has run out.

What's that you say, Knebworth doesn't have a pantomime? Oh yes, itKATS on stage does. Look not behind you but ahead to 9-11 December and you will see - at least KATS hope you will - performances of 'The Babes in the Wood' at 7.45pm each evening in the Village Hall with a matinée on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Who could resist a Victorian Pantomime by Alan Brown based on an original by the delightfully-named Frank Locke and Osburn Blackboem M'Gromagill. Tickets (£8, concessions £6) are on sale in Village News, Station Road NOW, or call Frances Farrugia on 01438 820136. You can even see a YouTube ad for it at Click Here

Tickets for The Babes in the Wood will also be on sale at the Christmas Market on Saturday 4 December on St. Martin's Green from 2-6pm. Mulled wine, mince pies, Carol Singing by the Knebworth Community Chorus, a visit from Santa Claus and lots of Christmas gifts and goodies will all be on offer. Except, sadly, that I don't notice roasting chestnuts on an open fire on the list. Ah well, Next year perhaps.

KATS Group


From Jo Simson - 18 November

Frost may bring frustration for gardeners, but the Knebworth and District Gardening Club hope to take your mind off it at with a warm welcome at their Annual General Meeting and Social evening starting 8pm TOMORROW, Friday 19 November in St. Martin's Parish Centre. All gardeners welcome. For more details contact Sheila Read on 318441.

What better way to warm up on a Winter afternoon than a spot of exercise? The 50+ Active Together Club in the Village Hall meets on Fridays from 1-3.30pm. Aimed at the more mature and less supple bodies, the sessions include a break for tea and even a biscuit. New members will be particularly welcomed.

I am sorry to remind the Scrooges amongst us so early, but the Colin Greenslade readings of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the Banqueting Hall at Knebworth House were sold out by mid-November last year. Performances this year are 17-19 December with a matinée on 18 December. Glasses of punch, mince pies and a roaring fire are also on the menu. Tickets, £21, must be booked in advance and you can get them by calling 810931.

What better gift to give this Christmas than a family photo portrait? To book a free 15 minute sitting with A2Zoom Photographic at Stepping Stone Pre-School's popular Winter Craft Fair on Sunday 21 November, call Lynda on 813070. Lynda will also be able to give you more information on the Fair, which runs from 10am-4pm in the Village Hall. Stalls include wooden toys and puzzles, card, books, decorations, jewellery, tombola, cake stall, lucky dip jam jars, face painting. There will also be a big prize raffle and all day café.

If you are unable to get an appointment at Knebworth Dental Practice at the moment, spare a thought for the people suffering toothache in Tanzania. Liz Stringer and her team are currently out sharing their expertise with trainees in rural districts of that country, where the average wait for someone with toothache is around two years. The team, working for the charity Bridge2Aid, have been treating over 100 patients a day and adventures include staying at a hotel where the water has run out.


From Jo Simpson - 11th November

Remember, Remember, this Sunday 14 November is Remembrance Sunday and a Parade and Service will be held up at the War Memorial in Old Knebworth at 12.30pm.

This Saturday 13 November is a significant date, not for your current but your future entertainment. It's the deadline for ticket applications for the Knebworth Twinning Association Glenn Miller Dinner Dance which takes place in the Village Hall on Saturday November 27. The Albert James Band will be providing the Big Band sound, Anna Brewer the cabaret and the Twinning Association will be providing a four course meal. All for the amazing price of £25 (Twinning Association members £23).  Tickets are available by post only from 12 Stonecroft, Knebworth, SG3 6BL. Cheques payable to Knebworth Twinning Association; include a contact telephone number, stamped, addressed, envelope, any special dietary requirements, and the names of your guests, if any.  

On the subject of popular future entertainment - Henry Cobbold reminds me that the Colin Greenslade readings of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the Banqueting Hall at Knebworth House were sold out by mid-November last year. Performances this year are 17-19 December with a matinée on 18 December. Glasses of punch, mince pies and a roaring fire are also on the menu. Tickets, £21, must be booked in advance and you can get them by calling 810931.

Next up on the Knebworth Social Calendar will actually be the Stepping Stone Pre School Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 21 November in the Village Hall. Mark the date in your diaries now and I will give you some details shortly.

God's good air has been a little too bracing just lately, but there's nothing like getting out in it for blowing the cobwebs away. Join Knebworth Walking Group next Tuesday 16 November for a Ramble and warming Pub Lunch. They set out from the Village Hall Car Park at 10am.  Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Her it direct from Hertfordshire constabulary. Sign up to the Community Messaging service and you will receive one or two messages a fortnight about your local policing issues. Log on to www.herts.police.uk and visit 'Community Messsaging - Hear it Direct from Us.'


From Jo Simson - 4th November

As the leaves of brown come tumbling down, Mon Read Lodge, the care home in London Road, invite us to an Autumn Bazaar this Saturday 6 November from 6.30pm. Refreshments, cakes, raffle and tombola will all be available.

Remember, Remember - not 5 but 7 November if you want to go to the popular Firework Display at Datchworth Sports Club. The fireworks are accompanied by music, the fun starts at 6.30pm and a barbecue, licensed bar and hot drinks are all included. No personal sparklers please, but there will be plenty of sparkle in the sky. Knebworth School is one of the beneficiaries from money raised. Tickets £6, concessions £3, call 812490.

Renay the Bendy Lady will be taking a night off from her gentle beginners Hatha Vinyasa Yoga classes in St. Thomas More Church Hall next Thursday 11 November. Classes begin again at 7pm on Thursday 18 November. All welcome, but you need to fill out a health form before your first class, which costs £7 (or £30 for a five week booking). For further details contact Renay on 214371.

Remember, Remember, 14 November is Remembrance Sunday and a Parade and Service will be held up at the War Memorial in Old Knebworth at 12.30pm.

Do you like singing? A lot of people do, and they proved it at this year's Knebworth Festival back in the the summer. 30 people enjoyed singing in the Movies and Musicals show so much that they have signed up for a Christmas Show on Saturday 18 Decemb er in St. Martin's Church. It's not too lage for you to be part of the action. Call 817992 to sign up. The Chorus will be trying out their voices on Saturday 4 December with some Carol singing during the Christmas Market on St. Martin's Green.

If you have been filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for the St. Martin's contributions to the Operation Christmas Child Appeal for children in difficult circumstances overseas, remember, remember that this Sunday 7 November is the deadline for bringing in your filled shoeboxes. If your shoebox is overflowing, or you haven't enough to fill one - there is a box for individual items at the back of St. Martin's Church. Soft toys, toiletries, yoyos, tennis balls, hats and gloves are ideal, but remember, remember that they all need to be new.

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