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KNEBWORTH NEWS - December 2010

From Jo Simson - 23rd & 30th December

In spite of the heavy snowfalls last Saturday, Knebworthians showed true grit when they turned out to support the Knebworth Community Chorus as they sang for Christmas under the guidance of Musical Director Derek Harrison. Derek also had to double as accompanist because his pianist was snowbound. Professional singer Julian Godlee led the choir in the seasonal singing.

Full marks to Robin Wordsworth, too, who turned out despite the bleak Midwinter to sell holly and mistletoe on St. Martin's Green in aid of Save the Children. The snow did affect the annual Carol Service in the twelfth century Parish Church of St. Mary, though. That was relocated to St. Martin's on Sunday 19 December.

Seasonal singing will again be on offer in a most worthwhile cause tomorrow, Christmas Eve, when Rev'd Jane Hatton, Chaplain of Lister Hospital, invites anyone who is able to join the carol singers who will be singing around the wards of the Hospital. Meet in the Chapel at 6.30pm. The singers aim to finish by 8pm (8.30pm if you stop on for a mince pie and a cuppa). Contact Jane on 285138 for more details.

Church Services in the village on Christmas Eve include the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4pm in St. Martin's Church. Midnight Mass/Holy Communion will take place in St. Martin's, Trinity Church in Park Lane and the Catholic Church of St. Thomas More on London Road, all starting at 11.30pm. St. Thomas More also has a Mass for Children with re-enactment of the Nativity at 6pm. All are more than welcome to all these services.

The Surgery and Chemists in the village are closed 25-28 December inclusive, so be sure you are well-stocked up with medicaments for the Christmas period.

Why not brave the weather to welcome in the new Year with the popular annual New Year's Day Walk on Saturday 1 January, setting out from the Village Hall in Park Lane at 1.30pm and finishing, magically, after a three-mile round trip at next door Trinity Church with tea and mince pies for anyone who can still face them.

Knebworth Parish News, that fount of all local knowledge, will also be available online from the New Year. The annual subscription is £6. If you are interested in receiving it electronically, with the advantage of seeing it in full colour and sharing local news with those who have moved away, contact Rev'd Jim Pye on revpye@onetel.com.

Christmas continues into January, and the Epiphany arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem with their gifts of gold for a King, frankincense for a Priest and Myrrh for one who will die for us. The Knebworth Family of Churches Epiphany Carols Service is in Trinity Church this year at 5.30pm on Sunday 9 January.


From Jo Simson - 14th December

The significant date this week-end is Saturday 18th December. That's the last collection date for the Scout and Guide postbox. If you've been busy writing Christmas cards, you will be delighted to hear that the Scouts and Guides will deliver them to people in the Village for just 20p each. The postbox and stamps can be found in Village News in Station Road. All cards will be delivered by 20 December, but don't forget to address them with the name, number, road and postcode to help track them down.

At 7pm on that same significant date, Saturday 18th December, the Knebworth Community Chorus will be snug as bugs in St. Martin's Church. They invite you to join them to Sing for Christmas. Special guest singer Julian Godlee will lead them in all your favourite seasonal songs. Tickets £10 (children £5) on sale from Village News, on the door or call 817922.

The Knebworth Family of Churches Christmas letter should be plopping through your letterbox, so look out for it amongst the Christmas cards and red cards from the postman. It details all the special Christmas services in the village. These include the Carol Service at 6pm this Sunday 19th December up at the lovely twelfth century Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St Thomas of Canterbury in Knebworth Park. All welcome.

All welcome, too, to the popular Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4pm in St. Martin's Church.

Later on Christmas Eve, Revd Jane Hatton, Chaplain of Lister Hospital, invites anyone who is able to join the carol singers who will be singing around the wards of the Hospital. Meet in the Chapel at 6.30pm. The singers aim to finish by 8pm (8.30pm if you stop on for a mince pie and a cuppa). Contact Jane on 285138 for more details.


From Jo Simson - 7th December

Many apologies if you tried to set off for a walk with the rambling group yesterday. Like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, I was sadly misinformed. There WILL be an opportunity for you to walk off those pre-Christmas calories next Tuesday 14 December, setting off from the Village Hall at 10am.

Many congratulations to all who braved the wintry rain last Saturday afternoon to bring some Christmas cheer to the Christmas Market on St. Martin's Green, which raised nearly £750 for Church funds.

The Knebworth Community Chorus were due to sing carols on the Green at that Christmas Market but the bad weather drove them indoors to the warmth of St. Martin's Parish Centre. Next Saturday, 18 December, they will be indoors again, but this time in St. Martin's Church itself to Sing for Christmas at 7pm. Special guest singer Julian Godlee will lead them in all your favourite seasonal songs. Tickets £10 (children £5) on sale from Village news or call 817922.

KATS (Knebworth Amateur theatrical society) are definitely in the Christmas mood. Their panto - The Babes in The Wood - runs this week from today (Thurs) to Saturday at 7.45pm with a matinée performance at 2.30pm on Saturday. For details and tickets call Frances Farrugia on 820136.

If you've been busy writing Christmas cards, you will be delighted to hear that you can have them delivered in the Village for just 20p each. The Scout and Guide postbox and stamps can be found in that social hub, Village News in Station Road. Last collection will be on 18 December and cards will be delivered by 20 December.

There are two very special seasonal services this week-end. The Christmas Tree Memorial Stars Service on Saturday 11 December at 4pm in St. Martin's gives you the chance to decorate stars and hang them on the Church tree in memory of loved ones.

The Family Nativity on Sunday 12 December at 10am in St. Martin's celebrates the birth of Jesus in a most unusual way. All welcome to this service, organised by Junior Church and ICON (Youth Group) members.


 
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