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KNEBWORTH NEWS - January 2011

From Jo Simson - 27th January

Looking for something to lift the spirits this dreary, dark time of year? Knebworth Players have just the thing for you. Look Who's Talking, a hilarious farce by Derek Benfield, is staged Thursday 3 - Saturday 5 February at 8pm in the Village Hall. Curtain up at 8pm and tickets £7 (concessions £6, not Saturday) are available from the Box Office, 743788, or pop into Village News in Station Road.

Margaret Webb is not only taking a rôle in the Players' farce, she is also playing a leading rôle in the organisation of another Winter Warmer 'fun'draising event. The Village Hall transforms itself miraculously from theatre to barn for the St. Mary's and St. Martin's Barn Dance on Saturday 12 February. The dohsidohing starts at 7.30pm, there is a Licensed Bar and tickets, £10 a head to include a light supper, are available from Margaret, or husband Brian Webb on 811795.

Renay Jacobs' Yoga classes must be proving popular. She is now offering two sessions, on Tuesday evenings in St. Martin's Parish Centre from 7-8.30pm and on Thursdays at the same time in St. Thomas More Church Hall. Drop in rates are £7, or if you book for the whole term you get a reduced rate. Note that all pupils need to complete a health form before attending. For further details contact Renay on 214371 or email bendylady@gmail.com.

This Sunday 30 January will see a celebration for Celebration. The worship group has led the singing at informal services in St. Martin's and St. Mary's for 35 years, but their singers (not all of whom have been with the group for the full 35 years) are now retiring. There will be cake and wine after the 10am All Age Service to mark the gratitude of the congregation.

Who ate all the pies? Well, plenty of people going to the Chequers Inn just up the road in Woolmer Green, apparently. Chef Ben Francis is well-known for his great cooking and his Steak, Stilton and Ruby Port Pie has been nominated for the British Pie Week Pub Pie champion 2011 competiton. If he gets through to the finals he will take part in a cook-off. To vote for Ben's pie visit www.britishpieweek.co.uk BY THIS FRIDAY 28 January.

From Jo Simson - 20th January

If you want to go to Church this Sunday morning, 23rd January, you had better remember that it is the Week of Christian Unity and all the congregations are gathering together in St. Martin's at 10am for a United Service followed by a Bring and Share Lunch in the Parish Centre. In which case you will find it a little tight, but you should still be able to fit in a visit to the market to get your local produce. I refer, natch, to the monthly Farmers' Market in Woolmer Green Village Hall from 9am-1pm on Sunday 23rd.

The "We Need a School" group, which originated in Knebworth, received encouraging news from Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, this week. He decided that the proposal for a Free School (receiving direct Government funding) to serve the Knebworth, Woolmer Green, Codicote, Oaklands and Datchworth area, is strong enough to warrant moving to the next stage - the presentation of a business case. The exact site proposed for the school remains something of a mystery at the moment.

Boxes of Frogs, on the other hand, are a little discouraged. The low budget amateur film company for aspiring amateur screen actors and 'resting' professionals meets in Knebworth School on Sundays to make a short comedy film each week, or feature lengthmovies on location. They currently have three vacancies. If interested call 746406 or email box.of.frogs@hotmail.com.

Culture vultures rejoice. You need travel no further than St. Martin's Church this Saturday 22nd January at 7.30pm for a fix. The Stevenage Symphony Orchestra is offering will be a feast of French music for just £9 (concessions £7). Tickets available from Gower House Interiors, Knebworth High Street, or on the door.

If dohsidohing and promenading your partner is more your scene, rejoice and be exceeding glad, for that is on offer in Knebworth in the near future, too. The St. Mary's and St. Martin's fundraising Barn Dance on Saturday 12th February takes place in that well-known farmyard, the Village Hall. Licensed Bar, tickets, £10 a head to include a light supper, are available from Brian or Margaret Webb on 811795 or Village News.

Or, for the healthy outdoor type, why not get out there in God's good fresh air? Whatever the weather, Knebworth Walking Group promise us a bracing walk next Tuesday 25th Jan. Meet in the Village Hall car park at 10am.

From Jo Simson - 13th January

Happy New Year. Yes I know it's getting a little long in the tooth now, but Stevenage Symphony Orchestra is celebrating with a New Year Concert on 22nd January in St. Martin's Church at 7.30pm. On offer will be a feast of French music, including Saint-Saen's Organ Symphony, Berlioz's A Roman Carnival and Fauré’s Pelleas and Melisande prelude.  As a special highlight, the orchestra will also be accompanying BBC Young Musician of 2010 finalist, Emma Halnan, in a performance of Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute. Tickets (£9, concessions £7), available from Gower House Interiors, Knebworth, or on the door.

A Feast of fish and chips with vegetarian and other options is on offer to aid the little grey cells at KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) Fund-raising Quiz Night on Saturday 29 January in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Tickets are just £7.50 to include supper. Teams of 8, or combine with others to make one up. Contact Jo Simson on 814166 or email jo.simson@ntlworld.com.

Hands up everyone who knows what coprolite is? It probably won't be a quiz question at KATs Quiz Night so I feel no compunction in revealing that it is fossilized dinosaur poo. There is, however, nothing fossilized about the excellent Coproliters band who will be leading the dancers in St. Mary's and St. Martin's fundraising Barn Dance on Saturday 12 February in the Village Hall. Tickets, £10 a head to include a light supper, are available from Brian or Margaret Webb on 811795.

January is the month when we pray particularly for Christian unity and Knebworth Family of Churches celebrate with its second united service of the month on Sunday 23 at 10am in St. Martin's. All welcome.

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