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KNEBWORTH NEWS - April 2011

From Jo Simson - 28th April

Witness: To a crime committed over 2,000 years ago, but for the eternal benefit of all. The Knebworth Family of Churches Walk of Witness carrying the cross around the village on Good Friday was joined by over 60 people of all ages and fitness levels. This year white crosses were also placed outside St. Martin's and Trinity Church for people to write their names on in black marker pen if the cross symbolises something to them. Those white crosses were festooned with ribbons on Easter Day. The ICON (Investigating Christianity Over Nosh) Easter Journey exhibition continues throughout this week in St. Martin's Church in the centre of the village. The Palm Sunday procession, Last Supper, Garden of Gethsemane, crucifixion and resurrection are all depicted together with the relevant Bible passages and thoughts from ICON members. Particularly striking are the thoughts of Jesus written on the donkey's hoofprint on the floor of the church - in stark contrast to the thoughts shown in the thought bubbles of the crowd at the triumphal procession.

Royal Wedding Celebrations: Stevenage Floral Society will be filling Knebworth House with flowers this week-end from tomorrow, Friday April 29 to Monday May 2. Admission to House, Park, Gardens and Events is £10.50, and the House is open from 12noon - 5pm.

Bank Holiday Garden Show: Knebworth House and Country Park offer an added dimension to the Bank Holiday week-end with the Hertfordshire Garden Show from April 30 - May 2. Usual Park admission £8 (family £28, 10% discount if booked online) and the Park, Playground and Gardens are open from 11am-5pm.

If watching wedding celebrations leaves you feeling over-sized: Slimming World could be the place for you. It meets on at 7pm on Mondays - including Bank Holidays, in St. Martin's Parish Centre.

Street Parties: Hertfordshire is said to be the most royalist County, with the highest number of street parties planned to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Westland Road in Knebworth will be amongst them.

KATS present a One Act Festival - It's a Piece of Cake: Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society is plainly not into slimming. Their 12-14 May production offers three One Act Plays for the price of one. And that ticket price of £6.50 (concessions £5.50) includes a free piece of home-made cake. Box Office is Frances Farrugia, 01438 820136, or call in at Village News, Station Road. Watch this space for full details next week.


From Jo Simson - 21st April

Easter Card from Knebworth Family of Churches: I hope you have all received your colourful Easter Card detailing the Easter Services around the Village this week-end. These start with the United Good Friday Service in Trinity this Friday April 22 at 10am, followed by the Walk of Witness carrying the cross throughout the Village at 11am, and returning to welcome tea, coffee and hot cross buns in Trinity.

Easter Celebrations continue: with the Easter Celebration Tea on Monday April 25 up at the lovely twelfth century Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Thomas a Becket from 2.30-5pm. We are invited to look at the Easter flowers and enjoy a cup of tea to raise funds for the Guild of St. Mary's. If, by any chance, any of us would like to join the Guild, who arrange flowers and church cleaning, we will be more than welcome. For more details of the Guild/Celebration Tea, contact Linda Mitchell on 01438 813377, email Linda.mitchell1@ntlworld.com.

Knebworth House Royal Wedding Celebration: Following hot on the heels of that Easter Celebration tea to view St. Mary's Easter flowers is an extra-special Royal Wedding Extra. Stevenage Floral Society will be filling Knebworth House with flowers next Bank Holiday Week-end from Friday April 29 to Monday May 2. Admission to House, Park, Gardens and Events is £10.50, and the House is open from 12noon - 5pm.

Hertfordshire Garden Show: Continuing the floral theme, Hertfordshire Garden Show takes place at Knebworth House and Country Park from April 30 - May 2. Usual Park admission £8 (family £28, 10% discount if booked online, and the Park, Playground and Gardens are open from 11am-5pm.

Coach Trip to the Gardens of Norfolk: Saturday April 30 is the deadline for applications to join the Knebworth and District Gardening Club Coach Trip to Gardens of Norfolk on Sunday 22 May. All, whether members or not, are welcome on the trip which is visiting the Priory Maze & Gardens near Sheringham in the morning. In the afternoon they pop in on TV Gardener Alan Gray - well at least his garden at the East Ruston Old Vicarage. Cost is £27.50. To book call Sheila Read on 01438 318441.


From Jo Simson - 14th April

As the Easter holidays get into full swing there are two eggscellent opportunities for your children to enjoy themselves in safe surroundings. The Knebworth Family of Churches Good Egg Club for school years Reception - 6 celebrates its tenth birthday next week and there are rumours that there will be a birthday cake in the offing. Sounds of the Tardis landing could also be heard during some practice sessions so there may well be some eggstra special visitors. Sessions run from 10am-12 noon next Tuesday 19-Thursday 21 April. All welcome and there is no charge but donations are welcome. You need to book beforehand, though, contact Gill Hughes on 813049 to check availability of places.

Stepping Stone Pre-School's Holiday club for 3-5 year olds runs all week this week from 9am-1pm 11-15 April. Contact 813070 to check if there are places tomorrow, cost £14.
This week-end the East of England Food Festival takes place at Knebworth Country Park, Staurday 16 and Sunday 17 April. Your ticket price of £8 includes entry to the park and gardens and gates open at 10am.

Sunday 17 April is Palm Sunday and the All Age Service takes place at 10am in the lovely twelfth-century Parish Church of St. Mary's up in Knebworth Park (handy to drop into the Food Festival afterwards). So don't go to St. Martin's this Sunday. Do, however, go to St. Martin's this Saturday 16 April from 9.30am for a mega Spring Cleaning session, safe in the knowledge that your efforts won't be destroyed on Sunday. Bring yourselves, dusters, polish, buckets and cleaning cloths. All welcome.

Pop along to the Village Hall next Tuesday19 April at 10am if you fancy a Spring Walk to blow the cobwebs away. All, including well-behaved dogs on leads, welcome.

ICON (it stands for Investigating Christianity Over Nosh and is the St. Marin's Youth Group) welcome everyone to try out their inter-active and thought-provoking display, Exploring Easter, from Maundy Thursday 21 April.


From Jo Simson - 7th April

How doth the little busy bee, you might well be asking yourselves as the green shoots of recovery spring forth in the garden. In which case an Introductory Course to Bee-Keeping might be just the thing for you. Starting tonight, 7 April in St. Martin's Parish Centre (next to St. Martin's church on St. Martin's Green in the High Street) at 7pm the course runs for three Thursdays and finishes with a practical apiary session on Sunday 17 April at a local apiary near Datchworth. Contact Rachel Leech on 217215 for full details. This is a busy week-end in Knebworth, so hang on to your hats, switch off those TVs and get out and enjoy it. Tomorrow, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 the Knebworth Players bring us a Pot Pourri of dramatic and musical delights from 8pm in the Village Hall. The evening includes three One Act Plays - starting with The Allotment by Gillian Plowman and finishing with Whose Wedding is it Anyway? by Margaret Bower. The ticket price of £7 (concessions £6) are a bargain as they include a light supper. You can get them from Village News in Station Road, or call 743788.

You could in theory follow up Supper with Desserts by booking tickets for the Just Desserts Quiz in the very busy St. Martin's Parish Centre on Saturday 9 April starting at 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 to cinldue multiple choices of desserts or cheeseboard from Janet Hammon on 812065. Drinks available.

Sandwiched in between the WI Spring Sale is ALSO in the Parish Centre form 10am-12noon on Saturday 9. As new clothes, jewellery, cards, home-made cakes will all be on offer, as well as a refreshing brew.

It's food, glorious food all round in Knebworth my home village. Next week-end, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April, sees the East of England Food Festival taking place up at Knebworth Park. A celebration of all that is good to eat and drink from across the East of England and afar can be yours for £8, or book online and get a 10% discount. Park opening times 10am-5pm.

This is the last week of term before the long-awaited Easter Holidays begin, but Stepping Stone Pre-School is staying open next week for a holiday Club for 3-5 year olds. The four-hour sessions run from 9am-1pm Monday 11-Friday 15 April. Cost is £14 per session to include lunch and activities. Contact 813070 for more details.


 
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