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From Jo Simson - 23rd June

Festival Fun, Gala Day:
Knebworth Festival Fun draws to a grand finale this week-end with plenty to do for all the family. You get a breather tomorrow night, Friday 24 June as, sadly, the Festival Barn Dance has had to be cancelled. This will give you plenty of energy, though, to enjoy the School Gala Fun Day on Saturday 25 June. All the fun of the fair can be yours from 12noon - 4pm: ride-on steam traction, panning for gold, penalty shoot-ours, golf challeng, face paingint, sponge bob, traditional fun stalls a barbecue, beer tent, PIMMS and refreshments are all on offer. Admission is 50p for adults, children free.

Festival Fun, Jazz
Evening: There are still some tickets available for the Festival Jazz Evening on Saturday 25 June in the Village Hall. The Franklin Stree new Orleans Jazz Band will be swinging for you to dance to and tickets - £10 - include a light supper. Get them from Village News in Station Road or contact Penny Paton on 01438 313241.

Festival Fun, Songs of Praise:
Knebworth Family of Churches invite you to a sing your hearts out at a Songs of Praise Service this Sunday 26 June at 5pm in St. Martin's. The hymns and worship songs will have been chosen not chiefly but entirely by yourselves. An overwhelming number of forms asking for favourites has been received. Come along and see if yours was picked.

Festival Finale:
If you miss the Jazz Evening on Saturday, don't worry. You can catch the Franklin Street New Orleans Jazz Band over a glass of something bubbly, as they entertain on the Terrace at Knebworth House from 6.30pm. At 8pm the Aurora Ensemble will offer an evening of varied music from the 18th century through to the Mississippi Blues in the Banqueting Hall. Tickets for the Finale are £20, also obtainable from the Festival Box Office, Village News, Station Road.

Summer Serenade:
If you are left feeling flat after the Festival fun is over, don't worry. Anna Brewer has again gathered her talented young musical friends to entertain you next Sunday 3 July with a Summer Serenade. Bring a picnic to Norlands, 23 Deards End Lane and get that lazy, hazy, crazy Summer feeling from 6pm. Admission free, but there will be a collection in aid of Brainstrust, the Meg Jones Cancer charity. Meg, Anna's friend from University, suffered a brain tumour from which she recovered. The charity aims to help Brain Tumour patients to get the best possible care.

Great news for cyclists:
Knebworth is due to get its own Bicycle shop in Station Road. Revolution Cycles will offer sales, service and repair. Hurrah!

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 16th June

Festival Music Fun hits the Treble:
Iit can hardly have escaped your notice that this week-end sees the start of Knebworth Festival. The opening event tomorrow, Friday 17 at 8pm in St. Martin's Church, sees Cabinet Shuffle presenting a light-hearted evening of witty banter with a mixture of sophisticated close harmony singing ranging from popular to classics, tickets £12. On Saturday 18, it's the turn of Knebworth Community Chorus to take to the stage in St. Martin's - which will be transformed throughout the week-end by raked seating and stage lighting. The Chorus will be joined by soloists John Langley and Jayne O'Mahony to sing songs from the Movies and Musicals. Tickets £12. The feast of musical fun has its finale on Sunday 19 at 7.30pm when the National Choir from the Redeemed Christian Church of God present an evening of vibrant Gospel music, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets for that one are just £5, but you can see all three concerts for the super saver price of £20. Get your tickets for all festival events from the Festival Box Office in Village News, Station Road.

Festival Fête, Talent Showcase - and a Game of Bowls:
The Village Fête transforms St. Martin's Green in the centre of the village this Saturday 18 June from 10am-3pm. Stalls include tombolas, plants, cakes, balloon modelling a bouncy Castle and a Punch and Judy show. Throughout the day, from 10am-2pm, you can drop in on the Talent Showcase running in St. Martin's Church to hear musical acts including the première of the Knebworth Youth Choir, poetry readings - and some fun drama from the King's Players. Meanwhile, over at the Bowls Club in the Recreation Ground off Watton Road, would-be Bowlers are invited to have a go from 10am-3pm. NB wear soft, flat shoes.

Festival Ramble:
Iif you have some energy left on Sunday 19 June, and a Father to entertain, Kathie Painter leads a walk of about 3-4 miles from the Station Pub at 11am. The Station Pub will be delighted to serve you, your Dad and anyone else who in the family Sunday lunch when you get back, just order them before you set out.

F is for - Flower Arranging and a Fashion Show:
Tuesday 21 June sees two Festival events beginning with 'F'. If you have always wanted to know how to arrange flowers, Joyce Furssedonn with show you how with 'Inspiration' at 3.15pm in Trinity Church Hall, Park Lane. Sponsored by Knebworth Twinning Association, KTA members get £1 off the ticket price of £6.
Knebworth Pre-School present their Fashion Show on the same day at 8pm in the School in Swangleys Lane. The £3.50 ticket price includes a glass of wine.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 9th June

Knebworth set to be quieter this week-end:
If the village seems a little quieter this week-end, it's probably because the Knebworth Junior footballers have been invited to play a tournament in our French twin, Châtelaillon Plage over 11-13 June.

Rambling Festival Fun:
Next Tuesday June 14 the Knebworth Walking Group invite us to get into shape for the Festival Fun to come with a ramble led by Joy and Barry Hall. Meet in the Village Hall Car Park at 10am. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. On Sunday June 19 the Festival Ramble will be led by Kathie Painter of the Walking Group. It's a morning walk of about 3-4 miles. Meet at the Station Pub at 11am. The Station Pub will be delighted to serve you up your Sunday lunch when you get back, just order them before you set out.

Hatha Yoga:
For a quieter, calmer Festival experience, why not try a Hatha Yoga session from 2-3pm on Thursday June 23 in the Village Hall. Experienced Yoga teacher, Julia Lawrence BWY (Dip) has been practising Hatah Yoga for over twenty years. She currently teaches sessions in the Active Together scheme. Julia gets a real 'kick' from seeing people increase their confidence as their flexibility improve, their muscles stretch and strengthen and they achieve a feeling of calm and relaxation. She's offering a Festival taster session for just £5, proceeds to be shared between Knebworth Village Festival and the Alzheimer's charity. Pleae note, Hatha Yoga is not suitable for pregnant ladies, or Mums within six months of childbirth. To book, pick up a ticket from Village News in Station Road, or complete the form delivered with the yellow Festival Flier and return it to 12 Stonecroft.
Tribute Night: Up at Datchworth Rugby Cub on Saturday June 18 you can see 'Elvis' and 'Blues Brothers' for a snip at just £10. Call 07708 866909 to book tickets for this annual Tribute Night and Barbecue.

Over £3,000:
That's the magnificent figure raised in the House to House Christian Aid collection in May. If you would like Christian Aid worker Laurence Arnold to break his 10-year record of hair-growth you can do so by calling Christian Aid Chairman Saxon Denning on 01438 815089. Laurence has promised to get his hair cut if he raises £1,000 in sponsorship. So far £500 has been pledged.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 2nd June

Vandalism to cars:
Oon Wednesday May 18 a number of cars were 'keyed' in Kerr Close and Pondcroft Road. Please be on your guard against this distressing crime, which is expensive to put right, and report any suspicious behaviour to the Police on 01438 757624.

Happy 75th Anniversary St. Thomas More:
Not the saint, but the Catholic Church dedicated to him in London Road. Anniversary celebrations include a Concert of Inspirationsl Music presented by St Thomas More Musicians past and present, young and old, this Saturday June 4 at 7.30pm in the Church. On the programme will be music by Parry, Mozart, Bach, Haydn and others including a World Premier by a local composer. Next Sunday June 12 the Anniversary celebrations will continue with a visit by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols to the 10am Mass.

Big Tea Party:
Penny Paton, meanwhile, invites us all to a Big Tea Party at 11.15am on Sunday June 5 in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Tea, coffee, home-made cake and a warm welcome will all be on offer in aid of the Open Doors charity which supports persecuted Christians worldwide.

Drama Groups go on the road:
Two drama groups - Knebworth Players and KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) - have happily co-existed in the village for well over 65 years. Indeed, Knebworth Players will be celebrating their 90th Anniversary next year. But the village isn't big enough for either of them at the moment. Having finished their most recent Knebworth productions, both groups have taken up invitations to appear in Festivals further afield. KATS have been invited to put on 'Outdoor Pleasures' by Jean McConnell in the Welwyn Drama Festival at the Campus Theatre, Welwyn Garden City from 6-11 June, substituting for a group which had to withdraw. Knebworth Players, meanwhile, will be performing the hilarious farce, 'No Sex Please, We're British' as part of the Stevenage Arts Festival on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July in the Gordon Craig Theatre at the Leisure Centre. Curtain up 7.45pm, tickets £7. Contact Knebworth Players on 01438 743788 to book.

Jo Simson

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