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KNEBWORTH NEWS - July 2011

From Jo Simson - 28th July

Well I definitely DON'T know my cricket:
I am reliably informed that 'legover' is NOT in fact a cricketing term (cf last week's column). I DO know, however that the Gavin Skeggs Band is back at Knebworth Cricket Club by popular demand, tomorrow, Friday 29 July from 8pm. This presumably will be the perfect end to a perfect afternoon/evening as Knebworth Park Cricket Club are also due to play Hugh Bateson's XI tomorrow. Contact Chris Johnson on 01438 817448 for details and timings.

Get fit, keep fit, have fun:
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get some exercise this summer. The Knebworth Walking Group continues its fortnightly rambles on Tuesday mornings, meeting at 10am in the Village Hall Car Park. Next up is Tuesday 9 August. Tuesday is a prime day for fitness. There's also a weekly fitness and toning class in the Village Hall from 6.30-7.30pm.  On Fridays in the Village Hall there are two opportunities to get active. Keep Fit runs every Friday morning from 9.30-10.30am and the Active Together for 50+ group get going from 1-3pm.

Run your way to fitness and fun:
Liz Kirby got hooked on running when she did a Charity 10K Fun Run earlier in the year. Now she's looking to start a Knebworth running club to run the beautiful running routes around Knebworth. If you are interested in joining, contact Liz on lizkirby63@gmail.com.

Party Your Way to Fitness:
If you don't want to walk, run or do an exercise routine, perhaps you like to dance? Zumba, the Latin-inspired, easy to follow, dance fitness-party session is coming to Knebworth from 5th September. Sessions will be on Monday mornings - when better - from 09.20-10.20am. Contact Vicki Lewis on 07413 625700 for more information.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 21st July

Summer fun for tiny tots:
As the long Summer break gets underway, Stepping Stone Pre School offer Summer fun for 2½ to 5 year olds during the first two weeks of the holidays. Indoor and outdoor fun is promised during the weeks 25-29 July and 1-5 August, at a cost of £16 per session per child. For details call 01438 813070 

Eggscellent news:
One Summer children's activity which is proving popular is the Good Egg Summer Holiday Club. Run by the Knebworth Family of Churches, this summer children in school years Reception - 6 will be cooking on gas at Rocky's Plaice fish'n'chip shop aka Trinity Church from 2-4 August. The booking deadline was 10 July and all 50 places have already been booked. They often come free when plans change, so if your children would like to come, do put their names down with booking secretary Gill Hughes, tel 01438 814039, email gill.hughes@ntlworld.com.

It's definitely Cricket:
Up at Knebworth Park Cricket Club in Old Knebworth where the Summer Coaching Camp runs every week during the summer holidays from 10am-4pm, starting the week commencing July 25 and finishing the week commencing August 26. Open to ages 6-15 the cost is £55 per week (members £50), daily rate £11 (members £10). There is no real camping, though, you have to get there every day. Budding cricketers contact Chris Johnson on 0148 817448 for more details. On Wednesday July 27 there's an interesting cricket fixture up at the Cricket Club: Knebworth Park versus Roving Reporters. I am sure Chris can fill you in on the timings of that one, as a roving reporter himself. (Personally, I don't know my leg over from my caught behind so wouldn't be much of an asset).

Get Away from it all:
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the school holidays, why not get out in God's good fresh air and ramble through the Hertfordshire Countryside? The next Knebworth Ramblers trip starts and finishes at the recently re-opened pub, The Boot in Munden Road, Dane End. The ramblers gather first in the Village Hall Car Park, Knebworth at 10am on Tuesday July 26. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads.    

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 14th July

In the pink:
This week-end sees the 24th Annual Show Stevenage and District Fuchsia Society Show and Plant Sale in Knebworth Village Hall  from 2-5pm on Saturday and 11-3pm on Sunday. Refreshments, plants, cakes and jams will all be on sale, and you can try your hand on the tombola. Admission £1, accompanied children free.

Anyone for Tennis:
Anyone feeling Wimbledon withdrawal symptoms, can get a fix at Knebworth Tennis Club in the Recreation Ground off London/Watton Road this Saturday 16 July. Undaunted by the recent razing of their Club hut to the ground, the Club will be holding their Finals Day. Phil Skone on 01438 816910 can fill you in with more details/times.

Let's get Quizzical:
While away those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer and increase your trees knowledge base at the same time. Entry forms for the Christian Aid 'Trees' cryptic quiz cost just £1 and you have until September 25 to get your answers in - so plenty of time to google the answers. The prizes are W H Smith tokens and Saxon Denning on 01438 815089 will be pleased to supply you with the form.

Roll up, roll up for the Circus Stars Reading Challenge:
If you are looking for some quietly stimulating occupation for your young this summer, the 13th annual Summer Reading Challenge could be just the thing for you. This year's adventure invites children to join the circus and be part of the greatest show on earth! As they read books to complete each part of their 'training', they collect stickers to complete a Circus Stars stage set. To win their certificates and medals, children need to read six books. The Circus Stars packs will be available from Knebworth Library in St. Martin's Road from next Monday 18 July. Library opening times are Monday to Thursday afternoons from 2-6pm and Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm.

Eggscellent news:
One Summer children's activity which is proving popular is the Good Egg Summer Holiday Club. Run by the Knebworth Family of Churches, this summer children in school years Reception - 6 will be cooking on gas at Rocky's Plaice fish'n'chip shop aka Trinity Church from 2-4 August. The booking deadline was 10 July and all 50 places have already been booked. They often come free when plans change, so if your children would like to come, do put their names down with booking secretary Gill Hughes, tel 01438 814039, email gill.hughes@ntlworld.com.

Traffic headaches:
The music from last week-end’s Sonisphere Festival caused fewer headaches than the diverted traffic bringing Knebworth High Street to a halt. At least one disgruntled resident has lodged and official complaint with Hertfordshire Highways.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 7th July

Mindless vandalism:
What a pity that the pleasant summer weather and the long summer break between exams and next term have brought out an unpleasant downside. Recently St. Martin's Church, in the centre of the village, has had windows smashed. The green in front of the Church, where seats have been placed to enable people to rest and enjoy the weather, has been strewn with all sorts of litter including a soiled nappy. The Tennis Club in the Recreation Ground has suffered, too, with players in a tournament being subjected to abuse, and the Tennis Club hut razed to the ground last Thursday night.

Sonisphere:
It should be a lively week-end up at Knebworth House this week-end. The Sonisphere Festival of Music runs from Friday 8 to Sunday 11 July. Sonisphere celebrates its third year at the U.K. home of rock with acts including Metallica, Slipknot, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Biffy Clyro and Motorhead. Ticket prices range from £80 to £155. For more details/to book go to http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com/buy-tickets/.

Fancy a ramble and Pub Lunch?
The Knebworth Walking Group has just the thing for you. They will be setting outxt Tuesday 12 July from the Village Hall Car Park at 10am. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. Next week's route starts and finishes at the Five Horseshoes Pub in Little Berkhamsted, taking in Newgate Street village along the way. You can slake your thirst and put the calories back on at the end.

Trees Quiz:
Not feeling particularly active, but want to keep the grey cells lively? Christian Aid have just the thing for you to while away those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Entry forms for the 'Trees' cryptic quiz cost just £1 and you have until September 25 to get your answers in - so plenty of time to google the answers. The prizes are W H Smith tokens and Saxon Denning on 01438 815089 will be pleased to supply you with the form.

Floral displays:
Are definitely in the Summer air. The next WI meeting, next Wednesday July 13 in Trinity Church Hall at 7.45pm, will include a talk by Margaret Brett on 'Flower Arranging Skills'. Guests very welcome.

The fuchsia's looking pink:
For the Stevenage and District Fuchsia Society who are holding their 24th Annual Show and Plant Sale in Knebworth Village Hall on Saturday July 16 (2-5pm) and Sunday July 17 (11-3pm). Refreshments, plants, cakes and jams will all be on sale, and you can try your hand on the tombola. Admission £1, accompanied children free. Bernard Hager will be on hand to judge just how pink the fuchsias are.  If you pick up some plants you can try out your new-found flower arranging skills on them.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 1stJuly

Romper days:
If you have a baby/toddler at home and are wondering where to go to meet other mums/dads/carers and tots, the Rompers group could be just the thing for you. I am getting a bit slow in my old age so have only just caught up with the 'new' meeting days and times, which have been in action since January! The group meets on term-time Monday mornings from 9.30-11.30am and Wednesday afternoons from 12.30-2.30pm in St. Thomas More Church Hall, London Road.

Food for thought:
Here's a new one on me, for new and expecting mums. A cookery workshop offering help and guidance in weaning your child and toddler as they develop using easily available, quick and simple to prepare fresh ingredients. Contact Androulla on 07946091690 or visit www.anykindofoccasion.co.uk for more information.

More Festival Fun:
Yes, I know that the Knebworth Festival is over. If you are already suffering withdrawal symptoms, there is hope for you yet. Stevenage Arts Festival is still running. As part of it our very own Knebworth Players are performing Alastair Foot and Anthony Marriott's famous farce No Sex Please! We're British at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage Leisure Centre tonight, Thursday 30 June and tomorrow Friday 1 July. Tickets are £7 and you can get them from the Gordon Craig Box Office or call Knebworth Players on 01438 743788.

Festival Success:
Congratulations to Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society, aka KATS who have been having some festival fun of their own. The group was invited to perform a new one act play, Famous Island, at the Festival of One Act Playwriting in St Albans last week. The play was written directed by Katie Smith aged 15 (yes, that's 15) and won the Under-25 category. KATS Annual General Meeting will be at 8pm on Thursday 7 July in Knebworth Village Hall Annexe and budding playwrights, actors and stage crew are all welcome.

Summer Serenade:
A reminder that Anna Brewer has again gathered her talented young musical friends to entertain you this 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.

Happy fifteenth birthday Trinity Church:
Can it be fifteen years since the Methodist and United Reformed congregations joined forces in the village? Well, yes it can and they will be celebrating next week-end. Saturday 9 July sees a children's party from 3-5pm and Buffet supper for Trinity members and friends at 6pm. On Sunday 10 July there will be a celebration service at 10am.

Jo Simson


 
 
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