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KNEBWORTH NEWS - August 2011

From Jo Simson - 25th August

Do you want a Secondary School within 1½ miles of Knebworth? The 'We need a School' proposal for a Free School was not approved by the Government. I thought you might like to know, however, that the results of the Knebworth Parish Council Survey on this question were recently released. 69% answered 'no' and 31% answered yes.

Sharp shooting Annabelle is a hot shot:
Secondary School pupil Annabelle Bullock, of Oakfields Avenue, Knebworth, is about to set off on a tour of South Africa with the Team GB Rifle Team. Although only just turned 14, Annabelle will be enjoying Senior status. Her interest in shooting began when she was a Scout in Stevenage, and she's been hitting the target ever since, earning places in the national Scout Shooting and Junior GB teams - and a collection of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals - along the way.

Classic Cars:
Up at Knebworth House and Country Park this Bank Holiday Week-end, we are offered an enthusiasts paradise. Thousands of Classic Cars will be on display on Sunday August 28 and Monday 29. There will also be autojumble sales and lots of cars on sale from 10am-5pm. Normal Park admission prices apply(£8 single, £28 family).

Selling like hot cakes:
From hot shot to hot cakes - well at least home-baked ones. They will be on sale in the morning on Saturday 10 September on St. Martin's Green. Also on sale will be home-made jam, garden produce and plants. All proceeds to Church funds.

Greater than Gold:
It was so important for Mary Jones to get a Bible in the Welsh language that she walked an amazing distance to find one, and inspired the foundation of the charity now known as Bible Society, In October, to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, Knebworth Family of Churches presents Greater Than Gold, the Roger Jones musical based on Mary Jones' story. They are looking for singers. All are welcome to come along to a social evening on Monday September 5, enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the music. Contact Rebecca Goldby, 01438 224154 email Rebecca.goldby@ntlworld.com for more details.

Top Ten Bible Passages:
Also in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible, Knebworth Family of Churches will be presenting a Biblethon - a three-hour reading from the Bible - and they want to include the village's favourite Bible passages. Email jo.simson@ntlworld.com, or call 01438 814166 with your favourites, so a Top Ten can be compiled for inclusion. Deadline 30 September. The oldest possible edition of the King James Bible is sought to read from. Contact Jo as above if you have one you would be prepared to lend.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 18th August

Bikers' Paradise:
Up at Knebworth House and Country Park this week-end on Sunday 21 August you will fin dhte Classic and Japanes Motorcycle Show. Classic displays from 10am-5pm include BSA, Norton, Triumph, Tamaha, Suzuki and Harley Davidson. Usual park admission prices apply.

Three Farms Walk:
What better way to spend a Tuesday morning in August than out in God's good fresh air? Roy and Val Keeling will be leading the next Knebworth Ramblers outing on Tuesday 23 August. Meet at the Village Hall car park at 10am. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. The walk itself will start and finish at the Horns Pub, Bulls Green. The length is just over five miles and the going easy, taking in Watkins Hall, perrywood and Great Gobions farms along the way.

Zumba:
I recently suggested you might like to party yourself fit with a Zumba session starting in the St. Martin's Parish Centre in September, but you might have had a frustating time contacting instructor Vicki Lewis, as I inadvertently gave a wrong digit in the number. It will be the early party-goer who gets the fitness, the sessions run on Mondays from 9.20-10.20am from 5 September. If you are interested contact Vicki Lewis on
- the right number this time - 07413 625700.

Festival 2012 Olympics Celebration:
A mammoth Zumba session will be on the schedule at the three-day sport and musical extravaganza planned to celebrate the Olympics from 29 June - 1 July next year. The Festival Committee are keen to hear from sporting groups who would like to join the celebration. Come along to a meeting on 14 September at 8pm in St. Martin's Parish Centre.

Fun Fitness and Toning is already running throughout the summer in Knebworth Village Hall on Tuesday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Cost is £5.50 per session, bring a towel, mat and drink. New joiners bring a friend for free. Contact instructor Louise on 07976 820233 for more details.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 11th August

St. Martin's Parish Centre Closure:
If you are one of the many people who use St. Martin's Parish Centre for weekly activities you need to tie a knot in your hankie to remind you that refurbishing works mean the downstairs area will be closed until Saturday August 20 inclusive.

Stevenage Road Closure:
Access to Knebworth itself via Stevenage Road will be closed on Saturday 20 August. The stretch of road between the Roebuck and the mini roundabout in Knebworth will be closed between 9.30am and 4.30pm for surface repairs. Those will be done in time to carry the extra traffic caused by the closure of the A1(M) northbound carriageway for repairs overnight on Monday 22 August. Probably best not to travel at all, just curl up with a good book.

Knebworth House and Country Park Open:
It's good to know there is still something you can do in the long summer holidays. Knebworth House and Country Park offer two family events over the coming week. The Knebworth Country Show runs this week-end from 11am-5pm on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. Usual Park admission prices apply at this family show with all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.

Fantastic Mr Fox:
The Illyria Productions company bring Roald Dahl's classic children's story to Knebworth House formal gardens for one night only next Wednesday August 17, so let's pray for fine weather. Suitable for ages 5 and up, the show starts at 7pm and punters are invited to bring a rug and a picnic, or you can pre-book a pre-show pizza at 5pm in the Lodge Barn. Call 01438 813825 for details. Ticket prices are £13 adults, £8 children (3-16), £36 family. Book online at www.knebworthhouse.com or call 01438 810931 (booking fee applies if booking by 'phone).

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 4th August

Have his Carcase!
While you are basking in the belated summer sunshine, KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) are looking ahead to 'No warmth, no health, no cheerful ease, November' as the cheery poet Thomas Hood would put it. The group would like to brighten up the dark nights with Alan Bennett's seaside comedy Habeas Corpus but they are not sure whether they cast it. They are giving it a go on Mondays 8 and 15 August. If you think you'd like to know more contact Jo Simson on 814166.

Walk your Way to Health:
Knebworth Rambling Group will be exploring the area around the Windmill Pub, Charlton next August 9, under the expert guidance of Kathie Painter. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. Meet in the Village Hall Car Park, Park Lane, at 10am.

400th Birthday Celebrations:
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Knebworth Family of Churches are putting on a musical in October. Greater than Gold by Roger Jones tells the story of Mary Jones, the Welsh girl whose determination to own a Bible in her own language inspired the foundation of the Bible Society. The show will be performed on October 30. Rehearsals are on alternate Mondays and Wednesdays, starting on Monday September 5 with a social gathering to listen to the music. Anyone who can sing is most welcome to join in, Contact Rebecca Goldby, 01438 224154, email rebecca.goldby@ntlworld.com for more details.

Something wooden in the woods:
Throughout the month of August wooden sculptures by local carvers Dennis Heath and Dave Flemons will be on display in Knebworth House's 28 acres of formal Gardens. The pieces represent a wide range of figurative and abstract subjects, with woodlands and wild animals a speciality. Dennis has been transforming dead trees from the Park into permanent sculptures which represent part of the Lytton family story for some years. They include a jousting knight in honour of Lord Cobbold's Bank Holiday jousts.

Got some secretarial skills and some free time?
The Knebworth Scout and Guide Group would love to hear from you. Contact Peter Gill on 01438 814650.

Jo Simson


 
 
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