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KNEBWORTH NEWS - October 2011

From Jo Simson - 20th October

They came from Mars:
And Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall . . . in time for the Townswomen's Guild Coffee Morning: And they actually start arriving this evening, Thursday October 20 at 8pm in Knebworth Village Hall, courtesy of Knebworth Players. An evening of fun and frolics is guaranteed as the Players perform the latest in their series of McGillivray and Zerlin Farndale Avenue farces - the ladies' attempt at Science Fiction. Anything could happen, and probably will, with the nail-biting action being only being interrupted when the ladies present the annual flower arranging award. Director Gill Hughes says the biggest challenge the cast has faced is trying to keep a straight face in rehearsals. Performances continue tomorrow, Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22. Tickets are £7 (concessions £6) and you can get them from Village News, Station Road or on the door.

Are you missing a banana and walnut loaf and a jar of apple and ginger chutney? If so, Saxon Denning on 01438 815089 can help. They were left behind at the Christian Aid Coffee morning on October 8. The coffee morning itself was very successful - and perhaps the total of £33.29 raised can be boosted by re-selling those unclaimed purchases. Shoppers also started their Christmas shopping early, purchasing £800 worth of TRAIDCRAFT fairly traded goods. A lot of people clearly know their TREES. There were no fewer than five joint winners in the cryptic clues quiz, Victoria Croft, Stephanie Gray, Morris and Jenny le Fleming and Colin Stringer.

Woolmer Green Country Market and Crafts:
There is another opportunity to buy home-made and local produce and crafts at the re-branded Farmers' Market, which takes place this Sunday October 23 in Woolmer Green Village Hall from 9am-1pm.

Greater than Gold:
Knebworth Family of Churches celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible continues on Sunday October 30 with a performance by the Knebworth Family of Churches choir in association with the Knebworth School Choir of the Roger Jones musical. In the 18th century a Welsh girl called Mary Jones was so desperate to own a Bible in her own language that she made an epic journey to find one. The performance is at 5.30pm in St. Thomas More Church. All welcome, admission free, retiring collection in aid of Bible Society.

Remember remember the 6th of November:
That's the date of Datchworth Sports Club's firework display starting at 6.30pm for 7.30pm. A licensed bar, hot drinks and a barbecue will be available to help you enjoy the experience. Lots of flashes, bangs and sparkles, but strictly no sparklers. Tickets, adults £6 children £3, are on sale now in Coasters café in the High Street.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 13th October

Don't forget this Saturday 15 October is your first opportunity to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible. Key passages from the Authorised Version will be read aloud from a marquee on St. Martin's Green by members of the Knebworth Family of Churches. The event starts at 10am and finishes at 1pm with soup, celebration cake and an opportunity to view some fine old editions of the Bible in St. Martin's. All welcome to dip in and dip out and come back for lunch. Anyone who stays the course will receive a certificate.

Greater than Gold:
That's what Welsh girl Mary Jones thought of the Bible and her struggle to get herself a Welsh language version she could read is celebrated in the KFC's second 400th Anniversary event. The Roger Jones musical will be performed the the Knebworth Family of Churches Chorus in association with Knebworth School choir on Sunday October 30 at 4.30pm in St. Thomas More Church on London Road. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of Bible Society.

They came from Mars:
And Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall . . . in time for the Townswomen's Guild Coffee Morning: This is the longest play title Knebworth Players have ever performed. Next Thursday to Saturday October 20-22 see the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Townswomen's Guild attempting to perform Sci-Fi, with hilarious and unpredictable results. The curtain is up on David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin (Jnr)'s hilarious comedy at 8pm. Tickets are £7 (concessions £6) and you can get them from Village News, Station Road or call 01438 743788.

The come from Knebworth and landed at the Bell in Benington:
In time for lunch. And they'll be walking all the way. Well, on a circular route setting off from the Pub at 10.15am or thereabouts. 'They', are of course the Knebworth Walking Group, and cars will be gathering in Knebworth Village Hall Car Park next Tuesday October 18 at 10am. Walkers requiring lunch should book in advance by calling the pub on 01438 869270. There is a special lunchtime menu for just £5.95 (two courses £7.95). All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads.

A new email address for Good Egg Club:
The Good Egg Club has a new email address for enquiries/bookings, GoodEggClubBookings@gmail.com. If you have a child in School Years Reception-6, who would like to come to the Light and Laughter Party on October 31 from 6-7.30pm, email Gill Hughes on that address for details, or call her on 01438 813049. All welcome, deadline for booking October 23.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 6th October

Robin Wordsworth:
Knebworth will be missing another familiar face with the passing of Robin Wordsworth whose funeral was held last Friday September 30 in his beloved Parish Church of St. Mary. In his time Robin has done so much for the village that he was the successful nominee in the CPRE Hertfordshire Village of the Year Award for outstanding community service in 2010. He has been a Parish and District Councillor, PCC Secretary and editor of the Parish News. It is, however, as a tireless fundraiser for Save the Children that most of us will remember him. We will miss his presence at our fêtes and fairs - and his Christmas sale of holly and mistletoe on St. Martin's Green.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy:
This Saturday, October 8, sees the Christian Aid Autumn Coffee Morning taking place in St. Martin's Parish Centre from 9.30am-12noon. Pam Thomson will be bringing her comprehensive range of TRAIDCRAFT fairly traded food, crafts and Christmas cards. If you have any contributions for the stalls of cakes, preserves, fruit, vegetables and bric-a-brac, Saxon Denning, 01438 815089, will be pleased to collect them in advance.

Comedy Night:
This Saturday October 8 also sees Knebworth Youth Football Club's biggest ever comedy night in the Village Hall from 8-11pm.  Admission by pre-booked ticket - over-18s only - and there is a licensed bar. For further information contact Knebworth Youth Football Club Managers.

Hertfordshire's connections with the slave trade:
If you are asking yourself 'What connections?' you are not alone. I confess complete ignorance. All will be revealed at the WI talk at 7.45pm next Wednesday October 12 in Trinity Church Hall, Park Lane. Daphne Knott will be explaining our connections not only with the slave trade, but also its abolition. New members and visitors welcome.

Happy 400th Birthday King James Bible:
The Knebworth Family of Churches celebrations of the 400th Anniversary of the Authorised Version begin next Saturday 15 October on St. Martin's Green with a Biblethon from 10am-1pm. All welcome to hear this extended reading by different voices taking in the key passages of the Old and New Testaments.

They came from Mars:
And Landed Outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall . . . in time for the Townswomen's Guild Coffee Morning. Such is the unlikely title of Knebworth Players next production. The curtain is up on David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr (natch)'s hilarious comedy at 8pm on Thursday 20, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October. The Box Office in Village News, Station Road is now open of call 01438 743788. Tickets £7 (concessions £6). 

Jo Simson

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