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KNEBWORTH NEWS - November 2011

From Jo Simson - 24th November

Busy village, busy people:
Did I say last week-end was busy in Knebworth? This week-end looks set to rival it. Here's a rundown for you.

Frustrated gardeners:
Who have cleared all their leaves and want to plan for the Spring can do no better than pop along to the Knebworth and District Gardening club AGM and Social in St. Martin's Parish Centre at 8pm on Friday November 25. All welcome, particularly prospective members.

The 'leaf' police dismisseth them:
Actually frustrated gardeners who have cleared their leaves could do no better than join the leaf-clearing party on St. Martin's Green itself, where they are lying in abundance. Volunteers with rakes, brooms and leaf-scooping implements are all welcome to join in on Saturday 26 November at 10.30am. With luck and no following wind there will also be time for a welcome cuppa after the job is done.

Coffee and Christmas Shopping:
There will definitely be coffee and tea available for those leaf-clearers in the Parish Centre as Suzanne Hodges and Judith Clark are holding a coffee morning there that same morning, Saturday November 26, from 9.30am-12noon in aid of Cancer Research.

Craft Fair:
Sunday November 27 sees a mega Christmas shopping opportunity in the Village Hall, Park Lane, when Stepping Stone Pre-School holds its annual Craft Fair from 11am-4pm. Stalls will include wooden toys and puzzles, cards, books, decorations, jewellery, tombola, cakes, lucky jam jars, face paintinga and a raffle. The Stepping Stone Café will be open throughout the day for bacon butties and other refreshments. Entrance £1 (under 12s free).

Get walking:
After their last excursion to St Albans, Knebworth Walking Group are sticking closer to home next Tuesday November 29. Led by Barry and Joy Hall, their walk begins and finishes in the Station Pub Car Park. Meet at 10am. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. If you aren't lunching in the pub, though, and have come by car (why!?) you will need to park in the Village Hall Car Park (right-hand side only as solar panels are being installed on the Village Hall roof).

Watch out, there are car thieves about:
At 4.30pm on Monday November 21, three men attempting to steal a Toyota pick up parked in Peters Way caused considerable damage. Be vigilant, and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Christmas Fair:
Next week's Christmas Shopping event is the Christmas Market on the freshly leaf-cleared St. Martin's Green on Saturday December 3 from 2-5pm. Mulled wine, mince pies and carols will all be on offer to enhance your Christmas shopping experience

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 17th November

Busy, busy, busy:
That could well be your life this week-end if you take advantage of everything on offer in Knebworth my home village. Tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday night see the three-night run of KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) production of 'In Praise of Love' by Terence Rattigan - 7.45pm in the Village Hall. Tickets £6.50, (£5.50 concessions) available from Village News, Station Road, Colin Macleod on 01438 235375/07949 075719), or on the door. Tomorrow night, Friday Nov 18, the Bowls Club invite you to a fundraising Quiz Night for their centenary celebrations in 2012. Venue is St. Martin's Parish Centre and tickets (£8 to include a Ploughman's Supper) are available from Bill Osborne on 01438 223735 or Gill Welham 01438 351639.  On Saturday 19 November the Knebworth Parking Initiative Group mount an exhibition, also in the Parish Centre from 9am - 1pm. This is in the light of controversial proposals from North Herts. District Council to introduce parking charges in the Public Car Park.

Knebworth Christmas Fair:
The final event to advertise this week-end is the Christmas Fair up at  Knebworth House and Country Park. A wide range of Christmas gifts and crafts will be on sale, together with festive fare and drinks. Santa's grotto will not only have reindeer but owls. The Fair is open on Saturday and Sunday November 19 and 20 from 10am-4pm. The ticket price of £3 for children includes the visit to Santa's Grotto. Adults £5, Senior citizens £4.

Knebworth Youth Choir:
It's not too late to join the Knebworth Youth Choir of 7-13 year olds who will be singing with Knebworth Community Chorus at a Christmas Concert on Saturday December 17. The second practice is this Friday November 18 from 5-6pm in Trinity Church Hall. There is a one-off fee of £5 per child to cover costs. For full details contact Sam Jellett on 01438 235185, email sam.jellett@ntlworld.com.

Knebworth and District Gardening Club AGM and Social:
Looking ahead to next week-end, Knebworth and District Gardening Club flings open the doors of that ever-popular St. Martin's Parish Centre and extends a warm welcome to prospective members at its AGM at 8pm on Friday November 25. For further information contact Sheila Read on 01438 318441.

You really must come for coffee:
Stay in the Parish Centre if you can (I don't THINK there are bed and breakfast rates but it would be handy) because Saturday November 26 gives you another Christmas shopping and coffee opportunity from 9.30am-12noon. This is the first in a series of fundraising events for the Institute of Cancer Research which will culminate in a trek along the Great Wall of China for Suzanne Hodges and Judith Clark.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 10th November

Poppy Appeal:
Tomorrow is the eleventh of the eleventh eleven. The Royal British Legion in Gun Lane will be raising funds for those who have served their country with a Poppy Appeal Disco and Karaoke on Saturday night, 12 November starting at 7.30pm.

Act of Remembrance:
The Act of Remembrance this year takes place on Sunday 13 November at 12.30pm at the War Memorial, Old Knebworth. This year the Knebworth Family of Churches will be laying a joint wreath.

Operation Christmas Child:
Shoeboxes packed with Christmas gifts from Knebworth set off to the children of Kyrgyzstan this week. This year Knebworth School joined with the congregation of St. Mary's and St. Martin's to prepare the boxes and a total of 114 boxes was collected.

Let's get quizzical:
Knebworth Bowls Club is already getting ready to celebrate its centenary year in 2012.  They have a fund-raising Quiz a week tomorrow, Friday 18 November at 7 for 7.30pm in St. Martin's Parish Centre, St. Martin's Road. Teams of up to eight people, tickets cost £8 and include a Ploughman's meal. Bring your own drinks, tea and coffee available. To book your tickets contact Bill Osborne on 01438 223735 or Gill Welham on 01438 351639.

In Praise of Love:
It's just a week tonight that KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) open the doors of the Village Hall for a three night run of a beautifully crafted Terence Rattigan play. 'In Praise of Love' is a surprisingly unsentimental but affirmative examination of the emotion. Meet the Cruttwell family and discover the bond which holds them together at 7.45pm Thursday to Saturday 17-19 November. Tickets £6.50, concessions £5.50 from Colin Macleod 01438 235375/ 07949 075719 or call in and buy them at Village News, Station Road.  

Village Parking:
Following a move to introduce parking charges in the North Herts. District Council Car Park in St. Martin's Road, Knebworth Parking Initiative Group has now come up with some proposals on parking in the village. You can view them at an exhibition in St. Martin's Parish Centre on Saturday 19 November from 9am-1pm. Plans will also be available for viewing in the Library in St. Martin's Road (open week-day afternoons and Saturday mornings) and on North Herts. District Council's website. There will be a four-week consultation before firm plans are announced in the New Year.

Knebworth Walking Group roams further afield:
Kingsbury Water Mill in St Albans is the starting point for the next Knebworth Walking Group trip on Tuesday 15 November. The route is 4-5 miles long and walkers can meet as usual in the Village Hall Car Park at 10am. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads

Jo Simson

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