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From Jo Simson - 26th April

Knebworth Village Trust AGM:
Every few years, the Knebworth Village Trust holds an open Annual General Meeting. This year's AGM is on Tuesday May 1 at the Knebworth School from 8pm. representatives of village organisations are cordially invited to attend. Copies of the annual report and accounts will be available and there will be the opportunity to find out more about how the Trust operates and to ask questions. If you want to accept the invitation contact Trust Secretary Catherine Williams info@knebworthtrust.com by tomorrow Friday April 27.

Nearly New Sale of Children's Clothes:
If you are interested in buying and selling your offsprings' outgrowns - contact Mel and Suz on 07971 878933. They are holding a nearly New Sale this Saturday April 28 in St. Martin's Parish Centre, next to St. Martin's Church in the centre of the village, from 9am-12 noon.

Farmers' Market and Craft Fair:
There is a distinct food theme to this week-end. There being five Sundays this month, and this Sunday April 29 being the last of them, the Woolmer Green market will take place in Woolmer Green Village Hall form 9.30am-12 noon.

Bingo and Burgers:
Bingo and burgers are on offer, meanwhile, this Sunday April 29 up at The Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth. Well-known local character Wocko will be your caller. The evening starts at 7.30 for 8pm, the cost is £2 a game and burger and fries are available for a mere £3. All proceeds will go to the North Herts. Cats Protection group.

Walk Your Way to a Healthy Herts:
As ever, there is also a pub theme to the week-end. This Saturday's morning walking group led by Kathie Painter starts and finishes at The Bull at Wheathampstead. Start time is 10am, all walks are 4-5 miles and dogs are welcome, provided they are accompanied by their owners. Contact Kathie on 01438 940594 for more details.

My Friend Miss Flint:
Last call for tickets to this clever comedy, presented by Knebworth Players tomorrow, Thursday April 25, Friday april 26 and Saturday April 27 at 7.45pm in Knebworth Village Hall. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Village News, Station Road, or 01438 226894.

Annual Parish Meeting:
It's clearly annual meeting season. Last week the Church. Next week the Village Trust on May 1st and Knebworth Parish Council invite us to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday May 2 at 7.30 for 8pm in the Village Hall, Park Lane. The agenda will include reports from all the Committees, a Police update and open forum from 8.30pm.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 19th April

Annual Church Meetings:
This Sunday April 22 sees the annual church meetings of St. Mary's and St. Martin's at 6pm in St. Martin's Parish Centre. The Rector will give his report on the year and Sides people and Parochial Church Council members will be elected. Amongst the vacancies to be filled are two Deanery Synod Representatives. If you are interested in learning more, contact the PCC Secretary Penny Paton on 01438 313241.

Walk Your Way To A Healthy Herts:
The Saturday morning walking group led by Kathie Painter sets out from the Strathmore Arms, St. Pauls Walden this Saturday April 21 at 10am. All walks are 4-5 miles and dogs are welcome, provided they are accompanied by their owners. Contact Kathie on 01438 940594 for more details.

A Concise History of Fashion:
Fashion has always fascinated us. Even in ancient times clothes were decorative, aesthetically pleasing or significant. Robin Dutt leads a six-week course on the history of fashion for SKAG (Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group) in Trinity Church, Park lane, on Wednesday evenings, starting next Wednesday 25 April at 7.30pm. Cost £20, for more details contact Hilary Spiers on 01438 350217,

My Friend Miss Flint:
Or rather, to be precise, Knebworth Players' friend. When Tom Lambert, botanist and TV gardening personality, receives a telephone call from HMRC enquiring about his public relations consultant, Miss Joanna Flint, he can honestly say he has never heard of her. By lunchtime he knows all about her, though, and rather wishes he didn't. Sarah, his accountant and ex-wife, confesses she invented Miss Flint as a tax dodge. How are Tom and Sarah to get out of this tricky situation? Find out from Thursday April 26 - Saturday April 28 at 7.45pm when the Players present 'My Friend Miss Flint' in Knebworth Village Hall. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Village News, Station Road, or 01438 226894.

Date For Your Diaries:
The Knebworth Parish Council Spring update brings news of various development sites around the village including 111 London Road, currently the home of Stepping Stones Pre-School and Bulwer Lytton House. The Doctors' surgery looks set to re-locate. Doubtless these and other issues will be brought up at the Annual Parish Meeting, to which we are all invited. The meeting takes place on May 2 at 8pm in the Village Hall.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 12th April

Walk Of Witness:
Sixty people from all walks of life and all the churches in the village took part in the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness. A simple but impressive commemoration of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, stops are made around the village, the story is read from the Bible and men take it in turns to carry the cross.

Bluebell Walk:
Knebworth Walking Group's next adventure will be a bluebell walk led by Ann and Tony Judge next Tuesday 17 April. The walk starts and finishes at Watton Nursery with opportunities for pub lunches in the Bull or The George and Dragon in Watton-at-Stone. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. Meet at Knebworth Village Hall Car Park at 10am to arrange car shares.

How Can You Save A Life By Having A Lie Down?
The answer, of course, is by attending the next blood-doning session on Tuesday April 17 in the Village Hall. Session times are 1.30-3.30pm and 5-7.45pm. For more details visit www.blood.co.uk/Session Searcher. 

Get Involved In An Exciting Community Theatre Project:
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the trial for witchcraft of Jane Wenham of Walkern, new theatre company Pins & Feathers Productions is presenting 'The Last Witch' in June at the Hertford Theatre Studio and Walkern Hall. Written by Kate Miller, the director is Knebworth's own Richard Syms. The company is looking for: actors of all ages from 16 upwards; people to help out backstage; musicians; set designers and wardrobe mistresses; anyone who could help with publicity. No experience is required - just enthusiasm. Contact Kate Miller on 07971 951291 or email to katemiller@globalnet.co.uk for more details.

Comedy Theatre At Knebworth Village Hall:
Knebworth Players present a very seasonal comedy from Thursday April 26 - Saturday April 28 in the Village Hall. 'My Friend, Miss Flint' by Donald Churchill and Peter Yeldham, is a comedy about tax evasion. The curtain rises at 7.45pm and tickets (£7, concessions £6) can be bought from Village News in Station Road, or call the Box office on 01438 226894.

Do You Know Private W Humphrey?
Or, to be strictly accurate, do you know who he was? John Williams has embarked on a project to write a mini-biography for each of the names on Knebworth's War Memorial. Private W. Humphrey, a Frist World War casualty, is the only name whose link with the village John has been unable to trace. If you think you have any information contact John on 01438 811657, smedalsJ@aol.com.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 5th April

Easter Celebrations:
This is Holy Week. Tomorrow - Good Friday - sees the most solemn acts of worship. The Knebworth Family of Churches Walk of Witness through the village carrying the cross starts from the Catholic Church of St. Thomas More in London Road at 11am. On Easter Sunday the risen Christ is celebrated in many ways in our Churches, culminating with the Family of Churches Easter Praise Service at 5.30pm in the lovely Parish Church of St. Mary up in Knebworth Park.

Easter Beer Festival:
The Lytton Arms in Park Lane, Old Knebworth, are celebrating Easter with a Beer Festival. 40 real ales and ciders will be on offer from Thursday April 5 to Bank Holiday Monday April 9 with live music from Thursday through to Sunday.

Easter Walkers:
Kathie Painter's walk sets off this Saturday 7 April at 10am from the White Lion at Walkern. All welcome, including dogs. Distance is 4-5 miles. Further details  from Kathie on 01438 940594.

Easter Monday Celebration Tea:
For a teetotal celebration, why not pop up to St. Mary's Church in Knebworth Park on Easter Monday for a Celebration Tea from 2.30-5pm? The Church will be open to admire the Easter flowers and tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be on offer. The event is organised by the Guild of St. Mary's, who are hoping to make new friends who might like to join them. The Guild looks after the cleaning and flower arrangements in the Church. For more details contact Linda Mitchell, 01438 813377, Linda.mitchell1@ntlworld.com.

Alice In Wonderland Easter Tea Party:
Tea is also on offer at Knebworth House and Gardens, where children and their families are invited to Join Alice in Wonderland on Friday and Saturday April 6 and 7 from 11am-5pm. Alice and co. Will be on stage, and children can learn circus skills, decorate tea pots and make Mad Hatter's Hats. Normal Park admission prices - £8 (family £28) or get a 10% discount if you book online.

Comfort And Joy:
Many thanks to the Parish Council, who have taken over responsibility for the public toilets in the car park in St. Martin's so that we can continue to take comfort breaks when we are out and about in the village. North Herts. District Council are no longer able to fund the facilities and the initial cost to the Parish Council will be pretty high, so let's hope they remain free from vandalism.

Jubilee Trees:
Although it's well over a month to the Queen's official Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Geoff Conybeare and John Bone have already planted three English oak trees in her honour, one in each of our three recreation grounds - the Big Rec. (Watton Road), the Little Rec. (Lytton Fields) and King George V (Park Lane, Old Knebworth).

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 29th March

The Spring is Sprung:
So it must be spring-cleaning time. If your house is spruce, fear not, I have another opportunity for you. This Saturday March 31, there's a spring-cleaning working party in St. Martin's Church from 9.30am. All more than welcome.

Palm Sunday Procession:
St. Martin's should remain spotless this Sunday April 1 as there are no services there. Instead, the congregation - and all are welcome to join them - will gather outside Lytton Hall in Knebworth Park, Old Knebworth for a Palm Sunday procession waving 'palms' cut from last year's Christmas tree branches to the lovely twelfth century Parish Church of St. Mary in the Park. An All Age Service follows at 10am.

Wear a Hat and Drink some Tea:
Those Church Spring Cleaners might like to reward themselves with a trip up to the Village Hall in Park Lane where 'Where a Hat' Day will be celebrated with a Tea Party in aid of Brain Tumour awareness from 2-4pm this Saturday March 31. A raffle with excellent prizes, tea and cakes will all be on offer. Hat wearing encouraged, but optional. Contact Lisa on 07787 524891 for further details.

Hat Wearing for Walkers:
Is recommended if this super Spring sunshine continues. Two upcoming opportunities for walking are this Saturday March 31, when Kathie Painter's walk sets off from the Preston's community pub, the Red Lion All welcome, including dogs, the walk is 4-5 miles, sets off at 10am and further details are available from Kathie on 01438 940594.  The next Knebworth Walking Group Tuesday outing is from the Jolly Waggoner at Ardeley and is 5 miles long. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome and Knebworth walkers can meet at the Village Hall Car Park at 10am next Tuesday 3 April to organise car-sharing.

Walk of Witness:
There are many Easter week events and services in Knebworth. One of the best-attended is the Walk of Witness on Good Friday, this year on April 6. It sets off at 11am from outside the Catholic Church of St. Thomas More in London Road. All welcome. Members of the Knebworth Family of Churches take it in turns to carry the cross and there are readings and prayers at various stops around the village. This year there will again be an opportunity to sign a white cross outside St. Martin's/Trinity Church as a public witness to following Jesus.

Jo Simson

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