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KNEBWORTH NEWS - June 2012

From Jo Simson - 28th June

Festival Fun:
As promised last week here is a full run down on what you can expect to get up to as Knebworth gets into Festival mood this week-end in the Year of Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. The Box Office for ticketed events is Village News in Station Road.

An English Country Garden:
Is the delightful name for the programme of pastoral and folk song featuring Knebworth Community Chorus and Youth Choir with local flautist Emma Halnan in St. Martins's church on Friday June 29 from 8pm. Tickets £10, children £5.

Village Fun Day:
The Fun 'Day' starts at 1pm with a family picnic in the Recreation Ground off Watton Road/Stevenage Road. At 2pm there's a grand fancy dress parade and at 5.30pm a Family Barn Dance and Barbecue in the Music Zone. In between times, Music Zone entertainment will include dance, a Brass Band, flute and violin music. 3.15pm sees the Family Zumba session with Leanne Hyams.  You can have a go at Archery, Football, Tennis, Bowls, Gold and test your fitness with Odyssey Health Club, all in the Sports Zone. On top of this there's all the fun of the fair for all the family with stalls and entertainment in the Community and Kids' Zones.
 
Songs Of Praise:
On Sunday July 1 we are invited back free of charge to raise the roof of St. Martin's in Thanksgiving for our Community at the Festival Songs of Praise at 4pm. All the songs/hymns have been chosen by members of the Community, and there will be an opportunity to view the photographic exhibition 'Trading Places' which runs in the Church from June 25 - July 1 and features people from the Community dressed in their 'work' clothes. 'Models' include the Rev'd. Jim Pye, Val from Val's Kitchen and Christopher the Optician.

Festival Finale:
To round off the Festival, we are invited to Knebworth House Banqueting Hall from 7pm. There will be drinks on the terrace with Quintessimo Wind Quintet and from 8pm an evening of stories and song with the International Ambassador of Country Music - George Hamilton IV. Tickets £20 to include the ever-tempting glass of sparkling wine.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 21st June

Week-End Fun:
The Lytton Arms has a week-end of entertainment planned. On Saturday June 23 Benny Guitar Smith and Special Guest invite us to a Rock'n'Roll evening from 8-12pm. If you feel like getting into the spirit of the Jive, there's a prize for the best dressed man and woman. On Sunday June 24 The Lytton Arms hosts entertainment of a different kind when Wocko is the Quizmaster at the North Herts. Cats Protection League Quiz Night. Questions begin at 8pm, teams of four, £2 a head, food available.

Festival Fun:
You can hardly fail to have spotted the bright yellow signage advertising Knebworth Village Festival 2012. The village itself is now decorated with bunting and a host of activities are planned from June 28 to July 1. Village News, Station Road, is the Box Office for tickets.

An Audience With Richard Whitmore:
On Thursday June 28 the popular actor, author and former newsreader will be talking about his book 'Privies of Hertfordshire' and his life at the BBC. This nostalgic trip down the garden path is organised by Knebworth Twinning Association. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine (Twinning Association members get in for £8).

An English Country Garden:
On Friday June 29 from 8pm in St. Martin's Church Knebworth Community Chorus and Youth Choir join forces with local flautist Emma Halnan to provide a programme of pastoral and folk song. Tickets £10 (children £5).

Village Fun Day:
Admission is free to the Fun Day on Saturday June 30 in the Big Rec (off Watton Road). This has all the fun of the fair, plus the chance to try your hands at various sports and activities. There will also be Youth and Music zones. Attractions include a Grand Fancy Dress Parade and a Family Zumba Session. The 'Day' starts with a Family Picnic at 1pm and finishes with a Family Barbecue and Barn Dance at 5.30m. Be there and be 'Square'.

Trading Places:
This photographic exhibition of people from the Community posing in their 'working' clothes, features Rev'd Jim Pye, Val of Val's Kitchen and Christopher the Optician and runs from June 25 to July 1 in St. Martin's Church.

Festival Finale:
Watch this space for details of the events on Sunday July 1, which include a Festival Songs of Praise Service at 4pm, drinkso nt heTerrace at Knebworth House and an Evening of Stories and Song with George Hamilton 1V.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 14th June

Knebworth In Bloom:
I mentioned that the ladies of the WI had been busy with their trowels planting Jubilee flower beds around our village signs, and you will see from the photo that they did a bloomin' good job. Well done, and thank you.

You Really Must Come For Coffee:
Courtesy of the Knebworth Family of Churches who invite us all to coffee, tea and scrummy home-made cakes in St. Martin's Parish Centre this Saturday 16 June from 10am-12noon. Fairly traded goods and preserves will also be on sale. All proceeds to an excellent cause - the Knebworth Youth Project - and all very welcome for coffee and chat.

A Night At The Races:
Can be yours free of charge, courtesy of the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane, this Saturday June 16 from 7.30pm. Well, at least the admission is free, but I imagine you have to bet on the races. Non members welcome.

What's Your Favourite Hymn Or Worship Song?
You have until this Sunday June 17 to put in a bid for it to be sung at the Festival Songs of Praise in St. Martin's Church on Sunday 1 July a 4pm. All more than welcome to raise the roof in praise. Forms to share your choice are available in all Knebworth churches, or cut one out of this month's Parish News.

High Street Fashion Comes To Knebworth School:
Next Tuesday June 19, and it will be modelled by Knebworth Pre School Mums. They start their cat-walking at 8pm and tickets cost £2.50 to include a glass of wine. Come along and bag yourself a bargain - High Street labels at a fraction of the cost. Tickets from the Pre-School on 01438 234804, or Jane on 07736 082652, Roz on 07595 672110 or Suzie on 07971 878933.

Meals On Wheels, End Of An Era: 
For over 30 years the village has benefited from a team of volunteers who have delivered 'Meals on Wheels' and the personal touch to the old and infirm in all weathers. For most of that time Sylvia Hunter has organised the service. The Board of Herts Community Meals has announced that from the 29th June the delivery service will change and that volunteer drivers will no longer be used. Meanwhile, a tremendous vote of thanks is owed to Sylvia and her team.

Knebworth Festival:
If you are feeling a bit flat in that awkward gap between the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics, fear not, Knebworth Festival - 29 June - 1 July - is close at hand. Watch this space next week for details of events.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 24th May

Congratulations:
To the twelve walkers from Datchworth and Knebworth who took part in the East Herts. Christian Aid walk on Saturday May 12. Between them they covered 265 miles. Eight of the twelve walkers completed the whole 43Km. Meanwhile the provisional total from the house-to-house envelope collection stands at £3,361.12. A tremendous result.

Spring Clean for the Queen:
Twelve (but a different set of people) also happens to be the number of litter pickers who turned up to spring clean the village for the Jubilee on Saturday 19 May, and collected 18 bags of rubbish.

Lily-Lops Table Tops Sale:
Say that and you've said a mouthful. You are invited to come and join the fun this Saturday 26 May from 10am - 12 noon in St. Martin's Parish Centre. The Sale is in loving memory of Lily Ward and in aid of the Toddlerific toddler group run by Bridgebuilders Christian Trust and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity (SANDS). To book a table top (£8) contact Beckie Ward on 07812 906766.

Village Schools Netball Tournament:
Knebworth Primary and Nursery School hosts its first ever Village Primary Schools Netball Tournament this Saturday May 26. The winning team will be presented annually with a shield. The Steen Family Memorial Shield commemorates the Steen family, and particularly the late Robert Steen, who have sponsored Knebworth's netball team for the past fifteen years. The winning team will also receive medals. Thanks to local businesses, there will also be a raffle on the day. To sponsor the event contact the school on 01438 812184.

Communicating Doors:
Tickets for the Saturday night performance of KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) production of Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn are selling like hot cakes. There are still plenty available for tonight (May 24) and tomorrow night (May 25) though. Doors open at 7.15pm and curtain is up at 7.45pm in the Village Hall. To book tickets (£6.50, concessions £5.50) for this time-travelling, comedy thrillercontact Box Office Jo Simson on 01438 814166 or 07952 199183, or pop into Village News in Station Road.

Datchworth Open Gardens:
The cakes may not be hot but there will certainly be cream teas up the hill at Datchworth Open Gardens this Sunday May 27 from mid-day to 5pm. Eleven gardens will be open, and this year's scarecrows will be dressed in a Jubilee theme. Live music, Ploughman's lunches and a barbecue are also on offer. Admission £5 for adults, under-12 free. All proceeds to All Saints Church, The Red Cross and the Friends of Danesbury/QVM hospital.

Jo Simson


 
 
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