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From Jo Simson - 26th July

Eggscellent News:
Over 60 children in School Years R-6 are booked into the Knebworth Family of Churches Good Egg Holiday Club. The Club runs from 10am - 12noon on August 7-9 and has an Olympics theme - On Your Marks. If your child(ren) didn't quite get off the mark in time - contact Gill Hughes on 01438 183049, GoodEggClubBookings@gmail.com to put them on the waiting list. There are often last-minute cancellations.

Do You Like To Sing?
Adam and Eve is a musical written by the late Stephen Swann and his wife Mary, who are both Knebworthians. Stephen, a fine musician, died suddenly last September and Adam and Eve will be performed as a tribute on October 20. Two evenings have been fixed for solo auditions at the home of Director Jeffrey Goodwin, 40 Shephall Green, SG2 9XS at 7.45pm tomorrow Friday July 27 and next Thursday August 2. For more information, contact Jeffrey on 01438 365918, or email Rebecca Goldby on Click Here to see a copy of the score. There are also choral parts and some drama.

Summer Time And The Walking Is Easier:
Now that the sun has come out to dry up all the rain. One member of the Knebworth walking group, Kathie Painter, believes you can't have too much of a good thing. She is so keen that she leads walks on Saturday mornings. These set off from different places around the County. This Saturday July 28 the meeting point is the Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence - a lovely spot. Again, the length is 4-5 miles. For more details contact Kathie on 01438 940594.

Get Quizzical:
Exercise for the little grey cells is on offer this Sunday July 29 at the Royal British Legion Quiz Night at 7.30pm. £1.50 per head, teams of up to four, cash prizes.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 19th July

Beach Party:
As I type, a curious yellow glow is lighting up the back garden and I am wondering where I have seen it before. If you, too, have been missing the sun the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane may have just the thing for you this Saturday July 21. Entry to their Beach Party Disco is free. There's a prize for the best (optional) fancy dress and Hula and limbo dancing and a raffle are all on offer.

You Really Must Come For Coffee:
Knebworth Family of Churches, meanwhile, invite you to some gentler socialising from 10am -12noon this Saturday July 21. Come for coffee, tea, chat and cake in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Fair Trade goods will be on sale. All proceeds to Knebworth Youth Project.

Shop Local:
Local foods and crafts will be on sale this Sunday morning July 22 at the Craft and Farmers Market in Woolmer Green Village Hall, Hall Lane off Bridge Road from 9.30am-12noon.

Shop Even More Local:
After the recent closure of Smith's Electrical in Station Road, it's good to see the shop re-opening as Philips Electrical, offering sales and service on white goods.

Take A Walk On The Wild Side:
If there is one visible effect of the prolonged monsoon season, it's the growth of our greenery. You can get out and admire it for yourself next Tuesday July 24 when the Knebworth Rambling Group invite walkers to join them setting out from the Village Hall car park in Park Lane at 10am. They are so champing at the bit to get out in God's good fresh air that not one but two walks are planned around Church Farm, Ardeley - each of four miles - with a lunch at the Farm in between. The afternoon walk is an optional extra. Of course there's always the weather to consider. And another visible effect of the rainy season is the mud.

Get Quizzical:
Sunday July 29 sees the return of the Royal British Legion Quiz Night at 7.30pm. £1.50 per head, teams of up to four, cash prizes.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 12th July

Family Fun Day:
Here's one for all those who are feeling withdrawal symptoms following the highly successful Festival Fun Day at the Recreation Ground a couple of weeks ago. This one definitely has a wet weather plan, so the fun can happen come rain or come shine. The Knebworth Pre School Family Fun Day takes place this Saturday July 14 from 12noon - 4pm. In an interesting twist to the usual concessionary practice, children cost £2.50 and adults are free. Entertainment on offer includes a bouncy castle, Barbecue, sports activities for children and face painting.

Summer Serenade:
Sunday 15th July. 'Event goes ahead come rain or come shine' seems to be the mantra this summer. It's certainly the case for the sixth annual Summer Serenade at Norlands, 23 Deards End Lane, SG3 6NL. Anna Brewer and friends are determined to bring some sunshine - literal or metaphorical - to July. An evening of musical entertainment in aid of the Meg Jones Brain Cancer Charity is promised from 6.30pm. Doors open 6pm. Admission free, but a collection will be made during the evening. Bring your own picnic, and feel free to bring your own gazebo, although some will be supplied.

You Really Must Come For Coffee:
Knebworth Family of Churches invite you to come for coffee, tea, chat and cake next Saturday July 21. Fair Trade goods will be on sale. All proceeds to Knebworth Youth Project. Speaking of which . . .

Knebworth Youth Project:
If you enjoy working with young people, Knebworth Youth Project would love to hear from you. They have vacancies for adult volunteers on their Thursday and Friday evening sessions. No experience necessary, but a sense of humour and endless patience are essential. The Youth Project is also looking for a part-time paid youth worker available to work on term-time Thursday and Friday evenings, approximately seven hours per week. Contact Brian Hughes on 01438 813049, email brian.hughes2@ntlworld.com. Knebworth Youth Project is managed by Trinity Church with support from the Knebworth Village Trust, Knebworth Parish Council and other local organisations.

Knebworth Scout and Guide Group:
Another voluntary job opportunity with young people is for a Group Secretary to the Knebworth Scout & Guide Group Executive Committee. Contact Group Chairman Peter Gill for further details on 07836 735391 peter@pagcomputers.com.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 5th July

Festival Fun:
Many thanks to all who contributed in any way to the Knebworth Festival last week-end. The Fun Day in particular was a huge success with something for absolutely everyone, and packed all day from the Family picnic lunch to the Family Barn Dance barbecue. Have a go sports, live music from young musicians, fundraising stalls for local organisations and all the fun of the fair all added to the mix in between. George Hamilton IV took time out in his busy schedule to worship in St. Martin's and play for the congregation in advance of his concert in Knebworth House on Sunday evening. The superb photographic exhibition in St. Martin's by local photographer Mark Bryan of A2zoom Photography finished on Sunday afternoon at the Festival Songs of Praise. Mark explained to the congregation how he used local 'models' for the exhibition. Entitled Trading Places, the photographic portraits show people posing in their 'working clothes'. They include Christopher the Optician, Robin the Paper Boy, Dale the postman and Jim the Rector. What shone out in the photographs was the pride people took in doing what the job they loved and doing it well right where they lived. A retiring collection after the Service raised over £100 for Knebworth Youth Project.

Waste Not Want Not:
Is more than just a phrase for Isobel Barnes. Isobel's passion is to use horticulture as a therapeutic tool, nurturing plants and people. Her rescued plants are now thriving and she invites us to view them - and her work - at her Open Days every Sunday this month from 10am-4pm off the junction of Slip Lane/Rabley Heath Road, next to the Robin Hood and Little John pub. Isobel will also be selling her plants every Friday during July and August on St. Martin's Green, here in the village, from 1.30-4.30pm.

Summer Serenade:
Let's hope that the weather is kind on Sunday July 15. That's when Anna Brewer and Friends will perform their annual Summer Serenade for the Brains Trust at Norlands, 23 Deards End Lane. Bring a picnic at 6 for 6.30pm. Admission free, but a collection will be made for the Brainstrust which is a Brain Cancer charity set up by the family of Anna's friend, Meg Jones, who was struck by the disease at university, but mercifully recovered.

Jo Simson

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