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KNEBWORTH NEWS - October 2012

From Jo Simson - 25th October

FITTING TRIBUTE:
Adam and Eve, the musical performed in tribute to gifted musician and composer Stephen Swann, played to a packed St. Martin's church on Saturday. Stephen's wife, Mary, who wrote the very clever lyrics, sang with the Sopranos and was delighted and overwhelmed with the glorious singing and the audience appreciation. Over £530 was raised at a retiring collection which will be shared between St. Martin's Church and Bridge Builders Christian Trust.

AUTUMN WALKING:
With the trees putting on their final flourishes of red, brown and gold before the wind brings them all down, this is an excellent time for admiring the countryside's last hurrah before winter. Knebworth Walking Group will be out an about on a circular route from the Plume of Feathers Pub in Ickleford next Tuesday October 30. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on lead. Meet at the Village Hall car park at 10am.

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS:
It was a week-end of successful, if incidental, fundraising all round. £70-worth of fairly traded goods were sold at the monthly Knebworth Family of Churches coffee morning. The One World Service retiring collection came to exactly £100, which will go to Christian Aid.

LIGHT AND LAUGHTER PARTY 31 OCTOBER
At the time of going to press there are still some places available at the Knebworth Family of Churches Light and Laughter Party for school years Reception - 6, from 6-7.30pm on October 31. Contact Gill Hughes on 01438 813049, GoodEggClubBookings@gmail.com for more details.

MOVEMBER:
Next Thursday sees the start of November - and also the start of Movember. It will also be the start of a new look for the staff at Trussells Butcher shop. The all-male team will be growing moustaches throughout the month to raise awareness of Prostate and Testicular Cancer. Joining Paul Elleston and his staff in horrible hairiness will be several customers. So far they have a team of eight. Pop into the shop if you would like to take part. You could also buy some meat while you are there.

POND CLEARING:
Knebworth Parish Council hope to organise a group to clear the pond in the Watton Road/Stevenage Road recreation ground. If you would like to take part contact the clerk, Claire Graham, on 01438 813795 or email clerk.knebworth@btconnect.com.

VILLAGE DEVELOPMENTS, YOUR VIEWS COUNT:
Re-development of the former Bulwer Lytton House site in Lytton Fields, and 111 London Road and a new site for the Doctors' Surgery are all hot issues in Knebworth at the moment. The Parish Council would like to find out our views, so they are setting aside an hour at their monthly meeting for public participation. The date for your diaries is Wednesday November 7, 8-9pm in the Village Hall.


Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 18th October

ANYBODY FOR MURDER?
Can pop along to the Village Hall this week, where the Knebworth Players will be performing Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner's hilarious murder farce from Thursday to Saturday October 18 - 20 at 7.45pm. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) can be bought at Village News, Station Road, call the Box Office on 01438 226894, or on the door.

ADAM AND EVE THE MUSICAL:
Keep Saturday October 20 free for a celebration of creation. Admission to the one-off performance Adam and Eve the Musical at 7.30pm in St. Martin's is free, but with a retiring collection in aid of Bridge Builders Christian Trust and Church funds. The musical is being performed in memory of the late Stephen Swann, who wrote it with his wife Mary. Says Mary, 'In the seventies, my husband and I went to see ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ at the Westminster Theatre. With the confidence of youth, we decided that we could write a musical too. ‘Adam and Eve’ was the result and I am delighted that it is being performed by the Knebworth Family of Churches to mark the first anniversary of Stephen’s death. Nothing would have pleased him more.'

YOU REALLY MUST COME FOR COFFEE:
And you don't have to wait long to accept this invitation from Knebworth Family of Churches. Their next coffee morning takes place in St. Martin's Parish Centre, next to St. Martin's church in the centre of the village from 10am-12noon this Saturday October 20. All more than welcome for coffee, cake and a natter.

CAN YOU HELP TO MAKE THE FESTIVAL A SUCCESS?
Following the highly successful 2012 Knebworth Festival Week-end, the small organising committee invites everyone to the Festival AGM at 8pm on Monday October 22 in the Village Hall Annexe. The meeting will consider options for next year's Festival. Contact Festival Secretary Ann Judge, email Click Here, for more information.

BAD NEWS GOOD NEWS:
Sadly the Pumpkin Trail and Treats events in Knebworth House Gardens on October 29-31 are sold out. The good news is that the Knebworth Family of Churches Light and Laughter Party on Wednesday October 31 from 6-7.30pm still has plenty of space for children in School Years Reception - 6. But you need to book. Contact Gill Hughes on 01438 813049 or email Good EggClubBookings@gmail.com for more information.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 11th October

HURRY TO THE HOEDOWN:
It’s the season of Harvest Thanksgiving. What better way to celebrate it than with a pizza and a Harvest Square Dance? You can do just that this Saturday October 13 in Woolmer Green Village Hall. Bring your own drinks. Tickets (£8 adults, £4 children) can be had from Sue Keach on 01438 716657.

ANYBODY FOR MURDER?
Well, the Knebworth Players certainly are. They present Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner's hilarious murder farce in the Village Hall from Thursday to Saturday October 18 - 20. Clemens and Spooner are best known for writing the hit TV series the Avengers and The Professionals. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) can be bought at Village News, Station Road, or call the Box Office on 01438 226894.

BOWLS CLUB QUIZ NIGHT:
Let nobody say there is nothing to do in Knebworth next week-end. The Bowls Club are preparing to celebrate their centenary in 2013. Friday October 19 sees their fundraising Quiz Night taking place in St. Martin's Parish Centre at 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets are just £8 each to include a Ploughman's Supper (bring your own drinks). Teams of up to eight people. For more information/tickets call Bill Osborne on 223735.

ADAM AND EVE THE MUSICAL:
Next week is definitely entertaining in Knebworth. Adam and Eve, the musical written by the late Stephen Swann and his wife Mary, will be performed in Stephen's memory on Saturday October 20 in St. Martin's church. The performance starts at 7.30pm and admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Bridge Builders Christian Trust and St. Martin's Church. Bridge Builders works with children and schools in Stevenage and the surrounding area to connect children with faith, hope and love.

CAN YOU HELP TO MAKE THE FESTIVAL A SUCCESS?
2012's Knebworth Festival Week-end was universally acclaimed, particularly the Family Fun Day on the Recreation Ground which attracted just about the entire village. But to ensure the Festival's continued success more organisers are needed. If you think you could join the organising committee, or your organisation might plan an event, come along to the Fesitval AGM at 8pm on Monday October 22 in the Village Hall Annexe. Contact Festival Secretary Ann Judge, email Click Here, for more information.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 4th October

WINNING STREAKS MARK 1:
If you entered the Christian Aid cryptic Mountains quiz you really ought to go to their Coffee Morning this Saturday October 6 from 9.30am-12noon in St. Martin's Parish Centre. The winners will be announced towards the end of the morning. While you are there you can pick up a comprehensive range of Traidcraft goods, home-made cakes, preserves, fruit, vegetables, books and bric-a-brac. You can also enter the raffle and enjoy a cuppa.

WINNING STREAKS MARK 2:
After a history of coming 8th, 6th, 5th and 3rd in the annual Bridge2Aid Quiz, Jon Harris steered his team, The Wheelbarrows, to victory last Saturday. Bridge2Aid is a dental charity working in Tanzania. Knebworth Dentist Liz Stringer and her Dental team spend two weeks each February out there training Doctors to give basic dental care. Liz's husband, Colin, sets the quiz, which this year raised a magnificent £1,850 for the charity. Although my own team was not enjoying a winning streak, I am thrilled to discover that we were one of only two teams to recognise the theme tune to 'Owen MD'. (How sad is that?)

CELEBRATE HARVEST:
At 10am This Sunday October 7 at an All Age Service in St. Martin's. Harvest produce will go to Stevenage Haven which provides homeless people with emergency accommodation. Gifts of non-perishable food and toiletries are welcome.

PLANS FOR BULWER LYTTON RESIDENTIAL HOME:
The Bulwer Lytton Residential Home at the top of Lytton Fields has now closed. Hertfordshire County Council propose to redevelop the site as residential property. If you would like to find out what they have in mind you will find an exhibition on display on site next Wednesday October 10 from 3-8pm. 

PERSONAL STYLE:
Wednesday October 10 is also the date of the next WI meeting at 7.45pm in Trinity Church Hall, Park Lane. The speaker will be Irene Nathan on Personal Style and the competition an Autumn Flower. New members and guests welcome.

FEELING QUIZZICAL?
If you missed the Bridge2Aid Quiz, or want to have another shot at going for glory, Friday October 19 is the date for your diary. The Bowls Club are holding a fundraising quiz in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Start time is 7 for 7.30pm, tickets are £8 each to include a Ploughman's Supper and teams are up to 8. Bring your own drinks. Tickets from Gill Welham on 351639 or Bill Osborne on 223735.

Jo Simson


 
 
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