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KNEBWORTH NEWS - November 2012

From Jo Simson - 22nd November

KNEBWORTH TWINNING ASSOCIATION ON FACEBOOK:
If you want to 'chat' to the KTA, you can now find them on
www.facebook.com/KnebworthTwinningAssociation.

STYLE SHACK CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING:
The first of what I feel sure will be many Christmas shopping opportunities in and around the village comes this Thursday November 22 at A2Zoom Photographic Studio, 15 Station Road, Knebworth. A variety of stalls for festive inspiration will be on offer from 6-9pm. Admission is free and lots of interesting bargains are promised including gifts, crafts, preserves, toys, decorations, jewellery, ladies clothes and accessories.

MONREAD CHRISTMAS BAZAAR:
Christmas shopping opportunity number two takes place this Saturday November 24, starting at 2.30pm in Monread Lodge Nursing and Residential home on the London Road between Knebworth and Woolmer Green. A raffle, gifts, cards and jewellery are all on offer.

STEPPING STONE PRE SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR:
Third up, and probably the biggest of all. This one is on Sunday November 25 and runs from 11am - 4pm in the Village Hall, admission £1 (under 12s free). There are more stalls than ever, including wooden toys and puzzles, cards, books, decorations, jewellery, tombola, make and do craft stall, lucky jam jars, face painting and a big prize raffle. PLUS a soft play area (in association with Barleyfields Children's Centre).  The Stepping Stone Café will be serving hot and cold drinks, bacon sandwiches and cakes throughout the day.

FARMERS' MARKET AND CRAFT FAIR:
There are also bound to be Christmas gifts and seasonal goodies on offer this Sunday November 25 at the Woolmer Green Farmers' Market and Craft Fair which runs every fourth Sunday of the month in Woolmer Green Village Hall from 9am - 12 noon.

FLOODLIT CHRISTMAS MARKET:
This popular annual event in aid of Church funds takes place on St. Martin's Green from 2-5pm next Saturday December 1. (Yes, that's right, in just over a week it will be December.) Stalls include home-made cakes, jams and preserves, bric-a-brac, personalised wooden crafts, cup cakes, mince pies and jewellery. Wine will also be mulled throughout the afternoon, and carols sung at 4pm.

HEALTHY EXERCISE:
If the thought of all that Christmas shopping is making you weak at the knees, here are not one but two opportunities to get some fresh air and exercise. A leaf-clearing party meets on St. Martin's Green this Saturday November 24 at 10.30am to prepare it for that Christmas market. And next Tuesday November 27, at 10am the Knebworth walkers set off on their fortnightly jaunt from the Village Hall.  

DIET AND EXERCISE:
If you have been looking to get in shape for Christmas - or anything else for that matter - don't look for the Rosemary Conley fitness class in the Parish Centre. It's moved to Woolmer Green Village Hall on Tuesdays from 9.45-11.15am.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 8th November

CUP-CAKERY COMES TO KNEBWORTH:
If you are a cupcake addict, the newly-opened Sugar Boutique in Station Road is for you. You can pop in to buy and try on site, or order novelty and celebration cakes.

OUTBREAK OF FASHION MISTAKE MOUSTACHES:
Not only are the staff and (some!) customers of Trussell's the Butcher growing moustaches, the Rector, Rev'd. Jim Pye, has joined the trend. It's all in support of Movember, raising awareness of Prostate Cancer. To donate visit www.uk.movember.com. The 'sight' comes with a 'health warning'; it includes some hideous, hairy pictures.

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE:
This Sunday November 11, is Remembrance Sunday. An act of Remembrance and wreath-laying takes place at the War Memorial, Old Knebworth, at 12.30pm. 

POLICE COMMISSIONER ELECTION:
Don't forget to make your vote count next Thursday November 15 from 7am to 10pm in the Village Hall.

POND CLEARING:
Knebworth Parish Council hope to organise a group to clear the pond in the Watton Road/Stevenage Road recreation ground on Saturday November 17 from 9.30am. If you would like to take part contact the clerk, Claire Graham, on 01438 813795 or email clerk.knebworth@btconnect.com.

COME FOR COFFEE:
The Knebworth Family of Churches will be standing by to refresh those weary pond-waders. They throw open the doors of St. Martin's Parish Centre for coffee, tea, home-made cake and fairly-traded goods from 10am-12noon. All welcome for coffee and chat.

THE KNEBWORTH CHRISTMAS FAIR:
November 16-18 is one of those action-packed week-ends in Knebworth. At least you have three opportunities to visit the Knebworth Christmas Fair up at Knebworth House. It runs on all three days from 10am-4pm. Admission £5, concessions £4, children £3.

WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?
That's the question posed by KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) Autumn Production, a bittersweet hospital drama. Unusually (due to Police Commisssioner elections) the run starts on Wednesday November 14 at 7.45pm in the Village Hall. Punters are tempted with free cake (including cupcakery) and two tickets for just £10 on that night. It continues on Friday 16 and Saturday 17. Tickets £6.50 (concessions £5.50) from Village News in Station Road, or call Jo Simson on 01438 814166.

KNEBWORTH PRE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR:
It's clearly that time of year when we turn our minds to preparing for the festive season. I have spotted some understated advertising for Stepping Stone Pre School's Christmas Fair taking place next Sunday 25 November in the Village Hall from 11am. Refreshments will be served and they have an outstanding selection of crafts this year. More details next week. Stepping Stone have been a bit distracted lately. They had to leave their London Road premises in July and re-opened in the Watton Road Recreation Ground Pavilion in September. No sooner had they settled in than they found themselves being 'Ofsteded'. Not only is their selection of crafts at the Fair outstanding. The Ofsted Inspectors declared the Pre School itself to be outstanding.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 1st November

COMMUNITY CHORUS SEEKS CHRISTMAS SINGERS:
Knebworth Community Chorus will be singing for Christmas on Saturday December 8. If you'd like to join them, now is your chance! The introductory session takes place today, November 1 in Trinity Church. The good news is that there are no auditions. If you'd like to take part, contact Derek or Jenny on 01438 817992. If you can't get along this week, don't worry, call them anyway as there are six rehearsals in November and December.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL:
This Sunday, November 4, is the deadline for getting your filled shoeboxes to St. Martin's Church. Knebworth schoolchildren have already filled many boxes in time for Half Term and the congregation is now busy buying and packing. This year's boxes will be going to children in Kenya. Suitable items to pack include soft toys, educations supplies and toiletries. You'll find shoeboxes and instructions at the back of St. Martin's Church.

COME TO THE BALL:
If you want to come to Knebworth Twinning Association's Stardust Ball on November 24 in the Village Hall, your deadline is in fact November 10. That's the date tickets need to be ordered by. Dancing is to the Royal Jazz Band, and a cabaret and four course meal are included in your ticket price of £30 (Twinning Association Members £28). Send a cheque payable to Knebworth Twinning Association to KTA, 12 Stonecroft, Knebworth SG3 6BL, including a sae for your tickets.

POLICE COMMISSIONER ELECTION:
Knebworth Village Hall becomes a polling station on Thursday November 15 from 7am to 10pm. Don't forget to make your vote count in the Police Commissioner election.

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS:
The date chosen for the Police Commissioner election was bad news for KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society). November 15 was due to be the first night of their three-night run of Whose Life is it Anyway? By Brian Clark. Never ones to resist a challenge, KATS are performing on Wednesday November 14 instead. And to tempt in mid-week audience members they are offering free cake on Wednesday night only, plus two tickets for just £10. Normal ticket prices are £6.50, concessions £5.50, so that's a saving whichever way you look at it. Curtain goes up on this bittersweet hospital drama at 745pm, and the other performance nights are Friday and Saturday November 16 and 17. Box Office is Village News in Station Road, or call Jo Simson on 01438 814166.

Jo Simson


 
 
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