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KNEBWORTH NEWS - December 2012

From Jo Simson - 20th December

A Very Merry Christmas:
To all my readers. I know there are some out there because you keep telling me you do and you are truthful people. If you are looking for that last-minute desperate Christmas present with a local flavour Fiva, An Adventure that Went Wrong could be just the thing. Written by local 'lad' Gordon Stainforth, this award-winning book tells the tense tale of his near-death experience. The year is 1969, Apollo 11 is blasting off to the moon and 19-year old twins Gordon and John are setting off from their Knebworth home on the adventure of a lifetime - to climb Norway's Store Trolltind. Within hours things go badly wrong. Gordon puts himself back into the climbing boots of his 19-year old self to tell this tale in the present tense. Published by Golden Arrow Books, RRP £9.95, and if you are still ordering from Amazon, TODAY is the last day you can get it in time for Christmas.

Christmas Services:
Forget the hustle and bustle, celebrate the reason for the season at one of the village churches. Monday December 2 offers you four opportunities. In St. Martin's (centre of the village) there is a Crib Service at 4pm, in the Catholic Church of St. Thomas More (London Road) a Children's Mass and Nativity at 6pm. St. Thomas More, St. Martin's and Trinity (Park Lane) all have 11.30pm Services. On Christmas Morning for the early risers or the rudely awakened there are 8am Services in St. Thomas More and the 12th Century St. Mary's up in Knebworth Park. St. Thomas More offers Sung Christmas Morning Mass with Carols, St. Martin's has Family Communion and Trinity Family Service all at 10am.

Last Post:
Don't forget that the last collection for the Socut/Guide Christmas Post is tomorrow Friday December 21 at 4pm from Village News in Station Road. A snip at 30p per card, even cheaper than last year's Royal Mail price. Sadly, though, the service is only offered in Knebworth and Old Knebworth.

Surgery and Pharmacy Opening Hours:
Try NOT to be ill over Christmas. If you need the Surgery, though, it is open as normal on Christmas Eve, December 27, 28 and 31. Chemists in the village are open on the same days, with one of them also being open on Saturday December 29.

Put a Spring in your Step:
Well, if Tuesday January 1st is the New Year, can Spring be far behind? It's your opportunity to take a New Year's Day walk at the very sensibly delayed time of 1.30pm in the company of the Knebworth Walking Group. Meet at the Village Hall Car Park for a fairly undemanding three-mile jaunt. You also get the opportunity to pile on the calories again, courtesy of the WI, who will greet returning walkers with tea and mince pies.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 13th December

Knebworth Scout and Guide Christmas Post:
If you live in Knebworth or Old Knebworth you can cut the cost of Christmas post drastically. It costs just 30p per card to send your Christmas greetings via the Scout and Guide Christmas post. The post box and stamps are in Village News Station Road and the last collection is at 4pm on Friday December 21. Don't forget to write the full address on the cards though - there is no mind-reading badge in the Scouting movement. And don't forget that they can only deliver within Knebworth/Old Knebworth.

Knebworth Family of Churches Christmas Letter:
Well, it's not really a letter at all, but a bright yellow leaflet about Christmas, detailing all the Church  Services in the Parish over the Festive period. It bears the unusual heading 'Gander this Goose tale'. You should get one plopping on to your doormat by the end of this week, as the first Christmas Services listed take place this Sunday December 16. They include the  Carol Service at the lovely twelfth-century Parish Church of St. Mary's, tucked away in Knebworth Park on the Knebworth House Estate. This year's theme is 'A Royal Pregnancy'. Now I wonder where that idea came from?

Village Carol Singing:
The carol singing continues as Knebworth Family of Churches invite you to sing carols around the village next Tuesday December 18. Meet at 6.25pm at the Deanscroft entrance to Deanscroft Sheltered Accommodation. The carollers will be collecting for Stevenage Haven, a local charity supporting single people who are homeless. For full details contact Jo Simson 01438 814166, jo.simson@ntlworld.com

Evening of Festive Music:
Carols will also be on the programme as Quintessimo Wind quintet presents an Evening of Festive Music in St Thomas More Church, London Road next Tuesday December 18 at 7.30pm. Admission free, retiring collection.

Labour of Love:
Margaret Webb has spent three years typing up a computerised spreadsheet of the records of christening, weddings and burials from 1596 to 1837. A fascinating article detailing her discoveries appears in this month's Parish News, available from Village News, Station Road for just 60p. An electronic copy of the magazine could be just the Christmas present for those who have moved away. The subscription is £6, payable to Knebworth PCC. Send it to Rev'd. Jim Pye, 15 St. Martin's Road, Knebworth SG3 6ER with contact details- including an email address!

Changes to Parking Restrictions:
Parking restrictions in the village are due to change/come into force next Spring. Changes affect London Road, Watton Road, Kerr Close and Park Lane amongst others. Details appear on lamp-posts throughout the village centre.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 6th December

Knebworth Community Chorus Sings for Christmas:
Winter Wonderland, The Snowman and Christmas Carols will all be in their repertoire when the Community Chorus lets rip in St. Martin's Church this Saturday December 8 from 7pm. The Choir is joined by guest singer Mel O'Donnell and pianist Cynthia O'Donnell, and of course yourselves. Tickets (£10 adults, £5 children) from Village News, Station Road

Christmas Tree Memorial Stars Service:
Earlier in the day on Saturday Deember 8, but also in St. Martin's Church, the Memorial Stars Service at 4pm gives people a chance to hang a star on the Christmas Tree in memory of a loved one they have lost. All welcome.

Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine:
Actually I don't know if mistletoe and wine are on the menu for the Knebworth Walking Group Christmas Lunch at the Plume of Feathers, Tewin. There should be at least 29 walkers because that is the number booked for lunch, but all are more than welcome to join the walk itself. Meet in the (Knebworth) Village Hall Car Park at 10am next Tuesday December 11.

Village Carol Singing:
The carol singing continues as Knebworth Family of Churches invite you to join them to sing carols around the village on Tuesday December 18. Meet at 6.25pm at the Deanscroft entrance to Deanscroft Sheltered Accommodation. The carollers will be collecting for Stevenage Haven, a local charity supporting single people who are homeless. For full details contact Jo Simson 01438 814166, jo.simson@ntlworld.com

Evening of Festive Music:
Carols will also be on the programme as Quintessimo Wind quintet presents an Evening of Festive Music in St Thomas More Church, London Road on Tuesday December 18 at 7.30pm. Admission free, retiring collection.

Festive Decorations:
If you are wondering how to make your Christmas decorations that little bit special this year, why not add balloons? Haven't got a clue how to go about it? No, neither have I, but if we go along to the WI meeting next Wednesday December 12 at 7.45pm in Trinity Church, we will be better informed. 

Happy, Healthy New Year:
No, this is not a misprint, though it sounds a bit reach coming from someone who hasn't bought their first Christmas present. It's just that a number of classes, old and new, in the village are looking for new members for the new year.

Do you suffer from lower back pain?
Julia Lawrence will be running lower back pain classes in Trinity Church Hall, Park Lane, starting January 8 at 7.30pm. The classes, run in two sets of six-weeks, are limited to six people and based on Yoga. Sessions will cost £6 each. To find out more about the visit www.yogaforbacks.co.uk, or call Julia on 07709 685868 or 01438 238746.

Lazy Daisy Ante Natal Classes:
Emma Smith suffered a rare, life-threatening condition in her first pregnancy. She found the Lazy Daisy régime so helpful in relaxing her in her second pregnancy that she has started running classes herself. The classes are for anyone 14-weeks into pregnancy or more and a term of six weeks costs £40. They start in St. Martin's Parish Centre on January 9 at 7.30. For more details contact Emma on 07515 765213.

Drop in Hatha Yoga:
Debbie Bayfield, meanwhile runs Yoga classes for all levels of fitness and ability in St. Martin's Parish Centre on Tuesdays. The first 2013 session I from 8-9.15 on January 9. Each session costs £6. For more details contact Debbie on 07887 566419.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 1st December

KNEBWORTH AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB:
Is not as large as it would like to be. Members will welcome new faces tomorrow Friday November 30, at their AGM and Christmas Social in St. Martin's Parish Centre, next to St. Martin's Church in the centre of the village. For more information about the Club or the Social contact Gill Griffin on 01438 222040.

WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND:
It may look soggy and grey outside to our eyes, but St. Michael's School, Woolmer Green, promise us a Winter Wonderland this Saturday December 1 from 11am-2pm. Admission free to this Christmas fundraiser event.

FLOODLIT CHRISTMAS MARKET:
If you can't find what you are looking for there, or to pick up more bargains, pop straight along to St. Mary's and St. Martin's Christmas Market. It's on St. Martin's Green in the centre of the village on Saturday 1st from 2-5pm In addition to Christmas gifts, crafts and goodies, there will be Carol singing at 4pm. The aroma of mulled wine should get you into the spirit of things. Father Christmas won't be there, I am afraid, but I can promise you our hairy Rector, Jim Pye. He will be ceremoniously shaving off his moustaches. Of which more below.

MOVEMBER MADNESS:
I believe Trussells the Butchers Movember team is now up to about sixteen hideously hairy men who have grown moustaches this month to raise awareness of Men's health problems. The aforementioned Jim Pye is one of them. For my money, the outright winner is Jon Harris whose Victorian monstrosity must have frightened many a small child on the street. It certainly gave me the shivers. The team have raised over £1800 to date. Help them to top the £2,000 mark at www.movember.com.

ADVENT SUNDAY:
This Sunday December 2 is Advent Sunday and Churches all over the country will be starting their countdown to Christmas with an evergreen Advent wreath which reminds us that God's love never dies, has no beginning and no end, and Advent candles marking the different groups of people who waited for Jesus. Knebworth Family of Churches invite you to wait no longer but join them for a United Advent Service at 5.30pm in Trinity Church, Park Lane.

WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND:
No it's not a misprint. From St. Michael's Christmas Fair to Knebworth Community Chorus singing for Christmas is but a week. Walking in a Winterland will be one of the songs they are carolling in St. Martin's Church from 7pm on Saturday December 8. The Choir is joined by guest singer Mel O'Donnell and pianist Cynthia O'Donnell. Tickets (£10 adults, £5 children) from Village News, Station Road.    

Jo Simson


 
 
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