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KNEBWORTH NEWS - JANUARY 2013

From Jo Simson - 31st January

Finding a Voice:
Is the intriguingly named title of a five week Lent course offered by Knebworth Family of churches. Even more intriguingly, the sessions are all based on the award-winning film The King's Speech.  The course starts the week commencing 20 February. There is a choice of sessions throughout the week. If you are intrigued enough to want to give it a try you can find a form in any of the village churches - Trinity, Park Lane, St. Thomas More on London Road, St. Martin's in the centre of the village and St. Mary's up in Knebworth Park. NB the forms need to be returned by this Sunday February 3. For more details contact Gill Hughes on 01438 813049, bill Osborne on 01438 223735 or Kristin Coldwell on 01438 813815.

Blood Doning Session:
I used to look forward to the arrival of the blood doning session in the Village Hall, Park Lane as an opportunity for a lie-down in the middle of the day. Now they have 1960s lookalike space-age chairs and I can pretend to be Major Tom. The unit comes to Knebworth next Tuesday February 5 from 1.15-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm. To make an appointment call 03001232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk. Or just drop in on the day.

Strategic Land for Housing Availability Assessment:
North Herts. District Council is undertaking an assessment of potential sites for housing. Several sites in Knebworth and the surrounding area have been put forward. An exhibition will be held in the Village Hall, Park Lane on Tuesday February 12 from 7.30-9.30pm.

Comedy Night:
If you are looking for a laugh at this dismal time of year, Knebworth Football Club could have just the thing for you. Their fundraising Comedy Night is on Saturday February 9 from 8-11pm in the Village Hall. Tickets are £12.50, and the comedians are Silky, Jess Fostekew and John Gordillo.  Cheques, payable to Mrs J Wheeler should be sent to her at 62 Stevenage Road, Knebworth SG3 6NN, together with your contact details and the number of tickets required.

Hot Chocolate:
Not the group, but the drink, along with tea, coffee, chat and biscuits are offered to mums, carers, babies and toddlers on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, coinciding with the Baby clinic at Trinity Church Park Lane

Multi Activity Exercise Sessions:
Are offered for the slightly older - 50+ - from 1-3pm on Fridays in the Village Hall, Park Lane. The first week is free, thereafter £2.50 per session. Sessions include warm ups and games. For more details contact Joe Capon, 01707 281004 or email Click Here

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 24th January

Week of Christian Unity:
Christian Unity, we hope, continues all year round. The week of Prayer for Christian Unity, however, continues until Saturday January 26.  A short - 20 minute - service or reflection will be held at noon each day in St. Martin's Church in the heart of the village. I can guarantee as warm a welcome as possible, the heating has been programmed to come on. At the time of going to press snow and ice has been cleared from the entrance to the car park and the entrance to the church. The prayers on Saturday January 26 will be followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the Parish Centre.

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra New Year Concert:
This Saturday January 26 local school student Ben Goldscheider joins Stevenage Symphony Orchestra to perform the Strauss Horn Concerto No 1. Also included in the Orchestra's new Year Concert programme are Weber's Der Freischutz Overture and Brahms' Symphony No 2.  Conducted by Phillip Brunton, the concert is performed in St Martin's Church, Knebworth at 7.30 pm.  Tickets £9 (£7 concessions) available at the door or from Gower House Interiors, 135d London Road, Knebworth or www.stevenagesymphony.org.

Country Market:
It might seem a bit Good King Wenceslasish to be popping along the road to Woolmer Green, but if it's the fourth Sunday of the month, it must be time for the Country and Craft Market with farmers' food and gifts on sale on Sunday January 27 in Woolmer Green Village Hall from 9am - 12noon.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland:
It looks as though the Knebworth Walking Group will be doing just that when they set off from the Village Hall car park next Tuesday January 29 at 10am.  The walk itself will be centred around picturesque Pirton, and the Fox Pub. All welcome - including well-behaved dogs on leads - length approximately four miles.

Quiz Night:
Knebworth Players, are taking time out from their rehearsals for the March production of 'A tomb with a View'. Their Quiz Night takes place in St. Martin's Parish Centre on Friday February 1 at 7 for 7.30pm. Teams of six, Ploughman's Supper, bring your own drinks. For further details or to book a team contact Sue George on 01707 330274, or Email Click Here

Strategic Land for Housing Availability Assessment:
North Herts. District Council is undertaking an assessment of potential sites for housing. Several sites in Knebworth and the surrounding area have been put forward. An exhibition will be held in the Village Hall, Park Lane on Tuesday February 12 from 7.30-9.30pm.

Knebworth Care Home:
A new luxury care home has opened in Woolmer Green. Visitors welcome, contact Lilian Ofondu or Jackie Clarke on 01438 814580.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 17th January

Surgery Open Day Now Closed:
The Patient Participation Group fear that visiting the Doctors' Surgery this Saturday January 19 for an Open Day might have an undesirable side effect. They don't want any slip ups caused by the forecast icy and snowy conditions. So they have had to postpone the event until mid-February. Watch this space, as I believe I may have said before, for further details.

Week of Christian Unity:
It's not possible to postpone the Week of Christian Unity which happens at the same time every year. Well, actually Christian Unity should be a year-round thing, but there you go. The Knebworth Family of Churches will be celebrating with a United Service this Sunday January 20 at 10am in St. Martin's Church. Prayers for Christian Unity will also be said in St. Martin's each week day at mid-day.

You really must come for coffee:
The inclement weather won't put Knebworth Family of Churches off. They hope to entertain you to coffee and cake this Saturday January 19 from 9.30-11.30am in St. Martin's Parish Centre. All more than welcome.

Stevenage Symphony Orchestra New Year Concert:
Local school student Ben Goldscheider will be joining Stevenage Symphony Orchestra to perform the Strauss Horn Concerto No 1. Also included in the Orchestra's new Year Concert programme are Weber's Der Freischutz Overture and Brahms' Symphony No 2.  Conducted by Phillip Brunton, the concert is performed in St Martin's Church, Knebworth at 7.30 pm on January 26.  Tickets £9 (£7 concessions) available at the door or from Gower House Interiors, 135d London Road, Knebworth or www.stevenagesymphony.org.

To be or not to be?
The choice of KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society)'s May production could be said to be in your hands. Hamlet is not in the frame, but Director Viv Richardson is keen to produce one of three plays - Habeas Corpus, Art or Blithe Spirit. All are comedies. Production dates are 23-25 May and rehearsals are generally on Mondays and Thursdays. They are due to start at the beginning of February and the play itself will be cast by the end of January. But Viv needs to know who is available to help her decide which play to cast. Contact her on 01438 367447, email viv.richardson@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in taking an acting rôle and are any age or gender.

Quizzically speaking:
The 'other drama group', Knebworth Players, meanwhile are taking time out for a bit of relaxation. Their Quiz Night takes place in St. Martin's Parish Centre on Friday February 1 at 7 for 7.30pm. Teams of six, Ploughman's Supper, bring your own drinks. For further details or to book a team contact Sue George on 01707 330274, sueandclive1@tiscali.co.uk

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 10th January

Happy New Year:
To all my readers. Health and fitness is often a pre-occupation at this time of year, so here's a rundown of some opportunities to improve yours if you feel so inclined.

Knebworth Walking Group:
Had a very Happy New Year's walk on the only bright day of the Christmas holiday. Around 35 people turned out for a gentle stroll to ease back into exercise, followed by some calorific mince pies courtesy of the WI. Next up in the walking programme is a walk setting off from the Fox pub in Woolmer Green. Meet there to set off by 10.30am or gather in Knebworth Village Hall Car Park at 10am next Tuesday January 15.

Surgery Open Day:
On Saturday January 19 Knebworth Surgery is holding an open day to enable patients to talk informally with doctors and nurses. There'll also be a chance to find out about some of the Practice practices (if you see what I mean). Watch this space for further details.

Hatha Yoga:
A new class started up this week in St. Martin's Parish Centre on Tuesdays from 8-9.15pm. Cost is £6 per session, contact Debbie Bayfield on 07887 566419 for more details.

Lazy Daisy Birthing Classes:
Meanwhile Emma Smith is helping new mums prepare for birth on Wednesdays in the Parish Centre from 7.30pm. For details contact Emma on 07515 765213.

Slimming World:
At this time of year Slimming World seems to be bursting at the seams - presumably like the rest of us after the Christmas feast. They meet in St. Martin's Parish Centre - where else? - on Mondays at 7pm. Contact Lesley on 07703 439263 for more info.

Parking Restrictions:
There are new proposed parking restrictions and a number of changes planned in the village. The roads affected are Deanscroft, Deards Wood, Gibbons Way, Gun Lane, Hornbeam S[ring, Kerr Close, Lytton Fields, Muirhead Way, Oakfields Road, Park Lane, St. Martin's Road, Sayer Way, Station Approach, Station Road, Stevenage Road, Stonecroft and Watton Road. It's also proposed to change the short stay parking times in the High Street and at the Recycling Banks to 8am-8pm and extend the days to include Saturday. Full details of the proposals can be seen at Click Here or contact Lorraine O'Gorman at North Herts. District Council on 01462 474000.

Jo Simson


 
 
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