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KNEBWORTH NEWS - AUGUST 2013

From Jo Simson - 29th August

Race Night:
You can enjoy all the fun of the races without leaving the comfort of the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane this Saturday August 31 from 8pm. Admission free.

Knebworth and District Gardening Club Autumn Show:
It's been a great growing season so expectations are high from the Knebworth and District Gardening Club Autumn Show which, appropriately, uses the Stevenage Garden Centre in Graveley as its venue this Sunday September 1. Admission from 12 noon. For full details/to exhibit contact Show Secretary Mrs. Griffin on 01438 222040.

Last of the Summer evenings:
Well not really, I hope, but September is just around the corner. Undaunted, Kathie Painter has two more Wednesday evening rambles scheduled. On September 4 she leads a walk setting out at 6.15pm from the Strathmore Arms, St. Paul's Walden. Dogs welcome. For details contact Kathie on 01438 940594.

On Your Bikes:
As the nights draw in the evening rambles draw to a close. But there's a great opportunity to get on your bikes on Saturday September 14 from 10am to 6pm and visit as many churches as you can in Hertfordshire. There are over 600 of them - so it's highly unlikely you will do them all, but it's a great day out. If you don't have a bike, you can hike. The sponsored Bike'n'Hike is in aid of Beds. and Hers. Historic Churches Trust, with participating churches receiving 50% of the money their bikers and hikers raise. Church contacts for sponsor forms in Knebworth are: St. Mary's and St. Martin's, Penny Paton 01438 313241; St. Thomas More, Wendy Marley, 01438 226922; Trinity, Gill Hughes 01438 8113049.

Save Life - give blood:
On Tuesday September 10 from 1.15-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm. To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Or just turn up on the day.

Elvis is coming to Knebworth:
Well actually, it's Andy Kelso, but he does a very good impersonation in his Gospel Tribute Act, which comes to St. Martin's church on Friday September 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10, concessions £8, from Village News, Station Road.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 22nd August

Noises Off:
Is not only what you get during the summer holidays when the children are out to play. It's also the title of Michael Frayn's hilarious farce within a farce. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) plan to delight audiences with it in the autumn. The second casting and readthrough takes place next Thursday August 29 at 8pm. If you think you might like to take one of the range of roles contact Jo Simson 01438 814166, jo.simson@ntlworld.com for more details.

Tuesday Ramble:
No Wednesday walk led by Kathie Painter next week, but never mind. The Knebworth Walking Group sets out from the Village Hall Car Park at 10am on Tuesday August 27. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. Next week's walk is based around Kimpton.

Save Life - give blood:
Another thing which happens on Tuesdays at the Village Hall in Park lane is life-saving blood-doning sessions. The next is on Tuesday September 10 from 1.15-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm. To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Or just turn up on the day.

Bank Holiday at Knebworth House:
Looking for something to do this Bank Holiday? The Classic Motor Show comes to Knebworth this week-end on Sunday August 25 and Monday August 26. An enthusiast’s paradise with thousands of cars on display, autojumble stalls and lots of cars for sale. Live commentary and arena displays of clubs, kit and custom cars. Pre- and post war classics. 10% discount on admission tickets (normal park admission price £9) for online bookings at www.knebworthhouse.com. Opening times 10am-5pm.

Bank Holiday Beer Festival:
The Lytton Arms Pub up in Park Lane, Old Knebworth, holds its annual Summer Beer Festival this Bank Holiday week-end from Friday August 23 to Monday August 26. 40 Real Ales and Ciders will be on offer as well as live music.

Congratulations to Playaways:
The Baby and Toddler group which meets on Fridays during term-time in St. Martins' Parish Centre from 10am-11.30am has been given a Netmums Favourite award for being voted one of the best groups in North Herts. in a competition run by Britain's largest parenting website, Netmums.com. Come and join the fun when the group meets again after its summer break on Friday August 13 - lucky for babies, toddlers and carers.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 15th August

Pride and Prejudice:
The Sunken Lawn in front of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire is the spectacular setting for Chapterhouse Theatre's performance of Jane Austen's famous novel., celebrating its 200th anniversary. Whilst Elizabeth Bennett's mother tries determinedly to pair her off with the detestable Mr Collins, Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy. Is there more to him than meets the eye? Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and revel in this most renowned of love stories. After all, “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife….”. Gates open at 6pm for 7.00 pm start. Light refreshments, Pimm’s and wine will be available to purchase. Tickets are adult £13.50 child £9

You really must come for coffee:
Knebworth Family of Churches' monthly coffee morning in St. Martin's Parish Centre is open to all. And it's another thing which doesn't close during the summer holidays - hurrah! Join them for coffee, tea, chat, home-made cake and the opportunity to buy fairly traded foods this Saturday August 17 from 10am-12noon.

Boys and girls come out to play:
Barleyfield Children's Centre has joined forces with North Herts. District Council Rangers to give children aged 0 - 11 the opportunity to play safely in Knebworth recreation ground. The remaining sessions are on Monday August 19 and Wednesdays August 16 (under-5s need to be accompanied). The entrances to the recreation ground are off Stevenage and Watton Roads.

Noises Off:
Is not only what you get during the summer holidays when the children are out to play. It's also the title of Michael Frayn's hilarious farce within a farce. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) plan to delight audiences with it in the autumn. Casting and readthroughs take place next Thursday August 22 and on Thursday August 29 at 8pm. If you think you might like to take one of the range of roles contact Jo Simson 01438 814166, jo.simson@ntlworld.com for more details.

Wednesday Walk:
Kathie Painter's Wednesday outing on August 21, sets out from our very own Lytton Arms in Park Lane, Old Knebworth at 6.15pm. Dogs welcome (but must be accompanied by an owner). For details contact Kathie on 01438 940594.

Summer Serenade:
Anna Brewer sends her thanks to all who supported the Summer Serenade in aid of Brainstrust. Not only did the sun shine, but over £3,000 was made for the cancer charity.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 8th August

80s/90s night:
Not so much aimed at the age range. The music of those decades is on offer at the Royal British Legion disco this Friday August 9 from 8 till late. Members free, guests welcome for £1. DJ is Justin Arloff.

Boys and girls come out to play:
Barleyfield Children's Centre has joined forces with North Herts. District Council Rangers to give children aged 0 - 11 the opportunity to play safely in Knebworth recreation ground. The remaining sessions are on Mondays August 12 and 19 and Wednesdays August 9 and 16 (under-5s need to be accompanied). The entrances to the recreation ground are off Stevenage and Watton Roads. 

Pride and Prejudice:
Chapterhouse Theatre Company return to Knebworth House next Friday August 16 for another open air performance of a much-loved classic. This time it's the turn of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The performance takes place at 7pm, tickets are £13.50 adult, £9 child, £40 family. Book online at www.knebworthhouse.com or call 01438 810931.

Windmills on your mind:
The next Knebworth Ramble is on Tuesday August 13. Led by Viv Perry, the group will explore the countryside around Cromer Windmill. The windmill itself will be specially opened for the group by Viv as she is a guide there. There is also an opportunity to picnic in the field nearby. Meet at Knebworth Village Hall car park at 10am.

Wednesday walk:
Kathie Painter's Wednesday outing on August 14, sets out from the George and Dragon at Graveley at 6.15pm. Dogs welcome (but must be accompanied by an owner). For details contact Kathie on 01438 940594.

Link Up's Summer holiday:
While Kathie is running extra walks during summer Wednesdays, Link Up Lunch Club is taking a holiday on August 14 and 21. Normal service resumes on August 28. The Club normally meets on Wednesdays in the Village Hall from 12.30pm.

WI relocate:
Don't get caught out if you are hoping to catch this month's WI talk on 'Reflections of an ex-Pat'. The ladies have temporarily vacated Trinity Church Hall whilst it's being redecorated and are meeting at 7.45pm on Wednesday 14 August in the Village Hall instead.

Space Academy Holiday Club:
The Knebworth Family of Churches Good Egg Holiday Club team aren't so much taking a break this summer as making one. 65 children are booked into the Space adventure-themed holiday club which runs from August 13-15. For more information about the Good Egg Club, which is for School Years 0-6, email GoodEggClubBookings@gmail.com.

You really must come for coffee:
Knebworth Family of Churches' monthly coffee morning in St. Martin's Parish Centre is open to all. And it's another thing which doesn't close during the summer holidays - hurrah! Join them for coffee, tea, chat, home-made cake and the opportunity to buy fairly traded foods on Saturday August 17 from 10am-12noon.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 1st August

The Wind in the Willows:
Ratty, Toad, Mole and co. come to Knebworth House tonight, Friday August 1 at 6pm. Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing the children's classic at 6pm on the sunken lawn in front of the house. Tickets £13 adults, £9 children and £38 family from www.kenbworthouse.com or 01438 810931.

Painting Day:
Artists are invited to a day of Art in the Garden at Knebworth House next Monday August 5. The paining workshop runs from 10am-4.30pm and is led by local artist James Willis. Cost is £39.50 and beginners are very welcome. For more details/to book call 01438 812661.

Pride and Prejudice:
Knebworth House is plainly the place to be for theatrical entertainment this summer. Chapterhouse Tehatre Company return on Friday August 16 for another open air performance of a much-loved classic. This time it's the turn of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The performance takes place at 7pm, tickets are £13.50 adult, £9 child, £40 family. Book online at www.knebworthhouse.com or call 01438 810931.

Link Up goes on holiday:
Link Up Lunch Club are taking a holiday break this summer. There will be no Club on August 14 or 21, while Betty the cook takes a well-earned break. Normal service on August 7 and 28. The Club normally meets on Wednesdays in the Village Hall form 12.30pm.

Summer Walks:
If it's not too hot, it's too wet - but the Rambling Group do it in all weathers. The next Knebworth Ramble is on Tuesday August 13. Led by Viv Perry, the group will explore the countryside around Cromer Windmill - the Hertfordshire one, not the Norfolk one. They are certainly hoping for fine weather for they plan a picnic lunch. Meet at Knebworth Village Hall car park at 10am.

Summer Rambles:
Kathie Painter, meanwhile, is leading some additional summer walks on Wednesday evenings. The August 7 one sets out from the community pub, the Red Lion at Preston at 6.15pm. Dogs welcome (but must be accompanied by an owner). For details contact Kathie on 01438 940594.

Jo Simson


 
 
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