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From Jo Simson - 26th September

Cake Stall:
I can definitely confirm that blackberry and apple crumble and damazine jam will be amongst the goodies on offer this Saturday September 28 from 9.30am  on St. Martin's Green. Cakes are not in my skill set, but I am absolutely sure yummy homemade cakes and scones also be on offer. Proceeds to Church funds.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning:
I guess if there are any preserves left over from that cake stall they will find their way to the Christian Aid coffee morning the following Saturday, October 5 form 9.30m to 12 noon in St. Martin's Parish Centre. This is your opportunity to buy Traidcraft fair-trade Christmas cards and gifts, as well as home-made, cakes, preserves and bric-a-brac. The results of the Christians Aid Night Sky quiz will be announced, and if you haven't won on that you can try your hand at the raffle. Come to think of it, you can try your hand at the raffle if you have won on the quiz.

Harvest Festival:
Talk of home-made cakes and preserves reminds me that it's time to give thanks for our plenty. Harvest Festival will be celebrated this Sunday September 29 at the 10am All Age Service in St. Martin's church and at the 8am Holy Communion ant 6pm Evensong Services in the twelfth-century Parish Church of St. Thomas and St. Mary in Knebworth Park. This year, donations of non-perishable food items are requested. These will be given to the Stevenage Community Food Bank. The Food Bank provides food for a three-week period to people who find themselves coping with a sudden, unexpected loss of income.

Dangerous Russian Writers:
Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group Autumn courses all take place in Stevenage this term. 'Dangerous Russian Writers' are not far away, though, in the Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg. The ten-week course starts runs from 10.15am - 12.15pm on Thursdays, starting today Thursday September 26 and costs £35. Tutors Rose Connelly and Ros Adams considers what made so many Russian writers dangerous to the authorities, yet fascinating to us. For more information contact Hilary Spiers on 01438 350217.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 19th September

Rambling Roses:
And doubtless Roses by many other names will be setting off from the village hall car park next Tuesday September 24 at 10am. All welcome to join the fortnightly rambles, including well-behaved dogs on leads. This one will be a circuit starting at the White Horse pub in Arlesey.

Winter self-help scheme:
Summer's lease definitely has all too short a date. Knebworth Parish Council is already thinking about joining the Winter Self Help Scheme. Initiated by Hertfordshire County Council, the scheme aims to encourage resident groups to clear snow and salt footpaths. Anyone who would like to take part is invited to a meeting in the Village Hall, Park Lane,  at 7pm on Tuesday September 24. the meeting will assess interest, form working parties, organise and prioritise areas for clearance, locate potential sites for two new salt bins, establish what equipment and how much salt is needed.

Comfort food:
If the autumnal nip in the air and this talk of winter is depressing you, here's an opportunity for comfort and cheer. St. Mary's and St. Martin's fundraising cake stall on the green outside St. Martin's in the heart of the village is next Saturday September 28 from 9.30am until all the cakes are sold. Heart-warming homemade cakes, scones, jams, marmalades and crumbles will all be on offer.

Country and craft market:
Country crafts and foods will be on offer this week-end, too, at the monthly market in Woolmer Green Village Hall, off Bridge Road, from 9am - 12noon.
Even more comfort food: Trinity Church in Park Lane, meanwhile, invites men to comfort themselves with a hearty Men's Breakfast This Saturday September 21 at 9am. Over the bacon and eggs, the men will be discussing what the papers say. Wonder if it will include the Comet? For more information contact Graham Fothergill on 01438 813371. The men can also pop around to the Knebworth Family of Churches coffee morning in St. Martin's Parish Centre, next to St. Martin's Church, from 10am.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 12th September

Hot chocolate:
Sounds tempting now that the weather has taken on a distinct autumnal nip. To enjoy it at Trinity Church on Monday September 16 you need to be a mum/carer with a baby/toddler aged 0-2 years. The chocolate and chat session takes place form 2-3.30pm to coincide with the Baby clinic.

Let's hope the weather is kind this Saturday 14 September for the Historic Churches Trust sponsored Bike'nHike. All four churches in Knebworth are taking part.

Elvis is coming to Knebworth:
Well, actually it's former vicar Andy Kelso. He does a good impersonation, though. And he has a different slant from other tribute acts. He sings gospel songs. The Gospel Tribute Concert takes place in St. Martin's church next Friday September 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10, concessions £8, from Village News, Station Road.

Coffee morning:
Coffee, rather than chocolate, and chat is on offer at the monthly Family of Churches coffee morning from 10am-12noon in St. Martin's. Homemade cake is also served and fairly traded foods on offer. All more than welcome.

Cake stall:
Home made cakes, scones and preserves are also on offer on Saturday September 28 when the Church holds a fundraising cake stall on the green in front of St. Martin's from 9.30am. Warning - it's the early shopper who gets the cakes. They tend to sell like - well, like hot cakes.

Fancy a sing?
Stevenage Choral Society is offering a 'have a go' evening for singers wanting to try out their vocal chords on Monday September 23 at 7.45pm ni the Chursh of Christ the King, Filey Close, Symonds Green SG1 2JW. All welcome, contact Jan Burnell on 01438 816760 for more information.

Active Together:
Friday is a good to get the blood circulating with some healthy exercise. There's a Keep Fit session in the Village Hall, Park Lane, from 9.30-10.30am. If you are 50+ you can come back in the afternoon when the Active Together group offers gentle exercise, dance, bowls, kurling, Pilates and table tennis. £2.50 a week, but the first session is free.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 5th September

Rambling Rebecca:
Rebecca Goldby leads the next Knebworth ramblers walk, setting off from Knebworth Village Hall car park at 10am next Tuesday 10 September. Walks are 4-5 miles long and all are welcome.

You can choose your mode of transport, providing it's legs or bicycle wheels on Saturday 14 September. The sponsored Bike'nHike in aid of Beds. and Herts. Historic Churches Trust challenges the bikers and hikers to visit as many churches as possible. Ayot St. Peter's Arts and Crafts Church is in my top ten, but there are apparently over 600 to choose from. Bikers and hikers can nominate their choice of Church to receive 50% of the money they 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 813049. If you can't bike or hike, but would be happy just to sit, Penny would love to hear from you. She is looking for Church sitters in both St. Martin's and St. Mary's - the lovely twelfth-century Parish Church in Knebworth Park - to meet and greet throughout the day.

Blood Donation:
It will be pretty busy in Knebworth Village Hall car park On Tuesday September 10. Not only are the ramblers gathering there. From 1.15-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm blood donors will be parking there. To book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Or just turn up on the day.

Award-winning Playaways:
As the village gives itself a shake and gets back into term-time routine babies and toddlers, parents and carers will have just a little longer to wait before they can play away together. Playaways, who meet on Friday mornings from 10am-11.30am start back next Friday September 13 in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Spirits will be boosted by being voted one of the best Toddler groups in North Hertfordshire in a Netmums.com poll. For more information contact Liz on 07958 001862.

Bookstart Bear comes to Knebworth:
Bookstart Bear will be celebrating the start of term by visiting Knebworth Library in St. Martin's Road next Wednesday September 11. Bookstart will be join in with Baby Rhyme Time from 2.30-3pm. Baby Rhyme time is a regular half hour slot of songs and rhymes for babies and young children aged 0-3. Just turn up and join in the fun.

Elvis is coming to Knebworth:
Andy Kelso, meanwhile, invites you to join in the Elvis Presley Gospel Tribute Act in St. Martin's church on Friday September 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10, concessions £8, from Village News, Station Road.

Jo Simson

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