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KNEBWORTH NEWS - OCTOBER 2013

From Jo Simson - 31st October

Operation Christmas Child deadline extended:
If you were hoping to get a shoebox filled for Operation Christmas Child and missed last Sunday’s deadline, the good news is that it’s been extended. You now have until this Sunday November 3 to get your gift-filled shoebox to St. Martin’s. for Operation Christmas Child.

Let's get messy:
November 3 is also the date for a first experience of Messy Church. You can get messy with your children in St. Martin’s Parish Centre from 4-5.30pm. If you are intrigued and would like to know more before you come, I have finally tracked down an email address for you. It’s kpcfow@gmail.com.

Remember remember the fifth of November:
Not for fireworks fun, but for fun of a different kind. It’s the next date when you can join the Knebworth Rambling Group, who set out from the Village Hall Car Park in Park Lane at 10am.

Remember remember the ninth of November:
Now that is a date when you can enjoy some fireworks fun. Fireworks to music, in fact, courtesy of Datchworth Sports Club. Their Fireworks Extravaganza starts from 5pm, with the fireworks themselves going off at 6.15pm. A beer tent, mulled wine, tea and coffee are all on offer. Cost is £15 for a family, £7 for an adult and £3 for children under 16. I can’t actually discover where you can get the tickets – but the telephone number for Datchworth Sports Club is 01438 812490.

Quizzically speaking:
If fireworks don’t go off with a bang for you, you might prefer to spend Saturday November 9 exercising the little grey cells at the Knebworth Tennis Club Quiz. That is in Knebworth Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm. Ticket price of £10 includes home-made supper. I DO know where you can get those. Contact Rosy Skone 01438 816910 or email Click Here Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

From Trinity to Trinidad:
Colin and Liz Stringer are giving a talk with photos on Tuesday November 12 at 7.30pm in Trinity Church, Park Lane. They visited three UNESCO World heritage sites, including the historic centre of Trinidad (Spanish for Trinity). All welcome, but we are warned to adjust our watches to local Cuban time - some point in the early 1960s.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 24th October

You really MUST Come for coffee:
Like Humphrey Bogart coming to take the waters in Casablanca, I was misinformed. Wrong-footing me, the Knebworth Family of Churches Coffee Morning in St. Martin's Parish Centre is on the FOURTH Saturday of this month. Apologies if you turned up last week hoping for tea, chat and home-made cake from 10am-12noon. The good news is that you definitely haven't missed is as it's this Saturday October 26. All more than welcome. Fairly traded foods also available.

Woolmer Green Food and Craft Market:
The fourth Sunday in the month is definitely the date to buy your locally-produced food and crafts at the monthly market in Woolmer Green Village Hall, Hall Lane off Bridge Road, Woolmer Green from 9am - 12noon.

Operation Christmas Child:
This Sunday October 27 is also the deadline to get your filled shoe-boxes to St. Martin's for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child sends gift-filled shoeboxes around the world to underprivileged children. Shoeboxes and leaflets giving details are available from the back of St. Martin's, which is normally open during school hours.

Half-Term Fun:
Looking for some Half Term fun for children I see that Knebworth House's popular Pumpkin Trail and Treats is sold out on all three dates. The Family of Churches Light and Laughter party in St. Martin's Parish Centre on Thursday October 31 is free, and places may still be available. Contact Gill Hughes on 01438 813049 to check availability.

Let's get Messy:
Messy Church is a new venture for St. Martin's, and one they can offer thanks to their new Children's and Families outreach worker, Phil Gibb. The first session is next Sunday Movember 3 from 4-5.30pm. The messy part is a 45-minute session exploring the biblical theme through crafts and other activities. That's followed by celebration time of story, prayer, song and games. The session finishes with a sit-down hot meal. All parents, carers and children welcome, £1 for first child and 50p for each additional child to cover costs.

From Trinity to Trinidad:
Colin and Liz Stringer are giving a talk with photos on Tuesday November 12 at 7.30pm in Trinity Church, Park Lane. They visited three UNESCO World heritage sites, including the historic centre of Trinidad (Spanish for Trinity). All welcome, but we are warned to adjust our watches to local Cuban time - some point in the early 1960s.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 17th October

Get Quizzical:
At the time of going to press there were still tickets for St. Mary's and St. Martin's fundraising Quiz Night this Saturday October 19, 6.30 for 7pm in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Ticket price of £10 includes a Ploughman's supper and a dessert, bring your own drinks. NB Tickets need to be booked in advance from Penny Paton on 01438 313241.

Side Effects:
Knebworth Players production of this Eric Chappell comedy runs October 17 - 19 in the Village Hall. Curtain up at 8pm, Licensed Bar, tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Village News, Station Road. Or you can book online at www.knebworthplayers.com.

Come for coffee:
Your regular invitation for coffee, tea, chat and home-made cake is this Saturday 19 October in St. Martin's Parish Centre from 10am-12noon. All more than welcome. Fairly traded foods also available.

Aspire not to have more but to be more:
This is the theme of this year's One World Week Service in St. Martin's church this Sunday October 20 at 5.30pm. The speaker is Stuart Windsor. Stuart is the author of 'God's Adventure; ex-RAF, ex-British Intelligence, Barnardo's Boy and now Director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Autumn Leaves:
The Knebworth Walking Group should be able to catch the glorious autumn colours next week, when they set out Tuesday October 22 for a walk from the Red Lion at Breachwood Green. Led by Ann and Tony Judge, the walkers can meet there at10.30am, or meet at Knebworth Village Hall Car Park at 10am to arrange lift shares.

Light and Laughter:
Well, that's something we could all do with as the days get darker. The Knebworth Family of Churches Good Egg Club for School Years Reception - 6 will be enjoying an 'alternative' Halloween celebration with apple-bobbing, pumpkin lanterns, fun, games and treats - but no tricks. The date, unsurprisingly, is Thursday October 31, from 6-7.30pm in St. Martin's Parish Centre. All welcome, but places must be booked in advance and the deadline is this Sunday October 20. Contact Gill Hughes on 01438 813049 or email GoodEggClubBookings@gmail.com.

Let's get messy:
That's the message for the new monthly Messy Church sessions in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Families are invited to take part in lots of fun, craft and activities, finishing with a hot meal together, from 4-5.30pm. There's a small charge - £1 for parents/carers and one child, plus 50p for each additional child - to cover costs. The first opportunity to get messy together is Sunday November 3 and the first Bible story to be looked at will be the parable of the Sower.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 10th October

Eyes Down for a Full House:
Bingo is making a comeback in the village. Cats' Protection started the trend with a Sunday evening session at the Station pub. Now the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane is reviving its Wednesday night Bingo sessions, weekly at 7pm. All welcome.

Quizzically speaking:
When it comes to fundraising, the most popular event as the nights draw in is the Quiz Night. Fans of this particular form of fun are in for a treat. There are Quiz Nights on two consecutive Saturdays.  St. Martin's Parish Centre is the venue for the Church fundraiser  Quiz on Saturday October 19, 6.30 for 7pm. The ticket price of £10 includes a ploughman's supper and light dessert. Bring your own drinks and make up a team of eight, or they will find one for you to join. Contact Penny Paton on 01438 313241. October 16 is the deadline to book your tickets for the Twinning Association Quiz on Saturday October 26. That one is in the Village Hall in Park Lane and your ticket price of £10 (Twinning Association members £9) includes that staple of Quiz Nights - the Fish and Chip Supper. Licensed Bar. Booking is a little more complex for this one. You need to send your cheque and an sae to 23 Deards End Lane, Knebworth SG3 6NL.

Knebworth Festival AGM and Planning meeting:
October 16 is also the date for your diary if you want to get involved with the popular Knebworth Festival and Fun Day 2014. It's a big event and they need all the help they can get. Come along to St. Martin's Parish Centre at 8pm and encourage them.

Side Effects:
Well the side effects of comedy are generally gales of laughter. Knebworth Players certainly hope that will be the result for punters at their production of 'Side Effects' by Eric Chappell - in the Village Hall, Park Lane from Thursday to Saturday October 17 - 19. Curtain up at 8pm, Licensed Bar, tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Village News, Station Road. Or you can book online at Click Here.

One World Week:
All are welcome to the Knebworth Family of Churches One World Week service in St. Martin's church on Sunday October 20 at 5.30pm. This year's service takes as its theme a quote from Archbishop romero - 'Aspire not to have more, but to be more'. It features inspirational speaker Stuart Windsor. Stuart is the author of 'God's Adventure; ex-RAF, ex-British Intelligence, Barnardo's Boy and now Director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 3rd October

Christian Aid Coffee Morning:
The new regional co-ordinator for Christian Aid in Hertfordshire, Adrian Whalley, will be popping along to the Christian Aid Coffee morning this Saturday October 5 in St. Martin's Parish Centre from 9.30am- 12noon. Christian Aid Committee Chairman, Saxon Denning, would be delighted to receive donations of cakes, preserves, bric-a-brac etc. in advance of the morning, contact him on 01438 815089. Refreshments, raffle and Traidcraft stall will also be available.

Musical Fun Evening:
Just up the road in Woolmer Green next Saturday October 12 there's a musical fun evening in aid of Lister Hospital renal unit and equipment for the play area in the new children's ward. The evening includes a singing duo, open mic and karaoke.

Let's get quizzical:
Now that the nights are drawing in, it seems that it's the turn of the brain to get the exercise. First up in the quiz season is a Quiz Evening in St. Martin's Parish Centre. Another fundraiser for St. Martin's, the fun starts at 6.30 for 7pm on Saturday October 19 and the ticket price of £10 includes a ploughman's supper and light dessert. Bring your own drinks and make up a team of eight, or they will find one for you to join. Contact Penny Paton on 01438 313241.

Knebworth Youth Project:
Younger people looking for something to do in the dark nights might like to try the Knebworth Youth Project.  There are two term-time sessions: Thursday nights at the Pavilion in the Recreation Ground off Watton Road have activities geared to school years 9+ from 6.30 - 9pm. Friday nights in Trinity Church from 6.30 - 9pm are aimed at school years 6+. All club sessions are free.

Youth Support Workers:
If you are looking to work with young people in youth projects, you might be interested to learn that Youth Connexions have opportunities for paid work in this area. They are looking for energetic, creative and motivated people across Hertfordshire. Ideally applicants should be able to work three evenings a week including a Friday or Saturday. Contact Ed Davis at Hertfordshire County Council on 01992 556201 or visit Click Here for more information.

Jo Simson


 
 
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