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KNEBWORTH NEWS - DECEMBER 2013

From Jo Simson - 19th December

Scout/Guide Christmas Post:
Undercutting Royal Mail by 20p per card, Scouts and Guides will deliver your cards anywhere in Knebworth or Old Knebworth for just 30p. So you can take the weight of all your local cards off your feet and put it on theirs. BUT – you need to post them in the postbox in Village News, Station Road before 4pm this Friday December 20. There are currently a number of vacancies in the Scouts and Guides team: adult helpers for Scouts and Cubs, Scout and Guide Group Executive Committee members, a Group Chairman and a Maintenance Co-ordinator are all sought. If you would like to take time out from the Christmas bustle to find out more about these volunteer vacancies, contact Group Secretary Elizabeth Needham on 07954 896979, email elizabeth.needham1@virginmedia.com.

You really must come for coffee:
And I can say with confidence that the Knebworth Family of Churches invite you to do so this Saturday December 21 from 10am – 12noon. I have handed over the keys for that very purpose and they have promised me that all future coffee mornings will be on the third Saturday of the month. You read it here first. All more than welcome for coffee, tea, chat and home-made cake. Free refills.

Christmas Eve Crib Service:
Families and children are all welcome to the Christmas Eve Crib Service in St. Martin’s Church next Tuesday December 24 at 4pm. If your children are fond of dressing up, this one is for them. Children are encouraged to come dressed as any character in the Christmas story they would like to be. Hmm – wonder how many Marys there will be? They will meet a Very Grumpy Innkeeper when they get there.

Other Christmas Services:
It’s not only the Scouts and Guides. The Knebworth Family of Churches have also been busy playing Postman Pat, delivering a yellow leaflet detailing all the Christmas Services in the village. All are welcome to any or all of them. As well as the Christmas Eve Crib Service in St. Martin’s, there’s a Children’s Mass with Nativity at 6pm in the Catholic Church of St. Thomas More in London Road. All the Churches have Midnight Communions or Mass – starting at 11.30pm in St. Martin’s, in the heart of the village, and Trinity, in Park Lane, but at 11pm in St. Thomas More. Christmas Day services are at 10am, but for the early birds there is also an 8am Mass in St. Thomas More and an 8am Holy Communion in the lovely twelfth-century Parish Church of St. Mary’ and St. Thomas in Knebworth Park, Old Knebworth. 

Happy New Year!
In case I don’t speak to you again before it happens. After all the blow-outs you may feel the need of a bit of a blow, out. In which case the Rambling Group will be delighted if you can join them for a two/three mile stroll, setting out from the Village Hall on News Year’s Day at the very civilised time of 1.30pm and returning to Trinity Church for calorific mince pies, courtesy of the WI.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 12th December

Christmas Market News:
Congratulations to Penny Paton and her team, who raised nearly £1,300 for St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s at the Church Christmas Market last Saturday. There’s another local Christmas shopping opportunity this Sunday December 15. The specially extended Woolmer Green Christmas Market runs from 9am to 2pm in Woolmer Green Village Hall, off Bridge Road. A wide range of local foods, crafts and gift ideas will be on offer.

Christmas Carol Opportunities:
There’s also a wide range of Christmas carolling opportunities on offer over the next few days. Friday December 13 is lucky for Knebworth Community Chorus and Youth Choir who will be performing a programme of seasonal music from 7pm in the Village Hall, Park Lane. Tickets - £10 adults, to include mulled wine and mince pies, £5 children, to include soft drink and mince pies – from Village News, Station Road. Sunday December 15 sees the annual Carol Service in the picturesque Parish Church of St. Mary and St. Thomas of Canterbury up in Knebworth Park at 6pm. In the morning there’s the annual Children’s Nativity Service at 10am in St. Martin’s in the heart of the village. All welcome to both services. Last, but not least, Tuesday December 17 sees the Knebworth Family of Churches village carol singing, starting at 6.25pm in Deanscroft Sheltered Accommodation – meet at the Lytton Fields entrance. All more than welcome to dip in, dip out, or join in the whole singathon, which continues with carolling to commuters outside the station at 6.50pm, to shoppers in the High Street at 7.15pm and to customers in the Lytton Arms, Old Knebworth at 8pm. This year’s singing is in aid of Save the Children. For more details contact Jo Simson 01438 814166, jo.simson@ntlworld.com.

Christmas Tree Memorial Stars Service:
The Christmas Tree Memorial Stars Service in St. Martin’s Church this Saturday December 14 at 4pm is an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died. During a short service of remembrance and thanksgiving, their names can be written on stars to hand on the tree, and are read out as the stars are hung. All welcome.

Christmas Celebration with Doyle Dykes:
Celebrated acoustic guitarist, Doyle Dykes, takes time out from his Christmas tour to give a free concert in St. Martin’s Church next Monday December 16 at 7.45pm. Free mulled wine and mince pies will be served at this evening of seasonal music. All – stop me if you’ve heard this before – welcome.

Christmas shopping break:
If the stress and strain of dashing around shopping and singing carols is leaving you in need of a sit down, a warm welcome awaits you at the recently re-opened Caffé Vero in Station Road. Carmello, Frankie and Nor invite you to sample their refreshments from 7am – 4pm Monday to Saturday. Carrot cake comes particularly recommended.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 5th December

Parish News deadline:
If you want to let people know what your organisation is doing to start the New Year, this Friday December 6  - extra early to beat the Christmas rush – is the date you need to do it by. News and views to Click Here or into the box at the back of St. Martin’s Church

Church Christmas Market:
Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this week-end starts with St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s Saturday. The Church Christmas Market on St Martin’s Green and in the Parish Centre offers crafts, Christmas bakes, gifts and goodies from 10am – 2.30pm this Saturday December 7.

Winter Wonderland:
Your local Christmas week-end continues this Sunday December 8 with a Winter Wonderland at Knebworth Care Home from 2-4.30pm. The Hitchin Band will be playing carols, face-painting, festive games, mulled wine and mince pies will all be on offer. You can find Knebworth Care Home at 59 London Road, Woolmer Green, SG3 6JE.

A Christmas Box of Carols:
Friday December 13 will definitely be lucky for those who take a trip to Knebworth Village Hall. Knebworth Community Chorus and Youth Choir will be performing a programme of seasonal music from 7pm, including singalong carols. John Bantick makes a welcome return to sing solos and new carols by the talented Sam Jellett will be performed. Tickets - £10 adults, to include mulled wine and mince pies, £5 children, to include soft drink and mince pies – from Village News, Station Road.

Christmas Tree Memorial Stars Service:
For many, Christmas is a time of remembering, with sadness, loved ones who are no longer here to share it. The Christmas Tree Memorial Stars Service at 4pm in St. Martin’s Church – this year on Saturday December 14 – gives an opportunity to remember them. During a short service of remembrance and thanksgiving, names of loved ones can be written on stars to hand on the tree, and are read out as the stars are hung. All welcome.

Christmas Music at Knebworth House:
Local choirs join virtuoso American acoustic guitarist Doyle Dykes at Knebworth House on Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 December. Doyle has been described as bringing the art of finger style to new levels of technical and creative brilliance. Performances are at 2.30pm and 8pm in the splendidly festive surroundings of the Banqueting Hall. Tickets, £21.50 to include – yes, you’ve guessed it! -  mulled wine and mince pies, are available from www.knebwrothhouse.com or call 01438 812661.

Jo Simson


 
 
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