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KNEBWORTH NEWS - JANUARY 2014

From Jo Simson - 30th January

Tai Chi for all:
A new Tai Chi class starts this week at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in the Village Hall, Park Lane. Steve Hall’s classes are for beginners of all ages and levels of fitness. It’s a pay as you go class, just turn up. The sessions are £6. For more information contact Steve on 01438 318734, s_halls@hotmail.com, or check out stevehalls.schoolofeverything.com.

Smarties:
A new(ish) year, lots of new starts, clearly. There’s a new weekly Mums, Carers, Babies and Toddlers group meeting in St. Martin’s Parish Centre, next to St. Martin’s Church in the centre of the village. The group runs from 9-10.30am, admission is free and all are welcome.

Charity shop to go:
Sadly, we are about to see something finish in the village. The Danesbury Charity shop is closing at the end of February. Donations will be accepted until February 15.

Quizzes take on a dramatic turn:
When not staging shows in the Village Hall, Knebworth’s two drama groups both like to take time out to stage fundraising quizzes in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. First up is Knebworth Players, whose quiz is on Friday February 21 at 7 for 7.30pm. Teams of 6, tickets £8 to include a ploughman’s supper, bring your own drinks. Contact Sue George on 01707 330274, sueandclive1@tiscali.co.uk. Though February fools us, March is just over a week later. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) stage their quiz in the same venue on Saturday March 1. Popular duo Austin Willett and Martin Willoughby take on the roles of quizmasters for this one, which is again at 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets £9.50 to include a fish’n’chips supper, licensed bar. Teams of 8, or we will find you one to join. Contact Jo Simson, 01438 814166, jo.simson@ntlworld.com.

Anyone for tennis?
Knebworth Tennis Club Hut was razed to the ground in a suspected arson attack in 2011. A new clubhouse has now risen, phoenix-like from those ashes. The Club has also been awarded £40,000 by Sport England for floodlights (subject to planning permission being granted). Anyone for tennis should contact enquiries@knebworthtennisclub.co.uk.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 23rd January

Knebworth lass takes the University Challenge:
Fans of University Challenge may have spotted a familiar face on one of the teams lately. Knebworth’s own Maeve Weber, a mature student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, has been helping her team take on Reading and Cardiff. SOAS are now through to the quarter finals.

Pond clearing:
Parish Councillor Kevin Burr was a little disappointed at the no-shows for his planned clearance of the pond in the Recreation Ground off Watton/Stevenage Roads in November. Undeterred, Kevin has rearranged the clearance for this Saturday January 25 at 9.30am. Make his day by joining the party.

New Year Concert:
Stevenage Symphony Orchestra invite you to join their late, late New Year party this Saturday January 25 in St. Martin’s Church. Their New Year Concert starts off at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 (£7 concessions) are available at the door or from Gower House Interiors, 135d London Road, Knebworth or via www.stevenagesymphony.org

Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards!
Zany comedy, a flying dragon and plenty of light and sound effects are on offer this week in the Village Hall, Park Lane. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) present Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! dramatised by Stephen Briggs Thursday to Saturday 23-25 January at 7.45pm. Escape from the January doldrums for just £7 (concessions £6). Call the Box Office on 01438 814166, or drop into Village News, Station Road.

Rambling style:
Undeterred by the bogs, 30 people turned up for the Knebworth Walking Group’s January 14 ramble. All, including well-behaved dogs on leads, are welcome to join in the next ramble, next Tuesday January 28. Meet at 10am in the Village Hall Car Park. The walk will be based around the Woodman & Olive pub in Wormley West End.

Pub Quiz:
The Royal British Legion in Gun Lane invite you to a Quiz Night this Sunday January 26 from 7.30pm. Entry £1, cash prizes.

Smarties:
A new Mums, Carers, Babies and Toddlers group starts Tuesday January 28 in St. Martin’s Parish Centre, next to St. Martin’s Church in the centre of the village. The group runs from 9-10.30am, admission is free and all are welcome.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 16th January

You really must come for coffee:
And with unlimited, free refills, who could resist the Knebworth Family of Churches invitation? Coffee, tea and homemade cake will be served this Saturday January 18 from 10am – 12noon in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. Fairly traded goods will also be on sale. All more than welcome.

Happy New Year!
Yes I know the shiny newness is rubbing off a bit now, but Stevenage Symphony Orchestra hope you will help them celebrate next Saturday January 25 in St. Martin’s Church. Their New Year Concert plays off at 7.30pm. The programme includes Beethoven's Leonora Overture No 3, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with soloist Simon Hewitt Jones and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5. Tickets £9 (£7 concessions) are available at the door or from Gower House Interiors, 135d London Road, Knebworth or via www.stevenagesymphony.org

Guards! Guards!
A six foot dwarf and a flying dragon will be putting in an appearance at the Village Hall next Thursday to Saturday January 23 to 25 at 7.45pm, courtesy of KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society). A cast of twelve take on 34 roles in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Guards! Guards!’ by Stephen Briggs. You don’t have to be a Terry Pratchett fan to appreciate this zany comedy, which will light up your dreary January. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Jo Simson on 01438 814166, or Village News, Station Road.

Smarties:
Not just the brightly-coloured sweets in a tube, but also the bright new Mums, Carers, Babies and Toddlers group starting up on Tuesday January 28 in St. Martin’s Parish Centre, next to St. Martin’s Church in the centre of the village. It’s a kind of acronym for St. Martin’s Teenies. The group runs from 9-10.30am, admission is free and all are welcome.

Sold out:
It may surprise you to learn that Leprosy is still wide-spread, and India is one of the countries where it is most prevalent. I am delighted to report that the reputation of Roger Hammond’s authentic Indian Cuisine goes before him. All 60 tickets for the Indian Night organised by his wife Janet in aid of the Leprosy Mission on February 1 have already sold out! Now wouldn’t all event organisers like to be able to report that? 

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 9th January

Greetings from the Queen:
It can’t happen often that a local postman gets to deliver two congratulatory cards from her Majesty in the space of a fortnight. The cusp of the year, though, saw two big events in Knebworth. Congratulations to Gwen Garland, 100 on December 20 and to John and Betty Bland, who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on January 2nd. I am told that Gwen was so excited she couldn’t sleep and rang her daughter at one minute past midnight to say ‘I’ve made it!’.

The New Year’s must have gift:
If you have made a New Year’s resolution to make a more positive contribution to others – here’s an opportunity for you. NHS Blood and Transplant come to Knebworth Village Hall, Park Lane next Tuesday January 14 from 1- 3.30pm and 5 – 7.30pm. Call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment, or just turn up on the day.

Walking the web-footed way:
Well, I imagine those hardy Knebworth walkers have evolved webbed feet and oily feathers by this time. Let’s hope they don’t need them for their second walk of the New Year – the first was on that glorious New Year’s Day itself. They set out from Knebworth Village Hall at 10am next Tuesday January 14. The walk itself will start and finish at the Tilbury, the Inn off the Green, in Datchworth.

Tumble tots: 
The Village Hall is pretty busy this month. The national active physical play programme for children from 6 months to seven years is coming there on Thursdays. For more details contact Andrea on Click Here or call 07725 736333.

The dragon is back:
I am delighted to report that not only are tots tumbling in the Village Hall but dragons will also soon be flying. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) production of Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! By Stephen Briggs had to be postponed from November when technician Graham Dormer suffered a heart attack. Graham is now well on the road to recovery and this epic comedy will be staged from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 January at 7.45pm. Doors open 7.15pm, licensed bar. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Jo Simson on 01438 814166, or Village News, Station Road

Jo Simson


 
 
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