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From Jo Simson - 27th February

Anyone for gardening?:
As one who has just mistaken a telephone cable for some ivy, perhaps I should be popping along to the Knebworth and District Gardening Club’s Open Evening this Friday February 28 to find out how it should be done. The Club welcome all to St. Martin’s Parish Centre, next door to St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village, from 7.30pm. There will be a raffle, refreshments and plant stall, as well as a chance to find out more about what the Club gets up to. For further information contact Sheila on 01438 318441. 

If you have been hoping to follow the adventures of Knebworth dentist Liz Stringer and her dental nurse Su in Tanzania, you may be feeling a bit frustrated. The link I gave you last week was broken. This is the correct one: www.parascosa.com/Tanzania.htm. Liz and Su have joined a team of dental workers on their annual trip to train local dental workers and give dental treatment to Tanzanians from villages who might otherwise never receive it.

Charity Shop Closure:
It’s a sad and frustrating time for Jean Mafham, her team of volunteers and all those who have supported the Danesbury Chairty shop in Knebworth for the last twenty years. The shop closes its doors for the last time at 4.30pm this Friday February 28. Jean and her team would like to thank all the customers who have supported them over those years. They have been overwhelmed by all the people who are upset – indeed, devastated – by the closure. As well as being the repository of our ‘pre-loved’ items, the shop has been a social hub for the many people who drop in for a browse, a bargain and a chat. Please do pop in for a final browse and chat on Friday.

You really must come for coffee:
This week’s coffee invitation is from Knebworth Bowls Club. Their Bring and Buy and Coffee/Tea morning is this Saturday March 1 in the Clubhouse in the Recreation Ground off Watton/Stevenage Road Tea and Coffee is served from 10-11.30am. All welcome, whether or not you have anything to bring.

Quizzically speaking:
There are certainly plenty of opportunities around at the moment to exercise the little grey cells. The Royal British Legion in Gun Lane have cash prizes at theirs this Sunday March 2 at 7.30pm. Teams of four, £1 a head.

Funday Fundraising:
The Fun Day in St. Martin’s Church on the Wednesday of Half Term week was a huge success, with over 200 children and their families enjoying the bouncy castle, reptiles and disco. £532.31 was raised for7 year old Lennon from Walkern who has a life-limiting condition.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 20th February

Quizzically speaking:
Just over a week to go to KATS fundraising Quiz Night on Saturday March 1 in the Parish Centre. This is the last call to book your tickets, £9.50 to include a fish’n’chips supper. Just one table (teams of 8) left. Contact Jo Simson on 01438 814166.

In search of snowdrops:
Ann and Tony Judge lead the Knebworth Walking Group on a quest for snowdrops next Tuesday February 25. The four-mile circular walk will set out from the Cross Keys Pub in Gustard Wood. All welcome, including well-behaved dogs on leads. Meet at 10am in Knebworth Village Hall Car Park to arrange car shares.

Something new at the Pub:
North Herts. Cats Protection Branch are hosting an evening of Pub Games in the Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth this Friday February 21 from 7pm. Tickets, £6, can be obtained from Deirdre Tomlinson on 01438 22877, and include a light chicken and chips supper (vegetarian option available).  Game for fun, games with a prize and optional Bingo are all on offer.
Eyes down: If you are a Bingo fan I am sure the Royal British Legion will welcome you to make their house full in Gun Lane. It’s Bingo night there every Wednesday, 7 for 7.30pm.

Shop local:
This Sunday February 23 from 9am to 12noon. The monthly Food and Craft Market is in Woolmer Green Village Hall off Bridge Road.

This week and next are not good ones to get a toothache unless you live in Tanzania. Village dentist Liz Stringer and her nurse Su are off on their annual trip working with the Bridge2Aid charity in that country. You can follow their adventures at Click Here.

Frugal Lunch:
Just over two weeks now to the Christian Aid Frugal Lunch which marks the start of Lent. On Sunday 9 March, the speaker at the 10am service in St. Martin’s, in the heart of the village, will be Sojan Toma, from Christian Aid’s partners in Iraq. Sojan will be joining the frugal lunchers afterwards in the next door Parish Centre at 12 for 12.30pm. On the menu will be soup, bread and cheese in small quantities. Tickets, £3, concessions £2, under-12s free and families £5, are available from Yvonne Denning on 01438 815089.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 13th February

You really must come for coffee:
What with the dismalness of the weather and the darkness of the nights, that’s a difficult invitation to refuse. Knebworth Family of Churches monthly coffee morning is this Saturday February 15. All more than welcome to St. Martin’s Parish Centre for tea, coffee and home-made cakes, with free refills from 10am to 12noon. Fairly traded foods will also be on sale.

Family Fun Day:
Goodness knows we need some fun. Stacy Gibb of St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s Church has come up with an idea for some Half Term Fun which will help the family of Lennon, a life-limited seven year old, to buy equipment to improve his quality of life. The Fun Day is next Wednesday February 19 from 10m to 2pm in St. Martin’s Parish Centre and Church. A bouncy castle, disco, children’s entertainer, crafts, games and stalls are all on offer. Entrance is just £1 per child, or for £2 you get unlimited bouncing.

Charity shop closure:
A reminder that this Saturday February 15 is the last day on which the Danesbury shop in the High Street is accepting donations. The shop is closing at the end of February, after twenty years of bargain shopping.
Floods hit Knebworth: Sadly, flooding certainly hit home last week, when around ten homes in Broom Grove were flooded by overnight rain on Wednesday.

On a more positive watery front, Cllr. Kevin Burr was delighted to get four other volunteers at his recent, second, attempt to clean out the pond in the Watton Road recreation ground. Now pristine, let’s hope the clean water doesn’t burst its banks.

Relocation for Knebworth Park Cricket Club?
Knebworth Park Cricket Club is hoping to come up in the world, but fortunately not move out of the village. The Club has put in an application for three cricket pitches and a clubhouse with bar and social area opposite the Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth. The application, 14/00132/11, can be viewed on North Herts. District Council website.

Dramatic turn of events for KATS:
It’s actually only just over two weeks until March. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) stage a fundraising quiz in the popular Parish Centre on Saturday March 1. Austin Willett and Martin Willoughby take on the roles of quizmaster, 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, email: Click Here.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 6th February

Walking the Knebworth way:
Knebworth ramblers are undeterred by pretty much any weather conditions. They set off from the Village Hall Car Park fortnightly on Tuesdays. Next up is Tuesday February 11. All welcome, meet at 10am. Next week’s destination is a circular walk based around the Three Horseshoes pub in Hooks Norton.

A passion for pearls:
That’s the intriguing title of the talk at Knebworth WI’s monthly meeting next Wednesday February 12 at 7.45pm in Trinity Church Hall, Park Lane. All welcome.

A new minister for Trinity:
Popular Reformed Church Minister Rev’d. John Steele has now retired. John went out with a definite spring in his step at his retirement Ceilidh – a kind of barn dance. Trinity is a united Reformed Church/Methodist congregation so the next minister will be from the Methodist tradition, and is expected to be in post from August.

Twinning Association deadline:
You don’t have to speak French to join Knebworth Twinning Association. You just have to be interested in making friends in the French seaside twin of Chatelaillon Plage. If you would like to know more, there’s an opportunity at their Sunday Lunch on March 2 in the new Lytton-Cobbold Barn at Knebworth House. But the deadline to book is February 12 (members £21, non-member £23).  

When is a painting not a painting:
And what exactly is art? That’s the question posed by Yasmina Reza’s play, which looks at the effect of the purchase of an expensive piece of ‘art’ on the relationship between three friends. ‘Art’ is KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) May production – production dates May 15-17. Rehearsals start on February 17. The play has just three characters, all male in the age range 40s-50s. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Director Viv Richardson viv.richardson@yahoo.co.uk, 01438 367447.

You really must come for coffee:
The popular Knebworth Family of Churches monthly coffee morning takes place on the third Saturday of the month, which makes is just over a week away on Saturday February 15. All more than welcome to St. Martin’s Parish Centre for tea, coffee and home-made cakes, with free refills. Fairly traded foods will also be on sale.

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. Knebworth Players 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.

Jo Simson

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