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KNEBWORTH NEWS - MARCH 2014

From Jo Simson - 27th March

Free Concert:
this Saturday March 29, St. Martin’s Church, in the heart of the village, hosts a concert by the Camerata Chamber Orchestra at 7.30pm. This is your opportunity to see a harpsichord in action – the Orchestra is directed by harpsichordist Philippa Burch. Retiring collection for St. Martin’s.

The spring is sprung:
the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is? They say the bird is on the wing but that’s absurd, the wing is on the bird, The spring is certainly sprung at Knebworth Village Hall in Park Lane this Saturday March 29. Knebworth and District Gardening Club  invite us to visit their Spring Show there. Doors open 12noon, and entries into the various classes should arrive between 8am and 10am. We are promised something for everyone. Woodturning plant stalls, refreshments, tombola. In addition to flowers and vegetables there will be children’s cookery, arts and crafts and photography classes. For enquiries/entries contact Gill Griffin 01438 222040.

Mothering Sunday lunch:
If you are wondering where to take your Mum for lunch this Mothering Sunday – March 30 – why don’t you bring it and share it? There is an All Age Service in St. Martin’s Church at the unusually late hour of 11am, so you even get a lie in. It’s followed by a Bring and Share lunch. All you have to do is bring something nice to eat and share it with everyone else in the Parish Centre after the Service. All more than welcome, whether or not accompanied by a mother.

Race Night:
Beyond the fact that there is such a thing advertised as taking place this Saturday May 29 at the Royal British Legion, in Gun Lane, I have been unable to obtain any details. No doubt all will be revealed if you pop along.

Cakes galore:
It’s definitely Spring. Next Saturday it will be April – April 5 to be precise. From 9.30am-11.30am there will be a Spring sale of home-made cakes, preserves and – by special request – scones. Fortunately none of them will be made by Simson J, so you are guaranteed something delicious. But be warned – home-made goodies are extremely popular and it’s the early shopper who gets them. All proceeds to St. Martin’s.

Watch out there’s a thief about:
I am sorry to report that there have been one or two instances of money being stolen from handbags while events are going on in our local halls, so be warned and keep your valuables with you at all times while attending any of our local events. What a pity!

Extreme knitting:
I am all agog to discover what the title of the April WI talk refers to. Perhaps it refers to projects like Pirton’s ‘Knit the Village’ – which resulted in a display of handknitted models of the village’s historic buildings. You can find out for yourself on Wednesday April 9 at 7.45pm in Trinity Church Hall. All welcome.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 20th March

Grand opening of new Clubhouse:
Following the arson attack in June 2011, the Tennis Club’s new clubhouse has been built with the assistance of Knebworth Village Trust, the NHDC Area Committee and Hertfordshire County Council discretionary fund, as well as the members own efforts. MP Stephen McParland will perform the grand Opening Ceremony this Sunday March 23 at 2pm. All welcome.

Litfest ’14:
A programme of events celebrating the world of literature runs in Hertfordshire libraries during March and April. Knebworth Library is hosting ‘Jane Austen’s London’, an illustrated talk by Louise Allen, next Tuesday March 25 at 10.30am. To book tickets. (£5, concessions £2.50) call 01707 281533. This is just one in a varied programme of talks, readings and events around the county’s libraries. To find out more, pop into the library in St. Martin’s Road and pick up a leaflet. Library opening hours are: Monday to Thursday 2-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.

It was a dark and stormy night:
So, famously, begins Edward Bulwer Lytton’s 1830 novel, Paul Clifford. In his day, Bulwer Lytton was as popular as his friend Charles Dickens. He was also the owner of Knebworth House. Now his great-great-great-great grandson, Henry, is offering Hertfordshire schoolchildren in school years 3-6 the opportunity to win their classmates an afternoon at the Knebworth Park Adventure Playground. Teachers are invited to submit the three best stories written by their class – maximum 500 words – beginning with the phrase – yes, you’ve guessed it – ‘It was a dark and stormy night’. The deadline for entries is April 4 and details can be found at www.knebworthhouse.com.

Good Egg Holiday Club:
Children in school years 0-6 are being offered the opportunity to join the fun at the Knebworth Family of Churches Good Egg Holiday Club from Tuesday to Thursday April 15-17. This Easter the children are getting their wellingtons out for a spot of gardening. Intriguing. For an invitation, or more information email Click Here. But don’t delay, bookings are already flooding in and places are limited by logistics.

Sandridge walk:
Knebworth walking group will, sadly, have to give the Jane Austen talk a miss if they want to join the next ramble, which sets out on Tuesday March 25 at 10am from Knebworth Village Hall Car Park. Led by Carole Wilsher, the walk sets out setting out from the Rose and Crown in Sandridge, and will take in the intriguingly-named Nomansland Common.

Camerata Chamber Orchestra Concert:
St. Martin’s Church hosts a concert by the Camerata Chamber Orchestra at 7.30pm on Saturday March 29. Admission free, retiring collection for the church.

Knebworth and District Gardening Club Spring Show:
The lovely spring weather brings the promise of a fine spring show in Knebworth Village Hall on Saturday March 29. Doors open 12noon, and entries into the various classes should arrive between 8am and 10am. We are promised something for everyone. Woodturning plant stalls, refreshments, tombola. In addition to flowers and vegetables there will be children’s cookery, arts and crafts and photography classes. For enquiries/entries contact Gill Griffin 01438 222040.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 13th March

Let’s have another cup of coffee:
And let’s have another piece of cake. The good news is that the refills are unlimited and free if you buy a cup of coffee or tea at the Knebworth Family of Churches monthly coffee morning this Saturday March 15 from 10am-12noon. There should also be home-made cake on sale to go with it in St. Martin’s Parish Centre (next to St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village) plus fairly traded goods on sale. All welcome.

Bang, you’re dead:
It’s a good week-end for socialising in Knebworth my home village. Not only coffee but entertainment. First up in the entertainment programme are Knebworth Players who present three One Act plays in the Village Hall from Thursday March 13 to Saturday March 15 at 8pm. The plays are ‘Bang You’re Dead’ by Paul Reakes, ‘The Intruders’ by Peter Horster and ‘Joining the Club’ by David Tristram. Tickets, £7 (concessions £6) can be bought at Village News, Station Road, by calling 01438 743788 or online at www.knebworthplayers.com.

Phoenix Blues Band:
You can also catch some live blues music this Saturday March 15 at 8pm in the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane. The Phoenix Blues Band will be playing from 8pm. Admission £2.

Award-winning sausages:
It’s official Trussell’s sausages, famously praised by Robbie Williams, are a winner. They were amongst the 388 entries in the BPEX regional roadshow for pork products and romped home with four silvers – for Knebworth sausages, Directors sausages, Lytton sausages and faggots; and a gold award for their pork, honey and mustard sausages. Which last are on the Simson menu for tonight’s dinner, so I will report back next week.

Easter Journey:
Over 1,000 schoolchildren will be experiencing the Easter story for themselves in Churches around Stevenage, thanks to a Bridge Builders Christian Trust initiative. St. Martin’s will be hosting the Journey for schools in Knebworth, Datchworth and Codicote. Churchgoers will also get to experience the story, told in five stations through the eyes of people who were there with hands-on activities, this Sunday March 16 at the 10am Holy Communion Service. All more than welcome to come along to this rather different Church service.

Camerata Chamber Orchestra Concert:
Looking ahead to Saturday March 29, St. martin’s Church will again be in use in a different way when the Camerata Chamber Orchestra play a concert there at 7.30pm. Admission free, retiring collection for the church.

A trip around Kerala:
Well, you may never get there in person, but another free event will give you the opportunity to experience it through the eyes of Colin and Liz Stringer. The pair will be giving a talk with photos about this fascinating part of India on Thursday March 20 at 7.30pm in Trinity Church, Park Lane.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 6th March

Frugal Lunch:
This Sunday March 9 is the first Sunday in Lent. 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 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. Advance tickets, £3, concessions £2, under-12s free and families £5, are available from Yvonne Denning on 01438 815089. Or just come along and make the lunch that bit more All frugal.

Bang, you’re dead:
Well I sincerely hope not, but that play of the same name by Paul Reaker is the generic title of three One Act plays to be performed by Knebworth Players in the Village Hall from Thursday March 13 to Saturday March 15 at 8pm. The other two are ‘The Intruders’ by Peter Horster and ‘Joining the Club’ by David Tristram. Tickets, £7 (concessions £6) can be bought at Village News, Station Road, by calling 01438 743788 or online at www.knebworthplayers.com.

Put a Spring in your step:
I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to say that. You will get the opportunity to do it next Tuesday March 11 when the Knebworth Walking Group try out the delights of the Chilterns with a walk starting at the Motte and Bailey Pub in Pirton. Meet at the Village Hall Car Park at 10m to arrange lifts.

Knebworth Park Cricket Club:
The application by Knebworth Park Cricket Club to relocate to a site opposite the Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth has been the subject of some controversy. The application was discussed by the Parish Council’s Planning Sub-Committee on Monday March 3 and all were welcome to attend.

A new Club House for Knebworth Tennis Club:
Knebworth Tennis Club, meanwhile, are celebrating the phoenix-like resurrection of its spanking new Clubhouse in the Recreation Ground, following the arson attack in June 2011. The clubhouse has been built with the assistance of Knebworth Village Trust, the NHDC Area Committee and Hertfordshire County Council discretionary fund, as well as the members own efforts. MP Stephen McParland will perform the grand Opening Ceremony on Sunday March 23 at 2pm. All welcome to attend.

Knebworth Country Park:
All Knebworth Parish residents are invited to visit Knebworth House, Gardens and Park free of charge on Sunday March 23. They will need to enter by the back entrance at St. Mary’s Church and bring proof of residence. A copy of the very excellent Knebworth Parish News is recommended.

Has anybody seen Gizmo? He’s an African Grey Parrot. He’s micro-chipped, has yellow eyes and a red tail, loves walnut and ground nuts. And he’s gone missing. If you think you spot him call  07731 603021.

Jo Simson


 
 
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