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KNEBWORTH NEWS - MAY 2014

From Jo Simson - 29th May

Justin Arloff:
Will be entertaining this Saturday May 31 from 8pm in the Royal British Legion in Gun Lane. Members free, guests £1.

Fun Day:
We are in to the season of fetes, festivals and fun. It kicks off round here with Woolmer Green’s Fun ‘Day’ on Sunday June 1, from 12noon to 4pm. Let’s hope the weather will be in a more fun-filled mood.

Let’s get quizzical:
No shortage of things to do this week-end. Whatever the weather, you can join in the Save the Children Quiz Night at the Lytton Arms pub up in Old Knebworth, at 7.30 for 8pm. £5 per person and there’s a raffle to add to the fun. For more information, to book a place call Julia Vickers on 91438 811287, email julia.a.vicker@btinternet.com.

Let’s get messy:
This Sunday June 1 is also the time to get messy – at Messy Church in St. Martin’s Parish Centre and Church from 4-5.30pm. All more than welcome to share crafts, games, activities, song, story AND a meal, based on a biblical theme.

Let’s clear up:
Next Saturday June 7, we are all invited to join a village litter pick to clear up the village which, let’s face it, is desperately in need of it. Meet at the village Hall at 9.30am. Everything you need to pick litter is supplied – except yourself. All more than welcome. Many hands make light work.

Let’s get physical:
The Knebworth Walking Group sets off on its fortnightly jaunt next Tuesday June 3. Meet at the Village Hall at 10am to arrange car shares. Next week’s walk is centred around the delightfully-named Bushel and Strike Pub in Ashwell.

Let’s get competitive:
Well, maybe not, but if you missed KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) last production, you now have an extra opportunity to see one half of that double bill. KATS have come to the rescue to plug a last-minute gap in the Welwyn One Act Festival, which runs from June 2-7. They will be performing ‘Famous Island’, a comedy written by a young friend, Katie Smith. What if you were rich and/or famous, and the going was getting tough? What if everyone thought you were dead, but you had escaped to ‘Famous Island’? Find out what it would be like when KATS take to the stage at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City on Friday June 6.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 22nd May

Watch out, a thief is about:
Event organisers are advised to be particularly vigilant in Knebworth. Someone is taking advantage of these to walk in and grab what money they can. Trinity Church and the Village Hall have both been targeted very recently.

Car Boot Sale:
It is not, of course, your car boots that you are invited to sell, but the contents of them. Waste Not Want Not – the garden centre which lovingly nurtures reject plants back to health and sells them on to you – has relocated to a field off the B197 just before Knebworth turns into Stevenage. They are holding a Car Boot Sale this Sunday May 25 from 10am. Stallholders can come from 9am. Not unnaturally, you won’t be able to sell plants, though. For more information contact Isobel Barnes, 01438 820154, isobelbarnes@aol.com.

Farmers’ and Craft Market:
This Sunday May 25 is the fourth of the month, so you also have a shopping opportunity from 9am – 12noon in Woolmer Green Village Hall, off Bridge Road, which is oiff the B197 in the opposite direction. Locally produced food and crafts will be on sale there.

Dino Adventures at Knebworth House:
This Sunday, May 25, seems to be your opportunity for all the Bank Holiday Week-end fun. Up at Knebworth House, Gardens, Park and Dinosaur Trail, the Ventura Wildlife intrepid explorers are brining various reptiles for visitors to handle. Children can also be palaeontologists for the day and complete a special dinosaur trail to claim a price. Quiz sheets £1. Normal Park admission prices apply and opening times are 11am-5pm.

Quizzically speaking:
The Royal British Legion in Gun Lane has a Quiz Night on this week-end. No prices for answering the question ‘What day is it on?’ correctly. Yes, you’ve guessed it, Sunday May 25, 7.30pm, teams of four, £1 a head, cash prizes.

Africa Fun Day:
Half Term fun is on offer at St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village. The fun Day runs from 10am – 2pm in the Church and Parish Centre on Wednesday May 28. A bouncy castle, reptiles and lots of stalls and fun events will be on offer, to give fun for all the family. All more than welcome. Funds raised will go towards the Gibb family’s mission trip to Kadoma in Zimbabwe in September.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 15th May

Panos Koudounas:
Panos was well-known and much-loved around the village and our hearts go out to his family following his unexpected death. His funeral will be held in St. Martin’s Church this Friday May 16 at 1.30pm. Rev’d. Jim Pye is taking time out from his extended study leave to conduct the service, with some input from Fr. Damianos of the Greek Orthodox church.

Gardeners’ Question Time:
Knebworth and District Gardening Club invite you to a Quiz this Friday May 16 at 8pm in St. Martin’s Parish Centre in the heart of the village. All welcome, £1 a head. A raffle, refreshments and prize for the winning team are all on offer. The Club is also off on a trip to the Sandringham Flower Show on July 30. Tickets cost just £22.50 per head including entry. For details of both quiz and trip contact Sheila Read on 01438 318441.

You really must come for coffee:
The invitation is for everyone from Knebworth Family of Churches. Coffee, tea, unlimited refills, cake and chat are all on offer this Saturday May 17 from 10am – 12noon. Fairly traded goods will also be on sale.

Coffee morning and plant sale:
Coffee AND plants are on offer, meanwhile, at St. Michael’s Woolmer Green at the same times 10am-12noon. Herbaceous, vegetable and herb plants will all be on sale. A raffle and a quiz are on offer, too, at this Church fundraiser.

Drama, comedy and coffee:
KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) present two plays for the price of one at 7.45pm this Thursday to Saturday May 15-17 in Knebworth Village Hall. Your ticket price of £7, concessions £6, entitles you to a free piece of home-made cake in the interval. All this and thrills and laughter, too. The plays are ‘The Friends of Mike Santini’, a supernatural thriller written by KATS’ member Mike Santini and ‘Famous Island’, a comedy by Katie Smith from St. Albans. Box Office Village News, Station Road. Or call Jo Simson on 01438 814166.

Help yourself to health:
There will be an open meeting for patients at the Knebworth and Marymead practice next Tuesday May 20 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Light refreshments will be served from 7pm. On the agenda will be: the Patient Participation Group, what it can do for you; Herts. Urgent care and 111 service; the practice, planning for the future; and a question and answer session.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 8th May

Pampered Chef Evening:
Pampered Chefs are coming to Knebworth this Saturday May 10. Starting at 7pm in St. Martin’s Parish Centre, they will be demonstrating everything you need – and those things you didn’t realise you need – for the kitchen. You get a chance to try the utensils out for yourselves and the evening finished with a ‘ready, stead cook’ style dessert competition. A raffle and no-alcoholic bar will add to the fun. Proceeds to Church funds.

Congratulations:
Outgoing North Herts. District Council Chairman, Cllr Jane Grey, honoured several Knebworth stalwarts at a recent civic reception in the Priory Barn, Little Wymondley. John Bantick, who retires as Chairman of the Parish Council this month after many years’ service, received a new chain of office on behalf of Knebworth Parish Council. John will doubtless be sporting the chain at this week’s Annual Parish Meeting on May 7 in the Village Hall. Brian Worthington received a civic award in recognition of his unstinting work towards making Knebworth Festival a success. Graham Dormer was recognised for sound and lighting services to many users of the village hall, in particular to KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) and Knebworth Players.

Double Bill:
Graham will be performing his sound and light services twice over next week when KATS present a double bill – two one act plays for the price of one – in the Village Hall at 7.45pm on Thursday to Saturday May 15-17 at 7.45pm. Your ticket price for that one - £7, concessions £6 – entitles you to a free piece of home-made cake in the interval. You can get them from Village News, Station Road. Or call Jo Simson on 01438 814166.

Blood doning:
While KATS are preparing to get up and perform in the village hall, the NHS Blood and Transplant unit invites you to come there for a lie down. Their blood doning sessions are on Tuesday May 13 at 1-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm.  To make an appointment to make a blood donation call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. Or you can just turn up on the day.

Gardeners’ Quiz Time:
Knebworth and District Gardening Club invite you to a Quiz next Friday May 16 at 8pm in St. Martin’s parish Centre in the heart of the village. Doubtless there will be a round on gardening, but the quiz is a general one. All welcome, £1 a head. A raffle, refreshments and prize for the winning team are all on offer. The Cub is also off on a trip to the Sandringham Flower Show on July 30. Tickets cost just £22.50 per head including entry. For details of both quiz and trip contact Sheila Read on 01438 318441.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 1st May

Hertfordshire Garden Show:
It may not seem too much like it, but this is Spring. Up at Knebworth House and Country Park they are on the case and are celebrating the May Bank Holiday week-end with the 21st Hertfordshire Gardens Show. They promise us everything we need to get our gardens looking lovely for the new season from 10am – 5pm Saturday May 3, Sunday May 4 and Monday May 5. Book online at www.knebworthhouse.com to save 10% on the usual park admission prices.

Baby rhyme time and toddler tales:
Knebworth Library in St. Martin’s Road is more than a place to borrow books. For the youngest members of the family they have a monthly Baby Rhyme Time on the first Wednesday of the month from 2.30 to 3pm. For May this means next Wednesday May 7. Their Toddler Tales session is every term-time Tuesday from 2.30-3pm, so you can catch up on the next tale next Tuesday May 7.

Singers sought:
Knebworth Community Chorus is about to start preparations for a Picnic Concert as part of the finale of Knebworth Festival on June 29. Pieces will include ‘Trial by Jury’ by Gilbert and Sullivan.  Contact Derek Harrison, 01438 817992 for more details.

Blood doning:
As promised, details of how you can have a lie down and simultaneously save a life. The NHS Blood and Transplant unit comes to the Village Hall in Park Lane next Tuesday 13th May 1-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm.  To make an appointment to make a blood donation call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. Or you can just turn up on the day.

Comedy, Cake and Drama Double Bill:
That same week, KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) are offering a free slice of cake to people who come to the Village Hall to see their homegrown Double Bill. ‘The Friends of Mike Santini’ is a supernatural chiller written and directed by KATS member Terry Grimwood. Mike is a successful singer and friend of movie stars and politicians. But he has a dark secret.

What would happen if the rich and/or famous could escape their tax and other troubles by ‘dying’ and going to live on a secret but Famous Island?  ‘Famous Island’ was written by St. Albans girl Katie Smith when she was just 15.  KATS previously performed it for Katie in a Festival, where it won the prize for the best new play in the under-25 age category.

Come and see both plays for yourselves, Thursday to Saturday May 15-17 at 7.45pm. Your ticket price of £7 (concessions £6) includes a free slice of cake in the interval. Box office Jo Simson 01438 814166, or call in to Village News in Station Road.

Jo Simson


 
 
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