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KNEBWORTH NEWS - JUNE 2014

From Jo Simson - 26th June

Knebworth Festival:
Well, it’s here. The Knebworth Village Festival is in full swing and you can find full details in the pull-out colour supplement in the centre of June’s Parish News. That is on sale in Village News, Station Road; which is also the Box Office for Festival events. You are too late for some of them, but there is an action-packed week-end ahead. See details below.

Charles Dickens at Knebworth House:
On Friday June 27 at 7pm (£20). Local actor Keith Baldwin reads selection from Dickens most enduring works. We will also have an insight into Dickens’ life and times, and his many visits to his close friend Edward Bulwer Lytton at Knebworth House. Dickens and Bulwer Lytton often put on performances in the Banqueting Hall for their friends and family. Guests will be offered a glass of Pimms on the Garden Terrace before making their way into the spectacular Banqueting Hall for the performance. Book online for this one at www.knebworthhouse.com/event.

Fun Day:
Admission is free to the big event in the Recreation Ground off Watton Road. The fun starts at 1.30pm with Toque Tambor, a spectacular group of drummers, appropriately bringing Brazilian carnival music to Knebworth. This very newspaper, the Comet, is sponsoring Band Spot – a variety of rock and acoustic music sets. Pimms bar, all the fun of the fair, stalls and bouncy castles are all on offer, and the music and dance goes on till 8pm.

Cliff, Elvis and Friends:
Aka Stephen’s Shadows, with Ian Geast, offer you the opportunity to dance the night away in the Village Hall on Saturday June 28 in memory of the late Stephen Swann. All profits go to the Stroke Society and a school in the Gambia. Tickets £10, licensed bar and raffle.

Festival Songs of Praise:
Everyone is invited to raise the roof of St. Martin’s Church at 4pm, when songs of praise chosen by the village will be sung by the village. I can exclusively reveal that these will include Abide With Me, All Things Bright and Beautiful and Jerusalem. Tea, coffee and cake will be served afterwards on St. Martin’s Green or in the Parish Centre, depending on the weather. This one is free.

Picnic Concert:
The gardens of Knebworth House are the location of the Picnic Concert by Knebworth Community Chorus on Sunday June 29. This features a programme of easy-listening songs for a summer evening and a guest appearance by trumpeter Paul Mayes. Next up will be a concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. Bring your own picnic, drinks and rugs. Adults £10, children under 14 £2. This outdoor event goes ahead whatever the weather, so let’s pray for the preferred option of sunshine. 

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 19th June

Come for coffee:
Not to mention tea and cake. Unlimited refills of the beverages are available this Saturday 21 June at the monthly Knebworth Family of Churches coffee morning in St. Martin’s Parish Centre from 10am-12noon. All welcome.

Open Church Sunday:
Is hosted by the lovely twelfth century Parish Church of St. Mary’s in Knebworth Park this Sunday from 11am. The day kicks off with an All Age Service at 10am. Attractions include the popular parachuting teddies, tours of the church tower, brass rubbing and an organ recital at 2.30pm. Bring a picnic.

Farmers’ and Craft Market:
Just to fool us, the fourth Sunday this month is this Sunday June 22, so the Farmers’ and Craft Market will be in Woolmer Green Village Hall, just off Bridge Road from 9am-12noon.

Vote for your favourite hymn:
June 22 is also the deadline for you to cast your vote for the hymns to be sung at the Festival Songs of Praise Service on Sunday June 29 at 4pm in St. Martin’s. You can see the list of choices and cast your vote on the village website, www.knebworth.org.

Knebworth Festival Fun:
Is about to get under way. The main event is the Fun Day next Saturday June 28 from 1.30-9pm in the Recreation Ground off Watton Road.

Festival Events:
Village News in Station Road is the Box Office for ticketed events. Those include a talk on Darwin and the Galapagos on Tuesday June 24 at 7.30pm in Trinity Church (£5), a knebtalk by Martin Towsey, Manager of Woburn Abbey on Wednesday June 25 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (£7, WI members £6). Martin is responsible for all the horticultural areas of the estate including the Abbey Gardens and Safari Park. UP at Knebworth House on Firday June 27 at 7pm, there’s a Charles Dickens evening (£20). This is an evening of selected reading from Dickens most enduring works by local actor Keith Baldwin. We will also have an insight into Dickens’ life and times, and his many visits to his close friend Edward Bulwer Lytton at Knebworth House. Dickens and Bulwer Lytton often put on performances in the Banqueting Hall for their friends and family. Guests will be offered a glass of Pimms on the Garden Terrace before making their way into the spectacular Banqueting Hall for the performance. Elvis, Cliff and Friends aka Stephen’s Shadows, with Ian Geast, offer ou the opportunity to dance the night awayin the Village Hall on Saturday June 28 in memory of the late Stephen Swann. All profits go to the Stroke Society and a school in the Gambia. Tickets £10, licensed bar and raffle.

Congratulations:
To James Pallister from Knebworth Pimary School, who was one of three runners up in a competition to write a short story starting with the classic opening line penned by Bulwer Lytton ‘It was a dark and stormy night’. The competition attracted more than 200 entries. You can read James’ story online at:
www.hertfordshirelife.co.uk                                                       

Jo Simson


 
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From Jo Simson - 10th June

Lucky Gardening Talk:
Kelly Baker, Head Gardener at Knebworth House, is clearly not superstitious. She is giving a talk to Knebworth and District Gardening Club this Friday June 13 in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. All welcome, refreshments and raffle also available. Doors open 7.30 for 8pm. Members £1, non-members £2. For further details contact Sheila Read on 01438 318441.

Football crazy:
I believe there is something biggish going on in the football world around now. The Royal British Legion in Gun Lane don’t want people to be put off coming to hear their live singer, Claire Louise, this Saturday June 14 at 8pm. They assure us that they will be screening ‘the football’ straight afterwards. Members free, guests £2.

Datchworth the Indefatigable:
You’ve got to admire the energy of the people of Datchworth. They are doubtless scanning the weather forecast for this week-end, when they hold their Fete from 2pm on Saturday June 14. They will scarcely have drawn breath when it’s time for their Open Gardens, which take place from 12noon to 5pm on Sunday June 22.

Festival of Prayer:
St. Michael’s, Woolmer Green, has a Festival with a difference this week. Events include ‘Praying with Blokes’ this Thursday June 12 at 8pm in the Fox Pub, New Road. Tomorrow, Friday June 13, they have various prayer sessions throughout the day, mostly in St. Michael’s Church, starting at 9.30am with Morning Prayer and finishing with Evening Prayer at 5pm. On Saturday June 14, they will be praying with Kids and Crafts at a children’s craft morning from 10am-12noon.

Open Church Sunday:
The Knebworth Festival kicks off on Sunday June 22 with Open Church Sunday up at the lovely twelfth century Parish Church of St. Mary’s in Knebworth Park. Attractions includes the popular parachuting teddies, tours of the church tower, brass rubbing and an organ recital at 2.30pm. Bring a picnic. The day starts at 10am with an All Age Service.

Festival Fun:
Don’t miss out on the Knebworth Village Festival 2014. You can find full details of all the activities in the double page colour spread in June’s Parish News which is on sale in Village News, Station Road. Village News is also the Box Office for ticketed events. Those include a talk on Darwin and the Galapagos on Tuesday June 24 at 7.30pm in Trinity Church (£5), a talk by Martin Towsey, Manager of Woburn Abbey on Wednesday June 25 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (£7, WI members £6) and a Charles Dickens evening at 7pm on Friday June 27 at Knebworth House, starting with Pimms on the Terrace followed by a performance by Keith Baldwin  in the Banqueting Hall (£20).

Jo Simson


 
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From Jo Simson - 4th June

When the day of Pentecost came they were all together in one place:
Excitingly, the Knebworth Family of Churches will all be in one place to celebrate the Church’s birthday this Sunday June 8 at 11am. All welcome to this united Service in St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village, whether or not you habitually worship at one of the village churches. There will be a full programme of children’s activities. This includes the opportunity to find out how high the broad beans planted by the children of the Good Egg Easter Club have grown. It seems unlikely they will yet be producing broad beans to share at the lunch which follows the service in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. All more than welcome to that, too, whether or not you have brought some food. The Lord will provide.

Village litter pick:
The village should be spick and span to celebrate both birthdays and forthcoming Village Festivals. This Saturday June 7, we are all invited to join a village litter pick. 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.

Festival Fun:
Now that we are in flaming June, Fetes and Festivals are bursting forth all over the place. Our own Knebworth Village Festival takes place from June 22-29. More of that anon. Next up in the neighbouring Fetes, though, is Datchworth’s, just up the hill. That one is on Saturday June 14 in the afternoon.

Lucky for some:
With flaming June bursting forth, as aforesaid, you might be looking for some tips on how to keep your garden under control. Kelly Baker, Head Gardener at Knebworth House, could be just the person to give them. She is giving a talk to Knebworth and District Gardening Club on Friday June 13 in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. All welcome, refreshments and raffle also available. Doors open 7.30 for 8pm. Members £1, non-members £2. For further details contact Sheila Read on 01438 318441.

Thought of becoming a twin?
Knebworth Twinning Association is on the hunt for new members. The association organises visits to and from our French twin, Châtelaillon Plage in the Charente Maritime region. Social events include Boules practice at the Station Pub on Monday evenings and a Quiz night in the Village Hall in October. Membership costs £10 per family. Contact Ann Judge on Click Here if you’d like to join/know more.

Jo Simson


 
 
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