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KNEBWORTH NEWS - OCTOBER 2014

From Jo Simson - 30th October

Happy Hallowe’en:
Under 5s’ and their siblings are welcome at the Light Party from 4-5.30pm in St. Martin’s Church to celebrate All Hallows Eve tomorrow Friday October 31. Run by the St. Martin’s toddler group, Smarties, there will be fames, fun, singing and a hot dog dinner. There’s a Princesses and Super Heroes fancy dress theme with a price for the best costume. But please, no scary Hallowe’en costumes. 5-11 year olds get their chance for fun and games at the next door St. Martin’s Parish Centre from 6-7.30pm. You’ll need to check booking on that one with Gill Hughes 01438 813049.

Table Top Sale:
As promised, more details on The Royal British Legion Table Top Sale taking place tomorrow Saturday November 1 from 9.30am – 12noon in Gun Lane. The proceeds go to the Poppy Appeal and you can book a tablefor £5 from Vicki on 07805 570082

Shoebox Appeal:
This Sunday November 2 is the deadline for bringing your filled shoeboxes to St. Martin’s for the Operation Christmas Child Appeal to brighten the Christmas of children in Belarus. Empty shoeboxes and leaflets detailing what can and can’t be used to fill them are available from St. Martin’s Church.

Brainstrust Christmas Cards:
Knebworth girl Anna Brewster has regularly held summer serenade concerts in the garden of her family home in Deards End Lande to support the Brainstrust charity. The charity was set up when Anna’s university friend Meg contracted a brain tumour. The Brainstrust is now selling Christmas cards with 100% of the money received going to the charity. Visit Click Here. Anna also reports that Meg is now the mother of a baby girl – Josie.

No warmth, no rest, no cheerful ease, November:
Well, pace the poet Thomas Hood, it scarcely seems that way so far. No excuse, then, for not getting out those walking boots and joining the extremely popular Knebworth Walking Group next Tuesday November 4. They set out from the Village Hall Car Park at 10am for a walk based around the Cross Keys pub at Pulloxhill. Not to mention a pub lunch.

Free de-icing salt:
It seems a bit superfluous at the moment, but who knows what weather winter will bring? Free de-icing salt will be issued by the Parish Council to Knebworth residents from 9.30 – 10.10am next Saturday November 8.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 23rd October

Quiz Night:
Knebworth and District Gardening Club’s Autumn Quiz is tomorrow, Friday October 24, 7.30 for 8pm in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. Refreshments and a raffle, £2 per head, or £1 for members. Enquiries to Gill Griffin 01438 222040.

Farmers and Craft Market:
This Sunday October 26 is the fourth of the month, so up at Woolmer Green Village Hall, off Bridge Road, there is the monthly Farmers and Craft Market from 9am – 12noon.

Table Top Sale:
The Royal British Legion in Gun Lane, meanwhile, is holding a table top sale on Saturday November 1 from 9.30am – 12noon. It’s what is on the tables which is to be sold, rather than the tables themselves. More details next week.

Shoebox Appeal:
Children at Knebworth School and the congregations of St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s are invited to make a real difference to Christmas for the children of Belarus in Eastern Europe. Shoeboxes filled with gifts for the children need to be filled and delivered to the school/church by November 2. Empty shoeboxes and leaflets detailing what can and can’t be used to fill them are available from St. Martin’s Church.

Pumpkin Trails and Christmas treats:
The ever popular Pumpkin Trail and Treats up at Knebworth House, which takes place over Half Term Week, is again a sell-out. You can get lots of Christmas Treats, however, if you pop along to their Christmas Fair. A wide range of arts, crafts and gifts stalls will be available on November 14-16 from 10am-4pm. Admission £5, concessions £4, children aged 2-16 £3.

Remembrance Day Evensong:
November 9 is a very special Remembrance Day, marking the centenary of the Great War from 1914-18. Every family in Britain was touched by the impact of the war and would have known someone killed or injured. A special commemorative service will be held in St. Mary’s, the Parish Church in Knebworth Park at 4pm. The form and words from the Book of Common Prayer would have been familiar to all. Eden Consort will be singing music inspired by the First World War.

Save the Children Quiz Night:
That same Sunday, November 9, sees a fundraising Quiz at the Lytton Arms pub up in Old Knebworth, 7.30 for 8pm. Teams of 6-8, or they will find you one to join. Tickets £5 each. To reserve places contact Julia Vickers on 01438 811287.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 16th October

Come for coffee:
The invitation is for absolutely everyone. The Knebworth Family of Churches monthly coffee morning is this Saturday October 18 at 10am in St. Martin’s Parish Centre next to St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village. Unlimited refills of tea and coffee and home-made cake are all on offer at very reasonable prices.

Living Differently, breaking chains, making change:
Sunday October 19’s One World Service at 5.30pm in St. Martin’s Church will be looking at things very differently. The speaker is John Draper of Compassion. All more than welcome. Coffee and cake afterwards.

Memories of Knebworth in World War II:
Congratulations to Jenny Ayres who has won a commission to write a drama based around Knebworth Station in World War II. Jenny would love to hear from anyone who can provide her with memories of Knebworth, and the Station, during that time. You can contact her on Email

Rambling Roses:
And indeed people of either gender and any name are welcome to next Tuesday October 21’s ramble. Meet at 10am in the Village Hall Car Park to set off for a walk based around the Three Horseshoes Pub in Hooks Cross.

Knebworth and District Gardening Club:
Quiz buffs meanwhile are invited to a remarkably cheap one. Knebworth and District Gardening Club’s Autumn Quiz is on Friday October 24, 7.30 for 8pm in St. Martin’s Parish Centre. Refreshments and a raffle are promised and the cost is £2 per head, or £1 is you are a member. Enquiries to Gill Griffin 01438 222040.

Light and Laughter Party:
You have to be a child aged 5-11 to be invited to the Knebworth Family of Churches Good Egg Club Light and Laughter Party on Friday October 31. All children in that age group are welcome, though. Places limited to 50, so please pre-book via Email or Gill Hughes 01438 813049. Pumpkin lanterns, apple bobbing and lots of treats but no tricks are promised.

Morrisons Let’s Grow Vouchers:
Did you know that Knebworth Primary School is currently collecting the Morrisons Let’s Grow vouchers? Did you even know that they existed? If you’ve been offered them, don’t turn them down, give them to the school (it’s in Swangleys Lane) and they can use them to get gardening and cookery project equipment. The nearest Morrisons is in Welwyn Garden City.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 9th October

Charity begins at home:
Or rather in the High Street. Returning from a couple of weeks holiday, it was a pleasant surprise to see that the late, much-lamented Danesbury shop has now been taken over by the YMCA. It will be good to have those browsing and socialising opportunities in the heart of the village again.

Baby Massage:
Something else new has started up in the Parish Centre, next to St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village. Baby massage classes, suitable for babies from 4 weeks old, are on Monday mornings at 10am. No, I don’t know what baby massage is, either, but you can find out more at www.mamababybliss.com Or contact Rachel Allen on Email.

Quizzically speaking:
Apologies for mentioning it again, but tickets for the Church Quiz Night next Saturday October 18 in said Parish Centre seem to be selling like stale cakes. Which is odd, considering the ticket price of £10 includes a hot supper and cold dessert (bring your own drinks). 6.30 for 7pm. Teams of 6-8, or they will find you one to join. Contact Penny Paton on 01438 313241.

Come for coffee:
Admission is absolutely free to the Knebworth Family of Churches coffee morning on the same day – Saturday October 18 – but starting at 10am, and also in the Parish Centre. Unlimited refills of tea and coffee and home-made cake are all on offer at very reasonable prices. All more than welcome.

Race Night:
Knebworth Players are taking a break from presenting plays to present a Race Night on that same popular date – October 18. This one is out of the village, though, at Codicote Sports and Social Club, 7 for 7.30pm, tickets £5 to include a soup supper. Get them from the Box Office number- 01438 743788 or online at www.knebworthplayers.com. Or – and this one really impresses me – you can scan one of those barcode things on the front cover of October’s Parish News.

Parish News editorial team vacancy:
Speaking of the Parish News, there is a vacancy on the editorial team. Each editor produces three copies per year on a rota basis. I am told we are supportive, innovative and good-humoured. You don’t need to be a computer whizz, just computer-literate. Training and mentoring available. Contact Rev’d Jim Pye 01438 817396, jim@jimpye.plus.com for more information.

Living Differently, breaking chains, making change:
This year’s One World Week service on Sunday October 19 at 5.30pm in St. Martin’s Church (next door to that Parish Centre) features the tale of Captain Pigeon, the Pirate of Paddington’ written and illustrated by Phoebe Marshall, aged 6. The speaker is John Draper of Compassion. All more than welcome. Coffee and cake afterwards.

Jo Simson


From Jo Simson - 2nd October

Christian Aid Autumn Coffee Morning:
Cakes, preserves and bric-a-brac will all be on sale at the annual Christian Aid Coffee Morning this Saturday October 4 from 9.30am – 12noon in St. Martin’s Parish Centre, next to St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village. Pam Thomson will be bringing her popular selection of Traidcraft fairly traded goods, including Christmas cards, gift wrap and gifts. To add to the fun there will be a raffle and the results of the annual Christian Aid Quiz – this year ‘capital cities’ – will be announced. If you have cakes, preserves or br,  ic-a-brac to donate, Christian Aid Committee Chairman, Saxon Denning, will be delighted to hear from you on 01438 815089.

Rambling Roses:
As ever, all are welcome to the hugely popular fortnight walk by the Knebworth Rambling Group. The first in October is next Tuesday October 7, meeting at the Village Hall Car Park at 10am. The walk itself will be a circular route based around the Cross Keys pub in Pulloxhill. Which is a new one on me.

Let’s get quizzical again:
The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness seems also to be the Quiz season. Next on the calendar is St. Martin’s fundraising quiz on Saturday October 18 at 6.30pm in St. Martin’s Parish centre in the heart of the village. The ticket price of £10 includes a hot supper and cold dessert – bring your own drinks. Teams of 6-8, or they will find you one to join. For more information Email.

Jo Simson


 
 
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