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From Jo Simson - 27th November

Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine:
Well, mulled wine and mince pies at any rate. These will be on the menu twice in the coming week. First up is Stevenage and District Gardening Club AGM. That takes place this Friday November 28 in St. Martin’s Parish Centre, next to St. Martin’s Church in the heart of the village, at 8pm. To make it a bit more inviting, they’ve added a social element, and everybody is welcome. Contact Sheila Read on 01438 318441 for more details.

Stepping Stone Pre School Christmas Fair:
Not sure whether there will be mulled wine and/or mince pies, but there will be bacon butties AND Father Christmas in his grotto at the Stepping Stone Pre School Christmas Fair this Sunday November 30 in the village hall from 11am-3pm. Admission £1, under-12s free.

Christmas Market:
There’s another Christmas shopping opportunity next Saturday December 6 at the Church Christmas Market. That runs from 10am to 2.30pm on St. Martin’s Green. It is also the second time the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine will fill the air around St. Martin’s Parish Centre.

United Advent Service:
This Sunday November 30 is Advent Sunday. Knebworth Family of Churches invite us to share it together in Trinity Church, Park Lane at 5.30pm. The theme of the Service is Responding to God’s Call during Advent, and the wonderful Eden Consort will be responding to it by leading the singing and singing some beautiful Advent pieces themselves.

Fine Weather for Walking?
There’s a definite seasonal reference to Knebworth Walking Group’s outing next Tuesday December 3. The walk centres around the Bright Star Inn in Peter’s Green. It also finishes there for optional lunch. All welcome. Meet in Knebworth Village Hall car park at 10am to arrange car shares.

Christmas with Knebworth Community Chorus:
Looking further ahead, Knebworth Community Chorus are bang up to the minute. Their Christmas concert will include a medley from the latest Disney film ‘Frozen’. Also on the bill is Haydn’s Toy Symphony. You will be astounded to hear that mince pies and mulled wine are included in the ticket price of £10, children £5. You can buy them from Village News in Station Road and the Chorus sing off at 7pm.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 20th November

The gift that gave twice:
Well done to Janet Hammond, whose amazing gift for baking was multiplied last week. Janet, moved by the plight of those suffering in the Ebola outbreak, not only held a cake stall to raise funds for relief, she also baked a Christmas cake to raffle. The stall was well-supported by contributions from other local cake bakers, gave much pleasure to shoppers in search of home-baked goodies and raised over £250. The Christmas cake was raffled by Janet’s son Tom in his office and raised over £500.

Farmers’ and Craft Market:
More local goodies will be on sale this Saturday November 22, at the monthly market held in Woolmer Green Village Hall, off Bridge Road, from 9am – 12noon.

Pond clearance:
I’m not sure whether they will be rewarded with any home-made cake, but volunteers will be most welcome for the autumn clearance of the pond in the Watton Road/London Road recreation ground this Saturday November 22. Meet at the pond at 9.30am

Lunch and Listen:
Those volunteers might benefit from a light lunch after their efforts. They get their chance at 12noon. It will be served in Trinity Church in advance of the Lunch and Listen concert on November 22 by Eden Consort and Andrew Lewis. Tickets, £3, have to be bought in advance Ros Sherry 01438 812595 or Kathy Cole 01438 715589. Retiring collection for the Haven shelter in Stevenage.

Stepping Stone Pre School Christmas Fair:
Father Christmas will be in his grotto and bacon butties will be served in the vintage café at the Stepping Stone Pre School Christmas Fair next Sunday November 30. Both café and grotto can be found in the Village Hall, Park Lane. All sorts of Christmas goodies will be on sale, including reindeer dust, which is guaranteed to attract the reindeers pulling Santa’s sleigh to call at your house. The Fair runs from 11am-3pm. Admission £1, under-12s free.

Quiz Night one:
Friday November 28 is the date of the Knebworth Pre School fundraising Quiz Night which is actually taking place in Knebworth School in Swangleys Lane at 7.45 for 8pm. Teams of up to 10. Tickets, £8 to include Fish and Chips Supper, can be bought from the Pre School, call 01438 234804 or email knebworthpreschool@hotmail.com.

Quiz Night two:
The Quizzes are travelling in convoy like buses at the moment. There is also one in the Royal British Legion, Gun Lane, on Sunday November 30 at 7.30pm. Teams of up to four, £1 per person, cash prizes.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 13th November

Cake Stall in aid of Ebola Crisis:
Janet Hammond was so moved by the desperate need for help in the Ebola crisis in West Africa that she decided to contribute her best skill – baking. Janet is holding a cake stall in aid of the crisis this Saturday November 15 on St. Martin’s Green in the centre of the village from 9.30am-11.30am. Please come and buy some goodies. If you can contribute a cake contact Janet on 01438 812065.

You really must come for coffee:
Having bought your cake, hotfoot it up the green to St. Martin’s Parish Centre where a warm welcome awaits you at the Knebworth Family of Churches Coffee morning from 10am-12noon this Saturday November 15. Home-made cake should also be on offer there. Unlimited refills of tea and coffee will wash it down.

You really must come for a walk:
Plenty of people do join the rambling group for their fortnightly walks. The next one sets out from the Village Hall Car Park next Tuesday November 18 at 10am. Led by Viv Perry, this one centres on the Van Hage Garden Centre in Ware, so you could just get the chance to start your Christmas shopping.

Noises Off:
They’ve been wanting to do it for over twenty years and now they’ve pulled it off. Or they’re putting it on – whichever. KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) present Michael Frayn’s hilarious comedy, Noises Off, Thursday to Saturday 20-22 November in the Village Hall Park Lane. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The cast have been battling with imaginary doors and functional plates of sardines for twelve weeks as they get to grips with this farce within a farce. Now they’ll get to use the real thing. If you need cheering up, this one is definitely for you. Tickets (£7, concessions £6) from Village News in Station Road or call Jo Simson on 01438 814166.

Lunch and Listen:
Saturday November 22 is St. Cecilia’s day. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music. Eden Consort singers invite us to celebrate with a lunchtime concert in Trinity Church, Park Lane. They’re joined by organist Andrew Lewis, who will give a recital of music across the centuries. A light lunch will be served at 12noon. Tickets to cover the cost must be bought in advance from Ros Sherry 01438 812595 or Kathy Cole 01438 715589. The recital will start at approximately 1.15pm and there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Haven shelter in Stevenage.

Jo Simson

From Jo Simson - 6th November

Remembrance Day Events:
This Sunday, November 9, is a very special Remembrance Day, marking the centenary of the Great War from 1914-18. There are several opportunities in Knebworth to take part in acts of remembrance. The annual Royal British Legion Parade and Service takes place at the Old Knebworth War Memorial at 12.30pm. Everyone attending will have the chance to receive a replica edition of an Active Service John’s Gospel, produced with rounded edges to it didn’t crease in the front pocket of a uniform. 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. Chronologically last, but not least, a World War I Commemoration Service will be held at 5.30pm in Trinity Church, Park Lane. This service will include video clips and stories of those who fought in the war and a retiring collection will be taken for the Royal British Legion.

Save the Children Quiz Night:
Sunday evening, 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.

Do you love to sing?
Here are two opportunities for you to exercise your vocal chords. I am afraid the first is sexist, though. Stevenage Male Voice Choir invite aspiring singers to their open evenings at the Roaring Meg Retail Park on Fridays November 14 and 21 at 8pm. For more information contact Bob Parsons on 01438 353457, smvc.enquiries@gmail.com. A bit closer to home, Knebworth Community Chorus is gearing up to practise for its Christmas Carols Concert in the Village Hall on December 20. If you’d like to join them, contact Derek or Jenny for details on 01438 817992.

Flood prevention presentation:
Well, we have certainly experienced flooding here in Knebworth in very recent times. Hertfordshire County Council will be giving a presentation on how to prevent flooding in the Village Hall on Tuesday November 11 at 7.30pm.  All welcome.s

Jo Simson

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