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Knebworth Festival 2007!

 
• 17 events in 10 days… • over 1350 tickets distributed… • at least 2,300 participants – not bad for a village of four and a half thousand inhabitants!

Follow the flowery footsteps to remember some of the highlights which brought our community together.

Music and Flowers filled St Martin’s Church. Sally Groves and her talented team created thirteen stunning floral displays and Knebworth School pupils made their own flowery footsteps. Barbara Follett MP officially opened the Festival at a private viewing attended by representatives of local organisations. Sam Jellett wrote a special composition, based on “Each little flower that opens” which was presented by the Hermione string quartet along with songs by the Stevenage Male Voice Choir.

Organ music and singing accompanied the viewing over the next four days. 140 people signed the visitors’ book but we know that many more came to see the flowers and donated over £845.

Fun for All!
Despite the early rain, the Garden Fête in St Martin’s Church Gardens was a great success. Nearly thirty village organisations held stalls, allowing them to raise both money and awareness for their activities. Children’s groups demonstrated Karate and Cheerleading. The Thomcats Jazz Band and Toque Tambour, a 40 piece percussion group, performed. Trussell’s Butchers donated the BBQ proceeds to the local Cubs. We had a Bouncy Castle, candy floss, ice cream and even a bubble-blowing merry-go-round!

Art and a most impressive likeness!
In true Rolf Harris style, Art Van Go invited people to paint individual sections of a Van Gogh painting and then mounted all 30 squares together to make this massive finished version.

JukeBox Vandals performed their Alternative/ Indie/Rock at the Station Pub.

A Truly Enchanted Evening
Songs from the musicals, professionally performed with passion and humour.

Intrepid Morning Walkers
Lotte the spaniel, joined 11 humans to brave the elements in a rainy ramble round Old Knebworth, organised by Ann and Tony Judge.

The Show must go on!
Martha and Henry Cobbold came to the rescue of the concert/picnic intended for the Gardens of Knebworth House. They kindly arranged for us to use the Lodge Barn. We didn’t see many folk eating soggy sandwiches outside, but over 250 tickets were collected at the gate. So, well done to the 70 young musicians who put on a wonderful show! Judging from the many smiling faces at the end, we had beaten the weather. Thanks also go to Fiona McGee on the harp and her brother James on the violin who delighted the audience in Coasters Café with a programme of relaxing music.

Fashion
Six glamorous local ladies turned models to display outfits on the Catwalk. Knebworth Play-School organised a superb evening, with many of the audience going home clutching garments they had purchased after the show.

Cultural Talks
Trinity Hall was filled to capacity for the talk organised by the Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group about the fascinating life of Natacha Rambova. Nearly ninety people attended Dr Mervyn Miller’s talk on the Garden City Movement, sponsored by KTA.

Barn Dance
Jennie Moult and her team organised a fantastic, and most energetic! evening, as well as supper for the 100 dancers.

A Beach Party!
Teen-agers had a great time at this free event in Trinity Church Hall, arranged by Anna Macfarlane.

“Cliff and the Shadows”
Another fantastic performance led by Stephen Swann and Ian Geast as “Cliff” who had the audience “rocking in the aisles”! The evening was organised by and proceeds went to St Martin’s Church.

Barbecue and Jazz at the Lytton Arms
Once more, a full house with sword dancing by the Hoddesdon Crowns Men.

“Sharing our joy”
St Mary’s Church rang with hymns selected and introduced by local people.

The Festival Committee would like to thank
everyone who contributed in any way!

Brian Worthington (Chairman), Henry Cobbold, Pam Culley, Rebecca Goldby, Nigel Graham, Barry and Joy Hall, Sally Huggins and Ann Judge


Two pages of photos to remind you of what went on...... Page 1  2

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Reviewed: May 05, 2009

 
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