• 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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