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We have been contacted by BBC One who are looking for people who live in interesting homes in Knebworth and the surrounding areas and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.

Do you live in an interesting home that you’d be happy to swap with someone elsewhere in the UK for a short break?


For an application form please email Kieran.mccarthy@bbc.co.uk with your contact details or Click Here to see the BBC web site application instructions. Closing date 31st August 2014

To see the full details Click Here

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Local Reporters Wanted:
We are looking for local news contributors, for all the of the areas above. If you have any news and/or photos which you think will interest local people, or would like to contribute on a regular basis, please contact us.
Email: Click Here

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Knebworth Day Centre Volunteers:
The Day Centre meets once a week on a Monday to provide a safe meeting place for the socially isolated and frail elderly in the village. The Day Centre is run by volunteers and they are currently seeking a cook, drivers and a first aider. If you would like to know more about what is involved contact the volunteer Manager, Angela Skinner on 07968 698856. 

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Brian Worthington has been actively engaged in organising this year's Knebworth Festival and he says that plans are well under way. The Festival is taking shape and attached is a copy of the latest programme.

Derek Harrison is running a campaign to enlist more singers to the Community Chorus to take part in the summer picnic concert, in the gardens of Knebworth House, for the finale of Knebworth Festival on June 29.
Contact: 01438 817992 for more details.

Click Here - For Festival Leaflet
Click Here - For Community Chorus Leaflet


The new clubhouse was opened in front of over 50 intrepid club members braving the wind and the showers by Stephen McPartland MP and other invited specially invited guests from the Parish, NDHC and the County who have helped the club tremendously.

Cutting RibbonStephen opened the clubhouse during an afternoon of celebration which started with a members lunch and later the courts were filled by players of all ages - juniors to some of the clubs senior members - in an exhibition of tennis.

After the cutting of the ribbon Stephen judged the Junior Logo Design competition (won by Dylan Nimmo) to find a logo to adorn the club's junior members shirts. This was followed by lots of tea and cake and as the weather brightened up in the late afternoon the courts were full with members doing what they do best, playing tennis.

Tennis Club Opening
Photos provided by Kathie Painter from Stephen McPartland's office.
Thanks to Alex Rigby of Knebworth Tennis Club for submiting this article and forwarding the photographs.
With delightful Vintage Tea-room

PS ARTS is an Art and photography gallery with a delightful Vintage Tea room. They offer workshops, exhibitions, photo shoots, life drawing and art PS Artsclasses.   Housed in a converted barn, PS Arts is situated in Datchworth, Hertfordshire, surrounded by fields, an ancient blue bell forest and a small lake.

Sharon Struckman, gallery owner says “It’s a wonderfully eclectic place where creative people can source information, network with others and showcase their work”.  Thursday’s between 10 – 4, the gallery hosts an open day for artists to come together, get creative and network.

Special CakePeanut BrownieHoused within PS Arts is “We R Cakes” Vintage tea room.  It’s like stepping back in time for a cup of the best! Sarah serves traditional English tea within a gorgeous 1940’s tearoom that oozes vintage style. So pop over and enjoy a proper cuppa with one of Sarah’s scrummy cupcakes, cake and cream teas.  Sarah’s homemade cakes and cupcakes taste just how proper sweet treats should!  She also caters for vegan, and makes delicious gluten & dairy free cakes.

All the tea sets they use are vintage china sourced from around the UK and they have a great selection of beautiful designs which date from the 1920s onwards. All items are mismatched rather than a single design, making an interesting and colourful display.

In April they are expanding.  MWB bespoke will be taking over the adjoining barn, where Melinda Walsh Baines will open her handmade curtains, blinds, bespoke soft furnishing and re-upholstery upcycling business.  She loves to share her years of experience in interior design and practical upcycling. In May, you will be able to visit their amazing upcycled garden.

Please pop over for a visit.
Unit 3C, Mardleybury Farm, Mardleybury Road, Datchworth, SG3 6SG
Open: Wednesday to Friday - 10 to 4
          Saturday and Sundays - 11 to 4
Contact: Sharon Stuckman - 07929 230623
Email: sharon@psarts.co.uk
Web: www.psarts.co.uk


Knebworth Park Cricket Club is hoping to come up in the world, but fortunately not move out of the village. The Club has put in an application for three cricket pitches and a clubhouse with bar and social area opposite the Lytton Arms in Old Knebworth. The application, 14/00132/11, can be viewed on North Herts. District Council website.


Blood Doning:
Details of how you can have a lie down and simultaneously save a life. The NHS Blood and Transplant unit comes to the Village Hall in Park Lane on Tuesday May 13th, 1-3.30pm and 5-7.30pm.  To make an appointment to make a blood donation call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. Or you can just turn up on the day.

Gardeners’ Quiz Time:
Knebworth and District Gardening Club invite you to a Quiz next Friday May 16th at 8pm in St. Martin’s Parish Centre in the heart of the village. Doubtless there will be a round on gardening, but the quiz is a general one. All welcome, £1 a head. A raffle, refreshments and prize for the winning team are all on offer. The Club is also off on a trip to the Sandringham Flower Show on July 30. Tickets cost just £22.50 per head including entry. For details of both quiz and trip contact:
Sheila Read on 01438 318441.   

DOUBLE BILL - The Friends of Mike Santini and Famous Island
Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May
Knebworth Village Hall
Curtain up 7.45pm
KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) present two new plays by local playwrights. ‘The Friends of Mike Santini’ by KATS member Terry Grimwood, which is a supernatural tale of a singer who seems to have a strange influence over the people around him.
‘Famous Island’, written by local girl Katy Smith when she was just fifteen, takes a lighter view of life. What if there was a luxury island where the rich and/or famous could escape to when the going got tough – having first faked their own deaths?
Tickets £7 (concessions £6) from Jo Simson on 01438 814166 or 07952 199183, or Village News, Station Road, Knebworth.
 KATS Casts Famous Island Friends of Mike Santini

Preston Gardens Open Day:
Sunday 25th May, 1-5pm
Preston Village GardensA large number of gardens in this pretty village 3 miles south of Hitchin, offer a variety of sizes, styles and planting with many interesting details including unusual plants, wild areas and water features. The small Arts and Crafts church of St Martin will be beautifully decorated and open to visitors. Stalls on the Green and Teas in the Village Hall. Also Barbeque on the Green from 12 noon. Lunches can be booked at the famous Red Lion pub, tel. 01462-459585. Map supplied on admission.
Post code for Sat Nav: SG4 7RT
Entry £5.00 (children free). Free parking.
Contact: 01462-456567

Youth Football Tournament:
JUNE - Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd
Knebworth Football Club invite you to their hugely popular and successful 5-a-side Summer Tournament on 21st - 22nd June 2014.

For full details Click Here

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi for all:
Tai Chi classes have started at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in the Village Hall, Park Lane. Steve Hall’s classes are for beginners of all ages and levels of fitness. It’s a pay as you go class, just turn up. The sessions are £6. For more information contact Steve.
Tel: 01438 318734
Email: Click Here
Web: stevehalls.schoolofeverything.com


The Fitness Program:
Sure, chillin’ out is cool. But rockin’ out is a blast! That’s why you’re gonna love the Zumbatomic® fitness program for kids. It’s a fast-forward fusion of the Zumba program’s moves (salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, hip-hop and more) and high-octane workouts designed to let kids ages 4-12 max out on fun and fitness all at the same time. Safe and effective, kids can’t wait to get into the Zumbatomic groove. Watch their energy and fitness levels soar as they get the groove. Classes in Knebworth start on Monday the 10th September at Knebworth Village Hall, Park Lane.
Little Stars 4 - 7 yrs old 15:45 to 16:15
Big Stars 8 - 12 yrs old 16:20 to 17:00
Every Monday during term time.
Click Here to see leaflet
All info can also be found on www.zumbawithvic.com

Yoga classes with Debbie Bayfield for all levels, only £6.00 per session, just turn up at Saint Martins Parish Centre, Knebworth High Street
Tuesdays at 8pm-9.15pm and starting on
Tuesday 4th June another session at 6.15pm tp 7.30pm
Tel: 01438 812567 Mob: 07887 566419
Email: Click Here

The Knebworth Walking Group continues its fortnightly rambles on Tuesday mornings, meeting at 10am in the Village Hall Car Park. There is a weekly fitness and toning class in the Village Hall on Tuesdays from 6.30-7.30pm.  On Fridays in the Village Hall there are two opportunities to get active. Keep Fit runs every Friday morning from 9.30-10.30am and the Active Together for 50+ group get going from 1-3pm.

Jo Simson


Liz Kirby and her friend started running training in January 2011 in preparation for a 10k charity run. Mow they are fitter than ever and totally hooked on the buzz they get from running; so much so that they decided to look for a local running club. Then it occurred to them, why drive to a running club when there are lots of beautiful running routes around Knebworth?

If you are interested in helping create or join a Knebworth runners' network, please contact Liz at lizkirby63@gmail.com. It doesn't matter what your motivation is - competition, getting fitter or simply becoming better acquainted with your fellow villagers.


A multi- activity group for over 65’s is restarting in Knebworth and is Herts Sports Partnershipproviding local residents with the chance to try gentle and seated exercises, table tennis, badminton, new age bowls, indoor curling and even some local health walks. The classes are part of an initiative from Herts Sports Partnership called Active Together, designed to offer enjoyable activities in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. The two hour sessions take place at Knebworth Village Hall every Friday at 1pm and each class costs just £2.50....more

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  Knebworth has been twinned with the French resort of Chatelaillon-Plage since 1990.

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