New Groups

New Groups


As LALG a voluntary self-help organisation any member is entitled to suggest or start a new group or a second one if the existing one is full. If you have an idea for a new group contact William  Armitage.

Assistance and support is always available to get it going. After three to four meetings the group would be expected to run their own activities.

The New Group Team:
William Armitage: 01462 643537, ​and Jane Webb: 01462 339338.

Contact​ to seek help for a new or an existing group on promotion or publicity. For anything else, including finding a venue, please contact William Armitage




ALL THINGS VEGETARIANIn November we held an exploratory meeting to test demand. To find out what happened, see January newsletter. If you are interested in this group, leave your contact details at David’s bookshop please.

Tuesday 13 March, 7.30pm , David’s Bookshop

To start the group we will have speakers on life as a vegetarian and the vegan alternative.

Continue leaving your names at David’s Bookshop if you would like to keep in touch.

Members might like to know that a vegan café will be opening in the Wynd in February.



If you would like to take part in this group please contact William Armitage - details in the panel to the right. If anyone would like to take on either this or the OUT of AFRICA groups please contact William Armitage.


ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLESThursday 18 January, 11.30am

If anyone would like a challenge to help start the group then please contact William Armitage.



We have found a tutor who would give us sufficient proficiency to continue on our own. To start off we need more names.

Please register your interest, stating when you are available (evening, daytime, or both) at David’s Bookshop or email



The group has restarted.

Thursday 12 April, 10.00am Grafham Water

Leave Sollershott Green (just before the traffic lights on the A505, Hitchin side). We shall be sharing cars and petrol costs.

Bring binoculars and walking shoes. There is a parking charge. Refreshments are available. No dogs. No need to book. Just turn up.

May: Paxton Pits.

Acting Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537;


Thursday 12 April, 11.30am to 1.00pm The Hub, Station Road, Letchworth.

Kate Thompson, formerly Hertfordshire’s archivist, will be talking on Attitudes to the Poor from
the first Poor Law legislation in 1536 to the present day.
All welcome. No charge.
The group is in its early stages so the format will vary. There will be talks, members recommending history books and studying a particular period.
Acting Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537;


Wednesday 17 January, 10.30am


The January meeting for this Group was held too late to be reported in this newsletter.

More news in the March edition.



HOW TO USE AN APPLE iPAD (Basic Level) Wednesday 21 June 7.30-9.00pm LALG members only

Peter Nash will be the tutor. The cost is £6 per person, to be paid in advance at the Tourist Information Centre, Station Road (01462 487868). Any LALG member who has recorded interest at David's Bookshop or via email will have advance booking until Wednesday 7 June. Other LALG members can book from Thursday 8 June.
The meeting will be held in the ground floor meeting room, off reception, of the Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth. The free car park is accessed from Icknield Way.



Unfortunately this group has not received sufficient interest to start.



The group could consist of two sections – a beginners group and a conversation group with a greater knowledge of the language.

If you would like to be a part of this group, stating your knowledge of the language, please leave your details at David’s Bookshop or email William Armitage



The visit to the House of Commons, which will be in March, turned out to be very popular with far more people wanting to go than tickets available. In order that everybody gets an equal chance, names will be drawn out of a hat. In January the lucky ones will be contacted about the arrangements. I have applied for more tickets for a later date.

We have had some interest in helping with future trips, but more help is always welcome.

Acting Group Contact: William Armitage (until a volunteer is found)


It has been proposed that LALG set up a London Walks Group that sits somewhere between the London Villages Group and the occasional London walks of the Long Distance Walkers. Thus we would undertake walks of 7-8 miles, hopefully taking in locations of cultural and historical interest, and with stops for appropriate nourishment, all within the Greater London area. The walks would probably be on a Saturday in order to benefit from cheaper Travelcard fares and no restriction on rail travel times.
At the moment, this is very much at the planning stage, and no dates or walks have been chosen. Those interested should contact Peter Briercliffe on 01462 637349 or email


We have two very popular coffee groups which are full. Would you like another one? We will endeavour to avoid date clashes with other coffee groups.



What are men’s sheds? They are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. They are often not sheds at all and could be warehouses, empty shops or any large space indoors. Activities in sheds vary greatly from social, woodworking, repairing, restoring … but most importantly they are fun. Note – some shed groups are for women and men.



Do you find what to buy and what they do confusing? Mobile phones have all sorts of uses – texting, emailing, finding information and walking maps. They come in various sizes and different price structures. Would you find it useful to share knowledge and common issues with some help from fellow LALG members? We have enough people to hold a meeting in May (details in the next newsletter) but more people are welcome: if you are interested, please leave your details at David's Bookshop.

We now are searching for a tutor - suggestions to William Armitage.



A total body version of walking which can be enjoyed as a sport or by non-athletes.

Meeting Wednesday 18 April, 11.30am Broadway Gallery café (above Wetherspoons), Leys Avenue, Letchworth.

The meeting is to make plans for the future, to get to know each other, and decide where to meet, how often, when and how far to walk, and where to get suitable sticks.
Nordic walking is a version of walking which can be enjoyed as a sport or by non-athletes. Even if you have not recorded an interest, just turn up.
Acting Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537;



If you would like to take part in this group please contact William Armitage - details in the panel to the right. If anyone would like to take on this or ARMCHAIR TRAVEL groups please contact William Armitage.



Following a lively and successful initial meeting, this group will continue to meet on a monthly basis. If you are interested in practising or learning more about patchwork come along to the meeting or call the Group Contact, Jane Thorne on 01462 635745.





Petanque is an excellent social game. It is a form of boules, originally from France. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel in parks and pub gardens. We would like to start straightaway now that spring is here


There are two new groups in the area. One plays on Fridays, 10.00am to 12.00 noon, at the North Herts Leisure Centre. The other group plays on Sundays, 2.00pm to 4.00pm, at Hitchin Boys School. More details are available from Helen at Active Letchworth, 07826 671384


Pole Dance combines dance and aerobics centred on a vertical pole. It has recently gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness practised by many enthusiasts in gyms, where upper body strength is required. There is now a move to gain Olympic status for Pole sports. Six names will mean we can make a start.
If you are interested in joining any of these new groups, please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop or email


This is a tile-based game for two to four players combining elements of the card game Rummy and Mah Jong. There are 104 tiles and two jokers in the game. It was invented by Ephraim Hertzano in Israel and is now very popular in the USA.

To gauge interest please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop (01462 684631). Four or more names will enable us to start the group. Please mention if you have a set.

Wednesday 18 April, 10.30am Broadway Gallery café, Leys Avenue, Letchworth



Have you noticed how many places do breakfast? From village and town pubs, e.g. the Fox at Willian, golf clubs, hotels, cafés; some in unusual places and many are very good value.

The group could visit a different place each time or choose a regular venue. Fun? Please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop or email William at

First meeting on Wednesday 18 April, 8.30am
Premier Inn, Station Road, Letchworth
Full Breakfast £8.99, Continental Breakfast £6.99
As well as a social get together we will decide when to meet, how often and at what time.
To give an idea of numbers, please reserve your place at David’s Bookshop by Sunday 15 April.



Unfortunately, there has been insufficient interest to start this group. Thanks to Tony Venezia for the suggestion.





A reading group which aims to explore the ways in which our reading pleasures evolve from resonances of plot, location and character, etc and the fun and insight we get from making comparisons.

The idea is to read two books which relate to each other in some way, for example Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - the tale of the young Mrs Rochester. Non-fiction books could also play a part in our choices.  Ideally we would meet every six to eight weeks to share thoughts on the two selected books. Time and venue to be confirmed.

If you are interested in this enterprise please contact: Jenny Ellis 01462 629539,



Often associated with George Formby, with music from Hawaii, and in England with the ukulele orchestra of Great Britain.

A Ukulele is a plucked nylon string instrument which is easy to play and is usually self-taught and includes a sing-a-long. An ideal group size is ten.

Meeting Wednesday 11 April, 10.30am
Broadway Gallery café (above Wetherspoons), Leys Avenue, Letchworth
There was a great response from members. At the meeting we shall decide when and where to meet, and how often. Beginners and more advanced players welcome. Please bring your ukulele if you have one. Just turn up; no need to let me know.

If this is something you would like to have a go at, please email William at or leave your details at David’s Bookshop.



At the meeting in January nobody turned up (very unusual). Clearly, Letchworth Garden City must be Utopia.

New Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537



In the past we have had a very popular Village Walks Group which enjoyed walking through villages with a local historian who informed us about important buildings and how the village developed. We usually finished with a popular pub stop.

It’s time we revived the group. Interested?  A first meeting will be on

Wednesday 11 April, 11.30am Broadway Gallery café (above Wetherspoons), Leys Avenue,
We will need to decide how often we visit, e.g. Sunday mornings or four times a year.
If you are unable to attend but are interested please leave your contact details (including phone number) at David’s Bookshop or email William at


If anyone would like to take up the game please contact Florence Jones, 07525 703153. Florence organises a game on Wednesdays 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Avenue Park in Baldock.


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