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.

The owners of the new vegan café in Letchworth led a stimulating discussion on the merits and reasons for being a vegan. We are now at the stage of deciding whether to treat the very well attended meeting as a one off or a formal group. Suggestions welcome to William.
Acting Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537;


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.

Tuesday 19 June Paxton Pits
77 hectares of lakes, meadows and woodland and is famous for nightingales and cormorants. Leave Sollershott Green (just before the traffic lights on the A505 Hitchin side) at 10.00am. We shall be sharing cars and petrol costs. Bring binoculars and walking shoes. Return approximately mid-afternoon. Please book at David’s Bookshop with full contact details:
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;


GPS devices are used by walkers, cyclists and runners. They are used for finding your way in addition to the traditional method of map and compass. We could arrange an evening to discuss ways of maximising the benefits of GPS. To gauge interest, please leave your contact details (including phone number) at David’s Bookshop. Six or more people will mean we can go ahead.


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. Deadline to record interest at David’s Bookshop is Monday 7 May. 



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;



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



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  Deadline to record interest at David’s Bookshop is Monday 7 May


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.



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 

Saturday 2 June, 9.00am The Fox Inn, Willian. Cost full English breakfast £9.95
As well as a social get together, we would welcome future venue suggestions. To give an idea of numbers, please reserve your place at David’s Bookshop by Monday 28 May.



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.

Please bring your ukulele if you have one. Just turn up; no need to let me know.

Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 5.00pm
Thursdays, 10.30am to 12.00pm

At a very well attended meeting we decided to meet twice a week in the Gallery above the Three Magnets pub, Leys Avenue, Letchworth. No need to book, just turn up.
UKULELE - ADVANCED If you already play and would like a more advanced group please leave your details at David’s Bookshop or contact William.
Acting Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537;

or leave your details at David’s Bookshop.



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, Letchworth.
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


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