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As part of our commitment to inform, entertain and educate our members about the wide range of arts and leisure activities taking place at LALG or more widely, we will promote occasional features. This will include information about our groups' interests, activities taking place locally and online and articles that we hope will amuse you or provide an enjoyable break from the norm. The information will be shown as Articles below.

Contributions will be welcomed from any member of LALG; you do not have to be a member of our features team.

If you would like to contribute, send your item to the Features Editor using the address given in the Contact Details box.

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Some favourite rides of the Garden City Wheelers

Jordans Mill This is a flat ride through Arlesey, Henlow and Langford and back; about 20 miles. Lunch is particularly enjoyable outside during the summer months looking out over the river Ivel. But equally comfortable in the restaurant during the winter months.

Southill Another flat ride of 22 miles in a similar direction through the Bedfordshire countryside. A nice non-rushed lunch at The White Horse - in the garden in the summer - is lovely. It is also quite cosy inside, during the winter months.

A special visit and a special rocking horse

Now and again some special visit is organised for those who attend or are associated with LALG’s Opera and Ballet Group. Such visits usually have a connection with opera and/or ballet; for example, watching English National Ballet’s dancers in their daily morning class, or a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House. But two visits last August were different.

Welcome to Baldock coffee drinkers

LALG has started a new Meet for Coffee Group for members who live in Baldock. Read more.

Trips - a new Group

By popular request a new Trips Group has been formed. For details of, and booking for, the 27 May trip visit; vineyardtour

Letchworth Festival

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 26 June
The Letchworth Festival is back! The Festival period includes half term and the long Platinum Jubilee weekend in early June. All LALG groups are invited to take part.

London Accordion Orchestra

Saturday, 2 July 2022 - 3:00pm  Broadway Cinema & Theatre

Join us for a sensational afternoon of music as The Settlement proudly presents the UK's most dynamic accordion collective. Visiting the Broadway stage for the first time, London Accordion Orchestra will showcase an eclectic mix of music including original pieces written especially for the orchestra.

Letchworth Garden City Society

Monday, 16 May 2022 - 7:30pm 
Liberty – the Bucks man, the London shop, the global style, a talk by Will Phillips, Keeper of Social History, Bucks County Museum.
Venue: the Brunt Room, Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Road, SG6 4UB.
All welcome; admission is £4 for members of LGCS or LALG, £5 for non-members.

LALG's 35th Anniversary

The LALG will be celebrating this anniversary on Saturday 11 June.

We want it to be a fun event where we can all enjoy ourselves, especially after the challenges of the last couple of years.

The committee will be organising two major activities to bring people into the town and there will be a stall selling LALG membership and illustrating the range of activities we undertake. But we hope individual groups will also get involved to showcase the variety of groups we encompass..

GoVolHerts

The GoVolHerts website makes it easier than ever to volunteer in Hertfordshire.

TeamHerts Volunteering (#THV) has developed this platform to support the whole of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector (VCFSE) across our county. The platform is incredibly user-friendly for both volunteers and organisations.

Several filtering options enable prospective volunteers to choose an organisation that interests them and apply for a role with just a few clicks!

A COVID Christmas - a poem by Tom Macdonald

Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,
So we all had to stay extra cautious this year.

Poster designs

Designs of LALG Posters that have been used.

Wild Walkers Group

It is fast becoming a ritual that after travelling from Letchworth, we meet up in Betws-y-Coed in the middle of the day and have an afternoon walk up to the monument on Llyn Elsi Reservoir. A lovely woodland walk finishing with beautiful views at the top before making our way to Coetmor Mill in Bethesda.

Annual LALG Golf Day

A very windy day but dry for our Annual LALG golf day which was held on Tuesday 19 October at Wyboston Lakes Golf Course.
The scores were very close but the winning team consisted of Malcolm King, Chris Thomson, Peter and Jill Bransby.
As the organiser, Michael Homfray-Cooper, is moving out of the area we need one or two people to take over this annual event.

Christmas Games Suggestions

Merry Christmas from Cathy Watts of the Games Club. Here are some fresh alternatives to the regular mainstream games to play at Christmas.
First a bit of advice on choosing the right game: read the mood and age of your group, keep games easy and fairly quick to play, make it simple to teach (at least one person should know the rules beforehand).

Letchworth Music

Letchworth Music Club may be one of Letchworth’s best kept secrets, with origins going back to the International Club which was formed during WW2 for refugees from Europe.

The Club met at Howgills in South View, offering English and shorthand lessons, lectures and concerts. Over time, the Club lost its international aspect and activities reduced to an annual series of concerts.

In 1949 it was reconstituted as the Letchworth Music Club and its first season comprised nine concerts with annual subs of 10s 6d, (52.5p).

Robert Hyman at the Broadway gallery

On Sunday October 24th Robert Hyman was in the Broadway gallery as their new ‘composer in residence’. Robert is a composer and lyricist from a background in musical theatre. He sat in the exhibition space all day responding to Abi Spendlove’s exhibition. In the afternoon he invited any musicians from the area to come down and, essentially, have a jam session with him as he composed a new work. Any and all instruments were welcome including your own voice!

Letchworth Music

Letchworth Music Club may be one of Letchworth’s best kept secrets, with origins going back to the International Club which was formed during WW2 for refugees from Europe.

The Club met at Howgills in South View, offering English and shorthand lessons, lectures and concerts. Over time, the Club lost its international aspect and activities reduced to an annual series of concerts.

In 1949 it was reconstituted as the Letchworth Music Club and its first season comprised nine concerts with annual subs of 10s 6d, (52.5p).

Tour of the Cloisters with Optional Afternoon Tea

Sunday 14 November, 1pm; Tea at 2.30pm
The manager is conducting guided tours for up to 25 people (socially distanced as much as possible), followed by a substantial afternoon tea. The cost is £10 for the guided tour only, or £24 for the tour followed by afternoon tea. If you would like to take part please book your place at: thecloistersletchworth.co.uk/history

Silver Sunday at Standalone Farm

Silver Sunday, held on the first Sunday of October, is a national day for older people. To support it, those aged 60 and over are invited to Standalone Farm for free on Sunday 3 October.

Coach trip to Bury St Edmunds & Fullers Mill Garden 22 September

Letchworth District Gardeners Assoc has arranged a coach trip to Bury St Edmunds and Fullers Mill Garden and is opening it to LALG members.

Royston Arts Society Exhibition

The Royston Arts Society Autumn Exhibition will take place in Royston Town Hall on the weekend of 25th to 26th September 2021.  As usual this exhibition will form a major part of the Royston Arts Festival.  Artists who are not RAS members can enter up to three framed and four unframed paintings plus a set of up to 25 greetings cards.  This year they will also be running an optional online exhibition.  This will start on 1st October and run through to 1st December 2021.  Non-members can enter some or all of their paintings.  Full details can be fou

Garden City Greenway Survey

The Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation have launched a survey to capture the views and ideas of local people about the Garden City Greenway. 

LALG is run 100% by volunteers

What does being an LALG member mean to you? Meeting new people; having fun; trying new activities?
Members who volunteer to help run activities or work behind the scenes of LALG get so much more!

Graham: “Editing the newsletter is a chance to use and build on my IT skills. And running the computer group is so rewarding; helping others to get more out of their computers and understand safe working.”

Meet a member: Leon Fotiadis & Aliki Fikiori

Leon and Aliki first joined LALG around 15 years ago to go on a walking holiday. Now, many walks later, Aliki has joined the Daytime German group and the Easy Riders cycling group. She also volunteered Leon as an editor for this newsletter! He produced the May 2021 edition and plans to do more. Leon said: “Doing the newsletter, I was really impressed how many good people offer their time to LALG.“

LALG Chair, Elaine Fox, looks at life beyond Covid

As the evenings are getting longer (and hopefully warmer) and lockdown measures begin to ease in line with the government’s roadmap, we have been thinking about what LALG can offer going forward.

I appreciate that everyone will have their own comfort zone. Some members will still be cautious about mixing whilst others will be raring to get out and about again and to see people for real, not just on Zoom.

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