New Groups

New Groups


Members will have noticed that some groups get going at the first meeting, others take a while and others fade away. The long term success of a group is usually due to members sharing the jobs rather than relying on one person. For example, members of the walking groups take it in turn to be the walk leader.

The more volunteers we have, the greater the range of activities we can offer. We have a number of interests, all of which are popular, that need your assistance. We need help with trips, excursions, events and short breaks.

Help is also needed for Transport and Industrial History and Village and Town Walks with a Guide. We would like to restart the Daytime Social Group which was very popular for many years, possibly in a different format.

Can you help? If so, please contact William Armitage, 01462 643537,



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





As mentioned in last month’s newsletter a member of LALG is keen to see this group start. We need at least four people interested so that we can start in January.

Please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop or contact William:
William Armitage 01462 643537;

ALL THINGS VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN or THE HEALTHY EATING GROUP?In 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.

We have LALG members wanting this group to get established.

If you feel you can help please contact William.

William Armitage 01462 643537;


If you would like to help to establish the Arts and Design group please contact William Armitage 01462 643537,

BADMINTON 2 (Not Beginners)

The group plays at Fearnhill School on Monday evenings from 7.00-8.00pm. We have just completed a beginners’ course and play mixed doubles on a
rotational basis. Anybody signing up will have to commit themselves to a
minimum of 6 weeks participation, so that we can secure the bookings for
our courts. Further information from:

Acting Group Contact: Steve Green 07710 542803;


We have LALG members wanting this group to get established.

If you feel you can help please contact William Armitage 01462 643537;



We have two Italian conversation groups which are full. Do we need a third one? If interested please leave your details at David’s Bookshop or email William Armitage, Please state preference for daytime or evening, along with suitable and unsuitable times.


Those interested in languages not already available in LALG met too late for a November report. To check what happened see the December newsletter, website or contact


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


Men’s sheds are community spaces for like-minded people to connect, converse, create and gain a renewed sense of purpose and belonging. The activities are often similar to those carried out in garden sheds, but for groups of men to share together – a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to share and practise skills and knowledge, enjoy making and mending, whilst at the same time making social connections and friendship building (see for more information).

The shed will be whatever members want it to be and the group is currently looking for a venue. This could be an empty office, unit, Portakabin, warehouse, garage or outbuilding but it needs to be able to store the tools and equipment needed for the group’s activities, which might include woodworking, electronics, small engineering projects, repairing, restoring and recycling/converting scrap into useful objects or even use the space for model railways and other hobbies. We have arranged a visit to a fully-functioning Men’s Shed in Redbourne for Wednesday 5 December and this will replace the December meeting. For information on the Redbourne shed, see
If you feel you would like to become involved in the Men In Sheds project or if you can suggest a possible venue for a ’shed’ in Letchworth, please contact either of the group contacts.Astrid Hansen 01462 337991; William Armitage 01462 643537


New play-reading group. Just-for-fun reading of plays old and new, dramatic and comic.
Please contact Pat Baskerville 01462 623959 for venue and more information.


Saturday 17 November, 9.00am Dingles Café, Letchworth Par 3 Family Golf Centre, Letchworth, SG6 2HJ

Full English breakfast including tea or coffee £5.95, or a choice of rolls etc.

Ample parking and a lovely setting with views over the golf course.

Reserve your place at David’s Bookshop, 01462 684631 to give an idea of numbers


Is anybody interested in a running group? This could take place either during the midweek (day or evening, depending on work schedules) or on a Saturday morning – or both.

Routes, mileage and pace to be decided by all those interested. Contact me if you would like me to arrange a meeting with anybody else who may be interested. 

Acting Group Contact: Steve Green 07710 542803;


Wednesday 19 September, 10.30am Broadway Gallery, The Arcade, Letchworth We will discuss productions and explore small experimental groups as well as the more established ones. Also we will visit in a small group locally and further afield, including London and Cambridge live theatre. If you are unable to attend or would prefer an evening meeting please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop.

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 September members learnt about the history of Weston Village from the village historian Richard Clements.

We would like to continue these walks so help is needed to arrange regular visits to other towns and villages in the area. We have a list of potential walk leaders/guides so you don’t have to start from scratch!

Please contact William with offers to get the group going, or for more information.

William Armitage 01462 643537;


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