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New Groups

We usually trial up to a dozen new groups each month. After a pause during lockdown we are starting to revive some of our new group ideas - click on the Article Index dropdown to see a list of ideas and click on those you might be interested in. Look at the Group Events panel on the righthand side for event details.

Suggestions for new groups are always welcome, especially if you can volunteer to lead the group. Please contact:
William Armitage 01462 643537 or newgroups@lalg.org.uk, or leave your name and contact details at David's Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth.

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Group Support team

This team is here to help any LALG group which is struggling or needs assistance with any aspect. The team also helps get New Groups underway. They can be contacted by emailing groupsupport@lalg.org.uk or by phoning them:

Brian Noble           07773 671487
Steve Green          07710 542803
Jackie Sayers         07970 407635
William Armitage    01462 643537

All Things Scottish

Thistle, Insect, Nature, Close Up, Plant

The group could focus, for example, on the geography and geology of Scotland, the history of Scottish people, emigration and the best places to visit, or whatever we like.

Art Appreciation

This group has three members waiting for others to join to make it viable.
We envisage a monthly daytime meeting to discuss artists and their works, with gallery visits if members are interested.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone else who would like to join us, or who would just like more information in order to make up their mind. Please get in touch:
Acting Group Contact:

Anne Clarke

anne112clarke@icloud.com

Baking Group - Evenings

In an oven or hot ashes – mainly bread, cakes, biscuits, flapjacks, scones, patisserie, lardy cakes and more.
This group could bake together and sample the results and have guest speakers and demonstrations.
If interested, please get in touch:
William, 01462 643537

or armitagewilliam@hotmail.co.uk

Bridge Group - Evenings

Friendly Bridge sessions open to experienced and new players alike.
This will complement the daytime Bridge Club.
When we know what members would like, such as rubber or duplicate or occasionally some other card games, we will then decide how to proceed.
If this appeals to you please send your contact details, and say if you have a preferred day of the week, to:
Group Contact:

Emma

emma_vdv@hotmail.com

Cambridge Capers

We will be visiting Cambridge once a month to see the history and life of the city.

Casual Italian Conversation

A casual, evening conversation group ideal for beginners or intermediate speakers, though patient fluent speakers are most welcome too.
We will meet one evening a month to chat over a coffee or glass of wine. A great opportunity to practise your Italian conversation skills and build confidence.
If this appeals to you, please send your contact details, and say if you have a preferred day of the week, to:
Group Contact: Emma emma_vdv@hotmail.com

Ceramics - Taster Day

Friday 20 August, 10am-3pm

Made with Clay Studio, Gernon Walk, Letchworth ( see Group Events panel)

Classic Plays

This group could read either the entire play or passages from classic plays and discuss the context and content. Reading any classic play from Euripides to Ayckbourn via Goldsmith, Sheridan, Chekhov etc. according to members’ choice. Play sets could be sourced in advance via the library service to allow for pre- reading.
If interested, please get in touch:
Acting Group Contact: Anne Clarke anne112clarke@icloud.com

Countryside, Farming and Wildlife

The dramatic decline of car and aircraft noise in the last four months has made many of us rethink the way we manage the countryside. This group could discuss rewilding, how to feed us, the decline of nature and the pressure to build new houses. We may also visit places of interest such as farms. 

As well as farming issues, members might discuss countryside concerns such as rural housing and maintaining areas for nature.

Cribbage

We have enough members interested to start this group.
Acting Group Contact: Steve Green 07710 542803; tosh1966@hotmail.com

Tuesday 7 September, 2pm to 4pm, Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club, Muddy Lane.

 

Cycle Tyre Repair Workshop

Eight members so far, so we will arrange a workshop in September.

Extended deadline to express an interest: Monday 30 August.

Acting Group Contact: Steve Green 07710 542803; tosh1966@hotmail.com

Evening Strollers

Make the most of the lighter evenings with a 2-3-mile circular stroll along the Greenway, starting from Broadway Gardens. Optional visit to a nearby pub afterwards. Note that dates may change depending on the weather.

Please get in touch to find out more: 

Acting Group Contact: Jackie Sayers 07970 407635; newgroups@lalg.org.uk

Food and Cooking: Science and Lore of the Kitchen

The group will be finding out the principles of cooking around the world, culinary lore and scientific explanations. It could also investigate nutrition, bread, grain, milk, dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, drinks, food additives and more.

We may plan visits, invite specialist speakers and members may do their own research. Our first meeting is on Wed 18th Aug (see Group Events panel on right of the New Groups page)

Immersive Theatre

This new group could bring together people who are interested in attending immersive theatre shows in London at the weekend. Here are some current examples:

Ireland and the Irish Language

Tuesday 10 August, 7.30pm (New date)

Letchworth Settlement, Nevells Road

Lecturer Michael Williams will give a talk followed by a discussion on: The History of the relationship of the UK and Ireland. A subject that never goes away. Entry for LALG members: £3 For non-LALG members: £4

Future talks will include Yeats: Irish poet and dramatist.

Group contact:

William Armitage, 01462 643537, armitagewilliam@hotmail.co.uk. Please include your phone number.

Lunch Club

This group is very successful and now has its own page where lunch details are published.

Night Walk with a Full Moon

We go for a night walk when the moon is full.  Contact William Armitage (01462 643537 or armitagewilliam@hotmail.co.uk) for details of our next walk.

Open Water Swimming – sea, rivers, lakes

Eleven of our members took part in the induction session at Redricks Lakes in July
We are now investigating the possibility of setting up an LALG Open Water Swimming group.
Further details to come. If you would like further information as it becomes available, please contact:
Acting Group Contact: Steve Green 07710 54280; tosh1966@hotmail.com

Recorder for Beginners

This group is hoping to meet on Wednesday mornings once social distancing rules allow.

Suitable for beginners and people who haven’t played since school.

Group Contact: Rayna West 07415 169511; recorder@lalg.org.uk

Recycling Everything

As interest was low, we will not be starting this group.
But if you would like to have a go making a success of it, please get in touch:

William Armitage 01462 643537; armitagewilliam@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday Night Board Games

This new group could get together at each other’s houses to play a board game or two on a Saturday night.

We have attanged our first meeting for Saturday 7 August, 7.30pm. This first meeting will take place in Letchworth to play Articulate

If enough people are interested, the group will enable members to contact each other for ad hoc sessions in addition to the monthly ones. If you are interested, please get in touch:

Group Contact: Andy Smith  07917 776133 or vladyeti@gmail.com

 

Shakespeare Study Group - Evenings

We have a popular daytime group who look at a different play or piece of poetry each month.
We think there is demand for an evening group too.

If interested please contact:
William 01462 643537 or armitagewilliam@hotmail.co.uk

Snooker

The ABC Club continue to operate a members-only policy for using their hall. It is not likely to change until the Autumn.

Cost last year was £3 entry plus the shared cost of a table at £10 per hour. You can play for either one hour (£8) or two hours (£13). Hopefully, it will be the same price this year. The venue is Covid-secure with hand gel, equipment cleaned in between bookings and payment by card.

Social History

We will have a meeting in September
Talk by Jane Havercroft, Baldock’s Earliest Photos
This will include the Horse Fair, the Pleasure Fair and the malting industry. The talk has a lot of contemporary quotes and is very visual.

Details of the date and venue to be confirmed.

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Contact Details

William Armitage 01462 643537, or leave your name and contact details at David's Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth

Group Events

Sat, 07/08/2021 - 7:30pm
Tue, 10/08/2021 - 10:00am
Wed, 18/08/2021 - 10:30am
Fri, 20/08/2021 - 10:00am
 

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