Arts & Books

Groups covering the "Arts" rather than "Leisure" part of our title

Architecture and Housing Study Group

We have arranged a visit to Poundbury, an experimental new town or urban extension on the outskirts of Dorchester, built on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. see Group Events window.

It is not too late to join this group, the deadline for booking is 2nd February, or even to volunteer to help run it. So please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop or contact:
William Armitage 01462 643537;;

Shakespeare Study Group

We have an informal monthly get-together to discuss our interest, knowledge and questions on Shakespeare’s work and life.
All are welcome, just turn up at The Broadway Hotel bar, Letchworth from 10.30 -12 noon.
Please note: As from February we will be meeting on the first Wednesday in the month, starting on Wednesday 5 February, where we will be discussing Romeo and Juliet.

Sketching in the English Countryside

No further meetings of this group until April.

Self-Development / Spiritual Book Club

We meet on alternate Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm.

Meetings are at the organiser’s home in Hitchin.

Reading and sharing what comes up for us.

This group is currently full, but new groups are being formed as existing ones fill up, so please contact William Armitage on 01462 643537 about the possibility of setting up a new self-development/Spritual Book Club.

British History Reading Group

We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at the Broadway Hotel, Letchworth.

For further information and details about meetings please contact Don.

Science Book Group

We agree what books we would like to read, trying to get a balance between the various science disciplines. We meet alternate months in the Broadway Hotel café area (to the right of the bar as you enter) to discuss what we have read, and talk about general science matters. There’s no charge and all LALG members are welcome. 

You don't have to be a scientist to come along, or even to have read the book, just be interested in science.

See below for the list of books we've read and discussed, plus the one we are currently reading.



Play Reading 2

We meet monthly to read a variety of plays.

There’s a small charge to cover the cost of the venue.

We regret that our group is presently full with no expectation of vacancies in the near future.

Although this group is currently full, new groups are being formed as existing ones fill up, so please contact William Armitage on 01462 643537 about the possibility of setting up a new play reading group.


Opera and Ballet

This Group attracts good attendances, the evenings being appreciated by all who attend. To keep things special we usually have six or seven weeks between meetings. We rarely watch a whole opera or ballet from beginning to end; usually we watch ‘the best bits’, or those parts or scenes which provide a means of more fully appreciating and understanding the opera or ballet. Sometimes we focus on a particular great performer, Maria Callas for example. Our programmes are always reasonably ‘light’, certainly not ‘heavy’, with the emphasis on enjoying the evening, so if you enjoy opera or ballet, if only a bit, do come along.

For further information contact 01438 241043 or email

See details of upcoming meetings in the box on the right 'Group events'.

Children's Literature

This is an adult group that meets monthly. See 'Events' in column on the right for venue details.

Come along and re-discover your favourite children’s books, find new children’s authors and share your interest in children’s literature.

No charge - just come along.

Fairfield Book Group

We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Fairfield Community Hall, Kipling Crescent, Fairfield Park, SG5 4GY.

We are a warm and friendly group which welcomes new members.

We charge £2.00 at each meeting to cover costs.

See the 'Group events' box to the right and the table below for details of our upcoming meetings and the books to be discussed.




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