Arts & Books

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

Sketching in the English Countryside

No experience is necessary. Bring your own equipment and materials plus a seat or blanket if required.
No need to book but please call to check if the weather is uncertain.

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 to come and those already read and discussed.



Play Reading 2

We meet monthly at the Premier Inn café, Station Road, Letchworth. 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.


Art Group

The Group Contact for this Group has had to resign, and the Group is therefore suspended until someone else can take over. This is because the venue at the Fenners Building requires a named contact to be present during the use of the room. If you can help please contact William Armitage on 01462 64353. 

Poetry in the Evening

Anyone who has an interest in poetry, or thinks they might have, is welcome.

The meetings are normally 'themed' and it would be helpful to bring one or two poems on the theme with you.





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