Trips & Events

London Places

Do you enjoy looking round buildings, gardens and other significant places in London?  This group meets a few times each year to explore locations in the capital.  Travel is by train from a local station, leaving and returning outside peak hours so we can use our railcards. There is sometimes an entry charge. 

Trips are advertised in the LALG magazine and on the website about 2 months in advance.  If you have ideas for where you’d like to go do get in contact.

Travel Buddies

Make new friends and share a holiday or a day out.  All welcome!

The group would like to hear from all LALG members interested in visiting Copenhagen, Berlin, Moscow, Saint Petersburg.  Recently our group contact went on a four day organised trip to Loch Awe, Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the cost of the trip was a very good value for money.  Nearer home Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle-upon-Tyne were also mentioned. 

The group has discussed a road trip to Scotland and proposed a provisional travel plan. This would be 9 days between 1-13 September (approximate), and a visit to the Isle of Mull (3 nights) and Braemar (2 nights), with intermediate one night stays. Accommodation will be in single rooms in budget hotels or guesthouses.

At previous meetings, interest has been shown in a trip along the Silk Road (overland), a train journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, or a visit to Croatia.

If any LALG member wishes to participate in discussing any of these once-in-a-lifetime adventures please come along to our meeting or contact Praful as below.

We meet every third Wednesday of the month at The Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade (above The Three Magnets pub). 

There is no meeting in January

Train Buddies

We meet on the first Thursday of the month to book a trip on a Thursday at the end of the subsequent month making use of reduced rail fares for Advance tickets and/or a group/railcard reduction, but when these are not available for our chosen destination we use OffPeak Day Return tickets. The cost of the fare is usually around £25 but depends on how far we travel and we aim to spend around 4 - 5 hours at our destination

All are welcome but you will need to be at the meetings to book and pay for the ticket, if we are using an Advanced fare ticket. If we are buying OffPeak Return tickets you can just turn up on the day, but please let us know in advance.

 

 

Visiting Churches

We are a non-religious group that is interested in churches and other places of worship – their architecture, monuments, art and history – and the people who have been associated with them over the years.

We generally arrange guided tours of interesting buildings during spring, summer and autumn, and a programme of talks in winter.

Everyone is welcome at all our events; although we don't worship together there is always time during our visits for those who would like some quiet reflection.

Some of the talks we have arranged, and places we have visited are listed below. (Please give Di any missing information!)

 

Talk Title

Date

Introduction to Quake

March 2017

History of Caldecote Church

March 2016

Introduction to Judaism

2015, 2016

St Paul’s Church, Letchworth

March 2014

Baroque Church Architecture

April 2013

Saxon and Norman Church architecture

January 2012

Gothic Church Architecture

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Name

Where

Date

New St Lawrence

Ayot St Lawrence

April 2016

Old St Lawrence

Ayot St Lawrence April 2016
St Peter

Ayot St Peter

April 2016

St Mary

Baldock

July 2013

St John

Barnack

April 2012

Bunyan Meeting

Bedford

November 2017

Bunyan Museum

Bedford

November 2017

St Paul’s

Bedford

November 2017

Panacea Society & Museum

Bedford

June 2018

St Margaret of Antioch

Bygrave

May 2012

St Mary Magdalene

Caldecote

May 2012

Emmanuel United Reformed Church

Cambridge

October 2014

Great St Mary

Cambridge

October 2014

Holy Sepulchre ‘Round Church’

Cambridge

October 2014

St Bene’t

Cambridge

October 2014

St Botolph

Cambridge

October 2014

St Michael

Cambridge

October 2014

St Kyneburgha

Castor

April 2012

 

Clothall

March 2012

 

Dedham

Pre-summer 2015

 

Earl Stonham

July 2012

 

East Bergholt

Pre-summer 2015

Cathedral and Stained Glass museum

Ely

May 2014

St Andrew’s

Greensted

November 2012

St Etherlbert

Hessett

June 2013

All Saints

Hillesden

June 2014

St Mary

Hitchin

April 2019

September 2012

 

Ickleton

November 2011

 

Kedlington

November 2011

St Margaret

Kings Lynn

September 2013

Cathedral

Leicester

July 2017

St Mary de Castro

Leicester

July 2017

Friends Meeting House, Howgills

Letchworth

March 2017

St Mary the Virgin

Letchworth

 September 2017, April 2018

Cathedral

Lincoln

Pre-summer 2015

Holy Sepulchre (also known as St Sepulchre-without-Newgate)

London, City of London

June 2019

St Bartholomew the Great

London, City of London

June 2019

St Botolph without Bishopsgate

London, City of London

September 2018

St Mary Abchurch

London, City of London

May 2013

St Mary Aldermary

London, City of London

May 2013

St Mary Woolnorth

London, City of London

May 2013

St Stephen Walbrook

London, City of London

May 2013

St Magnus the Martyr

London, City of London

June 2017

Bevis Marks Synagogue

London, City of London

September 2018

London Mithraem

London, City of London

September 2018

St Etheldreda's

London, Holborn

June 2019

Southwark Cathedral

London, Southwark

June 2017

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Hindu Temple)

London, Neasden

April 2014

St Nicholas

Norton, Letchworth

July 2018

Cathedral 

Norwich March 2019

St Mary Magdalene

Offley

March 2013

St Martin’s

Ongar

November 2012

St Martin’s

Preston, near Hitchin

March 2013

 

Radwell

July 2014

Cathedral

Rochester

August 2016

St John the Baptist

Royston

November 2013

All Saints

Shillington

September 2017

All Saints

Southill

October 2016

All Saints

St Paul's Walden

August 2013

Coptic Cathedral

Stevenage

July 2015

St Michael’s

Stewkley

June 2014

 

Stoke-by N St Marys

Pre- 2015

 

Terrington St Clements

September 2013

 

Thaxted

November 2011

St Mary

Thornham Parva

June 2012

Holy Cross & St Lawrence

Waltham Abbey

November 2012

 

Walpole St Peter

September 2013

St Michael and All Angels

Waterford, near Hertford July 2019

 

Weston

March 2012

 

Willian

October 2011, February 2017

All Saints

Wing (Bucks)

June 2014

 

Wittering

April 2012

St Mary

Woolpit

June 2013

 

LALG Members' Occasional Events

These are one-off events organised by the LALG Social Committee that don't belong to any individual Group.  There are generally 4 of these a year, including a quiz in spring and a summer social. See the Group Events panel to the right for details of up-coming events.

Reports and Photo galleries of past events are shown below.

Monday to Friday Group

Visits to museums and places of interest and occasional pub lunches

London Villages

The aim of this group is to explore either some of the individual villages that became swallowed up in the metropolis (e.g. Highgate, Dulwich, Walthamstow), or to follow themes (e.g. the John Nash Route, Legal London, the East End).  The format is a walk punctuated with stops where the leader will talk about the salient features of the area, such as its history, architecture, connections etc.  All members of LALG are welcome on our walks, but as we are limited by the logistics of a large group using public transport, applications are taken on a strictly “first come” basis.

Our walks are no longer than 5 miles, and include a break for coffee, with toilet facilities, and options for lunch – sometimes the whole group may eat together but more often members are free to choose their own venue, though the leader will offer suggestions.  Members may bring a packed lunch if they prefer. 

We do not require members to stay with the group throughout the duration of the trip, as some may prefer a shorter walk than that offered, and others may wish to stay on in London afterwards.  If leaving early, please ensure you inform the leader of your intentions.

We use public transport, and usually aim to complete the walk within the “off-peak” period, so members can take advantage of Off-Peak Travelcards.  For the times we travel, Senior Railcards may be used but Network cards are invalid.  For those without an appropriate railcard, a “group” fare, giving equivalent discounts, is available for 3 or more travelling together. This must include the return journey.

When booking please confirm LALG membership, your email address and, ideally, a mobile contact number.

Contact on the day: 07900 868180

The Group Contact has general information about the group only. See www.lalg.org.uk/londonvillages.

Theatres and Excursions

This group specialises in organising trips to theatres for plays, music concerts, and other major events including sport. Prices usually include good seats and travel by coach from, and returning to, Letchworth.

See the programme of upcoming events in the column on the right headed ‘Group events’. Click on any title and you will see details of the performance, times, method of travel, and how to book your seat.

Possible future visits:-

Milton Keynes, Oxford, National Theatre, Watford, Hampstead, Bury St Edmonds, Cadogan Hall, Albert Hall, RADA, Cromer, Stratford East Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Brick Lane Musical

If you have any ideas for visits, then please contact Malcolm King - see box on the right

There are no new bookings for August 2019. I am though looking for a show to visit in November.
If you have any suggestions then please let me know.
I have made a provisional booking for John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration Concert at The Royal Albert Hall, London on Wednesday 11 December (Matinee).
Full details will be available in a future LALG Newsletter.

 

 

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