New Groups

New Groups


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




ALL THINGS VEGETARIANIn 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.

Tuesday 13 March, 7.30pm , David’s Bookshop

To start the group we will have speakers on life as a vegetarian and the vegan alternative.

Continue leaving your names at David’s Bookshop if you would like to keep in touch.

Members might like to know that a vegan café will be opening in the Wynd in February.



If you would like to take part in this group please contact William Armitage - details in the panel to the right. If anyone would like to take on either this or the OUT of AFRICA groups please contact William Armitage.


ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLESThursday 18 January, 11.30am

If anyone would like a challenge to help start the group then please contact William Armitage.



For the first session we would need a tutor who would get us sufficiently proficient to continue on our own. Please register your interest at David’s Bookshop stating when you are available; evening or daytime or both.



The group has restarted.

Thursday 15 March, 10.30am The Broadway Gallery, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth. If you would like to know future plans please come along.

Thursday 12 April, 10.00am Grafham Water

Leave Sollershott Green (just before the traffic lights on the A505, Hitchin side). We shall be sharing cars and petrol costs.

Bring binoculars and walking shoes. There is a parking charge. Refreshments are available. No dogs. No need to book. Just turn up.

May: Paxton Pits.



Thursday 8 March, 10.30am

The Hub, Station Road, Letchworth

Michael Williams, university lecturer in History and LALG member, will be giving a talk entitled, Revolution in the Family: The Glorious Revolution of 1688, House of Orange, Bourbon and Stuarts.

The group will also decide the programme for the next few months, e.g. whether to study a book such as The Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson, or a topic – how people lived through the centuries or people in history.

If you would prefer meetings in the evenings please let me know. All welcome. No charge.


Wednesday 17 January, 10.30am


The January meeting for this Group was held too late to be reported in this newsletter.

More news in the March edition.



At a well-attended meeting (including dogs) in February members planned a series of walks on:

Thursday 8 March, Wednesday 21 March, Thursday 5 April, Wednesday 18 April

Meet at the Manor Farm car park, Willian, at 10.00am. To get there, turn off in the middle of Willian towards Wymondley and then left towards Roxley Court.

For our first walks the maximum walking distance will be two miles. In future we may vary distances according to what members and their dogs would like.

Bring a lead and outdoor footwear. No need to book, just turn up.



HOW TO USE AN APPLE iPAD (Basic Level) Wednesday 21 June 7.30-9.00pm LALG members only

Peter Nash will be the tutor. The cost is £6 per person, to be paid in advance at the Tourist Information Centre, Station Road (01462 487868). Any LALG member who has recorded interest at David's Bookshop or via email will have advance booking until Wednesday 7 June. Other LALG members can book from Thursday 8 June.
The meeting will be held in the ground floor meeting room, off reception, of the Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth. The free car park is accessed from Icknield Way.



Unfortunately this group has not received sufficient interest to start.



The group could consist of two sections – a beginners group and a conversation group with a greater knowledge of the language.

If you would like to be a part of this group, stating your knowledge of the language, please leave your details at David’s Bookshop or email William Armitage



The visit to the House of Commons, which will be in March, turned out to be very popular with far more people wanting to go than tickets available. In order that everybody gets an equal chance, names will be drawn out of a hat. In January the lucky ones will be contacted about the arrangements. I have applied for more tickets for a later date.

We have had some interest in helping with future trips, but more help is always welcome.

Acting Group Contact: William Armitage (until a volunteer is found)



Do you find what to buy and what they do confusing? Mobile phones have all sorts of uses – texting, emailing, finding information and walking maps. They come in various sizes and different price structures. Would you find it useful to share knowledge and common issues with some help from fellow LALG members? We have enough people to hold a meeting in May (details in the next newsletter) but more people are welcome: if you are interested, please leave your details at David's Bookshop.

We now are searching for a tutor - suggestions to William Armitage.



A total body version of walking which can be enjoyed as a sport or by non-athletes.

We have had some interest but we need more. Deadline to put your name down at David’s Bookshop is Thursday 8 March.



If you would like to take part in this group please contact William Armitage - details in the panel to the right. If anyone would like to take on this or ARMCHAIR TRAVEL groups please contact William Armitage.



Following a lively and successful initial meeting, this group will continue to meet on a monthly basis. If you are interested in practising or learning more about patchwork come along to the meeting or call the Group Contact, Jane Thorne on 01462 635745.




This is a tile-based game for two to four players combining elements of the card game Rummy and Mah Jong. There are 104 tiles and two jokers in the game. It was invented by Ephraim Hertzano in Israel and is now very popular in the USA.

To gauge interest please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop (01462 684631). Four or more names will enable us to start the group. Please mention if you have a set.


Unfortunately, there has been insufficient interest to start this group. Thanks to Tony Venezia for the suggestion.





Have you noticed how many places do breakfast? From village and town pubs, e.g. the Fox at Willian, golf clubs, hotels, cafés; some in unusual places and many are very good value.

The group could visit a different place each time or choose a regular venue. Fun? Please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop or email William at Six names will ensure we give it a go - deadline to record interest at David’s Bookshop is Thursday 8 March.



A reading group which aims to explore the ways in which our reading pleasures evolve from resonances of plot, location and character, etc and the fun and insight we get from making comparisons.

The idea is to read two books which relate to each other in some way, for example Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - the tale of the young Mrs Rochester. Non-fiction books could also play a part in our choices.  Ideally we would meet every six to eight weeks to share thoughts on the two selected books. Time and venue to be confirmed.

If you are interested in this enterprise please contact: Jenny Ellis 01462 629539,



Often associated with George Formby, with music from Hawaii, and in England with the ukulele orchestra of Great Britain.

A Ukulele is a plucked nylon string instrument which is easy to play and is usually self-taught and includes a sing-a-long. An ideal group size is ten.

If this is something you would like to have a go at, please email William at or leave your details at David’s Bookshop.



At the meeting in January nobody turned up (very unusual). Clearly, Letchworth Garden City must be Utopia.

New Group Contact: William Armitage 01462 643537



In the past we have had a very popular Village Walks Group which enjoyed walking through villages with a local historian who informed us about important buildings and how the village developed. We usually finished with a popular pub stop.

It’s time we revived the group. Interested? Please leave your contact details (including phone number) at David’s Bookshop or email William at

Providing we get at least six names a meeting will be held in April to decide where to go.


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