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.

Help can be sought for a new or an existing group for promotion or publicity: contact For anything else, including finding a venue, please contact William Armitage on 01462 643537 or



Latest suggestions for new groups from members are:

     Dog Walking

     Polish Language (Conversational)

     Sewing (We have a member who would like to host thisGroup)

     British History Discussion Group (not coach outings).The group could take a particular              period such as the Victorians or a subject such as Industrialisation through the Centuries.

If any of these appeal, please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop. If four or more members register an interest we will arrange a first meeting to decide how to proceed.

William Armitage



Wednesday 15 November, 7.30pm at David’s Bookshop
What is a vegetarian? Lives on a diet of grains, pulses, vegetables, fruits, etc. Does not eat any part of a living or dead animal (e.g. meat) which should include fish.
The group could compare menus, diets and the approach to life a vegetarian may take, including the impact on the environment of a meatless diet.
Groups start when enough people turn up at the first meeting. If you are unable to attend but would like to be kept informed of future activities, please leave your contact details at David’s Bookshop.



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.


ARTS GROUP (formerly Arts and Design)

The group could investigate anything in the Arts World but will not specialise in one area (see Arts and Books section).

More news of future plans will be in the December edition.

To record your interest please contact the Group Contact, Aaron on 01462 476110 at the Gallery.



  We meet from 8.00pm at Cultivo Lounge usually on Tuesday evenings.
Group Contact: A.J. 07913 00555




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.



The group met on 13 April - the outcome of the meeting will be in the June Newsletter

Unfortunately this group has not received sufficient interest to start.



We have a waiting list for the LALG Quiz group. Do we need a second group run on similar lines, visiting quizzes around the area? As usual if you would like to join leave your details by Wednesday 8 November at David’s Bookshop as soon as possible so that we can get started.



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



Proposed visit and tour of the House of Commons We plan to visit the House of Commons early next year.

To test demand please leave your contact details at David’s if you would like to go. Priority will be given to those on the list. Deadline to record interest is Thursday 16 November.
Acting Group Contact:

William Armitage 01462 643537 (until a volunteer is found)



There has been sufficient interest shown in starting another Mah Jong Group, so a new group will be meeting in November. Not all those who expressed an interest were at the exploratory meeting, so the Group Contact will be in touch with them all to arrange a convenient date and time for the Group's meetings, which will be held at Linda's house to start with, but it is hoped the Group could take it in turns to host. Please contact Linda for more details.​



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.



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 willcontinue 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.




Wednesday 29 November, 7.30pm David’s Bookshop

The book is Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre.It lifts the lid on quack doctors, statistics, pharmaceutical corporations, etc.
The group decided to discuss a chosen book each month with one member introducing the book.
Future meeting: Wednesday 10 January, The Brain, David Eagleman.
All welcome to attend. To get on the list for keeping in contact, please leave details at David’s Bookshop.

Acting Group Contact William Armitage: 01462 643537



Members Suggestion

Encompassing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (and anything in between and beyond and so on). This would include Utopian Fiction (appropriate considering the Letchworth setting). If this appeals to you then please contact Tony Venezia, at or leave a message at David’s Bookshop.



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,



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