This week: Farmers Market, Historic Walking Tour, Author Alison Weir, Charity Quiz Night, Garden City Singers Concert, Wilbury Community Cafe and more....

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Here’s our round-up of some events over the coming week, compiled by the Local & Tourist Information Centre, also available in The Comet. For more information visit the Local & Tourist Information Centre’s website here.


Forty Plus Cycling Club: Today, Thursday. This week’s ride is to Jordan’s Mill, with lunch including Garden City Wheelers. Next week’s ride is to Harpenden, with lunch at The Red Cow. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the rides organiser on 01582 618196.

North Herts Mental Health Carer Support Group: Today, Thursday. This monthly meeting is for those who care for someone with a mental illness. It is a peer led group with an opportunity to meet others in similar situations for friendship, support and information sharing. No need to book, just come along. At Heritage Advisory Centre, 43 Station Road. At 11am. For more information please call Carers in Hertfordshire on 01992 586969.

North Herts 50 Plus: Today, Thursday. Join this informal group for a talk on ‘Bridges of London’ with Roger Thompson. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. From 2pm. Free to NH50 Plus members (£5 to join), £3 non-members, £2 LALG members. For more details call 01462 689400 or visit www.nh50plus.org.uk.

LALG Whist Club: Today, Thursday. Join this Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group for a friendly and fun weekly whist drive. New members of all levels welcome. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. Starts 7.15pm. For more details call David on 01462 636373.

St Michael’s 60 Plus Club: Friday, May 19. Drop in for companionship, talks, tea, raffle, outings and more. At St Michael’s Parish Hall, Broadway. From 1.30pm – 3.15pm. New members always welcome. Annual membership £5. For more details call 01462 676001.

Farmers Market: Saturday, May 20. The monthly Farmers Market selling locally produced meats, vegetables and other foodstuffs. In Leys Square. From 8am to 1pm.

Open Session: Saturday, May 20. Your chance to speak to Heritage Foundation staff and Governors. At Wilbury Community Centre, Bedford Road. From 10am to 12pm. For more details call 01462 476694 or visit www.letchworth.com.

Historic Guided Walking Tour: Saturday, May 20. Join one of Letchworth’s Town Historians on a pleasant stroll through some of the highlights of the first Garden City’s history. Meet at the Tourist Information Centre, 33-35 Station Road. Starts 10.30am. Finishes at the International Garden City Institute, where you can enjoy free hot drinks and discover more about the history of Letchworth. Free but booking essential at www.garden-cities-exhibition.com.

Wilbury Community Café: Saturday, May 20. Free cuppas and cakes, plant sunflowers and swap seedlings, free crafts and much more. At Wilbury Hall. From 10.45am to 12.30pm. All welcome.

Indoor Football Training: Saturday, May 20. A weekly indoor football training session for adults with learning difficulties. At Fearnhill Sports Centre, Icknield Way. From 3pm - 4pm. £5 per session. For more details call Kam on 07809 109313.

Voices from the Land of Song: Saturday, May 20. Llantrisant Male Choir in concert with Letchworth City Chorus. At Free Church, Norton Way South. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12 adults, £10 concessions. Available from Tourist Information Centre, Station Road, David’s Music Shop, 14 Eastcheap and at www.citychorus.net. For more details visit www.citychorus.net.

Quiz Night in aid of ‘Magic Breakfast’ and Garden House Hospice: Saturday, May 20. Letchworth Rotary Club’s Partner’s Quiz Night. At St George’s Church hall, Norton Way North. 7.30pm start. Tickets £12 includes supper. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Maximum of 8 in a team. For more details and to book places call 01462 683003.

Saturday Social Dance: Saturday, May 20. Come along for an evening of Sequence and Ballroom dancing. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm to 10pm. Admission £5.00. Everyone welcome. For more details call Janice on 07766 685679.

Garden City Singers Concert: Saturday, May 20. Garden City Singers presents a concert of popular music, hymns and spirituals in aid of the Christian Initiative to Schools. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available in the interval (donations appreciated). At the Central Methodist Church, Norton Way South. Starts 7.45pm. Tickets £5 available from Roger Aldridge on 01462 686196 or email roger.aldridge2@ntlworld.com.

North Herts Irish Association: Saturday, May 20. Dancing to music by Two Sound Men. At Jackman’s Community Centre, Ivel Court. Starts 8pm. Members of NHIA and Jackman’s Community Centre £6, guests £7. For more details call Pat on 07725 913594.

Lecture on Letchworth Architecture: Sunday, May 2. Vicky Axell, Curator of the Garden City Collection will give an illustrated lecture on Letchworth’s domestic architecture, focussing on the 1905 Cheap Cottages exhibition and the housing on Wilbury Road, as featured in paintings by Dan Hays. Tickets £6/£4 concessions (includes a complimentary hot drink and pastry) available from at the Gallery information desk or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lecture-on-letchworth-architecture-ticket

Qi Gong and Meditation: Monday, May 22 and Tuesday 23. Join these relaxing and enriching classes held every week. Monday classes Qi Gong at 10am. Tuesday classes Qi Gong at 7.30pm and Meditation at 8.30pm. At Evergreen Wellness Centre. 607 Works Road. Classes can be joined anytime. For more details or a free taster email iwarder@gmail.com, call 07890 032475 or visit www.ianwarder.com.

Letchworth Heritage Bridge Club: Monday, May 22. At Fortescue Hall, Pixmore Way, (Broadway end). Central Letchworth with parking. Every Monday at 1.00pm. All players welcome, members £2.50, visitors £3.50. Also a relaxed learning group for beginners and improvers on Fridays at 10.00am. For more details call Marion on 01462 730289.

Willian Bowls Club - Letchworth: Tuesday, May 23. Like to try playing bowls?     Friendly tuition and a cup of tea and free first year for new bowlers. At Lower Green, Norton Common. Every Tuesday 2pm - 4pm. Please wear flat shoes. For more details call David 01462 642790 or just turn up.www.willianbowlsclub.org

Letchworth Sugarcraft Club: Tuesday, May 23. Anurodha Bhogaita will be demonstrating an exotic flower. All are welcome, experienced or beginners. At Central Methodist Church, Norton Way South. Starts at 7.15pm. Visitors £5.50.

Alison Weir: Tuesday, May 23. The UK’s Top-Selling Female Historian will talk about and sign the second in her Six Tudor Queens series, Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession. At David’s Bookshop, 14 Eastcheap. From 7.30pm. Tickets are £15, which are deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£18.99) if purchased at the event. For more details and to book call 01462 684631.

Moving Through Life – Creative Dance Group: Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday 25. Get moving, be creative and express yourself. Weekly classes for those who want to dance and move, without the pressure to perfect a style or technique. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. Thursday from 12.30pm - 1.30pm term time only. With a traditional style Egyptian belly dance class held on a Tuesday from 8.15pm - 9.30pm. £6 per class, first class £3. For more details and to book call Bridget on 07766 086183 or email bridgetdmp@gmail.com or raqssharqi@ntlworld.com

Antony and Cleopatra: Wednesday, May 24. RSC Live: Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts at 6.45pm. Tickets £16 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-cinema.com.

Baldock and Letchworth Blues, Folk and Roots: Wednesday, May 24. Open floor and song cycle, with Barry Goodman, Hamish Currie and Mark Gamon. Open floor can be booked in advance. At The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock. Starts at 8.30pm. Floor spots £4, audience £6, under 16’s free. For more details call 01767 683583 email alan@madnanny.co.uk or visit www.madnanny.co.uk.

The Journey by Vanessa Stone: On now until Sunday, June 4The Journey, a solo exhibition of New Work by Vanessa Stone. At Dot to Dot Art Café, 6 – 8 The Wynd. For more details call 01462 339631 or visit www.rhapsode.org.uk

 The Walk to the Paradise Garden – Paintings by Dan Hays: On now until Sunday, June 11. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 4pm. For more details visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.