Your guide to some of the events happening over this coming week in the Garden City, compiled by Discover Letchworth, also available in The Comet.
Art & Exhibitions
Architects of Letchworth - Cecil Hignett: Saturday, January 18. On throughout 2020 and beyond. Discover the stories behind the architects who made Letchworth. Get to know a new architect every three months throughout 2020 and beyond, with a series of changing displays exploring the people who designed and built the world’s first Garden City. This will be accompanied by a programme of family activities, walking tours and illustrated talks. At The International Garden Cities Exhibition, 296 Norton Way South. Open Friday and Saturday from 10am – 5pm.
Parade - A Celebration of Contemporary Art Textiles: On now until Sunday, February 16. Inspired by the banner Foursquare our City, designed by Edmund Hunter in 1903 to celebrate the founding of Letchworth. Bringing together 15 acclaimed international artists Parade is presented as a survey and acclamation of recent developments in visual art textiles, showcasing the many ways in which threads and fabrics are being used by contemporary artists. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. For more information call 01462 476110 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Tremble | Tromos – Katherine Roberts and Sian Wilson: On now until Sunday, February 16. Tremble | Tromos is a collaboration between multidisciplinary artist Katherine Roberts and sound artist Sian Wilson exploring themes of birth and transformation. In response to Roberts’ poem Tromos the artists have created sculptural work, drawing and soundscape. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. For more information call 01462 476110 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Spa Songs – Fay Zmija Nicolson: On now until Sunday, February 16. Spa Songs is a musical performance composed and choreographed by artist, Fay Zmija Nicolson. Working only with voices, the musical element of this work draws from harmonic relationships found in Early Music, along-side the DIY and anti-establishment energy of folk and punk traditions. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. For more information call 01462 476110 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
The Broadway Plinth – Anna Reading – Flock: On now until Sunday, February 16. We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize winner, Anna Reading, will be exhibiting a new work with us this December as part of our Broadway Plinth programme. This new work continues the artist’s exploration into the absurd relationship between the organic and the synthetic. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. For more information call 01462 476110 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Health & Wellbeing
Forty Plus Cycling Club: Thursday, January 16. This week’s ride is to Gt Offley, with lunch at The Red Lion with GCW. Next week’s ride is to Gustard Wood, with lunch at The Cross Keys. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the ride organiser on 07770 600370.
Caring Yoga with Saibhung Kaur: Friday, January 17. Kundalini Yoga, chair to mat. This is a term time weekly drop-in class aimed at re-discovering vitality, joy and inner peace. Ideal for carers and those living with long-term conditions, the Kundalini Yoga postures can be adapted to meet most needs and can be done on a chair or on a mat. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 1.45pm – 3pm. Cost £5 per session. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Positive Movement Class: Friday, January 17. Positive Movement improves general health, wellbeing and fitness, along with getting people out of their homes and connecting them with the community to make new friends. At Jackmans Community Hall, Ivel Court. From 2pm – 3.30pm. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Family Yoga with Uma Amrita Kaur: Saturday, January 18. Based on our popular Yoga for Children class, these family yoga sessions (suitable for families with children aged 2.5-14 yrs) are a lovely way to connect and spend time together as a family. The sessions combine stories, song and yoga poses and finish with time to relax and enjoy a calm space together with your children. (Not suitable for children under 2.5yrs.) At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Cost £5 per person. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Kingfisher Club: Monday, January 20. Howard Cottage Housing Association runs this club for local people who have low to moderate dementia or are socially isolated. Fun activities and games, plus light refreshments and a two course, nutritious lunch. At the Kingfisher Court, Southern Way. From 10am – 3pm, cost is £15. For more information call 01462 683307.
Herts Health Walks: Monday, January 20. Enjoy the countryside and local green spaces, with these free walks led by qualified volunteer leaders. Chose a stroll or a two mile walk. Meet at Three Magnets, Leys Avenue. At 10.30am. For more details visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks or call 01992 588433. No booking required, just turn up.
Active Letchworth – Gentle Exercise: Monday, January 20. Gentle seated exercise to music. Accessible for all abilities. At the Kingfisher Court, Southern Way. From 10.45am - 11.30am. To find out more and to book sessions call 01462 474838.
T’ai Chi sessions with Ian Deavin: Monday, January 20 and Friday 24. T’ai Chi is an ancient form of gentle stylised movement well known for its ability to strengthen leg muscles, improve balance, still the mind and enhance general health. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. Monday 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Friday 9.45am – 10.45am. Cost £6 per session. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Mindful Meditation with Neelam Taneja: Monday, January 20. These weekly drop-ins offer a very special opportunity to experience great peace and stillness with a master of meditation. There is no fixed fee, but a donation is suggested– which goes to support our charitable work to fund young people’s Mindfulness programmes. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 12.45pm – 1.30pm. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org.
Active Letchworth – Gentle Exercise: Thursday, January 23. Gentle seated exercise to music. Accessible for all abilities. At Edwin Nott, 18 Birds Hill. From 10.30am - 11.15am. To find out more and to book sessions call 01462 474838.
North Herts Road Runners: Tuesday, January 21 and Thursday 23. North Herts Road Runners is a lively, friendly and sociable running club with around 150 members that meet every Tuesday and Thursday. Meet at Spirella Building Reception, Bridge Road (Car Park entrance off Icknield Way). At 7.15pm. For more information visit www.nhrr.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids & Families
Baby Rhyme Time: Monday, January 20. Baby Rhyme Time is a fun session of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages. At Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 10.30am – 11am. Free event.
LEGO Club: Monday, January 20. For ages 5 - 12 years, children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Every third Monday at Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 4pm – 5pm. Cost £2 per session. Spaces are limited so booking essential. For more information call 0300 123 4049 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/home.aspx.
Toddler Tales: Wednesday, January 22. Toddler Tales is a mixture of lively stories and rhymes. Aimed at toddlers and pre-school children. At Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 2.15pm – 2.45pm. Free event.
Theatre, Film, Music & Dance
The Sleeping Beauty: Thursday, January 16. Royal Opera House: A classic of Russian ballet, Sleeping Beauty established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts at 7pm. Tickets £18 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more information and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Letchworth Sinfonia – New year Concert: Saturday, January 18. Join us on Saturday 18th January for a concert of gorgeous music, perfect for a Winter’s evening. Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante defunte, Bizet: Symphony No. 1 and Poulenc: Sinfonietta. At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm. Tickets in advance £10 (£5 for 18’s and under) and £12 on the door. Tickets can be purchased from Discover Letchworth, One Garden City, Broadway or reserved via email with email@example.com.
Town & Community Events
Farmers Market: Saturday, January 18. The monthly Farmers Market selling locally produced meats, vegetables and other foodstuffs. In Leys Square. From 9am to 1pm.
Councillors’ Community Surgery: Saturday, January 18. Councillors will be available to the public to obtain information and advice, make a complaint or enquire about services that the Council provides. At Garden Square Shopping Centre. From 10.30am – 12pm.
The Letchworth 10 - Week 1 – Longest Paper Aeroplane Flight: Saturday, January 18. Week 1 of 10 weeks of the craziest and funniest competitions… ever! Calling all High Flyers. At Leys Avenue and Eastcheap. From 11am – 3pm. Entrants fee £10. Open to all. For more information visit www.loveletchworth.com/letchworth10.
Transition Town - Letchworth's New Year Community Litter Pick: Sunday, January 19. Join us for a community litter pick. Come with appropriate footwear and clothes for the weather and your own gloves if you can. We will have a supply of litter grabbers and spare gloves. Meeting at Letchworth Greenway at the Baldock end of Works Road. From 9.30am to 11am. For more information visit www.transitionletchworth.org.
AGM - Save the World’s First Garden City: Wednesday, January 22. Join our AGM with Guest Speakers Cllr Paul Clark (Planning) and Cllr Steve Jarvis (Environment) from NHDC. At Fortescue Hall, Pixmore Way. Starts 7.30pm.