What's On in Letchworth - 23 to 30 August

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.

Letchworth Ark: Today, Thursday. A Community Drop-in Centre for homeless and vulnerable people. Offering practical and emotional support, including hot drinks, food, clothing and toiletries. At The Salvation Army, Norton Way North. From 9.30am – 12pm. For more details call 01462 677263.

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.

Bats and More at Norton Common: Today, Thursday. Join the Countryside Management Service for a guided walk around Norton Common, where hopefully you will spot a few bats and other night time visitors. At Norton Common, Icknield Way. From 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Bring a torch. Booking essential. For more details and to book call 01992 588433 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/walksandmore.

North Herts Community Coffee Bar: Friday, August 24 and Tuesday 28. Drop in for a coffee and a chat at this weekly coffee bar. Hot refreshments range from tea, coffee and hot chocolate starting from just 60p a cup. Hot buttered toast is just 50p and a selection of soup, snacks and soft drinks are also available. At The Brotherhood Hall, Gernon Road. From 9.30am – 11.30am. For more details call 01462 689400 or visit www.nhcvs.org.uk.

Meet the Flying Carpets Show: Friday, August 24. From across the desert sands come legendary storytellers & men of mystery Ruby Murray and Alfonso Mango, on their magical flying carpets. Played in the romantic style of Victorian men on their magnificent flying machines, mixed with the slap-stick comedy of a Bernie Clifton style ostrich illusion. These colourful, comic characters demonstrate powers of flight and levitation, enchanting all with their tall tales, terrible jokes and inept seductions. At Garden Square Shopping Centre. Shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Free event.

Science and the Bible: Friday, August 24. Friday evening discussions over coffee, examining the relationship between science and the Bible. At 39 Pasture Road. Starts 8pm. For more details call 01462 626333.

Long Distance Walk from Ely: Saturday, August 25. Join Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group for a 16 mile circular walk from Ely Station through Stretham, Little Thetford and Witchford. Starting from Letchworth station at 8am. Bring food and drink for the day. For more details email joystroud@hotmail.co.uk or call 01462 623539.

Kids Club at Broadway Cinema: Saturday & Sunday through the holidays. The ever-popular £1 Kids Club screenings are every Saturday and Sunday during the holidays. Sherlock Gnomes, Isle of Dogs, Jumanji, The Land Before Time and Flushed Away all coming up. There is now allocated seating for Kids Club, it is recommended to book in advance! Watch out for all the latest blockbuster releases throughout the summer. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Call 01462 681300.

Indoor Football Training: Saturday, August 25. 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.

Saturday Social Dance: Saturday, August 25. 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.

Baldock and District Canoe Club: Sunday, August 26. The Canoe Club meet every Sunday, offering the first pool taster session where all equipment and qualified instruction is provided FREE. Learn to canoe in the warmth and safety of a heated swimming pool. At the North Herts Leisure Centre, Baldock Road. From 8pm – 9.30pm. For more details visit www.thecanoeclub.co.uk.

Standalone Farm - Donkey Rides: Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31. Ted & Oscar are back at Standalone Farm and will be giving donkey rides throughout each day until Friday this week. At Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road. Admission to the Farm - adults £ 7, children £5.50, over 60’s £6, family tickets £24. A small charge is made for rides and as with all donkey rides there are weight, height and age restrictions to take part. For more details visit www.standalonefarm.com. 

Movie Monday: Cats & Dogs: Monday, August 27. At Wildwood, Eastcheap. Screenings at 11am and 3pm. Book a free place on the website at: gardensquareshopping.co.uk/whats-on/summer-of-fun/

Wish You Were Here: Tuesday, August 28 to Thursday, September 13. To celebrate their first anniversary, join The Wynd Gallery on their journey and take this opportunity to buy unique handmade artists postcards for sale in aid of the Garden House Hospice. At The Wynd Gallery, 6-8 The Wynd. For more details visit www.wyndgallery.co.uk.

Be a Legion Member: Tuesday, August 28. Support the Armed Forces Community. Letchworth Branch. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday monthly at Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm. Just turn up or call on 07388 876229.

Moving Through Life – Creative Dance Group: Tuesday, August 28 and Thursday 30. 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.

Animal Mask Workshop: Wednesday, August 29. Bring your little ones along to make some purrrfect crafty masks to take home and keep! At Garden Square Shopping Centre. From 10am to 3pm. Entry free.

Citizens Advice North Herts - Energy Clinic: Wednesday, August 29. It is now easier than ever to choose the best energy deal. Find out how by bringing your bill to this weekly drop in clinic and be switched to a better deal. At Citizens Advice, 49 Station Road. From 1pm - 3pm.

Struggling in the Summer Holidays?: Wednesday, August 29. Family Support Workers from the Letchworth Partnership of Schools and staff from Children’s Centre and Letchworth Mind Network will be in Howard Park every Wednesday in August. Pop along and have a chat, get some support, advice and signposting. Plus fun stuff for the kids to do. At Howard Park and Gardens, Norton Way South. From 11am – 4pm.

Singing for Pleasure: Thursday, August 30. An informal sing song round the piano, with over 500 songs to choose from. At Howard Garden Social Centre, Norton Way South. For more details call Amanda Knight on 01438 750974 or 07733 133299.

Letchworth Jazz Appreciation Society: Thursday, August 30. David Wakelin presents ‘Trains and Boats and Planes’ – a variety of jazz recordings on the theme of transport. Plus Linda Plant with terrific jazz and swing from South Africa. At Letchworth Conservative Club, Birds Hill. Starts 7.30pm. For more details call Bernard on 01462 454562 or 01763 248421.

Stevenage FC Foundation Soccer School: On now until Thursday, August 30. An opportunity for boys and girls aged 5 – 14 years to learn the games key skills through fun games and activities, provided by the Foundation’s FA Qualified and DBS checked football coaches. At The County Ground, Baldock Road. From 9am – 4pm (with early drop off and late pick up available by prior arrangement at £2 per slot). Sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 1 day £16, 3 days £45. For more details and to book call 01438 223223, visit www.stevenagefcfoundation.com/soccerschools or email community@stevenage.com.

Women in Letchworth Garden City: On now until Saturday, September 22
A special exhibition celebrating over a hundred years of women’s lives in the world’s first Garden City, featuring unique and historic objects and old photos from the Garden City Collection. At the Community Museum, 12-14 The Arcade. Admission free. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Great and Small – Animals in Craft: On now until Sunday October 14. An exhibition for all the family selected from the Crafts Council Collection. Animals have been represented in craft for as long as humans have been making, shaping and creating decorative objects. This exhibition encourages children to explore our age-old fascination with all creatures great and small. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open Wednesday – Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday from 10am - 4pm. Admission free. For more details visit: www.broadway-letchworth.com.