What's On in Letchworth - 30 January to 6 February

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

Fearnhill & Highfield School Art Exhibition: Saturday, February 1 until Saturday, February 22 (Fridays & Saturdays only).The Art and Design Departments at Fearnhill School and The Highfield School are very proud to present their annual art exhibition of work by their A level students. At 30a Leys Avenue. From10am until 2pm.

Health & Wellbeing

Active Letchworth – Gentle Exercise: Thursday, 29 January. A weekly class of 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.

Forty Plus Cycling Club: Thursday, 29 January. This week’s ride is to Gamlingay, with lunch at The Woodview Farmshop. Next week’s ride is to Maulden with lunch at The Dog and Badger. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the ride’s organiser on 07770 600370.

Caring Yoga with Saibhung Kaur: Friday, January 31. 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. 

Sound Bath Workshop: Saturday, February 1. Workshop with Pam Mullett and Jurek Dabrowski of Sound and Silence Resonant Healing. A fabulous way to de-stress that leaves you feeling calm,yet energised and ‘in-tune’. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 1.45pm for 2pm start until 3.15pm. Cost £20 includes refreshments. For more information visit www.letchworthcentre.org.

T’ai Chi sessions with Ian Deavin: Monday, February 3 and Friday 7. 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, February 3. 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 – Positive Movement: Wednesday, February 5. Learn techniques for improving and maintaining strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination (thus helping to prevent falls) and have an opportunity to meet new people and socialise over a cup of tea. At Kingfisher Court, Southern Way. From 3pm – 4pm. £2 per class (First 6 sessions free). For more information and to book call 07826 671384.

Kids and Families

St. Paul’s Community Café: Saturday, February 1. Come to our Community Café. Every 1st Saturday monthly, we welcome everyone to join us for free refreshments, live music and board games. We will also have a donation point for Letchworth Foodbank and a pre-loved children’s clothes and toys stall. At St Paul’s Church Pixmore Way. From 10.30am – 12pm.

Wilbury Community Café: Saturday, February 1. Join us for free drinks and cakes, with family play session (10am  11.30am) and craft and knitting. Plus pennies & pounds stall, school uniform and Tesco’s Best Before groceries. Special feature: Love yourself! Find out about self-care and wellbeing. At Wilbury Hall, Bedford Road. From 10.45am and 12.30pm.

St. Michael’s Messy Church: Saturday, February 1. Come and explore “Sharing God’s Love”, through science, craft, and celebration. All Welcome. At Parish Hall, St. Michael's Church, Broadway. From 3.30pm - 5.30pm. For more details call Jackie on 01462 484914.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly: Sunday, February 2. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly… But The People’s Theatre Company do! And now you can too as they use an amazing blend of live-action, puppetry and animation to bring one of the world’s best-loved nursery rhymes to life just in time to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ bestselling book! At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 2.30pm. Tickets £13.50, concessions £11.50, Theatre VIP £32.50. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Talks, Lectures and Tours

RSPB - Birds: Their Hidden World: Saturday, February 1. Peter Holden talks about British birds and their amazing lives. At The Settlement, Nevells Road. At 7.30pm. Cost £3. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/groups/hitchinandletchworth.

From Pitch to Print: Monday, February 3. In this talk, Paul Walker will recount his journey from tentative scribbler to published author (but still learning at The Settlement). At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. From 7.30pm – 9pm. Cost £10. For more information and to book visit www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk.

Lapis Lazuli: Pursuit of a Celestial Stone: Thursday, February 6. The Arts Society presents a talk by Sarah Searight. This follows the travels of this precious stone from Afghanistan through burials in the ancient world, in wall paintings in medieval Byzantine churches, ending with early Renaissance Madonnas robed in ultramarine, ground as pigment from lapis lazull. At the Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. At 11am and 2pm. For more information visit http://www.theartssocietynorthherts.org.uk.

Theatre, Film, Music & Dance

Jazz Appreciation Society: Thursday, January 29. We shall be welcoming in the New Year with a programme of music by the great saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s highly-regarded (but sadly short-lived) Concert Jazz Band from the early-1960s, presented by Bob Wright. With a full supporting programme as always. At the Conservative Club, 1 Birds Hill. Doors open 7pm. Visitors and new members always very welcome. More details from Bob Wright on 01462.454562. 

The Gershwins Porgy and Bess: Saturday, February 1. Met Opera: One of America’s favourite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts at 5.40pm. Tickets £21 includes a complimentary drink on arrival.  For more information and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Letchworth Film Club: Sunday, February 2. This month’s film club screening is The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts at 7.45pm. Annual membership £33, concessions and LALG members £28. Guests £5, concessionary guests £4 on the door. For more details call Peter on 01462 671679 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale: Sunday, February 2. Marlon Solomon examines why conspiracy theories are as popular as ever and why in the age of post-truth, fake news gives rise to ancient slander. A comic tale which is no laughing matter. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 8pm. Tickets £15. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Town & Community Events

LALG Barn Dance: Friday, January 31. Join Letchworth Arts and Leisure Group for an evening of dancing, with Carousel Band and caller Barry Goodman. With licensed bar with real ales. At The Cloisters, Barrington Road. Starts 7pm. Tickets £14, LALG members £12 which includes a hot supper are available from David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap and Discover Letchworth, Broadway. For more information visit www.lalg.org.uk. (Now fully booked).

North Herts Stamp Club: Friday, January 31. This month’s subject is the Ron Sax Trophy. A nine sheet competition on the Letter G. All philatelists welcome. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. From 7pm for 7.15pm. For more information call 01462 635752.

Letchworth Craft and Collectables Market: Saturday, February 1. Browse the market stalls for upcycled, pre-loved and handmade crafts, including vintage & retro items, paintings & prints, homeware, china & ceramics, embroidery & knitting and much more! At Leys Avenue. From 10am – 4pm. For more details visit www.loveletchworth.com.

Winter Market: Saturday, February 1. Please join us for our 'first Saturday in the month' community event. Popular stalls of homemade cakes and marmalade, bric-a-brac, cards, clothes, toys and books. Featuring a plant stall, and Freebie Recycling table. Plus delicious refreshments, and Children’s activity table. At Free Church Hall, Gernon Road. From 10am – 11.30am. Free parking and admission.

Just Coffee: Saturday, February 1. Pop along to this coffee morning and enjoy a free tea, coffee and biscuits whilst listening to a musician play the piano. Each month there is a different themed subject. At St Paul’s Church, Pixmore Way. From 10.30am – 12pm. 

The Letchworth 10 - Week 3 – Best Cartoon: Saturday, February 1. Week 3 of 10 weeks of the most crazy and funniest competitions… ever! Brush up on your artistic skills. 5 cash prizes of £60. At bays at bottom of Leys Avenue. From 11am – 3pm. Free entry prior to event. Entry on the day £10. Open to all. For more information visit www.loveletchworth.com/letchworth10.

General Knowledge Quiz: Saturday, February 1. Get your team together and your thinking caps on for the Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire Quiz Night. With cash bar and all profits going to raise much needed funds for Citizens Advice North Herts. At St Paul’s Church, 179 Pixmore Way. Starts 7pm. Cost £8 per person. Teams of no more than 8. For more information call Cath 07790 414933 or email bennettc@nhdcab.org.uk.

LALG Shakespeare Study Group : Wednesday, February 5. Romeo & Juliet. An informal group who get together on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss their interest, knowledge and questions on Shakespeare’s work and life. All welcome just turn up. At Broadway Hotel, The Bar, Broadway. From 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Blitz an Open Space – LALG Group: Tuesday, 4 February. Area this month the group will be concentrating on forgotten footpaths, the Pix Brook and the area around the War Memorial and Station. If you would like to be involved in the big tidy up just turn up or contact William armitagewilliam@hotmail.com. Meet at The Broadway Hotel Bar, Broadway at 10.30am. All welcome.

Coming soon.……visit Discover Letchworth for more details.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly