What's On in Letchworth - 31 January to 7 February

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 – 11.30am. For more details call 01462 677263.

Forty Plus Cycling Club: Today, Thursday. 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 rides organiser on 01582 618196.

Partners Whist Drive: Today, Thursday. Whist drive with tea and biscuits at half time, door to door transport is also available for Letchworth residents on the Heritage Foundation bus. At Langleigh, Grange Estate. Starts at 12:45pm. For more information call Ossie 01462 675953.

I’m Not Running: Today, Thursday. An explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 6.45pm. Tickets £17 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Letchworth Jazz Appreciation Society: Today, Thursday. Bob Wright presents “Big Band Bonanza” – a variety of jazz from across the years. At Letchworth Conservative Club, 1 Birds Hill. Doors open 7pm. Visitors and new members always very welcome. For more details call Bernard on 01763 248421 or 01462 454562, or just come along. You will be most welcome.

Birds – Their Hidden World: Friday, February 1. A talk by Peter Holden MBE to Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Group, on British birds and their amazing lives. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3. For more details visit www.rspb.org.uk/localgroups.

Winter Market: Saturday, February 2. A variety of stalls, homemade creations, delicious refreshments and a children’s activity table. At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. From 10am – 11.30am. Free admission. 

Letchworth Arts and Crafts Market: Saturday, February 2. Upcycled, pre-loved and handmade crafts, with vintage and retro items, original paintings and prints, homeware, china and ceramics, embroidery, knitting and much more. At Leys Avenue. From 10am – 4pm. For more details visit www.loveletchworth.com.

Just Coffee: Saturday, February 2. 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.

Annual Foodie Fayre: Saturday, February 2. Join the Wilbury Café Community for their annual foodie fayre: Cuppas and cakes, family play session, dance workshop, knitting group, crafts for all ages, pennies & pound stall and Tesco best before groceries. At Wilbury Hall, Bedford Road. From 10.45am – 12.30pm. Free admission.

St Michael’s Messy Church: Saturday, February 2. The theme is ‘Messy Candlemas’. Make rice crispy cakes with matchmaker fires and learn about water purifying. At St Michael’s Church, Broadway. From 3.30pm – 5.30pm. For more details call Jackie on 01462 484914.

Carmen: Saturday, February 2. Met Opera Cinema: Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 5.40pm. Tickets are £20 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Race Night: Saturday, February 2. The 8th Letchworth Scout Group are hosting a race night. At Headquarters, Sparhawke. Doors open 7pm, first race is at 7.30pm. Adults only, licensed bar, table snacks and raffle. £6 per person. For more information or to book a place contact 8thlsg@eighthletchworthscoutgroup.co.uk 

Strictly Come Dancing Charity Event: Saturday, February 2. A night of sheer entertainment – All proceeds to Garden House Hospice. At the Broadway Hotel Ballroom, Broadway. From 7pm. Tickets are £10 plus booking fee on Eventbrite.

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs: Sunday, February 3. A specialised 12 week course with friendly small group classes, which aim to gently and progressively improve back health and function. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. Starts 9.45am. For more details call 07891 752906 or email: info@rainbowfitness.co.uk.

Letchworth Film Club: Sunday, February 3. This month’s film club screening is ‘Personal Shopper’. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DD. Starts at 7.45pm. Annual membership £33, concessions £28. Guests £5, concessionary guests £4 on the door. For more details call Peter on 01462 671679 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

The Creation Station - Baby Discover: Monday, February 4. Baby discovery is a unique baby learning & development experience with inspiring creative play & treasured artworks. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. From 9.45am – 10.30am. Booking required as places are limited. For more details and to book call Chantal Craig on 07787 171546 or visit www.the creationstation.co.uk/chantalcraig.

Baby Rhyme Time: Monday, February 4. Baby Rhyme Times are fun sessions of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages. At Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 10.30am – 11am. Free event.
Herts Health Walks: Monday, February 4. Enjoy the countryside and local green spaces, with these free walks led by qualified volunteer leaders. Chose a stroll or a 2 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.

Letchworth Heritage Bridge Club: Monday, February 4.. This group meet on Monday at 1pm. All players welcome, members £2.50, visitors £3.50. Also a relaxed learning group for beginners and improvers on Fridays at 9.30am. At Fortescue Hall, Pixmore Way (Broadway end). For more details call Marion Watkins on 01462 730289.

Letchworth Chorale: Monday, February 4. Join this friendly group of singers performing a variety of music. No audition required! At Central Methodist Church Hall, Pixmore Way. Starts 7.30pm. Just turn up on the night. For more details visit www.letchworth-chorale.org.uk.

Ceroc Classes: Monday, February 4. Ceroc is a fusion of many dance forms including but not limited to Salsa, Ballroom, Latin American, Tango and Jive. A great way to meet people and keep fit too. Beginners’ lessons are at the start of the class. Starts 7.45pm. At Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. Sessions £8 plus £3 membership fee for first timers. For more details contact Alma Neville on 07710 409167 or email alma@cerocspirit.co.uk.

Vintage Swing Dance Classes: Monday, February 4. Learn to swing dance, jitterbug and jive! Whether you are an absolute beginner with two left feet or a seasoned pro, these weekly swing dance classes have something for everyone. No partner or pre-booking required. At Brotherhood Hall, Gernon Road. From 8pm – 11pm. Admission £10 includes 2 classes, social/practice time and refreshments. For more details visit www.jiveswing.com.

Herts Health Walks: Tuesday, February 5. Enjoy the countryside and local green spaces, with these free walks led by qualified volunteer leaders. A 3 mile + walk. Meet at Three Horseshoes, Norton. At 10.30am. For more details visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks or call 01992 588433. No booking required, just turn up.

Rosehill Community Choir: Tuesday, February 5. Rosehill Community Choir, with their very own Helen King, meet every Tuesday. (Due to its popularity the Monday group is now full). At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Rosehill Hospital, Hitchin Road. From 2pm – 3pm with time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat afterwards. £4 per person. No need to book, simply drop in and enjoy this friendly singing group. For more details contact Jaqui Derrick 01462 678804, jaqui@letchworthcentre.org or www.letchworthcentre.org.

Young Picasso: Tuesday, February 5. This film visits Malaga, Barcelona and Paris and explores their influence on a young Pablo Picasso, focusing on specific artworks from these early years. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 6.45pm. Tickets £12. For more information visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Yin Yoga: Wednesday, February 6. A weekly class which is slow, calming and meditative, an excellent antidote to a busy lifestyle. At Howgills Friends Meeting House, 42 South View. From 7pm – 8.30pm. Booking essential. For more details and to book call Rachel Williamson on 01462 643424 or email: yogateacher@ahimsayoga.co.uk.

North Herts Organ Society: Wednesday, February 6. Enjoy all kinds of music, played by professional electronic organists, on the first Wednesday of the month.  At The Icknield Centre, Icknield Way. Doors open 7pm, concert starts 7.30pm. Entry £6 members, visitors £7. For more information or to book call Jean 01462 683604.

New Loom Woven Textiles Evening Course: Thursday, February 7. A four week introduction to Pattern Weaving with Cotton course. At Digswell Arts, The Fenners Building, 7 Openshaw Way. For more details and to book email amy@lilianeboutique.co.uk or call 07917 542405.

American Realism in the 30’s and 40’s: Thursday, February 7. Frank Woodgate will give an illustrated lecture to The Arts Society North Hertfordshire. At Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. Lectures at 11am and 2pm. Visitors £7. For more details visit www.theartssociety.org.uk.

The Pirates of Penzance: Thursday, February 7. Merry Opera comes for the first time to the Broadway Theatre with an exuberant production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Buckle your swash and enjoy an evening packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policemen, absurd adventures, improbable paradoxes - and realistic women. At the Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. At 7:30pm. Tickets £20, Concessions £18. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.