What's On in Letchworth - 4 to 11 October

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.

Great and Small – Animals in Craft: Today, Thursday until Sunday October 14. Last chance to see this 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.

Forty Plus Cycling Club: Today, Thursday. This week’s ride is to Gustard Wood, with lunch at The Cross Keys. Next week’s ride is to Peters Green, with lunch at The Bright Star. Meet at 10.30am. At The Three Magnets, 18-20 Leys Avenue. For more details call Geoff, the rides organiser on 01582 618196.

Claude Lorrain: Today, Thursday. Hilary Williams 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.

NH50 Plus – Bus User Group Meeting: Today, Thursday. NH50 Plus runs a full calendar of events both social and informative. Events and Forums can cover a variety of issues and topics. At Care Community Hub, 25 Station Road. From 2.15pm – 4pm. For more details visit www.nh50plus.org.uk.

Garden City Brewery Art Pub Quiz: Today, Thursday. Get your teams together for a fun night, with games, live music round and local trivia. At Garden City Brewery, 22 The Wynd. From 7.30pm – 10pm. Booking essential to avoid disappointment. Drop in or call 07932 739558 to book.

‘Prickly but sweet and Ratty too!’: Friday, October 5. A talk by Paul Wyer to Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Group about the hedgehog and water vole ecology and how we can help these declining mammals. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3.

Herts Jazz Festival: Friday, October 5 to Sunday 7. A weekend of world-class music from nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Weekend tickets standard £110, member £95, student £75. Saturday tickets standard £60, member £50, student £45. Sunday tickets standard £50, member £40, student £30. For more details on times and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Unity Muse: Saturday, October 6 to Sunday 14. An exhibition of new work by artists living in and around Letchworth. At The Community Museum, The Arcade. Open daily from 10am to 4.30pm (except Monday). Free entry.

Growers’ Market: Saturday, October 6. The Grow it Yourself Organic Group provides the Growers’ Market - a stall for growers to swap their home grown produce and for non-growers to buy. At Leys Square. From 9am - 1pm. For more details visit www.ttletchworth.org or e-mail ttletchworth@gmail.com. For Gardening Group e-mail d.ketcher@btinternet.com.

Letchworth Arts and Crafts Market: Saturday, October 6. 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.

Harvest Market: Saturday, October 6. Homemade cakes and marmalade, bric-a-brac, toys, books, cards and clothes. Delicious refreshments. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Norton way South. From 10am to 11.30am. Free admission.

Autumn Sale: Saturday, October 6. Bric-a-brac, raffle, books, refreshments and lots more. At Macfadyen Webb House, Norton Way North. From 10am to 12pm. For more details call 01462 685202.

Just Coffee: Saturday, October 6. 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.

Wilbury Community Café: Saturday, October 6. All the usual plus pennies and pound stall, pre-loved school uniform and share ‘Best Before’ food from Tesco. Plus gentle yoga, and collage and knitting crafts. At Wilbury Hall, Bedford Road. From 10.45am to 12.30pm. All welcome and all free. For more details visit www.wilburycommunity.org.uk.

Craft Festival: Saturday, October 6. Stalls for you to buy and workshops for you to make and take home. Come and have some fun trying something new. At Wilbury Hall, Bedford Road. From 2pm to 4.30pm. All welcome. Free entry. For more details contact Shena 01462 682642.

Messy Church at St Michael’s: Saturday, October 6. This month’s theme is ‘The Boy who left Home’. At St Michael’s Church Hall, Broadway. From 3.30pm to 5.30pm. For more details call The Rev. Paul Bennett on 01462 684882 or Jackie on 01462 484914.

Aida: Saturday, October 6. Met Opera Cinema: Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 5.40pm. Tickets £20 includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Harvest Songs of Praise: Sunday, October 7. The Salvation Army welcomes all to this harvest celebration with their band and singers. At The Barn, Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road. Starts at 3pm.

Letchworth Film Club: Sunday, October 7. This month’s film club screening is ‘Happy End’. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. 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.

Letchworth Chorale: Monday, October 8. 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.

Oscar Wilde Season – The Importance of being Earnest: Tuesday, October 9. Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece throws love, logic and language into the air to make one of theatre’s most dazzling firework displays. At Broadway Cinema, Eastcheap. Starts 7pm. Tickets £17. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.

Letchworth Natural History Society: Tuesday, October 9. Gardening for Wildlife. Ann Lauder shows how to manage your garden for wildlife. At The Kincaid Hall, The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Admission adults £2.50, LALG members £2. (With a valid LALG card). For more details on the programme call Thelma on 01462 893893 or visit www.letchworthnaturalhistory.org.uk.

The Energy Transition – Can Renewables Power our Lives?: Tuesday, October 9. Join this Transition Town discussion and see if renewable energy can power our lives. At Mrs Howard Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm – 9.15pm. All welcome, admission free, but a donation of £2 is welcome to cover room hire and refreshments. For more details visit www.transitionletchworth.org.

Slipper Swap Social: Wednesday, October 10. Pick up free slippers to prevent slips and trips. Drop in for a cuppa and a chat about social groups in your community. At Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 10am – 12pm. No need to book, just pop along. For more details visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/slipperswap or call 0300 123 4049.

Letchworth Music Club: Wednesday, October 10. Enjoy music by the Archaeus Quartet, Ann Hooley, Rosemary Lock – violins, Elizabeth Turnbull - viola and Martin Bradshaw - cello. At Howgills, 42 South View. Starts at 7.45pm. Guest Tickets at the door £15, £7.50 children/students. For more details call visit www.letchworthmusicclub.co.uk.

Dear Zoo: Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday 11. Dear Zoo the timeless children’s classic book makes its stage premiere. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 1.30pm Wednesday and 10am and 1.30pm Thursday. Tickets £14, family £50. For more details and to book visit www.broadway-letchworth.com or call 01462 681088.

Open Door Coffee Morning: Thursday, October 11. Coffee morning with free refreshments. All welcome. At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. From 10.30am to 12pm.