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.
Forty Plus Cycling Club: Today, Thursday. This week’s ride is to Bassingbourn, with lunch at The Hoops. 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.
Go with the Flow: Art Nouveau: Today, Thursday. A lecture by Vivienne Lawes - The sinuous, characteristically whiplash forms that provide the blueprint for Art Nouveau are seen time and again in the fine and decorative art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road. Lectures at 11am and 2pm. Visitors £7.
Afternoon Tea and Cakes for Macmillan Cancer Support: Today, Thursday. An afternoon of tea and cakes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. At Sax House, Western Close. From 2pm - 4pm.
Playhouse Creatures: Today, Thursday to Saturday, March 9. The Settlement Players present “Playhouse Creatures” by April de Angelis. A moving and often comic account of the precarious lives of five of the most famous restoration actresses (Nell Gwyn, Elizabeth Farley, Rebecca Marshall, Elizabeth Barry and Mary Betterton). At The Little Theatre, Letchworth Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Doors open 7.15pm, curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets £8 in person from David’s Music, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, or at www.settlement-players.co.uk/tickets.
Mark Steel – Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright: Today, Thursday. A few years ago, it seemed unlikely that the UK would vote to leave the EU; we had a reasonable opposition to the Tory Government; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hillary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, since then it’s all gone downhill! But don’t worry as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 8pm. Tickets £16. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Bridge Drive (Chicago): Friday, March 8. The Rotary Club are organising a Bridge afternoon in aid of the Garden House Hospice Care. At the Settlement, Nevells Road. Starts at 2pm. Tickets are £8.50, which includes an afternoon tea. For bookings and further information call 01462 685448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Introduction to Ballet for Adults: Friday, March 8. If you’ve always wanted to do ballet this is the perfect class for you to begin. You will develop strength, flexibility and better posture. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 7.30pm – 10pm. Cost £7. Open to anyone over 16. For more details and to book call 01462 678804 or visit www.letchworthcentre.org/classes.
Letchworth Recorded Music Society: Friday, March 8. Featuring ‘John McCabe: pianist, composer, friend’ by Paul Adrian Rooke. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Guests £2.50. New members and visitors welcome. For more details call Judie on 01462 632171.
Move and Embody the Chinese Five Elements – Water: Sunday, March 10. With Doe Warnes, Shiatsu massage and movement therapist/anatomy and physiology teacher. The first of five workshops. Through gentle, slow movement, performed both indoors and outdoors, you will explore the deep and intuitive connection between yourself and nature. You will leave feeling centred, connected and relaxed. At The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Hitchin Road. From 9.30am for 10am start – 1pm. Cost £35 includes refreshments. For more details and to book call 01462 678804 or visit www.letchworthcentre.org/classes.
Family Arts Studio – Abstract Canvas: Sunday, March 10. Join artist Iona McCuaig for a hands on craft activity in the Studio. Iona will be exploring abstract painting techniques on canvas. At Broadway Studio and Gallery, 2 The Arcade. From 10am to 10.45am, 10.45am to 11.30am, 11.30am to 12.15pm, and 12.15pm to 1pm. Please check in at the gallery info desk upon arrival to receive a free timed ticket for one of the timeslots. Family Arts Studio activities are open to all but are primarily aimed at accompanied children aged 3+ and families. For more details call 01462 476110 or email email@example.com.
An afternoon with Fanny Trollope, tea and cake: Sunday, March 10. A costumed recreation by Louise Reed. At The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. From 3pm to 4.30pm. Tickets £8 available from The Settlement office and online. For more details call 01462 682828 or visit www.letchworthsettlement.org.uk
The Royal Naval Association: Monday, March 11. This group provides comradeship, support and welfare assistance to serving and ex-serving members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Merchant Navy and their families. At Letchworth Rugby Club, Legends Lane, Baldock Road. Every 2nd Monday. Starts 7.30pm. Anyone with an interest in the aims of the association are welcome, to which associate membership is available. Why not come along and enjoy the company of shipmates to “swing the lamp” and take part in planned social events.
Herts Health Walks: Tuesday, March 12. Enjoy the countryside and local green spaces, with these free walks led by qualified volunteer leaders. A three mile + walk. Meet at Standalone Farm (First carpark), Wilbury Road. At 10.30am. For more details visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthwalks or call 01992 588433. No booking required, just turn up.
Yoga for Teenagers: Tuesday, March 12. Combine traditional Yoga postures with breathing and relaxation exercises to improve concentration, help regulate sleep patterns and maintain natural flexibility. Aged 12 – 16 years. At Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, Rosehill Hospital, Hitchin Road. From 6pm – 7pm. For more details and to book call Jaqui Derrick 01462 678804, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.letchworthcentre.org.
Letchworth Natural History Society: Tuesday, March 12. Brazil – from Roto to the Pantanal (Iguazu) with Chris Ward. At The Kincaid Hall, the Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Free parking. All welcome. 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.
When and how will we travel in the future: Tuesday, March 12. Join Transition Town Letchworth for an evening to explore how we will travel and obtain goods in a future with more housing and limited road building. At Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, Norton Way South. From 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Admission free, but a donation of £2 to help cover room hire and refreshments is welcome. For more details visit www.transitionletchworth.org.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Tuesday, March 12. The Letchworth Women’s Institute present the “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, a talk given by Gina Ferrari, a textile artist. At Letchworth Free Church Hall, Gernon Road. At 7.30pm. All enquiries to The Secretary on 01462 623587.
Letchworth Natural History Society: Tuesday, March 12. Brazil – from Roto to the Pantanal with Chris Ward at The Kincaid Hall, The Settlement, 229 Nevells Road. Starts at 7.30pm. Free parking. All welcome. 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.
Traditional-Style Egyptian Belly Dance: Tuesday, March 12. A weekly class where you can wiggle and shimmy your way to fitness. While aimed at those with some experience, beginners are welcome to join. At Wilbury Hall, Bedford Road. From 8.15pm - 9.30pm. Drop-in £9.00, discounted fee available for block bookings. £5 first class. For more details contact Bridget Poulter, email@example.com, 07766 086183 or visit www.egyptiandance.co.uk
Wednesday Pic-n-Mix: Wednesday, March 13. Drop in for tea and biscuits, have a chat and make new friends. Various activities and themed sessions. At Letchworth Library, Broadway. From 10.30am – 12pm. A very warm welcome awaits.
Garden City Court Lunch Club: Wednesday, March 13. An over 60’s monthly lunch club, with a two course hot lunch and soft drink. Come with friends or make new friends and stay for the afternoon quiz. Arrive at 12.45pm for 1pm service. At Garden City Court, Whiteway, Jackmans Estate. Your first lunch is free, £5 thereafter. For more details and to book call 01462 473100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dietary requirements must be stated when booking.
La Bohème: Wednesday, March 13. OperaUpClose comes to Broadway Theatre with their hugely acclaimed, 2011 Olivier-Award winning, new English version of Puccini’s La Bohème. At Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £25. For more details and to book call 01462 681088 or visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.
Letchworth Music Club: Wednesday, March 13. Enjoy music by Richard Allen on the harp. 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.
Chatter Tables: Thursday, March 14. Chatter Tables are back in Letchworth. If you want to meet new people, drop in to have a friendly chat over a cuppa. At Morrison’s Café, Broadway. From 10am until 12pm.
Open Door Coffee Morning: Thursday, March 14. Coffee Morning with free refreshments. At Letchworth Free Church, Norton Way South. From 10.30am until 12.00.
Allistair Covell: Canvas to Carpet: On now until Sunday, May 5. This exhibition presents a series of Allistair Covell’s abstract hand-knitted carpets or “woven paintings” and surveys the artist’s creative practice over the last five years. At the Broadway Studio & Gallery, 2 The Arcade. Open 10am – 5pm Wednesday – Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday. For more details visit www.broadway-letchworth.com.