Groups

Settlement Groups

Daytime Art Club

Wednesday In the Spinks Room
Wednesdays starting at 9.45am, finishing at 4.00pm with most members opting for the morning or afternoon sessions with a few attending both. This is a self-help group but occasionally there are planned activities, tutored sessions or workshop/demonstrations. Although much of the current membership work is in watercolour, other media may be used and is encouraged.
Cost of membership is payable at the beginning of each term plus £5 annual fee. In addition there is a Settlement membership fee.
Contact: Bob Thorogood on 01462 672009 or John Packham on 01462 635621

‘Bobbin Along’

Friday In the Garden Room
‘Bobbin Along‘ is a social, self-help group for ‘bobbin’ lace and associated crafts which meets on 1st and 3rd Friday of each month in the Garden Room from 7.15pm to 9.30pm, starting 2nd September 2016. Enrolment is not required but Settlement membership and an annual group fee is payable.
Contact:Anne Drew on 01462 482258

Letchworth Art Society

Tuesday In the Cruse and Spinks Room
Tuesday evenings 7.30pm-9.30pm, starting in early September. Enrolment not required. Annual fee plus Settlement membership. A friendly group that meets to paint for pleasure. Every week there is either a demonstration, a model or a still life in one room, and another room in which members can “do their own thing”. Two exhibitions per year, plus occasional workshops on a Saturday or Sunday. New members very welcome.
Contact: Jane Gibbs on 01462 673535

HUE

Saturday In the Cruse Room
HUE is a group of artists who work with textiles. We meet with our mentor Anthea Godfrey 4/6 times a year on a Saturday to share and critique our work, have one-to-one conversations with Anthea and plan exhibitions. There is no element of teaching, we work independently. HUE will be exhibiting in Bishop Stortford during April 2017.
Enquiries to Val Aitken on 01462 635386 or hue@live.co.uk

Settlement Players

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday In The Theatre
Main rehearsals on the stage on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.00pm, plus some Sundays (either afternoon or evening). Stage crew meet most Sunday mornings. Annual fee £3 plus Settlement membership. An active and friendly group performing several plays every year and enjoying occasional social events. Newcomers always welcome, both acting and backstage. Experience not essential. The Settlement Players Theatre Club provides audience members with discounted tickets and advanced booking information. Annual subscription from September.
All enquiries contact: Mr J Anderson on 07963 467398 or
email contact@settlement-players.org.uk
Website: www.settlement-players.org.uk

Associated Organisations

Dance Steps Academy

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
4pm Mon, Tue, Wed and 9am Sat. Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street Jazz classes for children from 3 years upwards.
Contact: Sarah Johnson on 01462 642858 or
email dancestepsacademy@ googlemail.com.
www.dancesteps_academy.co.uk

First Garden City Ladies’ Group

Monday
This club meets on the second Monday of each month (except August) from 2pm to 4pm. A social afternoon club for women of all ages with guest speaker, raffle, occasional sales table and coach outings. Annual subscription £12, visitors £1.50
Contact: Mrs Wendy Gould on 01462 676068

L.A.L.G. Wine Appreciation Group

Friday
This group was set up in 1994 with the objective of providing people interested in wine, from beginners to experts, the chance to develop their knowledge of wine and to have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of different wines.We never take ourselves too seriously and meet monthly at the Settlement.We occasionally have vacancies for new members, so if you are interested, please get in touch.
Contact: George Barnes on 01462 673710 or John Raines on 01462 893059

L.A.L.G. Wine Discovery Group

Friday
We are a very sociable group who also have a shared passion for discovering new and old wines from around the world.We meet every third Friday usually at the Settlement where we sample and experience wines chosen by one of the group members.We also hold an annual barbecue accompanied by wine in July.We have a stable group of couples but we are always keen to give new members the opportunity to join us. If you are interested in joining our lively group, please get in touch.
Contact: Nigel Rigby at nigel.rigby@tiscali.co.uk or call 01462 686411

The Letchworth Garden City Society

Monday
The group meets approximately four times a year on a Monday at 7.30pm. First meeting is in September. Lectures and discussions on all aspects of The First Garden City and occasional visits. Membership fee is £5 per year plus £3 per meeting.
Contact: Philippa Parker on 01462 686828 or email: philippaclare@me.com or visit our website lgcs.org.uk

Letchworth Camera Club

Thursday In the Brunt Room
Thursdays at 7.45pm from September until early July. Annual fee of £47. Our display of photographs in the Brunt Room will give you a flavour of the work that we produce.We have a varied programme of lectures, competitions and instruction evenings, whereby we hope to provide advice and encouragement to our members, new and old, to enjoy all aspects of photography in a friendly environment. Please come and try us for a few evenings before you decide to join. Enrolment not required.
Contact: Gary Neesam on 07772 812353

Letchworth Natural History Society

Tuesday
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month from September to March, plus 18th April at 7.30pm. Illustrated lectures on various aspects of wildlife and conservation and on the Hertfordshire countryside. Sunday rambles and summer evening walks. Small charge for guests. Annual subscription £10.00, visitors £2.50 (LALG members £2 with valid membership card).
Contact: Judie Starkey on 01462 632171 or email kenstarkey@ntlworld.com
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/Letchworthnhs

Letchworth Recorded Music Society

Friday
Fortnightly programmes of recorded music presented by members of the Society on alternate Fridays, 7.30pm to 10.00pm from 23rd September 2016 to March 2017. Occasional guest presenters. Annual subscription £20.00 minimum, visitors £2.00. Contact: Judie Starkey on 01462 632171 or email kenstarkey@ntlworld.com

Letchworth Sinfonia

Sunday
A friendly amateur orchestra with Professional Conductor and Leader, playing mostly classical repertoire, but occasionally playing lighter styles of music. The orchestra generally rehearses on alternate Sunday afternoons in winter, evenings in summer and gives two main concerts a year. New members are welcome, especially string players.
Fees £110 per year.
Contact: Don Shewan on 01763 244079 or visit www.Letchworth-Sinfonia.org.uk

North Herts and Beds Branch Embroiderers’ Guild

Saturday
The Embroiderers’ Guild is a friendly group who have an avid interest in textiles and their embellishment. Techniques explored range from traditional hand embroidery to the use of machines and new materials.We meet on the first Saturday of the month for informal gatherings. Our workshops on the third Saturdays are taught by nationally acclaimed tutors, as are speakers who visit for Special Events three times a year.
Contact: Gina Ferrari on 01763 852971 or email textiles@ginaferrari.co.uk
Additionally the Branch welcomes young people of all ages to join ourYoung Embroiderers’ Group who meet six times a year on Saturdays from 10.30am-2.30pm. Contact: Barbara Deacon on 01223 870359 or email Barbara.deacon@btinternet.com

North Herts Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

Thursday
First and third Thursdays of each month at 7.45pm starting in September. Enrolment is not required. Affiliated to the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. A friendly group committed to promoting handspinning, weaving and dyeing.We aim to preserve craftsmanship in these areas for the benefit of the public.You do not need to be an expert to join and visitors are welcome.
Contact: Helen Gale on 01438 226759 or email craftingtogether@gmail.com

Poetry ID Group

Thursday
Poetry ID meets on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 10.00pm in Room 1. Here they conduct regular writing workshops centred on various themes, after which there is a read-round of the work produced. Later, there is another read-round of members’ new work. Once a month, usually on the last Thursday of the month, the group holds a poetry ‘surgery’ where any member who so wishes may bring in their poems for analysis and treatment where necessary. This is useful for those ‘problem’ poems. Occasionally guest poets are invited to perform. Past guest poets include Jackie Kay, Wendy Cope, Penelope Shuttle, TamarYoseloff, George Szirtes, John Mole and, most recently, Stuart Henson. New members are welcome.
Contact: Richard Copeland on 01438 217614 or email richard.copeland3@ntlworld.com Website is http://poetryid.wordpress.com and you can also like us on Facebook

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Friday
The RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth local group holds social meetings (normally) on the first Friday of each month between September and May, when an invited speaker will talk about a wildlife-related topic. Our membership fee is £12 per season.
Contact: Martin Johnson on 01763 249459 or email martinrjspc@hotmail.com
Further information about the Group can be obtained from our website: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/hitchinandletchworth

25 Club

Thursday
A group of retired professional and business men who meet, usually with a speaker. Meetings are on alternate Thursdays at 10.00am for 10.30am. Membership is by invitation.
Contact: Peter Jackson on 01462 627713

26 Club

Thursday
Thursday Formed in 1977, we are a club for retired gentlemen meeting on alternate Thursday mornings throughout the year with guest speakers, often from a charity to which the club donates. Membership is £40.00 per year which can be paid 6 monthly.
Contact: John Tompkins on 01462 672938 or email tompkins-j@sky.com