HENLOW WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 20182018-10-16T14:37:16+00:00



1 November

World War I Lecture

11am & 2pm

Spirella Ballroom, Bridge Road, Letchworth

£7 on the door

Hosted by The Arts Society North Herts in the year of the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1. Amongst the carnage of war flourished an outpouring of Poetry, Music and Art which is represented by a multimedia lecture on World War I by Denis Moriarty. All visitors welcome.

Email: theartssociety.nh@gmail.com

Web: www.theartscocietynorthhert.org.uk


1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November

Toddler Tales


Baldock Library

Free event

Toddler Tales is a mix of lively stories and rhymes. The stories chosen are aimed at toddlers and preschool children.


1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November

Baldock Community Orchestra


Knights Templar School (Room CS1), Baldock

£7 per week or 10 week term £50

A friendly group of musicians. Come and give us a try, first session free!

Tel: Rachel Dawson 07818 480332


1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November

Roundabouters Country Dance Club


Friends Meeting House, Cuttys Lane, Stevenage

Friendly club for English country dancing. We welcome new members, both beginners and experienced. All dances walked through; club and guest callers ensure a varied programme.

Tel: 01438 727 239

Email: roundabouters@live.co.uk

Web: www.roundabouters.org.uk


1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 November

Sapphire Social Club


The Orange Tree, Hitchin

We are a small and friendly group for single people generally aged 50 and above. We offer a variety of social events during the month and the opportunity to meet and make new friends. Potential new members are warmly welcome to come along and meet us with no joining fee for the first two months.

Tel: Joyce 07952 678021 or Ian 07900 890583 for info

Web: www.sapphiresocialsinglesclub.co.uk


2 November

Vintage Coffee Morning


Aston Village Hall, Near Stevenage, SG2 7ED

Admission £3

Aston Cake Committee holds these events twice a year to raise money for charity. Admission charge includes a huge choice of homemade cakes, unlimited tea and ‘proper’ coffee. There is a mega raffle with a star prize luxury hamper and several craft stalls. In aid of PoHwer, a charity providing advocacy services for the disabled or disadvantaged. Why not also enjoy a lovely country walk along one of our many local footpaths or simply gaze at our beautiful views of the Beane Valley?

Tel: Margie 01438 880248


2 November

‘Cuckoo, Cheating by Nature’ (Professor Nick Davies)


‘The Settlement’, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City

RSPB Local Group members free, Visitors £3

Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Local Group. The sight of a little warbler or pipit feeding an enormous cuckoo chick has astonished human observers for centuries. Field observations and experiments reveal a continuing evolutionary arms race between host defences and cuckoo trickery.

Tel: 01763249459

Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com


2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November

Baldock Health Walk


Tesco car park, 58 High Street, Baldock

Mind in Herts Health Walk every Friday. Walking is a great way to get active and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Tel: Stephanie Flint 01438 369215

Email: stephanie.flint@mindinherts.org.uk

Web: www.mindinherts.org.uk


2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November

Springfield House Friday Bridge Club


Springfield House (the home of the Old Stevenage Community Centre)

To play cut-in Chicago Bridge. Play is informal and friendly.

Tel: Richard Bean 01438 221517


2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November

Rainmakers International Folk Dance Club


The Parish Hall, Broadway, Letchworth

Rainmakers is a friendly club for all. We enjoy folk dances of all styles from many countries around the world and meet most Fridays. Come on your own or with a friend.

Tel: Roger 01438 812766 or Jill 01462 457791

Web: www.rainmakers.org.uk


3 November

The Signals Museum Open Day


The Signals Museum at RAF Henlow is open to the public. Entry is free but official photo ID such as a driving licence, passport or over 60s Bus Pass is required to get an entry ticket from the Guardroom. See website for full information.

Web: www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk


3 November

Come and Sing Faure’s Requiem

Come & Sing 10am-4pm, Concert 7.30pm

Adults £12, Concessions 10, Children in education free

Vivace Choir is inviting singers to Come and Sing Faure’s Requiem followed by a concert ‘For the Fallen’. The ‘Come and Sing’ and concert will be led by Vivace’s conductor Robert Bunting. The choir are enjoying an in-depth study of the Requiem and are looking forward to working alongside other singers during the day. The concert in the evening, with the Requiem at its core, will include songs by Ivor Gurney and George Butterworth, anthems by Douglas Guest and Parry along with readings of the time. It will be a fitting tribute to those who fought and those who were left behind 100 years ago. All details for the Come & Sing Day are available from the Vivace Choir Secretary. Tickets for the concert are available from the Ticket Manager or on the door.

The Secretary, Vivace Choir, 2 Regent Street, Stotfold, Hitchin SG5 4ED

Tel: 01462 730022

Tel: Ticket Manager 01462 685249


3 November

Weekend Stories


Baldock Library

Free event

Stories chosen are aimed at toddlers and preschool children.


3 November

Jumble Sale


St. Mary’s Church Hall, Stotfold

Refreshments and Raffle. Hall open from 9am to receive jumble. Please telephone to arrange collection locally. Proceeds for Cancer Research.

Tel: 01462 834108 or 01462 835585.


4 November

Charity Fun Quiz Night


Five Bells, Henlow Village

£2 per person

In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Teams of up to 8 members are invited to take part. Cash prize for the winning team and a suitable prize for last place. Plus some ‘spot prizes’ and raffle

Tel: John 01767 680974

Email: quizzesforcharity@outlook.com


5, 12, 19 & 26 November

Moo Music Sandy, Biggleswade & Shefford


Shefford Baptist Church

Moosical fun for your little one! Music & movement classes for 0-5 year olds in Shefford, Sandy & Sutton. Come and join in the fun with your little moover. First session free.

Email: Heather sandymoo@moo-music.co.uk

Web: www.moo-music.co.uk/sbs

Facebook: www.facebook.com/moomusicsandy


5, 12, 19 & 26 November

Baby Rhyme Time


Baldock Library

Free event – voluntary contribution of £1 per family welcomed

Baby Rhyme times are a fun half hour session of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all age.


5, 12, 19 & 26 November

Baby Rhyme Time


Letchworth Library

Free event

Baby Rhyme Times are a fun half hour session of songs and rhymes suitable for babies and toddlers of all ages.


5, 12, 19 & 26 November

Café Connect


Arlesey Resource Centre, High Street, Arlesey

An exciting new community project in Arlesey! We want to bring the community together with a series of events chosen by YOU. Come along to Meet new people, Share your skills, Explore your interests, Learn something new, Develop your community and all with free tea, coffee and cakes! This project is delivered by Community Action Bedfordshire and NOAH Enterprise, and funded by Central Bedfordshire Council and Public Health.

Tel: Priya 07814 704203 for more info


5, 12, 19 & 26 November

Staplers Country Dance Club


St John’s Community Hall, Hitchin

Staplers is a social folk dance club. If you don’t know what that means come along one Monday evening and meet us. It’s easy to start as all the dances are walked through first then called and you don’t need to come with a partner; lots of us come on our own. We are a friendly group and you will be made very welcome. Car parking is available next to the hall.   We meet every Monday apart from Bank Holidays and the school summer holidays.

Tel. 01462 895567 or 01462 624144

Web: www.staplers.org.uk


5, 12, 19 & 26 November

Branch Out Social Club for Single People


Cromwell Bar, The Sun Hotel, Hitchin

Branch Out meets every Monday night and is a medium-sized Social Club for single people. It was formed in 1995 to bring together single, divorced, widowed and separated people, aged 40 upwards, from the Herts, Beds and Bucks area, to socialise and enjoy one another’s company. The club organises regular events, such as dinners, discos, meals, parties, Sunday walks, theatre and concert visits, day and weekend trips and holidays.

Tel: Lorna 01438 233657

Web: www.branch-out.org.uk


6, 13, 20 & 27 November

Stevenage Bridge Club


Priory Nursery, Stanmore Road, Old Stevenage

To play Duplicate Bridge. A host system is run to find partners, if required. A wide level of ability play at the club.

Tel: Phil Cooper 07957 813434


7 November

North Herts Association of the National Trust


Christchurch, Bedford Road, Hitchin

Non-members £2 on the door

David Saunders will talk about his bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Non-members welcome. Membership of the National Trust not necessary. Tea and coffee served during the evening. Second-hand books and homemade preserves are on sale at every meeting.

Tel: Secretary Mrs Colette House 01462 815585 or 07831 111062

Email: colettehouse@gmail.com


7, 14, 21 & 28 November

Toddler Tales


Letchworth Library

Free event

Toddler Tales is a mix of lively stories and rhymes. The stories chosen are aimed at toddlers and preschool children.


7, 14, 21 & 28 November

Vivace Choir


Edgeworth House, 121 High Street, Arlesey

We are looking for keen singers to join our fun and friendly choir. Find out more about the choir and its concerts online.

Web: www.vivacechoir.co.uk


8 November

CRUK Fashion Show


Cancer Research UK, Unit 2 Oaklands Retail Park, London Road, Stevenage

Cancer Research Stevenage for Stand up to Cancer Fashion Show. We are having our own volunteer models and are working with the local college students who will also be helping us to raise funds for Research in to Cancer.

Tel: 01438 359207 for further info


8 November

Baldock & Clothall WI


United Reformed Church, Whitehorse Street, Baldock

Visitors £3 including refreshment and raffle ticket

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baldockclothallwi


8 November

Stevenage Floral Art Society


High Street Methodist Hall

Visitors very welcome.


9-24 November

Letchworth Art Society Annual Autumn Exhibition


Nov.9-24th (But not Sundays)

Community Museum Gallery, The Arcade, Letchworth

Not open Sundays.


12 November

Icknield Quilters

7.30pm for 7.45pm start

Baldock Community Centre

Visitors £4

Speaker will be Lynne Edwards on “My Life in a Patchwork World”. Visitors welcome.

Web: http://icknieldquilters.co.uk for more info


13 November

Transition Tuesday: I’m Dreaming Of A Green Christmas


Upper Hall, Mrs Howard Hall, Norton Way South, SG6 1NX

Free admission

Looking for inspiration on what to give this Christmas? Join us for an evening where we will be sharing ideas for environmentally friendly presents to create or buy, including ideas from our local retailers. You could even win our own Christmas hamper on the night. All welcome, admission free, but a £2 donation to help cover room hire and refreshments is welcome.


13 & 27 November

Hitchin & District Probus Club

12 noon for 1pm

Priory Hotel, Hitchin

Social club for retired and semi-retired professional and business-men which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for lunch. Organised visits and events throughout the year. New members welcomed.

Tel: Roger Burt 01438 351891

Email: roger@mazda20.plus.com


14 November

Letchworth Chamber Music Concert


Howgills Friends Meeting House, 42 South View, Letchworth

Tickets £12, £6 for children under 18 & students

Don’t miss the next concert of the Wednesday night winter series of chamber music concerts to be held in the intimate atmosphere of the Meeting House to hear the Dou b!z’art Geoffrey Baptiste and André Roe piano duet who will be playing a uniquely varied repertoire of Mendelssohn (Andante and Allegro Vivace Op. 92), Brahms (Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op. 9), Grieg (Four Norwegian Dances, Op. 35), Schumann (Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66) and Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a). Tickets available at the door.

Web: www.letchworthmusicclub.co.uk


16 November

Unicorn Ceilidh


St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Baldock

Adults £10, Concessions and family tickets available

Unicorn Ceilidh with Random and Nick Walden.

Ceilidh dances are great fun, easy to learn – and addictive! Clear instructions from the caller before and during each dance allow anyone to join in and enjoy the dancing. Our combination of the finest live bands, top callers and a bar serving local Real Ale and Cider plus wine and soft drinks guarantee an excellent, fun-filled evening for all. Tickets are available on the door but advance purchase is recommended.

Email: enquiries@unicornceilidhs.org.uk

Web: www.unicornceilidhs.org.uk

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/unicorn-ceilidhs


17 November

The Village Market


Shillington Village Hall, High, Road Shillington

Free admission

Shillington WI hosts the Village Market with 31 local contributors all selling their products. These will include crafts, plants, cosmetics, jewellery, knitted items, wood turning, sewn items and food. Come and start early for Christmas. The event includes adult and children’s tombolas and home-made refreshments provided by the WI. Something for all the family.


17 November

Weston Music Society Concert


Weston Parish Church, SG4 7DJ

Tickets £16

The Fieri Consort of Voices. The Bells of Paradise, an a cappella programme of music celebrating the Christmas story.

Tel: 01462 790573

Email: felicitylowe@yahoo.co.uk

Web: www.westonmusicsociety.org.uk


18 November

Hitchin & Letchworth Local Group RSPB Coach Trip

Coach fare Adults £15.50, Under 18s £7.75

Coach trip to RSPB Old Moor (Joint Trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group). We make a return visit to this attractive South Yorkshire reserve, located just off the A1, with its wide range of habitats, hides and (of course) birds. Coach pick-up times: Stevenage 7.05am, Hitchin 7.15am and Letchworth 7.30am. Booking essential. Extra fee at RSPB Reserve for non-members.

Tel: 01462 451320

Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com

Web: rspb.org.uk/groups/hitchinandletchworth


18 November

WW1 Commemoration Service


All Saints’ Parish Church, Shillington.

Composite Commemoration Service marking the Centenary of the ending of the Great War. Remembrance Service for every name inscribed on the Shillington village War Memorial who lost their lives in the Great War.

Web: www.allsaintsshillington.org/WW1memorial.htm


20 November

Stevenage RSPB Local Group


The Friends Meeting House, Cutty’s Lane, Stevenage

RSPB Members £3, Non-members £3.50, Under 16s 50p

Martin Davies, conservationist and ex-staff member of RSPB, presents a talk entitled Wild Turkey. There will be a Bring-and-Buy Cake stall at this meeting.


22 November

Concert of Music for Saint Cecilia’s Day: East Bedfordshire Chamber Choir


Elstow Abbey Church

Tickets £12.50 on the door

Music by Handel, Purcell, Britten, Elgar, Macmillan, Vaughan Williams. Conducted by David Beer with the Element String Quartet, Justin Waters (Organ), Madalina Rusu (Piano) and special guest Eloise Marson (Saxophones).

Tel: Bookings 07710 692534

Web: www.eastbedschamberchoir.co.uk


25 November

The Annual Exhibition of photographs of Shillington through the Years

Shillington Village Hall, High Road, Shillington

Admission £2 inc. light refreshments

Annual exhibition of the photographic archive of Shillington through the years, from c. 1890 to, currently, the 1970/1980s. The archive currently stands at more than 520 images, however, due to lack of display space within the Village Hall, not the whole of the archive can be displayed. For those images not on display, we will have folk in the Village Hall who may be able to find a particular subject of interest to visitors. The 2019 Shillington calendar will be on sale and comprises images from the archive. We look forward to seeing you there; maybe you are searching for images of lost relatives or just enjoying this long standing annual exhibition you will be most welcome,

Tel: Janet or Peter Watts 07789 283383 for more info

Email: info@pinpointprints.co.uk


29 November

Stevenage RSPB Local Group visit to Rye Meads


A morning visit to this RSPB Reserve in the Lea Valley. Meet in the car park at 9.30am. OS Map Ref: 166/TL389102. Postcode SG12 8JS.

Tel: Leader Graham Beevor 01438 232055


30 November

Carl Couzens Memorial Quiz

Langford Football Club

£5 per person

In aid of Asthma UK in Carl’s memory. Teams of up to 8 members are invited to take part. There will be a prize for the winning team and a suitable one for last place, together with ‘spot prizes’ and a raffle. There is a licensed bar, but feel free to bring your own picnic.

Tel: John 01767 680974 for further info

Email: quizzesforcharity@outlook.com


1 December

Chiltern West Gallery Quire


St Mary’s Church, Kings Walden

Tickets £10

Performing in period costume, our singers and instrumentalists specialise in researching local music and will be playing tunes heard in and around Welwyn from 1750-1840, along with some of the Militia marches and dance tunes of the era; music that Jane Austen describes in her novels of that period.

Tel: 01438 833155

Email: scilla.cullen@dsl.pipex.com



Hitchin & Surrounding Areas – Fun & Social Stuff

A Social Group based in Hitchin, but also aimed at the surrounding areas. The groups arranges drinks, socials, going to Live Music events, charity events, Pub Quizzes, etc.. The aim of the group is to enable a variety of people who are over 18 years old (with no upper age limit) to get to know each other in a social and friendly setting whilst also enjoying a variety of events & activities.

Web: www.meetup.com/meetup-group-HVrvZZiQ