HITCHIN WHAT’S ON DECEMBER 20182018-11-20T15:26:21+00:00

1 December

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


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


1 & 2 December

Nativity Crib Festival


St Ippolyts Church

Admission £2.50, Children free

Now firmly established as a parish tradition, our beautiful Nativity Festival marks the start of the festive season in St Ippolyts. We will be filling the church with as many nativity crib sets as we can possibly cram in – last year we managed nearly 200 from all around the world. Each has its own “story” beside it and learning what makes the cribs special to their owners is the magic of the festival. This year you could become part of a “Living Crib”. Use our dressing up clothes to create your own nativity scene with Mary and Joseph, Angels and Wise Men, take a photo and you could create your own unique Christmas cards.

Tel: Barbara 01462 421647 for more information

Email: Barbara.thomas@live.co.uk


3, 10, 17 & 24 December

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


3, 10 & 17 December

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


4 December

Hitchin & District Probus Club

12 noon for 1pm

Priory Hotel, Hitchin

Christmas Lunch. 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


4, 11 & 18 December

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


6 December

North Herts Association of the National Trust


Christchurch, Bedford Road, Hitchin

Members & Visitors £2 on the door inc. mine pie & non-alcoholic punch

‘Travelling Theatre Christmas Readings’ – jolly, sentimental readings by Geoff Hales.

Tel: Secretary Mrs Colette House 01462 815585 or 07831 111062

Email: colettehouse@gmail.com


6, 13 & 20 December

The Hitchin Thursday Club

9.30am-12 noon

St John’s Community Hall, Hitchin

A friendly group which meets every Thursday morning for recreational painting, drawing, etc.. The group is very easy going in its attitude to art – only doing your own thing. Still Life and raffle every month. No qualifications required – just come along with your drawing gear and you’ll receive a very warm welcome.

Tel: Pauline 01767 315553


6, 13 & 20 December

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 727239

Email: roundabouters@live.co.uk

Web: www.roundabouters.org.uk


6, 13 & 20 December

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


7 December

‘Gulls, what a Load of Rubbish!’ (Paul Roper)


‘The Settlement’, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City

RSPB Local Group members free, Visitors £3

Hitchin & Letchworth RSPB Local Group. Gulls are prolific migrants and face fascinating conservation challenges. Paul is an experienced bird ringer both in the UK and abroad and his talk covers the work of the North Thames Gull Group.

Tel: 01763249459

Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com


7, 14 & 21 December

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


8 December

Victorian Christmas Fair


British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin

Free admission

Join us for a day of traditional festive cheer at our annual Victorian Christmas Fair. A huge range of stalls, food, fun and Christmas cheer. Perfect timing for all your Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

Tel: 01462 420144

Web: www.britishschoolsmuseum.org.uk


8 December

Tenors Unlimited Christmas Concert


Number one selling operatic trio Tenors Unlimited, the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’, perform a Christmas Concert with local Box of Frogs Theatre Academy (BOFTA) choir as part of their 15th anniversary tour. They are fresh from their recent chart-topping success with “Who is He?” in aid of The Salvation Army which went in at number one on the iTunes classical chart. Tenors Unlimited have performed alongside such notables as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

Web: www.tenorsunlimited.com/tour


9 December

Santa Scamper


Stevenage Town Centre

Adults £15, Children £10, Family £40

Festive community fun run for all the family. 2.5km or 5km option. Medals for all finishers. Free Santa hat with registration. Book online or call for more information. In aid of Garden House Hospice Care.

Tel: 01462 679540

Web: www.ghhospicecare.org.uk


9 December

Hitchin & Letchworth Local Group RSPB Trip


We will work our way up the Lee Valley visiting RSPB Rye Meads reserve en route and finishing at Amwell, looking in particular for wintering reed bed and wetland birds such as bittern and smew. Meet at Fishers Green car park (O/S 166, TL 375 025) at 9.30am.

Tel: 01763249459

Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com

Web: rspb.org.uk/groups/hitchinandletchworth


13 December

The Art of Christmas

6.30pm for 7pm

British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin

Tickets £8

Local artist James Willis returns with a richly-illustrated lecture following interpretations of the Christmas story through centuries of art and sculpture. Botticelli, Rubens and Gaugin are amongst the artists featured in this light-hearted look at the traditional imagery of the Christmas season. Cash bar including seasonal mulled wine. Please telephone or book online.

Tel: 01462 420144

Web: www.britishschoolsmuseum.org.uk


14 December

Unicorn Ceilidh


St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street, Baldock

Adults £10, Concessions and family tickets available

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


14 & 15 December

Frosty’s Snow Day Adventure

Fri 7pm, Sat 11am, 2pm & 5.30pm

The Auditorium Theatre, St Christopher School, Letchworth

Adults £8, Children £6, Family £24

Imajica Theatre Company creating Theatre for the younger audience. Set in the enchanted Wobbly Wood this heart-warming original pantomime is filled with magical creatures ready for an adventure. As Jack Frost spreads his winter magic creating a wonderful ice-filled blanket throughout the forest a cheeky little rabbit spots the Snowman’s nose and decided to take it home for its tea! Oh what a naughty little bunny she is, but fear-not though as our beautiful Faerie Godmother steps in to save the day. Together they set off in search of a new nose and the adventure begins. This interactive production created with the younger audience in mind if filled with toe tapping parodies of pop songs and easy to follow dance routines. With beautiful sets and costume this adventure soon transports children into a magical word where anything is possible and dreams really do come true.

Web: www.ticketsource.co.uk/Imajicatheatre


16 December

Stevenage RSPB Local Group visit to Connaught Water


A morning car trip to Connaught Water, an attractive site in Epping Forest. Meet in the car park, postcode IG9 5UB, map ref: 177/TQ 404951.

Tel: Leader Graham Beevor 01438 232055


18 December

Stevenage RSPB Local Group


The Friends Meeting House, Cutty’s Lane, Stevenage


Join us at our annual Christmas Social evening with a buffet, quizzes and games.


2 January

North Herts Association of the National Trust


Christchurch, Bedford Road, Hitchin

Visitors £2 on the door

‘Realising a Dream – a trip to the Galapagos Islands’ by Stephen Marshall, a committee member of Royston & Saffron Walden NHANT. 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


19 January

Charity Quiz Night


Hampson Park Community Centre, Hampson Park, Webb Rise, Stevenage

£5 per person

Stevenage Plus Social Club 40th Anniversary. Individuals and teams welcome. Over 18s only. Fish, sausage or veggie burger & chips £7 per person – bookable in advance. Bring your own drinks. Raffle. All profits to local charity Supported Activities for all.

Tel: 01438 231550

Email: welcome@stevenage.plus



Hitchin Bridge Club

Hitchin Bridge Club plays duplicate bridge several times each week. All levels of experience welcomed, hosts are available at some sessions for players without a partner. Workshops each month on topics for improving players. Beginners courses are run every year starting in October. For further information please contact Margaret or visit the website

Tel: Margaret 01462 623447

Email: mee.hitchin@ntlworld.com

Web: hitchinbridgeclub.org.uk