HITCHIN WHAT’S ON JANUARY 20192018-12-28T13:16:46+00:00

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


3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January

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


3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January

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


3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January

Stevenage Plus Social Group

8.15pm for 8.30pm

Holiday Inn Express (opposite Matalan), Stevenage

£2 – first night free

Stevenage Plus Social Group is a fun and friendly social group with members in their 30s and 40s from Stevenage, North Herts and surrounding areas. We have a varied programme of events on Thursday and Saturday evenings as well as day trips and weekends away. New members are always welcome.

Tel: 01438 231550.

Email: welcome@stevenage.plus

Web: www.stevenageplus.co.uk


3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January

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


4 January

RSPB Hitchin & Letchworth Local Group


‘The Settlement’, Nevells Road, Letchworth Garden City

Local group members free, Visitors £3

‘Hen Harriers, the Inglorious 12th’ with Dr Mark Avery. Mark will update us on his campaign to ban driven grouse shooting and the ecological and economic effects it brings to the countryside.

Tel: 01763 249459

Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com


4, 11, 18 & 25 January

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


7, 14, 21 & 28 January

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


7, 14, 21 & 28 January

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


8, 15, 22 & 29 January

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


8 & 22 January

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 welcome.

Tel: Roger Burt 01438 351891

Email: roger@mazda20.plus.com


9 January

Letchworth Chamber Music Concert

7.45 pm

Howgills Friends Meeting House, 42 South View

Tickets £15, Students & Under 18s £7

Concert by The English Piano Trio – Jane Faulkner (violin), Pal Banda (cello) and Timothy Ravenscroft (piano) – playing works by Haydn (Trio in E flat minor Hob. XV 31), Beethoven (Trio in E flat op.70 no.2) and Scxhumann (Trio in F major op.80). Tickets available on the door.

Web: www.letchworthmusicclub.co.uk


15 January

Stevenage RSPB Local Group


The Friends Meeting House, Cutty’s Lane, Stevenage

RSPB Members £3, Non-members £3.50, Juniors 50p

Ian Nightingale will give a talk about his holiday to The Cevenne – Butterflies, plants and landscapes.


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


20 January

Hitchin & Letchworth Local Group RSPB Trip

Coach fares Adults £15.50 Under 18s £7.75

Breckland and the Thetford Forest area, along the border between Norfolk and Suffolk. We visit two Breckland reserves, with the Lackford Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve providing (amongst other things) a good variety of water birds and Lynford hosting woodland birds including (hopefully) hawfinch. Coach Pick-up points Hitchin 7.45am; Letchworth 8.00am and Royston 8.20am. Recommended donation of £2.00 at Lackford.

Tel: 01763 249459

Email: martinrjspc@hotmail.com

Web: rspb.org.uk/groups/hitchinandletchworth


20 January

Stevenage RSPB Local Group trip to Woburn Park


Meet in the Park Street car park opposite St. Mary’s Church MK17 9PG. Map ref: 153/SP 951332 for a morning walk round the parklands, woodlands and lakes that surround Woburn Abbey. Possible sightings of Mandarin duck, Goosander, Hawfinch and woodland birds, plus plenty of deer.

Tel: Leader Graham Beevor 01438 232055



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