HITCHIN WHAT’S ON NOVEMBER 20182018-10-16T14:38:10+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

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


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

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


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


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


8 November

Remembered with Pride

7 pm for 7.30pm

British Schools Museum, 41/42 Queen Street, Hitchin

Tickets £5

Jean Handley talks about her remarkable research project on the former pupils of the Hitchin Boys’ School who lost their lives in the Great War.

Web: www.britishschoolsmuseum.org.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


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


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

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


17 November

North Herts Guild of Singers Fauré: Requiem


St. Mary’s Church, Hitchin

Tickets £14, FTE £8

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem. Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten. Conductor Stephen Bullamore. Chameleon Arts Orchestra. Tickets from Hitchin Initiative, David’s Bookshop Letchworth or online. Financially supported by the Arts Council for North Hertfordshire (Registered Charity No. 299626).

Web: www.nhgs.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


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


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


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



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