Local Information

Central Hertfordshire

Vanessa Macdonald – Vision Loss Advisor

07825 992950



Social Clubs – Welwyn/Welwyn Garden City/Hatfield

Sight Life Welwyn

Sight Life is a social club for young people, 18 and overs. Quiz, talk session, entertainment, tea and cake. Every other Wednesday morning 10.00am-12.00pm at The Woodside Centre, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 4SE. Contact: sightlife@hotmail.co.uk or Laura Gillespie on 07824363668.

Welwyn Garden City – The Thursday Club

2nd Thursday of the month, 2pm-4pm. At Guessens Grove Hall, Guessens Road, Welwyn Garden City. Contact – Mrs Vera Weeden on 01707 327370.

Riding for the Disabled Association

Digswell place is a purpose built, voluntarily run riding stable for adults and children with most kinds of disability. It’s to give the opportunity of riding to any disabled person who might benefit in their health and well-being. Please contact Caroline on 01707 332159, 07957 980604 or info@digswellpalacerda.org.uk

Sarah’s Stroke and Communication Group

First Saturday of every month at The North Star Pub from 11am-1pm. This group was set up in alliance with the Stroke Association to support people of working age who have had a stroke or head injury which results in aphasia-communication difficulties after a brain injury. Please contact Joanie Scott on 01438 717805 or sarahstrokegroup@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Welwyn Garden City Rotary Club

The Club meets at Homestead Court Hotel on Tuesdays from 12:45-2pm except the last Tuesday of every month when meetings are held from 6pm-9pm. The club also meets from 7.30am-8.30am on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Sainsbury’s Cafe in WGC town centre. Please contact John Walton on 01707 890790 or walton75@ntlworld.com

Dementia Friendly Community Cafe 

3rd Thursday of every month from 10am-12pm at Our Ladies Family Centre in Welwyn Garden City. Socialise and befriend, various activities and refreshments available. Please contact Jane on 01707 240650.

Veterans Breakfast Club

Are you a veteran? Do you know a veteran who might like to come along to a breakfast club in Hatfield and meet other like-minded veterans? Please come along to Harpsfield Hall, Wetherspoons in Hatfield on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-12pm.

Essendon Women’s Institute 

3rd Wednesday of every month at Essendon Village Hall at 7:45pm. Memberships cost per year is £39. Guests are welcome at £4 per evening. Available to all ages. They have speakers, tea and biscuits and a raffle every month. Please contact Mrs Venables on 01707 273445 or kpbpdancers@btinternet.com.

AGE UK Hatfield and District 

We provide a leisure centre for the retired and independent elderly, Open Monday-Friday providing morning coffee/tea and lunches. Please contact 01707 268961 or friendship.house@btconnect.com for further information.

Kings Community Church

An established church where people from various backgrounds, ages and nationalities meet for worship. Meet every sunday at Onslow St Audrey School in Hatfield from 10:30am. For more information please contact Lizzie Stacey on 01707 256100 or kcchatfield@hotmail.co.uk.

Kestrel Sports Club 

Gosling Stadium, Welwyn Garden City, Fortnightly, Saturday evenings 7pm-9pm. Facilities for Archery, Short-Mat Bowls, Carpet bowls, Skittles, Table Games and Darts. Contact Ian Martin on 07939 268169 or 01992 300712.

St. Albans/Harpenden/Redbourn

St. Albans Macular Group 

Meeting Once a month with a speaker. 2nd Tuesday monthly – 2.00pm-3.30pm. United Reform Church Hall, Homewood Road, St. Albans. Contact Sue Fennel on 01727 852492.

Verulam U3A 

Second Tuesday of every month (Excluding August), from 10am-12pm. Annual subscriptions of £15. A self-help and self-funded educational and social organisations that enables older people who are no longer i full time employment to share educational, creative and leisure activities. Please contact Carole Taylor for further information on carole_taylor@btopenworld.com.

St. Johns Guild Fellowship (St.Albans) 

Contact: Mrs Sylvia Hayes on 01727 864076

Age Concern St. Albans – Lunch Clubs 

We provide a friendly sociable environment where we have speakers, activities, exercise classes and provide a hot lunch. £7 per person and £3 extra if transport is required. There are currently spaces on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am-2pm. Please contact Vicky Crosby for more information on 01727 856741 or info@sightconcenstalbans.org.uk .

 Armoral Hill Day Centre (St Albans) 

A small independent charity offering social activities for elderly people in St Albans and surrounding areas. Operating every Thursday from 10:30 -1:30pm. Cost of £7 which includes lunch and transport if needed. In addition to this at least 4 trips out are planned per year. Please contact Shirley on 07929 530614 or welfare@aol.com for further information.

Jersey Farm Day Care Centre (St Albans) 

Every Tuesday from 11-3pm. The group for physically disabled people, elderly people living alone and housebound adults in Sandridge, Marshalswick and Jersey Farm. A hot two course lunch is provided at the cost of £6. Entertainment and occasional outings are made. Please contact Lyn Bolton for further information on 01727 834699 or lynbol@ntlworld.com

PROBUS Club of St Albans 

Monthly lunchtime meetings at the Verulam Golf Club in St Albans. Lunch on the last Thursday of every month and coffee on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Membership fee of £20 per year. Active group of retired professionals and businessmen who have monthly lunchtime meetings and interesting speakers. For more information, please contact Keith Hamilton on 01582 621310 or k.m.hamilton@ntlworld.com.

Dawn to Dusk – Carer Support Group

This is a support group for carers looking after family members, friends or neighbours. Transport can be arranged depending on location. We meet on a Thursday morning 11am-1pm. (£4 per session) for coffee and friendship. These run for ten weeks at a time, three times a year, when we have outings and lunches. For more information please contact Jo Ivory on 01727 568552. or fpedder@talktalk.net.

Harpenden Seniors Club

Memberships restricted to have active residents of Harpenden of pensionable age. Members must be able to look after themselves as the centre organisation is provided volunteers. Services available are: tea, coffee, snacks, hot lunch, hairdressing for ladies, chiropody, large print books, social activities, and two computers with internet connection are available for members to use. Minibus and volunteer’s cars provide transport to the Seniors Club. Please contact 01528 768319 for more information. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Seven of Diamonds Bridge Club (Harpenden) 

Bridge Club meets every Tuesday evening in town centre. Friendly atmosphere. Please contact 01582 764644 or helen.tingle@talktalk.net.

Talking Newspapers

Welwyn Hatfield (“WHAT NEWS’) 

We record our news items, mainly read from the Welwyn Hatfield Times local newspaper, onto CD every two weeks. There are four groups, each comprising around four readers and editor, so each person gets a chance in front of a microphone once every 8 weeks or so. We distribute WHAT news as CD’s in the post. Please contact Robert Handscomb on 07710 177271 or robert@handscomb.co.uk.

St.Albans Talking Newspaper

Our distribution area includes the City of St Albans, the town of Harpenden and several villages and smaller communities including Colney Heath, Flamstead, Kimpton, London Colney, Markyate, Redbourn, Sandridge and Wheathampstead. Please contact Rob Pearman on 07885 321629 or info@sadtn.org.uk for more information.


WRVS Good Neighbour Scheme

Covers all of Hertfordshire. Volunteers drive older passengers to appointments including Opticians, Chiropodist, Therapist, Medical and Dental. Please call 01992 552069 for more information.

Hertfordshire Dial-A-Ride

Have vehicles for local journeys to shop, libraries, social and health appointments. Please call 01992 556 771 for more information.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi’s

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi’s are available across the St Albans District. Please call the Taxi Licensing office for details of accessible taxi’s on 01727 819541.

Hertfordshire Travel Link

A emergency patient transport to hospitals in Hertfordshire. It is free to anyone who is unable to travel by any other means. Please call 01438 737505 for more information.

Roundabout Transport 

Offers wheelchair accessible minibus hire for any non-profit making group. Fees apply. Please call 01923 711139.

The Barbara Bus

Available to anyone dependent on a wheelchair. It can be collected from Stanmore Hospital and is free, although donations are welcome. Please call 0208 416 0733 for more information.

Herts Action for Disability Transport Scheme

HAD will provide transport at cheaper rates than taxi’s on a country wide basis. Contact 01707 375159 to find out more

Voluntary Car Scheme: 

St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme: 01727 830713

Rebourn Care Group: 01582 794550

Wheathampstead Community Group: 01582 834028

Harpenden Helping Hands: 01582 764599

St Albans Association for the Disabled: 01727 865060

Welwyn Hatfield Community Car Scheme: 01707 273875

Resource Centre

Large amount of of equipment designed to assist visually impaired people is on display at our resource centre. Please make an appointment on 01707 324680 to ensure a member off staff is available.

Over 50’s Activities

Contact Joe Capon on 01707 284229 or activetogether@herts.ac.uk for further information on the over 50’s activity clubs:

Fellas Fitness: Friday 8:30am-9:30am – St Albans

Love to Dance: Monday 10am-12pm – St Albans

Love to Dance: Wednesday 2pm-4pm – Wheathampstead

Keep Fit: Wednesday 1pm-2pm – Rebourn

Love to Dance: Tuesday 10:45 – 12:45pm – Welwyn Garden City.