Workers’ Educational Association – Loddon Branch

“Learning for Life”

The Worker’s Educational Association (WEA) was founded in 1903 to give new opportunities for working people to continue learning.

Today, it organises classes that are open to all adults: young, old, in work, at home, unemployed or retired.

It is a nationwide, voluntary educational charity with no party political or religious ties.

The WEA is represented locally by its Branches which provide courses of various kinds, supplementing but not competing with whatever is provided by local authorities.

The aim of the courses is to be friendly, informal and enjoyable, with expert tutors.

Loddon Branch

The Loddon Branch has been in existence for well over 20 years and concentrates its activities on providing two courses per year, in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Each course usually consists of 10 one-and-a-half-hour talks, given in the Jubilee Hall on Monday afternoons from 2 to 3.30pm.

Courses have covered such topics as Astronomy, Genealogy, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, the Coast of East Anglia, European Cityscapes, Railways of Norfolk, Antiques, History of Science, and Philosophy.

The talks are given by people who have an excellent knowledge of their subject, but the people who sign up for the courses are anything but expert for the most part and come out of interest, to learn something new.

There are usually between 18 and 28 students but there is room for plenty more!

Programme of talks

In her series of talks this Autumn about transport in East Anglia from the middle ages up to the 20th century, Mary Fewster gave us a most interesting picture of the development of the region’s roads, railways, rivers and ports, the different means of transport and their cost, and the organisation and legal framework which ensured their reliable functioning.

Autumn 2017 – The history of transport and travel in an East Anglian context.

The subject is the history of transport and travel in an East Anglian context and the speaker is the popular local lecturer, Mary Fewster.
Each talk will start at 2 p.m. and last 1½ hours.
They will look at roads, inland waterways, ports, and travel by sea, stage coach, rail, car, and so on.
Reference will also be made to stories and reports about actual journeys.
The final talk will be on November 27th.

Spring 2018 – Some Remarkable Norfolk Personalities.

Another series of ten 1½ hour talks, this time on ‘Some Remarkable Norfolk Personalities’, will be starting on Monday 8th January 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Jubilee Hall Clubroom, Loddon.

The speaker this time will be Mr. Nigel Wimhurst, now retired, but formerly a teacher of political and social history, politics and political theory to A-level and degree-level students.

The personalities to be covered will, of course, include Nelson; the others will be Herbert de Losinga, Margaret Paston, Robert Kett, Amelia Opie, Elizabeth Fry, Harriet Martineau, J.J. Colman and Dorothy Jewson.

The talks will be largely informal, with time for questions and discussion.

The fee for the complete course will be £54, but if you are undecided, come to the first talk free of charge and pay only if you decide to continue.

On-line enrolment is possible by going to –

You may also enrol at the Jubilee Hall both before and after the first talk.

No previous knowledge of the subject is required; there are no exams to take; the atmosphere is friendly…. and there is plenty of parking space at the Jubilee Hall.

Everyone is welcome.

If you need any more information, phone (01508) 521036 or 558453.