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

The last year’s series of talks organised by the WEA Loddon branch have ranged from ‘Reasons and Beliefs’ to the Spring’s  ‘Gardens through the Ages’ to this Autumn’s “Women of influence in the 15th and 16th centuries”.

Passing from ideas about philosophy and religion to a down-to-earth subject like gardening and to a discussion of influential women provides a good illustration of the range of interests that WEA talks can cover.

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

The WEA’s Autumn series of talks begins in the Jubilee Hall Clubroom on Monday 18th September.

The subject is to be the history of transport and travel in an East Anglian context and the speaker will be the popular local lecturer, Mary Fewster.

There are to be 10 talks, covering a period from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century.

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.

There will be a half-term break on October 23rd; the final talk will be on November 27th.

The fee for the course will be £54; fee remissions are available to anyone in receipt of income-related benefits.

Enrolment on the course takes place at the Jubilee Hall before the first talk; if you feel uncertain, however, come to the first talk free of charge and pay only if you decide to continue.

From July, it will also be possible to pre-enrol on line. Go to to see the details that you will have to enter.

This option will require you to pay the fee in full, but there will be a full, no-questions-asked refund if you wish to withdraw after the first talk.

There is ample free parking at the Jubilee Hall. Everyone is welcome. No previous knowledge of the subject is needed.

For more information, phone (01508) 558453 or 521036.