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

Autumn 2019 – Royal Portraits

Plans for our Autumn talks were thrown into disarray when the chosen speaker had to withdraw.
Happily, however, Mr. Michael Nash, a Royal historian and legal expert who lectures at UEA, has stepped in and is going to talk about Royal Portraits.

As usual, the talks will be on Monday afternoons in the Jubilee Hall Clubroom, from 2 till 3.30 p.m.
The first talk, in a series of 10, will be on September 30th. The second will not be until October 14th, but the series will then continue uninterrupted, concluding on December 9th.

No special knowledge is needed in order to join and everyone is welcome.
There is ample free parking at the Jubilee Hall and there is access for the disabled.

Spring 2020 – ‘Defence of the Realm’

Looking ahead to next Spring, there are plans for ten talks by Mary Fewster on ‘Defence of the Realm’.
These talks will focus on East Anglia, concentrating on the period from the Middle Ages to the early years of the 20th century.

The aim is to show what evidence of warfare and defence there is, both ‘on the ground’ and in documents. Also to be explored is the impact of military activities on civic and town life and on family relationships.

The talks, each lasting 1½ hours, will be given on Mondays in the Clubroom of the Jubilee Hall (NR14 6NB), Loddon, starting on January 13th at 2 p.m. There will be a half-term break on Feb. 17th; the final talk will thus be on March 23rd.

The fee for the ten talks will be £58. Enrolment for the course now has to be completed at least two weeks before the starting date.

The simplest way to enrol is to phone 0300 303 34 64 and choose option 1 from the ‘menu’. You will then speak to a person, who will ask for the course title (Defence of the Realm) and reference number (C2226747).
Payment may be made at the same time, but you may ask to pay by cheque to the Branch Treasurer at the first meeting if you prefer.

It is also possible to enrol on line, starting with: You will need the same course details as are given in the previous paragraph but you will be asked to pay on line when you have reached the end of the process.

There is ample parking space at the Jubilee Hall. Everybody is welcome. No previous knowledge is required; there are no exams to take.

For any further information, please phone (01508) 521036 or 558453