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.

As explained in May, if you would like to come to these talks, you now have to enrol beforehand, either on line or by phone. You will need to quote the course title: “Royal Portraits” and the reference number C2226932.

On line – go to WEA Eastern Region, choose ‘Find a Course‘ and follow the prompts.

You will have to pay the fee of £58 on line when you enrol.
If you do not like doing that, then there is the option of enrolling by phone – the number is 0300 30 33 46; and choose option 1 from the menu.
The line is open Mon. to Fri. from 8am. to 8pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm – and you actually speak to a human being!
You can pay for the course over the phone if you wish but, if you prefer, you may, instead, hand a cheque to the Branch Treasurer after the first session on Sept. 30th.

On line or by phone, we would urge you to enrol as soon as possible because austerity is now the watchword and under-subscribed courses may be axed.

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