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Courses

for Adults

Spring and Summer 2012

Northamptonshire

www.wea.org.uk

How to book or enrol on a course

If you would like to book a place on a

course, please check arrangements

with the branch contact on the

telephone number given.

Contacting us

For information about the courses

please ring the local contact listed

under the branch name. Our contacts

are volunteers and you may not get an

immediate response to your call.

However, if you leave a message, the

volunteer will call you back. For other

information, contact WEA staff on the

numbers below:

01604 813 445 (Northamptonshire

Programme Organiser)

Email: bchapman@wea.org.uk

0115 962 8400 (WEA Regional Office,

Nottingham)

Access

Not all classes are wheelchair

accessible. For details ask the branch

contact or call the WEA office.

 

Welcome to the WEA

 

HELP WITH YOUR LEARNING

If you need advice, ring WEA staff on 0115 9628400 who can

help you choose the right course. You can also speak to your

tutor at the first class to ensure you are happy with your choice.

If you have a disability, learning difficulty, health issue or other

support needs, we will try to help. Ask as soon as you can so

that we can make plans before you start a course.

We try to use accessible venues wherever possible but we

regret that we cannot guarantee this in all cases. For details

of a venue’s accessibility, please call 0115 9628400.

All learners are entitled to support for literacy and numeracy

free of charge. Please ask a member of WEA staff if you think

you will need this support on 0115 9628400.

If you need advice, talk to your tutor about further opportunities.

For more details, please ask for our Services for Learners leaflet

on sources of information (also at www.wea.org.uk/courses).

You can also ring Next Step on 0800 100 900.

Learners on eligible income-related benefits and their

dependants may be entitled to a fee concession – that is, their

tuition fees may be waived or reduced. Not all courses qualify

for fee waiver. In addition, there are some funds available to

help with course fees (for those not on income-related benefits),

accreditation fees, books or equipment, and childcare. You will

be asked for evidence of financial hardship, eg proof of benefit,

evidence of low household income (usually below £15,276

gross a year) or difficulty in balancing income and expenditure.

Help is limited to three courses a year.

If you are entitled to a fee concession, please send evidence of

your benefit status to the branch contact or local WEA office or

bring it to the first class.

COURSE FEES AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT

If you are a full fee payer and attend two or more courses at the

same time you will receive a 10% discount on the second or

further courses. The full fee is payable for the longest course.

If you wish to claim this discount you will need to book either

by post or by phone.

You can cancel a course booking at any time. To cancel a

course booking, you must inform the WEA in writing (or in

person or by phone).

A full/partial refund will be given to all learners where a course

is cancelled or shortened by the WEA

If you cancel a course booking within seven working days of

pre-booking, provided that the course has not commenced you

are eligible to receive a full refund

If the course is scheduled to be delivered over more than

three sessions, you can cancel a booking and request a full

refund from the WEA if you cancel prior to the start time of the

second session. There may be an administrative charge for this

The refund of cancellations of bookings outside those

conditions described above shall be considered only in

exceptional circumstances.

Learners must be born on or before 1 August 1992 to be eligible

for WEA funding.

The WEA receives funding from the Government to subsidise

our courses, which helps us keep fees as low as possible.

Without this funding, our fees would be considerably higher

than those shown in the brochure. The full fee in 2011/12 would

be £7 per hour, but we are able to lower this charge provided

we collect the following information from you:

Date of birth: All learners will be asked to provide their date

of birth at the time of completing an enrolment form. If this

information is not provided, the full course fee will be payable.

UK residency: Learners who have not been resident in the

UK/EU for the last 3 years will be required to complete a

Learner Eligibility Form and provide appropriate evidence. If this

information is not provided, the full course fee will be payable.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Some courses will have trips as part of the course, which may

incur extra costs. We regret that if you don’t go on these visits

you cannot reclaim the tutorial cost.

Many tutors may make a small charge for photocopies.

When you enrol with the WEA you will enter into a Learning

Agreement with us. This is printed on your enrolment form.

There is also a Learner Code of Conduct. Together, these set

out the WEA’s and your responsibilities for creating a positive

learning environment. You can download both from our website

at www.wea.org.uk/policies.

The WEA is committed to providing a welcoming environment

where everyone is respected, valued and feels safe and secure.

If you feel unsafe for any reason at all – as a result of, for

example, discrimination, abuse, harassment or bullying – speak

to your tutor or course organiser. If you do not feel you can talk

to them you can speak to safeguarding staff (Deb Chambers

and Mel Lenehan) in the WEA Regional Office (01159 628400).

The WEA is committed to equality and diversity in every part of

the organisation. For more information on our Single Equality

Scheme, visit www.wea.org.uk/equality.

Everyone who enrols on a WEA course can become a member

of the WEA. You can join your local branch, find out more about

the WEA locally and nationally, get more involved in how the

WEA is run and help support WEA’s campaigning activities on

behalf of adult learners. For information, visit www.wea.org.uk.

If you feel there is a problem, please talk to us first so that we

have a chance to put things right. Ring us on 0115 9628400. If

you’re still not satisfied, ask to see our Complaints Procedure.

If you are interested in holding WEA courses in your own

community please contact the Northamptonshire programme

organiser on 01604 813445.

FEES FOR COURSES

1. Full fee

The full fee for a course is shown after its course description.

2. Multiple course discount

If you are a full fee payer and attend two or more courses at the same time you will

receive a 10% discount on the second or further courses. The full fee is payable for

the longest course.

3. If you receive any of these benefits you may be entitled to a fee concession:

Jobseeker’s Allowance (income or contribution based)

Income Support

Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)

Working Tax Credit, with a gross household income below £15,276 a year

Housing Benefit

Council Tax Benefit (but not Council Tax discounts)

Asylum seekers in receipt of a letter from Asylum Support (AS) and who have been

in the UK legally for six months

Pension Guarantee Credit only

If you are an unwaged dependant (as defined by Job Centre Plus) of someone who

receives the benefits listed you may receive a fee concession

Please bring evidence of your benefit status when you enrol.

The WEA in Northamptonshire: www.weanorthamptonshire.org

Find out about our walks programme and summer term outings on

our county website. Newcomers welcome! Our brochure of classes

can also be downloaded from the site.

CANONS ASHBY

Contact: Bridget Chapman Tel: 01604 813445

3. Garden history C2328657

What influence did Renaissance gardens have in England? Why was Lancelot Brown’s

work so universally admired?Where did Joseph Paxton spend much of his working life?

Find out while exploring the form and function of parkland and gardens from the medieval

period to the 20th century. Local gardens will be examined against the wider picture to

illustrate developments in design and planting.

Tutor Judith Hodgkinson Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue Canons Ashby House, Ashby Lodge, Canons Ashby, Daventry NN11 3SD

Date Thursday 10am–noon, 10 meetings from 12 January 2012

BRIGSTOCK

Contact: Ann Shrive Tel: 01536 373216

1. Water, water everywhere: Fenland landscapes 1600–2000 C2328627

There is so much more to Fenland history than drainage! Meet some Fenland

characters, study maps, join the riots, smell the drains and possibly get your feet wet –

on a field trip, for which there may be an extra charge.

Tutor Liz Carter Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Brigstock Village Hall, 8 Bridge Street, Brigstock NN14 3ET

Date Thursday 2–3.30pm, 9 meetings + field visit from 12 January 2012

BYFIELD

Contact: Rosemary Johnson Tel: 01327 261327

2. The SMJ Railway: the line to Shakespeare land C2328628

The Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway was a small independent railway

built originally for the transportation of iron ore. It ran a line east to west across the empty,

untouched centre of England. We’ll study its services, locomotives, rolling stock and

personalities, illustrated with notes, artefacts and film.

Tutor Martin Bloxsom Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Byfield Village Hall, The Green, Byfield NN11 6UT

Date Tuesday 7.30–9pm, 10 meetings from 17 January 2012

CORBY

Contact: R Tindley Tel: 01536 395555

4. Songs, satire and social commentary C2328629

Musical theatre has often served as a reflection of the times and culture that shape its

lyrics, melodies and plots. This course will consider, among other examples, the risqué

operettas of Offenbach, the milder wit of W.S. Gilbert, the fin-de-siècle decadence of

The Merry Widow, the controversy surrounding Showboat, the escapist Hollywood

musicals of the 1930s, the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, Hair and the 1960s,

and today’s blockbusters.

Tutor David Price Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Meeting Room, Corby Swimming Pool, George St, Corby NN17 1QG

Date Tuesday 7.15–8.45pm, 10 meetings from 10 January 2012

5. The Tudor year through customs and traditions C2328696

A look at the ritual year in Tudor times and its associated traditions and customs. We’ll

explore the meaning and significance of these events to the peoples of the time and

examine activities that are still the basis of seasonal celebrations today. A visit to

Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton on Sunday 3 June is included (there may be

an extra charge for the visit).

Tutor Martin Sirot-Smith Fee £35.20 (discounted: £31.70) or Free

Venue Meeting Room, Corby Swimming Pool, George St, Corby NN17 1QG

Date Tuesday 7.15–8.45pm, 5 meetings + field trip from 24 April 2012

FARTHINGHOE

Contact: Lin Deeley Tel: 01295 711938

6. Archaeology of the British Isles C2328630

Join us for a sweeping introduction to the rich and diverse archaeology of Britain and

Ireland. Learn about the sequence of peoples who settled here, from the earliest humans

to the Normans, and explore the significance of some of the most intriguing and

enigmatic sites, monuments and artefacts they left behind. Gain a new appreciation for

the importance of archaeology in the study of human history in Britain.

Tutor Mark Anderson Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Farthinghoe Village Hall, Cockley Road, Farthinghoe

Date Friday 7.30–9pm, 10 meetings from 20 January 2012

HIGHAM FERRARS

Contact: Kim Eaves Tel: 01832 733565

8. Strong-minded women: the early suffrage movement C2328632

Move over Mrs Pankhurst – there’s more to this suffrage business than chaining yourself

to railings! Discover some of the strong-minded women whose thoughts and actions

radically changed attitudes in the 19th century.

Tutor Liz Carter Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Rushden Indoor Bowls Centre, 144 Northampton Rd, Rushden NN10 6AN

Date Tuesday 9.45–11.15am, 10 meetings from 10 January 2012

KELMARSH HALL

Contact: Mrs Jo Stroud Tel: 01604 843284

9. Comfortable life in the country house C2328659

From privies to colza oil lamps, dovecotes to bell-pulls, this course will look at the way

comfort was gradually achieved within country houses. Developments in heating,

lighting, food production, hygiene, communications and leisure will be studied, and

servants, whose job it was to carry out these labour-intensive tasks, will be considered.

Tutor Judith Hodgkinson Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue Kelmarsh Hall, Harborough Road, Kelmarsh, Northampton NN6 9LU

Date Wednesday 10am–noon, 10 meetings from 11 January 2012

HELMDON

Contact: Richard Farquharson Tel: 01295 760079

7. Famous gardens and gardeners C2328631

People have always made gardens. This course explores in detail several significant

and interesting gardens and their creators. We’ll look at historical trends, budgetary

constraints and changing plant styles. We will also consider contemporary

developments, the use of non-plant material and the restoration of historic gardens.

Tutor Andrew Mikolajski Fee £53.60 (discounted: £48.25) or Free

Venue Helmdon Reading Room, Church St, Helmdon NN13 5QJ

Date Tuesday 7.30–9.30pm, 8 meetings from 17 January 2012

WEA AT KCU LTD, KETTERING

11. Introduction to IT C2328643

Whether you are a complete novice, lacking in computer confidence or muddling

through, this friendly and relaxed class is for you. The course will cover the basics of

everyday computer use.

Tutor David Watts Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Monday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 16 January 2012

Contact: KCU Ltd, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering NN16 9XW

Telephone: 01536 481989

Pre-enrolment day Monday 9 January 9.30–11.30am at The Fuller Baptist

Church, 51 Gold Street, Kettering NN16 8JB. Come along and meet the course

tutor and/or course organiser informally before enrolment day so that you can

discuss the courses on offer and find one that meets your needs.

Enrolment day Wednesday 11 January 9.30–11.30am at KCU Ltd.

Venue accessible to wheelchairs

KCU Ltd may charge a small refundable registration fee for some courses. This

will be refunded on completion of the course (minimum of 80% attendance).

KETTERING

Contact: Audrey Mitchell Tel: 01536 522127

Contact: Nelia Eaton Tel: 01536 513471

10. Adventurous women C2328633

What makes a woman adventurous? We investigate the life and times of a selected

group of women who shook off their social chains and embraced the wider world, using

their own words and comparing them with contemporary and modern views.

Tutor Liz Carter Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Church House, St Botolphs Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering NN15 6SR

Date Tuesday 2–3.30pm, 10 meetings from 10 January 2012

KETTERING CLASSES CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

12. IT workshop C2328644

Learn new skills or improve existing IT skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,

Publisher and Powerpoint using the latest Office 2010 package. Work at your own pace

from build-up exercises and with the guidance of an experienced tutor. The knowledge

and skills gained on this course will enable you, if you wish, to progress to the ITQ award

qualifications offered by KCU Ltd (an additional charge will apply).

Tutor David Watts Fee £134 (discounted: £120.60) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Mon & Fri 12.30–2.30pm, 20 meetings from 16 January 2012

13. Curios and collectables C2328662

Calling all fans of Lovejoy, the Antiques Roadshow and the like. A look at the historical

developments in style which influenced the form and development of all manner of items

from furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, clocks, metals, works of art, textiles and an A to Z

of collectables. We will also consider what to look for when buying and how antique

auctions work.

Tutor Peter Edwards Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Tuesday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 17 January 2012

14. Creative writing C2328663

Do you love words and have a good imagination? Then you would enjoy doing some

creative writing. With an emphasis upon sharing ideas and shaping them into texts, this

course will help you think about ways to use language.

Tutor Hilary Lewis Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Tuesday 1–3pm, 10 meetings from 17 January 2012

15. Creative art workshop C2328664

Everyone can develop their natural creative ability. This course will focus on

experimenting with art materials and developing a unique personal style. Starting with

the basics of drawing and painting, we’ll explore different techniques and ways of

interpreting what we see and experience. You will then progress towards individual

projects, choosing your own subjects and media and developing skills, confidence and

creative imagination. All welcome, whether experienced or complete beginners.

Tutor Pat Taylor Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue Fuller Baptist Church, 51 Gold Street, Kettering NN16 8JB

Date Tuesday 12.30–2.30pm, 10 meetings from 17 January 2012

16. Make your experience count C2328666

Have you been affected by unemployment or redundancy? Have you recently retired, are

you a bored mum looking to return to work, or are you simply looking for a new direction

in life? If so, this course is for you. Learn how to identify and value your own experience

of life and the strengths and skills you have developed along the way. Explore the options

open to you as you prepare to move on.

Tutor Karren Bennett Fee £53.60 (discounted: £48.25) or Free

Venue Fuller Baptist Church, 51 Gold Street, Kettering NN16 8JB

Date Wednesday 9.30–11.30am, 8 meetings from 18 January 2012

17. Introduction to British Sign language C2328667

An ideal introduction to British Sign language for those with little or no previous

experience. During this informal course, you will work at your own pace to learn the

necessary basic skills that will enable you to participate in a simple conversation.

Tutor Jill Parker Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Wednesday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 18 January 2012

18. IT workshop C2328645

Learn new skills or improve existing IT skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,

Publisher and Powerpoint using the latest Office 2010 package. Work at your own pace

from build-up exercises and with the guidance of an experienced tutor. The knowledge

and skills gained on this course will enable you, if you wish, to progress to the ITQ award

qualifications offered by KCU Ltd (an additional charge will apply).

Tutor David Watts Fee £134 (discounted: £120.60) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Wed & Thurs 9.30–11.30am, 20 meetings from 18 January 2012

19. IT workshop C2328646

Learn new skills or improve existing IT skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,

Publisher and Powerpoint using the latest Office 2010 package. Work at your own pace

from build-up exercises and with the guidance of an experienced tutor. The knowledge

and skills gained on this course will enable you, if you wish, to progress to the ITQ award

qualifications offered by KCU Ltd (an additional charge will apply).

Tutor David Watts Fee £134 (discounted: £120.60) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Wed & Thurs 12.30–2.30pm, 20 meetings from 18 January 2012

20. Introduction to understanding children C2328668

A study of the development of children from 0–8 years. We will examine language

development, learning through play, children’s self-concepts, children and technology

and acquiring gender identity. This course is suitable for parents/carers wishing to know

more about child development and is also suitable as a starting point for those looking

at childcare as a career or as a refresher for childcare students. It is possible to progress

from this course to the Open University Openings Course on Understanding Children.

Tutor to be advised Fee £33.50 (discounted: £30.15) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Thursday 9.30–11.30am, 5 sessions from 19 January 2012

21. Introduction to scrapbooking C2328674

Do you have shoeboxes full of old family photos or children’s school reports?Would you

like to record your garden throughout the seasons? Have you thought about celebrating

your life so far?Why not document that special holiday, record milestones, do something

with those wedding cards, transform special photos, achievement certificates and

mementoes into a book to treasure or give as a gift.

Tutor Heather Hannant Fee £40.20 (discounted: £36.20) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Thursday 12.30–2.30pm, 6 sessions from 19 January 2012

22. Expanding your British Sign language C2328675

If you have already learned the basics of BSL, either by completing Introduction to British

Sign language at KCU or a similar course elsewhere, then this course is for you. You will

build on your ability to take part in a simple signed conversation as we introduce new

topics and extend your BSL vocabulary.

Tutor Jill Parker Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Friday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 20 January 2012

Details of courses starting September 2012 onwards

will appear in our brochure available July 2012. Ring

0115 9628416 or email jgelsthorpe@wea.org.uk to

be put on our brochure mailing list.

Summer term at KCU Ltd, Kettering

Pre-enrolment day Monday 23 April 9.30–11.30am at The Fuller Baptist

Church, Gold Street, Kettering.

Enrolment day Wednesday 25 April 9.30–11.30am at KCU.

23. Introduction to IT C2328647

Whether you are a complete novice, lacking in computer confidence or muddling

through, this friendly and relaxed class is for you. The course will cover the basics of

everyday computer use.

Tutor David Watts Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Monday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 30 April 2012

24. IT workshop C2328648

Learn new skills or improve existing IT skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,

Publisher and Powerpoint using the latest Office 2010 package. Work at your own pace

from build-up exercises and with the guidance of an experienced tutor. The knowledge

and skills gained on this course will enable you, if you wish, to progress to the ITQ award

qualifications offered by KCU Ltd (an additional charge will apply).

Tutor David Watts Fee £134 (discounted: £120.60) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Mon & Fri 12.30–2.30pm, 20 meetings from 30 April 2012

25. IT workshop C2328649

Learn new skills or improve existing IT skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,

Publisher and Powerpoint using the latest Office 2010 package. Work at your own pace

from build-up exercises and with the guidance of an experienced tutor. The knowledge

and skills gained on this course will enable you, if you wish, to progress to the ITQ award

qualifications offered by KCU Ltd (an additional charge will apply).

Tutor David Watts Fee £134 (discounted: £120.60) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Wed & Thurs 9.30–11.30am, 20 meetings from 2 May 2012

26. Introduction to British Sign language C2328677

An ideal introduction to British Sign language for those with little or no previous

experience. During this informal course, you will work at your own pace to learn the

necessary basic skills that will enable you to participate in a simple conversation.

Tutor Jill Parker Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Wednesday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 2 May 2012

27. IT workshop C2328650

Learn new skills or improve existing IT skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access,

Publisher and Powerpoint using the latest Office 2010 package. Work at your own pace

from build-up exercises and with the guidance of an experienced tutor. The knowledge

and skills gained on this course will enable you, if you wish, to progress to the ITQ award

qualifications offered by KCU Ltd (an additional charge will apply).

Tutor David Watts Fee £134 (discounted: £120.60) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Wed & Thurs 12.30–2.30pm, 20 meetings from 2 May 2012

28. Introduction to understanding children C2328678

A study of the development of children from 0–8 years. We will examine language

development, learning through play, children’s self-concepts, children and technology

and acquiring gender identity. This course is suitable for parents/carers wishing to know

more about child development and is also suitable as a starting point for those looking

at childcare as a career or as a refresher for childcare students. It is possible to progress

from this course to the Open University Openings Course on Understanding Children.

Tutor to be advised Fee £33.50 (discounted: £30.15) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Thursday 9.30–11.30am, 5 sessions from 3 May 2012

29. Expanding your British Sign language C2328679

If you have already learned the basics of BSL, either by completing Introduction to British

Sign language at KCU or a similar course elsewhere, then this course is for you. You will

build on your ability to take part in a simple signed conversation as we introduce new

topics and extend your BSL vocabulary.

Tutor Jill Parker Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue KCU, 1 Stanier Close, Kettering

Date Friday 9.30–11.30am, 10 meetings from 4 May 2012

LONG BUCKBY

Contact: Betty Izzard Tel: 01327 842908

30. War and rebellion in Northamptonshire C2328634

From the Romans to the Renaissance, Northamptonshire was one of the most important

counties in England and many battles were fought within its borders. This course

examines the wars and major political events that took place in the county and helped

to shape England.

Tutor Mike Ingram Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Baptist Church School Rooms, Market Place, Long Buckby NN6 7RR

Date Monday 2.30–4pm, 10 meetings from 16 January 2012

NASSINGTON

Contact: Sue Payne Tel: 01780 782747

31. History of British architecture 1600–present C2328698

Everywhere we look in Britain buildings are in view. Some are a delight, others can make

us ill. Judge, enjoy and be amused by our rich built environment.

Tutor Terry Sladden Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Nassington Village Hall, Church Street, Nassington PE8 6QG

Date Tuesday 2–3.30pm, 10 meetings from 10 January 2012

NETHER HEYFORD

Contact: E C Garrett Tel: 01327 342539

32. The Tudor year through customs and traditions C2328635

A look at the ritual year in Tudor times and its associated traditions and customs. We’ll

explore the meaning and significance of these events to the peoples of the time and

examine activities that are still the basis of seasonal celebrations today. A visit to a typical

Tudor house is included (there may be an extra charge for the visit).

Tutor Martin Sirot-Smith Fee £35.20 (discounted: £31.70) or Free

Venue Bliss Charity Primary School, Middle Street, Nether Heyford NN7 3LL

Date Wednesday 8–9.30pm, 5 meetings + field trip from 22 February 2012

NORTHAMPTON

Contact: Mrs Jo Stroud Tel: 01604 843284

33. A lighter side C2328652

Poetry can raise your spirits and help you rediscover the lighter side of life. From

Chaucer onwards, poets have explored a wide range of themes through an even wider

range of humorous forms. Share ideas and fun reading and discussing poems by wellknown

witty poets such as Wendy Cope, Liz Lochhead, Carol Ann Duffy and Dorothy

Parker and revisit old favourites from John Donne to John Betjeman.

Tutor Hilary Lewis Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue St Matthews Parish Centre, 27A The Drive, Northampton NN1 4RY

Date Tuesday 10am–noon, 10 meetings from 10 January 2012

34. Aspects of love C2328653

Love, the most powerful of emotions, has inspired many great poems. Love has many

shapes and forms but is rarely straightforward. Many poets struggle with complicated

feelings including desire, passion, anger, guilt, bitterness, humour and sadness. We will

explore poetry’s unique capacity to both express and contain the language of love.

Tutor Hilary Lewis Fee £40.20 (discounted: £36.20) or Free

Venue St Matthews Parish Centre, 27A The Drive, Northampton NN1 4RY

Date Tuesday 10am–noon, 6 meetings from 17 April 2012

35. The Tudor year through customs and traditions C2328636

A look at the ritual year in Tudor times and its associated traditions and customs. We’ll

explore the meaning and significance of these events to the peoples of the time and

examine activities that are still the basis of seasonal celebrations today. A visit to a typical

Tudor house is included (there may be an extra charge for the visit).

Tutor Martin Sirot-Smith Fee £35.20 (discounted: £31.70) or Free

Venue Harlestone Village Institute, Upper Harlestone, Northampton NN7 4EH

Date Thursday 7.30–9pm, 5 meetings + field trip from 23 February 2012

36. A history of textiles C2328702

A lively exploration of some snippets of textile and craft history. From medieval tapestry

to Japanese kimonos, wartime make do and mend to sustainable fashion, this two-day

course explores a host of historical and contemporary issues in textile, fashion and craft

history. Pre-booking is essential for this course.

Tutor Ruth Singer Fee £33.50 (discounted: £30.15) or Free

Venue St Matthews Parish Centre, 27A The Drive, Northampton NN1 4RY

Date Friday 10am–4pm, 2 meetings 16 & 23 March 2012

ROTHWELLContact: Ann Butlin Tel: 01536 710822

37. Music in stone C2328637

Music in stone is a paraphrase of the quotation by German philosopher, Frederich von

Schelling who said “Architecture in general is frozen in music”. Looking at a variety of

buildings over the ages in Northamptonshire an attempt will be made to see how

Schelling’s statement can be said to be true.

Tutor William Walford Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue The Lounge, Madams Gardens, Rushton Road, Rothwell NN14 6EX

Date Tuesday 2–3.30pm, 10 meetings from 10 January 2012

TOWCESTER

Contact: David Wilcock Tel: 01327 351782

38. The detective in fiction C2328638

An in-depth look at the authors of crime novels, the detectives they create and the history

of the genre. We’ll compare screen versions of famous sleuths and look at their modern

counterparts. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss your favourite character.

Tutor Peter Leyland Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue A5 Rangers Cycling Club, 101 Watling Street, Towcester NN12 6AG

Date Wednesday 10.15–11.45am, 10 meetings from 11 January 2012

WELLINGBOROUGHContact: Mary Traxton Tel: 01933 224324

39. Wining and dining C2328639

This course studies the history of food and drink in England from the later medieval

period to the early 20th century, looking at changes in ingredients used and the way

food was cooked and served. Paying particular attention to the largely self-sufficient

country estate, we will also consider the costs involved in having the best and most

elaborate food available for your guests.

Tutor Judith Hodgkinson Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Friends Meeting House, 29 St. Johns Street, Wellingborough NN8 4LG

Date Wednesday 7.30–9pm, 10 meetings from 11 January 2012

Could you be a volunteer in Skills for Life classes?

The WEA is seeking volunteers throughout the East Midlands

Region to support courses in adult literacy, numeracy, family

learning or English for speakers of other languages.We will give

training and support. For information, contact Vicki Jones on

01509 262036 or vjones@wea.org.uk

WESTON

Contact: Glyn Jones Tel: 01327 261265

42. The English Cathedrals C2328651

There is a natural sense of awe upon entering these soaring buildings, but why were they

designed, and often rebuilt, in the form that survives today? This course examines the

form, purposes and meaning of the architecture and decoration of these great churches.

Tutor Keith Hasted Fee £50.25 (discounted: £45.25) or Free

Venue Weston Community Project, High Street, Weston NN12 8PU

Date Wednesday 2–3.30pm, 10 meetings from 11 January 2012

WELLINGBOROUGH HOMES CENTRE

Contact: Irene Carter Tel: 01933 234455

Pre-booking essential

WEA courses held at Wellingborough Homes are open to all; however, if a

course is oversubscribed priority will be given to tenants of Wellingborough

Homes and to residents of Wellingborough

40. Introduction to scrapbooking C2328701

Do you have shoeboxes full of old family photos or children’s school reports?Would you

like to record your garden throughout the seasons? Have you thought about celebrating

your life so far?Why not document that special holiday, record milestones, do something

with those wedding cards, transform special photos, achievement certificates and

mementoes into a book to treasure or give as a gift.

Tutor Heather Hannant Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue Wellingborough Homes Centre, Thompson Court, Silver Street, Wellingborough

NN8 1BQ

Date Wednesday 10am–noon, 10 meetings from 11 January 2012

41. British Sign Language C2328680

An ideal introduction to British Sign language for those with little or no previous

experience. During this informal course, you will work at your own pace to learn the necessary basic skills that will enable you to participate in a simple conversation.

Tutor Jill Parker Fee £67 (discounted: £60.30) or Free

Venue Wellingborough Homes Centre, Thompson Court, Silver Street, Wellingborough

NN8 1BQ

Date Thursday 10am–noon, 10 meetings from 12 January 2012

COULD YOU BE A TUTOR FOR THE WEA?

The WEA seeks part-time tutors for classes in Northamptonshire in the following

subjects:

Local/general history; music; art appreciation; architectural studies; literature; creative

writing; sciences, natural history; religious studies; anthropology; social studies; garden

design/history; languages; Skills for Life & ESOL and other areas of expertise.

We are looking for enthusiastic and conscientious part-time tutors who are:

able to relate well to adult students

knowledgeable about their subject

sensitive to equal opportunities issues

well organised in administration

For more information and an application pack contact:

Bridget Chapman

Tel: 01604 813445 Email: bchapman@wea.org.uk

We can supply this brochure in large print, electronically

or through the post, or in certain community languages

on request. Please phone our office on 0115 9628400.

Introducing the WEA

Funded by

The Workers’ Educational Association

is the largest voluntary sector provider

of adult education courses in the UK.

Founded in 1903, today’s WEA now runs

over 10,000 courses each year for over

150,000 adults of all ages and from all

walks of life.

The WEA is committed to widening

participation and to enabling people

to realise their full potential through

learning.

You don't need any previous knowledge

or qualifications to join most of our

courses - only a willingness to share

with others your ideas and experience.

WEA East Midlands Region

Regional Office

39 Mapperley Road

Nottingham NG3 5AQ

Email: eastmidlands@wea.org.uk

Registered charity no. 1112775.Company

limited by guarantee in England and Wales

no. 2806910. Registered office: 4 Luke

Street, London, EC2A 4XW

 

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