History Everywhere

History Everywhere – 20th October

Do you enjoy walking in the countryside? Did you wonder about particular features that you see around you? Is it Saxon or Roman? Or perhaps why a town looks and feels the way it does?   If so, this one-day course, led by Nicholas James, is definitely for you.

Course Summary

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Gardens in British Art follows Pakistan Perspective

A typical Garden in Art from 19th Century
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargeant, 1885

Gardens in British Art

The most recent WEA course, Perspectives of Pakistan, is coming to an end and has been well received, read about it below. The new year sees a new course starting led by Sue Pownall.  It will address “Art Appreciation: Gardens in British Art in the 19th & 20th Centuries.”

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Perspectives of Pakistan – 1847 to Malala Yousafzai

Perspectives of Pakistan – 1847 to Malala Yousafzai

Led by Graham Platts, Perspectives of Pakistan is title of the next course being run by the WEA.

Pakistan is both an old and a new country. Its people are hospitable yet sometimes wary of outsiders. The course explores some fascinating contradictions of this little understood nation.  This included its place in a very diverse region and the historic cultural influences of its neighbours on north-west India.

The arrival of the British brought new changes; we can see this in microcosm through the history of a school between 1847 and the present day. We follow the process of India’s Partition – the events that led to it and the circumstances in which it came about – before reviewing Pakistan’s progress in the aftermath.

The course considers the achievements of some artists (men and women) and those involved in sports; this will be followed by the story of Malala Yousafzai who has gained international recognition through her campaigning for girls’ education. Finally, we ask what it is like to live and work in Pakistan in the 21st century, arriving at some humorous as well as more challenging conclusions.

About Graham Platts

Graham is a former school Principal who worked in Oman and Pakistan (2000-2011), now retired and living in Ipswich. He has had happy encounters with WEA branches in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk; he hopes to visit others in the future. Graham is interested the development of the English language, Medieval English literature (especially Chaucer), and The Sultanate of Oman.

Working with adults is fun! It is good for both tutor and student to open up to some new learning experiences outside our working lives and indulge our curiosity about the world and human achievements. As well as being a keen reader and researcher, I enjoy music and sing in local choirs.


The course runs for 9 weeks starting at 8pm on Tuesday 19th September in the Methodist Hall.  The charge for the course is £48.60,  you can enrol now online at wea.org.uk (course reference C2224461) or by calling 0300 303 3464 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.  If you decide the course isn’t for you, the WEA will reimburse you.

To find out more you can also contact the local WEA contact, Gill Poole on 01206 240512 or by email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].


Industrial Archaeology – A WEA Course

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wealogoThe next WEA course is entitled “Industrial Archaeology” and it starts on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 8pm.

Landscape revolution?

Whilst the Industrial Revolution shaped Tyneside, the Black Country and the south Pennines, it also changed East Anglia’s landscape. Learn how the traditional crafts became mechanised, factory-based, industries, and discover their legacy.  Our tutor is Steven Worsley.

This course will explain the importance of the industrialisation of Britain and will assist students in interpreting and recognising the surviving remains and artefacts.  Eastern Counties industries discussed:

  • Transport Networks,
  • Textiles (wool, cotton, silk, linen),
  • Milling, Malting and Brewing,
  • Raw materials (iron, steel, coal),
  • Power (animal, water, wind, steam),
  • Engineering (especially agricultural),
  • Other farming (tanning, fertilisers).

The course is taking place at the Methodist Hall Chapel Lane, West Bergholt. CO6 3EF and costs £47.25 over 9 weeks. You can pay in one of 3 ways:

  1. Sample the first night for FREE and then pay on attendance at the 2nd night.
  2. Pre-enrol at enrolonline.wea.uk.
  3. Freephone 0800 328 1060 lines open Monday to Friday 10 – 3pm.

If you decide the course is not for you, you can ask for a refund.  There may be a fee waiver for those on low income/benefits.


Contact Gill on 01206 240512 if you would like more details.


Films & Literature

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Films & Literature is the topic of the upcoming WEA course starting at 8pm on 13th September.   The course will investigate the way books & cinema have influenced the other as David Read, the tutor, says:

From the early days of cinema to the present day film has shared with the novel a passion for storytelling. Early pioneer of the Silent Film D W Griffiths, cited the novels of Dickens as an influence on his technique and to this day film makers continue to use literature as an inspiration.

Films/books that we will consider in the study are “The Great Gatsby” and “Pride & Prejudice”.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive.  You will work in groups and with the whole class, sharing ideas and views and giving and receiving feedback.  The WEA tutor uses a range of different teaching and learning methods and will encourage you to be actively involved in your learning.  You will get the texts for the following week each session and might find it it useful to supplement them with some internet research or background reading.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • make informed judgements about the success or otherwise of film adaptations of literary works;
  • identify similarities of form and content across the two media;
  • describe the narrative techniques used by writers and film makers;
  • describe the stylistic techniques used by writers and film makers.

wealogoFind out more

The course will run for 9 evenings at the Methodist Hall, Chapel lane, and will cost £47.25.  (If you are on low income and benefits, let the organiser know, the fee may be waived).  If you would like to find out more contact Gill on 01206 240512, you are also most welcome to try the first evening for free.


Introducing the Sultanate of Oman

Sultanate of OmanThe local branch of the WEA welcome all who would like to join this course in the Methodist Hall.   Graham Platts, who has lived in Oman and will lead the course “An introduction to the Sultanate of Oman”, says:

The Sultanate is a rapidly progressing country in the Arabian Peninsular but still not widely known.  The combination of cherished traditions and modern development provides a fascinating basis for study.

This is a shorter course than usual in the hope that it will avoid the worst of the winter weather and cost less.  The classes start on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at 8.00 pm and cost £27.18 for six weeks with a coffee break thrown in.  There is no need to book ahead,  just turn up on the first evening without obligation, before deciding whether to enrol.

Further information is available from the WEA Secretary on 01206 240791 or e-mail [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Parenting Is Us…

… is the name of a website run by  parenting mentors, Sue & Becky, who also offer courses to help parents get the best from their parenting.  A new 6-week course “Positive Parenting = Positive Child” is due to start on 14th January in St Mary’s Hall and runs for 2 hours from 7pm.  If you can answer yes to any or all of the following:

  • Tired of feeling guilty all of the time?
  • Want the kids to listen to you?
  • Fed up of feeling stressed?
  • Worried about your child’s self-esteem?
  • Want to feel more in control as a parent?

. ..  then this interactive and informative course where, they say, you will see instant results 100% guaranteed, is for you.

Parents who attend ‘Parenting Is Us’ courses say:

This course changed my life, I have a great relationship with my kids now

You wouldn’t believe that such simple techniques could make SUCH a difference

Course starts:      Jan 14th, 2013
Venue:                   St Mary’s Hall, New Church Road CO6 3JE
Time:                      7pm to 9pm
Cost:                       £48 per person
Free:                       Refreshments and course hand-outs

Book your place today by calling Sue 07956 326755.  Places are limited and in much demand!


Islam in the Modern World

The WEA are looking forward to their course in the village this autumn which is to be ‘Islam in the Modern World.’ The tutor, Manwar Ali, says it will be an open and engaging assessment of Islam as a religion and way of life which will establish a sound basis for dialogue with Muslims.

As usual, the venue is the Methodist Hall in Chapel Lane CO6 3EF.  The course starts on Tuesday 25th September at 8.00 pm, all are welcome and if you’re not sure about the course you may attend the first evening before deciding whether to enrol. Cost remains the same as last year which is £45 for the ten weeks.   Further information from our Secretary on 01206 240791 or e-mail [email protected].

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net

Learn about Venetian Architecture

Detail on Rialto Bridge

The subject of the WEA’s 10-week spring course is ‘Architecture of Venice’ .  The name is enough to conjure up thoughts of romance, intrigue and nostalgia.   Standing at the crosssroads of East and West, its buildings reflect the diverse and many influences which have effected its development.  We will explore its architecture and art from early Christian times to the present day.

The tutor is Brian Adams and the course starts on Tuesday 17th January at 8.00pm in the Methodist Hall.   All are welcome and you may attend the first evening before deciding to enrol on the course.  The cost is £45 for the ten weeks.

Further information can be obtained from the WEA Secretary on 01206 240791 or e-mail [email protected] Hope to see you there.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net