There are a wide variety of one day courses and evening talks throughout the year. One day courses are an excellent way to introduce yourself to the WEA and sample the quality and breadth of the learning options available.

These courses tend to be very popular: so please contact us on the telephone numbers shown if you are interested and we will endeavour to fit you in!

Tea and coffee are usually, but not always, included in the Fee. Lunch arrangements are indicated but the duration of the lunch break may vary - the branch will be able to supply further details. For details of the 2018 Essex Federation WEA Spring One Day School please see below.

Spring One Day School  

One Day Schools - Saturday 21st April - Details & Booking Form

The following is a list in date order of other Branch one-day courses in Essex held recently or soon to be held. To search by branch, please go to the Branches page.


Course Title: American Indian Wars
Course Description: American Indian Wars – The Cheyenne Story This fascinating course tells the story of the American Indian Wars from the perspective of one people, the Cheyenne, one of the most famous of the buffalo-hunting tribes of the Great Plains.
Tutor: Mark Felton
Venue: Feering Community Centre Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 21/04/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245 476583
Email:

Course Title: Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Course Description: Charles Rennie Mackintosh His work in Scotland is considered as well as his pre-London time in Walberswick, his later years in Port-Vendres and the Chelsea Years.
Tutor: Rob Kendall
Venue: Feering Community Centre Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 21/04/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245 476583
Email:

Course Title: The Typewriter: Tales that Turn Back Time
Course Description: On this, the 150th anniversary of its invention, we will see how this one object not only revolutionised the Dickensian Counting House but opened up new pathways for those whose opportunities were few.
Tutor: Sue Lomax
Venue: Feering Community Centre Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 21/04/18
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245476583
Email:

Course Title: Art Inspired by Essex
Course Description: To enrol please search 'Art inspired by Essex' online at wea.org.uk. Or phone 0300 303 3464. This day school examines how artists, eg Constable, John Aldridge, Stanley Jones and Sheila Robinson to name but a few, have responded to the county
Tutor: Sue Pownall
Venue: Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Rd, Maldon, CM9 8SE
Course Length: One Day
Date: 07/04/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £21.0
Contact: Anne Mossman
Telephone: 07973479636
Email:

Course Title: The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia
Course Description: Discover the wide range of wildlife habitats in East Anglia and the flora and fauna that can be found in them. No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome!
Tutor: Alex Bass
Venue: United Reform Church, Kings Rd, Halstead, CO9 1HJ
Course Length: One Day
Date: 21/04/18
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 16:30
Fee: £15.0
Contact: Adam Thompson
Telephone: 01787 476036
Email: halsteadwea@adamrfthompson.com

Course Title: Sketching Walk (Course Ref C2225248 )
Course Description: Join professional artist and illustrator Sue Pownall for a sketching walk exploring the historical town of Coggeshall, recording your impressions in line and colour on paper or in your own sketchbook. Enrol online at wea.org.uk or ring 03003033464
Tutor: Sue Pownall
Venue: Christ Church, Stoneham St, Coggeshall, CO6 1UH
Course Length: One Day
Date: 16/06/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00
Fee: £25.0
Contact: Nancy Powell Davies
Telephone: 01376562657
Email: powell.davies@btinternet.com

Course Title: Burning Convictions
Course Description: Colourful, contentious, and considered highly subversive, heresy is interwined with the history of Christianity. We will consider three groups of religious dissent in the medieval period including the Waldensians, Lollards, and Hussites. We will look a
Tutor: Simon Doney
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester CO1 1TT
Course Length: One Day
Date: 12/05/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 00:00
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com

Course Title: Petrie and Pendlebury
Course Description: Sir Flinders Petrie died in 1942 at the grand old age of 89, whereas John Pendlebury at a mere 36 had already pre-deceased him in 1940. Both archaeologists had excavated at the famous capital city of Amarna where – respectively in 1892 and the 1930s –
Tutor: Rosalind Janssen
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester CO1 1TT
Course Length: One Day
Date: 09/06/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com

Course Title: Sanity, Laughter and Humour
Course Description: This is a One Day School where we welcome guest speaker, Caroline Phillips. The ability to laugh and a sense of humour are two of the most important facets of our humanity. This Day School will look at how laughter possesses a subversive power that can
Tutor: Caroline Phillips
Venue: How will I be taught? The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning me
Course Length: One Day
Date: 12/05/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com

Course Title: Tiananmen 1989
Course Description: The horrific massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in 1989 shocked the world. In this fascinating course we de-construct what happened, tracing its origins to the death of Chairman Mao in 1976 and the opening up of China
Tutor: Mark Felton
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester CO1 1TT
Course Length: One Day
Date: 12/05/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com

Course Title: Women in Art in Britain and France 1850 - 1950
Course Description: This Day School focuses on close looking at some fascinating and often beautiful work by Berthe Morisot, Suzanne Valadon, Elizabeth, Lady Butler, Barbara Hepworth and Mary Martin, among many others. We consider gender in subject-matter, artistic traini
Tutor: Rosanna Eckersley
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester CO1 1TT
Course Length: One Day
Date: 09/06/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12.0
Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com

Course Title: Oscar Wilde: Nothing to declare but his Genius?
Course Description: Come and join us to learn about the life and times, the work and the witty one-liners of a fascinating man. YOU CAN NOW ENROL ON LINE at enrolonline.wea.org.uk, or by phone 0300 303 3464 8am-8pm Mondays to Fridays and 8am-1pm on Saturdays.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Bowls Club, Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, IG10 1AN
Course Length: One Day
Date: 05/06/18
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 16:00
Fee: £25.0
Contact: Marion Campbell
Telephone: 020 8508 4554
Email: mrspdale@gmail.com