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 2017 Essex Federation WEA Spring One Day School please see below.

For more information about the Federation One Day Schools  click here  

Saturday 22nd April 2017 Topics & Tutors                       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: THE ORIGIN OF THE BLUES?
Course Description: This course will challenge the traditional story of the birth of the Blues and relate it to an analysis of the social and economic circumstance of the Deep South in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. This course will challenge the traditional story of the birth of the Blues and relate it to an analysis of the social and economic circumstances of the Deep South in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. The general perception of early Blues artists, fuelled by later generations of white Blues guitarists, is one of the black man playing a battered guitar on the back porch, unemployed and glad only to be recently free of slavery’s yoke, penniless and singing his unhappiness to the cotton field. The course will question that perception. What is the truth, how was the music affected by the events in America and how did one of the greatest modern music genres achieve global significance? Where possible, use will be made of recorded songs and film footage.
Tutor: Ted & Paul Woodgate
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 22/04/17
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 03:30
Fee: £12.00
Contact: Joan Black
Telephone: 01245-354644
Email: joan.familynoir@gmail.com

Course Title: Samurai
Course Description: Japan's fearless and brutal knights of Bushido are examined, looking at how the samurai rose to govern Japan, the Shogunate, samurai culture and weapons, and how they eventually lost power in 1868. The course benefits from Mark's research in Japan.
Tutor: Mark Felton
Venue: Keene Hall, Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford, CM2 2PT
Course Length: One Day
Date: 10/06/17
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245476583
Email: jmd8@post.com

Course Title: WOMEN’S ART IN BRITAIN AND FRANCE
Course Description: This Day School will introduce students to the art produced by women in France and Britain from the 1850s until the 1950s. We will look for instance at famous artists including Berthe Morisot, Elizabeth Lady Butler, Suzanne Valadon, Vanessa Bell and Barbara Hepworth and at lesser-known artists such as Evelyn Dunbar, Winifred Knights, Mary Martin, Emilie Charmy and Marie Laurencin. Topics will include the styles used, avant-garde and traditional, artistic training (often more restricted than for men) and the ways women established professional careers, often against the odds. The Day School aims to foster enjoyment and understanding of art by looking closely at images and thinking about the artistic and historical conditions in which they were produced. The tutor will work to create a relaxed learning environment and will welcome questions and discussion.
Tutor: Rosanna Eckersley
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Rd, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 22/04/17
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 03:30
Fee: £12.00
Contact: Joan Black
Telephone: 01245354644
Email: joan.familynoir@gmail.com

Course Title: Change is Gonna Come
Course Description: After years of war and austerity, teenagers of the 50s and 60s yearned for fun and freedom. The catalyst was pop music - American and then home grown. Clothes, hair styles and discos - the more the establishment railed at them - the more extreme they became. Ted and Paul will conduct us through this period of unprecedented social upheaval. "We never had it so good", at the same time we lived in fear of nuclear anihilation while losing an Empire. But the music rocked on!
Tutor: Ted and Paul Woodgate
Venue: Keene Hall, Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford, CM2 2PT
Course Length: One Day
Date: 28/01/17
Start Time: 10:15
End Time: 15:30
Fee: £12
Contact: Jane Dougan
Telephone: 01245476583
Email: jmd8@post.com

Course Title: SHADOW WORLD: ESPIONAGE AND INTELLIGENCE IN THE REIGN OF ELIZABETH
Course Description: Through much of the reign of Elizabeth a dark and secret war was being fought. The Queen’s very own safety and the security of the realm were at stake, threatened by foreign powers and internal enemies. It is a story of conspiracies and intrigues, assassins and terrorists, codebreakers and informers. This day course will look at the threats facing Elizabeth, the plots against her, and the intelligence war waged in order to protect her and her kingdom.
Tutor: Simon Doney
Venue: Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Course Length: One Day
Date: 22/04/17
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 03:30
Fee: £12.00
Contact: Joan Black
Telephone: 01245-354644
Email: joan.familynoir@gmail.com

Course Title: Into Thin Air
Course Description: Come and discover the weird and mysterious New World historical disappearances that we still haven’t completely explained. Three famous disappearances are examined. Firstly we tackle the disappearance of the English colony at Roanoke Island in 1587. Secondly the lost Royal Navy Franklin Expedition in the Canadian Artic 1847-51. Finally the mystery of Colonel Percy Fawcett and the quest for the lost Amazonian city of Z in 1925. What happened? All the thrilling and grisly theories surrounding these disappearances will be fully explained.
Tutor: Dr Mark Felton
Venue: Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Road, Tollesbury
Course Length: One Day
Date: 03/06/17
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 03:30
Fee: £15
Contact: Ms A Mossman
Telephone: 07973479636
Email: annemossman@yahoo.co.uk

Course Title: Wildlife of East Anglia
Course Description: Come and discover the wonderful wildlife of East Anglia: birds, butterflies, mammals and plants. The sailing club at Tollesbury is hosting a day school on behalf of the WEA covering the natural world of East Anglia. The topics that will be covered will include heathland and woodland habitats and, particularly relevant for Tollesbury, estuary wildlife and habitats. For example, Essex saltmarsh will be discussed covering Mersea Island, the Colne and the Blackwater estuaries and even more locally Tollesbury Wick and Old Hall Marshes which are run by Essex Wildlife Trust and the RSPB respectively.
Tutor: Alex Bass
Venue: Tollesbury Sailing Club, Woodrolfe Road, Tollesbury
Course Length: One Day
Date: 20/05/17
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 03:30
Fee: £15
Contact: Ms Anne Mossman
Telephone: 07973479636
Email: annemossman@yahoo.co.uk