200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death


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Today July 18th 2017, sees the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. The Times has printed her obituary:

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To commemorate this anniversary we are holding a ‘Tea With Mr D’arcy day’ at Nottingham Mechanics this Saturday (22nd).

We have a few places left if you’d like to join us

the itinerary:

10am Introductions and housekeeping

So who was Mr Darcy?

10.30am D’arcy’s creator – Jane Austen  1775-1817

11am Coffee

11.15am Austen and food

12.noon Lunch

12.30pm ‘6 novels in 6 minutes’

1pm. Guest speaker – John Webb on Austen and music

1.20pm Cooks, recipes and satire

2pm Jane Austen’s ‘Sweethearts’

2.15pm D’arcy’s Feast

2.30pm Cream tea    cream tea


The cost of the day is £14 to include a cream tea

email ncleaver@wea.org.uk to book place or tel 0115 9628400


So, about these WEA courses


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You may have seen a mention on the WEA and our courses on Facebook or Twitter  – maybe you’ve seen flyers or copies of our new brochures.

We thought you’d like to know a little bit more about the sorts of courses we offer in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

In autumn 2017 we’ll be offering courses in:

Creative writing, Practical art with life drawing, literature, history, music appreciation, art appreciation, poetry, psychology, philosophy, beginners French, improvers Spanish, archaeology, Silk painting, astronomy, Latin, Lines on the map, advanced Russian, Church history, Chinese Brush painting, watercolour painting, Theatre appreciation –  with visits to local productions, IT courses at a variety of levels,

bag making, mosaics, jewellery making, dress making, cake decoration and much more are all courses in our Nottingham  community provision

We will be posting more details about our courses here over the summer.

Our courses are enrolling now.

visit here for more details of all of our courses in the East Midlands

Request a course brochure on 0115 9628400

We’ve brochures for courses in Chesterfield, Derby and Derbyshire, Leicester and Leicestershire, Lincoln and Lincolnshire, Loughborough, Northampton and Northamptonshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Rutland

simply ask for a brochure that covers the area you are interested in.

We’re out and about this weekend


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The volunteers from WEA Radcliffe on Trent branch have a stall at Radcliffe On Trent Carnival this Saturday July 8th.

Go say hello and find out more about their planned autumn courses and talks

Why not pick up a copy of our latest brochure at the same time?DD9toWoXoAAXLd3

Brochures will also be available at Middle Street Resource Centre during Beeston Carnival – also on Saturday. Look for the Pink cover and take away a copy – it lists all the autumn courses planned for Beeston and details of their early September talk,



They’re here – autumn brochures available now


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Our new Nottingham and Nottinghamshire autumn course brochure has arrived – Look out for the bright pink cover




They’re available now from local libraries and our course venues or you can ring our regional office and request a copy Tel 0115 9628400 –  if out of hours simply leave your postal address on our answer machine.

You can also book for our courses on line www.wea.org.uk or by phone to our secure payment line 0300 303 3464

We also accept postal enrolments to our branch contacts – details in the brochure.

We look forward to meeting you on one of our courses this autumn.

Find us at the Radcliffe on Trent Carnival July 8th


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carnival-cotton-bunting--10-metres_10RADCLIFFE ON TRENT CARNIVAL – Saturday July 8th

WEA Radcliffe on Trent branch volunteers will have their usual stall at Radcliffe’s carnival. Seek them out – they are a really friendly bunch – and find out more about the autumn programme of courses they’ve planned in Radcliffe.

These include:

Let’s Read More Latin  Tuesday evenings

History: Britainconflict and change 1945 – 50 Wednesday mornings

Philosophy: Truth: ‘Post truth and thinking skills’ Wednesday evenings

Introduction to Astronomy  Thursday evenings

Ask for a copy of our new autumn brochure; it has a bright PINK cover


The branch is holding a PRE-ENROLMENT SESSION  on Wednesday 12th July 1.30pm-3.30pm

this is in the Dowson Room, The Grange Community Centre, Vicarage Lane, Radcliffe on Trent NG12 2FB, come along and book your place.

and here are details of their


‘Early Christianity, anti-Semitism and Hitler’s favourite theologian.’

This talk examines the rise of the anti-Semitism within the early Christian Church leading to key explosions of anti-Jewish violence and prejudice which Hitler was able to exploit for his own racist ends.

By Dave Halliwell

Date: Tuesday 19th September 

Time: 7.30pm

At Radcliffe on Trent Methodist Church, Shelford Road, Radcliffe, NG12 2AB

Cost: £3.00 including refreshments   All Welcome



Congratulations to our friends at Middle Street Resource Centre Beeston


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Middle Street Resource Centre Beeston has fast become a popular venue with WEA Beeston students and tutors.

We’re delighted to hear that the centre has won the Enabling The Community Award at the Best Of Broxtowe Awards 2017

Middle Street Resource Centre is situated at 74 Middle Street, Beeston – just be the tram and bus stop. It is a thriving community hub and café that offers a range of activities and support for those with mental health issues and other vulnerable groups. There are all sorts of activities on offer at the centre: art, painting, textiles, poetry, stained glass, crafts, wood work and gardening and of course some of our WEA Beeston courses.

****** Look out for details of our autumn pre-enrolment session and free talk to be held at the centre  on Wednesday 13th September ******

Autumn course brochures – request yours now


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The new Nottingham and Nottinghamshire autumn course brochure will be with us later this week.

  • A copy will be sent out (2nd Class post) to all  students who have attended a branch  course in Nottinghamshire during the last academic year  – exceptions to this is anyone who has in the past requested ‘no  publicity’ on their WEA enrolment form.


  • Brochures should be with you early next week. If your copy does not arrive please telephone 0115 9628400 and we’ll post one out to you.


  • If you’re not on our current mailing list but would like a brochure telephone 0115 9628400 and we’ll post one out to you.


  • You’ll also find brochures in local libraries, community centres, cafes etc. and our branch secretaries also have copies you can ask for.



grange  If you are off to the Radcliffe Carnival you can pick up a copy at the WEA stand there.

REMEMBER – you can also use our website to search for our autumn courses

(PS this term the Nottingham and Nottingham brochure has a PINK cover)


Tea with Mr Darcy event


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To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death we are hosting a

TEA With Mr DARCY day at Nottingham Mechanics on Saturday 22nd July


Tutor Judith Hedley will present a day workshop which centres on Jane Austen’s most famous creation –   Fitzwilliam Darcy

Session 1: 10.am – 12noon

Session 2: 12.30pm-3.30pm


Cream tea & strawberries and cream will be served from 2.30pm and this will be followed by a discussion around ‘the feast that never happened’.

Cost: £10

Plus £4 for the cream tea and strawberries and cream

Pre-booking and pre-payment essential

To book a place:

Telephone 0115 9628416.

Send cheque  to WEA  Nottingham Branch (T with D) 39, Mapperley Road, Nottingham NG3 5AQ.

Please include your name and contact details and indicate if you require a cream tea

Make cheque payable to WEA Nottingham Branch.

For more information email ncleaver@wea.org.uk