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Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

Workers’ Educational AssociationThe Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) started way back at the beginning of the 20th Century in 1903. Originally it was formed to support the educational needs of working men and women who could not afford to access further or higher education. From its inception, a large branch network spread its tentacles through many towns and villages. The programme of events is planned and run by volunteers who come together to provide part time day and evening courses for people in the local area. The tutors are professional and most of them work part time for the WEA.

Today the WEA is a national charity supported through funding from the Skills and Funding Agency. However, unfortunately in the past few years, a number of branches have had to close due to lack of volunteers.   Long Sutton is very fortunate to have a small but thriving WEA branch in the village. We run two evening courses of 6-8 weeks one in the spring and the other in the autumn and we have an occasional day school.

Next course

This is a 6 week course on a Tuesday evening in Long Sutton Village Hall from 7.00pm to 8.30pm starting on 18th October for 6 weeks (no session on November 8th). The last session will be on November 29th.
The course will have a particular emphasis on the writings of Coleridge and the inspiration he drew from his friendship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth during their years in Somerset.
The professional tutor leading the course will be Jane Crozier and the fee will be £25.
To pre-enrol or for further information contact  Doreen Harvey on 01458 241711
or e-mail doreen-royharvey@tiscali.co.uk
Details are always included in the village newsletter, the local libraries as well as the local free papers.


The course beginning in January 2017 is MARINE HISTORY/ARCHAEOLOGY.
People have taken to the sea from earliest times, the course will look at how ships developed, the voyages taken, how they navigated and affected the coasts. Local examples will be chosen as often as possible with particular emphasis on the coast of Dorset.
The professional tutor leading the course will be Gordon Le Pard and the cost will be £25.
Why not come and join us.

Field Trips

Many of our courses have follow-up field trips.

For past Field Trips here.

2016 Field Trip


It was early in the spring on a very hot day, when a small group of us met up with our tutor Colin Ryall at Ham Wall. We were all looking forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of this magical wetland created by the RSPB and we were not disappointed.
We followed one of the nature trails and with Colin's help we saw or heard 30 different species of birds from bittern to great crested grebe. The whole area was teeming with all kinds of wildlife. Lots of photo opportunities!
We all had a great time. Thank you Colin.


Doreen Harvey
Tel: 01458 241711
Email: doreen-royharvey@tiscali.co.uk


Chairperson – Veronica Watts
Treasurer – Richard Sheppard
Secretary – Doreen Harvey

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