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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.


The course beginning in January is The Human Story. In this examination of the broad sweep and patterns of human history we will be asking, and trying to answer, some big questions. Why, for example, did our ancestors survive when our cousins the Neanderthals became extinct? Why were plants domesticated in some places but not others? Why did many places in different parts of the world experience very similar processes of urbanisation, centralisation of power and empire building? And why, in the nineteenth century, did Britain become the dominant global power rather than, say China?

Contact for this course: Kim Bailey
Tel: 01935 850077
E: wealongsutton@gmail.com

Day Course. April 28th 2018 Archaeology and Prehistory. " An introduction to human evolution. " The emergence of modern humans: A Journey through the Ice Ages. " Prehistoric Art. " Understanding stone tools " Unknown hominids--the other human species.

Contact for this Day School: Doreen Harvey
Tel: 01458 241711
E: doreenharveylongsuttonwea@outlook.com

Field Trips

Many of our courses have follow-up field trips.

For past Field Trips here.

2017 Field Trip

Nether Stowey field trip

Thursday 11th May 2017.

Following a very popular WEA course on Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Somerset, our group spent a perfect Spring day in the Quantocks, walking in the footsteps of our poet and his friends, William and Dorothy Wordsworth.  With Peter in charge, we were led through a scenic route with items of natural, historic and literary interest.  Stopping briefly to view Alfoxton House, once the home of William Wordsworth, we went on hear an excerpt from Coleridge's "This Lime Tree Bower My Prison" read aloud by our tutor, Jane.  Our setting was by a fallen ash in the surrounds of Alfoxden, much like the one Coleridge visualised in the poem.

WEA Field TripAfter a welcome two-course lunch, we took a tour of Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey.  Coleridge lived here for three years with his young family, and wrote his most celebrated works here, including "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "Kubla Khan" and "Frost at Midnight".  The cottage is unusual in that you are able to handle any of the objects on display, adding to your experience of the house.

All in all, an educational, healthy, but relaxing day.

Kim Bailey


Doreen Harvey
Tel: 01458 241711
E: doreenharveylongsuttonwea@outlook.com  


The courses are planned and run by Team Long Sutton:
Kim Bailey
Doreen Harvey
Stephanie Sales
Dick Sheppard

Our emphasis is on learning for pleasure.


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