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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.


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

WEA Open Evening

On September 25th the WEA will be hosting an Open Evening with a special presentation by the Area Education Manager Gill Keniston-Goble. For further details contact Doreen on doreenharveylongsuttonwea@outlook.com or  phone 01458 241711

Autumn Course

Our Autumn course, "The Discovery of the Natural World", begins on the evening of  Tuesday October 2nd at the Village Hall and then October 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th. 7.30pm to 9pm. The professional tutor leading the course is Stephen Parker. 

From the letters of Gilbert White, the voyages of Charles Darwin to the BBC's Life on Earth, British Naturalists have been responsible the discovery of the natural world. This course will explore the history of the world's wildlife and its discovery. Fully illustrated.

The contact for this course is Kim Bailey. Email Kim at wealongsutton@gmail.com or call 01935 850077

Tuesday December 4th. An evening with Joanna Cobb MA art historian and historian. 7pm to 9pm. "Making New Worlds?" Commemorating the end of the Great War and the suffragette achievement in this centenary year. Further details from Doreen.

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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