Should I vote?

Ballot boxElection in a few weeks and I’m expected to vote but I don’t understand much about politics – help!

Does my vote really matter? Can I make a difference?

Who and what do the parties stand for? What are the differences between them – if any?

Based on past evidence, are the politicians’ promises likely to be kept?

Have you ever wished you understood politics better and could follow current affairs, spot the flaws in politicians’ arguments and make an informed choice on polling day?   Or do you think politics is dull, boring, pointless or irrelevant?

This short course will set the parties in a historical context, examine the different priorities and values in British politics today and explore how each of these is represented in the political parties.

It will not tell you how to vote!  But it may help you to identify your own set of values and where they are located in the political spectrum. There will be opportunity for discussion and debate, giving you the chance to form or reconsider your views of some issues of the day.  By the end of the course you may feel able to use your vote more confidently and perhaps further your social and political involvement.

Tutor: Rod Hawgood
Date & time: Wednesday 10.15am-12.15pm, 3 meetings from 15 April 2015
Venue: The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee: FREE

To book a place call: 01332 291805 or email: derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Identity and belief in Modern Britain

Date: 15th April 2015
12 sessions
Wednesday  6pm —8pm
Venue: WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB

In collaboration with the Derby Branch of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA): a course delivered by staff from the Centre for Society, Religion and Belief University of Derby

An examination of changes in British society exploring a range of contemporary issues relating to changing identities and belief systems. These changes will be set in a wider context in which globalization, political change and economic forces are shaping Britain and producing new forms of identity and belonging.

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Drawing and painting the multicultural way – Summer 2015

Aboriginal Art - BenediktArt and craft from a variety of cultures will be used to inspire and inform your work. A multimedia approach for all levels of experience.

Tutor – Jane Livne
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 13 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

The Daisy-Chain Way – introduction to family history – Summer 2015

1910 Census for 2000 Block of St. PaulDoes your family have stories about ancestors? Each area of family history is a ‘daisy’; you can link them into a longer daisy chain or just focus on one. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced researchers interested in a specific area.

Tutor – Catherine Stewart
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 13 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Archaeology from the air – Summer 2015

Gonfienti Archaeological Site II - R347Since the early years of the 20th century, when the first aerial photographs of Stonehenge were taken from a balloon mounted camera, archaeologists have taken to the air to find new sites, map and understand the historic landscape. We will explore aerial archaeology from its origins in the years after the First World War to the Space Age.

Tutor – Keith Challis-Smith
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 9 meetings from 13 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Textiles – embellished surfaces – Summer 2015

midseamCreate sumptuous surfaces with paint, print, stitch, beads, sequins and gilding. Combine techniques to produce your own unique fabrics. There will be a small weekly charge of approx. £1 to cover materials used or learners may provide their own.

Tutor – Roz Beeson
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – St Mary’s Community Centre, Darley Lane, DERBY, DE1 3AX
Date – Tuesday 9:45am – 12:00pm, 6 meetings from 14 April 2015
Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Lift your spirit in song – Summer 2015

Arosa landscapeWe will sing contemporary songs of community, from the UK, America, Africa and Europe – gospel, spiritual and traditional songs in three or four part harmony, rounds or unison and all acappella (with no accompaniment). Songs are taught by ear, one part at a time. Written music is available for some songs, but music reading is not a requirement.

Tutor – Deborah Allitt
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – The Voice Box, Kensington Mews, Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 14 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Practical counselling skills – Summer 2015

CounselingThrough discussion and role-plays you will learn about active listening skills, communication skills and obstacles to good communication. These skills can enhance your relationships with family, friends and colleagues and help you feel heard.

Tutor – Sabine Seddon
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 14 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Renaissance: the revolution in Italian art in the fifteenth century – Summer 2015

Zanobi-Altar - Sandro BotticelliWe will explore the innovations which transformed art in 15th century Italy focusing on five artists in particular – Brunelleschi; Masaccio; Donatello; Piero della Francesca and Botticelli.

Tutor – Bob Moulder
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:30pm, 5 meetings from 14 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

The forgotten empires – Summer 2015

Brue, Adrien Hubert, Asie-Mineure, Armenie, Syrie, Mesopotamie, Caucase. 1839. (I)Western Europe has been dominated for 2000 years by the influence and memory of the Roman Empire. Behind and beyond this are earlier cultures; The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Etruscans amongst others had a rich history and archaeology. We will investigate these remarkable peoples and consider their contribution to Western Culture.

Tutor – Daryl Baxter
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:15pm – 3:15pm, 11 meetings from 14 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

The National Trust houses of Derbyshire – Summer 2015

Hardwick Hall in DerbyshireIn Hardwick Hall, Sudbury Hall, Calke Abbey and Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire has four of England’s most fascinating country houses, providing a marvellous illustration of the development of architectural and artistic styles between the 16th and 19th centuries. The course, followed by Saturday visits to the houses (dates tbc), will provide an introduction for those unfamiliar with the houses and a fresh insight for previous visitors. No entrance fees payable.

Tutor – Bob Moulder
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 7:00pm – 8:30pm, 4 meetings plus 4 visits from 14 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

The life and times of King Richard III – Summer 2015

Richard III of EnglandAn opportunity to sort out the fact from the fiction about King Richard III, one of the most fascinating and controversial Kings of England. Join us as the reburial of the ‘King in the Leicester car park’ approaches. Romance, loyalty, treachery, murder and violent conflict – these sessions feature them all.

Tutor – Richard Smith
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:30pm, 9 meetings from 15 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Intensive creative writing workshops 1 – Summer 2015

saturated writingTaught by a published writer, this course offers intensive workshops aimed at improving techniques and exploring themes. Exercises include poetry, prose, and work for voices. All levels welcome.

Tutor – Deb Tyler-Bennett
Fee – £50.05 (discounted £45.05) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 10:15am – 1:30pm, 4 meetings from 22 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Tai Chi and Qigong for health and relaxation – Summer 2015

Tai Chi in the rainBeginners/Improvers with less than 12 months’ experience of Tai Chi. Learning a Yang style short form initially, progressing to the Yang 24 and complemented with Health Qigong forms. Regular practice of Tai Chi and Qigong exercises promotes health and wellbeing, improving flexibility, coordination and relaxation.

Tutor – Lusia Green
Fee – £52.00 (discounted £46.80) or Free
Venue – LA Fitness Centre, Carrington Street, Derby, DE1 2ND
Date – Wednesday 2:00pm – 3:30pm, 9 meetings from 22 April 2015

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online