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History: The Mayflower - Stories behind the voyage with Alison Jones View details

Have you ever wondered why the Pilgrim Fathers made such a dangerous voyage to what was then an unknown land. What motivated them? Who were they? What did they have to endure to get to their "Promised Land"? This free taster session will give you a glimpse into the human side of the epic journey - put names to some of the Pilgrim Fathers - explore the conditions they had to endure during and once they reached the New World and the impact their settlement had.

Sewing: Make a Fabric Lavender Plant View details

You will learn a couple of methods to create a beautiful & calming fabric lavender plant using craft and sewing techniques. This is a great way to use small bits of fabric up as well as creating a decorative plant for yourself or as a gift!

Modern Calligraphy with Fiona Mitchell View details

Have you admired beautiful calligraphy and wondered if this was something you could do. Ever wanted to try your hand at calligraphy, but there are no suitable classes in the area that fit with your free time? Have you seen calligraphy on the internet or in books and equipment for sale but don’t know where to start, then this could be the taster course for you. Simple techniques and easily available equipment. Working on-line with an experienced calligraphy tutor you can try your hand at relaxing calligraphy from the comfort of your own home as part of a group of beginners. This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will be email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”.

Literature: Matthew Arnold with Dr Mark Crees View details

For many readers, Matthew Arnold will always be the poet of self-absorbed melancholy, and it is true that his poetry will often dwell upon sadness, and the many setbacks he suffered in his life. At the same time, let us not to be too harsh in our judgement of Arnold's melancholic disposition. He was, after all, a highly sensitive soul, someone who did not find life at all easy and who, like so many of us, was apt to bury himself in the day-job (he was a school inspector) when life's many disappointments threatened to overwhelm him. In fact, who on earth can blame anyone for feeling more than a bit down in this strange and difficult journey we call 'life'? Instead, let's read what Arnold actually says about life, love and relationships, beginning with his moving psychological poem: 'The Buried Life.' This taster course will provide a melancholic enticement to the forthcoming course: 5 Victorian Poets.

Wedding Calligraphy with Fiona Mitchell View details

Getting married soon? Ever wanted to try your hand at calligraphy, but there are no suitable classes in the area that fit with your free time? Have you seen calligraphy on the internet or in books and equipment for sale but don’t know where to start, then this could be the course for you. Modern calligraphy is ideal for all wedding stationery from invitations and envelopes through seating plans and place cards. Working on-line with an experienced wedding calligraphy tutor you can try your hand at modern calligraphy from the comfort of your own home as part of a group of beginners. All guidelines will be provided, techniques will be demonstrated and you will have the opportunity to explore this fascinating art. Equipment is reasonably priced and readily available from art shops and stationers or on-line.

Hearth and Home - Taster View details

Join us on this 2 hours taster to give you a flavour of our longer course! Hearth & Home will look at aspects of housing history in UK; vernacular building materials, rural housing, the flight to the urban areas, creation of a housing policy to alleviate the slum housing and the 20th century suburban and urban growth. Using students' own housing experience we will build up a widespread picture. Examples from SE England will be used as a template to give a wider perspective.

Yoga (Intermediate) View details

This is a general yoga class for people who have done yoga before, are familiar with the basic structure of a class, and yoga postures. We will do a Sivananda style yoga class, with pranayama (breathing exercises), performing the asanas (the yoga postures) ending with a guided relaxation.

Wetland to Industry... and back again View details

This part of the River Lea has seen many changes over the 10000 years of its human occupation and exploitation. On this gentle circular stroll we will discuss the exploitation of the landscape from Neolithic hunter-gatherers through Roman, Saxon and Medieval times and the industrial revolution to the present day. We will have opportunities to consider the richness of the area's flora and fauna as well as reflecting on current usage and recent attempts to have a less destructive impact upon the environment.

Psychology: Freud v Jung - Whose side are you on? With Kevin Walker View details

Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung are arguably two of the most influential figures in modern Psychology. Their ideas are still highly controversial and are regarded by many as highly unscientific. Although originally very close, the story of their alienation from each others ideas exposes widely different ways of thinking about human nature. The person and ideas you feel most drawn to may well say more about you than them. On the basis of a personality test your tutor will try to predict which one you will prefer.

Aromatherapy for Health and Wellbeing View details

My love for aromatherapy has never changed and after over 30 years of teaching both taster and accredited courses, I would like to spend the morning sharing with you some of the amazing facts of how aromatherapy has enhanced my life. Drop into this session and smell, massage and taste how oils can enhance your health and wellbeing.