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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.


We have had an excellent variety of topics so far this year.

John Billman led a fascinating 6-week course on “An Introduction to Ancient Egypt”, including some hieroglyph translation.

Michael Turner taught us about the “Great Western Railway”, in a day-school that went far too quickly.

Jane Crozier, a returning favourite of the group, spent an afternoon with us, discovering “Birds in the Romantic Poets”.

The talks were very well attended by both regulars and some new faces, welcomed by Team Long Sutton and much cake was had by all.

Field Trips

Peter Burnett led a field trip to Dorchester in May, following our “Introduction to Ancient Egypt” course. The morning was spent at Kingsdon Lacy, where there are a number of ancient Egyptian artefacts, brought back in the first half of the nineteenth century by William John Bankes, owner of the house. Peter shared with us the story of the Philae obelisk in the grounds. The afternoon was spent at the Dorset History Centre, with talks about how the Bankes archive was rescued, restored and catalogued. We were given a tour of the centre and the chance to view some of the original documents, drawings and paintings in the Bankes archives.

2019 – 2020 courses

Douglas Rice

The Sky in Science and Imagination
This course will present some historically important objects, events and ideas in astronomy, showing how they have inspired both imaginative and scientific responses. Six sessions will focus on Astrology, Shakespeare’s Universe, Voyages to the Moon, and the inspiration the sky has given to music, art and writing. From Newton to Fats Waller—a whole cosmos to enjoy!

Tuesday evenings, 19.30 – 21.00
1st October to 12th November 2019 (no session on 29th October)
Fee: £25 per person.
Course Reference: C3530645
Contact Doreen Harvey for more information.
Booking online at www.wea.org.uk or by telephone on 0300 303 3464 is essential.
Tel: 01458 241711
E: doreenharveylongsuttonwea@outlook.com

Greg Morter

From Seed to Fork: the story of how plants evolved and humans adapted them.

Tuesday evenings, 19.30 – 21.00
29th January to 10th March 2020 (no session on 18th February)
Fee: £25 per person.
Further details to follow.
Contact Kim Bailey to receive details once the course is available for booking.


Kim Bailey
Tel: 01935 850077
E: wealongsutton@gmail.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.

We are also looking to provide some day-schools Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020, details of which are being finalised.

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