New students are welcome at Workers Educational Association (WEA) courses in fiction writing, poetry writing, circle dance and herbal preparations in the upper Calder Valley this Autumn.
“Circle Dance for All: Autumn’s Gold” with tutor Sophia Hatch offers the opportunity to learn and enjoy circle dances and music from all around the globe. Newcomers are welcome and can try the first session without obligation. The course is held at Riverside Junior School, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm starting Tuesday, September 24, for ten weeks.
“Writing Stories” with tutor Anna Turner starts on Thursday, September 26, from 10am to noon for ten sessions. Anna says: “Come and join a relaxed group to look at aspects of the craft of storywriting, and you can bring along your own work for feedback.” The course, held at Hope Chapel, Cheetham Street, Hebden Bridge, is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
“Poetry, People and Landscape” with tutor Sally Baker will take place on Thursday afternoons, from 1pm to 3pm for ten sessions at Hope Chapel, also starting on September 26. The course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Drawing on inner and outer landscapes, and on poems past and present inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, students will use games and exercises to write new poems.
“Home Herbal Preparations” is a new course offered in association with Calder Food Hub at Hope Chapel on three consecutive Saturdays from 10am to 1pm starting on October 5. You will discover how to identify some favourite garden herbs and make simple herbal preparations from natural ingredients. The course fee is £28, with a £5 charge for materials payable at the first meeting (you must book by September 25).
“Circle Dance for Women: Autumn’s Gold” with tutor Sophia Hatch is open to women only, at the New Oddfellows’ Hall, Oxford Street, Todmorden, on Thursday mornings from 10.15am to 12.15pm starting on Thursday, September 26, for ten weeks. Some Alexander Technique is included. Newcomers are welcome and can try the first session without obligation.
The full fee for a 10 week course is £63, with fees for shorter courses proportionately less. People in receipt of income-related benefits can attend free (evidence required). Advance booking is recommended online (www.wea.org.uk/yh) or by phone (0113 245 3304). Where advance booking is not required, you can also join at the first meeting provided places remain. More information on-line, or by calling branch treasurer Kenneth Wilson on 01422 822342.