Why not add to your knowledge and skills in Spring 2018?


The Isle of Wight Branch of the WEA offers up its next courses from their programme for your enjoyment.


There is a chance to have fun, learn new skills and develop your creativity by learning to draw and paint in our friendly informal groups.


Two ten week courses are on offer at Parkside Pavilion, Vectis Road, East Cowes,  PO32 6HN.

10.00am – 12.30pm (week 1  10.00am – 1.00pm), fee £111.80 per course.

‘Art Workshops’  on Painting now underway but students can still join – Choose from:


Tuesday from 9th January Friday from 12th January


These ten week courses are free to learners on Income-based Benefit (proof required at first class).  

Contact the tutor:

Mary Clemmensen on 07738936107 or email


If you are looking for something to increase your knowledge or further your interest then perhaps one of the following might be up your street.


John Medland  is offering Outstanding IW People who Influenced the World on Saturday 24th February at the Salvation Army Hall, Pyle St., Newport, PO30 1UJ  1.30pm – 4.30pm. Fee £9.95

This day course will concentrate on some of the well known Island personalities, particularly the famous and notorious people born here, as well as the creative artists and inventors who chose to move here. It will try, in a broad sweep, to cover a wide range of Island rooted or based personalities who influenced the world far beyond our shores.


Richard Smout will reflect on Opening up the Vote to All on Saturday 10th March at the Salvation Army Hall, Pyle St., Newport, PO30 1UJ  1.30pm – 4.30pm. Fee £9.95


To mark the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which introduced votes in parliamentary elections for women, this course shows that the act was one step in many needed to improve democratic accountability across the country.


Ruth Waller follows on from the Romans with The Saxons on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 24th March at the Salvation Army Hall, Pyle St., Newport, PO30 1UJ  1.30pm – 4.30pm. Fee £9.95


Learn more about the archaeological evidence from our magnificent Island Saxon cemeteries, recent excavations at Shalfleet and Carisbrooke Castle and metal detected finds which show what life was like for our Island ancestors between the 5th and 11th Centuries.


For more information on these three courses contact Margaret Rylands on 529589, or pick up a leaflet in your local library.


Further art courses are available in the Summer term (Contact the tutor, Mary Clemmensen on 07738936107 or email




For further information please contact: Lynne Broom 01983 883453 or

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Note to Editors


About the WEA

Founded in 1903, the WEA is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, delivering 9,500 part-time courses for over 75,000 people each year in England and Scotland. It has the active support of more than 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 60,000 members.


The WEA provides courses across four curriculum themes:

  • Employability: to develop confidence, understanding and skills to help adults, at all stages of their lives, participate more fully in the world of work
  • Health & Wellbeing: to combat health inequalities and promote a social and preventative model of health and well-being
  • Community Engagement: to combat social exclusion and promote active citizenship
  • Cultural Studies: to broaden horizons through understanding cultures, identities and environments embodying our commitment to social purpose


The WEA’s mission is to create “a better world, equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society.”


Registered office: Workers’ Educational Association, 4 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4XW.  Registered charity number: 1112775. Company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no: 2806910.

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