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M1  Chamber Music: the Inside Story (C)                                   Tutor: Julian Broughton

1000-1200                             Fee: £84

Some of the world’ finest music comes into the ‘chamber’category.  How should we listen to this richly rewarding medium?  Explore the secrets of a range of masterpieces, and enjoy live illustrations at the piano, as well as possible ‘f‘ield trips’ to hear chamber music in concert.

M2  French Advanced (C)                                Tutor: Annie Thom

1000-1130                             Fee: £84

Ce cours supérieur est conçu pour ceux qui veulent approfondir leur connaissance de la langue parlée contemporaine. Vous serez libre de discuter ce qui vous plaît et, si cela vous tente, nous pourrons aussi visionner des vidéos d’ctualité ou autre pour en parler, grâce a l’nternet.

M5  Drawing & Painting for Improvers (C)                                          Tutor: Lucy Parker

1030-1230                            Fee: £84

A structured course for students with some experience of drawing and painting who wish to improve their skills with more challenging exercises.  We will still cover the basics of observational drawing and colour theory through the use of different media to increase your understanding.  Find out which media suits you and your style.

M4  Drawing and Painting for Beginners (C)                  Tutor: Lucy Parker

1400-1600                            Fee: £84

A structured course that will take you through easy and enjoyable exercises in observational drawing and painting. By using stimulating subject matter we will try out various media: starting with pencil, then moving on to charcoal and pastels, and ending with watercolours. Please look at my website at

M6  Marine & Landscape Watercolour Technique (C)       Tutor: Mick Bensley

1500-1700                             Fee: £84

This course, taught by a local marine artist and illustrator, is open to beginners and those with some experience. The tutor will demonstrate each stage of the painting and explain techniques, basic drawing, composition and colour mixing, guiding students individually through their own project or one set by him.

This course is also offered on Tuesday.

M9  Accelerated Bridge Lessons (C)            Tutor: Peter Clinch

1900-2100                            Fee: £84

This course is for those who know the basics of bridge but wish to improve their bidding and play. Ideal for first year learners who want to build a robust bidding system, and to improve their cardplay and defensive technique.

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TH27  Modernity to Globalisation: 1918 to 2018 (C)              Tutor: Jackie Parry

1000-1200                            Fee: £84

This course will explore art and visual culture of the modern period.  It will look at the different ways in which early avant garde ideas have been transformed and adapted in a globalised international market. From post Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and Conceptual art to a wide range of artists from the international field. Themes will include gender, globalisation, cultural difference and curating. There will be a gallery visit during the term.

TH32  Stained Glass Art for Beginners & Improvers (C)      Tutor: Janice Farrar

1030-1230                            Fee: £84

The course will cover the key techniques for producing quality stained glass – design, composition, colour, cutting, foiling, soldering and assembling. We will look at the use of stained glass in panels, mirrors, sculpture and jewellery. Students will work under expert supervision to design and create their own pieces. Cost of materials and personal equipment not included.

TH29  Stained Glass Art – Intermediate (C)                             Tutor: Janice Farrar

1330-1530                            Fee: £84      

This course is for those who have completed an Improvers course and wish to develop further their skills in creating stained glass art. Participants will improve and develop techniques onto lamps, terrariums and mirrors, or produce their own individual pieces, under the supervision of the qualified instructor. Cost of materials and personal equipment not included.

TH28  An Introduction to Human Rights and Democracy  (NEW)                Tutor: Guy Horton

1400-1600                            Fee: £84

This course will consist of a brief history and introduction to human rights from a global and British perspective and will then focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It will examine their application and enforcement and conclude with the current developments. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences.

TH30  Life Drawing & Portraiture (C)                                         Tutor: Amanda Davidson

1400-1600                            Fee: £84

This term we will concentrate on portraiture and capturing a likeness. You are free to work in charcoal, pastel, pen, pencil or paint. There will be a fee of £3.50 each session for the model.


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F36  Fossils, Dating and Mass Extinctions  (NEW)                Tutor: Tony Corrigan

1000-1200                            Fee: £84

We will focus on fossils, the key groups through geological history - how they evolved and what they tell us about the past and possibly the future including mass extinctions and climate change. Fossils have an important role in correlating and dating the age of rocks so we will look at the ways that this can be done and the uncertainty involved.

F37  Spanish for Beginners A (C)              Tutor: Maria Simons

1000-1130                            Fee: £84

For those with a very basic knowledge of the language acquired on holidays or in a short course, and who wish to reinforce their knowledge as well as to develop their communicative skills in everyday situations. The course will be designed to meet the students’needs and the emphasis will be on listening and speaking. 

F38  Spanish for Beginners B (C)              Tutor: Maria Simons

1200-1330                            Fee: £84

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F35  Spanish Upper Intermediate (C)        Tutor: Maria Simons

1400-1530                            Fee: £84

This is a course for learners who have studied Spanish for at least 2 years and can take part in routine conversation referring to the present, past and future.  You will be able to develop your fluency and confidence in Spanish as well as expand your knowledge of Hispanic culture.  The emphasis will be on listening and speaking, but also some grammar and written work will be included as appropriate.

F34  Painting Three Ways (C)                      Tutor: Amanda Davidson

1400-1600                            Fee: £84

Having spent the first term exploring watercolour, we will now work with acrylics to compare their similarities and differences, and then we will tackle palette knife techniques for acrylic and oils. Please wear your painting clothes!ve.


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W23  Italian Basics for Beginners (C) (Starts 9 Jan, ends 20 Mar)                   Tutor: Adrian Hilton

0930-1100                             Fee: £84

This continuing course is for enthusiasts who seek new challenges and rewards in learning this lovely, melodious language.  It consists of language study and speaking practice enhanced by lively TV programmes.  Aims to be instructive , entertaining and useful to the traveller.  Coursebook required. See Whiteway website ( for more details.

W18  Death, Disaster and Mayhem: Opera in the 19th Century (C)                Tutor: Peter Copley

0930-1130                             Fee: £84

Many operas composed in the 19th century have survived in the repertoire of opera houses to the present day. This course will examine traditions of operatic composition from Rossini to Wagner and trace changing and sometimes contradictory ideas current at the time as to what opera was or should be.

W20  The Saxons in England – from Roman colony to Anglo-Saxon kingdom   (NEW)     Tutor: Judie English

1030-1230                             Fee: £84

The Anglo-Saxon period, the 5th – 11th centuries AD, begins with the withdrawal of the Roman colonisers and the inward migration of Germanic tribes who, with the surviving sub-Roman British, became the English. It can be seen as ending with the Norman Conquest of 1066 but by then many of the institutions we know had come into being.  But by 1066 our towns, villages, judicial system, monarchy, administrative system, religion, genetic make-up and many of our Continental links as part of a new north-west European economic nexus were in place.  This course will look at the archaeology and history of this formative period.

W19  Italian Language & Culture (Intermediate) (C) (Starts 9 Jan, ends 20 Mar)               Tutor: Adrian Hilton

1130-1315                             Fee: £84

This continuing course is designed for those who have already acquired a good grounding in Italian who wish to take their knowledge and skills further. It has a multimedia format based on language study, audio CD, DVD video, film and the internet with lively dialogues in a colloquial style. Coursebook required.  See Whiteway website ( for further details.

W21  Lingua, Cultura e Film Italiani (C)  (Starts 9 Jan, ends 20 Mar)               Tutor: Adrian Hilton

1415-1600                             Fee: £84

Ecco l'occasione di portare ad un livello superiore la vostra competenza nella lingua italiana sia attraverso lo studio della grammatica che aspetti della società e della cultura italiana quali l'arte, la musica, la letteratura e il film. Vi servirà il libro dello studente. Vedere il nostro sito web.

W22  Spanish Lower Intermediate (C)        Tutor: Maria Simons

1830-2000                             Fee: £84

A course for learners who have already completed a beginners’course and can get by in everyday situations (ordering food, shopping, providing personal information, etc.).  We aim to develop your confidence talking in Spanish as well as expand your knowledge of the culture of the Spanish speaking countries.  The emphasis will be on listening and speaking but also some grammar and written work will be covered as appropriate.

W25  Burning Issues of the Day (C)            Tutor: Arthur Collins

1930-2130                             Fee: £84

A lively and friendly round table discussion which seeks to explore the issues underlying and shaping the burning political, economic and social issues of the day. Subjects may be selected by either the tutor or members of the group.

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T11  British Art from 1940 to 2018 (C)                  Tutor: Jackie Parry

1000-1200                            Fee: £84

From progressive Hampstead and Permissive Soho to the colonization of the East End, this course examines the development of British art - which often seemed alien to mainstream British society. From the Colony Room of Bacon and Freud, through Hockney and the 1960's to Hirst and Emin and the myths for the new century, to the complex relationships between artists and patrons and the establishment of London as a global centre of artistic production. There will be a gallery visit during the term.

T12  Buddhism and Meditation (C)           Tutor: Cherry Collins

1000-1200                            Fee: £84

Teaching principles of Buddhism including meditation and reflection for 21st century living. Buddhism sees an interconnected and vibrant world where individual choice matters. Based mainly on the book “This Being, That Becomes” by Dhivan Thomas Jones, we will be exploring key themes using early Buddhist texts.  It will be necessary to purchase the book (print or ebook). If you would like to join this class, please contact Cherry on 07501 017597.    

T13  Information Technology Workshop (C)                   Tutor: Ray Gibson

1400-1600                            Fee: £70

Do you struggle to use a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone? Are you a complete beginner or do you know some of the basics but want to know more? In this course you will learn and practise at your own pace under the guidance of our friendly tutor. He will teach a series of topics related to hardware, software and the internet, while there is always space reserved for student questions. Make use of the Centre’ laptops or bring your own device, whether laptop, iPad, tablet or smartphone.

T15  French Intermediate Conversation (C)           Tutor: Claire Peligry

1415-1545                            Fee: £84

The emphasis in this course will be on conversation and is designed to build confidence, improve pronunciation and develop your knowledge of French vocabulary and grammar.

T14  Marine & Landscape Watercolour Technique (C)       Tutor: Mick Bensley

1500-1700                            Fee: £84

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T16  Creative Writing  (NEW)           Tutor: Claudia Gould

1900-2100                            Fee: £84

If you suspect you might have a book in you - or even a couple of short stories or a good joke - come and meet other writers and want-to-be writers.  Try out your ideas, practise your prose and enjoy good talk about writing.


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Autumn Term 2018       24 Sept - 7 Dec    Half Term   29 Oct – 2 Nov

Spring Term 2019          14 Jan - 29 Mar    Half Term   18-22 Feb

Summer Term 2019     23 Apr - 8 July       Half Term    27-31 May

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