• Welcome to the WEA Colchester Branch


WEA Colchester Branch

Whether you are interested in history, art, literature, cultural studies, music or science, there is a wide range of courses to choose from. Please explore the website for the courses we offer for Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018.

Welcome to WEA

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) was founded in 1903. With branches throughout Britain it is a major promoter and provider of adult education. There are over forty branches in Essex each with its own programme of courses. A full listing of all the courses in Essex can be found on the WEA Essex Federation website.

Welcome from our Chairman

by Jean Roberts

We hope you enjoy browsing this website of our 2017 - 2018 courses and will be encouraged to enrol for one or two of our courses, whether you are a regular member or if this is the first time you have come across the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association). Colchester Branch is one of the largest in East Anglia. We pride ourselves on the variety and number of courses we offer and the friendliness of the Branch. No previous knowledge is required and there are no examinations; just an interest and desire to learn more of the subject.

Our courses run for 10 weeks, 7 weeks or 5 weeks, with the majority being 10 weeks. Each class lasts for 2 hours, with a short break, but occasionally classes run for 1½ hours. Each class may or may not have a Half Term break, decided by Tutor and students together. As a rule the classes last from 10.15 to 12.15, but please check dates and times carefully, for each individual course.

The Branch Committee has decided that the course fees for 2017 - 2018 will be the minimum set, by the WEA Regional office in Cambridge . For a 20 hour course the cost will be £72.00 (£3.60 an hour).
However, we really do consider that the courses described on the website still represent excellent value for money.

Courses are held at the Castle Methodist Church in Maidenburgh Street Colchester CO1 1TT, just off the High Street and close to Colchester Castle.

Please note: The church, for security reasons, will be closed 15 minutes after the courses have finished.

Parking is not generally available but if you are disabled and require parking please fill in your car registration number on the booking form. Disabled parking spaces are limited. All rooms are on the ground floor with wheelchair access. There are no crèche facilities.
Please follow the links to our courses for the Autumn and Spring terms. Then follows a series of course summaries grouped according to the days of the week with dates and times to provide further information. Finally, there is information on fees and how to book your place.
For 2017 - 2018, the WEA has a new phone number (0300 303 3464) for booking courses. For more information, see fees and booking page.

We would like to encourage you to enrol for a course(s), by telephone or online, as this cuts down on the paperwork to be done at the first session of your chosen course. Also for future courses you don’t have to give the same information over and over again except, of course, if there is a major change in your circumstances e.g. moving house. See also Frequently Asked Questions on the fees and booking page.

During the summer months, the Colchester Branch runs several One-Day courses with a number of different topics in each. In addition, the Essex Federation of WEA Branches runs One and Two Day courses at a number of venues (a full listing of all the courses in Essex can be found on the WEA Essex Federation website). These courses are publicised separately through the local Branches.
Finally, if you have attended our courses in the past, we ask that you tell your friends about our new programme or email a link to this website: our members are our best advocates. Copies of the brochure are available in local libraries and other venues throughout Colchester. For a printed copy of the brochure please use our contact page.

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The Workers’ Educational Association is a charity registered in England (4 Luke Street, London EC2A 4HB) and Wales, number-1112775, and in Scotland, number SC039239, and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, number 2806910. Copyright © Workers' Educational Association 2015.