Holbrook Student Group



Updated:  26 November 2018

News and Events - 2018/19



We held the AGM for the WEA Holbrook Branch on 6th March 2018 and decided to continue with WEA activities in Holbrook through becoming a Student Group. This is a more informal arrangement than a Branch, run by a team of volunteers with the administration of the Group being organised centrally and by the local WEA Office in Derby.


We currently have 11 Student Group Volunteers - athough it would be good to have more Holbrook residents to maintain a local focus.  Please contact the Group via if you are interested in helping and providing ideas for new courses - you can commit as much or little time as you wish.  We are keen to put on events and courses that appeal to a variety of adult age groups.






























Provisional List of Events and Courses for 2019


1.   “British Film Directors”:  a series of talks by David Leicester.  The first talk will be free and, if you enjoy it, you might like to enrol for the short course that follows. 


1.1   Free 'taster session' – David Lean (refreshments will be provided)


When and Where:  Thursday 24th January 2019, 7pm to 9pm at Holbrook Moor Methodist Church.


Book your free place online at or phone 0300 303 3464.  Bookings have been delayed while this course is uploaded on the WEA website, but should be available at the beginning of December 2018.


The David Lean taster course will give an overview of the distinct stages of his career, highlighting:

  • the early wartime films (In Which We Serve, This Happy Breed)
  • adaptations of Dickens (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist)
  • exploring Englishness (Brief Encounter, Hobson’s Choice)
  • the historic epics (Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia)
  • the literary adaptations (Doctor Zhivago, Passage to India)

It will look at the use of light and shade in the black and white films and how that affected his depiction of landscape, through to his use of colour and the new subjects that allowed him to explore with new ways to tell stories. It will explore the use of key character actors of their time (Charles Laughton, Alec Guinness, Peggy Ashcroft). It will compare his work with that of key British contemporaries of the time (Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell).


Finally it will look at his legacy, how it influenced directors who came after. It will argue that David Lean deserves to be compared with the great American directors of epic films (Cecil B DeMille, William Wyler).


1.2   Short Course – “British Film Directors”  (refreshments will be provided)           


When and Where:  On the following 3 Thursdays: 31st January, 7th & 14th February 2019, 7pm to 9pm at Holbrook Moor Methodist Church.


Fee:  £23.10


During this short course, David will look at the work of other British Film Directors and Producers.  David currently plans to cover:


Week 1 - Britain Takes on Hollywood (incl. the films of Powell and Pressburger, Alfred Hitchcock, Alexander Korda);

Week 2 - Dirt and Grime (incl. films commissioned by the Post Office and the Coal Board, then through the war years and on to coverage of post-war social problems, especially around housing and the birth of the Welfare State);

Week 3 - Who are We? - modern films, looking at life not only in our towns but also countryside, asking questions about our national identity in a modern world, but may also include big-scale epics like Dunkirk and The Finest Hour.


Enrol online at or phone 0300 303 3464.  Bookings have been delayed while this course is uploaded on the WEA website, but should be available at the beginning of December 2018.




2.  From Rufus to Richard: The Murdered Monarchs of England - a lecture by David Barnard


When and Where:  Tuesday 2nd July 2019 10am -12 noon at Holbrook Moor Methodist Church.


In 1100, the universally loathed son of William the Conqueror, William Rufus, was killed by an arrow whilst hunting. Along with the Princes in the Tower, this talk discusses the controversies surrounding the deaths of three other English monarchs and asks why their murderers have never been brought to book.


Fee - £7.70 (refreshments will be provided)


Enrol online at or phone 0300 303 3464.  Enrolment is currently taking place.



For further general information on any of the above, please telephone the

WEA Derby Office on 01332 291805