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WEA Holbrook Branch

Secretary:  Paul Roberts

Updated:  27 Aug. 2017

Courses and Events - 2017

 


Course Title: English Cathedrals - Part 1 (Saxon to Decorated)

 

Tutor: Jack Higham

Start Date: Tuesday 17 January 2017 - 9 meetings
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Venue: Holbrook Moor Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, DE56 0TW
Fee: £52
Booking: Please call Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net for details. Alternatively see https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk for details and online booking or telephone 0113 245 3304.

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Synopsis: The course will look at evidence of Saxon Cathedrals and the changes brought about by the Norman Conquest. We will show the development of Norman architecture from Winchester and St. Albans to late work at Peterborough and Ely. The Romanesque Frieze at Lincoln and sculpture at various venues will be reviewed. The arrival of Gothic will be shown through Canterbury, Lincoln, Wells and others, as will the stained glass of the early Gothic period. We will study Salisbury as the classic Early English Cathedral, Exeter as the classic Decorated Cathedral, and will look at the marvels of the Decorated period, such as Salisbury's spire and Ely's octagon.

Illustrated Talk: 'Pirates' followed by AGM

Speaker: Ian Chambers

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm (all welcome to attend the AGM which will follow the talk)
Venue: Holbrook Moor Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, DE56 0TW
Fee: £4 payable on the day (including refreshments)
Booking: If you wish to reserve a seat, please contact Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net

Poster: Download here

Synopsis: As an introduction, Ian will explain why an academic is interested in pirates. He will then provide an overview of pirate eras covering:

  • Ancient world
  • Vikings
  • Elizabethan piracy
  • Pirate's golden age
  • Contemporary piracy

The illustrated talk will last about 1 hour and will then be followed by refreshments and the AGM of the Holbrook Branch of the WEA - all are welcome to attend the AGM.

Illustrated Talk: Dunstable Priory and the Derbyshire Connection

Speaker: Jean Yates

Date: Tuesday 23 May 2017
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Venue: Holbrook Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. DE56 0TW
Fee: £4 payable on the day (including refreshments)
Booking: If you wish to reserve a seat, please call Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net

Poster: Download here

Synopsis:  Jean Yates first became associated with the Priory and its legacy as a Local Government Officer who undertook the task of promoting tourism in the town. She became fascinated by the Priory, especially as some of its medieval annals survived (though unpublished). The importance of these survivals was such that Jean managed to secure Heritage Lottery funding for the project.

 

The medieval Priory acquired extensive land holdings in Derbyshire and the annals detail information on how the Priory administered and developed them: necessarily a lot of travel to and from Derbyshire was involved. Jean has for many years holidayed in Derbyshire to study what can still be made out of the Priory lands. In doing this, and tying together much disparate evidence, she continues to make new discoveries. There is a lot to see on the ground.

 

The illustrated talk will last about 1 hour

Guided Walk: Dunstable Priory and the Derbyshire Connection

Speaker: Jean Yates. Walk Leader: John Morrissey.

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm
Venue: Meeting at Bradbourne Village Hall car park, Mill Lane.  DE6 1PA (nearest post code)
Fee: Free
Booking: Please call Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net as numbers are limited.

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Synopsis: We plan to walk the field paths from Bradbourne to Ballidon. There is a lot to be seen of this deserted medieval village. Few people ever get in to see inside Ballidon church these days, but Jean Yates has negotiated with the Church Conservation Trust and we should be allowed entrance. Those who don’t feel up to the walk can meet us at Ballidon.

Walk back to Bradbourne meeting up once more with those not walking. In total there would be 4 miles of field paths covered. In Bradbourne churchyard we will look at the Anglo-Saxon cross before looking inside Bradbourne church.

Refreshments can be taken, if so wished, in the Village.

Illustrated Talk: The Dissolution of the Monasteries

Speaker: Julia Hickey

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017
Time: 1:30pm - 4pm
Venue: Holbrook Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. DE56 0TW
Fee: £6 payable on the day (including refreshments)
Booking: If you wish to reserve a seat, please call Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net

Poster: Download here

Synopsis: Follow Thomas Cromwell and his monastic visitors as they set about dismantling the nation’s monastic houses.  We will investigate what happened to Dale Abbey and the wider deanery of Derby and explore the  trail of destruction left by the Tudors through an exploration of parliamentary acts, Cromwell’s letters, the Valor Ecclesiasticus and the archaeological remains as well as a first hand account of what happened to Roche Abbey.  We will also consider how the change of land ownership affected local communities.


Illustrated Talk: 'Pits, Pipes, Pots and Pig Iron'.  The Village History and Industrial Heritage of Denby.

Speaker:  Ian Coker

Date: Tuesday 15 August 2017
Time: 10am - 11:30am
Venue: Holbrook Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook. DE56 0TW
Fee: £4 payable on the day (including refreshments)
Booking: If you wish to reserve a seat, please call Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net

Poster: Download here

Synopsis:  Over a period of more than two centuries, Denby grew from a small agricultural village into the home of major industries. Whilst ‘Denby’ is synonymous with domestic pottery, it was also a major centre for coal, iron, sewer pipes and bricks. It is the place where copper was smelted and tarmac invented.

Ian Coker continues his series of popular illustrated talks on local history.


Course Title: Castles

Tutor: Rod Pearson

Start Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017 - 9 meetings with a mid term break on 24 October.
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Venue: Holbrook Moor Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, DE56 0TW
Fee: £52
Booking:  Please call Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net for details.  Alternatively, enrol online at  http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/course-search


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Synopsis:  The aim of this course is to study the origins, forms and functions of the medieval English Castle.  The distribution of castles in the landscape reflects the purposes for which they were built.  Herein lies a paradox – they were designed to provide a secure fortress but also a comfortable home, functions that were really incompatible.  This is reflected in many of the features of the structures, which changed according to the emphasis laid on the particular use of the castle over time. 

 

Even within the two main functions of the castle there is duality.  The military role was both defensive and offensive, while on the domestic level it acted as a home for the lord, his family and retainers, but also provided a seat of administration, a storehouse and in some cases a market for the local community.  The actual size, shape and function of a castle is the consequence of the needs of those who built and lived in them.

 

It is hoped there will be an opportunity to arrange a site visit.

 

Visit (by coach):  Peterborough Cathedral and Teigh Church

Guide:  Jack Higham


Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017
Time: 8:30am - 7pm (approx.)
Pick-up Point: Holbrook Moor Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, DE56 0TW
Fee: £15 payable in advance (excludes any donations (not obligatory) on the day to the two churches)
Booking: If you wish to book your seat, please download the attached form here.

Poster: Download here

 

Synopsis:  Starting from Holbrook Methodist Church at 8:30am on 4 October 2017, we shall make our way by coach to Teigh Church, arriving at about 10am. Jack Higham will give a guided tour of the Church and outline its history and architectural styles.

Rejoining the coach we will then make our way to Peterborough arriving at about 11:30am. We will start the tour of the Cathedral before we take a break for lunch. There are plenty of places to eat within easy walking distance. At about 2pm Jack will continue the guided tour. After time for a cup of tea, we re-board the coach for Derby, arriving back in Holbrook around 6:30pm.

 

Peterborough Cathedral is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Peterborough, dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew, whose statues look down from the three high gables of the famous West Front.  Although it was founded in the Anglo-Saxon period, its architecture is mainly Norman, following a rebuilding in the 12th century.  With Durham and Ely Cathedrals, it is one of the most important 12th-century buildings in England to have remained largely intact, despite extensions and restoration.

Peterborough Cathedral is known for its imposing Early English Gothic West Front which, with its three enormous arches, is without architectural precedent and with no direct successor. The appearance is slightly asymmetrical, as one of the two towers that rise from behind the façade was never completed (the tower on the right as one faces the building), but this is only visible from a distance. (Wikipedia).

 

Holy Trinity Church, Teigh is a Georgian architectural gem that has remained almost unaltered since a 1782 rebuild.  It is situated a few miles north of Oakham.  There are some interesting tales associated with its various characters, a wonderful interior, and an interesting arrangement for the seating of the congregation.


Illustrated Talk: Tracks, Tramways and Towpaths (Development and Demise of Railways and Industry in the Erewash Valley 1840's to 1980's)

Speaker: David Amos
 

Date: Thursday 12 October 2017
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Holbrook Moor Methodist Chapel, Moorside Lane, Holbrook, DE56 0TW
Fee: £4 payable on the day (including refreshments)
Booking: If you wish to reserve a seat, please contact Paul Roberts on 01332 882600 or email weaholbrook@talktalk.net

Poster: Download here

 

Annual Lunch - Black Boy Inn, Heage.  14 March 2017 (12:15pm).  Please ring 01332 882600 to book a place.

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