Gerrards Cross Summer School

The Memorial Centre,  East Common,  Gerrards Cross,  Bucks  SL9 7AD

Programme 2017

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History and art history
Bridge or music
Creative arts and crafts
Computers, tablets and phones
Updated 18 July 2017
General interest

Summer School starts on Monday! 
During the School, you are welcome to come to the Memorial Centre to enrol for and join any class that is not already fully booked.  It would probably be worth a phone call to 01753 883759 to check availability on the course of your choice.



DAY 1 MONDAY 24 JULY          COURSE TITLE
TUTOR
NUMBER
NOTES
The Golden Age of Dutch Art
Hilary Williams
D1
History
Bridge - Hand Evaluation
Abbey Smith
D2
Bridge
Anyone Can Draw
David Lewry
D3
Course full
20 Best Uses for your iPAD - Beginners
Susan Mills
D4 Course full
Jewish Background to the New Testatment
Paul Luckraft
D5 General
DAY 2 TUESDAY 25 JULY



The Russian Revolution, Then and Now
William Tyler
D8
Course full
The Percy Family - Earls and Dukes of Northumberland
William Forrester
D9
History
Creative use of Pottery
Charlotte Doe
D10
Course full
Vase of Flowers in Fused Patchwork
Mary Gamester
D11
Course full
Local Lollards
Colin Oakes
D12
History
Basket Weaving
Mary Sibley
D13
Creative
First Steps with your iPhone
Tricia Lockhart
D14
Computer
DAY 3 WEDNESDAY 26 JULY


Medieval Monasteries
Tim Porter
D15
History
Art Nouveau in the North,. the Jugendstil/Secession
Anne Anderson
D16
History
Pottery
Charlotte Doe
D17
Course full
Chatelaine for the Embroiderer
Mary Gamester
D18
Course full
Volcanoes - the What, Where and Why
Jill Eyers
D19
General
Your Photobook, your way, using photographs from your iPad
Susan Mills
D20
Course full
DAY 4 THURSDAY 27 JULY


Jane Austen - A Bicentenary Appreciation
Roger Askew
D22
General
Real Knowledge and Truth
Sister Mary Finbarr Coffey
D23
General
Flower Arranging
Sara Coker
D24
Creative
Introduction to St Paul
Rev Jeremy Hurst
D25
General
Victorian Tiles
Scott Anderson
D26
History
Emotional Intelligence - Understanding Yourself & Others
George Siantonas
D27
General
Family History
Tricia Lockhart
D28
General
DAY 5 FRIDAY 28 JULY


Daring Doings on Mount Olympus  Course cancelled
Richard Box
D29
Cancelled
William Marshal - the Perfect Knight
Tim Porter
D30
History
Pen and Ink Drawing
Linnette Bell
D31
Course full
Improvers - More Best Uses for your iPad
Susan Mills
D32
Course full
Edwardian Home and Garden
Yvonne Bell
D33
History
DAY 6 MONDAY 31 JULY


The Magnificent River Thames
Sally Botwright
D36
General
Joan of Arc
Maggie Knight
D37
History
Beginners - Discover how to get the most from your Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Susan Mills
D39
Course full
Bridge - Bidding to Slam with Confidence
Tim Chanter
D40
Bridge
The Architecture of Italy comes to England
Keith Hasted
D41
History
DAY 7 TUESDAY 1 AUGUST


Sibeleus
Julian Williamson
D43
Music
Bridge - Learn to Enjoy Playing in 1NT!
Rob Wilkinson
D44
Bridge
Silk Painting
Sharon Hunt
D45
Creative
The Philosophy of Values
Peter Gibson
D46
General
History of Gerrards Cross
Julian Hunt
D47
History
Our Genes and our Health
Chris Jones
D48
General
Cryptic Crosswords
Tricia Lockhart
D49
Course full
DAY 8 WEDNESDAY 2 AUGUST


Windsor Castle
Barbara Askew
D50
History
The Mycenaeans - Fact and Myth
Geoffrey Toms
D51
History
Silk Painting
Sharon Hunt
D52
Creative
20 Best Uses for your iPAD - Beginners - changed course
Susan Mills
D4A
Course full
How to make your Gardening Easier
Letta Jones
D54
Course full
Unlocking your Creative Subsconscious
Jan Moran Neil
D55
General
DAY 9 THURSDAY 3 AUGUST


The Beauties of Russian Music
Gerald Seaman
D57
Music
Princess Louise & Other Remarkable Women
Lucinda Hawksley
D58
General
Palette Knife
Geoff Thorpe
D59
Course full
Bright & Breezy Beach Huts - beginner's acrylic painting workshop  a new course Heather McDowell D56 Creative
Chiltern Wildlife, its Past, Present and Future
John Tyler D61 General
Animals in Stumpwork
Kay Dennis
D62
Creative
Online Photo Editing
Tricia Lockhart
D63
Course full
DAY 10 FRIDAY 4 AUGUST


Yoga and Pilates
Michelle Pound
D64
General
Passchendaele 1917
Neil Faulkner
D65
History
Soft Pastels
Geoff Thorpe
D66
Creative
20 Best Uses for your iPAD - Beginners - changed course
Susan Mills
D4B
Course full
Beginners Watercolour
Denis Pannett
D68
Course full
Embroidered Decorative Pin Cushions
Kay Dennis
D69
Creative
Common Sense Data Security  Course cancelled
Tricia Lockhart
D70
Cancelled
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D1   THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH ART                   Monday 24th July

Tutor: Hilary Williams studied Art History at the University of East Anglia and was a postgraduate in English Baroque Architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art.  She joined the British Museum and became Superintendent of the Print Room.  Hilary is a specialist in 17th century art and has published on Rembrandt.  She is currently Art History Education Officer at the British Museum and is also a guide lecturer at the Wallace Collection.

 

This day explores the historical, political, social and economic circumstances which prevailed in the Netherlands in the 17th Century and how these are shown in the art of "the Golden Age". Key figures to be set within this context are Hals, Honthorst, Rembrandt, Dou, Vermeer, De Hoogh, the Ruisdaels, Hobbema, Cuyp, Metsu and Netscher. Topics covered in the day will be:- The centres of Dutch painting,  Rembrandt and Amsterdam, Dutch Genre painting (visual proverbs and the glory of Dutch landscape painting) and why it is so "Dutch".

 

D2   BRIDGE - HAND EVALUATION                   Monday 24th July

Tutor: Abbey Smith runs her own bridge club and teaching facility near Milton Keynes.  She was a leading junior international player who at senior level partnered Sandra Landy in the Beijing World Championships!  She was also a member of the British Ladies Team which won the European Championships in Malta in 1999.

 

You will learn how to judge whether your hand is good enough to open the bidding. Fine tuning your bidding will help you to bid to game on tight point counts and avoid games which appear to have enough points, but the points are “in the wrong places”. The course will cover: thinking about your points in more detail, changing the way you think about shortages, encourage you to adjust your expectations of your hand as the bidding progresses. Use different tools and guidelines to assess how good or bad your hand is. Use all the information available to make more accurate decisions on marginal hands.  Everyone will have the opportunity to practice with plenty of hands which will be explained:- what “should” happen and the reasons why.  This course will benefit anyone who wishes to improve their bidding judgement in marginal decisions without the use of conventions.

 

D3   ANYONE CAN DRAW          Course fully booked          Monday 24th July

Tutor: David Lewry, BA (Hons), SWSBA, UKCPS runs a number of highly successful classes and workshops in watercolour and drawing.  He tutors on cruise ships where he has inspired many people to take up an exciting new hobby. As an accomplished Botanical Artist he was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2009 and has contributed illustrations to several award winning books and magazines. 

 

Many would love to take up some art related hobby or even just sketch for fun but believe they are just 'not artistic.’ This course will prove otherwise. In just a few hours you will produce amazing drawings that will astound you. The idea of this course is to break down the barriers and show that absolutely anybody can learn to draw, in fact they already have the ability within them, they just need to be shown how to use it. The workshop is very much ‘hands-on’ but will also explain why drawing can be such a problem for so many people and how these problems can be quickly and easily overcome.  All materials provided - absolutely no experience needed.

 

D4    BEGINNERS 20 BEST USES FOR YOUR iPAD          Course fully booked          Monday 24th July   

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

 

During the day, I will show you how to get the best out of your iPad. There is always so much more that you can do with this wonderful device. In the morning, we go through settings and look at the best way to make use of the apps pre-loaded on your iPad. In the afternoon, I will introduce you to some of my favourite apps and introduce you to some of the amazing ways you can use the iPad to make your life easier. Step by step I will offer tips and tricks and ensure that by the end of the day you and your iPad are best friends. This course is a confidence booster and maybe afterwards you can show family members a thing or two! Please bring your iPad and charging lead.

 

D5   JEWISH BACKGROUND TO THE NEW TESTAMENT                   Monday 24th July

Tutor: Paul Luckraft has a 1st class degree in Theology from the Open Theological College and has spent many years teaching in local churches and elsewhere. He specialises in the Jewish world of Jesus and the New Testament and has developed his own courses.

 

The New Testament reflects a culture very different from our own. Once we understand its background we can start to appreciate better what we read and let it ‘come to life’. There are many aspects we could consider and some of the smaller topics may be decided on the day by those who attend. But the overall emphasis will be the religious life of the time (including groups such as the Pharisees and Sadducees), what was expected of a Messiah, the role of Torah (Law) and how Jesus fitted into all of this. Also important to discuss will be the Hebraic mindset, based upon a very different language to the one we know. Come and explore!

D8   THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, THEN AND NOW         Course fully booked           Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: William Tyler has worked in Adult Education all his professional life. He holds three degrees: MA (Oxon), MA (Keele), MPhil (Nottingham). In 2009 he was awarded the MBE for services to adult education.

 

stalinOne hundred years ago this year Russia experienced two Revolutions. The first toppled the Romaputinnov Dynasty. The second replaced an emerging democratic state with a Marxist one. From 1917 until 1991, Russia became a totalitarian Communist state, opposed to Western Liberal Democracy; although fighting alongside The Allies against Hitler’s Nazism in The Second World War. At home Stalin’s regime became one of the cruellest in modern history. Hope appeared to dawn with the overthrow of The USSR in 1991, and the appointment of Boris Yeltsin as leader. All that, now seems a long time ago, almost a dream, in the light of the ex-KGB officer, Vladimir Putins’ aggressive world outlook in the 21st century. Yet still Russia has enormous problems at home. So is the Revolution over?  Or, is the real Revolution yet to come?

 

D9   THE PERCY FAMILY–THE EARLS & DUKES OF NORTHUMBERLAND                   Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: William Forrester, MA (Oxon), PGCE, Diploma in Art History, Lecturer for the National Portrait Gallery and British Museum, Tour Guide for London and the City.

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We will consider one of England’s most complex and fascinating families, who trace their lineage back to the Emperor Charlemagne. They were tremendously powerful in the Middle Ages, holding the Northern frontier and even acting as kingmaker during the King Richard II and Henry IV period.  Under the Tudors, whilst other families rose, they were systematically weakened as “overmighty subjects”.  They recovered in great style under the Stuarts, only to fall foul of the new King at the time of the Gunpowder Plot.  The story then becomes less dramatic but no less interesting – involving fabulously wealthy heiresses, the amassing of one of the greatest art collections and the refurbishment and redecoration of their houses by luminaries like Robert Adam.  We take the story up to today when Alnwick’s gardens are becoming one of the wonders of the North.  A day full of history, anecdote and fine art.  

 

D10   CREATIVE USE OF POTTERY           Course fully booked         Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: Charlotte Doe: Qualifications: BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture

 

The aim of the day will be for you to make a selection of ceramic pieces using hand building techniques. You will be able to make a selection of shallow dishes, bowls, vases or jugs using the technique of rolling out and cutting to templates. You can decorate these using printing blocks, textured wallpaper and fabric. You will be using stoneware clay and at the end of the day will be able to choose from a selection of glaze colours. Your ceramic pieces will be taken away for firing and glazing and returned to Gerrards Cross. Additional material and firing costs of £5 per person to be paid on the day.

 

D11   VASE OF FLOWERS IN FUSED PATCHWORK         Course fully booked           Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: Mary Gamester: Cert Ed, City & Guilds Cert and Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting and Machine Embroidery. Currently teaching in several venues.

 

You will make a delightful picture of a vase of colourful and quixotic flowers. The flowers can be cut freely or from templates provided. Just let your imagination run riot with colours and shapes that will be bonded onto a background. This will then be layered up with wadding and can be quilted and embellished with beads, sequins and embroidery stitches. This beautiful example will become a work of art for your wall.

 

D12   LOCAL LOLLARDS                   Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: Colin Oakes has taken walking tours and coach tours, lectures and conferences since 1982. Colin has a BA (Hons) in Archaeological Studies from the University of Leicester and obtained an MA in London Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.

 

The Lollards are often confused with Protestants, however they are an indigenous British phenomenon and were particularly strong in Bucks in 15th and 16th Centuries. The course will look at why the Chilterns was such a rich area for this type of religious dissent. We will look at the origins of the Lollard movement until the 14th Century and Wycliffe. The focus will then be on 15th Century and local persecutions, which culminated in the burning, brandings and humiliations that these steadfast men and women went through. The course will end with how the group was affected by Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary and how Lollardism is still reflected in the area today.

 

D13   BASKET WEAVING                        Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: Mary Sibley is a retired art teacher and volunteered to work on the Coronation Arches.

 

You will be weaving two projects during the day.  First will be a beautiful unique basket which will enhance your favourite pot plant or flower arrangement.  The second project is making a large sun flower with a woven centre and petals of various sizes. The finished flower often ends up about 3 feet in diameter.  It can be displayed on a post in a flower bed or nailed to a shed, wall or fence.  There will be tips and ideas given throughout the day.  You will go home with two finished projects and a smile on your face!

 

D14   FIRST STEPS WITH YOUR iPHONE                   Tuesday 25th July

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

 

Do you have an iphone and want to use it for more than just making calls – or do you want to use it more efficiently? Aimed at novices, we will look at the most common features, using them efficiently, including to keep your bills under control. You will need to bring your iphone, it’s charging lead and know your id and password so you can change settings if necessary. Some aspects of this course will also apply to iPad Touch or iPad users.

 

D15   MEDIEVAL MONASTERIES                   Wednesday 26th July

Tutor: Tim Porter specialises in two subject areas: the Middle Ages and Music.  He is an experienced lecturer, including NADFAS and the Ashmolean Museum, and works as a tour guide for specialist history groups.Tintern

 

If you want to know what “medieval” means, then call it “the age of monasteries”, and you can’t go far wrong!  It’s the thousand years when the landscape was dominated by their brooding presence- not just in terms of vast building but also economics, industry, scholarship and religious thought. Five hundred years have passed since Henry VIII had the monasteries ruthlessly suppressed, but still the English landscape bears their shadowy imprint - one just needs to know what one’s looking for.  Half of this study day will be devoted to the monasteries in their medieval heyday – their purpose, layout, symbolism, art and architecture.  Then we’ll move on to what’s left, but not always the obvious things: because,  yes, one can’t ignore the vast glories of Tintern and Rievaulx but there’s also the matter of monasteries in the wider world-  barns, bridges, towns even, and all the recycled materials and converted  buildings, which pop up everywhere in the most surprising forms!

 

D16  ART NOUVEAU IN THE NORTH: THE JUGENDSTIL/SECESSION                   Wednesday 26th July

Tutor: Prof. Anne Anderson BA, PhD, FSA & NADFAS lecturer. From 1993-2007 Anne was a senior lecturer on the Fine Arts Valuation degree courses at Southampton Solent University, where she specialized in Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Modernism. She is currently a tutor at the V&A teaching 19th and 20th century art and design. Anne toured Australia in 2000, 2006, 2009 and has lectured on Swan Hellenic Minerva and the Spirit of Adventure. Her television credits include BBC’s Flog It!

 

Although the Art Nouveau era was brief, roughly from 1890 to 1914, it was wide spread; it has been dubbed the first Pan-European movement.  In fact it can be found as far afield as Norway to the north, Russsia to the east, Italy to the south and Argentina to the west. In German speaking countries, including Baltic States and Scandinavia,Art Nouveau was termed Jugendstil or Secession.  The expression Jugendstil, meaning literally Youth-style, was taken from a contemporary avant-garde magazine, while Secession proclaimed a breach with the establishment.  Secession is most closely associated with Vienna but Munich, Dresden and Berlin were also in the vanguard of the New Art, while Darmstadt emerged as the leading player in the Jugendstil movement.

 

D17   POTTERY          Course fully booked          Wednesday 26th July

Tutor: Charlotte Doe: Qualifications: BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture

 

The aim of the day will be for you to make a selection of ceramic pieces using hand building techniques. You will be able to make a selection of pottery, including small planters hanging wall planters and plant labels using slab building and coiling techniques. You can use a range of printing blocks and leaves to add texture to your slabs. You will be using stoneware clay and at the end of the day will be able to choose from a selection of glaze colours. Your ceramic pieces will be taken away for firing and glazing and returned to Gerrards Cross. Additional material and firing costs of £5 per person to be paid on the day.

 

D18   CHATELAINE FOR THE EMBROIDERER           Course fully booked           Wednesday 26th July

Tutor: Mary Gamester  Qualifications:- Cert Ed;  City & Guilds Cert and Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting and Machine Embroidery. Currently teaching in several venues.

 

A Chatelaine for the embroiderer, quilter and seamstress. You will make a delightful ‘chatelaine’ to include scissors holder, thimble pod and pinwheel. This is a very pretty and practical hand sewn trio to keep your smaller sewing accessories together. The set will look very decorative and when hung up will enhance your sewing room. It will also be very easy to find and take to workshops. Could make a delightful gift either as a set or individually.

 

D19   VOLCANOES- THE WHAT, WHERE AND WHY                   Wednesday 26th July

Tutor:  Dr Jill Eyers, PhD, BA (Hons), PGCE (TLHE) (Open)volcanoe

 

Volcanoes hit our news headlines many times each year. Some are dangerous and some are not; some are explosive and some effuse gentle lava rivers while others pump ash clouds into the sky. Without doubt all are fascinating and even beautiful at times. What is a volcano and why do we find them in some parts of the world and not others? We will go on a tour of the world to discover more about them. The Caribbean, Azores, Iceland, Hawaii and the Italian volcanoes will feature but we shall also include others, including British examples. Intrigued? Then come to this course with lots of real rocks, video footage of eruptions and internet sources to find out more on any volcano you request!

 

D20   YOUR PHOTOBOOK, YOUR WAY, USING THE PHOTOGRAPHS ON YOUR iPAD  Course fully booked    Wednesday 26th July

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

 

In the morning I will explore some of the hundreds of providers and explain cost structures and ease of use. In the afternoon, I will concentrate on one site and demonstrate step by step how to prepare your photos and how to start on the design of your photobook. Of course, the best thing about creating a Photo Book is getting personal. And that’s what really matters. I understand that your memories are important. I will show you plenty of themes and layouts to play around with. You can choose different papers, different finishes and different covers. I will offer you some creation inspiration along the way but the decisions are in your hands. Please bring your iPad and charging lead.

 

D22   JANE AUSTEN – A BICENTENARY APPRECIATION                   Thursday 27th July

Tutor: Roger Askew gained an English Degree from Magdalen College, Oxford and taught       English at Tiffin Boys’ School, Kingston upon Thames, for 10 years. He is a Lecturer for NADFAS, Chairman of Windsor and Maidenhead Decorative and Fine Arts Society and President Emeritus of the Stoke Poges Society.

 

This Study Day celebrates the life and work of one of our best-loved writers, who died 200 years ago on July 18th 1817. We shall examine her life in Hampshire, a life confined to a small geographical area and circle of family and friends. We shall explore how, despite these seeming restrictions, she came to write six novels in which she created characters who still live as vividly today as in the Georgian period. We shall examine her letters, through which she reveals herself to be the same sharp observer of human nature that she reveals herself to be in her novels - she was not the comfy, almost sanctified, figure that the Victorian age painted her. There will be an opportunity to read and discuss passages from her works.

 

D23   REAL KNOWLEDGE AND TRUTH                   Thursday 27th July

Tutor: Sister (Dr) Mary Finbarr Coffey holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London; and a Bachelor of Scholastic Philosophy and English from Queens University, Belfast. For ten years, she lectured in Philosophy for a Bachelor's Degree.

 

Real Knowledge and Truth for post-modernist relativism, the "truth" is always subjective, so there is "your truth" and there is "my truth", but there is no such thing as "the Truth". This search for what is real for you and real for me seems to be too loose. What is valuable is what is real for you, for me and for everybody. In its most benign form relativism appears to be a servant of tolerance, but to deny that there is "objective truth" is ultimately very dangerous and corrosive. This course is concerned with the problem of identifying real knowledge and truth by means of reasoning. The contributions of Plato, Richard Rorty and Paul Boghossian to the subject of Epistemic Relativism will be examined, with the classic Theaetetus taken first, to compare what the Ancients said about the issue with that of two modern thinkers.

 

D24   FLOWER ARRANGING FOR BEGINNERS                   Thursday 27th JulyD24

Tutor: Sarah Coker

 

The day will start with learning about the various types of flowers and how to condition them.  We then go on to using the flowers to make three different types of arrangement. Firstly making a buttonhole, then a handtied bouquet and finally a posy bowl. At each stage there will be demonstrations before you get hands on.   All the materials and flowers will be provided, there will be a cost of £25 on the day.  At the end of the day you will have some beautiful items to take home.

 

D25   INTRODUCTION TO  ST PAUL                   Thursday 27th July

Tutor: The Rev Canon Dr. Jeremy Hurst  M.A. Theology from CambridgePh.D. Church History from Reading.  Formerly Rector of the anglican parish of Langley; chairman of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education. Since retirement lecturer in New Testament Studies for Windsor branch of the W.E.A.

 

We will begin with a biography of Paul, quite easy to compile from Acts and his own letters. We look at his earliest extant letters, to the Thessalonians, followed by a more detailed examination of Corinthians, then Romans, then his final ‘captivity letters’. We will have these questions in mind: Who was Paul, and what authority did he have to write? Who were his readers and why did he write to them? How did they understand what he wrote to them? What has been his influence on the later church? Finally, how are we modern readers to interpret these letters for today?  Please bring a Bible, any version. No other materials are needed. Be ready to speak and share your opinions; group discussion is welcome.

 

D26   VICTORIAN TILES                   Thursday 27th July 

Tutor: Dr Scott Anderson, MA, PhD, FNAVA, ASFAV, Senior Lecturer at Southampton Solent University. He is a NADFAS Lecturer and has spoken to many audiences on Victorian art and design in England and abroad. He has also worked on BBC’s Flog It.tiles

 

The Victorian Age witnessed many changes in the fields of art, design and architecture but few were as important and persistent as those connected to tiles and architectural ceramics. Due to the work of pioneers such as A.W.N. Pugin and Herbert Minton, the 19th century witnessed the development of ceramic technologies that allowed Victorian architects not only to recreate and surpass the glories of Medieval church tiles but to re-invent a panoply of Renaissance-style monsters, exotic patterns and human figures in terra-cotta that adorned buildings across the nation. This course looks at Victorian and Edwardian masterpieces of ceramic art and design and investigates, in detail, the works of mural artists such as William James Neatby – best known for his painted tile scheme in the Food Hall at Harrods Department store in London.

 

D27  EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF & OTHERS                  Thursday 27th July

Tutor: George Siantonas Chairman of Global Management Consultancy specialising in leadership development.   Public Speaker and TED talks presenter • Sussex University Lecturer • MSc • Doctoral Researcher • Author of: ‘The 13 Key Performance Indicators for Highly Effective Teams’ Greenleaf Publishing, 2008.

 

Emotional Intelligence is essential for effective communication and interpersonal relations, as well as for developing empathy with others. This interactive workshop provides practical guidance to aid self-awareness and improved relationships with others by gaining insights into individual personality, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Through examining the principles of Emotional Intelligence participants will understand how, by learning about our own Emotional Intelligence, we can improve the way we interact with others.   Key topics include: Qualities of Emotional Intelligence Understanding your own behavioural style and the effect it has on others and how to adapt your behavioural style in order to be more effective.

 

D28   FAMILY HISTORY                  Thursday 27th July

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

 

Researching your Family History can become addictive but using the computer to find the information you want sometimes needs an unusual approach.  You will be given a variety of tips on how to search and how to assess the accuracy of the sources. We will explore a variety of resources to aid researching and recording your Family History.  We hope to have free access to one of the main Family History sites during the course.

Participants should be familiar with using the internet and with saving and relocating files on their computer.  For those keen on starting their family tree, some of your own information relating to births, marriages, deaths, residences and military service will allow individual searches to be made. A memory stick or portable hard drive may be useful so that information can be saved for use later.

 

D29  DARING DOINGS ON MOUNT OLYMPUS          Course cancelled      Friday 28th July

Tutor: Richard Box NDD (1964), ATC('65), Dip.Hist.Art('79), AdvDipEd('85) is an artist, and a NADFAS lecturer. He give talks and teaches drawing, painting and his particular system of textile art at various adult education centres as well as independent organisations

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 Homer’s writings about the fabulous feats and amorous adventures of the Olympian gods, goddesses and mortal beings inspired many subsequent Greek playwrights and Roman poets.  These, in turn have inspired sculptors, painters and all others in the fields of fine and decorative arts to create visual depictions of great power and passion from classical times to the present day.  This storytelling talk is illustrated by such wonderful and intriguing images throughout the ages that will not only enthral you but also explain and illustrate stylistic and technical differences as time and culture moves and develops.   We begin with the formation of the world, followed by the origin of the twelve Olympian gods and goddesses and then progress to describe how each one of the twelve entangle with the others and how mortal beings, including heroes and heroines became willingly or unwittingly involved.

 

D30 WILLIAM MARSHAL – THE PERFECT KNIGHT                  Friday 28th July

Tutor:Tim Porter is an itinerant lecturer, working in the fields of Music and Medieval History. He is  a member of the NADFAS Register, a popular speaker at the Ashmolean in Oxford and at other museums, colleges and societies.

 

800 years ago, England was ravaged by civil strife and a French invasion, and the king was a child!  But into the breach stepped William Marshal, seventy years old and the man of the moment!  Under his Regency, the War was won and Magna Carta took root.  But these events were just the crown of an astonishing career based on our politics, diplomacy and the cult of chivalry.  To understand William Marshal is to understand the marvellous vitality of medieval Europe and why it still matters today.

 

D31  PEN AND INK  DRAWING        Course fully booked           Friday 28th July

Tutor: Linnette Bell, BA (Hons) is an experienced artist and tutor of many years teaching various art media. She has a B.A. (Hons) degree in art and City & Guilds certificate in teaching.

 

Experience in drawing will be helpful, but not essential.  Demonstrations and help will be given to achieve the following-  

Learn about different types of ink & its effects on various papers, line drawing from still life or photographs, shading techniques drawing from still life or photographs, using a variety of drawing styles and adding a subtle touch of water colour.  There will be a selection of photographs and items to draw. Examples of ink drawings and sketch books by the tutor and books with ink drawings in a variety of styles by well known artists will be available to see for your inspiration. Handmade bamboo pen provided.

 

D32   IMPROVERS - MORE BEST USES FOR YOUR iPAD        Course fully booked           Friday 28th July

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

 

During the day, I will demonstrate how to get the best out of your iPad. In the morning, we review settings and how to make best use of the apps pre-loaded on your iPad.  In the afternoon, I will introduce you to some of the newest ways that the iPad is becoming an indispensable helpmate. Step by step I will offer tips and tricks to ensure that by the end of the day you and your iPad are working together. There is always so much more that you can do with this wonderful device. Please bring your iPad and charging lead.

 

D33   EDWARDIAN HOME & GARDEN                  Friday 28th July

Tutor: Yvonne Bell’s extensive collection of Edwardian material illustrates and informs her talks given over a wide area of the south west.  She was commissioned by Shire Publications to write a book – ‘The Edwardian Home’ – has appeared on television and radio, and has had many articles published.  

 

By the turn of the 19C the Arts & Crafts Movement was in full swing, and this new honesty in design was reflected especially in the home.  We shall look at Edwardian houses, their interiors and furnishings, using source material such as photographs, quotations, Punch cartoons and more. The afternoon session will deal with the Edwardian garden which too was greatly influenced by the A&C Movement.  We will take a look at some of Gertrude Jekyll’s work, explore various gardens of the period, and discover what people did in their gardens.

Yvonne hopes that some of her enthusiasm for the period will rub off on her students!


D36   THE MAGNIFICENT RIVER THAMES                    Monday 31st July

Tutor: Sally Botwright is a qualified London Blue Badge Guide. Born in London, which is still her favourite place she feels fortunate to be able to show visitors from abroad and the UK around our wonderful capital city. She also gives lectures on London to clubs and groups in Bucks, Berks and Surreythames lock

 

The River Thames is England’s greatest river and one of the most famous rivers in the world flowing for over two hundred miles from the heart of England in the Cotswolds where the river has its source, it builds from a trickle of water to a steady stream that makes its journey through small villages, pretty towns, important cities and beautiful countryside, passing magnificent houses connecting it to religion and royalty and vital for trade and industry. We will look at many aspects of the river, particularly in London and we will also take a journey from source to sea visiting many of the towns on the way, looking at the locks, people, history, industry and everything that helps to make the Magnificent River Thames.

 
D37   THE MYSTERY OF JOAN OF ARC                    Monday 31st July

Tutor: Maggie Knight BA Fine Art, MA History of Art, PhD History of Art. Founded the Adult Education section at the V&A Museum.  She ran her own classes in art and cultural history in London and is now teaching for NADFAS and leading tours to Europe and America.

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Joan of Arc was nineteen in 1431 when she was convicted by pro-English and Burgundian clerics and burned at the stake. In her short life Joan had gained the confidence of the Dauphin and proved to be an astute military strategist challenging the Anglo-Burgundian dominance of France. Her belief that her mission to free her country was guided by God and the Saints made her a dangerous foe to the English. It was necessary to discredit and destroy her and when accusations of heresy failed, her conviction was secured on the trumped-up charge of ‘cross dressing’. There are many contemporary documents relating to the trial of Joan but today we will discover how an uneducated peasant girl from an obscure village overcame deep rooted prejudices to revive the fortunes of the country she loved.

D39   BEGINNERS - DISCOVER HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR GALAXY TABLET     Course fully booked          Monday 31st July

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

 

Getting to grips with the numerous unique features, tools and apps available on your Galaxy can be a challenge.  During the day, I will show you how to set up your device set and working smoothly. I will explain what some of the more advanced features do.  There will be tips and tricks to ensure that you make the most of some of the most popular apps. This course will enable you to become more familiar with your Tablet and increase your confidence. If you mainly use your tablet just for emails, then this is the course for you. Please bring your Tablet and charging lead.

 

D40   BRIDGE – BIDDING TO SLAM WITH CONFIDENCE                    Monday 31st July  

Tutor: Tim Chanter is an outstanding teacher from Richmond Bridge Club which is one of the leading clubs in the country, having attracted more players than any other EBU affiliated club.  He is a regular tournament player on the English Bridge Circuit, and is a qualified EBU bridge teacher.  He also teaches at Wimbledon, Brentham and the Hurlingham Club.

 

The day will focus on vital slam bidding tools to help you judge when to bid at the 6 or 7 level, including Splinters, Roman Keycard Blackwood and Cue-Bidding.  There will be handouts summarising these conventions; demonstration boards for all to play and review as a group; and of course plenty of boards to play to put these into practice.

 

D41  THE ARCHITECTURE OF ITALY COMES TO ENGLAND                  Monday 31st July

Tutor: Keith Hasted studied History of Art at Oxford and has an M.A. in History of Architecture from Reading University where he focused on Italian Renaissance palace architecture. He lectures at Oxford University Continuing Education and for the WEA.

 

We will look at architecture in the Italian Renaissance, led by designers such as Michelangelo and Palladio, and how it influenced building in England, including the works of Inigo Jones and Christopher Wren. As the architecture of the Renaissance in Italy flourished, and led down divergent pathways to the works of Palladio and the Baroque style, how was its influence felt in England? Arguably this began as gentle incorporation into Elizabethan building, changing dramatically with the work of Inigo Jones. Its re-emergence was seen in the work of Wren and Hawksmoor and in the age of the Grand Tour, as key figures like Lord Burlington became absorbed by architecture. We will examine how this influence was demonstrated, and how illustrated publication of works such as Palladio’s Four Books and Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus played a crucial part.

 

D43   SIBELIUS                    Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Julian Williamson LTCL (Trinity College), conductor of many orchestras and choirs in Great Britain and overseas; also an experienced lecturer.

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Historically Finland fought constant battles with other countries, (notably Sweden and Russia), in attempting to assert its own independence.  It was during the lifetime of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) that many of these struggles were resolved with independence declared in 1917 and it was this great composer who showed his country that it could also have an artistic independence.  It was he, who, through the wide range of his music, pointed the way to a genuine ethnic Finnish sound drawing on many national artistic traditions, in particular the ancient epic poetry of the “Kalevala”, from which he drew much of this orchestral and vocal inspiration.  During this course we will look at the development of Finnish music and show how Sibelius gave it a focus and an international recognition on which it has lived ever since.

 

D44   BRIDGE - LEARN TO ENJOY PLAYING IN 1NT!                     Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Rob Wilkinson is an EBU qualified bridge teacher who runs The Bridge School at Gerrards Cross. He teaches beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, runs regular half-day seminars and has extensive playing experience.

 

Good declarers always enjoy playing no trump contracts. Unfortunately, some ‘hate’ them and many truly fear playing in 1NT!  Actually, you should look forward to it because a 1NT contract offers you greater chances for a good score. Why?  Firstly, the points are usually equally split so there is greater trick-taking and trick-losing potential. Secondly, the defence has little information to help them choose the best lead. And thirdly, you can see your combined hands giving you the advantage of knowing your weaknesses and your strengths.
This seminar will give a clear, simple approach to playing a 1NT contract and build key techniques for maximising tricks. We will help you look forward to playing in 1NT (and all no trump contracts) with confidence. And if you think you already play no trump contracts well, then we’ll try to make you better!

This seminar is suitable for all levels of bridge player but particularly those who fear no trump contracts! There will be plenty of demonstration and practice play hands to enjoy.

 

D45   SILK PAINTING                     Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Sharon Hurst is known for the vibrant colours and bold designs in all her work, from fantasy watercolour and silk scarves through to beaded jewellery.  Entirely self-taught, she believes in breaking rules because, as she says, “No-one ever taught me any, so I just go my own way and experiment”!  Sharon’s work is available in galleries both here and abroad

 

This course, working with silk and heat set silk paints, is suitable for both beginners and improvers.  We will have time to explore various techniques, using gutta to design your piece and different salts for effect, and we will have design books to help with ideas.

Silk is available at a cost of £5 per metre and ready made silk scarves at £4.50 each.

 

D46   THE PHILOSOPHY OF VALUES                    Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Dr Peter Gibson was for many years Head of Philosophy at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. His first degree was in English, and he recently completed a PhD in Philosophy at Birkbeck, London. He runs a philosophy website:philosophyideas.com.

 

The way we all live is guided by our values. Our relationships, lifestyles, politics, entertainments (and what passes through our minds all day long) are guided primarily by our values and depend on our underlying priorities and dislikes. The four main theories of morality (based on happiness, duty, mutual help, and character) cannot get started without some shared commitment to what is important, and what is good. The day will be about morality, with the main focus on the background assumptions and motivations. We will investigate what values are, the extent to which they are rational, and whether they can be justified.

D47   HISTORY OF GERRARDS CROSS                    Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Julian Hunt  was Local Studies Librarian for Buckinghamshire from 1988 to1997 and later worked at the County Records Office and County Museum.  He was co-author of ‘A History of Gerrards Cross’ published in 2006, to mark the centenary of the opening of the railway to Gerrards Cross.

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This course will trace the origins of Gerrards Cross, described as early as 1862 as ‘a very respectable place with many genteel residences’. It will focus on the architects and builders who laid out the new town and the estate agents and financiers who marketed the new houses.  Using the1911 Census and the1939 Register, students will find out who lived in the main street and what they did for a living.

 

D48   OUR GENES AND OUR HEALTH                    Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Chris Jones BSc Botany/Zoology Dip Ed. Biology teacher for over forty years and A level examiner for thirty years.

 

An introduction to genetics and how genes affect health and disease,  including an outline of the structure of DNA; how genes control cells and what happens when genetic mutations occur; how genes are passed on to the next generation and how diseases are inherited; the link between genes and cancer; the impact of the Human Genome Project on knowledge about how different genes affect health; how genes and environment interact to impact upon health and finally how new discoveries and modern approaches offer hope for more targeted treatments and more personalised medicine.  Although all this does include some technical terms and concepts, the topics will be presented in an easy to understand way, previous knowledge is not necessary, the course is suitable for anyone interested in learning more

 

D49   CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS           Course fully booked                 Tuesday 1st August

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart BSc; PGCE; PGC ITT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.    Part time tutor to students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

 

This course is for those who have yet to achieve success solving cryptic crosswords.  Types of clues to the overall crossword, and information about dictionaries and other aids. Whilst the course does not rely on using a computer, we will use it to source crosswords or to gain help.  We will use past examples from popular broadsheets, particularly the Daily Telegraph.  You might like to bring a small dictionary (or one on a Kindle or Smartphone). This is aimed at absolute beginners.

 

D50   WINDSOR CASTLE                    Wednesday 2nd August

Tutor: Barbara Askew BA (Hons) History, Diploma in Education, is a historian, a lecturer for NADFAS and the acknowledged ewindsorxpert on Windsor Castle among Blue Badge Tourist Guides.

 

This Study Day looks at the latest evidence on the foundation of Windsor Castle by William the Conqueror and outlines the Castle’s development from a medieval fortress into a magnificent royal palace. We then examine the devastation wrought by the Great Fire of 1992 and the restoration which followed, which has made the present reign, along with those of King Charles II and George IV a key period in the Castle’s post-medieval development.

 

D51   THE MYCENAEANS- FACT AND MYTH                    Wednesday 2nd August

Tutor: Geoffrey Toms is a classical archaeologist who has spent a lifetime touring the Eastern Mediterranean and leading study tours.  He was for nearly twenty years Head of Education at the Museum of London.

 

The mythology of Homer's poems, the Iliad and Odyssey, describes a world of Greek heroes--such as Agamemnon, Menelaus, Odysseus, Ajax, Nestor etc.-leaving their palaces with their armies to fight in the Trojan War.  How real were they?

Heinrich Schliemann, after excavating Troy in the 19th century, turned to the citadel of Mycenae, where he and others subsequently found a palace culture within its extensive walls, with massive tombs outside. Archaeology since then has shown not only the existence of other contemporary palaces such as Tiryns and Pylos, but a militaristic and economic empire which spread through southern and central Greece to Crete and Cyprus and came to an end in 1200 BC. This course will lavishly illustrate the world of the Mycenaeans through their monuments, the Linear B tablets, and a range of artefacts as the factual evidence for a major civilisation.

 

D52   SILK PAINTING                    Wednesday 2nd August

Tutor: Sharon Hurst is known for the vibrant colours and bold designs in all her work, from fantasy watercolour and silk scarves through to beaded jewellery.  Entirely self-taught, she believes in breaking rules because, as she says, “No-one ever taught me any, so I just go my own way and experiment”!  Sharon’s work is available in galleries both here and abroad.

 

This course, working with silk and heat set silk paints, is suitable for both beginners and improvers.  We will have time to explore various techniques, using gutta to design your piece and different salts for effect, and we will have design books to help with ideas.

Silk is available at a cost of £5 per metre and readymade silk scarves at £4.50 each.

 

D4A    BEGINNERS 20 BEST USES FOR YOUR iPAD          Course fully booked          Wednesday 2nd August

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

 

During the day, I will show you how to get the best out of your iPad. There is always so much more that you can do with this wonderful device. In the morning, we go through settings and look at the best way to make use of the apps pre-loaded on your iPad. In the afternoon, I will introduce you to some of my favourite apps and introduce you to some of the amazing ways you can use the iPad to make your life easier. Step by step I will offer tips and tricks and ensure that by the end of the day you and your iPad are best friends. This course is a confidence booster and maybe afterwards you can show family members a thing or two! Please bring your iPad and charging lead.

 

D54   HOW TO MAKE YOUR GARDENING EASIER           Course fully booked                Wednesday 2nd August

Tutor: Letta Jones, MA, is a lecturer in Landscape, Horticulture and Garden History. She teaches in London and at Denman and Woodbrooke Colleges.  In September 2017 she leads a gardens study trip to the Loire Valley.  All are welcome. www.lettajones.co.uk

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Making a garden less labour intensive, yet still attractive all year round is the dream of many garden lovers. This course will give you the skills and knowledge to plan your garden for the future, minimising time, energy and expense looking after it.  Choosing the right plant for the right place, soil conditioning and mulching, ground cover and drought tolerant plants will be considered.  We will select fail-safe plants from a selection of small trees, evergreen and deciduous shrubs and perennials. You will go away with inspiration and support to plan your own garden for easier maintenance.

 

D55   UNLOCKING YOUR CREATIVE SUBCONSCIOUS                    Wednesday 2nd August

Tutor: Jan Moran Neil  B.Ed Hons MSt has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. Her poetry collection: Red Lipstick & Revelations is published by Indigo Dreams. She is a widely published and performed playwright on the London Fringe. Her poetry has been published in many anthologies in the UK and South Africa. She won Bloomsbury Publishing’s International sonnet competition 2016. Jan runs Creative Iink for Writers and Actors, established in 2000. www.janmoranneil.co.uk

 

Your subconscious is a treasure trove of ideas bustling to be released on to paper. Come, find that key and explore those memory documents. Putting your thoughts on to paper can be blissful therapy but might also lead to purposeful publication. This is a warm, friendly environment. Please don’t feel intimidated!

 

D57   THE BEAUTIES OF RUSSIAN MUSIC                   Thursday 3rd August

Tutor: Gerald Seaman, formerly Professor of Musicology at Auckland University, later Oxford University,D57 is a world authority and writer on Russian music. Having lived in Russia, has a unique knowledge of Russian culture. His lectures are always clear, comprehensive and communicative.

 

Russian music is notable for its freshness, lyricism and rhythmic vitality. The emergence of a galaxy of brilliant composers in the 19th century is an extraordinary phenomenon, and just as Pushkin was the creator of modern Russian literature, so too, composers including  Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, perform a similar role in music. Each in his way was indebted to Russian folk music which appears as a vitalising force in their works.  Important, too, is the role of the music of the Russian church. Illustrated by excerpts, including some of the great moments in Russian music, this course is not only refreshing, informative and stimulating but one which will linger in the memory. 

 

D58   PRINCESS LOUISE & OTHER REMARKABLE WOMEN                  Thursday 3rd August

Tutor: Lucinda Hawksley is an author and broadcaster, who has written more than 20 books.   She is also a lecturer in art history and literature and a regular speaker at the National Portrait Gallery. She was a pupil at Dr Challoner’s High School.   She will be talking about two of her books: The Mystery of Princess Louise and March, Women, March: Voices of the Women’s Movement. 

 

We will begin with looking at the life and work of the artist Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert – a rebel, suffrage supporter, socialite and professional sculptor. Princess Louise's life has been shrouded in mystery, even to the extent that the Royal Archives have closed off her files. Lucinda will reveal what she was able to find out about this fascinating woman and how her name still resonates today. Later, we will look at the remarkable women who fought the battle for female suffrage from the late 18th century to the 1920s, looking at the differences and similarities between the suffragists and suffragettes and at the changes wrought by women who fought even while knowing they were doing so solely to benefit future generations, not themselves.  Lucinda will look at the changes that came around through various suffrage campaigns, and at what basic human rights we take for granted today, but which we would not be privileged to enjoy without the work of these incredible activists.

 

D59   PALETTE KNIFE           Course fully booked           Thursday 3rd August

Tutor: Geoff Thorpe attended Lichfield School of Art.  He is a demonstrator and tutor for the Society of all Artists (SAA) and at Earnley Concourse, Chichester.  He also offers workshop courses in all mediums in Harwich, Essex.  Geoff firmly believes that painting should be fun.

 

An opportunity to experience the freedom of painting with a Knife. Working on a stretchered canvas, using a limited oil colour palette. Using "Traditional or Water Mixable Oils" Please note no painting mediums used just paint. Working on an easel will be advantageous, table or free standing. The Course will be a "Paint Along" with techniques explained and demonstrated throughout the session together with one to one advice. The subject will be available and distributed to all participants on arrival. An interesting and informative day is promised, no rocket science just pure enjoyment in creating a painting


D56  BRIGHT & BREEZY BEACH HUTS - BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ACRYLIC PAINTING         A new course         Thursday 3rd August

Tutor Heather McDowell


A step by step acrylic painting workshop, with all materials included. No painting or drawing experience needed. Participants will practice some techniques and create a finished work on stretched canvas to take home

 

D61   CHILTERN WILDLIFE, ITS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE                    Thursday 3rd August

Tutor: John Tyler  B. A. (Oxon) Zoology; M. Sc. (University College London) Conservation. Ex-Fellow, Royal Entomological Society. Worked for 25 years in nature conservation, most recently as Warden of the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve in Kent. Author of 'The Glow-worm'.

 

We begin by following the hundred million year story of the Chilterns from their creation, through ice ages and the arrival of humans to the present day, along the way meeting some of the wildlife that lived here. Next we explore the major groups of plants, fungi and animals to be seen in the Chilterns today, with tips on where to find them and how to recognise them. We also look at how to 'read' the countryside to learn about its past, before turning our attention to the future, to some of the threats (and opportunities) that Chiltern wildlife will face during the 21st century, and what we can do to help. Finally, weather permitting, we will visit the Common to look for some of the species featured in the course.

 

D62   ANIMALS IN STUMPWORK                    Thursday 3rd August

Tutor: Kay Dennis is a freelance, professional embroiderer who specialises in stumpwork,Elizabethan embroidery, needlelace and three dimensional embroidery. Kay has City & Guilds qualifications in lace, embroidery and stumpwork. 

 

Animals were traditional motifs used in17th century embroideries. The animals often shown were dogs, foxes, deer, lions, sheep, leopards and sometimes camels or elephants. All the animals represented meanings, for instance a dog depicted fidelity and devotion and a fox, cunning and thoughtfulness. There will be different animals to choose from so you can select and learn how to make an animal of your choice, which can be finished at home, or make a sampler showing ways of making fur, horns etc. The animals are made using stranded cottons, simple embroidery stitches and wires. The class is designed for all abilities.

 

D63   ONLINE PHOTO EDITING          Course fully booked            Thursday 3rd August

Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGC ITT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

 

Taking photos with phones or tablets gets easier and easier. Making the most of those photos, improving and sharing them shouldn’t need expensive software or a full sized computer. There is an excellent free editor that can be accessed by any device that can access the internet. With no need to download anything to your device, it offers an easy way to share within the family or for those who wish to share with specific parameters for a website or blog. Images can also be assembled to make collages or photo books. The application may suit many who want quite sophisticated photo editing but the course will be aimed at a more basic introduction. Those who wish, can bring their own tablets or laptops so the links can be saved for future use.

 

D64   YOGA AND PILATES                    Friday 4th August

Tutor: Michelle Pound is an experienced Yoga & Pilates Teacher having completed courses with BWY, FRYOG and Active IQ and is also qualified to teach pre & postnatal, as well as children. Michelle also has an Award in Education and Training diploma.

 

An introduction to Yoga & Pilates and the differences between the two. I aim to make this a fun and interesting day that will be suitable for all ages and abilities, with beginners very welcome!  We will look at the benefits of both and how they can help with back pain, using the six movements of the spine, (‘We are as young as the spine is flexible’). Yoga can also help to aid sleep, concentration and dissolve anxiety, we will look at some of these different methods. This day will include a Pilates & Yoga taster session. Then a further Yoga session which will include breathing techniques (pranayama) and a calming, relaxation session to finish the day. We will also look at how to get the best from our bodies and help them to stay strong, healthy and rejuvenated.


D65   PASSCHENDAELE 1917                    Friday 4th August

Tutor: Dr Neil Faulkner FSA, is an archaeologist and historian who works as a writer, lecturer, editor, and occasional broadcaster. A First World War specialist, his latest books are Lawrence of Arabia’s War and A People’s History of the Russian Revolution.WW1

 

During three months of drenching rain in autumn 1917, two million men fought an apocalyptic battle for possession of patches of slime and rubble in the Ypres Salient of the Western Front. The battle was waged in a maze of sodden trenches, bunkers, and shell-holes laced with barbed-wire. At least half a million were killed or wounded, many of them shot down and then sucked into the mud. This course offers a full analysis of this most terrible of First World War battles. It will cover: the politics and grand strategy of the British offensive; the German defence system; the planning and execution of the battle; the fighting on the ground; and the visceral human experience of the soldiers. A special feature of the course will be a tabletop reconstruction of trench-war tactics.

 

D66   SOFT PASTELS                    Friday 4th August

Tutor: Geoff Thorpe attended Lichfield School of Art.  He is a demonstrator and tutor for the Society of all Artists (SAA) and at Earnley Concourse, Chichester.  He also offers workshop courses in all mediums in Harwich, Essex.  Geoff firmly believes that painting should be fun.

 

A delightful medium if experiencing difficulty in tonal values, SOFT being the operative word.     For best results a superior surface is recommended to hold the Pastel. Working on an easel will be advantageous, table or free standing. The Course will be a "Paint Along" with techniques explained and demonstrated throughout the session together with one to one advice. The Subject will be available and distributed to all participants on arrival. An interesting day is promised, No rocket science just pure enjoyment in creating a painting.

D4B  BEGINNERS 20 BEST USES FOR YOUR iPAD      Course fully booked       Friday 4th August

Tutor: Susan Mills, Cert Ed, MA, experienced teacher.

 

During the day, I will show you how to get the best out of your iPad. There is always so much more that you can do with this wonderful device. In the morning, we go through settings and look at the best way to make use of the apps pre-loaded on your iPad. In the afternoon, I will introduce you to some of my favourite apps and introduce you to some of the amazing ways you can use the iPad to make your life easier. Step by step I will offer tips and tricks and ensure that by the end of the day you and your iPad are best friends. This course is a confidence booster and maybe afterwards you can show family members a thing or two! Please bring your iPad and charging lead.

 

D68   BEGINNERS WATERCOLOUR         Course fully booked           Friday 4th August 

Tutor: Denis Pannett  is a professional artist and experienced adult education tutor. Honorary Freeman of the Painter Stainers Livery Company, Past President of The Wapping Group of Artists, Fellow of The Guild of Aviation Artists and Chairman of the Chiltern Painters.

 

This course is designed to help beginners and less experienced painters to learn the basic stages of tackling a landscape in watercolour. All students will complete a painting step by step under the guidance of the tutor, with tips on materials, composition, colour mixing, tones and painting skies, trees, foregrounds and water etc.  Top quality watercolour paper will be available from the tutor at £3 per sheet.

 

D69   EMBROIDERED DECORATIVE PIN CUSHIONS                    Friday 4th August

Tutor: Kay Dennis is a freelance, professional embroiderer who specialises in stumpwork,  Elizabethan embroidery, needlelace and three dimensional embroidery. Kay has City & Guilds qualifications in lace, embroidery and stumpwork.

 

the origin of the pin cushion dates back to the Middle Ages and had many names including 'pinpillowes and pin-poppets' . By the 16th century these little treasures were called 'pyn pillows' and could be highly decorative and ornate. Victorians used pin pillows, not only as functional object but also as a decoration, as they were often made in the shape of a tomato which was used as a symbol to ward off evil spirits.There will be different ideas to choose from so you can select and learn how to make a little decorative pin pillow, which can be finished at home, using stranded cottons, simple embroidery stitches, beads, buttons, ribbons, metal threads and spangles. The class is designed for all abilities.

 

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Tutor: Tricia Lockhart, BSc; PGCE; PGD IT.  Tricia has been teaching for over 30 years.  Part time tutor to PGCE students of Computer Studies at King’s College, London.

 

We take for granted the fact we can make contact through the internet using many devices but sometimes forget it can enable others to contact our devices and see our data. This course looks at basic methods to protect your online safety and if time allows we will widen this to good practice for snail mail and phone use.