Variety of Workers Educational Association courses begin

THE Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has released its programme list for Harrogate and district, starting in January 2012.

Women in Art: Monday 10am-noon, 10 weeks; Ripley Town Hall, Main Street, Ripley HG3 3AX; tutor Wendy Sanderson. Starts January 9 2012. This course looks at women artists, women as subjects, women as collectors, women as art historians.

Made in China: Tuesday 10am-noon, 10 weeks; Christ Church Parish Centre, Church Square, Harrogate HG1 4SW; tutor Jan MacKinnon. Starts January 10 2012. For this course you read, analyse and discuss novels and short stories set in pre and post-revolutionary China. The Good Earth Pearl S Buck (1931, reissued 2005), A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2006) and The Vagrants (2009) Yiyun Li, Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress (2002) Dai Sijie.

Family History - Learn More Part 2: Tuesday 10.15am-12.15pm, 10 weeks; Friends Meeting House, Queen Parade, Harrogate HG1 5PP; tutor Jackie Depelle. Starts January 10 2012. With this course continue to extend your knowledge and techniques using additional documentary sources. Advance booking with tutor Jackie Depelle on 0113 236 0253 or depellejg.aol.com.

Family History - Records of the Poor: Tuesday 1.30pm-3.30pm, 10 weeks; Friends Meeting House, Queen Parade, Harrogate HG1 5PP; tutor Jackie Depelle. Starts January 10 2012. Most of our ancestors would have been involved with the Poor Law either paying into the system or receiving funds out of it. What will the records tell us and how might they help solve the riddle of unknown fathers? Join us to find out and challenge the group to solve the gaps in your tree before Civil Registration starts.

An Adventure in Thinking: Wednesday 10am-noon, 10 weeks; Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR; tutor Keith Hartland. Starts January 11 2012. Many themes and ideas have occupied philosophers for centuries. Consideration of them is as important today as in the time of Socrates. In a series of discussions, we shall explore those themes and ideas, relating them to the concerns and problems of the modern world.

Twentieth Century American Short Stories: Wednesday 2.15pm-4.15pm, 10 weeks; St Robert’s Church, Main Street, Pannal, Nr Harrogate HG3 1JZ; tutor Jonathan Brown. Starts January 11 2012. For this course you will read and discuss stories by: James Thurber, Shirley Jackson, Susan Glaspell, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Katherine Anne Porter, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Conner.

Local History of Harrogate and Knaresborough: Thursday 2pm-4pm, 10 weeks; Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR; tutor Paul Jennings. Starts January 12 2012. This course looks at aspects of the history of the neighbouring and contrasting towns of Harrogate and Knaresborough using a range of historical sources. It is not necessary to have done the earlier course, new students are welcome.

Falling in Love with Movies 2: Friday 10am-noon, 10 weeks; Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR; tutor Stephen Brown. Starts January 13 2012. This term we’ll look at recent Australian cinema; a variety of movies old and new featuring trains; the work of the little-known South Korean director Hong Sang-Soo acclaimed for his emotional and sexual comedies and what the closing credits really tell us about the film industry.

Family History - Beyond the Basics: Monday 10.30am-12.30pm, 10 weeks; Starbeck Methodist Church, High Street, Harrogate HG2 7LH; tutor Pam Smith. Starts January 16 2012. On this course using parish records to take you further backwards on a voyage of discovery. Start to put more leaves on your family tree. Places limited so book your place by contacting Pam Smith on 07904856099 or pam@pamsmithfamilyhistorian.co.uk.

Watercolour Painting and Mixed Media: Tuesday 11.45am-1.45pm, 10 weeks; Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR; tutor Annie Robinson. Starts January 17 2012. On this course the emphasis will be on exploring further and taking risks with watercolour: trying to be more adventurous. Developing a personal style of painting with a choice of topics, leading to a small themed project. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Family History - Expanding your Family Tree: Wednesday 1pm-3pm, 10 weeks; Starbeck Methodist Church, High Street, Harrogate HG2 7LH; tutor Pam Smith. Starts January 18 2012. On this course explore the magic of data management and get your research organised. Use trade directories etc to expand your family tree. How to research beyond your computer. Places limited. To book contact Pam Smith on 07904 856099 or pam@pamsmithfamilyhistorian.co.uk.

The Great Houses of Yorkshire: Tuesday 10am-noon, 10 weeks; Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR; tutor Warwick Burton. Starts January 24 2012. On this course we will look at these houses architecturally and with a special emphasis on the social history of the servants who worked in them and the familities they served. We will include several visits to houses not normally open.

l If anyone has a query they should ring the secretary on 01423 506657 or pwinchester@wea.org.uk