New education courses are right on track

Oakwell Hall, Birstall.
Oakwell Hall, Birstall.
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Three new short courses will run next month at Oakwell Hall in Birstall and Gomersal’s Red House Museum.

A four-week course that sets the Reshaping of British Railways in its historical and social context and asks ‘was Dr Beeching right’ starts at Red House, on Thursday November 7 from 1.30pm-3.45pm.

In Passengers No More, participants will explore case studies from the Yorkshire rail network and view original film and other sources with tutor John Brooke. Places can be booked in advance, or people can come along to the first meeting.

Also at Red House, there will be a poetry writing course starting Saturday November 2 for two consecutive Saturdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Poetry and the Domestic with poet Sally Baker, will draw inspiration from the house and garden of the Red House while looking at poetry based on home life, family and friendships.

The course will include reading poems by published poets, using exercises and games to generate new poems, and reading and sharing your own poems. Places must be booked by October 23.

At Oakwell Hall, the course Samplers: a Stitch in Time will run on three consecutive Saturday afternoons from 1pm-4pm starting on Saturday November 16.

Tutor Juliet Hickey will outline the history of embroidered samplers and those who created them, from the 17th century to modern times.

Participants can explore the meaning behind some of the popular motifs and create a simple sampler card.

The course is suitable for beginners. Places for the course must be booked by November 6.

The full fee for each of these courses is £28. Advance booking is available on line (www.wea.org.uk/yh) or by calling 0113 245 3304).

The courses are run by the Workers’ Education Association, for more information, please call Linda Croft on 01706 818103.