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*DAY MEMBERSHIP*
Start Date: 1st September 2020
One day membership for day courses
Drawing & Painting for Fun
Start Date: 14th September 2020
A variety of easy-to-master techniques using a wide range of media will introduce you to different ways of making an image.
Rothsay Ramblers
Start Date: 14th September 2020
The Ramblers offer a programme of walks on Monday mornings all year around, including during the REC holiday periods. Every Monday there are two 5-mile walks, or alternately a 3 or 4 mile walk, with occasional longer walks.
French Upper Intermediate
Start Date: 14th September 2020
Students in this class will have learnt some French before; they will for example have done 4 years or so of part-time study or will have done their O Level (or A Level) some time ago.
Classical Guitar (Starts at 10.15)
Start Date: 14th September 2020
Ensemble playing forms a large part of what we do; the combination of several relatively simple parts provides a fun way to learn, and enjoy, the classical guitar.
French Advanced (1.30-3.30)
Start Date: 14th September 2020
This course is aimed at those who have studied French previously and are able to cope fairly fluently in a variety of situations.
Making Music with the Recorder
Start Date: 15th September 2020
The Recorder Ensemble is a friendly group of players who enjoy exploring works of composers from the 13th century to the present day.
Memoir Writing
Start Date: 15th September 2020
Do you want to write your life story but you need a push to get started? Then this course is for you.
German Upper Intermediate
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This class is for students who have a good knowledge of the language and are reasonably confident in all skills.
Italian Absolute Beginners (12.30-1.30)
Start Date: 15th September 2020
Aimed at absolute beginners. As well as the language, you will learn about the culture, customs and traditions.
Italian Improvers
Start Date: 15th September 2020
This course helps you build on skills already learnt, introducing new language and grammar structures in a lively way.
German Improvers (1pm-3pm)
Start Date: 15th September 2020
Ideally you will need 2 – 3 years previous study for this course. The group is friendly, relaxed and welcoming.
Italian Advanced
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is aimed at learners with a reasonable knowledge of Italian who want to extend their competence and study the language in greater depth
French Conversation - Intermediate
Start Date: 16th September 2020
The level required for this conversation class is intermediate; the aim is to become able to understand and take part in everyday conversation.
French Improvers
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is aimed at those who have completed about 3 years part-time study.
Italian Beginners Plus (12.30-1.30)
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course stresses the fundamentals of pronunciation, grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, speak, read and write simple Italian when going abroad on holidays.
Spanish Improvers (12.15-1.45)
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is for students who have some knowledge of Spanish and wish to progress learning the language.
Developing Imagination
Start Date: 16th September 2020
Examples and demonstrations of watercolour and some mixed media techniques will be used to introduce broad themes which students will be encouraged to interpret in their own way.
Italian Intermediate
Start Date: 16th September 2020
This course is designed for anyone who would like to brush up or extend their basic knowledge of the language.
French Conversation Higher Intermediate to Advanced
Start Date: 17th September 2020
This class requires a very good to advanced level of French. Vous devez parler couramment ou presque! The group is very friendly and has ‘un sens de l’humour très développé’.
French for Beginners
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Bonjour all! This course will suit you if you are a beginner in the language or already know a little bit of French.
Spanish Advanced Conversation
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Is your Spanish a bit rusty? Ven a nuestra clase a practicarlo. No importa que lo hallas olvidado un poco, pronto lo recordaras.
Watercolour and Drawing Challenge
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Based on a similar format to the TV series Watercolour Challenge, students will be given a series of different topics throughout the year, with the tutor offering practical advice.
Spanish Absolute Beginners
Start Date: 17th September 2020
Learn new vocabulary and basic grammar in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Tai Chi
Start Date: 18th September 2020
Improve your stamina, balance and flexibility
German Lower Intermediate
Start Date: 18th September 2020
If you have a good foundation in German, this fun and friendly class way will help you improve.
Drawing Challenge
Start Date: 18th September 2020
With step-by-step demonstrations and full instruction this course will suit beginners as well as more experienced artists.
German Conversation
Start Date: 18th September 2020
A good level of fluency is necessary for this relaxed and friendly class where the emphasis is on conversation and participation.
Body Aware
Start Date: 18th September 2020
A great way to start exercise or to improve any level of fitness.
German Beginners Plus
Start Date: 18th September 2020
Practice your existing knowledge of German in a friendly and relaxed group.
Spanish Advanced
Start Date: 22nd September 2020
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for a few years and have obtained at least A level.
Spanish Intermediate (12.30-1.30)
Start Date: 22nd September 2020
This course is for students who have learnt Spanish for 2-3 years up to GCSE level.
*MEMBERSHIP - SUMMER TERM*
Start Date: 19th April 2021
Membership for the Summer term only
Economics for Non-Economists
Start Date: 19th April 2021
This course is for those who have no economic knowledge but would like some. We will look at basic economic principles such as demand and supply and how markets work.
Pastels
Start Date: 19th April 2021
The course will concentrate upon more individual pieces based upon individual source material.  Members who are new to pastels will be supported throughout the sessions.
An Outbreak of Talent
Start Date: 19th April 2021
Enid Marx, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious, Barbara Hepworth, and Barnett Freedman all attended the Royal College of Art at the same time. We will explore the lives and careers of the cohort their tutor, Paul Nash, described as ‘an outbreak of talent’, and who influenced painting, sculpture and design in Britain from the 20th century until the present day.
Keats: From Apothecary to Poet to Myth
Start Date: 19th April 2021
This five week course will look at a number of Keats' poems and you will learn is that he was not the ethereal young man he is often portrayed to be.
De Gaulle & Petain: Struggling for the Soul of France
Start Date: 20th April 2021
During the years 1940-44 two soldiers claimed to be leaders of the 'real' France; each was projected by his partisans as the embodiment of the true French identity. Famously de Gaulle had 'a certain idea of France'; what was it, and in what ways did it differ from that of Petain's 'Regenerated France'?
Art by Zoom
Start Date: 20th April 2021
As the title says this is art with a difference as the course is delivered by Zoom. There will be the opportunity to paint in a variety of media, to learn new techniques and to develop personal style
Introduction to Islam and Islamic Philosophy
Start Date: 20th April 2021
Islam is one of the great religions of the world.   This course is an introduction to Islam:   its birth and early historical development,   its key text and beliefs,  its ethics and religious duties,  and its main mystical element.
Hidden Engineering: The Beauty Beneath the Skin
Start Date: 20th April 2021
Once a building is finished, each visitor is happy enough to form his/her own impression of it.  But the work of the engineers continues invisibly to support that structure, whether it be Ancient, Medieval or Modern.
A Potpourri of Birds III
Start Date: 20th April 2021
Following from two previous courses last winter and Good News, Bad News in the spring, this new course will explore another selection of birds chosen by the tutor and the students with a general theme of 'sights and sounds of spring'.
The Edwardian Novel: Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives Tale and HG Wells’ Kipps
Start Date: 21st April 2021
The Edwardian literary scene was quite diverse with some writers still writing in the realist mode of the nineteenth century, whereas others were experimenting with new forms as the impact of modernity was felt in all aspects of life.
Watercolour for Complete Beginners
Start Date: 21st April 2021
Watercolour is an extremely popular medium for artists but it can be one of the trickiest to master. Many people would like to try it but are daunted by the prospect of joining a class where others may be more experienced. David is an experienced tutor at the Centre and believes that the early stages of teaching the medium require a lot of demonstrations and hands-on help that is not always possible in the more experienced classes.
The Slave Trade in the Caribbean
Start Date: 21st April 2021
 The history of the slave trade is one of barbarism and brutality, through which individuals and countries became enormously rich. We trace this brutal tale in detail, with the struggles for freedom and justice. 
Movie Mix Four
Start Date: 21st April 2021
Each week we will look at a film available to watch on TV from any period, genre, or country. An ideal course for film novices and buffs alike.
Rehearsal for World War Two; The Spanish Civil War 1936-39
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Spain is still riven with painful memories of the defining war of the 20th century. Republicans versus Monarchists, Fascists versus Communists, Trade Unions versus Landed Classes, Church versus Anti-Clericalists. Not to mention Anarchism.
English Wild Flowers in Reality and Folklore
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Corn Cockle, Meadowsweet, and Oxslip; Campion, Cow Parsley and Harebell. How many wild flowers can you identify, and how many of their stories do you know? Did ladies make beds from Ladies Bedstraw, who wore Bachelors Buttons, and were Robins really run ragged by Ragged Robin?
Richard II & Henry IV Part 1
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Although Britain has left the EU the country remains divided over the issue. So now might be a good time to revisit the Wars of the Roses and see what was at stake between the two sides and what particular idea of England was held by each
Children’s Classics
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
On this course, we have the pleasure of reminding ourselves of some childhood favourites – in poetry and prose.
The Potteries: A History of Ceramics from Stoke
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
From 1720, through a combination of discovery, technology and ingenuity, the Staffordshire pottery industry was born.
A Poetic Tour of the British Isles
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
Much of British and Irish poetry is firmly rooted in its location. This five-week course will focus each session on a different region and explore the relationship between the place and its poetry.
Lip Reading - Summer Term
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
This course is suitable if you have little or no experience in lipreading or need extra help having lived with hearing loss for a while. 
Introduction to British Sign Language - Summer Term
Start Date: 22nd April 2021
During this course you will learn the basics of conversation, so that you can chat with Deaf people in BSL on general topics and have some Deaf awareness understanding to recognise the differences between Deaf and hearing cultures.
Greek Myth to Modern Novel
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
During the last few years, several novelists have turned their attention to myths from Greek mythology, transforming them into fiction for the 21st century. Participants do not need a detailed knowledge of Greek mythology, and are not expected to have read all these novels: it is hoped that they will be inspired to read some of them during the course, however. There will be much discussion.
Intermediate Pilates
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and toning and stretching the muscles. This is a more challenging class for those who have done Pilates for at least 2 years.
Improver Pilates
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
Pilates is a body conditioning method that works by targeting the deep postural muscles, rebalancing the body and toning and stretching the muscles.  This class is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of Pilates.
The Theory of Everything
Start Date: 23rd April 2021
Do you love music but think you don’t understand it? Do you wonder what Sebastian Bach has in common with Burt Bacharach; what G F Handel has in common with W C Handy?
Singing for Pleasure - Summer Term
Start Date: 24th April 2021
The sessions will consist of a few vocal warm-ups, some easy songs to sing along to and songs in parts which will be taught in a call and response format. 
The Song of the Birds
Start Date: 1st May 2021
This short one-day course will celebrate the National Dawn Chorus Day and suggest ways of appreciating this natural phenomenon
Charles Baudelaire
Start Date: 7th June 2021
This five-week course will look Baudelaire's ideas about modernity as expressed in his poetry and in his famous essay 'The Painter of Modern Life'.
An Introduction to Bedfordshire's Geology
Start Date: 9th June 2021
Discover the rocks beneath your feet in Bedfordshire!
Henry IV Part 2 & Henry V
Start Date: 10th June 2021
Although Britain has left the EU the country remains divided over the issue. So now might be a good time to revisit the Wars of the Roses and see what was at stake between the two sides and what particular idea of England was held by each.
Treasures of The Higgins III
Start Date: 11th June 2021
Our local museum and gallery has exceptional collections on a very wide range of topics: social history, art and crafts of many periods and genres, history, archaeology, and local history, for example. This will not be a repeat of the Autumn or Spring courses.
Diamonds, Froth & Sparkle: Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love
Start Date: 23rd June 2021
Nancy Mitford's 1945 novel, a companion piece for Love in a Cold Climate, never fails to delight. The lives, loves, intrigues and eccentricities of the British aristocracy provided Mitford's post-war readers with much-needed glamour and may well do just the same for us. Bright, sparkling and tender: the perfect early summer read!