Clubs and Community: De-stress with yoga sessions run by the Dacorum Talking Newspaper

Local wildlife artist Ernest Leahy donated one of his watercolours to the Hemel Hempstead RSPB. PNL-140820-145526001
Local wildlife artist Ernest Leahy donated one of his watercolours to the Hemel Hempstead RSPB. PNL-140820-145526001
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Kings Langley WEA

The WEA is a democratic, voluntary education movement for all adults over the age of 19.

It is a registered charity committed to widening participation and to enabling people to realise their full potential through learning.

The association employs qualified course tutors and a small professional staff but voluntary members govern the organisation and run local branches which choose and deliver courses in their areas.

The Kings Langley branch was founded in 1946 and is one of the largest in the WEA Eastern Region. It covers Kings Langley, Abbots Langley and Hemel Hempstead but learners are welcome from wherever they live.

Autumn Term 2014:

Creative Writing: Part 1. Monday 10:30 to midday, from September 22 at Leverstock Green Village Hall, Hemel Hempstead. Fee £52.

For God and Country. Monday 10am to 11:30am from September 22 at the Baptist Church, The Nap, Kings Langley. Fee £52.

The Enlightenment of Britain and Europe: Part 1. Tuesday 10:30 to 12:30pm from September 23 at All Saints Church, Church Lane, Kings Langley. Fee £68. This course will not run on October 7 and 14 and will end on December 9.

London’s Overground. Tuesday 2pm to 4pm from September 23 at the Community Centre, The Nap, Kings Langley. Fee £68.

1950s: A Literary Portrait. Tuesday 2pm to 4pm from September 16 at All Saints Church, Church Lane, Kings Langley. Fee £68.

Poets and Poems of the First World War. Wednesday 10:30am to 12:45pm from September 24 at Oddfellows Hall (Reading Room), 31A High Street , K.ings Langley. Fee £52.

The Architecture of Victorian London: Part 1. Thursday 8pm to 10pm from September 25 at Waterside Centre, Waterside, Kings Langley. Fee £68.

Spring Term 2015

Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Monday 10am to 11.30am from January 12 at Baptist Church, The Nap, Kings Langley. Fee £52.

Creative Writing: Part 2. Monday 10.30am to midday from January 12 at Leverstock Green Village Hall, Hemel Hempstead. Fee £52.

The Enlightenment of Britain and Europe: Part 2. Tuesday 10am to midday from January 13 at All Saints Church, Church Lane, Kings Langley. Fee £68.

The English Country Estate 1500-1950. Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm from January 14 at Oddfellows Hall (Reading Room), 31A High Street , Kings Langley. Fee £68.

It’s About More than Not Eating Pork. Thursday 10am to midday from January 15 at Leverstock Green Village Hall, Hemel Hempstead. Fee £68.

The Architecture of Victorian London: Part 2. Thursday 8pm to 10pm from January 8 at Waterside Centre, Waterside, Kings Langley

Fee £65.

For more information and other courses running in 2015, visit www.eastern.wea.org.uk/map/by-county/hertfordshire/kings-langley/

The Dacorum Talking Newspaper

The Dacorum Talking Newspaper organises Yoga classes for sight and physically impaired people.

Yoga has been practised for thousand of years. When practised regularly you will feel fitter and happier due to the therapeutic effect of Yoga. The classes are held every Tuesday from midday to 1.15pm (except school holidays) at the Social Centre for the Blind in Alston Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead. For further information or to join contact 01442 217918.

>The talking newspaper also organises free computer classes at the social centre. Learn a variety of skills all with the aid of Zoomtex which magnifies and speaks. No computer experience necessary just come along and have fun.

Call 01442 217918 or e mail secretary@dtnhemel.org.

RSPB Hemel Hempstead

What do you know about garden birds? At the next meeting of the RSPB Hemel Hempstead group, Chris Ward will describe things we didn’t know about the everyday birds which we take for granted.

Another entertaining talk is expected by Chris, a very respected wildlife photographer and speaker.

This is the first of next season’s exciting programme of monthly talks, and will be held in the main hall at the town’s Cavendish School, from 8pm on Monday, September 1.

Following a donation by local wildlife artist Ernest Leahy of one of his original watercolours, a special fundraising draw was held at the last monthly meeting. The winner Lesley Battye was presented with the painting by the artist.

Funds raised will be used by the RSPB for its conservation work.

The excellent talk by Brian Clews at the meeting was about how wildlife has adapted to the flood alleviation scheme between Cookham and Datchet in Berkshire.

The group’s next outing will be a shared car trip to Oare Marsh and the Isle of Sheppey. This will take place on Saturday, September 13, meeting at Two Waters for a departure at 7am.

Find out more at www.hemelrspb.org.uk, or call group leader Ian Wilson on 07929 997759 or Alan Corner on 01442 833585.

Flamstead and Trowley W.I

Bill Hamilton –‘Man on the spot’ – was our speaker in July. He was a BBC television reporter who travelled the globe reporting on stories of conflict, persecution and disease. At the age of 14, he was the youngest football referee, and after he was interviewed about this, he determined to become a journalist. He also completed 56 seasons as a football referee. He started work on the Fife Herald and then became the sports editor of the Northern Daily Mail. His first foray into television was as a 22 year old with Tyne Tees TV, and then he moved to be the North of Scotland correspondent for BBC News. On a month’s secondment to London, he happened to be ‘on the spot’ – literally - when Airey Neave was assassinated. With the help of slides, he told many stories from his days as a reporter from all over the world. One of his last assignments was to Albania when the dictator was toppled and the country became a democracy. That was when he met Mother Teresa, and he explained how a bad story can be turned into a good story. He was a lively and interesting speaker.

We do not have a regular meeting in August, but enjoy a ‘Midsummer Feast’. This year we are to visit the Abbey and the gardens at Woburn. Our next evening meeting will be on Thursday September, 11 at 7.30pm.