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A number of our  local branches are hosting talks before the start of their autumn course programmes.

Everyone is welcome to attend any of these talks and we look forward to meeting you – especially if the WEA is new to you and you’d like more information about the organisation and our courses.

We’ve listed the talks in date order:

  • Newark Branch Inaugural meeting

Newark’s exotic Coffee Palace

Popular local author Trevor Fracknall relates some of the history of this iconic building in Newark and its creator, the wilful daughter of the Duke of Portland who built extravagant coffee palaces in memory of her husband.

Speaker: Trevor Fracknall

Date: Thursday 8th September                    Start time: 7.30pm

Venue: Newark Library, Beaumond Gardens, Balderton Gate, Newark NG24 1UW

Free admission and light refreshments, All welcome.


  • Radcliffe on Trent Inaugural talk

 ‘The Spanish Civil War’  a talk by Professor Tom Buchanan of Oxford University

Date: Wednesday 14th September

Start time: 7.00pm

Venue: Radcliffe on Trent Methodist Church, Shelford Road, Radcliffe on Trent NG12 2AG

Fee: £3.50 including refreshments

For further details telephone 0115 933 2922

*Radcliffe on Trent branch will be hosting a further talk on Wednesday 26th October at 7.30pm – look out for details


  • Beeston Branch AGM and talk

 ‘Going to the pictures’

Popular author and local historian Michael Payne will be talking about the fascinating history of Picture Houses in Nottingham and surrounding areas.

Date: Friday 16th September 

AGM 6.30pm

Refreshments: 7pm

Talk begins: 7.30pm

Venue: Middle Street Resource Centre, Middle St Beeston

Cost: £3.00      all welcome


  • Nottingham Branch Talk

‘Bonnie Prince Charlie and the ‘45’

A talk and DVD by historian and WEA tutor Brian Stone

On the 4th December 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite Army arrived in Derby. Within two days he’d made the fateful decision to retreat to Scotland and his attempt to overthrow the Hanoverian monarchy was doomed.

This talk will examine the course of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, its causes, results and the factors that determined that fateful decision in Derby.

Date: Friday 9th October 10.30am-1pm

Venue:  Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street NG1 4EZ

Fee:  £5

Pre booking for this talk is essential. Send your contact details and cheque for £5 (made out to WEA Nottingham Branch) to Brian Stewart, Nottingham Branch talk 39, Mapperley Road, Nottingham NG3 5AQ