Adult and Community Learning ‘in the loop’

Issue 29 September 2014

Hello everyone and welcome to ‘in the loop’.

In this edition of ‘in the loop’ we have Christmas Market plans, November workshops and the Stoke Lodge link to Red Cross parcels.

Things we’ve done this week

We are in the process of planning for our December Open Day and Christmas Market. We have quite a few tutors and some classes who will be offering handmade items for sale – perfect for Christmas presents. You may have seen our posters and flyers around, please take one or two and share with your friends, family, neighbours etc!

December Open Day and Christmas Market

  • Date: Saturday 6th December
  • Time: 10am to 4pm
  • Venue: Stoke Lodge


We are also looking for a few volunteers to help on the open day with refreshments and stalls. If you are free and able to help, please either pop into the office and let them know or drop me an email.


We wanted to remind you to get your enrollments in for new year courses, many are filling up already. Also don’t forget our gift vouchers – the perfect Christmas present choice for those ‘difficult to buy for’ people.

Saturday Workshops

We still have some places available on our Saturday Workshops on 15 November. Transform your garden by developing a water feature and/or by making more room for wildlife Saturday. Enjoy the delights of Italian Cookery. Get creative with Stained Glass and Machine Embroidery or explore Art History with a look at Picasso.

Armistice Day

On Tuesday next week we will be observing the two minute silence to mark Armistice Day in memory of all those involved in conflict.

Red Cross Parcels

I am sure (like me) you are aware of Red Cross Parcels and the role they have played supporting prisoners of war. What you may not know (like me) is that it is believed that they originated in Bristol during the first world war.

Not only are they a Bristol invention but Red Cross secretary and Stoke Lodge Resident Georgiana Budgett has been credited with their creation. Georgiana was hailed as the soldiers fairy godmother and received three cheers from over 1,000 returning prisoners of war in 1919.

If you would like to find out more pick up one of our ‘Red Cross Parcels’ leaflets.


As always:

We are sending and sharing ‘in the loop’ as part of our on-going commitment to keep you informed on work and progress.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be interested.

Please continue to get in touch with us if you have questions or concerns and please let us know your fantastic stories and experiences of learning and what it means to you, which we will be featuring on our website over the coming months.