In July parliament launched an inquiry into the benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning to the individual, society and the wider economy.

Commons Committee Inquiry into Adult Learning

The inquiry will also explore the level of support available to learners, and the role played by local authorities/combined authority areas in providing adult education.

The UK spends just two-thirds of the EU average on adult training, while the poorest adults with the lowest qualifications are the least likely to learn new skills. The Education Committee’s inquiry will look into how improving adult skills can promote social justice and boost productivity across the country.

You can find out more about the enquiry here.

Read on

As part of the inquiry, it is also looking to hear about people’s experiences, and has devised a quick 3 minute survey. Link below.

Take the 3 Minute Survey

‘Space for Creativity’ – Private View

We currently have an exhibition of work at Stoke Lodge featuring work from learners on the ‘Space for Creativity’ courses with tutor Laurel Smart.

A final day, private view is planned for Wednesday 25 September 4pm to 6pm and you are invited to come along for the last chance to catch this amazing selection of work.

Stoke Lodge – New Boilers

Over the summer we have had our old heating boilers removed after around 30 years of service!  We are in the final stages of having new boilers installed. This means that at the moment our heating is still off while final tests are completed. Happily it is at the perfect time of the year and we have everything crossed that installations will be finalised in the next couple of weeks.

New Classes this Autumn

We have recruited some new tutors over the summer and are hoping to run some new courses a bit later in the autumn term.  Courses planned include Singing Techniques, Indian Dance, Lino Printing, History of Design and Reiki.

Stoke Bishop Local History Group

The Local History Group recently held a talk by local resident Helen Powell on the History of Stoke Lodge.  Helen has been very busy researching Stoke Lodge, its residents and their lives. The talk generated a lot of interest and Helen has agreed to do a rerun of her talk on the evening of 10 October here at Stoke Lodge. The talk will start at 7.30pm with doors opening from 7.15pm.  Places are limited and seats can be booked below:

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MacMillan Coffee Morning Friday 27 September

We are planning to join in again this year with the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
We will have a selection of coffee and cakes and all the proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.  If you would like to support by making a cake that would be fantastic and if you are not maybe just come along and buy a slice!

Course enrolments…

A lot of our courses are now full but we are still taking enrolments for some including …

  • K29A Pastels-Mixed Ability
  • K15A Painting and Drawing- Mixed Ability
  • K27A Mixed media painting -Acrylics, watercolours & pastels. Mixed ability
  • D42A Remembering Agnes Varda
  • W16A Title Mindfulness, CBT & Stress Management for a Balanced life
  • D52C Title Getting to know your Sewing Machine
  • GJG1 Japanese Gardens
  • SBCW Spanish Book Club
  • GBCT German Book Club Taster
  • HWC1 Working class history from below – the women who challenged society in Bristol