New courses starting soon

We are approaching the half term break and we have lots of new courses starting at the end of October and after ½ term including
…Watercolour…Drawing…Printmaking…Bridge…Getting to Know Zoom… Stained Glass… Papercraft…Creative Writing…Floristry…German ays…Mindful Living…Social History Lectures…Italian Days…Singing…Music Appreciation…Portuguese Day…Pottery…Spanish Day…Upholstery…Dressmaking…Getting to Know your Sewing Machine and Willow Craft!

You can find a PDF list of all the upcoming courses here.

And they are all available to book on our online booking site here.

Black History Month continues

Our Family and Social History tutor Rosemary has written an interesting piece on the difficulties of tracing black genealogy. Looking at record keeping, names and the impact of the slave trade. You can read the full piece here.

Bristol Museums are also showcasing black stories on their website.

Poet Benjamin Zephaniah has written a great piece (well he is a poet!) for the Guardian – ‘Black people will not be respected until our history is respected’. Which you can read here.

Online Gallery

I want to remind you that you can still access our online exhibition showcasing the amazing work of our art learners. You can see a wide range of work including sketches, watercolours, acrylics and oil paintings. I highly recommend a virtual wander through the exhibition. You won’t be disappointed! You can find it on the website or go to the Online Gallery.

Visit Bristol Adult Learning Online Gallery

Halloween at Spooky Lodge

Trick or Treat and the usual Halloween fun is probably not so easy for families this year. So for a bit of fun we will be decorating and illuminating some of our windows at Stoke Lodge. We’ll be lit up from Wednesday of half term and over the Halloween weekend. There will be lots to spot so if you are walking in the grounds do have a look at some of the spooky displays. You might even spot a grey lady! (although if the grey lady is me busy pinning up decorations please don’t shriek and point – I won’t appreciate it –  lockdown hair has been hard for us all!)

A few of you told me you liked the addition of a little poetry in the last in the loop, so this time I thought I’d leave you with a quote from John Lennon who would have celebrated his 80th birthday on the 9 October.

“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” ― John Lennon

Take care and stay safe