Courses in the run up to Christmas: We still have some online courses running in November and into December. You can book these online here or by calling Stoke Lodge on 0117 903 8844. See below for more.

Mindful Living – Learn Mindfulness techniques and meditation practices.
(R16B) Sat 1.15pm to 3.15pm, 5 Dec – planned to be at Stoke Lodge with reduced numbers or online via zoom if necessary.

Create an online Exhibition – Learn how to showcase your talents such as art, photos, writing and more in an online gallery/portfolio.
(COAE) Wed 10am to 12noon, 25 Nov and 2 Dec – Online via Zoom

Create your own digital Christmas cards – Spread the festive cheer with your own personalised digital greeting cards in a fun and interactive online course
(CDCC) Wed 10am to 12noon, 18 Nov- Online via Zoom

Create an online Advent Calendar – Create your own customised online advent calendar in a fun and interactive online course.
(COAC) Tues 10am to 12noon, 24 Nov- – Online via Zoom

Hosting a Zoom meeting – Learn how to setup and invite people to your own Zoom meeting.
(ZHOST) Wed 10am to 12noon, 16 Dec – Online via Zoom

Family History Intensive Research Day A flexible day designed to meet the needs of family history researchers
(FHRD) Sat 10am to 2pm, 5 Dec – Online via Zoom

Austrian Day: Advent und Weihnachtszeit im Aplenraum
(GAWA) Sat 10am to 1pm, 5 Dec – Online via Zoom

The Life and Death of Hannah Wiltshire – A case study of a Bedminster Union Workhouse (HTBW) Wed 2pm to 4pm, 9 Dec – Online via Zoom

Italian Day: Ticino (held in Italian)
(LIDT) Sat 10am to 1pm, 8 Nov – Online via Zoom

Italian Day: Storia della lingua Italia (held in Italian)
(LIDSZ) Sat 10am to 1pm, 5 Dec – Online via Zoom

Spanish on Saturdays: Dia sobre Colombia
(SDSC) Sat 1pm to 4pm, 5 Dec – Online via Zoom

Courses from January 2021
I think we all have hopes that 2021 will bring new optimism and opportunities!
We are planning our January courses now and will let you know when courses are available to book.

The gift of learning

Can’t get out for the usual Christmas shopping or looking for something a bit different for presents this Christmas. Why not shop local and support Adult Learning at the same time.

Adult Learning gift vouchers are available to buy and collect from Stoke Lodge or in E voucher format.

You can choose any amount and the recipient can use them on any of our courses over the next 12 months.

Some Bristol City Council news from this week
Bristol City Council are currently looking for volunteers to support residents across the city.

Volunteers are urgently needed to support citizens across the city, following a surge of calls to the We Are Bristol helpline during lockdown.

Through the Can Do Bristol volunteer network, volunteers help residents with their shopping, to pick up medication/prescriptions, to ‘befriend’ those in isolation (via a weekly friendly phone-call), online/tech support and help with dog walking.

You can sign up to become a Can Do Bristol volunteer here

Also if you need some extra help at the moment you can find out more about the Council’s support services here. Or you can call 0800 694 0184 (freephone, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm)

The Council are also seeking your views on council tax for 21/22.

Bristol residents are being urged to share their views on council tax as part of the council’s annual budget setting for the next financial year.

All local authorities must legally consult with residents about proposed changes to the budget which pays for essential services in the city.

You can give us your views on options by completing the questionnaire at  The council tax consultation closes on 28 December.

And finally…

As our American friends look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, I thought this was Proust quote was appropriate.  Although we remain in unsettling and worrying times, I am sure we all have people we are thankful for.

I’d like to thank you for your continued support of Adult Learning.  We are grateful you are taking this journey of discovery with us.

Take care and stay safe


“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  – Marcel Proust