I am really excited to tell you about some BRAND NEW courses and new tutors offering courses this term.
FLORISTRY IS BACK!
Join our inspiring new tutor and British Master Florist, Kathryn Delve in exploring all things floral with…
NEW Flower Arranging – Beginners
Fridays 10am to 12.30pm for 6 weeks from 24 February with Kathryn P23A
NEW Flower Arranging – Intermediates
Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm for 6 weeks from 24 February with Kathryn P23B
NEW Introduction to Floristry
Friday 10am to 3.30pm 1 session on 21 April with Kathryn P23C
BOTANICAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
We also have the fantastic Faith Morton on board and ready to help you with some new year self-care… Learn to make products like bath bombs, lip balms, creams and scrubs.
NEW Essential Oil Perfume Making Taster (just £10)
Tuesdays 10am to 11am 1 session on 7 February with Faith W30A
Tuesdays 10am to 11am 1 session on 21 February with Faith W30B
NEW Homemade Botanical Beauty & Wellbeing Products
Tuesdays 10am to 12noon for 4 weeks from 7 March Faith W30C
Tuesdays 10am to 12noon for 4 weeks from 25 April Faith W30D
Fancy giving your home a refresh for the new year?
Charles Prior is brimming with enthusiasm and ready to guide you through the world of interior design and decoration…
NEW Interior Design-A-Beginners Guide
Saturday 10am to 4pm 1 session on 4 March with Charles D73C
NEW Colour, Interiors And Paint
Tuesdays 6pm to 9pm for 6 weeks from 18 April with Charles D72B
UPCOMING SATURDAY – 4 FEBRUARY – still some places available on…
Reuse And Recycle Fabric 10am to 4pm with Ann T18B
Batik Painting And Stitch With Freemotion Machine Embroidery 10am to 4pm with Debby T15F
Choosing Plants for your Borders 10am to 3pm with Christine GAC6
Austrian Day: Wien um die Jahrhundertwende 10am to 3pm with Clemens LAG27
Storia italiana il sabato: Prima e Seconda Guerra Mondiale 11am to 4pm with Marika LTD31
Silk Painting On Saturdays-Greetings Cards 10am to 4pm with Sheila D34A
Upholstery On Saturdays 10am to 4pm with Nicky T14D
French Day: Journée en Français autours des impressionnistes 10am to 3pm with Eve LAF22A
Our ongoing language course are starting term two in the next few weeks, so if you haven’t booked your place on the second term now is the time to get in touch!
Chinese New Year – A Year of the Rabbit
This year the Chinese New Year falls on Sunday 22 January and 2023 will be a year of the Rabbit.
Also known as the Lunar New Year (as it is not just celebrated in China), It is the Spring Festival, marking the end of the coldest days and welcoming spring, new plantings, new beginnings, and fresh starts. The new year celebrations last for 16 days and culminate with the Lantern Festival on 5 February.
Traditionally on New Years Day there is no cleaning or throwing away rubbish, so you don’t wash away any good luck, but there is a day in the run up dedicated to cleaning, sweeping away bad luck, and making room for the good.
According to legend a monster named Nian would appear on new years eve and feast on animals and humans! Most people would hide form the monster but one year a beggar was brave enough to scare him off using firecrackers and dressed in red. The following day the community celebrated with more firecrackers and the tradition for firecrackers and fireworks was born.
Red is important in New year decorations, the colour red represents happiness and good fortune as well as being vibrant and strong enough to scare off the monster Nian.
Children are given money in red envelopes “lucky money” or “money to anchor the year”. The money is a way to pass on good fortune and blessings.
In Mandarin, the most common way to wish your family and close friends a Happy Chinese New Year is 新年好 “Xīn nián hǎo” (pronounced sshin-nyen haoww, literally meaning ‘New Year Goodness’ or ‘Good New Year’.
Wrap up warm everyone and welcome back to Adult Learning in this bright new 2023.