Hello everyone and welcome to another ‘in the loop’. We are delighted to share with you some of our new courses starting after the Easter break.
For the moment courses starting after Easter will continue online but as we move towards the easing of lockdown restrictions, we hope to open for in person courses later in the term.
As always there are lots to choose from. Here are just some of the fantastic courses that you can join right now:
American History: From the Gilded to the Jazz Age, 1878 to the Roaring 20s on Tuesdays 6.45 pm to 8.45pm from the 20 April (HA3) or on Thursdays 6.45 pm to 8.45pm from the 20 April (HA4) with Russell
Painting and Drawing – Mixed Ability on Mondays 1pm to 4pm from 19 April (N15D) with Roma
Body and Mind Awareness / Developing Inner Resilience on Thursdays 9.30am to 10.30am from 22 April (R14D) with Saara
Computer Technologies: Get Started with Photoshop Elements on Wednesdays 10am to 12noon, from 21 April (DTC6) with Carmel
Get by in Portuguese on Holiday on Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm from 21 April (PLH5) with Margarida
Mindful Walking Group/Gentle Exercise Outdoors Thursdays 11am to 12noon from 22 April (R15D) with Saara
Filming The Art Life – exploring films about artists on Fridays 1pm to 2.30pm (N42E) with Davide
Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film on Thursdays 9.45am to 11.45am from 22 April (SLF1) with Gorka
Italian Book Club: Cesare Pavese “La Bella Estate” on Thursdays 1pm to 3pm from 22 April (LICP) with Davide
Discover your Family History: Stage 1 on Thursdays 1.30pm to 4pm from 22 April (DYFH) with Rosemary
Drawing Figures in Motion Fridays 9.45am to 12.15pm from 23 April (N14L) with Bill
Are you, or is someone you know, from an EU country?
EU citizens who want to continue living in the UK must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 to protect their rights following Brexit.
Even if you have lived in the UK for many years EU nationals still need to apply for settled status. This means that as well as being able to work in the UK you can also use the NHS and access public funds such as pensions and benefits.
EU nationals and their family members who have lived continuously in the UK for five years should be entitled to get Settled Status, meaning they are free to go on living and working in the UK indefinitely.
People with less than five years’ residence can get pre-settled status, which after five years of continuous stay can convert to settled status.
Its free to apply but you do need to apply before 30 June this year.
Bristol values its EU citizens. We need and want you to stay living, working and studying here.
Find out how to apply and find support at EU Settlement Scheme – bristol.gov.uk
A bit about March.
In early versions of the Roman calendar March was the first month of the year marking the beginning of Spring and the Spring Equinox. The flower of March is of course the Daffodil, plenty of which are decorating our gardens, tables, parks and verges at the moment.
March is also Women’s History Month
If you fancy finding out about some of the amazing women in history you can see some great family friendly stories on the BBC website Women’s History Month – Teaching Resources – BBC Teach
English Heritage are also sharing some fascinating stories about Women in History including how women have shaped gardens and garden design. Women in History | English Heritage (english-heritage.org.uk)
Stay safe and take care
March brings breezes loud and shrill,
stirs the dancing daffodil.
The Garden Year by Sara Coleridge
Well I’d like to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year.
I imagine, like me, the current covid lockdown has you all feeling rather fed up, but hopefully the news on the continued vaccine rollout is allowing you to feel able to ‘hang on in there’ while we battle through what we hope will be the home stretch.More
‘In person’ classes:
Stoke Lodge will be open on Monday 2 November for ‘in person’ classes.
If you are attending a class at Stoke Lodge on Monday you can continue to do so.
The only exception to this is the Upholstery class (due to start on Monday) which we have unfortunately cancelled.
In light of the latest government guidance and the planned lockdown we will be looking to move all classes that can to an online format for when the lockdown starts on Thursday.
We will be contacting learners very soon to advise on changed formats and online teaching arrangements.
A few classes require specialist materials or equipment and cannot move online. These will unfortunately be cancelled for this half term. We will be contacting learners enrolled in the next couple of days.
Classes currently running online will continue as normal.
We are obviously extremely disappointed to have to make these changes. We have so enjoyed having some of you back with us in person.
Your safety and that of our tutors and staff is of course paramount and we will do everything required to keep us all as safe as possible.