New year, new writing and dance courses begin

Anna Turner
Anna Turner

The festivities may be over but there’s still plenty to enjoy in the upper Calder Valley as a range of new courses gets under way.

The Workers’ Educational Association courses are about to start at venues in both Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

New students are welcome to join courses in circle dance, poetry writing and fiction writing from next week.

“Circle Dance: Delicious Allsorts for All” with tutor Sophia Hatch offers the opportunity to learn and enjoy circle dances and music from all around the globe.

The course is open to men and women and no partners are needed. Newcomers are welcome and can try the first session without obligation.

The course starts at Riverside Junior School, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge on Tuesday, January 8 at 7.30pm for 10 sessions.

A similar course with Sophia Hatch for women only will be held at the New Oddfellows’ Hall, Oxford Street, Todmorden on Thursday mornings from 10.15am, starting on Thursday, January 10 for 10 weeks.

This course also includes some Alexander Technique and again newcomers are welcome to try the first session without obligation.

“Writing Fiction” starts on Thursday, January 10 at 10am for 10 sessions at Hope Chapel, Hebden Bridge (via the Cheetham Street entrance).

Tutor Anna Turner is inviting people to join the friendly group to try out different writing styles.

She said: “There will be fun exercises where we play with words, forms and ideas. The class will be about encouragement and sharing and you can bring your own work for feedback.”

“Poetry and the Senses” with tutor Sally Baker will take place on Thursday afternoons, from 1pm to 3pm, for 10 sessions also starting on Thursday, January 10.

The course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Anna said: “This is a friendly and supportive class for anyone interested in reading and writing poetry, developing their creative response and producing new poems using all the senses. We will look at the work of contemporary poets and build our skills in redrafting poems.”

This course will also be held at Hope Chapel, Hebden Bridge.

People in receipt of income-related benefits can attend any of the above courses without charge. The standard fee is £63.

You can join at the first meeting, provided places remain, or to ensure a place by booking in advance, send your name, address and phone number and a cheque made out to “WEA” to Branch Treasurer, Kenneth Wilson, Old House Farm, Elland Road, Barkisland HX4 9PS (tel 01422 822342).

For further information call WEA organiser Linda Croft on 01706 818103.