Nettleton WEA needs new secretary in 60th anniversary year

Members of the Lincolnshire Regency Dance Club attended a Nettleton WEA Saturday afternoon school on Jane Austen. EMN-160128-154253001
Members of the Lincolnshire Regency Dance Club attended a Nettleton WEA Saturday afternoon school on Jane Austen. EMN-160128-154253001

Nettleton’s branch of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary, while also looking for a new secretary.

Branch secretary Jean Childs is retiring after 15 years of arranging and administrating the courses and events within the area with the help of the local committee and the WEA course programme worker.

To continue the work of the branch, the committee is looking for anyone with a passion for adult education and volunteering, with good organisational skills and a friendly attitude.

Jean, who first joined the branch in the 1960s, has offered to help provide her successor with support, but if the branch cannot find a new secretary, the branch may not be able to continue past its 60th year.

Meanwhile, the branch is looking to mount a special exhibition to mark its 60th year and is asking anyone who has any WEA memorabilia from the past 60 years to get in touch.

If you have photographs of members or of past activities, course notes or memories of trips away, please forward them on.

Maybe you were involved in the research into Nettleton and Caistor’s history led by the late WEA tutor Rex Russell? The branch would love to hear from you.

Since it was established in 1956, it has provided regular weekly classes on a vast range of subjects.

Recent courses have covered such diverse topics as poetry, flora and fauna, restoring antique furniture and Egyptology.

There have also been regular Saturday afternoon talks on a wide range of subjects, while an annual educational day trip included visiting the Richard III exhibition and tomb at Leicester.

If you have any memorabilia to lend or Nettleton WEA memories to share, contact Michael Steed on 01472 859373.

To apply for the role of secretary, contact Sarah Singh on 01522 522472.