“The Vikings in Ryedale” is the subject of next week’s Friday evening talk arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA. The speaker, Dr Matthew Townend, is Reader in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, where he specialises in the language, literature, and history of Viking Age England; Old […]
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The monthly talks organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA continue next Friday with Alistair Dalgleish on “Local men who fought in the US Civil War”. Just to remind you, the American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865. The Union faced secessionists in eleven Southern states, grouped together as the Confederate States […]
Rogers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic musical, “The King and I“, is coming to York Theatre Royal from Wednesday March 8 to Saturday March 18. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son […]
The Pickering branch of the WEA continues to offer something to challenge the little gray cells and get the imagination working. “Great Yorkshire Literature“ But first the bad news: if you saw an advertisement for this course, which was due to begin tomorrow, please note that it has had to be cancelled. Apologies for the […]
Here’s an opportunity to hear the renowned Hallé Orchestra, without a trip to their home base in Manchester. The Halle will be performing in Leeds Town Hall on the evening of Saturday January 14. The programme is: Mozart – Symphony No 41 (Jupiter) Strauss – Horn Concerto No 1 Schumann – Symphony No 4 Markus […]
The monthly Friday evening lectures arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA continue this week with David Clark on “Jutland 1916: Jellicoe v Scheer”. The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle fought by the British Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet under Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, against the Imperial German Navy’s High Seas Fleet under […]
From farmer to cathedral builder, life in the middle ages will be under the microscope at a Day School arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA. Tutor Dr Robert Wright describes the day: The course is called The Flowering of the Middle Ages, and in it we will explore the development of Europe’s economic […]
“Turandot”, the spectacular Puccini opera set in imperial China, is on stage at York Theare Royal in November with York Opera. If you fancy seeing it, without struggling to York in wintry weather, why not take advantage of a coach trip organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA? The trip is scheduled for Saturday […]
The Pickering branch of the WEA is offering three courses this autumn, covering a wide range of interests. History: the Hellenistic World Tutor Robert Wright will lead an examination of the history, art and culture of the Greek-speaking world between the time of Alexander the Great and the rise of Rome. Fridays from September 23. […]
The year’s day schools organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA will conclude with two craft workshops. On Saturday April 16, tutor Heather Gatt is running a batik art day. This is a practical workshop where participants will learn and / or develop their skills in the art of batik, using wax and dyes, […]
If you fancy seeing Brideshead Revisited, the opening production at the refurbished York Theatre Royal, but without the hassle of driving and parking, this is for you. The Pickering branch of the WEA is organising a coach trip to the matinee performance on Saturday April 30. The coach will pick up in Kirkbymoorside at 11.15am, […]
The WEA winter series of talks concludes on Friday March 4 with “Cawthorn Camps – the Romans around Pickering”. The speaker is Peter Wilson who works for Historic England, the public body that looks after England’s historic environment, which came into being recently when it split off from English Heritage. Cawthorn Camps is a Roman […]
Latest touring opera from Ellen Kent productions is Die Fledmaus (The Bat), Johann Strauss’s light-hearted opera set in late 19th century Vienna, and combining a cast of colourful characters with some of opera’s most popular musical moments in a story of love, laughter and sweet revenge. Ellen Kent’s critically acclaimed Die Fledermaus returns after its […]
Coming up next in the WEA Saturday courses in Pickering is a rag rugging workshop with tutor Gerry Rushton. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created a small item using ‘hooky rug’ techniques, skills which can of course then be used to make much larger items at home. Bring your own material […]
We’ve all heard of “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” but before you read on, see how many you can name. If it’s less than seven, or even if you know them well, you could learn more from a Day School being run by the Pickering branch of the WEA. And in case you […]
The Pickering Branch of the WEA opens its spring series of Friday talks with Mark Sissons on “The Industries of the Whitby and Pickering Railway“.
Three new courses organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA will be starting in the next couple of weeks. This Friday, January 8, sees Dr Robert Wright starting Part 2 of his autumn term course on The Age of Empires, examining the major themes of European and American history in the period 1850 to1880. […]
Friday talks arranged by the Pickering branch of the WEA continue in December with well-known local dialect expert Adam Collier on “The Local Yorkshire Dialect and its Origins”. By way of background, here’s an extract from an article that Adam wrote last year for the Gazette and Herald: I developed a love of dialect from […]
The next Friday evening talk offered by the Pickering branch of the WEA is by Alistair Dalgleish, on the subject of “Local men who fought in the American Civil War”. The war was fought between 1861 and 1865. The causes are still a matter of debate, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson writes that “The […]
Dr Robert Wright is conducting a Day School for the Pickering branch of the WEA on Alexander the Great. Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty, a famous ancient Greek royal house. Born in Pella […]
Why not get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to the Hull New Theatre to see Irving Berlin’s seasonal treat, “White Christmas”? Local group One Off Productions are delighted to be staging this classic musical. This is the first time the ever popular show has been seen at the New Theatre and is sure […]
Geologist Richard Myerscough continues his occasional series of Day Schools on the geology of the local area with a session devoted to the eastern part of the Norh York Moors. Organised by the Pickering branch of the WEA, this event will be held on Saturday October 3, and will run from 10.00 am to 4.00 […]
Three new courses offered by the Pickering branch of the WEA begin shortly, catering for a range of interests. Beading for Beginners is an introductory course for complete beginners, in workshop format with an experienced tutor, materials available for purchase. £50 for six sessions, Wednesdays from September 16, 1.00 to 3.30 pm. Tragedy and the […]
Geologist Richard Myerscough continues his occasional series of day schools on local geology in relation to local building, for the Pickering branch of the WEA, with a look at “Churches in the Landscape – a study of Ryedale Churches” on Saturday May 9. The day begins at Malton Railway station at 10.00 am, and continues […]
Two quite different Saturday Day Schools are on offer from the Pickering branch of the WEA in March: at the risk of being sexist, I’d say there is one for the girls and another for the boys. On March 14 batik artist Heather Gatt makes a welcome return with another day of batik art for […]
The Pickering branch of the WEA is arranging a coach trip, alas not to sea, sun, and sand on an exotic island, but still something pretty good: the musical South Pacific at York Theatre Royal. Gorgeous sets, lovely songs and an emotional roller-coaster promise a great day out. If you are too young to remember […]
The Pickering branch of the WEA resumes its winter series of Friday evening talks next week, with physicist Oulton Walker on “Mysteries of Earth Orbiting Satellites”. 7.30 pm, January 16, at the Friends Meeting House, Castlegate, Pickering. No charge, but a donation of £2 will help to cover costs. Everyone welcome.
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