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Name of the Organisation

Kings Langley Workers Educational Association or Kings Langley WEA.

What are your main aims and objectives?

Kings Langley WEA is a local branch of the national WEA which is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult learning. There are no exams and no entry requirements.

Where do you meet and how often?

Courses are organised in weekly classes lasting eight, 10 or 20 weeks, starting in September or January. There are no courses between May and August. Classes normally last for one and a half or two hours. Most classes are held in Kings Langley but there are also venues in Hemel Hempstead and Abbots Langley. Classes take place on weekday mornings or afternoons and some take place in the evening. The classes vary in number between 12 and 30 members.

What sort of people are your members?

Kings Langley WEA draws its membership from a wide area of west Herts. The courses appeal to all age groups, although many of our members are retired people of all ages. In the past WEA groups have organised crèches to enable those with young children to join classes. Members help to keep down the costs of the courses by volunteering to act as secretary or librarian to classes. Kings Langley WEA committee is run entirely by volunteers who choose and arrange the programme, engage tutors, maintain class lists and collect fees, book venues and manage equipment.

What sort of costs are involved in membership?

The fee for an eight-week course starts at £45; longer courses lasting up to 20 weeks will cost £114. Classes are free to registered unemployed, and those on means-tested benefits, and their unwaged adult dependants. Those with an income below £15,050 per annum may qualify for assistance with their fees.

If someone would like to join, who should they contact?

Ring Membership Secretary Anne Hoar on 01442 253403 or Course Organiser Joe Graham on 01923 265426 to request details of the full programme for 2011-12. You can also learn more about the club online at www.wea.org.uk