About the WEA

The Workers Educational Association started in the 19th Century to provide learning for adults.  Today the WEA is the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education.  The WEA operates through national and regional offices and volunteer-led branches (the Norwich branch for example).

We aim to provide friendly, informal and enjoyable courses with expert tutors.  There is no need to have prior knowledge of the course subject nor do you need to have any academic qualifications.  In fact, most people come on courses to explore new ideas and topics.  There are no exams or tests!


Branches are run by a local committee of volunteers (details of the Norwich committee below). The committee decides on the annual programme, sorts out venues and helps to ensure that courses run smoothly for tutors and members.  Everybody who enrols on a WEA course automatically becomes a member of the WEA.

Programme for 2018/19

You can find printed copies of the brochures:

  • the Norwich Branch brochures, available from mid-July 2018,  can be found in the carousels provided by Creative Arts East at various locations around the city – including the Forum, Assembly House and other arts venues
  • the annual County brochures for the whole of Norfolk – including Norwich – are also in the carousels from July
  • brochures are also available at  The King’s Centre in King Street
  •  you can call Annette Conn (01603 629557) who will post a brochure to you if required

Half-term break

There are no WEA classes at half term –  half term dates are the same as for Local Authority Schools:

Autumn Term 2018 week beginning 17 September  2018

Half term Monday 22  –  Friday 26 October

Spring Term 2019 week beginning  14 January 2019

Half term Monday 18 – Friday 22 February

Summer Term 2019 week beginning  22 April 2019

Half term Monday 25 May – Friday 31 May

Committee for the Norwich Branch

Chair                    Wilson Graham          wislongraham@yahoo.co.uk

Deputy Chair        Robin Purnell            robin.purnell@talktalk.net

Treasurer             Maggie Ward             samwea@live.co.uk

Secretary             Carole Green            calbrecht436@gmail.com

Deputy Sec           Diana Bulman          dianabulman1@hotmail.com

Course Sec          Jane Harris               jmhwea@icloud.com

Day School Sec    Annette Conn          annette.conn@btopenworld.com 

Website                Kay Sanderson        kaysanderson11@gmail.com

General enquiries about courses and availability – contact Annette Conn 01603 629557


We are always interested in hearing from potential tutors.  You can have a preliminary chat with one of the committee members and/or contact the Regional Office in Cambridge:

For more information

For more information about the National and Regional WEA please follow the links: