MONDAY

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9:30

-- 10:30am

  • Zumba

with

A Dance Fitness class mixed with a hypnotic fusion of Latin style music and moves. It's Easy, It's Fun, and It’s Exercise in Disguise. Increase your strength and stamina, your fitness and your energy levels. It's a class with a 'feel good' factor'. Wear well-fitting arch support trainers and comfortable work-out clothing. All you need is a drink and a smile!

Church Hall

ALF 388

ALF 389

ALF 390

Sep 6 - 27

(4 Sessions)

Oct 4 - 18

(3 Sessions)

Nov 1 - 29

(5 Sessions)

£36

£27

£45

60min

15 max

10:30

  • Herbal Medicine

-- 12:30pm

with 

During this four week workshop, participants will work together to develop a deeper understanding and relationship with commonly used medicinal plants. Each week we will explore a number of plants in terms of their contemporary and traditional use, mythology and folklore, experiencing them directly as a group through the making and taking of various herbal remedies. Participants will have the opportunity to gain personal insights into plants they feel drawn to and discover ways in which they may become allies in our quest for improved health and wellbeing. The course will include short sessions in the grounds of The Red House and short walks close to the venue. The course is suitable for both newcomers and those who have undertaken previous ALF courses on herbal medicine.

The Red House

ALF 391

Sep 20 - Oct 11

(4 Sessions)

£36

120min 

15 max

11:00

  • Stretch & Glow

-- 11:30am

with

A chair based exercise class for those who thought that exercise had passed them by.  It can help improve your strength and stamina and encourage a more efficient cardiovascular and respiratory system as well as being good fun.  It’s exercise to help you stretch and glow!

Church Hall

ALF 392

Sep 6 - 27

ALF 393

Oct 4 - 18

ALF 394

Nov 1 - 29

(4 Sessions)

£22

(3 Sessions)

£17

(5 Sessions)

£28

30min

15 max

Library

A course that will enable anyone with little or no previous knowledge to acquire enough Spanish for basic communication. The course is structured to cover key topics, from ordering food and drink to getting to know people, with only as much grammar as is absolutely necessary! The classes aim to enthuse and inspire the student in an enjoyable way through activities, including games and role play, which relate to real-life situations. 
Being able to connect on a more personal level with the inhabitants of another country can deepen one’s experience of the place and its culture in a way that cannot be achieved through books, television or even the internet!

  • Beginners Spanish

with 

ALF 395

ALF 396

Sep 13 - Oct 18

(6 Sessions)

Nov 1- Dec 6

(6 Sessions)

£54

£54

1:05

-- 2:35pm

90min

25 max

-- 8:00pm

ALF 399

Nov 15

(1 Session)

£15

90min

30 max

  • Political Workshops with Lynne Walker

6:30

with

Library with Z00M option

ALF 397

Sep 27

(1 Session)

£15

Session 1

Political Cartoons in the 21st Century. A picture is worth a thousand words is an adage which describes the power of political cartoons to comment upon and shape the political debate and we’ll take a look at what some of the cartoonists have made us think about in the twenty years since the new millennium. We will focus on the major events at home and abroad as well as some of the more quirky contributions offered by cartoonists.

Session 2

Biden one year on - is the USA getting over Trump? America feels like a country more polarised and less persuadable than ever so what is going on with the Republican Party and how has the underestimated President Biden fared? We’ll look at what the GOP is trying to do to change the voting system state by state and consider whether the Democrats can make any gains in the mid term elections to help their legislative agenda. 

Session 3

What’s the point of the monarchy? When even Royals don’t want to deal with “The Firm,” why do we still act like monarchy is normal? Will Charles be the last King?  Is it time the UK became a republic since with independence on the agenda for all four nations it is reasonable to ask where this leaves the monarchy and why should we care?

ALF 398

Oct 11

(1 Session)

£15

TUESDAY

1:05

-- 2:35pm

  • Conversational Spanish

with 

Continue or resume learning Spanish in an interactive way which will enable you to converse with growing confidence and fluency. The course is aimed at those who have a sound grasp of the basics and now wish to proceed beyond the early intermediate stage. 
You should be able to understand: “¿Te gustó la película que vimos ayer?”. On the other hand, if you find the following easy to understand the course may not be for you: “Si yo tuviera tiempo, iría más a menudo a pescar.” 

Library

ALF 400

ALF 401

90min

Sep 14 - Oct 19

(6 Sessions)

Nov 2- Dec 7

(6 Sessions)

£54

£54

12 max

 
  • Geoffrey Chaucer - Civil Servant and Poet

3:00

with 

Library

-- 4:30pm

Geoffrey Chaucer has had an immense influence on British culture during the last six hundred years. We begin by looking at the main events of Chaucer's lifetime (c.1343-1400) and his family background, before turning to aspects of the English and European literary traditions from which he drew and the milieu within which he worked as a 'courtly writer'. We consider contemporary perceptions of society and the groups/types of people of which it comprised, before looking at how Chaucer used this material in 'The Canterbury Tales'. From this will emerge the different Chaucers inside and outside his writings. The final two sessions bring us back to the 'real' world to consider Chaucer 'the civil servant' and the changing attitudes of people at the end of the fourteenth century.

ALF 402

Sep 28 - Oct 19,

Nov 2 - 23

(8 Sessions)

£72

90min

15 max

6:00

  • Reawaken Your French

with 

-- 7:30pm

Library

This course sees a return to the Library and is run by Colin Harbin. 

Would you like to revive the French you were taught at school or college, but feel may be faltering? You will be surprised how quickly it comes back. By reminding you of the grammar and encouraging enjoyment of the literature (Maigret anyone?) this short course will aim to reawaken interest in the French language and have you conversing with confidence before you know it.

ALF 404

Nov 2- Dec 7

(6 Sessions)

£54

90min

12 max

  • Who are you looking up to? - the fuss about statues

6:30

-- 8:00pm

with 

This one-off session will unpack the variety of issues connected to statues. Should we get in a lather about revering people with questionable personal histories, such as making a fortune in the slave trade? Should we be outraged that so few women get public recognition with a monument in the public space? With no statue of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Millicent Fawcett or Benjamin Britten in Aldeburgh have we turned our backs on our heritage? The politics of statues has become a cause célèbre. So, what is the fuss all about? There will be plenty of discussion, so come prepared to join in.

Library & Zoom

ALF 405

Sep 14

(1 Session)

£15

90min 

20 max

6:30

-- 8:00pm

  • East Anglian Artists

with 

This course will explore the many artists, including those less well known, both men and women, that have lived and worked in Suffolk. Each session features a different theme from the traditional styles at the turn of the century to plein air, from the kitchen sink dramas of the 1950's to contemporary work. We will look at painters, printmakers and sculptors who have contributed to the arts in Suffolk over the last hundred years. Each session will include an informal chat session to discuss our ideas and thoughts on particular artists

Zoom

ALF 406

Sep 14 - Oct 19

(6 Sessions)

£54

90min 

15 max

with 

FREE PILOT

Oct 4

Zoom

(6 Sessions)

£54

6:30

-- 8:00pm

  • Art & Design - Practical Classes

This informal and practical course will cover all the important aspects of drawing and painting, using different media in a step by step way to encourage and help you to develop your artistic skills. We will use a wide range of subjects and approaches throughout the course and to support learners the tutor will use a second camera to demonstrate each step and how to apply media. This course is ideal for beginners as well as those more experienced. 

ALF 407

Nov 2 - Dec 7

90min 

10 max

Zoom

£54

90min 

30 max

6:30

  • Guilty Pleasures: the operas of Puccini

-- 8:00pm

with 

Puccini composed some of the most famous and most beloved music in the operatic repertoire; his melodies find homes far outside of their original contexts and genre, and his plots stand as archetypes for an 'operatic' aesthetic. Yet this is a composer largely ignored by serious musical scholars who have seen his blatant populism as out of step with traditional modernist interpretations of music history. Over six weeks we will explore Puccini in the socio-political climate of his own time and discover how his body of work is more strikingly modern and innovative than it first appears. We will unlock some of the key musical features that give Puccini a unique and arresting sound and assess his legacy in terms of our modern understanding of popular drama.  If you love the music of La bohème, or have sobbed through Tosca, or maybe have been intrigued by the concept of La Rondine or La fanciulla del West then there will be lots to intrigue you.

ALF 408

Nov 2 - Dec 7

(6 Sessions)

WEDNESDAY

 

This will be Steve’s seventh year leading courses at Aldeburgh Library on wildflowers, seeds and berries as well as insects.
Over the four meetings we will visit various local sites: woodland, heathland and coastal habitats, to identify wildflowers and autumn insects.  Students are reminded to dress appropriately for the outdoor visits. 

This Course is currently fully booked but Steve has agreed to run a second one in parallel. This is at 10:00 am on Thursdays  Sep 16 - Oct 7 (meet at Library)

120min

12 max

1:30

  • Wildflowers & Insects

-- 3:30pm

with 

Library & Outside

ALF 409

Sep 15 - Oct 20

(4 Sessions)

£36

5:00

- 6:30pm

90min

30 max

  • Britain's Role in the world post Brexit?

with 

What next for the UK in a Post-Brexit World? Whatever the promises made by politicians it remains unclear what our role is in the world now we no longer belong to the European Union. Does it matter? Covid-19 has compounded the issue.                                               For nearly two years we have been treading water. What have we that is world class and if we could identify it, how could we ‘sell’ it better?   Discuss

Library with Z00M option

ALF 411

Oct 20

(1 Session)

£15

06:30

-- 8:00pm

  • 'Warnings to the Curious': the 2 Jameses

with 

Library 

ALF 410

Sep 22 - Oct 13

(4 Sessions)

£36

In 1898 Henry James published one of his best-known stories, The Turn of the Screw, a ghostly tale for Christmas. Also in the late 19th century, Cambridge don M.R. James established his own ‘strange tales at Christmas’ tradition, telling stories that eventually began to appear in anthology in 1904. In this course, we’ll take a look at how and why the supernatural genre made such an impact on both writers’ lives and reputations. We’ll see how it became a necessary distraction from their day jobs (one was a novelist of psychological realism, the other a Medievalist) and led them to create some of the most haunting tales in literature. We’ll focus on aspects of their work that helped define the ghost story as we know it today, and we’ll evaluate some dramatic adaptations of their tales.  

  

Our texts are Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw and any edition of M.R. James’s short stories.       

90min

15 max

06:30

-- 8:00pm

  • Footprints on the Moon

with 

0*5:00

-- 6:30pm

on Nov 17

For centuries, lunar voyages have been the subject of immense fascination to novelists, artists, and from the birth of cinema to film-makers. Decades before there were actual footprints on the moon's surface, there have been imaginative cinematic trips galore: from A Trip to the Moon right back in 1902, to Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon (1929) to the more scientific Destination Moon (1950) and the fantastically pulpy Cat-women of the Moon (1953). Along the way was an adaptation of HG Wells' The First Men in the Moon (1964) and a very British satire of the space race in 'The Mouse on the Moon' (1963).

 

As the space race gathered pace, there were even more (a Jules Verne romp Rocket to the Moon in 1967, and a more serious exploration of lunar travel, Marooned in 1969). And there have been many more since, with the recent First Man (2018) dealing directly with the 1969 lunar landings. There have been other fascinating films about the 'backroom' staff enabling the lunar landings, such as Hidden Figures (2016) and (more comically) The Dish in 2000; and other films about failed missions, such as Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995). And the moon itself makes myriad cameo appearances throughout cinema history, symbolising love, occasionally death, sometimes purity, but often just being its visually dramatic and unique self.

Library 

ALF 348

Nov 10 - 24

(3 Sessions)

£27

90min

15 max

THURSDAY

 

2:30

  • The Philosophy of the Comfort Zone

-- 4:00pm

with 

Do most Philosophy courses seem too much like hard work?  If so, this laid-back course is the very one for you!  We explore philosophical reasons for idleness and leisure; exercise (or avoiding it); clothes; our ‘image’ and our reality; thinking about personal beauty; and of course, the philosophy of comfort itself.  Expect plenty of sharp thinking and lively discussion, even if we are talking about lazy things.

Library with Z00M option

ALF 412

90min

Sep 16 - Oct 21

(6 Sessions)

£54

15 max

2:30

  • Human Rights in Today’s World - Freedom of the Press

-- 4:00pm

with

Freedom of speech is a key tenet of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Does this mean that our political leaders or the press are free to peddle disinformation? We are living in an age of social media which values the freedom to say just about anything. This issue gets to the heart of our democracy and stress tests trust and resistance to manipulation. We welcome back previous participants and those new to the study of human rights. We will review the background to human rights and the state of human rights both here and globally. There will be plenty of discussion, so come prepared to debate some tricky issues in international relations.

Library with Z00M option

ALF 413

Nov 4 - 18

(3 Sessions)

£27

90min

15 max

2:30

  • Feisty Women of the Middle Ages

-- 4:00pm

with 

For some women, there was more to it than sewing and wearing a pointy hat.  In these three lessons we meet some remarkable British ladies who could change a nappy with one hand and wield a sword with other.  Get to know Nicola de la Haye; Princess Gwellian; Black Agnes Randolph; Grace O’Malley and others who would not be defined by the stereotype.

Library with Z00M option

ALF 414

Nov 25 - Dec 9

(3 Sessions)

£27

90min

15 max

  • From Blackface to Cross-dressing: An introduction to 18th Century Theatre   

with 

06:30

-- 8:00pm

ALF 370

Nov 4 - 18

18th century Britain, and London in particular, saw a huge expansion in theatre going.  Even by the 1740s there were several theatres in the Holborn area, some even centred on spas and wells. By 1800 the two ‘West End’ royal patent theatres, Covent Garden and Drury Lane, held around 3000 people. In the summer months, the Haymarket theatre opened when they closed.  Catherine ‘Kitty’ Clive, Margaret ‘Peg’ Woffington and David Garrick, Drury Lane’s actor/manager, became celebrities. Indeed, it was the first age of theatrical celebrity.  This course takes you into that world, looking at songs, acting techniques, plays, playbills and how theatre reflected race, empire and gender. Following an Introductory week, it will look in depth at a single play and a single epilogue (a standard feature of the evening’s entertainment, always delivered by an actress, at the end of a play).

Library

(3 Sessions)

£27

90min 

15 max

06:30

  • Music Colloquia 

-- 8:00pm

with 

Zoom

90min

Each week we focus on a particular musical 'work' and examine its composer, reception history and wider context - as well as 'lifting the bonnet' on how the music itself works. The sessions start as curated lectures but the intention is to share ideas, views and experiences in the manner of a musical 'book group'. No specific musical knowledge or experience is required, just a passion for music and a willingness to develop deeper listening. Participants have a say in the musical choices and, thus far, we've examined works by Monteverdi to Stravinsky and Bach to Britten.

ALF 415

ALF 416

Sep 23 - Oct 21

(5 Sessions)

£45

Nov 11- Dec 9

(5 Sessions)

£45

25 max

FRIDAY

 

09:30

  • Further Italian 

--11:00am

This group consists of students who have reached lower intermediate level, having a sound grasp of the present and of the 'passsato prossimo' and some awareness of the imperfect. Topics covered so far by this group include holidays, home life and work. 

Zoom

ALF 417

Sep 17 - Oct 22

(6 Sessions)

£54

ALF 418

Nov 5 - Dec 10

(6 Sessions)

£54

90min

12 max

1:05

  • Photography

with 

-- 2:35pm

This course will cover the fundamentals of all photography practice. It will equip you with the technical know-how and creative insight to take on any type of photography; landscapes, wildlife, action, architecture, sport, studio, still life, portraits, street, social documentary, etc. You will acquire a solid base of knowledge to guide on your photography journey, wherever that may lead. The course will mix-in theory with out-and-about shooting experience around Aldeburgh. Suitable for absolute beginners, as well as more experienced photographers wishing to underpin their skills with greater understanding.

Library and outside

ALF 419

Sep 17 - Oct 22

(6 Sessions)

£54

90min

12 max

3:00

  • Refresh your iPad skills for Zoom calls

Library

-- 4:30pm

Refresh your iPad skills including how to get the best from Zoom

ALF 420a

Sep 17 

(1 Session)

Free

90min

10 max

3:00

  • An in-depth course to refresh iPad skills 

-- 4:30pm

Library

If you an intermediate iPad user refresh your skills with Wendy Gilbert

ALF 420b

Oct 8 - 22 

90min

(3 Sessions)

£27

10 max