Choir and lip-reading classes set to start as new season of adult education courses gets underway at Letchworth Settlement

The summer flower arranging workshop at The Settlement run by tutor Helen Allen from Verdila.

The summer flower arranging workshop at The Settlement run by tutor Helen Allen from Verdila. - Credit: Archant

Letchworth Settlement’s new season of courses is now in full swing, with adult learners picking up skills such as floristry, singing and more.

Participants in the summer flower arranging workshop at The Settlement run by tutor Helen Allen from

Participants in the summer flower arranging workshop at The Settlement run by tutor Helen Allen from Verdila. - Credit: Archant

The adult education centre in Nevells Road, one of the few still going across the UK, is set to mark its centenary in four years’ time. It operates as a charity and has about 700 students on its books.

The classes have included flower arranging, taught by Helen Allen from floral specialists Verdila and focusing on seashore and succulents.

“The classes have gone very well and have been very popular,” said Helen.

“Everyone has said how much they enjoyed having the chance to do something a little bit different.”

Barbara Gray at the summer flower arranging workshop at The Settlement run by tutor Helen Allen (lef

Barbara Gray at the summer flower arranging workshop at The Settlement run by tutor Helen Allen (left) from Verdila. - Credit: Archant


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Helen’s classes return this Tuesday and Friday, while the centre’s new choir – the Settlement Singers, led by Lorna Reay – kicks off on Monday night at 7.30pm.

Louise Reed’s lip-reading class is set to start on Friday at 10am.

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Later in the month there will be a chance to have a glimpse into the lives of royalty when Eric McClaughlin, formerly of the households staff, visits on Friday, September 30 – and in October an exhibition will be held showing the work of some of the classes.

To find out more call 01462 682828 or have a look at letchworthsettlement.org.uk.

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