LCA Classes

General and course enquiries should be directed to Reception at the Lymington Centre by using the general contact form here.

Enrolment and Payment of Fees
To book a place, students should fill in the form below or contact The Lymington Centre Reception directly before attending, as numbers are limited for some courses. This may be due to the limitations of seating in the available accommodation or because the lecturer has set a maximum class size . Course fees become payable at enrolment. This can be done via Reception or at the first class in the course.

Cheques should be made payable to “Lymington Community Association”. We are also able to accept payment by debit or credit card at Reception.


Spring 2022

Competing Detectives - The golden age and the hardboiled detective novel

Denise Hanrahan- Wells PhD
10am - 12 Noon, 2 Hours , Course start Tuesday 11th January 2022 for 10 weeks
Half term
LCA Members £100, Non-LCA Members £110
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

The Golden Age of Detective fiction and the hardboiled detective novel are two opposing forms of crime fiction. This course will engage with Raymond Chandler’s critical debates by reading Dorothy L Sayers novel Strong Poison (1930), featuring the detective skills of Lord Peter Whimsey. We then move on to consider Raymond Chandler’s very different ‘hardboiled’ detective, Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1939). We will examine the female detective by returning to the Golden Age with Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in The Moving Finger (1942), before concluding with the introduction of Sara Paretsky’s Private Eye, V.I. Warshawski in Indemnity Only (1982). We will compare the different time periods, geographical and social contexts, ranging from Urban America to upper middle-class England and the sleepy village, as well exploring issues related to gender and sexuality.

The Course commences on 11th January 2022 for ten weeks plus a half term break. It will be held in the Malt Room from 10-12 noon, with a coffee break at 11 am.

The tutor is Dr Denise Hanrahan-Wells, who has taught American literature at Winchester University and various literature courses for the WEA.

To book your place call Reception (T: 01590 672337) or visit the Lymington Community Centre, New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ.

For further information please contact: Dr Elizabeth Chell, LC Literary Group Secretary, E:




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Half term
LCA Members £, Non-LCA Members £
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre


Spring 2022

General Art and Drawing: An Art Course for those wishing to explore a range of media.

Caroline Bannon
Tuesdays 09.15am -11:15am, 10 weeks, Tuesday 11th January 2022
Half term
LCA Members £90, Non-LCA Members £100
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

A practical 10 week art course that encompasses a range of drawing and painting media. These are explored in the context of a project that evolves over the 10 week period.
Students are encouraged to develop their work, under the guidance of the tutor, towards a personal style. Please bring art materials of your choice to the first class.

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