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.


Autumn Term 2018

Literary Techniques

Carolyn King MA
2:00pm - 4:30pm, 9 Weeks, 9th October – Tuesday 4th December 2018
Half term No break in October
LCA Members £105.00, Non-LCA Members £110.00
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

If you have a novel in your head, this is the course for you! This exciting new course is aimed at those people wanting to understand how novels and short stories are written.

The course aims to develop an understanding of the art of writing through the study of written work and practical exercises.

Term 1 will focus on the novel and use as models Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre & Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights as model texts.

Term 2 will focus on the short story and used the stories of Virginia Woolf and William Trevor as models.

Each term will focus on three elements:

(a) narrative structure, plot, and dramatic elements;

(b) building character, showing, telling, point of view, and focalisation;

(c) metaphor, simile, voice and power.

There will be practical exercises weekly, and an opportunity for the student to write their own outline story, all of which will be presented within the group for discussion.


Autumn Term- 2018

An Examination of American Literature: Henry James, Edith Wharton and John E Steinbeck

Carolyn King M.A.
10:00 am - 12 Noon, 2 Hours, Tues 9th October - 11th December 2018
Half term No Break for Half Term
LCA Members £99.00, Non-LCA Members £105.00
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

From the world of privileged, wealthy New England to the struggles and poverty stricken ‘Dust Bowl’ we immerse ourselves in the

contrasts of American Literature.

This course is expertly delivered by Carolyn King M.A.

Key texts covered are Henry James The Portrait of a Lady; Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence; John E. Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath.

For those new members who might like to ‘taste’ the course, an initial registration of £12.50 will be possible for the first session, and this will be deducted from the full fee in the event you will find the course as compelling as the rest of us! ( Minimum of 12 students for this to apply).




Autumn Term 2018

Europe's Other Empires of the seas

Roy Doughty
10am- 12 Noon, 7 Weeks , 4th October - 22nd November 2018
Half term 25th October 2018
LCA Members £65, Non-LCA Members £70
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

Between 1000 and 1588 Europe had a second division of sovereign nation states and cities who built and lost their own Empires of the Seas. Their story is rarely told, yet it is equal in scope, risk, tenacity and achievement to the 16th and 17th century imperial successes of Spain, France and England. We examine the Hanseatic League, northern Europe’s 300-year commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their towns and cities; follow the global achievements of Portugal and The Netherlands and discover the remarkable successes of the Renaissance Italian city states led by Venice who for nearly 200 years dominated southern Europe’s commercial shipping trade whilst creating modern banking.


Spring 2019

The Reign of Edward VII (1901- 1910)

Geraldine Beech
10am- 12 Noon, 8 Weeks , 10th January - 7th March 2019
Half term
LCA Members £75, Non-LCA Members £80
Enrol at Reception, Lymington Centre

The reign of Edward VII is often presented as a halcyon period before World War I, but for most people it was nothing of the kind.  Despite  his reputation as a playboy Prince of Wales, Edward VII was an able and outward-looking king who brought a new style of monarchy after the long reign of Queen Victoria.  With family connections to most of the royal houses of Europe, he helped pave the way for the Anglo-French Entente Cordiale of 1904 and was the first British monarch to visit Russia.  His reign was a time of enormous social and technological change in Britain. Domestic politics were dominated by debates about education, by the often violent struggle for women’s suffrage, by the rise of socialism, and by Lloyd George’s showdown with the House of Lords.  And cars, aeroplanes, radio and gramophones revolutionised travel and entertainment.  Edward VII was 59 when he came to the throne; this course will also look at his life before monarchy, as well as some of the key political figures of his reign – Asquith, Balfour, Churchill and Lloyd George.



Autumn 2018

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, Tues 18th September - Tues 27th November 2018
Half term Tues 23rd October
LCA Members £90, Non-LCA Members £95
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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