Delrow Adult Learning

Delrow Adult Learning

The Adult Learning programme runs on Mondays and Fridays and follows an academic yearly structure. People sign up to different courses for a term. These courses include creative and artistic subjects such as photography, drama, eurythmy and painting. There are also topic-based sessions focusing on peoples' interests. Currently these include local history and geography, current affairs and practical literacy and numeracy. There are two sessions in the morning and one in the afternoon, with different subjects offered on Mondays and Fridays. Each end of term is celebrated with performance and displays of work.

Workshops

Workshops

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays craft workshops and land work sessions run. The workshops offered are pottery, basketry, needlecraft, weavery and bakery. Each workshop teaches the skills needed to produce beautiful hand-made products. The bakery provides the community with bread and other baked goods as well as catering for meetings and other community events.

Work on the land is split between producing vegetables and fruit for the community, and caring for and maintaining the rest of the estate. The Gardening Team works mainly in the vegetable dell and the three large polytunnels, aiming to provide produce all year round for the community. The Land Care Team looks after the estate. This includes mowing the lawns, trimming hedges, cutting firewood and tending the ornamental beds. They also look after Delrow’s 40 chickens and collect the eggs. The eggs are then sold through the Delrow Store.

The Delrow Store offers another work opportunity. Here people learn how to use the cash till and record sales, meet with customers, as well as stocking the shelves and the importance of stock-rotation.

Cultural and Social Life

Cultural and Social Life

Less formal opportunities are available through the busy cultural and social life of the community, events that everybody is welcome to attend and join in. Most important of these are the Christian festivals. Christmas, Easter, St John’s and Michaelmas mark the four turning points of the year, and these and many other smaller festivals are celebrated each year. Other events might be a concert in the Karl König Hall or a play, or a community celebration of an important birthday. In the summer days out by coach are planned, people suggesting where they would like to go and what they would like to do.

Being close to both Watford and London means there is a large range of leisure activities easily available. Watford is a short drive or bus ride away, and the centre of London can be reached by train in less than an hour. There are also activities available due to the rural location such as horse riding and sailing.