Remembering Joyce Glen

This year the Grantham branch will again hold a lecture in honour of an inspirational WEA Student Joyce Glen.

Last year the branch put on the first Joyce Glenn Memorial Lecture, which was very successful, so the branch decided to try another lecture this year.

What follows is what Joyce’s daughter told us about her:-

“At some point in Mum’s childhood she was told she had a weak heart (untrue) & so she was forbidden games, cycling & Guides & took a sedentary bank job when she left school.

She however later trained as a nurse, midwife and school nurse, but always regretted her lack of tertiary education. In her 50s she relearnt the piano & when Dad retired they both got involved in WEA – particularly poetry, art & literature & this encouraged her to do the Open University Foundation degree in her 60s – where she loved all the student stuff and meeting new friends.

joyce glenn

Joyce Glen – WEA student and  inspirational lifelong learner


This was followed by them both making repeated trips to Italy & elsewhere for art/architecture tours.


She was the epitome of a “life-long learner & the family was very grateful to those who continued to take her to Music Club, WEA & the Arts Centre etc as it helped her feel that she still had something to contribute & a part to play”.




The lecture this year will be The Life and Times of William, Lord Hastings, 1431 – 1483.

Tutor: Simon Tomson

Date: Saturday 1st October 2016, 2pm – 5pm

Fee – £5.00 – refreshments included.

Venue: ChristChurch, Finkin Street, Grantham, NG34 7RY

For further details please contact the Lincoln office on 01522 522472 0r Jenny Lewis, Grantham branch secretary on 01476 563 311 by 24th September 2016 or email





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