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Friday 7 May 2010

Give Learning a Go!

Councillor Andrew Knowles (front) celebrates the launch of Adult Learners’ Week with (left to right) family history enthusiast Colin Pierpoint; John Weeks, Director of People for Cheshire East Council; and Bollywood dancing instructor Olivia White.

Bollywood dancing, flower arranging and family tree research are some of the diverse activities on offer in Cheshire East during Adult Learners’ Week.

The annual campaign from May 15-23 aims to inspire adults to take the first step towards learning with a wide range of taster sessions - most of which are free.

Cheshire East Council is joining with a cross section of community organisations to host a variety of activities at libaries, schools, shopping centres and a variety of other locations across the area.

The week launches with a Cultural Diversity Weekend during May 15 and 16 featuring activities including a cooking demonstration at Sandbach Boys School, Bollywood dancing at Crewe Library and Arabic dancing at Macclesfield Library.

Now in its 19th year, Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest celebration of learning.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Learning has the potential to transform lives and Adult Learners’ Week offers a fantastic opportunity for people to discover exactly what it could do for them.

“They can catch up on skills they may have missed out on in the past, develop themselves for the future or simply learn for pleasure.

“Whether you are a young adult or aged over 50, in employment or looking for work, the choice of activities is so diverse that there is sure to be something for everyone.”

A full list of the activities taking place in Cheshire East can be found at while details of activities across the wider Cheshire and Warrington areas is available at

Alternatively, details can also be obtained from any Cheshire East library or Council Customer Service Point or by contacting the Lifelong Learning Team by telephone on 01270 686531 or by email at

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