Our Tutors

Andrew Langdon Local Historian on Cornish Crosses

Local historian Andrew Langdon has spent most of his adult life researching, discovering and helping to preserve Cornwall’s medieval stone crosses. This is a hobby which got out of control! During the last thirty years Andrew has written a series of five guide books, many notes and papers, given numerous talks and lectures, and led many guided walks to look at these ancient monuments. Andrew completed an MA in Cornish Studies in 2005 through the Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter. He was made a bard of the Cornish Gorsedh for his work with Cornish crosses in 1990, and was named Cornwall Heritage Trust’s ‘Heritage Champion’ in 2010.
As well as stone crosses, Andrew is interested in all aspects of Cornish history and was the overall winner of the Hoyler an Gof Cornish Book Awards in 2013 for his book Wade-Bridge: Notes on the history of a fifteenth century bridge.

Anne Taylor

Anne Taylor is a health writer, teacher and coach, with a special interest in using creative writing for personal development. She runs workshops using writing for wellbeing in a range of contexts — with medical students, people with health challenges and in the community. She has an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development and is chair of the Cornwall branch of Lapidus, a national organisation that promotes words and writing for wellbeing.

Bryn Thomas

Bryn Thomas
Permaculture.  Bryn is an ecological design consultant with many years experience in Permaculture Design.  He has been teaching Permaculture for about 18 years and a regular teacher at Keveral Farm.  He is founder member of the Brighton Permaculture Trust, a voluntary organisation promoting greener lifestyles and sustainable development through Permaculture design.

Christine Hosey – Photography

With a passion for helping others to learn how to take control of their camera to begin to ‘make’ photos rather than just ‘take’ photographs, Christine is a qualified and experienced tutor who runs her own professional photography business. With a background in photojournalism she still works occasionally as a freelance media and event photographer as well as providing a photographic service to local business websites along side her established wedding photography business. Christine also has an interest in digital reparation of old damaged prints.

Clare Webb

Clare Webb is founder and director of the Cornish Cutting Garden and has worked for florists, bridal companies and as a self-employed florist.

Although her work as a florist was fulfilling she wanted to work with children so changed careers, working within the field of art and horticulture.

Clare then pursued her love for plants and design by obtaining a Garden Design degree at the University College Falmouth. This led to the creation of a social enterprise working in a productive flower garden with disadvantaged individuals to provide training and education and, as well as equipping people with new skills, Clare realized that working in creative cultivation could offer supported therapies as well as beautiful cut flowers.

Clare now specialises in Artisan Floristry, Garden Design and Flowers in Art.

David Ager – Cornish Railway History

david-ager-photo-161116David teaches part time for the WEA, Plymouth University and the Football Association. Originally employed by British Rail on leaving school, he later attended Ruskin College Oxford and then studied at Warwick and Leeds Universities as a mature student. His academic specialisms are economics, human resource management and employment law. He has a strong interest in industrial history, is a volunteer signalman on the West Somerset Railway assisting in signalling training and is a tour guide at the King Edward Mine Museum. In addition to this he is an FA tutor and football author. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

David Derrington – Philosophy

David Derrington has been a tutor with WEA since 2002. David is married with 3 children, 10 grandchildren 2 great- grandchildren. David grew up in a tin-mining village, but like most of his contemporaries, knew his career prospects depended on leaving Cornwall and went to study Modern Languages at Pembroke College Oxford with a Trevelyan Scholarship for studies in Celtic music; a lot of the late 60s were then spent in France, including “the events of May 1968”. David wrote “Tous unis pour que ca change” Paris 1970 (Christian/Marxist dialogue). David is a keen outdoor person and his outdoor activities include bird-watching, mountain biking, camping, wild swimming and also music (singing, cello, viola, Wagner, Delius, Nielsen) and meeting people. David has now returned to Cornwall to spend time with his elderly parents.

David specialises in philosophy including comparative religion and social cohesion.

Douglas Bence

Douglas Bence has been a journalist and teacher for most of his working life.  As a journalist he worked for The Guardian, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, been involved with TV documentaries for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, co-authored two non-fiction books and had his own weekly jazz programme on local radio.  Last year he published a book of fictional short stories, ‘Tales to an Eight-eyed Grandson’.  He has taught at Truro College and Cornwall College.  Check out his website: douglasbence.org.uk.

Jackie Casson – Family History Tutor

Family History is my passion!  I have been researching for family, friends and others for over 35 years now so I am delighted to be running the Family History Course for the WEA at the Centenary Chapel in Camborne.  Much of this research was completed before the Internet so I know how it feels to hold that 200 year old document in your hands!  More recent research has been via the Internet which has proved to be a great tool in finding those lost ancestors.  I am an Associate Member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and a member of the Society of Genealogists.  I am also a volunteer at the Cornwall Family History Society in Truro, helping visitors find their long, lost ancestors, and am currently helping to transcribe documents, at Lanhydrock House near Bodmin, on a project run by the Cornwall Record Office.

I began teaching over 30 years ago and enjoyed it immensely.  I have taught every age group, including ‘A’ Level students, and have run numerous courses for teachers and other adults.  I have a degree in History and American Studies and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

I am really looking forward to helping you discover your family history. We will try to find out as much as possible about who your family were and how they lived.  I am sure it will turn out to be fascinating and we will have some fun on the way!

Janet Corbett-Marston – BSL & Lipreading Tutor

BSL Entry Level, Level 1 & 2 and Lipreading.  Janet Corbett-Marston is hearing and has worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector for several years as a tutor.  She has taught BSL for 7 years with excellent results, both in non-accredited and BSL Level 1 and Level 2 courses.   Janet has also qualified as a Lipreading Teacher and teaches in mid and South West Cornwall.

Jo McIntosh

Jo McIntosh

Jo McIntosh is a Textile Artist living and working in St. Ives.  She runs workshops for children and adults on a variety of textile/craft related subjects including feltmaking, weaving, papermaking, silk painting, jewellery making and more.   You can find out more about Jo on her website www.knitweave.co.uk and you can find her on Facebook at Knit One Weave One.


Joanna Mattingly

Jo Mattingly has been studying Cornish church history, including guilds and holy wells, through surviving buildings, art, architecture and documentary sources for almost thirty years now.  Her passion is for things medieval,  but her researches have covered Cornish local history up to the present day.  She recently coordinated the Cornwall archives and museums’ 100 faces 100 stories project about the First World War and its quirkier Cornish connections. Coming to Cornwall to teach local history to adults in 1985, a remarkably brave thing for a Midlander to do, she has since diversified into freelance lecturing, museums and exhibitions.  The latter have included ‘Treasures of the See’ at Truro Cathedral in 2002, ‘Winston Graham and Poldark’ at the Royal Cornwall Museum in 2008 and most recently the Trenance Cottages redisplay at Newquay.


Julie Tamblin

My fascination with language, literature, culture and identity has been lifelong.  Cornish by birth, I was removed to South Africa when my family emigrated in the days before I could speak and Cornwall therefore became the land of my dreams – I could only imagine it.

Years later, on returning, I went to Liskeard Grammar School.  I recall no mention of our language and literature there, and very little embrace of our dialect.  In 2001, I set up my own small language school in Lostwithiel.  Here I am working on developing a ‘home’ for the Cornish language within the community: a space where the essential relationship between the dialect, the language and the literature of Cornwall can be valued, respected and explored.  I qualified as a teacher (post 16) in 1998 with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.  In 2008, I received my Master’s Degree  in‘Contemporary European Culture: Language, Literature and Society’ from the University of Exeter.  My dissertation for this was entitled, ‘Seeking Congruence: a feminist action-research approach to establishing a sense of congruence between myself as a Cornish person and the Cornish language’.  This was completed at the Institute of Cornish Studies with Dr Bernard Deacon as my supervisor.  In addition to offering courses on the Cornish language for beginners, Italian for beginners, French to advanced level, and English as a foreign language, I also now offer short introductory courses on the writers and literature of Cornwall. Further details of these can be found on my websites at: www.learncornishincornwall.co.uk and www.learnenglishincornwall.co.uk .  I consider my project always a live work in progress and am delighted that it has won several awards to date.

Klaudia Van Gool

Klaudia van Gool is a permaculture teacher/ tutor and environmental consultant.  She has a degree in Environmental Science and has worked advising and training businesses on environmental improvements. She has become increasingly interested in the People Care aspects of permaculture, is a facilitator for The Work That Reconnects and includes deep nature connection practices in all her teaching practices.  She has a particular love for the plant world, teaching foraging and generally getting people interested in connecting with plants as a great way to get people connected with the natural world. She is currently in training to be able to hold the Inipi, the Lakota sweat lodge, to enable more people to shift into a place of deeper connection with themselves, each other and the Earth.

Mark Crees

Mark Crees is passionate about Charles Dickens and all aspects of literature.  Mark Crees’s essays and stories have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Reader and The Threepenny Review. His Dickensian play – The Locksmith’s Wife – was taken on national tour by Cube Theatre in 2009; he has since been busy performing his one-man show, Dickens Out Loud. Mark is currently writing a play about D. H. Lawrence and is also passionate about ensuring the art of reading aloud both from books and poetry is kept alive for us all to enjoy!

Sarah Latham Phillips

MA English Literature 1848 – 1930, University of Wales, Newport, 2007 – 2010

PTLLS Qualification: ‘Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, 2010

Diploma in the History of the Fine & Decorative Arts, London University 1989 – 1990

BSc Hons. History, Philosophy & Social Sciences, University of Bath 1982 – 1985

Career at Courtauld Institute of Art 1990 – 1996

Published Monograph on Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer by Cecil Woolf Publishing Bloomsbury Heritage July 2012.

Speaker at the National Portrait Gallery, September 2014 on Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer, as part of the Educational Programme for the Virginia Woolf Exhibition on Art & Vision, curated by Frances Spalding.

Speaker Virginia Woolf Society Annual Conference, April 5th 2014 on Virginia Woolf as a Cubist Writer, at Senate House, University of London

Speaker at Monk’s House, Rodmell, National Trust, East Sussex, July 2014

Speaker At Bath Spa University Conference: ‘Bloomsbury Adaptations’ May 2011.

Member of the Virginia Woolf Society & the Charleston Trust.

Freelance Lecturer, WEA Tutor and Events Organiser.

Attended many WEA & Adult Education courses.

Further dayschools for Cornwall : Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, Mrs Dalloway, Jacob’s Room & her Short Stories.

Sarah lives in Bath with her husband and two daughters but is from North East Cornwall, between Launceston and Liskeard and spends a lot of her time in Cornwall.

Steph Haxton – Local Historical Cornish Author

Steph Haxton is primarily an historian but has always had a strong need to write.  Steph’s particular interests lie with 16th and 17th century social history.  Cornwall during the Civil War is an ongoing research area.  Serendipitous discoveries often lead her down new research paths – who knows where they will lead?

With First Class Honours degree in Historical and Cultural Studies from the University of Exeter (2001) and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, for several years Steph provided living history services in schools using costumed interpretation to bring the past to life in the classroom. Consultancy work for museums and heritage properties ensued.  With this experience Steph was deployed by English Heritage at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth from 1999 to devise and deliver interactive workshops for all age ranges.   A spell as head of history in FE was followed by a role managing English Heritage education provision in Cornwall, training staff and extending the workshop provision.

This was the springboard for a change in career direction…and now Steph is juggling family life and writing.  All the years researching Pendennis Castle documentary history inspired her historical novel, Exposed to All Villainies, and there’s more of Cornwall’s history to feature in the sequel!

Tigger Pritchard – Makaton Tutor

Makaton & Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Tigger Pritchard is a Licensed Makaton trainer who has many years experience of using Makaton in the workplace and in providing training for others.  Tigger also specialises in Autistic Spectrum Disorder workshops for parents and carers of adults with ASD.