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I AM sorry I was unable to join those concerned about the sudden closure of our adult education centre in Holmfirth last night.

I don't think for one minute our Conservative councillors deliberately arranged this to clash with the local Labour party celebrations of the unique history of the Colne Valley constituency, but I and others were already committed to such a big event.

As we are celebrating history perhaps this is a good time to reflect on where adult education came from and on the way in which this particular building grew out of public subscription.

Perhaps a revival of something like the old Workers' Educational Association (WEA) could give adult education locally a new sense of purpose.

Given this is a public building it should be given back to the people of Holmfirth who paid for it. I am sure the community here has the capacity to resolve access problems and, with green architects based locally, perhaps create a sustainable community building for the future.

There would be scope for expanding future adult education. That needs to include those specialist activities that need dedicated equipment. In addition we have the scope to share technology skills, educate ourselves about sustainability and how we tackle climate change, increase civic education and encourage community groups to share their specialist knowledge.

A new lease of life for this public asset could help Holmfirth put the community back in community education - and perhaps find room for that museum too.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 22, 2011
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