Residents have been invited to attend some unusual adult education classes.

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) are beginning their new term of classes next week, including courses on the history of witchcraft, famous Victorian Londoners and Japanese literature.

The WEA branch, based in Ilford, holds classes at a price of £79 which include trips into London and guest speakers.

Famous Victorian Londoners begins on January 9 at The Drive Methodist Church in Eastern Avenue, Ilford, and will continue every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm, with the first session being free.

A history of witchcraft will begin on January 6 as part of a medieval history series and a course on Japanese literature will begin on January 7, both at the Redbridge Institute of Adult Education in Gaysham Avenue, Gants Hill.

Course co-ordinator Lorrie Yeates said: “The Ilford branch is one of the oldest WEA branches and was founded in 1904 by Albert Mansbridge, who lived in Ilford himself.

“We have new and old members signing up to the classes and study a wide variety of topics.”

To sign up call 020 8590 3406 or 020 8599 8846 or email