Feelgood Learning

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

Learning new things can be a great pleasure and learning alongside other people is a wonderful way of sharing ideas and experiences.

Feelgood Learning is a group of local people who enjoy exploring different ideas in company with one another.  This is the group for people who want to meet new people who are also interested in ideas.  Members come from different backgrounds and age groups.  You don’t need qualifications or to have been good at school. Basically you just need to be curious and to want to keep the grey matter working.

The emphasis of Feelgood Learning is not just on learning, however.  We are a supportive group and we do our best to make members feel included and valued.

Between April and July we will be looking at the following topics:


Liverpool is famously the city with a spare cathedral and the Church has played an important role in Liverpool’s development.  Christian denominations have been involved in helping the poorest and in fighting on the streets.  It’s an exciting journey from the original chapels (St Nicholas and St Mary del Key) on the waterfront through to the Anglican Cathedral and “Paddy’s Wigwam”.  It’s not just the story of buildings but of people and ideas.


Alcohol has been used since 5400 B.C. We’ll trace the use of alcohol in Britain through to the present—looking at its key role in our social lives from the history of the pub through to today’s late night bars.   This will also be the opportunity to look at some famous Liverpool pubs.


2018 is the 100th anniversary of universal suffrage for men and of suffrage for some women.  It is also the 90th anniversary of universal suffrage for women (and of women becoming “people” in law).  We are going to  trace the struggle for the right to vote from the Chartists to the Suffragettes.  We will begin before the summer break, looking at the struggle in the 19th century and then carry on in September to look at the Suffragettes and the more militant action in the first two decades of the 20th century.

Why do people join the group?

  • Because learning new things helps to keep the brain young and the body healthy.
  • To find out about new subjects of interest.
  • To carry on exploring topics you already know quite well.
  • To meet with people who have similar interests.

Whatever your reason you are sure of a warm welcome.

Might be interested?  Why not come along and give it a go?  The first two weeks are free.  After that the cost is £2.50 a week to cover group costs.

Feelgood Learning is on at the Feelgood Factory every Wednesday between 1.30  and 3.30.  For further details, phone Sandra on 0151 291 8030.

Alternatively see the most recent leaflet.

Session Notes

So that group members who may have missed a session can catch up, and also for anyone who is interested, summary notes from sessions are made available below.

Session One - The Earliest Liverpool Churches

In this session we looked at how the medival Church in Liverpool was organised and the part it played in Liverpudlian lives.

Session Two - The 16th-Century Upheaval

The Reformation brought about major changes for churches and worshippers in Liverpool and beyond.

Session Three - The Catholic Struggle

Lancashire was one of the key areas of Catholic resistance during the 16th and 17th centuries.  This session looked at the impact on Liverpool and Sefton.

Session Four - Catholics and Puritans

Liverpool and Toxteth were different from much of Lancashire in that they were Puritan strongholds.  This session looked at the background to Puritanism and its history in the area.

Session Five - The 18th Century

The development of the parish of Liverpool from 1699 until 1800.

Session Six - the Victorian Church in Liverpool

The impact of Irish immigration and Catholic Emancipation on Liverpool and the role of the Church in philanthropy in the city.


Notes from previous sessions can be found by clicking here.

Netherton Feelgood Factory, Glovers Lane, Netherton, Merseyside, L30 5QW

Telephone: 0151-291-8010

Charity no: 1074508

Company no: 3614799