Latin for Beginners


Group Co-ordinator: Kevin Fitzpatrick – 07972 217 589 –

Venue: Baptist Church on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3 pm.

We are a ‘self-help’ group having no Tutor. We take it in turns to run each session.

The Latin Group follows the Oxford Latin Course. We are into Book Three at the moment, which participants will need to purchase. (A good second hand copy is usually available from Amazon for about £5, and any book shop will get it for you). In the past we have also used the Cambridge Latin Course, and we may decide one day to flick back there again – but we’ll give ourselves plenty of notice of this! The course follows the activities of several characters (some well-known, like Cicero, Caesar etc) during troubled times for Rome and its Empire. We also use the plentiful supply of classical Latin texts available with their excellent English translations to broaden our knowledge of the Roman era. We also study the grammar and set ourselves ‘homework’ – which we mark ourselves. (What’s not to like in that?)

In ‘normal’ times we would also enjoy ‘field activities’ in which we might visit local Roman sites to read inscriptions on the buildings etc – great fun! Hopefully this will be possible again some time soon.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we are definitely not brilliant Latin scholars: but we enjoy using our brains and (virtually) meeting good friends …

If interested, please contact Kevin Fitzpatrick: 07972 217 589 or email