Sam Butterworth was formerly Chair of Herne Bay Branch in Kent. He generously left a large legacy gift to the WEA to be used in what was his local area.
In 2009, a pilot project entitled Ways of Seeing – Ways of Being enabled branches to choose from a selection of subsidised courses which brought together lead tutors with visiting speakers, making connections in subject areas such as art, philosophy, science, history and literature, and exploring possible new future courses. Out of this development work came several new courses: a course aimed at women entitled 'Who do we think we are?', led by artist Trish Flynn, ran in Whitstable; and a course entitled 'Exploring the Past', led by historian Maureen Criddle, drew crowds in New Romney.
More recently, the legacy has funded the first Southern Region Democracy Day – where WEA members came together for a day of discussion and debate around the role of adult learning in a democratic society.