What is the U3A? U3A stands for the University of the Third Age but it runs no courses, requires no qualifications and gives none! It is organised by its members and funded by low annual subscriptions.
What it does do is offer opportunities for people to meet in groups to follow their interests or pursue new ones, as well as the chance to attend talks by interesting speakers, plus social events and outings.
Who can join the U3A? Everyone in the Third Age is welcome. The ‘Third Age’ refers to the time after full-time employment and/or parental responsibility, when we are freer to pursue our own interests. No qualifications are required, and none are given.
What do we do? Brunswick, West Hove & Portslade U3A has about 25 special interest groups which meet regularly throughout ‘term’ times. The interests covered by these groups range over Theatre Visits, Reading Fiction, Music, Languages, Writing, Walks, Art, Play Reading and Theatre Studies, Gardens, Discussion Groups, Patchwork… and many more. Suggestions for new groups are always welcome. Each group has a co-ordinator, with members of the group sharing knowledge and experience, discussing ideas.
We also have a programme of interesting talks and visits to places of local interest, plus social events for all members, and at the AGM in November we have some entertainment and again a chance to socialise.
What does it cost? There is an annual fee, currently £16 – and that’s it! Talks, social events and visits may have a small additional charge.
How to join or just find out a little more. On Wednesday, 10 September 2014 at 2pm we will have an Introductory Meeting to be held at the Ralli Hall, near Hove Station, where you can hear what is going on, meet members and see what all our groups are up to – and if you like what you see, you can join.
If you would like more information, you can contact our Membership Secretary: Cynthia Barnes 01273 550745 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: u3asites.org.uk/brunswick-westward.
You don’t have to live in a particular catchment area in order to join a U3A, you can join any – or more than one! There are six local U3As covering Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area, with many more nationwide and internationally. Details available from U3A National Office: Telephone 0208 466 6139 or email@example.com