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Your Local U3A

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 / cynthia.barnes@talktalk.net 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 national.office@u3a.org.uk


A Bygone Era?

Peter Batten wonders what happened to adult education…

One fine morning in early September 1972 I walked up the Brighton Road in the London Borough of Sutton on the way to my office. I had been chosen to be the first Principal of a new Adult Education College called The Sutton College of Liberal Arts. The college would provide a wide range of Adult Education classes and activities for the Borough and the surrounding area. Continue reading A Bygone Era?

Brunswick Westward U3A

Shared learning for pleasure, for people no longer in full-time employment
U3A stands for University of the Third Age: people who, with their youth and working life behind them, have the leisure to expand their understanding and who come together to share and pursue learning in all its forms, not for qualifications but for pleasure.

There are now more than 670 local U3As all over the country, self-managed, lifelong learning cooperatives, run entirely by volunteers. Brunswick Westward U3A is one of them, set up in 2001 originally to cover West Hove, Portslade, Hangleton and Knoll, but now, in practice, welcoming members from all over Brighton and Hove.

Members share learning and leisure experiences in a wide range of special interest groups: Drawing with Crayons, Gardens, Patchwork, French (intermediate/advanced), Spanish (elementary), Play Reading, Theatre and Film Groups, Reading Fiction, Exploring Poetry, Family History Support, Local History, History Discussion, Walks, Meditation and Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now.

We’d like to start other groups as interest arises. Groups are interactive, with members contributing from their own interests and experience. Some groups have a leader with special knowledge or skills but in many cases it’s a co-ordinator who’s just responsible for organisation. Groups meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, usually in members’ houses; but we hire a hall for get-togethers such as our Spring Celebration.
As well as the special interest groups we have regular illustrated talks by knowledgeable speakers, and members can attend the popular regional Study Days held monthly on Saturdays at various venues across Sussex.

Details of these are in our Brunswick Westward Newsletter and members also get a regular U3A magazine from head office. Membership is £16 a year. If you are interested in joining you would be most welcome to have tea with existing members and group co-ordinators at our open Introductory Meeting, to be held at 2pm on 11 September 2009 in the Ralli Hall, Denmark Villas, near Hove Station.

Further details from our Secretary, Dee Bartaby, tel 747565 or de@bartaby.co.uk. If you’d like to join now contact our Membership Secretary, Pat Sawyer, tel. 551425 or sawyep_7@yahoo.co.uk.

Anyone wanting information about other U3As in the Brighton area should visit www.sura.org.uk.