The town was originally called Uccafield. Uccafield derives from the Celtic word for 'High' or 'Height' - Uchafedd, this in turn coming from the Indo European 'Uchch'ya'. When the Anglo Saxons heard this word they changed the 'fedd' part to something they understood - 'Feld' from which 'field' derives. The original river Uck name was most likely related to the ancient Celtic word for 'water' or 'stream' - Uisge, derivations uske, usci, that give river names still existing such as the Usk. When the Celts came along the sound of the river name was so close to the sound of Ucha that the name became Uch or Ucca over time and eventually Uck. So Uckfield really means something like 'high place' - Uchafedd - and the river derived its modern name from this Celtic word. There are, however, other theories as to how the name came about. One theory suggests that it came from "Oak in Field", something which is reflected in several town crests. Another theory is that it used to be the free land of a Saxon man called Ucca.
The cottage is presently the home of The Uckfield Lions Book Shop but there are plans afoot to house a new Uckfield Museum in the building.
Welcome to Uckfield U3A
Welcome to Uckfield U3A which was formed in the Autumn of 1997 to offer learning, leisure and social activities for retired and semi-retired people of Uckfield and the surrounding areas. We are part of a world wide organisation which began in France in 1972 and there are now more than 33 groups in Sussex.
Uckfield U3A has currently around 400 members and we offer nearly 50 different activities. These are self-help groups, each led by an enthusiastic member, and they give an excellent way of following new interests and making new friends.
Membership is open to anyone in Uckfield and the surrounding area who is retired or semi retired. Our membership fee is low, just £10 per year, which entitles you to attend our monthly meetings and join as many of our activities as you wish. Each year, members receive 4 issues of our own newsletter and 5 issues of the National U3A Magazine.
Our monthly meetings are held in the Weald Hall, Civic Centre, Uckfield and doors open at 1.30pm. Non-members who do not wish to join the U3A immediately, are always welcome at a small charge.
The meetings starts at 2.00pm when there is a talk by a guest speaker, details of which can be found on our Events page.
If you would like to talk to someone about the Uckfield U3A, why not come along to one of our Coffee Mornings held once a month in the Civic Centre coffee shop at 10am on: March 5th, or April 2nd