Brunswick, West Hove & Portslade

Events

These are the activities that members can attend in addition to the Special Interest Groups. They're a good opportunity to meet people from other groups and to learn about new things.

Monthly Meetings
Our Monthly Meetings are held during the Autumn and Spring terms plus one meeting in the Summer Term and we encourage our members to attend regularly if they can. They are held in person on the third Wednesday of the month in the afternoon, starting from 2pm with coffee/tea. For some years these meetings have been held at RALLI HALL, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TH. This hall is disabled accessible, with disabled toilet and a hearing loop. Members can socialise over coffee, sign up for educational visits and new groups etc.

There is then usually an illustrated talk by an invited speaker, an expert in his or her field, starting at 2.30pm. We arrange excellent speakers on a wide variety of interesting subjects. Sometimes we organise some other activity instead of a speaker, especially at the end of the Spring Term. For example we have enjoyed afternoons of 'do-it-yourself' entertainment by our own members including poetry readings, stand-up comedy, music and more. Other examples include Quizzes, a Barn Dance, and a Games Afternoon, to name but a few.

Details of future speakers and topics or other activities are posted at the bottom of this page once arranged.

Educational Visits
We have an Educational Visit (outing) each term, again open to all our members, though numbers are usually limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The visits are normally to somewhere fairly local or in London. Past examples include private guided tours of the Regency Town House in Regency Square, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, the Old Police Cells at Brighton Town Hall, 33 Palmeira Mansions at Palmeira Square, Hove, Glyndebourne Opera House, and the Supreme Court in London. Dates for future visits will be posted at the bottom of this page once arranged.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM is held at the November Monthly Meeting. We always try to keep the formal part of the AGM as short as possible and to combine it with some kind of entertainment. For example, after the 2021 AGM we enjoyed a concert of sea shanties performed by the Wellington Wailers, an all-male singing group.

Regional events
Our u3a is a member of the Sussex u3a Network (SUN) which used to organise monthly Study Days on Saturdays in different parts of the region, as well as other events that our members could attend. These events are temporarily suspended pending a review of how they can best be organised in the future so that individual u3a members do not have to travel too far to attend them.

Meanwhile the South-East Region, which is a combined grouping of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex u3a networks, continues to organise an annual Summer School at the University of Chichester, which all members of one of the South-East Region u3as can attend.

National u3a Events
Finally, there are also national events, including lectures and summer schools, organised by the Third Age Trust, the national office for all u3as. Before the pandemic many of these events took place in London, which was quite convenient for us, but most are currently being held on Zoom. More information is on the national u3a website at: https://www.u3a.org.uk or click on the u3a tab in the menu bar across the top of this page.

Join us?
If you're not yet a member of our u3a, maybe we'll be able to welcome you as a new member during 2022 so that you can participate in events of this type. We have reduced membership fees for those joining for the first time after 1st January or after 1st May.


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Wed Aug 17th OPEN DAY, Ralli Hall, from 2.15pm

This is an afternoon when new people can come along to meet us and talk to the Group Coordinators with a view to joining. Existing members are also very welcome, especially if considering joining a new group.

It will be held at Ralli Hall, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TH.
Wed Sep 21st MONTHLY MEETING, Ralli Hall, arrival from 2.00 for 2.30pm start

‘THE HISTORY OF BRIGHTON AQUARIUM' by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

This year 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the Brighton Aquarium being opened for the first time. It’s the oldest working aquarium in the world - a grade II listed building with a varied and interesting history, now of course SeaLife Brighton. This illustrated Talk will explain how it was started and developed over the years.
Wed Oct 19th

MONTHLY MEETING, Ralli Hall, arrival from 2.00 for 2.30pm start

‘TAX, CARE AND TOYBOYS', by Julie Pullinger (from Co-op Estate Planning)
[This Talk was postponed from January because of Covid]

As older people we all need to be thinking about how best to organise our finances so that our family and friends benefit from whatever we leave behind when we leave this world. This will be a talk about estate planning in general and will cover such topics as:

Protecting your family’s nest egg
Inheritance Tax
Stopping sideways disinheritance
Lasting Power of Attorney

to mention just a few.

There’ll be plenty of time for questions and members will be encouraged to ask about any aspect of this subject that may be worrying them or about which they'd like further information (though without going into too much detail about your individual circumstances). This talk will be of general interest to all and won’t be promoting the services of the Co-op Bank in particular.

Wed Nov 16th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Ralli Hall, arrival from 2.00 for 2.30pm start

The formal AGM will be kept short and will be followed by some kind of entertainment (to be advised nearer the date).
Outings
Wed Jun 1st EDUCATIONAL VISIT: GUIDED WALK AROUND PORTSLADE, 11am, led by Dr Geoffrey Mead
Prepaid bookings only

Following his forthcoming talk at our 18 May Monthly Meeting (see separate Event) Geoffrey Mead will be taking us on a guided walk around Portslade, which will be complimentary to the talk rather than repetitive.

Portslade-by-Sea, née Copperas Gap, developed in the mid-19th century as an industrial suburb to Brighton, with industry locating near the new railway, canal and harbour-side. Housing appeared among the brickfields and the industrial buildings, and a close-knit community developed, much of which was displaced with housing clearance in the 1960s. In the current 21st century urban landscape there are traces of arable fields, cattle trails, windmills, brickfields and seashore activities.

Geoffrey Mead is an urban geographer who worked for many years at the University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education. He gives lectures and talks to many different organisations including other u3as and also conducts guided walks like this one.

Bookings for this event are now closed as it is full.
Wed Jun 15th EDUCATIONAL VISIT: GUIDED WALK AROUND PORTSLADE, 11am, led by Dr Geoffrey Mead
Prepaid bookings only

This is a repeat of the guided walk scheduled for 1st June.

Following his forthcoming talk at our 18th May Monthly Meeting (see separate Event) Geoffrey Mead will take us on a guided walk around Portslade, which will be complimentary to the talk rather than repetitive.

Portslade-by-Sea, née Copperas Gap, developed in the mid-19th century as an industrial suburb to Brighton, with industry locating near the new railway, canal and harbour-side. Housing appeared among the brickfields and the industrial buildings, and a close-knit community developed, much of which was displaced with housing clearance in the 1960s. In the current 21st century urban landscape there are traces of arable fields, cattle trails, windmills, brickfields and seashore activities.

Geoffrey Mead is an urban geographer who worked for many years at the University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education. He gives lectures and talks to many different organisations including other u3as and also conducts guided walks like this one.

Bookings for this repeat event are now closed as it is full.

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