Brunswick, West Hove & Portslade


In addition to our Interest Groups we have a Monthly Meeting for all members as well as other events and outings that members can sign up for. 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. These meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month in the afternoon, starting from 2pm with coffee/tea. The meetings are currently held at RALLI HALL, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TH. The hall is disabled accessible, with disabled toilet and a hearing loop. Members socialise over coffee and have time to browse the information tables to find out 'what's on' and to sign up for new groups, educational visits 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 rather than a speaker, especially at the end of the Spring Term. For example in March 2019 we enjoyed an afternoon of 'do-it-yourself' entertainment by our own members which included poetry readings, stand-up comedy, fiddle tunes and more.

Details of future speakers and topics or other activities are posted on this page once arranged (see below).

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. In October 2019 we had a private guided tour of De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea and in March 2020 we had a similar tour of the Old Police Cells at Brighton Town Hall. Dates for future visits are posted on this page once arranged (see below) and more information will be issued nearer the time.

Annual General Meeting
We always try to keep the formal part of our AGM as short as possible and combine it with a nice tea with cakes, socialising and some kind of entertainment. For example, for our 2019 AGM two fun but informative sketches were devised by our members, one focusing on the names on Brighton & Hove buses and the other about Devil's Dyke. To start the proceedings another member read a humorous poem. Sometimes the AGM entertainment is provided by other groups, such as a choir or a theatre group.

Saturday Study Days
Our U3A is a member of the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) that organises monthly Study Days on Saturdays in different parts of the region, as well as other events that our members can attend such as an occasional Awayday during the summer. In July 2019 there was an Open Day at Sussex University, where participating U3As in the SUN area showcased their work under the theme 'Sussex Spirit, Myths & Legends'. Click on the Region button on the menu to find out more about these SUN events.

South-East U3A Forum
This is a combined grouping of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex U3A networks. It organises an annual Summer School held at the University of Chichester (this year it was scheduled to take place 15-18 June 2020, but sadly had to be cancelled becausd of the Covid-19 pandemic). All members in the South-East U3A Forum area can sign up for the Summer School.

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. Many of these events take place in London, which is quite convenient for us. More information is on the national U3A website at:

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 2020/21 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.

The above describes our U3A's events as they were operating before the current lockdown related to the spread of Covid-19. Unfortunately, in line with other U3As and similar organisations, we have had to curtail some activities for the time being but hope to be able to restart them later in the year or early in 2021. For September and October 2020 the Monthly Meetings will be held on Zoom rather than in a hired hall. Sadly the Educational Visits are suspended for the rest of 2020, as are the regional and national events described above, although again some events are taking place online via Zoom. Please check back here from time to time for the latest situation.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Sep 16th

MONTHLY MEETING, 2.30 - 3.30pm

[N.B. This event will now take place on Zoom. Members will be sent the ID and Password for logging on a few days beforehand.]


We all know about lucky horseshoes, but why are they considered lucky?

Many people have a special stone, often with a hole through it, that they feel is a useful item to keep on the kitchen windowsill….

Our ancestors used many of these and other similar objects to protect themselves and their animals from harm, or to bring good luck to their homes and families. Witches were to be feared in earlier times and anyone, male or female, convicted of witchcraft in England would have been hanged (not burnt at the stake – this is a common misconception).

This illustrated talk will examine some of the ways in which people in the past protected themselves and their homes from evil. There will hopefully be no ‘witches’ or ‘warlocks’ present, but a ‘wellington’ might possibly appear….

Dr Janet Pennington is a local historian who taught local history and palaeography for many years for the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex and was archivist at Lancing College.


Details of the speaker and topic will be announced here nearer the date. The meeting will take place on Zoom and members will be sent the ID number and password for logging on a few days beforehand.

Our usual format for the AGM is to follow the formal meeting with tea and cakes and some form of entertainment. For 2020 it is likely that the AGM will have to be held on Zoom. Further details will be announced here nearer to the date.
Other Events
Wed Aug 12th OPEN MEETING:

This annual event, normally held in a hired hall, usually aims to provide an opportunity for members and visitors to come along and find out which interest groups we will be offering in the next U3A year. The Group Coordinators are there to answer questions and our Membership Secretary is on hand to sign up new people if they decide to join.

Because of the Covid-19 situation we will not be holding this kind of Open Afternoon in 2020. However, it will be replaced by an open Zoom meeting, 2.30 to about 4.00pm, when existing members can meet together to try out Zoom and say hello to one another! Details for logging on are being communicated to members directly.

New people can still join though, without coming to an Open Afternoon. Contact the Membership Secretary through the Contacts page on this website...

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