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 will scheduled to take place 15-18 June 2020, but has 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 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 our activities for the time being but hope to be able to start up again later in the year. This means that the Monthly Meetings and the Educational Visits are suspended for the rest of 2019/20, as are the regional and national events described above, although 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: Speaker and topic to be announced later.
Wed Oct 21st MONTHLY MEETING: Speaker and topic to be announced later.
Wed Nov 18th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, followed by tea and cakes and some form of entertainment, to be announced nearer the date

On Wednesday 20th May 2020 the Talk at our monthly meeting was to have been given by Geoffrey Mead on ‘Portslade by Sea – née Copperas Gap’. This following guided walk around the area was planned as complementary to the Talk rather than repetitive. Members would not have had to attend the Talk in order to sign up for the Walk although we thought they would get more out of it if they were able to attend both.

Places on this 16th June Walking Tour were to have been limited to a maximum of 20 but if more members had wanted to go there would have been a second walk on 24th June and we would have tried to divide members into two groups of roughly equal size.

The Walk was planned to last about 90 minutes and would have cost £5 per person.

Geoff Mead is already known to many of us. For 26 years he taught Landscape Studies and Local History as part of adult education at the University of Sussex. His PhD was on interwar suburban housing development and he is currently an Associate Tutor in the Geography Department. For 10 years Geoff has led tours around central Brighton as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe and he regularly gives talks and leads tours across the whole South East area on a variety of topics, including U3A Study Days.

This would have been our Educational Visit for the Summer Term and the last one for 2019/20.

Now of course both the Talk and the Walks have had to be suspended due to the Covid-19 epidemic but we plan to reorganise them as soon as we are able, hopefully in 2021. We will circulate a new application form at that time.
Other Events

This annual event normally provides 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.

The venue (when we are able to start holding this meeting again) is Ralli Hall, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TH, and doors open at 2pm.

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