Brunswick, West Hove & Portslade

Events

Parts of this page describe our u3a's events as they were operating before the start of the pandemic as well as the current situation (as at October 2021). During 2020/21 we had to curtail some of our activities but most of them are restarting in Autumn Term 2021. Please check back here from time to time for the latest situation.

These are the activities that members can attend in addition to our 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. These meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month in the afternoon, starting from 2pm with coffee/tea. For some years the meetings have been held at RALLI HALL, 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TH. The hall is disabled accessible, with disabled toilet and a hearing loop. Before Covid members socialised over coffee and had 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. In the past we have organised Quizzes (with prizes), a Barn Dance, a Games Afternoon, and similar activities for everyone to enjoy.

Details of future speakers and topics or other activities are posted on this page once arranged (see below). During 2020/21 our Monthly Meetings were held on Zoom rather than in a hired hall because of the Covid restrictions but for 2021/22 we are back in Ralli Hall, socially distanced and wearing masks!

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. During 2020/21 the Visits unfortunately had to be suspended because of the pandemic, though we plan to restart them in 2022. Dates for future visits are posted on 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. See the Event listing below for details of the entertainment after our forthcoming AGM in November 2021.

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. The Saturday Study Days are currently being held on Zoom because of the pandemic.

South-East Region u3a
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 (sadly cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic). All members of one of the South-East Region u3as 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. Before the pandemic many of these events took place in London, which was quite convenient for us. For the time being these national events are being held on Zoom because of the pandemic. 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 2021/22 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 Jan 19th 2022

MONTHLY MEETING, Ralli Hall, 2 for 2.30pm

'TAX, CARE AND TOYBOYS' by Julie Pullinger (from Co-op Estate Planning)

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‚Äôs nest egg
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Stopping sideways disinheritance
  • Lasting Power of Attorney

to mention just a few.

There will 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 is planned to be a talk of general interest to all and will not be promoting the services of the Co-op Bank in particular.

Wed Feb 16th 2022 MONTHLY MEETING, Ralli Hall, 2 for 2.30pm

'THE ROYAL PAVILION - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE', by Hedley Swain

Hedley is the Chief Executive of the relatively new Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, which was launched in October 2020 when the organisation left Brighton & Hove City Council. He trained as an archaeologist and worked at the Museum of London for many years. Before joining the Trust he was National Director for Museums and then Area Director South East for Arts Council England.

In this Talk Hedley will first discuss how the Royal Pavilion and the Royal Pavilion Estate evolved into the form in which we see it today. He will then explain current thinking about its history and relevance and give us some thoughts about the Trust's future plans, including plans for the renovation of the Royal Pavilion Regency Garden.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.