Brunswick, West Hove & Portslade


This page describes our u3a's events as they were operating before the current restrictions 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 early in 2021. For the Autumn Term 2020 the Monthly Meetings including the AGM are being 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 below, although again some events are taking place online via Zoom. Please check back here from time to time for the latest situation.

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 normally held on the third Wednesday of the month in the afternoon, starting from 2pm with coffee/tea when we can meet in person. 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. 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). Currently, at least for 2020, the Monthly Meetings are being held on Zoom.

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: or click on the u3a tab in the menu 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 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. For the year 2020/21 we have halved our already very modest membership fees to take account of the reduced activity related to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Oct 21st MONTHLY MEETING, 2.15 for 2.30pm

Ian will be showing some old photographs and even some cine film to offer a glimpse of some of the less well-known aspects of the Ouse Valley between Lewes and the sea. Areas of interest include the agricultural, industrial, aviation, sporting and artistic heritage of the area.

Ian Everest’s paternal grandfathers were farm workers as far back as 1841 and probably for generations before. He also worked on farms before attending Agricultural College in the late 1960s. After further agricultural related work, he had a change of direction in 1987, when he became manager of Newhaven Fort and prepared the scheduled monument for opening to visitors the following year. During 1985 he started researching his family history and this on-going activity has led to the development of his local history talks, of which this is one.

This year our AGM will be held on Zoom because of the Covid-19 restrictions. The formal AGM will be kept short (about half an hour) and will be followed by an illustrated Talk. The timing will be:

2.15pm Arrival in the Zoom meeting

2.30pm AGM

3.00pm JENNY MALLIN will give an illustrated Talk entitled "A GRANDMOTHER'S LEGACY: THE EARLY DAYS"

Jenny has published a book called "A Grandmother’s Legacy" based on her family history research and giving a unique insight into a family of British ancestry who were living in India during the British Raj. Her presentation will include information about why her British family were living in India in 1798, the history, development and involvement that her great grandmothers' husbands had in the Indian military, railways, telegraph and education during the 19th century and right up to 1947, and even about her grandmother’s recipes and their history and provenance.

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