Learn, Laugh, Live!

Update May 2021

As restrictions begin to ease several outdoor groups have resumed some activities, all subject to the Government guidelines and relevant risk assessments. Other groups are planning outdoor meetings prior to moving back indoors once the regulations permit. The table tennis group meets every Thursday at 12.00 noon at St Paul's.

~Virtual Meetings:~ A number of groups hold their meetings remotely using the Crawley u3a Zoom licence, including Book Groups, History, Poetry, Quizzing, Ukulele, Earth Matters Russian and Bamboo Pipes. Zoom allows the facility to share screens so for example, photographs can be shown, or for a music group, Youtube videos can be played for members to listen to or sing along!

Please contact your Group Leader for details of any planned virtual meetings.

Monthly Meetings: The meetings at The Friary are currently suspended until further notice. We will be holding virtual monthly meetings on the second Friday of each month using Zoom. Details will be emailed nearer the time.

Once the government and TAT announce clearance for meetings to resume we will of course advise our members.

We would also urge those members who can, to subscribe to the Third Age Trust newsletter if possible, and to visit their website from time to time, u3a Site

The latest edition of the National u3a newsletter can be found here, u3a Newsletter

The National U3A Facebook page also has great suggestions and advice. u3a Facebook

And our own Facebook page has quizzes, posts and updates from several groups and individuals. Crawley u3a Facebook

If you wish to contact a member of our Committee please use the form on the CONTACT page.


We are a local group of 600 adults no longer working full time who meet up regularly to share information, expertise and experiences in an informal but informative way.

We are part of the national u3a which provides informative, educational, recreational and social activities for adults with increased leisure time as they approach or are at “The Third Age” i.e. after childhood and working or raising a family. The u3a has local, national and international groups of members who draw upon their knowledge and experience to teach and learn from each other. There are no qualifications involved – it is just for pleasure.

Crawley u3a has over 40 interest groups which are run by the members for the members with everyone sharing their skills, knowledge and experience in an informal setting. These groups cover a wide range of interests including music, art, history, walking, outings, theatre, books, gardening, bridge, board games and many more. New groups are continually being added. Groups are held monthly, weekly or fortnightly. A copy of our current groups may be found here. Directory

We also hold monthly meetings with a guest speaker. Crawley u3a organises coach trips three times a year, Spring, Summer and at Christmas and there are opportunities to attend county wide Study Days and a Summer School with other u3a groups.

This year our joining fee was £15 (or £25 per couple) with a small fee payable for the group meetings. Membership fees include a local magazine published 3 times a year and a quarterly National Magazine.

In view of the cancellation of meetings due to Covid 19 the Committee has decided to waive membership fees for the next membership year starting in September 2020.

Membership of the u3a is open to anyone who is no longer working full time. There are no joining requirements other than a zest for life, an enquiring mind and a willingness to be involved. The motto of the whole u3a is “Learn Laugh and Live.” Come and give us a try!

This is what some of our members say:

"I have visited many new places, some of which I had never heard of"

“I’ve made many new friends”

“I enjoy the different talks at the monthly meetings”

“I’m delighted I can still use my brain now I’m no longer working”

“I enjoy sharing other people’s knowledge”

“ I’m amazed that I can now get a tune out of my ukulele.”

For more information please contact our Membership Secretary on this link, T: 07555 021879 or complete the form New Membership Application.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Due to recent data protection legislation we are now obliged to remind members that you all have the choice to request the removal of your email address from our secure system. Email is the preferred means of contact as it is effective and immediate whilst the cost of paper and postage is continually rising. However, if you no longer wish to be contacted by, or receive any information via email please contact the Membership Secretary on this link.

For a copy of our Privacy Policy, please click here Privacy Policy.