Welcome to Preston Park u3a in Brighton
Message to Preston Park Members from John Colman, Chair: October update
I am very pleased to report we have a good number of new members join us in recent months, with the promise of some new interest groups as a result. Existing groups are once again starting to meet in member’s home whilst some other groups are trying out halls. One particular group is meeting in a sub post office’s coffee lounge! All this shows what an amazing and creative lot we are!
I am sorry that our monthly speaker meetings have been full and some of you turned away but our numbers are restricted by our landlord, the church, for the time being. We hope for a larger number in the not too distant future.
I would like to offer our thanks to Roger Luther who is our retiring speaker secretary for arranging such interesting speakers for the last few years. Roger is handing over at the year end.
Finally a plea! Our U3A works and I believe provides a wonderful service to us all because of the volunteers who sit on the committee, run interest groups and do other un-noticed jobs such as helping at monthly meetings. We need more group leaders. We also need more committee members because 3 must retire at the AGM under our rules. We are very keen to find some new, perhaps, younger volunteers, with different ideas to take our club forward to the end of this decade. Could you be one?
The University of the Third Age (u3a) is an international as well as a national movement. Since 2016 we are one of 1,000 UK branches who have a total membership of over 400,000.
Preston Park u3a branch was formed in November 2007 and in the year of our 10th anniversary had over 400 members. We have more than 50 active Interest Groups; please note Non-members may only join a Group when their Membership application and payment has been received and processed.
Our u3a is part of a wider movement whose aims are to provide for that stage of life when full-time work and responsibilities are no longer central and for the ongoing development and well-being of those in the so-called Third Age. It is about keeping active when no longer in full employment, learning for pleasure or gaining a new skill. There are no exams to be passed or qualifications to be gained: but you will meet new ideas and new people in a friendly, co-operative and informal atmosphere. More information is provided about Preston Park u3a and how you can join us, on this link.
Our name, Preston Park, derives from the medieval village of Preston, its Manor House, Park and Church, an area long since swallowed up by the growth of Brighton. But the park itself is freely open to the public. The village is 2 miles north of the sea, alongside the main A23 from London.
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