Preston Park

Welcome to Preston Park u3a in Brighton

Our Chairman John Colman reports June 2022:
Welcome to our latest Update, with news of next month's activities.

From our Chairman:

Regrettably I have realised that I cannot run the Heritage Visiting Group and the Striders walking group at the same time as being Chair. I have therefore taken the decision not to stand again for office at the AGM in December. I am announcing this now so that there is plenty of time for potential candidates for office or the committee to find out about the roles and responsibilities. Please speak to any committee member to find out more. Please note I intend to continue running the Heritage Visiting Group and the Striders.

I am delighted to report that our U3A is continuing to attract new members and we are close to returning to the same numbers that we had before the pandemic started. This is excellent news but I believe we have now reached a point where your U3A needs to reconsider what groups and activities we should be offering to both attract new members and, of equal importance, to retain them. This would best be achieved, in my personal opinion, by your committee increasing in size and including some newer members.

John Colman, Chair
As part of this consideration, you will have received a link to a questionnaire about the General Meeting format/day/time. If you haven’t yet completed it, and would like to share your views, please could you do so by the end of May. The link is
https://forms.gle/8sMgtDSkuP62q1Wh9

John Colman, Chair jlacolman@icloud.com

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u3a is an international as well as a national movement. In 2022, we are now one of over 1,039 UK branches with a total membership of over 430,000.

Our national motto is LEARN, LAUGH, LIVE and our aim is to provide for your ongoing development and well-being in the so called Third Age. u3a is about keeping active, mentally, physically and socially when full time employment has ended. We encourage you to learn for pleasure, gain new skills, try new experiences, visit new places as part of our various Interest Groups and make new friends. There are no exams to pass or qualifications to be gained but you will meet new ideas and people in a friendly, co-operative and informal atmosphere.

Preston Park u3a branch was formed in November 2007 and now has over 400 members. We have around 50 different Interest Groups which are for our members only. We are continually trying to open more groups, with your help, to meet your needs.

Our name, Preston Park, derives from the medieval village of Preston, its manor house, park and church. The area has long since been 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 London to Brighton Road.

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Registered Charity registration number 1162594. Registered July 2015.