East Grinstead

Welcome to East Grinstead U3A!

Go to the NEW GROUPS Page by clicking on the NEW GROUPS! button above or clicking on this link ==> New Groups

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U3As are open to all people no longer in full time employment. We give them opportunities to keep active, to meet like-minded people and to continue to use and develop their knowledge and skills. We pursue learning not for qualifications, but for enjoyment. Activities are organised by the members. Sources of information on which members may base their contributions might include the Internet, Public Libraries, East Grinstead Museum

East Grinstead U3A began in 1995. It has a membership (2020-21) of 557 (as of 31st March 2021), with more applications in the pipeline, and has 45 groups of various sizes catering for a wide range of interests.(See Groups section).

We are a registered charity and the OBJECT clause in our constitution defines our limits of operation:
The charity’s object is specifically restricted to the following:
The advancement of education and, in particular, the education of older people and those who are retired from full time work, by all means including associated activities conducive to learning and personal development.

As a U3A we are part of a national network of self-managed organisations.
Find out about the history of U3A here => The U3A Story

There are over 1,050 U3A organisations in the UK and over 600 U3A websites for U3A organisations all over the UK - and beyond You can see what their members are doing simply by clicking this link ==> U3A Sitebuilder

New to U3A? - Not yet a member of East Grinstead U3A? Want to join??

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++++ Simply click on this link and follow the instructions ==> Application form 2020-21
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  • Or phone someone to find out more. Call Membership Secretary David Bignell on 01737-218047
  • Or go to the CONTACTS section and email the Membership Secretary for all information.
  • Prospective members of any group are admitted to one session free of charge. Thereafter it is necessary to join East Grinstead U3A.

We despaired once the second peak of COVID-19 infection struck. But things have continued to look up. 12 interest groups are meeting online using Zoom. And although local halls and community centres are still closed we are ready to hit the ground running once the lockdown is lifted.

The committee has organised two sub-committees which are actively working out what is in effect an exciting relaunch of EG U3A, with a lot of emphasis on publicity.
Check out our article in the April edition of Sussex Living, thanks to member Audrey Bateman Publicity - Sussex Living


  • The annual fee for 2020/21 is still only £13. This is reduced to £9.50 on production of evidence of membership of another U3A.
  • If you were a member in 2019-20 and have supported us at this difficult time by renewing for 2020-21 we will be offering you a substantial discount for your renewal in 2021-22
  • As there are currently no physical meetings there are currently no ATTENDANCE FEE payments due (Normally 50p per hour with a minimum of £1 for most groups in hired premises or just 50p in private venues)
  • Your membership card should be carried at all attendances (Not currently needed)
  • There is no fee payable for online attendance at Zoom meetings.

Interested in joining our active committee? Want to find out more? go to Committee roles (DOCX format) or Committee roles (PDF format)
We would love to have you on board and you can come along and shadow any members to find out more. Just contact the Secretary

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The renewal form for existing members is available here ==> Renewal form 2020-21
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The Gift Aid form for existing members is available here ==> Gift aid form 2020-21
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Interested in finding or starting a new group? Check out the NEW GROUPS! button

East Grinstead is in the High Weald a few miles north of Ashdown Forest. It is in West Sussex, but right on the border of Surrey and very close to East Sussex and Kent. East Grinstead U3A (University of the Third Age) draws its membership from all four counties.