East Grinstead

Welcome to East Grinstead U3A!

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

++++++++++ TO JOIN EAST GRINSTEAD U3A ++++++++++
++++ 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.

All face to face meetings were cancelled from 23rd March due to the lockdown. But things are now looking up. A number of groups are meeting online using Zoom. And local halls and community centres are gradually reopening, albeit with extra conditions to comply with government guidelines on social distancing, etc.


  • 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
  • At each meeting you pay an ATTENDANCE FEE - 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
  • Interest groups which do not maintain a minimum regular core attendance may be cancelled, at the discretion of the Group Leader

Follow this link to see who we are ==> Committee 2019-20

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

++++++++++ RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP +++++++++
The renewal form for existing members is available here ==> Renewal form 2020-21
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+++++++++++++ GIFT AID DECLARATION +++++++++++++
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.

East Grinstead U3A began in 1995. It has a membership (2018/19) of almost 750 (as of 30th September 2018), with more applications in the pipeline, and has 55 groups of various sizes catering for a wide range of interests.(See Groups section).

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

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 500 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


Age UK offers lessons for older people on USING THE INTERNET
No longer free. £5.50 for members, £7.00 for non-members. See Class details
Must be booked in advance. Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 pm
Venue - Swan Mead. Queens Rd, E.G. Enquiries: 01342 327046.

Free 24-hour LEGAL ADVICE for U3A members. Arc Legal Assistance, in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors are now appointed and can be reached on 0344 770 1040 quoting ‘U3A Legal Helpline’