East Grinstead

Welcome to East Grinstead U3A!

ALREADY A MEMBER AND WANT TO SEE NEW AND UPCOMING GROUPS?
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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FINDING AND JOINING A GROUP ONLINE
Just click here ==> Help for finding a group

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READY TO APPLY OR TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP?
Go to the RESTARTING button above and follow the instructions

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NOT YET A MEMBER BUT INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE?
Click on the PUBLIC LINK below to see which interest groups are available and how to contact the group coordinator or leader

The PUBLIC LINK ==> East Grinstead u3a Interest 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).

OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OBJECT
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

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

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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.

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IMPACT OF COVID19
We despaired once the second peak of COVID-19 infection struck. But things have continued to look up. 12 interest groups were meeting online using Zoom. And although local halls and community centres are still closed we were ready to hit the ground running once the lockdown is lifted.

JULY 19th. FREEDOM DAY HAS ARRIVED

To paraphrase that popular SciFi series: "Well it isn't quite freedom as we normally know it, Jim". However your committee intends to proceed in the most optimistic way possible, so we have decided that our Open Day (1st September), and our Group Leaders' Lunch meeting (7th September) will be run as planned.

PUBLICITY IS KEY
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

A FEW SIMPLE RULES

  • The annual fee for 2021-22 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 are offering you a discounted fee for your renewal in 2021-22
  • As yet there have been only limited physical meetings, so 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.
  • There is no fee payable for online attendance at Zoom meetings.

COMMITTEE ROLES
Are you 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 2021-22
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The Gift Aid form for existing members is available here ==> Gift aid form 2021-22
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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.