Eastbourne Central


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Registered Charity No. 296422

Welcome to Eastbourne Central U3A. The purpose of this page is to tell you what U3A is about and how you can derive full benefit from your membership.
Due to the present coronavirus pandemic the AGM has been postponed until the situation improves. However, documentation pertaining to this event is available on the links page.

Our year follows the academic year, beginning on 1st September and ending 31st August the following year.

Our enrolment day is on 20th August 2020 at 2pm at St Saviour's Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT but you can join at anytime during the year.
_**Please note the day in August is for enrolment only. A coffee morning is on Wednesday 26th August at 10.30am where members may meet with study group leaders. These two dates may have to changed due to the present situation.

The basic format is two main talks a month at St Saviour's Church Hall and more than thirty study groups that meet monthly or sometimes more often. The study group booklet and the inside of your membership card gives the details of all the groups and lectures. You may attend as many talks and study groups as you wish.

Please bear in mind that some of the study groups are very popular and may have no vacancies immediately. In this case you can ask to attend a one-off taster session. If you like what you see, ask for your name to go on a waiting list. We do our best to increase access by starting a second group or moving to a larger venue, but there can still be log-jams. Please note that we have an arrangement with the other two U3A branches locally - Wealden and Meads - for you to attend their meetings and groups as well; subject to places being available. If you wish to join any of the groups please contact the group leader - contact details are in our study booklet.

A coffee morning is organised in September at St Saviour's church hall when new members will be able to meet leaders of the groups and discuss the nature and availability of membership to those groups. The AGM is usually held in March at St Saviour's Church Hall.

We look upon U3A as a learning cooperative. Everyone is a volunteer. If you can help out in any way, then that would be much appreciated. This could range from offering your home as a study group venue, through to washing up some teacups. But most importantly, be willing to share your life's knowledge and experiences with other members. One thing we pride ourselves on is our friendliness and sociability. I have made many good friends through the branch and I hope you will too.

The £12-50 annual subscription includes a £3-50 capitation fee which we pay to national HQ. The Science and Life series of talks and general lectures are included in the membership fee for 2019-20. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served at all talks for a donation for a local charity. For study group hosts the convention is to pay them 50p per session.

Gift Aid - If you are a UK tax payer we are able to claim the tax you have paid against your enrolment fee. There is no cost to you. This allows us to keep our costs to a minimum, for example there is no charge this year to attend the lectures.

There are several ways of keeping in touch with the latest news. You will receive a newsletter in December, March and July. There will also be announcements at the start of main meetings. Key messages will also be passed on through study group leaders.

I hope you will be very happy with what the branch can offer you and will settle in quickly. To help with that, a member of our committee will contact you once or twice in your first year to answer questions and to deal with any issues.

The SUN (Sussex U3A Network) programme for Saturday Courses is available separately. These are arranged in conjunction with the Universities (Sussex, Brighton and Chichester) and are usually held on campus. A small fee is payable for attendance. Contact SUN via the link on the right hand of this page for further details and application forms.

Michael Tribe, Branch chairman