Eastbourne & Wealden


The U3A is a self-help organisation providing educational, creative and recreational activities in a friendly environment. Individual member U3As are independent branches run by their members.

U3A membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one’s life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility. Anybody in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part time. There is no lower age for membership.

The Eastbourne and Wealden U3A branch was formed in 1999, and has grown to allow up to 270 members and includes 42 groups. We are a local U3A organisation where members run meetings for the benefit of their membership. We include a range of interests and members take part for learning, fun and interest.

The main sources through which we provide these interests are through groups. We run a number of groups on different interests run by a Group Leader. A list of our groups can be accessed by pressing the ‘GROUPS’ button above. Then clicking on the group name in the list gives the details of the phone numbers of the group organizers, and details of some of the activities.

We also hold monthly meetings where

(1) We give a slide show and notice boards providing details of future group meetings;

(2) Latest news is given by the Chairperson;

(3) An invited speakers gives a talk on a topic of interest;

(4) Refreshments are provided in the interval;

(5) A slide show is given after the interval on areas of local interest

The monthly meetings of the Eastbourne and Wealden branch are held at 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at at Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 1UE.

Unfortunately, because of the safety limit on the number of people who can meet in the Victoria Baptist Church, attendance is restricted to 144 members for these meetings. Non members can attend at a cost of £3.00 should space be available.

The monthly meetings for the year can obtained by pressing the green "MEETINGS" button at the top of this page, and special events can be found by pressing the green "EVENTS" button.

We provide for members a quarterly Windmill Magazine, and this can be accessed by pressing the "WINDMILL" button.

We are assisted by a Management Committee, and details of the Committee are shown by clicking on the button marked "Contacts" on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

The cost of Membership is £12 per year. Membership renewals take place from November each year for the forthcoming year either postal or in person at the monthly meetings.

A Membership Renewal and Gift Aid Form for 2020 can be found on the Links Page under "U3A Membership Renewal Form 2020

Tax can be reclaimed by our U3A from the Inland Revenue if you are a tax payer and complete A Gift Aid Declaration Form.

(1) Printing direct from the website from the links page.

or (2) Obtained from Catriona Sheen

Once completed, they should be returned to our Treasurer Catriona Sheen

Our Youtube Channels can be found on the right hand side of this page under links by clicking on "02. Ebne & Wealden U3A Youtube (Part 1), and 03. Ebne & Wealden Youtbue (Part 2)

To view our password restricted area, you will need to enter the user name and password which can be found in the Windmill Magazine. The user name and password are changed annually.

If you access a password restricted area of the website, once viewed you need to right click your mouse and then click on "Back" to return to the website.

Please note that these areas are in pdf format. You will need Adobe Reader to be installed on your computer to print them. If you have not got Adobe Reader installed on your computer, it can be downloaded by going to the links page, arrowing down to Adobe Reader, and then following the instructions to download.

The National U3A website can be found by pressing the "U3A" button. The upgraded features offer all U3A members a wealth of information. The members area has been simplified and expanded with improved navigation. To access it, create a user account - even if you already had one on the old site.

To do so:-

1. From the homepage, click the blue "Create Account" button on the top-right of the page.

2. Fill the form with your details. You must check the "cookies" box.

3. Click send Registration Request.

4. An email will be sent to the email address you specified letting you know your account is set up.

5. After you receive the welcoming email, click on the blue "Member Login" button and use the username and password you registered to access the members area.