Hurst, Hassocks & Ditchling


Entrance fee for members monthly meetings will be free from 1/08/2018, as the committee needs to reduce their monetary reserves. This will be reviewed at the 2019 AGM. A current membership card must be shown. (An essential carer, assisting a member, may always attend free of charge.) Non members are welcome to attend up to two meetings before joining HHD U3A.

To book an trip out, with local pick up points, or the social events listed below, please send the Trips administrator a HHD booking form for each event, with a £10 deposit (or full payment if required) or book directly at the monthly meetings. Email enquiries via booking query or use the Contact page on this site. Non members may only attend up to two outings. For mobility issues please check with the administrator before booking. (Non member carers may accompany a member if their ticket is also paid.)

Click on the coloured text for booking details & links.

Cheques must be made payable to HHD U3A (write the event name on the back please). Once an outing is paid for, we are unable to offer refunds unless another member can take that place. All monies will be returned if a trip is cancelled due to lack of numbers.

Members can also attend the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) study days and events across Sussex, as well as national one day events and summer schools. Members of HHD & other SUN U3As pay £8, all other applicants (eg friends & relatives) £10, for the SUN study days so just click on the coloured study day title for the information & booking form sheet. (If a study day is cancelled, those booked for it will be notified and all cheques destroyed, as addresses are not recorded.)
For venue maps, click on the coloured place name. Workshops assist U3As with specific issues to develop their particular U3A. If not yet available, register an interest by contacting the organiser via Pat or the SUN courses link. Venue maps are also linked.

The Third Age Trust (TAT) This is the national office who run national study days and events. The national office link goes directly to their website. They now organise events via the Eventbrite website, so a blue direct link is now given to the relevant event page from which you can read more details and book or download the information booklet, etc.


Please report any incidents or accidents requiring assistance during any HHD activities using this Reporting Accidents guidance link. Members are covered by U3A insurance for most activities and this provides a record for our information. Note this does not cover members journeys to meetings, activities or car sharing. HHD car sharing policy can be viewed on Our HHD page.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Oct 1st The national U3A Day has been rescheduled for this date.
Study Days
Mon Oct 12th TAT - U3A at the Royal Institution Topics: Finding Our Voice, etc.1.45 to4.45pm. Cost £21.50 with refreshments. Booking opens in mid June at
Thu Nov 5th TAT - Van Gogh: A Fresh Look. A day of talks about the artist; including his time in London and the influence of the National Gallery. 11am to 3.45pm. Cost: £25. Bookings open in mid June via
Thu Dec 31st Free Computer Help for Over 60s on Tuesdays 2.30 to 3.30pm in term time at Hurstpierpoint College. Bring your own small device, if possible, like an iPad, tablet, laptop or smart phone. Just report to college reception. NB some steps en route to room. Sessions are currently suspended.
Other Events
Mon Aug 31st Chalk Circle Short Story Competition open to members. You have until 31st August to create a 2000 word story. Entry fee £6 per story. There are prizes: £200 first prize, £100 second and £50 third.
Download further information and rules from the above link.
Thu Dec 31st Free Trees from the Woodland Trust for delivery in November 2020. Packs of trees may be requested for environmental projects.
Thu Dec 31st Visually disabled? The local 4Sight Charity can assist you. Their weekly lunch club meets in Hassocks and Ditchling. Contact Bill
Thu Dec 31st The Arundel Wetland Centre is also open through autumn and winter for group visits. Room hire, guide and any necessary equipment are free of charge. A full day, self guided, session is £8.75 pp, with a 1 hour learning session £9.00, with a 2 hour learning session £9.50. Boat trips can be arranged at £1.50 pp. Contact Elizabeth
Sun Jan 31st 2021 Twineham School Appeal They are planning an outdoor classroom and funding is available from a sponsor. Details on the link.