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 outing, with local pick up points, or the social events listed below, please send the Outings 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
Fri Nov 22nd HHD The People’s Palace - Brighton Royal Pavilion with Jackie Marsh Hobbs. 2 pm at Adastra Hall (to include the return of the ‘borrowed items’.) NB.There will be a very short Special AGM at the start.
Unfortunately, the speaker previously booked is unable to do his talk.
Fri Dec 13th HHD Weald Ukulele and Song Band. For members only, 2pm at Adastra Hall.
Come along and join in with the songs we all know.
Study Days
Wed Nov 20th TAT Roman Study Day (1) is an interactive event at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.10.30 am to 4 pm. Costs £23.50 with refreshments. Booking via title link.
Thu Nov 21st TAT Roman Study Day (2) is an interactive event at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.10.30 am to 4 pm. Costs £23.50 with refreshments. Booking via title link.
Mon Nov 25th TAT The Architecture of London through four centuries at the headquarters of the Royal institute of British Architects (RIBA). 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Cost £25 with refreshments. Booking via title link.
Sat Dec 7th SUN Leonardo da Vinci with Kay Blackburn at Boxgrove, near Chichester. Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of one of history’s great thinkers and artists.
Sat Jan 11th 2020 SUN Music and Nature with Robert Carrington at Hailsham. Creatures with their actual sounds and how composers have created pieces based on these sounds or calls.
Mon Feb 3rd 2020 TAT Discovering Children's Literature at the British Library Knowledge Centre Theatre, 10.30 - 3.45pm. Five speakers on 18th & 19th children's literature, including Alice's Adventures Underground. Tea, coffee & biscuits provided but NO Lunch included. £ 24.00 - book via the link. Not booking until late October.
Sat Feb 8th 2020 SUN Landscapes of South East England with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough. Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.
Sat Mar 14th 2020 Not booking yet. SUN Country Houses in the South Downs - from medieval to 20th Century with Sue Berry at Rustington. An exploration of how fashion and fortune affected these houses.
Sat Apr 18th 2020 Not booking yet. SUN A Mathematical Medley with Roger Luther at Horsham. Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.
Sat May 9th 2020 Not booking yet. SUN Crusades and the Knights Templar with Geoff Doel at Mayfield. An exploration of the first 100 years of the controversial crusading movement and of the iconic Order of Knights Templar, which has fuelled so many bizarre legends.
Other Events
Fri Nov 29th LightUp Hassocks. We will be promoting HHD at this evening event . If you are able to assist please contact us.
Wed Dec 4th #TAT Christmas Concert at St Lawrence Jewry church next to the Guildhall, 2 - 4pm, with 2 London choirs. More details in TAM. Traditional carols, mulled wine and a mince pie included. Cost £18.50.Book via link.
Sat Dec 14th A Sussex Xmas with poetry and song 7pm at St John’s Church, Newtimber BN6 9BT. Refreshments and a raffle included. £10 adults, £4 under 18’s. Book with Gillian.
Tue Dec 31st Leonardslee Gardens are now open from 16th July '18 for group outings (15 min) £9.50 for 60+, £11 adults.
Tue Dec 31st Haywards Heath U3A. New groups: a) More members are needed for Progressive Whist (like Chicago Bridge.) b) Cryptic Crosswords group needs a leader.
Thu Dec 31st 2020 Visually disabled? The local 4Sight Charity can assist you. Their weekly lunch club meets in Hassocks and Ditchling. Contact Bill
Thu Dec 31st 2020 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