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
Mon Feb 3rd Worried about Fraud? Fraud Prevention a talk by Sussex Police.
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council has arranged for a talk on Fraud Prevention by Sussex Police and have invited U3A members to attend. The talk is at 6.30 pm in Hurstpierpoint Village Centre. For further information please contact the Parish Council on 833264.
Fri Feb 14th HHD British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard with James Taylor. 2pm at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Artist drawn postcards from 1840-1950.
Sat Feb 29th Cafe Recruitment Drive. Prospective members of U3A are welcome to pop into Bella & Megs cafe, corner of Grand Ave, Hassocks for a coffee and chat with Pat Squire, from 10 am - 12 noon. (The farmers market will be underway, opposite.)
Mon Mar 16th HHD Where do Novelists Get Their Ideas From? With Bobbie Darbyshire. 2 pm at Hurstpierpoint Village Hall.
From the initial spark, plot and subplot to the finale.
Sat Mar 21st HHD Open Morning. A public event to promote HHD groups and a chance to renew your membership (cheques only please). 10am - 12 noon at Adastra Hall Hassocks.
Fri Apr 24th HHD AGM plus History in Comic Verse, From 1066 to the Internet. with Geoff Hutchinson at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Laugh at the great and not so great poets.
Fri May 15th HHD A Century of Deception - Hoaxes of the 18th Century with Ian Keabler. 2pm at Adastra Hall, Hassocks.
Ian is a member of the Inner Magic Circle.
Tue Jun 30th HHD Members Social Event . Details and date to be announced.
Fri Jul 17th HHD Why were the Shepherds Delighted? with Bill Avenall. 2 pm at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Weather lore. Is there any truth in it?
Thu Aug 27th TAT AGM at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Details to follow.
Wed Mar 25th Standen House and spring garden flowers. Non National Trust Members cost is £23.50 with coach and for NT members - just £13. Full payment on booking.Booking open
Thu Apr 16th Trains and Landscapes of Romney Marsh Tour including ploughman’s lunch. Travel on the well known Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. £41.50. Book with £10 deposit. Booking open
Tue Jul 14th Brogdale Farm Cherry Festival and Belmont House – The farm is home of the national fruit collection in Kent whist Belmont House, at Faversham, is an 18th/19thC house with 14 acres of gardens Entry £16.50 + coach. Book with £10 deposit. Booking open
Wed Sep 9th River Medway Cruise with fish & chips or picnic box for lunch. Cost £25 + coach. Book with £10 deposit. Booking open
Study Days
Mon Feb 3rd 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 SUN Landscapes of South East England with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough. Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.
Thu Mar 12th TAT Close Encounters of the Animal Kind at the National Gallery, 11am to 3.45pm. An exploration of animals in art. Cost £25. Bookings open in mid December.
Sat Mar 14th 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.
Mon Mar 16th TAT U3A at the Royal Institution for an afternoon of scientific talks. 1.15 to 4.45pm. £21.50 cost. Book via the link.
Sat Apr 18th SUN A Mathematical Medley with Roger Luther at Horsham. Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.
Sat May 9th 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.
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 15th
→Thu Jun 18th
SE Forum Chichester Summer School. Booking is now open for this popular event. Flyer, details of courses and the booking form.
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. January 14,21,28 February 4,11, Not 18, 25 March 3,10, 17, 24
Other Events
Tue Jun 30th TAT Citizens 800 Project Phase 2. A continuing SLP research project on historical rebellion, with the Royal Holloway College, Uni of London at Egham. Members are welcome to join in. Use the link for details and to sign up.
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.