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SUN STUDY DAYS - MONTHLY FROM SEPTEMBER TO MAY

Please take a look at the leaflet on Sussex U3A Network Study Day Programme that has been sent to members.

The study days cover a range of topics and are very good value at £8; booking is via the SUN website.

The next one on 14 September is in Uckfield and takes a look at how advances in transportation have changed passengers’ experience of travelling between London and Paris.

You can read all about the Sussex U3A Network and download booking forms from the following website: https://u3asites.org.uk/sussexu3anetwork/events

Anne Pascall

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SHARED LEARNING PROJECT

Sussex Spirit Myths and Legends Saturday 13th July 2019

At the event held last month on the Sussex University campus, Horsham U3A’s display was represented by our Painting Groups and the Parchment Group. We were one of the fourteen U3A’s across the whole of Sussex that took part in this shared learning project.

There were a number of static displays in the hall, as well as performances having a musical or dramatic theme that took place in either the lecture theatre or outside on the piazza.

We had many visitors to our display which received a lot of compliments on the skill and interpretation by our members who took as their theme the legend of St Leonard and the Dragon.

One of the characters from a drama group took special interest in our display.

On the day approximately 400 visitors attended the Exhibition. Worthing U3A had even hired a coach for the day.

We enjoyed music from the ukuleles played by groups from Uckfield, Peacehaven, Crowborough and Worthing. The musical repertoire was varied and included popular classics from Abba, The Beatles, Showaddywaddy, and The Monkees to name just a few. The Peacehaven group paid tribute to Gracie Fields rendering a number of her classics. Gracie Fields did in fact live for a time in Peacehaven where she also set up a Children’s Home and Orphanage in 1933.

Brunswick U3A performed a Mummer play based on Elvis Presley’s “A Devil in Disguise” with an Elvis lookalike taking the part of the Devil set against a character dressed up as a Bishop but from behind had a picture of Boris on his mitre. It was the inevitable reference to BREXIT.
In the lecture theatre the story of the Gibbet and the Ring was dramatized by Burgess Hill U3A. This concerned one Jacob Harris who was convicted of the murder of Richard Mile, landlord of the Royal Oak Pub in Wivelsfield, his wife Dorothy and also a serving girl. As was the practice in those times after the hanging at Horsham the corpse was hung on a gibbet close to the scene of the crime as a warning to others. The gibbet was dubbed “Jacob’s Post” and was said to have curative powers.

St Ann’s Well Gardens, a park in Hove, renowned for its chalybeate spring was the source for another legend re-enacted by Brighton and Hove U3A. This told the tale of Anna Frieda a Saxon lady who had a romantic affair but her lover was murdered and where her tears fell miraculously became the chalybeate spring and so the legend began.

Finally, after this varied programme we were entertained by both Worthing and Brighton singing groups under the control of a very matriarchal figure who cajoled her groups to “sing louder!!” and the audience was encouraged to “join in NOW!!” which all added a comical tone to the whole experience.

I am grateful to Carole Duffy, Helen Macklearn and Esme Cloherty for making the Horsham U3A display and our entry to this event so successful.

The next Shared Learning Project will take place in three years and hopefully by then some more of the 39 Sussex U3A’s will have a go, it was certainly a worthwhile event.

Tim Hossack
Vice Chairman and SUN Representative