Lancing & Sompting


This page will display news about forthcoming activities in the Lancing and Sompting U3A, and in the surrounding district.


Following the Government and NHS announcement, the Third Age Trust has created a dedicated page on the national website to keep you up to date with the latest guidance and advice - both general and specific to U3A. You can find it here.


Living History in Unprecedented Times

U3A members are being asked to help craft a shared learning project where they create living history of this extraordinary time.

The project will look for personal thoughts, ideas and reflections on how this feels to you and what you are doing to deal with it. Members may want to keep an electronic diary or to find a little note-book which you can have close at hand to scribble down thoughts as they come.

We are asking people to write up anything they think relevant to having to be at home and your thoughts and reactions. You may wish to write something each day for example, or once a week or simply when something of note happens. You may read an article, book or see a programme which triggers some ideas or thoughts.

We are also looking for ideas and reflections on how you are keeping your interests going if you are online and if you have access on your television, radio or via the internet.

It's also pretty important to think of good things that happen so in the journal make an effort every day to list five things that gave you pleasure however small.

We will be expanding our support of this project in the coming days including suggested questions that you could ask yourself to help structure your thoughts.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to be contact points to offer support and advice.

If you want take part - please keep in touch with us. At the moment share your ideas at but in the next few days we will have a dedicated email address for this living history project. So keep checking the website and national newsletter.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Proposed New Group – Commonwealth War Graves in South East England

A member would like to start up a new group researching the lives of servicemen who served in World War II and whose graves are maintained locally in Cemeteries overseen by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Group Members would each choose an individual serviceman and research both his life and war records and, where possible contact his family and obtain oral histories. The results would be shared with the family, the War Graves Commission, website entries and, if possible, by members giving talks to local schools. There would probably also be some local field trips to the cemeteries.
As the April monthly meetings has had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, if you would like to join this group, please contact the Interest Groups Co-Ordinator via the bluebird system. Once 6 members have shown interest you will be contacted to arrange a meeting to set up the group.


A booking has been made for the Windsor Hotel Christmas meal on 26th November next. Full details will be given nearer the time.


THE BELL MEMORIAL HOME (A Community Heritage project in conjunction with the Local History Group of Lancing & Sompting U3A)
Back in December 2017 Guild Care secured Heritage Lottery funding to run a Community Heritage project in Lancing, namely, The Bell Memorial Home in South Street.
The project has been running for the past two years and is finally coming to its conclusion. Chris Hare, a local Historian, was in charge and has overseen the project.
A series of meetings were scheduled every 3-4 months attended by a Steering Committee group and sub-divided into another two groups, all volunteers, who were responsible for the research of minutes, reports, historical newspaper articles from 1885, notes from photo albums, articles from 1950 and oral histories for the forthcoming book.
Participation in the project was particularly interesting for Maureen Condick, a member of the Local History group, as The Bell played a very large part in her life as Nurse Manager for almost 20 years.
The minute books were quite detailed, although difficult to read, but gave a good historical flavour of the time. These books survived from the First World War until the 2000’s.
The research included Benefactors such as William Chorley the Founder of the Home. Much of the history of The Bell was remembered by Eliza Bell, who was also a benefactor, leaving a legacy of £400,000 in her Will in 1914; that is close to £400 million in today’s money. The Home was named in her memory.
The research included a timeline of 1914-1939, the Second World War and post war reconstruction. Approximately 16 oral history interviews were recorded and came through Maureen who had known people who worked at The Bell in the past years.
The book is now complete and will be launched possibly in April and published in July 2020, although a title has yet to be agreed. There are many photos as well as anecdotes which form the history of The Bell that will be enjoyed by many in the years to come.
The Bell project can be found on Guild Care website.


What Group would you like? If there is an activity that you would like to join, but which is not currently available at Lancing and Sompting U3A, please contact the Interest Group Co-ordinator by clicking the bluebird to the right of this page.