Lancing & Sompting


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



Subject to any alterations or further impositions by the Government as a result of Covid 19, the Committee is proposing a revised programme of events for when lockdown ceases as follow:

September 7thSocial Meeting
October 5thA.G.M.
November 2ndExhibition of Work
December 7thChristmas Social


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Dear Member

I am writing this as we have reached a CRITICAL TIME in the life or our U3A; the following is an excerpt from my talk at our last Monthly Meeting:

Although we are associate members of the U3A Trust, Lancing & Sompting is an independent charity with its own charity number. As such we are regulated by the Charities Commission, and are required to comply with their regulations. We must have officers: these are the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, the Treasurer and the General Secretary. If any one or more of these are not filled by members, Lancing & Sompting U3A would have to close. Other committee members offer their expertise to assist the running of your U3A, all of these posts are carried out by volunteers and all act as Trustees with clearly defined duties. We meet once a month.

I am explaining this to indicate the importance of finding a new General Secretary because ours will be leaving the committee following many years of service. Role description can be seen on our website. We also need four more generalist committee members to include the co-ordination of Meeting & Greeting, someone to be responsible for advertising and publicity, another to monitor equipment and ensure that electrical equipment is tested at the correct time, and, finally, a person who is happy to assist wherever the need arises.

Assuming that you have renewed your membership, please fill in your nomination forms and ask someone to second, then return to Sue Leaney, the General Secretary. This is your U3A, if you want it to continue then please offer up your time to help on the committee.

I hope that you are all keeping well and that the learning ethos of U3A helps to keep you mentally stimulated during these extraordinary times. Please keep in touch with each other, particularly with our members who do not have access to the internet. A telephone call would be well received.
Remember to check the website which is kept up-to-date, and provides links to on-line courses which you might find to be of interest.

With very best wishes


Chairperson : Lancing & Sompting U3A



On-line Learning Opportunities: linked to group interests: History: Social,
Military, Roman; Psychology & Mental Health.

More academic courses: study for degree

Free courses:

eLibrary service Use your library ticket or join online

Museums and Art Galleries are offering on-line tours.

Podcasts: BBC Sounds


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.


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.