Lancing & Sompting


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


Following our AGM on 5th October, I am pleased to advise you that Diane Formoy has been appointed our new Secretary. In addition, Andy Bray has also joined the Committee as Equipment Officer and Daphne Bonner is also joining as a Committee Member.
Our thanks go to Sue Leaney, our retiring Secretary, for all her hard work and support in the past, and also to Mary Hill for her help on the Committee.
Hopefully when we are able to hold Monthly Meetings, it will be possible to introduce you to the new Committee Members in person.


2021 U3A Diaries

The 2021 U3A diaries are now available. They are dark blue and cost £3 each. If you would like to purchase a diary, then please e-mail me by clicking on the blue bird logo on our Lancing & Sompting U3A website stating your name, a phone number and how many diaries you would like:

The diaries must be paid for in advance preferably by electronic transfer to :
Branch : 20-98-74 ; Account number 73785602, quoting Diary and your surname as references.

If you wish to pay by cheque then call me on 07949 249757 and I will let you know where to send the cheque.
Diaries will be posted out to members (postage and packing free) and should take about two weeks to deliver. If Group Leaders know of any of their members not on e-mail could they let them know about the diaries please?

Heather Stone, Treasurer



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.


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.