Lancing & Sompting


If you are new to u3a, welcome to our website. If you are an existing member, the site will keep you up to date with our latest news and developments.

Our u3a was established in 2009, since when we've had over 700 members. We are now a thriving organisation of some 200. We offer a wide range of recreational learning opportunities to the local community. At the heart of our offer are our interest groups, each having its own subject or activity focus. Our 25+ groups are listed on the Groups page, tab above, with details of venues, dates/times etc.

A world of new experiences is open to you at u3a – so what’s stopping you?

Our constitution is available via the AGM page, which also refers to a revised version approved there.

What is u3a?

Founded in 1982 nationally, u3a, or the University of the Third Age, is an umbrella organisation for locally-run interest groups. It provides opportunities for members to come together to learn for fun. Lancing & Sompting is one of around 40 u3as in Sussex, comprising some 18,000 members, and is affiliated to Sussex u3a Network. There are around 1,050 u3as in the UK, with some 400,000 members. Members enjoy exploring new ideas, skills and activities together. Membership is open to everyone no longer in full-time work.

u3a is a self-help learning organisation for people who have completed their career or finished raising a family, and provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment. Qualifications do not feature, but the numerous interest groups offer a tremendous opportunity to try something new and learn about a whole range of subjects and activities. Members share their knowledge and talents with each other; u3a does not provide services for its members – members provide them for each other.

See short intro video on u3a at link to right.

We publish a monthly News Bulletin, updating members on forthcoming events and group news. The Bulletin can be accessed from its tab at the top of this page. In between editions, we update the News, Events, Groups and other pages of this site as necessary.

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