Local Community Page

This page is provided so members can add information which may not be directly related to the work of Lewes U3A but could be of value to members. To post an item contact the secretary


A Covid Forum has been set up by Tom Crossett and as part of this a weekly "gatepost" is published giving the latest Covid19 statistics for Lewes. To access the latest information select the latest Trends and Prevalence data on the right

The Science Matters team hve picked up this cautionary news item about possible side effects of the Covid19 vaccination Covid vaccine side effects news item

Information on flu jabs is give here Flu jabs from September

Information on arrangements for GP Health care in lewes is given here Lewes health care information

The lastest Gocvernment Covid advice may be found here UK Government Covid19 Advice

The Socity runs an annual programme of talks and readings by distinguished speakers from many areas of literary endeavour – novelists, poets, playwrights, biographers, historians, literary critics and travel writers, as well as illustrators and cartoonists. Session are open to all and as well as conversations with authors with short readings from their work, we have lively Q&A sessions to which you can contribute. These are presently held on Zoom but tickets need to be bought to gain access to the Zoom code to join the meeting. These are typcally £4.95. Upcoming events are:

-Lucy Atkins, 16th March 2021, 7pm

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning author of four novels and several non-fiction titles. She is a Sunday Times book critic and has written for many publications including the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, and the T.L.S. Lucy teaches on the creative writing Masters degree at Oxford University. The Guardian called her most recent novel, Magpie Lane, ‘the word of mouth success of lockdown’.

The link for tickets is Lucy Atkins tickets

-Amanda Craig, 20th April 2021, 7pm

Amanda Craig is an author, critic and journalist. Her most recent novel, her ninth, The Golden Rule, was inspired by both Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train and the fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast. It was picked as a Book to Look For in 2020 by the Times, Sunday Times,Daily Mail,Financial Times and Observer. Previous novels include Hearts And Minds and The Lie of the Land, which was a Radio 4 Book At Bedtime.

The link for tickaets is Amanda Craig tickets


A national creative arts competition for older people, known as the King Lear Prize, is running during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest round has just opened to entries, and is running from January to 19th March 2021 and is aimed specifically for amateurs and beginners who are over the age of 65.

The competition accepts entries in poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performance. There are over £2,000 of prizes on offer and the winners will be picked by a panel of expert judges including Gyles Brandreth and Julian Lloyd Webber.

More information about the competition and the organisation which runs it can be found at their web site King Lear Prizes.


Helen Bulsara and Georgina Carrigan are third year students studying Psychology at the University of Warwick. For their dissertation project, they are conducting research into people’s ability to detect manipulated images. They would be very grateful if some of us participated in their study, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

If you take part, you will be asked to view 12 different images, some of which have been digitally manipulated. Your aim is to determine which photos have and have not been altered, and then select where you believe the manipulation (if any) is located within the photo. They do recommend having some headphones nearby, as you may be asked to watch a short (2 minute) video before completing the task.

You will also have an opportunity at the end of the study to enter their prize draw to win a £20 Amazon voucher.

Here is the survey link: Detecting Manipulated Images Research

If you have any questions or queries, please email them directly (Helen.Bulsara@warwick.ac.uk, Georgina.Carrigan@warwick.ac.uk), or contact their project supervisor, Kim Wade (K.A.Wade@warwick.ac.uk).


Do you use photographic slides or know someone who does? I have some redundant kit which I’d be happy to pass on at no cost to anyone who can make use of it:

- 1 Kodak Carousel slide projector S-AV 1010 with cassette and Remote control.
- 1 Table top light box; viewing area approx 50cm x 35cm.
- Hanging pocket files for slide storage. Approx 250 sheets at 20 sides/sheet.
- Some glassless plastic slide mounts.

Interested? Please contact Ian McClelland (E: ianl.mcclelland@gmail.com T:01273 812456)


Fitzjohn's Foodbank in Lewes are seeking a Treasurer. Details avilable st Treasurer for local charity

A warning about TV licencing scams may be found here TV licence scams

The Lewes House Garden Project is seeking donations of plants for either planting in the garden or for house plants for cheering homes of isolated folk. If any U3A members would like to make a donation, please contact Paula Robson via her email: prr201465@gmail.com and she will be happy to collect plants

The Railway Land Wildlife Trust in Lewes are now looking for a Chair. The Trustees would like to speak to someone, preferably local, with environmental credentials, enthusiasm about the aims of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust and some experience of Committees and Boards. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, contact Helen Meade at coordinator@railwaylandproject.org