Lewes

About us

Founded in 1985, Lewes u3a has grown into a thriving organisation with presently around 900 members. We are a registered charity, number 297948.

The Third Age Trust – The National u3a organisation

The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for u3as. It provides educational and administrative support to individual u3as and their members including insurance cover for meetings. Members receive copies of Third Age Matters from the Trust every February, April, June, September and November.

The Trust’s National Office is at 156 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8EN; telephone: 020 8466 6139; email: website: www.u3a.org.uk. Some parts of the website require registration. More information may be found at Third Age Trust

Lewes u3a - Purpose

Our purpose is to sustain and develop opportunities for members to pursue interests through stimulating Group study, talks, visits and activities. The cost of annual membership, groups and activities is kept as low as possible, and Lewes U3A encourages anyone not in full-time employment to join and participate. Organising, contributing to and running Lewes U3A is on a voluntary, unpaid basis.

The Groups being run for the Winter Session 2022 can be found on the Groups page along with the Timetable.

Other Activities

Lewes u3a also organises the Lewes Public Lectures series which are free for anyone to join. Details of these and how to register for them are on the Events page.

Additional activities are arranged by the Sussex u3a Network (SUN) which is a collboration between the u3as in East and West Sussex, including Brighton & Hove. These include Study Days and a free Zoom Talks programme. Details of these may also be found on the Events page.

How much does it cost?

Select the Membership button for information on cost and how to join.

Monthly Newsletter Bulletin

Lewes u3a is now publishing a monthly newsletter: Lewes u3a Bulletin. Copies may be accessed through the Link on the right of this page.

Changes for 2022

A Handbook was issued to all member in January, which gives important information that members need to know.

Many Conveners have now successfully returned to face-to-face meetings, whereas others have decided to remain with Zoom meetings.

If the government reintroduces restrictions, meetings will revert back to Zoom, other online means, or be abandoned.

Guidelines are in place relating to health and safety at all venues.

Advice for Members from the Sussex u3a Network (SUN)

On the SUN Website there is advice, including a video, for new committee members and a list of 1 hour Zoom tutorials for any U3A member to access (2000 have so far). Information on how to access these will be found on the “Members” page of the SUN website.

Committee Vacancies

Anyone who is interested in helping to run the Lewes u3a is welcome to contact the Secretary or any Committee member to fill vacant posts or to talk about taking over any Committee positions when they become available. Details on contacting Committee Members are on the Committee page.

At Present, there are two positions which need to be filled:

Groups Coordinator
Assistant Treasurer

Group Facilitator's report: Innovative new courses required

Thank you for reading this!

If you have recently retired or have partly retired, Lewes u3a needs your fresh ideas, which can be based either on your work knowledge or your interests. In particular, if you have an unusual interest that you would like to share with others, we would like to hear from you. Our aim is to provide as many Group Activities as possible throughout the year, on any day and at any time, to help give our members new opportunities to learn and enjoy themselves. With imagination, many practical skills can be shared either on-line or in person, for example: crafts, mechanics, learning a musical instrument and cooking.

Not only do we need new ideas for groups, either online or outside (and conforming to current Third Age Trust Advice), but we are looking for new ways of presenting them. A number of our Groups use Zoom at present, for which we can offer a Lewes u3a licence, but there are numerous other video conferencing platforms available, which you may be familiar with and may wish to use.

One idea that could be developed for our u3a are online games. Currently we have several successful bridge groups, but there must be great potential for games such as chess, mah-jong and Scrabble.

All you need is the idea and enthusiasm to lead a Group and we will provide you with the rest.

Please contact me Group Facilitator and I very much look forward to hearing from you with any new ideas.
Michael Austin.

Safeguarding
Lewes u3a recognises its duty of care as recommended by the Charity Commission in protecting its membership against abuse or ill-treatment of any kind, for example, bullying or neglect. Select Lewes u3a Safeguarding Policy for a copy of our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure here. Any issues regarding safeguarding relating to Lewes u3a members should be reported to safeguarding@lewesu3a.uk

Data Protection Act

Members’ details are held on computer. Members are required to sign a consent form (on the application form for new members), permitting the u3a to hold the information for use in managing the activities of Lewes U3A. Links to the U3A’s Privacy and Data Protection policies can be found on the Welcome page.

Lewes u3a website
Our website is a rich source of information. It is updated regularly, so why not bookmark www.u3asites.org.uk/lewes and visit us often.