Welcome to Patcham u3a

Latest News:
Please note: Due to current covid concerns, Sadly the churches group have decided to cancel our trip to St Margaret of Antioch Church in Isfield on Saturday. Their open day is still planned to go ahead at the moment, but please check nearer the time if you wish to attend.

Christmas Yarn Bombing Window.

For Christmas, Patcham u3a created a beautiful window decoration for a shop window in the Elms area of Patcham Village. See right. Thanks to all members who contributed to the display, especially Ann for her artistic creativity, and also to Mike Pattenden, local Independent Financial Adviser who kindly let us decorate his window.

We had a lovely time at our Christmas party in the Memorial Hall on 13th December. We were entertained by an excellent local jazz band. Thanks to all who helped and made it such a success.

Our regular Monday meetings See the new main page Monday Meetings for details on these.

The coach trip to RHS Wisley Gardens on October 14th was a great success. Even the weather was perfect. Those who came all enjoyed a great day out.

The Picnic in the Peace Gardens was the first time many of us could get together since the lockdowns. The weather was kind to us and it was most enjoyable. Photos courtesy of Fred are on the right and on the Pictures page.

The new Patcham Duck Fayre on Sunday August 29th was well attended. We had stall with a tombola, and met several interested people. Many thanks to all who contributed and came to support us.

Other events this summer

Croquet sessions were enjoyed on a fortnightly basis over the summer but are now at an end for the winter. We hope to start again in the spring. The end of season was celebrated with a delicious spread supplied by our members. Many thanks to the members of the Preston Park Croquet Club for hosting us and guiding us through the rules so well.

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What is u3a all about?

The u3a movement was founded over 35 years ago and its main aim is to encourage groups of people in their “third age” to meet together to continue their enjoyment of subjects and things which have interested them in the past or may prove to interest them in the future. Go to their website to learn more.

What is your “third age”?

Loosely it is any time in your life when you have the opportunity to pursue your own interest. It is primarily aimed at those no longer in full time employment or raising a family. From the start the guiding principle was to promote learning through self-help interest groups. These might cover any subject or topic of interest to members. The guiding principle was to be self-help and self-funding, and based on collaborative learning. Members were to be encouraged to learn from each other with all members of a group contributing to the learning process.
From its beginnings in 1981 the movement has expanded rapidly and at the end of 2016 u3a reached the milestone of 1000 groups.

Our local u3a in Patcham

Patcham u3a aims to cover people living in the Patcham/Westdene/Withdean/Hollingbury areas of Brighton though members from further afield are welcome, and we also collaborate with other local u3as

We have a number of groups, details of which can be found by clicking Groups. We rely on the enthusiasm of members to introduce more groups and will offer help and advice to anyone prepared to have a go! Check the Events Page for dates of the next Group meetings.

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Sussex u3a Network

The Sussex u3a Network (SUN) is a collaboration between all u3as in West and East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. It organises additional activities and outings which may be beyond the resources of individual groups such as study days, workshops and festivals. SUN also collaborates with u3as in Surrey and Kent. For more information, click Links and select Sussex u3a Network to go to their website. For a copy of their latest list of Zoom Talks click SUN Zoom talks update Note, you can register for talks on the SUN website as well as for other interesting topics. You can find the latest SUN Newsletter here.

Learning not Lonely

The Third Age Trust have recently commissioned a report on the effect the u3a lifelong learning concept on the third age generation in the UK. Click Links to read the report.

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