Welcome to Patcham u3a

Happy New Year 2024 Everyone.

Latest News:
There is a Guided tour of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare,The Broyle, Ringmer, BN8 5AJ on 11am, Thursday, 28th March 2024. Lunch may be pre-booked, see Margaret for menu. Car sharing can be arranged.

The Schedule for the Spring 2024 Monday afternoon meetings can be found on the Mondays Page.
Meetings are held at 2.00 pm at the Memorial Hall, Old London Road. All are Welcome.

Our next proposed annual holiday is planned for 28 May to 1 June 2024. A Trip to Lancashire. Please contact Pam for Brochure and booking form. It will only be possible if there is sufficient interest, so please make a space in your diaries!
A quote from the Brochure:
"Lancashire is a rich and varied county with so much to see and do - from the vast green expanses of countryside and winding canals to the stately homes, gardens and museums all steeped in history. Whether we are chugging along on a steam train and enjoying the views, cruising over the Lune Aqueduct and marvelling at its architecture, or enjoying some retail therapy at an award-winning shopping centre, our tour offers a variety of activities for all to enjoy as we discover everything Lancashire has to offer."

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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