Welcome to Patcham U3A
Our regular Monday meetings
Since we have been unable to meet in the Memorial Hall we have been enjoying talks via Zoom from speakers in different parts of the country. These have included:
A beautifully illustrated and moving talk about Maidstone Girls Grammar School during WWII; A very amusing talk about an animal rescue service and sanctuary in Somerset .
We also learned a lot about the Manchester Ship Canal : its history and building, with some excellent old photos, from the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society : The Daniel Adamson (The Danny) is a 117 year old Art Deco designed steam tug.
We were entertained by Magic Ian from Edinburgh and enjoyed his stories about magicians such as Tommy Cooper and Paul Daniels. Ian amazed and delighted us with his own tricks.
We were transported to sunny Lisbon to discover the little yellow trams and learn something of Portugal’s history.
Nearer to home we saw some (very) early photographs of Brighton which gave a fascinating glimpse of our city’s past. The history of beach huts in Brighton & Hove provided an entertaining afternoon which included both segregated and mixed bathing!
In weeks when we had no speaker we had quiz afternoons and also “Pot Luck” sessions when members brought poems, pictures and memories on various subjects including flowers and plants and trees and all things Scottish – for Burns’ night. “The Golden Age of Radio” on the 19th May was a delightful nostalgic look at radio in the 40's and 50's with a most enjoyable talk and piano interludes.
On May 3rd we were treated to a fascinating talk by Dr. James Taylor about posters produced during WW2 and later, with their artists, including "Fougasse".
Forthcoming attractions include a talk “(Almost) Death in Paradise” on Monday 10 May, and a Quiz on May 17th.
Please feel free to join us – all are welcome - Zoom knows no limits!
Please note There will be No Monday Meeting on May 30th
During June, July and August we plan to have meetings twice a month one with a speaker and one on a subject chosen by members.
Watch this space for further information.
My thanks to all who have supported us through difficult times. Let’s hope we will be able to meet in the Memorial Hall in the autumn.
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 areas of Brighton though we do have members from further afield, and 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.