Preston Park

Welcome to Preston Park u3a in Brighton

Our Chairman John Colman reports August 2022:

Our chairman John Colman writes: As you may know, at our AGM in December, I will not be standing again for office as your Chair and our Treasurer Kevin Thomas, who will have served us well for the maximum permitted period of 6 years, will also have to stand down. We therefore will need a very minimum of two new officers.

In addition our committee which is currently only 7 strong, with 3 officers and 4 other members, should ideally have several additional members to “spread the load” and build up experience for the future. Whilst I am sending this message to all members (with an email address), it is my hope that some newer younger members will join the committee.

In my opinion longer standing members are generally well served by existing interest groups whereas many newer members are not. I believe we need some new interest groups that will appeal to younger members and some more new committee members with fresh ideas would be best placed to help to achieve this.

Anyone wanting to find out what the committee does would be most welcome to attend any of our monthly committee meetings. Just contact me or any other committee member to find out more.
John Colman, Chair jlacolman@icloud.com

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u3a is an international as well as a national movement. In 2022, we are now one of over 1,039 UK branches with a total membership of over 430,000.

Our national motto is LEARN, LAUGH, LIVE and our aim is to provide for your ongoing development and well-being in the so called Third Age. u3a is about keeping active, mentally, physically and socially when full time employment has ended. We encourage you to learn for pleasure, gain new skills, try new experiences, visit new places as part of our various Interest Groups and make new friends. There are no exams to pass or qualifications to be gained but you will meet new ideas and people in a friendly, co-operative and informal atmosphere.

Preston Park u3a branch was formed in November 2007 and now has over 400 members. We have around 50 different Interest Groups which are for our members only. We are continually trying to open more groups, with your help, to meet your needs.

Our name, Preston Park, derives from the medieval village of Preston, its manor house, park and church. The area has long since been swallowed up by the growth of Brighton. But the park itself is freely open to the public. The village is 2 miles north of the sea, alongside the main A23 London to Brighton Road.

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Registered Charity registration number 1162594. Registered July 2015.