Preston Park

Welcome to Preston Park u3a in Brighton

Our Chairman John Colman reports: 29.10.2021

14th Anniversary

The u3a movement in the UK has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and SUN (Sussex u3a Network) has celebrated 20 years. Our 14th anniversary takes place on 7th November and whilst we are not the oldest in the city I personally think we are the best. The honour of being the oldest goes to Patcham u3a and the biggest to Brighton & Hove. There are currently 5 u3as in our city to cater for the demand and desire for local groups.

14th AGM - Thursday 2nd December 2021
Our next AGM takes place in just over a month’s time. It is unusually important this year for at least 3 reasons:

First, last year we held an electronic meeting, with Charity Commission approval, even though our Constitution does not provide for this. This year is a chance for you, our members, to attend a ‘normal’ AGM and confirm our ongoing correct governance.

Second, to provide flexibility in the future we have been asked to update our Constitution to provide for proxy voting and electronic meetings should the need arise in the future.

Third, whilst we have rebounded from the lockdowns well, it is with a smaller than usual committee and 3 members having served 3 years cannot be re-elected to the same role under our rules. As a result we desperately need at least 3 and preferably more new candidates for office or the committee. Please consider standing!

Nomination & Proxy Voting Forms
You will be receiving your AGM notification in the next 10 days by hand, home delivery or post. If it doesn’t reach you please tell us.

It will also include notification that we will be holding a brief Special General Meeting immediately before the AGM in order to, hopefully, approve the adoption of a new Constitution.

In the above are a Nomination Form and a Proxy Voting Form. The postcode of our Secretary to whom completed forms need to be returned is shown incorrectly. It should read “BN6 8NJ”.

John Colman, Chair


The University of the Third Age (u3a) is an international as well as a national movement. Since 2016 we are one of 1,000 UK branches who have a total membership of over 400,000.

Preston Park u3a branch was formed in November 2007 and in the year of our 10th anniversary had over 400 members. We have more than 50 active Interest Groups; please note Non-members may only join a Group when their Membership application and payment has been received and processed.

Our u3a is part of a wider movement whose aims are to provide for that stage of life when full-time work and responsibilities are no longer central and for the ongoing development and well-being of those in the so-called Third Age. It is about keeping active when no longer in full employment, learning for pleasure or gaining a new skill. There are no exams to be passed or qualifications to be gained: but you will meet new ideas and new people in a friendly, co-operative and informal atmosphere. More information is provided about Preston Park u3a and how you can join us, on this link.

Our name, Preston Park, derives from the medieval village of Preston, its Manor House, Park and Church, an area long since 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 from London.

Registered Charity registration number 1162594. Registered July 2015.