Welcome to Preston Park U3A in Brighton
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR RELATING TO COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
March 16th 2020
We are sorry to announce that we are going to have to cancel the April and May General meetings due to the Covid 19 virus. We might also have to cancel more but we will see how things go. It is our duty to keep you all safe.
Some Interest Groups will also be postponed - please check with your convenors. Groups which meet outside for example Strollers, long walks, cycling, may be happy to carry on. This will be up to yourselves to decide, maybe smaller groups also feel they can carry on. John Colman hopes to carry on with Badminton for example, until the Sports Halls close. John will also be looking at his trips but will be in touch if there are changes.
Ann Kerrison has her Garden Visits, she will also be in touch.
Maureen Dickson has the Theatre, but of course The Theatre might have to close.
We have to postpone the Day Trip to Lymington, on 18th April. We hope to book another date for September. I have not cashed the cheques, so unless you want your cheque back, I will destroy them; please let us know your preference. We had to cancel with Brighton & Hove coaches due their Payment Policy.
The trip to Petworth has also been cancelled, we do not have a new date yet. Again the cheques have not been cashed so I will destroy or return them to you.
The Great Dixter visit still stands at the moment, we will keep an eye on the situation.
If you live on your own and need any help with anything, please contact Myself and we will see if we can do anything for you.
Anyone willing to offer assistance please let me know.
It will be a lonely time for some of you, so try and keep in touch with anyone you know. With better weather hopefully on the way, you could always meet up for walks locally, or coffee/tea in the parks, or take your own drink with you. Cafes of course might not be open but we need to try and support them. We just have to be sensible.
We were going to be collecting for the Foodbank in April for Easter. If you do venture to the Supermarkets, they have collection bins for various Foodbanks. You may have something in your cupboard you will never use, but could be given to someone else.
We are all in this together, so let us help others where we can. Preston Park U3A have always been a generous, friendly group so let's keep it that way.
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.