South East U3A Forum

Summer School

Clarification regarding Courses for Summer School 2024

The team are still engaged in discussions with potential tutors. The final course portfolio will be available during March. Our website will be updated when the information is complete.

I must advise you that when the material for the TAM article was prepared (before Xmas, due to the publication lead time), some of the subjects mentioned may not materialise, as course tutors may not be available for some of the courses the team were investigating at that time.

Important Information

Course details for Summer School 2024 will be available from mid-March, so watch this space, with booking commencing after this date in April to coincide with the April edition of the Third Age Matters magazine. See Contact page for general enquiries.

2024 Summer School
Following another successful Summer School in 2023 we have booked the University of Chichester again, as our venue for 2024. The dates for your diary are Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th September 2024 – looking forward to seeing you there.

The South East u3a Forum’s Summer School – September 2023

Well, this really was a SUMMER School with temperatures hovering around the 30° mark, a bit too hot for some - but only summer attire was needed throughout!

The last-minute cancellation of Manuscripts on Sunday and re-organisation of Cycling from the previous Wednesday, due to one tutor unable to travel, the other returning from holiday with Covid, caused some challenges, especially as some members were already travelling!

Maths group - intent on learning ... Cycling group - Ready for the off ... Walking group- Itching to get away ...

We are grateful to those members who accepted the option of transfer to their second or third option - and tutors who accepted another member/s - at short notice, and to one member particularly who stepped up to run the Cycling Group!

Archaeology group - Totally engrossed .. Poetry group - Eyes down ... Fizzics group - In learning mode ...

The Cycling and Walking group leaders took the heat into consideration and adapted as needed. The Yoga and Mindfulness group found a grassy, shaded area away from the hot studio, which suited them perfectly, with bursts of happy laughter from the Creative Writing group as they utilised shaded, seated areas outside in the afternoon. The trip to Bignor Roman Villa by the Archaeology group on Wednesday was enjoyed by all, as was the input from a Detectorist the day before! The other six groups whose subjects were more ‘house-bound’ were in airy rooms shaded by blinds, enjoying their chosen course.

Creative Writing group - Enjoyment for a Yoga/ Mindfulness group - Warming up ... Mahjong group - Deep in thought ...

During the morning break on the last day the members were given a 10-minute recital by the Ukulele group, with a sing-a-long, very uplifting - and excellent.

The evening entertainment helped bring members together, with a Quiz on Monday evening, when a couple of members helped overcome the sound problems! On Tuesday there was a choice of a talk on Tangmere Museum or a film – ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’. On Wednesday, Jane Glennie, the actor, gave a performance on Violet Jessop’s life aboard the Britannic and the Titanic, and the sinking at sea with Violet on board. Performance received by an appreciative audience, with Jane answering questions on her research. The talk, film and performance were well received by all.

Chapel - Central venue & Courtyard Chapel interior - Talk venue ... Jane Glennie

The restaurant looked spectacular for the last dinner, where course members and tutor sit together for their last evening meal. The food, as in other years, was plentiful and delicious, with welcoming staff – nothing was too much trouble! This was mirrored by the staff in the accommodation area.

Walking group - No high seas but restful Restaurant - Impressive; all laid up ... French group - Bonjour

Thank you to the University for the brilliant organisation on all aspects of our stay!

2023 Course Information
Here are the list and links to the courses that were available in September 2023, so if you haven’t attended a Summer School before, then these links will give you some idea of what could be offered in the future.

Creative Writing
Fizzics is Fun
• Intermediate French
• Demystifying Maths
Yoga & Mindfulness

Testimonials from 2023 Summer School
*Testimonial 1 – Hilary H, Harborough Welland u3a
*Testimonial 2 – Gelhi J, Dorking u3a
*Testimonial 3 – Liz F, West Oxford u3a
*Testimonial 4 – Andrew M, Meopham u3a