Sussex U3A Network

Events

SUN Study Days
Our programme of study days seeks to cover a wide range of topics, including the arts, humanities, science and current affairs. These popular events are intended to enrich our members’ knowledge of the topics covered. Study day tutors are usually professionals in their field. The cost is now £8 for members of SUN U3As & £10 for all other applicants. Send a stamped addressed envelope for your ticket/s, with cheque payment and booking form please. Booking forms and venue maps are linked to each event. NB If a Study Day is cancelled, those people who have booked will be personally informed by email or by phone, if close to date, and all cheques will be destroyed.

SUN Workshops
These are arranged free for members of Sussex U3As with like interests (e.g. treasurers, newsletter editors, web managers or leaders of special interest groups) to share their experience. They are led by members for members. The maximum number attending a SUN workshop is usually about 20. If there is a high demand for a particular workshop, it may be repeated at a later date. Booking and venue maps are linked to each event.

Other U3A Events in Sussex, the South East and UK are listed in the diary below.

The Third Age Trust (TAT - the U3A national office) also runs national study days, workshops and events. Their Event links now go directly to the Eventbrite webpage which has information and online booking for that event. NB Payment by credit card is safest option online.
(If a direct link is not available, go to the national office website - you will need to register as a member on your first visit, then go to the Events page. Alternatively, you can contact them via The Third Age Trust, 52, Lant Street, London SE1 1RB or 020 8466 6139 or email them via events@u3a.org.uk.)

Click on the coloured text for a direct link to the information sheet/booking forms currently available.

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Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Fri Mar 27th SUN AGM in Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Doors open 10.30 am for 11.
Mon May 18th SEC / committee in committee room at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. 10.15 am to 12.
Fri Jun 26th SUN Representatives at Adastra Hall Hassocks. Doors open 10.30am for 11.
Mon Aug 17th SEC /committee in committee room at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. 10.15am to 12.
Thu Aug 27th TAT AGM at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. Details to follow.
Fri Sep 18th SUN Representives at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Doors open 10.30 am for 11.
Mon Nov 16th SEC/ committee in committee room at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. 10.15 am to 12.
Fri Dec 18th SUN Representatives at Adastra Hall, Hassocks Doors open 10.30 am for 11.
Study Days
Thu Mar 12th TAT Close Encounters of the Animal Kind at the National Gallery, 11am to 3.45pm. An exploration of animals in art. Cost £25. Bookings open in mid December.
Sat Mar 14th SUN Country Houses in the South Downs - from medieval to 20th Century with Sue Berry at Rustington. An exploration of how fashion and fortune affected these houses. FULLY BOOKED.
Mon Mar 16th TAT U3A at the Royal Institution for an afternoon of scientific talks. 1.15 to 4.45pm. £21.50 cost. Book via the link.
Wed Mar 18th TAT The Hearth Tax conference at the University of London. U3A researchers talk about their findings in a shared learning project with Roehampton University. The tax was imposed in 1662 to fund the (restored) royal household. Book free tickets via the link.
Sat Apr 18th SUN A Mathematical Medley with Roger Luther at Horsham. Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.
Tue Apr 21st TAT Behind the Scenes of Dame Mary Quant at the Fashion & Textile Museum, near London bridge, from 1.30 – 4.15pm. Learn about her career from several speakers. Cost £17 includes refreshments and museum entry.
Thu May 7th TAT Japan at the Pictures at the British Film Institute on the Southbank, London. 11am -4.15pm. An introduction to the BFI and talks on classic Japanese cinema. The Film ‘Tokyo Story’ (from 1953) will be screened with discussion afterward. Cost £20. Bookings open in March.
Sat May 9th Not booking yet. SUN Crusades and the Knights Templar with Geoff Doel at Five Ashes, Mayfield. An exploration of the first 100 years of the controversial crusading movement and of the iconic Order of Knights Templar, which has fuelled so many bizarre legends.
Wed Jun 3rd TAT U3A Day Event at the National Gallery, London. A variety of talks and activities, such as drawing workshops, slow looking and mindfulness, on the theme of ‘Moving Pictures- Can Art Keep the Body and Mind Young?’ 11am – 4pm. Cost £15. Bookings open mid March.
Tue Oct 13th S.East Region Event at Crowborough. Details later in the year.
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 15th
→Thu Jun 18th
SE Forum Chichester Summer School. Booking is now open for this popular event. Flyer, details of courses and the booking form.
Mon Aug 3rd
→Thu Aug 6th
TAT National Summer School 1 at Aston University, Birmingham. Bookings open in late February.
Mon Sep 7th
→Thu Sep 10th
7-10 Sept TAT National Summer School 2 at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucester. Bookings open in late February.
Workshops
Mon Aug 10th
→Thu Aug 13th
TAT U3A Science Network at Conference Aston. Topics include: Vitamins, How the Internet Works & Darwin the Geologist. Contact via link.
Thu Dec 31st Free Shakespeare Workshops in Sussex this year, for U3A groups with your choice of date and venue. See details on the link.
Other Events
Wed Apr 22nd
→Sun Apr 26th
The Shoreham Shakespeare Wordfest is back. A variety of local activities are listed on the link along with the contact. Booking available from 21st February.
Wed Jun 3rd National U3A Day when all U3As are asked to locally celebrate and showcase their work. A TAT grant of £100 is now available for 200 U3As. Apply now. Details on the Our U3As page.
Wed Jun 3rd U3A National Celebration Day
Mon Aug 31st TAT Citizens 800 Project Phase 2. A continuing SLP research project on historical rebellion, with the Royal Holloway College, Uni of London at Egham. Members are welcome to join in. Use the link for details and to sign up.
Wed Sep 30th Avington Park. Groups welcome to visit this large private stately home, 5 miles from Winchester. Visits by appointment. www.avingtonpark.co.uk
Wed Sep 30th Edes House Chichester. Private tours available for groups of 15 to 20 people at £12.95 pp. Full afternoon tea can be booked prior to tour for £6.25 pp (minimum 15 people). Special offer for tour and pre-tour tea £17.50 for 2020 if booked by end of February. More details and contact on the link.
Thu Dec 31st Free Trees from the Woodland Trust for delivery in November 2020. Groups may request packs of trees for environmental projects.
Thu Dec 31st The Arundel Wetland Centre is also open through autumn and winter for group visits. Room hire, guide and any necessary equipment are free of charge. A full day, self guided, session is £8.75 pp, with a 1 hour learning session £9.00, with a 2 hour learning session £9.50. Boat trips can be arranged at £1.50 pp.Contact Elizabeth