Sussex U3A Network


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

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
Study Days
Sat Jan 11th 2020 SUN Music and Nature with Robert Carrington at Hailsham. Creatures with their actual sounds and how composers have created pieces based on these sounds or calls.
Mon Feb 3rd 2020 TAT Discovering Children’s Literature (18thC & 19thC) at the British Library Knowledge Centre theatre 10.30 - 3.45pm. Refreshments on arrival but no lunch provided. £24 book via link. Not booking until late October.
Sat Feb 8th 2020 SUN Landscapes of South East England with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough. Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.
Thu Mar 12th 2020 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 2020 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.
Mon Mar 16th 2020 TAT U3A at the Royal Institution for an afternoon of scientific talks. Booking and details open in mid December.
Sat Apr 18th 2020 SUN A Mathematical Medley with Roger Luther at Horsham. Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.
Sat May 9th 2020 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.
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 15th 2020
→Thu Jun 18th 2020
SE Forum Chichester Summer School. Booking is now open for this popular event. Flyer, details of courses and the booking form.
Fri Jan 24th 2020 Sitebuilder Website Workshop at Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street, Titchfield, Fareham, PO14 4AB
From 10.30 to 3.30 pm
Cost: £7 including lunch. Please book through Eventbrite on this link
Come both to gain knowledge and to share knowledge. This invite extends to more than
one member from each U3A. Relevant also to publicity people. Topics include: Uploading pictures and files
Website privacy
Other Events
Tue Dec 31st A Sussex-based professional, Katarina can help people write their life stories as books for their families and friends. To contact her click on the link.
Tue Dec 31st A free yoga workshop or sessions is available to local U3As, with a Brighton based lady. Professionally trained and insured, Rachael, provides yoga for the over 60’s. Contact her via the blue link.
Tue Dec 31st Looking for resources from Worthing Theatres, Museum and Art Gallery? Contact Alice Hillier who is the new Audience Engagement Officer. Worthing Theatres offer discounts for groups of 8+ on Silas Marner, 26th - 28th September and Pinter’s No Man’s Land on 15th & 16th 0ctober. Contact Alice.
Tue Dec 31st

The Subject Adviser for Genealogy (Family History), Steven Dyer, is now offering presentations about family history/genealogy to regional networks. He has three PowerPoint presentations:

The future for family history research
Genetic Genealogy
FamilySearch, finding free family history records
Tue Dec 31st Local Astronomy at Herstmonceux with Einstein 100 on 18th May. They also have open evenings, one day courses etc. See their website whilst West Sussex has a planetarium at Chichester.
Tue Dec 31st Edes House, Chichester. Visit this Grade 1 listed house for a 90 minute tour 'Within these Walls' plus refreshments. Groups welcome (15 minimum to 24 max.) at 10% discount. Usual adult fee £12.95. Private tour available. Contact Kim.
Wed Jun 3rd 2020 National U3A Day when all U3As are asked to locally celebrate and showcase their work.
Wed Jun 3rd 2020 U3A National Celebration Day
Thu Dec 31st 2020 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