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
Mon Oct 21st SEC at Adastra. 10.15am - 12.
Wed Oct 30th South East Forum AGM 2 - 4pm at The Meridian Hall, East Grinstead. Any U3A members are welcome to attend. SEF are responsible for organising the Chichester summer school and the annual conference. They are proposing major changes. A buffet lunch available from 1pm, please notify Chris if lunching.
Mon Nov 11th SE Region Autumn Gathering All U3As in the region are invited to send representatives to the Alton Community Centre in Hampshire, GU34 1HN. 9.30 coffee, 10am to 4.30pm with lunch provided. The topic is Interest groups and the national chairman will be speaking. To book click on title. The event agenda is on the booking webpage but will also be sent out with the June SUN Reps meeting information.
Fri Nov 29th SUN Reps at Adastra Hall. 10.30am to 2pm.
Study Days
Thu Nov 7th National Gallery: the Pre Raphaelites. Spend a day exploring the influences and ideals of the Brotherhood, from 11am to 3.45 pm. Cost £25. Booking via title link.
Sat Nov 9th SUN Viennese Joy and Parisian Pleasure with John Hursey at Steyning. Two capital cities famous for different musical masterpieces.
Wed Nov 20th Roman Study Day (1) is an interactive event at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.10.30 am to 4 pm. Costs £23.50 with refreshments. Booking via title link.
Thu Nov 21st Roman Study Day (2) is an interactive event at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.10.30 am to 4 pm. Costs £23.50 with refreshments. Booking via title link.
Mon Nov 25th The Architecture of London through four centuries at the headquarters of the Royal institute of British Architects (RIBA). 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Cost £25 with refreshments. Booking via title link.
Sat Dec 7th SUN Leonardo da Vinci with Kay Blackburn at Boxgrove, near Chichester. Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of one of history’s great thinkers and artists.
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.
Sat Mar 14th 2020 Not booking yet. 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.
Sat Apr 18th 2020 Not booking yet. 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 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.
Workshops
Thu Nov 14th Beacon Administration System Explained. Any U3A committee members are welcome to join us 2 - 4 pm at Kings Church 33-35 Victoria Rd., Burgess Hill RH15 9LR (on the industrial estate - first road on right, 300 yds into the estate from the second of the London Rd mini roundabouts.) Plenty of parking. Book with Pat , Chair of Hurst, Hassocks & Ditchling U3A.
Sat Nov 30th TAT Women, Education and Reform in the 19th Century. The Royal Holloway University of London Archives are looking for volunteer transcribers to word process letters to one of the college's founders. This workshop introduces the background to her work and her famous associates. Free to register via link.
Other Events
Wed Dec 4th TAT Christmas Concert 2 to 4pm at St Lawrence Jewry Church, next to the Guildhall, London. Singers from the City Chorus and the Queldryk Choral Ensemble. A mulled wine and a mince pie along with a short talk on the church’s history and some traditional carols to sing. Cost £18.50. Book via the link.
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 www.the-observatory.org 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