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
Tue Aug 27th
→Thu Aug 29th
National Conference & AGM at Nottingham University. Register via TAT website or click on title.
Fri Sep 20th SUN Reps am at Adastra Hall, Hassocks. Times to be confirmed.
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.
Mon Nov 18th SEC at Adastra. 10.15am - 12.
Fri Nov 29th SUN Reps at Adastra Hall. 10.30am to 2pm.
Study Days
Sat Sep 14th SUN London - Paris: a Journey through Time with Peter Enser at Uckfield. A look at how successive advances in transport have transformed passengers 'experience of the journey between the two cities over time.
Mon Oct 7th U3A at the Royal Institution gives an afternoon of talks from 1.45 to 4.45pm on scientific topics. £21.50. Booking via title link.
Sat Oct 12th SUN The Role of Place in Myth, Legend and Storytelling with Joanna Gilar at Ringmer. An exploration of landscape and environment in storytelling.
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 Not booking at present. SUN Leonardo da Vinci with Kay Blackburn at Boxgrove. Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of one of history’s great thinkers and artists.
Sat Jan 11th 2020 Not booking at present. 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.
Sat Feb 8th 2020 Not booking at present. SUN Landscapes of South East England with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough. Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.
Summer Schools
Tue Sep 10th
→Fri Sep 13th
Second National Summer School at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. Register via the blue link.
Other Events
Mon Aug 26th
→Tue Sep 3rd
Arundel Museum has daily 2pm guided town tours during the Arundel Festival from 18th to 26th August incl. Contact details on poster below.
Mon Sep 30th Retirement Coaching. I am seeking participants who have been through some form of coaching or mentoring to support them through their transition into retirement. If you did attend one-to-one or group coaching, then I'd be delighted to talk to you.
Tessa Dodwell at Brooke’s University, Oxford
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.