Sussex U3A Network


The SUN Newsletter will be published every four months, on April 30th, August 31st & December 31st, and sent out to our member U3As. Please forward any short, interesting articles and photos to The deadline is the first day of April, August & December.


I am your dedicated U3A group tour organiser here at Just for Groups.
We can take care of all your accommodation requirements and ‘tailor make’ the itinerary to suit your particular preferences, including booking any entrances and guides etc.
We organize everything ranging from just a straightforward request for ‘accommodation only ’to a complete ‘tailor made’ package with transport, entrances and tour guide services. For those groups who have a preferred coach operator we can usually arrange for them to provide your transport to ensure you have a familiar face at the start of your holiday.
As a division within one of the country’s most successful tour operators, The UK Holiday Group, we are members of ABTA and licensed by the CAA so when you book with us you can also be assured that your members’ holiday money is always totally safe and secure. When booking as a group you can enjoy benefits, depending on the type of holiday you book, which may include free places for group organisers (minimum numbers apply), low deposits of just £10 per person, low insurance prices starting from £10 per person with no age restrictions, no single room supplements on many UK holidays, plus point of sale material to help you promote your chosen holiday.
We are proud of the fact that in excess of 94% of our groups re-book each year and that the majority of those we do lose are due to the retirement of the group leader or closure of the holiday club due to a lack of members.
As an exclusive gesture, I am delighted to be able to offer you, by way of this email, a discount voucher up to the value of £250 for you to redeem against a new group holiday booked to travel with us in 2018 or 2019. This voucher is valid for any group booking of 1 or more nights for 35 passengers or more travelling before 31st of December 2019
Nikki Stephenson Group Sales Executive Just for Groups!
Tel: 01603 886740

New National Workshop 2/18
'Keeping It Legal’ is a new series of training events run by the Third Age Trust, aimed for U3A committee members, covering the General Data Protection Regulation, Insurance, Safeguarding, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Due to a high level of interest in the two pilot workshop days - both of which are now full - a third is being organised. The date and venue are yet to be confirmed and communication will take place regarding this event as soon as the details are finalised. Further information regarding these events is available at

Other Workshop topics being planned are Running Your U3A, Growing Your U3A, interest Group Matters, Finance & Communication.

TAT Jazz Study Day
The U3A Jazz Study Day will now take place on Wednesday 19 September in Cecil Sharp House in Camden, London. The day will feature international Jazz Performer Alan Barnes, who, with a band assisting, will tell us a bit about the history of jazz and illustrate some jazz styles and composing methods. The band will end the day with an exclusive concert. Details on how to buy tickets will be out soon.

January Update
Got a Story to Tell?
The u3a Sources magazine has a new website too to which groups & u3as can send an article for the website and printed magazine. Go to and click the parallel lines in top RH corner for the menu. Click on 'Submit a Story'.

- Cryptic Crosswords. A cloned course (8 sessions of around 2 hours each) is available to SUN U3As. It introduces a small group to the skills involved in solving cryptic crosswords. It treats the task like learning a new language, using exercises and examples throughout. The tutor needs to be reasonably competent; students can be beginners. Lancing & Sompting have just completed the course. If you are interested, please contact Nicola.
NB. The first version of the app Learn Cryptic Crosswords is now available for iPhone and iPad from the Apple App Store. An Android version for phones and tablets is also being developed. Find out more at

- Cambridge Lectures from the University's English Dept are now available from January to March plus two July courses on Woolf & Bronte. The details are on the links.

- Petworth House (National Trust) from 13 January - 25 March 2018, William Blake in Sussex: Visions of Albion is the first exhibition to explore Blake’s relationship with Sussex, described as the ‘sweetest spot on Earth’ while he lived in a cottage in Felpham between 1800 and 1803. This unique exhibition features over 50 loans from such prestigious collections as the British Museum, V&A and Tate and celebrates his visionary works inspired by the county, the only place outside of London where he ever lived. Entry £16. Details are on the Events page.
As part of the William Blake in Sussex exhibition we will also be displaying the original drawings by the author and President of the Blake Society, Philip Pullman, made for his best-selling His Dark Materials.
They are also running a group package with Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey, because of the connection between G. F. Watts and William Blake. Groups of 15 - 20 people would visit Watts Gallery in the morning followed by a visit to the exhibition at Petworth from 2pm. Cost £20. Details are on the Events page.

SUN U3As can request venue funding from the SUN committee, if they are hosting an event involving three or more other member U3As. See the 'Our U3as' page for details.

Planning is underway for a SUN event in Brighton, 2019, for member U3As to display their 2018 work on 'Sussex Myths and Spirits'. Further details will be available.

A new speaker system has been purchased for SUN meetings.

An All Sussex U3A Quiz is currently being planned as a knock out competition between SUN U3As. Details to come.

Free Workshops from national office on 3 topics: Managing Your U3A, Planning Ahead and Participatory Learning.
NB.There are new formats being developed for these workshops and others, on topical subjects, will be available in 2018.
U3As can apply to organise one of these if they include at least 4 other U3As and more than 25 attendees & up to 60 max. Costs are covered by national office including the facilitator, venue hire, lunch and refreshments.(Approx. £8 pp organised by host U3A). No money handling as all invoices go directly to TAT and Eventbrite will handle the registrations. Details are on 'Our U3As' page - download the 'National Request Workshops' PDF.

'Action on Hearing Loss' is a charity that gives free advice to U3As on hearing disability with grants available for suitable sound systems/ hearing loops.

Cheap Display Boards. For interest group displays on Open Days, several U3As use white trifold cardboard display boards (48" X 36"). At £5 each from Hobbycraft, they are free standing, portable and fold flat.They can be reused if display material is attached with masking tape on the back (roll small pieces of tape back on themselves to stick both surfaces.

- Charitable Status Following discussion at the AGM, here is information from the Third Age Trust (February 2016):
All U3As, as members of the Trust, have charitable constitutions with charitable objects/purposes, based on the model provided by the Trust. In England and Wales, all U3As are charitable organisations whether registered or not. Registration with the Charity Commission is mandatory once their annual income exceeds £5000 pa., but does not affect the charitable status. Look at the information on the Charity Commission's website on
From L.Hodson at The Third Age Trust.
Registered Office Address 19 East Street Bromley BR1 1QE.
Registered Charity (England and Wales) No. 288007.

- Reminder that discounted software is available for purchase via The Third Age Trust or U3As, with charity status, can go to (TTcExchange) for a wide range of discounted software.