Haywards Heath & District U3A


U3A stands for University of the Third Age and is for people who want to keep active in mind and body, and are no longer in full time employment. No one has to stop learning just because they have stopped working.


There is first age learning at school, college and university, second age learning when skills are learnt at work and third age learning when people are free to choose what they learn. In U3A groups of people come together to study subjects of mutual interest. Learning is interpreted in its broadest sense and subjects do not have to be academic. Some people take up subjects they have not touched since their school days. Many more turn to things they have always wanted to do but never had the chance. U3A Members are typically busy people, leading at least as full and satisfying lives as when they worked full-time.  They have a continuing sense of achievement with something to look forward to every day.


The U3A is a self-help, self managed, lifelong learning co-operative with members participating in activities in numerous ways.  

Members share knowledge, skills and experience, and  contribute to the organisation by different means. Some enjoy giving talks and sharing their knowledge and others are prepared to help in administrative and practical ways.  


U3As are different from other educational establishments and courses in that:


- there is no curriculum – people learn what they wish

- there are no entrance qualifications – a desire to learn is all that is needed

- there are no exams or certificates – people enjoy  learning but do not need to prove they have done it

- there are no terms – U3A groups decide their own times to meet

- there is no campus – U3A groups often use members’ homes or rent public halls for meetings.


Information leaflets for Haywards Heath U3A are available from Haywards Heath Library.


Click here for a membership application form.


For more information on the National U3A click here www.u3a.org.uk



Our U3A Motto:

We learn at leisure and study for pleasure”

  Who are we?

  Regular Meetings

 Sussex U3A Network  - SUN

Last updated on 21 January 2017


Coffee mornings for members are arranged during the year in the Community Room at the Methodist Church in Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, from 10.00am  to 11.30am.

These are open to all members and guests, and different groups take it in turns to host these and use the opportunity to tell people about their activities.


Entry fee, to include refreshments, 50p


Programme for 2017:

     - Friday 31st March  - Hosted by Tai Chi Group

     - Friday 30th June  - Hosted by Christine Colbourne & the Instrumental Group

     - Friday 29th September  - Hosted by TBA



These are held for all members, their guests and members of the public’, and are held every three months and are advertised in our Newsletter. Sometimes there is an outside speaker on a topic of general interest, and at other meetings we may have several members talking about a special topic or on a particular theme. The dates for 2017 are:


Venue: Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

Date & Time: 2.00-4.30pm

- Tuesday  24th January  2017 (see details below)

- Tuesday April 11th – AGM  2pm

- Wednesday July 12th

- Monday October 2nd


24.1.17 - Talk: Ancient Mesopotamia by Peter Leigh


Peter is a former senior army officer who has served in many parts of the world including the Middle East.  He is a member and keen supporter of U3A and has given regular talks on IT to the Computer Group, and a number of talks to the Ancient Civilizations Group including Alexander the Great and Hannibal.  He ran a SUN Study day on Alexander the Great in 2013.


This talk on ‘Ancient Mesopotamia and the Dawn of Civilisation’ covers many of the extraordinary events that have occurred without which we would not be here today, living in an advanced civilisation.  In the first part of the talk Peter looks at the key events leading to the eventual emergence of the world’s first cities.  He then looks in more detail at Eridu, which many scientists believe to be the world’s first city.  He discusses its development from a simple, sun dried, clay brick place of worship to a great city with a huge temple.  He goes on the look at life in the early cities, the development of religion and the dramatic progress made towards the end of the fifth millennium BC.

He concludes his talk with The Flood and tells of a Chaldean account of the Flood written before the account in Genesis and looks also at some of the archaeological evidence of this event.

The talk includes a number of video clips and a large number of fascinating slides.


This talk is sure to be of interest to anyone who has ever wondered where we came from and how we came to be a here today.


Admission is just £1 to include tea and biscuits, everyone is welcome."

















Quarterly meetings are held in the Function Suite, Clair Hall at 9.45am for Group Leaders and Convenors. The dates for 2017 are:


- Monday 13th March

- Tuesday 13th June

- Wednesday 6th September

- Thursday 7th December





Group Leaders, Conveners and Members are advised to read the document “Overview of  The Insurance Policies Provided by the Third Age Trust for U3As”, an updated version of which has recently been received from the Third Age Trust. It is recommended that you take copies for yourselves and compare with copies previously handed out. This document is available in pdf format here.



Arc Legal Assistance - U3A Helpline


The details are as follows:-


Arc Legal Assistance in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors


Telephone number 0344 770 1040


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The Virtual U3A (vU3a), which went live in January 2009, is an online-only U3A, affiliated to the Third Age Trust. One of its principal aims is to provide the U3A experience for those who are rendered isolated in some way by circumstances or geography and unable to play a full part in a terrestrial U3A. More information is available on the public website www.vu3a.org where one can also apply for membership. Why not pay it a visit? And if you know of anyone who might benefit, please pass the information on.

  General U3A Notices


Haywards Heath & District U3A now has over 1000 members and over 80 groups covering a broad range of interests.


Click here for the complete list of our groups with links to their meeting days and venues.


  What’s new.......

The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for U3As in the UK.   It underpins the work of local U3As by providing educational and administrative support to their management committees and to individual members and assists in the development of new U3As across the UK. It is managed by a National Executive Committee and is funded mainly by annual subscriptions paid by U3As on a per capita basis, with the occasional grant for a specific purpose.

U3As are independently managed charitable associations with their own constitutions. Membership of the Third Age Trust is a requirement in order to use the U3A name and logo both of which are protected but once registered, providing the aims and guiding principles of the organisation are adhered to, local U3As are self governing.The Third Age Trust is based in Bromley and contact details are as follows:-

The Third Age Trust,

The Old Municipal Buildings,

19 East Street,

Bromley, Kent BR1 1QE

Tel 020 8466 6139    Email: national.office@u3a.org.uk  

Website: www.u3a.org.uk



The Third Age Trust runs a Resource Centre for members and there is an excellent collection of colour slides, videos and DVDs which may be borrowed. For further information see the website or tel: 020 8315 0199. Email address is

resource.centre@u3a.org.uk. The centre is open Mon-Thurs from 9.30am-4pm.




There are a number of National Subject Advisers who are available to give support to U3A groups throughout the country. You can contact these advisors directly on the Third Age Trust website and download the latest subject newsletters or see list in Third Age Matters.




The magazine, Third Age Matters is produced five times a year and contains information about U3A nationally and about the activities of local branches.

The  publication called Sources is published three times a year and each edition concentrates on a specific topic and provides useful information to groups.

Both of these publications are sent direct to members.




Residential Summer Schools are run in various parts of the country and online courses are available for members to access. For further information see the Third Age Trust website.



 Third Age Trust (TAT)

  Forthcoming events for your diary

SUN is an organisation to which all Sussex U3As belong.  Representatives from all Sussex U3As meet to discuss matters of interest and exchange ideas. It also provides contact with our regional representative on the Third Age Trust committee.


More information here.




One of the important functions that SUN performs is to organise study days. These are presented by experts in their field and are normally run on Saturdays at various locations in the county.   A list of the Study Days for 2017 can be accessed by clicking on the Sussex U3A Network tab at the top of the page.






Our Newsletters are listed on the MEMBERS page and can be read by L-clicking on them and entering the Username and Password, which are case sensitive.


Please send articles to newsletter@haywardsheathu3a.org.uk


Please note that the closing date for entries in the next Newsletter is 15 February 2017,




These are listed together with their contact details on the Members page.

Groups Closed

Art Appreciation 2

Familly History 1

Italian 3


Spanish Intermediate


Group Changes

A new Family History Group called ‘The New Family History Group’ has been formed’.  For details please click on the Groups Tab at the top and click open the new Group.

German Intermediate Group is now  called German Beginners Group