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

Last updated on 19 March 2018


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.


Programme for 2018:





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 2018 are:


Venue: Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

Time: 2.00 4.30pm

- Wednesday 11th July 2018, talk by Mike Bunn is entitled ‘Paris and the Ile-de-France


- Monday 8th October 2018 – there is a performance by Hurstpierpoint College Big Band.


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/ 8 are:


- Wednesday 13th June 2018

- Thursday 13th September 2018

- Monday 3rd December 2018




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.


If you require any further information about the groups please email Mike Gardiner – Groups’ Coordinator – hhu3agroups@gmail.com  or Tel: 01444-482559

  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,

U3A National Office,

52 Lant Street,

London SE1 1RB

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.


TAT Newsletter: U3A Members can sign up for the TAT Newsletter on the latter website.

  Forthcoming events for your diary



Our HH U3A 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 our next Newsletter is 28th May 2018,


U3A HQ Newsletters - these are available via the link to the archive at https://www.u3a.org.uk/about/newsletter


 Sussex U3A Network  - SUN

 Third Age Trust (TAT)

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.


Further information about SUN can be found under the SUN tab at top of this page or by clicking here.


SUN Rep:  Diana Cawdery 01444 484560



Sergison Arms Pub HH



Tues April 3rd 2.30pm - You are invited to the Art Appreciation Meeting at 2.30pm in the Methodist church, Haywards Heath when we will have an outside speaker who will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Development of Landscape Painting’. There will be a charge of £1.


Wed May 16th - The South East Forum has been running annual conferences for many years. The South East Forum Conference 2018 will be held at the Meridian Hall, East Grinstead on Wednesday 16th May and members of all U3As across the region are very welcome. The full details of Conference 2018 and a Conference 2018 Poster are available by clicking to get the downloads. We look forward to seeing many members at the conference.  


Summer Schools

Mon Jun 18th - Thu Jun 21st The South East Forum Summer School runs at the University of Chichester from Monday 18th June to Thursday 21st June 2018. You can download a Summer School 2018 Flyer or a Summer School 2018 Poster by clicking on these links. Full details of all thirteen courses and an application form were posted in mid-November and can be downloaded by clicking on the links.


Tues April 24th, 2-4pm  - Fauré's Requiem plus some other choral favourites sung by the Brandenburg choirs.

In case you don't receive the U3A newsletter, your attention is drawn to this lovely concert to be held at Temple Church, London, in association with U3A. Your comments are listened to and recognise that many especially like afternoon concerts, so that you can get to London easily and either get home before the rush, or to make a day of it and have dinner out in town.


If you would like to arrange a group with other U3As, please contact as below, or follow the Brandenburg link for other bookings, and we will be glad to help.

Charlotte Way, Tel: 01483 385879 or 075 1305 1992


The link for this concert is:  http://www.brandenburg.org.uk/bcf-concerts/2018/4/24/faur-requiem-by-candlelight



Earn Commission For Your U3A

If U3A members book their holiday with Riviera Travel they will donate 10% of the final cost to our U3A.

NB: you must mention the name of your U3A when you book and they do advertise in Third Age Matters.

JAZZ Group

This Group closed in June 2016 due to a lack of Group leader. If any member of U3A would like to resurrect this Group and needs help they should contact Howard Marchant Tel: 01444-450140 who will be pleased to provide information and guidance.