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
Information leaflets for Haywards Heath U3A are available from Haywards Heath Library.
Click here for a membership application form or contact the membership secretary
Michelle Burdis on 07517 028626.
The website includes details of events put on by the national organisation around
Our U3A Motto:
“We learn at leisure and study for pleasure”
Who are we?
Last updated on 18 March 2019
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 2019:
Friday 29th March, 10am . Hosted by Understanding Russia, with also a talk by Catherine
Goode of Macmillan Cancer Support
Friday 31st May, 10am. Hosted by French Day to Day 2.
U3A OPEN QUARTERLY MEETINGS
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 2019 are:
Venue: Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
Time: 2.00 4.30pm
Admission is just £1 to include tea and biscuits, everyone is welcome.
10th April. AGM followed by a talk by John Field
10th July talk by Janet Parsons
7th October talk by Peter Leigh
Quarterly meetings are held in the Function Suite, Clair Hall at 9.45am for Group
Leaders and Convenors. The dates for 2019 are:
- Monday 11th March
- Tuesday 11th June
- Wednesday 11th September
- Thursday 12th December
U3A INSURANCE POLICIES
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.
24 HOUR LEGAL ADVICE
Arc Legal Assistance - U3A Helpline
The details are as follows:-
Arc Legal Assistance in partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Telephone number 0344 770 1040
Quote - U3A Legal Helpline
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
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
If you require any further information about the groups please email Mike Gardiner
– Groups’ Coordinator – email@example.com Tel: 01444-482559
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The centre is open Mon-Thurs from 9.30am-4pm.
U3A SUBJECT NETWORKS
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.
THIRD AGE MATTERS and SOURCES
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.
OTHER THIRD AGE TRUST SERVICES FOR 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
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.
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
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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.
AGM details now on members page - Agenda, minutes of the 2018 AGM and the Financial
Spring 2019 Newsletter now on members page (18/3/19)
New version of Groups information handbook now on members page (18/3/19)
Details of the March walk now on the Walks webpage (18/3/19)
Details of the March Saunters are now on the Saunters webpage (8/3/19)
Exploring London Group 1 is now open to new members (8/3/19)
Philosophy Group 3 meeting dates are changing - see the Philosophy webpage for details
There is a new book group - see the Book Club webpage (8/3/19)
A photo of the Recorder Consort playing is now on their webpage (8/3/19)
The Dressmaking group has been renamed Stitch and Knit as they now cover more than
The Mah Jong 2 group is now full. To find out details of the waiting list please
visit the Mah Jong webpage (15/2/19)
Details of 2019 SUN study days are now on the Sussex U3A Network tab above (15/2/19)