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.
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 TBA
- Friday 29th September -Hosted by TBA
U3A OPEN QUARTERLY MEETINGS
These are held for all members every three months in Clair Hall from 2.00 to 4.00pm
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:
Date and Time - Tuesday 24th January at 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue - Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
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 2016 are:
- Thursday 1st December 2016
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
email@example.com. 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
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.
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 note that the closing date for entries in the next Newsletter is 15 December
ELECTED OFFICERS & COMMITTEE MEMBERS
These are listed together with their contact details on the Memberspage.
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
The Christmas Tree festival will again be held at The Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield
from the 9th – 11th December and our U3A will have a decorated tree.
U3A will take part as follows:
2.30pm Friday - Instrumental Group
3.00pm Friday - Choir Group
U3A Christmas Concert
The U3A Christmas concert will take place on Saturday December 10th in the Methodist
Church, Wesley Hall, Perrymount Road, starting at 2pm and finishing around 3.30pm.
Tea will be available at the end. There will be a seasonal mixture of music, literary
items and audience carols. The concert concludes with the joyful music of Vivaldi's
Gloria by the choir and soloists.
Familly History Group 1 has closed.
A new Family History Group ‘The New Family History Group’ has been formed’. For
details please click on the Groups Tab at the top and click opn the new Group