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 31 May 2016


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


Remaining Programme for 2016:

      - Friday 4th November 2016 - Hosted by Wider World



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 2016 are:


  -  Wednesday 13th July 2016

 -  Tuesday 11th October 2016

















Quarterly meetings are held in the Function Suite, Clair Hall at 9.45am for Group Leaders and Convenors. The dates for 2016 are:


- Tuesday 14th June 2016

-  Wednesday 14th September 2016

-  Thursday 1st December 2016





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 is available for U3A members from First Assist.

Details here.





















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 900 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.......

 Third Age Trust (TAT)

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.





Possible new Groups starting.


Canasta - Please contact Michelle:  michelle@microknight.co.uk


Cribbage  - Please contact Janet Davies: janetcdavies@hotmail.co.uk


Further details will be made available shortly.


The Sussex University Psychology department is looking for participants to take part in world-leading research which aims to investigate aspects of how our brains work later in life. If you would like to take part as a research participant in these interesting projects, please email us at studies@psychology.sussex.ac.uk, letting us know your name, date of birth and sex. Following your reply, we would simply invite you (via e-mail) to take part in further studies. These would typically involve completing a 10 minute questionnaire online, and possibly one or more other online tests. Sometimes we invite people to come to the university so we can test them in person, and in this case we would pay you for your time and provide your petrol or public transport costs. None of the tasks are harmful or stressful, and you could quit whenever you want without even having to give an explanation. You could choose to take part in some tests but not others, or simply have your contact details removed at any point. Participants typically enjoy taking part, and find the tests interesting.

The studies are being run by university Professors J. Simner and J. Ward who would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Our studies are ethically approved, and your personal details (name, etc.) would never be passed on to anybody else outside our research group and you would be referred to in any reports by an anonymous code, in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). We’re always happy to explain after testing exactly what we were aiming to find out and to answer any other questions you might have.  

If you would like to take part, we very much look forward to hearing from you (studies@psychology.sussex.ac.uk).


Prof. J. Simner, School of Psychology, Sussex University

Prof. J. Ward, School of Psychology, Sussex University





  Forthcoming events for your diary


TUESDAY 17th MAY 2016



Registration  9.30am, Commencing 11am - 4.30pm


The day was a great success and all present  enjoyed the day.



Open to Haywards Hearth & District U3A Members Only


WEDNESDAY 13th JULY 2016  2.00- 4.00pm

At Clair Hall, Perrymount RoAD, Haywards Heath



(The drama of Henry II and Thomas Beckett)

Speaker: Mark Perry-Nash


U3A Members and Guests Welcome

Entrance £1 to Include Refreshments





2.00- 4.00pm




At Methodist Church Perrymount RoAD, Haywards Heath


Tickets will be available nearer the time


THURSDAY 4h AUGUST 2.00 - 4.30PM






We have places available in our Monday afternoon and  Tuesday classes.


The lessons run for 10 weeks at a cost of £7.50 per class payable in advance:


Monday 25th April to 27th June

Tuesday 26th April to 28th June


If you are interested please email Sylvia and Pam to enable us both to pick up any messages.


Sylvia Shortland:  shortlandsylvia@hotmail.com

 Pam Howard:        pamelahow@talktalk.net  

(U3A Pilates Co-ordinators)


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 planned for 2016 appears here. Application forms will normally be available about six weeks in advance from  the SUN website.




New U3A  Group called ‘Photography on Hoof’ - details are below.


Louise Taylor would like to start this new Group.  If you would like to join please phone Louise in the evenings on 01444 453253 or email: ltaylor321@btinternet.com .  She explains:


As a former lecturer and examiner in Photography for City and Guilds and NVQs, I would like to lead a group which actively engages in outdoor photography. It would be a group for those with a basic knowledge of photography who are prepared to use their cameras creatively, ie. NOT ON POINT AND SHOOT, AUTO SETTINGS. It is expected that participants will know how to use their own cameras, lenses and other equipment.


We will travel to different locations to take: landscapes, seascapes, gardens, birds, street scenes, sports, festivals and anything else members of the group would like to photograph outdoors.


We could meet on a fortnightly basis in the early afternoon but the days may vary to suit the members of the Group or to fit in with events, ie. London to Brighton bike or Vintage Car rides, horse racing and so on.


The aims of the group will be: To make photography exciting; To further knowledge of how to compose a photograph;  To enhance understanding of the use of lighting;  To encourage participants to develop their own personal styles of photography;  For each participant to collate a body of work which will reflect the best of their photography, digitally or in print form.


I hope members will consider this an exciting opportunity to dust off their cameras.


Tai Chi


New Beginners Class starting
Monday 9th May from 12 noon to 1pm.

At United Services Club, Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4EG
Classes cost £5 per session.

Free parking at rear of building

Please contact Neil Johnson: 07976-260710



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