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
Remaining Programme for 2016:
- Friday 4th November 2016 -Hosted by Wider World
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 2016 are:
- 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:
- Wednesday 14th September 2016
- 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
24 Hour Legal Advice is available for U3A members from First Assist.
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
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: email@example.com
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
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART IN SCIENCE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX?
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 email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prof. J. Simner, School of Psychology, Sussex University
Prof. J. Ward, School of Psychology, Sussex University
Forthcoming events for your diary
New ENVIRONMENT GROUP
Meetings Held: Monthly On The First Wednesday Of The Month 10am –
We have places available on Monday pm, Tuesday pm, Wednesday pm and Thursday pm.
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
Sylvia Shortland: email@example.com
Pam Howard: firstname.lastname@example.org
(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.
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
PHOTOGRAPHY ON HOOF
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: email@example.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.
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
Free parking at rear of building
Please contact Neil Johnson: 07976-260710 Email: Neil@whitecranefightingarts.com Website:
JAZZ APPRECIATION GROUP (Closed)
After ten years leading the successful Jazz Appreciation Group, Howard Marchant has
decided to step down, as no one else came forward to lead the group, it has unfortunately
had to close. The group members expressed their gratitude to Howard at the final
meeting on Friday 10th June. The Convenor, Iris Green organised a collection from
the members and gifts were presented at the end of the afternoon.