PATCHAM  U3A

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What is the University of the Third Age (U3A)?

What is U3A all about?

The U3A movement was founded over 35 years ago and its main aim is to encourage groups of people in their “third age” to meet together to continue their enjoyment of subjects and things which have interested them in the past or may prove to interest them in the future. Go to their website to learn more.

What is your “third age”? 

Loosely it is any time in your life when you have the opportunity to pursue your own interest. It is primarily aimed at those no longer in full time employment or raising a family.  From the start the guiding principle was to promote learning through self help interest groups. These might cover any subject or topic of interest to members. The guiding principle was to be self help and self funding, and based on collaborative learning. Members were to be encouraged to learn from each other with all members of a group contributing to the learning process.

From its beginnings in 1981 the movement has expanded rapidly and at the end of 2016 U3A reached the milestone of 1000 groups.

Our local U3A in Patcham

Patcham U3A aims to cover people living in the Patcham/Westdene/Withdean areas of Brighton though we do have members from further afield, and also collaborate with other local U3As. For more information on our activities click the items in the menu.



Special interest groups

We have a number of groups, details of which can be found by clicking here. We rely on the enthusiasm of members to introduce more groups and will offer help and advice to anyone prepared to have a go!

Monday meetings

Our weekly meeting on a Monday afternoon takes place in Patcham Memorial Hall. We have a programme of speakers or a discussion of current affairs.


Sussex U3A Network

The Sussex U3A Network (SUN) is a collaboration between all U3As in West and East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. It organises additional activities and outings which may be beyond the resources of individual groups such as study days, workshops and festivals. SUN also collaborates with U3As in Surrey and Kent. For more information, click SUN to go to their website