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About us     

If you are retired or semi-retired, live in Chichester or the surrounding villages and communities, and seek to come together with like-minded people to share knowledge and experience, learn new skills or more about your local area and get to know a wider circle of interesting people, then you have come to the right place.

Chichester U3A is an exciting self-help movement for people in the Third Age who live in or near the City.  It offers the opportunity to pursue learning for sheer enjoyment and for its own sake.  It is a self-funded Educational Charity.

We are a lively and friendly group offering a wide range of creative, study, physical and leisure activities.

Why should I join?

You will be able attend our talks, participate in any number of our Interest Groups, and when life returns to normal we will resume our Visits programme 

The rewards of your membership are in learning, participation and making friends. Members are encouraged to participate as learners or teachers/leaders. Each member has access to a full programme listing groups, times, dates, venues, plus leaders’ contact details.

How do I join?

There are no examinations or entry qualifications, and none are awarded.

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn so there is no distinction between leaders and learners. Groups run on a self-help basis and are fully self-financing.

To find out about becoming a member click here.

How does this U3A work?

Each U3A runs its own affairs according to its own constitution, in accordance with local members’ wishes and by their voluntary efforts. Courses are intellectually stimulating, physically beneficial and/or just good fun. In a nutshell it’s a club for ‘Recreation, Education and Companionship’ for Third Agers. You don’t just join Chichester U3A, you ‘join in’.

Chichester U3A has over 850 members and supports over 90 groups, the main operating part of the U3A here. These Groups are organised into 12 categories from Arts and Crafts, through Health and Fitness, History to Social; there’s something for everyone in their Third Age. See the list of groups here.

We also run Monthly Meetings with speakers on Zoom, a monthly Quiz and, when life returns to normal, monthly Coffee Mornings – a great way to get to know more about the U3A, and other social events including a Christmas lunch

Chichester U3A is a member of the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) which organises a variety of specialist meetings as well as a Summer School.

What are the age limits?

There is no age limit for membership, but activities are aimed at mature people not in full-time employment who wish to share in educational, recreational, social and/or creative activities.

How much does it cost?

The 2020-21 annual membership fee is £18 (or £14.50 if you are already a member of another U3A). Some groups make a small additional charge to cover the cost of venue hire, printed matter and other expenses. Some are completely free.

How do I keep up to date?

Look around this website. Most of the information is free to browse. As a member you will get full access to the various groups, a weekly emailed bulletin informing you of upcoming events,

How can I find out more?

Visit our ‘Contact Us’ page where you will find a set of options. Click the one for you and fill in the form. You will also find a snail mail address there if you don’t have email.