University where ‘no qualifications are given’ celebrates its 35th birthday

A U3A Brighton and Hove trip abroad
A U3A Brighton and Hove trip abroad

A Brighton and Hove learning co-operative will be celebrating its 35th anniversary next month.

Brighton and Hove U3A (University of the Third Age) provides social, sporting, and educational classes and activities for its members.

Members of U3A which is celebrating its 35th anniversary

Members of U3A which is celebrating its 35th anniversary

Sessions are run by volunteers and ‘students’ pay a yearly fee to attend.

Brighton and Hove’s branch has more than 650 members, all of whom are ‘retired from full-time work but in no way retired from life’.

With more than 70 activity groups to choose from, the co-operative hopes to prevent loneliness and boredom amongst older generations and promote a positive approach to ageing in Brighton and Hove and beyond.

U3A Brighton was formed in 1984 and became the 100th branch in the UK. Today, there are more than 1,000 U3A branches across the UK.

U3A members brave the rain during a day trip

U3A members brave the rain during a day trip

On November 1, the group will celebrate its 35th anniversary at The Old Ship Hotel.

The city’s mayor, Alexandra Phillips, will attend the event to deliver a city’s welcome address and thank U3A for their services to elderly members of society.