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Brighton & Hove u3a Groups

A Non-religious Hist. of Chris     

Meets Wednesdays
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact Group-74@brightonandhoveu3a.org
Details This course tracks the factual history of Christianity from the birth of Christ to the present day. The facts can be quite surprising, find out why Jesus couldn’t have been a carpenter and why Peter and Paul never did get along together.

Adv. Italian Culture & Convers     

Meets Mondays
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 17:00 to 18:30
Contact NULL
Details Together we explore articles from topical Italian newspapers, magazines as well as reading an Italian novel for enjoyment and discussion. New members most welcome.

Advanced Spanish Conversation     

Meets Wednesdays
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:30
Contact NULL
Details A conversation group conducted entirely in Spanish for those with a sound working knowledge of the language. Members take it in turn to lead a session, introducing a subject for discussion.

Afternoon Tea Group     

Meets NULL
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Normally starts 14:30 to 16:30
Contact NULL
Details Afternoon tea, in cafés across the City, all easily accessible by public transport. There is a choice of two dates each month, each meeting will be limited in numbers dependent on the size of the café. Most cafés chosen can accommodate up to 12 people.

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Art Appreciation     

Meets Fridays - Fortnightly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 13:00 to 14:30
Contact NULL
Details The Art Appreciation Group holds lively discussions about artists and exhibitions that are currently showing in London and the Sussex area, making use of videos and other online resources.

Art Club     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Tuesdays
Venue Unitarian Church Hall - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Contact NULL
Details All are welcome to try their hand at art, whether you are an absolute beginner or a completely competent artist. It is not a course so just come along as you want.

Badminton     

Meets Mondays - Weekly
Venue King Alfred Leisure Centre - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:00
Contact NULL
Details Four courts are available for badminton players of all levels, including those who may be a bit rusty but preferably not for beginners. You will need your own racquet. There is a £20 per year surcharge for this group.

Book to Film Noir     

Meets Tuesdays - Monthly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 12:30 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details Generally within the Film Noir genre, individual books that have been adapted for the screen. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the Director’s interpretation.

Books and Beyond     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Monday - 4th Monday of the month
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:30
Contact NULL
Details Discussion centres on the political, historical and social context of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, their characterisation and narrative style.

Bridge     

Meets Mondays - Weekly
Venue The Sussex
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Contact NULL
Details A group aimed at those with at least one year’s experience of basic ACOL bidding and play to include Stayman and Transfer Protocols, meeting in a social setting to enjoy playing and improving their bridge play.

Built Environment     

Meets Wednesdays - Monthly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
Contact NULL
Details Members of the Group present talks on architects and architectural styles – from Ancient sites to modern concepts and materials. Group is also available by Zoom.

Canasta Club     

Meets NULL
Venue Fitz Regent
Contact NULL
Details The Canasta Club was formed in May. The manager at the Fitz is likely to change and our future there is dependent on the new manager. If you are interested in joining us, do get in touch with Michael.

Chair Yoga     

Meets Thursday - Weekly
Venue Unitarian Church Hall - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:45
Contact NULL
Details A number of straight- forward yoga exercises for those who need to strengthen and/or loosen a range of muscles.

Classic Cars     

Meets Wednesdays - Monthly
Venue 
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details A new group meeting informally and supporting local classic car events.

Committee     

Meets 
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 00:10 to 00:12
Contact 
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Creative Writing     

Meets Fridays - Monthly on 4th Friday
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 11:00 to 13:00
Contact NULL
Details This will be a small group for those interested in writing ‘substantial’ pieces of creative written work: novels or novellas, although shorter works such as short stories would be covered. We would discuss some aspect of the writing process and reinforce it with exercises. Participants, who need no previous skill level, would review each other’s submissions.

Crime Fiction     

Meets Last Thursday - Monthly
Venue Fitz Regent
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details A monthly discussion of a set crime novel: Aug 29 Graham Bartlett Bad for Good Sept 26 Jo Callaghan In the Blink of an Eye Oct 31 Fred Vargas This Poison will Remain Nov 28 L J Ross Holy Island During good weather, the group is help at Pavilion Cafe

Cryptic Crosswords     

Meets Thursdays - Fortnightly
Venue Rust Cafe - map
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details This group is intended for people who already enjoy cryptic crosswords and involves the even greater pleasure of doing them in small groups.

Culture- Conversation- French     

Meets Fridays Weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
Contact NULL
Details For those who are comfortable speaking French but are not necessarily fluent. The emphasis will be on spoken French on topics suggested by members, with grammar input from time to time.

Discussion Group     

Meets Tuesday - Weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:00
Contact NULL
Details Each week a volunteer from the group leads a discussion a huge variety of subjects followed by an informal exchange of views.

Drawing Class     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Monday, weekly in two 6 week blocks
Venue Unitarian Church Hall - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:30
Contact NULL
Details No previous experience necessary. Please bring a range of pencils, B to 5B and an A3 drawing pad.

Film Group - Evenings     

Meets First Tuesday - Monthly
Venue Fitz Regent
Normally starts 18:00 to 19:30
Contact NULL
Details Members, individually, or in small pre-arranged groups, go to current screenings of films at the cinema or watch releases on various streaming platforms. We then meet monthly to discuss and critique films seen,

Film Group Afternoons     

Meets Wednesdays, first wednesday of month
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details A monthly meeting for cinema fans to discuss films suggested by the group. Even if you haven’t managed to watch a film, you are welcome to come along to the meeting.

French Conversation - Brighton     

Meets Fridays weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 11:00
Contact NULL
Details Ideal for members who wish to brush up their French in order to take part in more complex conversations.

French Conversation Hove     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Tuesday, weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 15:30 to 17:00
Contact NULL
Details This group aims to improve French conversational skills and the ability to listen to and be understood by native French speakers.

French Discussion 1     

Meets Thursdays - Monthly
Venue Member's home
Normally starts 18:00 to 19:30
Contact NULL
Details The group explores current affairs in France and French-speaking countries. The sessions will be in French. For members who are fluent in French or are native speakers.

French Discussion 2     

Meets Thursday - Monthly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 15:15 to 17:15
Contact NULL
Details The group explores current affairs in France and French-speaking countries. The sessions will be in French. For members with at least a good A-Level in French.

French Improvers     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Monday - weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details This friendly and welcoming group is suitable for anyone with at least a basic knowledge of French who would like to improve their ability to understand and communicate in the language. We use a variety of podcasts, videos and texts, and provide opportunities for conversation and discussion; although there is some teaching and revision of key language structures, our approach is primarily collaborative and can be adapted to the needs of participants.

Geography 2     

Meets Wednesdays - 2nd Wednesday of the month
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 16:45 to 17:45
Contact NULL
Details Geography is essentially a study of the Earth: its atmosphere, its surface….and what lies beneath. It has different branches, such as biogeography and political geography, and many of these will be explored.

Geography 3     

Meets Wednesday - Third Wednesday of the Month
Venue 
Normally starts 16:45 to 17:45
Contact NULL
Details Geography is essentially a study of the Earth: its atmosphere, its surface….and what lies beneath. It has different branches, such as biogeography and political geography, and many of these will be explored.

German Improvers     

Meets Wednesdays - Weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 15:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details German Improvers machen Fortschritte, obwohl im gemächlichen Tempo. Teilnehmer werden gezwungen, einem Kursbuch und den Abstechern des Lehrers zu folgen. Aber Sinn der Sache ist, dass man Spaß dabei hat!

German Advanced     

Meets Thursday - Weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details Wir sind eine Gruppe für diejenigen, die schon einige Deutschkenntnisse besitzen, auch wenn mit einer dünnen Schicht Rost bedeckt. Hauptsache ist, dass man Interesse an der deutschsprachigen Kultur hat und dass man weiterlernen will.

German Beginners     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Monday - weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 15:15 to 16:15
Contact NULL
Details This is part two of a class which started in September 2023. New learners with some German or who are willing to work hard to catch up are welcome to join. We are half-way through the textbook Willkommen 1. This is a fun, interactive course with plenty of reading, listening, speaking and writing practice (plus some grammar and some singing!). Do come along, have fun and improve your German!

Green Conversation     

Meets Monday - Monthly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:30 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details A chance for members to share their thoughts about environmental issues and climate change. We inspire conversation with presentations by group members on various topics. We also organise outings to places of interest from time to time. Group also available on zoom

Guitar Advanced     

Meets Wednesday Weekly
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 10:35 to 11:45
Contact NULL
Details This group is for people who have been playing for at least a couple of years, have a good knowledge of chords and can read and play guitar pieces of moderate difficulty.

Guitar For Improvers     

Meets Wednesdays Weekly
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 09:15 to 10:30
Contact NULL
Details This group is for those who are not complete beginners but who are able to strum a few simple chords and can read and play simple tunes. These sessions will aim to improve playing ability and extend repertoires.

History Of Hove     

Meets Wednesday - monthly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details A monthly group for people interested in learning more about the Hove’s history. A mutual learning opportunity with members pursuing and sharing their own particular interests in Hove’s history.

History Walks - A     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets various days - Six weekly
Venue 
Normally starts 11:00 to 13:00
Contact NULL
Details Join Peter on guided tours of up to two hours in which we discover the story of Brighton & Hove’s historical development and the people and places which were part of that story. Other local towns may also be visited. Walks are every 6 weeks, dates will be advised to members.

History Walks - B     

Meets Thursday - Monthly on the 2nd Thursday.
Venue 
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
Contact NULL
Details Stephen’s walks will explore the history and architecture of the City and the people who lived here. Some walks will focus on specific districts; others will follow a theme, such as shops or cinemas. Details of the walks will be advised to members

Hove Book Group - A     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Tuesdays - Monthly on 1st Tuesday
Venue Central United Reformed Church - map
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details This friendly and informal group meets monthly to discuss a wide range of books, chosen by members of the group.

Hove Book Group - B     

Meets Tuesdays - Monthly
Venue Member's home
Normally starts 17:00 to 18:30
Contact NULL
Details This friendly and informal group meets monthly to discuss a wide range of books, chosen by members of the group. Do contact James if you are interested.

International Travel     

Meets Mondays - Monthly mainly on last Monday of month
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 11:00 to 13:00
Contact NULL
Details This group will examine and discuss all new developments in the travel industry from hotels, airlines, care hire, insurance and many other aspects of tourism. Learning from each other’s experiences and sharing useful facts.

Italian Improvers     

Meets Friday - Weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:30
Contact Mick O'Connell
Details The group will be using an Italian reader (book) to improve and enhance members’ knowledge of Italian and skill in speaking it.

Jazz Appreciation     

Meets Tuesday - monthly on 1st Tuesday
Venue Unitarian Church Hall - map
Normally starts 13:30 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details We examine a cross section of American, European and British Jazz through recorded sounds, DVD, YouTube clips, along with occasional guest speakers and live performances.

Local History     

Meets Wednesday - Weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 12:30 to 13:30
Contact NULL
Details We share and increase our knowledge of the history of Brighton and Hove with long-term residents and newcomers. Group also available on zoom

Music And Memories     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Mondays - Fortnightly
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details An informal group, where we listen to a range of music and memories in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In each session a volunteer will select and provide, their musical choices for everyone to share.

Music Appreciation     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Thursday - Fortnightly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 10:15 to 12:15
Contact NULL
Details This is a friendly, informal group which listens to mostly classical music. The first hour is planned, either by the group leader or by a willing member of the group. After a short break we return to play short pieces that members have chosen to bring in.

Operatunity     

Meets Thursdays weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details This opera appreciation group welcomes those who are already familiar with opera and also those who want to become familiar with it. The main purpose is to enjoy it through a shared experience.

Philosophy     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Thursday fortnightly
Venue 
Normally starts 15:15 to 16:45
Contact NULL
Details We’ll be covering the origins of philosophy, namely classical Greek – pre-Socratic, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Then a look at Descartes, before moving on to some themes with a modern approach.

Photography     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Wednesday - Fortnightly
Venue 
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Contact NULL
Details Taking and editing photos with mobile phone has become the device of choice and many more photos are taken with smart phones than have ever been taken with a camera. The group will be given a theme for the photos every two weeks and we help to give you some tools to enhance your photos. The group meets outside.

Pilates     

Meets Wednesdays Weekly
Venue Central United Reformed Church - map
Normally starts 10:45 to 11:45
Contact 07788 716 244
Details Classes are suitable for intermediate and advanced level students – subject to a satisfactory medical questionnaire and space being available. Please email for full details.

Play Reading     

Meets Thursdays - Weekly
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details This is a non-performance group and members collectively decide on texts to be read. These are sourced from library stocks and online resources using tablets, laptops or even smartphones. The group is also developing a social side and we are enjoying the discussion prompted by our reading.

Poetry Group 1     

  We regret that this group is full.
   
Meets Tuesday - Weekly
Venue Member's home
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Contact NULL
Details A poetry study group where each person actively plays their part (and may be called to make the coffee!)

Poetry Group 2     

Meets Tuesdays - Fortnightly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 15:45 to 17:45
Contact NULL
Details A poetry study group where each member takes it in turns to choose and give a short presentation on a poet, leading to further readings and discussions of that poet's work by all members.

Pop-Up Groups     

Meets Wednesdays - occasional
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
Contact 
Details 

Recorder Group     

Meets Thursdays - Weekly
Venue Hove Methodist Church - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details This group welcomes those who already play the recorder or those who have experience on other instruments and would like to join us.

Roman History     

Meets Wednesdays - Weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
Contact NULL
Details The course takes a broad-based view of the history of ancient Rome. It covers more than a thousand years of the Kingdom, Republic and Empire and is necessarily selective!

Science and Engineering     

Meets Monday - Fortnightly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:30
Contact NULL
Details Drawing on members’ knowledge and other information to consider questions of a broadly scientific and engineering nature.

Scottish Country Dancing     

Meets Tuesday
Venue Unitarian Church Hall - map
Normally starts 16:00 to 17:30
Contact NULL
Details A light-hearted enjoyable way to keep healthy. Join the Scottish Country Dancing class and learn a variety of dances.

Scrabble     

Meets Wednesday - Weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 15:30 to 17:30
Contact NULL
Details A chance to play Scrabble at all levels in a friendly group, with tea and biscuits half-way through.

Skylark Bird Watching     

Meets Monday - Monthly on 2nd Monday
Venue 
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details Learn how to recognise species of British birds by sight and sound through regular zoom sessions, followed up by field visits to various habitats with experienced birdwatcher Lynn Beun of the local RSPB. The visits need to be booked. Contact Lynn for details

Social Group     

Meets Various Days - Monthly
Venue Fitz Regent
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details Regular Coffee mornings FOR ALL MEMBERS held to suggest/discuss arranging activities for which bookings can be taken; or find out about our different groups. Non-members of u3a are welcome to come along and chat with us. Cost £3 for refreshments.

Spanish Conversation     

Meets Wednesday - Weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details This is a learning and conversation group for Spanish speakers at an intermediate level. We support one another in an accepting and helpful environment.

Sussex History Through Churche     

Meets Wednesday - Fortnightly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 10:00 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details The history of a village can always be found in its church, but you need to know how to read it. This course shows you how to do just that. We will also look at mediaeval history in general and take field trips to interesting churches when possible

Table-Tennis Beginners     

Meets Monday - Weekly
Venue King Alfred Leisure Centre - map
Normally starts 12:15 to 13:15
Contact NULL
Details An informal group, meeting to play table-tennis, mixed abilities are all welcome. Bats are not provided so please bring your own. £10 pa surcharge for this group.

Tai Chi Continuing Group     

Meets Tuesdays - Weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 12:00 to 13:00
Contact NULL
Details This course is open only to those who have completed the introductory course.

Tai Chi Introductory Group     

Meets Tuesdays - Weekly
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 11:00 to 12:00
Contact NULL
Details 

The Power in Ageing     

Meets Thursday for three weeks
Venue Friends' Meeting House - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact Adam Duncan info@life-stage.org
Details This is a 3-week course of 2-hour sessions of which 90 minutes will be a formal talk and the remaining 30 of informal chat.

Ukulele Group     

Meets Wednesdays - Weekly
Venue Pavilion Court Lounge
Normally starts 10:30 to 12:30
Contact NULL
Details All-comers are welcome to join the Ukulele group – no experience necessary! We will start with learning a few simple chords and rhythms and use them to play and sing songs. After we’ve mastered the basics we may increase the level of difficulty but are unlikely to rival Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Upwords     

Meets Monday - Monthly 2nd Monday of the month
Venue Cornerstone Community Centre - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details Upwords is like Scrabble but building upwards in 3D – easy to learn with tuition given. Small, friendly group.

US Politics     

Meets Mondays - Weekly
Venue Kemp Town Crypt - map
Normally starts 14:00 to 15:00
Contact NULL
Details This course will cover the run-up to the presidential election on 5 November. We shall be looking back over the last two years since the mid-sessionals and follow the day-to-day developments up to the election and, the implications for the States and the world of the vote.

Walking Group 1     

Meets Various Days - Monthly
Venue 
Contact NULL
Details Walks are up to 5 miles and are accessible by public transport. Dates vary, but there will be one weekday walk and one Sunday walk every month.

Walking Group 2     

Meets Various Days - Twice Monthly
Venue 
Normally starts 10:00 to 00:00
Contact NULL
Details Walks are usually 6 – 8 miles at a reasonable pace, led by a member of the group. Terrain may vary. Lifts to our out-of-the-way places can be arranged. Usually walks will end near a pub. These are offered all the year round. Fortnightly On 1st Friday and 3rd Thursday of every month

Walking Group 3     

Meets 2nd and 4th Fridays
Venue 
Contact NULL
Details We are a friendly, welcoming group who walk 10 – 12 miles twice a month. We aim at a reasonable pace in order to cover the distance in daylight through the winter months but we tend to be slow uphill. We carry a picnic lunch and meeting points are generally accessible by public transport. From time to time we tackle a series of walks to cover longer trails.

Walking Group 5     

Meets Mondays - Fortnightly
Venue 
Normally starts 10:30 to 00:00
Contact NULL
Details A variety of medium-length walks at an easy pace, using public transport. Contact Jean for details

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Wildflower Walks     

Meets Wednesday - 2nd Wednesday of summer months
Venue 
Normally starts 14:00 to 16:00
Contact NULL
Details Using public transport, walking from 2 – 4 miles and ending at a café. A slow pace over well-trodden paths with many stops and diversions to enable us to look at and discuss plants we see.

Wine Appreciation     

Meets 1st Wednesdays and Thursdays - Monthly
Venue 
Contact NULL
Details Monthly meetings of several separate group-members wishing to share their knowledge and interest in viniculture, grape varieties and regions; or who wish to learn. Each of the two groups meets at different locations.