Monthly Meetings

2pm The Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Avenue, Rustington BN16 3HB

Entrance FREE to Arun East u3a members (non-Arun East u3a members £2); please bring your membership card.

We will start with refreshments, the opportunity to chat to the committee and u3a members and to sign up for trips, outings and other Arun East u3a events.

Changes to the programme will be announced in our fortnightly Newsletter and on this website.


We are introducing a number of temporary rules to help keep you safe. Help is the operative word as members are primarily responsible for their own health and safety and if any aspect of the venue or meeting makes you feel uncomfortable please do not stay.


PLEASE DO NOT attend our Monthly Meetings unless you have had both Covid injections or a negative lateral flow test within the last three days – free from the NHS and pharmacies.


Hands must be sanitised on entering the hall.
Please bring your own hand sanitiser for use when required.


Face masks are not compulsory but please have one with you. Face masks are meant to prevent you from spreading the virus. Out of courtesy to others if you are seated at a table where others are wearing a masks, then please wear your one.


Unless we get the promised ‘Indian Summer’ you may wish to wear your thermals as windows and doors will be open.


It is important that you sign in with your membership number – please remember to bring your new yellow membership card.  You may prefer to bring your own pen. Guests will need to provide full contact details.


Wednesday 20 April – Michael Smith – ‘The Franklin Expedition Disaster’
The enduring worldwide fascination with the disastrous Franklin Expedition and how the discovery of lost ships above the Arctic Circle may solve the 170 year old mystery

Wednesday 18 May – Jonathan Jones – ‘Rudyard Kipling – The Female of the Species
Explores Kipling’s views on women – as influenced by the women in his life and as reflected in his writing

Wednesday 15 June – Frances Hurd – ‘Nineteen Years at the Chalk Face’
The history of inspection in England as well as the speaker’s own experiences as an Ofsted Inspector

Wednesday 20 July – AGM

Wednesday 17 August – Brian Freeland – ‘Women of the Raj’
A fascinating insight into the life and politics of British India

Wednesday 21 September – Alan Chalmers -‘A Typical Day Behind the Scenes on Centre Court’
The All England Club and how it runs the Championships, and many anecdotes about the huge number of great, not just the current ones, but more interestingly the great champions of past eras going back to 1924.

Wednesday 19 October – ‘Mercy Ships’
Since 1978, medical missions by Mercy Ships have worked with compassion in more than 56 nations, providing services worth over £1.2 billion that have helped more than 2.8 million people. Our current focus is on sub-Saharan Africa.

Wednesday 16 November – Neil Sadler ‘Gonggoozling for beginners (life on the canals)
Light hearted journey around some of the 2000 miles of navigable waterways in Britain

Wednesday 21 December – Christmas Tea
With entertainment


Wednesday 18 January – John Griffiths-Colby – ‘Staff Nurse Emily Connells Autograph Book’
Emily Connell was a remarkable woman; hailing from Bootle and having enrolled in the Territorial Force Nursing Service in 1908, she was appointed as Staff Nurse at 3rd Western General Hospital in when war broke out in 1914. As well as serving there throughout the First World War, she kept an autograph book in which her patients drew and wrote messages.

Wednesday 15 February – Martin Lloyd – ‘Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies’
How a group of assassins brought about change in the passport regulations; how the unmasking of a spy caused a modification in passport design; and how for one man the passport itself turned into a killer.

Wednesday 15 March – Fran Sandham – ‘Dr Livingstone, I Presume?’
H.M. Stanley’s encounter and subsequent friendship with Dr David Livingstone

Wednesday 19 April – Melanie Gibson-Barton – ‘Wandering in Flanders Fields’
Brings to life the well-known and certainly the less well known First World War sites in Flanders

Wednesday May 17 – Dr Geoff Mead – ‘Scattered Squalor Downland Homes’
Aspects of housing history.

Wednesday June 21 – Ian Currie – ‘Frost, Freezes and Fairs’.
Ian is a weatherman, his talk will cover 1000 years of famous winters when rivers including the mighty Thames froze and remarkable events took place on the ice.