Dear Chichester U3A member,


To find out more about any of the events mentioned in the bulletin, just click on the appropriate link below. Or just browse the document.

Message from the Chair (and Membership Secretary)

Will all members who have now paid their membership subscription for the year 2017-18 please collect their Membership Cards. Those members who have paid by standing order: your cards should now be available.

The last chance to collect cards will be at the Monthly Meeting on October 19th or Coffee Morning on November 1st. 

If you cannot collect your card, please send a SAE to: Membership Secretary, Chichester U3A, Box 809, Mailboxes Etc., 26 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7BB

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Groups Information

The STEM group invites all members to one of their meetings, where you can learn how our DNA is being used in the battle against cancer (and other diseases) .


for more details, or contact Rodney via the contact details given in this week’s email.

Group Leaders
Will Group Leaders please check the website and ensure that the information shown for their groups is correct, including whether there are vacancies. Please advise us of any errors, so that the website can be kept up to date and accurate. Unless you tell us, we will not update the website and members find it annoying if the information shown is incorrect.
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With the start of the new U3A year can group leaders check their members membership cards please in October.  This will give members a chance to collect their cards, if they have not already done so. The new membership card is now the Monthly Meeting Card and should show the members name and membership number. Colour of this year’s card is grey.
A full list of groups with vacancies is shown on our website.

Creative Ragging
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoon each month starting at 2.00pm in central Chichester. The group, formerly Rag Rugs, is expanding to include more general creative crafts. Cost is £3.00 per session. Please contact groups administrator for more information.
Further information on all groups is shown on the website. Contact the groups administrator for group leader information.

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Monthly Meeting

There is a monthly meeting, on Thursday 19th October, 14:30 to 15:30. The topic is the Sidlesham Heritage Trail, and the speaker is Bill Martin.

In 1936 more than 100 unemployed miners and shipbuilders were moved from the North-East of England and South Wales to Sidlesham to begin new lives as market gardeners. We will hear the history of this event.

Refreshments from 13:30 to 14:15.

Trips and Outings

A message from the Trips Organiser:

Lots of people have given me their suggestions for travel opportunities both near and far and I have been doing my best to follow them up. So here is an update on what we are looking at and I hope it meets with your approval.

First of all two tickets are now available to see American in Paris on the 18th of October at the Dominion Theatre in London.  Please call me direct if you would like to go. Price, originally £63.00, is negotiable. Please contact Maureen as soon as possible.

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This is at Ford Road, FORD, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 OFL
This is an opportunity to see what happens to our recycling once it has left our homes. There are 14 places available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is no charge for this tour because it is free if you are a resident of West Sussex. Unfortunately due to Health and Safety rules the recycling plant cannot show people the facility from the viewing platform if they need to use any walking aid, stick, frame or wheelchair. We will also have to leave you at home if you have a pacemaker! So the details are:
Date Wednesday 10th January 2018 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Minimum of eight places, maximum of 14
There is no direct bus to this location so we will have to operate a car share service between us. Names to me asap as all participants have to fill in a proforma. Following are links to information about the visit.

FAQs Ford MRF Visit – Adults

Accessibility Statement

IMPORTANT Terror Attack Info (1)

Site Instructions – Visitors to Ford MRF Education Room

Ford MRF map – Close up

Many of you have asked to go to see how this charity train dogs to help and support those who have a physical disability. The nearest location is at Midhurst. They offer information tours that last about an hour between the months of April and October. I will publish the available dates for 2018 when I receive them.
There is a cost of £5.00 per person to cover refreshments and running costs. and again we will have to car share to get there.

I am working on a visit to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
including a tour of the Old College. You can register your interest with me at the coffee mornings or the monthly talk. Full details to follow.

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The Christmas Lunch has been organised for Wednesday 6 December 2017 at Sixty Four Restaurant  Bar, Chichester College at 12.30pm. The cost for the Christmas Lunch has stayed the same as last year at £21.00 per person.The Menu and booking form will be shown on the website, hopefully over the weekend, and paper copies of both will be available at the Monthly Meeting next Thursday and the November Coffee Morning. Closing date will be 13th November 2017.

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Bulletin Editor required

Bulletin Editor

David, our existing Editor, has decided that he does not wish to continue after the end of 2017. We are therefore looking for at least one but preferably two Bulletin Editors. Training and support will be given. Unless a new editor is found you will not be able to have your weekly Bulletin which is how our members obtain the most up to date information on groups, Travel and Outings, Social Events and Coffee Mornings.

Our U3A can only operate if we all HELP as well as PARTICIPATE and VOLUNTEERING is the ETHOS of what the U3A stands for. PLEASE HELP.

If you think you can help please contact Maureen Wealleans at

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SUN Study Days and other Events

The Sussex U3A Network arranges study days and other events through the year, and any U3A member from the region can attend these . The events page also lists lots of U3A events elsewhere in the country.

18th November, Steyning. Historic Sussex Industries portrayed by Geoffrey Mead.
9th December, Pulborough. A Band Leader, A bass Player & A Trumpeter with Robert Carrington. Exploring the world of three jazz giants: Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus & Miles Davis.
A list of all next season’s study days is available here.

Starting in 2018 and culminating in 2019. Interested groups to undertake :-
Sussex Myths and Spirits
Sussex Martyrs, Witches, Smuggling, Bonfires, Seven Sisters, etc. etc.Contact Brenda Atlee, the SUN Representative, for more information

South Central Network Study Days and other Events

Wednesday November 29th 14:00 at Cosham Baptist Church



The Honourable Nicholas Jellicoe, grandson of Earl Jellicoe, commander of the British Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, will talk about JUTLAND: THE UNFINISHED BATTLE. This is a free event, but everyone needs to book tickets in advance (follow the link above).

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National U3A Events

U3A Study Days in London.

Details have been released for three study days this Autumn, and of three Christmas Concerts.

Monday October 16th 13:00 – 17:00 BST. Royal Institution. U3A at the RI. Cost £21.50. 13:00 – 17:00 BST. Three speakers (astrobiology, microbiology and measurement)

Monday October 23rd 10:30 – 16:00 BST.British Library: 1000 years of illumination. Cost £24. Learn about the illuminated manuscripts in the BL.

Tuesday November 14th 11:00 – 16:00 GMT. National Gallery Setting the Scene: Landscape Painting at the National Gallery Cost £21.50 FULLY BOOKED

Monday December 4th 14:00, Monday December 4th 17:30 and Tuesday December 19th 14:00: Savoy Chapel. U3A Christmas Concert with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ (same program for all three).

For further details, and to book, go to the educational events page on the U3A HQ website. (They have updated their website, and you no longer have to login, though, of course, they will check your membership when you pay).

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University Information

The staff and students of Creative and Digital Technologies would like to invite you to our next ‘The Department of Creative and Digital Technologies Present…’ where multi-award winning director Adam Smith will be in conversation with Thomas H Green, Senior Lecturer and Music Journalist. This interesting and informative event is taking place Wednesday 18th October 2017, 5.30pm in the ShowRoom, Bishop Otter campus.

Adam Smith is a multi award-winning film, television drama, documentary, and music video director.

The POWER Centre (People and Well-Being in the Everyday Research Centre) and the Department of Psychology and Counselling invite you to attend the first event in our 2017-18 Distinguished Lecture Series:

How behaviourism can make you much, much smarter

by Dr. Bryan Roche , on Monday, 20th November, 2017, from 5 to 6 pm, in the Mitre Lecture Theatre.

Iris Murdoch and ‘the Era’: Oxford in the ’50s

Prof. Devaki Jain, University of New Delhi (Former student of Murdoch’s at Oxford, 1959-1962)

Friday 10 November 2017, 6–7.30 p.m., Academic Building 1.01, Bishop Otter Campus

Join Devaki for an evening of reminiscences of Oxford’s social scene when Iris Murdoch was teaching there, a time when St Anne’s College had such notable characters as former communist spy Jennifer Hart; brilliant law professor Henry Hart; Peter Ady, whose family had fled from Burma, who would stride into tutorials in leather boots and breeches, still carrying her horse-riding whip; as well as the more old-school religious and conservative Principal Lady Ogilvie and the Vice Principal, Ms Reeves. And then of course there was Iris – Devaki will share her unique insights into Murdoch’s views on philosophy and social construction, and her interest in India.

Free to all, just go along.

Please send me a message via the usual channels if you wish to have some item of U3A news put in the Bulletin. Likewise if you have some constructive suggestions as to how to improve the Bulletin. Best wishes, David Rees


For Membership Queries:

If you wish to write to us then the correspondence address is… U3A Chichester, Box 809, Mailboxes Etc., 26 The Hornet, CHICHESTER, PO19 7BB

If there is an urgent matter that needs to be discussed then call 07460 109600.(Please note this address and phone number is for membership queries only)

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