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Dear Chichester U3A member,
- Messages from the Committee – Volunteer(s) to help with Trips and Outings, and Taking Care of your Personal Data
- Groups Information – some new groups, and there are vacancies in existing groups..
- There’s a Coffee Morning next Wednesday, April 4th
- April Quizzes – one on April 10th. and the other on April 24th.
- Trips and Outings – all trips (to Sandhurst to the Ford Recycling Centre for a second time, and to the Canine Partner Centre in Midhurst) are now fully booked, with waiting lists.
- Anniversary Events – to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Chichester U3A.
- SUN Events – an Exhibition planned for 2018; one remaining Study Day later this Spring, on 18th Century British Art. The study day scheduled for April 14th, on the English Parish Chutch, has been cancelled. Some news of the Summer School to be held in Chichester in June.
- National U3A Events – information on the one event remaining of those so far scheduled for this year.
Messages from the Committee
Taking Care of Your Personal Data
Chichester U3A respects your personal data and we have kept it safely in a secure database for several years. It was designed and written by one of our members and has served its purpose well. However we have recently transferred your personal data to a new, equally secure database called Beacon.
Beacon has several advantages over our historic system. It has been developed specifically for U3As on an initiative of the National Executive Committee of the Third Age Trust. This was successfully rolled out at the end of 2015 and quickly became popular with a growing number of U3As. The National Executive Committee then took action to secure the long-term sustainability of this project by employing a commercial company to provide a professional level of maintenance for the system and by setting up a central and regional support system nationwide – these are U3A volunteers who provide support, advice and training.
When our membership data was successfully transferred into Beacon last week, Chichester U3A became the 200th U3A to start using this system, so we are in good company! As Webmaster, I feel our data is in good hands.
Beacon will give us all the facilities of our old system for the maintenance and use of the membership data, and with bulk emailing facilities for communicating with you. Beacon also has several more capabilities which we will be looking to exploit in the near future. The first of these is a Financial package, which has the promise of simplifying the work of the Treasurer. Another package will enable us to monitor Group membership and operate Group waiting lists and will also simplify the communication between Group Leaders and their members.
There are still more capabilities in Beacon that we will hope to use in coming months to improve our service to you and maintain a strong control of your personal data. You may not notice much difference at first, but keep your eyes open for new initiatives that Beacon will help us to deliver.
Ray Davies, Webmaster
Trips and Outings
Due to family commitments, Helen has now moved out of the area, and we are looking for a member to help with the organisation of our Trips and Outings. We are looking for someone with good administrative abilities. If you are interested, please contact Maureen Wealleans, and more details can be given.
Please click here to contact Maureen W. (and to close)
Groups with Vacancies
Vacancy for Scrabble. Runs every other week starting Monday 8 April at 2.00pm. Cost per term is £10.00 per person.
I have been asked if anyone is interested in having a golf group. If there are enough keen members, we would look at local golf courses to try to establish a team. Please contact the Groups Team.
Are you interested in joining the new Croquet group? The group will meet on the 3rd Wednesday each month starting on Wednesday 18th April – time 10.00am – 12.00pm. The cost will be £5.00 per session all equipment provided. We are still hoping to start the monthly sessions on Wednesday 18th April, but this is looking quite doubtful because of the wet lawns at Fishbourne. Please contact the group organiser now to get your name on the list. We will let everyone know if we have to delay the first session until May.
Day Sailing Group
See the website for details of the new Day Sailing Group, including expected sailing dates.
There will be two quizzes in April: one on April 10th, and the other on April 24th. Please do not book for both! The menu is the same for both.
The closing dates for booking and receipt of cheques will be April 4th and April 18th respectively. Please remember it takes a full day for letters to reach the Box.
This is a special year for Chichester U3A, as in 2018 we reach our 25th Anniversary. To celebrate, we hope to hold various events over the course of the year, and, to spread the load, these will be organized by various members.
Three events have taken place to date: I (MW) hope that further events will be announced in the coming weeks
Trips and Outings
Wednesday 16th May 2018 – Second Visit to Ford Materials Recycling Facility. – Fully booked
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Fully booked
Wednesday 30th May 2018 – Canine Partners, Midhurst. – Fully booked
Please click here to contact Maureen O'B. (and to close)
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. Book for the Study Days etc via the SUN Representative or via the SUN website.
STUDY DAYS 2018
14th April 2018 Political and Religious Change and its influence on the English Parish Church c700 – 1914 with Sue Berry at Steyning. A look at at the ways English parish churches reflect social change. CANCELLED Any cheques sent for this event will be returned.
12th May 2018 Art in Britain in the Age of Enlightenment by Kay Blackburn in Pulborough. (This is a change to the original Study Day programme, and is the last study day this season.)
A list of all this 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
National U3A Events
U3A Study Days in London.
April 18th -19th 9.45 – 16.45 each day, The Hidden Heart of Wales – a Look at Welsh Culture and Architecture. Based at the National Library of Wales, but also including other institutions in Aberystwyth. Cost: £40 per person includes 2-day programme, lunches and refreshments, excludes accommodation, other meals and transport to and from venue.
For further details, and to book, click on the links above or on educational events at the U3A HQ website.
Enquiries 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.