Dear Chichester U3A member,

This is the first Bulletin to be sent out using the Beacon system. Please note that the way in which we do this has yet to be determined, and the next few weeks may see some experiments. For example, this week the email will be the bulletin: this format has many limitations – no colour, no pictures, limited control over layout. In consequence, this is abbreviated, cutting out stale news and replacing some detail with links to the website. Another week might see the Bulletin as a Word document, attached to the email. This would allow many more features. The attachment does not have to be in Word format – others are available. And we could revert to something like the arrangement used for the last year, with an email linking to a Bulletin on the website. We would very much like to hear your views, when we have offered up a few of these variants. (Incidentally, now would be a good time for someone new to take over as Bulletin editor, so if you see yourself in that role, please let us know!)

Messages from the Committee

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.

Taking Care of your Personal Data

You can see the Webmaster’s introduction to our new system, Beacon, here.


Playreading 1
There is a vacancy in Group 1, Playreading. We are reading plays by Irish writers. Meetings held in members’ houses on 4th Thursdays September to July.
Board Games
Various Board Games played. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday afternoon each month in Chichester.

If interested in either of these groups, please contact Groups Team

Further information on all groups is shown on the website. Contact the Groups Team for group leader information.

April Quizzes

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 venue for both is, as usual, The White Swan, Bosham.

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.

Further details for the April 10th quiz.and the April 24th quiz

SUN Study Days and other Events

The Sussex U3A Network (SUN) 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.

SUN Study Days

14th April 2018  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 new season will start in the Autumn.)

Shared Learning Project

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..

SE Forum U3A Summer School 2018

To be held at Chichester University June 18th-21st 2018
Some details of the courses, and how to book, can be found here

National U3A Events

U3A Study Days

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.

May 17th 10:30 – !6:15, Backstage Secrets: hands on and different – a day of Workshops for U3A members led & created by Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Cost: £40.00 per person including refreshments on arrival. Sandwich lunch is provided.

For further details, and to book, click on the links above or on educational events at the U3A HQ website.

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

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, or email

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