Dear Chichester U3A member


To see the last six or so bulletins, click here

    • We have had a few problems with email delivery: three addresses failed in the first week, and two in the second, and the pattern has been repeated since. This btinternet problem is not unique to us, nor to Beacon, but I am not aware of any surefire solution. One tentative suggestion I have met is for btinternet customers to try adding to their bt email account address book. Any feedback would be welcome.
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      Do You Value Chichester U3A?

      For a variety of personal reasons a number of Chichester U3A’s committee members have recently resigned or are standing down at the forthcoming AGM (17th May). We urgently need a few new volunteers to bring the committee numbers up to a working level. To paraphrase the words of John F Kennedy, if you have ever wondered what you can do to help Chichester U3A, please consider putting your name forward for election to the committee.  Please send your details to the Secretary, Cheryl Simonds, preferably by the 3rd May in advance of the AGM itself.

      IN PARTICULAR, the officer posts of CHAIR,  TREASURER and SECRETARY will become vacant on the 17th May.

      If these posts are not filled, Chichester U3A will find it difficult to continue functioning, and the amenities you enjoy and take for granted will be seriously impacted.

      The post of CHAIR primarily entails:

      Leading the committee and Chichester U3A to enable it to fulfil its purpose.

      Acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.

      The post of TREASURER primarily entails:

      Overseeing the financial affairs of Chichester U3A to ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.

      The position would suit someone with a Bookkeeping background and an eye for detail.

      The post of SECRETARY primarily entails:

      Ensuring that committee meetings of the trustees of Chichester U3A are properly administered.


      The term of election for all posts is for one year and can continue for two  further years.


      For more information on what each post entails please contact the secretary by email



  • Documents for the AGM

    This year’s AGM will take place at the next monthly meeting, on May 17th, at 14:00, before the talk.
    The documents – the Chair’s report, the accounts, the Treasurer’s report and so forth – are available here. You will require the password to access them (it was sent in the weekly email).


  • Groups

    • Day Sailing Group
      There are some places still remaining on the following dates: 29th June, 9th July, 23rd July and 7th August. Further information available via the following contact.

    • Recorder Ensemble
      There is room for a couple more players in this group of 5 which meets weekly on Tuesday mornings 10.15-11.45 in Selsey. It isn’t for beginners but as long as you can read music and can play basic scales on the descant, treble or tenor recorders, you will be OK. We play a wide range of music from early to modern. You only need to bring a recorder and a music stand – I provide the music. The 51 bus (both directions) stops very close to my house in Selsey or there is on street parking. If you’ve played in the past, this is a good way of taking it up again. Playing a musical instrument is a proven way of keeping the whole brain active as well as a very enjoyable activity. If interested, please do contact me here


    • Croquet
      Because of the dreadful weather, the lawns are not ready, so the first session will be on Wednesday 16th of May. 

      We play at the Croquet Courts at The Fishbourne Centre on the third Wednesday each month, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. There will be a weekly charge of £5.00 per person, and the club need a minimum of 10 people every month to be viable.
      Please confirm by email (from here), text, or telephone, if you plan to join us for the first session.

      Thanks again for your interest and I look forward to seeing you at Fishbourne.

    • Boules
      Boules is due to recommence on Tuesday 17th April, starting at 2.00pm. We normally play every Tuesday afternoon, depending on the weather. We use the equipment of the Boules club so there is no need to buy your own. If you would like to join us please let us know by contacting the groups team .
    • Scrabble
      Vacancies for Scrabble. We meet on alternate Monday afternoon’s 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Next meeting on 23 April. If you would like to join us please let us know by emailing the groups team
    • 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.
    • Table Tennis
      Please note that the Friday afternoon Table Tennis starts again on Friday 20th April at 1.30pm .

    If you are interested in any of these groups, please contact the Groups Team

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

  • Coffee Morning

    There is a Coffee Morning next Wednesday, May 2nd, from 10:00 to 12:00.  It will be at the Chichester Festival Theatre, in the Foyle Terrace this month, for a change The usual mix of  cakes, tea, coffee and committee members will be on offer, and the opportunity for conversation and chat with other members, familiar or not.

  • May Quiz

    There is one quiz in May,  on May 15th from 18:45 to 21:00. The venue  is, as usual, The White Swan, Bosham.

    The closing date for booking and receipt of cheques will be  May 9th. Please remember it takes a full day for letters to reach the Box.

    Further details for the May 15th 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

    • 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.)
    • 17th May 2018. 10:00 to 16:00. Inspiring Photography This is not a SUN study day, but one organised by the SE Region.Aims to improve your photographic skills, whether using a smartphone or a top-of-the-range SLR. At Wallingford, led by Nigel Spencer and Alex Barrett. Fee £14, including tea/cofffee on arrival, and lunch. Further details (the additional link to the application form doesn’t seem to work)

    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 Study Days

    • May 17th, 10:30 -16:15.  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.
    • June 7th, 11:00 – 16:00.After the Impressionists: The Post Impressionists to Picasso. At the National Gallery, cost £25.per person (lunches & refreshments not provided). From the blazing visions and emotional intensity of Van Gogh to the quiet stillness of Hammershoi, discover the art that followed in the wake of Impressionism.
    • According to SUN, a Jazz Study Day is planned for September 19th, at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. Details in due course.

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


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    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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