Dear Chichester U3A member,

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  • Day Sailing Group

    Following a highly popular Spring and Summer season sailing programme with most places on each cruise taken, we have decided to extend the day sailing schedule into the Autumn and early Winter and have some more places available on the following dates:

    Thursday 20th September

    Thursday 4th October

    Friday 19th October

    Friday *2nd  November

    Monday *19th  November

    Monday *3rd  December

    Tuesday *18th  December

    All dates with an * will have shorter days due to BST ending and approximate times 1030 till 1600 at just £65 per person to reflect the shorter day. The passage plan will be totally related to weather conditions but as many will know our winter weather is normally benign and many of us have wonderful experiences of sailing on Christmas and Boxing days! We are also planning a land-based Winter programme to places of sailing interest such as the RNLI HQ and Coast Guard HQ and a Christmas get together at Chichester Yacht Club. If you are interested please contact group leader Andrew Walker for further details.

Further information on all groups is shown on the Chichester U3A website. If you would like to find out more about a particular group, go from there  to the webpage for that group, and use the contact form there to send a message to the group leader. If that fails, contact the groups team.

Trips and Outings

  • Thursday 20th September 2018 – Jane Austen’s House and the Watercress Line

    A day trip to Hampshire by luxury coach, a self-guided tour of Jane Austen’s House and then a return trip on the famous Watercress Line from Alresford to Alton – guide price £38.00 per person.  Contact the Trips and Outings team for a reservation form. (Photo by permission of Watercress Line.)
  • Thursday 18th October 2018 – Autumn Tints at Sheffield Park Gardens, and the Bluebell Line

    A day trip by luxury coach to East Sussex for a guided walk in these famous gardens for a beautiful trip through sensational gardens in the depth of autumn colour followed by a trip on the steam railway from Horsted Keynes to East Grinstead and return, then coach ride home – Guide price £42.00 pp, or £35.00 pp for National Trust members. Contact the Trips and Outings  team for a reservation form.

Information on all currently active offerings can (nearly) always be found on the Travel and Outings  page.

Trip with Arun East U3A

ARUN EAST U3A have a coach trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway planned for Sunday 9thSeptember 2018.

The wildlife park is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK with over 260 different species of animals. There is a small train to hop on and off if you need help to get around the park.  Next there is Toddington station which will be hosting a classic vehicle day when we are there, and there are engine sheds to view as well as a café. You will have an opportunity to see some of the vehicles before boarding the steam train to the newly opened Broadway Station, and travel through the beautiful Cotswold countryside, to take us back to the coach for the journey back home. For further information and to book, please contact Peter Oakley on 01903 414097 or The cost of the trip is £40 per person to include the coach driver’s tip and entrances. A pick-up location in Chichester is available.

Sussex U3A Network

Details of the first three study days of the 2018/2019 season are available via the links below. Some details of later study days have been released here.

Details of the later study days will be given here in due course.

National U3A Study Days

There are now six study days on the U3A website (two fully booked, so off the list below). SUN lists three more – further details of these if and when they become available.

  • Thursday, October 4th : 10:00 to 16:00 The Whitworth, Manchester.  Unravelling the Whitworth. The Whitworth holds one of the largest global collections of textiles and wallpapers, dating from the 1st century AD to the present day. Cost: £27.50
  • Tuesday, October 9th, 13:30 to 16:30. National Museum, Cardiff. Music, Art and History  Including a performance by members of the Welsh National Opera. Cost: £15
  • Monday, October  15th 13:45 to 16:45 : U3A at the RI, including talks on the Solar System, the microorganisms in the guts of twins, and on life, evolution and all things genetic. Cost £21.50,
  • Thursday, November 1st 11:00 to 15:45, National Gallery: Makers not Muses. Talks exploring the status of female artists. Cost £25, now booking.
  • Monday, November 12th 10:30 to 16:30; Lyceum Theatre – From Page to Stage: Learn about play directing with three West End theatre directors and professional actors. Tickets £37.50. Booking from August.
  • Wednesday, November 28th 11:00 to 16:00: Guildhall Gallery: Roman Britain. Cost £22, booking from August
  • Thursday, November 29th – as previous.

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