Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Appreciating the Chichester Townscape

At the next Coffee Morning on 5 September, the group leader will be happy to talk to any members interested in participating in a pilot scheme for this new group. (The group is planned to take place on Tuesdays from 11:00 til 1:00).
If you would enjoy visiting areas of the city, interpreting and recording what you see, under the guidance of an experienced architect, this group may be for you!

Day Sailing Group

On our sailings on 19th October and 3rd December we will be joined by Kerry Jackson, a respected RSPB expert, and she will provide us with a commentary and observations on the incoming and visiting migrant bird and wild life which make their home in Chichester Harbour over the winter. I (AW) would hope that participants on these days will give a small personal donation to Kerry for the RSPB, as I will on the day. Further details of these sailings and others are available from Andrew Walker, the group leader.

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

  • Saturday, 25th August – Summer Cruise to Lymington – JOINING INSTRUCTIONS

    We have 2 cancellations for this trip: if you wish to take these up, contact Andrew Walker, the Chair.

    Our “Take a Break Travel” coach will depart from the vicinity of Chichester Bus Station – on the side opposite the Railway Station at 07.30 on Saturday 25th August. We will be catching the 09.00 cruise ferry from Gosport which arrives at Lymington Quay at 11.00 am from where you can continue by coach to Bucklers Hard Museum or stay in Lymington until 15.00 when our return ferry departs from the Quay. Our coach will return to Gosport to collect us again at 17.00 for the trip back to Chichester. Car parking is available at the multi-story off Avenue De Chartres on the A286 towards Chichester College and Waitrose or in the Cinema Car Park at Chichester Gate – both are approximately 10 minute walks to the station(s)

  • !!! CHANGED DESTINATION !!! Thursday 20th September 2018 – Milestones Museum and the Watercress Line – places available

    (Photo of Portsmouth Corporation Tram by Graham Horn / Milestones – Hampshire’s living history museum / CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Our coach leaves from the Western side of the Chichester Bus Station at 09.00 on Thursday 20th September. Parking is available close by. Due to overbooking in the Jane Austen House reservations system, we have had to replace the planned visit there with one to the nearby Milestones Museum (in Basingstoke). This is a museum of living history. The museum’s streets, shops and buildings are built to show how people used to live, from the age of the Victorians, with cobbled streets, a replica Victorian school room – complete with chalkboard and teacher’s desk and local pub and forward to the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s through to rationing in the local sweet shop – and even a working printing press and cars through the ages. Staff are dressed in clothes appropriate to the age. Most people say “we had one of those” to the exhibits around the museum. Lunch is available on site if required or outside in the museum grounds with your own picnic. After leaving Basingstoke we take a short drive to The Watercress line where we will have a return trip in 1940 and 1950’s Southern Region coaches pulled by a steam locomotive of the era. Time is available to see the onsite museum and attractions before we leave for Chichester again to return there by 17.00.If anybody wishes to cancel their reservation due to the change in programme, please advise Andrew Walker, the Chair. who will arrange a refund or carry forward to a future trip next year.

    We have 6 places available on this trip.

  • Thursday 18th October 2018 – Autumn Tints at Sheffield Park Gardens, and the Bluebell Line – places available

    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. We have 8 places available on this trip, as we have contracted a larger coach than previously booked. Contact the Trips and Outings team for further details and to reserve a place.

  • Monday, 17th December – Visit to Westminster hosted by our Chichester MP Gillian Keegan, and a tour of Parliament

    Gillian, our MP, has offered to host a 45 minute question and answer session in a Commons Committee Room after our 75 minute guided tour – please prepare your questions and submit them to the Chair, 7 days before our visit, so that we can have a full and meaningful discussion within our time available – our Chair, Andrew Walker has agreed to act as Chair of that meeting.

    We hope to have a route back home that encompasses the Christmas lights of Oxford Street and Regents Street – not guaranteed until the day!

    Due to the popularity of this December trip and its over subscription, our MP has agreed to host us again in the Spring – I (AW) have 20 names on the reserve list already: if you would like to come on another tour of Parliament in the Spring, contact Andrew Walker, the Chair

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

Midhurst U3A Study Day

Angelica Kauffman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As this year marks the Centenary when some women were able to vote for the first time our 6th Annual Study Day celebrates the lives and achievements of CREATIVE WOMEN: ARTISTS AND COMPOSERS on SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER at The South Downs Centre Memorial Hall with tutors BERNARD ALLAN and ROBERT CARRINGTON

The day starts with registration at 9.30a.m. and concludes at 4.30p.m. The fee remains at £22 which includes all refreshments and a buffet lunch

We would very much like to share the day with neighbouring U3As and look forward to hearing from you. For further details and to book a place contact Pat Bryant on 01730 812801 or email

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 nine study days on the U3A website (one fully booked, so off the list below).

  • Wednesday, September 19th, 11:00 to 16:00 Westminster Cathedral Hall : U3A Jazz Study Day 2018 The morning will be the informative part, with Alan Barnes and the band illustrating jazz styles through the years, and the afternoon session will be a concert performance.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, November 28th 11:00 to 16:00: Guildhall Gallery: Roman London. Cost £22.
  • Thursday, November 29th – Roman London as previous .

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