Dear Chichester U3A member,

Apologies to those of you expecting an email, but there is a request from Beacon (which manages the email system) to minimise usage. I shall send it out when things have been sorted out, maybe not until Sunday.

To see the last six or so bulletins, click here

Collection of 2018/9 Membership Cards

Membership Cards will be available for collection at the Monthly Meeting this coming  Thursday, 20th September. Please remember that if you are unable to collect your card at a Monthly Meeting or a Coffee Morning you can send us a SAE and we will post it  to you. If you have not yet renewed please do so without delay:  your payment for this year was due on 1st September.

Please contact the Membership Team if you have any questions.


Important Information for the Ten Pin Bowling Group

We have been informed that Bowling will now start at 12 noon rather than the 11.00 AM start used before (thanks to the change in ownership of the Bowling Lanes at Chichester Gate and to new Companies public liability insurance requirements).
Additionally, the cost per game is now £3.00 i.e. £6.00 for 2 games each. The flashing lights will be OFF except during school holidays (including half term).
For more information, contact the group leader, Peter.

Within the Walls Lunch Group

The group meets on the third Monday in the month for a sociable meal in one of Chichester’s many eating places, and it currently has four vacancies. If you would like to know more, please contact Jim Cockburn, the group leader.

Spanish Conversation (Advanced)

We have a vacancy in this group: it is suitable for anyone who has recently passed A level Spanish or who has spent a length of time in a Spanish speaking country and has a reasonable level of fluency. We meet in each other’s houses every week on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Geraldine, the group leader.

Mah Jongg

The Mah Jongg sessions will restart on the 4th of October, which is a Thursday.

Please note that the venue is on the 600 bus route (not as previously stated on the website).

Contact Nigel, the group leader, 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.

Monthly Meeting

There will be a monthly meeting next Thursday, September 20th, in the Assembly Rooms, North Street. The talk begins at 14:30, and refreshments will be available from 13:30 to 14:15.

Speaker: Rona Musker

Talk: My Life with Auntie

A fascinating account of a 32-year career working for the BBC.

September Quiz

There will be one quiz in September, on Tuesday 25th. Closing date is Thursday, September 20th – so please remember it takes at least a day to reach the mailbox.

Next quiz is Tuesday September 25th
Venue : The White Swan , Bosham
Time : 6.45 for a prompt 7.00 start
Cost £10.50
Chicken and mushroom pie with mash and veg.
Sea bass cooked in white wine and capers, with spinach and new potatoes.
Mediterranean vegetable salad.
Send the cheque (payable to Chichester U3A), with meal choice and membership number on the back, to:
Social Events Organiser
Chichester U3A
PO Box 809 Mailboxes Etc.
26 The Hornet
Chichester PO19 7BB

Trips and Outings

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

    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. (Photo by permission of Bluebell Line.)

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

U3A Ukulele Concert

U3A Ukulele Concert at the Southdowns Ukulele Festival, Regis Centre, Bognor: Friday, September 21st 2.30 – 4.00 PM

Ukulele Groups from across the region, including Littlehampton, Worthing and Bognor, are performing a concert on Friday 21st September at the Southdowns Folk and Ukulele Festival in Bognor.

The free event is in a Performance Marquee next to the Regis Centre (Alexandra Theatre) from 2.30 – 4.00pm.  Songs will be displayed on a large screen for all to join in…. singing, dancing or playing your ukulele if you want to join in.

There’s also a whole load of free ukulele ‘jams’ over that weekend at various venues around Bognor. Full details can be found on the website

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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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

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