Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Collection of 2018/9 Membership Cards

Membership Cards will be available for collection at the Monthly Meeting this coming Thursday, 18thOctober. 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.

Volunteers Needed

MONTHLY MEETING (Third Thursday every month except August).

Volunteer to set up projector and laptop at beginning of meeting and close at end of meeting. Training/shadowing as from November meeting.
A volunteer needed to act as Safety Member, checking that fire exit routes are clear of obstruction and fire doors are kept closed during the Talk. Identify members with a disability who may need assistance in the event of an emergency exit.
A volunteer to take the role of First Aider; to call the emergency service in the event of a serious medical situation and, if holding a current approved in-date First Aid Certificate (help may be available with the cost of training), administer First Aid until the arrival of the emergency services. To look after and maintain the contents of the First Aid box.

These could be “job shares”. Please contact the membership team.


Two volunteers to help plan, administer and act as hosts on some trips. Computer/word processor skills essential. Estimate approximately one hour a day to deal with queries and acknowledgements by phone/email/text, in the lead-up to a trip. Please get in touch with the trips and outings team.


Two volunteers needed from 1pm to 2.30pm and from 3.30pm to 4pm (ie before and after Monthly Talk) to assist with pouring drinks and serving mince pies, setting out and clearing up glasses and plates. Please contact Jill here.


One Committee Member needed as soon as possible to join Speakers Committee who organize speakers for Monthly Meetings. Please contact the membership team here


!!REVISED!! Information for the Ten Pin Bowling Group

Surprise, surprise, after arranging for our members to start at 12 noon at the Chichester Bowl, we found that they had opened at 11:00 hours for us! So now for October dates i.e. the 12th and 26th we revert to our original times. Whether this will continue in November will apparently depend on how many of us turn up on the given October dates.

So we look forward to seeing you all on the 12th!

For more information, contact the group leader, Peter.

Visit to Chichester Planetarium

The Science Discussion Group has arranged a trip to the Planetarium on Monday 3rd December at 10.00am.

At the present time we have not filled our allocation of places and for this reason we will open the trip to all Chichester U3A members.
I expect the cost to be about £7-£10 but this will depend on the final number attending.If anybody is interested would they please contact Rod here

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, October 18th: it will take place at the Assembly Room in North Street, as usual.  The talk will begin at 14:30, and refreshments will be served from 13:30 to 14:15.
The talk will be given by Nik Knight, and is entitled The Science of Bats: How modern scientific techniques are enabling us to understand these fascinating animals.

Skittles Evening

We will be running a Skittles evening on
Monday 12th November, 6.45 pm to start 7.00pm
At the Barley Mow at Walderton, PO18 9ED
£12 per person to include a Buffet Supper.

Please contact the organiser if you wish to go.

Christmas Lunch

It will be possible to book for the Christmas meal at the October Monthly meeting, November Coffee morning and November Monthly meeting as well as via the mailbox address. Deadline for booking is Friday 16th November. However you book, members should pay by cheque.
The booking form can be downloaded from here. The form does not display correctly in Firefox, but is OK in Chrome.


A Puree of leek and potato soup with chives and crème fraiche (D,C)
B Goats cheese cheesecake with walnut dressed rocket salad and tangerine compote(D,N,M,G)
C Salmon and smoked salmon rillettes served with watercress sauce and melba toast(F,E,D)
D Traditional roast turkey served with traditional bacon and chipolata, chestnut and sausage stuffing , bread sauce, cranberry sauce and roast gravy (D,C,E,W,S)
E Baked fillet of cod, topped with a smoked cheese and herb crust, set on a bed of braised savoy cabbage and a sweet mustard butter sauce (F,W,D)
F Roasted butternut squash, spiced lentil and mushroom strudel served with a mild curry cream sauce (W,N,D)
All served with roast potatoes, roast parsnips, and vegetables (D)
G Chichester College traditional Christmas pudding with rum sauce and brandy butter(W,D,N,E)
H Poached pear, vanilla bavarios accompanied with a spiced syrup (D,SU)
I Chocolate tart accompanied with a raspberry sorbet (W,D,E)
Coffee or tea and mince pies (W,D)

ALLERGENS N=Nuts, W=Wheat/gluten, D=Dairy, E=Eggs, F=Fish/molluscs/crustaceans, S=Soya, SU=Sulphites
NB One Drink is included in the price : Choose R (red wine) W (white wine) or S (soft drink)

Trips and Outings

  • CHANGED DATE!!! Wednesday 17th October 2018 – Autumn Tints at Sheffield Park Gardens, and the Bluebell Line – places available

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the above trip has had to be moved forward one day from 18th October to 17th October 2018. Please amend your diaries accordingly. Our coach will start from Chichester Bus Station ( the side opposite the railway station) at 09.00 on 17th October and aims to arrive at Sheffield Park Gardens at approximately 10.15 where you will be able to take a self-guided walk around the beautiful estate in full Autumn colour. You can then take coffee or lunch before taking the coach a short 5 minute drive to Sheffield Park station where reserved seating has been arranged on the famous Bluebell Railway with steam hauled engine and to travel to East Grinstead and return through the Autumn Countryside. We anticipate arriving back in Chichester by 17.30.

    National Trust members please remember to bring your NT card with you.
    Any questions about the trip – Sheffield Park NT Gardens is Sussex Park land and whilst having a paved walkway, is not on the flat – or other details about the day, please contact Andrew Walker, the chair, or Jean Buttery, the trips organiser.

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

Sussex U3A Network

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

Those links are not working in Firefox at the moment, but seem to be OK in Chrome and Edge. If you are interested, please contact the SUN representative here . Or follow the links.
Details of the later study days will be given here in due course.

National U3A Study Days

  • 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 TICKET SALES ENDED
  • Thursday, November 1st 11:00 to 15:45, National Gallery: Makers not Muses. Talks exploring the status of female artists. Cost £25, now booking. SOLD OUT
  • 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. SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, November 29th – Roman London as previous. SOLD OUT
  • Monday, December 3rd – at 14:00: U3A Christmas Concert 2018  with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ. At the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. The concert will include traditional carols and refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies. Cost £19.50
  • Monday, December 3rd – at 17:30: U3A Christmas Concert 2018 – as previous .
  • Tuesday, December 18th – at 14:00: U3A Christmas Concert 2018  – as previous .

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