Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Ongoing Treasury Operations

Please contact our Chair, Andrew Walker, for urgent matters relating to Treasury matters, payment of bills, paying in etc. whilst we are without a Treasurer – otherwise please continue to process transactions in the normal way. Bookkeeping services have been taken on to assist us in the interim period, so please ensure that any request for payment or details of payees is carefully recorded on, and attached to, normal documentation.

Coffee Morning Changes

There will be no Coffee Morning in January 2019.

Chichester U3A Membership Survey

We have had a good response to this Survey, with some interesting comments which the Committee will be following up in the New Year. The Committee is very grateful to all those members who have returned the Survey but would ask those of you who have not yet completed it to do so as soon as possible and at the latest by 20th December. The Survey results are anonymous (unless you prefer to tell us your name) and the sheets can be handed in to us at the Monthly Meeting on 20th December, or to your Group Leader who will forward them to the Committee. Alternatively you can post them to
U3A Membership Survey
Box 809 Mailboxes Etc
26 The Hornet
PO19 7BB

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.
Another volunteer to join the small team of First Aiders: 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.

Tour of the Palace of Westminster and question time thereafter

17th December 2018

Hosted by Gillian Keegan, M.P. for Chichester

For those with confirmed reservations, our visit to the Houses of Parliament will start at Chichester Bus Station (railway station side) at 08.30 on Monday 17th December where our dedicated coach will pick us up for the journey to London. The coach has toilet facilities on board so we are not planning any comfort stops, and we anticipate the journey will take about 2.5 hours.

We have two dedicated tour guides for our group – approximately 20/23 per group who will give us a guided tour of both Houses of Parliament lasting approximately 75 minutes and, depending on time, we may be shown some of the “ below stairs” areas in this historic building –What is certain is that your tour will include both chambers, The Commons and the “other place”! and the opportunity to stand behind the front bench of both! And imagine you are the PM or Leader of the Opposition!

One word of warning : you will have noticed we are entering a very historic period of time for our democracy in the next week or so, and there are crucial votes being taken around our visit time. I have been warned that the visit could be postponed at short notice! I will be advised ahead of time but we will be offered an alternative were this to be the case. At the time of writing, the coach is booked, the tour is booked, as is the question time! and we are going!

Assuming all is as arranged, after our tour, Gillian Keegan MP, has invited us to a “Question Time” event for approximately 40 minutes in a Commons Committee Room. I have previously asked for advance warning of areas you would like to cover in fairness to our MP, but surprisingly have received no advance questions. I have therefore suggested that she should prepare for a barrage of questions on current affairs rather than on local issues – tell me if you have anything you want to ask – it will make for a more organized and productive session.

I expect that we will leave Westminster at about 14.30, arrive back in Chichester , depending on traffic, between 17.30 and 18.00, and alight at the “Avenue de Chartres” lay by adjacent to the multi-storey car park.

From a previous visit to the Palace of Westminster, my experience and advice would be to take with you a picnic snack to eat on the coach. There are catering facilities in the Palace, but our timings, with an early start and a midday tour session, suggest to me that a snack en-route might be worthwhile!

Finally, the question of security! Please imagine that you are going through an airport prior to a flight, or on board! – leave your mobiles/cameras on the coach, no spray cans please and nothing sharp or potentially dangerous to you or anybody else.

Despite all that, it’s a great day out – please enjoy. For further information, please contact Andrew Walker, our chair.

Workshops at the Record Office

  • 9 January How to start your family tree
  • 6 February ‘The parish chest’: exploring parish records
  • 6 March Getting started with
  • 3 April Reading old handwriting
  • 1 May Researching the history of your house
  • 5 June Newspapers for family and local history
  • 3 July Royal Navy records for family historians
  • 4 September Getting started with
  • 2 October Crime and punishment in West Sussex
  • 6 November Reading old handwriting
Time: 10am (for 1-2 hours, including refreshments)
Venue: West Sussex Record Office, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester PO19 1DD
Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 for West Sussex Archives Society members)
To book: Please phone 01243 753602 (tickets non-refundable)
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December Monthly Meeting

Christmas Carol Concert

The Monthly Meeting on 20th December will start at 2.15pm. Tea, coffee, sherry and Xmas goodies will be served from 1.30pm . We look forward to seeing you at the Assembly Rooms, North Street.

Please remember to bring your membership card.

Mike Reynell will play Christmas Carols for us to sing, Mary Quiney conducts and sings and Sheila Colby will entertain us with her Paraguayan Harp


Sailing Group

The new sailing schedule for next year will be published on the website shortly. The Sailing Committee are meeting this week to agree next year’s plan and intend to announce both a shore based and water based programme.


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.

  • December 8th, 2018: Aspects of the Sussex Coast with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough. A journey from Thorney Island to Rye. That’s tomorrow!
  • January 12th, 2019: The Northern Renaissance Masters with Kay Blackburn at Hailsham. Looking at the northern artists with a focus on Van Eyck.
  • February 9th, 2019: Medieval Life Through Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with Geoff Doel at Crowborough. How the pilgrims tales reveal the rich diversity of medieval life.

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.


  • Tuesday, December 18th – 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, February 4th 2019 10:30 – 16:00: British Library – Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts & Book Art: A day at the British Library hearing from experts about the sophisticated art found in manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Tickets £24.

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