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Notice from the Committee
It is with regret that we have to inform you of the unexpected resignation of our Chairman, Andrew Walker, due to ill health. In his short tenure, Andrew has made important contributions to the Chichester U3A, putting in place an essential Safeguarding Policy, updating our Constitution, and promoting the membership survey to give us more information about our membership and to highlight members’ views on what they would like to see in the U3A. We are most grateful to him for his hard work and enthusiasm. You can read Andrew’s notice to the membership below.
This leaves us without a Chair and with a Committee which will gradually reduce in number during the next few months as Committee members’ tenure comes to an end. We therefore need volunteers to join us. If you would like to attend a Committee Meeting in order to see what membership involves before committing yourself to serving, please contact any Committee member via the membership team or by phone on 07460 109600. We will be able to talk you through the responsibilities and the areas of interest in which you might be asked to participate. We are particularly looking for those who would be interested in helping with Social Events and Activities, and Membership (see our note below), but if you have experience of chairing committees such as ours, or would be interested in finding out what is involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Message from Andrew Walker, Chair of the Chichester U3A
I am very sorry to tell you that for health reasons I have to resign from the Chair. I have enjoyed meeting you at various events and I have also enjoyed working with your current Committee members. As a team, we have done some serious work in finding out about our membership: what they enjoy doing, what they feel they are missing, and what they would like to see from their U3A over the next few years. May I ask you to continue to support your hard-working Committee and Group Leaders by participating in the Group activities and events which they organise for you, and by lending a hand whenever and wherever you can? We are always keen to listen to new ideas for activities, whether physically or mentally challenging, and would welcome your input in starting and supporting new Groups, social activities and trips and visits to places of interest.
We are a small Committee and would welcome new members on board to lead us through the changes which we are planning over the next year or two. We have many productive and bright people who should be willing to contribute to moving our U3A forwards. Please consider joining our Committee to make this a worthwhile organization.
I look forward to seeing you at future events as a member, and wish Chichester U3A a successful and happy future.
Job Vacancy – Membership Team
If you’d like to make new friends and if you enjoy meeting people why not offer to be part of the Membership Team?
Wendy and I have worked together as a job share for the past three years and have become very good friends but it’s time we handed over to new blood.
Apart from August and September, which is Renewal Time when it’s hectic, the job is not onerous, just an hour or two a week plus a couple of hours at the Coffee Mornings and Monthly Meetings.
Tempted? Give either of us a ring on 07460 109600 or email us for a chat. We’d love to hear from you
Jill Cook, Membership Secretary
Changes to the Chichester U3A Constitution
As you may know, last year’s Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) was adjourned due to an initial lack of a quorum, and the adjournment was oversubscribed due to a lack of space in the meeting room. In view of this, your Committee will be proposing revisions to the existing Constitution at the next AGM in May this year, and would appreciate feedback or questions regarding their proposals prior to putting the final version to members at that time. The following major changes are proposed:
• The introduction of proxy voting – this enables those unable to physically attend a general meeting, for reason of holidays, ill health etc., to appoint in writing another person to vote on their behalf at a specific general meeting, including the AGM.
• The reduction of the quorum – (i.e. the minimum number of members attending a general meeting to allow business to be enacted) from 10% of the total membership, to 5%.
• In the event of an adjourned general meeting, the quorum will be the members attending the adjourned meeting Other changes to the Constitution are generally minor and serve mainly to correct spelling mistakes and grammar. Anybody who would like to review the new proposed Constitution can find both the current and proposed Constitutions on the Chichester U3A website. These documents will be available in hard copy form at coffee mornings and monthly meetings.
If you have any more specific or detailed questions or comments, contact any Committee Member via email or by calling 07460 109600.
Membership Survey: comments from the Committee
The Committee is very grateful to all members who completed and returned the survey forms. These have now been analysed and we are holding a “brainstorming” session in the next few weeks to decide which suggestions and comments can be put to into action and to decide a list of priorities. We will keep reporting back on our decisions.
It may turn out that we will not be able to act on some of your suggestions – for example, they may be unrealistic or not within the remit of a U3A. But be assured that we are reading ALL of your comments and are intending to follow up as many as possible.
Potential New Language, Crossword, Photography and Gardening Groups!
The committee has started analyzing the information collected by the members survey, in particular, the requests for a variety of new groups. We have recently successfully started new groups by asking interested members initially to gather around a table at a Coffee Morning to discuss the topic.
So, at the Coffee Morning on 6 March, we are inviting all members interested in the formation of more language groups, and any interested in learning how to solve cryptic crosswords, to come along.
If you might be able to lead such a group, or if you are interested in becoming a member but cannot come to the March Coffee Morning, please contact Group Co-ordinator, Caroline Davis . Alternatively, contact any Committee member.
At the April Coffee Morning, we plan to hold similar gatherings of members interested in a photography group and a new gardening group.
Reading Group 10
The Graylingwell reading group have three vacancies. They meet in Graylingwell on the first Wednesday of each month from 3pm to 4pm.
The group leader can send a list of the books recently read to anyone who considers joining.
To find out more, contact the Group Leader
(Anna) or the Groups Coordinator
giving your name and membership number.
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
The March Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, from 10.00 until 12 noon in the Minerva Theatre, upstairs in the Bar and Grill.
We apologise for the last-minute change of venue at the February Coffee Morning. From time to time we have to hold our Coffee Morning in the Foyle Terrace at the Main Theatre because the Minerva Bar and Grill sets up lunch for matinee theatre-goers at 11.30am. This time they forgot to notify us!
The next Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday, February 21st at 14.30 at The Assembly Rooms in North Street, Chichester
Speaker: James Dickinson
Henry III and the Battle of Lewes
Henry III is a little known English king who was on the throne for the fourth longest period of time in our history. He was an important monarch, culturally and politically. In his reign many significant works of English architecture were built. At the Battle of Lewes, he was defeated and power passed into the hands of de Montfort and his supporters.
Refreshments will be served from 13:30 to 14:15.
Please remember to bring your membership card.
Next quiz is on Tuesday, February 26th
Closing date for booking: Thursday, February 21st
Venue : The White Swan , Bosham
Time : 6.45 for a prompt 7.00 start
New members are welcome.
Beef and ale pie with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Salmon Fillet in a dill cream sauce with new potatoes and vegetables.
Harissa spiced chick peas with halloumi and spinach.
Send the cheque (payable to Chichester U3A), with meal choice and membership number on the back, to:
Social Events Organiser
PO Box 809 Mailboxes Etc.
26 The Hornet
Chichester PO19 7BB
N.B. March Quiz. The next quiz will be held on 26th March at the White Swan – menu choice etc will be in the next Bulletin
SUSSEX U3A NETWORK
Details of the next three study days of the 2018/2019 season are available via the links below or by contacting the SUN representative.
- March 9th, 2019: Music for the Movies with Robert Carrington at Sedlescombe. A visual guide to how and why music is used in film. NB. The advertised date, 10th, is incorrect.
- April 13th, 2019: In the Picture with Peter Enser in Horsham. Exploring the evolving role of images in human communication and the techniques for their creation, interpretation and retrieval.
- May 11th, 2019: Eureka! – A Brief History of Maths with Roger Luther at Patching. A look at some of the highlights of mathematical discovery.
NATIONAL U3A STUDY DAYS
- Monday, March 11th 2019 13:30 – 17:00 Royal Institution – U3A explores Science at the RI Three Talks: Plastic in the Oceans, Origins of the Universe and Risky Living. Tickets £21.50.
- Thursday, March 21st 2019 11:00 – 16:00 National Gallery – Satire to Sublime British Art from Hogarth to Turner at the National Gallery. Tickets £25.
- Friday, April 26th 2019 13:30 to 16:00 An Afternoon at historic Southwark Cathedral. Join U3A members to listen to a talk from a Southwark Cathedral historian about the many connections between the ancient area of Bankside and the cathedral. A tour of the Cathedral will explore the close ties with Shakespeare’s theatrical world. Tickets £15.
For further details of the study days follow the links above.
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