Dear Chichester U3A member,

I have now received  messages from seven people about display problems (text running in a narrow column down the LHS). Four people used Live Mail (no longer being maintained) and one used Outlook (vintage as yet not specified). The other two did not identify the mail software. Some of the seven used Windows 7, which will not be maintained after next January.
I cannot test Live Mail, nor can I test using Windows 7. So I cannot say with any confidence that I will be able to fix these or subsequent problems arising from use of obsolete software, and, if I did try, I would need a lot of assistance from the people suffering from these problems.
On the other hand, I could revert to a simpler format for the emails.
In the meantime, if you are having problems with the emails, by all means let me know, giving details of the problem, the operating system, and the email software used. And please remember:
1. You can click on the link in the line below (“To see the last six …”) to get the website version.
2. If you are using Live Mail, or maybe an old version of Outlook, you could try Mail, which comes free and installed with Windows 10, and which I believe is available for Windows 7. Other email programs are available with a bit more effort.

To see the last six or so bulletins, click here

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Notice from the Committee

We are currently seeking volunteers to fill various positions on the Committee. At the AGM in May we need to appoint a Chair, Secretary and Membership Secretary (see notice below). In addition we are seeking “Ministers without Portfolio”.

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.

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

Job Vacancy – Secretary

A month in the life of the Committee Secretary

Our current committee secretary is standing-down at the May AGM. The committee secretary is one of the ‘officer’ roles required by the U3A constitution. It best suits an organised individual who is happy to deal with correspondence and can spare about 10 hours per month in order to ensure the smooth running of the committee. The following gives you a flavour of what is involved.
The first Thursday in the month is committee day. I get there early in order to ensure that the room is set-out and to set up my laptop. I play a dual role at committee meetings – that of minute-taker and of participating officer, which can get tricky at times. Some U3As split the role into ‘minutes secretary’ and ‘officer’, and this could work well here.
The meetings usually take about an hour and a half. I take the minutes directly onto my laptop (although some secretaries still prefer to take their notes by hand) and then polish them up as soon as I can, as memories quickly fade. I then send them over to the Chair to approve, and send them to the committee members after that.
For the next week or so I monitor my e-mails for exchanges of views between fellow committee members, act as the point of contact for the National Office and local regional groups, and deal with correspondence sent to the ‘secretary@’ e-mail address. Most of this simply requires me to forward queries to the relevant person. This is my quiet time. Then I start to gear-up for the next committee meeting, going through the previous month’s minutes for actions which require updates, and logging new agenda items as colleagues on the committee think of them. About 10 days before the committee meeting I finalise the agenda and send it to the Chair for any final additions before sending it out to my colleagues in good time for them to complete their actions.
This routine is punctuated on occasions by one-off jobs – such as ensuring that new trustees understand their responsibilities, working with the Chair on the U3A’s ‘Annual Return’ to the Charities’ Commission, preparing for the AGM, booking rooms, or undertaking research for a project – but overall I spend about ten hours per month on U3A matters. In return I get the satisfaction of playing a role in the smooth running of our U3A and working cooperatively with a great bunch of like-minded colleagues. Having served for a year I am stepping down at the AGM for personal reasons and hope that the person who takes over from me will enjoy the experience as much as I have done.

If you are interested, ring 07460 109600 or email us.

Jane Church, 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.

GROUPS

Recorder  Ensemble

The Recorder Ensemble has moved from Selsey to The Hornet, Chichester! Bus stops in both directions for the 51 and 700 are conveniently nearby or it’s only about 12mins walk from the Market Cross.
The Ensemble currently numbers six and there is room for two more. We meet almost every Tuesday morning 10.30am to 12noon and play a variety of music from early to modern. We play in parts SATB, doubling up as necessary. If you’d like to join us you need :

  1. a recorder – descant, treble, tenor or bass, but preferably two (or more)
  2. a music stand (though I can loan one if needed)
  3. you must be familiar with recorder fingering (this isn’t a beginners group)
  4. you must be able to read music i.e. cope with basic key signatures, notation and rhythms (about Grade 3 if that helps)
  5. and you should be prepared to do some practice of your own inbetween sessions if you want to improve (playing once a week won’t do that for you). You can borrow music to do that if you want.
  6. I provide the music – no need to worry about that – I have lots!

So if you’d like to join our merry band, please contact me for more details via the usual method. You can come along for a try-out if you like – that might be best if you haven’t played for a few years and feel rather rusty.

(To note: unfortunately there’s no visitor parking and on-street parking is limited to 1hr. Nearest car parks are New Park or The Cattle Market).

Playreading Group 2

Playreading group 2 now meets at 2.00pm on the first Thursday of each month, the venue rotating round members’ houses. Please also note that there are vacancies in both playreading groups.
To find out more, click here.

Grid References & All That


If you would like to brush up grid references or other aspects of map reading, you can do so in central Chichester. All meetings take place on weekday mornings, except Tuesday. Contact the group leader, Elizabeth, here

Bridge on a Tuesday Afternoon

Boxgrove Bridge Group has vacancies and welcomes new members –
previous playing experience essential – £2 entrance fee ( includes tea & biscuits) – Interested? – then please contact them here.

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 the 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.

Coffee Morning

The March Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday, March 6th, from 10.00 until 12 noon in the Foyle Terrace (change of venue!)
At the Coffee Morning, 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.
Caroline is also planning to make an announcement on iPad training.

Trips and Outings

Outing to Brooklands Museum, Weybridge on Thursday 28th March.

Estimated cost £32, to be confirmed, to include coach travel, entrance fee and an introductory talk

Depart South Street, Chichester at 09.30 for arrival at Brooklands by 11.00

Time to have a coffee, book optional extras – The Concorde Experience, 4D Theatre, London Bus Museum and plan your day

At 11.30 we will have an introductory talk lasting about 30 minutes

Then we will be free to enjoy the museum and have lunch in the Sunbeam Café which offers a range of snacks and hot meals

We will depart no later than 16.00 to be back in Chichester by about 17.30

To register your interest and reserve a place please send a cheque for £10 made payable to Chichester U3A to our mailbox, Box 809, Mailboxes Etc, 26 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7BB by Friday 8th March or drop it in at the coffee morning on Wednesday 6th March. Please enclose your name and membership number

Your deposit will be refunded if there is insufficient interest to make the outing financially viable

South East Forum Conference 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Meridian Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT

Registration from 9.15am; the conference starts at 10:00. This popular and valuable event gives members across our large region (Surrey, Sussex and Kent U3A Networks)  an opportunity to meet, exchange news and views, and hear of innovations and examples of good practice.
We are very pleased to welcome a number of speakers covering a range of interesting subjects.  After lunch there will be discussion groups on current topics of interest. This will be followed by presentations on active projects from several networks. We conclude with feedback of the various discussions and a chance to discuss the best structure for the Forum in future years.
Get full details and registration forms from the link below.

Details of South East Forum Conference 2019

March Quiz

The March quiz is on Tuesday, March 26th
Closing date for booking: Thursday, March 21st
Venue : The White Swan , Bosham
Time : 6.45 for a prompt 7.00 start
New members are welcome.
Cost £10.50

Menu

Sausages and mash with seasonal vegetables.
Poached Fillet of sea bass with white wine, capers, lemon, tomatoes, wilted spinach and sautéed new potatoes.
Spinach and ricotta cannelloni with a side 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

SUN logo

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. Sales end March 4th.
  • 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.
  • Royal Holloway University Citizens Project – Shared Learning Projects ( projects for various dates are shown). A series of Research Retreats where members of the U3A can help us delve into the archives to help us examine key milestones in the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform. Most Research Retreats will be held at Royal Holloway’s campus in London and more dates will be added, so please do check back from time to time for updates.

For further details of the study days follow the links above.


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