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
Notice from the Committee
Chichester U3A Needs You.
We must have New Ideas and Fresh Faces to keep Chichester U3A alive
There has been an encouraging response to the need for new blood on the committee and we thank those of you who have already come forward with an expression of interest.
However we need to ensure that we have volunteers in place who are willing to take on the specific roles of Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary and Membership Secretary before we hold the AGM on Thursday 16th May, only 2 months away.
Without these key players Chichester U3A will not be able to function after the end of our membership year, August 31st 2019.
In other words, CHICHESTER U3A WILL HAVE TO CLOSE
Much of the commitment to any of these roles can be mitigated by introducing a ‘Job Share’ arrangement such as has been working well for the Membership Secretary post over the past 3 years or simply by putting a small team in place to support an elected committee member in order to reduce the workload.
Please get in touch with the Chair or with the membership secretary or by phone on 07460 109600 to arrange a chat to learn more about how you can be involved in keeping Chichester U3A alive.
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.
At the Coffee Morning earlier this week a new Beginners’ Cryptic Crossword Group, was formed with 12 members. This is the maximum number which this Group can support and is therefore taking no further members. We will be following an 8 session programme, lasting about 3 months. If any other members would like to form another Group, using the material which is available, please contact the Groups Coordinator
for more information.
We also asked members who were interested in forming new language groups to come along, and there was significant interest in German, Italian, French and Arabic language groups. Work is now in hand to decide exactly how to take this forward. Watch this space for news.
At the April Coffee Morning, we plan to hold gatherings of members interested in a photography group and in a new gardening group, so do come along if you are interested. If you cannot be there, contact the Groups Coordinator
to be added to the list.
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 :
- a recorder – descant, treble, tenor or bass, but preferably two (or more)
- a music stand (though I can loan one if needed)
- you must be familiar with recorder fingering (this isn’t a beginners group)
- you must be able to read music i.e. cope with basic key signatures, notation and rhythms (about Grade 3 if that helps)
- 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.
- 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
Reading Group 10 (Graylingwell)
The Graylingwell reading group is now full. Thank you to all those who have expressed interest. Other reading groups may have vacancies.
To find out more, contact 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 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.
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
PO Box 809 Mailboxes Etc.
26 The Hornet
Chichester PO19 7BB
Would you like to help some research?
We have received a request from a student at Oxford Brookes University who is doing research into people that have had help when they retired….
“It seems that lots of people struggle with the initial planning of time and finances (approx. 50-60%) and then once retired approx. 20-30% struggle to adjust to their new “roles” and can experience a lost sense of self. Coaching as an intervention to support this, seems to be scarce so I’d be very interested to hear of anyone who may have experienced this.
I am specifically seeking participants who have been through some form of coaching or mentoring to support them through their transition. If you did attend 121 or group coaching then I’d be delighted to talk to you.
Is there any chance I can get in contact with the U3A network to reach more retirees to see if any of them have received coaching and would be interested in helping me in my research?”
If you are interested in helping this student with her research, please contact the secretary, Jane Church.
Using your Tablet
Do you have a tablet (iPad or Android), but need help sending and receiving emails? Do you want to progress from emails to doing your grocery shopping on-line? If so, students at Chichester College can offer help. You will go to an introductory session at the College, run by a member of the college staff, and then be matched with your student tutor. You will then go back for weekly sessions of 45 minutes with your student tutor.
If you are interested, please contact the groups coordinator
Trips and Outings
Visit to Brooklands
The outing to Brooklands Museum which was planned for March 28th has been cancelled because there was insufficient interest to make it financially viable. Deposit payments will be refunded.
MOTTISFONT HOUSE AND GARDENS (NATIONAL TRUST)
Near Romsey, Hants
Saturday, 15th June 2019
Mottisfont is an 18th Century house with a medieval priory at its heart. Maud Russell made Mottisfont her home in the 1930s, bringing artists there to relax and create works inspired by Mottisfont’s past, including an extraordinary drawing room painted by Rex Whistler. Those artistic traditions are continued today, with a permanent 20th century art collection and major exhibitions in the top-floor gallery.
In summer the walled rose garden, with its world-famous collection of old-fashioned roses, is the highlight of the beautiful grounds. A spring bubbles up in the secluded heart of the garden – the source of the foundation of the Priory.
There are free guided tours of the gardens. There is a Restaurant, a café, an ice-cream parlour and plenty of places to picnic – and of course a shop and plant centre.
ESTIMATED COST £36 OR £18 FOR NT MEMBERS (don’t forget your NT membership card)
Depart South Street at 9.15am to arrive at Mottisfont at approximately 10.30am
Leave Mottisfont at 3.30pm to arrive in Chichester at approximately 5.00pm
To register your interest and to reserve a place we require a deposit of £10 per person (cheque only please) to reach us by 15th May, accompanied by the booking form. This is downloadable from the website under “Trips and Outings” or by clicking the link Trips form for Mottisfont. You can also request a form here or by leaving a message on 07460 109600 (the number previously given here was incorrect). We will also have forms available at Coffee Mornings and at Monthly Meetings.
The final cost will depend on the number of persons booking and the balance of payment will be notified to you after 15th May. The balance of payment must be made by 31st May. Your deposit cheque will be returned to you 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
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.
- 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
- 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. SOLD OUT
- 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. SOLD OUT
- 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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