Dear Chichester U3A member,

To see the last six or so bulletins, click here


John Fitzpatrick

We are very sorry to hear of the death of John Fitzpatrick.  His contribution over many years, not just as Secretary but then as Chair and thereafter as a very active group leader, was second to none. Despite his illness, he continued to be a faithful member of the U3A and was frequently to be seen at the monthly meetings and at the New Park Centre. He will be much missed.

Agenda for AGM

Here are the Agenda and other documentation for the AGM to be held on Thursday 16th May at 14:00. To be followed by the normal meeting as usual – see below.
Please come along to ensure there is a quorum!


Mottisfont Abbey

If you would like to join the visit to Mottisfont Abbey (details below), please note you must book by May 15th, which is only five days away. Do not delay, or you may miss your chance.

Volunteers to help

We are hoping to offer more Trips and Outings during the year ahead. We have already booked a visit to the Houses of Parliament and a visit to Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens, but we are looking forward to planning more visits which have been suggested by various U3A members.
Fenella Godber has very kindly taken on the role of Co-ordinator for Trips and Outings but needs some enthusiastic helpers. With a six-person team the workload could be shared and a wide range of visits
Would you like to join the team? You can email Fenella or you can leave a message on 07460 109600

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.


Sailing Group

We now have the dates for sailing for the Summer on board “Sunstar” out of Chichester Marina; full details can be found here and here
Further dates for the year will be announced in due course.
Costs: £75.00 per person. Lunch may be booked in advance – details on request
Note: after 3 trips in one calendar year, each member can claim a fourth trip on Sunstar for free

Discussion Groups

The Monday discussion group is now full, but there is still room for more on Tuesday (14:30 to 16:00). Meetings take place in Summersdale, every fortnight. For further details contact the groups team

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 and AGM

The May monthly meeting will be on Thursday, May 16th at 14:00earlier than usual, because …

… it will start with the AGM: please come along, to ensure there is a quorum.

Refreshments will be available “a little earlier than usual”.

The AGM will be followed by a talk:

Speaker: Ian Keable

Charles Dickens: Conjuror

 Ian is a distinguished amateur magician. His own conjuring playbill is brought to life by reference to showmen who influenced him and by some Dickensian magic tricks.



Near Romsey, Hants
Saturday, 15th June 2019

To join this trip, you must book by May 15th!
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  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.


Details of next Autumn’s Study Days will appear here in due course.

Summer Schools

June 24th to June 27th, 2019: SE U3A Forum Chichester Summer School at Chichester University.

August 5th to August 8th, 2019: U3A Science Network at Aston University, Birmingham.

Further details on both are obtainable here.


Renaissance Treasures at the National Gallery

Thursday, June 20th 2019, 11:00 to 15:45 in the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery.

Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks on iconic paintings and hidden gems of the Italian Renaissance, by artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo and Titian, as well as some less known artists.

Price £25

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.

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