Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Dear U3A members,
I was delighted and honoured to be voted in as the new Chair of Chichester U3A at our recent AGM. I have met so many lovely people since I joined earlier this year and have seen some excellent groups,events, trips and visits, organised by the committee. The new members’ meetings are great for finding out what goes on and the monthly coffee mornings are just such a lovely way of chatting and catching up with old friends and new.
I have a background of 46 years of education and retired 2 years ago from Chichester Free School, where I was Head of Primary and also a founder member. I’m extraordinarily proud of this achievement but the time had come to turn my time and energies to something else, which combines enjoyment and challenge.
I believe that I have found this with the U3A and hope that, along with a newly formed committee, using advice and help from retiring members, we will continue to provide a wonderful service to all our members.
I hope to meet more of you as time goes on and gather ideas and knowledge about your hopes and desires as a member of U3A.
Have a lovely weekend.
Maureen Doyle

Future Monthly Meetings

As from September, Monthly Meetings will be held in Christ Church, which is the previous venue that long-standing members will remember from a few years ago.
The move is in response to the results of the Members’ Survey.
Christ Church is situated on Old Market Avenue (at the southern end of South Street) and has the advantage of being close to the bus station and to the car park at the District Council Offices.

Please also note that there will be no meeting in August.

We will issue reminders of both bits of information when relevant.

Mottisfont Abbey

If you would like to join the visit to Mottisfont Abbey, there are still a few places left.
Do not delay, this is definitely your last chance!
Details are on the website.

News from the AGM

After an exciting and tense half hour, during which some our finest minds were employed in counting the arrivals, and the rougher sort of member in preventing their leaving,  the AGM was held on Thursday, May 16th, was quorate, and was completed rapidly and peacefully. Only one resolution was contested, to my recollection – two votes were cast against the Changes to the Constitution, and one of those votes was mine (yes, even the Bulletin editor has a vote). The longest discussion was over the date of next year’s AGM. A new committee was elected, namely:
CHAIR: Maureen Doyle
TREASURER: Antony Waller
MEMBER: Ray Davies
MEMBER: Jean Buttery
MEMBER: Caroline Davis
MEMBER: Fenella Godber
MEMBER: Joe Baker
MEMBER: Judith Cobban
Our thanks go to the outgoing members of the committee for their expertise and hard work.


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

Beyond the Headlines – Current Affairs Discussion Forum

  If you would like to join this group,  there’s currently a vacancy. The group meets monthly (morning of the third Wednesday in the month in members’ homes) with a different topical subject each time, leading to a wide-ranging and lively discussion.  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.

Sussex U3A Network

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

U3A National Conference

August 27th- 29th 2019

Together we will be sharing our views, ideas and experience in this year’s conference “Sharing Inspiring Learning”. With workshops focusing on lifelong learning, managing new educational resources, finance for charities, and supporting the growth and development of U3As, there will opportunity to discuss, debate and enjoy the views of colleagues across the movement. There will also be some free time to share interests such as singing, ukulele playing, walking and many other choices. Please join us for the conference and enjoy time with U3A members from across the movement.

Please come and join the discussion.

Residential and non-residential options for Conference are available; costs range from £115.00 to £325.00 (This includes AGM day). AGM Day only tickets are also available.

Further details are obtainable here.

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.

Hampshire South Central U3A Network

SCN Quiz hosted by Gosport U3A
Friday, October 11th 2019 at 7 pm.

The Hampshire South Central  U3A Network is organising a quiz, to be held at  Hardway, Elson and Districts Community Association (HEDCA, to experts). Teams are invited from all the local U3As. If you are interested in forming a team to compete at this event, please contact the quiz organiser.


Further details are obtainable here

National U3A Study Days

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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