Dear Chichester U3A member,

To see the last six or so bulletins, click here
There’s not a lot of news. So here are some extracts from my U3A diary. Not poetic. No lyrical prose.
I recently went on a Chichester U3A ramble. I cycled to the start, six miles or so, with two significant hills, which meant I was exhausted before I even started. I’ll have to get an electric bike. (I used to belong to the cycling group, but left before it became full of fit “young” men, who love cycling up hills. Maybe some of them use electric bikes? Someone I know who belongs to a cycling group in another U3A found himself one day the only one of the six NOT with an electric bike!)
Anyway, it was a lovely day, the sun was shining, it was somebody’s seventieth birthday celebration (seventy – a mere stripling!), with much too much cake. We encountered a small herd of deer, as we often do on these walks, always lovely to see. And we walked across this runway in the middle of a huge field, complete with an airplane (in a barn). What’s it for? So mysterious. So mysterious.
Apart from the scenery, flora and fauna, the other feature of these walks is the conversation. Some people talk the whole way round. And they continue their chatter in the pub afterwards. Amazing, how do they manage it? Where does it all come from? And there are those who sidle up to me with some crackpot idea, for example about black holes. Luckily, I was able to counter that one with my own crackpot idea on dark energy. Intellectual stuff, see, not just gossip and holidays.
And then I cycled back, now mostly downhill . No problem.


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.


Basic Bridge for Absolute Beginners!

Always wanted to learn how to play bridge? Now is your chance! One of our bridge group leaders is running a short concentrated course for beginners, consisting of 10 two-hour sessions, on successive Monday and Thursday mornings, from 10:00 to 12:00, at his house. The course will run every Monday and Thursday, from Monday 16 September to Thursday 17 October.

There will be a nominal charge of £2 per session, to cover course materials and basic refreshments. If you are interested, please contact the Groups Coordinator, in the first instance, 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.

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  Ticket sales end on June 13th.

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.

U3A Jazz Study Day 2019

Tuesday, September 17th 2019, 11:00 to 16:00 at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road. London NW1 7AY.

For a second year, Alan Barnes and his octet have agreed to entertain and enlighten us about jazz, this time focusing on the instruments in the band and the all-important personalities that energise jazz music. This will be the World Premiere of Alan’s new project.

Price £20

 Is there anybody out there?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, 10:30 to 16:00 at ‘We The Curious’, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5LL..

We The Curious is a cultural venue in the heart of historic Bristol, offering exciting and stimulating experiences based around science and the arts. U3A members are invited to enjoy a day out with a difference. Every day another ‘Earth-like’ planet is discovered somewhere in the universe. But how do we detect these ‘exoplanets’, could they support life and what might that life look like anyway? This exciting day starts with a 3D show in our incredible, full-dome Planetarium and features three hands-on workshops.

Price £22

A Day of Welsh History at St Fagan’s

Thursday, September 25th, 2019, 10:30 to 16:00 at St Fagan’s National Museum of History, St Fagan’s, Cardiff  CF5 6XB

The exclusive U3A study day will take place in the museum, set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland in the village of St Fagan’s, just outside of Cardiff. The day will include 3 historical talks and 2 hours of free time to explore the museum and all it has to offer in your own time. A plenary session at the end of the day will give you the opportunity to ask questions.

Step into the past through the world famous open-air museum and explore historic buildings brought to St Fagans from across Wales, such as St Teilo’s Church (built between 1200 and 1500 and re-erected at St Fagan’s in 2007), Oakdale Workman’s Institute (built in 1916 and re-erected at St Fagan’s in 1995), and Nantwallter Cottage (built about 1760 and re-erected at St Fagan’s in 1993), to name but a few.

Price £19:50

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