Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Vacancy on the Speakers Sub-committee

This is your chance to help select speakers for the monthly meetings. Add your ideas and your knowledge to the mix, to find interesting speakers and a season of talks of varied and long-lasting interest in which all members can find something to get hold of. No previous experience required.
For further information contact the Speakers Committee.


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.

Group vacancies for Artists, Play Readers and Lovers of Literature!

Do you paint a bit or read poetry, prose or plays? Of course, you do! Why not share your interest with a friendly group of like-minded folk?

There are vacancies in the following groups:

Contact the group leader via the group’s web-page, or contact the Groups Coordinator who will pass your message on.


July Monthly Meeting

Good news! We have a speaker (and a talk) for the July monthly meeting. The speaker will be our former secretary, Jane Church, whom many of you will know, and her talk is entitled ‘The (very) alarming Anthropocene’. She will be explaining the term during the talk, exploring why the concept is so very alarming, and also what we need to do in order to remedy the situation.
As usual, the meeting will be in the Assembly Rooms, North Street. The talk will begin at 14:30, while refreshments will be available from 13:30 to 14:15.
Please note that this will be the last meeting in the Assembly Rooms: the next monthly meeting will be in September in Christ Church.

Sussex U3A Network

Sussex Spirit, Myths & Legends

Saturday, July 13th, 10 am to 5 pm, at the Jubilee Building, Sussex University, Brighton.
An exhibition to view projects undertaken by various interest groups from our local U3As with music, dance, storytelling, displays and more.
This flyer gives some more information, including a map.

Autumn Study Days

  • Saturday, September 14th at Uckfield: London – Paris: a Journey through Time with Peter Enser. A look at how successive advances in transport have transformed passengers ‘experience of the journey between the two cities over time.
  • Saturday, October 12th at Ringmer: The Role of Place in Myth, Legend and Storytelling with Joanna Gilar. An exploration of landscape and environment in storytelling.
  • Saturday, November 9th at Steyning:  Viennese Joy and Parisian Pleasure with John Hursey. Two capital cities famous for different musical masterpieces.

Further details when they become available

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

August 5th to August 8th, 2019: U3A Science Network at Aston University, Birmingham.
There are also two National Summer Schools: in Aston in August, and in Cirencester in September.

Further details on all are obtainable here.

National U3A Study Days

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

NEW! Recently adjudged Museum of the Year for 2019!

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 Cardiff. The day will include three historical talks and two hours of free time to explore the museum and all it has to offer. 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

 U3A Explores Science at the Ri

Monday, October 7th, 2019, 13:45 – 16:45 at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street,  London W1S 4BS
There will be three talks:

  • Chasing the Sun with Linda Geddes
    The science of sunlight and how you can exploit your relationship with light and darkness to improve your health, sleep and productivity.
  • Experiencing the Impossible with Gustav Kahn  Understanding how and why our brain is fooled will dramatically change the way you judge yourself and others, and it will also provide you with a new appreciation of your brain’s amazing capacity.
  • Beyond the Higgs with Harry Cliff
    In 2012, the announcement of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. But what has been going on at the Large Hadron Collider since? What is the future of the world’s biggest physics experiment? And what intriguing hints of new physics are around the corner?

Price £21.50

More meetings later in the year

  • November 7th, 2019, 11:00 to 15:45. National Gallery: the Pre-Raphaelites Cost £25
  • November 20th or 21st, 2019 (I assume that means you can book for either day but not both, as last year, but SUN thinks differently!), 10:30 to 16:00. Roman Study Day at the Guildhall, London Cost £23.50
  • November 25th, 2019, 10:30 to 15:30. The Architecture of London, RIBA. Cost £25

Further details in the latest issue of  TAM, pp 8-9. Booking starts later this year.

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