Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Breaking News!

Leonardo comes to Chichester!

Yes*, indeed,  on Saturday 7 December 2019, from 10.15 am to 3.30 pm, Kay Blackburn will be leading a SUN study day, looking at the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci.
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo, one of history’s great thinkers and artists. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and scientist, who studied human anatomy and plant forms as well as being a mapmaker. The venue will be The Village Hall, The Street, Boxgrove, Nr Chichester, PO18 OEE, so convenient for all members. This study day is likely to be very popular, so you are advised to BOOK EARLY! You may do so by following this link, downloading the form, and sending the completed form, SAE and cheque to the address given on the form (and NOT by informing the SUN rep that you would like to attend).
* Surely you didn’t think I was referring to the other Leonardo, did you? I expect he’s off filming, somewhere warm.

A Message from the Chair

Dear members,
We look forward to our next Coffee Morning being held in the Bar and Grill at the Minerva.
However, due to matinees and Christmas events, November and December  Coffee Mornings will be in the Foyle Terrace.
Please look out for more information on our Coffee Mornings in the coming weeks.
Maureen Doyle
Committee Chair, Chichester U3A

Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning next Wednesday, October 2nd, from 10:00 to 12:00, in the Minerva Bar at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Come along for cakes and refreshments, meetings and conversations with friends, and opportunities to talk to committee members.
And it’s not all just idle chatter – last month, the crosswords meeting was very successful, with two fully-formed courses created, as if by magic. And the membership team was exceedingly busy.
All in pleasant surroundings, and with convenient parking.


Programme of Sailing trips up to the end of the year

As last year the 2019 summer programme has focused on a variety of sailing experiences aboard ‘Sunstar’, which catered for a range of interests and levels of expertise. The dates for 2020 will be published in December but in the meantime the winter trips will vary between wildlife watching in the harbour combined with some open water sailing in Hayling Bay when conditions are suitable. As always the emphasis is for members to enjoy a safe and fun activity on the water for all levels of expertise but some experience of sailing would be useful. The dates are:

  • October 23rd
  • November 6th
  • November 22nd
  • December 6th

Please let leader Cedric know which trips you would like to go on, but book the trip directly with James on Sunstar.

Groups News

Mah Jong

This year’s Mah Jongg sessions will be starting on October the 17th.

They will run from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm approximately, and will be for all levels from beginners to advanced.
For further details, please contact the group leader or the Groups Team.

Spanish Conversation – Advanced

This group is full. If you are interested, we have a waiting list: please contact the group leader via the dropdown contact form on the group’s webpage for more information. Or contact the Groups Team.
Note that  ‘A-level’ Spanish is required.

Christmas Lunch

You may now book for your Christmas Lunch. You may obtain a form by contacting the Social Secretary here, or you can collect one from her at the October Coffee Morning (October 2nd), October Monthly Meeting (October 17th) or November Coffee Morning (November 6th), supposing any places are left. The menu is below, the cost is £22 including tip. Bookings need to reach the Social Secretary by Thursday 7th November.

A Spiced Parsnip Soup, Curry Oil and Croutons (W,D,C,V)
B Deep-Fried Camembert, Dressed Rocket Leaves and a Cranberry Gel (W,D,E)
C Smoked Trout and Salmon Terrine, Apple and Walnut Salad and Light Horseradish Cream (N,D,F)

D Traditional Roast Turkey served with Traditional Bacon wrapped Chipolatas, Chestnut and Sausage Meat Stuffing, Bread Sauce, Cranberry Sauce and Roasting Gravy ((N, W,D,E,C,M)
E Baked Supreme of Salmon served on a Bubble and Squeak Mash, Crispy Leek and Saffron Butter Sauce (D,F,C)
F Grilled Loin of Bacon, Stilton Croquette and Celeriac Puree (W,D,E)
G Wild Mushroom, Winter vegetable and Chestnut ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ (V,N,D,C)

H Tangerine Scented Bavarois, Tuile Biscuit and a Spiced Marmalade (D,E,S,Su)
I Chichester College Traditional Christmas Pudding with Rum Sauce and a Brandy Butter (N,W,D,E,Su)
J Sachertorte, Passion Fruit Sorbet (W,D,E,S)
K Xmas Cheeses, Celery, Biscuits and Grapes (W,D,C)

Coffee or tea and mince pies (W,D)

NB One Drink is included in the price: choose R (red wine), W (white wine) or S (soft drink)

ALLERGENS: N=Nuts, W=Wheat/gluten, D=Dairy, E=Eggs, F=Fish/molluscs/crustaceans, S=Soya, C=Celery, M=Mustard, SU=Sulphites, L=Lupin, V=Suitable for Vegetarians

Lunchtime Skittles

The next Skittles meeting will be on Monday, October 7th at 12.30 PM
As some people don’t like driving to Walderton in the dark, we’re trying lunchtimes instead.
Place: The Barley Mow at Walderton
Cost: £12 pp to include a buffet lunch.
We hope to finish by 3.30 PM
For further information, please contact the organizer, Jean.

Sussex U3A Network

Upcoming Study Days

  • Saturday, October 12th at Ringmer: CANCELLED  All booking cheques will be destroyed.  The Role of Place in Myth, Legend and Storytelling with Joanna Gilar.
  • Saturday, November 9th at Steyning:  Viennese Joy and Parisian Pleasure with John Hursey. Two capital cities famous for different musical masterpieces. Click the link in the title for more details and booking.
  • Saturday, December 7th at Boxgrove: Leonardo da Vinci with Kay Blackburn. Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of one of history’s great thinkers and artists. Click the link in the title for more details and booking.
  • Saturday, January 11th 2020 at Hailsham: Music and Nature with Robert Carrington. Creatures with their actual sounds and how composers have created pieces based on these sounds or calls.
  • Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at Pulborough: Landscapes of South East England with Geoffrey Mead. Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.

Further details of these last two when they become available or from your  SUN representative.

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