Dear Chichester U3A member,

To see the last six or so bulletins, click here

A Message from the Chair

Dear members,
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

Lunchtime Skittles

Two further Skittles meetings have been arranged:

  • The first will be on MONDAY, November 4th
  • The second will be on THURSDAY, November 28th

In both cases, the details are as follows:
Place: The Barley Mow at Walderton
Time: 12:15 for 12:30
Cost: £12 pp to include a buffet lunch.
We hope to finish by 15:30.

The second date is in lieu of a December meeting: many people are busy in December, it seems.
You may book for either or both (or neither!).
For further information and booking, please contact the organizer, Jean.

U3A Quiz Evening

Date: The next Quiz Evening will be held on Tuesday, 22nd October, at 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm.

Place: The venue is the newly-refurbished White Swan pub at the A259 roundabout at Bosham.
You can apply as a team of four, or individually and we will create teams.
Supper will cost £11 per person for the main course, and there will be a choice of desserts. Please choose from the following:
Steak and ale pie with seasonal vegetables, and chips, mash or new potatoes (please specify)
Salmon with vegetables and new potatoes
Mediterranean vegetable pasta.

Please send a cheque for £11 payable to Chichester U3A to the address below to arrive before Friday 18 October.

Send to:
U3A Quiz
Box 809
Mailboxes Etc
26 The Hornet
PO19 7BB

If you have any queries regarding your booking please contact the Quiz Organizer here.

Monthly Meeting

The next Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday, October 17th, in Christ Church, Old Market Avenue.

The speaker will be Richard Swaine and the title of his talk is “The Invention of Spain

Spain, its rulers, its power and the changes, the things we should know but perhaps don’t.  We will be reminded of the current perception of this amazing country and some of the ghosts that lurk in the shadows.

Refreshments from 13:30 to 14:15. The talk begins at 14:30.


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! (There was quite a good response to last week’s bulletin, so some people took heed!) 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).
N.B. Booking is now available for some more study days, up to February 2020, see below.


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 (via the contact form here), but book the trip directly with James on Sunstar.

Groups News

Cryptic Crosswords

A Message from the group leader:
“Our new Cryptic Crossword Improvers Group is looking for more members. If you enjoy solving crosswords and might have fun sharing crosswording skills, why not come and join us on a Wednesday morning twice a month. The next session is on Wednesday 23 October. Please contact me for more information here.
Or you can contact the  Groups Team.”

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 or equivalent 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

Sussex U3A Network

Upcoming Study Days

  • 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.
  • Saturday,  March 14th, 2020 Not booking yet. Country Houses in the South Downs – from medieval to 20th Century with Sue Berry at Rustington. An exploration of how fashion and fortune affected these houses.
  • Saturday, April 18th, 2020 Not booking yet. A Mathematical Medley with Roger Luther at Horsham. Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.
  • Saturday, May 9th, 2020 Not booking yet. Crusades and the Knights Templar with Geoff Doel at Mayfield. An exploration of the first 100 years of the controversial crusading movement and of the iconic Order of Knights Templar, which has fuelled so many bizarre legends.

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

National U3A Study Days

  • The U3A Christmas Concert 2019 will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, from 14:00 to 16:00.
    The venue has been changed: this year the concert will be held in St Lawrence Jewry,  Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AA – next door to the Guildhall. The cost of the event, including mulled wine and mince pies, will be £18.50.
    For further details and booking, see here.
    N.B. There is just the one concert this year, and I have no idea how big the church is.
  • British Library: discovering children’s literature. 3rd February 2020. 10:30 to 15:45. Cost: £24, including tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, but not including lunch. Not booking yet.

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