Dear Chichester U3A member,

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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

“We still have a few places left for the Quiz at 6.45 pm next Tuesday 22nd at The White Swan. If you can make up a team of 4, or if you would like to join a table, please email me here by Saturday at the latest, with a phone number.”

The venue is the newly-refurbished White Swan pub on the A259 roundabout at Bosham.
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.


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


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.”

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

The cost is now £8 for members of SUN U3As and £10 for all other applicants. In other words, the cost of any SUN study day, for any member of Chichester U3A, is just £8. Send a stamped addressed envelope for your ticket/s, with cheque payment and booking form, please. Booking forms and venue maps are linked to each event.
  • 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

  • Transcription Workshop: Women, Education & Reform in the Nineteenth Century to be held on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 from 11:00 to 16:00 GMT, at Royal Holloway College, Egham Hill, Egham, TW20 0EX. Free. This workshop will introduce you to the history of the College, Elizabeth Jesser Reid’s role in Victorian reform culture, and to transcribing Victorian letters. Further details here.
  • 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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