Dear Chichester U3A member,

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Coffee Mornings- New Day Notice

Dear Members,
Our coffee mornings are greatly enjoyed by many of us. We haven’t quite reached 100 attendees as yet, but we are close. This indicates the popularity and importance of this chance to meet with each other. To catch up with old friends and to make some new ones. 

It is also an important vehicle for giving out news and information. A chance to ask questions and keep the momentum of Chichester U3A going. It is clear that we all enjoy meeting in The Minerva Bar as opposed to The Foyle. We’re sure you realise that we are moved to the Foyle when there is a matinee and the Minerva requires the room for lunch preparation. Our contract is with the catering company and not with the theatre. After meeting with their manager, it has been agreed that to move our coffee mornings to a TUESDAY, means we will ALWAYS be in The Minerva, with dates agreed well in advance, with the promise from the company, that we will never be moved to The Foyle. These will begin in 2020 and notices will be posted in the bulletins between now and the first one on January 7th 2020.

We realise that for some of us, we may already have a Tuesday commitment but over time, it is hoped that you will be able to rearrange this, should you wish to attend coffee mornings. The committee agreed that this is the best solution to continuing a positive relationship with the catering company and our continued welcome as guests at the theatre.

On behalf of Chichester U3A committee.

Volunteer Wanted

Dear Members,
We are looking for a willing volunteer to operate the IT at our monthly talks. We have no-one to do this after November, which will create difficulties for the speakers, who require a microphone and a whiteboard for presentations. Although not too difficult a role, there will be a handover and some training for a willing volunteer, or a team of volunteers which would be ideal. If you are interested, please contact:
Committee Chair, Chichester U3A

November Monthly Meeting

There will be a monthly meeting on Thursday, November 21st, in Christ Church, Old Market Lane, our new old venue.The speaker will be Peter Bosomworth and the title of his talk is “Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Brunel was incredibly versatile, so much more than an engineer. He was a visionary, who was able to persuade people to finance his projects even after earlier ones had failed. What did he achieve?

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

Groups News

Playreading groups

A Message from the group leader:

Winter Sunshine?  Italy? Spain? Join our Playreading group on the 1st or 4th Thursday afternoon every month, when we read plays from all over Europe.

    This month: De Filippo’s  ‘The Syndicate’ (premiered at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011).  A part, sometimes two, for everyone.  Friendly, welcoming group.

Contact:  Felicity or you can contact the  Groups Team.

November Quiz Evening

Place: The venue is the newly-refurbished White Swan pub at the A259 roundabout at Bosham.
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 26th, 6.45 pm for 7.00.
You can apply as a team of four, or individually and we will create the teams.

Supper will cost £11 per person for the main course, and there will be a choice of desserts at £5. Please choose from the following:

Lasagne and salad
Fish pie and seasonal vegetables
Lentil and bean chilli

Please send a cheque, payable to Chichester U3A, for £11 per person, with your menu choice AND your membership number written on the back to:

Quizzes U3A
Box 809
Mailboxes Etc
26 The Hornet
PO19 7BB

If you have any queries regarding your booking please contact the Quiz Organizer here.
The White Swan at Bosham has undergone a lengthy refurbishment (including improved lighting) and is now under the same management as three years ago. We are hoping to see a “full house”.


Christmas Lunch

 The Chichester U3A Christmas Lunch is now fully booked. If you would like to put your name on the waiting list,  please contact the Social Secretary here,
The date is December 10th, 12:00 for 12:30, at Restaurant 64, Chichester College, and the cost is £22. Further details here.

Sussex U3A Network

Upcoming Study Days

The cost is now £8 for members of SUN U3As and £10 for all other applicantsIn 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, 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 Archives Alive: Peterloo | Research Challenge will be held on Thursday, November 28th, from 13:00 – 15:00 GMT.
    Royal Holloway, University of London, and The National Archives collaborated to create 18 short videos about Peterloo. For the next phase of the project, it is intended to create 500-word articles to accompany the videos. Volunteers for this project will be briefed at The National Archives and then carry out the research independently, at their own pace, supported by staff at Royal Holloway.For further details and booking, see 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. Hear five experts speak about the history of children’s literature. You’ll learn about early printed children’s books from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, and how they have been collected and cared for at the British Library. You will hear about how well-loved children’s book characters have been created through words and illustrations, Cost: £24, including tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival, but not including lunch. For further details and booking, see here.

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