Please note that the Bulletin and its editor will be put in for maintenance and possible upgrades over the Christmas break, so the former will not appear on December 20th. With luck, all work will be completed on time and on cost, and the Bulletin will appear on December 27th. Maybe the editor also. Please bear this in mind if you are thinking of putting in a notice in the next few weeks.

Dear Chichester U3A member,

To see the last six or so bulletins, click here

Coffee Morning

There will be a coffee morning next Wednesday, December 4th, from 10:00 to 12:00, in the Foyle Terrace (possibly for the last time) at the Chichester Festival Theatre.  The last time on a Wednesday, too, for the foreseeable future.
Come along for cakes and refreshments, meetings and conversations with friends, and opportunities to talk to committee members.
So, make the most of this opportunity, especially since, what with the General Election, Christmas and the New Year, we’re all going to be bombarded with nonsense until the next coffee morning.
All in pleasant surroundings, and with convenient parking.

Volunteer Wanted for Quizzes

We are now running monthly evening quizzes at The White Swan in Bosham. We regularly have 28 contestants and we have teams of compilers and quizmasters. We are looking for a volunteer to share the QUIZ ADMINISTRATION duties at various times during the year.
This would take about two hours per month and would entail collecting applications and cheque payments from the U3A mailbox in central Chichester, grouping the competitors into teams, liaising with the Quiz compiler and Quizmaster, and liaising with the staff at The White Swan. You wouldn’t need to attend the Quiz evening.
If you would like more information, or to volunteer, or both, please contact the quiz organiser whose job you will be sharing.

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.


Sailing trip on 5th or 6th December (weather and tide dependent). This will be a bird watching trip with professional wildlife lecturer John Arnott as our Guide. There are five places available so please book early via Cedric or James.

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 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. Sales end on November 30th.
    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.
  • National Gallery: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. 12th March 2020, 11.00 to 15.45. Join gallery experts to hear about the rich history of animal symbolism in western art and how artists have responded to humanity’s relationship with the animal world. Booking and further details from mid-December.
  • U3A at the Royal Institution 16th March. An afternoon of fascinating talks on a range of scientific topics. Booking and further details from mid-December.

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