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,

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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.

Quiz Dates for your Diary

Two quizzes have been arranged for dates early next year: January 21st and February 25th. No details have been settled, so please do not try to book for either until further notice. Just make some space in your diary for them. In the meantime, you’ll just have to watch EastEnders.

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.

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, 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.
  • Now booking. Saturday,  March 14th, 2020. 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.
  • Now booking. Saturday, April 18th, 2020. A Mathematical Medley with Roger Luther at  Horsham (N.B. The link on the SUN website is to Hailsham, while the link above mentions Horsham. I assume the latter is correct.) 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

  • 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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