Dear Chichester U3A member,
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Urgent Message from the Chair

Urgent Call

Our U3A is run entirely by volunteers and, from time to time, members move on, leaving big shoes to fill. Therefore, we are regularly seeking new enthusiastic folk to help out in a variety of areas. None of us are paid and not all of us are experts, but we do try to make the wheels run smoothly.

Our monthly talks, now held at Christ Church, require a significant number of volunteers to keep this popular event running each month.

  1. We urgently require a team of volunteers to help set up and run the IT for our speakers. This is not a difficult role and we can offer training. Our treasurer has been standing in for a few months, but we will soon be in a position of having no-one when he steps down, which he had intended to be at the end of 2019.
    This does put the continuation of these popular talks in jeopardy. In particular,  we do not have an IT operator for the next talk on the 20th, Unfortunately, without any IT, we may find ourselves in the position of having to cancel the talk for February.
  2. Speakers are booked until August 2020, thanks to Henry Marshall and his wonderful team. However, Henry will be stepping down in May and the team is looking for someone to join them and take on his role, as they will very soon be planning the schedule for 2020/2021. We do have a role description and really hope we can continue with these well-attended talks – if enough volunteers come forward.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who give up their time for Chichester U3A.

Please do contact the chair if you can help in any way. You will be warmly welcomed and then we can continue to enjoy many more engaging talks from visiting speakers, as long as we have the IT they require.

Contact the Chair

Maureen Doyle

Chichester Chair

How to Play Bridge – from the Beginning

We are repeating our successful short course, designed for those with no prior experience of Bridge, or even other card games.
The course will run for six consecutive weeks, meeting twice each week, from 10:00 to 12:00 on Mondays  and Thursdays, in Birdham
The course could be run either starting in February or in late May or in mid-October, depending on students’ preference and availability.    There will be a charge of £24 for the course, payable in advance to cover course materials and basic refreshments.  
Book early to reserve your place, contacting the groups co-ordinator, giving your name and membership number, in the first instance.  

First Outing of the Year

Last chance to book for this visit to

Compton, near Guildford
Wednesday 19th February 2020
The Victorian artist George Frederick Watts and his wife Mary founded the gallery in 1904 to display more than 200 of his oil paintings and well as his drawings, sketchbooks and sculpture.

More information at

Travel via Woods Travel Group Coach, collection point opposite Chichester Railway Station and The Foundry pub

  • Depart at 9.00 am
  • Arrive at Watts Gallery at approximately 10.00 am
  • Tea/Coffee and introduction to the Gallery and Artists’ Village
  • Based on a group of 30, we will be divided into two groups, each having a guided tour of Watts Gallery and Limnerlease House, with free time to explore the temporary exhibition, Watts Chapel and shop. There is a café or you can bring a packed lunch.
  • Depart at 3.30 pm arriving back in Chichester at approximately 4.30 pm.

TOTAL COST: £43.50 payable by cheque to Chichester U3A
If you have an Art Pass, this reduces to £30.75
Please be sure to have your Art Pass with you on 19th February so that it can be checked.

Please note that there will be quite a lot of walking involved and also stairs within the gallery.

As time is quite short, please reserve a place by completing the Booking Form, which can be

  • downloaded from the website here,
  • or obtained by request from Fenella (the Travel and Outings Organiser) here.

Please return the completed form(s), with payment (cheque payable to Chichester U3A) to the Organiser by February 12th at the latest. The address to which they should be sent will be given in the email version of the Bulletin, or can be obtained by contacting the Organiser here.

February Quiz

Willkommen,  bienvenue,  welcome……..

We are delighted to welcome back Pam and Brin Lewis, who used to run the much-appreciated U3A quizzes a few years ago.  They are making a guest appearance for the February and April quizzes and no doubt our regular “quizzers” will be joined by Pam and Brin’s fans.


Tuesday, 25 February
6.45 pm for 7.00 pm start.

You can apply as a team of four, or individually and you will be put in a team.

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

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


Chicken and leek pie with seasonal veg

Haddock risotto

 Goats cheese, beetroot and walnut salad

And various desserts available for £5


No refunds can be given after this date, as we have to place the food orders which cannot be cancelled.

For more information please contact the Quiz organiser.

Some 2020 Sailing Dates

“From the 5th Feb till the 18th March, we will be based in Port Solent at the top of Portsmouth harbour which will give us the opportunity of new destinations.  Access and parking is easy from the A27.
Please note that the overnight trip to Bembridge on the 26/27th March has been rescheduled to May and those dates will be available next month.”
For further information, contact the Sailing Organiser.
Revised Sailing Schedule
Monday, January 20th Chichester Harbour sailing and wildlife watching
Tuesday, February 4th Chichester Harbour sailing and wildlife watching
Wednesday, February 5th Chichester to Port Solent
Wednesday, February 19th Day sail around Portsmouth
Thursday, March 5th Portsmouth to the Hamble
Friday, March 6th The Hamble to Portsmouth
Wednesday, March 18th Port Solent to Chichester
Friday, April 3rd Sailing in Hayling Bay
Friday, April 17th Day sail from Chichester

Groups News

Serendipity Current Affairs Discussion Group

This group, which meets in Central Chichester on Friday morning, has a vacancy.  Its objective is to have a lively discussion of current news items from the main news media. If you would like to join, please contact the group leader.  It meets in a Chichester bistro.

Recorder group

The Recorder Ensemble has entered for the Chichester Festival of Music, Dance and Speech. The main entrants are youngsters, but there is the possibility for oldsters to enter as well. The music section has a class for recorders and, within that, a category for adults – any size of group, any combination of recorders, own choice of programme but must be under 10 minutes. We have decided to have a go and are preparing four short pieces to perform at 1.50 pm on Saturday, February 29th in the Central CE Academy in Orchard Street.
Support from U3A members would be welcome, although it will cost a visitor £3* to watch our session (about 30p a minute!). Wish us luck!

* “Please note there is an admission fee for non-competitors of 3.00 per adult per session or 5.00 for more than one session/all day. A season ticket (which covers all events except the concert) is 20.00. There is no fee for children of 16 and under.”

Cryptic Crossword Groups

Both groups currently have a vacancy and we would be delighted to welcome more cruciverbalists!

Group 1 (for those with crosswording experience) meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday mornings each month.  

Group 2 (for near beginners or less confident cryptic solvers) meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings each month.

We work together to solve crosswords and we practise our solving techniques.  We’re a friendly bunch and enjoy our sessions together. Both venues are in Chichester, on bus routes and near carparks.

If you would like to know more, please contact

as is appropriate for you.

Current Affairs Forum
( Beyond the Headlines)

There is currently a vacancy in the forum.
We meet third Wednesdays, for a couple of hours in the morning, and discuss one major “hot” topic each month.
Members jointly decide on our next topic by consensus. It’s then open to individual members to offer to research and present a forthcoming topic but there’s no compulsion.
A variety of topical issues have absorbed forum meetings recently: including, for example, School expulsions and the rise in youth crime. Is regulation needed to prevent scamming? Does the civil service need reform?
Usually, about eight or so members attend and our convivial meetings are held in members’ homes,  by invitation when and if convenient.

If you’d like to join us please contact the leader or the Groups Co-ordinator.

Tenpin Bowling in February

Next bowling is on Friday 14th February & Friday 28th February, for 11 am start at Tenpin Chichester Bowling Alley, Chichester Gate Leisure Park, P019 8EL
New members welcome by first contacting the Groups Co-ordinator for further details.

Sussex U3A Network

  • The cost is £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. Booking forms and venue maps are linked to each event. Send a stamped addressed envelope for your ticket/s, with cheque payment and booking form, please.
  • Saturday,  March 14th, 2020 at Rustington – Country Houses in the South Downs
  •  Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at  Horsham – A Mathematical Medley
  • Saturday, May 9th, 2020  at Mayfield. Not booking yet. Crusades and the Knights Templar
  • SE Forum Chichester Summer School.
    Monday, June 15th to Thursday, June 18th, 2020  Booking is now open for this popular event. Flyer, details of courses and the booking form.
    National Summer Schools 2020
    Monday 3rd August to Thursday 6th August 2020, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET
    Monday 7th September to Thursday 10th September 2020, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS
    Science Network – Conference Aston, Birmingham., Monday 10th August to Thursday 13th August 2020. See the Science Network website
    Further details of these and other U3A Summer Schools on the U3A website or links therefrom.

National U3A Study Days

  • National Gallery: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. 12th March 2020. Booking and further details from here.
  • U3A at the Royal Institution 16th March 2020. Booking and further details from here.
  • British Library: discovering children’s literature30th March 2020. For further details and booking, see here.

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