Dear Chichester U3A member,

As I am, unavoidably, the bearer of much bad news, I thought some positive news was called for. Firstly, if you’re wondering how to keep your group going, please look at the article below by the webmaster, which points the way to simple but high-tech ways of conducting on-line discussions and talks. Secondly, take a look at the information and guidance given by the National U3A on finding things to do or to keep in touch. In particular, in this context, please look at “Ideas to Keep Learning”  and “Keeping in Touch” and some of the tweets (lower on the page) are good, too. Thirdly, on the BBC this morning, someone suggested learning a poem every day (I assume a short one, not “Paradise Lost”), or taking up Origami. I’ve tried the first – a bit of Tennyson, ongoing – but not the latter. Fourthly, we had a limerick competition a year or so back; we have had short stories in the Newsletter, I seem to recall: why not a poetry, short story or essay competition, or all three. All you need is someone to organize it.

If you want to float an idea, please let me know by the usual channels and I’ll put it in next week, maybe.

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Corona Virus

Dear members,
These are difficult times for us all and we are doing our best to keep ourselves well and healthy in line with daily government advice. There does seem to be a great team spirit among people which is heartening. Early days, but long may the generosity of spirit last.
With this in mind, all U3A meetings are cancelled until further notice.
At the moment we don’t have an idea, as to when we might all reconvene. This will be as and when government advice permits social contact once more. We will keep you informed over the coming weeks, if there is any change or any news.
With respect to groups continuing to meet, members will need to make their own decisions, based on personal choices by considering the health of your members, the age of your members and the type of group you belong to. You and the group leader will have the responsibility of monitoring updated government advice on the disease and decide accordingly how best to proceed.
Our thoughts are with you all and do hope you can find ways of staying in touch with friends and family. If any of our members need help, please do contact me and I will try to ensure that you have what you need, if at all possible.
Maureen Doyle
Chichester U3A chair– on behalf of the current committee

Keeping Chichester U3A Running

With our AGM fast approaching, it would seem prudent to remind all members that anyone helping or on a committee, is a volunteer. We are not paid as volunteers and commit our time and energy for the benefit of close to 1,000 members. Joining any U3A comes with the understanding that we are self-supporting and we all work together for the greater good and success of the U3A.
Behind the scenes, there are many, many wonderful folk who help in a vast array of activities, groups and meetings. Without their help, many aspects of all that we currently enjoy, would not happen.
However, there are some significant roles which will need to be filled by the time we have our AGM. Some roles from last year were still not filled and this has caused a few management problems.
This is a call out for our members to step forward to keep our U3A running.
We are looking for:-

  • A vice-chair
  • A treasurer
  • A webmaster
  • A social secretary
  • A volunteer to take on Henry Marshall’s role as chair of the speakers’ committee
  • A monthly talk coordinator
  • Additional members to join the webmaster’s team, secretarial team, the membership team, the trips and outings team and generally support for committee members who work on their own to provide smooth running for 1,000 members of Chichester U3A.

Many thanks indeed to members who have already registered an interest in offering occasional support and it is hoped that there are sufficient offers to fill the roles required to keep us operational.
Maureen Doyle
Chichester U3A chair – on behalf of the current committee

How to keep your group going

Message from the Webmaster
It’s at times like these that the fabled inventiveness of the British comes to the fore. What is needed is some imaginative ideas to keep our groups going if possible. Clearly having physical meetings indoors is not recommended at the moment, but for discussion groups a physical meeting need not be necessary in this day and age. There are a number of free cross-platform conferencing apps available whereby group members can each sit in front of their own computer screen and hold a discussion with all the other members. It is even possible, using these systems, for one member to show presentations or videos to all the others. Two possible systems worth looking at are Zoom ( and Skype ( Follow these links if you are interested in this idea.

I believe the Science Discussion Group is going to try to prototype this way of meeting using Skype and I’ll keep you updated with our progress. And if it seems successful I will try to make some tutorials to explain how to get going. If any group leader is interested in following up on this idea, please get in touch.

And, for everyone, put on your thinking caps and come up with some imaginative ideas about how to keep your group going through this difficult period.

Ray Davies

Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Apart from anything else, the Chichester Festival Theatre, including cafes, is closed indefinitely.

March Quiz

The quiz scheduled for next Tuesday, 24th March, has been cancelled.
The quiz organiser will contact all those who have applied for places.
Thank you to all members who have supported the quizzes over recent months, and we hope to meet again in the autumn.
Quiz Organizer

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
Wednesday, March 18th Port Solent to Chichester
Friday, April 3rd Sailing in Hayling Bay
Friday, April 17th Day sail from Chichester

Groups News

Ten-pin bowling
All future tenpin bowling is suspended until further notice.  Group Leader.

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, April 18th, 2020 at  Horsham – A Mathematical Medley CANCELLED
  • Saturday, May 9th, 2020  at Mayfield. Not booking yet. Crusades and the Knights Templar
  • SE Forum Chichester Summer School. CANCELLED
    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

  • British Library: discovering children’s literature30th March 2020. For further details and booking, see here. SUSPENDED
  • Fashion and Textile Museum, London: Behind the Scenes of Dame Mary Quant. 21st April 2020.SUSPENDED
  • National Gallery: Can Art keep the Body and Mind Young?3rd June 2020 (U3A Day). Further details in due course.
  • British Film Institute, London: Japan at the Pictures. 7th May 2020. Further details in due course.

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