Dear Chichester U3A member,
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Please reply to:

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

May 1st, 2020

Dear Member,

Your U3A Needs YOU

With last week’s good news ringing in our ears, it is time to add a VERY IMPORTANT date to your diaries.

We now know we will be able to keep Chichester U3A up and running, but in order to do this, we must all vote for the new committee at our forthcoming Zoom AGM.

Please add May 21st, 2-00 pm, to your diaries and follow the link you will be sent to join our meeting. We MUST have a quorum and then all will be well for the bright future when we are able to resume activities as we once knew them.

We are so very pleased to have had volunteers come forward for the committee places and you will soon be able to read their mini-profiles, with an accompanying photo, as we are putting them onto our website. The reason for this will be because you may not yet have had the chance to meet the volunteers and this will enable you to be better informed, when voting.

“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” — Harriet Ann Jacobs


Maureen Doyle
Chichester Chair

Arrangements for our  Virtual  AGM

Once again I would like to remind you all that it is important we get a quorum to attend our Zoom AGM at 2:00 pm on Thursday, 21st May.

I know there will be a few of you who find the idea of using Zoom worrying. One member has emailed me with a very good idea. This lady has taken the step of registering with Zoom at and downloading the Zoom program, but is now nervous of using it for the first time at the AGM. Her suggestion is that I run one or two practice Zoom sessions to give members in the same situation a chance to get comfortable with Zoom before the big day.

If you feel that this would help you too, please let me know, through the “Contact the webmaster page”, in the next few days and I will arrange some practice sessions so there will be no surprises for you by the time we get to the AGM. To be able to attend one of these sessions you will need to have registered with Zoom and downloaded the Zoom program onto your computer (Windows, Mac, tablet or smart phone) in advance. To learn how to do this read my beginner’s guide for Zoom which tells you how.

AGM Documents

Today I am putting some more AGM documents onto the AGM webpage for you to view in advance of the AGM. (You will need to type in the password for access to the AGM web page, as given in the email version of this Bulletin)) The new documents are: the Agenda, the Chair’s Report, the Treasurer’s Report, the Annual Balance Sheet and Assets and Liabilities, and the Proxy Voting Form. Use this proxy voting form if you would like to vote but you will not be attending the AGM through Zoom. The proxy voting form must be returned by Thursday, 14th May at the latest.

Ray Davies

Groups News

A Message from the Webmaster
The Science Discussion Group has held a successful meeting with 16 attendees via Zoom and also a full meeting with an external speaker. We, therefore, confirm that using Zoom to keep groups going is viable – and more than viable, it’s fun, and entirely coronavirus safe!

Your committee has also successfully met by Zoom, on 2nd April, so we can confirm that it is definitely a direction that other groups, especially discussion type groups, should consider trying out. To that end I have produced a beginner’s guide to using Zoom, starting with how to download the App to your computer and open a Zoom account, and progressing through how to find your Zoom friends and how to join a meeting of your group, through to how to host a meeting for your group. (Only one member of the group has to master the last item! – and it doesn’t have to be the group leader.)

Alternatively, visit the coronavirus page on the Chichester U3A website and follow the link for the beginner’s guide, and let me know how you get on with Zoom. If you get stuck and need some advice get in touch.

Ray Davies (Webmaster)

PS When you click on the links to the beginner’s guide, it may appear not to work: in fact, the file may have been downloaded to your computer.

Have you kept your group going?
If so, would you please let the groups coordinator know, and in what way. It would be very useful if we knew there was a pool of expertise out there, and encouraging for other groups to know what can be done.
Some groups have successfully implemented video conferencing to keep their groups active. Group leaders who do, could consider opening their groups to temporary members for the duration: this would be an excellent way for interested U3A members to learn about the group, and maybe join on a permanent basis or be inspired to form their own. And it would be an excellent way for group leaders to publicise their wares.
Also, would you like to send the Bulletin a screenshot of your virtual group in action? Pick your moment, of course, but no posing!
Some more ideas
How about a Bulletin quiz? Would you like to submit questions for a quiz – say ten questions on a topic, to appear in the bulletin one week, answers, we hope, the next? The more submissions the better. Just the job for a group leader on furlough. Please send to the quiz organiser.
Would you like to send the Bulletin pictures of your garden, or birds and flowers in your garden, or yourself gardening, or painting your kitchen or washing your bicycle, scooter, car (is that allowed?) or any other activities with which you have kept busy?

Ideas from the National U3A

  • According to SUN, two new national study days have been arranged by HQ for the Autumn, while a postponed study day on Japanese Cinema may take place sometime later this year as well.
  • Thursday, November 5th – Van Gogh: A Fresh Look. at the National Gallery. Talks on the artist and the influence of the National Gallery. 11 am to 3.45 pm. Cost: £25. Booking opens in mid-June via
  • Monday, October 12th  – U3A at the Royal Institution. Various talks including ‘Finding Our Voice’. 1.45 pm to 4.45. Cost: £21.50 with refreshments. Booking open in mid-June via
  • Meanwhile, the U3A continues to put forward good ideas and activities to occupy ourselves:
  • Mr Motivator has teamed up with the U3A for a series of exercise videos.
    The fitness personality, best known for his brightly-coloured outfits and enthusiastic work-outs, has created a six-day long programme for U3A members which started on Monday 20th April and which are still available on the  U3A YouTube channel (see below). We’d like all third agers out there to get involved and join us.  If you’re not a member of U3A – you can find out more from the U3A Trust You can watch the videos at the U3A YouTube channel:
    Looking forward to your joining us every week.
  • Mindfulness – some lectures given by the U3A subject advisor. A new lecture each week,  but the earlier ones are on the U3A YouTube channel.
  • Maths Challenge – some mathematical posers for you.  Fresh questions every week, with the answers to the previous week’s.
  • Bird Track – U3A members are being asked to help keep track of our garden birds. You are invited to join BirdTrack, a free online tool, to record your own bird sightings and keep up to date with trends.
  • Creative Writing Competition  –  the U3A is inviting members to submit a short story on the theme of TIME. The winning story will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households. We will also commission at least one illustration to accompany it. Follow the link for details.
  • And there are several other suggestions and invitations here–  e.g. Yoga, Painting, Photography, Quiz, and Golf Quiz – in which members nationwide are invited to join in or imitate.

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