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

May 15th, 2020

Dear Members, 

This time next week, we hope to have a new committee and an exciting time ahead once we are all able to resume meetings and groups, social events and general gatherings. This is most certainly good news for us all.

However, we will only be able to elect a new committee if we have a quorum at our Zoom AGM. So we need you to join us. We will run the AGM in exactly the same way as those we have held prior to a monthly meeting with the only difference being it will be a virtual one. You will have copies of the documents required and the names of the nominees so you have plenty of time to prepare yourselves. 

Thanks must go to Ray Davies, our webmaster who has facilitated this and made it possible. A truly Herculean task and for those of us still wanting to learn new skills, it’s been quite exciting having chats, doing crosswords, book groups and so many other meetings online. I wonder how many of us will continue this way for certain events, family chats etc?

Please see below our nominee, you can follow links to our website – the password is in the email version of the Bulletin – to see all their profiles. I am really looking forward to being sure that Chichester U3A will remain operational.


Caroline Davis

Fenella Godber

Keith Tunstall

Ann Butler

Keith Poole

Desbina Antoniou

Peter Hill

Kind regards

Maureen Doyle

Chichester Chair

Final Details of your  Virtual  AGM

Just six days away from our groundbreaking Zoom AGM now and we are keen to get as many attendees as we can to be sure of reaching our quorum (47 members). I have now put the formal invitation to the Zoom AGM meeting on the password-protected AGM webpage. I will also send the invitation round to everyone by email next week as a final reminder.

There is still time to benefit from a practice Zoom session before the AGM if you are nervous about it. If you feel that this would help you, please let me know, through the “Contact the webmaster page”, in the next few days and I will arrange one more practice session next week. To be able to attend 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

You will find all the relevant AGM documents on 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).

Ray Davies


May 15th, 2020

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.

New-ish Here are the Crossworders pitting their combined brains against the intellect of The Guardian compilers. If you have some knowledge of Cryptic Crosswords and can spare half an hour on a Tuesday afternoon, come and join us at our Zoom session. Contact the group leader if you’re interested.
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.

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:
  • NEW-ish Experts from NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank invite you to take part in a series of live-streamed lectures, on a range of topics, every Thursday at 2:30 pm – the first (on Robotics) was postponed because of illness, and next week’s ( on Investment Shams) will coincide with our AGM, but you will be able to watch it on U3A’s youtube channel at your leisure afterward.
    Look here for more details.
  • 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:
    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, (sadly not helped by editorial failings).  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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