Dear Chichester U3A member,
 To see the last six or so bulletins, click here.

July Monthly Meeting by Zoom

Monthly Meeting Via Zoom 16th July 2:00 pm 
Sue Bowler’s Talk will be ‘Meet the Neighbours: exploring the solar system’ and looks at what researchers know about the other planets and moons in the solar system and whether they might be home to extraterrestrial life.

I am the Editor of the Royal Astronomical Society’s membership magazine Astronomy & Geophysics and have spent more than 20 years teaching geology, geophysics, astronomy and physics at the University of Leeds. I am especially interested in planets and what makes them habitable. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a teenager, but soon realised that it was far too dangerous. I would still love to walk on Mars, but find Venus the most scientifically interesting and unknown planet.
Sue Bowler

The Zoom meeting invitation will be sent out in the next couple of days.

For more information on how to obtain and use Zoom, see the  Webmaster’s Guide to Zoom

Quiz by Zoom

Reminder for the next U3A Quiz

The next U3A quiz will be on Tuesday 14th July at 7.30 pm – still places available

We need to keep numbers manageable, so the number of attendees will be limited to 20.  You can enter singly or with the person with whom you are in isolation!  We will take names on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you would like to join us please email me, the Quiz Organisergiving your name(s) and I’ll get back to you with confirmation of your booking.

We will admit attendees from the Zoom Waiting Room in time for a 7.30 pm start.  There will be 5 rounds of 10 questions each. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hope you’re all keeping well


For more information on how to obtain and use Zoom, see the  Webmaster’s Guide to Zoom

Groups News

A Guide to Zoom by the Webmaster
Various groups, the committee, and now the AGM have all been conducted successfully through the medium of Zoom. We, therefore, confirm that using Zoom to keep groups going is viable – and more than viable, it’s fun, and entirely coronavirus safe! 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.

Ideas from the National U3A

  • According to SUN, two new national study days have been arranged by HQ for the Autumn (Van Gogh: A Fresh Look, at the National Gallery and U3A at the Royal Institution), while a postponed study day on Japanese Cinema may take place sometime later this year as well. We shall see, shan’t we.
  • Meanwhile, the U3A continues to put forward good ideas and activities to occupy ourselves, such as Exercise Videos, Maths Challenges, Birdwatching, Creative Writing and Mindfulness. Details of all these can be found here.
  • ONLINE EVENTS Two of these have been arranged to date, one remains: follow the links for more details and to book. I infer some charge may be made for later online events.

    Discovering Children’s Literature  from the British Library on July 23rd

    Four of these have been set up to date, here, of which three are:
    Introduction to Zoom
    Zoom for Hosting Group Meetings
    Running Large Meetings and Virtual AGMs 

  • Here’s a great video of U3A Life under Lockdown
  • You can find out more about national U3A activities by subscribing to the weekly newsletter here.

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