Dear Chichester U3A member,

Supporting your basic digital needs

Do you have a neighbour or relative who is stumped by Skype? Exhausted by emails? Anxious about online shopping?
Perhaps they haven’t got around to reading or listening to books from our free eLibrary yet because they aren’t confident in setting up the app on their smartphone, tablet or computer?
Please let them know that they can call our special Remote Digital Support helpline on 0330 222 3455, Monday – Friday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, to be paired up with a library volunteer who will offer support for a basic digital need.
Whatever the issue, you can also email us at Our brilliant Digital Volunteers are ready and waiting to help you – or someone you know!

The next U3A Quiz!

The next U3A quiz will be on Tuesday 4th August

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 the quiz organiser giving 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


Groups News


How different everything has become since our last report. Of course, with four players sitting closely across a one metre table, and handling a succession of shared cards, our meetings at Felpham Village Hall came to an abrupt end on Wednesday the 11th March. At the same time, the latest “Basic Bridge for Beginners” course had to be curtailed when only halfway through its allocated 20 sessions. At this point, the active mailing list for this group numbered 43 members of Chichester, Bognor Regis and Arun West U3A branches along with five who have no email. Of these, the weekly turn-out had been increasing so that, one week we had eight full tables of four. Naturally, there was much disappointment and frustration all round while more urgent considerations took over and we started to assess the new realities of life.
Needless to say, for some people, this was just a challenge to be met with a mixture of imagination, cooperation, inventiveness and sheer determination. Bridge is much too interesting a game to be simply given up and then there was the friendly fellowship within the group which would suffer if contact were lost. Accordingly, we have continued our weekly ‘news’ email to all members of the FBG, containing a “Set Hand”, which of course cannot be played together at table, but is now presented as a sort of quiz. More to the point is some 18 of our number have learned to Zoom and to play Bridge online. As a result, we can have four full tables playing ‘virtual Bridge’ on a Wednesday afternoon. In addition, members are arranging their own ‘friendly fours’ to play on other days.
To be honest the Zoom does not seem to have been adopted widely by our group although it has enabled our Chichester members to attend the AGM and the subsequent EGM. Another benefit was that the February Beginners course was actually completed after lockdown, using Zoom. The two stalwart members who saw it through to the end are now playing regularly with us online.
Given this new situation and hoping to keep in touch with all our bridge players, all those who attended the recent Beginners courses have been ‘adopted’ as temporary members of the Felpham Bridge Group and so our mailing list has grown to 53.
We would welcome any more Bridge players who would like to join us. Under the present circumstances, there are unlimited vacancies. Please contact us through the Group Co-ordinator.

Clive Grinyer July 2020

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Here is a sample Set Hand as sent weekly to the Felpham Bridge Group

SET HAND CG Q16(a) Dealer N NO VUL
NORTH(hcp 12_ltc 9)
 J 3 2
 A 6 5
 4 3 2
 A Q J 10
 Q 10 6 5  4
♥ 10 9 8 7  Q J
 Q J 10  9 8 7 6 5
 4 3  9 8 7 6 5
SOUTH (hcp 20_ltc 4)
A K 9 8 7
K 4 3 2
 A K
 K 2

How would you bid and play this hand?  What is West’s best lead?

BIDDING West North East South

Answers available to FBG members only.

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

  • NEW Living Longer Better  – a new talk led by Sir Muir Gray, previously the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS. This talk explores Sir Muir’s great interest in ageing and how to cope with it. Based on his research and experience, he has developed a new paradigm to help people live longer better. Sir Muir has kindly agreed to give his ‘living longer better’ talk on Zoom at 2 pm on 27 July. Follow the link to book.
  • NEW Online AGM by Zoom: The 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Third Age Trust will be be held online only on 29th September and all U3A members will be welcome to attend. There will be opportunities for voting representatives to ask questions and make comments as normal during the AGM, via a textbox. Further details of the meeting here, while details on access to the meeting will follow in due course.
  • NEW If you would like some advice on starting a new group, or running an existing group, a good way to start would be to find out what the U3A subject advisers have to say – check the links here – everything from American Archaeology to Yoga.
  • 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.
  • new project is the Creative Covid Collaboration. This new project will celebrate how U3A members have been using craft techniques to connect, learn together and support each other during Covid-19. NEWISH
  • Make a note of the Online Interactive Talk “How do I get published?“: an interactive session on Zoom about how to get your work published including the main routes to publication.  Thursday 23rd July at 14:30. Book at the link above. NEWISH
    Four of these have been set up to date, here, of which three are about using Zoom.

  • 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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