Some of the more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that the bulletin is currently signed off by both David Rees and Miriam Knight: on the other hand, some of you may not have. So here it is officially announced that the bulletin is jointly produced by the two of us, in concert.
But the content, dear reader, is determined by what people send to us. And you will see below that you are ALL invited to make your own contributions – your favourite walks, your group activities, your hobbies, your literary compositions. So please give it a go!
Dear Chichester u3a member,

Photography Competition


Are you a Happy Snapper?

To keep you entertained, we’re introducing a monthly fun photo competition, with a different theme each month. November’s theme is ‘Autumn Activities’. This is a broad theme, but we are hoping that the ‘active’ part of ‘activities’ will inspire creativity. We’d love to see u3a members enjoying themselves!
Your photos can be in either landscape or portrait format, and should have a title: for example, “Autumn morning, Chichester Harbour”.There are no prizes; however, all the photos will be displayed in a gallery on the website. At the end of the month, members can vote for the Picture of the Month; the winner will be the photo with the most votes. All pictures featuring members will also be placed in the permanent photo gallery.
At the end of the u3a year – i.e. September 2021 members will choose the Picture of the Year from the monthly winning entries. You may submit as many photos as you wish. Make sure you include your name and membership number in the body of the email. The closing date for this month’s entries is Friday 27th November.
Please send your entries as an email attachment to .

TO COMPLY WITH PRIVACY LEGISLATION please explain to anyone whose photograph you take that it might appear on the Chichester u3a website. Ensure that you have their permission to submit it for that

Christmas Lunch

Chichester u3a Christmas  Lunch

You will be delighted to hear that we still have a provisional booking for our regular Christmas lunch at Chichester College on Wednesday, 16th December at 12 noonon the assumption that the current lockdown will be cancelled prior to that date.  If the Lunch is unable to take place due to Government restrictions any money paid will be refundedThe price is £18 per person, to include a 3-course meal and coffee. You may choose a starter, main and dessert. You order and pay for drinks at the table, but please note that coffee is included in the price.

Christmas Lunch Menu

Pumpkin Veloute, Truffle Oil and Golden Croutons c,g,m

Pressed Salmon Terrine, Saffron and Dill Dressing f,e,mu,s

Spiced Poached Pears, Sussex Goats Cheese and Candied Pecans m,s,n,e

Duck Confit Cake, Crispy Vegetable and Coriander Salad, Hoisin Sauce g,s


Traditional Roast Turkey served with Bacon-wrapped Chipolatas, Chestnut and Sausage Meat Stuffing, Bread Sauce, Cranberry Sauce and Roasting Gravy c,g,e,m,s

Pan-fried Fillet of Sea Bass, Pearl Barley & Beetroot Risotto, Vanilla Bean Scented Sauce f,g,m,c

Roasted Loin of Pork, Caramelised Raisin and Apple Chutney, Sweet Mustard Sauce s,mu,m

Aubergine Escalope, Vegetable Caponata & Feta and Mint Pestm,n,g,e


Chichester College Christmas Pudding served with Rum Sauce and Brandy Butter s,g,e,n,m

Tutti Frutti Arctic Roll served with a Warm Cherry Compote s,m,e,g

Dark Chocolate Delice with a Coffee Sauce g,e,m

Christmas Cheeseboard with Crackers and Grapes m,g


Allergens: C Celery, G Gluten, E Egg, F Fish, M Milk, Mu Mustard, N Nuts, S Sulphates

Due to COVID the booking arrangements are different this year. The College has allocated two rooms to us, one room has 6 tables for a maximum of 6 people each, and the other room has 5 tables for a maximum of 5 people each. The College is, of course, conforming to the Government regulations and therefore, as current regulations stand, there can be no mingling between tables and masks will have to be worn when entering and leaving the premises and when visiting the toilets. All orders for drinks will be taken by the staff.

The College has asked for bookings to be made directly with them by one person from each table, and the choice of menu and payment must be made at the time of booking. If you are booking for fewer than 4 people please let us or the College know if you are willing to share a table with other U3A members.

If you would like to join the Christmas lunch, please contact your friends (who must be members of the Chichester U3A) up to a maximum of 6 to share your table. Ask them to choose from the menu and ask them to pay you in order that you can make a single payment for your table to Chichester College.

You should contact Nicola Simpson at the College by email to give her your menu list and to arrange payment.

If you need further advice please get in touch with me at Jill Cook

Here is the pretty version of the  Christmas Lunch Menu 2020.

Roving Reporters, Citizen Journalists, whatever…

We need your creative talents!

Do you-

  • Write short stories?
  • Write poems, odes or limericks?
  • Have a fascinating history you would like to share?
  • Have any tales of family fun, animal antics?
  • Want to share a funny anecdote? 
  • Have any interesting local news?
  • Have a favourite walk or two?
  • How about gardening notes – advice, current activities, disasters?

See your literary talents on our website and enjoy being cheered up in lockdown! Be one of our first roving reporters/ citizen journalists/ writers in residence

Please send your creative words, pasted into the body of the email, to the Bulletin.

Quiz by Zoom December 8th

 The next U3A Quiz!

The next U3A quiz will be on Tuesday 8th December at 19.30

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 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


Your Favourite Walks

LOCKDOWN WALKS (and afterwards)

I am always surprised by the number of local people I meet who seem quite fit and active and yet they know very little about the beautiful countryside on their doorstep. If you have a car you can access footpaths which will, with little effort, lead you to some viewpoints with outstanding panoramas over the South Downs, the coast or north towards the North Downs. And when the pubs reopen, there is even more temptation to walk, with the thought of a pint and a sandwich to reward your efforts.

We’re starting a “Weekly Walks” column and if you have a favourite walk to contribute PLEASE email it to us at

Here’s the first one – quite gentle, flat ground and takes about an hour return.


1. West Stoke.
This walk lies northwest of Chichester, just north of the B2178.
There is a National Trust car park (GR SU824088) but it fills up quickly. The path goes from the carpark towards the hills of the South Downs, through open fields to the entrance to Kingley Vale. The easiest path leads straight ahead through the yew forest to a clearing where you can gaze up the steep slope to the top of Kingley Vale.
If you’re feeling VERY fit you can walk straight up the slope to access wonderful views over Chichester, the coastline between Bognor and Portsmouth, as well as the Isle of Wight. But for those who don’t fancy themselves as Sir Edmund Hillary, the top of Kingley Vale hill is accessible by passing through the gate into Kingley Vale and immediately taking the path on the left. This leads gently uphill and eventually to the Devil’s Jumps at the top – with the aforesaid views.
In the spring the woods on both sides of the road from the B2178 to West Stoke car park are FULL of bluebells. Definitely worth the detour (as M. Michelin would say!).

How did you enjoy the Monthly Meeting?

If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, we do have a recording available for the next seven days. Access via
We had our highest ever zoom sign-on of c110 which means it was probably viewed by c130.

Bill Avenell on “Why is Church Lane so steep? ”

What an inspiring speaker!
Bill was a Geography teacher at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham for many years and has a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject.
I went to an all girls Grammar School and Geography was a favourite subject of ours. I wonder if the fact that our teacher was a lively Scottish gentleman who taught us from a Dais wearing full kilt and sporran had anything to do with us eagerly awaiting this lesson each week. Nonetheless, he was so enthusiastic that it has left a lasting enjoyment of all matters Geographical and an interest in how over thousands of years the earth’s physical changes affect us all and the places we live.
I know that many of us are retired teachers and personally I don’t miss attempting to plan lessons which will engage the interest of 30 pupils, so the fact that Bill kept over 100 members duly enthralled in his talk for an hour was testament to his passion and superb knowledge of his subject.
I was completely engrossed for the entire hour and here I must apologise for the vagaries of the internet dropping out, just at the moment I was poised to thank Bill and initiate our clap at the end to show our appreciation. I do know that he would love any feedback from members who attended and you can send these to our speakers’ team who will pass them on.
Thank you, Ann and Keith, for continuing to find fascinating speakers.
Lovely to see you all on a sunny Thursday afternoon.


Zoom Hosting – Starting Next Week

Yes, this group is starting next week – on Wednesday, 25th November at 10:00.  There is still time to join – contact details are below.

Learn about:
• creating a meeting
• booking and using the Chichester U3A Pro version
• creating a co-host (and why that is useful)
• sharing screens and using whiteboards, polls, and other features
• controlling the meeting by muting participants etc
• using Zoom on different devices

If you are interested, please contact the groups coordinator. Date and time will be discussed with those interested. Probably scheduled twice per month.

SUN ZOOM Meeting

Obviously, with the current restrictions in force, it is impossible to hold the usual popular monthly Study Day events in local venues this Autumn/Spring. Consequently, the SUN committee (SEC) are trialling a Zoom version. This will consist of two one hour talks on a general theme. If successful, we hope to plan a short programme of these Study Mornings into next year.

20th Century American Music

Saturday 28th November at 10:00 AM – next SATURDAY!!!

Join by Zoom from 9:45 AM.

There will be two talks, entitled respectively Simply Gershwin – the music of George and Ira and A History of Rock & Roll
This is a free-to-view event with expenses covered by SUN. We are restricting numbers to 100 maximum, as this is a trial event. We ask that only current U3A members (from SUN U3As) apply and that they have some experience of viewing on Zoom. Booking is by email up to 22nd November. Email for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove U3As whilst is for West SussexU3As. Booking is on a ‘first come’ basis and their U3A must be mentioned in their email.
An acknowledgement, with an information sheet, will be sent on 23rd November and the Zoom invitation emailed late on Friday 27th November, for security reasons.
More info here.

Ideas from the National U3A

  • Winter Learning Programme   – present and future events
  • Follow the links for more information and booking. You have to be quick – events are booked up in no time!
  • NEW! Festive Cookery Demonstration  Monday 14th December at 10:30 am. Join u3a members and roving Chef Alex from ‘Vegetarian for Life’ for a festive live cookery demonstration from Chef Alex’s kitchen.
  • NEW! The Role and History of the National Trust – various dates – explains the charity’s mission and how it has responded to changing conservation challenges of the past 125 years.
  • Sold Out Harriet Tubman and the Underground Slave Railway  Tuesday, 1st December at 10:00. How she helped thousands of enslaved people to freedom.
    The Material Culture of Texts. Wednesday, December 9th at 10:30. Online with the British Library to explore how books and manuscripts communicate meaning
    Artemisia: Artist, Icon and Entrepreneur. From the National Gallery. November 24th at 10:30 AM. Cost £5.50
  • Meanwhile, the U3A continues to put forward good ideas and activities to occupy ourselves, such as Amateur Radio and Virtual Choir as well as old favourites such as Maths Challenge and Bird Watch. Details of all these can be found here. You can find out more about national U3A activities by subscribing to the weekly newsletter here. And they have a YouTube channel which includes a radio  podcast

If you wish to unsubscribe from the Bulletin emails, please contact the membership secretary with subject “Unsubscribe from Bulletin”. This will not affect other email communications with the U3A. Please do NOT put the bulletin emails into spam! 🙁

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Please send me a message via the usual channels if you wish to have some item of U3A news put in the Bulletin. Likewise, if you have some constructive suggestions as to how to improve the Bulletin. Best wishes, David Rees and Miriam Knight 😎

The Constitution of the Chichester U3A is available to view here, and its Terms of Use here.
Enquiries If you wish to write to the Chichester U3A, then the correspondence address is: U3A Chichester, Box 809, Mailboxes Etc., 26 The Hornet, CHICHESTER, PO19 7BB
If there is an urgent matter that needs to be discussed then call 07460 109600, or contact the membership secretary .
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