Dear Chichester u3a member,

December Monthly Meeting by Zoom



Thursday, December 17th at 14:00 – please join a few minutes before.

The genius of Gilbert & Sullivan lives on. Countless humorous melodies captured the quirks and foibles of Victorian England and they are still with us today. They poked fun at the law and the legal profession, at the House of Lords and at British bureaucracy. They lampooned male vanity and chauvinism, love tangles and the war between the sexes. They enjoyed satirising unqualified people getting into positions of authority and the English obsession with social status. Clever plots and surprise twists of fate still entertain us. The sheer gaiety and fun of a G&S comic opera lifts the spirits and is just right for our Christmas Zoom talk. Roger Askew is our guest and he is going to examine how these two very different men came together under the guiding hand of the impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte to produce their unique brand of musical entertainment.

There will be musical examples, and you may well like to join in – though please keep muted!”

Assistant Webmaster

Wanted: u3a Chichester Assistant Webmaster

At u3a Chichester we are extremely fortunate to have a marvellous webmaster, Ray Davies.
Ray has been working on the management and programming of the website for about six years, the last few on his own. We would like to add another person in the u3a Chichester technical team as support for Ray. This also aids with good governance as we will then have a person able to keep thing running if Ray needs a break.
Required skills: Familiarity with the techniques of internet IT (HTML, CSS, etc); Comfortable with computer technology.
Nice to have: Familiarity with software programming (the website uses some php and JavaScript).
If you can help your u3a in this regard please contact the Chairperson Maureen Doyle

Photography Competition

Happy Snappers Corner

We have received some very attractive and atmospheric photos with the theme of “Autumn.” If you have not yet submitted yours there is still time, as this month’s competition will close at midnight on Sunday, November 29th.



This is a competition by members and for members so we need as many members as possible to vote for their favourite photo. You can view all the photos here.

Voting opens on Monday, November 30th using the link here.  

Voting will continue until Thursday morning. The winner will be announced in following Bulletin, together with the theme for December’s competition. At the end of the u3a year – i.e. September 2021 members will choose the Picture of the Year from the monthly winning entries.

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 purpose.

Christmas Lunch – CANCELLED!!!

NOTICE: Cancellation of Chichester u3a
Christmas Lunch
16 December




We have just today been informed by Chichester College that, due to the latest COVID restrictions, the College will be able to book our lunch only with the proviso that only one household group is seated at each table. Obviously this is not what we hoped for and we are sure that you will agree that these arrangements are not conducive to a jolly and festive occasion. The Committee has therefore taken the disappointing decision to cancel this year’s Christmas lunch.

If you have booked and paid please don’t be concerned about your refund. We are in touch with the College regarding the cancellation and refunds of all booking fees. I have the names of all those who applied and will ensure that the refunds are followed up as quickly as possible.

Let’s hope that we can make our Christmas Lunch an especially good event for 2021. Thank you for your support for this year.

Choral Concert by Zoom

Brandenburg Choral Festival

Dear members,
We have a wonderful opportunity to be part of this traditional Christmas concert. Bob Porter, who is the artistic director, has been a friend of the Third Age Trust for many years, and in the past, pre Covid, has offered a variety of events for members to enjoy. However, during lockdown, like many others, they have had to find new ways of sharing their music. The concert is scheduled to last for 2 hours with break out rooms at the interval point, when we can all go and refresh our cups or glasses. A member of the orchestra or of the choir will join each break out room where we can chat or listen or ask questions.
The flier has all the details required for booking (including the cost, £10) if this is of interest to you. I know that we have a monthly talk on Thursday, so if you are interested, I would encourage you to please consider booking your place on the Wednesday to avoid a clash in your diary.
Bob is a very lively and enthusiastic man and plans to be present sitting in his wing back chair, with his dog and probably not dressed as Santa, but in other suitably festive attire.
Please book directly with the company through the link on Brandenberg Concert Flier  and if possible identify yourself as a member of our u3a, as it would be nice to know who will be there.
We all need a little cheer at Christmas and in the absence of any carol services or live concerts this may well do the trick!
Maureen Doyle

Quiz by Zoom December 8th

 The next U3A Quiz is coming up!

It will be held 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)

We now have a “Your Favourite Walks” section in the Bulletin and shortly will have a page of such walks on the website.  We are inviting members to submit a description of a local walk which they have enjoyed personally and which might appeal to other members.  

You can see an example below.  

We started off by enthusiastically calling this section “Weekly Walks” but realised this was unrealistic!  With your help we hope to highlight a new walk every other week.

If you have a favourite walk to contribute PLEASE send it to us using this form.

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!).

Ideas from the National U3A

  • Winter Learning Programme   – present and future events
  • NEW!!! An EGM will be held online on Thursday 10th December 2020, commencing at 10.00 AM to debate and vote on a special resolution to amend the Articles of Association.  more information here.
  • NEW!!! The second episode of the U3A Radio Podcast is now online.  Listen to it here 
  • Follow the links for more information and booking for events. You have to be quick – events are booked up in no time!
  • NEW!!! u3a Yoga at Christmas  Friday, December 11th at 10:00 am. Join this Christmas themed yoga session and have some festive fun! People new to yoga are particularly welcome to join.
  • NEW!!! Egyptology: From Pit Graves to Pyramids Monday, December 14th at 14:00. Burials in Egypt from the pre-dynastic period through to the pyramid building periods of the Old and Middle Kingdoms. No prior knowledge is required.
  • SOLD OUT 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.
    SOLD OUT 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.
  • The Material Culture of Texts. Wednesday, December 9th at 10:30. Online with the British Library to explore how books and manuscripts communicate meaning
  • 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

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