Dear Chichester u3a member,

Bulletin Christmas Break

The Bulletin will not be published on December 25th nor on January 1st.
So there are two more issues this year, on December 11th and December 18th. The first issue in the new year will be on January 8th.

PLease bear the above in mind if you are thinking of putting something into the Bulletin in the near future.

Volunteers Wanted

This has most certainly been a funny old year for us all and it is so heartening that our u3a is determined to ensure members get value for money with all the new initiatives underway and in the absence of a return to face to face meetings.

We have a new look website, which is constantly changing and being updated on a regular basis, have you looked lately? Each week something new appears, why not follow one of the links here in the bulletin which will take you to the website, then have a look around? There you will find some new material and some which is en route to an update.

We have a photo competition which has proven to be very popular and a new item where members are invited to share walks they have enjoyed for others to try out. Have you had a chance to join in or have a go at a walk and do you have one for us to post? Look out for the next photo subject in this bulletin. If you need help doing this we will guide you through it, our team is very willing to offer support.
We have developed our use of Zoom and increased the number of groups who can still ‘meet’ using this facility. Our monthly talks are very popular and they have been a fantastic way for members to see old friends from the comfort of their homes and not feel quite so isolated. Some groups are also using Zoom to continue to ‘meet’.

However, it is always good to remember that the folk ‘behind scenes’ are all volunteers and without them we come to a standstill. We have recently added quite a few willing members to our different teams and they are busy coming to grips with a particular role and we are all making sure that we are ‘many working for all members rather a just a few’. A lot of fun is being had.

We are now in a position to advertise for someone who would like to join our ‘groups’ team which currently has 3 member volunteers and it would be great to add someone new to help out. As with all volunteers, once you have expressed an interest then we will put you in contact with our groups’ committee member who will talk with you as to how you could help on her team.

We look forward to hearing from you as groups are the life blood of the u3a and if you would like to be part of this team then you will be a great help for us moving forward.

Maureen Doyle, Chair

Christmas Coffee Morning by Zoomll

We are proposing to hold a Zoom Coffee Morning for all members at 10.30am on Wednesday 16th December.  Although we have been “Zooming” for a while, in both large and small groups, this is the first time that we are attempting to use BREAK-OUT ROOMS.

A break-out room allows a small group of people to chat to each other separately, and we can set up several break-out rooms. This means that you can chat to a small group of your fellow members in one room, then move back to the “main” session or move to another break-out room with other people.

We have been holding practice sessions with the Committee over the last few days and we will have our fingers crossed that we manage the Break-Out Rooms successfully, but we ask you to be patient with us!  It may help from your side if you can use a laptop or computer in preference to an iPad or phone, and also if you have the latest version of Zoom, which is 5.4.2

It would be useful if you could contact us by email by Tuesday 15th December to let us know whether you intend to join this event. We will organise the break-out rooms when you arrive at the meeting.

If you can change your Zoom background then hopefully you will find something suitably festive, but this year we will have to rely on members to provide their own refreshments!

Come and join in – we’re looking forward to a pre-Christmas chat and drink with all our members!

Joining details will be given in the Bulletin email.

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!”

Photography Competition




The second Chichester U3A Photo Competition is under way and we have already some photos submitted.

To SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES, go here.  Just fill in the short form that comes up, attach your photo, and click send .  It will appear in the Gallery shortly  – click here to see the photos already submitted!

There are so many festive sights  around  this time of year, shop windows, Christmas trees, decorations, family gatherings, food and drink,  table settings, to name but a few.    I’m sure you will be inspired  to take a photo and share it with other members.



So  that you can include New Year festivities photos we have extended the time that you have to submit your photos until 4th January 2021.

Alas there is no monthly prize, except the glory of winning.  The monthly winning photo will be displayed on the Winners Page.  Moreover, each month the winning entry, until the end of our year in September, will go forward to Photograph of the Year.

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.

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

Your Favourite Walks

We now have a “Your Favourite Walks” section in the Bulletin and we now have the beginnings of a collection of these walks on the website here.  We are inviting members to submit a description of a local walk which they have enjoyed personally and which might appeal to other members.  

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

Walk – Chichester Ship Canal  (approx. 4 miles, with a bus return journey)

The Chichester Ship Canal runs from the Basin, just South of Chichester Station, right out to Chichester Marina, about 4 miles.   If you feel it’s too far to walk all the way back as well, there is a bus stop at the end of the road to the Marina to take you back into Chichester (Route 52/53, approx. every 30 minutes) . 

In addition to the tranquil scenery, the bird life on the canal is abundant with coots, moorhens, ducks, swans and even a possible fleeting flash of a Kingfisher.  There are a few seats on which to rest and admire the views.  The Marina is interesting, with static boats moored as homes, and is bustling with sailing activities, not to mention the mesmerising  lock gates, which always seem to be busy with yachts coming in and out of the marina.

There are several opportunities for refreshments. There is a pub (the Richmond) and the excellent Canal  Cafe at the Basin with plenty of outdoor seating.  In Hunston, if you walk off the canal bank and into the village (2-3 hundred yards) there is The Spotted Cow, a lovely country pub.  At the end at the Marina is the Boat House Café.

Ideas from the National U3A

  • Winter Learning Programme   – present and future events
  • A BIT LATE. Winter School. I have  spottedbelatedly that TAT are offering several multiday events in the new year, as part of a Winter School. I don’t know how long they hsave been been available, but only one has not been sold out, by my estimate, namely the Recorder Ensemble Some of theothers have waiting lists.  More information here (at the bottom of the page).
  • Follow the links for more information and booking for events. You have to be quick – events are booked up in no time!
  • NEW!!! A Taste of Japan A series of three lectures on the following dates: January 27th, february 24t h and March 24th, all Wednesdays, at 14:00 .
  • NEW!!! Festive Ukelele Jam Session Friday 18th December at 10:00 AM
    Fancy an festive Ukulele strum?
    Then come along and join the fun.
    Wear your holiday jumper, or hat, or not…
    If you’ve a got a Uke then book your spot!
  • NEW!!! Living History – there’s a lot of it about! Tuesday, January 19th at 2 o’c PM. Join this event to find out more about and gather ideas for writing your life story. This is a repeat of the earlier talk on Living History.

  • NEW!!! The Unification of the British Isles: A Lesson in Geology Friday, January 22nd at 2 o’c PM. A discussion of how England and Wales collided with Scotland, then Europe with Britain and finally the breakaway of America.

  • SOLD OUT!!!   The Bayeux Tapestry and its hidden messages Tuesday, December 15th at 10:00 AM Let’s delve into this ‘Game of Thrones’ to uncover and explore some of its hidden messages about the characters and events depicted.

  •  Cryptic Crosswords   Tuesday, December 15th at 14:00.  Find out how cryptic crosswords work, where they came from, who solves them and how people learn this skill.
    Staying Safe Online Wednesday, December 16th at 14:00. This online seminar will discuss some of the very latest threats that are particularly aimed at the U3A generation
    A Historic Hour with Southwark Cathedral. Thursday, December 17th at 10:30 AM. An illustrated talk by three Southwark Cathedral Guides about the history of the Cathedral and some of the people connected with it.
  • 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. Wednesday, December 9th at 10:30. Online with the British Library to explore how books and manuscripts communicate meaning

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The Constitution of the Chichester U3A is available to view here, and its Terms of Use here.
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