Dear Chichester u3a member,

Bulletin Christmas Break

The Bulletin will not be published on December 25th nor on January 1st.
The next issue will be on January 8th 2021.

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

In the meantime, Season’s Greetings to All our Readers!

Recording of Monthly Meeting

Any of you who could not join Thursday’s Zoom Monthly Meeting, which gave us Roger Askew on Gilbert and Sullivan; or who would like to hear it again, please contact the Speakers Committee for a link to a recording of the meeting.

Unfortunately, it will only be available until midnight on Saturday 19th December by agreement with Roger.

December Photography Competition




Don’t forget our Photo Competition during the “Festive Season”. Taking photos may help stretch your imagination and give you something enjoyable to do, even if you are not celebrating in the usual way this year. We have much for which to be thankful, so have a happy Christmas and let’s look forward to “sunlit uplands” in 2021.

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 and table settings, to name just a few.  Remember, photos can be religious, ironic and humorous as well.

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. I hope you will be inspired  to take a photo and share it with all of us. All submissions will be found in the Photo Gallery, and Winning Photos 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.

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.

Pagham Harbour and Sidlesham

Distance:   7 miles to Sidlesham and Pagham
Starting point:  Visitor Centre to Pagham Harbour off the B2145 between Sidlesham and Selsey. GR  856964.  Map: OS Explorer 120.
Terrain: Flat, harbour walks.

Local Information:  The Visitor Centre, just south of Sidlesham, has a car park and provides information on the history and wildlife of Pagham Harbour.
The Crab and Lobster,  Sidlesham Quay:  01243  641233
Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve:  01243  641508

The Walk

From the visitor centre go behind it to head north-east along the smooth track. After a gate turn left to Sidlesham Quay. Turn right and walk past the pub through the village and follow the road as it turns sharp left. After Rookery Farm turn right on a path towards a barn and over fields to a farm track. Turn left onto the track and Sidlesham Church is  ahead on the right.

From the church return East along the farm track, passing the path which brought you here, now on your right. At the end of the farm track continue east over fields and streams. the spire of Pagham church is ahead.  In over half a mile you reach Honer Farm.  At cross paths here, turn right and south down to the nearby Pagham Harbour.

At the harbour, turn left on to the bank and walk towards Pagham. The church is at the end of Church Lane. After your visit, to return to the Visitor Centre, retrace your steps back along the harbour wall. Instead of turning up to Honer Farm, keep straight on and follow the harbour path as it curves west-south-west to Sidlesham Quay and the original track. At high tide you have to turn right to Halsey’s Farm.  An information panel is at this turning. From the Quay retrace your steps to the Visitor Centre.  Do not forget to turn right at the gate!

Note: Attached map also shows a short additional walk to Church Norton and back


Ideas from the National U3A

  • Winter Learning Programme   – present and future events
  • A NEW COURSE FOR SINGERS. Winter School. All the original courses have been sold out, by my estimate, but one new course has been added, and is still available at the time of writing, namely, Singing through the Ages.  Some of the others 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!!! Pre-war Blues. A four-week course,  being an introduction to the development and history of blues music from its beginnings in the 1920’s up to the advent of WWII. Weekly on Tuesdays at 10:00 AM, from January 5th. –
  • NEW!!! Live Cookery Demonsration – Winter Warmer  Monday, January 11th at 10:30 Join u3a members and roving Chef Alex from ‘Vegetarian for Life’ for a live cookery demonstration from Chef Alex’s kitchen.
  • NEW!!! Live Cookery Demonstration – Burns Night  Monday, January 25th at 10:30 Join u3a members and roving Chef Alex from ‘Vegetarian for Life’ for a Burns Night live cookery demonstration from Chef Alex’s kitchen.
  • NEW!!! Van Gogh in Arles. Join the National Gallery to discover why Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear and why he committed such a brutal act. Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 AM. Cost £5.50
  • NEW !!! Maths Activities and Games. This fun session of interactive games and puzzles is a repeat of a previous event that took place during Maths Week 2020. Thursday February 18th at 14:30.
  • NEW!!! Maths Problems and Puzzles.   This is a repeat of an earlier workshop that took place uring Maths Week in November 2020. Tuesday, February 23rd at 14:30.
  •  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 . The first date has been sold out, but there appear to be places for the other two.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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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