Dear Chichester u3a member,

January Monthly Meeting by Zoom

“The Beauty and Romance of France”
January 21st 2021 at 2 p.m.   
Our guest speaker, Christopher Le Grand, will explore some of the historic towns and cities, visit famous chateaux and meander the countryside to discover the country’s beauty, history and romance.

Invitations to join the Zoom meeting will be sent out a few days before the event. Please join the meeting a few minutes before the scheduled time.

Following the Monthly Talk we will keep our Zoom Meeting open for members to have a chat, using break-out rooms.  This is only the second time we have attempted this and it requires some patience on the part of the attendees!  Peter Hill, who is hosting the Monthly Meeting on Zoom, will explain at the beginning of the session, just before the speaker begins his talk, how the Breakout Rooms session will work.  It will help with your connection (although it’s not essential) if you have the latest upgrade on Zoom.

The next U3A Quiz!

The next U3A Quiz by Zoom will be on Tuesday 12th January 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 the 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 7.30pm start.  There will be 5 rounds of 10 questions each. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Hope you’re all keeping well


Coffee Mornings

There will be no coffee morning this month. 

BUT we are planning to have 0ne next month, on Tuesday, February 2nd – by Zoom, of course. Please make a note in your diary!

December Photography Competition




Now that the hurly- burly and excitement of Christmas is over and you are casting round for something to interest you, how about submitting a photo that you have taken over Christmas, New Year (or later) for our photo competition.  Share the joy of the Festive Season!

We have extended the date for submission until 20th January 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!

 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
  • Follow the links for more information and booking for events. You have to be quick – events are booked up in no time!
  • NEW!!! Friday Watercolour Painters  Weekly on Fridays  at 14:00 from January 15th There appear to be some places left for the later meetings.
  • NEW!!! Happy Ever After :The History of  Fairy Tales.

    Catherine Stevenson, Chair of Newcastle u3a, invites you to join her in mapping the history of fairy stories through art. Tuesday, January 19th, at 14:00.

  • NEW!!! The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain:A four-week school on Thursdays from January 21st  to February 11th at 10:00.

    In 711 AD Arab and Berber troops from North Africa launched an invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. Within a decade they had subdued the Visigoths … Granada was not reconquered until 1492 thus bringing to an end nearly 800 years of Muslim rule on the Iberian Peninsula

  • Van Gogh in Arles. Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 AM.

    Join the National Gallery to discover why Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear and why he committed such a brutal act.  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.

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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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