Dear Chichester u3a member, 

Monthly Meeting

The next Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday 18th February at 2pm on Zoom

This month we are looking forward to musical entertainment by soprano Jennifer Parker-Lummis, a graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As a free-lance singer Jennifer has written, directed and performed four successful one-woman shows and she is a recommended speaker for the WI, the Masons and U3A.  ‘A Light-hearted look at Opera’ is a pastiche that Jennifer has created, bringing us favourite songs and arias ranging from ‘Madame Butterfly’ to ‘The Phantom of The Opera’, punctuated with amusing anecdotes about their origin.

Zoom details will be sent out a few days before the event


Coffee Morning

VIRTUAL COFFEE MORNING –  10am Tuesday March 2nd 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Coffee Morning held on Zoom earlier this week.  There was a lot of catching up on news and chatting to friends who we hadn’t seen for months.  Several new members were introduced to each other and were able to find out more about what is going on with the u3a at the moment – a couple of members immediately joined active Groups, and in fact one couple joined our Quiz later that evening!

One enterprising member contacted several people in a group that she belonged to, which is currently unable to meet in person, and set up a Breakout Room just for them!   They apparently enjoyed themselves very much and have arranged to meet up again at the next Coffee Morning.

If YOU would like to set up a Breakout Room for you and your friends please ask us to reserve a room for you; alternatively we have Breakout Rooms available on the day which you can access if you want to have a “private” chat with your friends who have already joined the Coffee Morning.  Click here to contact us.

Over the last few months many members have overcome their initial nervousness about using Zoom and are now participating in everything which we are offering using this way of getting together.  Many Groups meet regularly on Zoom, we continue to hold our enjoyable Monthly Talks (on the third Thursday of each month) on Zoom (with the opportunity for a chat with friends after the talk) and now we offer regular Coffee Mornings too!  Looking around the u3a websites in the UK, it seems that we are currently offering a great deal more to our members than many other u3as.  

If you would like guidance with Zoom we can talk you through what you need to do.  If you are still a little nervous about Zoom or would like to know about what happens in a Zoom coffee morning then you can contact us here. If you know of anyone in the u3a who might be feeling isolated or lonely at the moment, this is an ideal opportunity for them to meet and chat with people.  

We look forward to seeing you at our next Coffee Morning and will send out details of how to join a few days before.


Groups News

Zoom for Groups

As some of you already know, Chichester U3A has purchased a second Zoom Pro licence for use by Groups.
If you are interested in using this facility, pleaseuse the drop-down contact form below for booking/further information.
This licence only allows one meeting at a time.  Currently we have 8 groups booked in and so far have had no conflicts.  Please be aware that if there are conflicts, groups may be asked to change regular meeting dates/times in order to share zoom time fairly and accommodate as many meetings as possible.

Please click here to contact Zoom for Groups (and to close)
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New Poetry Group

A new group has been proposed to study and discuss poetry. Each month, four or so poems of a particular poet  would be discussed.  Is there a member who would offer to lead such a group? A retired English teacher  or lecturer would be very useful, but not at all a requirement.

If you’re interested in leading or joining the group, please contact the Groups Coordinator.

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.

We have been asked if we could post a walk suitable for wheelchairs from time to time – if anyone has one to recommend that would be much appreciated.

Prinsted to Nutbourne alongside Chichester Harbour

The route:
Start at the carpark at Prinsted, by the Scout Hut: SU765050, PO10 8HS. Walk east along the coastal path. After about a mile, turn left at a waymarked footpath by a wooden bench. Continue for a third of a mile until you reach a crossroads of lanes. Here turn left, and the lane soon becomes a footpath. Follow footpaths with some twists but in a broadly westerly direction until you reach the road at Prinsted. Turn left to the car park.Walk: a 3 mile circular between Prinsted and Nutbourne, with a beautiful coastal stretch along Chichester Harbour.

Terrain: the first 100 yards is flat and even. The rest of the coastal path is easy walking, but a bit puddly after rain. The inland return route can be muddy in places. A slightly longer, mud-free option, is to walk up to the A259 at Nutbourne and turn left to the Prinsted turning.

Photography Competition



Just two more weeks to submit your photographs for our February Competition.  The subject of the February competition is:


After seeing the great sunrise/sunset pictures members have submitted already, not only from Great Britain, but America, Namibia, and Norway. wherever in the World you are they can be spectacular.  Also the range of the cloud formations, that make sunsets dramatic are an area of interest in themselves. 

Did you know that you can submit as many photographs as you wish, so do share them with us.

 You can view the current entries in the Photo Gallery HERE.

You may submit your photos until 23:59 February 17th. For the submission form: Click here
We will be voting on the winners from 18:00 February 19th to 23:59 February 24th , and the winner will be announced in the Bulletin on February 26th. 

Would anyone like to either lecture or run a regular zoom group on photography for Chichester U3A? Or perhaps someone would like to give individual sessions on wildlife photography, composition, etc. If so, please contact us HERE.

Ideas from the National U3A

  • Egyptology: An Introduction Monday, February 8th at 14:00 
    An Introduction to Temples in Ancient Egypt – will explore the nature and function of temples in ancient Egypt
  •  Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945. (National Army Museum Talk) . Thursday, February 11th, 10:30. This is not arranged by eventbrite, but following the link above will take you to a page with more details and a link to a registration process. 
  • A Taste of Japan – Language & Festivals Repeat Event Tuesday, February 16th at 14:00. A repeat of previous session.oin us for a repeat of the 1st session in the Taste of Japan series: an exploration into language & festivals.
  • The Drifting Continents – a Lesson in Geology Thursday, March 4th at 14:00. A discussion on the scientific support from geography, climatology, geology, physics and biology for the concept of drifting continents.
  • FIRE! – a century of the Volunteer Fire Brigade Wednesday, March 17th at 14:00. A history of the years when fire fighting depended on local altruism, using photographs and various items from the speaker’s family’s long association with the Brigade.
  • The Paradigm of Plate Tectonics – a Lesson in Geology Thursday, March 25th at 14:00.
    A discussion on the unifying theory of plate tectonics to explain the geological processes from volcanoes to mountain building.
  • 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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