Dear Chichester u3a member, 

Monthly Meeting

February’s Monthly Meeting

Watching Zoom sign-on . By permission.
The popular Zoom talk on February 18th was on a most unusual subject and,interestingly, only happened by accident.  Less than a couple of days before, we had unfortunately had to cancel the planned classical songs and talk by Jennifer Parker-Lummis and, after frantic phoning round, we luckily found Dr Roderic Ashton free to give his talk on leaders who became ill while in office. From Henry VIII who became a monster, executing thousands, after a jousting accident, to Churchill, with his “black dog” moods, resulting from bi-polar disease, and Donald Trump and Boris Johnson with covid.  On the way we had Florence Nightingale, with her deep depressions, Napoleon, debilitated by piles at Waterloo, and many others.  Those of you who are disappointed to have missed the talk are in luck however.  By clicking this url before February 25th you can see a repeat.

You will need a passcode to access the revording, which will be given in the email version of the Bulletin.

We had had to cancel Jennifer’s talk because the sound quality was just not good enough.  We all know by now that Zoom for all its wonders is also a demanding technology.  Everything has to be right to get a good picture and good sound.  Music has particular problems and, even after a couple of rehearsals and much tweaking, patiently guided by Peter Hill, it wasn’t right.  The difficulty is that the presenter can have no idea as to how the presentation is coming over and advice is at a distance.  Peter kindly continued to help Jennifer the next day and the problems seem to be solved. That would enable us to have Jennifer back soon. 

Would members prefer to have Jennifer back soon on Zoom or would you rather wait until it can be in person?  She only lives in Gosport.  Please let us have your views.

It is quite remarkable that Zoom has appeared out of nowhere to make lock-down a little more tolerable.  We have now had eight Zoom talks here and no doubt members have tuned in to others elsewhere.  There are so many free webinars and interesting blogs out there that can keep us very busy if we have the bravery to look and experiment.   While we are pleased that 100 or so members tune into our talks – and that is actually the sort of number we used to get when “live” – it unfortunately leaves several hundred members out.  Is there anything we can do about that?

We would like to hear from members who don’t tune in to the Zoom talks as well as those who do.  We would like to help where we can, though it’s not easy with “social distancing” however.  The digital world is rapidly taking over in many walks of life and it is really sad that so many people are left out.    

Looking forward to hearing from you.        Ann and Keith can be contacted here.

The next Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday March 18th  

March 2021 Monthly Meeting on Zoom will take place at on 18/03/2021 at 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm 

Martyn Bell’s talk will be on Art, poetry and Love in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

More details will be provided in the near future.

The Next U3A Quiz!

The next U3A Quiz by Zoom will be on Tuesday, 23rd February 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 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


Your Favourite Walks

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.

Chidham circular, 5 miles

This is a mostly coastal walk, offering great views across Chichester Harbour. Parts can be muddy after wet weather, and the shore section is rocky and uneven in places.

The walk. Start at Cobnor Farm Amenity Car Park (PO18 8TD). Walk due east beside a field to the shoreline, then turn to the south and follow the shoreline for about 3 miles around Cobnor Point and up the west side of the peninsula on a combination of beach and embankment paths. Take the waymarked footpath to the right until you reach the lane. Turn right and wind your way along the lanes back to the carpark, passing  ‘the Old House at Home’ – one happy day this will be open again for refreshments.

A shorter, more accessible version, available to blue badge holders only, is to park at the Sailing Club (PO18 8TE) and walk to Cobnor Point from there. The path is wide and flat, and just over a mile there and back. 

Photography Competition


Now for the fun part.  From 18.00 today, this evening until midnight on Wednesday 24th February is the time for casting your vote on the sunrise/sunset pictures in this months photo competition.   No more than one vote, by U3A members only please. Vote HERE.

The winner will be announced next Friday 26th February.

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

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.

Idea at 14:00 s from the National U3A

  • Maths problems and puzzles workshop Tuesday, February 23rd at 14:30. This is an exact repeat of an earlier workshop that took place during Maths Week in November 2020.
  • A Taste of Japan – Repeat Events Wednesday, February 24th at 14:00  (The ethos of the Japanese; and the Haiku) and Wednesday, March 24th at 14:00 (Zen in everyday life; and Temples, Shrines and Gardens).  Join us for a repeat  of two of the 1st sessions in the Taste of Japan series.
  • 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.
  • u3a Choir – After the Storm. A series of six meetings from February 24th to March 31st, at 14:00. You can view the result of the previous project here:
  • The Art of the Album Cover. A series of four weekly lectures from Tuesday March 2nd to Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:00. Exploring the artistry of the vinyl album cover; from the iconic to the controversial.
  • Seven Wonders of the World, Old and New. Thursday, March 4th at 10:00. Travel across the globe and through the ages to visit the modern and ancient wonders of the world – all from the comfort of your own home!
  • Cyber Security:Staying Safe Online. A u3a Presentation with Q&A. Thursday, March 4th at 14:00 (I think TAT have got their dates messed up, but check.) Keeping you safe in an electronic age.  Repeat of a previous talk.
  • Leonardo da Vinci – Would He Have Made a Good u3a Member? Monday, March 8th at 10:00. What would he be interested in learning and what might he teach you? Why did he learn? How did he express his learning? What inspired him?
  • Egyptology: Women in Ancient Egypt. Monday, March 8th at 14:00. In this talk, we explore the role of women as goddesses, rulers, queens and ordinary Egyptian women.
  • Turner and Mythology. Thursday, March 18th at 11:00. Join the National Gallery’s Dr Carlo Corsato to discover Greek mythology in two of Turner’s masterpieces.Cost £5.50 
  • Springtime Treats. Monday, March 22nd at 10:30. Chef Alex will be showing us how to make three recipes that not only look good  and taste good but are also vegan.
  • Where did our Favourite Plants come from? Wednesday, March 31st at 14:00. You won’t look at plants in the same way again!
  • Talk by Rob Eastaway: Maths on the back of an Envelope. Thursday, April 15th at 14:00. An entertaining look at how to figure without a calculator.This is a repeat of the very popular talk that Rob gave in November 2020.
  • Meanwhile, the U3A continues to put forward good ideas and activities to occupy ourselves, such as Amateur Radio 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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