Dear Chichester u3a member, 

March Coffee Morning


Tuesday 2nd March at 10.00 am on Zoom

Come and join us at our next Coffee Morning next Tuesday.  

We’ll be setting up Breakout Rooms again.  You can choose to stay in the Main Room, visit the Groups Room, or take friends with you to a private room.

If you would like us to set up a private Breakout Room for your friends, please contact us (in this case the Treasurer in one of his other roles), using the drop-down form below, so that we know how many rooms to set up.

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If you have any questions about the u3a, any ideas for new Groups, any suggestions for how we can get together as the lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted, please come to the Coffee Morning and chat with us.  If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps, a good natter with other members will lift your spirits.  

Look forward to seeing you next Tuesday – contact us here if you have any questions.

Chair, Chichester u3a


March Monthly Quiz


The next U3A quiz will be on Tuesday 16th March 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 Desbina 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

March Monthly Meeting


Thursday 18th March at 14.00 am on Zoom

Freud’s Vine Cottage, South Harting
Freud’s Brass Bed
The illustrated Talk, which is for an adult audience, centres on the Garman brothers and sisters (nine in all) and their fascinating and influential relationships with a number of leading figures in the world of Art and Literature in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.
The Garman children were all born in Walsall, in the West Midlands to middle- class parents – Dr Walter Garman (the Town’s Medical Superintendent) and his wife Marjorie Garman.
However, their eldest son Douglas’s time at Cambridge and eldest daughter Kathleen’s move to Art School in Chelsea led to a chain of events and connections which resulted in most of the family, including mother Marjorie, relocating to the Chichester area.
Freud Self-Portrait and MJB

Martyn Bell was born in Brighton in 1945. Now retired, he has served as a local Councillor in Chichester since 2007 and was Mayor of Chichester 2018/19.
A student at the University of Lyon in the early 1960’s , he is a former Chairman of the ‘Friends of Chartres’ Twinning Association and the Oxmarket Centre of Arts and also a Co-Founder and Trustee of the ‘Secret WW2 Learning Network ( which specialises in the history of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the French Resistance.
Involvement in the organisations above sparked Martyn’s interest in Peggy Guggenheim and in turn the Garman family

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





The Winner of this month’s Photo competition is Tony Lord with his dramatic picture of a solitary paddle boarder paddling home, with the backdrop of a stunning sunset.

As  always there are no prizes, but just the glory of winning.  Congratulations Tony.


The subject of the March Photography Competition is :


A wide subject dear to our hearts and open to many interpretations.  Meals we love,  comforting food and drink,  fun food presentations, market stalls selling food, exotic drinks, just to give you a flavour of the possibilities.  

 You can submit your photos HERE.


If you haven’t found a way to enter your mobile phone photographs into the competitions , please try the following method. Let us know of any problems.

Entering photographs from a mobile phone into our competition

  1. The photo appears in the “photos” section on your phone.
  2. If you click on the photo a small box with an upwards pointing arrow appears (in my phone in the bottom left hand corner).
  3. Click on the box with the arrow and it then gives you a new page where you see the photo with a tick in the corner and the option to send it by message or mail and various other options. The one you want is “mail” which has a picture of an envelope. 
  4. You click on the envelope and a mail page opens.  The photo will automatically be attached to this email. Send the photo to your own email address.
  5. Open your emails on your computer.  Find the email with the photo attached.
  6. Save the photo to a file on your computer.
  7. Go to the Chi u3a website, click on the “upload your photo”, fill in the form and it asks you to find the photo.
  8. Upload the photo from your file to the website.


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.

Apologies to anyone who experienced difficulties wth the telephone number in this month’s vote: the problem, like the telephone number, has now been eliminated. 

Ideas from the National U3A

      • 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.
      • NEW Beginners Genealogy Course 8 weeks from Tuesday, March 9th at 14:00. The eight weeks will cover researching birth, marriage and death records; wills; census 1841-1911 and the 1939 Register; military records; poor law and criminal records and finally overseas records.
      • 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.
      • FIRE! – a century of the Volunteer Fire Brigadenbsp;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.
      • 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.
      • SOLD OUT 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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