Dear Chichester u3a member, 

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

Groups News

Anyone for Croquet?

After missing the whole season last year, we plan to start the Monthly U3A Croquet sessions again as soon as the lockdown is eased (and subject to weather/lawns being suitable.)
Croquet is one of the outdoor activities that will be allowed from the end of March onwards and the Chichester and Fishbourne Croquet Club would like to invite U3A members to a monthly session at Fishbourne. We are planning sessions from 10:00 to 12:00 on the Third Wednesday of each month starting on Wednesday 21st April. As per previous years, there will be a £5 charge per person which is passed on to the Croquet Club..

 If you joined the Group in previous years, please ensure that you re-register online ASAP as we are limited to 12 players due to current covid restrictions

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

With spring in the air (and paths a lot less muddy)  I expect many more of you will be tempted to go out walking and we would love to receive your contributions!  There are no fixed requirements for the walks we post,  in fact the more variety the better and similarly please do not worry too much about the format as we can always adjust that as well as add things like maps if need be. You can see the beginnings of a collection of our walks  here.  If you have a walk that you could send to us please use this form.

HALNAKER WINDMILL, approximately 1.5 miles
About 1.5 miles return.  This is a very easy, straightforward walk, very suitable for small children!

There are two stiles with no way around them.  Can be slightly muddy.

Halnaker is about 4 miles east of Chichester on the A285 going towards Petworth. There is very limited parking at the left hand side of the road in the layby at Warehead Farm.  Visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to ensure a parking place! 

The walk.

The first part of the walk follows an old Roman Road (Stane Street) between high banks, covered with snowdrops, primroses and cowslips in springtime.  You can almost hear the tramp of the soldiers’ boots as you walk up the stony lane!

The second half of the walk goes slightly uphill over open fields, where you may see deer but where you invariably hear (or even see) skylarks.  The windmill has recently been restored and the views to the south over the sea and southwest over Chichester towards the Solent and the Isle of Wight are spectacular.

An alternative is to park at Boxgrove Village carpark (near village shop and café for refreshments) and extend it into a 5 mile circular walk around Boxgrove Common.

Photography Competition


Just two more weeks to submit your photographs for our March Competition


Our competition this month is quite broad based and a photo could just be sitting on your table, or maybe you have a photo that’s in your camera or phone just waiting to be let out.

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

 You can usually submit your photos HERE, but if this link is occasionally unaccountably omitted, the following provides an alternative method.

  1. To submit your entries, go on to our Chichester Web Site and you will see :
    Monthly Photo Competition
  2. Follow the instruction “SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS”
  3. Just fill in the short form that comes up, attach your photo, and click send .  It will appear in the Gallery shortly.

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.

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.
      • 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 aralso vegan.
      • 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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