Dear Chichester u3a member, 

First April Quiz

 The next U3A Quiz!

The next U3A quiz will be on Tuesday 6th April 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 contact  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.

Currently full due to current covid restrictions but please feel free to join the waitlist as, hopefully, we will be able to accommodate more members once restrictions are lifted.

The Apple Group

The Apple Group had the first Zoom meeting on Tuesday the 2nd March. The subjects included:

  • Backing up your files and photos
  • Best way to search on Google
  • Selecting and saving parts of your screen
  • Saving your Passwords in a safe place

Here are some of the comments from the meeting.
“Thank you for this morning I picked up a few usefultips”. “Thanks Dave I learnt a few useful things”. “Thanks for the meeting I learnt a lot”.
As the meeting clashed with the coffee morning we are planning to run future meetings on the first Wednesday of each month startng in April.
We have received requests for a range of subjects but the most popular was photography. Here is the agenda for the next Zoom meeting on Wednesday 7th April at 10.30am.

  1. Taking photos
  2. Better photos
  3. Fixing the photos
  4. The best way to show your photos

If you would like to join the meeting please send an email to and we will send you an invitation

April Monthly Meeting

“New Orleans to New York” – a Zoom Talk with Roger Browne on Thursday, April 15th at 2 p.m.

 I am really looking forward to our next Zoom Talk.  Roger Browne describes himself as an actor, singer, speaker, musician, director, composer and writer, and I’m sure he is many other things as well.

 His talk is entitled “New Orleans to New York” and it focuses on the links and influences between Jazz, born in New Orleans, and Musical Theatre, headquartered in New York.  He writes:  Many of the harmonies, chord sequences, and melodic structures used by the great American composers, for their theatrical creations, were inspired by the music of the jazz greats and many of the great tunes composed,, specifically for the stage, have become the basis for much of the jazz musician’s stock repertoire.

 Roger’s talk will be illustrated with live examples on the piano and stories of the people, places and events along the way.

 If you want relevant entertainment in the meantime, I urge you to look at his website –

 Keith Tunstall, Speakers’ Committee,  07971 671274. 


Review of talk by Martyn Bell on Thursday, March 18th

Art, Poetry and Romance in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s in West Sussex

As a local councillor, Martyn is well known to many members, so there were cheerful greetings through the ether as we came together for this Zoom talk.

Martyn had indicated that this was a racy tale and we quickly got into the action when Mary and Kathleen Garman ran away from home and joined art school in Chelsea.  The scene was set for an amazing entanglement of liaisons, many with well-known poets and artists.  On the one side were the seven sisters and two brothers of the Garman family and on the other names such as Laurie Lee, Peggy Guggenheim, Vita Sackville-West, Roy Campbell, Jacob Epstein and Lucien Freud.

The talk was illustrated with family photos and some striking early portraits by Lucien Freud. Two of the homes involved were near Chichester – Vine Cottage in South Harting and Marsh Farm in Binstred.

There was a united call for a family tree when question time came and Martyn offered to help produce one.  It will look more like a spider’s web.


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.

Charlton and Goodwood – 7 miles

This week’s walk is a slightly longer and more challenging one  – a 7 mile circular, with some steepish slopes. It takes in Levin Down, Goodwood racecourse, the Trundle and the delightful villages of Singleton and Charlton. On a clear day you will be rewarded with spectacular views across Chichester Harbour to the Isle of Wight. 

Start: Charlton, Fox Goes Free Inn PO18 0HU, OS Ref SU 889130  

The Walk: Head north up North Lane keeping left on a track where a footpath forks right after ¾ of a mile. At the top turn left over the grass mound of Levin Down, to the far corner of Lady Wood on the right. Then take a broadly southerly direction eventually going downhill, mostly over downland, to Singleton. Behind the church, go through the farmyard and climb up towards the Trundle, the path eventually merging with the lane. From the Trundle go east along Monarch’s Way and beside road past the racecourse along grass verge/woodland edge.  About 100 yards beyond end of the racecourse, turn sharp left along a track named Chalk Road back to Charlton.

Alternatives: This could be split into two shorter circular walks taking the path between Singleton and Charlton that runs south of the road. You could also start at the Trundle carpark.

Photography Competition

Time to Vote!

From 18.00 today, 19th March, until midnight on Wednesday 24th March is the time for casting your vote on the Food and Drink pictures in this month photo competition.   One vote per U3A member please.

The winner will be announced in the Bulletin next Friday 26th March 2021.

To view all the submissions go to the Photo Gallery orCLICK HERE

To vote for your favourite photo: CLICK HERE

National U3A and Sussex U3A Network

The Third Age Trust has arranged a number of online talks on a huge variety of topics, currently such as Japan, Roman Worcester,  Vegan Cooking, Egyptology,  … and so on. Rather than listing them here (as I’ve done in the past), where news goes out of date very quickly, I suggest you use this link to their Online Events page. You must be quick to register for any session in which you are interested, because places are booked up in no time.

While you are on the Third Age Trust website, find out about some of its other activities – for example the Latest News, the National Programmes (Bird Track, Maths Challenge, Paint or Draw, …), and its own online national branch (if you see what I mean),  Trust U3A, which runs groups just like those of the local U3As. (It has a stupendous list of groups that you can join – for example, in Languages, there are groups, often several, in French, German, Modern Greek, Japanese, Spanish and, yes, even Welsh. Not Italian, surprisingly, nor English.) 

You might also take a look at the SUN website  (Sussex U3A Network) from time-to-time: they arrange  events online occasionally. At present they’re advertising a study morning on Touring the Grand Canyon, but no details have been confirmed, and it’s scheduled for March 25th.

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