Dear Chichester u3a member, 

Covid Vaccination Information

Message from Sussex Community Foundation Trust (who run the Mass Vaccination Centres)

Whilst there is a national issue with supply, across Sussex we have sufficient vaccine available to keep our vaccination centres at Brighton, Chichester, Crawley and Eastbourne open for first dose appointments for the first two weeks of April, albeit at a reduced capacity.   

We have plenty of appointments available next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (7-9 April) and also for week commencing 12 April.  

  1. If you’re over 50 and want your COVID-19 vaccination there are appointments available at centres in Chichester, Crawley, Brighton and Eastbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Book yours now at nhs.uk/covidvaccineor call 119 
  2. Have you been invited for a COVID-19 vaccine but haven’t had it yet? Appointments are available at vaccination centres in Brighton, Crawley, Chichester and Eastbourne throughout April. Book now at nhs.uk/covidvaccineor call 119 
  3. Nervous about getting your COVID-19 vaccination? Then April could be the perfect time as vaccination centres will be quieter and there will be plenty of staff and volunteers on hand to support you. If you’re eligible to have the vaccine at this time, book at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or call 119  

April Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning on Zoom, Tuesday, 6th April at 10am

Just a reminder that our regular Coffee Morning is taking place next Tuesday.  We will, as usual, have Breakout Rooms: some are private which you can book in advance for yourself and your friends here (the Treasurer again), while the public ones, open to any member, include an Ideas room (see below) and a Groups Room where you can talk to the Groups team about Group activities which are currently taking place and ask about others which may be opening up when restrictions allow.

IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW GROUPS PLEASE JOIN US IN THE GROUPS ROOM.

As the COVID restrictions are gradually lifted you may be thinking about starting up new Groups in the u3a:  if you have any suggestions then please bring your ideas to our IDEAS BREAKOUT ROOM.

Any new members out there who’d like to find out more about the u3a movement in general or Chichester u3a specifically?  Please email us here  so we know to look out for you at the Coffee Morning.

Bring your own coffee and cakes – dazzle us with your homebaking skills.  We look forward to seeing you.

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!

Desbina

Groups News

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 u3achi@gmail.com 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 – www.storiesbyroger.com

 Keith Tunstall, Speakers’ Committee, keith.tunstallu3a@gmail.com.  07971 671274. 

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.

Stoughton Down, Up Marden, North Marden and East Marden

This is a 7 mile circular walk on which you will come across magnificent views and 3 ancient churches in idyllic rural settings – Up Marden, North Marden and East Marden. 

The terrain is hilly with a variety of fields, woodland, open downland and quiet lanes. 

Start: Stoughton Down Car Park, east of Stoughton. GA 814126 OS Explorer 120.   Nearest postcode is PO18 9JG, but this is a rural area so may not pinpoint the start with much precision.

The Walk: The detailed walking instructions, together with some information about the architecture and history of each of the churches,  can be found here.

Shorter alternatives: There is a footpath that cuts across from Up Marden to East Marden. This means you could split the walk into two shorter circular ones of about 4 miles each. For the northern one there is space for parking by North Marden church.

Photography Competition

You may remember that the subject of our Photo Competition is

SPRING

and although the weather is still chill, the sun is shining and hopefully you may feel motivated to take a photo and show everyone what Spring is like where you are.

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

To submit your entries, you can click HERE or follow the links on our Chichester u3a Web Site on the HOME page under Monthly Photo Competition. 
Follow the instruction “SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS” Just fill in the short form that comes up, attach your photo, and click “submit.”  It will appear in the Gallery shortly.

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.

National U3A and Sussex U3A Network

The Third Age Trust has arranged a number of online talks on a huge variety of topics, currently including Japan, Roman Worcester,  Vegan Cooking, Egyptology,  Yoga, Grinling Gibbons, a Murder Mystery set in the Caribbean, Wicked Plants, Exploring Petra, a Ukelele Jam, Sophie Scholl (who joined the resistance to Hitler in Germany), UK Geology in the Palaeozoic (when life began) and the story of the Volunteer Fire Service. Follow 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 on Zoom 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): normally they arrange study days at venues around the  county: currently they arrange  events online from time-to-time. One event advertised now is Death Valley and Canyon Lands, with Anne Pocklington. An interesting account of her travels around the SW USA. Booking details available from 11/4. Another is for a Spring Gathering.
Occasionally, we are being sent details of events being run by other networks: there is one on World Faiths running on Zoom from April 12th to 16th with speakers from a variety of faiths. More details here.
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