Bulletin 210924

Chichester u3a - Bulletin

Future Publication Dates

October 8th, 15th and 29th

The current plan is to have no more than two weeks gap between bulletins, and to ensure there is one the week before a monthly meeting. This may change to twice-a-month. The reasons for this reduction in frequency from weekly include staffing problems, health problems, and to redirect the stream of news from the bulletin to the website to some extent.


The Committee would like to say a huge thank you to all those members who have renewed.  We have tried very hard over the last year to keep our activities running, albeit many on zoom.  There are still a number of members who are yet to renew so if you are one of them we would urge you to do so as soon as possible as the new membership year has begun.  As you will see from the other notices, many of our groups are now meeting face to face as is our next monthly meeting.  We need your support to continue to provide activities.

Details of our fees and the different ways to renew your membership can be found on our website: www.chichesteru3a.org.uk/renewal/

Final call for members to renew.  If you do not renew before 1st October we will assume you no longer wish to remain a member

October Coffee Morning
Tuesday, 5th October at 10:00

Because of the current Covid situation we are limited to 36 attendees, so please use this form to reserve your place.  Please also note that masks must be worn whilst moving around the venue.

The October Coffee Morning will be held at THE BOATHOUSE CAFÉ, Chichester Marina, PO20 7EJ. This is a lovely venue, with excellent facilities and a good selection of coffees, teas and soft drinks.

There is plenty of space for parking.

We look forward to welcoming you to this venue and hope that you will bring your u3a friends to join us.

Monthly Meeting

It was truly a wonderful day when we were able to invite members to enjoy our first live meeting and speaker last week.

Jennifer Parker-Lummis entertained us with her wonderful voice and amusing anecdotes to keep us entertained with a ‘light look at opera’. The first strains of Ave Maria brought a small tear to the eye as an acknowledgement of the chance to enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment. Those of us present were incredibly moved and appreciative of Jennifer’s talent, with her ability to bring to life plots and humorous descriptions of the stories of operas we know and love. A recording was made of Jennifer’s presentation: a contact email address is given in the email version of this bulletin.

Our next meeting will be on Zoom as previously mentioned, with November 18th being a live speaker and December 16th another on Zoom. This, we hope, will cater for all members, those willing to venture out and those still keen to stay safe. We will review this as 2022 approaches.

Jenny Mallin – A Grandmother’s Legacy
October 21st by Zoom

Jenny Mallin

Jenny’s career has been the culmination of several instinctive paths in her life which have led her to enjoying being an author and now a public speaker.  With almost thirty trips to India over the past thirty years, she has explored and uncovered the history of her ancestors and their interesting path.  
Jenny is certainly a very able speaker as well as an accomplished authoress of a prestigious award for ‘Best Cook Book of the Year” 2017. A fitting reward to have recognition for a book that she had written and published herself.  She is a wonderfully engaging lady to listen to and has many different talks in her repertoire, she is a truly inspirational speaker.

Christmas Lunch

12:00, Wednesday, 15th December
Restaurant 64, Chichester College

We will start taking bookings for the Christmas lunch in a few weeks’ time, and this will be announced in the Bulletin.
For reasons of social distancing, the College is restricting numbers to 60. There will be 10 tables of 6 people and it would be very helpful if you are booking with friends to have one person from your group responsible for the booking and payment. If you don’t have a complete table we will allocate single or “couple” members to your table, as this is always a popular event and it would be shame to let places go to waste.
This year we are charging £23 for a 3-course lunch with choice of menu, a glass of wine and coffee.

Christmas Lunch Menu 2021


Chicken, Pheasant and Chorizo Terrine, Apple, and Cranberry Chutney.
Salmon and Prawn Parcel, Quail egg, Chive Dressing.
Sweetcorn Velouté with Smoked Paprika Popcorn.
Goats Cheese, Fig and Onion Tart.

Main Course

Crispy coated Monkfish Tail, Petite Ratatouille, Warm Sauce Tartare.
Braised Ox Cheek, Creamy Sage Mash, Roasted Root Vegetables.
Traditional Roast Turkey served with Traditional Bacon-wrapped Chipolatas,
Chestnut-and-sausage-meat Stuffing, Bread Sauce, Cranberry Sauce and Roasting Gravy.
Wild Mushroom and Chestnut Pie, Tarragon Butter Sauce.


Christmas Croquembouche, Rum Sauce and Brandy Butter.
Sherry Trifle, Fruit Coulis
Cheese Selection.

A glass of red or white wine and a coffee is included in the price of £23.00
Extra drinks to be ordered and paid for at the lunch

Monthly Meeting Teams

After more than a year of excellent and interesting speakers on  Zoom, for which we must thank Ann Butler and Keith Tunstall, we are delighted that our in-person Monthly Meetings are starting again – the first was last Thursday and the next on 18th November.  As from January, we hope to go back to in-person meetings on the third Thursday of every month, and we need a “Monthly Meetings” team to organize these, together with the Committee.

We are proposing that the new Monthly Meetings team will take charge of all aspects of this popular and important part of u3a life, organizing a variety of speakers, liaising with the Assembly Rooms venue, providing IT assistance and, in due course, providing a small Refreshments team.  The Committee has experience in all these areas but is currently working hard to reinstate all the activities which we used to enjoy pre-pandemic, together with new ideas and new opportunities to maintain the interest and vibrancy of our u3a.

If you think you can offer help in any of these areas connected with our Monthly Meetings please contact me here and we’ll get back to you.

Jill Cook

Groups News

Boxgrove Bridge Group

Boxgrove Bridge Group up and running again!
Boxgrove Bridge Group is restarting, in person, on Tuesday 5 October at the Boxgrove Village Hall.  It has vacancies, so if you’d like to join, please contact the group leader, via the group’s web-page.    

Crosswording for fun -a proposed new group

If you enjoy an occasional dabble at cryptic crosswords and would like to extend your skills, this could be just the group for you. The idea is for it to be a self-help group (not a structured course) with members attempting various crosswords, talking through solutions, and widening and deepening skills.

It’s hoped the group will meet twice a month on a weekday morning from say 10.30 ’til 12.00 at a venue in Chichester.

If you’re interested please contact the Groups Coordinator.


Calling all bird-watchers!   
If you enjoy bird-watching in company, please get in touch with the Groups Coordinator, as we are thinking of restarting our bird-watching group.

Wanted – More Book Groups!

Have you ever run a book group?  Or been a member of a book group?    Last year an experienced book group leader agreed to help set up a new book group.  Group members were recruited on the understanding that one of them would take over as leader after the first couple of meetings.  Once the reading list for the year had been chosen and an initial monthly discussion meeting had been held, another member of the group stepped forward, and everything went according to plan. The group is now running successfully. We are looking for members who could be ‘helicopter’ book group leaders, and help start new book groups, on the understanding that it would be a short-term commitment.   If you could help, please contact the Groups Coordinator.

TAT, SUN and Local

  • To find out what the Third Age Trust is offering, click here. Among the items on offer in the next few weeks are Poetry, Geology, a network opportunity for cyclists (no, I don’t know what means) and a live cookery demonstration called Autumn Warmers.
  • The Events page for the Sussex U3A Network is here. The next zoom meeting will be on November 20th, and the topic will be ‘Lewes and Bonfire Night’.
  • And the offerings from the West Sussex Record Office are also listed on the SUN page. The next talk is next Tuesday, September 28th, and is called ‘Stories from the Surgeon’s Table’. Price £5.

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Enquiries If you wish to write to the Chichester U3A, then the correspondence address is: U3A Chichester, Box 809, MailboxesEtc., 26 The Hornet, CHICHESTER, PO19 7BB  If there is an urgent matter that needs to be discussed then call 07460 109600, or contact the membership secretary .