Bring Membership Cards to Monthly Meetings

Will all members attending the Monthly Meeting on Thursday 15th November at the Assembly Rooms please bring their membership cards.

You will have noticed that this has a barcode above your name; by using a barcode reader we will be able to mark your name as an attendee at this event.

Your Committee takes responsibility for its members’ Health and Safety seriously, and so we are trying this method as a way of ensuring that we have the names of all attendees. If you haven’t got your card we will still check your name but this will be more time-consuming.


Chichester U3A Treasurer

For personal reasons, Chris Waller, our current Treasurer, has asked to be relieved from his duties as soon as possible and, whilst thanking Chris for all he has contributed, we are therefore now seeking applications for his replacement.

The role is an important one within the Executive of the Trust, and requires the holder to become both a Committee Member and a Trustee of the Charity. The purpose of the role is to protect the financial assets of the Trust by ensuring that all transactions are authorized and accounted for correctly, our accounting systems are up to date and to enable the effective management of our organization. At year end the role ensures that annual accounts are presented to our auditor for scrutiny and subsequent publication to members.

The role will suit somebody who is numerate, possibly with a business-related background or accounting/treasury experience in a charity or other operation. They should be team players but aware of the need to uphold the accuracy and probity of our Charity’s work. The role will take up to 3 days a month of one’s time, perhaps slightly more in the final month of the accounting year to enable accounts to be drawn up and audited. An additional half-day a month is involved in attending various Trust Meetings as a Senior Member of the Committee.

If you are interested in finding out more, and to receive a full job description plus U3A Trust Guidelines for Trust Management, please contact your Chair, Andrew Walker on for a confidential chat and to provide your personal career data.

Remember the Limerick competition?

All of the limericks submitted by members were considered equally good and it was difficult to select our entry for the Local U3A Chairman’s Competition.

The committee members limericks were not considered as they were handed the task of deciding on our entry!

It was thought that it would be advantageous to use a limerick which specifically mentioned Chichester U3A in the verse of the limerick.

On that basis the limerick by Richard France met the bill and was unanimously chosen by the committee members for our entry.

The committee would like to thank Ruth Appleby, Linda Brown, Gemma Hooper and Jan Tavinor for their very clever limerick.

‘What erudite folk!’ they all say, ‘Are Chichester’s own U3A, They go to great pains, Renovating their brains, Growing older and wiser each day.’ Richard France

Coffee Morning Changes

  1. The December Coffee Morning, on December 5th, will be held in the Foyle Terrace at the Chichester Festival Theatre, not as previously stated.
  2. There will be no Coffee Morning in January 2019.

SUN Study Days – what would you like to learn about

Brenda Atlee, still working hard for SUN as a committee member, would like to have members’ ideas for topics for Study Days. These are held once a month, on a Saturday. Brenda is hoping to organise some study days in the vicinity of Chichester, and is looking for suggestions. She will be at the next Coffee Morning on 5th December and would like to chat to anyone who might have any thoughts between now and then.

Volunteers Needed

MONTHLY MEETING (Third Thursday every month except August).

Volunteer to set up projector and laptop at beginning of meeting and close at end of meeting. Training/shadowing as from November meeting. A volunteer needed to act as Safety Member, checking that fire exit routes are clear of obstruction and fire doors are kept closed during the Talk. Identify members with a disability who may need assistance in the event of an emergency exit. Another volunteer to join the small team of First Aiders: to call the emergency service in the event of a serious medical situation and, if holding a current approved in-date First Aid Certificate (help may be available with the cost of training), administer First Aid until the arrival of the emergency services. To look after and maintain the contents of the First Aid box.

These could be “job shares”. Please contact the membership team.

Christmas Lunch

The Christmas Lunch is now fully booked, but a waiting list has been created. The lunch will take place on December 6th, at 12 o’c, in Chichester College. Price £20. Further details here.

Skittles Evening

We will be running a Skittles evening on Monday 12th November, 6.45 pm to start 7.00pm At the Barley Mow in Walderton, PO18 9ED £12 per person to include a Buffet Supper.

Please contact the skittles organiser if you wish to go.New members are welcome.

Monthly Meeting

There will be a monthly meeting next Thursday, November 15th from 14:30, in the Assembly Rooms, North Street.Speaker: Richard Swaine

Talk: The Man Who Never Was

The plan to deceive the Axis powers into thinking the Allied invasion of Sicily would take place elsewhere.

Refreshments will be served from 13:30 to 14:15



Monthly Quiz

The next quiz evening will be on November 27th, 6:45 PM for a 7:00 PM start. The venue is The White Swan, Bosham. New members are welcome.

Cost: £10.50

The deadline for reservations is the 22nd November.


Menu Beef and ale pie with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables. Fillet of salmon in a dill cream sauce with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Stuffed pepper with couscous and sautéed new potatoes.

Send the cheque (payable to Chichester U3A), with meal choice and membership number on the back, to:


Social Events Organiser

Chichester U3A

PO Box 809 Mailboxes Etc.

26 The Hornet

Chichester PO19 7BB

Please note that there will be no quiz in October.)


Details of the next three study days of the 2018/2019 season are available via the links below. Some details of later study days have been released here.

  • December 8th, 2018: Aspects of the Sussex Coast with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough. A journey from Thorney Island to Rye.
  • January 12th, 2019: The Northern Renaissance Masters with Kay Blackburn at Hailsham. Looking at the northern artists with a focus on Van Eyck.
  • February 9th, 2019: Medieval Life Through Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with Geoff Doel at Crowborough. How the pilgrims tales reveal the rich diversity of medieval life.

Those links are not working in Firefox at the moment, but seem to be OK in Chrome and Edge. If you are interested, please contact the SUN representative here . Or follow the links. Details of the later study days will be given here in due course.


Wednesday, November 28th : Portsdown U3A Lecture 2018 The Campaign for the Parliamentary Vote for Women in Edwardian Britain: An Illustrated Lecture 14:00 Cosham Baptist Church, 48 Havant Rd, Portsmouth PO6 2QZ For further details, click the link.


  • Monday, November 12th 10:30 to 16:30: Lyceum Theatre – From Page to Stage: Learn about play directing with three West End theatre directors and professional actors. Tickets £37.50. Sales ended.
  • Monday, December 3rd – at 14:00: U3A Christmas Concert 2018 with the Brandenburg Singers and Organ. At the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. The concert will include traditional carols and refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies. Cost £19.50
  • Monday, December 3rd – at 17:30: U3A Christmas Concert 2018 – as previous .
  • Tuesday, December 18th – at 14:00: U3A Christmas Concert 2018 – as previous .
  • Monday, February 4th 2019 10:30 – 16:00:British Library – Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts & Book Art: A day at the British Library hearing from experts about the sophisticated art found in manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Tickets £24.

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