Dear Chichester u3a member, 

Annual General Meeting

 Our AGM will be held on Thursday 20th May, once again as a virtual meeting. The documentation, proxy voting forms etc are currently being prepared.  All will be available on the website and in paper form where appropriate. 

Looking further ahead, if you can offer help to our current volunteers, so that we can restart all activities when existing restrictions allow, it would be very much appreciated.  Please contact the Chair by clicking here in the next few days

Next April Quiz

 The next U3A Quiz!

The next U3A quiz will be on Tuesday 27th 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 email the quiz organiser, Desbinagiving 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

Painting for Pleasure

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE that the Painting for Pleasure Group members have submitted photos of some of their paintings.  You can see them here or by looking at the Recently Updated Group Notices in the “News” section of the website.  Congratulations to our talented artists and our thanks to them for sharing them with us.

If any other Group members want to share news of their activities please email here with your contributions.  We don’t have a Newsletter at the moment, so do keep us informed of what you’ve been doing over the last year, or what your Group hopes to do once we can get out and about. 

Cycling for Pleasure

The Cycling for Pleasure group got into gear again this week, under rule-of-6 regulations. See the ride report here : further information about the group and a means of contacting the group leader are on the same page.

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. 

**Following the Monthly Talk we will again keep our Zoom Meeting open for members to have a chat, using break-out rooms. We will explain at the beginning of the session how the Breakout Rooms session will work.  Do join in.  Make new friends.  It’s good fun! 

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.

April Photography Competition

As you know the subject of our Photo Competition this month is


The flowers are cheering us up,  the birds are singing  and busily building nests.  On Monday we are allowed more freedom as everything opens up.  No doubt you’ll be out and about, so take your camera or phone and snap a Spring photo and send it to us.

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

To submit your entries, you can click HERE or go on to our Chichester Web Site ( and you will see :

Monthly Photo Competition

Follow the instruction “SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS”

 Just fill in the short form that comes up, attach your photo, and click send.  It will appear on the website shortly. Please note that the Photo Competition now has a page to itself here, though it will also remain part of the Gallery for the foreseeable future.

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, Maths, Egyptology,  Yoga, 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 (later on) the Mesozoic (dinosaurs),  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. Follow the link above and scroll down for booking arrangements (from April 11th).  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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