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

Plea for Help

Lost Emails

I had problems with my emails last week, and I am sorry to say that two or three emails which arrived in my inbox have disappeared without trace. I saw that one was from a lady called Mary, who I subsequently emailed but haven’t yet received a reply. If you emailed me and haven’t yet heard from me PLEASE email me again from here and this time I will respond immediately.
Apologies, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Jill Cook

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.

Your Favourite Walks

Thank you very much to those of you who have already contributed to this section.  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.

The Chichester City Tree Trail

I discovered the Chichester City Tree Trail as a tourist before I moved to the area. If you live here and are not aware of it, I would strongly recommend that you give it a try! The trail guides you past 30 spectacular trees all lying within or just outside the City Walls. Each one is identified by a number plaque, and a leaflet gives brief information about their age, country of origin and botanical features. It is a short and easy distance of one and a half miles but given that you will probably wish to stop at each tree to read the notes, it can take a couple of hours – it is designed to be a leisurely sightseeing outing rather than a physical workout!  

It is easy terrain, suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs (but no dogs allowed in parts) with plenty of options for refreshments en route.

The walk starts at the Market Cross. You go through the grounds of the Cathedral and County Hall, and then Bishop’s Palace Gardens, South-east quadrant , Jubilee Park and North Walls.  Trees are selected for their impressive size or age such as the Giant Sequoia (27m, by far the tallest tree in central Chichester) and the Holm Oak (over 250 years old, the oldest tree in Chichester and apparently the widest trunk in Sussex) or for their rare or unusual features.  

The leaflet includes a map and notes on each of the trees. It can be picked up at Tourist Information or downloaded

April Photography Competition


The last date for submissions for this month’s “Spring” photographic competition is 23.59 on Wednesday 21st April.  So if you have been meaning to send that photo in, now is the time.

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 PlantsExploring Petra, a Ukelele JamSophie 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.  The subjects of the talks  appearing this week include: Mary Quant, Summer Cooking, the National Trust and the Battle of the Boyne. 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 for April 25th 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.
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