Dear Chichester u3a member, 

Annual General Meeting

We are planning to run the AGM on 20th May as a Zoom virtual meeting once again. If you wish to attend you will need to download Zoom onto your computer (this is dead easy – see the guidance notes). We will be able to have all members attend the internet meeting this year, and live voting will be possible. Members unwilling or unable to attend the Zoom meeting will be able to cast their votes in advance by proxy. Here is the timetable:

  • We need nominations for the committee roles by April 23rd
  • All papers and proxy voting forms will be distributed by May 3rd
  • The deadline for returning proxy voting forms will be May 13th.

A password-protected web page for the AGM has been set up, with links to the nomination form. The web address and password will be given in the email version of this Bulletin and in a separate email sent to members by the Hon. Secretary.

The following documents have been placed on the website:

  • 2020 AGM Minutes
  • 2021 AGM Agenda
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Balance Sheet & Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  • Proposed changes to the constitution
  • Committee nomination form (must be returned by April 23rd)

In addition,

  •  Proxy voting forms will be published on the web page in the next few days and will also be sent to members with no email address by May 3rd.If you plan to vote by proxy you will need to return the completed form by 13th May 2021 either by post to The Secretary, Chichester U3A, Box 809, Mailboxes etc, 26 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7BB or by email.

As last year, if you have any questions you would like to put to the Committee please submit by post or email to be received by the Secretary by 14th May 2020. You can send your question by post to The Secretary, U3A Chichester, Box 809, Mailboxes Etc., 26 The Hornet, CHICHESTER, PO19 7BB, or through email by using the form below.

To contact the Hon Secretary, click here.

Next April Quiz – next Tuesday!

 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

Desbina

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 from here.

April Photography Competition

VOTING  

As you will have noticed, our talented technical team have given us a new layout for the photographs on the Web Site.   We have had a great response to this month’s competition and many lovely photographs.  It will be not be easy to choose a winner. 

From 18.00 today, 23rd April, until midnight on Wednesday, 28th April is the time for casting your vote on the “Spring” pictures in this month photo competition.   One vote per U3A member please.

The winner will be announced next Friday 30th April 2021.

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

To vote, you can click HERE or go on to our Chichester Web Site (http://www.chichesteru3a.org.uk/) where you will see :
Monthly Photo Competition
Follow the instruction “TO VOTE”
 Just fill in the short form that comes up, attach your photo, and click send.  It will appear on the website shortly.

While the Photo Competition now has a page to itself here, 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  Maths, YogaWicked 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), the story of the Volunteer Fire Service, Mary QuantSummer Cooking, the National Trust and the Battle of the Boyne.

This week is added What made us Human? 

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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