Dear Chichester u3a member, 

  • Annual General Meeting – Minutes of last year’s EGM added; various deadlines passed
  • … and after the AGM  a tour of South Africa
  • June Monthly Meeting by Zoom advance notice
  • Groups News
  • Casting Call for the Great British Sewing Bee  YOUR CHANCE OF FAME
  • Your Favourite Walks NEW WALK
  • Photography Competition  LAST FEW DAYS TO ENTER THE MAY COMPETITION!!!
  • National U3A and Sussex U3A Network  – NEW INFO

Annual General Meeting

N.B. In order to vote, each member will need to be on an individual device.

We are planning to run the AGM on Thursday, 20th May starting at 2.00pm 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 were able to cast their votes in advance by proxy, but the dealine for submission of proxy voting forms has now passed.  Here is the timetable:

  • Nominations for the committee roles obtained by April 23rd
  • All papers and proxy voting forms distributed by May 3rd
  • The deadline for returning proxy voting forms was May 13th.

A password-protected web page for the AGM has been set up. The web address and password will be given in the email version of this Bulletin and has been given 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)
  • Proxy voting forms 
  • June 2020 EGM minutes NEW

As last year, if you have any questions you would like to put to the Committee please submit by email to be received by the Secretary by 14th May 2020. ( So it’s now too late to send your question by post.)

To submit such a question by email to the Hon Secretary, click here by end of Friday, May 14th.

… after the AGM

We would like to take you on a brief photographic journey through 

Surprising South Africa

Chichester u3a has been at the forefront of “zooming”. We have had lectures, coffee mornings, some groups
have even managed to run on zoom. Now we have the Second AGM on zoom. We are blessed with very talented technical members who have enable this to happen and it has proved so beneficial to us during the “Lockdowns” So in this pioneering spirit, after the
serious business of the AGM, we are going to attempt an experiment with something we have never done before, and show a specially produced audio visual DVD, by members for members. Please do come along and support us with the AGM, then sit back and enjoy
the stunning country that is South Africa.

Just in case you have forgotten, this will be on Thursday20th May at 14:00

June Monthly Meeting on Zoom

June 17th at 14:00

Jim Holmes documents photographically the extraordinary work of aid agencies around the world. His talk “Humanitarian Vision” will illustrate developmental needs in Afghanistan, Mongolia, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar and the uplifting solutions provided.

Groups News

Jazz lovers

Do you enjoy listening to jazz?
If so, why not join other jazz-lovers monthly, once we are comfortable to meet in person, and listen to members’ CDs or, better still, watch and listen to personal or internet-sourced videos of performances of a wide selection of jazz, from the early
days current times?  If you are interested, please contact the
 groups coordinator and we will add you to the list and get back to you to arrange a planning meeting on Zoom


Do you play Canasta?
We used to have a Canasta Group, and some members would like to start it up again, when Covid rules permit,  but it needs someone to do the admin.  So, if you play Canasta and would like to play regularly, and better still, if you could offer to do the admin, please contact the groups organiser.

Do You Want to Be on National TV?

The producers of The Great British Sewing Bee are now looking for the next collection
of amateur sewers to take part in Series 8 of this popular light hearted programme. They are keen to hear from sewers of all ages, so if you or someone you know is a talented amateur sewer contact Applications Close:
11.59am on Monday 24th May 2021 They would be more than happy to answer any questions at:



Your Favourite Walks

Thank you very much to those of you who have already contributed to this section.  You can see the collection of our walks  here.  If you have a walk that you could send to us please use this form

Itchenor Circular

A 3½ mile walk that includes shoreline, fields and paths, and a few stiles. The directions are quite complex, a good map is required! Easy to follow with OS Explorer Map 120.

Start: at Itchenor village carpark behind the Ship Inn. (grid reference  SU 798 012).

The Walk:  going clockwise. Take footpath opposite the Ship Inn down to the shore, turn right, eventually turning inland between a wall and a hedge to join Spinney Lane. Turn left, go to the end of the road, then take a footpath to your right through a gate.

Walk to the field edge then turn right, almost back on yourself, along the field boundary. Keep following the path between two fields and then pass between farm buildings. Go straight ahead then over a plank bridge to the road, turn right passing the village pond on your left and a church on your right.

Shortly after the church take the road on your left signposted to Itchenor Park House and Farm, then turn right following the sign ‘All Farm Traffic’.  Continue along the path, over the stile and then turn left. Keep straight on along the concrete road/mud track passing a cricket field on your left to a stile on your right.

Go over the stile and continue to the shoreline where you turn right back to Itchenor. You will come to a section of metalled path which has been laid for wheelchair users to have access to a harbour viewpoint. There is a boatyard café just before the end.

Items of Interest en route:

Little Egrets – Often seen on the marshy area at the end of the walk. These bright white birds look like small herons. They only started coming here in the 1990s, previously they spent most of their time further south in Mediterranean countries. Chichester Harbour now has one of the largest colonies of Little Egrets in the UK.

Itchenor Park Farm –  Look out for the red brick farm building. This was originally the carriage house to the country house called Itchenor Park. One of Charles II’s descendants, Charles Lennox, Duke of Richmond, bought Itchenor Park and established a farm here. Evidence of this can be seen by the royal coat of arms on two of the farm buildings. 


PS If you fancy some armchair walking you might like to listen to Clare Balding’s recent episode of Ramblings on Radio 4 in which she walked up the Trundle from Charlton with Cressida Cowell – available on BBC Sounds.


May Photography Competition



Time is getting short, you have until 23:59 on Wednesday May 19th send in photographs for our May competition “ANYTHING GOES”.  .  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, 

  • either
    1. go on to our Chichester Web Site ( and you will see :
    2. Monthly Photo Competition
    3. Follow the instruction “SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS”
  • or click to submit your photos HERE
  • either way, just fill in the short form that comes up, attach your photo, and click send.  It will appear in the Gallery shortly.

You may submit photos until 23:59 on Wednesday May 19th. You will be able to vote from 18:00 Friday May 21st until 23:59 on Wednesday, May 26th, and the winner’s name will be announced in the Bulletin on May 28th.

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, 
Yoga,  UK Geology  in the  Mesozoic  (dinosaurs),  Volunteer Fire Service, Mary Quant
Summer Cookingthe Battle of the Boyne, What made us Human? , Bad King John, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, the Kindertransport , Japan and Yoga  Last week additions included  Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus BoycottChessGenealogy for Beginners (8-week course) , and Security Online (repeat).
This week’s newbies are a talk on Marine Wildlife (by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust) and an Introduction to Climate Change.
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.

 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. 

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