Dear Chichester u3a member, 

  • Report on AGM – NEW
  • June Monthly Meeting by Zoom amplified
  • Groups News – NEW GROUP
  • Your Favourite Walks 
  • Photography Competition  VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
  • National U3A and Sussex U3A Network  – NEW INFO

 Chichester u3a AGM

Ninety members attended our 2021 AGM, which was held, for the second year, on Zoom on Thursday 20th May.  Apologies were received from ten members, and proxy voting had been taken up by twenty-one members.

The meeting was managed very capably by Peter Hill; Maureen added a few additional words to her Chair’s Report, encouraging members to support us over the next few months as and when we are permitted to open our doors to more activities. The Minutes of last year’s AGM were approved, as were the changes to our Constitution.  Before the vote took place to confirm the accuracy of the accounts for the year ending 31st March 2021, Peter Newland took the opportunity to reminded members of the need to ensure that their Standing Orders are amended to pay the correct membership fee. 

The members then voted in Maureen as Chair, Jill as Vice Chair, Fenella as Secretary and Peter as Treasurer, before approving Caroline Davis, Peter Hill, Keith Poole, Dave Simmons and Shirley Anderson as Committee members.  

We have one place remaining on the Committee for the forthcoming year and if you would like to join us, you would be most welcome.  Maureen ended the official proceedings by thanking all present for attending and for keeping the u3a’s activities going over the last year.  She stressed that members who volunteer their time to promote or support any u3a activity will be welcomed with open arms, whether they offer help in a particular role or whether they offer some of their time so that a suitable niche for their capabilities can be found.  

The AGM was followed by a wonderful presentation of slides and videos highlighting the wildlife and scenery of South Africa, which had been put together by Melvyn Lowther and Jane Irvine.  They have spent many enjoyable holidays there and their enthusiasm and love of the country, its flora and fauna, and its people were very obvious.  Thanks also go to Peter Hill for enabling the presentation to be shown with music, to so many of our members.  It is the first time that we have had a presentation FOR members BY members and we hope that its success will encourage others to do something similar for future Zoom sessions or Monthly Meetings.

Thank you very much to all members who attended the AGM and who voted to support Chichester u3a for the next twelve months – we look forward to meeting each other in person at the next AGM and hopefully at other events before too long.

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 directed towards rural education, basic health care, the provision of clean water and the recovery from natural disasters.

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

NEW Southern Africa Discussion Group

As there was much interest in Southern Africa after the presentation on Thursday, we were wondering if there would be interest in a discussion group to talk about things Southern African, past, present and future.

To this end we would like to investigate setting up a small group, to meet once a month,  perhaps initially on zoom.

If anyone is interested please will you contact Caroline, the Groups Coordinator.

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


It’s time for voting again.  From 18.00 today, 21st May, until midnight on Wednesday, 26th May is the time for casting your vote on the “Anything Goes” entries in this month photo competition.   One vote per U3A member please.

To view the photos, click HERE

To vote,  click HERE

The winner will be announced next Friday 28th May 2021.


National U3A and Sussex U3A Network

The Third Age Trust has arranged a number of online talks on a huge variety of topics: 
Yoga,  UK Geology  in the  Mesozoic  (dinosaurs), Cooking, the Kindertransport, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus BoycottChessGenealogy for Beginners (8-week course) , Security Online (repeat), Marine Wildlife (by the Hampshire Wildlife Trust), an Introduction to Climate Change.

This week’s additions are:
Rembrandt, Crochet and Seams like a Dream (a talk with Esme Young)
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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