Dear Chichester u3a member, 

  • Volunteers Needed!!!
  • Coffee Mornings NEW INFO!
  • Our Roving Photographer UPDATED!!
  • Groups News NEW INFO
  • Your Favourite Walks  NEW INFO
  • Photograph of the Week NEW INFO
  • National U3A and Sussex U3A Network NEW INFO 

Volunteers Needed

It takes an Army of Volunteers…

.. so if you can spare a little time to help out please let us know.

To make these a success – Monthly Meetings, Coffee Mornings, pub quizzes, social events, outings etc – we are going to need help from within our membership, we can’t do it alone.

IF YOU CAN SPARE SOME OF YOUR TIME, NO MATTER HOW LONG OR SHORT, HOW REGULARLY OR JUST AS A ONE-OFF, please will you contact us here and one of our Committee members will phone or email you to discuss the best way of using your time, talents and enthusiasm.


Coffee Mornings by Zoom

 The monthly Coffee Mornings by Zoom are being rested until the Autumn. By then, perhaps, who knows? we will be able to hold Coffee Mornings live, in the Chichester Festival Theatre. 

Sympathies to all those who were looking forward to Summer Tuesdays with coffee and friends.

Our Roving Photographer

The Serendipity Discussion Group brave the elements to meet outside at the Crate and Apple.

We apologise for an error in the text of the Roving Photographer item last week.  The Serendipity Discussion Group was wrongly described as the first discussion group within Chichester U3A.
We’ve been running current affairs discussion groups for the past nine years and are very grateful to their leaders, past and present.

The Serendipity discussion group was set up by Mike Harvey in 2018.  The group is still going strong, even on zoom during lockdown.  We have discussed  almost every topic, with the exception of the vexed question of the A27 (and feelings do run high on this one) or anything that would be sensitive and upset members. 

At  first it didn’t have a name, but someone was overheard at the Coffee Morning, saying it wasn’t serious enough, it was “serendipitous”. How did she know?   So in the face of such undeserved criticism, it was decided to call the group “SERENDIPITY”

Groups News

Donnington Parish Hall PO19 8QT – Mondays 10.30-11.30am

This class will be held in a Covid secure environment in accordance with the latest Government guidelines. There is free car parking and a regular bus link from Chichester. The class is suitable for all abilities but with emphasis on beginners. We have a professional qualified teacher so it will be a structured class, with a lot of fun thrown in! You can do every dance or sit some out, whatever makes you comfortable. It will cost £5pp per session, pay as you go.

So if you would like to exercise your mind as well as your body and have some fun at the same time, don’t hesitate, sign up now as spaces are limited.

INTERESTED? Please contact the Groups Co-ordinator.


Apple Group

As you know the Government has extended restrictions for the number of people that can meet indoors so we will have to cancel the meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday 23rd June at the Fishbourne Centre. 

It looks like the Government is going to review the situation on the 19th July . As this may or may not take place we are changing the date for our first live meeting to Wednesday 15th September at 10.30am in the Fishbourne centre 46 Blackboy Lane Fishbourne PO18 8BE. 

The agenda for the meeting will be: 

  1. Getting control of your iPad or iPhone using the Control Centre.
  2. Writing letters and documents with Apple’s word processor Pages.
  3. This month’s tips 
  4. Coffee and tea break 
  5. Round table sharing with separate tables for Mac computers and iPads and iPhones. 

If you would like to join us at our first live Apple Group meeting please send an email to just in case we have to change the date again. 

Dave Simmons 

Your Favourite Walks 

This feature will be taking a little rest as  from next week. We hope it will return in the Autumn. Thank you very much to those of you who have already contributed to this section.  Meanwhile, if  you have a walk that you could send to us, please use this form, and we will be off to a flying start  come September. You can see the collection of our walks  here

New Lipchis Way

This week’s walk is one that is designed to be a longer term project and enables you to explore some of our lovely countryside a little further away from home. The New Lipchis Way is a long distance footpath of 39 miles which runs from Liphook to East Head in Chichester Harbour. Going broadly north to south it offers a wonderful variety with sand heathland, chalk downland, old railway track, canal basin and harbourside environments in succession. 

It can be completed as follows in 6 sections as shown but you can of course split it down further for a more leisurely approach (or combine sections if super fit!). 

  • Liphook to Woolbeding Common (5 miles)
  • Woolbeding Common to Midhurst  (8 miles)
  • Midhurst to Singleton  (8 miles)
  • Singleton to Chichester  (8 miles)
  • Chichester to West Itchenor (6 miles)
  • West Itchenor to East Head  (4 miles)

The easiest transport option is to use two cars and share lifts between start and finish of each leg. It is also possible to use public transport from Midhurst onwards.

 The route is clearly marked as a ‘recreational path’ on Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps OL33 and OL8. It is also pretty well waymarked with its own logo, and detailed written instructions are available at New-Lipchis-Way-Route-Guide.pdf 

A couple of other shortish trails that pass through or close to Chichester are:

  • The Solent Way – 60 miles – runs from Emsworth to Milford-on-Sea, mostly following the Hampshire coastline and passing through the New Forest. 
  • The West Sussex Literary Trail – 54 miles – from Horsham to Chichester along a route rich in literary associations

Photograph of the Week

This weeks photograph of the week is from Sally Bamforth

Sally says : 

“I attended a church service in Hanga Roa, Easter Island.  It was a feast of colour, music and friendship..”

Thank you Sally for submitting your colourful photo.  A most unusual subject.  How exciting to have visited Easter Island.

Enter your photos HERE

National U3A and Sussex U3A Network

The Third Age Trust are publicising a number of online talks : 
Cookery (June 21st), South w ark Cathedral (June 28th), Discovering Japan (July 6th), World Cricket Rankings (Rob Eastaway, July 1st), Crochet (July 12th),  Philosophers on the Good Life (4-week course from July 9th)  and Cryptic Crosswords (6-week course from July 22nd).  NEW!!! Wellbeing in Nature  (August 5th).

Some of these may be repeats.

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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