Bulletin 210827

Dear Chichester u3a member,

Please remember that we will be publishing FORTNIGHTLY for the foreseeable future.  So, expect the next Bulletin on September 10th. After that we shall see.

Any urgent notices will be sent out directly, upon request.

  • Subscriptions DUE NEXT WEDNESDAY!!!
  • September  Monthly Meeting NEW!!
  • Groups News – NEW INFO!!
  • National U3A , SUN and LOCAL  EVENTS  – NEW INFO !! 


A gentle reminder that membership subscriptions are due on 1st September (NEXT WEDNESDAY!). A letter will have been sent to each of you (either by email or by post) outlining the various payment options available and we do hope you will renew your membership.  We are pleased to let you know that the subscription remains unchanged from last year – £18 per individual member or £14.50 if you are an affiliated member.

For those of you who pay by standing order please note that you will need to check that the Standing Order has been updated to the correct amount.  Only you can do this, and only you can terminate the annual payment, should you wish to do so.  A Standing Order is not the same as a Direct Debit, where the amount is controlled by the recipient.  A Standing Order is controlled by you, the payer – we cannot either refuse or return the payment.

If you use online banking, you will be able to check or modify your Standing Order online.  Otherwise, you will need to contact your bank, either by phone or in person.

The committee, and member volunteers have worked very hard this past year providing Zoom for our monthly meetings and enabling our groups to continue online.  Your membership has allowed us to do this and we are looking forward to opening up more groups as rules are relaxed further.

Details of our fees and the different ways to renew your membership can be found on our website: www.chichesteru3a.org.uk/renewal/

September Monthly Meeting

A light look at opera

with Jennifer Parker-Lumis
2pm Thursday16th September 
in the Assembly Rooms

We have Ann and Keith to thank for providing us with a wonderful range of monthly meeting speakers during lockdown and our Zoom sessions were very well attended each month. Sadly Ann and Keith are retiring from this role and there is no doubt that they will be greatly missed. 

Zoom was brought in due to the restrictions imposed by the Pandemic, most of which have now eased, and some of us are getting out and about. A big advantage of Zoom, which we have enjoyed, is being able to book speakers who live far away and would otherwise not be able to come to us.

With this in mind we are going to have a mix of face-to-face and Zoom meetings until the end of this year. Our first gathering will be on September 16th at The Assembly Rooms. We are returning to this venue, as their arrangements for distancing and registration give us the room we will need to ensure members feel safe. However, we have decided not to have refreshments for these two face to face meetings: this will avoid any mingling and close contact with others. We do plan to resume refreshments in due course.

The monthly talk in September will be welcoming
Jennifer Parker-Lumis, who was booked quite some time ago but which sadly had to be cancelled. Jennifer is an opera singer and her talk is entitled “A light look at opera”, although I think there will be a certain amount of singing as well as talk. Ann and Keith have already witnessed her presentation and describe it as absolutely beautiful musical entertainment. We do hope you will feel able to venture out and join us.

We plan to send out further details, and more information about Jennifer, in due course and we hope that you will feel able to join us at our first live, large group meeting this year.

The Programme for attendance is as follows:

  • September 16th Assembly Rooms
  • October 21st on Zoom
  • November 18th Assembly Rooms
  • December 16th on Zoom.

Warm wishes
Maureen Doyle, Chair

 Groups News

Discussion Groups 1 and 2

Our lively discussion groups would welcome some new faces and ideas – are you interested?
We meet fortnightly on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons respctively. These meetings now take place in person in Summersdale.

Replies should go via Caroline Davis, the Groups Coordinator


Line Dancing

After a much delayed start due to Covid, the Line Dancing group is now up and running. We have had 3 classes so far and they have proved to provide a large helping of fun and fitness as promised. It certainly has health benefits as it helps enormously with balance, memory and coordination to name a few. You don’t need a partner as we all dance as individuals. We meet in the newly refurbished Donnington Parish Hall on Monday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30am. The class is popular and will run throughout the year except for Bank holidays and when our dance teacher is away. We have a couple of vacancies so if you are interested in giving it a go please contact me through the link below. I attach a photo of our group in action. Kind regards and keep dancing!
Carolyn Robinson, Group Leader

National U3A, SUN and Local Events

The Third Age Trust (the national U3A, or TAT for short) are publicising a number of online talks : 
6-week course from Thursday, July 22nd: 
Cryptic Crosswords  
4 weeks from Friday, August 20th: Friday Watercolour Painters  
Tuesday, September 7th: NEW!! Owning a Guide Dog
Monthly on second Wednesday, starting on September 8th: Laughter Yoga Workshop 
Thursday, September 9th: Mathematical Surprises – A Curious Maths Quiz 
Thursday, September 9th: How to get started with art  WAITING LIST
NEW!! Three monthly talks on second Friday, from September 10th: Egyptology – Pottery
NEW!! Wednesday, September 29th: Elizabeth & Mary, with the British Library (free)
NEW!! Thursday, October 7th: Geology of Sedimentary Rocks Pt I

Some of these may be repeats.

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.They’ve arranged quite a few recently:
Saturday, September 4th: Quirky Sussex with Kevin Gordon at 11am. 
Saturday, October 9th: Sussex Literary Landscapes with Geoffrey Mead at 11am. 
Monday, October 25th: SE Forum AGM on Zoom. The Forum run the very popular u3a Summer School at Chichester and intend to restart next year in 2022 now they have established their constitution.
Saturday, November 20th: Lewes and Bonfire Night with Andy Thomas at 11 – 12.15pm. 
Saturday, December 11th: Christmas- a Festive History, with Andy Thomas from 11 – 12.15pm. 
Saturday, January 15th, 2022: The Lost Village of Tidemills with Kevin Gordon at 11am.
And there are zoom talks  given by the West Sussex Record Office at 7pm on the last Tuesday of  each month, cost £5. Book via  the Record Office.
Tuesday, August 31st at 7pm: The Story of Shippams
Tuesday, September 28th: Stories from the Surgeon’s Table
Tuesday, October 26th: West Sussex in Photographs 
Tuesday, November 30th: Transatlantic Ties: the links between America and West Sussex 

If you wish to unsubscribe from the Bulletin emails, please contact the membership secretary with subject “Unsubscribe from Bulletin”. This will not affect other email communications with the U3A. Please do NOT  put the bulletin emails into spam! 🙁.
Please send me a message via the usual channels if you wish to have some item of U3A news put in the Bulletin. Likewise, if you have some constructive suggestions as to how to improve the Bulletin.
Best wishes, David Rees and Miriam Knight 😎
The Constitution of the Chichester U3A is available to  view  here, and its Terms of Use here.
Enquiries If you wish to write to the Chichester U3A, then the correspondence address is: U3A Chichester, Box 809, MailboxesEtc., 26 The Hornet, CHICHESTER, PO19 7BB  If there is an urgent matter that needs to be discussed then call 07460 109600, or contact the membership secretary .