Talk & Social meetings with a guest speaker are held in the Methodist Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst starting at 2.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for visitors, including tea and biscuits. Please arrive before 2.15pm if you would like to have tea and biscuits. N.B. As we feel our way back into holding monthly Talk and Social meetings, some meetings may still have to be held online via Zoom. Please see the details of each event for an update.

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Study days and workshops are also organised by the Sussex u3a Network (SUN). Have a look at the SUN Study Day Programme on the Sun Website to find out further details (when they become available) and to download registration forms. Details and application forms for the next three SUN Study Days will usually be available at our Talk & Social meetings from the "Sound Guy" at the front. SUN Study Days cost £8 and generally run from 9:45 am until 3:30 pm.You will need to bring a packed lunch.

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Where a member has booked and paid for a trip or other event (either a deposit or the full amount) and later cancels for any reason, he/she should immediately inform the trip organisers and return the ticket(s) to them as soon as possible.

A refund will be made of all costs recovered by the u3a in two circumstances:-

1. If their place(s) can be re-sold or
2. An amount of money is refunded by the venue/travel company involved.

In other cases a refund will only be made in exceptional circumstances (such as medical emergencies), at the discretion of the Committee

N.B. Please read the Event Ticket & Insurance Information sheet as this sets the terms and conditions which apply to Midhurst u3a Event Tickets as well as details about the u3a Insurance in terms of what is covered (Public Liability & Product Liability) and what is not covered (Personal Accident, Travel, Cancellation and Personal Property insurance).

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u3a members can offer lifts to other members and accept money towards petrol costs without compromising their car insurance policy provided that the driver only receives an appropriate proportion of the fuel cost from each passenger and not the total amount as this would then amount to a private hire fee and require “taxi” insurance cover.

Members are reminded that any incident involving the driving of the vehicle would be covered under their own motor insurance policy. This includes injury to passengers and members are advised to check that their insurance policy does cover such an eventuality.

The Third Age Trust Educational Events page is frequently updated with new events. However they book up very quickly and we would advise anyone who is interested in virtually attending a Third Age Trust Talk via Zoom to click on the link and save it as a favourite in their browsers or on their Desktop. Visiting this website frequently should allow Midhurst members to book talks shortly after they are posted online. NB Where necessary, payment by credit card is the safest option online

Dates for your Diary
Tue May 17th Annual General Meeting

After the business meeting, there will also be a short talk by Bernard Allan - “Why is Hogarth important?”
Tue Jun 21st "Sarah Wells - The Worst Housekeeper” – Dr Bob France.

The Mother of HG Wells, who considered her “perhaps the worst housekeeper that ever was thought of”. Her diaries and son’s writings give a remarkable insight into her struggles. Bob France visits us for the 6th time.
Tue Jul 19th "Sussex Industrial History, A Different Perspective".

Dr Geoffrey Mead will look at our county work patterns from a variety of perspectives, historical, geographical, contemporary; coastal and Wealden, urban and rural; industries today, industries going and industries long gone.
Tue Aug 16th "Escape of Charles II through Sussex in 1651" – Jenny Poole.

His six weeks in hiding were fraught with difficulties and finally resolved when he escaped to safety abroad after a tense journey.
Tue Sep 20th “Close Walks, South Pond & King Edward VII Sanatorium: Midhurst’s links to Royalty & Gertrude Jekyll” – David Bridges.

This talk is based on the Sussex Gardens Trust book ‘Gertrude Jekyll in Sussex’, a collection of research exploring the life of artist and gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, and her commissions in Sussex.
Tue Oct 18th Jill Baker covers the second part of her trilogy ‘The Horns’ illustrating the deliberate 'Cancellation' of the Matabele people from UDI to Independence under Robert Mugabe (1965-80); the genocide of tens of thousands of people, the removal of their language; the replacement of Matabele teachers, medical practitioners and government officers with ruling party favourites.
Tue Nov 15th “The Shetland Bus” - Gillian Halcrow.

The story of the brave Norwegian sailors in their fishing boats who kept links open between occupied Norway and Britain during WWII, taking agents in with supplies for the resistance and escaping refugees out.
Tue Dec 13th "Christmas - A Celebratory History" – Andy Thomas.

A history of the festive season from the ancient ceremonies of light in the darkness to the birth of the messiah. Mid-December has long been a time for rejoicing, yet Christmas traditions have splintered into many guises. We learn how, in spite of modern commercialism, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.
Tue Jan 17th 2023 "The Sinking of the Laconia" - Jeremy Prescott.

The Laconia, an allied troop ship, owned by Cunard was sunk by a U Boat in WW2 on route from USA to the UK. The presentation tells of the humanity of the U boat crews rescuing the survivors, the bombing of those submarines by the Americans and the bravery of some survivors who travelled 700 miles to West Africa in 2 lifeboats.
Tue Feb 21st 2023 "Artistic Highlights of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum” - James Taylor, FRSA.

Discover the enchanting seaside home and eclectic collection of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes in Bournemouth.
Tue Mar 21st 2023 ”California Dreaming”: San Francisco to the Grand Canyon.” – Neil Sadler.

A road trip across western USA with a twist! Some interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge, Route 66, the 1906 earthquake, the Grand Canyon, The Pony Express . . . and more.
Tue Apr 18th 2023 To be announced
Tue May 16th 2023 Annual General Meeting
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 20th
→Thu Jun 23rd
Chichester Summer School

The SE u3a Forum, who run the very popular Chichester Summer School, have finalised their new constitution and are planning their programme for 2022. This will be held at Chichester University from June 20th to the 23rd, with residential and day visiting arrangements. Booking and course details can be found by clicking on SE u3a Summer School.