General 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.

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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 2016-17. Click on SUN study days to find out further details (when they become available) and to download registration forms. Details and application forms are also available at our general meetings.

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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).

Offering lifts to other U3A members when attending U3A activities

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.

Where text below is coloured, this indicates a link to further information.

For 2018, we have the biggest-ever programme of outings on offer. Many members have asked for the dates well in advance so they can plan ahead, but booking will not open until the General Meeting specified.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Nov 20th "Hearth & Home: Aspects of Sussex House building materials" - Dr Geoffrey Mead.

Geoffrey is a Landscape Studies & Geography Lecturer at Sussex University.

Sussex has a variety of rocks and soils which, while shaping the physical landscape, also give us a wide range of vernacular building materials and these clays and sandstones, the beach pebbles and timber trees, provide the spectrum of buildings that shape our built environment in city, town and country, seashore and farmstead.
Tue Dec 11th Combined Christmas Party with Entertainer, Alan Gibson

Born in Scotland, Alan lived in the NE of England for many years. He considers himself a local musician having lived in the Midhurst area for about 30 years. He has performed music up and down the country for over 45 years.

His roots are in folk music, but he plays a wide variety of music: - folk, country and popular music. He has performed at many MADhurst events; local pubs; Langham's Brewery music event in August and at the Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis in September, both big successes. He much enjoys playing ukulele with the Southdowns Ukulele Orchestra.
Tue Jan 15th "The Forgotten Origins of Vaccination" - Patrick J Pead

A chance encounter with an intriguing inscription on a tombstone led to the remarkable story of Man’s early quest for immunity to infection. Vaccination was preceded by strange practices used by ancient civilisations to protect people against smallpox. It was Benjamin Jesty who discovered vaccination, 22 years before Dr Edward Jenner. We learn of Jesty's lost historic importance and hear recent findings from the speaker’s research.

Patrick spent over 35 years working as a medical scientist on the diagnosis of infectious diseases for the Public Health Laboratory Service in St Mary’s Hospital at Portsmouth. In 1999 he moved to assist with research in the School of Medicine at the University of Southampton. He was awarded the Fellowship of The Historical Association and elected a Member of The Royal Historical Society, for his work on Benjamin Jesty.
Tue Feb 19th "Children of the Swinging 60s - a light-hearted look back at the last half century" - Mark Perry-Nash

This will be thoroughly enjoyable nostalgia!

Mark is a Social Historian, who has enjoyed a career in PR, advertising and teaching. He has worked for more than 25 years in the United States. He also trained in counselling and has an interest in psychology as it relates to historical events. He is an established raconteur and speaker and is making a return visit to us.
Tue Mar 19th "The Infamous Ford Grey, Earl of Tankerville" - Dr Bob France

This talk explores the fall and rise of a Harting man: This is a Restoration period adventure of scandal, intrigue and rebellion. As Uppark's builder and most notorious owner Ford Grey's life swings from scandals straight out of restoration comedy to Intrigue and confrontation in politics. He narrowly escapes the executioner's axe three times, but ends his 45 year life in the country's highest office.

As a U3A member and guide at both Uppark and Petworth, Dr Bob requires no introduction. He is also a well known speaker at many clubs and societies throughout Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey.
Tue Apr 16th "Women of the Raj" - Brian Freeland

Brian returns for a second visit by popular demand after his first talk.

This time we learn about the life and politics of British India. When the Colonial Administrators arrived to take over from the East India Company they were often accompanied by their wives who spoke only English and who mixed only with other wives. Many were unable to communicate with their household staff and made great demands on their husbands. As one Indian writer wrote later: "I don't think they realised what a menace they were. If the memsahibs had remained in Britain there might never have been a Mutiny."
Tue May 21st Annual General Meeting
Wed Nov 28th

Guildhall Gallery: Roman Britain

Third Age Trust Explore London's Roman amphitheatre and handle artefacts.
11 - 4 pm at the Guildhall, London. Cost £22. Booking opens in August via the Third Age Trust Events Page.

Thu Nov 29th

Guildhall Gallery: Roman Britain

Third Age Trust A second opportunity to explore London's Roman amphitheatre and handle artefacts.
11 - 4 pm at the Guildhall, London. Cost £22. Booking opens in August via the Third Age Trust Events Page.

Study Days
Sat Nov 10th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Music and The Good Life - From Sound to Significance with John Hursey in Steyning.

Looking at the sounds and rhythms contained within a time dimension. For a Booking form click on the title or see Dave the sound Guy at any General Meeting. For a map click on Steyning Centre.

Sat Dec 8th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Aspects of the Sussex Coast with Geoffrey Mead at Pulborough.

A journey from Thorney Island to Rye. Booking TBA. For a Booking form click on the title or see Dave the sound Guy at any General Meeting. For a map click on Pulborough Village Hall.

Sat Jan 12th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Art: Masters of the Northern Renaissance with Kay Blackburn at Hailsham.

Looking at the northern artists with a focus on Van Eyck. For a Booking form click on the title or see Dave the sound Guy at any General Meeting. For a map click on Hailsham Civic Community Hall.

Sat Feb 9th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Medieval Life Through Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with Geoff Doel at Crowborough.

How the pilgrims tales reveal the rich diversity of medieval life. For a Booking form click on the title or see Dave the sound Guy at any General Meeting. For a map click on All Saints Crowborough.

Sat May 11th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Eureka! - A Brief History of Maths with Roger Luther at Patching.

A look at some of the highlights of mathematical discovery. Booking TBA. For a map click on Clapham and Patching Village Hall.

Social Events
Thu Dec 20th

Christmas Lunch - 12.30 for 12.45 at The Unicorn, HeyshottChristmas Lunch at the Unicorn

Tickets cost £25 and include a 3 course lunch and a small glass of house wine. They will be on sale at the next General Meeting or may be reserved by clicking on Social Events.

Please choose from the following:


  • Curried Parsnip Soup
  • Duck Liver Pate with Toast, Grape & Chilli Chutney
  • Roasted Vegetable & Cheese Curd Tartlet


  • Roast Turkey, Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Chipolata wrapped in Bacon, Vegetables & Gravy
  • Pheasant Breast stuffed with Cashews & Leeks wrapped in Parma Ham served on a Potato Pancake with Wild Mushroom Sauce
  • Baked Huss & Tapenade Parcel with Tomato & Prawn Bisque served with New Potatoes & Vegetables
  • Unicorn Nut Roast with White Onion & Rosemary Gravy, Roast Potatoes & Vegetables


  • Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
  • Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote
  • Mulled Poached Pear with Spiced Syrup & Stem Ginger Ice Cream
  • Walnut Tart with Chantilly Cream
  • Selection of Ice Cream or Sorbet
  • Platter of Cheese with Chutney & Biscuits

Please advise if you have dietary requirements

Thu Sep 3rd
→Mon Sep 7th

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 & the Castles & Lakes of Bavaria Oberammergau Passion Play

Plans are now coming together for the 5 day holiday to Oberammergau on the 3rd of September 2020, so please follow this link to the Tailored Travel Website to see the full details. It is only referred to as Midhurst U3A for want of a better name - anyone is welcome to come.

Please contact Di Ponting for further information and to book or use the details on the Tailored Travel Website.

Thu Nov 8th The Architecture and a bit of history of London’s underground

This is a trip not to be missed. It may sound some what mundane, but you will be fascinated by the end of the visit and will never look at a tube station in the same way again.

Fiona Lukas, a Blue Badge Guide, will meet us at Bakerloo Station, telling us about its history and design features. Steam engines were in use when it was built so what happened to the steam and smoke with the train underground? From Bakerloo we will catch a tube to Kings Cross, have look at that station, then on to Covent Garden - a short walk to Leicester Square followed by a another tube journey to Embankment and finally Westminster. You will, by visiting these stations, see their design and architecture from the original to the modern.

Thursday 8 November is the date for this trip. We should aim to catch the 09:15 from Haslemere to Waterloo. Cost of a return ticket, using a Senior Railcard Card and to include a Travel Card for the tube, should be £23.35. This will enable us to be at Bakerloo in good time for a 11:15 start of Fiona’s talk, which will finish at Westminster at about 13:15, or just after - leaving the afternoon free in London.

Places will be limited to 15 members and if we achieve this number there will be an addition cost of £12 per person to cover the cost of our Guide. If you would prefer to travel up to London by some other means that will be fine - as long as you are at Bakerloo Underground Station by 11:15 on 8 November. The cost of the train ticket is your responsibility, but if you attend, I will need the £12 per person sent to me prior to the 8th November.

Click on Architecture Group Leader for more information or to book a place.
Computing Skills
Wed Nov 14th More advanced use of Excel.
Wed Dec 12th Sorting out your photos - Transferring them from camera or smartphone to your tablet or computer and storing them for easy access.
Wed Dec 5th U3A Theatre Visit - Christmas Concert at The Chichester Festival Theatre - Wednesday 5 December - 7.30pm

Stop Press - This visit is now fully booked

Celebrate the festive season with a Christmas Concert at CFT. This highly recommended concert is performed by The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Portsmouth and the Chichester Cathedral Choir and includes a selection of much-loved Yuletide classics.

The coach will leave from opposite Midhurst Police Station at 6.30pm.

The cost will be £35.00 to include the theatre seat, coach fare and driver gratuity.

Please click on Theatre Group Leader for any further information about joining the group or placing your name on a waiting list for this visit.
Tue Feb 26th Visit to the Ballet

The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia will be performing “La Fille Mal Gardée”, one of the oldest ballets still performed at the Anvil, Basingstoke at 7.30pm.

It is a masterpiece of comedy – with a tale of love thwarted, unrequited and found. We have reserved the best seats in the Dress Circle but at the group rate. The total cost of the evening, including coach from Midhurst and driver gratuity, will be £50.

To book a place please click on Theatre Group Leader. This link may also be used for any further information about joining the group or for more details of this visit.