Latest information regarding Coronavirus

The Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, has said that the group of people who should take 'particular care to minimise their social contact' are:

• People over 70
• Other adults who would normally be advised to have the 'flu vaccine, such as those with chronic diseases

Everyone is asked to minimise their social contact.

Based on this advice, the Midhurst U3A Committee has decided to suspend all Midhurst U3A activities, including talks, groups, outings and social activities for the next three months. That means our AGM will be postponed until August at the earliest.

This website potentially reaches 318 of our members, but as our membership is now over 420, please pass on any information sent out by Midhurst U3A and the Third Age Trust to those members who cannot access it.

We are also considering what help Midhurst U3A can provide to our particularly vulnerable members during this difficult time.

Following the Government and NHS announcement yesterday, the Third Age Trust has created a dedicated page on the national website to keep you up to date with the latest guidance and advice - both general and specific to U3A. To access it, click on U3A Covid-19 Guidance

All libraries in West Sussex are now closed until further notice. However the Registration Services which operate in some of their buildings will remain open.

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 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 general 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).

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 2019, 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 Apr 21st "SOE - Special Operations Executive: Churchill's Secret Army" - Gillian Halcrow

Gillian has been inspired to prepare and research this talk to honour the brave men and women who served their country in WWII. Capturing your interest from the start and move you both to laughter and tears. Covers the oper-ational training and preparation of agents as well as amazing missions, some successful and others betrayed.

Previously at the National Trust as the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Knole, organising the guides and stewards (300 then). Now the Chairman of a small committee of volunteers organising lectures and outings for the volunteers, and a Highlight Guide at Knole. Started giving talks, having organised and heard so many. She much enjoys meeting different groups and gets a big buzz from public speaking with the added pleasure of raising substantial sums of money for her pet charities.
Tue May 19th A.G.M.
Wed May 6th Winchester and Houghton Lodge

This trip includes a tour of the cathedral followed by a visit to Houghton Lodge, a " Cottage orne`" built by John Nash c1800 for the Pitt - Rivers family. Here we will have lunch followed by a tour given by a member of the family and then have time free to explore the gardens.

The trip will leave at 8.30 from the bus stop in front of Midhurst Police Station and will depart Houghton Lodge at 15:45 for the return journey.

For further information please contact the Trips Organiser or see the team before the next General Meeting.
Study Days
Sat Apr 18th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg A Mathematical Medley by Roger luther in North Heath Hall Horsham

Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.

Click on the title for a booking form

Sat May 9th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Crusades and Knights Templar by Geoff Doel

An exploration of the first 100 years of the controversial crusading movement and of the iconic Order of Knights Templar, which has fuelled so many bizarre legends.

Not booking yet (click to be taken to the SUN Study Page)

Summer Schools
Mon Jun 15th
→Thu Jun 18th
The South East U3A Forum Summer School will be held at the University of Chichester from Monday 15 to Thursday 18 June 2020. Thirteen courses are being offered and the costs are unchanged from 2019. For further details, please click on SE U3A Forum Summer school.
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.

Bus Safari
Wed Apr 15th Bus Safari to Jane Austen’s house in Chawton

Following the success of our introductory safaris last year our first trip this year will be Jane Austen’s House and Museum in Chawton. Entry is £8 or £4.50 for Art Fund cardholders. (Should you have visited this recently there is also Chawton House nearby) .

Jane Austen's House Museum in Hampshire is the only house where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was in this country cottage that Jane's genius flourished and where she wrote all her novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice.

We leave on the 92 bus at 11:15 from Midhurst Bus Station or any other stop of your choice. We will return to Midhurst at 17:36.

We would like to keep the booking system for these bus safaris as simple as possible – for both those travelling and the organisers. However, we do need to know who is coming for two reasons. First – bus capacity. (Think – if only half the U3A members wanted to go we would need 3 double deckers). Secondly, to let you know in the unlikely event that the trip has to be cancelled due to bad weather.

One thing that has worked well on the previous trips is to lunch together and if you would like to join this, it will need to be booked. (The Greyfriar pub is right opposite the Museum). Please choose from the following:

Mains: Sweet potato, cauliflower and chickpea curry £14.00, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, £14.50, Chicken supreme with pancetta and potato fondant £16.50 or Greyfriar cheeseburger £14.00

Desserts (if wanted): Sticky toffee pudding £6.50, Dark chocolate ganache £7.00, Bruleed lemon tart £7.00

When we get back to Petersfield there will be time for tea – this also needs to be reserved so please let me know.

If you would like to come on this trip, please let us know as soon as possible but at least two weeks before the trip (first come first served as numbers are strictly limited to 18)

Send an message headed Chawton Trip by clicking on Bus Safari Group Leader.
Please include your name, address and phone number. Also meal choice and whether you would like a cup of tea in Petersfield on the way back?

Please keep an eye on your email for any further info and should we need to cancel due to weather, in which case we will email by 6pm on the day before the trip.