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 Jul 20th SOE - Special Operations Executive: Churchill's Secret Army" - Gillian Halcrow.

Capturing your interest from the start and moving you both to laughter and tears. Gillian covers the operational training and preparation of agents as well as amazing missions, some successful and others betrayed.

To join this talk via Zoom, please send an email to Midhurst Zoom Bookings with July Talk in the subject line. If you would like to receive an invitation to all the forthcoming on-line talks, please put All Talks in the subject line of your email.
Sat Jul 31st 10.30 - 12pm. Shepherds of the South Downs - their lives and times with Ian Everest.

This Zoom talk is offered free of charge to u3a members by the Sussex u3a Network. Booking is open from 15th July by emailing SUN Bookings, on or after this date.
Sat Aug 14th 10.30 - 12pm. Recycling in West Sussex & National Recycling Schemes with Colin McFarlin.

This Zoom talk is offered free of charge to u3a members. Booking is open from 4th August by emailing SUN Bookings, on or after this date.
Tue Aug 17th “Tsar Vladimir I? Winston Churchill described Russia as, ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’”. – Andrew Baker

How can an understanding of Russian history and culture enable us better to understand Russia and Putin today? This talk will be illustrated with vivid Powerpoint imagery.
Andrew is an author, historian, retired head-master and an experienced and acclaimed cruise lecturer from Southend-on-Sea.

To join this talk via Zoom, please send an email to Midhurst Zoom Bookings with August Talk in the subject line. If you would like to receive an invitation to all the forthcoming on-line talks, please put All Talks in the subject line of your email.
Tue Sep 21st "Matabeleland to Southern Rhodesia an extraordinary adventure” – Jill Baker

A deeply personal and compelling account of being brought up among Matabele boys in what was first Southern Rhodesia, then Rhodesia and now Zimbabwe.

To join this talk via Zoom, please send an email to Midhurst Zoom Bookings with September Talk in the subject line. If you would like to receive an invitation to all the forthcoming on-line talks, please put All Talks in the subject line of your email.
Tue Oct 19th "Uppark: Fire & Restoration" – Dr Bob France

Revisit the devastation caused by the fire and the enormous challenges of fighting the conflagration, but above all celebrate the inspirational story of Uppark’s truly amazing restoration.

It is hoped that this event will be our first 'normal' face to face event, but we will keep you posted.
Tue Nov 16th "For Valour: The story of the Victoria Cross" – Jeremy Prescott

Jeremy covers the origins and criteria; the making of the medal; stories of some VC recipients; how VC awards are commemorated and Lord Ashcroft's collection at the Imperial War Museum.
Tue Dec 14th "The Heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan" – Bernard Lockett.

Discover the reasons for the huge amount of social and political satire within the shows with a wry look at how much is relevant today.
Tue Jan 18th 2022 "Masters of the Sea: Maritime Art from the 17th century to the present” - James Taylor

James Taylor FRSA introduces the genre of maritime paintings, including battles, portraits, ports, James Cook, Nelson, yachts, clippers, liners along with the fundamental part played by the National Maritime Museum.
Tue Feb 15th 2022 "To Eritrea and Ethiopia: Retracing a Victorian Expedition" – John Pilkington.

In 1868 Queen Victoria's government mounted an extraordinary bid to rescue a dozen European hostages in the Ethiopian highlands. John, a writer and broadcaster for many years with the BBC World Service and Radio 4, has followed their route.
Tue Mar 15th 2022 "Keep Calm – I’m an Air Traffic Controller" – Phil Holt

Phil has been an Air Traffic Controller for 30+ years and as he quips "I'll keep at it until I get it right". This is a humorous yet factual talk.
Tue Apr 19th 2022 "The Women's Land Army: Battle of the Fields." - Gill Clarke MBE

Their work is something of a forgotten history. Yet, it was often done under terrible conditions, but was vital to the war effort – playing a crucial part in increasing levels of productivity from the land in both World Wars.
Tue May 17th 2022 AGM
Thu Aug 12th Grand Tour of Painshill Gardens starting at 11 am.

The tour will take approximately three hours. Refreshments can be booked in advance to be taken at the end of the tour. Participants are to meet at the main entrance to the gardens. Transport will be by car, so please make arrangements for car-sharing.

The cost will be £15.00 per person. For further information or to book tickets please contact the Geoff Wadge. For more information on the venue, click on Painshill Gardens.
Sun Aug 15th
→Thu Aug 19th

Liverpool’s Artistic & Cultural Legacy

5 Days/4 Nights - 4* Hotel with Half Board - Executive Coach Travel throughout

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We are offering an exclusive trip to the fascinating city of Liverpool, using Tailored Travel. Before arriving at our centrally located Marriott Hotel we shall visit the National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall (described by N.T. as an iconic Tudor Manor House).

During our stay in Liverpool we shall enjoy a guided tour embracing some of the city’s highlights, including the two cathedrals. In addition to the famous Walker Art Gallery, members will have a choice of the Slavery Museum, Museum of Liverpool or the Tate Liverpool. Among the holiday’s attractions will be a trip to Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, followed by the National Trust’s Speke Hall.

Antony Gormley’s work, Another Place, is on the agenda and on our return journey we shall visit the Lowry Gallery. It promises to be a really fascinating few days.
Our hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool and gymnasium.

Our group will be limited to 30 people and will cost £589 (Half Board) with a single supplement of £99.

For a full itinerary and booking form please click on Art Appreciation Group Leader.