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 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
Thu Feb 14th

FASCINATING LONDON - A journey of discovery

Middle Temple Hall By coach to London to enjoy a morning tour of the Middle Temple with its splendid Elizabethan Hall which boasts a double hammer-beam roof. The hall has remained unchanged since the 16th century and is considered the finest Elizabethan hall in London. The tour will look at the history, paintings, stained glass and magnificent great table in the collection. (For those interested, the Temple Church is open to visitors at a cost of £5.00.)

Two Temple Place Afternoon visit to nearby 2 Temple Place, the opulent gothic mansion built for William Waldorf Astor in 1895 – including an optional talk on the history of the building. We will be able to view an exhibition of John Ruskin’s works. Ruskin devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge and the exhibition has been designed to mark the bi-centenary of his birth.

Cost: Final costings are awaited but should be around £40 per person
Depart: Midhurst Police Station at 8.30am

Early enrolment is recommended at either the December or January Monthly General Meetings. Please bring your cheque books or cash.

For further details please contact the Trips Organiser Geoff Wadge.

Study Days
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.

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.