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 Aug 21st "From Corrie to Home Fires, fifty years in Television. A fascinating view of my life and career" - Jim Whelan

An actor for more than 50 years. Jim has worked with many of the top stars of TV & film and in soaps such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and the Royle family, appearing in some of the biggest story lines. He has also worked as a Comic/Singer in theatres and clubs. He promises an entertaining and an amusing afternoon.
Tue Sep 18th "Pigment of the Imagination" - Dr Alexandra Loske.

A German-born art historian, lecturer at Sussex University and curator at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Alexandra specialises in late 18th and early 19th century art & architecture. Well known to us as an entertaining speaker, Alexandra returns for a fourth visit.

This time she will examine how artists’ materials are inextricably linked with the history of colour concepts or theories, as well as pigment history. In the C18th and C19th, the discovery of new pigments plus a surge in scientific and philosophical writing about colour and colour theory dramatically changed attitudes to colour use in art and interior design.
Tue Oct 16th "Georgia to Afghanistan" - John Pilkington

John follows a less travelled branch of the Silk Road from the Caucasus across the Caspian Sea to Samarkand, then to the High Pamirs of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. A journey of many contrasts: crossing one river took him back 100years in time, from cars to donkeys; electricity to candles and piped water to wells!

John, a writer and broadcaster, for many years with the BBC World Service and Radio 4 is returning to Midhurst by popular demand. He will give us a surprising insight into this remote area once traversed by Marco Polo with stories from 'behind the headlines'.
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
Sun Sep 23rd Open House London.

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a range of iconic buildings in London, many not normally open to the public. We do not yet have the full 2018 programme but last year there were 700 buildings open, including Downing St, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lloyds, The Shard, City Hall, the National Theatre and the Royal Courts of Justice. Some of these have limited numbers and you can reserve places individually (U3A cannot handle this and details of how to do it will be on the Open House London website at the end of August or earlier). The real delight of Open House London is in some of the smaller venues which don’t have to be booked. Please note that some queuing and walking will be involved. The coach will set us down at 3 locations where there are clusters of houses open.

Tickets cost only £22: These will be on sale at General Meetings or can be bought by post. Please post cheques, payable to Midhurst U3A, to Fishers Hall Chichester Rd Midhurst GU29 9PZ. Please be sure to enclose an s.a.e, otherwise your ticket will be kept for you to collect at the next General Meeting. Please include your own address, phone and ideally an email. Also, an emergency phone number, just in case. Tickets will be sent by post within 10 days.

Tickets are sold subject to Midhurst U3A Terms and Conditions a copy of which is given with each ticket
Thu Oct 4th Bletchley Park

By popular demand, we are organising another trip to Bletchley Park. Those who went before can use existing tickets from our last visit. As well as Bletchley Park itself, there is also the National Museum of Computing to see. Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. It remains highly relevant to our lives today and for the future. It is the home of British codebreaking and a birthplace of modern information technology. It played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict.

Tickets cost £37 HOWEVER if you have a ticket from the 2017 trip, the cost will be £23. Should you have such a ticket and not be able to come and would like to donate it, please talk to us at a General Meeting.

Tickets will be on sale at General Meetings or can be bought by post. Please post cheques, payable to Midhurst U3A, to Fishers Hall Chichester Rd Midhurst GU29 9PZ. Please be sure to enclose an s.a.e, otherwise your ticket will be kept for you to collect at the next General Meeting. Please include your own address, phone and ideally an email. Also, an emergency phone number, just in case. Tickets will be sent by post within 10 days.

Tickets are sold subject to Midhurst U3A Terms and Conditions a copy of which is given with each ticket
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 Sep 15th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Political and Religious Change and its influence on the English Parish Church c700 - 1914 with Sue Berry in Uckfield.

A look at how English parish churches reflect wider social change. For a Booking form click on the title. For a map click on Civic Centre Uckfield.

Sat Oct 13th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg The Role of Place in Myth, Legend & Storytelling with Joanna Gilar in Rustington

An exploration of landscape & environment in storytelling. For a Booking form click on the title or see Dave the sound Guy at any General Meeting. For a map click on Woodlands centre Rustington.

Sat Oct 20th


Hesitating between Music and Painting As this year marks the centenary of when some women were able to vote for the first time, our 6th Annual Study Day celebrates the lives and achievements of Creative Women in Art and Music.

The Study Day will take place at the South Downs Centre Memorial Hall with tutors Bernard Allan and Robert Carrington.

The fee remains at £22 which includes all refreshments and a buffet lunch.
Ticket/Programmes will be on sale at monthly General Meetings and also at Art History group meetings. Alternatively, contact Pat Bryant to book a place.

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 map click on Pulborough Village Hall.

Sat Jan 12th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Art - The Northern Masters with Kay Blackburn at Hailsham.

Looking at the northern artists with a focus on Van Eyck. Booking TBA. 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. Booking TBA. 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
Fri Sep 28th Fish and Chip Evening at the South Downs Centre Memorial Hall

A new venture. Please book your place - tickets £10 - for an informal evening and enjoy freshly cooked fish and chips, dessert, a drink, some light entertainment and a chance to socialise.

Tickets will be on sale at the General Meeting or may be reserved by clicking on Social Events
Thu Sep 3rd
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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. Tailored Travel will hold the remaining reserved places until the end of July 2018.

Wed Sep 26th

King We have a few seats left for our trip to see "The Play That Goes Wrong" on Wednesday 26th September at the Kings Theatre, Southsea.

This is an award winning comedy, now in its 4th year in the West End, about an amateur dramatic company putting on a play with multiple disasters occurring!

The performance starts at 2.30pm and our coach will leave Midhurst (Police Station) at 12.30pm. The cost is £34 per person to include theatre seat, coach fare and driver gratuity.

If you would like to join us please click on Sanchia Elsdon.