Midhurst

Events

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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TRIPS & EVENTS – REFUND POLICY

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
Meetings
Tue Mar 20th "A Sussex Wildlife Safari: The Nature reserves of the Sussex Wildlife Trust " – Michael Blencowe

Fasten your seatbelts as Michael, the People & Wildlife Officer of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, takes us on a virtual tour of our nature reserves looking for our county's most beautiful (and bizarre) wildlife.

We'll encounter vicious plants, elusive birds, beautiful beetles and maybe a wild boar. Learn all about the history, habitats and wildlife of our reserves.
Tue Apr 17th "Why is Church Hill so steep?" – William Avenell

Geography & Geology of West Sussex - the influence of local geography on our daily lives. Analysing the effect that physical geography has on planning, housing, architectural styles, communications, farming, flooding and other environmental issues.
Tue May 15th Annual General Meeting - (details to follow)
Outings
Thu Apr 19th

Kensington & Kensington Palace

There will be two drop-off and collection points. Kensington Palace The first is Kensington. Here, there will be an opportunity to visit The Victoria and Albert Museum, and/ or the Science and Natural History Museums nearby. The V & A has an exhibition which will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel from Brunel’s 1859 steamship, the Great Eastern, to the launch of the QE2 in 1969. The first ever exhibition to explore the international design and cultural impact of the ocean liner, it will reveal the hidden design stories behind some of the world’s most luxurious ships. There is also the possibility of free lunchtime concerts at the museum and at the Royal College of Music nearby (details yet to be published).

Our second stop-off is Kensington Palace Kensington Trip and the entry ticket is included. As well as the State Apartments, there is a fascinating exhibition ‘Victoria Revealed’. The Palace was her birthplace and childhood home. Inspired by the Queen's own journals and featuring displays of personal objects in the rooms where she once lived, this exhibition gives an intimate account of Victoria's fascinating life. The exhibition Diana: Her Fashion Story may be extended to cover our visit – but this is yet to be confirmed by the Palace.

For further details contact the Trips Organiser.

Thu May 17th Athelhampton House & the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Museum

(Bookings and further information at the March meeting).


We head westwards to visit Athelhampton House – an extremely fine 15th century manor house, surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including The Great Hall and Great Chamber, together with an interesting wine cellar. The Gallery in the west wing exhibits works by the Russian artist Marevna who lived at the house in the 1940s and 50s. The Grade I Listed garden, dating from c1891, is full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and River Piddle flowing through. The walled gardens include the world- famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. Also, a 15th century dovecote and boardwalk along the banks of the River Piddle.

After a lunch break we move on to the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Museum which tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs' arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern day trade unionism. The museum features a modern, informative, and educational exhibition, using interactive touch screen displays with new graphic panels telling the story in text and images.
Thu Jun 28th Cliveden and Windsor Castle.

Further details will follow.
Sun Sep 23rd Open House London.

Held every year, this allows free access to a huge range of London’s normally inaccessible public and major private buildings and will be an unique experience.

Further details will follow.
Thu Oct 4th Bletchley Park

Many who went on last year’s trip felt they would like to return (and those who have kept their tickets may do so this time for free!). It is also an opportunity for those who missed out to join us and also visit the adjacent National Museum of Computing.

Further details will follow.
Study Days
Sat Mar 10th

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An exploration of Shakespeare's theatrical career and its interface with the new professional London theatre with particular reference to 'Richard 2nd', 'Twelfth Night' and 'The Tempest'.

Paper application forms are available from Dave Ratcliffe (Sound System Dave) or by clicking on Shakespeare Form. Further information is available by clicking on SUN Study Days including a map of the venue. They generally start around 9.45 am and run until 3.30 pm. The cost is £8 for a U3A member or £10 for non-members and you will need to bring a packed lunch

Please note that you must include an SAE with your application.

Sat Apr 14th

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

A look at the way English Parish Churches reflect wider social changes.

Paper application forms are available from Dave Ratcliffe (Sound System Dave) or by clicking on Political & Religious Change Form. Further information is available by clicking on SUN Study Days including a map of the venue. They generally start around 9.45 am and run until 3.30 pm. The cost is £8 for a U3A member or £10 for non-members and you will need to bring a packed lunch

Please note that you must include an SAE with your application.

Sat May 12th

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Art in Britain in the Age of Enlightenment - 18th Century

Tutor Kay Blackburn, venue Pulborough Village Hall

Paper application forms are available from Dave Ratcliffe (Sound System Dave) or by clicking on Art in Britain Form. Further information is available by clicking on SUN Study Days including a map of the venue. They generally start around 9.45 am and run until 3.30 pm. The cost is £8 for a U3A member or £10 for non-members and you will need to bring a packed lunch

Please note that you must include an SAE with your application.

Summer Schools
Mon Jun 18th
→Thu Jun 21st
South East U3A Forum Summer School

The South East Forum Summer School runs at the University of Chichester from Monday 18th June to Thursday 21st June 2018. You can download a Summer School 2018 Flyer or a Summer School 2018 Poster by clicking on these links. Full details of all thirteen courses and an application form were posted on the South East U3A Forum website in mid-November.

Unfortunately Janet Blight, tutor for the Watercolour Painting Course, is in hospital with a serious condition so they are having to cancel her course at Summer School for 2018. If they can find a substitute tutor this will be announced but currently they do not have one in mind.
Art History
Tue Apr 10th Visit to Tate Britain to see the exhibition,

“Impressionists in London. French Artists in Exile 1870 – 1904”


Leaving Midhurst at 8.30 & Petersfield at 8.50. The cost of coach travel and entry to the exhibition is £29 (£22.50 for art fund card holders).

This visit has been offered to Art History Group Members and is sold out. However there is a waiting list. Please click on Art History Group Leader for further information.
Computing Skills
Wed Mar 14th Buying items on-line cheaply, reliably and safely
Wed Apr 11th The many uses of Excel spreadsheets
Wed May 9th Introduction to social media – Facebook, Twitter etc
Wed Jun 13th Bring along your problems
Science and Technology
Tue Apr 3rd Visit to Farnborough Airport

The original date offered to S&T members is fully booked and all four places available on the second date have now been taken. Consequently, booking for this visit is now closed.

For further details about the S&T Group click on Science and Technology Group Leader.