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.
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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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 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 Jul 16th||Now you See it - Now you Don't - the Art of Visual Deception" - Bertie Pearce|
An in depth look at the profound mystery of perception. The unfathomable - optical illusion - the weird ambiguous state of seeing what is not there. From Trompe L'oeil to camouflage via Op Art and much more.
Bertie is an established entertainer, both at home and abroad. He also entertains on cruise ships and an accredited Nadfas lecturer, as well as being a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He has received the Carlton Award from the Magic Circle twice and won the award for Originality from the Brotherhood of Magicians.
|Tue Aug 20th||"Families, Friends and Foreigners" - Frances Farrer-Brown|
A light-hearted look at running a bed and breakfast business. What it's like sharing a home with total strangers, the extraordinary things that guests do and say plus the lowdown on tourist board inspectors.
As a farmer's daughter from Oxfordshire, Frances trained as a nurse at St Thomas' hospital in London where she met her husband. After marrying David they spent a year in what was then Rhodesia and then ended up in East Preston, after a year in Manchester and another in Cheltenham. They bought a large dilapidated house and started running a B and B. This was 1979. She trained as a Blue Badge Tourist guide in 1998 and hasn't stopped talking since!
|Tue Sep 17th||"History of Cartoons: from C17th. to the Present Day" - Ian Keable |
Is there a revival in the wonderful genre of political cartoons? From Hogarth to Private Eye, Ian romps through the ups (C18th.) to the downs (Victorian era) of this satirical art form.
Ian graduated from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then became a professional magician. Ian is an expert on 18th century hoaxes and the images and contemporary reports associated with them.
|Tue Oct 15th||"The Moon in art and Science" - 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 fifth visit.
Humans have been fascinated with our nearest heavenly body, the Earth's moon, since prehistoric times. This year it will be 50 years since we first set foot on the Moon during the Apollo space missions. In this lecture Alexandra will show how our obsession with the Moon has manifested itself in the visual arts, from the earliest ritualistic drawings, to scientific observation, Romantic symbolism, silent movies, and space race propaganda.
|Tue Nov 19th||"Donald Campbell - Across the Lake" - Phil Holt|
A hero of the 1950s & 60s find out what made the Campbell legend both on water and land. What pushed him to that final fatal attempt at the world speed record? Using clever reconstruction, go behind the scenes on that fateful day to find the cause of the crash. Ending with the recovery of Bluebird and Donald from Coniston Water and the restoration works currently underway.
Philip is a countrywide & cruise ship professional speaker. For 40 years an air traffic controller; then serving as a flying instructor with the RAF reservists. Involved in much charity work, acting as a guide and lecturer for the RNLI.
|Tue Dec 10th||"The Butler’s Christmas (in Victorian Costume)" - Dr Bob France|
John Dine, Petworth’s ancient butler, explores how dramatically Christmas changed from his Georgian youth to late Victorian times. Discover how our Christmas traditions developed. Why did Father Christmas change from green to red? Did the Georgians have Christmas trees, presents and turkeys? What were Mumpers and Hodlers? Why was Boxing Day so important? Plenty of insight and amusement - a joyful way to herald the festive season!
As a U3A member and guide at both Uppark and Petworth, Dr Bob requires no introduction. This will be his fourth visit to us - second in costume. He is also a well known speaker at many clubs and societies throughout Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey.
|Tue Jan 21st 2020||"Why was the Shepherd delighted?" - William Avenell|
'Red sky at night'; 'if the oak before the ash' We have all grown up listening to weather lore handed down over generations, but is there any real truth in any of it? Where has it come from? As a retired Geography teacher Bill has always been interested in the mixture of science and superstition behind all those well known sayings. Hopefully this talk will separate the two?
|Tue Feb 18th 2020||"The Patina of Heritage . . . Photographic observations of vernacular materials and the process of ageing" - Jenny Lewin |
Time and weathering can be both a destructive and a creative process. The richness of texture , colour, bio diversity and beauty continues to emerge long after construction and the builders of the time have passed. A Heritage building can encapsulate echoes of the past with a living present in an entirely unique way.
Jennifer Lewin is a local Conservation Accredited Architect and will be sharing her observations on the vibrancy of the ageing process.
|Tue Mar 17th 2020||"Petersfield Museum: A progress report on the redevelopment" - Bill Gosney|
After 18 months closure, we hear the history and plans to create a cultural centre and visitor attraction. It is a major £2.8m re-development. The museum itself is set in a unique set of buildings: Magistrates Courthouse, police house and cells with exercise yard.
Bill Gosney is a familiar face in the Petersfield area, well known for his many guided walks. He is, as a trustee of the Petersfield Museum, directly involved in this ambitious project. An interesting and entertaining speaker whose last talk to us was on the history of toilets!
|Tue Apr 21st 2020||"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 2020||A.G.M.|
|Thu Oct 3rd||Oxford, The Bodleian Library and then free to explore the city afterwards.|
Full details to follow shortly but cost £40 approx.
|Sat Sep 14th|
London - Paris: a journey through time by Peter Enser in the Civic Centre Uckfield
A look at how successive advances in transport have transformed passengers' experience of the journey between these two cities over time.
|Sat Oct 12th|
The Role of Place in Myth, Legend and Storytelling by Joanna Gilar in the Village Hall Ringmer.
An exploration of landscape and environment in Storytelling
|Sat Oct 19th||“From New York to New Mexico: Diversity in American Art 1900 – 1950”|
9.45am – 4pm - Memorial Hall, South Downs Centre, Midhurst.
We will be exploring the diverse ways in which artists depicted the sweeping changes in urban and rural life. Tutor: Bernard Allan. Cost £18 (to include refreshments and lunch) Contact Pat Bryant.
|Sat Nov 9th|
Viennese Joy and Parisian Pleasure by John Hursey in the Steyning Centre
Two capital cities famous for different musical masterpieces.
|Sat Dec 7th|
Marking the 500th anniversary of one of history's great thinkers and artists.
|Sat Jan 11th 2020|
Creatures with their actual sounds and how composers have created pieces based on these sounds or calls.
|Sat Feb 8th 2020|
Landscapes of South East England by Geoffrey Mead in Pulborough Village Hall
Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.
|Sat Mar 14th 2020|
An exploration of how fashion and fortune affected these houses.
|Sat Apr 18th 2020|
Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.
|Sat May 9th 2020|
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.
Thu Sep 3rd 2020
→Mon Sep 7th 2020
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.
|Wed Jul 24th||Eartham and Bignor Roman Palace. |
We leave on the bus no 1 for Petworth at 10 30 from the bus Station.
We travel to Petworth and will have a short coffee break before boarding the small 99 'book on request' bus to Eartham. Here we will have plenty of time for excellent walks and also if you wish a visit to the splendid George pub – for lunch or a snack. Later on, we take another 99 to Bignor Roman Villa before taking the bus through to Chichester and thence back to Midhurst by about 6 pm
If you would like to come on this trip, please let me know at least ten days before the trip (first come first served as numbers are limited to 18): All travel on the 99 will be booked in advance by myself.
See above for details of how to book.
|Wed Sep 18th||Pagham Nature Reserve and the new hi-tech Selsey Lifeboat.|
Details to follow.
|Science and Technology|
|Fri Aug 9th|
-----We have planned a trip to Brooklands Museum on Friday the 9th August for what is referred to as a “jump visit” concluding with the Concorde Experience at 2.55pm. The museum opens at 10.00am and we should aim to be there for the jump experience to commence in the cafe at 10.30am sharp.
There will be a short talk about the museum and what is on offer and then we will be free to wander around and see the various exhibits.
-----The Concorde Experience is then at 2.55pm actually on the Concorde which should be tremendous. Following this David Hargreaves has arranged for his friend Ian, who was a First Officer on the Concorde, to give us a short talk about the Concorde. Afterwatds, he will be available to answer any questions that we may have.
We feel the day should be a really good experience for all. The cost will be £20 per head which covers both the visit to the museum and also the Concorde Experience. To learn more about the Museum click on Brooklands Museum. To reserve a place please contact the Science and Technology Group Leader
|Mon Aug 19th||Oklahoma at Chichester Festival Theatre - 7.30pm|
The Theatre group has some spare seats. The cost is £36 per ticket, to include the CFT ticket, coach and driver gratuity. The coach pick up will be at Midhurst Police Station at 6.30pm. For further information, click on the title above.
If you would like to go, please contact Sanchia Elsdon
|Thu Oct 31st||For details about this trip, please contact Sanchia Elsdon.|