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 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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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 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.
Tue Dec 17th

Windsor Castle and TownWindsor Castle

A guided walk around the outside of the castle and then inside to visit St George's Chapel. This will be followed by an afternoon free to explore.

Tickets cost £45 and are available at the general meetings in November and
December or by contacting Geoff Wadge by clicking on his name.

Study Days
Sat Jan 11th 2020

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Music and Nature by Robert Carrington in Hailsham

Creatures with their actual sounds and how composers have created pieces based on these sounds or calls.

Click on the title for a booking form

Sat Feb 8th 2020

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Landscapes of South East England by Geoffrey Mead in Pulborough Village Hall

Aspects of our rich regional landscapes.

Click on the title for a booking form

Sat Mar 14th 2020

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Country Houses of the South Downs from Medieval to 20th Century by Sue Berry in Rustington

An exploration of how fashion and fortune affected these houses.

Not booking yet (click to be taken to the SUN Study Page)

Sat Apr 18th 2020

sun-logobluebackground.jpg A Mathematical Medley by Roger luther in Horsham

Some numbers, some shapes and some algorithms.

Not booking yet (click to be taken to the SUN Study Page)

Sat May 9th 2020

sun-logobluebackground.jpg Crusades and Knights Templar by Geoff Doel

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.

Not booking yet (click to be taken to the SUN Study Page)

Social Events
Fri Dec 20th Christmas Lunch at the Unicorn Inn, Heyshott at 1pm

Tickets will be on sale from 15 October at the General Meetings or from Malcolm Hutchings before 25 November. The cost is £25, to include 3 courses and a glass of house wine. The menu choices are as follows:-

First course choices:
Leek & Celery Soup
Potted Pheasant with Toast
Smoked Haddock Rarebit on Smoked Cheese Scone with Quince Jam
Poached Pear with Stilton & Walnut Pâté

Second course choices:
Roast Turkey, Roast Potatoes, Stuffing, Chipolata wrapped in Bacon, Vegetables & Gravy
Pheasant Breast on Lentil, Fennel & smoky Sausage Stew
Skate Wing on Prawn & Barley Risotto with Sauternes Sauce
Mushroom & Chestnut Parcel with White Onion & Rosemary Gravy, New Potatoes & Vegetables

Third course choices:
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Steamed Marmalade Sponge with Custard
Raspberry & Lime Posset with Berry Cookies
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice-cream
Selection of Ice Cream or Sorbet
Platter of Cheese with Chutney & Biscuits

From the end of November please contact Di Ponting if you have a query, as she will be looking after everyone at The Unicorn. Numbers are limited to 60 members. Last year was popular so don’t delay!
Thu Sep 3rd 2020
→Mon Sep 7th 2020

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.

Bus Safari
Wed Dec 11th


Following the success of our first three bus safaris we will be going to Petworth for our last trip this year. We leave on the No. 1 at 10:30 am from Midhurst Bus Station and return to Midhurst at 15:25.

We will start with morning coffee at Petworth House. We will then go to the house (free if you belong to the National Trust and bring your card, otherwise £10.90). Find out how the festive season was celebrated in traditional Georgian style at Petworth House. See selected rooms of the mansion and Servants' Quarters dressed for a 'Christmas before Turkey and Tinsel', before fairy lights and Christmas trees became a tradition. Walk through the different rooms decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and discover traditions both old and new in a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Most of the aspects of Christmas we celebrate nowadays, including Christmas cards, crackers and turkey, became popular in the Victorian era. We are turning the clocks back a bit further, to the Georgian period.

One thing that has worked well on the previous trips is to lunch together and if you would like to join us, it will need to be booked. The lunch will be at The Star in the Square. Please let me know if you will join us for lunch. This will need to be pre-booked.

After lunch, there is of course a huge amount to do and see in Petworth which will be decked out for Christmas. The antiques market and specialist shops, an excellent independent bookshop, perhaps the best-ever deli, heritage walks, etc. You can return either on the 15:12 or if you want to stay longer, the 16:22 bus from the Square.

***If you would like to come on this trip, please let us know by Wednesday 20th November latest by clicking on Bus Safari Group Leader. I will then send you the lunch menu as this has to be pre-ordered. (Please note that I will be away from 27 November to 8 December)*** The trip is on a first come first served as numbers are limited to 20