Midhurst

Events

Talk & Social 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. N.B.

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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. 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 in happier times.

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.

The Third Age Trust Educational Events page is frequently updated with new events. However they book up very quickly and we would advise anyone who is interested in virtually attending a Third Age Trust Talk via Zoom to click on the link and save it as a favourite in their browsers or on their Desktop. Visiting this website frequently should allow Midhurst members to book talks shortly after they are posted online. NB Where necessary, payment by credit card is the safest option online#


Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Tue Aug 16th "Escape of Charles II through Sussex in 1651" – Helen Poole.

His six weeks in hiding were fraught with difficulties and finally resolved when he escaped to safety abroad after a tense journey.
Tue Sep 20th “Close Walks, South Pond & King Edward VII Sanatorium: Midhurst’s links to Royalty & Gertrude Jekyll” – David Bridges.

This talk is based on the Sussex Gardens Trust book ‘Gertrude Jekyll in Sussex’, a collection of research exploring the life of artist and gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, and her commissions in Sussex.
Tue Oct 18th Jill Baker covers the second part of her trilogy ‘The Horns’ illustrating the deliberate 'Cancellation' of the Matabele people from UDI to Independence under Robert Mugabe (1965-80); the genocide of tens of thousands of people, the removal of their language; the replacement of Matabele teachers, medical practitioners and government officers with ruling party favourites.
Tue Nov 15th “The Shetland Bus” - Gillian Halcrow.

The story of the brave Norwegian sailors in their fishing boats who kept links open between occupied Norway and Britain during WWII, taking agents in with supplies for the resistance and escaping refugees out.
Tue Dec 13th "Christmas - A Celebratory History" – Andy Thomas.

A history of the festive season from the ancient ceremonies of light in the darkness to the birth of the messiah. Mid-December has long been a time for rejoicing, yet Christmas traditions have splintered into many guises. We learn how, in spite of modern commercialism, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.
Tue Jan 17th 2023 "The Sinking of the Laconia" - Jeremy Prescott.

The Laconia, an allied troop ship, owned by Cunard was sunk by a U Boat in WW2 on route from USA to the UK. The presentation tells of the humanity of the U boat crews rescuing the survivors, the bombing of those submarines by the Americans and the bravery of some survivors who travelled 700 miles to West Africa in 2 lifeboats.
Tue Feb 21st 2023 "Artistic Highlights of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum” - James Taylor, FRSA.

Discover the enchanting seaside home and eclectic collection of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes in Bournemouth.
Tue Mar 21st 2023 ”California Dreaming”: San Francisco to the Grand Canyon.” – Neil Sadler.

A road trip across western USA with a twist! Some interesting facts about the Golden Gate Bridge, Route 66, the 1906 earthquake, the Grand Canyon, The Pony Express . . . and more.
Tue Apr 18th 2023 "Sussex Industrial History, A Different Perspective".

Dr Geoffrey Mead will look at our county work patterns from a variety of perspectives, historical, geographical, contemporary; coastal and Wealden, urban and rural; industries today, industries going and industries long gone.

Originally scheduled for July 22
Tue May 16th 2023 Annual General Meeting
Outings
Tue Sep 13th Visit to the National Gallery, or just to London

Join us on a visit to the National Gallery to see their latest major exhibition, devoted to the outstanding 19th century American artist, Winslow Homer. As the gallery say, “From his sketches of battle and camp life, to dazzling tropical views and darker restless seascapes, the works reflect Homer’s interest in the pressing issues of his time; conflict, race, and the relationship between humankind and the environment – issues still relevant for us today”.

Our Wood’s coach will pick us up at 8.30 and we shall leave London at 3.30 pm. The cost of the day, including tickets for the exhibition, is £33.

However, if you would prefer to travel with us and use your time in London in another way, the cost of coach only is £21.

For further information, or to make a booking, please contact Pauline Hutchings by clicking on art outing organiser
Tue Apr 25th 2023 A Night at the Opera

Join us for a group visit to the Theatre Royal in Brighton to see Ellen Kent’s production of Puccini’s romantic opera, La Boheme on Tuesday 25th April.

It will be the same company that we saw perform earlier this year: The Ukrainian Opera and Ballet Theatre Company from Kyiv, with international soloists. The opera, a traditional production, will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

We have booked seats in the stalls at £35.75 each.

We will arrange coach transport from Midhurst to Brighton and we will leave earlier this time so that there will be time before the production for a meal (or several glasses of wine if you prefer!). There are plenty of restaurants near the theatre. We should return to Midhurst by about 11.15/30. The cost of the coach will depend on the number of people travelling and will be payable separately.

Once you have booked your opera tickets with Bernard please pay by bank transfer if you can : A/c Name: Midhurst U3A, Sort Code: 30-96-61, A/c No: 01387462, Ref: Opera. Alternatively pay by cheque made payable to Midhurst U3A.

To reserve a place, or for further information, please contact Bernard Allan by clicking on opera trip organiser
Social Events
Sat Sep 17th Lamb Roast and BBQ at Cocking Village Hall

Further details will be available nearer the time
Mon Dec 19th Midhurst u3a Christmas lunch at the Unicorn

Further details will be available nearer the time
Other Events
Sat Sep 24th Midhurst u3a Open Day in the Old Library, Midhurst

Display about our activities and recruitment of new members. Contact Philip Watts for more information.
Bus Safari
Wed Sep 14th Next Bus Safari – Wednesday 14 September to Guildford Cathedral

The next Bus Safari is scheduled for Wednesday 14th September when we plan to visit Guildford, taking in the cathedral and the castle.

The plan is to catch the No 70 bus from Midhurst at 10:00 which should arrive at Guildford bus station at 11:10. From there, we will catch a local bus to the cathedral, where I hope to be able to arrange a guided tour. After visiting the cathedral, we will return to the town centre and have lunch. After lunch, we will go to the castle, or you can have some retail therapy if you’d prefer.

If you plan to join us, please email David & Jacqui Earley by clicking on Bus Safari Group Leaders.