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. As we feel our way back into holding monthly Talk and Social meetings, some meetings may still have to be held online via Zoom. Please see the details of each event for an update.

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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 Talk & Social 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).

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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
Tue Sep 21st Matabeleland to Southern Rhodesia - an extraordinary adventure” will be the subject of our talk by Jill Baker. This session is somewhat unique as Jill will be talking to us via Zoom from Australia!

We are doing something a bit different this time as we gradually ease back in to normality. We have hired the Methodist Church (not the usual hall) and will be showing the talk there on a screen as well as in to people’s homes.

A limited number of members will be able to watch the talk in the church. It will be the normal £2 admission for U3A members to cover the cost of the church. We will not be serving refreshments because of concerns around COVID. Masks should be worn when you are standing up and moving around but can be taken off when you are sitting down.

To attend in the church. Places are limited so it will be on a first come basis. Please click on Midhurst U3A if you would like to attend in the church. We will confirm if you have a place by email. Let us know if you can’t come after all so that we can offer your place to someone else.

#To join this talk at home via Zoom, please click on Midhurst Zoom Bookings and send us a message with September Talk in the subject line. If you have joined Zoom talks in the last three months there is no need to email for this talk. However, if you do not receive the actual zoom link to the talk by 6 00pm on Monday 20th September, please send a reminder email.

Jill's Biography:-

She was born and reared in Zimbabwe and Studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music, London. She returned home to a long career in radio & TV. Jill formed Co-Ord-A-Nation to help women cope during troubles. She ettled in Adelaide in 1983 and was awarded the Australian Order of Merit in 2005 for founding the Zimbabwean Connection whose work was in resettling Zimbabwean nurses, farmers and other skilled traders in Australia. This involved the resettlement and support of over 300 families. Author of The Horns, first book of the Zambesi Trilogy and other titles.

A deeply personal and compelling account of being brought up among Matabele boys in what was first Southern Rhodesia, then Rhodesia and now Zimbabwe.
Tue Oct 19th "Uppark: Fire & Restoration" – Dr Bob France

Revisit the devastation caused by the fire and the enormous challenges of fighting the conflagration, but above all celebrate the inspirational story of Uppark’s truly amazing restoration.

It is hoped that this event will be our first 'normal' face to face event, but we will keep you posted.
Tue Nov 16th "For Valour: The story of the Victoria Cross" – Jeremy Prescott

Jeremy covers the origins and criteria; the making of the medal; stories of some VC recipients; how VC awards are commemorated and Lord Ashcroft's collection at the Imperial War Museum.
Tue Dec 14th "The Heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan" – Bernard Lockett.

Discover the reasons for the huge amount of social and political satire within the shows with a wry look at how much is relevant today.
Tue Jan 18th 2022 "Masters of the Sea: Maritime Art from the 17th century to the present” - James Taylor

James Taylor FRSA introduces the genre of maritime paintings, including battles, portraits, ports, James Cook, Nelson, yachts, clippers, liners along with the fundamental part played by the National Maritime Museum.
Tue Feb 15th 2022 "To Eritrea and Ethiopia: Retracing a Victorian Expedition" – John Pilkington.

In 1868 Queen Victoria's government mounted an extraordinary bid to rescue a dozen European hostages in the Ethiopian highlands. John, a writer and broadcaster for many years with the BBC World Service and Radio 4, has followed their route.
Tue Mar 15th 2022 "Keep Calm – I’m an Air Traffic Controller" – Phil Holt

Phil has been an Air Traffic Controller for 30+ years and as he quips "I'll keep at it until I get it right". This is a humorous yet factual talk.
Tue Apr 19th 2022 "The Women's Land Army: Battle of the Fields." - Gill Clarke MBE

Their work is something of a forgotten history. Yet, it was often done under terrible conditions, but was vital to the war effort – playing a crucial part in increasing levels of productivity from the land in both World Wars.
Tue May 17th 2022 AGM
Social Events
Mon Dec 20th Christmas Lunch at the Unicorn, Heyshott

We have a provisional booking for this popular event. Menu and booking details to follow. Please check our emails, the poster in Midhurst Library, or this website, or register your interest now with Malcolm Hutchings.
Summer Schools
Mon Jun 20th 2022
→Thu Jun 23rd 2022
ADVANCE NOTICE for Dates - Chichester Summer School

The SE u3a Forum, who run the very popular Chichester Summer School, have finalised their new constitution and are planning their programme for 2022. This will be held at Chichester University from June 20th to the 23rd, with residential and day visiting arrangements. Booking and course details will be released in December.
Bus Safari
Wed Sep 29th First u3a Bus Safari of 2021

This trip will now take place on the revised date of Wednesday 29th September. It will include a guided tour of this award-winning museum and an (optional) pub lunch. Numbers are limited, so please let us know if you would like to come, even if you have expressed interest before. There is an option to travel independently if you wish – please advise and whether you would like to join us for lunch. The trip will leave on the 70 bus from Midhurst Bus Station at 10 00am. We should be back by 3 00pm.

To register interest, please click on Bus Safari Group Leader.
Science and Technology
Thu Oct 21st Trip to the Weald & Downland Museum

We have arranged a visit to the Museum which will include a tour of the Gridshell and the historic artefacts. This will be an excellent opportunity to see up-close donated historic tools and implements stored and catalogued within the Gridshell. Having recently had a brief tour myself, you can be assured of a fascinating and informative guided tour of some of the county’s treasures.

We are planning a morning guided tour of the Gridshell followed by a break for lunch - there are lots of excellent picnic spots and a very good café. After lunch we will be free to visit the rest of the open air exhibits at our leisure. There might be some other special viewing opportunities on the day and we hope to advise once numbers are known.

Travel would be under our own steam but we plan to meet at a convenient car park so that those who wish can car share. It is vital that we have visitor numbers early so please let us know by September 30th if you wish to attend this event.

At this stage we expect the costs to be £10:60 per person but it will be free to Weald & Downland Museum members. Should you wish to attend you must let us know if you are a member at the time of booking.

To register your interest in this trip, please click on Science and Technology Group Leader before September 30th.