MONTHLY MEETINGS for all Cestrian members are normally held on the THIRD WEDNESDAY at the Quaker Meeting House off Frodsham Street in Chester city centre: doors open at 9.50 am and talks by guest speakers start at 10.30 am. This gives us time for coffee or tea and biscuits while socialising before the meeting proper in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

A warm welcome awaits new and prospective members; these general meetings provide a good opportunity to dip a toe in the water. We wear name badges and coffee is served in rotation by members of a group.



The committee agreed that this month we will send out with the newsletter the Chair’s report and the accounts statement as if we were having an AGM.

Some groups that started up during the fine weather, when we could meet in gardens, have had to close again due to government restrictions and colder days. Presently, there is no indication of when we will be able to meet up again but it is unlikely to be before the end of this year.
I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the autumn colours.

Hazel J Fraser

UNMASKED (thanks to Carole Walker for this one)

By Pam Ayres

Oh somebody make me a beautiful mask,
Of shimmering silk, or brocade, or damask.
Sequinned and spangled, my visage to cup,
In fabric that won’t make me glasses steam up.
Yeah, give it some frills and some lace furbelows,
Frolicking playfully over my nose,
With entry to viruses firmly refused,
Or is it for keeping them in?
…. I’m confused.


Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson went on a camping trip to Dartmoor and as they lay down for the night, Sherlock Holmes said, “Doctor Watson, my old friend, when you look up into the darkness, please tell me what you see.”

“Well I can see a very clear sky, there are no clouds and the stars are out in their millions. I can see the Milky Way and I believe that extra bright star over there is the planet Venus which you can see at this time of year. I would deduce that being such a clear night will mean that it will get quite chilly.”

Watson laughed and said, “But knowing you, Sherlock, I am sure there are many things I have missed that you have deduced?”

There was a moments silence and then Holmes replied.
“Somebody’s nicked our tent.”

Carole Walker courtesy of the Flintshire Codger’s Quarterly.

Committee :-

Hazel Fraser– Chair.
Susan and Peter England - Secretary
Jan Howard – Membership Secretary
David Mercer – Treasurer & Webmaster.
Bob Armitage, Elaine Corry, Kay Hall Wilton, Cec Offley, Pat Jones.

One of the strengths of U3A is its groups, where small numbers of people with similar interests meet together and form real friendships. We have a fair range of groups at Cestrian, but it would be good to have one or two more, so if you would like to see a group catering for your particular interest please find some soul mates and have a word with one of the Committee. How about Crossword Solving or Maths for Fun (yes, really)? One nearby U3A has an Old Grumpies Group which for some reason is restricted to men! Can anyone think why?

General Data Protection Regulations.

The Third Age Trust asks that we inform you that there are various lawful bases which can be used to obtain data, and they recommend that U3As use Contract to gather basic information from their members because we pay an annual subscription.