MONTHLY MEETINGS for all Cestrian members are 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 hope everyone is happy with the Speakers at the monthly meetings. Suggestions for talks are always welcomed by the Chairmember who organises the programmemaybe arrange a taster with an activity group of your choice. We wear name badges, and coffee is served in rotation by members of different activity groups, so locating people with shared interests is easy.

Chairman's Message

Our meeting next month will be the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 28 March (the 4th Wednesday in the month) at the Quaker Meeting House at 10-30 am. The Charity Commission requires us to notify each of our Members of the date, time and venue of our AGM, so please accept the details above as formal notification. As well as the normal business of the AGM the Committee will be proposing a minor change to our constitution to comply with a recommendation from the Charity Commission. We will give details in the March Newsletter.

Also at the AGM we elect Members to serve on the Committee for a period of 2 years, and we would welcome some new people with fresh ideas so that we can continue to progress positively. Being on the committee is not onerous. We meet once a month to plan future meetings and activities. Please ask yourself why you should leave it to others to organize and run our U3A. Proposal forms are available at the desk and any of the present Committee will be pleased to give you more details or answer any queries which you may have.


21 February Curious and Amazing Tales of Liverpool Ken Pye

28 March Annual General Meeting and Forenames Carole Codd

18 April Men in Sheds Age UK

When Cestrian U3A was formed twelve years ago each member received a lanyard with their membership card and was asked to wear it at meetings so that people could get to know each other. This practice has lapsed as the years have gone by but our Committee think it would be helpful, especially for new members, if they wear their membership cards in their lanyards so that they are easily identifiable. We will also encourage Group Leaders to do so. If you have not received a lanyard you will be able to collect one from Jan at the table as you sign in.

One of the strengths of U3A is its groups, where small numbers of people with similar interests meet together and form real friendships. I was reading the U3A magazine, Third Age Matters, last week and noted that there are subject advisors for all sorts of activities, from Astronomy and Aviation to Theology and Whist. 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?

The committee is :

Chairman Bob Armitage
Treasurer and Vice chair David Mercer, Secretary Peggy Woodcock, Membership secretary Jan Howard,
Committee members Eileen Brennan, Elaine Corry, Ros Hampson, Cec Offley and Kay Hall- Wilton