Coronavirus Impact on our Events

Many Chester U3A events in the next months are appearing in new forms or have been cancelled/postponed. The current status for each is given on the chronological list below so please check each one individually.

The descriptive part of this page tells how we normally meet and how we will hopefully be resuming in future with alternative online activities highlighted.

Monthly Meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday and second Thursday of each month at St Columba's Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, CH2 1SA. Doors open at 9:45 and coffee is served until the meeting starts at 10:30. Please remember to bring your own cups.

We have a Social Events programme of Outings to places of interest in the region and to Plays & Concerts in Liverpool. These have been postponed (more information on the Social page). The full programme with details of how to book can also be found in the monthly News Sheet.

Dates for your Diary
October 2020
Tue Oct 6thMeetingOctober's online talk will be Ostalgie - What was life really like in East Germany under Communism? Why do a surprising number of former East Germans miss their lives before 1990 long for a time in which they could not live, speak their mind or travel freely? And why do a small, but not insignificant, percentage also wish that the Wall had never come down? Discover what the word Ostalgie really means in this presentation by Dr Richard Millington of the University of Chester.
Members will receive a link to the talk on 5th October.
Thu Oct 8thMeetingThis month we have a different activity for our Thursday 'Meeting', it will be the online Virtual Quiz No 1. 10.30am start. Zoom will open for a chat at 10.00am. Questions have been prepared by our current quiz master, Margaret. Come and join us — you will be marking your own papers. All members will be sent a link about a week before, 1st October. Just click the words ‘Join the Quiz’ and you should go straight into the Zoom meeting.
Wed Oct 28thMeetingPopular Science - open to ALL U3A members
Online by Crowdcast. You don't have to download anything to your device - just click on a link that will be sent out to all members. Non-members may also attend by registering their interest by email via the Popular Science link.
November 2020
Tue Nov 3rdMeetingChester U3A Annual General Meeting - This year it will be a virtual AGM with papers sent in advance to members by email or the post. Full details on the AGM page.
Thu Nov 12thMeetingOnline replacement for the Thursday meeting.
Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham and the Cosy Catastrophe
John Wyndham’s work has sometimes been described as “cosy catastrophe”, but in fact there’s little that is “cosy” about Day of the Triffids, his massive best-seller published in 1951 just as the Cold War was getting more dangerous and the certainties of British society were rapidly crumbling. Wyndham gave us a new word (even today, in garden centres around the country, you may hear large, intimidating plants described as “triffids”), a book that has never been out of print, and some uncanny resonances with today’s changed world.

Chester U3A member Andy Sawyer was until recently responsible for the largest research library in Europe devoted to science fiction, the Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool. In 2009 he co-edited Plan for Chaos, a novel discovered when the archive of John Wyndham, best known for The Day of the Triffids, was purchased by the University.

Andy will talk about how “John Beynon Harris”, a minor writer for American pulps, reinvented himself as “John Wyndham” and became the science fiction writer read by millions who “don’t read science fiction”, and how The Day of the Triffids expressed the anxieties of the early 1950s in a way no realistic novel could.