Coronavirus Impact on our Events

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

Here is a note from Liz our Social Secretary

Social Outings

It has been decided that the following trips have been deferred for the present but will take place in the future we hope:-

  • Shugborough deferred until later in the year.
  • Scotland holiday re booked for May 10th 2021
  • Oswestry deferred until a future date.
  • Saltaire deferred unless a miracle happens
  • Shrewsbury not cancelled yet but may be in future.

Sorry we cannot do anything about refunds for the present.
I just want to thank the many people who have been in touch and agreed with the rearrangements for Scotland.

Keep safe


The descriptive part of this page has been left unchanged for general information on what we do and how we will hopefully be resuming in future.

Monthly Meetings 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. 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
April 2020
Tue Apr 7thMeetingCancelled as a Coronavirus precaution
Monthly Meeting at St Columbas Hall
Cupcakes, Cards & Compassion - Sally Buttifant, speaking about the Samaritans. Heard of the Samaritans? Think that they are a charity of religious volunteers helping suicidal people? Come & hear about their history, the range of projects that they are involved with, the 21,000 volunteers & how they make a difference. The Chester branch has had a presence in Chester since 1967 and is part of a network of branches offering a 24/7 365 days a year service to anyone who needs to talk.
Thu Apr 9thMeetingCancelled as a Coronavirus precaution
Thursday Meeting at St Columbas Hall
The Deafness Support Network will be looking at the prevalence of deafness, and what can be done to support people with hearing loss. They will bring some equipment to demonstrate how a small but effect piece of technology can change lives! There will also be a short talk about DSN as your local charity - what they do and how to access their services if needs be.
All the usual tables will be there: Book Swap, Trips, New Groups, Computer Helpdesk.
Thu Apr 9thOutingPOSTPONED until the autumn.
Shugborough Hall designed to be “Thomas Hanson’s Perfect Paradise”. Former home of Lord Lichfield - a world of glamour and royalty. Plenty to see including the Hall itself, the Chinese House, the Servants quarters, Lord Litchfield apartments and photographic room and lovely walks and monuments. Tea Room and Café. Cheaper for Nat.Trust members. £26.00 Contact Social Secretary
Mon Apr 13thOtherCANCELLED
‘Meet up at Storyhouse’ (Second Mondays 10.30am -12.00). Come along for a chat. Tell us your ideas - it is your U3A! Help promote the U3A ethos to potential members, some of which always seem to find us. Head for the 'Kitchen' and look for the U3A Logo on a table.
May 2020
Tue May 5thMeetingMonthly Meeting CANCELLED because of Coronavirus.
Mon May 11th
→Fri May 15th
HolidayRebooked for May 10th 2021
Spring Holiday to Scotland Based in Pitlochry. Days out to Glamis Castle, Balmoral Estate, and Edinburgh town and Castle. Total price with HB, all entrance fees and coach travel from Chester. £547.00. Contact> Social Secretary
Thu May 14thMeetingThursday Meeting CANCELLED because of coronavirus.
June 2020
Tue Jun 2ndMeetingMonthly Meeting at St Columbas Hall
The Hidden Narratives of Medieval Art - Katherine Wilson, the University of Chester.
Wed Jun 3rdOtherPOSTPONED until the autumn.
National U3A Day a nationwide celebration of U3A. See more here > National U3A Day.
We will be running an event here in Chester. More details as it gets organised.
Thu Jun 11thOutingDEFERRED until a future date
Whittington Castle near Oswestry for tea/coffee and cake and a conducted tour of the Castle. At noon we move on to the British Iron/Sculpture Works for an inclusive lunch and time to look around and visit two working artisans. (also optional trip around the grounds in buggy £5.00 p.p. if booked by four). Leave at 2.45pm for Whitchurch to walk around Alderton Lake (about 30mins) or just sit in the Café and admire the view. £22 contact Tom Clarke
Sat Jun 27thSocialKeeping up appearances at Tip Top theatre Chester. This is Hyacinth at her best. Full and if cancelled refunds will be given. Contact Social Secretary
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stOutingOn hold for the time being
Saltaire Heritage Village near Bradford Yorkshire. Originally built to house the workers of Sir Titus Salt, a textile mill owner in the 1850’s. In 2001 Saltaire was made World Heritage Site. Saltaire is a village where people live so is open everyday. Coach £17, contact Jan Millard
Tue Jul 7thStudy DayExperience Japan - A national U3A event to celebrate the culture of Japan at the Quaker Meeting House Liverpool. There will be talks and workshops provided by U3A members and members of the local Japanese community. Information and booking arrangements will be available via the national U3A newsletter, Third Age Matters, the national website and the North West Region of U3As website in the near future.
August 2020
Fri Aug 14thOutingNot yet cancelled but may be in the future
Shrewsbury Flower Show, deemed to be one of this country’s premier shows. Loads of entertainment outside and in, including Celebrity Chefs, Celebrity Gardeners, Arena Shows, stunning floral displays and inspirational Show Gardens. £30.00 Contact Social Secretary
Mon Aug 24th
→Thu Aug 27th
Summer SchoolNW Region Summer School at Newton Rigg Agricultural College near Penrith.
For full details follow this link> NW Summer School 2020.
September 2020
Tue Sep 22ndHolidaySorry to say but this holiday has had to be cancelled.
8 day holiday to Montecatini Spa town Italy with 3 included excursions and one optional. Contact Social Secretary
October 2020
Thu Oct 8thMeeting3rd U3A Energy Conference at Rheged, near Penrith.
Organised by Cumbria network.
Focus: Strategies for Tackling Climate Change. A host of eminent speakers will cover current progress and the actions needed at international, national and personal levels to reach the IPCC target of net zero carbon by 2050.
Wed Oct 28thMeetingPopular Science - open to ALL U3A members
Popular Science Lectures At Bishops' High School: 09:30 for 10:00, finishing at noon.