Coronavirus Impact on our Events
Many Chester & other U3A events are appearing in new forms. The current status for each is given on the chronological list below. We now include links to other organisations online events that might be of interest to members.

The descriptive part of this page tells how we normally meet and how we will hopefully be resuming in 2021.

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
April 2021
Thu Apr 1st
→Wed Apr 21st
OtherOur Easter Treat - a Walk/Historical Tour/Treasure Hunt. You can do one, two, or all three at the same time. If you can't get around the route in person you can even do it online or just read through the tour and learn some interesting historical snippets. Look out for the All Members Email on 1st April!
May 2021
Tue May 4thMeetingOur online talk for May is Freedom of Speech - do we really need it?
In the USA, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and the right to petition government for redress of grievances. But what if the idea or thought being expressed is considered offensive or unacceptable by others? Former president Donald Trump recently claimed that his right to express his opinion on the legitimacy of the 2020 election result was protected by the First Amendment. But was it? In this talk Dr Donna Jackson will discuss the importance of freedom of speech, reasons why this freedom might be limited and why, ultimately, the principle of a ‘free marketplace of ideas’, which protects groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, far right, or neo-nazis, is fundamental to a free society.
June 2021
Tue Jun 1stMeeting

Our online talk for June is Never Give Up - The Cheerful Insanity of a Long Distance Runner

Garfield Race The Montane Spine Race is widely regarded as one of the world’s toughest endurance races. It hit the headlines in 2019, when Jasmin Paris became the first female to win it, shattering the course record by more than 12 hours, and doing it all whilst expressing milk to breast-feed her baby. So what makes people want to enter? What is the preparation like? And why on earth do it when you reach the age of seventy? Come along to this talk by Garfield Southall and find out (and be thankful it isn't you running...).

December 2021
Thu Dec 2ndSocialSocial Events Are Back! Here is the first one for some time. Hopefully there will be lots more before too long.

Thursday 2nd December, Queens Hotel, Chester “Great Days Out 70s themed Snow Ball” 10.30am-3.00pm.
Three course meal with musical entertainment. 70s costumes optional. £29. Make your own way there. £5 deposit to be paid when booking. Balance of £24 due by 30th August. Sue Proctor. Contact Social