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 later 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
August 2021
Tue Aug 3rdMeeting

Our online talk for August is The Lower Mekong by Jim Holmes.
Mekong River Flowing between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, once warring states, the Mekong is one of the world’s longest rivers and supports traditional cultures and rich biodiversity. Bhuddist Novices in Laos As the Mekong flows through stunning landscapes it brings nutrition, transport and energy potential in equal measure, enriching both ancient kingdoms and modernising states. Explore this rich tapestry of life from the mountains of northern Laos to the rice paddy fields of the delta in Vietnam, and learn how this delicate balance may now be at risk from vast hydropower dams.

September 2021
Tue Sep 7thMeetingOur online talk for September is The Siege of Chester - Civilians, Courts and Campaigns by Dr Sam Chadwick.
How did the siege of Chester affect the common citizen, those of a 'better sort' and the nation as a whole? How did they, in turn, change course during the war?
At the outbreak of civil war, Chester hesitated, but finally sided with the King. Take a look through the eyes of different witnesses, living in what was then one of the major cities in England and a key gateway to Ireland, as it was tightly besieged, blockaded, and repeatedly attacked by Parliamentarians. Afterwards the once flourishing city sank into a sorry state, environs devastated, many fine buildings lost, and with a population so ravaged by their privations that twenty percent of them succumbed to the plague in the following year. A later visitor commented that Chester had deteriorated to such a state that grass was growing in the central streets.
Fri Sep 10thOtherExplore the Tidal Dee is a new short programme.
On Fridays from 10th September to 17th December it will cover:
• Geology and geography of a shifting river
• Canalisation and land reclamation
• The natural world of the Dee: Burton Mere to the Point of Ayr
• Leisure along the Dee: Coastal paths and sites to visit
• Cultural and historical links: Chester, Basingwerk/Greenfield Valley and Parkgate
• The heritage of the Dee: mining, shipbuilding, salmon, cheese, steel, and aircraft

Click this link to see the information sheet & register> Explore the Tidal Dee.
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