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
February 2020
Thu Feb 27thSocialMatthew Bourne’s Red Shoes at the Empire Liverpool. Last chance to pay this week. Meet at the theatre at 2.00 – 2.15. Front circle seats with extra leg room. Full. £39.50 contact Social Secretary
March 2020
Tue Mar 3rdMeetingMonthly Meeting at St Columbas Hall
Lying - why do we do it? - Lying is a common social phenomenon, but why do people lie, how good are we at identifying deception, and what behaviours may indicate deception? In this session we will test your ability to spot liars, explore the psychological reasons why liars might behave differently to truth-tellers and examine some specific verbal and nonverbal behaviours that are related to deception.
Dr Clea Wright, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Chester.
Mon Mar 9thOther‘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
Tue Mar 10thOutingSee how recycling works, on a visit to Kier plastics in Winsford. Explanation tour and then free time to wander around the site. Later there can be lunch at the Cosy Café Winsford or elsewhere. Travel together in cars from Halfords 8.45am. Please let me know if you are willing to be a driver. £3.00 Contact Tom Clarke.
Thu Mar 12thMeetingThursday Meeting at St Columbas Hall.
Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability) was established in 1992 to assist people with physical disabilities, improving their quality of life by helping them train their own pet dogs to provide assistance with day-to-day tasks and in some circumstances providing life-saving interventions.
Karen Thomas will tell her story from before she had her Assistance Dog Teddy, a Cavalier cross, to the end of her journey to having a qualified Assistance Dog and gaining independence.
There will be time for questions and Karen will be able to demonstrate with Teddy some of the ways he helps her.
All the usual tables will be there: Book Swap, Trips, New Groups, Computer Helpdesk.
Fri Mar 13thWorkshopInterest Groups Workshop for group coordinators and anyone perhaps considering becoming a group coordinator. 10:30am to 3:30pm at St. Columba’s Church Hall. Organised by the Deeside and Wirral Network. There is no charge for this event but you need to register either online> Group Workshop Registration or by filling out the form Group Workshop Form, please bring your own lunch, tea/coffee provided.
Fri Mar 27thSocialThe Welsh National Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro, one of the greatest comic operas at the Empire Liverpool at 7.00pm. Meet at the theatre at 6.30pm. We do not have a coach as train stops right near the theatre. contact Social Secretary
Mon Mar 30thMeetingA Journey through Egypt - With Dr Jo Backhouse of Liverpool University and Ian Trumble of Bolton Museum. 12.45–4.50 at Bolton Museum. Organised by Maggy Simms, U3A NW Shared Learning Projects Coordinator. More information on North West Region of U3As website Events page.
April 2020
Tue Apr 7thMeetingMonthly 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 9thMeetingThursday 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 9thOutingShugborough 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 13thOther‘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
Mon May 11th
→Fri May 15th
HolidaySpring 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. No single supplement to pay. Balance required by end of Feb please. Full, there is a waiting list if you want to give me your details in case of cancellations. Contact> Social Secretary
June 2020
Tue Jun 2ndMeetingMonthly Meeting at St Columbas Hall
The Hidden Narratives of Medieval Art - Katherine Wilson, the University of Chester.
Wed Jun 3rdOtherNational 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 11thOutingWhittington 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
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stOutingSaltaire Heritage Village originally built to house the workers of Titus Salt. Details and price at the monthly meeting. 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 14thOutingShrewsbury 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.
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.