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
March 2021
Tue Mar 9thMeetingNorthwest U3As online talk Happy Ever After? presented by Catherine Stevenson at 10:30am. This presentation maps the history of fairy stories through art and literature. Book on the NW Region Events page.
Thu Mar 11thMeetingOnline replacement for the Thursday meeting is Ian Buchan, "My Magic, Magicians and More"
Ian will be broadcasting live on Zoom from Edinburgh. He is a member of the Magic Circle, and talks about his life as a magician and some of the famous magicians, such as Houdini, David Nixon, Tommy Cooper, Paul Daniels, with some anecdotes thrown in about those he has met. As might be expected, there are also some entertaining practical demonstrations.
He cannot magic Covid away but he may give members an idea to start a group to learn magic tricks. Learn something to entertain your grandchildren or your partner. This session will not be recorded, so will not be available at any other time.
A Zoom link will be sent to members closer to the date
Thu Mar 18thOtherA virtual u3a Café will be opening on Thursday March 18th between 10am & noon. This is an open invitation to all members – we need to socialise. If there are too many people attending the main session we might expect chaos, so when you login to the café you may join a group of about 6 members. Here you may chat among yourselves away from all other members, Only the host, which this time is me, may visit you. At any time you may leave the group and you will come back into the main session. The technical jargon is ‘making use of break-out rooms’. We have already tried using break-out groups in the quiz last month. Although some members were sceptical at first, it worked well for a discussion group. If it is successful, we can open up the café on more Thursdays or on another regular day. I would need an assistant for more openings. Sorry I cannot pay, not even furlough.
I will put the Zoom link into the email sent out to you reminding you about the Thursday meeting on March 11th. Please come. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Jenny
April 2021
Tue Apr 6thMeeting

Our online talk for April is Wirral Vikings. Viking Wirral
Why are signposts in Old Norse going up all over the Wirral? The Vikings on the Wirral left a rich heritage of placenames, sculpture, history and legends, but what led Vikings to settle in this area? What can archaeological evidence from important places such as Chester and Meols tell us about their lives? Why was this region politically and economically important in the tenth century? You will also learn about recent debates over the location of the Battle of Brunanburh (AD 937) and why this event is thought to have taken place in the Wirral.
Dr Clare Downham is a Reader in Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. Her books include Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland and Medieval Ireland. She also helped develop the smartphone app 'The Viking Age in the North West', which is freely downloadable.

Tue Apr 13thMeetingNorthwest U3As online talk Japanese Culture presented by Gill Russell at 10:30am. This presentation is an introduction to Japanese culture. Book on the NW Region Events page.
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