Coronavirus Impact on our Events

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

The descriptive part of this page tells how we normally meet and how we will hopefully be resuming in future with alternative online activities highlighted.

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
June 2020
Tue Jun 2ndMeetingOur Monthly Meeting at St Columbas Hall is replaced by this online talk. The link to it will be emailed to everyone beforehand.

Hidden Narratives of Medieval Art. Have you ever wondered how objects like the Arnolfini portrait or medieval tapestries were created? Who commissioned them and, more importantly, why? What sort of effort went into producing them? How many men and women were involved? Everyday life in the Middle Ages could be very uncertain: you might begin a commission only to learn that your royal purchaser was no longer around to accept it; payment might be delayed or not made at all; supply chains perhaps slow and unreliable, so why bother to commission medieval art at all? Watch this fascinating talk by Dr Katherine Wilson and find out.
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
July 2020
Wed Jul 1stOutingDeferred until a future date
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 7thMeetingThe Monthly meeting will be replaced by this on-line talk. Members will be sent the link to it via email on the day.
Forensic Linguistics by Dr Claire Hardaker of Lancaster University.
Could you tell who was texting you just by looking at the message itself? If someone said, “I wouldn’t do that if I were you…” would you consider that kindly-meant advice, or a subtle threat? Could you spot a leading question designed to trap you into confessing to something you’ve never done? Is it possible to tell when someone is lying not just about past events, but even about their future intentions? Can we detect psychopaths from their language alone? Is it possible to tamper with someone’s memories simply by talking to them? How much can a short spoken sentence reveal about you?
Forensic linguists look at all these questions, and a world of others besides. In this talk, Claire Hardaker will give you an introductory tour of the various topics, from leading questions to lying and pronunciation to plagiarism. You’ll have a chance to test your own skills throughout the talk, and you’ll get pointers to a range of different cases where you can learn more
Tue Jul 7thStudy DayExperience Japan - Postponed to a later date
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.
August 2020
Fri Aug 14thOutingShrewsbury Flower Show is CANCELLED, refunds will be made once it is possible. 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 22ndHolidayThis Italy holiday has been cancelled.
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.