Chester u3a has a vibrant programme of activities including:

  • Monthly Meetings on the first Tuesday and second Thursday of each month.
  • Individual activities such as Treasure Trails & Walks.
  • A Social Events programme of Outings to places of interest in the region & to Plays & Concerts in Liverpool.
  • There is also all the variety of groups getting together each month (probably more than two hundred gatherings over a month).

The programme can also be found in the monthly News Sheet.

Upcoming activities including local, regional and national events can be seen seen below.

Dates for your Diary
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
Fri Dec 3rdOther‘Walking Through History’
'Plants of the Saltmarsh'
The seventh event of the Explore the Tidal River Dee programme sessions at 10:00 on Zoom.
Click the link to go the programme page for more information & to register.
Tue Dec 7thMeeting

Heating Our Homes - In an age of steeply rising fuel prices, and when installation of new gas boilers will soon be prohibited, Mark Thompson shows how to reduce both costs and carbon footprint, whilst improving thermal comfort. A home in infrared He also takes a look into how we will heat our homes in the future. The aim of the talk is to give the audience new and practical insights on this subject in visual, stimulating and memorable ways.
At the Festival Church and streamed on-line.

Thu Dec 16thOther'Songs, Music, Storytelling'
'Showcasing the Programme'
The final event of the Explore the Tidal River Dee programme.
March 2022
Tue Mar 1stMeetingThe Demise of Prime Ministers

A Study of Hubris by Frank Vigon. Did they fall or were they pushed?

Napoleon said that every soldier carries a Field-Marshal’s baton in their knapsack... no less might be true of most MPs. When challenged, many admit that they have their eye on the ultimate prize – The Premiership.

But this makes for a den of vipers.

This talk will explore to what degree Prime Ministers have been a victim of their own making or fatally wounded by their immediate enemies.

Every Prime Minister since 1945 has left No 10 at a time not of their own choosing, through election defeat, cabinet revolt or, as was the case with Harold Wilson in 1976, ill-health. None left with their agendas completed.

Since the First Prime Minister (Primus inter Pares), Robert Walpole, holding onto power has been nearly as hard as getting power. Benjamin Disraeli on becoming Prime Minister recognised the precariousness only too well when he said 'I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole'. Even the most successful such as Margaret Thatcher have met their nemesis at the hands of a treacherous group of back benchers and cabinet members who were only too ready to plunge in the knife whilst crying political crocodile tears.

Some were defeated by “events dear boy” and others were washed out on a tide of scandal and incompetence.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been a major competitor since 1945 and the relationship between the Prime Minister and their most powerful subordinate has been the source of dysfunction and deadly rivalry. And
sometimes when the Chancellor gets what he wishes for, (Gordon Brown) the job proves to be not as easy as it looked from No 11.

For some, the traps and policy failures would leave an indelible mark upon their legacy, making the names of MacDonald, Eden, Heath and Chamberlain synonymous with failure. In the Political game of snakes and ladders, far too many have landed on the snakes head...