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
January 2020
Thu Jan 23rdMeetingNew Members Coffee Morning at St Columbas Hall.
All new members, and those who may have never attended a new members meeting are invited on Thursday 23rd January 10am for 10.30am to meet other new members and find out more about the U3A.
February 2020
Tue Feb 4thMeetingMonthly Meeting at St Columbas Hall.
Afghanistan Off-Grid. Travel with documentary photographer Jim Holmes through the beautiful landscapes and villages of central Afghanistan in the onset of winter. Jim was working in Afghanistan for an international charity and photographing local engineers as they supplied sustainable power systems and clean water systems to remote Hazara villages and train the villagers to manage their own resources. This presentation highlights just how little we know about this amazing country, and how our impressions are clouded by the news reports we hear.
Mon Feb 10thOther‘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
Wed Feb 12thWorkshopActive Living Day - A NW U3A Region event at Liverpool Quaker Meeting House. 10.30-3.30 cost £5.00. This is an opportunity to explore ideas and techniques that will benefit you as an individual and which can be cascaded into your own U3A, including Mindfulness and Meditation, Tai Chi and Perceptive Drawing. You will be able to learn about free health APPs now being used by many GP surgeries, as well as presentations from Regional members. More information & registration form in Links.
Booking is now available on the North West Region of U3As website events page - BUT DON’T WAIT TOO LONG AS THE CLOSING DATE IS JANUARY 6TH.
Thu Feb 13thMeetingThursday Meeting at St Columbas Hall.
The question of the day is 'Will it be our famous New Year Quiz?'.
Mon Feb 17thOutingWilliamson Tunnels and Sudley House Liverpool. In the morning hear the fascinating story of the tunnels, cut out of solid rock, created by Joseph Williamson’s men in the early nineteenth century. Later we travel To Sudley House where lunch can be bought. In the house are many paintings by Turner, Millais, Rosseti and Holman Hunt. £17 Contact Jan Millard
Wed Feb 19thMeetingPopular Science - open to ALL U3A members
Popular Science Lectures at Bishops' High School: 09:30 for 10:00, finishing at noon. Sue Foy will talk on 'Life less Plastic revisited' and Peter Goodhew on 'Liquids'. For further details contact Mal Waite.
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. Still a few seats left. £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.
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 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
Thu Apr 9thOutingTrip to Shugborough Hall
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. If you are interested in this holiday please see me at the meeting as it is already booking up quickly. Deposit is £30.00 and is due now. Total price with HB, all entrance fees and coach travel from Chester. £547.00. No single supplement to pay. 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.
Thu Jun 11thOutingTrip to Oswestry
August 2020
Mon Aug 24th
→Thu Aug 27th
Summer SchoolNW Region Summer School at Newton Rigg Agricultural College near Penrith.
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.