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
August 2020
Tue Aug 4thMeetingThe Monthly meeting will be replaced by a specially commissioned on-line talk What is biodiversity and why do we need it? from Dr Tom Barker of the Centre for Alternative Technology. What can ecosystems teach us about the world? Are species of any practical use? What constitutes ecosystem health and, most importantly, why should we care?
You can see more about Tom here > Tom Barker profile.
To sign up for this webinar go to > What is biodiversity talk
Thu Aug 13thMeetingOnline replacement for the Thursday meeting -
Reptiles Webinar
When Chester U3A member Juliet Leadbeater retired from her post as a University Lecturer in Biology, she wanted to continue her research into our wildlife. She now volunteers for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, and is co-ordinating a survey on reptiles locally. So if you want to answers to the following - What is a reptile? How many types are there any in Britain? Where are they found? Why are they important to our ecosystem? How can we tell If numbers are declining? then sign up for our webinar on August 13th at 10am here > Reptiles Webinar.
September 2020
Tue Sep 1stMeetingOur online talk for this month is Murder Investigations. An introduction to the world of a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in today's police force. Ever watched Morse, Midsomer Murders, or the like? Have you wondered how it is really done in today's police force? Then watch this talk by Simon Price, former SIO and now a Chester University lecturer in Policing. A live webinar, with Q&A, and a recording available for around a month afterwards.
Thu Sep 10thMeetingOnline replacement for the Thursday meeting.
The Hidden Life of Trees webinar.
Are trees the most successful life form on the planet? Critical for our survival and a model for sustainable living, a force for good across the world's climatic range and a net contributor to the health and well-being of all the other life forms that have flourished and faded over the millennia. Stuart Murray of Chester U3A discusses the wonders and complexities of these essential organisms, and invites you to describe and celebrate your own favourite tree. If there is sufficient interest from members then 'Trees' could form the basis of a short course over the Autumn.
Tue Sep 22ndHolidayThis Italy holiday has been cancelled.
October 2020
Tue Oct 6thMeetingOur online talk for this month could well be: Do Animals Have Social Networks? How Can These Be Used In Species Conservation?

Social networks are all around us – and not just on Facebook. In recent years, scientists have built social networks to represent a range of interactions in species across the animal kingdom, from crickets to elephants. Have you ever wondered if fruit bats have friends? What about cockroaches? Social networks can give us these answers.
In this talk by Dr Chrissy Stanley from the University of Chester, she will outline not just what animal social networks might look like, but how this type of research can be applied to conservation and the management of captive animals. She’ll include examples from work she’s been involved with on horses, fruit bats, cockroaches and various primates.
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.