Chester

Monthly Meetings

In normal times each month Chester U3A holds a Speaker meeting on the 1st Tuesday of the month and a Members meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Whilst we are unable to meet in person at St Columbas Hall online replacements are being provided. See the CV19Activity page for details.

Coffee Monthly meetings are held at St Columba's Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, CH2 1SA. There is limited parking at the hall so please use public transport if possible. All members will be required to show their membership card on arrival to gain entry. Prospective members may be allowed to stay for the meeting if space is available. A cup of tea/coffee and biscuit is offered at no charge.

Upcoming meetings are shown on the EVENTS page and a sample of recent meetings are given below.

Speakers for our Tuesday meetings are organised by Sue Foy our Speaker Secretary
Thursday meetings are arranged by Helen Taylor & Dave Stork.

A Sample of Previous Meetings

Thursday 10th September - Online replacement for the Thursday meeting was 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.

Tuesday 1st September - Our 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.

Tuesday 5th May - Video talk by Jim Holmes on the Mongolian Altai on-line. The landscapes were breathtaking and the stories of peoples nomadic lives intriguing. We saw how the United Nations Children's Fund is helping remote communities with a serious education shortage and learn how difficult it is to reach the very far west of this vast country. Visit remote communities that hunt with eagles and drink tea with camels' milk, then travel with herders as they prepare to move to spring pastures, and see how the schools follow them.

Thursday 10th October 2019 - Mike Ford, Gold Award Winning Sausage Producer, talks about his previous career, life changing accident, and his passion for Pigs!!

Tuesday 1st October 2019 - Faces and Identity - Professor Caroline Wilkinson will describe how craniofacial anthropology can contribute towards the depiction of faces from the past and from contemporary forensic investigation and discuss the challenges and limitations of this research. You will discover the application of forensic anthropology techniques to the depiction of famous historical figures (such as Richard III and Robert the Bruce), preserved bodies (such as Ancient Egyptian mummies or bog bodies) and disease or trauma in ancient populations.

Tuesday 3rd September - The Science of Chocolate: Food of the Gods by Dr Diana Leitch including some tasting experiences! The history of chocolate back in Central America over 2000 years ago, its coming to Europe with the Spaniards and the change to the products we know and love today are all explained. Medical and economic concepts are explored.

Thursday 12th September - Care in Later Life by Rebecca Zartarian covering topics such as:
- What is meant by care, what care could you receive?
- How do you go about arranging care?
- What might it cost to have care?
- Am I entitled to any funding?
- How do I know the company I choose will be any good?
- What should I look for when choosing a care company?
- Q&A session