General Meetings

General Meetings are held at 2:00pm on the first Wednesday of most months at the Winmarleigh Rooms, Winmarleigh House, Winmarleigh Street, WA1 1NB. All members are welcome. There is usually a talk by an invited speaker, followed by a chance to socialise with other members and to talk to group leaders.

See below for details of the general meetings and any social events.

These are followed by events for groups whose meetings don't fit a standard pattern or have very varying topics, such as external visits or outside speakers, and are in alphabetical order of group. You normally need to be a member of a group to attend a group event. For normal group meetings, see the Groups page.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Mar 6th Medicinal Herbs in the GardenJohn Taylor

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed Apr 3rd History of WarringtonJanice Hayes
through photographs from the Warrington Museum archive

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed May 1st Mary Queen of Scots – the captive Queen in England 1568-84David Templeman

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed Jun 5th AGM


Barrow to Baghdad and BackPhilip Caine
The author talking about his experiences in the Middle East and his novels
Art Appreciation
Mon Mar 11th "Yesterday's Antiques". An expert talks about his interest in antiques. You can bring small items to be valued. Steve Terry.
Mon Apr 8th Arts/Craft/Art Nouveau Movements. Eileen Fitzgerald.
Mon May 13th Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition/World Tour. Margaret Hornby.
Tue Feb 26th The Chocolate House Blackburn plus a fish and chip lunch at the Olympus Restaurant Bolton - FULL
Mon Mar 18th A conducted tour of the Stockport Plaza.
Thu Apr 4th A visit to the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley.
Thu May 16th A visit and conducted tour of Bramhall Hall, Stockport.
Sun Jun 9th
→Tue Jun 11th
A mini-break from Sunday to Tuesday to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. Open for booking
Tue Jul 16th Quarry Bank Mill
Family History
Fri Feb 22nd Warrington Police Museum - Guided tour (overflow group)
Outside visit
Host Judith Hogg
Fri Mar 1st Register of Robberies - Records Group Members
Based on transcription records
Host Roger Coasby
Fri Apr 5th Family involvement in local communities - Mike Bromwich
Historic video
Host Lynda Ralphson
Fri Apr 5th Show and tell - Members' contributions
Bring objects of historic interest
Host Tina Lawton
Fri May 3rd Old handwriting and abbreviations - Outside Speaker
Chester Records Office
Host Tony Broadhurst
Fri May 17th The curse of the disappearing relative - Members' stories
Host Wendy Wakefield
Fri Jun 7th Group AGM and ‘How I got through my brick wall’ - Members' contributions
How members made a breakthrough in their research
Host Liz Bruton
Fri Jun 21st Black Country Museum, or National Waterways Museum - Guided Tour
Outside visit. Own transport, or maybe coach
Host Roger Coasby
Film Club
Tue Mar 12th Sully- Miracle on the Hudson
The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Todd Komarnicki, Chesley Sullenberger
Stars: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

'The movie is economical and solid, and generally low-key when it’s not freaking you out. That it unnerves you as much as it does may seem surprising, given that going in, we know how this story ends…
The New York Times
Tue Apr 9th Room
This is a 2015 independent drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her 2010 novel of the same name. It stars Brie Larson as a woman who has been held captive for seven years, and whose 5-year-old son (Jacob Tremblay) was born in captivity. Their escape allows the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. The film also stars Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers, and William H. Macy.
Tue May 7th Song for Marion
Song for Marion is a heartwarming comedic drama following shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur as he is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. London-set, the story follows Arthur as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery. The superb British cast in Song For Marion is made up of Academy Award Winner VANESSA REDGRAVE (Julia, Atonement, Howard s End), cinema legend TERENCE STAMP (Billy Budd, The Limey, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), GEMMA ARTERTON (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia, Tamara Drewe) and CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, Doctor Who).
Tue Jun 11th Victoria and Abdul
The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself.
As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
Food Appreciation
Tue Feb 26th Coach Trip to The Chocolate House Blackburn followed by 2 course meal at the Olympus Restaurant in Bolton.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Tue Mar 5th Spices from the East. A talk and cooking demonstration by Pam Coasby.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Thu Apr 4th Gourmet Lunch at Buckley's Restaurant, Warrington College.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Tue May 7th Afternoon Tea at R Teapot Café.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Sun Jun 9th Sunday Makers Market and Lunch.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Garden Interest
Fri Mar 29th 29.03.19 at 1.30pm
Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh St
Cost £3 (Pay on the day)
Talk: ‘Growing Herbs for Health & Pleasure’
Speaker: William Woods, Blackbrook Herb Garden
Annual General Meeting
Organisers: Irene & Cynthia
Fri Apr 26th 26.04.19 at 8.00am Full Day Coach Trip
Ashwood Garden & Shrugborough Estate NT
Cost: £31 NT members £19
Booking From: 01.02.19
Organiser: Shirley
Fri May 31st 31.05.19 at 8.00am Full Day Coach Trip
Harewood House & Garden Yorkshire
Includes guided tour of Gardens
Cost £29
Book From 01.03.19
Organiser: Jo
Fri Jun 28th 28.06.19at 8.30am Full Day Coach Trip
Trentham Gardens Stoke on Trent
Cost: £24
Book from 01.04.19
Organiser: Jean
Mon Jul 8th 08-12 July 2019
5 day/4 night Holiday SW Scotland
See separate sheet for more information
Programme may be subject to alteration
Price £490 Shared accommodation
Single supplement £125
£50 deposit (Non Refundable)
Organiser: Colin & Ann
Book from 01.10.18
Fri Aug 9th 09.08.2019 8.00am Full Day Coach Trip
Shrewsbury Flower Show
Cost £36 Coach & Entry Ticket
Book from 01.06.19
Organisers: Colin
Natural History
Tue Mar 19th Talk : The Mersey Forest in Warrington
Exploring the Mersey Forest’s local nature and community projects
Speaker : Clare Olver – Project Development Officer
1:30pm at Winmarleigh Masonic Hall
Tue Apr 16th Talk : The Badger’s Year
The life of the sett through the seasons
Speaker : Jane Cullen – Chair of Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group
1:30pm at Winmarleigh Masonic Hall
Tue May 21st Talk : Wildlife after Brexit
What is the likely effect of Brexit on the wildlife of the UK?
Speaker : Martin Varley – Cheshire Wildlife Trust Director of Conservation
1:30pm at Winmarleigh Masonic Hall
Tue Jun 18th Member Contributions
Tue Jul 16th Field trip : Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust
Fri Mar 29th Photoshoot at Brockholes Nature Reserve
Fri Jun 28th
→Sat Jun 29th
Exhibition at Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Centre
A display of our Photoshoot and Competition photos plus slideshow
Theatre Appreciation Group
Wed Mar 6th Looking back at 'Look Back in Anger'
Wed Mar 20th GUEST SPEAKER: Mark Hemmings 'Tales from TV Centre'
Wed Apr 3rd GUEST SPEAKER: Jackie(Starkey) 'Shakespeare's Tyrants.
Wed Apr 17th THEATRE VISIT: Chester Story House. No meeting at Bold Street
Wed May 1st Cultural Diversity on the stage
Wed May 15th DISCUSSION The 'Truth' about Shakespeare's Tyrants
Wed Jun 5th Recorded Live perf 'The Crucible' with Richard Armitage.
Wed Jun 19th Planning Meeting - come and plan next year
Transport and Engineering Technology
Sat Mar 16th Visit to the Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow
Large collection of cars, motorcycles, etc. Also Bluebird exhibition.
Entry fee of £8.75, or possible discount
Sat May 18th Visit: Midland Air Museum, near Coventry Airport - see a Vulcan, Meteor, Canberra and many other aircraft. Admission £6.50 including guided tour.
Wed Jun 12th RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre for tour lasting 1.5 hours. Background to the American support in WW2 and the Berlin airlift. The charge will be £3