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 Jan 9th 2019 WU3A 25th Anniversary Christmas and New Year Social
from 12 noon at the Villaggio Hotel & Restaurant

See below for more details and the 2019 January Social poster for full details and menu.
Please note that all tickets have now been sold.
Wed Feb 6th 2019 In Search of LatherClare Moores
The owners and workers of Cheshire's soap making industry

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed Mar 6th 2019 Medicinal Herbs in the GardenJohn Taylor

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed Apr 3rd 2019 History of WarringtonJanice Hayes
through photographs from the Warrington Museum archive

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed May 1st 2019 Mary Queen of Scots – the captive Queen in England 1568-84David Templeman

and an opportunity to meet group leaders.
Wed Jun 5th 2019 AGM


Barrow to Baghdad and BackPhilip Caine
The author talking about his experiences in the Middle East and his novels
Social Events
Wed Jan 9th 2019 WU3A 25th Anniversary Christmas and New Year Social
from 12 noon at the Villaggio Hotel & Restaurant

A fabulous two course meal with tea/coffee & mints, musical entertainment, quizzes and a free draw

Open to all Warrington U3A members, their partners and friends

See the 2019 January Social poster for full details, menu and how to book.

Tickets £18
Please note that all tickets have now been sold.
Art Appreciation
Mon Jan 14th 2019 The life and paintings of Paul Gauguin. A group study on the work of the painter.
Mon Feb 11th 2019 A presentation on Pierre Bonnard, French colourist painter. Jackie Shaughnessy.
Mon Mar 11th 2019 "Yesterday's Antiques". An expert talks about his interest in antiques. You can bring small items to be valued. Steve Terry.
Mon Apr 8th 2019 Arts/Craft/Art Nouveau Movements. Eileen Fitzgerald.
Mon May 13th 2019 Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition/World Tour. Margaret Hornby.
Wed Jan 23rd 2019 Matinee Performance of "The Band" at the Lowry Theatre -FULL
Tue Feb 26th 2019 The Chocolate House Blackburn plus a fish and chip lunch at the Olympus Restaurant Bolton - FULL
Mon Mar 18th 2019 A conducted tour of the Stockport Plaza.
Thu Apr 4th 2019 A visit to the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley.
Thu May 16th 2019 A visit and conducted tour of Bramhall Hall, Stockport.
Sun Jun 9th 2019
→Tue Jun 11th 2019
A mini-break from Sunday to Tuesday to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. Open for booking
Tue Jul 16th 2019 Quarry Bank Mill
Family History
Fri Jan 18th 2019 We came with the Conqueror - Alan Domville

Host Liz Bruton
Fri Feb 1st 2019 Dating old photographs and dress - Janice Hayes
Members to bring along examples
Host Lynda Ralphson
Fri Feb 15th 2019 Warrington Police Museum - Guided tour
Outside visit
Host Judith Hogg
Fri Mar 1st 2019 Register of Robberies - Records Group Members
Based on transcription records
Host Roger Coasby
Fri Apr 5th 2019 Family involvement in local communities - Mike Bromwich
Historic video
Host Lynda Ralphson
Fri Apr 5th 2019 Show and tell - Members' contributions
Bring objects of historic interest
Host Tina Lawton
Fri May 3rd 2019 Old handwriting and abbreviations - Outside Speaker
Chester Records Office
Host Tony Broadhurst
Fri May 17th 2019 The curse of the disappearing relative - Members' stories
Host Wendy Wakefield
Fri Jun 7th 2019 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 2019 Black Country Museum, or National Waterways Museum - Guided Tour
Outside visit. Own transport, or maybe coach
Host Roger Coasby
Film Club
Tue Jan 8th 2019 The Hundred-Foot Journey

Starring Helen Mirren 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is an uplifting and feel good comedy bursting with flavour, passion and heart. When the icy proprietress of a Michelin-starred French Restaurant in the quaint village of Antonin-Noble-Val gets wind of the Kadaam family opening an Indian restaurant just 100feet away from her own, her protests escalate to all out war between the two establishments. But as these two worlds collide, despite their different tastes they find an unlikely source of compromise that will change each side forever....
Tue Feb 12th 2019 Tea with Mussolini
A story of civilised disobedience.
Tuscany, 1935, a group of ladies walk along the streets of the city deservedly considered one of the world's art pearls, Florence. We don't know the ladies at first but, in time, we find them intelligent women who perfectly understand English but hardly understand orders. These are Scorpioni, elderly English women who will play a decisive role in the story as well as in the life of a young boy, Luca, strikingly similar to the director himself in his youthful years, Franco Zeffirelli...
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Writers: John Mortimer, Franco Zeffirelli (autobiography)
Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright,Cher
Tue Mar 12th 2019 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 2019 TBA
Tue May 7th 2019 TBA
Tue Jun 11th 2019 TBA
Food Appreciation
Tue Jan 15th 2019 Penny and Gerri will be having a coffee and a chat at R Teapot Café. You are welcome to join us!
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Tue Feb 26th 2019 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 2019 Spices from the East. A talk and cooking demonstration by Pam Coasby.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Thu Apr 4th 2019 Gourmet Lunch at Buckley's Restaurant, Warrington College.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Tue May 7th 2019 Afternoon Tea at R Teapot Café.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Sun Jun 9th 2019 Sunday Makers Market and Lunch.
See Group Events Calendar for booking details.
Garden Interest
Fri Jan 25th 2019 25.01.19 at 1.30pm
Masonic Hall, Winmarleigh St
Cost £3 (Pay on the day)
Talk: ‘History of Sefton Park & Palm House’
Speaker: Richie Barker (Ritchie the Ranger)
Organiser: Sheila
Fri Feb 8th 2019 08.02.19 at 12.00 noon (meal at 12.30p
Lunch at Hallmark Hotel
Slide Show ‘Where we’ve been this year’
Booking form with menu choice
Cost: £19
Organisers: Irene & Cynthia
Booking from 01.11.18
Fri Mar 29th 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 Jan 15th 2019 Talk : A Bridge to Biodiversity
Ecological work of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust
Speaker : Andrea Drewitt PhD – Biodiversity Manager, MGET
Time : 1:30pm
Tue Feb 19th 2019 Talk : TBC
Tue Mar 19th 2019 Talk : TBC
Tue Apr 16th 2019 Talk : TBC
Tue May 21st 2019 Talk : TBC
Tue Jun 18th 2019 Member Contributions
Tue Jul 16th 2019 FIELD TRIP : Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust
Fri Mar 29th 2019 Photoshoot at Brockholes Nature Reserve
Fri Jun 28th 2019
→Sat Jun 29th 2019
Exhibition at Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Centre
A display of our Photoshoot and Competition photos plus slideshow
Theatre Appreciation Group
Wed Dec 19th Christmas Lunch @ Stag, Walton
Wed Jan 2nd 2019 Actors: John Thaw & Sheila Hancock
Wed Jan 16th 2019 Thomas Hardy on Screen
Wed Feb 6th 2019 Andrew Davies, Screenwriter
Wed Feb 20th 2019 Gilbert & Sullivan
Wed Mar 6th 2019 Looking back at 'Look Back in Anger'
Wed Mar 20th 2019 GUEST SPEAKER: Mark Hemmings 'Tales from TV Centre'
Wed Apr 3rd 2019 Cultural Diversity
Wed Apr 17th 2019 THEATRE VISIT: Chester Story House. No meeting at Bold Street
Wed May 1st 2019 GUEST SPEAKER: Jackie(Starkey) 'Shakespeare's Tyrants.
Wed May 15th 2019 DISCUSSION The 'Truth' about Shakespeare's Tyrants
Wed Jun 5th 2019 Recorded Live perf 'The Crucible' with Richard Armitage.
Wed Jun 19th 2019 Planning Meeting - come and plan next year
Transport and Engineering Technology
Tue Jan 8th 2019 Talk ‘Warrington Transporter Bridge’ by Margaret Ingham
14.00 at Winmarleigh St