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 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 May 13th Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition/World Tour. Margaret Hornby.
Thu May 16th A visit and conducted tour of Bramall Hall, Stockport. Fully booked
Sun Jun 9th
→Tue Jun 11th
A mini-break from Sunday to Tuesday to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.
Tue Jul 16th Quarry Bank Mill
Sun Sep 1st
→Sun Sep 8th
A Holiday in Austria
Tue Oct 8th Rivington Hall Barn - A lunchtime and afternoon party. Fully Booked
Family History
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 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.
Garden Interest
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 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 Jun 28th Exhibition at Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Centre
A display of our Photoshoot and Competition photos plus slideshow
Theatre Appreciation Group
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 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