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Science & Nature Groups
Ancient Wisdoms: Discussion group using books, videos and audio tapes on esoteric subjects, eg myths and legends, reincarnation, crop circles, healing and alternative therapies, dowsing, world religions, universal laws, standing stones etc. The group meets on Fridays (am).
Contact: Ann Wilkinson (01244-332388)

Bird Watching 1: The group meets twice a month (1st Monday and 3rd Friday), sharing cars to travel to reserves and other places of 'birdy interest'. We normally have a pub lunch, and continue birding in the afternoon. No previous experience of birdwatching is necessary - we were all beginners once.

Click here to see some of the places that Chester U3A's Birdwatching Group has visited, and for useful sources of information for birdwatchers.

Contact: Andrew Cross (01829-752382)

Bird Watching 3: This group meets once a month on a Wednesday, mostly for the whole day. Members need outdoor clothing and sensible shoes.
Contact: Lynn Loyley (01244-323863)
Computer Users Group: For U3A members who wish to use computers more effectively to aid their hobbies and daily activities. The CUG suits people who want to increase computing knowledge from a low or medium level. We meet on the second Tuesday in the month to increase our computing knowledge and capability through a programme of talks, demonstrations, hands on activity, Q&A forum and 1-1 advice sessions. The programme is based around common tasks/activities that members want to know how to do (or improve their capability to do). Meetings are 2-4pm at the Burley Hall, Waverton.
Contact: (01244-344328)
Digital Photography: Whatever your experience or skills, this group will help you to make better use of your camera, take better photographs and transfer them using software. We meet on the 4th Monday of the month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Contact: Gordon Stockley (01244-347077)
Environmental Issues: The format comprises lively and interesting discussions on environmental issues and includes relevant video material when available. We organise occasional external speakers and visits. We meet on the 4th Thursday of the month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Contact: Margaret Lord (01244-321800)

Geology Group: Our meetings are a mixture of talks by members on a particular aspect of geology based on personal travels and studies of the subject. We also have occasional field trips and visits to museums. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 10.00am.

Click here for our programme of talks for 2017.

Click here for reports and photos from the Geology Group's meetings and field trips.

Contact: 01978-761309
Maths for Fun 1: The group uses group work and discussion to explore a range of topics from the esoteric side of maths, including infinity, zero, Golden Ratio etc and tackles a range of brain teasers, spatial puzzles and mathematical paradoxes. Most topics are self contained so new members are welcome any time. Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the month at St Michaels Church Centre.
Contact: Ros Flinn (01244-343944)
Meditation: The group meets on alternate Monday mornings 10-12.00 in Christleton in a warm and comfortable room.
Contact: Ann Wilkinson (01244-332388)
Philosophy: This is a network group run between U3As on Deeside and Wirral. There are vacancies in the Deeside and South Wirral Group which usually meets in Chester. The group looks at philosophers from the ages but the main focus is on issues which relate to our lives in the 21st century. Most group members are new to philosophy. One lively recent session discussed morality with special reference to the seven deadly sins. Are these things always sinful? Are they the worst sins today? Does technology give us a way to 'sin' more effectively or more extensively?
Contact: Arthur Maltby (0151-342-5775)
Photography: An informal non-competitive group who take photographs at a chosen location or on a specific theme. Every other month we meet in the Garden Room at Mollington and Backford Village Hall to constructively discuss these photographs in order to learn from each other and thereby take better photographs. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2:00pm.
Contact: John Quinn (01244-340760)
Popular Science Lectures At Bishops' High School: These are open to all members, and are held twice a year in Autumn and Spring at Bishop's High School. The subjects are varied and suggestions for future topics would be welcomed.

There was a record turnout of 84 people for the most recent Popular Science meeting on 31st October 2018.

First lecture: John Midgley and Cristina Chapman of the British Geological Survey came over from their HQ in Nottingham to tell us about a project to establish a geological observatory at Ince Marshes in Cheshire and in Glasgow. This project is of international importance, and will provide data to scientists, engineers, politicians and the public regarding the feasibility and safety of proposed new projects, especially in the energy sector. Mr Midgley is responsible for delivering the concept.

The Cheshire site will collect data at various depths from 50m to 1km, to monitor ground water, natural ground movements and deep rock chemistry. Glasgow is built on old coal mines which are now filled with water. Chemical processes in the coal measures heat the water to about 20 degrees Celsius. This is a potential source of energy for neighbourhood heating schemes but the BGS needs to ensure that the methods proposed for extracting this heat will not cause any damage.

Cristina brought along some information packs, but due to the high turnout she didn't have enough. If you didn't ask for a pack at the meeting but would like one, please contact Janet Money, who will get you one.

Second lecture: John Midgely explained that the BGS project will generate enormous amounts of data, so for our second talk Dr Vince Hatton showed us how this data could be presented graphically in a way that is easy to understand and encourages the viewer to look deeper. Among the many interesting examples given were the attrition rate of Napolean's army during its march on Moscow and return, the deaths of soldiers in the Crimea due to insanitary conditions in the hospitals, world trade flows, country of origin and subject for Nobel prize winners, analysis of the UK and US budgets, and the impacts of various BREXIT scenarios.

The next meeting of Popular Science will be on 20th February 2019. For questions or to be added to an email reminder list, please contact Janet Money (0151-327-2566).

Psychology B: This friendly group concentrates mainly on Social Psychology using DVDs, video tapes and discussion. We have recently explored a variety of topics: OCD, Autism, Nature v Nurture, Trauma, how insight works and the acceptance of mental illness in the workplace. Members are invited to give presentations on aspects of psychology which are of interest to them. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month from 10.30 to 12.30 at members houses.
Contacts: Carol McAlea (01244-349263), Veronica Boow (01244-328865) for new member enquiries
Science Group: This intermediate to advanced science group meets at 10:00 - 12:00 in Mollington Village Hall on the second Friday of the month (except December). Members contribute by giving talks on their own chosen topics, so that over the year we cover a range of subjects of scientific interest. Our membership has grown to 50+ but we do still have room for more members. The annual charge per member from January 2018 is £4.00.
Click here for our programme of talks for 2018.
Contact: (01829-752382)