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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.

The next Popular Science Lectures will be held on Wednesday 31st October at Bishops Blue Coat Church of England High School, Vaughans Lane, Great Boughton, Chester CH3 5XF. Coffee will be served in the Library at 09:30am and the lectures will start at 10:00am, finishing at noon. You do not need to book. There is plenty of parking at the school.

First lecture: The British Geological Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council will be building a Geological Observatory at Ince Marshes. This will be a globally important research site with the aim of developing new energy technologies that can help us tackle climate change while keeping the lights on. The BGS will be sending a speaker to explain the aims of the project and how it fits with other science initiatives in Cheshire (name to be announced).

Second lecture: Our other talk will be given by our own Dr Vince Hatton, on the subject of Data Presentation. Did you know that Florence Nightingale was a statistician who invented the Rose Diagram to show how better sanitation could reduce deaths in the Crimea? This talk will demonstrate techniques for making numbers tell a story.

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)