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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)
Maths for Fun 2: Focus of the group as listed in Maths for Fun 1. Meets 3rd Thursday in the month am.
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 24th October 2018.

The last Popular Science Lectures were held on 21st February 2018, when 65 members attended to listen to our speakers on the topics of Green Energy and Gravitational Waves.

Andy Cross, co-ordinator of Chester's Science Group, told us about the work undertaken in Ashton Hayes over the past ten years in collaboration with Chester University to reduce the village's carbon footprint. Regular measurement of home energy consumption, car and air travel shows an overall reduction of 30% to 35% over the period. Top tips included:

Installing a new condensing boiler and cavity wall insulation reduced gas consumption by 50% and electricity by 25%.

A black coffee is 16 times less carbon intensive than a large latte!

With plenty of comments and questions from the audience this was a lively session.

Our second talk was given by Ros Flinn, co-ordinator of Maths for Fun Group, on the subject of gravitational waves. As she commented in her introduction, this was less Popular Science and more Cutting Edge Science. We were treated to details of the latest discoveries, including the first detection in 2015 of gravitational waves generated by colliding black holes 1.3bn light years away. This was almost exactly 100 years after Einstein predicted gravitational waves in his General Theory of Relativity. Ros kept us on the edge of our seats as she described an even more exciting event – the detection of a different type of gravitational wave in August last year generated by colliding neutron stars. Unlike black holes, neutron stars can be located in space since the collision event generates radiation across the spectrum, from X Rays, to visible light through to radio waves. Much work remains to analyse the data but this research is answering some fundamental questions in physics.

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)