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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9

CHESTER: Viking Craft Adult Workshops - join an expert Viking craftswoman and make your own Viking accessories using traditional sprang and nailbinding textile-making techniques at the Grosvenor Museum Education Workroom from 2-4pm. Free activity. Book on 01244 402005.

CHESTER: Utility Vintage Market - the dancefloor will be converted into a cosy Christmas haven, thriving with retro rags, homemade homeware, kitsch kitchenware and quirky crafts at Telford’s Warehouse in Tower Wharf, in association with Shelter, from 4-9pm. Free event. Ring 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com.

CHESTER: Alternative Christmas market - a gathering of fairtrade, organic, sustainable, local and charitable traders selling gifts, cards, textiles, food and more at Wesley Methodist Church in St John Street from 5.30-8pm. Ring 01244 323037.

CHESTER: The Professor Glyn Turton Lecture on Dickens Worlds: Culture, Commerce and the Heritage Industry by Dr Juliet John, University of Liverpool in the Beswick Lecture Theatre at the University of Chester, at 6.30pm. Visit www.chester.ac.uk/public-lectures for details or ring 01244 511740.

CHESTER: From Sheep To Shawl 2000 Years Ago - historical textile artist Sandra Geurts will talk about different ancient textile techniques at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7pm. Admission free but book on 01244 402005.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11

CHESTER: Ice sculptures being created in Eastgate Street from 11am. Ring 01244 976741.

CHESTER: Christmas family fun weekend at Grosvenor Garden Centre featuring stilt walking and juggling, face painting and exotic animals from 11am-3pm. Admission free. Ring 01244 625200.

CHESTER: Lin-Grace, international metaphysical minister and spiritual teacher, invites you to A Christmas Gathering and Presentation - Uplifting, Inspiring, Healing, Encouraging and Preparing you for the New Year at The Quaker Meeting Rooms, Union Walk, Chester at 2pm. Tea/coffee/cake afterwards. £15 per person and £25 per couple. Bring a pen and paper.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

CHESTER: Christmas family fun weekend at Grosvenor Garden Centre featuring stilt walking and juggling, face painting and exotic animals from 11am-3pm. Admission free. Ring 01244 625200.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen lecture entitled The Fourth Estate: The History of UK Newspapers by Mary Murtagh who goes behind the scenes at the Daily Mail, Fleet Street’s toughest newspaper, and looks at the inside story behind the Telegraph’s revelation of MPs’ expenses at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

CHESTER: Grosvenor Museum Society meeting with talk on A Civil War Odyssey at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Ring 01244 681568.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16

CHESTER: Roman Saturnalia Parade - Chester’s Roman soldiers take over the city for a spectacular torchlight parade through the city centre from 6.30pm, starting at the Grosvenor Museum. Ring 0870 242 7337.

CHESTER: Screening of the classic 1958 film The Vikings starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7pm. Admission free. Book on 01244 402005.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28

NESS: Ness Through The Seasons - monthly guided walk at Ness Gardens from 10.30-11.30am. Cost £4 plus admission to gardens. Visit www.nessgardens.org.uk or ring 0151 353 0123.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1

TALACRE: New Year’s Day beach and hill walk - walk off festive food with a six mile ramble along the coast and inland from Talacre from 10.30am-3pm with a hot drink and mince pie en route. Meet at Smugglers Inn car park in Station Road. Booking essential on 01244 814931.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11

CHESTER: Chester Film Society screening of the 1994 Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, at the Steam Mill in Steam Mill Street, at 7.45pm. Guest tickets £3.50. Ring 01244 371750 or visit www.chesterfilmfans.co.uk.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12

CHESTER: Lecture on It’s Like Banging Our Heads on a Brick Wall”: Parents’ Views of Engaging with Multi-agency Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs by Jane McKay from the Centre for Public Health Research in Binks CBK 106/1 at the University of Chester, at 12.30pm. Admission free. Visit www.chester.ac.uk/public-lectures for details or ring 01244 511740.

CHESTER: Art Gallery Tour - discover a rich array of paintings, sculpture, and furniture spanning half a millennium of art in the Chester area at the Grosvenor Museum Art Gallery from 2-3pm.

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen lecture entitled The History of Fingerprints and Crime Scenes by Terry Rockall, former deputy head of the National Fingerprint Office at New Scotland Yard at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18

CHESTER: Chester Film Society screening of the 2007 Palestine/Israel film Etz Limon (The Lemon Tree), at the Steam Mill in Steam Mill Street, at 7.45pm. Guest tickets £3.50. Ring 01244 371750 or visit www.chesterfilmfans.co.uk.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

CHESTER: Put That Light Out! - join local historian Len Morgan for another of his slideshows about his adventures in wartime Chester and how he came to have his own bomb as a souvenir, at Chester History & Heritage in St Michael’s Church, Bridge Street Row, from 1.30-3.30pm. Admission £3, concessions £2.50. Book on 01244 402110.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25

CHESTER: Chester Film Society screening of the 2008 French thriller Pour Elle (Anything For Her), at the Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, at 7.45pm. Guest tickets £3.50. Ring 01244 371750 or visit www.chesterfilmfans.co.uk.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29

CHESTER: Chester Theological Society Annual Cathedral Lecture on The English Bible and the Perils of Translating God’s Word by Professor Loveday Alexander in the Chapter House at Chester Cathedral at 2pm. Visit www.chester.ac.uk/public-lectures for details or ring 01244 511740.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen lecture entitled Galileo by Professor David Wootten who traces Galileo through his early rebellious years, the beginnings of his scientific career, his trial for heresy, house arrest and physical decline at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

MONDAY, MARCH 21

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen lecture entitled James Crichton & Co. Shipbuilding on the River Dee by Geoff Pickard who covers the shipbuilding process, as well as featuring in detail the lives of many of the wide variety of ships that were constructed there and delivered to customers all over the world at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

MONDAY, APRIL 18

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen lecture entitled Astronomy and Art by Professor David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Sheffield University, who has conducted research into the minor bodies of the solar system and has lectured all over the world, at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

MONDAY, MAY 16

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen lecture entitled Working with the Homeless in Manchester by PC Judith Walmsley OBE, who works closely with homeless charities to eradicate anti-social behaviour and get people off the streets and into accommodation, at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

MONDAY, JUNE 20

CHESTER: Society of Thirteen Annual General Meeting followed by lecture entitled Animal Architecture: the extraordinary structures animals build by Prof Mike Hansell, who has conducted research on the building behaviour of animals of various kinds, in particular on the nest building of birds and wasps and on the case building of caddis fly larvae, at the Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre at 7.15pm. Visitors £6. Ring 0151 346 1017 for details.

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