Category Archives: Chester_Meeting

Chester Meetings, Saturday 19th November 2022

Speaking in Chester in November we have:

  • “On the Road Again” speakers: Hanna Bastiaansen and Kevin Jones
  • “Round the Horn of Africa” Speaker: David Redford

Hanna Bastiaansen and Kevin Jones

Over the years we have travelled far and wide not only to other countries, whilst starting the Chester Globetrotters Travel Group from 2009,  but also in our faithful 1986 Syncro VW camper covering much of Europe and beyond,  including Turkey and the former Eastern block countries right up to North Cape in the Norwegian arctic circle. After so many miles and with a two year restoration of the VW plus  a two year Pandemic delay we are finally off to visit Europe again including the Hanseatic trading cities on our way to spend  the Mid-Summer in Sweden, famous for its celebrations and historical significance for Europe  … at least that was the plan … so what happened to us?


David Redford

A report of two visits to the Horn of Africa, in 2018 and 2019, taking in Addis Ababa, the new railway to Djibouti, Lac Assal, Harar in North Eastern Ethiopia and Hargeisa and Laas Gaal in Somaliland. Along the way are hand fed hyenas, a camel market, a cheetah sanctuary and the cultivation  of Khat.


Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
 Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Chester Meetings, Saturday 17th September 2022

Speaking in Chester in September we have:

  • “Travels in my Yellow Parka” speaker: Brian Anderson
  • “Japan – Bowing to Tradition” Speaker: Jim Holmes

Brian Anderson

Is a photographer, adventurer & lecturer, has captured nature, travel and landscape images from trips to 60+ countries and territories in Europe, Africa, Asia, S America, and further afield into the South Pacific, Arctic, the Geographic North Pole and the remote Antarctic.

Funny anecdotes, amazing facts and illustrated with stunning images from Brian’s trips to cold places wearing his thick fleece and all weather parka.

We visit polar bears and walruses in the Arctic, to penguins in the Antarctic and snow monkeys in the mountains of Japan. A most entertaining and informative talk and not to be missed.

Brian lectures and runs courses at Adult Colleges and teaches Photography in Shropshire, Somerset, Cheshire and Wirral.

Jim Holmes

From the country that gave us ‘high tech’ it comes as a surprise to find that many aspects of Japanese society defy modernity.  Farming with hand tools, villages of thatch and deeply held superstitious beliefs about foxes; there is much more to Japan than mega cities, volcanoes.  

Travel with Jim through the unexpected sides of Japanese life and see how simple, handmade and contradictory it really can be. Jim Holmes lived in Japan for two years while working on photographic projects and this talk is his personal journey through Japanese life.

Jim is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a professional documentary photographer specializing in worldwide humanitarian and environmental assignments from his base in Chester. Jim lived in Asia for over 30 years, and has travelled to over 50 countries on his travels around the world.  

Jim’s talks are unique, entertaining and informative, bringing together the best of his photographic career and the experiences his assignments have brought, all from some of the world’s most fascinating locations. 


Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Chester Meetings, Saturday 16th July 2022

Speaking in Chester in July we have:

  • “Impressions of Iran – Persian history and Culture” speaker: Christine Stockton
  • “Threading my way through Vietnam” Speaker: Dr Brenda Rewhorn

Download a copy of our poster here.

Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
 Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Chester Meetings, Saturday May 21st 2022

The good news is that Globetrotters will re-start on 21st May, our speakers will be sharing experiences about China and Namibia. 

Our website has been updated to reflect this and you can view this by clicking this link; 

 http://www.telemation.org/chesterglobetrotters/

  • “From Shanghai to Xian: Futuristic and Ancient China” Speakers: Dr Emma Roberts
  • “Namibia” Speakers: Nicola Young and John Sunter

Doors open at 1pm for 1:30pm start until 4:00pm,
25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD.
 Entrance fee £4 (£3 Globetrotters members). We recommend you arrive early.
For more info contact Hanna on 01244 383392 or Eve on 01606 301762 

chesterbranch@globetrotters.co.uk – www.chesterglobetrotters.co.uk

Chester Meetings,Saturday 21st of November – Meeting Cancelled

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Hello to all Globetrotters,

We are slowly moving towards the later part of the year and our last meeting of the year for November. Hopefully you all are still keeping well and making the best of the situation!
 

Unfortunately our November meeting is again not going ahead  as the rules for meeting in groups with Covid 19 have not changed.
 

We had two lovely speakers lined up for November, Paul Gillingham would have started the meeting with a talk about traveling on his bicycle  ‘Crossing Spain the Roman Way’, and after the break David Redford had a ‘Travel Quiz’ lined up for us to complete the last meeting for 2020!

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday 19th of September -Postponed

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Our September meeting has been cancelled, the Grosvenor Museum is not opening the auditorium yet and we have to see what the future holds.

As usual we had 2 great talks planned, the first one about ‘Vietnam and Textiles’ by Dr Brenda Rewhorn and the second talk was going to be by Andy Fletcher, either ‘Russia’ or ‘Nepal’. It is such a shame we can’t get together yet, enjoy the travel stories and meet up!

Chester Meetings, Saturday 18th of July (postponed)

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The meeting for May been postponed to a future date due to the Corona virus and the national guidance on self-isolation and social distancing. We are running some online meetings in the meantime.

Presents

Christine Stockton – Impressions of Iran – Persian History and Culture.

A trip to “Classical” Iran told through its history. We visited historic and architectural sites from the early civilisations and First Persian Empire through succeeding dynasties, experiencing Zoroastrian and Islamic cultures, the beauty of seven Unesco recognised Paradise gardens, the poetry of Shiraz, the glories of Esfahan, the bling of the Qajars and life today under the Islamic Revolution. Our abiding impression is of the friendly and welcomign iranian people.

Nicola Young and John Sunter – Chasing Adventure in Namibia.

Join John and Nikki are seasoned travellers as well as some of our regular speakers and organisers talk about their African adventure in Namibia.

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday 16th of May (Postponed)

Globetrotters in Chester

The meeting for May been postponed to a future date due to the Corona virus and the national guidance on self-isolation and social distancing.

Presents

Maggie Davenport – Our introduction to travel, and beyond, in Indonesia.

In 1998, 2 middle-aged untravelled people set off for Java and Jakarta where my brother was working. We had no idea of how to travel or where we would go when we arrived.
This is the story of that first adventure which led to our ongoing wanderlust, and the subsequent return holiday to celebrate my brother’s 60th birthday

Pat Jones – Cradle of Voodoo – Togo and Benin.

Pat has enjoyed travelling for many years. She would like to share her experience of a recent trip to Togo and Benin. The trip covered many aspects of life in these two West African countries.

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930

Chester Meetings, Saturday 21st March (POSTPONED)

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Presents

Dear Globetrotters,

Due to the effects of the Corona virus in the UK now officially a Global Pandemic and bearing in mind our next Chester Globetrotters meeting in just over one weeks time when the contagion will have likely increased, we have taken the reluctant decision to postpone our meeting for Saturday the 21st of March to a future date.

We have spoken to the management of the Grosvenor Museum and have also taken current advice into consideration to limit social gatherings in order to slow down the spread of the virus.

Consequently we have to take positive action at least one week in advance to be able make a timely decision so that attendees and our speakers can be prepared.

This is the first time in ten years that Chester Globetrotters have been forced to postpone an event, and whilst we hope the situation resolves itself quickly we want to err on the side of caution and therefore make a responsible and timely decision.

From all of us in the Chester Globetrotters committee we wish you all the best and thank you for your understanding at this time.

Chris Prior – Kerala and Tamil Nadu

We went on a two-week motorcycle tour around the South Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. From the coastal town of Cochin we rode 1950s Indian-built Royal Enfield 350cc Bullets to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. We passed through tea growing areas to Madurai, famous for it highly decorated temples.

Dr Emma Roberts – From Shanghai to Xian, Futuristic and Ancient China

Dr. Emma Roberts is Associate Dean for Global Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University and also heads the BA (Hons) History of Art & Museum Studies degree course at this organisation.  Emma’s academic research is largely based in China as she works with Chinese partner universities to advise on how former industrial sites can be revitalised as hubs for the creative industries.

This talk begins in Shanghai and discusses some of the delights and highlights that travellers may experience in this cosmopolitan, vibrant city.  Following this, we move to Xian, the home of the iconic ‘Terracotta Warriors’.  The history, meaning and creative processes behind these mysterious statues will be explored.  Our ‘travels’ in this talk will therefore move between the absolutely new and the very ancient that China has to offer.

Doors open 1pm for 1:30pm Start till 4:30pm Entrance Fee £3.00 includes refreshments and two talks Grosvenor Museum 25-27 Grosvenor Street, CH1 2DD Enquiries to Hanna tel: 01244383392 or Angela tel: 01244 629930