Diary Update – June 2018

This message contains a brief monthly update to let members of Sandbach U3A know about new opportunities.

Sandbach U3A Brass Band

The band plays for members at the December members’ meeting but you have the opportunity of hearing them play outside on two occasions in June.

On 19/20 June at the Cheshire Show they will play on the “Village Green”.  The times have not been confirmed yet, but should be around 11:50 and 14:50 each day.

On 30 June for the fun day in Sandbach Park they will play near the tennis courts from 11:00 – 11:40, and again from 12:15 – 13:00.

U3A Choir

We are looking into the possibility of re-starting the U3A Choir in September. If you are interested in joining the group and would like to keep in touch with developments, please email your contact details to Stephen Davies on u3asingingchoir@gmail.com.

The group will meet once a week on a day and time to be agreed, probably in the morning (10.00-12.00) or early afternoon (1.00-3.00).

We will sing light popular music in two or four-part harmony. No previous experience is needed, nor the ability to read music. All you need is an enjoyment of singing in a group.

Stephen Davies

Getting to Know Your Compact Camera

If there are enough members who would like to explore the capabilities of their Compact Cameras I am willing to run the course again starting in October.

We don’t get too technical and have some fun twiddling the various dials and hopefully giving you the courage to take control rather than let ‘auto’ take command.

Unfortunately it is not suitable for cameras with interchangeable lenses but those of you with bridge cameras with a fixed lens are welcome. If you are interested, please let me know by email to photography.beginners@ sandbachu3a.org.uk

Isabel Carrahar

Geocaching Group

We are considering starting a Sandbach U3A Geocaching group, if there is sufficient demand. Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt happening right now, all around you.

There are millions of geocaches worldwide. There are currently 4,396 geocaches in the Crewe/Sandbach area alone with more being hidden every month. Geocaches are found in parks, urban areas, woodland, deserts, on top of hills and mountains, underwater — pretty much anywhere you can imagine.

They normally consist of a container which can be a few millimetres long up to large boxes of perhaps a cubic meter or more capacity. These are cunningly concealed so as not to be seen by casual passers by. They might only contain a log which could be a rolled up strip of paper, but some contain swappable items and information.

The basics of geocaching are:

1.         Select a cache and find your way to it.

2.         Once you’ve found the cache — sign the logbook.

3.         Return the logbook and cache to their original location.

4.         Share your experience and log your “find”.

For more information or to register you interest contact Don at: cheshirebowman@btinternet.com.

We shall issue a more detailed newsletter in July 2018. To share information about something that has happened or is going to happen, please send details to newsfeed@sandbachu3a.org.uk

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The Membership Team

N.B. Library Desk  A committee member attends at the U3A desk upstairs in Sandbach library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning of each month from 9.30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  You may enquire about the classes and register as a member at the desk.