Community and Other News

On this page we shall show items that may be of interest to members of Sandbach U3A.


Sandbach Library:  Talk on Jane Austen

Monday 24th July at 2 pm



The Health, Exercise and Active Living Research Centre (HEAL), Manchester Metropolitan University are looking for female volunteers who are aged 60 years and above, to contribute to research into healthy ageing and the prevention of early ageing.

The researchers are focusing this project on studying how changes in muscle strength and muscle mass with age are influenced by your genetics, and how these affect your day-to-day activities. The volunteers will be asked to perform a series of simple tests like a standing balance test, a handgrip test, elbow and knee strength measurement, and measures of body composition. We will also ask volunteers to fill in food and physical activity questionnaires, and provide a small DNA sample (blood or saliva, whichever they prefer). The testing is a single visit which will not last more than 2.5 hours. Volunteers will be provided with a complete feedback booklet of their results, and some advice on the best practice for them to promote their own healthy ageing.

The tests can be carried out on the Crewe campus, in participants’ homes or at group meetings.

If you would like to take part in the research, please contact Dr Chris Morse, preferably by email at or by phone (0161 247 5036).

Born 1937-1946?

Would you like to tell your story?

You are invited to participate in an academic research project using life-story interviews to investigate the lives of your generation

For more information please email


Sandbach and District Talking Newspaper: Request for Editor Volunteers

We require one permanent Editor to record once every five weeks and other Relief Editors to cover for illness and holidays.

The position would entail being available during the daytime on a Wednesday and able to collect the local Chronicles (which you would be reimbursed for) on a Wednesday morning.

You would cut out 40 articles from the various papers during the daytime and sort out into four lots of ten articles for the Readers.

You would also have to open the yellow envelopes before the recording to acknowledge any notes, and mark the register of returned envelopes.

In the evening you would go along for the actual Recording, at the Studio in Wheelock, where you would be in charge of the recording on the night.

It all sounds very complicated, but it isn’t really too difficult, and you would be trained properly prior to being asked to cover for an Editor.

Please consider this position, and if you need any further information, please telephone Lyn Slack on 01270 760104 or Pat Howells on 01270 764882.


Interested in taking up golf?

Ed Parker, the senior PGA golf coach at Malkin’s Bank Golf Club is running a 4 week course for Sandbach U3A members for complete beginners.

Starting Tuesday 7th March at 2pm-2:45pm and running same time for 4 consecutive weeks.

Equipment provided (if needed) and no previous experience is required.

Price is £30 for the 4-week course or £8 per session.

Contact Ed Parker on 07747061500 or email


To All Sandbach Community Groups

When the nights draw in and we look towards colder, wetter days to come, we have been asked to ‘cascade’ the new met office ‘community resilience’ website to our wider communities.
The link is below.
It is well worth a browse and provides a useful resource for members who may have to deal in the future with residents’ related enquiries.

Where appropriate, Please also forward to other community-based groups, and parish councils in your ward who may have an interest in this useful information resource and who may be able to ‘cascade’ further.

This link compliments the Council’s own Adverse Weather and Community Resilience Plans – details of which can be found on the CE website and are currently being up-dated for this coming Winter.

If you have any queries, please contact myself, Jane Kavanagh (details below) or Guy Kilminster.

Best regards


Cllr Janet Clowes: Wybunbury Ward
Portfolio Holder: Health & Adult Social Care
01270 686014