Table Tennis 4: New Group

Interested in Table Tennis? A new group is being set up.

Table Tennis 4

Tuesday 2-4pm

Scout Hut, Chapel Street, Sandbach

The group would start ASAP and could run through the summer months.

It’s fun, friends and fitness for everyone. (You’ll only come once as a stranger.)

Interested? Please email:

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Birdwatchers: Somerset Trip Report 20th-24th March 2017

To open the report for the Somerset Trip, please click here:

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Golf Charity Day 2017

Members of the Social Golf group are organising the third annual Golf Charity Day in aid of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice. Last year the event raised over £2,400. Details of the event are available at the click of a mouse. For those wishing to participate, entry forms are available from Davron at Malkins Bank Golf Club or electronically from Your support would be greatly appreciated.

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U3A Conference and AGM 2017

 Conference and AGM 2017 29-31 August 2017

It will be at the East Midlands Conference Centre and is now open for booking.

U3A members can click here to see the dedicated website for Conference news, updates and booking.

There, you can find information about the programme, the speakers, and
the location. We will be continuously updating it as we confirm more
details, so be sure to keep checking back.

Information regarding workshop bookings and voting representative
registration is currently being finalised, and will be distributed to
U3As in the coming weeks.

*In the meantime, booking is now open, so click the button to visit the
website and book your place.*

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Sandbach U3A Newsletter – May 2017

The publication of the newsletter has been announced to members by email but you can also download it by clicking on the link below.

May 2017 Newsletter

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Walking Football: First Meeting

The walking football group met for the first time on Friday 24th March 2017 at the Sandbach United ground on Hind Heath Road.

From left to right, the players are:
(back) John Catherall, Peter Doughty, Stuart Blackwell, Bryan Roberts, Stewart Clarke, Arnie Laing ( Group Leader)
(front) Alan Casey, Bernie Davis

This new group is open to both female and male Sandbach U3A members.

The group will play at the Sandbach United 3G pitch at 3pm on a Friday and it is designed to be a fun fitness session.

Arnie Laing, the Walking Football Group Leader said, ‘I saw this new version of football, for those aged over fifty,  being demonstrated on television and it seemed a fun way of keeping fit.

A bit of planning followed, and meetings with Dan Allman, the Football Development Manager at Sandbach United, plus Adam Doyle the Senior Football Development Officer of Cheshire County Football Association, got us underway 

Sandbach local referee Rick Bradfield has been another person who has helped enormously and officiated to make the first session a great success’.

Arnie can be contacted on 07714 680 593 or by email at  and there is more information on the Sandbach U3A website here

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Long Walks in March 2017

15 Mar Walk Leader: John & Doreen  from Shrigley Hall Hotel Length of walk: 8.5 miles  Driving Distance: 21 miles Number walking: 21

As we gathered in the car park at Waitrose, it was obviously an unusual day; a couple of young people were standing close to us and young people usually steer well clear. They turned out to be relatives of John & Doreen visiting from New Zealand for Doreen’s birthday. They walked with us and were as good as gold; we didn’t have to help them along at all. The strangest effect of their presence as seen from the back of the group was the sight of shiny black hair.

We left the grounds of Shrigley Hall Hotel and soon climbed the path towards the ridge that carries the Gritstone Trail. On the way we paused to look down at the Cheshire Plain, Manchester and its airport. As we took a refreshment break, we spotted the newly-refurbished Vulcan bomber at the museum that now sits where the Woodford airfield used to be. At the top of the hill we stopped to admire the Bowstones. This scheduled monument comprises two stone shafts that used to carry crosses. The reason for their presence at this spot is a mystery; we can discount the local legend that links them with Robin Hood and his chums adjusting their bowstrings there.

We followed the Gritstone Trail into Lyme Park and had lunch at the picnic tables provided. In the warm sunny weather we were surrounded by lots of visitors to the park before we left for a stroll along the Macclesfield Canal.

Leaving the canal, we climbed up to a charming cabin that was originally built as a lending library to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 50 years on the throne. It is now a restaurant and the staff had been warned that we would arrive. They parked us in the garden and fed us with drinks and cake. Part of the entertainment was the song of the birds in the trees around us, but a robin above Doreen’s table rather blotted its copybook by leaving an unwelcome deposit in her tea. Full marks for accuracy though.

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Walking Football 24th March

The first meeting of the Walking Football group will be on Friday 24th March at 3pm at Sandbach United 3G outdoor pitch, Hind Heath Road, Sandbach CW11 3LZ .

If you will be attending, please contact Arnie on 07714 680 593, or by email:

For further information on the group, please click here

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Sandbach U3A Newsletter – April 2017

The publication of the newsletter has been announced to members by email but you can also download it by clicking on the link below.

April 2017 Newsletter

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In Memory of Roger Newton 1932 – 2016

At the end of 2016 the “Poetry Together” group lost one of its members. Roger Newton died on 20th December. He was a loved, respected and honoured member of the group. Roger taught classics at Sandbach School and later at Kings School Macclesfield. When Kings School opened its doors to girls, he wrote the words for a new school hymn and with the Head of Music he went on to write several carols which are still sung in the school today.
From time to time, Roger introduced the group to a poem he had written and we felt very privileged to share these with him. He was a fine poet and his classics background lent a certain discipline to his poems.
The “Poetry Together” group would like to share the following poem, in memory of Roger, with the wider U3A membership. It appeared in “Poetry Now” in 2003.

Canticum Veris
In a streambed cows are lapping,
Water burbling over pebbles.
Constantly the ewes are calling,
Lambs grown heedless in their revels.

See the March hare races, flinging
Crystal droplets in a fine train;
After frantic bouts of boxing,
Back he skitters in his own rain.

Sap along the ash boughs driving,
Swells their buds to burst from black sheathes.
Breezes through the beech top breathing
Agitate its cloak of silk leaves.

Wings outstretched the drakes come dropping,
Down to waters where tall reeds grow;
There each mother bird is leading,
Ducklings in a downy arrow.

Everywhere gnarled thorns are blooming,
Over pastureland and fallow;
Harvest rich for bees and spreading,
Hedges with a sheet of fresh snow.

Now through weeds the trout glides weaving;
Or on bars of shingle dallies;
Then above the surface leaping,
Takes his toll of short-lived mayflies.

Year by year, when daylight lengthens,
So we daily find more reason
And the age-old yearning strengthens
To extol youth’s golden season.

Roger Newton

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