Weekly Update 22 February 2021

Lockdown Quiz

The latest quiz from Julie Clarke (number 47) has been loaded to the website as well as the answers to number 46. Go to the quiz page where you’ll also find this week’s music quiz (number 46) and the answers to music quiz number 45. Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.

Group News

Getting to know you: the Sandbach & District u3a Committee

Our committee have continued to meet, virtually, over the last year but we realise that with little opportunity for us to meet with members you may not know who to contact if you want to speak to someone.  Contact details are on our website – https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/contact-details/ but these are a little impersonal so over the coming weeks some of our committee are going to tell you a little bit about themselves, starting with:

Stuart Naylor, Chair of the Committee

Stuart Naylor

I’ve spent my working life in education one way or another. The first stage was teaching science, including three years teaching in New York City; then a long time in teacher education at Manchester Metropolitan University; then finally working independently as a writer, publisher and teacher. I’ve had the great privilege of being invited all over the world to teach teachers in other countries, and after starting work in 1971 I’m finally getting close to retirement!
I moved to Sandbach in 1992 and feel a great sense of belonging. Being involved as a school governor, reading at the Talking Newspaper, and being a member of the Clean Team are all part of belonging here. Some of you might have visited my lovely garden at a previous house in Mill Hill Lane as part of Sandbach Garden Trail. Tricia and I are now in the process of creating a very much smaller but equally lovely garden in Belmont Avenue. I held a humanist funeral for my late wife at Sandbach School where Brenda was a governor for many years, and when I remarried in 2018 the obvious thing to do was have a humanist wedding with Tricia at Sandbach School.

I’ve been on the Committee since 2019 and took over as Chair in November last year at our first virtual AGM. What a time to take over! Arnie Laing had left our u3a in good shape, and the challenge for me is to help keep it relevant for members while this pandemic lasts. As well as chairing Committee meetings it’s up to me to make the most of the expertise the other Trustees bring with them, keep in contact with a variety of external organisations (such as the Third Age Trust), and lead our u3a in a productive direction. That means making sure our u3a serves its members as well as possible, through interest groups, members’ meetings, online contact, and many other possibilities. I’m sure our u3a is unique in the UK in having interest groups for Circus Skills and Contemporary Dance!

I’m determined to ensure that our Committee is responsive to the needs, interests and ideas of u3a members. Make sure you let us know what you think

Virtual Group Meetings across the South-East and Mid-Cheshire U3A Cluster updated list

West Cheshire Rural

    • Ukelele – kenwakefield2014@gmail.com
Tel:  01829 270851
    • Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners – Hilary Scarratt hilaryscarratt1@gmail.com


    • Geology
    • Random History

Contact: mhbarley@waitrose.com

Holmes Chapel

    • Beginner Bridge Online Tournament
    • Guitar for Beginners
    • Local History
    • Patchwork and Quilting

Contact: groups@holmeschapelu3a.org.uk

Local News

Vaccination Update from Sandbach GPS


GP practices are currently focusing on the vaccination of people aged 16-64 who are clinically vulnerable.  As a result, if you are over 65 you may experience a longer wait to be vaccinated at your local GP vaccination clinic.

If you are over 65 and haven’t yet had your Covid-19 vaccine you can do this now by contacting the national booking service via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.

By contacting the national booking service you will gain access to flexible appointments at other local vaccination services 7 days per week from 9am – 11pm.

Further details about local vaccination services are available at www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk

Sandbach Concert Series

Our next concert is by Zoom on Wednesday 24th February at 7 pm.  It features the wonderful Eos Ensemble: Katherine Bryer on oboe and Elizabeth Bass on harp.  We are promised a great evening of good music, including the regular Spotlight session by young, local musicians. The concerts are free; information is given for those who wish to make a donation.

To book your place for the concert, click on this link https://forms.gle/KQhB3M391q2i9eo39 or go to the Sandbach Concert Series website www.sandbach-concert-series.co.uk

Scam Warning As Fire Service Phone Numbers Are Spoofed By Telemarketers

You may have received a phone call from the main switchboard of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service number 01606 868700, or another one of our phone numbers with the 01606 868 prefix.

Please be aware that a telemarketing company is ‘spoofing’ these numbers without our consent, and the matter is being investigated.

If you have received a call from this number and were not expecting it, please ignore it. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Ashley Lawton (Cheshire Police / Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Administrator, Corporate Communications)

National News

Fairtrade Fortnight

Thanks to Arnie Laing for letting us know that today is the start of FairTrade Fortnight. You’ll find lots of information, recipes, offers and more at https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/choose-the-world-you-want/

On a Lighter Note

What’s the best day of the week to go to the beach? –

I applied for a job at the local restaurant.
I’m still waiting.

Did you hear about those new reversible jackets?
I’m excited to see how they turn out.

My friend’s bakery burned down last night.
Now his business is toast.

What do you get if you cross a snake and a lego set?
A boa constructor.

I can hear music coming out of my printer.
I think the paper’s jammin’ again.

Do I like wind turbines?
Yes, I’m a big fan.

Where do polar bears vote?
The North Poll.

What does the dentist of the year get?
A little plaque.

What’s purple and 5,000 miles long?
The Grape Wall of China.


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