In 2003 there were people living in Sandbach who were members of Crewe or Congleton U3A and had the vision for one here in Sandbach. They got together and formed a working party to get started.
The first committee meeting was held on 20 June 2003 following which a questionnaire to gauge possible interest was sent out. At the first meeting, it was discovered that most groups would be extremely popular – for instance 35 people were interested in Art and 80 in walking.
On 1 July 2003, a public meeting attended by 130 people was held in the Town Hall at which 14 definite group leaders volunteered and more quickly followed suit.
The first enrolment day was 3 September 2003 when 213 members were signed up to join 26 different activity groups.
Group leaders’ meetings were a feature of the new U3A, the first being held on 11 August 2003.
The first AGM was held on 28 April 2004 in the Town Hall.
in 2019/2020 our membership was over 1400 with more than 100 interest groups. A few of our leaders are responsible for more than one group and many of the groups have 2 or more leaders sharing responsibility for contacting interested members, planning sessions, and collecting fees.