u3a Members Update 26th May 2024

Group news

Vacancies have arisen in two popular groups

Bowls 1 Summer – Wednesday mornings from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon

We play Crown Green bowls on the upper green (sometimes known as “The Marriott House” green) on Sandbach Park.

Petanque – Tuesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm

The group plays Petanque (French Boules) at Crewe Bowling Club, 21a Stanhope Avenue, Crewe, CW1 6ED

Boules are available for people to borrow, the rules are easy, the game is not too strenuous and the group is very friendly.

Anyone interested in either of these groups should email their details to groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Volunteering ides


The Sandbach Animal Rescue Society Shop is entirely run by a team of volunteers.

The shop is open 6 days a week, from 9.30am-4.00pm, located at George’s Walk, Sandbach. No experience is necessary, training will be provided.

Volunteers typically do half a day per week or ad hoc shifts to suit their schedule

If you would like to be a volunteer and have a few hours to spare, please get in touch. It’s a great way to meet new people, give back to the community and help a local animal rescue.

Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the stray, unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens in Sandbach and the local surrounding areas.

Please email: sarsvolunteers4cats@gmail.com and they will get back to you.

Alternatively please call Donna Cleveley, who is a Sandbach u3a member as well as a volunteer for Sandbach Animal Rescue, to discuss it further.

Mobile 07546 339774

There are also many volunteering roles within our u3a – find out more here https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/potential-roles-for-volunteers/

Two Items from NW Regional u3a

SOUTHPORT FLOWER SHOW Following on from two fun years at Southport Flower Show, Southport u3a will be back this Summer to celebrate the Show’s 100th anniversary, this year with a rather special show garden, a design that charts the history of gardening over the last 100 years. This will be a large 17 metre curved garden which emulates the path of a garden since 1924 to present day, depicting five period gardens linked by a path,

The Southport Flower Show is taking place between 15-18 August 2024 Do come by and see us, our Photography Group will be there every day so have your photo taken by the garden and say hello.

u3a Discount Code Discount for all u3a Members. Southport Flower Show are offering all u3a Members £10 off gate tickets if they buy before 31 July. Just use the promo code ‘u3a’ when purchasing an any day ticket online and the cost will be £19 instead of £29. For tickets and more information, go to www.southportflowershow.co.uk.

If you need free coach parking, buggies or wheel chairs or simply would like to let us know when you are coming please email Chris at southportu3aflowershow@gmail.com.

The show attracts around 60,000 visitors over 4 days. We will collect interest from attendees from across the country and will be passing contact details back to the relevant u3as

Look forward to seeing you over the Summer

Chris Howorth

Southport u3a

Link from u3a Sources   https://sources.u3a.org.uk/another-big-year-for-southport-u3a-at-the-southport-flower-show

NW u3a AGM

The NW Conference and AGM will take place in Liverpool on Tuesday July 2nd. Details are on the NW website. In the morning there will be some short workshops or discussions. Ater lunch we will be entertained by Fool’s Gold before the AGM begins. Anyone can attend this event, which is free, except for the buffet lunch which costs £5.00. NW u3as will need to appoint one voting rep. Online voting will be made available but we’d love to see your group represented in person. You can register using this link https://forms.gle/D3xwEbCP5tgquHC96

And finally

“It has become clear to me that aging itself does not bring wisdom. It often brings regression to childishness, dependency, and bitterness over lost opportunities. Only those who are still intellectually, emotionally, spiritually growing inherit the richness of aging.” ~James Hollis

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