Update 11 December 2023

Quiz News

The December quiz from Julie Clarke has been loaded to the website and is ready for you to test your general knowledge. (Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.)

Member News

January members Morning

Monday 8th January – Sandbach Town Hall
Just a reminder that our next members meeting is on 8th January as the first Monday of the month is a bank holiday.
Our talk is by Ian Wilson and is on the topic of the canal between Preston Brook and the Harecastle Tunnel which is situated between Kidsgrove and Tunstall. He has sent the following details:

I am talking on the history and changing places of the Trent and Mersey canal from Preston brook to the Harecastle tunnel, including the iconic Anderton boat lift, and the Thurlwood steel lock , lots of these pictures from the 1950s/60s and many others , I look forward to giving the talk.

Join us for refreshments and a chat from 9.45 ish. The talk will start at 10.30 and last for an hour.

U3a Choir Carol Concert

Thursday 14 December at 2pm in the Wesley Centre. This a free concert and all u3a members are welcome. See you there!

Boundary Mill Shopping Outlet in Colne

12 February 2024
Price: £14.00
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9am

Please contact Alice on 01270765856 or at our desk upstairs in Sandbach Library tomorrow  9.30 – 11.30

Local News

Here’s an opportunity that some of you will welcome:

– if you are a grandparent, but miss reading to your grandchildren now they are a bit older . . .
– if you have never had any grandchildren and feel you have missed out on reading to them . . .
– if you are an ex-primary teacher and miss reading to the children . . .
– if you are an ex-secondary teacher and wish your job had included reading to children . . .

then this could be just what you have been waiting for.

Call for Volunteer Readers – St Johns C of E Primary School
The children and teachers at St Johns C of E Primary School, Heath Road, Sandbach  CW11 2LE are looking for some volunteers who would be happy to come into the school and listen to some children read.
We are looking for a commitment of up to one hour a week either on a Monday or a Wednesday afternoon. We would like volunteers to listen to a range of children across the school from Reception to Year 6. We would suggest a start time of 1:15pm which ties in with the end of the children’s lunch time.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ellie Steele by email, esteele@stjohnssandbach.co.uk

The school will provide guidance on things like what questions you might ask the children, what to do if they appear to be struggling, and so on. The school will also arrange a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check to make sure that anybody volunteering in school doesn’t have a criminal conviction which excludes them from working with children.

Stamp Appeal

As cards start to drop through your letter box  Lesley Farrer would like to remind you about her appeal for stamps to support The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
If you would like to help with the collection, stamps could be left at a Members  morning, deposited within the u3a post box in the library or dropped through Lesley’s letter box at 7 Eaton Close in Sandbach.

And finally …

This annual competition, commissioned by the TV channel Gold, asks people to post their festive jokes to X (formerly Twitter) with the winner of the annual poll decided by the British public.

    • Did you hear about the Christmas cake on display in the British Museum? It was Stollen.
    • Why is Elon Musk’s Christmas dinner so awkward? He can’t stop talking about his X.
    • Why isn’t Barbie having turkey for Christmas dinner this year? Chic-Ken is enough.
    • Why aren’t any schools allowed to put on a nativity this year? They couldn’t find a stable building.
    • What impact will the 20mph speed limit in Wales have on the charts this year? Chris Rea will be driving home for Easter.
    • What happened to Mark Zuckerberg’s novelty jumper when he had a cage fight with Elon Musk? He was left with nothing but Threads.
    • What’s the difference between The Polar Express and HS2? One’s a fantasy about a train and the other’s a film with Tom Hanks.
    • What did Robert Oppenheimer get Barbie for Christmas? Atomic Kenergy.
    • Why are the train drivers on the naughty list this year? Because they’ve already had three strikes!
    • How does Margot Robbie decorate her Nativity scene? With thee wise Ken.



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