Update 12 February 2024

2024 AGM

Last week you received notice of our AGM to be held on Monday 4th  March 2024 at 9.30 at Sandbach Town Hall, before our regular Members’ Morning.

It is will help the committee a lot if you could vote before the meeting on 4th March either on line or using the voting forms on the Members Notice Board in the library. You can read the AGM papers, including this year’s nominations, at https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/agm-2024-documents/ then login and cast your vote at  https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/MyProfile  Your username is usually your membership number and forgotten passwords can be reset easily.

Voting in this way helps us make sure the ballot is run correctly and assures us that enough members have voted to meet the requirements of our Constitution.

If you are having difficulty logging in please contact membership@sandbach u3a.org.uk. For any general queries about the AGM contact mailing@sandbachu3a.org.uk

First Aid course

There are a few vacancies for the next course on the 4th of March between 09:45 and 15:00ish at St. Peter’s church hall, Elworth, Cost £5. please contact membership@sandbach u3a.org.uk for more information.

u3a Quiz

The next U3A quiz is arranged for Wednesday 10th April in St Mary’s Church Hall, Sandbach.
Julie Clarke will devise the questions and operate the microphone on the night. The hall will open at 7pm and the questions will start at 7:30. Each team may have up to six members, who should a) bring their own drinks and snacks and b) pay the £1.50 entry fee per team member.
This is a popular event, and the hall allows only 24 teams so prompt action is required. The only way to participate is to send an email to kev1dea2@gmail.com. Please don’t just turn up on the night expecting the necessary materials to be prepared for your team.
The email should contain the name of your team and its captain. The organiser will respond to every entry received to confirm your place in the quiz. If you don’t receive a response within a week, you should resend your application because the organiser did not receive it.”

Groups News

Bridge 2 

If you’re interested in Bridge and have a basic knowledge of the game why not join this friendly group who meet on Monday evenings from 7pm-9pm at the Union Street Community Centre.
If you’re interested or would like and further information please contact Margaret Waters 01270 753090

Desert Island Music Group

This has been set up by another u3a and mentioned recently in the Third Age Trust Newsletter. It involves monthly meetings in a relaxed atmosphere in which a member presents their personal choice of favourite music, often marking memorable moments in their life so far. It’s proved very popular and sounds like it would make a wonderful new group for Sandbach u3a.
If you’d be interested in participating or helping to run a group like this please email the Groups Co-ordinator groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Coach Trips

Wedgewood Tour and Trentham Gardens
14th March
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9.15am

Day Trip to York
07 May 2024
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 8am

Llandudno 2024 Event
23 May 2024
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9am

3rd Buxton Opera House – Gilbert & Sullivan
Matinee Performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” and “Trial by Jury”
31 Jul 2024
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 10am

Shrewsbury Flower Show
9 Aug 2024
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9am

Princess Cruise on River Trent including two course lunch
19 Sept 2024
Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9.15

Book online at https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/events or ring Alice on 01270765856

Help Wanted!

Any shelving units out there?

Part of our preparation for the 21st anniversary celebration in May has involved organising display boards for several exhibitions in the Masonic Hall. We knew that there were some display boards somewhere, but nobody knew where they were stored. After a lot of searching we discovered that some were stored under the stage at the town hall, and some more were stored in a member’s garage.
This rather unsatisfactory arrangement made us realise that we need a proper storage area. We have therefore decided to rent a small storage area in part of a shipping container at a site near Sandbach railway station. This will enable us to store items such as display boards, projector screens, past Committee papers, etc. Some of these items are in boxes which will be best stored on shelving rather than on the floor.
We will buy a shelving unit if necessary, but if any member has a shelving unit that is surplus to requirements please let the secretary or one of the Committee know. We are looking for a unit that is at least 150 cm high (could be up to 200 cm), at least 75 cm wide (could be up to 100 cm) and at least 30 cm deep (could be up to 40 cm). It doesn’t matter what it looks like, it’s to go in a shipping container!

The secretary’s email is secretary@sandbachu3a.org.uk.

Any bakers out there?

As part of our birthday celebrations we’d like to have a celebration cake and some tray bakes to share. If you enjoy baking and think you could help please contact Kate – ashcroftkate@aol.com to discuss what is needed.

Help received – a thank you

I had about 11 U3A members contact me to volunteer to listen to our children read at St. John’s. They started a few weeks ago and it’s going swimmingly. The children and volunteers have all reported that they are enjoying it and teachers keep telling me how amazing the volunteers are with the children.
Thank you so much for supporting me to get this up and running.
Kind regards,
Ellie Steele

And finally … Why?

    • Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard when he lives in the jungle without a razor?
    • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?
    • Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough?
    • Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
    • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
    • Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up every two hours?
    • Why do our noses run and our feet smell?
    • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
    • Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
    • Why is there always a light in the fridge and not always in the freezer?


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