Update 2 May 2023

Group News

Walking – High Level

This is a new group which will start on Wednesday 10th May 2023. We will meet 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.30am at Lower Waitrose car park.

Walks will be for those who enjoy the excitement of high level walking, generally above 600 metres (2,000 feet).

An appropriate level of fitness is necessary.

Costs per meeting 50p plus shared fuel (20p per mile) and parking costs if required. Payment in advance of £6.00 for the year.

If you’re interested in joining or require any further information please contact the Group Leader via the group page on the website –https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/Groups/walking—high-level


The current Group Leaders are stepping down at the end of June and we are looking for volunteers with an interest in plants/gardening who would be prepared to take over the organisation of the group.

You do not need to be a gardening expert, but must be happy to organise the meetings and/or garden visits. The meetings take place at Sandbach Library on the last Friday of the month from 2.00-3.30pm

In the past we have had a range of speakers giving talks on a variety of gardening topics, plants swaps and visits to numerous gardens.

Help and support to plan the programme of activities for the 2023/24 season will be provided by previous leaders and members of the committee, so you will not be alone in pulling this together!

If you’re interested and think you may be able to help, please contact the Groups Co-ordinator groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Table Tennis News

Members of Table Tennis Group 5 have just completed their second season in the Crewe and District Table Tennis League finishing a credible 4th in the first division.  Competition was considerably tougher than the previous season and the overall standard of play was much improved.  The team continued to play under the name of Post Office JS Sports.

The highlight of the season was that the team reached the final of the Victory Cup only to go down to a team from Crewe Central in a hard-fought match.  Proving that table tennis is a sport for all ages the average age of the opposition was 19 whereas the average age of The Sports was 70!  The team on the night comprised Dave Bunting, Phil Beeden and Malcolm Edge and were well supported by our reserve Ian Sharp along with family and friends.

Here is a photo taken on the night of the competing teams.  To avoid any confusion the Sports are in the red shirts!

David Bunting


You are invited to our “Summer Serenade” on Saturday June 10th when members of u3a Choir will join with Crewe Male Voice Choir for a musical evening.
Tickets £10 from choir members or the Black Cat Cafe


The Southport Flower Show – 17 Aug 2023

Tickets £30.

Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9am

42nd Street – The Musical – matinee performace 

Wednesday 6th September 2023, Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Price £52 [includes theatre ticket, coach and drivers tip]

Departing from the Military Arms, Sandbach at 9am

Local News

Coronation Big Help Out Sandbach: Pick, Plant & Paint

To mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation thousands of organisations across the country are getting together to give us all the chance to help out in our own local communities.
Sandbach Partnership are co-ordinating a 3 hour #Big Help Out volunteering event for all local residents. We need your time (together with a paint brush, trowel or litter picker) to brighten our town.

As variety is the spice of life we have five opportunities to get involved:

    • Volunteer with Friends of Sandbach Station in their annual spring planting and spruce up of the local train station
    • Volunteer with the Garden Trail to pick weeds and/or litter at the Scotch Common area in the town centre
    • Volunteer with Sandbach Clean Team to paint the litter bins and cauldrons in the town centre
    • Be part of the mini-sweeps on the cobbles reaching the parts that machines cannot (ideal for those primary age or below)
    • Litter pick in your local neighbourhood and share your pictures

This event will run from 09:30am until 12:30 on Monday 8th May.

To thank you for your time and contribution the event will be followed by light refreshments:

Time :12:30 Venue: St Mary’s Church, High Street, Sandbach CW11 1AL

Registration is for monitoring numbers at the various activities and post event refreshments. To register or more information about The Big Help Out initiative please visit their website.

u3a NW Region Conference and AGM 2023

Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT July 4th 10.00 – 4.00pm

Who is it for? Anyone who wishes to attend, as well as those voting representatives at the AGM

Full details and booking form – https://u3asites.org.uk/north-west/events

On a Lighter Note – for the inner child!!!

Want to hear a roof joke? The first one’s on the house.
What should you do if you’re attacked by a group of clowns? Go straight for the juggler.
I saw a movie about how ships are put together. It was riveting.
Why did the taxi driver get fired? Passengers didn’t like it when she went the extra mile.
How do you look for Will Smith in the snow? Just follow the fresh prints.
Why should you never trust stairs? They’re always up to something.
How do mountains stay warm in the winter? Snowcaps.
Is this pool safe for diving? It deep ends.
I tried to catch fog yesterday. I mist.
What kind of shorts do clouds wear? Thunderpants.
Can February March? No, but April May.
What is red and smells like blue paint? Red paint.

© Sandbach U3A 2024