Update 21 November 2023

Quiz News

The November 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

December Members’ Morning

Yes… it’s that time of year again. Please join other members at the annual Brass Band Christmas Concert. It’s always a fantastic concert and enjoyed by everyone who attends. It will really put you in the Christmas Mood.
Doors open for tea and coffee plus other Christmas goodies’ at 9.45. The concert will start at 10.30 and last until approximately 11.30.

Interested in joining the Committee ?

Our constitution requires us to have between 5 and 12 Trustees. Once again we find ourselves in the enviable position of having 11 Trustees who are willing to continue as Trustees.

    • Linda Bilsborrow has been Vice Chair for the past three years and is willing to stand as Chair. She will need to be elected to that post.
    • Moira Egan, our Venues co-ordinator, was co-opted during the year and needs to be elected
    • Four trustees were elected recently and are partway through their period of office, so re-election is not necessary
    • Five Trustees have come to the end of their period of office and are willing to be re-elected.

As well as those 11 Trustees, one member, Ken Talbot, has indicated that he is willing to stand as Vice Chair. He has already attended one Trustees meeting as an observer and will need to be elected to the post of Vice Chair.
So in principle we could have a full complement of Trustees if they are all elected at the AGM. It is also possible for other members to be nominated and elected to the Committee. As well as up to 12 elected Trustees we are also able to co-opt up to two additional Trustees. If any member is interested in joining the Trustees then we would certainly welcome one or two more members joining the Committee.
If you are interested in joining the Committee, you are welcome to discuss what is involved with the Chair, Stuart Naylor, or any of the other Trustees (shown on our website). If you do decide to stand for election you will need to complete a nomination form, with a proposer and seconder, and return this to the Secretary by 22 January 2024.

Sandbach u3a history

In preparation for our 21st birthday celebrations on 17th and 18th May next year the group tasked with the organisation are trying to compile a list of past Chairs and founder members. If you were at those first meetings and have memories to share please contact mailing@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Group Leaders Working Lunch

The 2024 working lunch will be on Saturday 10th February. Please save the date, details will be sent nearer the time of the meeting

Groups News

New Groups

Tai Chi
The Tai Chi group is back up and running again with a new instructor, Dave Bailey.
Tai Chi offers a gentle and relaxing form of exercise which offers benefits to general well-being as well as improving mobility, balance and strength.
Sessions take place weekly at the Wesley Centre on Monday’s from 2-3pm and the current block of classes runs until Monday 18th December.
Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, if you’d like to come and try a taster session you’d be more than welcome, the session fee is £4.

Transport Group – Wings & Wheels
This is a new group which has been proposed by Geoff Pyke.The aim would be to have talks on all the various transport categories and also to go out and visit museums and sites of interest. The group would meet on a monthly basis probably on a Tuesday morning.

Wine Group 3
Don Rickards has kindly been collecting expressions of interest for this new group which will be led by Wendy and Ian Spreadbury on the 3rd Friday of the month 7.30pm-9.30pm. At the moment there are 6 members, but the group can accommodate up to 12 so there are still vacancies!

If you’re interested in any of these new groups please email  groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

 U3a Choir Carol Concert

Thursday 14 December at 2pm in the Wesley Centre. This a free concert and all u3a members are welcome. Sadly the surprise visit by another u3a group has had to be cancelled but the choir are perfectly able to give us an enjoyable afternoon on their own. See you there!


To members of Sandbach and Congleton u3a’s Contemporary Dance Groups who as Third Age Contemporary held a Danceathon that raised over £5,000 for Children in Need.

Coach Trips

Trafford Centre – trip confirmed
Date  – Monday 11th December 2023
Price – £14
Departing from Sandbach Military @ 10am

Boundary Mill Shopping Outlet in Colne
Date – 12 Feb 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

Did you know that Sandbach has its own jigsaw swap group on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/945619750005671
Alternatively there is now a face to face jigsaw swap held during, and with thanks to, Wesley Centre Coffee Mornings, on the first Saturday of the month (except January) at 11.00 when you can also purchase a slice of homemade cake and a drink!

And finally …

    • Want to hear a roof joke? The first one’s on the house.
    • Why did the taxi driver get fired? Passengers didn’t like it when she went the extra mile.
    • I couldn’t believe that the highway department called my dad a thief. But when I got home, all the signs were there.
    • I submitted 10 puns to a joke-writing competition to see if any of them made the finals. Sadly, no pun in 10 did.
    • Why does Humpty Dumpty love autumn? Because he always has a great fall.
    • It’s always windy in a sports arena. All those fans.
    • Why should you never trust stairs? They’re always up to something.
    • Can February March? No, but April May.
    • 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.
    • Two windmills are standing on a wind farm. One asks, “What’s your favorite kind of music?” The other replies, “I’m a big metal fan.”


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