Update 22 August 2023


The August 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.)

Have you renewed your membership?

Membership renewal is due by September1st 2023. You can renew online here – https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/RenewMembership
If you like to renew in person we will be in the Masonic Hall (on Sandbach Commons next to the Library) from 9.30 – 11.30 on 23 August. Our new card reader is up and running so we can take card, cheque or cash! Light refreshments will be available.

Sign Up Day 2023

Our 2023 Sign Up Day will be held at the Wesley Centre on 6th September from 10.00 – 12.00, tea and coffee available.
You’ll have the chance to talk to group leaders*, and as the name suggests, sign up to groups that are new to you, suggest new groups or, if the group you are interested in is full, let your interest be known so that we can judge whether setting up a second, or even, third group would be viable.

Our membership team will also be available for renewals and to enrol new members so do let friends and neighbours know too

*Not all groups have vacancies nor are all group leaders available on this date. Committee members will be able to tell you whether groups not in attendance have vacancies.
Volunteers to help with the running of this event would be very welcome please contact secretary@sandbachu3a.org.uk to find out more.

Walking Cricket News

Barrie Hacking writes:
We played in a Walking Cricket tournament organised by and held at the ground of  Worcester County Cricket.
We played teams from around the country, not all of them u3a teams.16 teams took part with each team playing 3 games. The weather was kind to us, staying dry all day  with the sun making some appearances.
All the teams were very friendly and we made some contacts for future matches.
After some hard fought games we won 2 of our 3 games and lost just 1.
The organisation by Worcester was excellent and they are hoping/expecting to hold another tournament next year.
The only downside was the journey home as there had been a spillage on the M6 which closed 2 lanes causing a 2 hour delay in getting home!



















FlexiLink – Cheshire East flexible transport service

Cheshire East want to hear your views on draft proposals to expand and improve our flexible bus transport service – FlexiLink. The consultation runs from 7 August to 30 September 2023 – https://surveys.cheshireeast.gov.uk/s/FlexiLink/

FlexiLink is a demand responsive transport service providing travel opportunities for Cheshire East residents who

    • are aged 80 or over
    • or have a disability
    • or live beyond the reach of any other public transport.

Rather than operating to a set timetable or route, FlexiLink provides shared transport to passengers who specify their desired location and the time of pick-up and drop-off.
The fare is £3 per journey or free if you have a concessionary bus pass. More details about Flexilink can be found here

Keele World Affairs

Bill Boynton, a Congleton u3a member is also Chair of Keele World Affairs, which he has brought to prominence since 2010 inviting many distinguished speakers to discuss international politics and global issues with a large audience of interested citizens to the region. Like U3A, Keele World Affairs is an educational charity, also run entirely by volunteers. If you visit our website – http://www.kwaku.org.uk/, you’ll find lots of information and if you’d like to enjoy Season 43, you’ll need to sign up by 15 September to for the remarkably low subscription of £30/£35.

The website is full of information including videos to show you what you will experience.
Season 43 starts in October and early speakers include Sir Peter Westmacott, a former British ambassador to the US, Baroness Brenda Hale who headed the Supreme Court, and Lord Martin Rees OM, who’ll explore the prospects for the future of humanity. That’s for starters, there are 20 speakers in all.
Bill says, “You don’t need qualifications to join, all you need is curiosity about the world we live in and how we are governed.”

And finally …

Some of the artists of the 60’s are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.

    • Herman’s Hermits — Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Walker
    • The Bee Gees — How Can You Mend a Broken Hip?
    • Johnny Nash — I Can’t See Clearly Now
    • Paul Simon— Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver
    • Commodores — Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom
    • Procol Harem—A Whiter Shade of Hair
    • Leo Sayer — You Make Me Feel Like Napping
    • The Temptations — Papa’s Got a Kidney Stone
    • Abba—Denture Queen
    • Helen Reddy — I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
    • The Who “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Medication”
    • The Troggs “Bald Thing”
    • Carly Simon “You’re So Varicose Vein”
    • The Beatles “I Get By with a Little Help

Thanks to Barrie for starting this list – can you add some more?



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