Update 24 August 2021

From September Updates will be published monthly and we’re delighted that Julie Clarke has offered to provide a General Knowledge Quiz to accompany the monthly updates.

Membership Renewals

Our last 2021 face to face renewal session for 2021 is tomorrow – 25 August 2021 from 9:30 to 11:30am at Sandbach Rugby Club, Bradwall Road, CW11 1RA.

We will have marshals to help direct members and the rugby club will have light refreshments on sale.

If you’d prefer to renew on-line or post please go to https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/membership/ for more information.

Your Committee needs you!

Like all the u3as in the UK, Sandbach & District u3a is a volunteer organisation. Nobody gets paid or rewarded for what they do. We help ourselves. We have a large number of volunteers who help our u3a to run effectively on behalf of all the members. We can’t continue without volunteers, including those volunteering for roles on the Committee.

All the Committee members are Trustees of our u3a. That means they have a responsibility to make sure our u3a is well-run, and especially that money from members is properly spent and accounted for. As Trustees they are fully covered by the Third Age Trust liability insurance.

Our present Committee is a really good group of people to work with. Relationships between Committee members are excellent; discussion is thoughtful and detailed; decisions that are made are principled and well-informed. The Committee is open and transparent, with minutes of meetings and supporting documentation from meetings made available to members.

Committee members normally serve a 3-year term, though it can be less than this. Committee members willing to serve for longer than 3 years can be re-elected annually after their 3-year term finishes.

If you are willing to stand for the Committee then you need a proposer and a seconder, both of whom must be members of Sandbach & District u3a. Follow this link to download a Committee nomination form. You can contact any member of the Committee (Details here – https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/committee-trustees-2/) to discuss what is involved if you are interested in joining our team. If you are thinking of volunteering for the Committee then you are welcome to join Committee meetings as an observer before the AGM in November. Ideally we would like four new Committee members for next year.

In the meantime we would like to get one new Committee member in place as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the AGM. We can do this by co-opting someone onto the Committee until the AGM. Don Rickards, our venues co-ordinator, is retiring this month. Although he is very willing to help anybody who takes over from him, he won’t be organising any more venues for groups meeting this year. Fortunately most of what needs to happen with venues for September has already been sorted out, but we can’t really manage until the AGM without somebody taking this over soon. Don will be happy to discuss what is involved if you would like more details about this role.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Committee member then we would like to hear from you as soon as possible. Please contact mailing@sandbachu3a.org.uk  to put your name forward.

Please give this serious consideration. It’s vital that we have a constant flow of new Committee members to replace those retiring. Your Committee needs you!

A spanner in the works

Our membership secretary has recently had a few emails from members that have gone to his spam or junk mail boxes.  When he has attempted to move them to the inbox they have disappeared into the ether.

Barry apologises if you have not received a response to an email within 2 or 3 days and asks if they could be resent to him.

Members Morning Programme Amendment

Unfortunately, the planned speaker for our Members Morning in September is no longer available, instead we will have ‘Live Well for Longer’. The speakers will be Lucy Ferneyhough & Katie Ellison

Come and enjoy our first members’ morning since the start of lockdown where you will be able to meet and chat with other members and find out more about our u3a. Refreshments will be included.

6 Sep 2021 10am-12noon at Sandbach Town Hall. The full programme is available on our website – https://sandbachu3a.org.uk/members-mornings/

Group Vacancies

We now have vacancies in the following groups, anyone interested should contact the Groups Co-ordinator groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Yoga 5 –  Thursday – 1pm – 2.15pm at the Masonic Hall

This is a new group which will practise Hatha Yoga, including exercise, breathing techniques and some meditation under the direction of Caroline Webster our instructor.

It is suitable for women and men of all fitness levels and no experience is necessary

Autumn term: 9th Sept 2021 to 16th Dec – excluding 4th Nov

£3 per session, payable in advance for a block of classes

Zumba 2 – Tuesday 11am – 12lpm at Sandbach Health & Fitness Studio

Due to the popularity of the current group we are pleased to be able to offer another Zumba group. Zumba is a fun way to get fit and combines Latin and international music

with dance moves, it’s easy to join in and no experience is necessary.

Autumn term: Tues 7th Sept 2021 to Tues 14th Dec – excluding 21st & 28th Sept

£2.50 per session, payable in advance for a block of classes

Pilates – Monday & Thursday groups

There are still some places available in the Pilates groups who meet on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. No experience is necessary

and classes are suitable for all abilities, male or female, whether you’re a beginner or already familiar with Pilates.

Autumn term: w/b 6th Sept to w/b 13th Dec – excluding w/b 1st Nov

Social Events 

Day trip to Liverpool – Tuesday 21st September £12

Places are still available and can be booked through the website or at the Members Morning on Monday 6th Sept or at the u3a desk at Sandbach Library on Wednesday 8th Sept

On a Lighter Note – Schoolboy humour, always good for another airing …

  1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
  2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
  3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
  4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
  5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
  6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
  7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart
  8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
  9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
  10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
  11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
  13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me
  14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab centre said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
  15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
  16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
  17. A backward poet writes inverse.
  18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism, it’s your count that votes.
  19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste for religion.
  20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine.
  21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
  22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says ‘Dam!’
  23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
  24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’
  25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
  26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.