Update 26 February 2022

General Knowledge Quiz

We have a new quiz for February from Julie Clarke (number 68) which has been loaded to the website as well as the answers to the January quiz. Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.

Members’ Mornings – Sandbach Town Hall, doors open at 10.00

Members’ Meetings are currently free of charge to all members. However the costs associated with Members’ Meetings are quite high: the Town Hall is an expensive venue, we pay a fee and expenses to speakers, and we provide refreshments for members. If we are to continue to offer Members’ Meetings free of charge it will be helpful to cover some of these costs.

The Trustees have therefore decided to request donations towards the cost of refreshments for Members’ Meetings. All future Members’ Meetings will have a box for donations towards the cost of refreshments. It will be entirely up to members whether to make a donation or how much to donate. Please remember to bring some coins with you if you intend to make a donation at any future.

 Doors open at 10.00 for a 10.30 start

7 Mar 2022  Adam Partridge

Adam’s talk is an insight into the life of an auctioneer and contains many anecdotes about items he has found and sold, plus a little about the antiques television programmes.
He will not be doing valuations on the day. 

4 Apr 2022 The East Lancashire Railway – David Wright

9 May 2022 Dogs for Good – Mary and her assistance dog, Kingsley,

Group News

We currently have vacancies in the following groups,

Pilates 5 – Monday’s 10.45am – 11.45am – Wesley Centre

Pilates 4 – Thursday’s 10.30am – 11.30am – Masonic Hall

Yoga 5 – Thursday’s 1.00pm -2.15pm – Masonic Hall

New Yoga Group – We are also considering a new Yoga group which would take place on Monday’s, from 12.15pm to 1.30pm at Elworth Methodist Church Hall.

Walking Short Walk and Dine 2 – the current group leader has stepped down and we are looking for someone who would be prepared to take on this role. The aim of the group is to enjoy the countryside, fresh air and exercise at a leisurely pace, then socialise over a meal and drink. Each walk starts at a different pub where members order their lunch and change into walking gear before setting out on a circular walk of up to four miles. Walks are taken at a pace that allows members of average fitness to complete them.

If you would like to express an interest in any of the vacancies, the new Yoga group or can help by leading the Short Walk and Dine group, please contact the Groups Co-ordinator  groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Talking Travel

The next Talking Travel meeting will take place on Friday 18th March, 2pm at Sandbach Library and the speaker will be our local Geologist Stephen who will give a presentation “Rock around the World” about one of his world-wide travels. The group is open to anyone who’s interested.

The Talking Travel group have already had some excellent speakers this year and would like to thank Christine for her talk about walking from Lands End to John O’Groats and Sheena for an informative talk on her Caribbean Cruise. Future talks are currently being planned and include the Antarctic, India, Japan, Vietnam and Sorrento in Italy.

Social Events

Liverpool – 19th April 2022 – £12 – places still available

RHS Garden – Bridgewater – 22nd July – Non RHS members £22 / RHS members £13 – places now available

Book at our Information Desk in Sandbach Library on alternate Wednesday mornings or ring Alice on 01270 765856

Sandbach u3a Quiz Night

Wednesday 13 Apr 2022 at St Mary’s Church Hall. Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start to the questions.

Teams are limited to 6 members who may bring drinks and snacks with them for creativity or consolation. Julie Clarke will provide the questions and answers and Kevin Dean will put scores on the wall.

The cost is £1 per person payable on the night. Booking via quiz@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Local News

Sandbach U3A Choir are performing as guests of Crewe Male Voice Choir at their concert in Sandbach Town Hall on Saturday 4 June. Please book the date, more details to follow.

NHS Consultation – East Cheshire NHS Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust are working alongside the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Cheshire and Stockport to understand how some health and care services could be improved and sustained in the future.A six-week listening exercise has been launched from Monday, 21st February 2022, to gather opinions from health and care staff, patients, carers, and local people on what currently works well, what could be improved, and whether there are any barriers that stop people from accessing health services.

It includes a survey which aims to gather feedback and opinions on a wide range of services including Cardiology, Critical care and Anaesthetics, Diabetes and endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, General surgery, Imaging (X-ray and radiology). Trauma and orthopaedics, Urgent and emergency care (A&E) and Women’s and children’s services. It also seeks views on experiences of Planned Care and Community Services. The survey closes on Saturday, 2nd April 2022.

Gathering the views of our communities using these services, other clinical colleagues and wider partners is vital in order to assist us in conversations on how to further improve services.

You can access further details and information on how to get involved by following this link

And finally …


  1. The space between your eyebrows is called a glabella.
  2. The way it smells after the rain is called petrichor.
  3. The plastic or metallic coating at the end of your shoelaces is called an aglet.
  4. The rumbling of stomach is actually called a wamble.
  5. The cry of a new born baby is called a vagitus.
  6. The prongs on a fork are called tines.
  7. The sheen or light that you see when you close your eyes and press your hands on them is called phosphenes.
  8. The tiny plastic table placed in the middle of a pizza box is called a box tent.
  9. The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow.
  10. Your tiny toe or finger is called minimus.
  11. The wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne is called an agraffe.
  12. The ‘na na na’ and ‘la Ia Ia’, which don’t really have any meaning in the lyrics of any song, are called vocables.
  13. When you combine an exclamation mark with a question mark (like this ?!), it is referred to as an interrobang.
  14. The space between your nostrils is called columella nasi.
  15. The armhole in clothes, where the sleeves are sewn, is called armscye.
  16. The condition of finding it difficult to get out of the bed in the morning is called dysania.
  17. Illegible hand-writing is called griffonage.
  18. The dot over an “i” or a “j” is called tittle.
  19. That utterly sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much is called crapulence.
  20. The metallic device used to measure your feet at the shoe store is called Bannock device.
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