Update 29th November 2021

Group News

Dance Fit 2

We’re calling for “expressions of interest” in a new paid tutor group, Dance Fit 2, which we hope will start in January.

If we have enough interest the class will take place at the Wesley Centre every Wednesday from 11am-12noon.

Mel Levy will be our instructor, she’s been taking the Monday class since September which has proved to be very popular and a great way to exercise and have fun!

If you’re interested, please email the Groups Co-ordinator as soon as possible groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk.


There are now some vacancies in the Pilates3 group.  This group meets each Friday morning from 9-15 until 10-15 at the Methodist church hall in Elworth.  Beginners and more experienced members are all welcome as Caroline the instructor can accommodate all levels of experience,

If you’re interested, please email the Groups Co-ordinator – groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Day Trips

We have the following trips on sale now at the library desk

    • Boundary mill Mon 14th Feb 2022 – £12
    • Liverpool Tues 10th April 2022 – £12
    • York Tues 10th May – £14
    • Llandudno Tues 7th June 2022 – £12

Members’ Morning Reminder 

Our next members’ morning will be on December 6th at Sandbach Town Hall

from 10am – 12noon.  Our very own band will provide the entertainment for this popular annual event. “Christmas starts here!”

Introducing another new Committee member – Sharon Ginnis

Writing this introductory paragraph reminds me of the resumes that performers write for some show programmes. I rather like that idea as I’ve always loved dance, drama and theatre and in fact all the arts really because I am generally enthralled by creativity. If I’d been more confident as a young person I might have pursued a career in the arts but I opted for teaching and I loved it and felt privileged to do it.

I trained and then worked in Birmingham; for the first twelve years of my working life I was a primary and secondary school teacher and then an advisory teacher for drama. In my ‘free time’ I was part of a team of volunteers who ran a youth theatre. For nine years I taught drama classes every week and directed two or three shows a year. Then, with a sense of adventure and a new project to tempt me, I moved on from the local education authority service and joined a Further Education College to develop a Professional Development Centre. I became very involved in promoting inclusion across the FE sector and chose to become a freelance trainer, running a small training and development business which I did for over 20 years. Working in partnership with my late husband we trained teachers in schools all over the UK and in many exciting places abroad.

I moved to Sandbach from Alsager in 2017 and as retirement approached I was excited by the prospect of having more time for seeing family and my seven step grandchildren. This was very annoyingly curtailed in 2020 by Covid of course. However, just over a year before Covid the Circus Group was started and circus is definitely one of my favourite arts activities. It has taken me some considerable time to learn to juggle. I will confess to just how long if you ask me but I prefer to be spared the experience! I found other circus skills easier to learn thank goodness and I was reminded that we are all unique learners. The main thing is the group is such fun. My other great joy is being in the u3a Contemporary Dance group. I love it so much that I joined Congleton u3a just so that I could join the dance group there too. The u3a is an incredible organisation and when I read there was a need for more committee members it seemed like the right time to step up. I have to say that I hadn’t anticipated having a role in IT because I wouldn’t generally describe myself as knowledgeable about IT systems but I’ll learn what I can and support those who are skilled. I hope I’m a bit faster at learning about IT than I was about learning to juggle!

I’m looking forward to my time on the Sandbach u3a committee and to learning even more about exactly what is involved in keeping this wonderful organisation running.

Local News

Mental Health Support information from Healthwatch

Operation Shield

As part of our ongoing work to deter people from committing crime in Cheshire, we are investing in forensic property marking to identify those responsible for theft. The work we are doing in this area of prevention is branded Operation Shield.

What is Operation Shield?
Operation Shield is Cheshire Constabulary’s unique DNA marking system that protects homes and businesses by reducing burglary opportunities, deterring offenders, and identifying and recovering stolen property.

Whilst Operation Shield is already present in parts of Cheshire, Neighbourhood Policing Teams are visiting households and business premises throughout the county to introduce the forensic property marking. They will be offering free SelectaDNA kits which are made by the UK company Selectamark Security Systems plc. See https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/da/405375/Op_Shield_Going_County_Wide.html for details

And now for something completely different:

  • He/She fell in love with an electrician, and got shocked.
  • He/She fell in love with an artist, and things got sketchy.
  • He/She fell in love with a crane operator and got let down
  • He/She fell in love with …. and it’s over to you

Please send your ideas forHe/She fell in love with …” suggestions to mailing@sandbachu3a.org.uk and let’s see how long a list we can make for our Christmas update. Just be careful not to make your Editor blush!

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