Update 7 July 2022

Groups News

New group – Pilates 6

We’re looking for expressions of interest in a new Pilates group to be held on a Wednesday afternoon at Sandbach Health & Fitness Studio, Bradwall Road. Although the time is yet to be confirmed it will be after 2.30pm, possibly from 2.45-3.45pm.

Caroline Webster will be our instructor and the class is suitable for all levels, beginners included. If you’re interested in joining, please email the Groups Co-ordinator as soon as possible. groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

New group – Canasta

Starting in September, the group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s, of the month from 10am to 12noon, the venue will be confirmed in due course.

Canasta is a classic Rummy type card game which is easy to learn and can be played by any number of players. You don’t need a partner. All are welcome and for those with no experience tuition will be given. If you played Rummy as a child, you will be able to play Canasta, and even if you didn’t we’ll help you learn!  If you’re interested in joining the group please contact Linda – mailing@sandbachu3a.org

Art Appreciation

The Art Appreciation group has been suspended since the Group Leader stepped down, so we’re looking for a member or members who are interested in the subject who would be willing to help re-establish the group. This could be either by undertaking or organising art-related talks and discussions, as well as visits to Art Galleries, museums or other venues of artistic interest.
If you’re able of offer support to help this group continue, please contact the Groups Co-ordinator. groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Sewing group  meeting 1st and 3rd Wednesday

Vacancies in this group for any budding British Sewing Bee!
Would you like to continue or re discover your sewing machine skills then come and join us in this group, this is a self-led group but within the group there is a wealth of experience in dressmaking, patchwork soft crafts and furnishing. It’s a fun group where we share ideas and our wonderful makes. Large cutting table, iron and ironing board available to use.

See https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/Groups/sewing-with-style for details.

Table Tennis News

A team comprising of members of Table Tennis Group 5 have just completed their first season of competitive play in Division 1 of the Crewe and District Table Tennis League.  Playing out of the Post Office Club in Sydney against players aged from 14 to 80 the team finished a very creditable 3rd out of 13 teams and also reached the semi finals of the Victory Cup.  Some achievement as the team had not played competitive table tennis for many years.  We were able to secure shirt sponsorship (the only team in the league to have sponsorship!) and played under the name of our sponsors J S Sports, a sports clothing retailer based in Stoke-on- Trent.  Members of the squad (all TT5 group members) were Phil Beeden, Dave Bunting, Malcolm Edge, Alan Mounsey and Richard Thorne. The new season starts in September and some serious practice will be undertaken at the Scout Hut every Tuesday at mid-day.

from David Bunting

First Aid

We’ll be holding a 1 day first aid course in September. The course is given by a fully qualified first aid trainer, and will include topics such as, what to look for to identify what may be wrong with someone, how to administer CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator).

If you’re interested in attending or require any additional information, please contact Barrie Hacking using membership@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Diary Dates


Renewal ‘Drop-in’s will be held from 10:00 – 12:00 in the undercover seating area at Sandbach RUFC, Bradwall Road, CW11 1RA on Wednesdays – 13th and 27th July and 10th August. Light refreshments will be available to buy.

Sign up day 2022 will be on Wednesday 24th August at the Wesley Centre from 10.00 – 12.00, tea and coffee available.

Provisional Members meeting programme – 2022/23

At Sandbach Town Hall, open 10.00 for members to socialise and enjoy refreshments, 10.30 – 11.30 Guest speaker

Details available on the Sandbach U3A website

Date Title By
5/9/22 Heat in Homes Mark Thompson
3/10/22 How I went to Prison Karen Castle
7/11/22 Talk on Croatia by our Talking Travel Group Vic & Angela Burndell
5/12/22 Christmas Concert Sandbach u3a Brass Band
9/1/23 Big Band Music & stories Kevin & Joy Siddall
6/2/23 AGM Followed by Bygone Sandbach Stephen Minshull
6/3/23 16 in the 60’s Bill Durose
3/4/23 Sandbach Tunnels Group Jessica Smith
8/5/23 To be confirmed  
4/9/23 Make do and Mend Kath Reynolds
2/10/23 Compilation of Big Band, Musicals and Swing music Kevin & Joy Siddall
6/11/23 Christmas Customs Bill Durose
4/12/23 Christmas Concert Sandbach U3A Brass Band

Members’ Notice Board


Did you know that we have a notice board in Sandbach library? (It’s downstairs, at the back amongst the thrillers!
The Notice Board is mainly for the small percentage of members who don’t use email but it’s also a useful place to check up on upcoming events or any other u3a information that you might need, including copies of our updates.

Local News

Snobbery with violence: queens of crime and the detection club

Sandbach Library invites members to an entertaining literary talk by Olivia Smedley. This is a free event on Wednesday 27th July at 7.15pm.  Find out about the pioneering women writers of the Golden Age of Crime Writing, including Agatha Christie and Margery Allingham.

Clonter Opera Theatre

We are a theatre in Swettenham Heath and wondered if our upcoming production of Albert Herring, composed by Benjamin Britten, might be of interest to your U3A members.  Written in 1947 with witty English libretto by Eric Crozier, this operatic comedy was freely adapted from a short story of stifling village life and rebellion, “Le rosier de Madame Husson” by Guy de Maupassant.

Full event details can be found on our website – https://www.clonter.org/event/albert-herring/

To book in, please contact us by email at boxoffice@clonter.org  or by phone on 01260 224514 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 4pm). Please note U3A members receive a 10% discount on tickets. 

Clonter Opera Theatre
Swettenham Heath
CW12 2LR

Tel. 01260 224514



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