Update April 17 2023

Quiz News

The April 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.)

April Quiz Night

Thanks to all the volunteers involved for staging this ever popular event. Kevin Dean reports:
“The semi-annual quiz was held on 12 April in St Mary’s Church Hall, where 17 teams battled it out to win the prestigious title of top quizzer. On this occasion the winner was Universally Challenged but the top five scores differed by no more than 2 points. Julie Clarke with husband Ian produced the questions directed the action while Kevin Dean kept the scores. Jim Thompson supplied the sound system.

Julie included some puzzles from a book she was given aged 9 hoping to show that children were smarter then. In the event, most of the teams scored all questions correctly. This clearly demonstrates that u3a makes people clever.

The next quiz will be in November.”

Members Morning

Due to the extra Bank Holiday there will be no Members’ Morning in May.

New Members Get Together

Members who have recently joined us have received an invitation to meet up with other new members, as well as members of our Committee. If you’d like to come along to our New Members’ Morning please RSVP to Barrie, our membership officer membership@sandbachu3a.org.uk and we’ll make sure we have refreshments booked for you.

Group News

Peaceful Painting, who meet on alternate Tuesdays 1.30 to 3.30 at The Masonic Hall now have spaces.  “We’re a small but friendly group who share our pleasure of painting and knowledge.“

Exercise Group Vacancies
There still vacancies for the next term, starting on Thursday 20th April in the following exercise groups:

    • Pilates 4 – Thursday’s 10.15am – 11.15am at the Masonic Hall
    • Yoga 4 – Thursday’s 11.30am-12.45pm at the Masonic Hall
    • Yoga 5 – Thursday’s 1.00pm – 2.15pm at the Masonic Hall

Exercise Group Summer Classes
We’re hoping to extend the exercise groups over the summer and we’d like more members to take the opportunity to join us for our “summer school” classes.
If you’ve not tried Pilates or Yoga, why not join us for a 6-week block of classes? Term dates would be w/b 5th June to w/b 10th July and w/b 17th July to w/b 20th August.

    • Monday’s – Pilates x 2 classes – 9.30am or 10.45am – Wesley Centre
    • Thursday’s – Pilates x 2 classes – 9.00am or 10.15am – Masonic Hall
    • Thursday’s – Yoga x 2 classes – 11.30am or 1.00pm – Masonic Hall

There’s also a chance to have some fun at Dance Fit, the 2 classes will be running for an additional 6 weeks. Term dates would be w/b 5th June to w/b 10th July

    • Dance Fit 1 – Monday’s 12pm to 1pm – Sandbach Health & Fitness Studio
    • Dance Fit 2 – Wednesday’s 11.15am – 12.15pm – Wesley Centre

Anyone interested in any of the classes should contact the Groups Co-ordinator as soon as possible    groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

If you are a group leader and would like to see your vacancies listed here please contact mailing@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking to add to our list of members who are willing to help out at member events or on the library information desk. This usually involves talking to people about everything or anything u3a!  Volunteering in this way would suit you if you want to help but don’t want a regular commitment.
If you would like to know more or want to be added to our list please contact Sue, our secretary – secretary@sandbachu3a.org.uk.
We’d be very pleased to hear from you!


Alice has a new trip planned for May –

Date Thursday 11th May          Price £15
Departing from the Military Sandbach at 9am

Book on-line – https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/events or contact Alice direct – fholmes467@btinternet.com or 01270 765856

Local News

Several of our members also belong to Sandbach Art Club who are having an exhibition this coming weekend at the Masonic Hall Masonic Hall, The Common, Congleton Road, admission free:

Sandbach Art Club Exhibition

April 2023

    • Fri 21        11am – 4pm
    • Sat 22     10am – 4pm
    • Sun 23    10am – 4pm

National News

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live. It will be used to warn you in the event of emergencies, such as severe flooding. The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.
On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm, there will be a national test of the Emergency Alerts service.
If you get an Emergency Alert on your phone, you’ll hear a loud, siren-like sound. A message on your screen will tell you about the emergency and how best to respond. You’ll be able to check an alert is genuine at gov.uk/alerts. If you receive an alert, read the alert carefully and follow the instructions.

To find out more about Emergency Alerts, visit gov.uk/alerts

And Finally

    • Why do you never see elephants hiding up in trees? – Because they’re really good at it.
    • What is red and smells like blue paint? – Red paint.
    • What do you call a parade of rabbits hopping backwards? – A receding hare-line.
    • Why aren’t koalas actual bears? – The don’t meet the koalafications.
    • A bear walks into a restaurant and says, “I want a grilled……. cheese.” The waiter says “Why the big pause?” The bear replies, “I don’t know. I was born with them.”
    • What do you call bears with no ears? – B.
    • Two gold fish are in a tank. One looks at the other and says, “You know how to drive this thing?!”
    • As a scarecrow, people say I’m outstanding in my field. But hay, it’s in my jeans.
    • I waited and stayed up all night and tried to figure out where the sun was. Then it dawned on me.
    • I told my friend 10 jokes to get him to laugh. Sadly, no pun in 10 did.
    • How do you throw a space party? You planet.
    • What did the bald man exclaim when he received a comb for a present? Thanks— I’ll never part with it!
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