Update February 202023

General Knowledge Quiz

We have a new quiz for February from Julie Clarke 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.

2023 AGM

Thanks to everyone who took part in this years AGM, whether on-line or in person. Having checked the combined voting papers the Committee can confirm that all votes were passed by a large majority.

Once again we are delighted to have a full Committee:

    • Stuart Naylor – Chair
    • Linda Bilsborrow – Vice Chair
    • Keith Saywell – Treasurer
    • Sue Jones – Secretary
    • Barrie Hacking – Membership (Supported by member Wendy Spreadbury)
    • Paula Reilly-Cooper – Groups Co-ordinator
    • Linda Williams  – Groups Co-ordinator Support
    • Alan Casey – IT Systems
    • Alice Holmes – Social Events Organiser
    • Kate Ashcroft – Member Events Organiser
    • Moira Egan – Venue Co-ordinator (Co-opted)
    • Jenny Haines – General member

The revised Sandbach u3a Code of Practice will be available on our website shortly.

Andrew Sparks will be the independent examiner for our accounts.

Two questions were raised by members:

Q: Why have the fees for paid tutor groups have increased so much?

A: The Chair explained that the question was based on a false assumption. While some paid tutor group fees have increased, others have not.
All members will be aware that venue costs are increasing and external tutor costs are increasing. The Chair also explained that as a charity affiliated to the Third Age Trust, we are not permitted to use members general payments to support external tutors.  All paid tutor groups must be self -financing. In the past that had not always been the case, but it is now. For these reasons some paid tutor groups have increased their session fees.

Q: Does our u3a offer CPR training*?

A: First Aid courses, including CPR training, are provided when required based on expressions of interest.

*Members wanting to know more about CPR and using a defibrillator might want to visit Revivr at https://revivr.bhf.org.uk/.
Provided by the British Heart Foundation Revivr is described as “the 15-minute mobile training that shows you when and how to do CPR to save someone’s life. All you need to practise is a cushion.”

No further issues were raised. Committee members are very grateful to members who took the opportunity to express their thanks and/or enjoyment of their membership of our u3a on their voting form.
Thank you for your ‘Thank you’s’

u3a Quiz

The next U3A quiz is arranged for Wednesday 12th April in St Mary’s Church Hall, Sandbach. Julie Clarke will devise the questions and operate the microphone on the night. The hall will open at 7pm and the questions will start at 7:30. Each team may have up to six members, who should a) bring their own drinks and snacks and b) pay the £1.50 entry fee per team member.

This is a popular event, and the hall allows only 24 teams so prompt action is required. The only way to participate is to send an email in March to kev1dea2@gmail.com. The organiser will ignore any entries sent before 1st March.

The email should contain the name of your team and its captain. The organiser will respond to every entry received to confirm your place in the quiz. If you don’t receive a response within a week, you should resend your application because the organiser did not receive it.

Members’ Mornings

These meetings are held in Sandbach Town Hall from September to May on the first Monday of each month  and run from 10.00 am to 12 noon. Speakers are scheduled to begin at 10:30.

Our next Members’ Morning is 6th March and features Bill Durose  with his talk ’16 in the 60’s’  ‘This is the history of the Sixties, voted our favourite decade and looks at local and national events during each year. There is a nostalgic look at TV programmes and advertising, all accompanied with hit songs of this iconic decade’.

Groups News

A few spaces have become available in our Yoga groups that meet in the Masonic Hall, next to Sandbach Library on Thursday at either 11.30 – 12,45 or 1.00 – 2.15
These groups practises Hatha Yoga including exercise, breathing techniques and some meditation. It is suitable for women and men of all fitness levels. You will need to bring your own mat.

Pilates 4
Spaces are also available on Pilates 4. Weekly on Thursday’s from 10.15am-11.15am at the Masonic Hall, CW11 1FJ

If you are interested please contact the groups co-ordinator – groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Trips News

Tabley House Cheshire – www.tableyhouse.co.uk

Friday 31st March 23, departing from the Military Arms at 1pm for a guided tour at 2pm and tea and cake at approx 3.30pm.

Price £25 [includes coach, drivers tip, guided tour ,and tea or coffee ,cake or scone all freshly homemade)

To book go to https://u3a.simplemembership.co.uk/Sandbach/Events/tabley-house   or contact Alice – fholmes467@btinternet.com or 01270 765856

Local News

The next meeting of the Sandbach Hub is on Monday 27th February, 11 – 1pm at Sandbach Market Hall.  The following organisations will be attending.  For more details, please contact lucie.ferneyhough@cheshireeast.gov.uk

    • Stay Well Squad (Health and Wellbeing Bus)
    • Springboard (Employment Support)
    • Pathway CIC
    • IAPT (Mental Health Support)
    • Smile Group (Perinatal Support)
    • CVS

And finally … jokes from the website of Australian Niiumbik u3a

    • To err is human. To blame it on someone else shows management potential.
    • At my age, a trail of clothes leading to the bedroom means that I dropped them on the way from the dryer.
    • Whoever put the ‘s’ in fast food is a marketing genius.
    • If you see someone wearing camouflage, make sure to walk right into them so that they know it is working.
    • The fitness trainer asked me, “What kind of squat are you accustomed to doing?“. I replied, “Diddly.
    • As I watched the dog chasing its tail, I thought that dogs are easily amused. Then I realised that I was watching the dog chase its tail.
    • I pulled a nose hair out today to see if it hurt. Judging by the screams of the guy asleep on the bus next to me, yes it did hurt!
    • The irony for mankind is that a computer program asks a human to prove that they aren’t a robot.
    • Here’s a little known fact. Before the crowbar was invented, crows simply drank at home.
    • My Diet day 1: I have removed all the bad food from the house. It was delicious.
    • Attempts to combine nitrous oxide and Oxo cubes made me a laughing stock.
    • Lance is a very uncommon name nowadays. But in medieval times, people were called Lance a lot.













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