Weekly Update 11 April 2021

Lockdown Quiz

The latest quiz from Julie Clarke (number 54) has been loaded to the website as well as the answers to number 53. Go to the quiz page where you’ll also find this week’s music quiz (number 53) and the answers to music quiz number 52. Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.

Group News

Getting to know you: the Sandbach & District u3a Committee 

My name is Pam Thomas, Cheshire born, Cheshire bred living in Sandbach for the last 11 years.
I joined Sandbach U3A in January 2018 and casually enquired about weekend groups, only to be told that their weren’t any but would I like to start one?Hence, the birth of
the Sunday lunch Discussion Group which is about to start its 4th year at the new venue of Sandbach Rugby Club.As a Trustee and committee member, I am events organiser and library officer, arranging events such as the successful Showcase held just prior to last March’s lockdown.
I enjoy membership of several U3A groups and am looking forward to groups restarting.
Currently, I am helping with the Cheshire Vaccination Team – but of course, not in full time employment!

Group Leaders needed

Group Leaders are an essential part of Sandbach u3a, without them groups would be forced to close and members would lose access to all their individual activities.

Being a Group Leader involves a certain amount of organisational and administrative work, for example, organising and co-ordinating group sessions, maintaining group information on the computer management system SWISH (attendance records and session fees) and obviously keeping in touch with group members. The Group Leader’s role can be shared by a number of members, this makes the role less onerous as well as providing support and cover as required. Group Leaders

also liaise with the Programme, Venue and Groups Co-ordinators who are always there to offer support and help along the way. You don’t need any special qualifications to be a Group Leader – just a willingness to support other members.

We’re currently looking for replacement leaders for the following groups:

Bowls 6 – meet weekly on Monday afternoon’s 2-4pm at the Marriott Green, Sandbach Park during the summer. The outdoor season lasts until the greens close at the end of September then play reverts indoors on mats at Sandbach Town Hall.

Walking – Intermediate – meets on the second Thursday of the month for walks between 5.5 and 7.5 miles long

If you think you can help support Sandbach u3a by volunteering as a Group Leader and would like further information please contact the Groups Coordinator groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk

Holmes Chapel “u3a Air Waves” Programmes for April 2021
Holmes Chapel & District u3a is continuing its partnership with Dane Sound Radio with a new series of programmes under the banner “u3a Air Waves”. There is a mix of music programmes and “magazine”-style programmes:

“u3a Jazz with Peter Shields” is a 2-hour programme of music from Peter’s personal collection, with spoken commentary about each selection. A Jazz Appreciation interest group has been posted on the Holmes Chapel u3a website. The broadcast is at 8:00pm on Tuesday 6th April, repeating at 8:00pm on Tuesday 20th April.

“u3a Americana & Country with Roy Rawlinson” is a 1-hour programme of Country Rock, Bluegrass, and Electric Folk with spoken commentary about each selection. The broadcast is at 8:00pm on Tuesday 13th April, repeating at 8:00pm on Tuesday 27th April.

The third offering in April is our “Insights” magazine programme, a mix of news, readings, music, stories and features, all prepared and recorded by our u3a members and interest groups.The 2-hour broadcast is at 10:00am on Monday 19th April, repeating at 4:00pm on Saturday 24thApril.

To listen in, go to www.danesound.com and click on “Listen Live”. You can also listen on Alexa by saying “Play Dane Sound Community Radio”

We do hope that you can join us – happy listening! For more information go to: www.holmeschapelu3a.org.uk

Local News

Vaccination Update from Sandbach GPS

‘We are currently booking patients in for their second vaccine around 11 weeks after their first vaccine. Patients will usually be contacted around 9-10 weeks after their first vaccine appointments

After you have been vaccinated, to protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues, you MUST still:

    • practise social distancing
    • wear a face mask
    • wash your hands carefully and frequently
    • open windows to let fresh air in
    • follow the current guidance
This quote helps explain the reason for continuing vigilance:
“You have to remember the vaccine is like a life jacket. It will help keep you alive if the worst should happen. You still have to try to stop yourself falling in the water”

Sandbach Concert Series Youth Music Festival premieres next week

Our celebration of Youth Music making premieres on Saturday 17th April at 2pm and is available for 1 week only. You can access it from either the home page of our website www.sandbach-concert-series.co.uk/, or from our Facebook page. If you visit it now and click on the video image, you can set a reminder so that you don’t miss it.

Our next online concert is on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at 7pm using Zoom. Main concert artists are Sophie Rosa and Ian Buckle Violin and Piano Recital

On-line shopping Scam

Member Kate Simmons has drawn our attention to this article from Which about one persons’ experience of an on-line shopping scam https://bit.ly/3a1dPt2 which also describes what to do if youthink you’ve fallen victim to a scam.

Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch
Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch Association now has a Facebook group specifically for Neighbourhood Watch across Cheshire. Please join us using this link: Cheshire Neighbourhood Watch facebook

The group is for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across Cheshire, scheme members and for anyone keen to promote neighbourliness, active communities, and crime prevention.

On a Lighter Note

    • Californian Earthquakes are all San Andreas fault
    • I took part in the sun-tanning Olympics. I got bronze
    • My wife makes a terrible cup of coffee. I Mocha  about it
    • What do you get if you cross a motorway with a wheelbarrow?  Run over!
    • My dog Minton keeps eating my shuttlecocks. Bad Minton!
    • I’ve been told many times that I’ve got a great face for radio presenting….
    • I want to build a staircase.  Anyone got a step-by-step guide?
    • How do trains listen?  With their engineers
    • When I was younger, we were so poor we couldn’t even afford to pay attention
    • Has anyone seen Percy Verance?  If not, I’ll just have to keep on and not give up
    • Hot tip for the 2.30pm Cheltenham race today.  Dusty Carpet. Never been beaten
    • I’ve found a chip shop that serves its fish n chips in photo copy paper…  It’s a little plaice on the A4
    • I asked Grandad if he liked his new stair-lift He said ‘I hate it. It’s driving me up the wall
    • Scientists have discovered that trees can communicate with each other. They use What sap.