Weekly Update 15 February 2021

Lockdown Quiz

The latest quiz from Julie Clarke (number 46) has been loaded to the website as well as the answers to number 44. Go to the quiz page where you’ll also find this week’s music quiz (number 45) and the answers to music quiz number 43. Julie says ‘This week’s Music Quiz has a nod towards Valentines Day for all the romantics out there!’

Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.

Group News

The Merriment Of Movement – Fitness And Conditioning Exercises With Tanya
Sandbach U3A has the unique opportunity to offer you a 4-week trial run of a course of fitness training by professional circus and football trainer and aerial performer, Tanya Audas.

The trial course will be open to anyone who is interested in 30 minutes of Saturday morning strength and stretch conditioning. We will have 25 places for people on this trial.

Circus Group Co-ordinator, Sharon Ginnis, has persuaded Tanya to offer us a taster of her fitness sessions because Tanya’s knowledge of the way muscles work, and can be worked,

is so impressive. We all benefit from maintaining a good level of physical fitness and Tanya’s sessions are another way of exercising, socialising (on Zoom – obviously!) and having fun.

These sessions are designed specifically for our age group but will aim to challenge us in a safe and measured way.

After Tanya’s sessions – 10.00am to 10.30am on the 20th, 27th February and 6th and 13th March, Pete and Sharon will offer an open invitation to share in some Mindful Circus activities

10.30am to 11.00am to complete the process of getting your Saturday off to a healthy body and mind start.

There is a fee for this course £5.00, which is payable in advance.

Please contact Sharon – sharon@ginnis.eu for any further information or if you have any questions about the sessions.

Local News

Vaccination Update from Sandbach GPS

As the program continues to roll out people aged 70 and over in England are being urged to arrange to have a Covid-19 vaccine if they have not already been inoculated. People can book their appointments using https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/  or by calling 119.

Parking at Leighton Hospital

“An exciting development is in progress at Leighton Hospital as we prepare to build a new £15m Emergency Department located next to our current A&E.”

To allow work to progress the A&E car park will be closed from 8pm Friday 12 February.

The closest patient and visitor parking to A&E will be on the main entrance car park or opposite maternity, where additional spaces will be available

A new drop off/pick up point will be available outside A&E

For further information on the new Emergency Department visit: https://bit.ly/3aiRPKq

Sandbach Concert Series

Our next concert is by Zoom on Wednesday 24th February at 7 pm.  It features the wonderful Eos Ensemble: Katherine Bryer on oboe and Elizabeth Bass on harp.  We are promised a great evening of good music, including the regular Spotlight session by young, local musicians. The concerts are free; information is given for those who wish to make a donation.

To book your place for the concert, click on this link https://forms.gle/KQhB3M391q2i9eo39 or go to the Sandbach Concert Series website www.sandbach-concert-series.co.uk

National News

Did you know that there is a national on-line u3a? Trust u3a is an online u3a that gives you the opportunity to join groups, talks and courses. Like any u3a activities are run by members for members. See https://u3asites.org.uk/trustu3a/groups for a list of on-line groups.

On a Lighter Note

We may not all be grandparents but these descriptions from a class of 8 year olds ring true. Out of the mouths of children. . .

  • Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people’s.
  • Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
  • When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
  • They show us and talk to us about the colours of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’
  • They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’
  • Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear.
  • They can take their teeth and gums out.
  • Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
  • When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
  • Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.