Weekly Update 26 April 2021

Lockdown Quiz

The latest quiz from Julie Clarke (number 56) has been loaded to the website as well as the answers to number 55. Go to the quiz page where you’ll also find this week’s music quiz (number 55) and the answers to music quiz number 54. Our quiz page lists all the quizzes that have been set previously.

Group News

Getting to know you: the Sandbach & District u3a CommitteeAlice Holmes – Social Events Organiser

Alice has been a member for many years and a trustee/committee member for just over six.   She is a Group Leader for our Out to Lunch and Zumba groups and, in normal times, organises our day trips and social events.   Alice participates in walk and dine, country dancing and yoga.

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga – vacancies Tues 18th May 2021 to Tues 6th July, excluding 1st June (7 week term) Masonic Hall – 3.00 – 4pm Cost £21 for the 7 week term which is payable up front.  These hourly Yoga sessions are designed specifically for men and women who no longer have the flexibility or full health that may be they had when they were younger. 
Everyone is welcome, no matter what their limitations, as a large proportion of the time will be spent working from a chair.  These sessions would be suitable for wheelchair users and those who have difficulty getting up and down off the floor as well as those who feel that they can no longer join a more strenuous Yoga class.
The basis, of course, is Yoga but there will be no inverted postures or difficult positions and the sessions will include slow, smooth movements, breathing and relaxation. There will also be some mental exercises such as concentration, visualisation and meditation techniques which are fun to try and can have real physical benefits and help to keep the grey matter working. The basic exercises will be performed seated and although some may be carried out by standing with a chair for support, there will always be modifications for those who wish to remain seated.
The approach is positive, with the emphasis on what you can do. There is no requirement for any special clothing so long as you are comfortable and are not restricted around the waist. However, you may find it useful to bring a blanket to wrap around yourself when we do the relaxation.
There is a saying in Yoga that if you can breathe you can practise Yoga.  If you have a limited range of movement there is always something you can work on which will keep you alert and more energised.
For more information about the class, please contact the tutor Jenny Bull jennybull22@gmail.com or if you would like to join the group, please email groups.co-ordinator@sandbachu3a.org.uk 

New Sandbach & District u3a Facebook page

We have created a page on Facebook so that we can tell people about upcoming events as lockdown is, hopefully, relaxed. The page is not going to replace the way we communicate with members but we hope it will help us reach a wider audience of potential members. If you are a Facebook user do please ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ our page and share posts with friends – www.facebook.com/sandbachu3a

Appeal for website photos

Last week we told you that the website is being updated, with this in mind as well as our new Facebook page we’d last to ask for photos of u3a activities to demonstrate what we do please send them to mailing@sandbachu3a.org.uk.

Unfortunately we do need verbal permission from anyone in the photos to use them on our website and Facebook.

Local News

Covid update
Cheshire East Council and NHS Test and Trace have launched a new pilot scheme to help reach individuals, who have tested positive for coronavrius, sooner.

Known as ‘Local-0’ (zero), this new joint initiative will help the council to contact positive cases faster by bringing them into the local team right from the start of the tracing journey, at the same time the case is entered into the national NHS Test and Trace system. 

Through this new approach, the council will now contact the individual directly rather than the national service and will be responsible for instructing the individual to self-isolate. Local contact tracers are also able to provide instructions and support to people, who have tested positive and for members of their households, who have to self-isolate.

Free Event – Zoom – Dementia Friends – Join Us – Email For A Place

We want you to join us on our ‘DEMENTIA FRIENDS FREE AWARNESS TRAINING ON ZOOM’ on the 29/04/2021

Please sign on at 6:45pm the training will be from 7pm-8pm. We will also be offering information on the Herbert Protocol. More information on this can be found on the Cheshire Police Website.

Please email lizzie.jolley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk for a place ASAP.

PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582
(Police, PCSO, Crewe PCSO Haslington & Rural Villages in Cheshire East)

National News

u3a runs a series of national on-line events, these are a few of the upcoming events. For more details go to https://www.u3a.org.uk/events/educational-events

The Role and History of the National Trust – Wednesday 5 May, 10.30am

Paul Boniface who worked for the National Trust for more than 21 years, will chart the history of the organisation from the end of the 19th century explaining the charity’s mission and how it has responded to changing conservation challenges of the past 125 years.

FIRE! – a century of the Volunteer Fire Brigade – Wednesday 12 May 2:00pm

A history of the years when fire fighting depended on local altruism, using photographs and various items from Jo Livingston’s family’s long association with the Brigade.

Japanese Culture – Tuesday 11 May, 10.30am

The culture of Japan, both old and new, from wood block prints to anime and maid cafes, is fascinating.  This talk will focus on the historical elements looking at how some of them developed and how the long period of isolation ensured they did so with minimal influence from the West.

On a Lighter Note

  • Have you seen the price of Polos these days??  Rowntree’s must be making a mint. 
  • If I wanted to buy a really expensive duck, would I have to make a down payment??
  • What  did the vampire doctor shout out in his waiting room  ?  ‘ necks  please  ‘ 
  • I attempted to smuggle a rugby ball through customs. I thought it was worth a try
  • I got arrested yesterday for stealing hay from a farmer.  I’ve been refused bale
  • The doctor has just prescribed me some anti-gloating cream.  Can’t wait to rub it in.
  • I was once attacked by a gang of Scottish dancers; it left me reeling.
  • Have you seen the new film “The Tractor”?   It had a very good trailer!
  • I twisted my ankle during turbulence on a long-haul flight. I have an airline fracture. 
  • I’ve just been sacked from my hospital porter position.  They’ve accused me of pushing people around.
  • Andrew Lloyds Webber’s new musical Dogs is coming out soon and I’ve been offered the lead. ( That was ruff!)
  • A  tourist stopped me in the street  and asked the best way to Selfridges? I told him to put them on eBay! 
  • As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.