March 2018

Slough U3A Newsletter, March 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday March 21st at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough. At this meeting, Tom Jarvis, Parks Superintendent on The Crown Estate will talk about some of the lesser known aspects of Windsor Great Park.


Tom is responsible for the management of over 3,000 acres of Windsor Great Park including the wardens and visitor services personnel, teams for arboricultural work, fencing and amenity area maintenance.

Upcoming U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • April 18th – Brad Ashton talks about “The Job of a Laughtime”
  • May 16th – David Sutherland tells us about Aquabox
  • June 20th – Hugh Granger – “How our Language Evolved”

Entry to our general meetings is free to members as well as to first-time visitors.

Slough U3A welcomes retired and semi-retired people – those in their “third age” – who are interested in participating in any of our activities or groups.

U3A Notices and Groups

Our fortnightly Mixed Activity sessions in Langley include table tennis, darts, bridge and scrabble. Bridge is a great way to keep alertness and memory, whilst also being very sociable. Table tennis is one of the best activities for maintaining mental alertness and physical fitness as you age. You’ll be welcome to join either of these, whether you are a complete beginner, or if you played a few years ago and are a bit rusty. Come to the Mencap Centre, in Common Road, Langley SL3 8JU for a free try-out.

The Play Reading group are having great fun with Sue Townsend’s “The Queen and I”.

The Drawing Group progressed to working with acrylic paint from late 2017. The fortnightly sessions on a Thursday are held at St. Mary’s Church Hall and are progressing very well, the group have produced some great landscapes and are enjoying the use of paints. In March the group have started to draw faces which is quite challenging but equally rewarding.

Local History Group – next meeting on Monday 19th March at Saint Laurence’s Church in Upton at 2 pm. The topic will be the history of Pinewood.

The Book Group have just finished reading, and discussing, “And The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.  We were divided in opinion about this book, the minority having enjoyed it.  We agreed that it was not as successful as The Kite Runner which we read a couple of years ago.  Our March read is “The Fields” by Kevin Maher.

The Cookery Group meet on the fourth Monday of the month.  This month we are focusing on the different uses of eggs, with individual members of the group demonstrating their different uses of eggs.  Last month Surinder gave us a superb demonstration of a variety of Punjabi curries.


We are now booking for our trip to Hampton Court on Thursday 12th April. Click here for full details. The trip to St George’s Chapel has been postponed.

Windsor U3A is arranging a 4 day visit to Liverpool 4 to 8 June. Click here for more information.

What’s on around Slough?

Council Tax – If you are the only person who lives at your home, you will be entitled to a discount of 25%. If you are entitled to this discount, but are not already receiving it, then you should apply to Slough Borough Council as soon as possible. If you are already receiving the discount, you must complete the online review form in order to continue receiving it in 2018/9.

Slough 50plus Forum meets on the third Thursday of each month. In January the Forum looked at Exercise & Activity, and in February it was Transport. Click here to read the report. At the next meeting on March 15th the topic will be “The merger of the NHS Commissioning Groups across East Berkshire; how will it affect us?” 1:30 pm at Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ

Coming up at Slough’s Libraries. All events are free but you are advised to book via the website or any library:

  • International Women’s Night will be a fantastic evening of poetry, discussion and theatre at the Curve. Featuring established and up and coming professional Slough Artists. Friday March 16th at 7:30
  • April 23rd is World Book Night – join in a Book Quiz at the Curve at 2 pm or in Cippenham Library at 6 pm.
  • On April 24th, join trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks in the Curve to hear about his acclaimed novel “Ancestors”, based on his 13 year journey to uncover his own Afro-Caribbean roots.
  • On 15th May at 10 am Langley Library will host a talk on “Swinging 60’s London” by historian Nick Dobson
  • An Afternoon with Iqbal – Join a discussion group on poet, philosopher and politician, Muhammad Iqbal. Sat 23 Jun 2-4pm

Would you like a sneak preview of Slough’s new Sports Centre? On 24th March, Open Doors Construction is offering guided tours of the partially completed site in Farnham Road which will eventually replace Montem as the town’s main sports & swimming centre. Book via the website

Film Clubs around Slough – Slough Cooperative Film Club on 27th March will show “Loving Vincent”, the acclaimed hand-painted animation exploring the last days of the famous painter. And on 23rd March, the Hedgerley Film Club will be showing “Going in Style” – a comedy about 3 pensioners who decide rob a bank when their pension fund collapses. Now there’s a thought!

Join the Friends of Slough Canal in their mission to look after the beautiful Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal! The group hold a big annual spring clean-up as well as more regular events such as wildflower planting. This year’s clean-up is on Saturday 28th April, at 9:00. Meet at the Salvation Army Hall in Stoke Road, SL2 5BW. Refreshments provided. More information click here.

Slough Carers’ activity calendars are available for download – March and April

Slough Philharmonic has two concerts coming up – on 28th April St Bernard’s School, Langley Road, they will perform Handel’s Messiah; and on 20th May at Caldicott School, an afternoon concert with an extended interval for summer drinks. Full details on their website.

Early Birds in the Beeches: Sunday 25 March, 6am. Join us bright and early for the dawn chorus. Enjoy a warming cup of tea, before setting off on foot for a 2 hour walk to watch some of the songsters in action and learn how to identify each species by their songs and calls. Booking required. 01753-647358

This Gerrard’s Cross Summer School – Monday 23rd July to Friday 3rd August. For one day courses covering a dazzling range wide range of topics – History and art history, Bridge, music, Creative arts and crafts, Computers, tablets and phones, and General interest. Click here for information.

Healthwatch Slough is organising a Health Expo for April 30th at Arbour Park Stadium in Stoke Road. Come along at 6 pm to sample some freebies such as reiki, head massage, motivation, health checks, allergy testing.

Stoke Poges Singers‘ Spring 2018 Concert on Saturday, 17 March featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem. 7.30 pm at St John’s Church, Victoria Road, Farnham Common, SL2 3NN. Tickets available on-line or phone  Naomi 07831 217575.

Stoke Poges Photographic Club’s annual open Photo Competition is now open! This year all you have to do is take a photograph where the main subject is based on the letter G. A few examples might be: Globe, gift, Gibraltar, Gold. See our website for further details. Cash prizes!

U3A National & Regional Events

There are a wide range of study days available nearby, open to U3A members only. For a complete list, click on one of these links: National events & Thames Valley & Surrey. Here are a few of them:

  • March 26 –The Journey to Democracy at the British Library. As we celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which ushered-in a new era of democratic rights for women, journey through the British Library’s unique collections on a day of talks and debate
  • The Drama of Dunkirk on 19th June at Henley’s River & Rowing Museum
  • Fri Apr 20th UK Energy Futures in Cobham. Presented by Graham Hill, Richard Rumble, Robin Allen, John Gallop & Ian Funnell
  • Fri May 18th Satirical Art & Cartoons in Cobham. Presented by Ian Keable, Member of The Inner Magic Circle & Lecturer for The Arts Society

U3A Principles and Membership

The U3A approach to learning is “learning for pleasure”. There is no accreditation or validation and there are no assessments or qualifications to be gained. Members share their knowledge, skills and experience, learning from each other; the teachers learn and the learners teach. You can find out more about the University of the Third Age at the national website

Membership of Slough U3A is £20 per annum (£10 for the half year), giving unlimited access to our groups and activities. If you join now, membership is valid until 31 August 2018. Subscription monies are used to pay for hire of premises, speakers’ expenses, magazines, newsletters, postage etc. during the coming year.

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