April 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday April 18th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

Please note that we are not permitted to use the car park behind the church; however, there is parking nearby at Hatfield Road multi-storey (£1.10 for 2 hours) or there is free parking in Upton Court Park.


At this meeting, Brad Ashton talks about “The Job of a Laughtime”. Writing gags for a living is a cut-throat business… but it has provided Brad with a barrel of laughs for more than 50 years. He’ll tell us his anecdotal tales about working with comedy greats such as Groucho Marx, Tommy Cooper, Tommy Trinder and Les Dawson, including backstage gossip about TV shows and their famous (and sometimes infamous) stars. He has also worked with Scotland Yard’s Fraud Squad on a BBC Radio series exposing con-tricks. He is a regular guest lecturer on board cruise ships, averaging five cruises a year with six highly entertaining talks each. Brad has retired from television but still works as a journalist, writing comedy articles, and he loves U3A meetings!

Upcoming U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • May 16th – David Sutherland tells us about Aquabox
  • June 20th – Hugh Granger – “How our Language Evolved”
  • July 18th – Tom Way – “Wildlife on Your Doorstep”

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

Pilates: please note that the time has been changed to 10:45 to avoid a clash with other groups using the centre. Sessions are every Thursday at the Manor Park Community Centre, Villiers Road, Slough, SL2 1NP. All welcome.

During April, the Walking Group enjoyed a stroll in Black Park; on May 9th they will walk a short stretch of the Thames Path between Datchet and Windsor. Please join us!

The Wine Appreciation group have recently enjoyed a selection of wines from the Beaujolais region. Our next topic will be the rich fruity wines coming from the Portuguese region of Alentejo, on May 1st.

Practical Philosophy for Everyday Life“. So many topics, so many views!! A monthly opportunity to air and compare our thoughts on a wide-ranging selection of topics, such as ● Build bridges not walls ● Should there be limitations on the right to free speech? ● Rights vs Responsibilities ● Would it be good if an anti-ageing pill were discovered? ● Next group meeting on is on April 13th.


Our friends at Windsor U3A have several outings in the pipeline;

  • Chartwell on Tuesday 22nd
  • Beaulieu Estate on Tuesday, 26th June
  • Cambridge on Friday 20th July

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus Forum meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm, in Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ. Upcoming meetings:

  • 19th April— Members Issues & Concerns.
  • 17th May— Information & Advice in Slough

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

  • CityRead is a month-long celebration of one book – this year it’s “The Muse” by Jessie Burton. Seductive, exhilarating and suspenseful, The Muse is an unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception. Pick up a free copy at any library.
  • Swinging Sixties London with Nick Dobson, Join historian Nick Dobson for a fun and informative talk about the way things used to be – part of CityRead Tuesday 15 May, 10 AM at Langley Library. Book now
  • Ancestors – tracing African and Caribbean ancestry Paul Crooks’ trailblazing guide to using the slave registers, not just as a source for tracing ancestry but also for its impact on identity and the roots of British racism. Part of CityRead. 16 May, 5:30PM at the Curve. Book now

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 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.

Get advice and learn about new ways to look after yourself at Slough’s Health and Care Fair sponsored by Healthwatch Slough. Health checks, reiki, allergy testing, motivation, head massage and more. Free prize draw for £50 Amazon voucher for every attendee. 6pm at Arbour Park Stadium in in Stoke Road on Monday, April 30; no booking required. 01753 325 333 or enquiries@healthwatchslough.co.uk for more information

Slough Carers Calendar Are you looking for regular activities within Slough to help you get out and about and take better care of yourself and others? Our calendar will help you find lots of activities in and around the borough, with other activities being added regularly.

Slough’s Active Senior Programme has been carefully designed to suit participants aged 50 and above. It’s just as important, if not more so, to remain active as you age. Within this programme there are a range of activity classes suitable for people at all levels of fitness. Available from libraries or to download

Calling all keen gardeners! Now is the time to start planning for Slough Horticultural Show. The show will take place in Lascelles Park on Saturday 18 August. There will be competitions for the best home grown produce and best homemade items, including cakes, knitted items and clothing. Schedules with entry forms are available from Horsemoor Green and Stoke Road allotment huts.

Dawn Chorus at Herschel Park – Join us as we walk the park listening to our local birds. Our expert ornithologist will identify the species we see and hear and point out the fascinating facts of each bird. Contact Ian Judd on 07771 973035 or ian.judd@slough.gov.uk. Meet at the kiosk in the park on Wednesday 25th April, at 6 am

Reptiles in Burnham Beeches – Sunday 22 April, 2 pm. Join Ranger Martin Hartup near the cafe with some of the reptiles and amphibians that can be found on site. Email us to book your place on any one of our events or for more information take a look at our events page.

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.

A new Summer exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s works entitled “Patron Saints” has opened at the Stanley Spencer Art Gallery in Cookham. This will be an opportunity to see works which have been loaned by art galleries across the country including the Tate and the Fitzwilliam.

2018 Thames Valley History Festival runs from 11 – 24 May covering topics as diverse as Caesar, Jane Seymour, and World War 2. Tickets are available from the Town Centre Information Office in Windsor.

Maidenhead Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the New Inn. On April 19th our guests are Scarecrow, an acoustic folk band based in Oxfordshire; and on May 3rd we have Caroline Jackson-Houlston.

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:

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 www.u3a.org.uk

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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