May 2018

Slough U3A Newsletter, May 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday May 16th 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, David Sutherland will tell us about Aquabox. This is a Rotary run charity which provides a water filtration system to disaster areas and thereby gives victims an immediate way of getting safe clean drinking water. Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 humanitarian aid boxes to countries around the world suffering from natural or man-made disasters, helping thousands of people in times of crisis.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • June 20th – Hugh Granger – How our Language Evolved
  • July 18th – Tom Way – Wildlife on Your Doorstep
  • August 15th – Dan Allen – Women in the Army in the First World War

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

The Art Appreciation Group recently enjoyed a 4 day stay in Liverpool, visiting some of the galleries and exhibitions (as well as a couple of very nice restaurants!). Our next venture will be a trip to Kew Gardens on Friday 18th, to see their remarkable collection of botanical art.

U3A member Liz Jones will be hosting a charity Plant Sale at 196 Langley Road SL3 7EE on Saturday 26th May from 2 to 4 pm; all proceeds to Save the Children. Please bring a friend!

Outings (U3A members only)

A slight change of plan – the Houses of Parliament trip on 8th of June will leave Upton earlier than planned, at 9:45.

Also please reserve these dates in your diary –

  • a tour of the Albert Hall on Thursday 2nd August (cost £16 not including transport)
  • and a coach Trip to Brighton on Friday 14th

Both these trips are at an early stage of planning and more details will be announced soon.

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.

  • 17th May— A full program, focusing on Information & Advice. Contributions from Slough Council, Age UK, and Trading Standards who will be telling us about ‘Scams’ – there is a blitz on scammers during June.
  • 21st June – Annual Meeting with Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention. Jan will be reporting on the Pensioners Parliament which will take place in Blackpool earlier in June.

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 May it’s “The Muse” by Jessie Burton. 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, at 10 in 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. Wednesday 16 May, 5:30 pm at the Curve. Book now
  • Coconut! Guleraana Mir’s play ‘Coconut’ explores what it means to be of dual heritage. The heroine Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than being at the mosque. When she meets Simon, her world spins off its axis in ways she could never have predicted. The Curve, 26 May at 7:30 PM. Book now

Meet & Mingle is a voluntary, non-profit charity organisation. The group helps to empower women and provide support through difficult stages – as well as building friendships and having fun! Click here for summer program

Dementia Action Day in Slough Town Square on Monday 21st May from 11 onwards. There are more than 1,000 people over 65 in Slough who are living with some form of dementia. There will be many stands related to dementia offering advice and making everyone aware of the services available.

Carers Week in Slough, June 11-15. If you are one of the many carers living in the Slough area, then Carers Week is just for you. Carers need to take time out to care for themselves and we hope that the range of activities on offer this week will give you a taste of what is available year-round. You can join sessions hosted by Men’s Matters, Cippenham Carers Group, the Memory Clinic, Slough U3A, Community Carers Café and Special Voices, as well as a host of special events. Click here for full details or call 01753 303428.

Concert in aid of Save the Children on Sunday June 10th at 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Langley SL3 7EL. Featuring Berkshire Recorder Consort, Absolute Harmony (Royal Holloway’s very own a cappella vocal group), with Liam Condon on organ. Tickets £10 on the door or from Liz Jones – 01753 540148.

Summer is almost here! Local fairs and carnivals: –

  • Celebrate Britwell! – Saturday 23rd June at the Parish Grounds off Long Furlong Drive.
  • Colnbrook Festival on Saturday 30th A day-long family event with free food, using the lovely Church Gardens, the Village Hall and the Church itself. The day will be rounded off with a Barn Dance (please book!). Contact & booking via Colnbrook Residents Association on 07979 366 092.
  • Cippenham Community Carnival on Saturday 7th July at Mercian Way Recreation Ground.
  • Langley Carnival on Saturday July 14th at the Memorial Ground
  • Slough Horticultural Show on Saturday 18th August in Lascelles Park

Go & See Trip – Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House on Sat 19 May. A unique opportunity to attend a special workshop and performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House, organised by Home Slough. Tickets £11 (adult). Click here for more information.

Colnbrook Residents Association are setting up a volunteer task force to undertake conservation activities in Crown Meadow. This launches on Friday 1st June at 10. Contact Matthew on 07906 229 257

Slough Senior Citizens Group: International Yoga Day celebration on Thursday 21st June from 10 to 12:30 at Chalvey Community Centre, The Green, Chalvey; suitable for all ages and abilities. The day also includes welcome tea and refreshments and a talk on eye care. Tel: 01753 537996 or Email:

Volunteering at Slough Half Marathon – would you like to be part of the Slough Half Marathon but don’t want to run? There are a number of different roles available on race day – stewards, information point, marshals, water station etc. If you are happy to spare 5-7 hours on Sunday 14th October, please fill in the Volunteer Application Form.

Ancient trees of Burnham Beeches – Saturday 19 May, afternoon. Our old trees have some fantastic tales to tell, as do the Rangers! Join this 2 hour walk to discover how and why the ancient pollards were created and what we are doing to keep them alive. Booking required – call 01753 647 358

The Slough & Windsor Railway Society is for anyone interested in rail transport of any kind, especially railways in the area around Slough and Windsor. On 11 May at 7:30 pm we’ll enjoy a talk on Railway Art by Bob Hutchings. Venue: former Great Western Railway building adjacent to Slough railway station.

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 & London. 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

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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