Newsletter, June 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday June 20th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

Hugh GrangerOn June 20th, we shall be having a talk by Hugh Granger, one of the most prolific speakers in this area.  His topic this time will be “How English Evolved“, and as a former Chief Examiner in the subject, he should know what he’s talking about.  It’s amusing and informative, and it will link up all the half remembered fragments you already have, rattling around in there, and give you a fresh appreciation of something we all take for granted.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • July 18th – Tom Way – Wildlife on Your Doorstep
  • August 15th – Dan Allen – Women in the Army in the First World War
  • September 19th – Jeff Rozelaar – Bagels and Bacon

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 Groups

If you are interested in joining any of our groups, please contact the group’s convenor. There’s a full list on our website – Click here.

  • Walking Group – we will be exploring Runnymede on Wednesday 13th
  • Art Appreciation – a visit to see the Picasso exhibition at the Tate on Friday 17th June
  • Table Tennis / Bridge for Fun – next session on Thursday 14th All welcome, especially beginners.
  • Wine Appreciation and Practical Philosophy – both are taking a summer break.
  • Drawing Group – next session will be on Thursday 21st June
  • French and German groups are working on phrases which might be useful on holiday
  • Local History Group will be doing the Eton Historical Walk

Outings (U3A members only)

A mixed group from Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead U3A’s enjoyed a memorable tour of the Houses of Parliament last Friday. Many thanks to the Outings Committee for organising this!

We’re now taking bookings for a tour of the Albert Hall for Thursday 2nd August. Please click here for full details and a booking form.

Coming up soon: –

  • coach trip to Brighton on Friday 14th
  • Christmas special – a live screening of The Nutcracker at The Odeon, Uxbridge from The Opera House Covent Garden on Monday 3rd December

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.

  • 21st June – Annual Meeting with Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, and in the presence of Slough’s Mayor, Cllr Paul Schal. Jan will be reporting on the Pensioners Parliament.

Coming up at Slough’s Libraries. All events are free:

  • Connie’s Colander Connie is a retired teacher; Emily, her daughter, has a busy career. Sensitively, with humour and tenderness this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact as Connie develops Alzheimer’s. This wil be followed by a 20 minute Q&A with a Dementia specialist. 13th July at Cippenham Library (morning) and the Curve (evening).
  • On the 23rd of June at 2 pm, The Curve will host an informal discussion on select verses of the Persian philosopher and poet Iqbal, led by Manzoor Alam Mian, a lifelong student of Iqbal. The session will be free, and discussion will be in English, Urdu and Punjabi, with Iqbal’s verses also presented in the original Persian. No booking is required for the event, people can just pop in as they wish.

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.

Slough Council has published the Summer edition of the Citizen newsletter. Read the full edition in one place, with this PDF edition. Or collect a copy from any library.

Summer is almost here! Local fairs and carnivals: –

  • Cippenham Community Carnival on Saturday 7th July at Mercian Way Recreation Ground. Falconry, prize draw, Bhangra workshop, and a dog show!
  • Cippenham Royal British Legion — Armed Forces Day on 30th June at Brook Path, SL1 5FR from 1.00pm. Face painter, bouncy castle, traditional afternoon tea, and a family games night.
  • Manor Park Great Get Together – Saturday 23rd June in Villiers road, Slough, SL2 1NP from 1.00. Click here for details.
  • Slough Mela, a celebration of world culture, food, music and dance. Sunday 8th July 11 am at Slough Rugby Club, Upton Court Road, SL3 8LR

The Slough Horticultural Show committee is calling on keen photographers to take inspiring photos and enter them into the photography class at the show on August 18th. There are awards for both adults and children along with a number of categories to enter under, so if you are a wildlife, landscape, portrait or street photographer, there is something for everyone. To download full entry details and an application form, click here. In addition, the council would love for photographers to share their photos taken in Slough’s parks on the Facebook Page @lovesloughparks. The best photos will be selected for the Parks’ annual calendar.

A day of community fun on the High Street: Cardboardia will be arriving in town, as part of HOME Slough’s Streets Alive festival for a day of fun, making and performance on Saturday 30th June. Free Activities for all ages as part of the festival in Slough High Street from 12 noon onwards.

Technology with Tea. Come along and learn how to use your smart phone and tablet, fortnightly on Wednesdays from 10.30am, starting 6th June 2018 at New Langley Community Association, 27 Harrow Rd, SL3 8SH. Over 50’s welcome. For more information contact Angela on 07989 976 130 or email

Healthwatch want to hear your views, experiences & comments about health & care services in Slough in order to ensure improvements are made. We don’t need to know your name, we just want to hear your story or experience. Tell your story to the team at the Healthwatch events throughout Summer – click here for list.

St Andrew’s Methodist Church present their Summer Fayre & Pop-up Café on Saturday 16th June 10:30 onwards in Merton Road, Slough. Home bakes, preserves & groceries, plant & garden, cards & crafts. All proceeds in aid of our Major Repairs Fund.

Slough Philharmonic’s Afternoon Tea concert at St Andrew’s Church, Washington Drive, Cippenham on Sunday 24th June, 4.00 pm. To buy tickets online CLICK HERE or phone 0300 365 7445. Tea and cake served at 5 pm

Walking with Trees in Langley Park – Saturday, 16th June starting at 11 am from the café. Come for a wander with local expert John and find out some fascinating facts about the variety of trees on offer. Bring a picnic to eat in the Arboretum! Book your place by phone: 01753 – 511060.

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

Slough U3A is a co-operative of older people, generally who are fully or part retired. Our members enjoy and share educational, creative and leisure activities. We are proud to be a dynamic group; we have built up a range of activities and groups enabling our members to learn new things and enjoy active retired life. New activities are starting all the time.

We welcome new members.

Membership of Slough U3A is £18 per annum (individual), £34 (couple), giving unlimited access to our groups and activities. If you join now, membership is valid 15 months until 31 August 2019. Subscription monies are used to pay for meeting costs, subscription to our quarterly magazine “Third Age Matters”, insurance etc.

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