Newsletter, July 2018

Slough U3A Newsletter, July 2018

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


This month, local photographer Tom Way will tell us about “Wildlife on Your Doorstep”. Tom is a professional award winning fine art wildlife photographer based in the UK. He has won awards in various international competitions including European Wildlife Photographer of The Year and the Sony World Photography Awards. Tom favours a fine art style approach to photography and regular exhibits his work in galleries and exhibitions. Look forward to some marvellous pictures!

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • August 15th – Dan Allen – Women in the Army in the First World War
  • September 19th – Jeff Rozelaar – Bagels and Bacon
  • October 17th – Richard Poad – The River Thames from Cotswolds to the Sea

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

A reminder that our Mixed Activity sessions include a wide range of games – as well as Table Tennis and Bridge, we also have scrabble, chess, and Jenga! The next sessions are on 12th and 26th July (Thursdays)at 10:30 in the Mencap Centre, Common Road, Langley. Please come and give it a try.

Creative Writing has room for some new members. We meet every fortnight on a Friday morning; we may read something we have written, but there is no pressure to do so. Then we share ideas , tips for future writing— any genre— factual, crime , memoirs etc. If you are interested why not come to the next session and see how it goes? This will be on July 20th and then August 3rd. If you would like to attend please contact Marie on 01753 527173 or email

Windsor U3A has just started a Chair Yoga group. This is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair or using a chair for support. Our excellent and inspirational teacher, Bridget, specialises in the benefits of yoga for our generation. We hope you can join us on Wednesday mornings 11:45 am -1pm at Dorney Village Hall, Dorney Reach SL6 0DS. Contact Bridget Taylor on 07880541111 or

Outings (U3A members only)

Please book now if you wish to come on our coach trip to Brighton on Friday 14th September (cost £20). Printed forms will be available at our monthly meeting.

We’re also planning a visit to the Chichester Christmas Market – more information 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.

  • 19th July – Inter-generational meeting with Aik Saaith members; discussion and quiz.
  • 16th August – Everyone Active – Ways of keeping fitter; and Managing your Medication.

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 will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A with a Dementia specialist. Friday 13th July at Cippenham Library (morning) and the Curve (evening).
  • Meet Blue – She’s up on the Moon – Will she get home – anytime soon? BLUE is a new abstract fairy tale for adults underlining why it’s important to reach out when you’re “not OK” Using poetry, and clowning, we follow Blue on a journey into Space, exploring her experiences with mental health. Friday 3 August at 7 PM

Healthwatch Slough are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. Do you have recent experience of urgent care? Please click here to fill in an online survey about your experience.

This summer you can find Healthwatch at:

  • Langley Carnival Saturday 14th July from 11 AM
  • Wexham Park Hospital on Thursday 19th July from 10 AM
  • Cippenham Library on Thursday 26th July between 1.30-2.30 PM
  • Healthwatch Summer Festival at Salt Hill Park on Wednesday 1st August from noon onwards. Health checks, first aid, advice!

A reminder about the Slough Horticultural Show on 18th August in Lascelles Park. Organised by Slough Allotment Federation and the council, there will be competitions for the best home grown produce and best home-made items, including cakes, knitted items and clothing. For keen photographers, there will be a photography competition.

Slough’s refurbished leisure centres are now fully open! Click here to find out what’s on at Langley, Salt Hill, and the Ice Arena.

The gardens at Iver Environment Centre are a hidden gem. A visual treat awaits you at every turn as you explore our 4½ acre site. Our winding pathways lead you through woodland, allotments, an orchard and a sensory garden. Home-made teas are available. Open day Tuesday July 24th from 10 AM.

Roundmoor Ditch is a chalk-fed stream that rises in Taplow and flows southeast to Dorney Common, where it joins with the River Thames. A series of volunteer events to revive the Roundmoor continues on the weekend of July 21 and 22, working to prevent erosion to the riverbank, while planting vegetation to attract a wide variety of river life and increase cover for fish. Volunteers are asked meet at the Cattle Grid separating Eton Wick from Dorney Common at 10:30 AM. All events are listed on the Thames21 website.

Butterfly Walk on Saturday 14 July at 11 am at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, SL2  4NZ; led by Paul Bowyer from the Butterfly Conservation Trust.  Paul will talk about what plants will encourage butterflies into your garden and we will check a moth trap so we can also see what moths are present in this area. There will be an opportunity to have a cup of tea and biscuits at the end of the walk.  Do come and join us! For more information please contact

The Windsor Festival runs through the last week of September. In 2018 the Festival marks two significant Centenaries: the end of the First World War and Women’s Suffrage. These significant moments in the life of the nation are reflected throughout this year’s programme, which includes concerts, lectures, exhibitions and author talks. Tickets are now available from the website or from Royal Windsor Information Centre on 01753 743585

Windsor and Eton En Plein Air on Sat 21 July. Royal consent has again been granted to allow the painting competition to be staged within the walls of Windsor Castle. The public exhibition of finished canvases will be on view on Castle Hill from 4pm onwards.

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 a full year 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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