Newsletter, August 2018


The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday August 15th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

“What did you do in the War, Granny?” Dan Allen is a member of the Victorian Military Society and will tell us about the little known history of women serving in the first world war. By 1917 the Army was running short of men because so many had been injured or killed on the front line. Many women volunteered to join the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) which later became known as the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • September 19th – Jeff Rozelaar – Bagels and Bacon
  • October 17thAGM plus Richard Poad – The River Thames
  • November 21st – Angela O’Connell – The National Garden Scheme

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 Announcements

During the last 12 months, our U3A Committee has lost 3 members who have moved out of Slough. It would be lovely to see some new faces! We have a friendly, relaxed meeting once every month. If you’d like to find out a bit more, please talk to one of the Committee members.

We need help to organise Slough U3A’s Christmas Showcase on 12th December. We’re hoping to have a quiz, and contributions from some of our activity groups. Please contact a committee member if you can spare some time to help.

We’re getting near the end of our membership year! From 1st September subscriptions will be £18 (individual) or £34 (joint); we’ll send out a reminder notice later this month.

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. Click here for newsletter.

  • 16th August – Everyone Active – Ways of keeping fitter; and Managing your Medication.
  • 20th Sept – Having our say on Information and Advice services

Coming up at Slough’s Libraries.:

  • McMillan Coffee Mornings – During September we will be celebrating Macmillan coffee mornings at all our libraries. Come in to your local library for a cuppa, cake and chat! Langley Library Tuesday 25th, Britwell Library – Wednesday 26th, Cippenham Library – Thursday 27th, and The Curve – Friday 28th. All events are free.
  • The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Since 2013, they have pedalled more than 7,000 miles across the UK to perform their unique brand of charmingly chaotic, environmentally sustainable, bicycle-powered Shakespeare. This summer, they’re coming to Slough to perform their hit production of Twelfth Night at The Curve on Saturday 1 September at 7pm. Book tickets £10 each

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 groups’ activities in and around the borough, with other activities being added regularly. Full program – Click here.

Slough Canal Festival will take place in Bloom Park, Langley on 8- 9 September. promising an action-packed weekend celebrating the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal. There will be free arena events to enjoy including birds of prey displays and a display by Little Nippers terrier and lurcher racing. A steam engine train will take children and families on trips around the park, there will be charity stalls aplenty, face painting, food and a mobile bar. Free entry and parking.

Fun Run on 14th October. Why not take part in the fun, family friendly and fully inclusive 5K fun run? The event will give you a chance to walk, jog or run a 5K course around the picturesque Salt Hill Park and Baylis Park. Cost £5 per adult and £3 for children; registration essential – click here!.

Events in Herschel Park! Bats and moths evening – Friday 31 August, and A walk on the wild side – Wednesday 12 September. An illustrated talk looking at the birds, insects and mammals found in the Thames Valley. For both events, meet at the Bentley Centre at 7pm. For more information on any of these activities, call Ian Judd on 07771 973035 or email

If you live with any long-term health condition such as diabetes, arthritis, COPD, fibromyalgia, and live in the Slough/Windsor area, have you heard about HealthMakers? This free 6-week self-management course helps people better manage their condition. Courses are run throughout the year, in various locations throughout East Berkshire. Courses start in September in Langley or in October on the Trading Estate. Contact or call 01344 415947

Welcome to the Stoke Poges Photographic Club! Our new season will begin on Tuesday 4th September 2018 with a welcome evening. We meet at 7.45pm for an 8:00pm start on Tuesdays from September through to June at The Village Centre, Roger’s Lane, Stoke Poges

Stoke Poges Parish Council invites you to the Outdoor Screening of ‘Grease’ (PG) at Bells Hill Recreation Ground Friday, 7 September 2018. Arrive from 7 pm, Film Starts at 8 pm. Bring your own table, chairs, picnics and drinks – fancy dress optional. FREE Entry.

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.

Slough Cooperative Film Society kicks off its autumn season of films with “Lady Bird” at Datchet Village Hall on Tuesday 11th September at 8 pm. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are electric as warring daughter and mother in Greta Gerwig’s beautifully observed comedy-drama, which won 5 Oscars. The full Autumn program is available on

Farnham Common has a small Community Library, close to the village centre, incorporating a Children’s Centre, which is run entirely by volunteers. There will be a fundraising quiz on Saturday 1st September – including a sumptuous supper. For further information, please contact Helen Williams on 01753 – 648319.

Inaugural 5k Burnham Beeches Run on Wednesday, 22 August 2018. Bring your Summer to an exciting close and prepare for the Autumn race season by running through the beautiful Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve. The race takes place entirely within Burnham Beeches. Running under the canopy of ancient trees is a wonderland not to be missed. In the recent hot weather it has been a blessing. Contact Richard Flower for details – 07767 – 828884.

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

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:

  • Fri Oct 19th at Cobham Singing for Health & Pleasure with the Canterbury U3A Choir.
  • Mon 15 October – U3A Explores Science at the Royal Institution – Exploring the Solar System, and Twins & Microbiomes.
  • Thursday 1st Nov – Makers not Muses: Women Artists at the National Gallery. A day of talks exploring the status of women artists, the purpose of their paintings and obstacles to success.

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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