Newsletter, September 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday September 19th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW, with a talk by Jeff Rozelaar about his childhood in the post-war East End.bAGELS AND bACON.jpg

Jeff Rozelaar was born into Jewish family and raised in an East End bombarded by Hitler’s V2s.  Fortunate enough to be one of the lucky survivors of the Nazi menace, he was able to play with his school mates in the streets and bombsites. His captivating anecdotes, both poignant and entertaining, are immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the East end in the post-war era. Jeff’s book “Bagels and Bacon” was published by The History Press in 2011, giving a vivid account of growing up, told with passion and humour.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • October 17thAGM plus Richard Poad – The River Thames
  • November 21st – Angela O’Connell – The National Garden Scheme
  • December 12th – Christmas Special!!

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

Our next monthly meeting on October 17th will also be our Annual General Meeting. We’ll circulate a formal notice and agenda in the next few days.

  • Walking Group will be exploring Langley Park, Ditton, Park, Burnham Beeches and Eton town over the next few weeks.
  • Practical Philosophy will be pondering “Why on earth are we here?” at their next meeting.
  • Our Book Group have just finished “Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger and this month are now embarking on “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” by Kate Atkinson. Please join us, we’re having great fun!

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.

  • Local MP Tan Dhesi will be speaking and answering questions at the 20th September meeting, everyone welcome to join us.
  • 18th October is Celebrating 50plus. Items from members, activities started after 50, experiences, poetry, song and more.

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.
  • Woke – An award-winning performance from the Edinburgh Fringe, following parallel stories of two women’s fight for civil rights. One is a 1960’s Black Panther; the other, a present-day student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Set against a powerful live soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues, each becomes criminalised for their beliefs, and are faced with the same choice: fight or flee? Saturday October 20thTickets £10 via the website

Volunteering at Slough Half Marathon – Sunday, 14th October 2018. We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals who are prepared to give a few hours of their time to marshal this fantastic new race in Slough.  Marshalling is easy, fun and very rewarding – you don’t need previous experience as we will brief you fully. If you are happy to spare some hours on Sunday 14 October, call Claire on 01753 875577 or email

The Eton Action Community Fair takes place Saturday 15th September along Common Lane in the heart of the College.  The boys manage the day as stallholders, musicians, entertainers, joined by more than 50 local charities as well as a range of artisan producers. Over 75 stalls provide visitors with a range of games and activities as well as food, drink, bric-a-brac and distinctive handicraft. Additional attractions include live music and an upmarket jumble sale in School Hall.

On Saturday 22 September from 12 to 3pm, the Langley Churches are holding the third annual Harvest Celebration in the Park in Langley Memorial Park, a free community event that welcomes everyone. The event is a fun day out for all the community and will host charity stalls and displays.

Peer inside some of the most iconic buildings and architecturally unique spaces in London for free. Celebrate London’s architectural wonders as Open House London throws open the doors of hundreds of buildings and spaces around the capital on 22 and 23 September. Click here for the locations near Slough. You may also be interested in Heritage Open Days on 15 and 16 September – click here.

Saturday Lunchtime Concerts at St Mary’s Parish Church, Slough. The concerts are free, but a donation is requested towards the upkeep of the large Victorian church. Concerts start at 12 noon: –

  • Saturday 15th Sept – Eleanor Dunsdon, harp
  • Saturday 22nd Sept –The Cameo Consort directed by Ian May
  • Saturday 29th Sept –David Oldfield, organ

Shownight featuring Pop Goes The Choir! Join Slough Foodbank and Pop Goes The Choir for a wonderful evening of musical entertainment on Saturday 15th September at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Slough, SL1 1PJ from 7.00pm. £7 tickets in advance from or 01753 550303 or £8 on the door.

Are you 80 or over? You are invited to a celebration evening with the Mayor of Slough! Slough received its Royal Charter 80 years ago and wants to celebrate with local residents. If you were born in 1938 or before telephone Slough 875194 for a place. The celebration will take place in the evening on Friday 21st Sept at Arbour Park, Stoke Rd, Slough SL2 5AY.

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.

Herschel Astronomical Society holds regular meetings at Marten Building, Eton College. On 12 Oct 2018 at 7:30pm, Dr Sarah Bosman of UCL’s Astrophysics Department will talk about Dark Matter.

Featuring both international and local artists the Windsor Fringe Festival is the second oldest fringe in the U.K after Edinburgh. During the two week Fringe, we will be hosting over 40 events in 19 different venues in Windsor, including author talks, a jazz concert and a Remembrance trail in Eton College. Click here program and tickets.

The Slough & Windsor Railway Society meets on Friday evenings at The Manor, by Slough railway station, from 7:15pm. The meeting is open to all, with a small admission charge to cover costs. On September 14th their guest speaker will be Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of Great Western Railway.

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: