Newsletter, October 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday October 17th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

We will start with our Annual General Meeting, followed by an illustrated talk entitled “The River Thames from the Cotswolds to the Sea”

Cruise at Marlow WeirRichard Poad has owned a Thames-based narrowboat since 1978 and describes navigating rivers and canals at four miles a fortnight as the ultimate relaxation. His illustrated talk will take us from the stripling Thames at Lechlade to the broad reaches of the Thames estuary.  Richard is the chairman of Maidenhead Heritage Centre where local history from the stone age to Spitfires and Vanwall racing cars is celebrated.

The photo shows the Thames at Marlow.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • November 21st – Angela O’Connell – The National Garden Scheme
  • December 12th – Christmas Special!!
  • January 16th – One Hundred Years of Deception: Hoaxes & Swindlers in the 18th Century

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

Are you enjoying activities with U3A? Your committee needs you! We would appreciate help with filing, administration, and editing the newsletter. Please talk to a committee member if you would like to help us.

U3A Groups

Creative Writing Group are busy trying to write some comedy sketches for the Christmas monthly meeting. We would like some others to join us please, to read some parts! Please talk to Marie if you are interested.

The French Intermediate Group works on improving fluency and taking an interest in French culture through films and literature. We try to increase our vocabulary and improve our accents.

The Beginners German Group is a small, enthusiastic group. At present, we are reading and translating a children’s book about a little boy who will not eat- he shrinks! The adventures are just beginning- if only we could remember all this new vocabulary!

Walking Group will be exploring Burnham Beeches early in November. We are hoping for some fabulous autumn colours – we certainly weren’t disappointed last year.

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.

  • 18th October is Celebrating 50plus. Items from members, experiences, poetry, song and more.
  • 15th November – Preparing for Winter — Flu Jabs

There are some interesting and fabulous events coming up at The Curve.:

U3A member Liz Jones will be selling Christmas cards for “Save the Children” – Wednesday 24th October at 196 Langley Road from 4 to 6:30 pm. Get your cards and wrapping paper from an excellent selection. Tea and cakes too! 01753 450148.

Fabulous autumnal photography on Sunday 28 October. Join professional photographer Paul Mitchell on this 3 hour stroll round Burnham Beeches to discover some of the secrets of great photography. There will also be the chance to get tips and advice about editing images. Cost £10; Email us to book your place or phone 01753 647 358.

Don’t forget your flu jab – all GP surgeries are currently offering free vaccinations to over 65’s.

Local neighbourhood forums – here are some details: –

  • the Langley Neighbourhood Forum will meet at 7pm on Tuesday 16th October at Langley College to discuss: ‘TIME CHANGES AT OUR DOCTOR SURGERIES’ with Guest Speaker: Dr. Nazaff Adam (GP & Partner at The Langley Health Centre). Need help getting there? Call Shin on 07832 442424.
  • The Chalvey Community Forum meets approximately every six weeks; all members of the community are invited to attend to discuss issues and problems affecting daily life in Chalvey. Our next meeting: Wednesday, 24th October 2018 at 7:30 pm at Brook House, High Street, Chalvey, SL1 2TX.
  • The West Cippenham Tenants and Residents Association meet at 7.30pm. on the second Wednesday of the month. Next meeting on Wednesday 10th Our guest speaker is Susan Chapman from the Slough Samaritans, a charity the Cippenham Community Carnival will be supporting next year. We will also be discussing the possibility of setting up a Friends of the Park group, to give residents the chance to have a say in the future development of our local parks.

The October edition of Slough Citizen is now published. Copies available from any library or community centre. The leader of the council introduces this edition, which offers a glimpse of the new leisure centre being built on Farnham Road.

The Royal Opera House’s La Traviata — re-imagined in Slough! On Saturday 10th November at Unit 43, in The Observatory Shopping Centre. Join performers from the Royal Opera House as they waltz you through this dazzling story of love, betrayal and heartbreak and meet some of the characters lurking in the shadows of Verdi’s beloved opera.

Money Matters for Older People; An information and advice session by Age UK on Wednesday 21st November at 10.30am at 29 Church Street, Slough, SL1 1PL. Topics will include Managing money, Benefits. Light refreshments will be available. To find out more or to reserve a place, please telephone Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242.

Cancer Talk for Slough Residents on Saturday 29th September from 2.00pm – at Chalvey Community Centre SL1 2SP. For more info call 01753 636050. No booking required – turn up from 1:30 onwards.

Living in Harmony — Pharmacist talk on Wednesday 21st November at 11.00am in Langley Pavilion, Langley Road, Slough, SL3 8BS. Living in Harmony has arranged a workshop with a local pharmacist for people to find out how to manage their own medications and able to discuss any concerns they may have. Booking is necessary – contact Dolly on 07846312831.

Slough Carers Support have 20 tickets to see The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House on Saturday 15th December! A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. Please contact Slough Carers Support and quote “Nutcracker” to book your place on 01753 524176.

Meet & Mingle is a voluntary, non-profit charity organisation for women living in and around Slough. Their Autumn program has started with a program of outings, dance, art and talks. Click here for full detail.

Slough Philharmonic Events coming up: –

  • 30 pm, Saturday 17th November at St Bernard’s, Langley Road, Slough – Wagner, Mahler, Holst
  • 30 pm, Saturday 15th December 2018 at School Hall, Eton College – Rutter, McDowell, Chilcott

To choose your seats, pay securely and print your tickets (no booking fee)  CLICK HERE or phone 0300 365 7445. Tickets may be purchased at the door, subject to availability.

Maintenance Day around Gray’s Monument (Church Lane, Stoke Poges). On Sun 4 Nov 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Please come along at anytime during this period and stay for as long as you like to help maintain the area around Gray’s Monument and adjoining Gray’s Field which is owned by the National Trust. Tasks will include pulling the brambles, pruning bushes, and litter pick. For further information call Josh Turner – Ranger for the National Trust on 01628 605069 or Harvey Whittam – Chairman of The Stoke Poges Society on 01753 642873

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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