Newsletter, November 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday November 21st at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

This month, we’ll enjoy a talk by Angela O’Connell about the National Garden Scheme. (NGS)

The NGS opens gardens in England and Wales to the public going back historically to Victorian times. Some of the most beautiful (and sometimes unknown) gardens in the country can be visited – many of them near Slough. Proceeds from the scheme are donated to charities including Macmillan and Marie Curie.

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The picture shows St Timothee, a garden near Maidenhead.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • December 12th – U3A Christmas Showcase and quiz!!
  • January 16th – Hoaxes & Swindlers in the 18th Century
  • February 20th – The World of a Lighthouse Keeper

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

This month’s meeting will start with a vote on the updated constitution.

Chichester Christmas Market – we still have seats available on our coach trip to Chichester Christmas Market on Friday 14th December. U3A members only Click here for details.

U3A Groups

The Wine Appreciation Group sampled the wines of Alsace during November. In December, we may be tasting wines from either Sancerre or Portugal.

Our fortnightly activity sessions now include Table Tennis, Scrabble and Bridge. If any of these interests you, please come and try it out. Next session will be Thursday 15th November at 10:30 in the Mencap Centre, Common Road, Langley.

Would anyone be interested in joining a Gardening Group? Please contact any member of the committee.

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.

  • 15th November – Discussion on Social Care followed by Bring & Buy Sale
  • 20th December – Seasonal Issues

Happiness Workshop at the new Slough arts venue on Saturday 17th November 2.00pm-3.00pm at HOME on the High Street, Unit 43-45, The Observatory Shopping Centre, High Street, Slough, SL1 1LN.  A one hour session will introduce people attending to practical steps everyone can take in order to reduce stress, better their communication and ultimately lead a happier life. Only 10 spaces available – Book your place now online or call 01753 571093

Healthwatch want to hear your views, experiences & comments about health & care services in Slough to ensure improvements are made. We don’t need to know your name, we just want to hear your story or experience. Come and meet the team at the Healthwatch events. Drop in to Starbucks in the High Street from 11 AM on Monday 19th November, or 3rd or 10th of December.

Active Slough sponsors a wide program of activities suitable for older folk – seated exercise, walks, yoga and more. Full details and winter timetable from the website at

Meet & Mingle are launching a new voluntary group for men to look after the physical, mental, social and wellbeing of men. Meet every Friday from 12.30-2.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Wexham, Slough, SL3 6LH. . Timetable click here. For more information please contact Aksa Marshal on 07732 632637 or Sunil Garg on 07726 296996

Past – Present – Future – celebrating Writing in Slough. This winter marks 175 years since the publishing of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and 100 years since World War One Armistice. Join us at the beautiful heritage site of The Mere, Upton Court, Slough SL1 2DQ for creative community celebrations in the private grounds of Dickens’ publishers. Saturday 1st December, 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

The next production of the Datchet Players will take place on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November in the Village Hall at 8.00pm and will consist of two One Act comedies:-  “Luvvies” and “What’s for Pudding?” Tickets at £8 are available from Margaret Bacon on 01753 861074.

Money Matters for Older People – An information and advice session by Age UK. Wednesday 21st November, at 10.30am-1.00pm in the Main Room, 29 Church Street, Slough, SL1 1PL. Topics will include – Paying for care, Managing money, Benefit eligibility. To find out more or to reserve a place, please telephone Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242.

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 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

Tickets  CLICK HERE or phone 0300 365 7445. Tickets may be purchased at the door, subject to availability.

Home Slough has arranged for Slough Carers Support to have 20 tickets at a discounted price to see the magical ballet, The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House! If you are a carer, please contact Slough Carers Support and quote “Nutcracker” to book your place on 01753 524176. Click here for details.

Stoke Poges Singers present their Winter 2018 Concert on Saturday,  24 November. Featuring music from across the centuries with a seasonal theme, including Haydn, Gershwin, Cassidy, and Bernard. 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2  4LN. Tickets £ 10 adult, under 14’s free. All ticket sales in support of Drugfam.

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) warmly invite you to attend a ‘find out more’ evening talk about the Saving the Salt Hill stream project on Tuesday 27th November 7.30pm at Chalvey Community Centre. We’ll give information about the project, an update on progress so far, volunteering, and we will also explain more about WWT as a charity. If you are interested, email the Conservation Officer at or call 07768 960173.

U3A National & Regional Events

The South East U3A Forum has published details of its 2019 summer school at Chichester University.  For details on courses and how to book click here.

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 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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