Newsletter, December 2018

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday December 12th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

This meeting will be our Annual Showcase, in which our U3A activity groups will share some of the things they have been doing during the year. The running order includes a quiz (with prizes), Christmas sing-along, and presentations by some of our activity groups.


Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • January 16th – Hoaxes & Swindlers in the 18th Century
  • February 20th – The World of a Lighthouse Keeper
  • March 20th – Art and the Making of Britain.

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.

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.

  • 20th December – Seasonal Issues; getting through winter
  • 17th January 2019 — Coping with Hearing Loss.

Happiness Get-Togethers are a chance to take some time to explore how we can make ourselves and others happier.? They start with a few minutes’ mindfulness followed by a simple gratitude practice and then a chance to discuss a topic such as “how can we be more kind to ourselves and others”. Next session Thursday December 6th 6:30-8pm at Central Working, The Future Works building in Brunel Way, Slough. For more information click here.

Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. Topics include: Using your computer or device, Online basics, safety, health, Managing your money. Read more about Learn My Way

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust invite you to attend our Salt Hill Park Consultation evening on Tuesday 11th December, 6 – 7pm in the Gallery, The Curve. As part of the Saving the Salt Hill Stream project, run by WWT in partnership with Slough Borough Council, WWT plan to create a new wetland area in Salt Hill Park in 2019. This will be a new habitat for wildlife, a feature to mitigate flooding and a place for people to enjoy where children can play. All are welcome to attend the event where we will show the plans for the wetland area, and explain the scheme in detail. Refreshments provided. Click here for poster.

Carols at Burnham Beeches on Sunday 16 Dec 12:30 – 3pm. It wouldn’t be Christmas without our annual festive sing-song. Join us by the Information Point where there will be carols at 1pm and 2pm and craft activities for the children. Merry Christmas!

Windsor & Eton Choral Society have a concert on Saturday, 5 January 2019, at 7:30 pm in Eton College School Hall, featuring Haydn’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Requiem – Mozart’s immensely impressive setting of the Requiem Mass is one of the most famous choral masterpieces ever composed. More information click here or call Daphne Yerburgh on 01628 528041

Live concerts take place every Saturday in St. Mary’s Church, Church Street SL1 1PJ at 12 noon and last for about 35 minutes. Coming up this month: –

  • Dec 8th – Seasonal Concert featuring Local Artists
  • Dec 15th – Christmas Concert conducted by David Butler
  • Dec 22nd – James Paget, organ
  • Dec 29th – Malcolm Stowell, organ

Slough Philharmonic Society  Christmas concert at 7.30 pm, Saturday 15th December 2018 at School Hall, Eton College with music by Rutter, McDowell, Chilcott among others. Tickets  CLICK HERE or phone 0300 365 7445.

Slough Cooperative Film Society concludes its Autumn season with a screening of I Got Life! (Dir. Blandine Lenoir). Divorced, recently unemployed and soon to be a grandmother, Aurore feels like society is gently pushing her toward the exit when a chance encounter with the great love of her youth leads her to reject the future it seems she is destined for. A witty, touching and honest celebration of femininity and growing old. On 18th December at Datchet Village Hall, 3 Allen Way, (off Horton Road), Datchet SL3 9HR at 8pm.

Monthly Meetings of Hedgerley Historical Society take place at Hedgerley Memorial Hall, Kiln Lane SL2 3UZ at 8pm and visitors are most welcome. On Wednesday 5th December 2018 the topic will be “Votes for Women” – Social historian and writer Jane Robinson will describe how women achieved voting rights 100 years ago. Further details from John Lovelock 01753 647187 –

Coming up at Middle Thames Archaeological and Historical Society at St. Andrew’s Church Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges SL2 4LN: On Friday 11 Jan 2019, 7:30pm: The Vikings with Barbara Askew.  This talk will explore the world of the Vikings: who they were, where they came from, and their roles as raiders, traders, and invaders, with special emphasis on the Viking settlement of Britain.

Burnham Movers and Shakers meet every Tuesday at 10.30am in Burnham United Reformed Church Hall, Stomp Road, SL1 7LR. Gentle exercise, coffee, crafts, creative activities, socialising and lunch for the people of 55 and over. Contact Marisa on 01628 661441 or Email:

If you live in or near Burnham, there are a host of activities you could join, from Tai Chi to Lunch Club. Click here for a full list.

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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