Newsletter, January, 2019

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday January 16th 2019 at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

At this meeting, Ian Keable will tell us about “100 years of Deception – Hoaxes & Swindlers in the 18th Century”.


The 1700s was a period where the people of England seemed to be especially gullible. They believed a woman could give birth to rabbits; that a man could climb inside a wine bottle and sing and dance inside it; and a balloonist could fly in a Chinese Temple. In this entertaining talk Ian relates and illustrates sundry hoaxes and deliberate deceptions; all of which are memorable not only for the imaginative nature of the swindles, but also because of the differing motives of the tricksters.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • February 20th – The World of a Lighthouse Keeper
  • March 20th – Art and the Making of Britain.
  • April 17th – Wild Alaska

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 News and announcements

Do you remember our speaker in May last year? Aquabox is a Rotary run charity which distributes humanitarian aid boxes to people suffering from natural or man-made disasters, helping thousands of people in times of crisis. Our Create and Craft group (shared with St Andrew’s Methodist Church) have knitted 19 “fish-and-chip” jumpers for new-borns, which will be distributed by the charity during 2019.

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. On 17th January 2019 we’ll focus on Coping with Hearing Loss.

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

Slough Senior Citizens Group – our first class for 2019 starts back on Tuesday 8th – Yoga with Caroline. Relaxation Techniques will be covered by Emily on the 8th & 16th Jan. Keep fit will be back on Thursday 10th with Emily. All sessions start at 11 AM at Brook House, 61 High Street, Chalvey, Slough, Berkshire SL1 2TX phone 01753 537996

Slough Cooperative Film Society starts a new year with “Cold War” (2018, Poland). A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times. Click here for full spring programme. Datchet Village Hall, 3 Allen Way, (off Horton Road), Datchet SL3 9HR at 8pm on 15th January.

Don’t forget the BBC consultation! The BBC is proposing changes to the licence fees for older viewers/listeners; one proposal is to withdraw the licence fee concession. Click here to see the proposals and express your views.

Safety at Home – Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service aim to reduce deaths and injuries from fires, water, road traffic collisions and other emergencies. We work with all of the communities we serve by raising awareness of fire risks, safety and preventative measures. We offer free home fire safety checks to residents that meet the criteria. Click here for hints and tips on fire safety, – or here for a safety questionnaire or call 0118 9452888

The number one thing Healthwatch Slough hears from you is how hard it can be to make an appointment to see your GP. Patient feedback is essential to ensure the service is offering good value. Do get in touch and let us know what your experience of accessing GP appointments has been, especially at evenings and weekends. Tell Healthwatch about your experience You can – call us on 01753 325 333 or complete this online form. You can also click here to read the accessibility report.

ActiveSlough are delighted to unveil their new 2019 timetable 👀 our biggest programme yet👌 with over 💯 hours of weekly sport and physical activity for Slough. Monday 7th Jan to Sunday 7th April ⚽️ 🏆 🏋️‍♀️ 🏀 💚 🥊 🏏 🌳 🏓 👣 🥋 🏐 You can download an easy to view version of the timetable here– also available at libraries and community centres.

Members of Slough Writers have a wide range of writing interests: from short stories to articles, poetry to plays, novels to travel guides. The Group meets every Monday, at 7.30 pm in The Palmer Arms in Dorney, with the opportunity for a chat and drink afterwards. Our Spring Session 2019 kicks off on January 7th with a discussion of Dystopian Writing and a Story Competition (submission deadline 25th Feb). For more information, please send us a message or come along to one of our meetings.

Chalvey Community Forum’s next meeting is on Wednesday, 9th January 2019 at 7:30 pm. Venue: Brook House, High Street, Chalvey. For more information, please address to

Here are some National Garden Scheme open garden events coming up soon. All proceeds are donated to charity, and booking is essential: –

  • Stubbings House, Maidenhead – Parkland garden with large lawn, ha-ha and woodland walks. March brings an abundance of daffodils, and in May a 60 metre wall of wisteria. March 9, from 10:00
  • Wind in the Willows, Higher Denham. A 3 acre wildlife friendly garden, comprising informal woodland and wild gardens, separated by streams lined by iris, primulas and astilbe. March 24, from 14:00

Windsor & Eton Choral Society present Dream of Gerontius 0n Saturday, 23 March 2019, 7:30 pm at Eton College School Hall. This famous work by Elgar is one of the greatest English choral works ever composed, with both outstanding drama and beauty. Concert Secretary, for ticket orders: Mrs Daphne Yerburgh on 01628 528041.

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:

  • 4 February 2019 – Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts & Book Art at the British Library, London
  • The Bayeux Tapestryand life before 1066 – on Fri Mar 15th 2019 in Surrey
  • Medicine & Art – 30th April 2019 in Benson
  • Fri Apr 12th The Aztec – Eagle Warriors of the Sun. – in Surrey

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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