Newsletter, February 2019

The next monthly meeting of Slough U3A will be held on Wednesday February 20th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW. The topic is “The World of a Lighthouse Keeper”

image001The life of a lighthouse keeper is often either romanticised or seen as a desolate life for those who prefer the solitary confines of the role, away from the social rigours of mainland life. It can be a mixture of both and so much more.

Our speaker, Mark Lewis is a freelance artist and semi-retired university lecturer. He is a pharologist (passionate about lighthouses!) and is currently Education Officer for the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.

Mark is also a folklorist and has been a member of the Folklore Society since 1987, speaking regularly at their conferences around the UK. He has a particular interest in unusual local customs and rituals and in 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • March 20th – Art and the Making of Britain.
  • April 17th – Wild Alaska
  • May 15th – I’m not really old, it’s those «««

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

Slough Council have proposed starting a tap class. If you would be interested, please contact a member of the Committee.

The U3A Committee has reviewed accessibility for disabled persons – click here to view the report.

U3A outings in 2019 – please note that these are only open to U3A members.

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. Coming up on 21st February will be a discussion of Safeguarding – What is it?  What are the rules? The Forum has also organised a Tai Chi session at Salt Hill Activity Centre, every Wednesday from 12.30-1.30 pm Cost £2. Parking available.

Electronic books – would you like to know how to use your Kindle, iPad or other newfangled gadget to read library books? Drop in to the Curve on Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 11 AM for help and demonstrations – no booking needed.

Langley Neighbourhood Forum will hold its next public meeting on Tuesday 19th February at 7 pm at Langley College, Station Road, Langley SL3 8BY. The guest speaker is Superintendent Sarah Grahame, the Local Police Area Commander for Slough, talking about local policing and will be listening to any concerns you may have. If you have any questions please email Shin Dhother at or call 07832 442424.

Thames Valley Police has issued burglary crime prevention advice to help residents to protect their homes against burglary. Some tips include never leaving valuables on display or posting about your expensive items on social media. More burglary crime prevention advice can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.

There’s a busy program at the Curve, Slough’s community centre. Book your tickets at any library or online at

  • Three Sat Under the Banyan Tree on 16th February. Stories of a headstrong crow, a brave mongoose, and a tortured tiger come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.
  • Confessions of a Cockney Temple Danceron 2nd March. Shane Shambhu, born and trained in East London, presents a witty and frank show that plays with the ways race, language, and culture have influenced him.
  • Beowulfby Seth Kriebel on 9th March at 7:30 pm – An interactive show exploring the 1,000-year-old saga and asking why, after all this time, we still tell each other stories about the monsters that lurk in the dark.
  • Bicycles and Fish23rd March. A school girl from Lichfield has a strange day that will end up changing her life forever. Aged sixteen, still in school and hopelessly in love, Katie is about to learn what it means to stand up for yourself.
  • Sinfonia Verdion 29th March – a stunning concert combining Eastern and Western music.

St Mary’s Parish Church, Slough – free concerts on Saturdays at 12 noon. Click here to view the full programme.

·        16th February – Jonathan Rowe, piano ·        23rd February – Charley Brighton and Malcolm Stowell, piano and organ
·        2nd March – David Oldfield, organ ·        9th March – Chorate Chamber Choir, conductor Nigel Wills
·        16th March – David Butler, organ ·        23rd March – Mark Wallace, piano

Over 50’s Walking Football at Arbour Park, Stoke Road on Wednesdays at 11am. Walking football is the perfect alternative to the traditional game for football fans aged 50+. Sessions are social and recreational based, delivered by qualified coaches. £3.50 per session.

Rotary Club of Slough has a couple of events coming up soon:-

  • Championship Quiz Night on Saturday 23rd February at 7:30 pm. Caldicott School Hall £15 per person including fish and chip supper. Call 01753 257339 for tickets.
  • Slough Together Charity Walk this year will be on Saturday 4th May starting any time from 9 onwards. This year we are very excited to present the Walk together with Wexham Park Hospital. Raise money for your charity by walking with us in Upton Court Park. Full details on

Visit My Mosque Day is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain encouraging mosques across the UK to hold open days to welcome in their neighbours from all faiths and none and building bridges across communities. You will be welcomed on Sunday 3rd March between 10 and 11 am at the Jamia Mosque & Islamic Centre, 83 Stoke Poges Lane. Just drop in, or for more information.

Alzheimers Dementia Support offers an informal chance to catch up and meet new friends. Come in and have a friendly cup of coffee and a chat; advice and information is available on all aspects of dementia. The Drop-In Centre at the Holy Family Church in St Joseph’s Room, Trelawney Avenue, Langley. SL3 7UD (opposite the Library) is open every Tuesday from 1.00 to 2.30pm.

Wexham Older Peoples Club – Mondays 2-4pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane SL3 6LH. Call 01753 731798

Chalvey Seniors Coffee – Tuesdays. 10.30am-12.30pm at Chalvey Community Centre

Cippenham Carers Group. Every third Wednesday of the month, from 1pm, at the Cippenham Baptist Church, Elmshott Lane, SL1 5QS. Next meeting on Wednesday 20th February. For more information contact Zhora Jefferies at

You are invited to a conference organised by Soroptimist International celebrating International Women’s Day on Sunday 17th March at the Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead SL6 1RF from 2pm. The theme is “Opportunities for Women and Girls” with a variety of guest speakers. More details from Christine Isles on 01753 541411

Healthy You — Celebrating International Women’s Day Thursday 7th March 2019 from 4.30pm at Arbour Park Stadium, Stoke Road, SL2 5AY. This free event is for ladies aged 16 yrs+ where they can get information and advice from organisations offering health & wellbeing services.

National Trust Spring Fair at Burnham Park Hall SL1 7HR on Friday, 15 February, from 10 am. The National Trust will be returning to Burnham with a day of talks, displays and demonstrations. Come along and meet the teams who the maintain Cliveden and other sites around Maidenhead and Cookham; learn about plans for the year ahead. Everybody welcome, whether you belong to the National Trust or not.

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

  • Odney Club, Cookham. This 120 acre site sits beside the Thames with lovely riverside walks. The John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre will be open, showcasing the textile archive and items illustrating the history of John Lewis and Waitrose. April 28 from 2 pm
  • Frogmore House Garden, Windsor. The private royal garden at Frogmore House on the Crown Estate at Windsor. This landscaped garden is set in 30 acres with notable trees, lawns, flowering shrubs and lake, rich in history. May 14, from 10 am.
  • Hills House, Denham Village, May 19 at 2pm. A C16, 3 acre garden in Denham Village with an impressive collection of majestic specimen trees, walled garden and designated shrub borders.

U3A National & Regional Events

Royal Holloway College is hosting a series of half day Research Retreats – any U3A member is invited to attend any of these half day workshops and get involved in guided research, and help us examine key milestones in the history of liberty, protest, rebellion and reform. Full details on the website.

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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