Newsletter, March, 2019

Our next monthly meeting will be on March 20th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW. We’re looking forward to a talk by Chris Bambery titled “Art and the Making of Britain”

ChrisBambery2.jpgChris Bambery is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose books include “A People’s History of Scotland”, and “The Second World War: A Marxist History”. He contributes to publications ranging from The Guardian to Military History Monthly.

The idea of Britain as a single nation state is little older than the creation of the United States. He argues Britain’s “finest hour” was 1815 and that ties into this talk as Britain was very much created in the 18th century following a long series of wars with France and by the rise of romanticism.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • April 17th – Wild Alaska
  • May 15th – I’m not really old, it’s those «««
  • June 19th – Life as an Army Musician

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

Members of the Management Committee organise our monthly meetings, outings, and ensure that the activity groups run smoothly. There are a couple of vacancies – please consider if you would like to help our work, and contact any member of the Committee if you would like to sit in on a meeting or know more.

We have a Ukulele group! Playing the ukulele is rapidly becoming a popular pastime – there are no auditions or expectations. All you need is a ukulele. Please come along and sit in on a session, meet us, and find out. You’d be more than welcome. If you’d like to know more, or join in, please contact Alan Creech.

Our Intermediate French group and the Beginner’s German group are both progressing well. Please contact Margaret Matthews if you would like to find out more about either of these groups.

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

What’s on around Slough?

Slough Borough Council news:-

  • There’s a new leaflet detailing the support available for Carers. A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. Download a copy here – also available in libraries.
  • Slough’s brand-new leisure centre in Farnham Road is due to open to the public on Monday, March 25th. The new centre has two pools — a 25m long, eight lane pool and a 15m by 8.5m teaching pool. There‘s also a poolside sauna and steam room, four court sports hall, a gym with more than 100 stations, three exercise studios and treatment rooms.
  • Would you like to volunteer at one of Slough’s libraries? There are openings for volunteers to assist at arts & performances, children’s activities, local history and more. Click here for more information or enquire at any library.
  • Come down to HOME on the High Street to celebrate World Happiness Day on Wednesday, March 20th between 5 and 9 PM to have some fun and take home some ideas, tools, and tips to make yourself and others happier. A chance to have some fun, try something new and learn new skills. Unit 43-44, in The Observatory

Slough 50plus Forum meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 pm, in Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ. Click here for program and latest reports.

  • March 21stScams – phone and internet security. If you’re getting unwanted calls, please keep a note of them to bring with you.
  • In April we’re celebrating 20 years! Thursday 25th April 10.15 to 3.15 — talks, information, refreshments, entertainment —To Book Contact Marcia 01753536906 or e-mail Marciaw1937@Gmail.Com

Events coming up at the Curve. Book your tickets at any library or online at

  • 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.
  • Come learn about the Sikh Turban, its tradition and significance at the Turban exhibition, running from 30th March till 6th April.
  • Pizza Shop Heroeson 6th April – a journey across time and continents exploring refugee stories, hopes and dreams.

If you have a long term condition or care for someone who does, you are invited to join Healthwatch at Cippenham Carers Group for a chat and a cuppa at Wednesday 20th March 1.00pm – 3.00pm Cippenham Baptist Church, 11 Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5QS

Heritage Open Days At Stoke Park Open Days at Stoke Park on Sundays, 12 May, 2 June, and 15 Sept. Enjoy a History Tour of the Stoke Park Mansion, and then enjoy the award-winning Afternoon Tea. Booking is essential – contact Nick Downie on or 01753 717176

Next Royal Free Singers concert: Vaughan Williams “A Sea Symphony” in Eton College School Hall. In this stunning, historic venue, the Royal Free Singers are delighted to be performing two works in this concert which represent the beginning of one twentieth century composer’s career and the final work of another. Saturday April 6, at 19:30. Tickets £15 in advance online or from 07434 626045

A reminder about weekly events in Burnham Library – Chess Club every Saturday, 1.30 – 3.45 pm and – Scrabble Club every Wednesday at 2 pm.  No booking needed.

Rise & Shine in Langley – a group for 50+ meets in St Francis Church, London Road, Langley every Monday and Friday 1 to 3pm. Mixed exercise (yoga ,seated exercise, relaxing), music and dance.

The Friends of Haymill Valley have created a peaceful wildlife haven with reedbeds and woodland for local people to enjoy, nestling between the Trading Estate and Littlebrook Avenue. We have recently received funding to install a new boardwalk and to create and install some new art/interpretive panels, and we’re looking for volunteers to help. Please contact Dan at or 01628 829574 .

Here are some National Garden Scheme open garden events coming up soon. Some gardens require pre-booking. All proceeds from entry fees are donated to charity: –

  • The gardens at Iver Environment Centre are a hidden gem. A visual treat awaits you at every turn as you explore our 4½ acre site. May 18 from 10:00
  • Dragon’s Dream, Uxbridge – This is a secluded, mature garden with two contrasting areas – a quiet oasis planted with cordon fruit trees and herbaceous shrubs. May 26th from 14:00.

Jubilee River Litter Collection on Thursday, 4 April 2019 Start time 10:00 As part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign, Windsor ramblers are doing a walk along the Jubilee River to collect that unwanted litter. Meet in the Jubilee River car park on the roundabout at the junction of the A332 and B3022 (Windsor Road / Slough Road).Contact details Joyce 07887375322.

Gerrards Cross Summer School 2019 – July 29th to August 9th We look forward to welcoming you to Summer School again this year. Computers, art, crafts, music, history, psychology – something for everyone.