Newsletter, April 2019

Our next monthly meeting will be on April 17th at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW. We’re looking forward to a talk titled “Wild Alaska” by Chris Chadwell – freelance botanist, lecturer, photographer, seedsman & conservationist!

16A Slough resident, Chris has devoted his life to the field of botany – he has researched and collected plants in remote parts of the world, and lectures on a range of botanical topics.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • May 15th – I’m not really old, it’s those tablets
  • June 19th – Life as an Army Musician
  • July 17th – Natural Dye and Hand Spinning

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 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. Click here for program and latest reports. On Thursday 25th April 10.15 to 3.15 we’re celebrating 20 years with a program of talks, information, refreshments, entertainment. To Book Contact Marcia 01753536906 or e-mail Marciaw1937@Gmail.Com

CityRead returns to Slough’s Libraries for its eighth annual festival all through May.

This year’s book “Sofia Khan is Not Obliged” by Ayisha Malik. The author unapologetically calls it a Muslim Bridget Jones, it’s a lively funny slice of life about what it means to be a young British Muslim woman.

Drop into any library to pick up a copy of the book, or better still come to one of our Giveaway sessions. There will be hints and tips about reading groups and book related activities, as well as tea and biscuits. Wednesday 1 May: Cippenham Library 1-2pm, and The Curve 5.45-6.45pm

The author herself – Ayisha Malik – is visiting Slough on Sat 11 May 1pm at The Curve – This is going to be an “in conversation” style session with Ayisha discussing and talking over writing and books.

Later in the month we’ve invited Mariam Khan who is the editor and a writer for the book “It’s not about the burqa” – a nonfiction collection of writings by British Muslim women all about faith, feminism, sexuality and race. This will be another conversation style talk and is on Sat 25 May 2pm at The Curve.

Active Slough has published its timetable of activities for April through to July. Football, Pilates, badminton, yoga and more – click here or pick up a copy at any library.

Slough Philharmonic’s next concert will be on Saturday 11 May 2019, 7.30 pm at St Bernard’s, Langley featuring Rossini and Britten. Click here for more details and tickets.

Get Creative Festival Week – 11 to 19 May. Get Creative is a national festival celebrating creativity in all its forms. Slough Libraries We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in leading 2 hour sessions demonstrating their own creative talents during the week of 11-18 May. It can be anything from cookery to knitting to painting, in fact almost anything! Contact to get further details.

Learningtowork are seeking individuals with a working history who could share their knowledge of the world of work with students in education. We need people to volunteer occasionally in schools and colleges so that students can ask them questions about how they got into their role. We would be keen to use the wealth of experience you hold and pass on valuable life skills. There is nothing to prepare. Call 01753 376264

Slough Seniors meet at Brook House, 61 High Street, Chalvey at 11 AM. Yoga on Tuesdays, Relaxation on Wednesdays, and Keep Fit on Thursdays – all activities are free..

The Slough Talking Newspaper Association is looking for volunteers to help with IT support, editing, copying and recording. Anyone interested in helping can contact Mary  on 01753-522431 or

Time to brush up on skills on two wheels – A series of adult cycling lessons is set to begin in a bid to encourage more people to get on a bike.  Lessons on Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings giving the chance to brush up your skills and start afresh with expert advice and tutoring. Find out more on

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

2019 sees the 29th year of Free Lunchtime Concerts at St.Mary’s Parish Church in Church Street. Every Saturday at 12 noon – 12.30, with refreshments available after each concert. Concerts in April 2019 – 20th Malcolm Stowell, organ, and 27th Songs from the Shows with Charley Brighton & Malcolm Stowell

Burnham Beeches – Meet the Ranger and his Reptiles. Sunday 14 April, 2pm – 3.30pm. One of our Rangers will be near the cafe with some of the reptiles and amphibians that can be found on site. Then on Sunday 12 May at 2pm you can find out about Ancient trees of Burnham Beeches – Our old trees have some fantastic tales to tell, as do the Rangers! Join this 2 hour walk to discover how and why the ancient pollards were created and what we are doing to keep them alive. Booking required – call 01753 647 358.

Middle Thames Archaeological & Historical Society will have a talk on “Marylebone – More than just a station” given by Colin OAKES on- Friday, 12 April at 7:30 pm. The talk takes place in our usual venue, the Chapel at St. Andrew’s on Rogers Lane, and tea, coffee, and biscuits will be served after the talk. As always, non-members are welcome to attend for just £2.

Burnham Library’s Computer Club meets once a month -the next meeting is on Tues 7th May at 2pm. Get to grips with your computer or smartphone!

The Stoke Poges Society will have a talk about Beaconsfield’s historical Hall Barn on Tuesday 25th April at 7:30pm in St Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane. Built in the 1600s by the poet and MP Edmund Waller, Hall Barn is an impressive and extensive estate in Beaconsfield.

Stoke Poges Singers next concert – Saturday, 13 April at St John’s Church, in Farnham Common featuring Mozart Requiem plus works for strings by Avro Part and Philip Glass. All ticket sales in aid of South Bucks Hospice.

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: –

  • 25, 26 and 27 May, Stubbings House, Maidenhead, 10-3, adults £3.50. Woodland walks and a 60 metre wall of wisteria.
  • June 08, 2019 from 14:00 Eton College Gardens – A rare chance to visit a group of central College gardens surrounded by historic school buildings, including Luxmoore’s garden on a small island in the Thames reached across two attractive bridges.

U3A National & Regional Events

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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