Newsletter, June 2019

Jon SaxOur next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday June 19th with Jon Woodhouse telling us about his life as an Army Musician.

As usual, the meeting starts at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

Jon career in the Army started at the age of 16. After completing basic training, he went on to play at many high profile events – and he has some amusing stories about things that went wrong!

Since leaving the Army in 1999, Jon is now a Clarinet and Saxophone teacher at various schools around Reading. He also runs a Jazz Workshop in Maidenhead on Thursday nights, and can be seen playing in various bands in the local area. He will also demonstrate various Saxophones, and a little bit of history about the instrument.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • July 17th – Natural Dye and Hand Spinning (with demonstration!)
  • August 21st – Change Your Thoughts and you Change Your World
  • September 18thTicket to Yesterday

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 Groups

Over recent months, our Practical Philosophy group has gently chewed over questions as diverse as “Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?” and “Aristotle’s Just State”. Would you be interested in joining any of our discussions? Contact Sue Greensill if you would like to find out more.

There are a couple of vacant seats on our U3A Committee. Please talk to a committee member if you would like to sit in on one of our monthly meetings and find out more.

U3A outings in 2019

Please note that these are only open to U3A members. Booking forms will be available at our General Meeting.

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 latest newsletter & reports

  • 20th June – Annual Meeting – followed by Stroke Association, Diabetes, Living in Harmony and Active Slough information and advice sessions.
  • 18th July – Managing Money with presentations by Age UK and the NatWest Bank. Followed by Hestia, a Domestic Abuse Charity

Slough Fun Run. The family fun 5K is coming back this summer on 23 June at 10am in beautiful Upton Court Park, all abilities and ages are encouraged to walk, jog or run. Alongside the race there will be live performances, and free taster activities delivered by local sports clubs. Entry to the race is £5 adult, family ticket £12 – contact 01753 875784 or Active Slough are also looking for volunteers to help out on the day – please call them if you’d like to help. Volunteers get free refreshments!

Active Minds Launches –a brand new timetable of activity, sports, arts, and workshops launching on 3 June which aims to help residents improve and manage their mental health. Running until the end of August, there will be something for everyone, from workshops to yoga to virtual reality. Click her for more information or pick up a leaflet in any library.

Slough Museum’s future direction is under review. Click here for the briefing paper – more information from or from the Curve.

This summer’s carnivals & festivals:-

  • Saturday 22 June – Britwell Summer Celebration.
  • Saturday 22 June – Great Get Together inspired by Jo Cox, and Picnic in the Park, Venue: Herschel Park.
  • Saturday 6th July – Cippenham Carnival
  • Saturday 6th July – Colnfest, Colnbrook
  • Saturday 13th July – Langley Carnival – funds raised this year will go to the Talking Newspaper and 1st Datchet Sea Scouts.
  • Saturday 13th July – Slough Jubilee Riverside Festival – Free watersports at the Jubilee River Riverside Centre. Come join in the fun on the water with kayaks paddleboards and canoes!
  • Saturday 17th August – Slough Horticultural Show, including photography competition. This year, the theme of the show is “A past remembered” focusing on the outbreak of WW2, and Dig for Victory. More information here.

Slough Borough Council has launched a brand new public health website at There is personalised support to enable you to make decisions on your personal health. The new service aims to give you the knowledge; tools and motivation you need to make sustainable lifestyle changes to improve health and wellbeing.

Langley Neighbourhood ForumThe next Forum is on Tuesday 25th June at 7 pm at The Junior Academy Station Road Langley.  This time the format is rather different and quite exciting, come by 6-45pm for an early start.

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service – FREE Home fire safety check. FREE smoke alarms fitted. To book 0800 587 6679 or email Please include name, address contact number & quote SD

Meet and Mingle’s Summer program is now available, with a varied range of activities, outings, and social events to encourage mental & physical health. Click here for Women’s Activities  and Men’s Activities

Frimley Health (Wexham Park Hospital) are developing a 5 year strategy – they want feedback and suggestions from people who use the health service locally. For more information and survey click here.

Farnham Common Open Gardens! Ten gardens will be open around the village on Sunday 23rd June from 1pm to 5pm. Teas and homemade cakes will be on sale at 39 Rosewood Way from 2pm on the day. Admission is by ticket at £5 per person which covers all gardens. Tickets on sale in the Community Library or contact Pat on 01753 645924. Click here for the Farnham Common Community Library Newsletter

Summer Garden Party at Stoke Place – Sunday, 7 JULY – You are invited to come and enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the Stoke Place Garden Party, being held from 12 noon.There will be plenty to do, including activities, outdoor games, live music, BBQ, and food and drink in the 26 acres of grounds. Tickets are limited – £ 5 for adults and £ 2.50 for children and available via -01753-560220 or

There’s a “Tiny Library” in Wexham Street located on the bus shelter nearest to Rowley Lane – a free to use service provided by The George Green Social Library. Please help yourself to this community based free book service; once read you can either keep your book or return it to the “Tiny Library”  that’s up to you!

Saturday, 15th June is Burnham Festival Day and we have a jam-packed day of entertainment lined up for you all. The live music starts at 1 pm across 2 stages and finishes at 10.30 pm, we have a range of food vendors, children’s entertainment, stalls and bars to keep everyone fed, watered and having fun!

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: –

  • St Michaels Convent, Gerrards Cross on July 20th. This neglected garden is being developed by the community as a place for quiet and reflection. Includes a walled garden with will have vegetables, a woodland dell with trees and ferns and a recently built chapel.
  • Manningtree Road, Ruislip on July 21st – a compact garden with an exotic feel that combines hardy architectural plants with more tender ones.

U3A National & Regional Events

There are a wide range of study days and Summer Schools 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:

  • 17th September – Jazz Study Day – London
  • 18th September – Is there anybody out there? Science Day in Bristol
  • 22nd October – Ukulele Day –held at Benson Parish Hall.
  • 31st October – Robo Wars and Constructor’s Challenge 2019

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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