Newsletter, July 2019

Slough U3A Newsletter, July 2019

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 17th July. This month, we’re thrilled to have a talk and demonstration of Natural Dye and Hand Spinning by Gilly Pusey.

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

Gilly has been spinning and dyeing for over thirty years. “I became a member of the Bucks Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers, a group I learnt such a lot from over the years.


When I first started my business it lacked focus and direction and was not very successful. I slowly gained enough confidence to make things that I really loved and enjoyed making. Putting that before commercial success was a game changer for me and I have never looked back. Selling to customers who think like me might not be the most lucrative way to run a business, but it is certainly the most fun and rewarding way of life.”

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • August 21st – Change Your Thoughts and you Change Your World
  • September 18thTicket to Yesterday
  • October 16th – Cheesemaking!

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

The Local History group has been out and about quite a lot in recent months. We have enjoyed tours of the Kederminster Library  in Langley and St. Giles’ Church, Stoke Poges. We plan to meet for a pub lunch in August at one of the oldest pubs in the area (The Red lion, Langley) and then in September it will be back to monthly meetings at St. Laurence’s Church.

We’d love to have a few more Scrabble players! Enjoy a relaxing and sociable morning with us in the Mencap Centre, Common Road, Langley. Come along to our next session on Thursday 18 July at 10:30 AM for a try-out.

Would anyone be interested in joining a Cookery for Men group? From baked beans to baked Alaska, the mysteries of the kitchen will be explored – and you will learn some useful skills at the same time. Please contact Geraldine if you are interested.

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

  • 18th July – Managing your Money
  • 15th August – meet the younger generation!

What’s on at the Curve, Slough’s state of the art library & community centre: –

  • ‘Toxification’ on Sunday, 14 July at 2:30 pm. The Punjab – bread basket of India – is celebrated the world over for its fertile land. This prize-winning documentary exposes the devastating consequences of intensive agriculture and pesticides on minds, bodies and the soil of the Punjab. Click here for more information.
  • On 17th July between 2 and 3 pm, the BBC will be filming a virtual reality session to show how VR is used in libraries. Visitors to the Curve will be able to experience Nothing to Be Written, a very moving programme about postcards sent home from the front lines during First World War. Click here for details.

Slough Canal Festival. Family fun along the canal will be returning to Bloom Park, Langley, on 7 and 8 September. Enjoy two days of fantastic fun, with free entry, free car parking, free displays and performances in the main arena and much more. This year there will be canal boat trips, birds of prey, a steam train, and mobile farm

Don’t forget Slough Horticultural Show on Saturday 17th August from 11:00 at Lascelles Park. Organised by Slough Allotment Federation and the council, there will be competitions for the best home grown produce and best home made items, including cakes, knitted items and clothing. For keen photographers, there will be a photography competition. Attractions include the British Airways Brass Band, and Arbour – part man, part tree, and 18 feet tall. Lots of fun things for the grandchildren as well!

Invitation to the Drop-In Cafe at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens. Particularly for people who have recently been bereaved to meet others in a similar situation. However, anyone is welcome to pop in and join us. Tea, coffee, biscuits and friendly company! On the following Mondays from 10 am: – 8 July, 12 August, 9 September, 7 October.

Slough Carers Calendar Are you looking for regular activities within Slough to help you get out and about and take better care of yourself and others? Our calendar will help you find lots of groups’ activities in and around the borough, with other activities being added regularly.

This is the 29th year of Free Lunchtime Concerts at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Church Street. These are every Saturday at 12 noon, with refreshments available after each concert.

  • July 20th Waltham Madrigals, conductor Simon Shaw
  • July 27th Jonathan Rowe, piano

There are many organisations throughout Slough which offer fun and friendship for older adults. If you want to take up a new hobby, meet socially for a cuppa and chat, or want a walking buddy, there is bound to be a group to suit. SBC has published a compendium of groups which support older people in Slough and surrounding area. Click here to see the list!

Slough Borough Council will be starting a new walks programme in September, with training for volunteers and walk leaders happening this month. (July). If you’re interested in becoming a walk leader, please email

Upton Court Grammar School will be holding a charity fund raising event on 18th July 2019 from 5 to 7 pm. As well as raising funds for charity, the school and parents wish to celebrate the unity the school, parents and our local communities. There will be a cultural presentation in the hall with music, dance, poetry and a fashion show. The celebration will end with a raffle draw with some really great prizes. Entry £1 at the door.

Stoke Poges, Wexham, and Fulmer Horticultural Society Annual Show on Saturday, 27th July at Stoke Poges School in Rogers Lane. Even those who may not feel they are ‘green fingered’ can enter, as there is an enormous range of categories in which one can exhibit, ranging from Plants and Flowers to Cacti and Succulents ;  Fruit and Vegetables to Floral Art ;  as well as a great breadth of Home Economic categories – from Lemon Curd to Cheese Straws, and Cross Stitch to Watercolours.

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: –

  • Church Gardens on August 26th. 17th Century Renaissance walled gardens on the outskirts of Harefield, with a traditional organic kitchen garden, consisting of 56 geometrically arranged raised beds, 60m long herbaceous borders, trained fruit trees, alpines, herb garden and an orchard with rare arcaded wall, dating back to the early 1600’s. Unique opportunity to view ongoing restoration project.

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:

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 2020. Subscription monies are used to pay for meeting costs, subscription to our quarterly magazine “Third Age Matters”, insurance etc. Membership is not transferable to other U3A’s.

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