Newsletter, August 2019

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 21st August with at a talk titled “Change Your Thoughts and you Change Your World

Alan Wise is a qualified psychologist and motivational speaker. With several decades of experience, his presentations and seminars aim to help others learn self-care techniques such as mindfulness, and inspire his audiences to take control of their own well being.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • September 18thTicket to Yesterday
  • October 16th – Blessed are the Cheesemakers!
  • November 20thAfrican Images

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 Announcements

Our membership year ends on 31 August. Membership subscriptions are the same as last year – £18 individual, or £34 for a couple. We prefer payment by cheque or bank transfer wherever possible. We’ll send out a renewal notice with full details of how to pay in a few days’ time.

Committee Membership. Five of our nine committee members have completed their 3 year term of office, and will stand down at the next AGM in October. Please help us carry Slough U3A into the next few years! It’s not a big commitment – there’s one committee meeting per month which takes about 90 minutes.

The Committee would appreciate some help with routine tasks, such as booking speakers for the monthly meeting, correspondence, publicity, preparing the newsletter, and looking after our website. Would you like to help us with one of these? Please talk to a Committee member at the next meeting to 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.

  • Friday, 29th November – Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Market.

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

  • 15th August – meet the younger generation!
  • 19th September – open discussion

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

  • Retracing Kampala: a film project by Said Adrus. The, artist takes us with him as he revisits the place where he was born, and forced to leave as a child. Said’s work explores belonging, mobility, race, exile and associations with places. Wednesday Sept 11th.
  • Mushy: Lyrically Speaking. An uplifting tale inspired by the true story of Musharaf Asghar (Educating Yorkshire) infused with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar (Keep It Undercover). September 18 to 22; a RIFCO production.

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

Upton Court Parkrun every Saturday, at 9 am. Run, walk or jog 5k at your own pace! Free to participate but please register first. Each week runners go for post parkrun refreshments at the Rugby Club.

Asian Carers. Provides an opportunity for Asian carers to get together to socialise and receive advice and information. Meetings on the first Thursday of every month, between 1.30-3pm at Upton Lea Community Centre. For more information contact

Cippenham Carers. Meet new people over a cup of tea and seated exercise. Runs every third Wednesday of the month, from 1-3pm, at Cippenham Baptist Church. For more information, contact

Slough Carers Forum and lunch Thursday 19th September at 12 noon. HOME on the High Street, 223 High Street, Slough, SL1 1BY Lunch, speakers and open floor for individual groups. Book here

Seated exercise is perfect for people trying to get into activity, returning to activity or people who are unable to complete exercise whilst standing.

  • Monday, Cippenham Library, 2:45
  • Tuesday, Langley Library, 10am
  • Wednesday, The Curve, 10.30am
  • Thursday, Colnbrook Village Hall, 12.30pm
  • Friday, The Curve, 10.30am

Free Cycle Surgeries – get your bike checked by a fully trained bike mechanic. Town centre, Slough outside the cinema from 12 to 2pm on Thursdays 15th, 22nd, 29th August.

Slough Co-operative Film Society starts its Autumn program on 10th September with The White Crow (12A). A thrilling biopic following the story of Rudolf Nureyev as he travels to Paris in 1961 for his first trip outside the Soviet Union. With KGB officers watching his every move, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision. An ode to the beauty of the human physique and a glimpse into the political history of the time. All screenings are held at 8.00pm on Tuesdays at Datchet Village Hall.

Verdi – Requiem on Saturday, 28 Sept at 7:30 pm in Eton College School Hall. Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most thrilling choral masterpieces ever composed, with strong dramatic music brilliantly contrasted with magical sections of music with a quieter nature. Click here for on-line booking.

Summer activities at Burnham Beeches:

  • The Plants of Burnham Beeches Sunday 18 August, afternoon. Learn to recognise some of the plants in the Beeches and their traditional uses on this 2 hour gentle stroll. Booking required.
  • Woodland Wonders – Family friendly wildlife walk, Wednesday 21 August, morning. Join us on a two hour morning wildlife walk with bug hunts, games and fun in the woods. Booking required.
  • The History of Burnham Beeches Sunday 1 September, afternoon. Ancient monuments, poets, musicians and World War II artefacts are an unexpected mix for a walk around this ancient woodland. Join us on a 2 hour walk to learn more. Booking required.

This year’s Windsor Festival is open for booking. Now in its 50th year, the Festival offers a wide variety of concerts,  author talks, and some fascinating guided walks around this historic town. Click here for programme & tickets.

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, raised beds, 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.
  • .4 Ormonde Road, Northwood, on Sunday 15th September (Featured on Gardeners’ World) Beautifully planted frontage entices visitors to a large rear garden. There is much interest throughout the whole garden due to attention paid to successional planting.

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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