Newsletter, September 2019

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday September 18th with a talk titled Ticket to Yesterday by Jeff Rozelaar. As usual, the meeting starts at 2 pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW.

Many of you will remember that Jeff visited us last year with a highly amusing talk titled “Bagels and Bacon” about his childhood in the wartime East End. He’s coming back to reminisce about his later years – an alternative view of the “Swinging Sixties” from a non-swinger!

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • October 16th – AGM followed by Blessed are the Cheesemakers!
  • November 20thAfrican Images
  • December 11th – Christmas Special

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

Slough U3A’s Annual General Meeting is coming soon, on October 16th. Five members of our Committee will reach the end of their terms of office – Malcolm, Jenny, Peter, Geraldine, and Sukhpal. Two U3A members who have been co-opted during the year are willing to stand for election – Beverley and Alex. This still leaves 3 vacancies on the Committee. If you would like to help us and volunteer as a Committee member – or even to find out more – please contact Jenny on or phone 07793121073.

To those members who have not yet filled in our Members’ Questionnaire – please click here to print a copy, and pass it to your group convenor at the next opportunity.

U3A Groups

The Local History group have had a busy year – click here for their report (and thanks, Christine!)


We still have one or two seats available on the coach trip to Wakehurst, the country home of Kew Gardens, on Tuesday 24th September. If you are interested, please call the organiser before Monday 16th to check availoability. Click here for more information and contact details..

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.

  • 19th September – Video presentation on ‘How we feel about their housing in later life’. Also NHS Healthmakers will be giving details of their free course, ‘Helping people with long term health conditions maintain a good lifestyle’.
  • October 17th –Talk by Osborne Property services – Community Partnership Officers.

What’s on next with Slough’s Libraries and Culture? – Pop into your library and grab your copy of our latest brochure; September to December now available! Lots to do including, events, activities and shows. Click here for online version

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

  • Mushy: Lyrically Speaking. Do you remember Mushy from the BBC documentary “Educating Yorkshire”? This uplifting stage show is inspired by his true story, infused with rap and lyrics by award-winning British rapper Raxstar. September 18 to 22; a RIFCO production.
  • Local Authors Showcase – Weds 25 Sept at 19.30. Meet local authors talking about their latest books and find out more about their process of writing. Local authors include Naima Rashid, Sovel Cunningham, Tim Walker, Sudhana Singh and Isobel Rogers. Wed 25 September, 5.30pm @ The Curve
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning 27 September – 9.00. All welcome.
  • National Poetry Day – 3 October 18.30
  • Kure Kure/Faraway 18 October 19.30 – This multi-media one-woman show includes traditional and contemporary music, projected visuals, soothing song, energetic dance and spoken word. An exhilarating, inspiring and thought provoking journey to ancient and modern-day Zimbabwe, London and Norfolk.
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? 19 October 19.30. Join Lekhani on her hair journey as she discovers that she can’t wash her hair with 99p Alberto Balsam, that some white people actually do find her hair distracting, to finally accepting her Afro hair.

Evening Talk by local naturalist Brian Clews 17 September at 19.00 in Herschel Park. Topic to be confirmed. Meet at the Bentley Centre in the park for a prompt 7pm start.

Join Slough Foodbank for their 9th Annual Ride for Food on Sunday 15 Sept Bring your bicycle at 12.15 to Herschel Park Nature Reserve car park. For info on how to register or donate contact Josie on or 07429 449611.

Over 60’s Macmillan Coffee Morning at Slough Fire Station, in Tuns Lane on Friday 27 Sept at 10:30. During this event you will have the chance to interact with new people, listen to music, take your pick of a range of charity bakes and learn about fire safety. The event has full disabled access.

It’s time to get your seasonal flu jab! Drop in at your doctor’s surgery, also available from Boots, Superdrug, and some local pharmacies. Free for over 65’s.

Middle Thames Archaeological and Historical Society have published their Autumn/Winter program of talks on their website (Click here); topics include Spies, Vikings, and Goths! We meet in St Andrew’s Church Centre, Stoke Poges.

Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is launching in Berkshire and looking for volunteers to carry out this important role. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English. Please visit the website or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Meet Charles Hatchett at St Laurence’s Church in Upton Court Road. Sunday 15th Sept 3-5pm. Scientist Charles Hatchett was a contemporary of Watt, Brunel & Herschel. In 1807 He discovered Niobium, now used in bridges, pipelines, rocket engines & body scanners. Come along to St Laurence’s to learn more about him, see his newly restored grave & have tea. More information from or phone 07931942019

With an exciting new season upon us, Stoke Poges Singers invites new members to join as we start rehearsals again for an ambitious and enjoyable programme of concerts. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings starting 7.45 pm at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges. New members will be enthusiastically welcomed!

Badminton for Ladies in Stoke Poges Village Centre every Friday at 9.30 am. If you have played in the past or are fed up with playing in the garden and would like pick the game up again, why not come along. We are a friendly mixed age-group. We pay as we go, and so there is no big outlay. If interested, please give me a ring – Sue BAILEY – T : 01753 – 643351

Farnham Common Community Library is organising a coach trip to Bentley Priory Museum on 15th October. This lovely house, dating back to 1170, was the HQ of Fighter Command and played a pivotal role during the Battle of Britain. Ticket includes a guided tour of the house and lunch in the Tea Rooms over-looking the immaculate Italian garden. Helen Williams (01753 648319) or Christina Campbell (01753 647573) for details.

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.

“I, Daniel Blake” screening at Pinewood Studios. Winner of the Cannes 2016 top filmmaking prize, the Palme d’Or Daniel Blake has worked as a joiner most of his life in the North East of England and needs help from the State for the first time ever following an illness. After crossing paths with single mother Katie, they find themselves on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy in modern day Britain. An event supporting World Homeless Day.

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: –

  • 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.
  • Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens on Sunday 13th October from 1:30pm. A unique 20 acre Grade I registered garden constructed in 1934-9. Rock and water gardens, sunken colonnade, rose garden. Lovely autumn colours, especially in the rock garden.

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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