Newsletter, October 2019

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday October 16th in our usual venue, St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, Merton Road, Slough, SL1 1QW starting at 2pm. This month’s talk is titled “Blessed are the Cheesemakers”.

There’s quite a lot going on at this month’s meeting: –

  • The meeting will start with our AGM and committee elections.
  • Liz Jones will be selling Christmas cards in aid of Save the Children

Our speaker, John Pearson, is an international cheese judge having travelled throughout Europe visiting daJohn Pearson.jpgiries selecting dairy products for M&S. He also judges for Which? Magazine and is a contributor to the recently published Oxford Companion of cheese. His talk today “Blessed are the Cheesemakers” will describe some of his encounters with suppliers, impossible customers and will conclude with a short tutored cheese tasting. Proceeds from the talk go to a charity in Uganda.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • November 20thAfrican Images with Tom Way
  • December 11th – Christmas Special
  • January 15th An Inspector Calls

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 Drawing Group will be exhibiting some of their work between 12th and 20th October at HOME on the High Street at Unit 43 near the entrance to The Observatory Shopping Centre. Pop in to admire them if you’re near the High Street!


Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe because of its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. We’re planning a trip on Friday 29th November, which will include an optional tour of Winchester’s magnificent Cathedral. Click here for more details and application form. Please book by Friday 18 October because we need to book the coach!

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.

  • October 17th –Talk by Osborne Property services – Community Partnership Officers.
  • November 21st – Slough Talking Therapies will be explaining their services.

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. For events at your local library (Slough, Langley, Cippenham, Britwell), click here or pop into the library for a printed version.

Coming up soon at the Curve: –

  • 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.

An evening of popular music in aid of Slough Samaritans Saturday 23 November 7.30pm St Bernard’s Catholic School, Langley, Slough. Featuring jazz pianist Laurie Holloway, jazz singer Tina May, classical pianist Robert Cheung and the Maidenhead Community Choir to help raise funds for local Samaritans. Tickets £16 available from:

Toadstool hunt at Herschel Park – Saturday 19 October, 2-3.30pm. Join Trevor Smith to explore the park and nature reserve for fungi. Maybe just admire their different shapes and colours, or note their peculiar smell, or come and learn more about identification of some of the more common ones. Starting promptly at 2pm from the kiosk.

Award-winning community arts charities Art Reach, Same Sky and Mandinga have been commissioned to lead our Slough Town Centre Winter Festival on Saturday 23rd November 2019, which coincides with Slough’s annual Christmas Light Switch On. The event will also include the fantastic local dance college, Creative Academy.

Active Slough have published their Autumn timetable of activities – click here to download, or pop in to any library.

Slough Senior Citizens Group have a programme of regular weekly exercise sessions at Brook House 61 High Street Chalvey 01753 537996. All sessions start at 11 AM. ● Yoga – every Tuesday ● Relaxation Techniques – every Wednesday ● Keep Fit – every Thursday.

Jeff Rozelaar, who spoke at our U3A meeting last month, will be performing his one man play “Disraeli – Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister” at 7:30 pm Thursday 24 Oct 2019 in The Old Court, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor SL4 3BL. This controversial character’s intrusion into the heart of Victorian establishment is related imaginatively in this original play. Box Office: 01753 743579 or click here to book online.

HOME on the High Street at Unit 43 near the entrance to The Observatory Shopping Centre:

  • Celebrate World Kindness Day on Wednesday, November 13th between 4 and 9 PM to have some fun and take home some ideas, tools, and tips to make yourself and others happier. There’ll be a chance to take part in arts and crafts activities, participate in happiness and well-being workshops, enjoy dancing, drumming and singing.
  • Slough’s Annual Visual Arts Showcase – 30 artists are coming together to exhibit their artwork. There will be VR (Virtual Reality), animation, paintings, photography, sculpture and other objects of art on display. Date: 12-20 October

2019 sees the 29th year of Free Lunchtime Concerts at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Church Street, SL1 1PJ. Every Saturday at 12 noon, with refreshments available after each concert.

  • October 12th. Chorate Chamber Choir conducted by Nigel Wills
  • October 19th. Malcolm Stowell, organ
  • October 26th. Jonathan Rowe, piano
  • November 2nd. John Halsey, Harpsichord with Jenny Thomas, Flute

Slough Writers is a friendly and supportive group for writers of all abilities, living in the Slough area. To learn more about the group and our meetings, see our latest programme of activities. We meet most Monday nights upstairs at the Palmer Arms in Dorney, from 7:30pm. If you’re interested in joining, drop in and say hello.

Burnham Beeches – Fabulous autumnal photography Sunday 27 October. Join professional photographer Paul Mitchell on this 3-hour stroll to discover some of the secrets of great photography. There will also be the chance to get tips and advice about editing images. Cost £10 (all money raised goes to Burnham Beeches). Booking required. All bookings now taken through eventbrite.

Windsor Art Fair is just a few weeks away ● 160 Artists ● Over 5,000 Works of Art ● Workshops ● Painting Demonstrations ● Interactive Art. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th  Nov 2019 from 10am at Royal Windsor Racecourse, Maidenhead Road, Windsor.

Fungus Foray, Wednesday, 30 October, 10 am with Penny Cullington from the British Mycological Society. An informal walk round the lesser known areas of the gardens in search of fungi big and small. Particularly good fun with children. Adults £ 5, children free. Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4NZ

The Soroptimists Autumn Quiz will be held on Friday, November 1 at the Spencer Denney Centre in Park Corner, Windsor starting at 7.30pm. Tickets include supper £12 each. To book and for more information contact The Soroptimists are a women’s social organisation that meet socially and raise money for good causes.

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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