Newsletter, January 2020

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday January 15thin our usual venue – St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road SL1 1QW – starting at 2pm. Our speaker this month is Neil Sadler, a retired police officer.

Neil spent much of his 30 years’ service as an operational officer in various ranks across Sussex, working briefly in Hong Kong, Trinidad and Abu Dhabi…. he even survived Bognor Regis, Haywards Heath and Crawley! This talk – “A Policeman’s Lot can be quite an interesting one!” – reviews the highs and lows of police work, drawing on the curious and sometimes downright funny things that he’s encountered during his career.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • February 19thCuriosities in the Chilterns
  • March 18th The Rhyme of our Lives
  • April 15th – My Life as an Extra

A reminder about car parking at St Andrew’s. Please note that we are not permitted to use the car park behind the church; however there is free parking in Upton Court Park (about 6 minutes’ walk) or metered parking in the streets nearby.

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

Our Lunch Club will taste its first plat du jour on 24th January. For our first outing, we’ve selected the Red Lion in Stoke Green (near Wexham Hospital) which has a varied menu and good accessibility. If you would like to join in, please contact Alex on 07930 443336.

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. We will have some information/discussion on the 2016-2021 Housing Strategy update on Thursday 16th January, and discussion of the Regeneration of Slough High Street on 20th February.

Coming up soon at the Curve, Slough’s library and community centre: –

  • Friday 31 January at 7pm – “Life Sukhs – Join Sukh as she tries to figure out how to move forward in reverse. From dealing with mental illness to moving back in with her parents, Sukh explores mental health, identity, and living a double life in a searingly honest look at what happens when life doesn’t go to plan.
  • Drop in chess sessions start on 18 January for people to play and learn more about this popular board game. The sessions are for all ages over 8 years and all experience levels. Saturdays, 3-4.30pm @ The Curve and also Saturdays, 12-2pm @ Cippenham Library.

Events at HOME Slough, 223 High Street, Slough, SL1 1BY :-

  • 30th January Human Story Theatre presents DRY by Gaye Poole. James and Ellen find themselves indulging in one bottle of wine too many. 19:30 Book here
  • Slough Community Soul Choir meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at Home Slough from 7pm. We are looking for adults who would like to come and sing their hearts outs, meet new people and generally improve their welbeing. Get involved! Free to attend.

Active Slough has published their program of adult activities for winter and spring – click here for full list. A wide range of activities  including yoga, Pilates, aerobics, dance, badminton and much more. Activity guidelines for adults – click here.

Slough Cooperative Film Society starts its 2020 program with Pain & Glory (15) by Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodóvar. Antonio Banderas plays the role of his life in this acclaimed movie about loss, love, imagination and memory. Datchet Village Hall, Tuesday 21st January at 8pm. Then on 28th we’ll be showing Ken Loach’s “Sorry we missed you”. The club specialises in films with artistic or dramatic merit – for the full programme click here

Recycling – please remember that you can’t recycle Christmas cards or wrapping paper, as they frequently include plastic or glitter components – the recycling machinery can’t separate these out.

Slough Talking Newspaper provides a service for visually impaired people living in the Slough area. Each week we produce an audio version of local news; the service is completely free and relies entirely on volunteers. We would really welcome volunteers who can regularly spare an hour or two to help with recording and copying our material. Find out more – phone 07717 044343 or

Amana’s Journey Café has opened in refurbished premises at The Britwell Centre in Wentworth Avenue serving hot meals & snacks. Amana’s Journey is a community group of women and children living in & near Britwell.

Age UK offers a number of activities in Slough – click here for more information:

  • Pilates – Weekly on Fridays: 10.00 am at Cippenham Baptist Church, Elmshott Lane SL1 5QS
  • Yoga – Tuesdays: 10.30 am at St Francis Church, London Road, Langley SL3 7LN
  • Singing group – Wednesdays 11.00am at Bentley Education Centre in Herschel Park, SL1 2DQ
  • Tai Chi – Tuesdays 1.00 pm at St Mary’s Church Centre Langley Road Slough SL3 7ER

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support offers practical guidance to people lives are directly or indirectly affected by Dementia. If you’d like to find out more, come to our Connection Café, held every Tuesday at 1pm at the community room, rear of Holy Family Church in Trelawney Avenue, Langley.

Herschel Astronomical Society will be advising on Practical Astronomy on 14 February. Contact them via for full details.

The Stoke Poges Society concerns itself with the life and heritage of Stoke Poges and the surrounding area. We will be hosting a talk by Dr Helen Read – “Conservation at Stoke Common and Burnham Beeches” on Tuesday 11 February 2020, at 7:30pm in St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN

Here are some National Garden Scheme open gardens nearby:

  • St Timothee – Maidenhead. Two acres of garden with colour themed borders planted for year-round interest. A wide range of attractive grasses and perennials., wild areas and mature trees. Wednesday 15th
  • Hollydyke House – Little Missenden. During February we see hellebores, crocus and carpets of snowdrops. In winter you will be able to appreciate the garden’s structure with mature trees, colourful barks, seed heads and grasses. Walk down the road to visit the nearby 10th century Saxon Church. Opening on the weekend of 15th & 16th

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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