Newsletter, February 2020

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday February 19th in our usual venue – St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road SL1 1QW – starting at 2pm. After a talk by Alan Copeland entitled “Curiosities in the Chilterns”, we’ll have refreshments, and a chance to socialise and find out more about U3A activities.


Our speaker, Alan, is a keen photographer who retired in 1998 having been employed within the Financial Services industry selling endowment mortgages, and the like. Since retirement, he has gained Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), and recently received an award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, for long and dedicated service to Camera Clubs.

His talk is a fast-moving circular tour of the Chilterns looking at the odd, rare and unusual aspects of life many years ago, starting and finishing in Reading. The illustration is the Earl Howe figurehead standing just outside The Lee, originally the figurehead of

the warship HMS Impregnable.

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • March 18th The Rhyme of our Lives
  • April 15th – My Life as an Extra
  • May 20th – The Crop Circle Mystery

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), metered parking in the streets nearby, or in the Observatory multi storey car park.

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

Wednesday June 3rd will be National U3A day! U3A’s across the country will celebrate with events aimed at celebrating the Third Age, as well as raising awareness of the U3A movement. The committee of Slough U3A is developing plans to mark the day; please can U3A members reserve this day in their diary.

U3A Groups

Poetry in Action will meet for the first time on Tuesday, 25 February.  They will be exploring every age and variety of poetry, from medieval sonnets to modern comic verse, and aiming to discover new and different ways to express it. Members are encouraged to take their favourite poems to the meeting, as well as poems they have written themselves. Further details will be available at the General Meeting on Wednesday, or from Beryl:

Art Appreciation Group’s next outing will be on Friday 21st February, when we have a unique guided tour of Two Temple Place. Two Temple Place is a spectacular neo-Gothic mansion build in 1895 for William Astor, that combines the grandeur of a London mansion with the intimacy of a private home. Contact Bob if you would like to join us.

Table Tennis – U3A members are welcome to participate in weekly sessions at The Centre in Farnham Road, every Thursday from 11 to 12. This program, run by the charity Sport in Mind, focuses on the benefits of sport to mental health and it’s open to anyone who wishes to improve their mental or physical health, or who would appreciate the social aspect.

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. On 20th February we’ll focus on Information – How? Where? When? Then on 19th March we’ll look at Slough High Street Regeneration

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

  • 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.
  • Salsa and Bachata classes – every Friday at 7:30pm

Activities and events at the Curve, Slough’s library and community centre: –

  • Power of Purity – Guided Meditation by local charity Mohanji Foundation UK, on Thursdays. Click here for details. Next session on 13th February at 1:30pm.
  • Magic Table for adults every Thursday at 3pm. A series of interactive animations using movement, light and sound projection -these games are designed to be stimulate the senses and memory; fun for all, although aimed particularly at people with learning disabilities and dementia.
  • Chess Grand Master and 9 x British Women’s Chess Champion, Jovanka Houska will be delivering a Chess Simultaneous exhibition against Slough schoolchildren. Thursday 5 March from 5.45pm
  • Author Visit 28 March! Fantasy author Ben Aaronovitch ‘s will be talking about his latest book “False Values” in his Rivers of London series. Ben is also a script writer for Doctor Who, and has written novels for Doctor Who and Blake’s 7; he’ll have a lot to talk about! Click here to book.

Active Slough would like to know if anyone would like to try Walking Cricket. Walking cricket is an enjoyable sport that improves fitness, and enables participants to have fun as part of a team experience. The game is played at walking pace and provides a gentle way to keeping fit and active. Contact Billy Cousins on 07841 522199 to find out more.

This year’s programme at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens:

  • Bereavement Café – 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 first Monday of the month from 10am – 12 noon. Next sessions 2 March and 6 April
  • Snowdrop Walk Monday, 17 February 2020, 1 pm
  • Rose Pruning Day Thursday, 27 February 2020, from 1 to 3 pm, supervised and instructed by our Head Gardener. Bring your favourite secateurs if you have some.

This year the Rotary Club of Slough’s “Slough Together Charity Walk” is being held on Saturday 2nd May 2020. Yet again we are presenting the Walk together with Wexham Park Hospital this year, with the aim of raising even more money for your favourite charities. Our Pledge: All the funds raised by your members and friends are retained by your charity. Full details are on our website: or contact us by e-mail:


  • Asian Star Radio presents Rafaqat Ali Khan live! A night of Qawali and Bollywood, come along and get up close and personal, an intimate evening with the legendary Rafaqat Ali Khan. Saturday 22 Feb – click here for more information.
  • Slough Philharmonic present Verdi & Rachmaninov at 7.30 pm on Saturday 7 March, at Caldicott School, Farnham Royal. Click here for details
  • Windsor & Eton Choral Society presents Handel – “Samson” at Windsor Parish Church on Friday 20 March. This oratorio is one of the most magnificent works which Handel ever composed. Click here for full details.
  • The next concert by Cantorum Choir really is special – the rarely performed Rachmaninov’s Vespers in Eton College Chapel on March 28th. This is a magnificent and very moving work for unaccompanied choir. Tickets – Click here for online tickets, or call the box office on 01628 525371.
  • Stoke Poges Singers – Tickets are now available for the performance of Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man‘ at St Nicolas’ Church Taplow on Saturday, 28 March at 7.30 pm. Tickets 07831 217575 or

Here are some National Garden Scheme open gardens nearby:

  • Stubbings House, Maidenhead – A parkland garden set around 18th century house with a large lawn, ha-ha and woodland walks. Notable trees incl historic Cedars and Araucaria. March brings an abundance of daffodils and in May a 60 metre wall of wisteria. Saturday 7th March 10am – 4pm
  • Higher Denham Gardens – At least 5 very different gardens will open in 2020 in this delightful Misbourne chalk stream valley. Shrubs, trees, woodland, riverside. Sunday 22nd March 2pm – 5pm