Newsletter, March 2020


Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday March 18th in our usual venue – St Andrew’s Church Hall, Merton Road SL1 1QW – starting at 2pm. This is followed by a chance to socialise and find out more about U3A activities.

Coinciding with World Poetry day, this month’s talk is entitled “The Rhyme of our Lives”. Our speaker, Jean Hill, was born in London in 1943 where her playground was the post war bomb-sites. Recently widowed, she now lives in Wokingham, and has three grandchildren.

Jean has always loved writing and has had her poems and articles published as well as appearing on Radio Berkshire. Her writing covers both comic and serious genres, providing both cheer and comfort to the reader.

Autumn Love (Extract)

Autumn love is special
Not like that of fickle Spring
Or restless with a molten heat
That Summer love can bring

Autumn love is gentle
As the dove rests after flight
A pearly dawn and drifting mist
The moonbeams of the night

jean hill.jpg Phoning Susan (Extract)

We ignored all the arguments
Told her not to make a fuss
We decided that the time had come
To have Mother live with us

We’ll manage all her finance
And as legal legatee
Make sure that our inheritance
Wings its way to me

Future U3A general meetings at St Andrew’s: –

  • April 15th – My Life as an Extra
  • May 20th – The Crop Circle Mystery
  • June 17th – Supt Sarah Grahame, Thames Valley Police

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.


Please check the NHS website for latest information, and phone 111 if you feel unwell with flu-like symptoms. It seems likely that the NHS will issue new guidelines soon – we’ll monitor the situation and tell you if it affects our U3A activities.

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

Would you be interested in joining a tea dance? Once a month, an opportunity for a gentle dance with tea and like-minded company. Please let a committee member know if you would be interested.


We have the following outings coming up – Lymington on 4th July, a tour of the Bank of England (date TBA), and Chatham dockyard in September. Please contact Jenny for more 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. On 19th March we’ll discuss future plans.

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

  • Men’s Afternoon – drop-in sessions for older men on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 12 to 4. Join us for light refreshments, a sing along and company. First meeting 17th
  • Feel Good Festival for World Happiness Day on Friday 20 March from 5-9pm. Create, play, heal and discover with a variety of activities including a Kind Art Gallery, Speed Smiling, Meditation for Resilience and shoulder massages.

Activities and events at the Curve, Slough’s library and community centre. Tickets are available online or from any library: –

  • Young Film Programmers present a screening of the “The Hate U Give” (2018), followed by a post-film discussion relating to the themes of the film. Themes include discrimination, prejudice, racism, bravery and justice. Friday 20 March at 7pm
  • Fatty Fat Fat – a funny, frank and provocative solo show about living in a body the world tells you to hate. Leave your diet books at the door. Saturday, March 21 at 7pm.
  • Ladies of Laughter with Noreen Khan on Friday 27 March, 7.30pm
  • Author Visit 28 March! Fantasy author Ben Aaronovitch 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.


  • Saturday 28th March 7.30 pm – a Concert in aid of Save the Children at St. Mary’s Church Langley; with the Berkshire Recorder Consort and Iver stingers. Tickets £10 on the door
  • Timeless Rafi by Srikant Narayan – Saturday 28th March, 6pm at Ditton Park Academy.

7th Indian Cultural Road Show followed by Traditional Dance on Saturday 28th March from 10:30 to 2:00. All along the Slough High Street and inside the Observatory shopping centre. Music, dance, traditional snacks.

Dawn Chorus on Wednesday 15th April. Come and hear the early morning songs of our resident birds at Herschel Park, with expert guidance. Meet by the kiosk at 6am.

Langley & Iver Rotary are holding a Race Night at Richings Park Sports Club SL0 9BN at 7 pm on Friday 27th March. All proceeds to Thames Hospice and Thames Valley Adventure Playground. Tickets and more information from Christine 01753 541411

Stroke Survivors Group at Open Doors Slough – Unit 2, Queensmere Centre (next door to Subway). Thursday 23rd April at 10:30. We touch on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing after the stroke, with a cup of tea and a biscuit. Organised by Living in Harmony – contact Dolly on 07846 312831 for more information.

Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Open Day – You are invited to a nourishing experience inside and out ra on Thursday 12 March at 221 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 4BA from 12 to 3pm. The Gurdwara is open every day of the year and everyone is always welcome, however on Thursday 12 March 2020 they will be holding a special Open Day for our neighbours and community. The Gurdwara site includes a school, art gallery, skills training centre, prayer room and a large area where free food is served all day.

Here are some National Garden Scheme open gardens nearby:

  • 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
  • Odney Club Cookham. This 120-acre site is beside the Thames with lovely riverside walks. Wisteria, specimen trees, side gardens, spring bedding and ornamental lake, as well as the John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre. Sunday 19th

National Trust’s Cliveden presents ‘The Gilded Gardens’. A celebration of the thousands of daffodils popping up across the estate; throughout the formal gardens and woodlands, Cliveden boasts 20 different identified daffodil varieties. There are an additional 48 varieties in the special displays. Visit any day from 10 am to see the spectacle unfold.

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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