Slough U3A Newsletter, June 2020
Some of our U3A groups are keeping going, communicating via phone, email, WhatsApp, or Zoom. The groups are: –
|· Art Appreciation
· Book Club,
· Creative Writing,
· Current Affairs,
· French (Intermediate)
|· German (Beginners)
· Local History
· Poetry in Action
· Practical Philosophy
Art Appreciation are sharing ideas and suggestions for some of the many exhibitions and galleries which are now available to view online. We’re hoping that art galleries & museums may be allowed to re-open soon.
Book Club – have been meeting using Zoom to discuss the books they have been reading. Next meeting – 9th June. One of the books for discussion this month is “Brooklyn” by Colm Tóibín.
Current Affairs – have also been using Zoom to meet; in their last meeting, not surprisingly, they discussed the Coronavirus crisis. Next meeting is on 24th June, topic to be decided
Creative Writing – exchanging their ideas by email. Their current topic is “The Best Ever”
Drawing Group have enjoyed master classes in painting, as well as sharing some of their own works using Zoom. They are currently curating an online exhibition of their work – click here to view this.
Local History – the members are researching stories about Slough, ready to share when we are about to meet again.
Gardening Group are exchanging tips and pictures using WhatsApp.
Pilates Group have been participating enthusiastically in live Pilates sessions on Facebook, organised and hosted by Active Slough.
Poetry in Action explores the whole world of poetry – performing, composing, and just enjoying the medium. We’ve recently looked at Victorian poetry; the next session will be on 16 June.
Practical Philosophy – aims to discuss moral and ethical issues which are relevant to our lives. Our last meeting discussed some of the ethical questions posed by the coronavirus crisis. The next meeting is on 12 June.
Walking Group are now able to walk together, every Wednesday afternoon. In order to comply with social distancing rules, we will split into groups of 6 or less, keep 2 metres separate from others in the same group, and each group will follow a different route from the meeting point.
If you’d like to join one of these groups, or to find out more about any of them, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Bob on 07903 021 711. Slough U3A are open to non-members who may participate in “taster” sessions before they decide whether or not to become members of the U3A.
What’s on around Slough?
Carers Week (8-14 June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support – you might find yourself in this situation.
Groups in Slough have put together events during this week – take some time out from your caring responsibilities and enjoy some fun and laughter. Events include Quick Draw Art, Cookery with Katun, VIP Quiz, Bingo, Singing with Michelle, Meditation with Apna Virsa. Full details can be found at https://sloughcarerssupport.co.uk/news/carers-wk2020/ or contact Slough Carers Support on 01753 303 428.
We have developed a range of activities that you can join in from home. They include
- Sofa Cinema Club (Wednesday)
- Classic Novel (Monday and Thursday)
- Book Group (Monday)
- Memory Lane (Sunday)
- Crafts & Quizzes (Sunday)
Out & About
Many parks near Slough are opening up gradually.
These include Black Park, Langley Park, Savill Garden, Virginia Water, and Runnymede. Also opening are Cliveden (National Trust) and the Chiltern Open Air Museum– for both of these, you need to book tickets in advance or you will be turned away. In most of these places there are no refreshments or toilets available, and car parking may be restricted. Please check the website of any venue you may wish to visit to confirm the arrangements.
Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens
We have a group of volunteers who meet regularly for some fresh air, exercise and a good chat. We would love to welcome you to the group, the dates are below.
Thank you all who have been able to join us for our two recent sessions! We’ll make sure we work in places where we can keep 2 metres away from one another and we’ll strictly all use our own gloves – we’ll label them – and disinfect all the tools we use. Unfortunately, for the time being we won’t be able to offer you a cuppa afterwards, but please bring a drink with you and enjoy sitting and chatting afterwards on some of our benches around the garden! Hope to see you then! Contact Franzi (Head Gardener and Cemeteries Manager) on 01753 – 527844
- Monday, 8 JUNE from 10 am – 12 noon.
- Thursday, 18 JUNE 1 – 3 pm
- Monday, 6 JULY, 10 am – 12 noon
- Thursday, 23 JULY, 1 – 3 pm
The car parks open from 8 am each day and close at the time advertised on site. The Café is open from for take away but the toilets and information point will remain closed until further notice. The rangers have taken some superb photos of some of the resident wildlife – click here to see the pictures on Facebook.
National Garden Scheme
Some of our gardens in England are re-opening from the beginning of June. If they are going to be open, they will be marked “PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL”. You will be able to book tickets from the Monday prior to their open day. Click here to find a garden near you! https://ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/. You can also go on a virtual garden visit and support us with a donation.
Frimley Health Trust
– has announced that it will be resuming selected services at Wexham Park Hospital as the Covid-19 pressure gradually reduces. In a cautious approach they are prioritising outpatient, diagnostic, endoscopy and surgical services for reopening. Services may be delivered in different ways and in different places than previously, and if Covid-19 cases begin to rise then these services could again be scaled down or suspended.
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.
We welcome new members.