Newsletter, July 2020

U3A Membership – introductory offer

Slough U3A are offering 3 months free membership to anyone who may be interested in joining the U3A. This is in order to give potential members a chance to try out some of our activities and to get to know some of the current members. There’s a list of our activities below.

Please pass this offer on to any friends or relatives who might be interested.

U3A Groups and activities

Some of our U3A groups are keeping going, communicating via phone, email, WhatsApp, or Zoom. Some have been able to meet up in gardens or in parks, subject to social distancing rules. The groups are: –

• Art Appreciation
• Book Club,
• Creative Writing,
• Current Affairs,
• Drawing
• French (Intermediate)
• Gardening
• German (Beginners)
• Local History
• Pilates
• Play Reading
• Poetry in Action
• Practical Philosophy
• Ukulele
• Walking

If you’d like to join one of these groups, or to find out more about any of them, please look on our website https://u3aslough.wordpress.com/activity-groups/. Alternatively you can email info@sloughu3a.com or phone Bob on 07903 021 711. 

Coming up in the next few days:-

  • Art Appreciation – visiting an open-air sculpture park on July 17th,
  • Book Club – next meeting on July 14th.
  • Current Affairs – next meeting July 22nd.
  • Drawing Group  open air sketching on 23 July
  • Poetry in Action  Next meeting on 13th July.
  • Walking Group  Next walk on 15th July. Click here for the walking program.

An announcement from Bromsgrove U3A

Some of our group leaders are managing to keep their meetings going by using Zoom or other videoconferencing software. Other groups are using email for quizzes; jokes etc.; poetry; setting of work projects; and sharing of pertinent information relating to subject matter and entertainment. If you are a U3A member, and your group is not running, we may be able to add you as a temporary member of a group, depending on numbers as usual. If you are interested, please contact us. https://u3asites.org.uk/bromsgrove/welcome

What’s on around Slough?

Our Libraries are reopening – the arrangements are complicated. Click here for full details, or call any of the following numbers:-

  • The Curve:          Tel: 01753 875533
  • Britwell:               Tel: 01753 522869
  • Cippenham:       Tel: 01628 661745
  • Langley:               Tel: 01753 542153

Picture Book Chat for Adults with author and illustrator Fiona Barker– Join Slough Libraries online for a special discussion for adults with author Fiona all about the joy of picture books. This is a free session for anyone with an interest in picture books. 17 Jul 2020 at 3:00pm –  Click here to book your place.

Global Cooking Theatre – online cooking and storytelling to help you brush up on your kitchen skills while we’re stuck indoors. A free interactive tutorial organised by Home Slough involving local chefs who will talk you through cooking their particular speciality. We’ll show you how to cook delicacies such as stuffed paratha, jerk chicken, and coconut fish curry. Every Saturday – Click here for the full program, and to book your place.

Connect – A course in anxiety management for anyone who is suffering from anxiety, arising from the current Covid-19 situation. The 6-week online course starts on Wednesday 22 July at 2pm, with subsequent sessions every Wednesday. This is suitable for anyone who has a long term condition or is living alone. To take part, please contact Roxana on 07514 126117.

U3A members across the movement have been finding creative ways to keep learning and stay in touch with each other during these uncertain times. This short Youtube video is a visual snapshot of just some of the amazing ways U3A is staying connected with each other. https://youtu.be/aBSfUGiszz0

Opportunities for exercise and dance – check out the following Facebook pages;

  • Seated Exercise, every Friday at 10:30, organised by Slough Libraries Click Here.
  • Pilates, every Tuesday and Thursday, organised by Active Slough Click Here
  • Yoga, every Monday, Thursday and Sunday organised by Active Slough Click Here
  • Bhangra dance, Thursdays with Apna Virsa Click Here
  • Yogapilate, Mondays with Apna Virsa Click Here

Out & About

Burnham Beeches – 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.

National Garden Scheme – Some of our gardens in England are re-opening. You must book tickets in advance – they are available from the Monday prior to their open day. Click here to find a garden near you!  

  • 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 5th August.
  • Montana – Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire. A peaceful large country garden bursting with rare trees, unusual flowering shrubs and perennials under planted with thousands of bulbs; kitchen garden edged by sweet peas; shade loving plants, small meadow. Opening twice weekly during July

Little Book of Big Scams – 5th Edition. This popular publication contains a number of hints and tips to stop you becoming a victim of fraud and the newly updated 5th edition has been released. Whether it’s someone calling at your door to ply for trade, or someone calling you on the phone to say that you owe money or have had an accident, then the same advice always, always applies: stay alert! Call 020 7230 8129 for a free copy, or download by clicking here.

A new season of online events with U3A  The Third Age Trust are delighted to offer a brand-new series of free online events. The next will be on 23 July when the British Library introduces Discovering Children’s Literature. Please keep an eye on the Events Page for more opportunities.

UK Tours Online is offering virtual tours of the British Museum and the Churchill War Rooms, walks through Legal London and Rock ‘n’ Roll London, and talks about 19th Century Writers and St Paul’s Cathedral. More information here: https://uktoursonline.com/forthcoming-tours/

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.

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