Newsletter, August 2020

U3A Groups

Most of our U3A groups have managed to start up again, communicating via phone or internet. Some have been able to meet up in gardens or in parks, while strictly observing social distancing rules.

All of our activities are open to guests and new members.

Here’s the latest news: –

  • The Outings Committee has arranged for a U3A group to visit a National Garden Scheme garden near Maidenhead
  • Bridge for Fun has restarted; some are playing online and others are meeting in gardens (weather permitting).
  • Play Readers are currently enjoying a trilogy of dramas by Margaret Fisher
  • Lunch Club – during August, we’re taking advantage of the Government’s “Eat out to help out” scheme and taking afternoon tea at Stoke Place.
  • The Drawing Group decided to try drawing some of the faces who appear frequently in the No 10 press briefings; the most popular turned out to be Chris Whitty. This has led us to create a “Whitty Wall” – Click here.

For a full list of our activities, visit our website – https://u3aslough.wordpress.com/activity-groups/ .

If you’d like to join one of these groups, or to find out more about any of them, email info@sloughu3a.com or phone Bob on 07903 021 711. 

French Group having a rendezvous
Art Appreciation group at Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer

COVID-19 Support

Support if you are vulnerable or shielding – Slough Council and Slough CVS continue to support those who still require it. If you are shielding or self-isolating and need help with getting food and medication ring 01753 944198. If you are concerned about a potentially vulnerable person call 01753 475111.

Radio Interviews on Asian Star with key local stakeholders from GP surgeries and public health: –

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus forum are unable to meet at the moment, but they are continuing to campaign and promote the interests of older people. Click here for their latest newsletter.

Libraries

  • Slough Libraries are running a Click and Collect service is available; phone your local library or Click here for more information. The Curve: 01753 875533; Britwell: 01753 522869; Cippenham: 01628 661745; Langley: 01753 542153
  • Slough libraries have also organised some online activities  – Click here for details
  • Windsor Libraries are running a Select and Deliver service . You will be able to select your books online and then collect them when they are ready for pickup.

Drawing & Talking Therapy – a 4-week course. If you have had a cancer diagnosis, currently having treatment or in remission then this is for you. Our group sessions are a fantastic way to process emotions and to help you to work through your feelings. Any questions please email us at contact@sakoonthroughcancer.com or call 07904 864448. Click here for more details and to book.

Testing – Some members of the town’s youth charity Aik Saath have visited the Montem testing centre. They’re urging people who have symptoms, or are concerned they may be infected but don’t have symptoms, to get tested at the earliest possible opportunity. The centre is both a drive-in and walk-in facility, meaning people can come by car with up to four people, or by foot so long as they have a facial covering. Everyone is Slough is now encouraged to visit for a test either by foot or in a car. Book ahead or just turn up.

Local poets and musicians come together in “Reflections” to talk about their experiences of the pandemic and consider what the future holds – while sharing the music, poetry and spoken words they’ve created during lockdown. Saturday 15 August, 7pm  Hosted by Pete Cox Click here for more information and registration.

Active Slough has restarted some outdoor activities, notably yoga classes with Luisa on Saturday mornings in Langley. Registration is essential –Click here for the registration form. Email activeslough@slough.gov.uk or phone 01753 875784

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

Out & About

National Garden Scheme now has a number of gardens open to visitors. 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! A new garden this year8 Claremont Road, Marlow. Plants, paintings and pots to see and buy in this small town garden owned by an artist gardener.

Chiltern Open Air Museum are open on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – a great place for a picnic with the family! They also have a (socially distanced) production of Twelfth Night on 28th August – Click here for tickets and information.

UK Tours Online are hosting a talk entitled Seven treasures of the British Museum on 25 August at 7pm in support of Prostate Cancer UK. You donate what you wish, and all ticket money goes to the charity. We’ll look at various treasures from Britain: there’s a mysterious Bronze Age cape made of gold, a mummified Iron Age man, the Roman face of Christ, the Lewis chess pieces, and more! You can register for the talk here.

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.                                                  

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