Newsletter, October 2020

Drawing group in Ditton Park

New members

We always welcome anyone who would like to find out more about the U3A and our activities. Membership for the current year is £10, valid until 31 August 2021.

U3A Groups

Some of the U3A activity groups have been meeting outdoors during the summer. With colder weather approaching, we are looking into moving them to indoor locations which qualify as “COVID-Secure” following government guidelines. However, some groups have expressed a preference to continue meeting via the internet.

These are our active groups: –

Art Appreciation DrawingPilates
Book ClubFrench IntermediatePlay Reading
Bridge for FunGardeningPoetry in Action
Create and CraftGermanPractical Philosophy
Creative WritingLocal HistoryUkulele
Current AffairsLunch ClubWalking

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

To find out more about U3A activities , please check our website –

Outdoor Bridge
The Art Appreciation Group visited the “Young Rembrandt” exhibition in Oxford

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus Forum committee have been keeping members up to date with changes via email and the monthly newsletter. For their latest newsletter click here

Slough Libraries are open for browsing. You can now choose your own books – come to The Curve, Britwell, Cippenham or Langley to choose and borrow books for yourself. You do not need to book – just turn up. You will have 15 minutes to choose your books – as per Government guidelines you will need to wear a face covering and sanitise your hands.

Slough Borough Council is assessing how new technology can enable residents to remain independent at home. What are the barriers to using devices such as smart watches and tablet computers? Please click here to fill in the questionnaire.

Global Cooking Theatre – Back by popular request, join our Artistic Nutritional Creatives (the Chefs!)  for six weeks of wit, wisdom and cooking this Autumn. It’s every Saturday at 11am or 3pm, Online Via Zoom. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to learn something new, tune into these online cookery sessions to learn how to prepare a mouth-watering array of food from four different continents: Europe, South Asia, Caribbean and Africa. Click here to register.

Talks to celebrate Black History Month. Each Thursday, from 8th October for 4 weeks at 7pm on Zoom. Join Khalid Abdullah, for a series of insightful talks that offer fresh, thoughtful perspectives on black identity. Click here to register.

Free 12 Week Weight Management Course – Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health as it helps to lower your risk of Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Stroke and certain Cancers. Try taking a step by step approach! Think small, realistic changes to your diet and level of physical activity that make a big difference and become a part of your daily routine. Click here to register.

Burnham Beeches is restarting volunteer activities. If you would like to find out the inside story of this fascinating site – as well as keeping active and having some fun – call 01753 647358. Weekend tasks will run from 10.00 and Thursday tasks start at 09.30.

Art in the Garden at the Savill Garden. This exhibition provides a wonderful combination of art and horticultural excellence. Explore the colourful gardens and encounter 66 sculptures of varying styles, subjects and materials; all inspired by the natural world. A limited number of tickets to visit The Savill Garden tickets are available daily and must be booked online.

Berkshire Vision provide vital practical and friendly support, sport and activities to visually impaired people and their families in Berkshire. We are hosting online sessions with everything from quizzes to discussions to coffee mornings. The full October calendar can be downloaded here. Telephone enquiries: 0118 987 2803

A tree trail has recently been established in Burnham Park. It starts on the Village Green in the front of Burnham Park Hall, takes in the path at the front of Burnham Library and then follows the path around the perimeter of Burnham Park. There are 27 marker posts, each designating a tree and image of its leaf. Each post includes a QR code which enables a mobile phone user to learn more about each tree. Download the Guide

U3A Events

National and regional U3A groups have organised some online courses and seminars for U3A members; Here are a few of them.

Thames Valley – click here for details  The Portraits of Elizabeth I. Wednesday 11th November at 2:30pm –The talk will be given by Professor Susan Doran, of Jesus College, Oxford using Zoom. More information here.
London Area – click here for details  Family history – Layers of London: 16th October 2 pm Zoom. Flyer & Registration
Third Age Trust – click here for detailsU3A Poetry Reading. Calling all poets, whether you are a regular member of a poetry group or do not usually have the opportunity to share your verses with others, you are invited! Click 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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