Slough U3A Newsletter, September 2020

The U3A movement has been given an opportunity to respond to a House of Lords Inquiry titled “Life beyond COVID”. They are inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives, and for how we function as a society. Please click here to add your thoughts – Third Age Trust will collate the answers and submit them to the inquiry.

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. Please check our website – https://u3aslough.wordpress.com/activity-groups/ for the latest news.

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. 

 On 3 September, a group from Slough U3A visited “St Timothee”, a garden in Maidenhead which is open to visitors under the auspices of the National Garden Scheme.
A serenade of Ukuleles!

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.

COVID-19 Support

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

  • Slough GP Nithya Nanda on Diabetes. Click here
  • Tim Howells and Alison Hibbert about obesity and the importance of keeping active: Click here.
  • GP Dr Priya Kumar – Click here.

Infection and prevention webinar for Slough carers. If you are caring for a relative who is vulnerable or unwell, join this short session to learn about infection control in the light of coronavirus, winter preparation and flu vaccination. There will be opportunity for questions & answers. Email mailto:susan.dyer@slough.gov.uk for more info and to book. September 29th at 5:30 PM

What’s on around Slough?

Flu vaccinations – available now from your clinic or pharmacy. It’s even more important than usual this year to make sure your immune system is prepared to send off the nasty flu bugs!

The Slough Together Bubble Walk 2020 is being organised by the Rotary Club of Slough for charities and groups to fundraise for themselves. The new Bubble Walk can be completed on any route of your choosing, any time between now and 31st October. Get sponsored by your friends and then complete the walk yourself  or in your bubbles. Full details are on the Rotary website: www.sloughrotary.org.uk/walk/

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s a chance to see hidden places. Events near Slough include St. Laurence Church, Upton Court Road – the oldest building in Slough – and a tour of Penn House, guided personally by Earl and Countess Howe. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

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. https://berkshirevision.org.uk/general/our-virtual-events/

What’s happening this Autumn at Chiltern Open Air Museum:

  • free accompanied walks for those aged over 65 years who have had little opportunity to venture outdoors. Please register by contacting Jacqui, mailto:outreach@coam.org.uk, 01494 871 117.
  • Willow Weaving Experience Day on Sunday, 20th September
  • Wild About Wool on the 17th-18th October – opportunities to learn wool and textile crafts.

Cinema & Music returns to The Old Court in St Leonard’s Road, Windsor! The season includes “Emma” (Jane Austen) and “Parasite”, an award-winning black comedy. Music events include live jazz, and an evening examining the music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens https://www.oldcourt.org/sales.

Support & Advice

  • The Silver Line – a helpline for older people (free): 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Samaritans – here to listen 24 hours, 365 days a year. Phone any time on 116 123  or email jo@samaritans.org
  • Age UK – For advice or information on money, care or health, call 0800 678 1602.

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  Thursday 19th  Sept – Understanding Architecture Thursday 1st  Oct – Beginners Ukulele Thursday 15th  Oct – Cyber Crime
London Area – click here for details  Mon Sep 7th – Gardening in a Changing Climate Fri Oct 2nd – Family History at The National Archives:
Third Age TrustThursday Sep 10th David Livingstone Birthplace Project Talks

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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Find out more: www.sloughU3A.com