Newsletter, November 2020

COVID Support

Slough Borough Council, Slough CVS and NHS are continuing to work together to provide a coordinated effort across the borough organising volunteers and a response to those who require it. If you are having difficulties, you can to get help and support with deliveries of food and medication as well as assistance with other areas of your life by ringing 01753 944198.

Wellbeing Friends who make regular calls to vulnerable and isolated adults working together with the Wellbeing Prescribing team at Slough CVS. They aim to keep people involved in meaningful conversations to support their mental health, as well as making sure they are safe, have food and medication. If you would like to volunteer as a Wellbeing Friend, please e-mail yvette@sloughcvs.org.uk

Public Health Slough are hosting a couple of short workshops on the best ways that you can look after your physical and mental health during lockdown and the coming winter. With practical hints and tips, and signposting to further support. 12 November – Mental health & Wellbeing and on 17 November – Immune system

U3A Groups

Some of the U3A activity groups have been meeting outdoors during the summer. Now that we’re in lockdown again, most of them have moved over to meeting online via Zoom.

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

To find out more about U3A activities, please check 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. 

U3A Members

Christmas Cards.

There may not be many opportunities to buy cards this year. Liz Jones has resumed her annual sale of Christmas cards in order to raise money for Save the Children. If you would like some, please call her on 07930 310201 to fix a time, and then collect from her garage in Langley Road.

Thoughts and Feelings

We are all living in strange and unusual times; none of us have experienced anything like this before. The previous generations had their own crosses to bear and this pandemic is ours. As we are all different, we think differently, we feel differently and we react and cope with situations differently, we’ll all have different mechanisms to deal with this situation as well. Some of us might have been able to look at it as an opportunity to use it as productively as possible. While for others it might have been a waste of almost a year. Still some others might have had a chance to catch up with life.

There could be a whole lot of interesting experiences which would make wonderful reading. So why not gather all those experiences together and produce a sort of Slough U3A book. We can all pen down something or another. It can be a narrative, a story, a poem, a drawing or a painting. It could even be about a certain piece of art, a book or a friendship that saw us through – it’s all valuable. So I thought why waste those valuable memories sad or happy – all our feelings have a great validity. If you would like to contribute to this project, or just to discuss it, please contact me – Amrita, on 07440 242114 or mohan.s@sky.com

New members

We always welcome anyone who would like to find out more about the U3A and our activities. If you wish to become a member now, membership is £10, valid until 31 August 2021.

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus Forum is a group which involves older people in planning, reviewing and monitoring council services, raises awareness of issues affecting older people in Slough, and relays concerns on existing services to service providers. If you’d like to join us, or to find out more, email marciaw1937@gmail.com or click here for more information

Libraries have temporarily closed for browsing, but the click and collect service is still running. In Slough, email Clickandcollect@slough.gov.uk  or telephone your preferred library – The Curve: 01753 875533 Britwell: 01753 522869 Cippenham: 01628 661745 Langley: 01753 542153. In Windsor, order online or call 01753 743940.

Active Slough – we’ve revitalised our online programme, which now includes fifteen free weekly 30-minute activity sessions! All broadcast for free from the Active Slough Facebook page using local instructors Click here for timetable

Slough’s Apna Virsa also have lots of online activities, all accessed via their Facebook page

Yogapilate – Monday, 10AMBhangra – Thursday, 11 AM
Fitness and Pilates for 50 plus, Thursday 11:30 AMYoga – Wednesday 10AM

Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, music, film, dancing, getting or staying fit, meeting up for a chat or learning a new skill, there’s something for you in Slough. Take a look at: www.sloughgetinvolved.org.uk/events for online events and activities for you to participate in. And for what’s on beyond Slough take a look at this updated guide.

Diabetes Workshop – to provide information to you and your families to raise awareness of diabetes, treatment, management and diet – Saturday 14 November Book here

Slough Museum’s 202020 Project. Writer Michael Pearcy is looking for ‘Memories of Working in Slough in the 1960s and 70s’ Please send your impressions of work in the sixties and seventies include memoirs of finding work, successes and disasters at work, relationships, pay and conditions plus anything else you would like to share. Your contributions will become a publication, podcast and part of Slough Museum’s archive. Email:- mike@michaelpearcywriter.co.uk

If you’re visiting Windsor, there is a new outdoor exhibition on the Corn Market outside The Windsor Guildhall called Stanley Spencer, Artist at War. Local artist Stanley Spencer was appointed as an official War Artist after his return to Cookham from the Great War in 1918. The exhibition explores Stanley Spencer’s wartime experiences and how they affected both his life and artwork. The exhibition is free and ideal for social distance viewing outside.

Berkshire Vision provide vital practical and friendly support, sport and activities to visually impaired people and their families. We are hosting online sessions with everything from quizzes to discussions to coffee mornings. https://berkshirevision.org.uk/general/our-virtual-events. Telephone enquiries: 0118 987 2803

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 more  Thursday 3rd December – Ukulele Day Wednesday 16th December – Art vs Photography
London Area – click here for more  Nov 16th – How Food Can Save the World Nov 30th – Art and Architecture of The Silk Roads,
Third Age Trust – click here for more  Various dates – What philosophers say about happiness Various dates – Introduction to watercolour painting Dec 9th – Art and culture of Japan

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