Newsletter, December 2020

Coronavirus

You’ve probably already heard that the NHS has started a COVID vaccination program, with older people being given priority. Our understanding at the moment is that the program will be coordinated by GP practices. Please don’t call them – they will call you! If, in the next few weeks, your GP practice invites you to come for vaccination, please grab the opportunity with both hands! Every little step in the right direction makes it more likely that we can see relatives and friends – and each other – in 2021.

Slough Borough Council have produced a leaflet explaining the special rules for Christmas gatherings – click here.

Christmas

The U3A Committee – Bob, Beverley, Tracy, Eleanor, Richard, Christine and Viju – would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy Christmas and a joyful 2021.

It’s been a long time since we were able to gather U3A members together in one place – and a difficult time for many of us. Let’s hope for a return to normal in a few months’ time.

If you will be on your own this Christmas and you would like someone to talk to – please contact us on 07903 021 711 or sloughu3a@gmail.com and we’ll arrange something.

On a lighter note – if you are in the habit of leaving a little drink out for Santa on Christmas Eve, please remember that this year it must be accompanied by a substantial meal.

We would like to include a coronavirus joke here, but you’d have to wait two weeks to see if you got it.

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.

To find out more about U3A activities, please check our website – https://u3aslough.wordpress.com/activity-groups/

U3A Events

U3A National Newsletter comes out once a month – packed with advice, suggestions, and news. Sign up at u3a.org.uk/newsletter .

National and regional U3A groups have organised some online courses and seminars for U3A members. Here is a selection – the websites are regularly updated so check regularly for new events. All activities are free.

U3A Thames Valley – click here for more  Friday 18th December – Christmas Quiz Monday 21st– Brandenburg Traditional Christmas Concert
U3A London Area – click here for more  Mon Dec 14th – QUIZ Surprise! Mon Jan 4th – A Tour of the Museum of London Docklands
Third Age Trust – click here for more  Fri 11th Dec – Chair Yoga and Relaxation at ChristmasMon 14th Dec – Festive cookery for VegetariansTuesday 15th December – Bayeux Tapestry

U3A National Winter School 2021

This is a wonderful opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. Each week you will virtually meet u3a members from across the movement and learn together.

From law to gardening, our online courses have something for everyone. There are nine courses ranging from four to six weeks in length, starting in early January. Each course is interactive as possible, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Creative Writing   Introduction to Philosophy                Law for Fun           Garden Talks         Latin Remembered

Recorder Ensemble             Winter and Spring in English Poetry Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners

What’s on around Slough?

Active Slough – we’re continuing our online program during Tier 3, 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 offer new FREE Classes for Christmas: –

  • Painting sessions for Beginners on Zoom, 12th and 19th Dec. Click here.
  • Bhangra for All for Festive Season, 14th and 21st Dec. Click here.

Craft Coop – Supporting Local Designers and Craftspeople. Craft Coop has gained a reputation as a beautiful, award-winning shop full of unique, handcrafted products, and it’s the best place to go for a special gift.  As a social enterprise business, Craft Coop gives over 200 local craftspeople the opportunity to trade in a High Street shop – 73 Queensmere Shopping Centre (near Superdrug)

Carers UK – “Looking after someone” guide This guide is for anyone caring for family or friends. The guide outlines your rights as a carer and gives an overview of the practical and financial support available. The guide is divided into: getting help and support, your finances and your work. Download the guide

SANAS – Healthy Eating – Looking after your Wellbeing and Nutrition Session Sat, 12 Dec 2020 13:00 Book at Click here for more information and booking.

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. Telephone enquiries: 0118 987 2803. December Calendar – Exercise, quizzes, baking, coffee and chat supporting those with poor vision. Click here for program.

HOME Slough’s Christmas Celebration on Saturday 19th December from 12:30pm on Zoom. We’ve put together a fabulous selection of Christmas activities to get you in the festive spirit Click here for full program.

  • Global Cooking Theatre Christmas Special! Join Stephanie and Massimo as they show you how to bake a truly scrumptious Christmassy carrot cake, tell you about this recipe’s origins and why it is such a popular dessert with their family.
  • Magical Music Performance 3:30pm – 4:00pm Join Leonie as she performs a wonderful selection of carols and festive favourites for all the family.
  • Christmas Decorations Workshop 4.00pm – 5:00pm

Christmas from St George’s Chapel. This event is free of charge, but donations are welcome 7.30pm Friday, 18th December Click here.

National Garden Scheme – For those of you who watch Gardener’s World will know that towards the end there are usually a few tasks recommended for the week ahead. For our few tips and suggestions do take a look at Graham’s Winter gardening to-do list.  Whilst you are on the NGS website please check out the popular virtual garden visit   videos – there are some real treats.

Mirthy broadcasts a FREE talk every Thursday which is open to all, with a live Q&A with the speaker. Coming up soon – 50 Years in TV. Jim Whelan, born in poverty during WW2, went into acting and never looked back! A hilarious gallop through the programmes in which he has appeared including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Last of the Summer Wine, and Royle Family. https://mirthy.co.uk/talks/

National Theatre at Home follows the success of its broadcasts of plays over the summer. The new service will cost £9.98 a month (£99.98 a year) or £5.99-£7.99 for a single play. Seven NT Live titles are in the pipeline – Phèdre, Coriolanus, Yerma, Amadeus, Medea, Othello, and The Cherry Orchard. Click here for details.

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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