Newsletter, February 2021

COVID Vaccination – your questions answered

There’s a lot of information circulating about COVID vaccination, so much that it can be confusing! Pfizer or Astrazeneca – 3 weeks or 12 weeks – Kent, Brazil, or South Africa?

We’d like to help clear this up. Slough U3A have teamed up with Public Health Slough to run a vaccination information and Q&A session on Wednesday February 17th at 2pm

If you want to know more about the COVID vaccination, or if you have any concerns as to whether the vaccination is right for you, then please join us. We’ll meet online via Zoom, and there will be a chance to pose your questions to a health professional, as well as to hear from some of our U3A members who have already been vaccinated.

In order to register for this event, please register at https://forms.gle/pMuKd6jnx3J3ihBv6 . If you have any specific questions, please tell us what they are. We’ll send joining details for the Zoom meeting on Feb 16th. Meanwhile, click here for a brief vaccination FAQ.

COVID testing

We know that it is possible to have COVID and pass it on, without showing any symptoms. There are a number of easy to access testing centres in and around Slough. If you are concerned that you – or any of your family or friends – may have COVID, it’s easy to book a test (Click here). This is a free service.

Keeping Fit

Manjit, team leader of Slough GoodGym, is setting a St Valentine’s Challenge. Celebrate the month of love by walking 14km over 7 days between now and the end of February! See if you can enlist a lovely friend to walk with you (subject to COVID guidelines of course). If you are self-isolating, try the exercises in the next paragraph instead. If you are up for the challenge, please email manjit@goodgym.org to let her know how you are getting on.

It’s especially important to exercise and maintain muscle tone if you’re shielding or stuck at home for any reason. This will improve your mental and physical wellbeing, and help to prevent slips and falls. Here’s a video of some simple exercises to help keep you in good shape: Warming up – Strengthening exercises – Balance exercises – Cool down – Click here to watch the video

U3A Events

National and regional U3A groups are continuing to organise online courses and seminars for U3A members. Websites are frequently updated so check regularly for new events.

U3A Thames Valley
click here for more  
•            The Americans elect a President
•            Engineering in architecture
•            Butterflies and the Environment
U3A London Area
click here for more  
•            Humans in Antarctica          
•            Chinese Art
•            Medicines from plants
Third Age Trust
click here for more  
•            British Army in Germany post 1945     
•            A taste of Japan
•            Wellbeing in Nature      
•            Drifting Continents
•            A Century of the Volunteer Fire Brigade
….. and many more!

U3A Local History Group

On Monday 15th February at 2pm the Local History group will participate in a Zoom presentation hosted by Michael Pearcy about his 202020 Slough Project – “Working in 1960s and 1970s Slough”.  Michael’s group have been working for more than a year on this project; they’ve compiled a booklet and audio podcasts as a collection of memoirs about working in Slough in the 1960s and 1970s. Click here to see the booklet.

You are invited to join us – the presentation will last for an hour and will hopefully include readings from the project and interviews with some of the participants plus some input from Anna Jones from Slough Museum. Please contact Christine at christineisles@outlook.com so that we can send you the Zoom link for the presentation.

U3A Drawing Group

We have just finished our latest round of figure drawing/painting. This year we are exploring and delving a little deeper into the works of some well known artists. This will involve learning about their background, inspiration, development as an artist and famous/not so famous works. We might possibly also try some paintings in ‘their style’. We have started with JMW Turner and now moving on to Monet, with Hockney and Lowry also on the list. Members of the group are taking turns to present part of each meeting.

U3A Book Club

Our U3A book group are able to borrow sets of books from local libraries using the “Click and Collect” service. Our book for February is “A street cat named Bob” – the uplifting story of a homeless man and an unloved cat who bonded and healed each other. We’ll meet using Zoom later in the month to exchange our thoughts and feelings about it.

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus Forum – Click here to see the Forum’s latest newsletter.

Here’s a link to the latest newsletter from Home Slough. We are currently working on the Spring programme, so we there will be much more soon – but the Friday Afternoon Arts and Craft group (16+) is ongoing, everyone is free to join! Link to HOME Slough latest newsletter.

Slough Borough Council has published its first edition of The Citizen in 2021.

National Gardens Scheme is open– you can book now to visit a garden later in the year. How about one of these?

Eton CollegeChurch Gardens, Harefield•            Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens
•            Swakely’s Cottage, Uxbridge

Several of our ingenious garden owners have found a way for you to not only see their gardens but to also tap into their passions and expertise via a series of National Garden Scheme Online Talks. Topics include “Twenty years with Twenty acres” and “Triumphant Tulips

For those with impaired vision

Berkshire Vision has published its February program of activities for those with impaired vision! This includes coffee mornings, quiz nights, exercise sessions, football club, meditation, poetry. https://berkshirevision.org.uk/general/our-virtual-events/