Newsletter, March 2021

U3A Announcements

•   With the possibility of an easing of COVID restrictions, the U3A Committee are looking carefully at the possibilities for restarting our activities in the conventional way. We’ll update you as soon as we can.

•   We would love to know if anyone would like to help the Committee with some roles – e.g outings, speakers, publicity, newsletter, website, coordinator.

•   Our Annual General Meeting will be held on May 19th online, using Zoom.

U3A Gardening Group

We’re meeting online at the moment, but hoping we can meet up in a garden sometime in the near future.

In our last meeting we had a short garden focused quiz, and a discussion about spring pruning – as well as general chatter, of course. We’ll continue to focus on seasonal jobs in the next meeting.

U3A Practical Philosophy

This group meets once a month to discuss topics which affect us in our lives – being very careful to avoid current affairs! None of us profess to being a ‘Philosopher’ yet all of us enjoy sharing our thoughts and exchanging views. February’s meeting started with a discussion of names, and how they influence our lives and decisions – this progressed to a wider discussion of bias and prejudice in society. Who knows where our discussion will lead us in March?

U3A Walking Group

We can’t meet up for group walks at the moment, but we’re hoping that the Government will allow groups of 6 to meet outdoors at the end of March. If so, we’ll resume the pattern of weekly walks that we adopted last year. The walkers meet up in a location close to Slough, which offers a number of possible routes. If there are more than 6 people for a walk, we split into smaller groups and go off in different directions.

U3A Events

National and regional U3A groups are continuing to organise online courses and seminars for U3A members. Websites are frequently updated, and events get booked quickly – so check regularly.

U3A Thames Valley
click here for more
Sweet Thames – the ecology and history of the river ThamesWomen in Art      •     ButterfliesSpring Quiz      •      Floral Art
Third Age Trust
click here for more
Turner & Mythology      •     Vegetarian treatsPlate tectonics      •      Medieval books

Health and Support

COVID Vaccination – almost all of Slough U3A members have now been offered (and accepted) the first dose of one of the COVID vaccines. Those of us who were vaccinated during December are now getting their second shot. Anyone 56 or over is eligible for vaccination so – if you haven’t already done so – book your appointment now!

Public Health Slough are reviewing local uptake of Vitamin D based on the potential link to the COVID pandemic and increasing levels of Vitamin D deficiency amongst higher risk groups. It doesn’t matter whether you take Vitamin D or not – please can you help us by filling in this 30 second survey? https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P626GQG

Get yourself a free active movement home pack. This includes a leaflet guide, posters, pedometer, weekly contact and support calls all designed to help add a little activity to your daily lifestyle.  Contact Peter on 01189 798843 or email peter@activemovement.co.uk for your pack.

Healthy Ageing – Being able to stay healthy in later life is crucial for all of us. SBC’s Public Health team have produced a leaflet that provides all the key information on healthy ageing, from physical activity and nutrition, through to long term health conditions and emotional wellbeing. Printed copies are available by phone from 01753 373646, or  Click here to download.

What’s on around Slough?

Home Slough is starting another season of their popular Global Cooking Theatre – enjoy wit, wisdom and cooking! Hosted by local people, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or looking to learn something new. Tune into these Zoom cookery sessions and learn how to prepare mouth-watering food from four different continents: Europe, South Asia, Caribbean and Africa. Starting on Saturday 13 March 2021, 12.30pm, on Zoom. Click here for full details.


A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability or a mental health problem cannot cope without their support.
If this describes your situation, then join Reading Friends with Slough Carers Support 25th March, 10.30am on Zoom. Hosted by Alison and Kinder, enjoy informal and friendly chat about books you have read. If you feel like it, bring a poem, article, or short extract to share. Or just sit back, listen, and relax. Book here

Berkshire Vision’s March 2021 Activity Calendar can be found here. Activities range from quizzes and coffee mornings to wine tasting and history talks. If you’re not sure how to join or would like some encouragement and a familiar voice when you arrive, give us a call on 0118 987 2803. We have some new activities in the pipeline – please let us know if you’re interested in taking part in any of the following: –
•     Chocolate tasting by Hotel Chocolat     •     Cheese tasting of local cheeses     •     Gin Tasting     •

Celebrate International Happiness Day at Slough’s fifth feel-good festival. Join us on Zoom to connect, have fun, experience the five ways to well-being and feel-good. Several events between 18th and 22nd March. Click here for more information.

Green Doctors are a team of expert energy advisers offering free and impartial advice. If you, or one of your friends, has been surprised by the latest energy bill they’ll help you to manage your energy use in the home, switch provider, and access grants. We offer pre-booked phone consultations – you can refer yourself or members of your community. Our website https://groundwork.secure.force.com/enquiry/  or 0300 365 3005.

The King Lear Prizes are a creative arts competition for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition is specifically for amateurs and beginners who are over the age of 65. We accept entries in poetry, real stories (short stories from people’s lives), art and musical performance, and there are over £2,000 of prizes on offer. https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk

Seated Exercise Class Join in with a trained instructor from Slough Libraries on Facebook as she leads a seated exercise class every Friday morning at 10:30am. Suitable for all ages.  https://www.facebook.com/sloughlibraries/

Ebony Book Club is a monthly book group for adults talking about Black history and culture. We are here to highlight the importance of Black history all year round, starting by reading “Black and British: A forgotten history” by David Olusoga This is a joint project with Slough Caribbean Forum. 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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