Newsletter, May 2021

U3A Announcements

A reminder that our postponed AGM will be held online, on Wednesday 19th May. The formal AGM will be followed by a light hearted talk about Beach Huts – their history, fun and frolics.

We are hoping to restart our monthly General Meetings in St Andrew’s Church Hall soon; starting on Wednesday 21st July. Watch this space for more details

U3A member Liz Jones will hold her Annual Plant Sale on Saturday 22 May at 2 PM. All proceeds go to Save the Children. A great chance to top up on shrubs, bedding plants, and grow-your-own vegetables for the summer! Teas available in the garden. 196 Langley Road (park outside St Mary’s Church).

U3A Groups

Group activities are beginning to pick up as the weather gets warmer, and with the gradual relaxation of COVID restrictions.

We’ve organised the following group visits: –

We still have spaces on all of the above visits, so if you would like to join, please email outings@sloughu3a.com or phone bob on 07903 021 711.

The French group has eight members and we meet once a month on Zoom. We have kept going throughout the pandemic sharing observations, doing word puzzles, play reading, furthering our grasp of French grammar, reading short stories and enjoying each other’s remote company. As soon as the weather improves, we hope to meet again in the garden.

The German Group meets fortnightly. We still think of ourselves as beginners, ‘though we are making progress. We now meet on Zoom which has, quite considerably, changed the way that we operate. We work from a variety of easy German courses, thereby giving ourselves lots of practice at our slowly improving level. Our most recent exercise was creating a new persona for ourselves which is quite amusing since we all aged ourselves as 30-year-olds! Our main objective now is to meet face-to-face as soon as possible.

Please tell us if you would like to join one of these groups, or if you would like to find out more. We’d also love to hear if you have any ideas for groups or activities which we don’t do at the moment, but which would interest you (or your friends). Either way, please click here.

U3A Events

u3a Online Debate – 28 May, 2pm. Do you enjoy debating? Following on from a successful face-to-face debate at the conference in 2019, u3a are planning a debate on Zoom. This will be an opportunity for all to listen and participate. Book your place. 

Barclays Digital Eagles – jointly with the Third Age Trust, a series of weekly tutorials to boost u3a members’ confidence online. Topics include Internet Basics, Digital Safety, Online Banking and more. Click here for the full program and to register.

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
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Gershwin      •     May Quiz     •     The British Prime Minister
Third Age Trust
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What made us human?     •      Kindertransport     •     Mesozoic Geology
U3A London Region Click here for moreGermany’s Weimar Republic

Health and Support

Slough continues to have a high rate of coronavirus infection, compared with other parts of the country. You can protect yourself and those near to you by participating in the COVID testing program. You can either drop in to a testing centre, or else get a kit and test yourself at home.

You can be tested at either of the permanent test centres in Slough – at The Centre, Farnham Road, and at Langley Pavilion. You can also pick up a home test kit from either of these centres, or from most pharmacies. Here’s a video showing how to do a self-test can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo

What’s on around Slough?

Carers Week 7-13 June 2021: Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have taken on caring responsibilities at home, YOU may be one of them. Slough Carer Groups would like to invite you to take some time out and enjoy a range of online events and activities over Carers Week! The program includes picnics, poetry, cookery, quiz, and virtual tours. Click here for the full timetable.

Making Memory Making Sense, or WTF Just Happened? Friday 18 June 2021, 7pm, on Zoom. This will be a social drawing project where we consider our experience of 2020 and 2021 including the challenges of the pandemic, lockdown, civil rights, and climate crisis and how this has affected our lives. An event coordinated by Home Slough. Click here to find out more and to book your FREE place.

Performance company Dynamite Island is delighted to visit HOME Slough this year with The Great and The Grand, a musical show about grandparents. The company works with local people to create music & theatre performances, featuring stories of participants’ own grandparents, and performed by the participants themselves. Would your grandchildren be interesting in taking part?

The Active Slough team is excited to be bringing classes back in person – with a new timetable of outdoor activities running until 20 June. Activities include outdoor Pilates, aerobics, and yoga. As per government and public health guidance, social distancing will be in place for all sessions. Individual classes will be limited to five people per coach/instructor. Click here to register.

Learn about Slough’s diverse religions and cultures. Have you ever wanted to ask a question about a religion or cultural practise but been too embarrassed to ask? Join a series of interactive lunchtime sessions, hosted by Slough Council for Voluntary Service, to meet the individuals and cultures that make the wonderful tapestry of Slough. Come along and bring your questions to this open discussion. We will start with Islam, including the festivals of Ramadan and Eid. Click here to book now

Berkshire Vision – May Activity Diary for those with impaired vision, click here.

St Kitts & Nevis Association are hosting a Health Awareness Workshop on “Prostate Cancer” – Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 11AM. This will be a Zoom meeting – to join, Click here to register.

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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