Newsletter, June 2021

U3A Announcements

Click here to read the minutes of our AGM which took place on 19th May.

We are hoping to restart our monthly General Meetings in St Andrew’s Church Hall soon; this depends, of course, on COVID restrictions..

Our first two speakers will be: –

  • Wednesday 21st July at 2pm – Dick Smith, who will share some of his adventures during 40 years as Town Crier of Beaconsfield
  • Wednesday 18th August – Simone Balani – the Timely Historian

U3A Groups

Group activities are beginning to pick up as the weather gets warmer, and with the gradual relaxation of COVID restrictions. Many activity groups are meeting in members’ gardens, weather permitting.

  • Langley PCC have thanked the Gardening Group for their work to clear and replant the garden at St Francis’ Church in Langley.
  • Gardening Group have also arranged for a group visit to Church Gardens, a historic garden in Harefield which is being restored to its former glory by the present owners.
  • The Art Appreciation group will be visiting Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer in a few days time. This is an outdoor exhibition of sculpture arranged over 5 acres of gorgeous gardens. Later in the year, we have arranged a 4-day visit to Birmingham for October, where we will explore the history and culture of the city though its museums and galleries.
  • Book Club are able to borrow sets of books from local libraries. We are currently reading “One August Night” by Victoria Hislop – a sequel to her best seller “The Island”.
  • We are considering restarting the Mixed Activities sessions in a local hall as restrictions ease – Scrabble, Bridge, Table Tennis and possibly Badminton.

Please tell us if you would like to join one of these groups, or if you would like to find out more. Please click here.

U3A and Ramblers joint walk - at Stok Poges Memorial Gardens

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
Fighting Franco    •    Black Holes    •    Coventry Cathedral
Third Age Trust
click here for more
Climate Change     •    Rembrandt    •    Marine Wildlife
U3A London Region Click here for moreF. Scott Fitzgerald    •    Jazz in the 1920s

Chek out this page where you will find many ideas to keep learning – a mixture of suggestions from U3A members, courses, quizzes, challenges and projects. Some are one-off events and others ongoing over a period a time. All of which are supported by U3A members like yourself. Get involved!

Health and Support

Sat, 19 June 2021 Stress & Mental Health Seminar facilitated by SANAS – a chance to reflect on the events of the last year, to look for warning signs and know where to seek help as we emerge from lockdown. Click here to register.

Berkshire Vision – June Activity Diary for those with impaired vision, click here. And here’s a link to the Slough Talking Newspaper.

What’s on around Slough?

This year’s Slough in Bloom competition has launched! Entries close on 3 July with judging taking place from 12 July, anyone can enter. Categories include:

  • Residential front garden
  • Residential hanging baskets, window boxes and containers

Entry forms are now available in libraries and community hubs and from all allotment sites. Forms are also available via email: Sloughinbloom@gmail.com or phone 01753 595838

Click here for the latest newsletter from Home Slough. What’s on includes – Refugee Archive, Art & Memory, and The Great and The Grand.

Burnham Village Fete is back this year! This year on 10th July. The theme of the Fete will be one of Burnham saying “Thank you” to all those who have strived to keep us all safe and to minimise the inconveniences of the Lockdown.  Attractions include Donkey rides, the traditional Traylen’s Fun Fair, the Fun Dog Show, and a High Street Riddle Trail.

Windsor & District Ramblers – as part of the Keep Britain Tidy, Great British Spring Clean campaign we have a litter pick on Friday June 11th along the Jubilee River and everyone is most welcome. The more people the merrier and we have a cuppa and chat afterwards.  It would be good to beat our last years collection of over 30 bags. Starts at 10:00 – Meet in the Jubilee River car park on the roundabout on the A332 Windsor Road just after you pass McDonalds under the M4. Leader: Joyce, 07887 375 322, windsoranddistrictramblers@gmail.com

Outdoor Theatre – Romeo & Juliet is coming to Langley Park on Saturday 14th August! This powerful story of forbidden love and bitter rivalry is brought to life in a visual spectacle infused with comedy, heart-break, and danger – Moving, funny, and tragic in equal measure. Click here for tickets.

National Gardens Scheme enables you to visit private gardens all over the country – while raising funds for health charities. Here are some near Slough: –

  • Beech House, Jordans, near Beaconsfield – a 2 acre plantsman’s garden built up over the last 33 yrs with a wide range of plants in a variety of habitats to provide enjoyment all yearr. Two flowering meadows are always a popular feature.
  • 8 Claremont Road in Marlow. Paintings, prints and pots to see and buy in this small town garden owned by an artist gardener. The unusual house was built in 2015. Gravel paths divide the rectangular beds filled with herbaceous perennials, grasses and ferns.

The Old Court in Windsor is reopening! Events coming up include “The songs of Leonard Cohen” and a cinema program starting with Nomadland, winner of the Best Film Oscar. https://oldcourt.org/ for more information.

Eats & Treats

Windsor Farmers’ Market is back on the first Saturday of each month at Bachelors Acre, Windsor SL4 1ER from 9am until 1pm! Fruit & Veg – High Welfare Meat – Artisan Cheese – Pies – Honey – and more.

Pinewood Pop-ups – at Pinewood Nursery Farm Shop (over the road from Wexham Park Hospital) – fresh bread, fish & seafood, salads etc. Every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday.