Newsletter, July 2021

We’re pleased to say that we are able to restart our monthly General Meetings in St Andrew’s Church Hall. It’s been a long time since we could meet in this way! We are only allowed 30 people in the hall so members who wish to attend must pre-register. Please see full details on the separate notice attached.

We had hoped that Dick Smith, the official Town Crier of Beaconsfield, would talk to us at this meeting – sadly he has been forced to cancel due to ill health. Stepping into the gap at short notice we have Christine Carter, who will talk about general wellbeing covering the following: –

  • Being bold after Covid
  • How to deal with anxiety
  • Relaxation
  • Living in the now.
  • How to be happy

Christine has a passion for helping people to get the best out of their lives, and she practices as a certified CBT therapist.

Also coming up:

  • Wednesday 18th August – Simone Balani – the Timely Historian
  • Wednesday, 15th September – Ramesh Kukar – topic TBA

U3A Announcements

The Committee are looking for volunteers to fill 2 roles. The first is Membership Secretary, who will be responsible for ensuring that the member details on our database are accurate and up to date. The second is for a Groups Coordinator, who will keep in touch with group convenors and keep our list of activities up to date.

Either of these roles will occupy only a couple of hours in an average month. Please contact Bob Pedley chair@sloughu3a.com if you would like to help us in this way.

U3A Groups

The Art Appreciation group is planning a full program for the rest of the year. During July we’re visiting the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and in August we’re planning to view the Turner exhibition at the Tate Britain.

The Gardening Group enjoyed a visit to Church Gardens in Harefield. First set out in the 17th Century, these ancient walled gardens are located next to the beautiful medieval church of St Mary’s. The gardens include a traditional kitchen garden and orchard, both presently undergoing extensive restoration having been neglected since 1813.

Bridge for Fun have been meeting, mostly in gardens, throughout summer. Bridge is a game of memory and skill – not difficult to learn, but always challenging to play. We’d love to welcome new members and we’re happy to teach anyone who hasn’t played the game before.

Social Scrabble group has started meeting in members’ homes – small numbers only. If you fancy a cuppa and a chat, and if you can spell the words “relaxed” and “friendly” then come and join us!

In recent months the Local History group have enjoyed talks by members on subjects such as Slough Football Club, Upton Park and Herschel Park, the stories behind the names on the Slough War Memorial, the history of Langley Schools, and Swan Upping. We’re hoping to hold our next meeting in our usual venue, St Laurence Church.

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 Ukulele GroupU3A Walking Group – in Stoke Poges

U3A Events

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

U3A Thames Valley
click here for more
Wildlife on your doorstep    •    Designing a garden    •    
Third Age Trust
click here for more
Philosophy & Life    •    Cybersecurity    •    Linguistics
U3A London Region Click here for moreAnnées Folles – Paris in the 1920’s    •    Classical Swing

Health and Support

Healthwatch Slough have published the results of their What Matters Most survey – a big thank you to everyone who participated. We are delighted to now publish our full report which highlights the key issues which Slough residents are concerned about when it comes to health and social care. The report can be downloaded by clicking on this link

Berkshire Vision are continuing with their befriending service, group activities and coffee mornings for those with impaired vision. We offer a wide range of activities remotely, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, removing the need to travel and making sure we can still meet safely during the pandemic. There’s no need to have internet access as you can dial in from any phone. Click here for a full timetable.

The Thriving Communities Project – If the last year has left you feeling alone and isolated and needing some extra support and a helping hand, this is for you. Thriving Communities brings together the best selection of activities for you to enjoy and take part in. Activities include a trip to Buckingham Palace (registered carers only), exercise, yoga, and Singing with Seema. Click here for the full program.

NHS COVID PASS – In case you wish to attend an event, or if you need proof of vaccination for any other reason, there are 2 forms of evidence available. The first (and best) is the NHS app on your smartphone. If you don’t have a smartphone, the alternative is to obtain a printed letter. This is available from the NHS Test and Trace service by dialling 119 from any phone, or via the website.

What’s on around Slough?

Raise money for your charity by walking with Rotary Club of Slough! This year’s Slough Together Walk will be on Saturday 28th August 2021 in Upton Court Park, starting any time between 9.00 am to 1.00pm. This is a fun event open to all – all the funds raised by your members and friends are retained by your selected charity. Enjoy a non-competitive walk in your local, beautiful Thames and Jubilee riversides, and have fun raising money for your favourite charity. Registration is £5.00 per adult – www.sloughrotary.org.uk/walk/.

Slough’s 50+ Forum has been successful in obtaining funding from One Slough Community Fund for the next 12 months, enabling meetings and newsletters to continue. We’ll continue to investigate and highlight matters which concern the older people of Slough, and engage with the local government and health bodies. The first Forum open meeting will be on Thursday 16th September – topic TBA. Our latest newsletter is here.

Active Slough have a program of outdoor activities running through Summer.  Click here for the timetable – includes Yoga, Walking Football, and Pilates. Numbers are currently limited by COVID restrictions, but more places will be available after 19th July.

Slough’s Apna Virsa are organising free Bhangra Dance classes, both online and (weather permitting) open air in Upton Court Park. Check their Facebook page for details.

The Photographic Angle are staging a free photography exhibition. The theme is ‘Monochrome’ – there was a time when all photography was black and white. There is something very special about black and white photography which allows us to look beyond the colours and strip the image down to the basics. Landmark Place, Windsor Road, SL1 1JL from 22 – 26 JULY 2021 open daily from 10AM.

Simply Walk have restarted their program of regular gentle walks in South Bucks – Burnham, the Beeches, Black Park, Langley Park, and Iver. Click here for full program and to register for a walk.

Meet the Community – Lunchtime sessions with Slough Faith Partnership and One Slough. The first of our Meet the Community events is on 28th July where each week members of one faith will be on loan to the community. Do you have a question you’ve always wanted to know about a neighbour’s culture or religion, but didn’t want to ask? Make a cuppa, bring some lunch, log in and ask your question.

•    Muslim Community 28th July     •    Jewish 4th August     •    Buddhist 11th August     •    Hindu 18th August     •    Sikh 25th August     •    Humanist 1st September     •    Brahma Kumari 8th September     •    Christian 15th September

Our local knitting club – “Knit your Socks Off” are supporting a wonderful Community organisation called The Magpie Project who help vulnerable women who find themselves in temporary accommodation. They are currently taking care of a few expectant mums so would love our baby sets. Baby Sets can be Knitted or Crochet In any pattern or colours and can be any size from newborn to 6 months. More details here.

Gerrard’s Cross Summer School 2021 is now open for booking! A wealth of one-day courses conducted at the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre between 26 July and 8 August – topics include Railways, Pottery, Drama, Architecture and many more. Full programme available on the Gerrards Cross Community Association  website. Classes will be COVID safe.

Sangeet Group present a Bollywood Evening at Slough Cricket Club on Friday 30th July, 2021. Contact Anil on 07710576606 Reservation (advance only) £10 including buffet meal.

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

  • Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare is an inspirational 6 acre multi-purpose community garden, tended by the local community. The site offers various horticultural activities as well as creating a haven for wildlife, with a sensory garden, vineyard, a 450 tree orchard, wildlife pond and crop areas. For 6 consecutive years awarded Outstanding RHS Level 5 ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
  • 4 Manningtree Road, Ruislip. A compact garden with an exotic feel that combines hardy architectural plants with more tender ones. A feeling of a small oasis including unusual plants like Musa Basjoo, Ensette Montbelliardii, tree ferns, black bamboo.