Newsletter, September 2021

Monthly U3A meetings

In our last meeting in August we enjoyed a talk by Simone Balani telling us some of the lesser known – but fascinating – stories of World War II.

Our next meeting is on 15th September at St Andrew’s Church, Merton Road, Slough – we’ll enjoy at talk by Terry Adlam titled “A creative life“. Please join us at 2 pm for this session lasting for about an hour. We look forward to seeing you all and there will be tea and biscuits at the end of the meeting!

Terry has lived in Slough since he was 3. His careers teacher told him that he would never get in the film/ creative business because “kids like you, from a school like this, just don’t. How would you like to be a hairdresser?”  Spurred on by those word of ‘encouragement’, he spent the next 40 years in the Film/TV Creative business working for the likes of Steven Spielberg and Gerry Anderson. He has written, directed, and acted for TV, film and stage – a varied and interesting career!

It is important to remember that Coronavirus has not gone away, and that we are all responsible to protect ourselves and others that we may come in contact with. If you have not had the full course of two COVID vaccinations, please ensure that you carry out a lateral flow test on the day before the meeting. Masks are recommended but not compulsory

The hall has capacity for about 70 people, but we are only allowed 40 with social distancing so it is essential that you register – please contact Christine Isles before 7pm on Monday 13th Sept in any of these ways: Email            Mobile 07758 239 860    Phone 01753 541411 (voicemail)

Future meetings on

  • Wednesday, 20 October – Dick Smith, Beaconsfield Town Crier
  • Wednesday, 17 November – Brian Clews, Naturalist.


Subscriptions – membership renewals were due on 1st September. Most of our members have renewed already, but please check if you are not sure.

Committee We’re happy to welcome Suman Goel to the Committee. She is taking on the role of Membership Secretary, ensuring that our records are kept up to date. She will also help Viju to arrange speakers for our monthly meetings.

New Groups We’re starting a Badminton Group on Thursday 9th September at 2pm, in the Farnham Road Centre. If you wish to join us, please contact Bob – or 07903 021711.

Proposals for new activities: We are also investigating the possibility of groups for Dance, Calligraphy, and Photography. Do get in touch if you are interested in any of these by emailing Beverley Edwards on or phone 017563 730147.

Group updates

Our Activity Club at Slough Mencap is off to a flying start. We’re playing Table Tennis, Scrabble, Bridge and Carrom once a fortnight, with the emphasis on friendly social contact and having fun. No prior experience necessary and we even have a tuition group for beginners to learn to play Bridge.

Poetry in Action –The Owl and the Pussy-cat is the poem being read aloud by the Poetry in Action group.  The group members also choose a subject and a theme for each meeting: currently the subject is Friendship and the theme is Stories. Members are encouraged to do research as well as write their own poetry, with a session for discussing unfinished poems.

Walking is a great, natural form of exercise. During August we enjoyed a circular walk starting at Cooper’s Hill near Egham, which included historic Runnymede and a stretch of the Thames. This month our walk will start in Iver and include a stretch of the River Colne and Little Britain Lake. We are also able to join some walks which are organised by Windsor & District Ramblers so we have plenty of opportunities to get out and about!

U3A Events Elsewhere

Courses and Seminars: 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   •  Ashmolean “Blue” Items  •   The Music of Carole King

U3A London Region  •  Marconi  •  1914: Sleepwalking into the Abyss

Third Age Trust  •  Eqyptology  •  Sedimentary Rocks  •  Elizabeth & Mary, Royal Cousins

Health and Support

Flu vaccinations – coming very soon to anyone over 50. The NHS is expecting more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact your GP and get your flu vaccination as soon as you can.

Cancer Support Network supports people with cancer at any point along their journey, as well as those supporting them. Activities in September include Nordic Walking in Windsor, Coffee and Crafts at Herschel Park. Call 01344 304 404 or click here for our website.

Berkshire Vision is a charity which supports people with impaired vision. Coffee mornings, quizzes, support for newly diagnosed. Click here for their September Calendar or call 0118 987 2803

What’s on around Slough?

Eton Action Fair – Join us in Eton for a fantastic day of fundraising and prize winning! Eton Action Fair is always a great success and enjoyed by many. Eton students manage the day, and they are joined by more than 50 local charities as well as a range of artisan producers. 18th September, 10 AM onwards, central Eton.

Consultation on Slough Bus Services. If you are a bus user, please contribute to this survey. Click here for details. Or call the Transport Team on 01753 475111.

Slough’s 50+ Forum. We examine issues affecting older people and we are a voice for our sector. The first Forum open meeting will be on Thursday 16th September at 1.30pm in Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ. Our latest newsletter is here.

Slough Cooperative Film Society. The opening film of our new season at Datchet Village Hall on Tuesday 21st September at 8.00pm. We are delighted to be showing films again starting with Oscar-winning “Nomadland”. We have an exciting programme of films and we look forward to enjoying them with you. Full programme click here

Pilates with Rosa –Active Slough is no longer funding (among other activities) the Pilates class at 11 a.m. on Thursdays.  Our teacher Rosa is hoping to start independent lessons at the same place and time, £5 per session or £15 per month. Please let Rosa know if you wish to enrol on this basis – .

Heritage Open Days Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places all free. Near Slough: –

  • St Laurence’s Church, Upton. Grade I listed, Slough’s oldest building has 2 dates: Friday 10th Sept 2 – 4pm and onSunday 12th “Meet the Ward Family” from 3pm
  • Great Barn at Harmondsworth The largest medieval timber-framed barn in the country.

Knit your Socks Off – A local community group that knits and crochets to donate to charity. Remembrance Sunday is on Sunday 14th November this year. We are supporting the Royal British Legion in Cippenham Slough making red knitted or crochet poppies for them to sell in order to raise much needed funds. Can you help?

Welcome Back to Windsor Festival! Click here to see our programme of live events, starting on Friday 17th Sept and running for a fortnight. Our classical programme contains uplifting choral and instrumental music, and the literature programme includes talks by authors Katherine Parr and Giles Brandreth (among others). Box Office 01753 743585

U3A Principles, Membership and Current Activities

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 and a list of our current activities in Slough is below.

Art AppreciationFrench (Intermediate)Poetry in Action
BadmintonGardeningPractical Philosophy
Book ClubGerman (Elementary)Scrabble
Bridge for FunLocal HistoryTable Tennis
Create and CraftLunch ClubUkulele
Creative WritingPilatesWalking
Current AffairsPlay ReadingWine Appreciation
Drawing & Painting  

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