Newsletter, October 2021

Slough U3A Newsletter, October 2021

Monthly U3A meetings

Our next General Meeting is Wednesday, 20 October at 2pm, with Dick Smith, Beaconsfield Town Crier. The venue is St Andrew’s Church, in Merton Road SL1 1QW, starting at 2pm; it’s open to both U3A members and non-members. 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.

Few people could read or write In the Middle Ages. Proclamations, local bylaws, market days, and advertisements were all declaimed in the town square by the Bellman or Town Crier. In modern days, the role is ceremonial, and the Crier attends civic and community functions dressed in traditional 18th century costume, equipped only with a handbell and his own voice.

Dick Smith, the official Town Crier of Beaconsfield, has held his office for a record 42 years, during which he has met royalty and travelled to Europe. At this meeting, Dick will share some of his adventures and misadventures in the role.

Future meetings on

  • Wednesday, 17th November – Brian Clews, Naturalist.
  • Wednesday 15th December – Christmas special

Group updates

There is a complete list of our activity groups at the bottom of this newsletter. If you would like to find out more, or would like to join a group, please email Beverley Edwards on groups@sloughU3A.com or phone 01753 711543.

The Ukulele group have just had their first gig! We were entertaining the local branch of Berkshire Vision at their first proper meeting post lockdown. Berkshire Vision is a charity which supports people with impaired vision. A range of activities includes coffee mornings, quizzes, and sports as well as support for newly diagnosed. Click here for their Activity Calendar or call 0118 987 2803

Sports and Activities – On alternate Mondays, our Activity Club at Slough Mencap offers Table Tennis, Scrabble, Bridge and Carrom, with the emphasis on friendly social contact and having fun. And on Thursdays a group meets in the Centre, in Farnham Road, for a friendly Badminton session. As with all our activities, no prior experience is necessary and we encourage beginners to try out something new.

Practical Philosophy – or to give our group its full name – Practical Philosophy for Everyday Life. Philosophy is in the lives of all of us. It helps us solve our problems, clarify our thoughts and sharpen our critical thinking. The group has had many thought provoking discussions around a wide variety of topics such as ; ‘Is it more important to help yourself, your family or society?’, ‘What’s in a Name?’ and ‘What do you think your future self will remember about you now?’ We meet monthly for an interesting and lively exchange of views.

Last week, the Art Appreciation Group had four days in Birmingham. Our accommodation was Woodbrooke, a Quaker run institution in Selly Oak, once visited by Mahatma Gandhi. Cultural visits included the Ikon Gallery, the Barber Institute, Winterbourne House and Gardens, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, exploring the miles of canals (more than Venice), Birmingham’s Back-to-Back Houses, their Cathedral, China Town, fabulous City Library with an extensive collection of Works of Shakespeare and roof gardens.

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   •  History of Film  •  Garden Design

U3A London Region  • Odd Things to Measure   • 1914: Sleepwalking into the Abyss

Third Age Trust  •  COP26  •  The Unknown Soldier 

Health and Support

Health & Wellbeing Slough – we offer a range of programmes to improve health and wellbeing. Especially important for older people is Falls Prevention – a risk and frailty assessment, with 12 weeks of Well Balance classes to improve your strength and balance.

Sport in Mind is a charity with a simple mission – to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity. In Salt Hill Park, we’ve organised weekly sessions of Tennis and Football as well as a Mindfulness Walk. Click here for more details.

Are you a carer, or being cared for by a family member? Slough Carers Support is here to help you. Find out more about resources which are available at an online event on Fri, 22 October at 11. Click here for details and to register.

Cancer Support Network supports people with cancer at any point along their journey, as well as those supporting them. Our themed coffee mornings in Herschel Park cover – on 14th October, Coffee and Crafts; and on 11th November, History of Herschel Park. Call 01344 304 404 or click here for our website.

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus  Forum  – We are back! Our Annual Meeting with speakers from Aik Saath (Youth Group) who will share experiences volunteering at Vaccination Centres. Please bring a mask and be prepared to observe social distances if requested to do so. 21st October at 1.30pm – Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street Slough SL1 1SZ. Next meeting on 18th November discussing council services.

Apna Virsa has restarted classes in central Slough! Yoga for 50 plus every Wednesday, as well as Bhangra dance classes every Thursday evening – Lively, lots of fun and a great workout. Phone apnavirsaproject@gmail.com or call 07958 533336 to find out more.

Home Slough’s new program – As part of our new season of work, we are preparing three new strands • Slough Black History • Once Upon A Time In Slough • Love Slough. Click here to find out more and to participate.

Slough Writers is a friendly and supportive group for writers of all abilities, living in the Slough area. We meet most Mondays at the Burnham Working Men’s Club in Burnham, from 7:30pm. If you’re interested in joining, just drop in and say hello. To learn more about the group and our meetings, check our latest Programme of activities.

Racketball is played on a squash court and is relatively simple to learn. It’s a great way to exercise and have fun, whilst making new friends. We are a happy little band who play Racketball at Thames Valley Athletic Centre. The sessions cost £7.50 each.  We are really keen to get more members and would be more than happy to teach you the game. Message me or call me on 07887 887579. Christine

“Fabulous autumnal photography” Join professional photographer Paul Mitchel on this three hour stroll around Burnham Beeches to discover some of the secrets of great landscape photography. Paul will also offer advice and tips about taking and editing your images. All money raised will go towards looking after this amazing nature reserve. Sunday 7 November, 10am – 1pm. Cost £15 – please see Eventbrite to book.

Concerts coming soon: –

  • Slough Philharmonic on 14th November – Ravel, Elgar and Tchaikovsky – 0300 365 7445
  • Stoke Poges Singers on 20th November – “The Carnival of the Animals” – 07831 217575
  • Royal Free Singers with W&M Symphony Orchestra – Carmina Burana on 20th November – 0118 9665149.

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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