Newsletter, November 2021

Monthly U3A meetings

Our next General Meeting will be on Wednesday, 17th November. Brian Clews will give a talk on Garden Birds. We’ll meet in our traditional venue – St Andrew’s Church Hall in Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW, with the meeting starting at 2pm and lasting for about an hour.

There are several car parks nearby. Alternatively, you can park free in Upton Court Park which is about 10 minutes’ walk. A small number of spaces are available in the church car park for those with limited mobility.

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.

Some of our garden birds are well known to us, but what about those occasional visitors? How do they survive our worst winters and what can we do to help them? Brian Clews will show us the species we are most likely to see in our gardens and give some of the fascinating facts that make them so much part of our lives

Brian Clews has been birdwatching for 50 years, has served the local RSPB Group for 40 years and compiled the monthly Berkshire Bird Bulletin for 30 years. He is part of the WildGuides Publishing Team and co-founder of two local WildLife Groups in East Berkshire.

Future meetings on

  • Wednesday 15th December – “Bring & Share” Christmas special. With quiz, ukuleles, and poetry!
  • Wednesday 19th January 2022 – Poetry Performance – A Celebration of Life

U3A Group news

The Current Affairs group meets once a month in members’ homes on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10.30am.  We would welcome new members so if you are interested in current affairs and enjoy sharing opinions and different points of view please give us a try.  Contact Peter Carey email:  jennyandpeterc@aol.com

Slough U3a Book Group meets monthly in members’ homes.  Although some members access books via their Kindles or audio, the majority of us still like a physical book, so we choose our monthly book titles from what Buckinghamshire or Berkshire libraries can provide multiple copies of. Last month we read “Big Brother” by Lionel Schriver which provoked quite a discussion about obesity and relationships!  This month we are reading “Everything and Nothing” by Araminta Hall.  We have space for one or two more members so if you love reading but don’t expect too erudite a discussion each month please contact me:  Jenny Carey. e-mail: jennyandpeterc@aol.com

Lunch Club.

We meet on the last Thursday every month.  Each venue is chosen to be most convenient for as many of our members as possible. We consider, Disabled Access, price, whether it’s on a bus route, does it cater for various dietary needs, parking, and try and organise lifts where possible. We each pay for ourselves to avoid confusion (in theory!)

So far, we have had some lovely lunches. Red Lion, Stoke Place, Punjab. Last one was the Palmers Arms in Dorney, where we had a smashing time, chatting and catching up with many of the members we hadn’t seen during Covid. It’s really a good time to get together and perhaps get to know people you may not normally bump into.

Let’s face it, eating and drinking comes naturally to us all! If you would like to join us, and you’d be very welcome, please contact Alex Lamb 07930 443336, or sayer.lamb@gmail.com .

Create and Craft are meeting again Tuesdays from 11am – 3pm, but people don’t have to do the full session, they can come for as long as they wish. Those making cards have started on Christmas now! We provide all that’s needed for card making, some people like to bring their own crafts so we have knitting and cross stitch going on as well. Three members of the Arts society have joined us and they do their sketching and drawing, so we are a very mixed and very friendly group, and always pleased to welcome new members.

Other activities which are open to new members are Badminton, Scrabble, Bridge and Table Tennis. Would anyone be interested in a new group for Cribbage?

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 any of our groups, please email Beverley Edwards on groups@sloughU3A.com or phone 01753 711543.

Announcements

Committee. At our next AGM, one member of our committee will stand down. Would you like to help with running the U3A? The Committee meets once a month, and the main qualification is enthusiasm! If you can take a specific role such as Publicity or IT that would be a bonus. Please contact Bob on 07903 021 711 or chair@sloughu3a.com if you’d like to find out more.

Outings – we are hoping to resume our popular coach trips and outings next year. In previous years we’ve visited fascinating places like Bletchley Park, Winchester Christmas Market, Leeds Castle, and the Albert Hall. Ideally, there should be 4 or 5 people to form an Outings Team who would be able to share planning and organising trips. Please contact Bob on 07903 021 711 or chair@sloughu3a.com to find out more.

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 London Region  • London’s Gangland 
• Introduction to Cryptic CrosswordsThird Age Trust  •  World Faiths  •  Armada 
South East Region – Autumn GatheringU3A Thames Valley   •  Otters  •  Van Gogh  
•   Nelson Mandela

Health and Support

Carers Rights Day Event in Britwell. This year, Carers Rights Day is focusing on the theme: Carers have the right to… Carer groups and support services from across the town will provide information and advice about the support available for carers and their cared for. There will be special session with guest speaker Tom Conlin talking on Lasting Power of Attorney and The Herbert Protocol. Lunch and refreshments provided. In order to register, please click here or phone Kinder on 01753 303 428. Thursday 25 November at 11:00 AM. Location: Britwell Community Cafe (Cafe Brew Hut), Long Furlong Drive, SL2 2PH

Click here for the “Looking after Someone Guide 2022” produced by Carers UK.

Sport in Mind – We are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver activity projects in order to aid recovery, promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction. In Slough’s Salt Hill Park, we organise weekly tennis, football and mindful walking activities Click here for our November timetable or contact: Kirsty 07788 993516

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus Forum – Next meeting on 18th November at 1.30pm discussing council services – especially relevant in view of the Slough Council’s S114 spending cuts! Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ.

Library consultation – Slough Library service is asking for residents’ and stakeholders views on several proposed options which will make changes to the library service. We need your help to know how:

  • you use the library service now
  • what your views are on the proposed changes and
  • what impacts the changes might have on how you use the service.

We want to hear from current library users but also from people who don’t use the services at the moment. We also want your ideas on alternative ways that we can deliver a library service that is affordable and fit for the future. Go to https://www.slough.gov.uk/libraryconsultation for details. Alternatively, there will be drop-in sessions during November and December in the libraries – Britwell, Cippenham, Langley and the Curve – click here for dates & times.

Christmas is coming! Here are some seasonal events: –

  • Santa’s Special – Saturday 20th November St Laurence’s (Upton Court Road, Slough SL3 7LS) from 11 am.  Food, cakes, craft, decorations, gifts, raffle and much more! www.saint-laurence.com – parking in Upton Court Road Car Park
  • Carols at the Café in Burnham Beeches Sunday 12 December, 12:45 – 2:30pm The return of festive carol singing at the Burnham Beeches Eco Café.

Slough’s Apna Virsa is starting a five-week Bhangra Dance course The cost for the full five weeks is £30 per person, starting on November 11 and finishing on December 9, – every Thursday at 7pm. Location: Ramgharia Centre, Woodland Avenue, Slough SL1 3BU. Call or text 07598 533336 for information.

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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