Newsletter, December 2021

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! Please let us know if you would like to join the Committee, or if you would like to nominate a friend. Contact Bob on 07903 021 711 or chair@sloughu3a.com if you’d like to find out more.

U3A Group news

The Local History group have gained a few new members and during the autumn have been back meeting at St. Laurence’s Church on the third Monday of the month at 2pm. In September we enjoyed an interactive meeting finding out about remedies for various ailments as written in the Pharmacopolium (an ancient book kept in St. Mary’s Church, Langley). In October, Julie gave us an interesting presentation about the Ward family who have memorials in St. Laurence’s Church and in November, Pauline told us all about James Elliman and the Elliman family.

DRAWING GROUP 1: Post Covid we have returned to meeting face to face in an exciting new venue. We have revisited perspective drawing and portrait drawing while painting in various mediums. We are now moving on to the human form focusing particularly on movement. This is a popular activity and we are currently looking for a co-ordinator to start another group. In the interim, a few U3A members are painting with the Create and Craft Group at St Andrews Church on Tuesday mornings.

DRAWING GROUP 2: At each session we pick a theme for the next session. So far this year, we have been exploring chalk pastels, flowers and ballerinas or individual choice of subject. Recently we all started experimenting and playing with Brushos. It was a very messy business and we decided it will be best done in the summer. The next few weeks we will be painting our Christmas cards. In general, we are quite relaxed and share ideas and tips, also lots of therapeutic chatting goes on.

The wine appreciation group has restarted its meetings which are held at members’ houses. Before the lockdown we were working through a wine course, the first part of which we have now completed. Now we are going to work through the extended modules.

All of the wines that we are examining are assessed for appearance, nose, flavour in the mouth and value. This system has generated some really interesting results and has engendered much discussion. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the afternoon and we welcome new members. We look forward to many more interesting wine experiences!

There is a complete list of U3A 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.

U3A Events Elsewhere

The South East Forum’s residential Summer School will be held at Chichester University between 20-23 June next year! It is open to all u3a members. There will be a wide range of courses covering 11 subjects, from Cycling to Earth Matters to Yoga, and all run by experienced u3a tutors. See the full programme and more details on the South East u3a Forum website.

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.

Third Age Trust  •  Vegetarian Christmas 
•  Staying Safe Online
U3A Thames Valley   •  Barbara Streisand 
•  Armada

Health and Support

Health & Wellbeing Slough are offering free NHS Health Checks – a short checkup that aims to help lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Adults in England aged between 40 and 74 are eligible. Call us on 01753 373646 or drop in to our mobile Health Check van every Tuesday from 10 till 5 in the car park at Sainsbury’s Uxbridge Road.

At Slough Carers Support we are already looking towards our Carers Programme for 2022 and we would like you to help us create our programme and update our website. If you are a carer – or if someone is caring for you – please complete the short survey telling us a bit about yourself and how best we can support you, to provide a better service for you and the person you are caring for. Click here for online, or call 01753 303428 for a printed version.

Healthwatch Slough have launched a survey asking the public to share their experiences of accessing GP services in the last 6 months. We want to hear as many experiences of accessing GP services as possible so we can help the local trust understand what is working well and what could be better. Click here to participate If you need this form in another format or version, please contact Healthwatch on 0300 0120184

Cancer Support Network – if you, or someone close to you, is suffering from cancer, click here for our latest newsletter and diary of events.

What’s on around Slough?

Slough Libraries Consultation – on Tuesday 14th December 10:30 Online on Zoom. Slough Library Service want to hear your views and suggestions on proposed changes to the library services. To register for the event please click here.

Slough 50plus Forum – explores local issues that affect older people. Click here for our latest newsletter. Our next meeting on 16th December at 1:30pm at Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ – a musical celebration. Then on January 22nd we return to more serious matters, looking at Legal Services

Do you like cycling? Why not come on a gently paced Confidence Building Bike Ride organised by Berks & Bucks Cycle Group. Saturday 11th December, starting from Upton Court Park at 10:15am. Find out more & register here.

Rotary Club of Slough invite you to Slough Together Charity Walk 2022 on Saturday 30th April. Click here to Register. Starting from the Car Park at Upton Court Park enjoy a walk along the Thames and Jubilee Rivers and Eton College, a walk of about 5 Miles on well waymarked footpaths and signposted streets. Remember all the funds raised by your members and friends are retained by your charity.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities. Many gardens will be opening in January and February. Click here for a list!

Christmas is coming! Here are some seasonal events: –

  • Windsor & Eton Choral Society – Family Carols at Eton College Chapel on Sun 19th December at 2:45PM. Book online or call 01628 528041
  • Carols in the Park – Sing your heart out with the ‘Herschel Stars Singers’ to celebrate the festive season. This will be followed by tea, coffee and mince pies and other seasonal delicacies provided by the Friends of Herschel Park, in the Bentley Education Centre. Sunday, 12th December at 12.30. Meet by the kiosk – dress up warm, as the singing will be done outside.
  • Christmas Floral Decorations Join flower arranger Tatiana for a workshop where you will learn how to make a table centre piece decoration for Christmas. Create your own arrangement and take it home! Booking is essential. Saturday, 18th December; Two sessions-10.30am and 12.30pm. To book and for further details contact Carolyn Carty carolyncarty@gmail.com Tel: 07533 892465
  • Slough Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus present their Christmas Concert on Saturday 11th December at 7:30pm in St Nicolas’ Church, Taplow. With Mozart, Handel, Chilcott, Rutter – and lots of carols for chorus and audience. Buy tickets online CLICK HERE or phone 0300 365 7445

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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