Newsletter, January 2022

Announcements

Outings. Our Outings Team are busy preparing a program for 2022. Our proposed destinations include the Imperial War Museum, the city of Bath, and the New Forest – all in line with govt restrictions and guidance. We’ll tell you more, soon.

We’re overjoyed to announce that Beverley Edwards was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours List, for services to women in policing. Beverley chaired the Metropolitan Women Police Association (MWPA) for ten years after completing 30 years as a Metropolitan Police officer. Beverley is a long standing U3A member and she is a member of our Committee.

Monthly General Meetings

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 19th January at 2pm, with a talk by Clive Woodward entitled “Poetry Performance – A Celebration of Life”. This will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting – click here to see the AGM agenda.

A Celebration of Life’ is a poetry performance reflecting on life with some personal anecdotes. Funny, romantic, emotional and moving poems including well known poems such as  ‘Daffodils’ by William Wordsworth, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ by Edward Lear, ‘The Road not taken’ by Robert Frost as well as lesser known poems covering World War 2, marriage and  a boys passion for motor cars.

Clive Woodward is a professional actor living in Maidenhead. He undertakes poetry performances, corporate role-play assignments for communication skills training and live motor racing commentary.

The meeting takes place meet in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW, with the meeting starting at 2pm and lasting for about an hour. Please take a lateral flow test before coming, and bring a face covering to wear when you are moving around in the hall – not when you are seated.

Future meetings:-

  • Wed, 16 Feb 2022            Andy Bustin – my life as a TV and film extra
  • Wed, 16 Mar 2022            Amanda Bryett – the perils and pleasures of a blue badge tourist guide

U3A Group news

The Walking Group has a monthly program of walks which are shared with Windsor Ramblers. We have 3 guided walks every month – a short one of between 3 and 4 miles, and two slightly longer walks of about 5 miles. Our walks start from a variety of rural locations close to Slough, and they are conducted at an easy pace. Most walks provide an opportunity for a coffee break, either haflway or at the end of the walk.

Bridge is a challenging game which is surprisingly easy to learn, although it can take a lifetime to master! U3A “Bridge for fun” sessions are generally hosted in a member’s living room, with two or three sessions each week in a variety of locations. We don’t play competitively – we aim for a friendly session, with plenty of opportunity for socialising during the game.

Scrabble is a popular game – 3 or 4 members meet in a member’s home for a gently paced and sociable game. We’re keen to expand this, so please let us know if you would like to host a scrabble session at your home.

The Activity Club has restarted in January, meeting once a fortnight in the Sports Hall of Slough Mencap. We have two Table Tennis tables, as well as the opportunity to learn and play Bridge and to play Scrabble. There is potential to expand the range of activities if sufficient U3A members are interested

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

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  •  World Faiths 
•  Holocaust Memorial Day
U3A Thames Valley   •  Lady Poisoners 
•  T.E. Lawrence
London Region of U3As  •  Haunted 
•  Christina Rossetti
Surrey U3A Network   •   Art and Objects of the Mughal Emperors

Health and Support

Slough Carers Support are delighted to share with you the first trip of 2022 and it’s a Valentine’s Day special to Windsor Castle. Tickets are FREE to and available on a first come first served basis. The trip is open to all Carers (and their cared for) who are registered with Slough Carers Support. If you are an unpaid carer caring for a loved one, or a cared for, please register yourself with Slough Carers Support by calling Kinder Bassi, our Slough Carers Support Manager on 01753 303428 or email sloughcarers@gmail.com.

Carers UK offers telephone support for carers who may feel isolated. Our new Listening Support Service offers carers the opportunity to chat on the phone with someone who understands. You’ll receive calls from one of our friendly, trained volunteers who are there to listen and offer emotional support. Whether you want to talk through some of the issues you face in your caring role or just have a chat, the Listening Support Service is here to help. You can sign up online at www.carersuk.org/listen – those without internet can call 020 7378 4999

Berkshire Vision encourage and empower visually impaired people – here is our January program including pub lunch and guided walks

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

Sport in Mind uses sport and physical activity to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems”. contact Kirsty on 07788 993516. In Slough we organise weekly session of Tai Chi, Mindfulness Walk, Tennis and Football. Timetable here.

What’s on around Slough?

Slough 50plus Forum – explores local issues that affect older people. Click here for our latest newsletter. Our next meeting on January 22nd at 1:30pm at Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street SL1 1SZ – will look at Legal Services in Slough

Knit Your Socks Off is a local voluntary community group that knits and crochets to donate to charity. Our January project is making lap blankets for dementia patients. Click here for details.

If any adults out there are interested in learning Irish Dance, you’re in luck! Starting next Thursday, January 13th, come have fun dancing some jigs and getting some exercise while you’re at it. No experience necessary! Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 in the WI Hall in Datchet- £5 per session.

Slough Cooperative Film Society – It is now just 9 days until the opening film of our new season at Datchet Village Hall on Tuesday 18th January at 8.00pm. We will be showing more great films starting with Oscar-winning Another Round, and we look forward to enjoying them with you. The full program between now and June comprises 12 outstanding films, click here for full details..

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.

Concerts:

Royal Free Singers present Rossini –Petite Messe Solennelle with 2 pianos and harmonium at Windsor Parish Church, 22 January 2022. Click here for box office or call (0)1753 743900

Come and Sing – Handel’s Messiah. Saturday 5th March, 12.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN. Join us for an afternoon of singing the wonderful Messiah, led by our Choirmaster Andrew Langley. Tickets are £15 each plus an additional fee of £3 for the hire of the music; refreshments will be provided. Click here for tickets  or phone Naomi 07831 217575

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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Find out more: www.sloughU3A.com