Newsletter, February 2022

Outings

We are taking bookings for 2 outings at the moment:

  • Imperial War Museum on 21st April
  • Lymington (New Forest) on 16th July

These are open to u3a members only – you should have received a booking form, either by post or by email. In case you missed it, please contact Bob on 07903 021 711 or chair@sloughu3a.com to request a replacement.

Monthly General Meetings

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 16 Feb 2022 at 2pm with Andy Bustin telling us about “My life as a TV and film extra

The talk will cover the way TV adverts and programmes are made and some of the differences with the way they are filmed. During his career, Andrew has encountered a good number of celebrity actors and witnessed many amusing incidents during filming. A day’s filming can sometimes go without a hitch, on other occasions there have been some hilarious mistakes that sometimes cause them to re-shoot many scenes.

Andrew started in the film industry in the mid 1990’s, he has appeared on stage in both amateur and semi-professional productions, and he’s tried his hand at no less than 8 quiz shows.

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 Mar 2022            Amanda Bryett – the perils and pleasures of a blue badge tourist guide
  • Wed, 20 Apr 2022             Patrick Manning – Age is just a number

U3A Group news

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.

Current Affairs – Are you interested in what is going on daily in the country or even the world? If so, you would be an asset to the current affairs group. We meet once every month, usually in the home of a group member, from 10:30 until 12:30. The subject is selected from the most interesting and serious current affair. We are always topical, relevant and interesting. If you need further information call Eleanor Cryer 0797 9696 856. Don’t delay call today!

Scrabble is a popular game – 3 or 4 members meet in a member’s home for a gently paced and sociable game, usually accompanied by tea and biscuits. We have 5 sessions of Scrabble during February in a variety of locations, and we’d love to have a few new people joining in.

Our weekly Sports Club at the Centre in Farnham Road has expanded to include both Badminton and Table Tennis, every Thursday lunchtime. The emphasis is on fitness and fun – beginners are always welcome.

Our Art Appreciation group arrange group visits to exhibitions and galleries withing easy reach of Slough – you’d be surprised how many there are! During the next few months we’ll visit exhibitions on Amy Winehouse, Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and Beatrix Potter among others.

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  •  Rembrandt   •  Toulouse LautrecU3A Thames Valley   •  Spring Quiz
London Region of U3As  •  Climate Change  
•  Bayeux Tapestry
Surrey U3A Network   •   Chemistry, Cosmetics & Killers

Health and Support

HWS Slough offers a number of services to help your physical and mental health. These include NHS Health Checks (Blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol), falls assessment, exercise classes, healthy ageing, dementia awareness. Find out more about all of these from our mobile clinic which is parked in Sainsbury’s (Uxbridge Road) every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 4.

March will be Free Wills Month – bringing together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple Wills written or updated free of charge by a qualified solicitor. Click here for more information

If you are caring for a family member or friend, are any of these of interest?

  • Male Carers Coffee Morning – Wednesday 16 February, 11am-12noon
  • Celebrate Nature with Reading Friends – Wednesday 16 February, 10:30am-11:30am

Both events take place at Britwell Community Café in Wentworth Avenue, Britwell. To book onto any of the sessions, please either email wellbeingteam@sloughcvs.org.uk or contact Kinder on 01753 303428 for more information.

Asian Carers – provides an opportunity for Asian carers to get together to socialise and receive advice and information. For more information contact pushpakharbanda@hotmail.com

Cippenham Carers – meet new people over a cup of tea and seated exercise. Runs every third Wednesday of the month, from 1-3pm, at Cippenham Baptist Church. For more information, contact zhorajefferies@yahoo.com  or call 07795 530712.

Is your eyesight not as good as it used to be? Berkshire Vision is a local charity which can support you with a host of tips and tricks, as well as a monthly program of activities. Click here for this month’s program.

Sport In Mind has started Indoor Short Tennis sessions – every Monday at 3 PM in the Singh Sabha Slough Sports Centre on Stoke Poges Lane. Short tennis is played on smaller courts with a softer ball, and all the fun of outdoor tennis!

The Cancer Support Network has been established to support people living in and around Berkshire that are affected by cancer. This month’s Meet Up – Coffee and Chat will be at the Moxy Bar, William Street (opposite the Curve) on Thursday 10th February at 11.00am. Come along and join us for a coffee to simply get to know others that know how you feel and understand the journey you find yourself on. Click here for details and to register or call 01344 304404.

What’s on around Slough?

Platinum Jubilee Concert – 7:30 pm, 19 March in the magnificent setting of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. This programme starts with Benjamin Britten’s stirring arrangement of The National Anthem, followed by works by Elgar, Parry and Vaughan Williams click here for ticket details or call 01628 528041.

A concert of English music – Slough Philharmonic present an Orchestral Concert at 7.30 pm, Saturday 5th March in, Caldicott School Click here for tickets or call 0300 365 7445.

ABC to read are a Berkshire children’s reading charity. With increasing numbers of children who need catch-up support as schools have re-opened, ABC to read are actively looking for volunteers to join them in helping local school children develop their literacy and confidence.  Volunteers will be trained and vetted, and supported by a local fieldworker. For more information about joining the scheme as a volunteer mentor, contact info@abctoread.og.uk or call Marcia on 0118 9511336

Staying Safe Online – on Thursday 10 February at 10 AM. This FREE session conducted by Mark Godsland, of Thames Valley Police will focus on Cyber Security awareness and learning how to stay safe online. Click here to find out more and register for this online event.

Slough Cooperative Film Society – Our next film at Datchet Village Hall on Tuesday 15th Feb at 8.00pm will be First Cow (12A) – Two travellers who meet in 1820s Oregon dream of striking it rich — but their tenuous plan to make their fortune comes to rely on the secret use of a landowner’s prized dairy cow. 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. Here are a couple –

  • Stubbings House, Maidenhead – Saturday 12th March 10am – 4pm Book now
  • Odney Club, Cookham, Sunday 24th April 1pm – Book now

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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