Newsletter, March 2022

Slough U3A Newsletter, March 2022

Outings

We are taking bookings for 2 outings at the moment

u3a members should have received a booking form, either by post or by email. If you need a printed copy, please request from Bob on 07903 021 711 or chair@sloughu3a.com.

Monthly General Meetings

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 16 March at 2pm with Amanda Bryett telling us about “The perils and pleasures of a blue badge tourist guide

Amanda Bryett is the founder of Windsor Tourist Guides Ltd, which takes visitors on private guided tours of Windsor and Windsor Castle. 

Amanda qualified as a Blue Badge tourist guide in 2006. The Blue Badge qualification is the highest level of tourist guiding in the UK, a bit like having a Michelin star! Since then, Amanda has amassed many entertaining stories of her experiences.

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. It’s open to both u3a members and non members – guests and potential members are always welcome.

COVID has not gone away, so please consider others and stay at home if you are feeling unwell, or think you may recently have been in contact with someone with COVID..

Future meetings: –

  • Wed, 20 Apr       Patrick Manning – Age is just a number
  • Wed, 18 May     Colin Oakes – John Hampden, Puritan and patriot

News

Many of us are concerned about the terrible situation which is unfolding in Ukraine. If you wish to contribute to the relief fund, your Committee recommends that you donate via the Disasters Emergency Committee, via internet www.dec.org.uk or phone 0370 60 60 900.

You will be pleased to hear that, following consultation, Slough Council will not close any of the 4 local libraries. However opening hours will be reduced in order to save money. More information here.

U3A member Viju Chhatralia will be turning 70 this year. “I’m planning to celebrate in a special way by walking 70 miles over ten days to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer—a charity that raises awareness, funds medical research and provides support for everyone affected by ovarian cancer. You can donate to my JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vijuchhatralia Thank you, Viju”

Slough Art Society (affiliated with Slough u3a) are exhibiting their works at the Old Court in Windsor from 4th to 31st March. The Slough Art Society was founded in 1942, and over the last 80 years they have been promoting art and artists from Slough. This exhibition features work from Malcolm Brewer, Richard Golding, Jackie Norman and Dave Norman.

U3A Activity Groups

U£A Walking Group are continuing to enjoy the wonderful Spring weather. Our next walk on April 13th will be the traditional Bluebell Walk in Rowley Wood – about 3 miles, level, and gently paced. Why not join us?

U3A Gardening Group – We began the year at the end of January by looking at ‘Jobs to do in February’ but was fascinating to learn the tricks and tips that others have up their sleeves.

The group enjoyed a recent visit to the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens to see their 2022 Orchid Collection celebrating the biodiversity of Costa Rica.  It was truly fabulous.  We are now planning our next outing – this time to nearby Cliveden to enjoy their wonderful daffodil display.

The U3A Play Reading group is looking for more members to better match participants with cast numbers.  A typical play will have a cast of about 10 players, but we have managed with 4-6 people, each taking on 2 or even 3 parts. Play reading is most enjoyable and allows us to enter into the spirit of each drama.

Despite the interruptions occasioned by lockdowns etc, we have read quite a variety of plays during the last two years: Arsenic and Old Lace, Family Circles (Ayckbourn), Getting On (Alan Bennett), Calendar Girls, Witness for the Prosecution, A Busy Day (Fanny Burney), Daisy Pulls it Off, and two of J B Priestley’s Time Plays: An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways.

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 971938.

U3A Events Elsewhere

Have you subscribed to the u3a’s National newsletter? Click here for regular updates on activities in other parts of the country and national initiatives benefiting older people. And here’s a 3 minute promotional video

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   •  Climate CrisisU3A Thames Valley   •  Modern Telescopes
London Region of U3As  •  Tulips – a terrible storySurrey U3A Network   •   Illuminated Manuscripts

Health and Support

Berkshire NHS Wellbeing Service – Changes to life circumstances, such as housing and finances, can have a significant impact on both your mental and physical health. We offer support for practical, situational and social challenges including housing, money worries, and social isolation. Call 0300 365 2000

Cancer and your Finances – Thursday 24th March at 2pm, online (via zoom) – Book Here We are delighted to welcome Kate Frankel to the network, she will be joining us to talk about Finance and Benefits when you have cancer. Kate is a Macmillan Benefits Adviser at and has a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience. Click here for the latest news from Berkshire cancer Support or call 01344 304 404

Dancing for Your Wellbeing! Enjoy being part of a social community group and want to develop your confidence and self-esteem, then come and join us on Wednesday 16 & 23 March at 10:30am. Sessions are specifically aimed at carers, wellbeing clients and residents who are feeling lonely, isolated or anxious. To take part call 01753 303428 or email: wellbeingteam@sloughcvs.org.uk

Free Yoga Classes by Apna Virsa. Are you 50+ and from Slough? Come & join this FREE programme for you, every Thursday, 10.00am TO 11.00am Where: Singh Sabha Sports Centre, Stoke Poges Lane, SL1 3LW. For your place call 07598 533336 Or email apnavirsaproject@gmail.com  Or just turn up for the session next Thursday!

Healthwatch Slough want to hear the views of those who have experienced waiting for hospital appointments or treatment. Healthwatch is independent of the NHS – the information gathered will be used to help the NHS understand how it should support people who are waiting for treatment. We are interested in good experiences as well as the not so good. You can find the questionnaire here. If you would like a paper copy of this survey posted to you, please get in touch with us on 0300 0120184.

What’s on around Slough?

Slough Together Walk 2022 – organised by The Rotary Club of Slough. This is a fun event open to all. Raise money for your charity by walking with us Saturday 30th April 2022 Upton Court Park, SL3 7LU starting any time between 9.00 am to 1.00pm. There’s only eight weeks to go to get a group together to fundraise for your favourite charity. Our Pledge: All the funds raised by your members and friends are retained for your charity. Click here to find out more or call 01753 644955.

Slough 50+ Forum will be discussing Electoral Boundary Changes on 17th March at Kingsway United Reformed Church, in Church Street SL1 1SZ starting at 1:30pm

Charity Quiz Night with Langley & Iver Rotary Come and test your wits and have a fun evening in good company at Iver Village Hall, 2 Grange Way, Iver SL0 9NW on Saturday 26th March 2022 at 7.00 pm. Fish and chip supper included for £15 entry ticket. There will be a bar and raffle. Get together with your friends and family to form teams of up to a maximum of 6 people or join a team on the night. Tickets available from Christine Isles on 07758 239 860.

LOVE Slough will take place in March 2022 across the town – spilling onto the High Street, into shop windows, community centres, the libraries and the parks of Slough. It celebrates the diversity and joy of living and working in Slough. We’re working with local groups and artists to deliver an exciting mix of events, workshops and happenings around the town. See the timetable here https://www.homeslough.org.uk/whats-on/month/.

Rachmaninov Vespers Concert at Eton College Chapel 26 March at 8:00 pm –Steeped in the Russian choral church tradition this a unique, unaccompanied choral work in many parts. It contains the most wonderful harmonies and the deep bass vocal lines for which Russian music is renowned. Performances of the Vespers are not frequent, so I do hope you will come to this one, which was originally scheduled for March 2020, just as Covid struck. Click here or phone 07939 157530 for tickets.

Do you remember Jeff Rozelaar, who gave the u3a a talk about 3 or 4 years ago? His one man show “Disraeli – Queen Victoria’s Favourite Prime Minister” will be at Norden Farm Arts Centre in Maidenhead on Thursday 31st March, at 7:30pm. Book online or call 01628 788997.

Green Doctors are a charity that offers free and impartial energy advice to help residents stay warm, save money and live greener. Amng other things, we can help switching your energy tariff to a better deal, and give advice on reducing energy use at home. You can access our services online and via telephone or alternatively request a home visit. Register online or call 0300 365 3005.

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 –

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 – please come along and find out what we are doing! Here’s a list of our current activities in Slough.

Art AppreciationFrench (Intermediate)Poetry in Action
BadmintonGardeningPractical Philosophy
Book ClubGerman (Elementary)Scrabble
Bridge for FunLocal HistoryTable Tennis
Create and CraftLunch ClubUkulele
Creative WritingOutingsWalking
Current AffairsPilatesWine Appreciation
Drawing & PaintingPlay Reading 

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