Newsletter, April 2022

Monthly General Meetings

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 20th April at 2pm to enjoy a talk by Patrick Manning entitled “Super Ageing: Age is just a number”.

Medical science has helped us all to live longer but, in many cases, not better. In areas of the world known as ‘Blue Zones’ people generally live longer healthier and much happier. The talk is about how we can change our lifestyle and enjoy a happier, healthier and longer life.

After an early career in space science, Patrick moved on to work as a consultant, trainer and coach for over 30 years. Over the last few years, he has volunteered with Great Ormond Street’s bereavement helpline, with Men’s Matters (a local group for single men), and with Slough Carers Support.

We meet in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW, starting at 2pm and lasting for about an hour. The meeting is open to both u3a members and non-members – guests and potential members are always welcome. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting, and it’s an ideal opportunity to find out more about the u3a and our activities.

There is a small car park at the rear of the church which is available for those who have difficulties with mobility. Otherwise, please park in one of the pay-and-display car parks nearby, or in Upton Court Park (free) about 10 minutes’ walk away.

COVID-19 is still with us, so please be considerate – stay at home if you are feeling unwell, or think you may recently have been in contact with someone with COVID.

Future meetings and talks: –

  • Wed, 18 May     Colin Oakes – John Hampden, Puritan and patriot
  • Wed, 15 June     John Edwards – The Great Escape

Members’ News

We’re pleased to welcome several new members this month – Christine Sullivan, David Brookman, Hazel MacLaren, Ismet Khan, Janice Cowan, Lindsey Pulsford, Robert Earl, and Ronald Stevenson

We’re also sorry to report the death of Norman Hammond, who had been a member since the u3a started. Our condolences and best wishes to his wife Joy.

Last month we told you that u3a member Viju was marking her 70th birthday in an unusual way. “I set out during my 70th birthday month to walk 70 miles across 10 days in order to raise money for a charity close to my heart, Target Ovarian Cancer. I didn’t spend a day walking alone and always had enthusiastic company to keep me going, even on days when we experienced all four seasons! Ten days later, 74 miles walked and a huge £3,126 raised including Gift Aid. The memories of these walks will remain with me forever and I know the money raised will help the charity continue their amazing work.

A few weeks ago, a professional photographer visited the u3a and took some amazing shots of the Table Tennis, Bridge, and Local History groups. You can view the gallery here – https://photos.app.goo.gl/Wyt7V4sYgJsEzV2w5 – meanwhile here are a few of them: –

U3A Activity Groups

Here’s a picture of the Art Appreciation group enjoying coffee at Somerset House (after visiting the exhibition of Van Gogh portraits in the Courtauld Gallery)

Poetry group: We are seven members in all and are a very happy group. All lovers of poetry and manage to create very varied and interesting poetry. Every month we have a new topic to write about and also have a different theme as a kind of talking point and read some poems relating to the theme. We also have thoughts for the day and the all the members manage to dig up the most inspiring thoughts.

Practical Philosophy: we meet monthly and exchange views on a chosen topic. This often has me thinking about things I may not have considered before. Sometimes it can help me to think in a different way, often to find new perspectives and to focus on working out what is important. It is great to do this with a convivial bunch of people who also enjoy thinking and sharing their viewpoint.

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

Courses and Seminars: National and regional U3A groups are continuing to organise courses and seminars for U3A members – some are online, others are in person. Book quickly to avoid disappointment!

Third Age Trust  •  Olympics  •  Logic & Maths puzzlesU3A Thames Valley   •  The power of the Press  •  Anaesthesia
London Region of U3As  •  see belowSurrey U3A Network   •   Illuminated Manuscripts   •  Turner

The London U3A Summer School is now open for booking. It’s on 26th and 27th July, in Fleet Street. The programme includes 18 talks, 3 workshops and 8 guided walks. Some of the subjects covered – Art History, Playwriting, Pearly Kings, Conan Doyle, Wren’s Churches – a long and diverse list! Full list of subjects, and booking form click here or contact talks.lru3a@gmail.com phone 020 8879 0352

Health and Support

Active Slough has organised a physical activity program running from 13th April to 4th May. All activities are free, and open to anyone who wishes to improve their physical and mental wellbeing – as well as being fun! These include cricket, dancing, singing, softball, Table Tennis and badminton Full program here or call Kinder on 01753 303428 for information.

Care for a Cuppa? Carers UK is organising a weekly online Care for a Cuppa through Zoom. Make yourself a cuppa and join us for an online chat. If you are a carer, it’s important to take a little break and spend some time talking to people who understand what you’re going through. Find out more here.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support has started activities for patients with dementia and their carers at St. Francis Church, London Road, Langley.  Click here for their April newsletter. Contact Terrie 07516 165647 or Santok 07543 243613.

  • Mondays at 1pm – Singing for Pleasure
  • Tuesdays at 11AM, Seated Exercise
  • Wednesday at 1pm Aap Ke Sehat Ke Sangh – Asian Language singing and dancing

The Cancer Support Network supports people affected by cancer – both patients and their family. Meeting other people with similar experiences can be invaluable. Online talks coming up: –

  • “Poor sleep and how you can improve it” with Dr Lindsay Browning on Thursday 21st April at 2pm (Book here)
  • “Nutrition and diet myths – the truth is not always out there!” with Sue Acreman – HCPC registered Dietitian on Thursday 19th May at 2pm (Book here)

What’s on around Slough?

The Gerrards Cross Summer School is back! With 60 one-day courses covering a huge variety of topics, from July 25th to August 5th. Subjects this year cover the fields of art, crafts, history, religion, games, photography, literature, computers – see the complete list in the brochure (click here). We’ll have printed copies of the brochure at the next u3a general meeting.

Is 70 special for you this year? Slough Borough Council is on the hunt for residents for whom this year is also a platinum year. To join the council in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, call 01753 875194 or e-mail communications@slough.gov.uk

St Laurence’s Church in Upton Court Road, Slough presents “HERSCHEL  200” – the bicentenary of William Herschel’s death. Between 2nd and 14th May the church will be open daily (except Sunday) with themed exhibition displays, films, talks, music celebrating Slough’s most famous resident. Entrance is free, but donations towards church funds most welcome.

Slough 50+ forum – on 21st April will be reviewing Changes to Services in Slough at Kingsway United Reformed Church, in Church Street SL1 1SZ starting at 1:30pm.

Coming up at Burnham Beeches: –

  • On 23 April at 13:30 walk around the nature reserve to uncover stories including Iron Age settlements, the medieval Moat and World War II. Click here to book your place.
  • 24 April, 11am – 4pm Prehistory of Burnham Beeches – – An opportunity to take a step back in time and look at the nature reserve’s Iron Age past. There will be demonstrations of bushcraft, smelting iron, dyes and other Iron Age skills. The event is free, turn up and enjoy!

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. Open days throughout Spring and Summer, click here for a list. Here are a couple –

  • Odney Club, Cookham, Sunday 24th April. This 120 acre site is beside the Thames with lovely riverside walks. A favourite with Stanley Spencer who featured our magnolia in his work.
  • Beech House, Jordans, Wednesday 4th May. A 2 acre plantsman’s garden built up over the last 34 years with a wide range of flowering and foliage providing a continuous show.

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
OutingsWalking
Current AffairsWine Appreciation
Drawing & PaintingPlay Reading 

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