Newsletter, September 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Together with the rest of the country, we mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth, who has been a constant and steadfast head of state for so many years. We extend our condolences to her family, and our hope and support to King Charles.

U3A News

Membership News – a warm welcome to our new members, Will Paine, Jeanne Roddick, Kamaljit & Jasvir Kalsi, Elisabeth Howell, and Evelyn Ann Blay. We hope you will enjoy new activities with Slough u3a.

We’re also very sorry to inform you of the passing of Viju Chhatralia – our condolences to her friends and family.

Monthly General Meetings

In the talk at our next meeting on Wed, 21 September, Ros Robinson will address us on “Planning for one of life’s certainties and how to reduce another potential one”. She will cover important topics including

  • What to include/exclude in a will.
  • What can invalidate a will
  • The importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney
  • What is Inheritance tax and how to reduce it

Ros Started life as a financial adviser with American Express in 1991, where she also trained to take instructions for will and Powers of Attorney as well as training in Inheritance Tax Planning. She set up her own practice, Focus Financial Planning in 1997, and continues to take instructions for wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney as well as providing advice on Inheritance Tax.

We meet at 2pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Merton Road, Slough SL1 1QW. 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.

Future meetings and talks: –

  • Wed 19 Oct        Double bill! The Green Doctors will give advice on energy saving and heating bills; and Maria Creech will tell us a history of the Polish community in Slough
  • Wed, 16 Nov 2022            Kay Wathen – candle making

Slough U3A Groups News

During July, 31 members of the U3A visited Chiswick House for a fascinating guided tour of the house and gardens. Chiswick House is an 18th-century Grade 1 listed building, set in a 65 acre award winning garden. We enjoyed a guided tour of the garden in the morning, followed by lunch in their café, and then a tour of the house in the afternoon. It was all very interesting and informative.

The Wine Appreciation Group has met regularly through the year.  We have examined some diverse wines and opened members eyes to different production techniques. We had a summer barbecue where we enjoyed a member’s choice of wines to accompany the BBQ, salads and desserts. We are looking forward to the autumn season to look at further examples of wine.

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 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    •    Claudia Jones   •   Yiddish Theatre

U3A Thames Valley    •    Agincourt   •   Life in the Stone Age •  

Health and Support

Journey to Contentment with the Art Class Group. A 6-week, free Art Therapy course, every Tuesday starting from 13th September. The workshops allow you to get in touch with your inner feelings. No previous experience necessary, you will be free to paint, heal, and grow. Click here for full details or phone: 07501 644537 to enrol

Sport in Mind – the charity that uses sport and physical activity to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems. Our sessions take place every week, all year around. Our timetable in Slough includes Football, Tai Chi, and Tennis . click here or contact Claire on 0118 947 9762!

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support offers constructive practical guidance as well as a range of services to help people whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by Dementia. Our Connection Café is an opportunity to connect with others ready to listen and to share experiences. In LANGLEY every Tuesday from 10:30 – 11:45 at St Francis Church, London Road, SL3 7LN. Contact Terrie on 07516 165647 for more information. ADS September newsletter here.

What’s on around Slough?

HOME Slough – The ever-popular Global Cooking will be back in September, with the first session on Saturday 17 September 2022, 1pm, on Zoom. Join Sneeta as she takes you through cooking Chilli Paneer. You’ll be able to learn more about Sneeta’s Punjabi heritage and to hear stories whilst you cook along. Join Here.

Free exercise class for Seniors, organised by Active Slough, every Friday at Arbour Park from 10:30 – 11:30. Click here for details, or email

Slough’s Apna Virsa has arranged a couple of free programs for seniors. To register for either of these programs, call Seema on 07598 533336 or email

Heritage Open Days – Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. 9th-18th September click here for events near Slough.

This year’s Eton Action Fair will be on Saturday 17 September, 11am-4pm. The grounds of Eton College will be transformed into a charity fair with games, stalls and performances organised by the students and staff of Eton College to raise money for charity. Other local charities will have their own stalls. Click here

Burnham Beeches Ancient Trees Sunday 2 October, 2pm – 4pm Our old trees have some fantastic tales to tell, as do the Rangers! Join this 2 hour walk to discover how and why the ancient pollards were created and what we are doing to keep them alive. You must book through Eventbrite. Suggested donation £3.

Concerts & Films

Slough Cooperative Film Society’s Autumn program starts on Tuesday 27th September at 8.00pm at Datchet Village Hall. The first film is Parallel Mothers (15) Starring Penélope Cruz, the story of two mothers who bond in an unexpected way after giving birth on the same day. Click here for the full program.

Going Global concert by Aradhana Arts at the Curve, bringing together an ensemble of talented musicians with performances from around the globe. Tabla maestro Sanju Sahai, Sitarist and Vocalist Debipriya Sircar, guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, West African Kora by Kadialy Kouyate and Kathak dance by Jaymini Sahai. Tickets here DATE: October 1 at 7:30 pm. Venue The Curve William St Slough, SL1 1XY

Haydn ‘The Creation’ –an oratorio written in 1798, and considered by many to be one of his masterpieces. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis. Saturday 1 October, 7:30pm Windsor Parish Church  click here for on-line booking

U3A Principles, Membership and Current Activities

Slough U3A is a co-operative of older people; most of our members 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 enquiries from potential new members – you are very welcome to come along and find out what we are doing! Here’s a list of what we are currently doing in Slough.

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

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