Newsletter, January 2023

Monthly General Meetings

Our monthly meeting on Wednesday 18th January will combine two events – we’ll start with our Annual General Meeting (which shouldn’t take too long) – after that, u3a member Liz Jones will tell us about the Langley Almshouses.

The Langley Almshouses include some of the oldest buildings in the borough of Slough, founded in 1617 with the construction of the first 4 cottages by Sir John Kederminster. Other cottages have been added since then, and the Trust which owns and manages the Almshouses now has a total of 21 properties, all fully modernised, of which 7 have Grade II listing.

Liz Jones is a trustee of the Langley Marish United Charities which manage the Almshouses, and a long-time resident of the Langley area. You may have encountered Liz in former times as a local GP.

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.  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 15 Feb        Becoming an Author: A Rollercoaster Ride
  • Wed 15 March                  The Poison Umbrella Murder

New Year – new skill – a new Art Group?

Slough U3a’s two art groups are at capacity, and there is interest setting up a new group to learn how to draw, sketch and paint.

Sukhpal and Beverley have identified an art class that operates in the Observatory Shopping Centre.  Training would be provided by the inhouse staff.  The sessions cost £5 each which includes all materials and hot drinks.  We need 10 people per session to make this viable.

Now we know where the sessions will be held, this may make this proposition attractive to you.  New Year – new skill, perhaps?  We are hoping to get the classes started soon.  If this is of interest, or you want to find out more, let Beverley know on or ringing on 01753 971938


Our Outings Team is working on a program for 2023. In the pipeline we have the Milestone Museum in Basingstoke, and a trip to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, in the New Forest. Watch this space!

Slough U3A Groups News

Anyone for Table Tennis?

The u3a Activity Club restarted for 2023 on 9th January in the Sports Hall of Slough Mencap, between 10 and 12 AM. It’s a chance to maintain physical and mental fitness in a friendly and non-competitive environment. We have table tennis, Scrabble, and Bridge, all in a friendly and sociable environment. Next session – 23rd January. Come along and try us out! Read more

Walking Group

Walks generally start and finish close to Slough and the pace is leisurely on good paths. The distance walked is between 4 and 5 miles. They generally follow good, level paths and include a café or tea shop giving an opportunity to relax for a cuppa and a chat on the way. You can expect each walk – including a tea stop – to take about 2 hours. Read more

Health and Support

Cancer Support Network has a program of activities to support those who are affected by cancer. You may have cancer yourself, care for a friend or relative, work as a health care professional or simply want to know more about cancer. It includeschat and support sessions, activities and courses. Click here for the newletter and full list of activities.

Active Slough Winter Programme – Join our low-cost exercise programme for only £10 sign-up fee for the household and access a range of activities throughout the week. Includes seniors’ exercise, yoga, and walking netball. Click here for details and register now: Active Slough registration request – Slough Borough Council

Slough 50plus forum  – the topic for our next meeting on Thursday -19th January 2023 1.30pm—3.30pm will be “Diabetes Prevention”. Venue: Kingsway United Reformed Church, Church Street, Slough SL1 1SZ

What’s on around Slough?

Repair Cafe – the second Slough Repair Cafe will be on Saturday, 28 January – Location: Queensmere. Volunteers will take a look at your tired and broken household items and attempt to breathe new life into them. What can you bring for repair? During our November repair cafe, we had electrical items like an air fryer, iron, and LP player, but you can also bring bicycles, woodwork or clothes that need to be mended. We ask you to book a time slot, so we know that the volunteer will have enough time to help you with your item. Book your item for repair (click here) or send us an email at,

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